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I was motivated to start a blog by reading all the wonderful talented individual's who have blogs out there. So, I want to make this blog about everyone who reads it. My family and God always comes first in my life. I want to share my experiences and in turn, hope to get feedback and ideas from you. I love unique things, I adore anything that sparkles (not over the top though) I love decorating, cooking, gardening, photography and shopping. My number one passion is photography! To me it becomes more than a picture, it can become a piece of art, or a beautiful memory. Decorating, though I am not a professional, and don't claim to be, has been a part of my life since I was very young, and just love searching and shopping for new ideas and incorporate the old, such as Mid-Century Modern and Hollywood Regency with contemporary. Living close to the Gulf of Mexico in Florida, and being of Hispanic heritage, I love cooking Mexican food, and love to share my authentic recipes. Though I live in Florida, my heart is in the desert southwest, and hope that my family and I will return there very soon…keep your fingers crossed that my prayers are answered SOON!!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Let's Get Tropical....

With summer right around the corner, for many of us, we will be taking vacations, or just staying home enjoying family and friends, maybe having outdoor parties, or just sitting under the stars and night and relaxing.  When I think of summer, my mind automatically drifts to anything tropical…not that it takes summer to love “everything tropical”, living here in Florida, it’s year round, but seems more so in the summer-time, the beautiful deep rich colors, the deep green of our tropical foliage, fragrances, clothing, accessories, photographs, etc.  There are certain fragrances that are just the epitome of tropical for me, and those are anything coconut, guava, plumeria and pineapple.  Either alone or together, just puts me in a great mood or brings back those beautiful memories of Hawaii and even the Bahamas. Throughout my home, even in the winter, I always have tropical scented candles, not lit, but just opened with the fragrance flowing throughout the house.  I especially love the ones from Tommy Bahama in the tin containers, you can keep them closed, and when opened, the fragrances last forever.  If we are not watching TV, I have tropical or Latin music playing softly in the background, the plantation shutters and curtains wide open to let in the Florida sunshine and watch the palm trees blowing in the breeze.
I’ve found some pictures that I hope will put everyone in a tropical mood, and with the bad weather so many  people throughout the country has experienced this last winter, I hope these will help warm up your days, and make you look forward to a wonderful and TROPICAL summer.

Let's start with this beautiful tropical striped door, so cooling and inviting...

Does anything look more relaxing than this!!!  The tropical colors along with the ocean are so perfect!
Now for some other tropical colors, fragrances, skincare, clothing, handbag and accessories, this is just a small amount of gorgeous items out there this season that just invokes the feeling of the tropics.  Tropical colors are known to put people in a good mood, bring their spirits up, and allows you to dream.  Hope you enjoy the items below.
Beautiful Chanel Ad Campaign

Bumble and bumble Creme de Coco Shampoo and Conditioner.  I personally use it everyday, and the fragrance of the light coconut lasts all day...and the product is fabulous!

Cool tropical fragrance candles from Bath and Body works, smells so good and definitely makes you feel like you're in the tropics, open the jar, sit back relax and allow the fragrance take you away...

Summer tropical fragrances from Victory Secret....my daughter and I have all of them, including the after shower spray, yummy!

Just love this retro look of the Dior Spring/Summer ad campaign!!!

Dior nail color...."Paradise" and "Aloha"...off to the mall on Friday with my daughter, this is on my shopping list!!!!

Dior "Electric Tropics" Color "Aloha"....gorgeous!!!

Escada Taj Sunset Fragrance - Limited Edition
Bobbi Brown - Beach...now who doesn't love this and know that is one of the most perfect "beach" fragrances there is on the market...just love it!

Some of the best tropical fragrant lotions I've ever tried.  On the plane to Hawaii (Hawaiian Airlines), they had these in the bathrooms (with live fresh orchids) need I say the whole plane smelled so clean and tropical, putting you in the Hawaiian mood ....found it all over Hawaii, got home, and ordered more online.  The company sells soaps and candles as well...just beautiful fragrances and products in general.  http://www.islandsoap.com/

Dr. Perricone Hyper Hydrator Coconut Water MCT - I use this twice daily, and love love love it!!!

Korres *Monoi Oil Powder - perfect for that just sunkissed look without the skin damage from the sun.

*Monoi oil is infused oil made from soaking the petals of Tahitian gardenias (tiare) in a semi-wax coconut oil. Monoi (pronounced Mah-noy) is an ancient Tahitian word meaning "scented oil" in the Reo-Maohi language. Monoi is widely used among French Polynesians as a skin and hair softener. It is also popular in Europe and gaining recognition in the United States

Louis Vuitton Aileurs Beach Collection brins Tropical Prints to Summer 2011
Prints Escale, Promenade and Aventure come on totes, scarfs, beach towels, bikinis, a strapless dress and even interpreted on key-chains. Pretty much anything you would need on a hot summer day

Prints Escale, Promenade and Aventure come on totes, scarfs, beach towels, bikinis, a strapless dress and even interpreted on key-chains. Pretty much anything you would need on a hot summer day

Louis Vuitton collaborated with Pippa Cunningham, an English artist, on three distinctive tropical prints for their Summer 2011 Ailleurs beach collection.

Isn't this Summer Louis Vuitton too adorable!!!

Louis Vuitton Key Chains....use as a key chain or hang from your handbag...so cute!

Louis Vuitton Tote...should be available around April 15, 2011  love the tropical plant look

Love the metallics for summer, with cute little tropical sun dress - who doesn't love Michael Kors!

Louis Vuitton, again should be available by April 15, 2011

Oscar Summer Tropical Colors by Oscar de la Renta is a Floral fragrance for women. Top note is passionfruit; middle note is orange blossom; base note is vanilla

Hawaii Coconut body scrub from Bath and Body Works...great fragrance...and last throughout the day.

Bali Mango from Bath and Body Works...I just bought this last week, wear it most every day, and have more people ask me what the fragrance is...so soft and tropical

Michelle Tropical Fish and Turtle Watches

Look at all the tropical nail colors out there....bring on the summer clothes and have a color to match everything...

Gucci tropical colors for summer 2011

Trina Turk Outdoor fabrics...too perfect for pool side.

John Hardy - Sterling Bamboo Bangles...for each purchase they will plant bamboo seedling...everyone wins, especially our planet.

I am totally in love with these Trina Turk Bangles....every color!  Yes, I'm obsessed with anything Trina Turk...



  1. Those first two shots are SCENTS-A-TIONAL!!! Just my thing!...especially the lime-white striped door with the fuchsia beach towel!!!

  2. Becky...don't you just love the colors...how great it is that scents and even though beautiful colors can take us back, even make us remember some great memories, and just put you in a happy place, that's what they do for me. Love the bright colors,yes talking all about color...we're painting this weekend, and no, we haven't decided colors yet...yipes! Thank you for the comment!