Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Vacationing at Velas Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


A week ago I was still sipping drinks poolside and laying on the beaches of Mexico, including Velas Vallarta Suite Resort and Convention Center as part of my trip. The all-inclusive resort is located in the most exclusive area of Puerto Vallarta: Marina Vallarta, just minutes away from the airport, Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR). Upon my arrival, I got a quick tour of the resort, which includes a spa, two swimming pools, swim-up bar, tennis courts and two restaurants - Andrea Restaurant and the beachfront La Ribera Steakhouse. 

My friend, Allison, and I had a few minutes before our spa appointment to check out our studio suite, which included a kitchenette, dining area, living area with sofa bed, king size bed with a duvet and goose feather pillows, full bathroom with Gilchrist & Soames bath products and an outdoor lounge area with teak wood furniture. 

Now onto our spa appointments! We both enjoyed a luxurious 55-minute aromatherapy massage on the jetty, with the sound of waves crashing on the beach. I would say the massage on the jetty was the highlight of my visit. The view was amazing and the massage was so relaxing. A big thank you to Mariel and Fabiola for an amazing spa experience!

The spa has different types of massages available, such as hot stone, therapeutic, lymphatic drainage and reflexology. There are also a variety of spa treatments to choose from, including facials, wraps and exfoliation treatments as well as hydrotub bath options. The beauty salon features waxing, manicures and pedicures, hairstyling, makeup and more. There is also a workout room with treadmills within the spa. 

For lunch, we decided to dine at Andrea, specializing in Italian dishes. Since both restaurants at Velas Vallarta are part of the all-inclusive plan, we were able to order anything from both the menu and the buffet. For starters we had guacamole and chips, and then I ordered the ceviche coconut style and fried calamari tacos while Allison had the spaghetti. Then we both enjoyed some savory bites from the dessert bar and shared the flan. 

The swimming pool area was filled with guests, but you could see from the pictures that I took that there was plenty of room to move around. I could have stayed at the swim-up bar all afternoon, enjoying frozen strawberry daiquiris. There was also an occasional spotting of resident iguanas and peacocks. 

The scene at the pool and the beach were both so relaxing, it was hard to leave! Velas Vallarta is a great resort for the entire family. The entire staff was friendly, helpful and hospitable. Thank you Velas Vallarta for having us come visit!





 


Massage on the jetty





Workout room


Manicure/pedicure station




Ceviche coconut style


Fried calamari tacos


Dessert bar






Flan


Studio Suite

















- Kim Weling

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Summer Beach Beauty Essentials


Last week, I enjoyed an amazing getaway vacation to Mexico, soaking up the sun at Plays de los Muertos in Sayulita. Here's a look at the summer beauty essentials I took with me to the beach! 

1) At the top of my list is La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Milk that I used for the face and body. This fast absorbing, non-greasy sunscreen provides SPF 60 with Cell-Ox Shield antioxidant technology and advanced UVA/UVB protection. No burning or peeling with this on in 90+ degrees weather in the hot sun and humidity!

2) Another sunscreen favorite is La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Tinted Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid for body, providing SPF 60 with  Cell-Ox Shield and universal tint technology. It has a 100% mineral formula and provides an instant, natural glow with sheer blendable coverage in an ultra-light texture. It remains water-resistant for 40 minutes. 

3) Coppertone SPORT Stick provides SPF 55 with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and is water-resistant for 80 minutes. It's great for spot protection for exposed areas such as ears, nose and face. 

4) Coppertone SPORT Lip Balm with SPF 30 has broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and keeps my lips soft and smooth. It is water resistant for 80 minutes. 

5) Juice Beauty Reflecting Gloss gives my lips an incredible shine without the stickiness. It's soft and moisturizing and I love the Guava shade. 

6) Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels with Hexapeptide Technology help firm, soothe, tone, de-puff and reduce premature wrinkling in just ten minutes. These single-use disposable gels are easy to remove and apply under the eye. They are naturally cooling, but I love to refrigerate them for an extra cooling effect. Comes in a pack of 8. 

7) Evian Mineral Water Spray is a great way to revitalize and freshen up your skin, especially when it's humid out. It can also remove perspiration or ocean salt. I also love to keep this spray refrigerated.


For earlier or later in the day when the sun is less strong, I prefer to use Nature's Gate Face Broad Spectrum SPF 25 Sunscreen, which is non-greasy and lightweight and Mineral Sport Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen, with a dry finish. Both sunscreens are water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.  

- Kim Weling

Friday, July 25, 2014

Magnolia Bakery Summer Soiree Menu


So I've been on hiatus since last Wednesday, taking a much needed vacation in Mexico. Although I am missing all the amazing baja fish tacos and tostadas de cevich de camarón, I get to indulge in my favorite city spots, including Magnolia Bakery

I recently attended Magnolia Bakery's Summer Soiree, introducing new desserts into their lineup, celebrating the season's freshest fruits, including strawberries and blueberries. It was a given that I'd like the Strawberry Cupcakes, but the Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes were unexpectedly light and refreshing. The Blueberry Pie is to die for! When I got home, I practically ate a mini Blueberry Pie in one sitting! It tasted incredibly fresh and delectable. It would have been even better with whip cream or ice cream, but I basically devoured it without any add-ons. 

I was so glad to finally get a chance to try Magnolia Bakery's ice cream sandwiches, made with Ronnybrook Dairy's supreme premium ice cream. Out of the Brownie, Blondie, Red Velvet Whoopie, and Lemon Bar, I was sold on the Red Velvet Whoopie. 

If you love coconut, then you'll love the Coconut Cream Pie. Also, let's not forget Banana Pudding, which is still my all-time favorite at Magnolia Bakery. 












- Kim Weling

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

French Garment Cleaners Sample Sale


French Garment Cleaners Sample Sale
85 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Thursday-Saturday 10am-8pm
Sunday 12-6pm

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Recap: #Summerize Beauty Event

Creeds of Love

On June 25th, I attended the #Summarize beauty event hosted with Schweiger Dermatology at their Clear Clinic location in New York City. 

The night kicked off with SkinnyGirl Margarita's newest additions: Sweetarita, Sparkling Margarita, along with their classic Chardonnay. Guests enjoyed complimentary skin consultations by Schweiger Dermatology, dry styling by EVA NYC (easy curls, knotted ponytail or braided bun) and makeup touchups by Nars, and donuts from Doughnut Plant and brownies from Hot Blondie's Bakery. 

Monique Olivares explained different ways to protect your skin from the sun (which is strongest from 10am-2pm), and drove home the importance of sunscreen in the fight to protect your skin from aging (takeaway: sunscreen's your best option if you want to keep skin young!). Grace Nguyen shared her insights on popular injectables including Juvaderm and Dysport, and gave us the 411 on the latest laser treatments. Jane MacKinnon also touched on different methods to keep your skin fresh and vibrant, while skin guru Haley Knauer took on the Q and A session. 




Eva Shaw Designs








- Kim Weling