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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!!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Summer Beauty Essentials...

The last several weeks, my family and I have been extremely busy with some re-decorating around our home.  Small projects seems to become large ones.  Though I love the changes we've made, I must admit, it's been a lot of hard work and though it has been all indoors, with the heat of a Florida summer, it can wear one down.  So, below are just a few of the summer beauty essentials I must have at all times.  Most have such beautiful tropical fragrances, and others just can make you feel refreshed in the summer's heat.  One of my ultimate favorite and I use year round is the Evian, it cools and has emollients and keeps the skin in perfect balance, summer or winter.  Another one of my favorite and I can't say enough about is the Dr. Perricone's Super Hyper Hydrator with Coconut - it's light and with that hint of coconut, but is an amazing moisturizer along with the Coconut Quench Hydrating Mist, similar to the Evian, but with that beautiful scent of coconut.  I have used and will continue each one of these products and have highly recommended them to all my family and friends. 

All of these products can be purchased at Sephora http://www.sephora.com/

Alterna Bamboo Luminous Shine Shampoo - Eco certified ingredients

Bobbi Brown "Beach"

Bumble and bumble creme de Coco

Pacifica Coconut Crushed Pearl Bronzing Butter - this products is unreal, your skin is smooth and with the crushed pearls adds the most beautiful shimmer to summer skin with the perfect bronzing effect - love it!

Dr. Nicholas Perricone Super Hyper Hydrator with Coconut

Dr. Perricone Coconut Quench Hydrating Mist

Evian - Don't leave home without it

ExfoliKate Body Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

Illamasqua Liquid Metal, adds the sun kissed look beautifully

Kate Sommerville Towelettes Self-Tanner

NARS Body Illuminator in the signature shade Laguna - Delicately scented with exotic Monoï de Tahiti oil

Pacifica Coconut Crushed Pearl  Butter - this products is unreal, your skin is smooth and with the crushed pearls adds the most beautiful shimmer to summer skin without the bronzing, I wear it daily.

Philosophy Papaya Passion Punch Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath, I have the lotion as well, you will feel as though you are in the tropics


  1. Your comment the other day that my post lifted your spirits, did the same thing for me! I get so homesick for California, but feel so blessed that I have such wonderful memories of my time there.

    I'm intrigued by the crushed pearl product, I'd love to glisten with more than such our sweat-filled days here. I read back and completely agree with you that in Florida we work outside in the winter and inside in the summer! I always say that we know when Fall has arrived, because we can turn off the a/c and open the windows again!

    Happy Belated Anniversary and happy decorating, your daughter's room sounds wonderful!


  2. I have to try some of those products. I have baby fine hair and it always looks limp.
    Thanks for stopping by with your sweet comment. Glad to hear you have some considerate guests!
    Take care, Shelley

  3. This is a great list! I think I will share it with my readers if you don't mind. I love anything that is tropical, especially coconut. I have one Dr. Perricone product ( a moisturizer) and I do love it so I will have to check out this coconut one you just mentioned. My bf always teases me and asks me if I have something that does NOT smell like coconut, especially when he wants to borrow my chapstick or something. LOL!

    Also you will have to let me know how the enchilada recipe turns out for you. I forgot to mention in my recipe that you can also add chicken but I bet most can figure that out :) Hope you are having a fab day. It is a bit chilly here in Monterey today and I forgot my jacket! you never know what kind of day we are going to have until the fog lifts around here. today I guessed wrong... I am cold!

  4. Hi Joni! I shared your post with my readers on FB and I find myself coming back to it. I think this weekend I will get my coconut on!

  5. I need to try some of these products. I am a huge fan of Philosophy! I just don't always want to spend the money on it, but it's so wonderful. I also love anything coconut flavored. I am going to try one of these and let you know how I liked it! Now you've got me wanting a beach vacation too. :)

    Thank you for your recent comments. I always look forward to reading what you write. You always leave me with such great advice, such positive words. Thank you!

  6. Believe it or not, I haven't tried any of these products, but I appreciate your recommendations and will check them out soon.


  7. thanks for sharing. It's fun and interesting to see what others love!!!!

  8. Thanks for the recommendations! I love Kara Vita's hydrating mist. It's so refreshing...year round. There's a hint of rose, so it's not very beachy, but it's very hydrating. Garden Botanica used to make a mango mist...that was my favorite summer splash. I just used the last of my stash...boo hoo. I'll give some of these a try...

  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying "hi!". Love your recommendations...I need to try a couple. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I think we are spa sisters! Love your picks and as a Miami Beach girl, I can relate to the Florida heat and getting through summer!

    :) Have a great day!