What to Pack : Beach Vacations

Things I'm coveting for my trip to Mexico.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.com
How good does a beach vacation sound right now?!  So I’m prepping for a trip to Mexico later this week and you know I had to do a little shopping.  And since one of my summer bucket list items is “wear shorts” (you know you are stupid and old if your summer bucket list item has something about wearing shorts…) on it, I thought a beach vacay would be the perfect time to try some out.  I picked up those adorable black ruffle shorts (bottom right photo) from Ascot + Hart and can’t wait to wear them! (Dang it! These look like they are all sold out.  Check out their other fun short options here!)  Of course I need a spray tan first but then I’m going to wear the sh*t out of those shorts.  I’m also ellipticizing (I know this isn’t really a thing but if you can Jazzercise I really think you oughta be able to ellipticize) so hopefully my thighs won’t clap together as I wear my shorts around the resort.  And I have been making awesome food choices.  I see a little bit of a difference in my body and am totally going to stay on this healthy food business until at least my Palm Springs trip in August.  Of course I want to continue it after, but I really think I need a weekend where all I eat is cake.  I really like cake.

So um, Sharon, how is this post about packing for beach vacations again?  Oh right.  So another item I picked up for my trip, and summer in general, is this fantastic ruffle bikini top by Roxy.  This is perfection for small boobed, birthing hips gals like me.  It helps to balance out the silhouette and guess what else?  Ain’t nothing going to fall out of anywhere.  This would be a great bikini top for playing smashball in the sand (whoa, that sounded so 80’s, right there) or being more active than just lying on your towel.  This is going to be my go-to top for swimming with my kids.  Why are little hands so grabby?  Like, OH NO I think I may be drowning!  You know what will save me?  My moms triangle top bathing suit!  And I’m realizing that this isn’t much of a “how to” post.  It’s more of a “you should totally get these items post.”

And the other items in that photo?  All wish list items.  I keep seeing this round beach towel and it wants to be part of my family.  This white Cleobella kimono is perfection (holy crap!  This item is no longer available either! Here are some other great kimonos and jackets).  I can’t stop dreaming about these Nena and Co. bags.  One day I will break down and buy one.  The colors make my heart happy!  This Tacos and Tequila shirt should be mandatory when even thinking about Mexico.  And I’ve seen these rad little booties in action and think they want to be on my feet.  I can’t even tell you the last time I wore heels, so these would sort of be like training wheels.  That thick heel is right up my alley and I love the color.  All I have at the moment are black shoes and that is just too heavy for an easy, breezy oceanfront dinner.

I really like shopping, so I picked out some other things I would want for a beach vacation:

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Patio Decor Ideas

Colorful patio decor  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThe weather in sunny southern California allows us to pretty much sit outside year round.  And it’s killing me that my family doesn’t have a ridiculously cool outdoor set up to chill out in.  Next week I’m sharing my little outdoor oasis that my husband put together for me for Mother’s Day, but my dream fresh air experience has tons of bright patio decor.  In my opinion, you can’t have too many colors.  I’d take my wine, magazines and a patio playlist to my al fresco living space and relax all weekend long.  Here are some more great patio decor ideas for my dream patio:

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Things to do on a Quick Trip to New York

Streets of New York // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI love New York!  I was beyond excited that we got to stay in the city for #PuffDay14.  Tori and I discussed the trip before hand and we both knew that we wanted to pack in as much stuff as possible no matter how tired we were.  Mostly this meant we wanted to eat a lot.  I figured out that we had about 15 hours of awake time in the city that was all ours.  And I really think we did make the most of it.  There are a lot of things to do on a quick trip to New York and I’m sharing a few of my favorites. 

The St. Giles Tuscany Hotel in New York has super comfy rooms and beds // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAlthough I didn’t have anything to do with choosing the hotel (this was set up by the PR company handling the Puff Pastry event) it was awesome!  I highly recommend the St. Giles Tuscany Hotel in the Murray Hill area.  The neighborhood was pretty quiet but still had tons of stuff to do.  It was a close walk to Grand Central Station and a short taxi ride to La Guardia airport that I flew in and out of.  The rooms were spacious and comfortable and way larger than I was expecting for a hotel in New York.  

Gorgeous bathroom at the St. Giles Tuscany Hotel in New York // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd the bathrooms were GORG!  Mine was very large and it was so well designed.  It had Molton Brown amenities and excellent lighting. [Read more…]

Shop Tobi



I’m in full on shopping mode as I start to prepare for Alt Summit next month.  I just came across this site, Tobi,  and there are a ton of cute things on here.  Although the models look like they could use a sandwich or two, I know there are items that would look good on my average grown up woman body.  The prices are great too.

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These are a few of my faves from the site.  Those leopard sandals are just begging to be on my feet.  And I just know that stripey headband would be adorable on my head.  I hope someone leaves me money under the Christmas tree.  AND the entire site is 40% off until December 30, 2013.  What what!  Sign up with your email and get 50% off your first order!  Even better!

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#UnwrapWonder Holiday Shopping Event at C. Wonder

*This post is sponsored by C. Wonder and Mom Trends.  I was part of a nationwide campaign to provide holiday cheer and gift ideas along with other great bloggers at my local C. Wonder store.  All opinions are my own.

c-wonder-store-fashion-islandLate last week I got the opportunity to host a really fun holiday shopping party at the C. Wonder store in Fashion Island.  C. Wonder is a small chain that combines outstanding quality with value in a super inspiring space.  It is a specialty retailer with a well curated collection of brightly colored and patterned clothes, housewares etc. with a preppy vibe and a bit of an edge.  The perfect combo in my opinion.  It is an amazing wonderland for people who love to shop.  It has clothes, shoes, jewelry, home goods, gifts, stuff for your dog, a monogram shop and more!  I had been in the store before so I knew that my friends and readers would really enjoy it too.

Bear-banks-at-c-wonderThey asked me to put together my list of favorite gift items and then during the party had a table displaying some of those items for shoppers to take inspiration from.  I died over those gold teddy bear banks!  So cute!  And those little pink boxes next to them were 3 pairs of stud earrings in fun shapes.  But as the party went on, and I had the chance to browse the store with my guests, I found SO many more things that I wanted to add to my table.

Christmas-Tree-at-C-WonderTo start, the stores are bright and cheerful and, right now, decorated for Christmas.  This store nails it with their mix of bold patterns and graphic elements.  It is inviting and cool all at the same time.

sweet-treatsThe C. Wonder staff set out sweet treats to keep the shopper’s energy up.  I think you know how I feel about sweets so this delighted me to no end.  The kids who came through were especially interested in these treats.

c-wonder-with-party-guestHow fun is my blouse?!  I was so excited when the store asked me to wear one of their silk blouses for the party.  And since I have never met an animal print I didn’t like, I had to go with this one.  My wardrobe has been lacking in the color department so this turquoise just had to come home with me.  It was a hard decision as all of the blouses were gorgeous in really fun patterns.  Some great friends came out to support me and explore the store and it was a super fun night.

bracelets-at-c-wonderThe jewelry!  You have to go in and check out their jewelry displays.  Amazing bracelets, chunky jeweled necklaces, great cocktail rings, initial cuff bracelets!  So many amazing pieces.  And there is a great range of price points so you can find things for yourself or many others on your gift list.  Check out what Dinah picked up for herself.

Christmas-decor-at-c-wonderAlong with all the great everyday lifestyle items the store carries, they also have seasonal decor right now.  Their ornament selection is glitzy and fun and would add a ton of pizzazz to any tree.  The holiday items would make great gifts.  They also had gift kits, like the hot chocolate kits I meant to pick up as teacher presents.  But in all the fun, I forgot!  Looks like I’ll be making another trip to C. Wonder.

ram-purse-from-c-wonderThe big winner of the night seemed to be this ram.  It could be found on these cross body bags or a smaller clutch (one went home with Lauren) and they were a favorite among most of the shoppers.  I have it on good authority that this is going to be under my Christmas tree…

kristin-taking-picture-of-jewelryKristin took it upon herself to make sure that my husband knew what my favorite things were.  Here she is taking a picture of a necklace that I liked so she could send it to him.  Now THAT is a good friend.

delovely-from-c-wonderAnd aside from doing a little holiday shopping, it was super fun to meet a few people in person that I hadn’t had the chance to meet yet like Raquel or Nicole (pictured here with me and Kristin, photo courtesy of Nicole).  I was so into mingling that I forgot to stop and take pictures of people enjoying the party!  You can see what happened at all the parties by searching the hashtag #unwrapwonder.

The best part of the event was that the store agreed to donate 10% of sales during my event to Operation Shower!  How cool is that!

If you haven’t been to the store, check here to see where the closest one is to you.  But you can also always shop online.

Here are links to my top gift picks from the store:  Sparkler Bling Necklace, Phrase Cheese Board, Animal Dessert Plate, Leather Studded Card Case, Cashmere Heart Gloves, Small Camo Printed Travel Case, Monogram Jewelry Box

C. Wonder Fashion Island

347 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA  92660

(949) 644-4376

A huge thank you goes out to Mom Trends and C. Wonder for a fantastic event and to all those who came out to share in a little holiday celebrating and shopping!