Beauty+Skin Healthy: Update Skincare Routine

Posted on: October 11, 2016

It’s been some time since my last post on my skincare routine. Here is my updated routine with some of my beauty + skincare tips and tricks that are beneficial for your skin and overall health. Sit back, relax and grab a come of coffee or water. This will be a long post, but an honest account on all my beauty, healthy and skincare tips and tricks. Enjoy!

 I try to make it a daily routine to pamper my skin.  Over the years, I’ve used products that contained anti-aging components. But in the last few years, I’ve began to incorporate more anti-aging products to my skincare routine. Now that I’m in my 30’s, I want to keep my skin, youthful, glowing and radiant. I want to prevent early signs of aging and age gracefully through the years. Research has shown that it’s best to start preventative measures sooner rather than later. When you stick to a daily routines, a well-balanced diet, staying hydrated, getting a good nights rest and listening to your skin the results will amaze you.

Lately, I’ve learned a great deal about many anti-aging products and have been experimenting with products that best suit my skin. For this post, I’m sharing my updated skincare routine, along with my healthy + beauty secrets for anti-aging and much more.

First things first, in order for us to look healthy on the outside we need to be healthy on the inside as well. Leading a healthy lifestyle is vital and important in getting great skin. Fruits, Veggies and healthy proteins contain many health benefits along with acting skin solutions. Skincare products are great for our skin, but we can also find active ingredients within our foods that are beneficial to our health and skin. Below are a few staples in my diet that are also great for your skin too. Health is wealth in my opinion. We only have one body, so we need to make sure to treat it right in all aspects.

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Staples for me are:

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Green Juices:

  • Gives you Energy
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Great mix of both fruits and vegetables
  • Aids immunity
  • Aids in digestions
  • Regulates blood sugar levels
  • Keeps you fuller longer
  • Aids in giving you radiant, glowing skin

Fave Fruits: Apples, Pitaya, Strawberries, Mango, Lemons, Watermelon, Bananas, blueberries, Avocados, Tomatos, Pears and Tropical Fruits

  • Diets rich in fruit can help reduce your risks of: stroke, cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes
  • Helps maintain optimum health due to the phytochemical many fruits contain
  • 2-1/2 cups are recommended daily
  • Most fruits contain Vitamin C helps defend your skin from damaging free radicals
  • Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant
  • Eating tropical fruits and many others can help restore and replenish your skin stores and helps to give you glowing, radiant skin
  • Helps synthesize the Collagen Cells in your skin
  • Beauty Booster
  • Helps fight and Prevent Acne
  • Anti-aging components
  • Tightens Pores

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Veggies: Spinach, Brussel Sprouts, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Sweet Potato, Beets, and Zucchini

  • Helps to give you glowing skin
  • Improves and fights wrinkles
  • You’ll have healthy Skin when you eat your veggies
  • Beauty Booster
  • Controls skin tone and oil control
  • Strengthens your skin tissue
  • Spinach contains anti-inflammatory agents that flush out toxins
  • Clears your skin of bacteria
  • Fights Acne (Both Fruits and Veggies)
  • Helps heals acne scars

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Healthy Protein: Lean Meats– Chicken, Beef and Turkey

Fish+Seafood: Salmon, Cod, Shrimp, Tuna, Flounder

  • Important nutrients like protein and vitamin D.
  • Best source for omega-3 fatty acids which is important for your body and brain health.
  • Lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Aid in increasing grey matter in the brain that protects in brain deterioration.
  • Studies show it helps and treats depression.
  • Linked to help reduce the risk of autoimmune diseases including type 1 diabetes.
  • Helps protect your vision in old age.
  • Signs show that if you eat a healthy amount of fish it helps the quality of your sleep.
  • Delicious and easy to prepare.
  • Aids in giving you firmer skin

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Healthy Snacks:

  • Almonds
  • Nuts
  • Frozen Grapes
  • Edamame
  • Apricots
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • String Cheese
  • Protein Bars
  • Kale Chips
  • Smoothie drinks

First things first, always stay hydrated. Hydration is key. A great way to keep hydrated is drinking water, at least 11 cups daily. There was a time where I too, struggled with this but it’s become like second nature to me. It’s best to maintain the habit of drinking water. I like to make it a habit to start first thing in the morning, during the day at various intervals and before I go to bed. It’s so important to stay hydrated, great for your overall health and skin too. In addition to staying hydrated, it’s great to load up on good healthy snacks throughout the day. Almonds are a great go to snack for me. They contain the healthy fatty acids you need and want for healthy skin and body. They also help to slow down the aging process.

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Now, aside from a healthy diet is my skincare routine. I like to stick to a routine, and staying consistent. Consistency is key in maintaining healthy looking skin. Although, I’ve changed my products here and there I still stick to my routine for both day and night. For me, I like to keep my skincare routine pretty simple. Here’s what I do:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Toner
  3. Facial Oil (both day and night) 
  4. Serum
  5. Eye Cream 
  6. Moisturizer + SPF (Daytime) 

Morning Skincare Routine: 

Cleanse: Sephora Collections : Total Purify & Cleanse Gel or Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel

Facial Oil: On days when my skin just needs extra hydration and moisture (Fall/Winter Months can be used both day and night) Sunday Riley’s Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil 

Toner: Dermalogica’s Multi-Active Toner Spray , Caudalie’s Grape Water and Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir (I also use Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir to set my makeup)

Serum:     Josie Maran’s Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment

Eye Cream:  Caudalie’s Premier Cru Eye Cream

Moisturizer: No 7 Early Defence Day Cream with SPF 30 Every now and then, I’ll use a tinted moisturizer with added SPF: Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Oil Free in the shade 3C1 Fawn

SPF: Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Gel With Sunscreen for extra protection

Night-Time Routine: 

For the night-time I use products that are richer and can absorb into my skin while I sleep. The majority of my products for the night-time have a lot of Anti-aging agents to help keep my skin youthful, hydrated, firm, and rejuvenated. So, while i’m sleeping they can work their magic. So that when I wake in the morning my skin feels nourished, youthful and well rested.

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Cleanse: (For the Fall/Winter Months when my skin needs extra hydration and moisture) No7 Beautiful Skin Age Defense Cleanser  or No7 Beautiful Skin Melting Gel Cleanser (Main Cleanser)

Elixir: Caudalie’s Premier Cru Elixir ( Can be used for the daytime as well)

Facial Oil: Boots No7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil, for an added boost I use: Sunday Riley’s Luna Sleeping Night Oil

Serum: No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advance Serum

Eye Cream: Chanel’s Le Lift Creme Yeux Firming Anti-Wrinkle/Aging Eye Cream

Moisturizer: Chanel’s Le Lift Creme Rich Firming Anti-Aging/Wrinkle Cream

For Extra TLC Skincare Needs: 

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For extra hydration and moisture,  I’ll often use various hydrating mask and sheet mask. My favorite hydrating sheet mask are:  Nature’s Republic Aqua Collagen Solution Ceramide Hydro Gel Mask, Nature’s Republic Real Green Tea Aqua Gel Mask , SKII Facial Treatment Mask , and Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask Hydration.

If I didn’t get enough sleep the night before, and I wake up with puffy eyes and dark circles— I’ll use some under eye gel mask. They’re great for depuffing, replenishing and reducing the appearance of any dark circles for your tired eyes.  My favorite go to under eye masks are: Tarte’s Pack your Bags 911 Undereye Rescue Patches, Peter Thomas Roth’s 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra Gel Eye Patches and Que Bella Professional Moisturizing Gel Eye Mask.

In the event my skin is going thru either hormonal spells or the occasional flair up. A great mask that I’ve tried and recommend is Ballerina Botanicals Detox Mask to find out more about the product click here. Another favorite of mine is Glam Glow’s Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask. If my skin needs a little lift and brightening I use Glam Glow’s FlashMud Brightening treatment.

Be sure to exfoliate your skin at least twice a week. My favorite exfoliator at the moment is: First Aid Beauty’s Facial Radiance Polish. I also love : Dermalogica’s Skin Prep Scrub and Daily Microfoliant Powder Exfoliant.

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If you missed my skincare routine and the products I used click here to read all about it. I hope you enjoyed this post and hopefully it will be beneficial for you. It’s best to always listen to your skin, and give it the TLC it deserves.  Please do share your beauty tips and tricks. I love learning, experimenting and hearing from you. Feel free to comment below and share your photos using the hashtag: #SFBBeauty.

What are some of your beauty tips?

What product(s) would you use?

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey.

 


ANNIESA HASIBUAN NYFW SS17

Posted on: September 30, 2016

 

Anniesa Hasibuan’s show was simply captivating and moving. At the young age of 28, Hasibuan was the first Indonesian designer to showcase her collection at NYFW. This show has been heard all over the world, and with good reason. History was made in New York at NYFW, for she was the first Indonesian designer to present her collection, where the hijab made its debut on the catwalk. Featuring colorful headscarves in pink, silver and gold. The hijab was styled with eye catching jackets, gowns, colorful silk and patterned tunics, velvets and brocades adorned with pearls and sequins. All handcrafted and beaded with precise detail and care. Anniesa Hasibuan’s collection was inspired by her hometown Jakarta. The final outfit was the most gorgeous showstopper that left the audience stunned. It was truly inspiring to see a young designer like Anniesa Hasibuan present at NYFW. Not only inspiring but empowering, making you believe that dreams really do come true. The look of joy and happiness shined bright on her face has she walked the runway at the end of her show. The show concluded with a standing ovation, that gave me goosebumps.

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I fell in love with the beaded jackets and gowns shown that evening. You can clearly see the time and effort that went into making each piece. How they were all handcrafted with the utmost love and care. Truly remarkable. I would totally rock one of those jackets any day!

[The hijab is a veil traditionally worn by Muslim women in the presence of adult males outside of their immediate family, which usually covers the head and chest. The term can further refer to any head, face, or body covering worn by Muslim women that conforms to a certain standard of modesty. Hijab can also be used to refer to the seclusion of women from men in the public sphere, or it may denote a metaphysical dimension, for example referring to “the veil which separates man or the world from God”. (Wikipedia)]

Most often the hijab is worn by muslim women to display modesty and privacy. Most women are often stereotyped as disempowered, and constricted when wearing the hijab. Although, many women today choose to wear it for personal reasons. The hijab is in fact seen as a feminist statement to many. The women of the muslim culture have been neglected in the fashion industry for quite some time. But thanks to designers like Anniesa Hasibuan–she made her mark which was well received by many in the fashion industry. At the end of the show, I along with fellow blogger and friend Ellese Launer of Rock Paper Glam had the pleasure of speaking with the designer. A lovely women, with such great talents and a heart of gold. We asked, ” How long did the beading take?” And she responded, ” Quite some time, all were hand beaded and crafted.” When you speak to her, you too, will see her grace, charm and passion for fashion.

I’ll concluded with a statement Anniesa Hasibuan made to CNN, “I am so proud and thankful for everyone on the team who helped me so this event could happen, and I am thankful to international and local media from Indonesia for exposing my show. I did not realize the result can be this amazing, and I am thrilled and humbled by the welcome reaction given.” (CNN

Thank you Anniesa Hasibuan for inspiring and empowering many of us with your collection and making a huge impact on the world. Your designs are truly amazing and well respected.

If you saw the show, and if you caught my Snapchat story that evening, what were your thoughts? Comment below, I love hearing from you!

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey. I hope you enjoyed reading and I hope this post inspired you just as much as it did me.


NYFW + SHOPSTYLE SOCIAL HOUSE

Posted on: September 23, 2016

 

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The Shopstyle Social House was one event that I was SUPER excited about this season. I was thrilled to get invited to the Social House again and experience it all this NYFW SS17. I started my day with the Dan Liu show at the Skylight Clarkson Gallery. Then I headed uptown to the Glasshouses for the ShopStyle Social House event. This was one event I was looking forward to since I got the invitation. I was so happy and thrilled to experience and enjoy it all with my gal pal and fellow blogger friend Loren. She’s the writer and creator behind the blog: Enlightened By Bravery. If you aren’t following her yet, you should. She’s just a great women, with great style and an amazing personality. Such a beautiful soul she has, and I’m happy to have met her. Check her blog out: www.enlightenbybravery.com and her Instagram: @EnlightedByBravery.

This look was my favorite outfit I wore during NYFW. Probably not the best choice for that particular day though, because it felt like a sauna outside in early September. But hey, it’s all in the name of fashion. And let’s be honest, I’m a slave to FASHION. Rock it and own it, which is exactly what I did. What’s great about this dress is that it still can be worn and style for the Fall months. Can’t wait to style and rock the look again soon.

We enjoyed getting our hair done by the hairstylist there that day. Sipped on champagne and Rose,  browsed the clothing racks to borrow some FAB pieces to rock during NYFW. Thanks to Shopstyle, Sole Society, The Outnet Iris and Ink and Sam Edelman, for keeping me looking stylish and fashionably chic all throughout NYFW. We were also gifted great cross body bags by Gigi New York which were personally monogrammed for us by the Gigi New York staff. It was great to meet old and new friends as well as connecting with all the vendors at the event.

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Dress: Tularosa (You can find the dress on this website as well)

Bag: Chanel 

Oxford Lace up Brogues: Kurt Geiger

Sunglasses: Quay Australia

Velvet Choker Necklace: Chloe and Isabel

A special thanks to Shopstyle and @altamiranyc for the mini photoshoot. It was such a pleasure shooting with him. Thankful to have been photographed by someone so talented and amazing. Check him out on Instagram: @altamiranyc

As always, thanks so much for reading, following along and support me in my journey.


NYFW MARISSA WEBB SS17

Posted on: September 16, 2016

Marissa Webb is one designer I love and admire. When I attended her show last season, I was simply amazed by her incredible work. I can definitely say the same for this season. She presented on Day 1 of NYFW on September 8th at the Skylight Clarkson Gallery. Marissa Webb is one designer who perfectly balances feminine and masculine elements into her designs. Her designs exude cool, sophisticated, chic, and effortless all at the same time. Her SS17 Collection featured a soft palette of neutrals with pops of burnt orange, chartreuse in delicate silks and subtle ruffle accents. One of my favorite looks from this collection was her take on a suit. A modern day version of a traditional suit, and the back detail was just to die for. Every piece was absolutely AMAZING! I definitely had my favorites from her Ready-to-Wear collection. I wanted every piece in my size for my closet. I loved how she paired a military inspired jacket with her soft, pretty, floral dress. And how she paired a silk floral top with leather pants, seemed fitting and oh so stylish!

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(MY FAVORITES FROM THE COLLECTION)

 

When it comes to design, Marissa Webb doesn’t need to dig deep to find inspiration. She dresses what she knows best, and what speaks to her. Her inspiration comes from what’s around her, specifically ” The Modern New York woman,” as she stated backstage before the show. Although, her designs are inspired by the Modern New York woman, they aren’t the only ones who will fall in love with this collection.

 

What’s your favorite from the collection?

As always, thanks for reading, following, and supporting me in my journey. I hope you enjoyed my photos and recap


NYFW SS17 LEANNE MARSHALL

Posted on: September 12, 2016

Leanne Marshall’s SS17 collection at New York Fashion Week was absolutely stunning! We saw some gorgeous chiffon gowns, sheer cropped tops and pants numbers that floated down the runway leaving viewers speechless. Gowns were flowing, models glided through the runway almost as if they were floating on clouds. The overall vibe was something straight out of an elegant fairytale with stunning high fashion outfits. I believe, everyone who saw this show could see themselves wearing her entire collection. There’s no doubt about it, no matter what the occasion is, Leanne Marshall definitely showed beautiful consistency in every single piece that dawned the runway. Anybody who wears Leanne Marshall clothing will be a showstopper and will turn heads all over. Every look exude ethereal, feminine beauty that just flowed throughout the show.

The chiffon, organza, and cotton lace fabrics she used draped the feminine silhouettes effortlessly, making a grand entrance that was so captivating as they appeared on the runway. The inspiration behind her collection came from crystals and the meaning behind their healing energy. Each crystal could mean something different for a lot people. They can be used as a means to uplift you, help you channel the different things you may be going thru or even a way to find a sense of relief or meditation. Many designers have embraced the, “see it now, buy it now,” trend, something Marshall has begun to do too. 41 looks were presented at NYFW, and 10 of them were made to order immediately available now  on her website. I don’t know about you, but I would love to owe a Leanne Marshall original any day!

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The amount of detail of sheer illusions, hand-beading, and embellishments that Leanne Marshall designed were simply beautiful.  It just goes to show the amount of time, dedication and detail that went into every piece of the collection. Needless to say, this show left me stunned by the beauty that existed in every piece that glided through the runway. I loved her color palette choice of soft pastels: rose quartz, plum, and blue. They invoked romantic and flirty feels that complimented Marshall’s artistry,  almost dream like ambiance with the use of chiffon fabrics. I’m still amazed by the draping and movement of each piece. Two words I’d use to describe her collection: breathtaking and absolutely stunning. It only leaves us in high anticipation to see what’s to come next season. One things for sure, we know it will be nothing short from AMAZING!

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey. I hope you enjoyed my recap and photos from this stunning show.


Have you got your SOUL on yet?

Posted on: June 27, 2016

Motivational “Soul” Monday’s

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I discovered SoulCycle at a time when I needed it the most. I had just gotten engaged and I was about to plan my version of “My Big Fat Filipino-Guyanese Wedding.” With wedding stress on my mind, work and other things happening at the time, I needed something that could help relieve me from everything going on. Running usually is my go to, source for exercise and the ultimate stress reliever. But I started to see my body plateau and I wasn’t seeing any results, my body had gotten used to my routine and daily workouts, and I too,  started to get bored with it. I started to explore different options, even classes that would still give me a great workout, help me get fit and in shape for my wedding, but also fun and something that wasn’t tiresome or tedious. Let’s face it, we all have those moments where we don’t want to workout, but we all know we should. It only makes us better and in turn its great for our overall health.

Thus, began my obsession with SoulCycle. I was hearing the word Soul everywhere. It was the latest craze in the fitness world and heard all over New York City. All the celebrities were doing it, it was literally everywhere. I was hearing many different reviews about SoulCycle, but the only way I would ever really know what all the talk was about is if I would try it for myself.  I’ve taken a spin class before, and I will be completely honest, I had my butt kicked. But when I walked into my first class SoulCycle class in the Tribeca, I will admit, I was intimidated. But, I was eager to see what Soul was all about. I was determined to get thru my first class. What I did notice is that everyone was so welcoming, it wasn’t just your normal spin class. It was a fun-filled, upbeat 45 minute class that worked all parts of your body. What makes SoulCycle different from your normal spin class, is that you work all elements of your body, while moving to the beat of the music. After I started to get the hang of it, I learned some new moves on the bike and was moving and grooving to the music. My intimidation soon passed when my instructor, Krista, reassured me and other newbies, we could go at our own pace. If we couldn’t get on the beat, not to worry, just as long as we listened to our bodies, have fun and follow along as best as we could. No judgements! You can just feel the energy in the room, it was contagious, I wanted more. I craved for more soul.  After 45 minutes was up, I knew I was definitely coming back. While I still went on runs and to the gym, I began going to SoulCycle regularly. I started to see the changes in my body, mind, and soul. I felt stronger both mentally and physically. I felt more at ease and less stressed. I truly can say that SoulCycle has helped me become a better me. Not to mention, it was fun riding alongside the likes of : Tyra Banks, Bradley Cooper. and Kelly Ripa When I say everyone is joining SoulCycle, I mean EVERYONE! 🙂 So happy I found Soul cycle especially before my wedding.

What you learn in Soul isn’t just about the physical. It’s a mind, body, spirit experience. Soul cycle is more than just a spin class it allows you to find perspective, get centered, change your body and find your SOUL. If your looking for a class that’s fun, strength building both mentally and physically then SoulCycle is for you. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

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I’ve said this time and time again, every ride is different but the outcome is always the same, AMAZING! I love the feeling I get after each class. I feel empowered, refreshed, and ALIVE. No one can ever take what you’ve worked on and what your working towards away from you. You are in control, and you decide. SoulCycle, a brand, a community, a way of life. Get your Soul on today!

If you haven’t tried SoulCycle yet, I highly recommend it. You can always find me on the bike either in Tribeca or the West Village. Come ride with me! Let’s get our Soul on together.

My favorite move on the bike: TAP BACK!

Are you a renegade?

Find your tribe, your squad and keep them close. They’re hard to come by!

What is your favorite workout? I love hearing from you all, comment below or write to me.

As always, thanks for reading, subscribing, and following along on my journey!

All photos were taken by me and are owned by Emily Sotera, Social Fashionista Beauty

 


It’s more Fun in the Bahamas

Posted on: June 9, 2016

It’s definitely more fun in the Bahamas, with great weather and fun in the sun, how could you go wrong! I mean, am I right?!

Last May, I enjoyed a little getaway to the Bahamas.  A little fun in the sun and some good ol’ R&R. I’ve enjoyed visiting the Bahamas ever since my first visit back in High School.  It was a nice way to free my mind and getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city . Whenever you get a chance it’s always nice to get away now and then, and I feel it’s important too. Great way to get refreshed, relaxed and feel restored and ready to get back to reality.

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I stayed at none other than the Atlantis Resort & Casino on Paradise Island. I stayed at the newest, most modern and fashionably chic part of the resort: The Cove Atlantis.

Atlantis Paradise Island Resorts & Casino: Located at: One Casino Drive Paradise Island, Bahamas. It’s the Caribbean’s top vacation resort to visit. Discover all the fun and all it has to offer. The Resort has water parks the whole family can enjoy, fine dining, casino gaming and so much more. The resort has so much to offer you almost don’t need to go anywhere else. The Atlantis is such a gorgeous hotel and resort with so much to do for the whole family. I would highly recommend staying here when you visit the Bahamas. There are also many other hotels on Paradise Island and in downtown Nassau that are also notable. But this is one hotel that offers so much and has just about everything you’re looking for when your looking for relaxation, fun in the sun, and much more. Plus, it’s one of our favorites.

  • Royal Tower: is the most iconic tower and the heartbeat of the resort and the central location for the hotels premiere attractions.
  • Beach Tower: relaxed and care-free atmosphere, your room is steps away from all the fun, the beach and pools. The most affordable accommodations.
  • Coral Tower: contemporary and relaxed Bahamian ambiance, moderately priced accommodations.
  • The Reef Atlantis:Your home away from home, Luxury beachfront suites and residential apartments
  • The Cove Atlantis: Most stylish and fashionably chic escape, upscale guest experience. Exclusive access to the Adult only pool and beach club Cain at the Cove as well as Cascades Family pools. (This is where were stayed)
  • Harbourside Atlantis: Enjoy both simple and spacious charm of comfortable villas here at the Harbourside resorts. Ideally suited for families or groups of 9 or more.

What Atlantis has to offer–What To See + What To Do: 

  • Enjoy the Dolphin Experience at Dolphin Cay extraordinary environment and intimate interaction programs at this 14-acre marine habitat
  • Go and experience Atlantis’s Water Park 141-acre water park includes a mile-long river tubing adventure, nine water slides, and 11 pools
  • Water Adventures: Learn how scientists and Atlantis Blue Project are working to conserve the world’s coral reefs
  • Check out their Marine Habitat: Experience up-close views of more than 50,000 marine animals from over 200 species (Included with your stay)
  • There are a plethora of activities for the Kids and Adults to enjoy outside of the waterpark: Tennis, Shopping, Earth & Pottery Studio, Rock Climbing, Atlantis Theater, Atlantis Library, Yacht and Fishing Charters, and Tours
  • Golf: Guests of Atlantis can enjoy invigorating play and spectacular ocean views at the Ocean Club Golf Course, an 18-hole, par 72 championship course, designed by Tom Weiskopf
  • Spa: Mandara Spa brings together ancient Balinese healing touches, traditional European therapies and natural elements indigenous to The Bahamas to provide the most unique and pampering spa treatments
  • Entertainment : Atlantis has many bars and lounge and great nightlife. Experience it all and check them all out.
  • Cain at The Cove
  • Aura Nightclub
  • Atlantis LIVE
  • Atlantis Theatre
  • Jokers Wild Comedy Club
  • Bars & Lounges

Guest don’t just have to go to Rodeo drive or 5th Avenue for luxury shopping. Atlantis Resorts offers world-class shopping thats just steps away from your room. Visit the Crystal shops located in the The Royal Tower, more boutique shops in their Cove Tower, Marina Village and the Pro shop. Whatever you fancy Atlantis offers that and much more. If you want to venture off Paradise Island, head down to Bay Street located in downtown Nassau. There you’ll find many shops, outlets, boutiques and the local straw market. The Straw Market is one of my favorite place to visit. The straw market is a traditional open-air market, where local vendors sell handwoven straw crafts, Bahamian souvenirs & tourist trinkets. Definitely a great place to buy gifts for family and friends. Great for bargains as well.

Where To Eat: 

The Atlantis has a variety of foods to offer, so you won’t go hungry thats for sure. If your looking for fine dining, dining al fresco or some quick eats Atlantis has it. Island life is the best life and its great for any setting for eating. enjoy eating at one of my favorite restaurants Nobu (Celebrity Chef Restaurant), if your looking for something more Island cuisine then you’ll enjoy 77 West. Here are some other restaurants at Atlantis that may tickle your fancy.

Fine Dining Options (Our Faves):                                                          

Casual Dining Al Fresco (Our Favorites): 

Quick Eats: 

And if your super hungry and looking for something with more variety check out Poseidon’s Table. This is Atlantis’s newest buffet dining restaurant that has so much to offer. With an eclectic cuisines for dinner and an array of your breakfast favorites.

There is so much to see and do at The Atlantis but the same goes for the entire island of the Bahamas. If you want to experience the island, here are some suggestion on what to see in the Bahamas.

Bahamas Facts

  • Officially known as the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
  • It lies just northwest of Turks and Caicos and Southeast of Florida and East of the Florida Keys
  • Nassau is the Capital located in New Providence
  • New Providence is the most populated Island in the Bahamas containing more than 70% of the total population
  • The Bahamas was the first site where Christopher Columbus set foot on in the New World in 1492
  • The Bahamas become a British Colony in 1718, but became independent realm in 1973 retaining Queen Elizabeth II as its monarch.
  • Bahamas in one of the richest countries in the Americas following the USA and Canadas
  • The economy is based on tourism and finance
  • The colours embodied in the design of the Bahamian flag symbolize the image and aspirations of the people of the Bahamas; the design reflects aspects of the natural environment (sun, sand and sea) and the economic and social development. The flag is a black equilateral triangle against the mast, superimposed on a horizontal background made up of two colours on three equal stripes of aquamarine, gold and aquamarine. (Wikipedia)
  • The symbolism of the flag is as follows: Black, a strong colour, represents the vigour and force of a united people, the triangle pointing towards the body of the flag represents the enterprise and determination of the Bahamian people to develop and possess the rich resources of sun and sea symbolised by gold and aquamarine respectively. In reference to the representation of the people with the colour black, some white Bahamians have joked that they are represented in the thread which “holds it all together.”(Wikipedia)
  • The Yellow Elder is the national flower, it blooms throughout the years

What To See

  • Blue Lagoon: Blue Lagoon Island is a private island located 5 km from Nassau, Bahamas and serves as a local tourist attraction
  • Ardastra Gardens: Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre in Nassau, The Bahamas opened in 1937 though the work of the Jamaican horticulturist, Hedley Vivian Edwards. From the Latin Ardua astrum, Ardastra means “Striving for the stars”
  • Junkanoo: Junkanoo is a street parade with music, dance, and costumes of Igbo origin in many towns across the Bahamas every Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The largest Junkanoo parade happens in the capital New Providence.
  • Fort Fincastle: Fort Fincastle is a fort located in the city of Nassau on the island of New Providence in The Bahamas
  • Fort Charlotte: Fort Charlotte is a British-colonial era fort built on a hill over-looking the harbor of Nassau, The Bahamas. The fort sits a short walk west of downtown Nassau and the cruise ship terminal
  • Take a tour of Nassau, Paradise Island and more. For more information click here

If you’re anything like us, wherever we travel we like to check out where the locals hangout and eat. We love seeing and exploring the hot spots for the locals, especially for eating. So if your looking for something more local and authentic, take a little drive or walk down downtown Nassau to the Fish Fry. The Fish Fry, is where you’ll find real, authentic Bahamian dishes that will satisfy your tastebuds. The Fish Fry is a place I would highly recommend if your looking for local and real Bahamian cuisine.

During our trip, we enjoyed each day by the pool or beach, basically relaxed in paradise. Some days were spent, curled up reading a book or work in the Library lounge located in the Royal Tower. And of course we love taking photos. Honestly, every inch of this hotel and island was so Instagram friendly. It’s impossible to not find a more perfect place to take photos. If your favorite photo spot is occupied? Don’t fret, walk in any direction of the resort or even away from the hotel and you’ll find another perfect spot. This may seem like #bloggerproblems, but no fear the island is so beautiful, every inch is photo worthy. You’re in island paradise, so don’t worry you’ll be able to capture that perfect island photo shot, GUARANTEED! We enjoyed cocktails by the pool even tried our luck at the casino. Danced the night away at the Aura Nightclub and returned to the lobby bar for a nightcap.

The Island of the Bahamas and the Atlantis is so absolutely gorgeous with fun, relaxing and positive vibes. During you’re stay you’ll feel at ease and with so much to do you won’t ever have to worry about being bored. When you visit the Bahamas and stay at the Atlantis, you will surely have an amazing time as we did. Although the majority of our visit was spent at the resort, we also took time to explore the rest of the island. All in all, we enjoyed our stay in the Bahamas and at the Atlantis Resorts and Casino Paradise Island. We want to thank the entire staff at the Atlantis for making our stay such a fantastic experience. We also want to thank the Bahamas tourism board for the incredible tour of the beautiful island.

Have you traveled to Paradise? 

Book your next vacation at The Atlantis

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All about that Palm Tree Life !!

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I hope you enjoyed my Travel guide+diary and photos. I hope this was helpful for you in planning your next vacation or visit to the Bahamas or the Atlantis. I love hearing from you. Comment below or even write to me. If you ever get the chance to visit the Bahamas and stay at the Atlantis, please do share your visit using the hashtags: #SFBTravelDiaries #AlwaysAmazing #TheCoveLife #ItsMoreFunintheBahamas #StayAtlantis

As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey.


THURSDAY INSPIRATION: Viola Davis’s Speech and Opportunity.

Posted on: September 24, 2015

If you didn’t watch the Emmy’s last Sunday, you missed the most empowering and inspirational speech by Viola Davis. She was nominated for Best Actress in a Drama and she won. She’s the first African-American to win this award. Her speech though, was truly remarkable. She made us all cry, but she moved us with her words of truth, passion, and inspiration. Her words not only spoke to Women of Color, but I felt like it spoke towards all women alike. Everyone in that room and those watching at home, felt the power and inspiration by her words. This was the speech that was heard all around the world. Whether you felt included or not by her words, the meaning behind it speaks a lot of truths. Without “opportunity” we wouldn’t be where we are today. No matter where you are in life, it takes a lot of Courage, Determination, Motivation, and enough inspiration to make through anything in life. We all can be who we want to be andWE are the ones who choose our destiny, we just need that “opportunity” to make something of ourselves in life. This is something we all should to think about, reflect, and work towards.

Viola Davis’s Speech,

         “In my mind, I see a line. And over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me, over that line. But I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line.’ That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. And let me tell you something: The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. So here’s to all the writers, the awesome people that are Ben Sherwood, Paul Lee, Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes, people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black. And to the Taraji P. Hensons, the Kerry Washingtons, the Halle Berrys, the Nicole Beharies, the Meagan Goods, to Gabrielle Union: Thank you for taking us over that line. Thank you to the Television Academy. Thank you.” ( http://www.nytimes.com/live/emmys-2015/viola-daviss-emotional-emmys-acceptance-speech/)

Remember no matter what anyone ever says to you, remember this: You can do anything you set your mind to, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Because we create our futures, we create our destinys, and we shape our lives. With hard work, determination,  motivation, and continuing to inspire ourselves and others you can do just about anything. Our opportunity is life, it is what we do with it, that will set us apart from others. And whatever you do with your life happened because YOU did it . Because of that opportunity, you stayed inspired, stay motivated, and always DREAM BIG!! Continue to chase your goals, dreams, and that opportunity, remember anything is possible. We are only given one life, so make the most out of it!

DREAM BIG!

Love, Peace, and Happiness! 🙂

What keeps you motivate? What are your passions in life?

I’d love to hear your thoughts and what keepings you going in life, share with me!


Where Fashion meets Technology: TechStyle Event NYC #NYFW

Posted on: September 14, 2015

Happy Monday!! It’s been a great  #NYFW so far….

I’ve enjoyed meeting/connecting with new influencers, Bloggers, PR Creatives, Talent and more. Tonight I attended TechStyle NYC event in Midtown.  The event brought together fashion obsessed, tech-savvy ladies and gents– the perfect retreat for all fashionistas alike. TechStyle brought together fashion brands with the latest technological innovations. Influencers, Bloggers, Celebs, and more were invited to interact+ connect+mingle and experience new brands.

The brands and Platforms that we’re featured at the event were:

Swggr: @SwggrMedia- Virtual Online Closet: Style. Share. Score

Mavatar Shop Better : @Mavatar- Helpful, Smart, Social & Universal Shopping cart for consumers

TTandon New York: @TTANDONNY- NY FASHION DESIGNER

Meredith Marks: @MeredithMarks- Fine Jewelry

Titka: #Titika – Active Couture

Stylisted: @TheStylisted- In-Home hair&makeup at salon prices.

Shapeways: @Shapeways- 3-D Printing service and Marketplace.

Sound Sparkling Tea:@SoundTea- Unsweetened Sparkling Tea.

Glam Stand: @MyGlamStand-MUAS

Donde:@DondeFashion- Where you find what you’re looking for from thousands of fashion brands in seconds.

CreedsCollective: @CreedsCollective- Influencer Marketing+Branding Agency

Rejected Hearts Club: @RejectedHeartsClub-Handcrafted Jewelry for Men & Women.

Thync How Good Feels: @Thync- Calm or energy in as little as 5 minutes.

Boomerang NYC: @BoomerangNYC-Quality Drycleaning &Laundry from your Couch.

Tressenoir:@tressenoire-Web based at-home Beauty booking services.

Warsteiner: @Warsteiner- Beer Brand

LifeTherapy: @Lifetherapyofficial-Life positively with scents &color.

Brode Electrolyte Vitamin: @Brode_EV- Electrolytes anytime.

Kopi Trading co.: @kopitradingco- INDONESIAN COLD BREW COFFEE

These are a few of the brands and platforms that were showcasing at the event. Check them out through their Instagram accounts WHERE YOU CAN FIND more information.

For more from techStyle follow them @Techstylenyc

Overall, it was a fun and great event bringing fashion and technology together. I look forward to connecting with the various influencers, bloggers, and brands that I met tonight.

For more on fashion, trends, style and more stay tuned!


Lifestyle: How to: Stay Inspired + Motivated +Positive- My Tips & Go To’s.

Posted on: September 14, 2015

At times, Life with all our day-to-day struggles can be hard and can get the best of us. It happens, we are human. Sometimes, we even find ourselves, in a state of melancholy and find it hard to break free from it. We tend to lose our drive, motivation, we lose sight of what inspires us most, and ultimately lose focus of all the positive things in life. Often times, I get ask, ” What keeps you motivated?” “What has helped keep that positive momentum that gives your that burst of inspiration?” My response is, “I’m human I have my moments, but I also say, ” You need to remain optimistic, and just like in the movie Nemo, “Just keep swimmin’,” no matter where you are in life, or what ‘s comes your ways. It’s never easy, but you have to at least try, and try, try again.” Today I’m going to share some of the things that have helped keep me INSPIRED+MOTIVATED+POSITIVE.

HOW TO STAY INSPIRED+MOTIVATED+POSITIVE

* ALWAYS COUNT YOUR BLESSING! I’M A FIRM BELIEVER IN THIS STATEMENT, RIGHT HERE. I ALWAYS COUNT MY BLESSING DAILY. KEEPS ME HONEST, HUMBLE, AND GROUNDED.

* ALWAYS TRY TO SEEK THE POSITIVE (“THE SILVER LINING”) IN EVERY SITUATION, NO MATTER HOW GOOD OR BAD

* SEARCH FOR THINGS THAT WILL INSPIRE YOU (PINTEREST KEEPS ME INSPIRED +ENTERTAINED ALL THE TIME, GREAT TIPS+TRICKS FOR JUST ABOUT ANYTHING. IF YOU HAVEN’T CREATED A PINTEREST BOARD, I SUGGEST YOU DO SO. ITS FUN TOO! YOU CAN CHECK MINE OUT: https://www.pinterest.com/SocFashBeaut17/)

* SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SOMETHING THAT ASTHETICALLY PLEASES YOU

* SURROUND YOURSELF AROUND POSITIVE PEOPLE – TRY IT!

* CREATE A NEW PLAYLIST OF MUSIC – NEW TUNES AND BEATS ALWAY PUTS ME IN A GOOD MOOD

* TRY A NEW WORKOUT (FIND YOUR SOUL- GOING TO SOULCYLE HAS BEEN THE GREATEST WORKOUT FOR ME. NOT TO MENTION A HUGE STRESS RELIEVER + IT GIVES ME PEACE OF MIND + GETS ME CENTERED AND FOCUSED)

* SAVE THE DRAMA FOR YOUR MAMA-  TRY AND KEEP THE DRAMA AT BAY AND TRY AND STAY CLEAR OF IT. THE LESS DRAMA IN YOUR LIFE THE BETTER. DEFINITELY GIVES ME CLARITY AND KEEPS MY STRESS LEVELS AT A LOW.

* KEEP A JOURNAL AND WRITE DOWN YOUR INNER MOST THOUGHTS- BE GRATEFUL+BE THANKFUL.  MAKE DAILY ACCOUNTS FOR YOUR BLESSINGS + APPRECIATIONS. I’M A FIRM BELIEVER OF WRITING ALL THE THINGS YOUR GRATEFUL AND THANKFUL FOR. FOR ME ITS KEPT ME GROUNDED, TRUE TO MYSELF, AND JUST ANOTHER WAY TO VOICE MY THOUGHTS. PLUS, ITS NICE TO LOOK BACK ON YOUR DAILY ACCOUNTS.

* CREATE A POSITIVE AFFIRMATION FOR YOURSELF: INSTEAD OF “I CAN’T” CHANGE IT TO “I CAN” NOTHING IS EVER IMPOSSIBLE, YOU ARE THE SOLE PERSON THAT CAN CREATE CHANGE FOR THE BETTER IN YOUR LIFE. AND ONCE YOU SHIFT YOUR CAN’TS INTO CAN’S YOU’LL BE FEELIN’ GREAT+IT’LL KEEP YOU STAYING POSITIVE. WHATEVER THAT PHRASE OR SAYING IS, MAKE IT YOUR DAILY MANTRA! MINE IS: TODAY I WILL GET UP+ MAKE TODAY BETTER THAN YESTERDAY! I WILL CREATE, I WILL LIVE, I WILL LAUGH, I WILL WORK HARD, AND BE HAPPY IN EVERYTHING I DO. I WILL NOT LET ANYONE GET THE BEST OF ME. BACK IN COLLEGE MY GIRLFRIENDS AND I FOLLOWED THE NIKE SAYING AND IT’S STUCK THROUGH THE YEARS:JUST DO IT! SOME DAYS ARE HARDER THAN OTHER, BUT I TRY TO PRACTICE THOSE PHRASINGS AND SAYINGS AND HAVE MADE IT MY DAILY MANTRA. IT’S HELPED IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE.

* PAMPER YOURSELF

* SET ASIDE SOME TIME FOR YOU TO RELAX +REBOOT+AND FIND YOUR PEACE OF MIND AGAIN- WHETHER THAT IS THRU PRAYER OR YOGA, WHATEVER WORKS FOR YOU DO IT! TAKE TIME TO FIND YOUR CENTER, REGAIN FOCUS, AND GET BACK ON TRACK. GREAT APPS TO DOWNLOAD THAT HAVE HELPED ME DO THIS ARE: BREATHE AND HEADSPACE (BOTH ARE FREE ON THE APPLE APP STORE)

* NEVER TAKE LIFE TOO SERIOUSLY. LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO ALWAYS BE SERIOUS. BE HAPPY AND ENJOY , WE ONLY GET ONE LIFE. SO USE IT WISELY!

* STEP OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE AND TRY SOMETHING NEW, NO MATTER WHAT IT IS, JUST DO IT! TRUST ME YOU’LL THANK ME LATER ! 🙂 😉

* READ A NEW BOOK/MAGAZINE/QUOTE/BLOG:  I’VE ALWAYS FOUND THAT READING IS A GREAT ESCAPE FROM YOUR BUSY/DAILY LIFE. A NEW BOOK/BLOG/MAGAZINE – CAN BE INSPIRING AND REWARDING. I’M CURRENTLY READING: #GIRLBOSS BY SOPHIA AMORUSO- SO FAR ITS QUITE INTERESTING, EDUCATIONAL, AND MOVING. I MEAN THE TITLE ALONE IS EMPOWERING.

* WATCHING A MOVIE OR YOUTUBE VIDEO CAN BE QUITE INSPIRING AND GIVE YOU A GOOD LAUGH ALL AT THE SAME TIME. AN OLDIE BUT A GOODIE+FAVE: FORREST GUMP, HE GAINED FANS AND INSPIRED OTHERS THRU HIS GOOD DEEDS. THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJIMAN BUTTONS, I WATCHED THIS MOVIE AFTER MY GIRLFRIEND RECOMMENDED IT TO ME. I WATCHED AFTER A BREAK-UP AND IT WAS SUCH A MOVING + INSPIRING STORY. YOU COULD LEARN A THING OR TWO AND MORE.

* PAY IT FORWARD: NO GOOD DEED NEVER GOES UNNOTICED. NO MATTER HOW BIG OR SMALL, DOING SOMETHING FOR THE GOOD OR BENEFIT FOR SOMEONE ELSE NOT ONLY MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD BUT IT SHOWS YOU HAVE A HEART AND ARE COMPASSIONATE.

    JUST THE OTHER DAY I MET A WOMAN ON THE TRAIN WHO IS A SINGLE MOTHER RAISING TWO KIDS ON THE STREETS OF NYC. HOMELESS AND ON TOP OF IT ALL SHE IS A SURIVIVOR OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. HER HUSBAND NEARLY BEAT HER TO DEATH, I FELT COMPELLED BY HER STORY. I GAVE HER SOME WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT AND HOPE AND A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR HER AND HER KIDS TO EAT. SHE WAS GRACIOUS AND THANKFUL THAT I EVEN TOOK THE TIME TO LISTEN TO HER. A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY, I HOPE THAT I MADE A DIFFERENCE IN HER DAY BY SHARING MY WORDS AND MY LITTLE OFFERING. IT DEFINITELY MADE ME FEEL GOOD.

* TALK TO SOMEONE WHO IS UPLIFTING AND SUPER MOTIVATING. THIS HELPS TREMENDOUSLY ESPECIALLY WHEN TIMES ARE TOUGH.

* NEVER LOSE SIGHT OF YOUR DREAMS: SET GOALS FOR YOURSELF AND DREAM BIG! DREAMS AND GOALS ARE JUST THAT, ITS UP TO YOU TO MAKE THEM REALITY. LIKE I SAID BEFORE NOTHING IS EVER IMPOSSIBLE! KEEP CHASING YOUR DREAMS.

These are just some tips and tricks that have worked for me over the year. But I will admit some days are harder than most, but that just means I’m human, it happens to all of us. But it doesn’t hurt to ever try. So try some of these out, they might be useful for you.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO KEEP POSITIVE? WHAT KEEPS YOU INSPIRED AND MOTIVATED? I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR GO TOS AND TIPS, COMMENT BELOW!

HERE ARE SOME QUOTES FOR INSPIRATION+MOTIVATION+POSITIVE VIBES:

(CREDITS: GOOGLE & PINTERST)

FOR MORE STAY TUNED!