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Vernazza, Italy (Cinque Terre)

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SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker

SHORTS: D.I.

SANDALS: Birkenstock

Okay first things first, this swimsuit is an absolute must for anyone searching for a flattering swimsuit! Just trust me, you will absolutely love it and I am convinced it could look good on any body type!

We went to two of the five villages of ‘Cinque Terre’ and this was our first! It is called Vernazza and it is absolutely beautiful! It also has the best and cheapest food! We got the most delicious pizza and pasta at a place called Fratelli! There is also a restaurant up on the cliff that is super cheap that my husband has eaten at before but unfortunately it was closed :(

We met a lot of backpackers here and it was so fun chatting with other people on their travels. A few of them asked us our budget since they were taken back by our six week stay and they were stunned to hear that we were paying less in six weeks than they were in 12 days! If there is one thing my husband and I are good at, its traveling cheap and finding deals.. our motto is ‘travel cheap and travel often’ ! Plus who knew Priceline had the most amazing deals all along!? We are currently in a suite at a hotel on the Almafi Coast for $41 a night that has our own balcony overlooking the ocean and endless supply of towels which I am oddly happy about :) ! It is so crazy because these deals could never be found in USA in touristy areas.. you’re lucky if you find a decent place in NYC for $100 a night! We brought a tent and sleeping bags because we researched a ton of amazing camping sights that have the most amazing views but haven’t had to use them once because we have been stunned by our online steals. I was thinking to share all of the hotels we are staying at but a lot of them are deals on Priceline right now that may not be on there a month from now when someone is reading this, but if you are planning to go to Italy in the near future please email me and I will share all of our cheap treasures! So just know if you are wanting to go to Europe, you can still have a fabulous time and it doesn’t need to cost you a fortune!

Also if you are ever in Vernazza – we found a hidden beach on the left (when walking to the water).. there are signs that look like they say do not pass but we passed (rebels :) haha) and found the most amazing beach that no one was on!

Posted On : October 1, 2013 at 12:10 am, by amber
Posted In : Italy,personal fashion,Travel

Skin Care + Trouve Spa Giveaway

IMG_5501I feel like we have been traveling so much this year and I feel like my skin needs more love than ever!  So I am doing a skin care post today since I have been getting a lot of emails about skin care and what my favorite products are and you know I always have to tell you guys whenever I find new tips out about skin care or make up or anything because I find it all so interested and helpful and just want everyone to know! Usually three times a year I will go see a master esthetician at a medical spa (I have been going to Spa Trouve as of late) to have them analyze my skin and tell me what my skin needs and what products I should be using. I feel like my problem lately is WRINKLES. Oh my I am only 23 I know, but I want to prevent as much as I can so I can age well.

I think the time to start preventing wrinkles should be in your twenties – early twenties is recommended. The one thing we should all be doing (besides the obvious, staying out of the sun as much as possible) is Retin-a !! Retin-a has so many benefits I really can’t name them all – it will help with scarring, help with cell reproduction (important for aging), helps retain collagen, helps big time with clearing acne, and is just amazing. I pretty much just apply it on my whole face (not my upper lip because it makes my lips peel or within an inch of my eye) and I sleep in it! It will make your skin a little peely at first and it could have redness as well, but if you stick with it and stick it out during that peely stage, your skin feels baby soft and brand new! You have to get this at a medical spa or from a doctor though :) So to answer your guy’s question of my favorite skin care product, that is it for sure! They also recommended using the Skin Medica TNS essential serum – which I haven’t gotten yet but will definitely tell you all how I like it!

Today I have a giveaway for you, Spa Trouve is giving away a $150 gift card to their spa!! This is so so amazing because you can go have your skin looked at under a UV lamp and they can tell you what you need! From there you can use your $150 to get a chemical peel, some new amazing skin product (definitely recommend picking up some retina-a!), or you can just choose to get a nice, relaxing facial – or both!! I think its so so so important to take care of your skin but it can be expensive so this is perfect :)

To enter to win your $150 giftcard to Spa Trouve all you have to do is like them on Facebook, here, and then comment to let me know you did that! Easy peasy.

*Unfortunately Spa Trouve is only located in Utah and will only be open for readers in Utah or if you plan to come to Utah :)

Posted On : September 30, 2013 at 3:05 am, by amber
Posted In : Beauty

TRESemme Hair

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TOP: Helmut Lang; less expensive here and here

NECKLACE: Love Obsessed RINGS: Gorjana

PANTS: Helmut Lang

BOOTIES: ShotMint

LIPS: MAC ‘Russian Red’ EYES: PF Cosmetics

BAG: Proenza Schouler via Fashionphile

**Photos by Jessica Janae

David and I are in Tuscany now and we are renting the most adorable house in the middle of vineyards while the homeowners are out of town for only $25 a night! I don’t know why they rent it so cheap but it is to our benefit so I won’t complain! It has been such a good week because we got to kind of have a chill week here and in Florence – I love that it is so quaint and quiet here and less tourists. Last night David was saying how its so cool that everywhere we go just feels like home :) despite missing Chauncey so much and having weekly episodes of crying and looking at pictures – all I need is my husband and it feels like home to me (anyone now thinking of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days? if you are, I love you for knowing your soundtracks to chick flicks) but I know that is so so cheesy but so true and I love it.

On another note, I know I already posted this outfit but I had so many pics from that day I split them up! Cara and I went and got our hair done by TRESemme before the Cynthia Rowley presentation and we both LOVED how it turned out!! They of course used all TRESemme products which I loved loved loved.

I also have a GIVEAWAY today for one of you to win a pair of shoes from ShoeMint!! These booties I am wearing in this post and in part one of this post, here, are my absolute favorites right now! Especially with fall coming we could all use a pair of chic booties. All of their shoes are designed by Rachel Bilson and Nicole Chavez (love them both) and manufactured by Steve Madden!

To enter to win your pair of ShoeMint shoes, go to the ShoeMint website and sign up! (for free) and then comment back here letting me know which pair of shoes you would pick! Good luck! xo (THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED)

More all black I love..

Posted On : September 26, 2013 at 12:16 am, by amber
Posted In : personal fashion,Travel

Pastel Brick Dress

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HEELS: Windsor; similar here and here

BAG: Chanel via Fashionphile

LIPSTICK: MAC ‘Vegas Volt’ over top MAC ‘Snob’

**photos taken by the one and only Jessica Janae

I saw this dress a while back in June and thought it was cute and it was on sale so decided to order it and see how it was in person and was so taken back by how much I loved it that I decided to save it for Fashion Week. It is unfortunately no longer available but you can see other pieces made by Olivia Rubin here.

I love to mess around with braids and sometimes I don’t pay attention while doing them when I should haha I did this one in two seconds really quick before the Rebecca Minkoff show and I hadn’t even looked at the back of it.. So when I got home and finally had a chance to look I actually didn’t love the way the back of it looked so it made me feel better when the hair ended up being featured on Refinery 29, Bloomingdales, and a few other places hoping that meant no else paid too much attention to the back :). But if you are going to try this hairstyle it is just two french dutch braids on each side and a big normal french braid in back.. If I were to do it again though I would bring in the dutch braids a little lower to my neck, fyi.

To see what my friend, Cara, is wearing in these photos with me you can visit her blog, here! xo

Posted On : September 24, 2013 at 3:02 am, by amber
Posted In : personal fashion,Travel

Nice, France

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SHORTS: D.I.

SHOES: Birkenstock

SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker

If I could just sit there and stare at this milky blue water for the rest of my life I would – it is my favorite water ever. I do wish the beaches were sand.. it is nearly impossible to make a sand pillow under my towel with stones haha but I will take stones if I can have that blue water. I had the best experience in Nice last summer.. which you can read about here if you wish.

But Nice was even better this time having David with me. It is so fun to be with him in Europe (he has backpacked Europe twice) he is such a history wiz and everywhere we go he knows the history behind it and he teaches me so much. We rode bikes up and down the coast and visited Villefranche-sur-Mer and some other adorable villages annnd we found some really yummy doner kebabs (which we can never find in the states) in Nice which David was a little too excited about if you ask me :) I am not a huge fan of lamb because I just picture an adorable lamb as I eat it but I was adventurous and ate half of one so that counts I think.

Thanks for reading and hope you have a good day! xo

Posted On : September 23, 2013 at 12:29 am, by amber
Posted In : Nice,personal fashion,Riviera,Travel