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April 20, 2017


ONE-PIECE SUIT: Shein (only $18) c/o // SHORTS: Free People // HAT: Brixton // SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker // CLUTCH: Steve Madden (on sale for $45) // NECKLACE: Tiffany & Co (similar dupe here) // SANDALS: Tory Burch

Awhile back I shared my secret for getting a summer tan during the winter, and now I’m so happy to share a new product I discovered that gives your body and face the best, natural, glowing tan to get you bathing suit season ready before Summer even arrives! Enter: Tanceuticals!

As you know I’m a frequent self-tanner because of medical reasons (see post here) and because I love the way I glow when I appear “tanned”. Tanceuticals self-tanner is more of a smooth lotion that smells like a tropical vacation, and less like a sticky substance you’re ready to wash off. I’ve found that it gives me a great natural glow and keeps my skin super soft, appearing as if I just returned from a week-long tropical vacation under the sun in my bathing suit! Although I am naturally pretty fair, I have been using the “dark” shade recently on my face and body and have loved the glow it gives me! Another added bonus: it lasts for almost a week, just follow the simple instructions to apply.

PS: I’m currently in the airport headed to Dallas for the rewardStyle conference, so be sure to stay tuned on my Instagram Stories to follow along on all the fun adventures! Can’t wait to bring you along with me and all the other bloggers 🙂

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February 17, 2017


As promised on my first blog post of 2017, I vowed to be more open and vulnerable, so today I’m sharing my very personal story of why and how I maintain a summer tan year round!

Right after my 26th birthday I received a phone call after a routine doctor checkup. The type of phone call no one wants to hear in their entire lifetime: your test results came back malignant melanoma. NO… ME?! I’M ONLY 26 YEARS OLD. A million and one thoughts ran through my mind, but the worst of them being, that I can’t believe I was just diagnosed with the deadliest form of skin cancer possible at such a young age…

Fast forward about 2 years, one successful surgery, and a large 6 inch scar later, here I am today, alive and happy. I now frequent the dermatologist every 3 months and stay out of the sun as much as possible. But because I live in sunny Santa Barbara this has meant I’ve had to say goodbye to my endless beach days, and hello to fair skin and LOTS of sunscreen every single day! Don’t get me wrong, I totally respect those wanting to keep their pretty pale skin, but I’ve personally always felt I looked more toned and more alive with a tan, so today I’m sharing how I achieve and maintain a glowing summer tan the natural and sun-less way…

BODY TANNER: St. Tropez // FACE TANNER: Sephora // MITT: VitaLiberta

  1. Shave your legs and arms.
  2. Exfoliate your entire body in the shower.
  3. Spray a golf ball size of this product onto your tanning mitt. Starting with one body part at a time (lower legs, upper legs, feet/knees, arms, chest, etc), rub the product into the skin in a circular motion.
  4. Continue to apply on desired areas.
  5. Now do not shower for about 3 hours as the tanner needs to soak in. (I usually apply the tanner the night before, so I can wake up and shower and apply lotion over my entire body.) Continue to moisturize in order to lock in the tan for at least 5-7 days.
  6. For some added natural glow to your face, I use this product before applying my makeup and love it.


SKIRT: Romwe (only $12) c/o // TANK: Free People (only $20)

If becoming vulnerable and sharing my personal experience can affect at least one person to make a conscious effort to protect and respect their skin, I would be so happy! Please spread the love by informing others of the importance of sunscreen and being mindful of the powerful sun. The Melanoma Research Foundation is near and dear to my heart, so if you feel so inclined to donate, please do so here! 🙂

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