Monday, July 21, 2014

zSummer Favorites

I cannot believe that we are already half way through the summer, but I am determined to hold on to the feeling of care free days all the way until Labor Day. And, while I am sitting in the office working, or in the kitchen washing dishes, or running errands... here are a few things I love and use to remind me of sandy beaches, blue sky, bright sun...

The look
1. ST. TROPEZ self tan bronzing mousse ($18).
I am a big believer in sunscreen, but it does not mean I cannot have a nice tan and healthy glow! One application of ST. TROPEZ makes a difference. Need a how to guide? Check out this very entertaining Man Repeller's how to tan at home guide.  Jergens Natural Glow daily moisturizer ($10) is also a great tanning lotion for a great price; but you have to be a little more dedicated because it takes a few applications to start seeing the difference.

The feel
2. Bobby Brown Beach Eau de Parfum ($72) or Beach Eau de Parfum Rollerball ($25)This light and fresh scent brings up that relaxed feeling I get when I feel the sand under my feet and inhale the ocean breeze. I have the rollerball and always keep it in my bag. Whenever I feel I need a good infusion of happy, I dab a drop on my wrists' pulse points... Sense of smell is a powerful thing!

The attitude
3. Bumble and Bumble surf spray ($15).
This salt infused formula adds volume and, most importantly, the texture and the feel of wind blown hair.  Now you can look like a care free beach girl while doing something not as fun by your desk.

The fun
4. Next Issue app ($10-$15/month, first month free trial).  This app gives access to many of my favorite magazine subscriptions. It is great for any time of the year, but during summer, when I spend a little more time gardening and decorating, I download home and garden magazines and swipe through them on iPhone or iPad whenever I can.  And if I see something I like, I either bookmark it or just take a pic of the screen. Got to take advantage of this technology age!

The Fitness
5. MyFitnessPal app (free).  Ok, if you are like me, there is a very high chance that you are interested in loosing a pound or two, especially during summer! And this app helps me, really. It is a calorie count app and helps me understand what I eat in the sense of calories, nutrition, carbs,  proteins, water intake, exercise... It is kind of my fitness buddy. And I love the feature that allows to scan the bar code of products I eat instead of typing the names in. Life is busy, so the shortcuts are my friends!

xo, Zuma A.

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