Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Visiting Villefranche-sur-Mer

Located just around the bend from Nice, situated next to iconic towns such as Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, is the beautiful seaside town of Villefranch-Sur-Mer in the heart of the French Riviera. August is the high season for taking a "holiday" as the Europeans call it, and with my Instagram feed filled with pictures of bloggers and jet-setters alike frolicking around the South of France, I could not help but reminisce about my recent visit in May.

Villfranche is by far one of my favorite towns on the Riviera. If you are staying in a central area such as  Nice, Villefranche is only about a 3 minute train ride! It is one stop from Nice-Riquier train station. Crossing under the hill which takes approximately 2 minutes seems to transform you back in time as you enter a sleepy, seaside village.

The bay of Villefranche is filled with fishing boats and yachts alike, with the crowds enjoying the beach, an aperitif, or people watching. There is one beach in Villefranche and it is public. I recommend getting there early during the high season as the beach can fill up quickly so you will want to get there to stake out some prime real estate. The water is calmer than the neighboring Plage de Nice as it is tucked into a bay, and thus the waves are smaller. There is a snack stand that serves food and beverages (alcohol included) should you feel the need to indulge while catching some Mediterranean rays.

If the beach is not for you, the old town of Villefranche, while small, is simply beautiful. Strolling the streets and small shops is a great way to pass the afternoon. I also recommend making your way to the top of the citadel de Villefranche as the views are simply amazing as you hover over the beach and entire bay. It is a great way to enjoy the azur blue waters for which the South of France is known.

Looking for a great way to end a relaxing day on the beach? I recommend visiting Beluga, situated right along the water, for an enjoyable afternoon cocktail and snack. The venue features plush outdoor seating to continue to enjoy the picturesque views.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Heat Wave Essentials

If there is one thing this summer has not lacked it is definitely heat and humidity. While the sun has not been overly present, the mercury on the thermometer has seem to have risen to new hots. Currently, a heat advisory is in place with a heat wave occurring over the next few days.

The most recent of heat waves has me thinking about how to stay (or attempt to stay) cool while remaining stylish at the same time. When it gets extremely hot, I am the biggest fan of tank tops. I will be taking advantage of a linen Dolce & Gabbana tank top that features a classic roman print that makes it a great statement piece.

Great sunglasses are always a summer must. Ditch the socks and loafers for a pair of sandals to keep cool and mix things up. Tip: use your cocktail shaker during the day for shaken iced nespresso has been used in full force recently!

How are you staying cool during the dog days of summer?

sunglasses: Tom Ford // Tank Top: Dolce & Gabbana // Sandals: Ralph Lauren // Fragrance: Tom Ford

Friday, July 3, 2015

4th of July Cocktail Ideas

Since we are heading into a great summer, holiday weekend, what better way to prepare than with some great cocktail ideas? Below are 2 rum based cocktails (whenever I think of rum I think of tropical and summer- what about you?) that are something to consider for your weekend party.

Perfect for Sharing:

Hemingway Daiquiri Punch
15 oz Caliche Rum
5 oz maraschino liqueur
8 oz fresh grapefruit juice
6 oz lime juice

build with ice in punch bowl and stir. Serves 5-7 people

Individual Sips:

Cali Daiquiri
2 oz Caliche Rum
1 oz fresh lime juice
3/4 oz cane syrup or simple syrup
1 fresh strawberry

combine all ingredients, lightly muddle the strawberry. In an ice shaker, shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain into an ice filled rocks glass.

Happy Sipping!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

DIY Refreshing Peppermint Foot Scrub

Summer is a time for sandals and flip-flops and running around barefoot at parties and picnics. Along with all that foot exposure can come some not so pretty feet. If, like me, your feet take a beating, especially in the summer, this peppermint foot scrub is a great way to treat your feet while feeling refreshed at the same time.

This scrub is very easy to make- I made my batch in under 5 minutes! The recipe utilizes peppermint essential oil which has an energizing, refreshing scent that I love.

Peppermint Foot Scrub:

1 cup Salt- It is up to you whether you want to use a coarse sea salt or a more gentle table salt depending on the intensity of the scrub you prefer.

1/4 Cup Coconut Oil

5-8 drops Peppermint Essential Oil *

Bring the coconut oil to a melted consistency, add in salt, essential oil, and mix well. Store your scrub in a glass jar in a cool place. 

*Note: I recommend using only the highest quality Youngliving Essential Oils. Learn more about essential oils, how to purchase, and how you can save 24% on all your future essential oil needs!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day is quickly approaching...have you remembered a gift for the man of the house? It can be challenging finding the perfect gifts for dad. When asking for suggestions, it seems like the classic response is always, "I don't need anything." If you are still looking for a Father's Day gift for this upcoming sunday, I have curated a simple list with some ideas if you are struggling. From simple fragrances that are refreshing and masculine, to items for the traveling dad, my simple list incorporates a variety of interests.

Think outside the box when it comes to gift giving- perhaps dad does not really need another tie as he had told you. Perhaps new skincare products, or a Youngliving membership will not only surprise him but will make gifts that he can use daily. Scroll over the image to shop my gift selections below:

Monday, June 1, 2015

Plage Beau Rivage Nice

The South of France is filled with miles and miles of beaches. From large stones to fine sand, these beaches are simply beautiful and the choices can some times seem overwhelming. I have experienced the beaches of Nice multiple times now, both public and private. 

The public beaches of Nice are great, but be prepared for the large stones as they can be quite uncomfortable after a few hours. On a recent trip to Nice, I decided to experience one of the many private beach options along the Promenade des Anglais. I had heard great things about Plage Beau Rivage and had read great reviews about the beach as well. 

Let me just say that one trip to Beau Rivage turned into 4! If you are looking for the experience a private beach has to offer, I highly recommend trying Beau Rivage. The iconic blue and white strip umbrella and chairs line this section of the beach. I opted for front row chairs which do come at a premium over the other rows, but I do recommend the unobstructed view, especially during high season. 

Visting a private beach for the day will definitely be an expense, but the comfort of the chair, the available menu, the service, and amenities all make for a very enjoyable afternoon. A chair, towel, and umbrella will run about 25 euros per person. Full details and reservation are available online.

I recommend the Greek salad for a nice afternoon meal paired with a large bottle of rosé to enjoy throughout the day. You really cannot go wrong!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Summer Business Casual

After a long weekend, work is always on everyone's mind. I feel this is especially true for the Memorial Day weekend as it is the unofficial start to summer and makes us reminiscent of the summer's of our youth, carefree.

Dressing work can be a challenge in the summer with wool suits and heavy cotton oxfords so having the right gear is essential to staying cool during the summer heat and humidity. It is extremely humid in the northeast this week feeling more like late July than May, so the call to action was earlier than anticipated.

Find a great wool trouser that is lightweight and works well for the season. I love these slim-fit trousers from POLO Ralph Lauren which are done in an elegant, lightweight wool. The pant is thus dressy yet comfortable. The grey hue is perfect for the summer season as it pairs well with seasonal shirts such as light pink and lavender as well as with brown shoes and belts.

Pair your pants with a brighter top to align with the season and bring some color to your warm weather work outfits. Here, I paired a light pink check oxford to contrast the grey and completed the look with chestnut shoes and belt to finish the lighter color palette for summer versus traditional black wingtips.

 Shoes: Ralph Lauren

What is your key for staying cool at the office during the summer months?
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