Bonita Beach

Recently I’ve been working on my time management and trying to get my posts together on time. I know it was quite a few weeks ago, but I’m going to be blogging about my wonderful Memorial Day getaway! I spent my long weekend at the, “bonita,” Bonita Beach!

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One of the exciting activities we did was go on a dolphin sighting day cruise! It was an amazing experience as dolphins are my favorite animal. For this part of our adventure, I wore a denim shorts outfit with my wonderful Sperrys!

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We then spend most of the remaining time at the beach. I was so excited to finally get to wear my Lilly for Target bikini in “Fan Dance.” I was in my Vineyard Vines baseball cap basically the whole weekend!

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Finally, we got to enjoy the astonishing sunset. For this, I wore another one of my favorite comfy poplin dresses from Old Navy! After watching the sunset, I could see why they called this beach, “bonita,” which is Spanish for beautiful!

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What did you do for Memorial Day? -PS

Dress&Shirt: Old Navy / Hat: Vineyard Vines / Shoes: Sperrys  Bikini: Target / Ring: Pandora

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Fitness Fridays!!

This week I’ve finally gotten back into the groove of working out! It’s been a bit of a struggle, so I decided the best way to keep on track, is to blog about it! Welcome to the first of many, “Fitness Fridays!”

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 As a singer it is hard to find time to balance practice, homework, and exercise, but I’ve done pretty well so far. I was a ballerina for ten years, and have done several 5Ks, a 10k and 2 half marathons. We’ve all heard the expression “it’s not over till the fat lady sings.” I’ve finally found my motivation to get back to work in this expression.

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So why exactly does this motivate me to get my rear in gear? I’m never content doing something for the sole purpose of bettering myself. I run to break down barriers. To show that I can in fact sing classical music and not have to give up a healthy lifestyle. To inspire others in the arts to take time to get out and get active. Being active has actually made life as a performer so much easier. My energy levels are through the roof, running has increased my breath control, and I’m generally a much happier person. I won’t stop striving to live a healthy life until the stigma regarding unhealthy classical singers is obsolete, and I won’t stop encouraging my peers to do the same until every single opera singer starts taking better care of their bodies, which are also our instruments!

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I guess you could say it’s not over till the fit girl sings!

Shoes: Asics / Shorts: Nike / Shirt: Target / Race Medals: Women’s Running 2009 & Disney Princess 2015

Hidden Treasure!

To everyone who doesn’t live in Miami, Miami seems like a city that is constantly in party mode. When people visit Miami, they without a doubt visit Miami Beach. While Ocean and 1st is home to a lovely beach, it is always crowded and tends to be the gathering place for a host of colorful characters. Although Miami Beach isn’t the place for me, I’m basically a mermaid! I love the ocean, and everything about a day at the beach! My go to beach spot is Bill Baggs State Park.

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The beach here tends to be a lot calmer than the hustle and bustle on Miami Beach. In addition to this, there are tons of activities for people who might not love the sand and surf as much as I do! The biggest attraction is the lighthouse! As a history geek, I loved reading all about this historic structure. It was built in 1825, and is the oldest standing structure in Miami! Even if you aren’t into history, it’s exciting to climb up the lighthouse and look out over the beautiful ocean.

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Another great thing about Bill Baggs, is that it boasts an incredible nature trail. There are several nature trails to explore throughout the park, but my favorite is the oceanfront one. It’s a couple of miles long, and at the right time of day, you can enjoy the shade of the trees while still being near the ocean.

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The final draw to this spot that I will mention is the food! I do not generally enjoy cooked fish, as I am more of a sushi girl, but the grilled snapper sandwich at the lighthouse café is fabulous! My mom and I found it by accident. We couldn’t find food before we got to the beach, and were getting a bit hangry.

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Then we hit the jackpot! At 9.99, the grilled snapper sandwich is a steal. The fish gets a wonderful golden color and is served on delicious Cuban bread. Pair that with rice and beans, and I’m in heaven! The restaurant also offers fresh squeezed juices, (pineapple is my favorite!) and some different deserts.

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For this particular day, I decided to wear another one of my flowy poplin dresses and of course, my monogrammed sun hat! Whether you are planning on visiting Miami, or you are a local who hasn’t found this gem yet, I would definitely recommend visiting, “the lighthouse beach,” as my family calls it!

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What’s a hidden treasure in your city?

Dress: Old Navy / Hat& Clutch: Marley Lilly / Sandals: Gap / Sunglasses: Smith  / Ring: Pandora

Stop and Smell the Flowers!

I don’t always wear shorts, but when I do, I make sure to find matching flowers!

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These hot pink shorts are one of my favorite summer clothing items! The wider leg makes them oh so flattering, and the pretty little pleats give them a girly flair.

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I paired them with this little striped top for an effortless outfit that is perfect for those moments when you just have to stop and smell the flowers. It’s been so hot lately, so of course, Jacks were a must!

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Let’s get real for a second ladies. Although I adore my long curls, when it’s 93 degrees outside I’m tempted to chop it all off! Instead of going to drastic lengths, I beat the heat with this sweet little bun. It ended up looking a little like Elsa’s coronation hair-do. If only it came with her icy powers!

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Although we can’t all cause a mid-summer cold spell, I made a little list of five ways to stay cool!

  1. Make sure to stay hydrated! I know that everyone says this, but it’s seriously the ultimate life hack! If you’re bored of plain old water, try making a yummy fruit infused water!
  2. Wear your hair up. There are tons of cute and simple ways to keep your hair off of your neck!
  3. If you have access to a pool, use it! Just don’t forget the sunscreen!
  4. Try making some popsicles. Sure you can just pop into the store and buy some, but kitchen experiments are always fun!
  5. And finally if you can’t beat it, make a list of what you enjoy about it! Focus on the fact that summer means pretty flowers, summer clothes, ice-cream cones, and less responsibilities!

How do you beat the heat? -PS

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Top: H&M / Shorts: J. Crew / Shoes: Jack Rogers / Purse: B. Makowsky / Watch: Michael Kors / Ring: Pandora

Fourth of July Festivities!

For this all American sweetheart, Independence Day is the one holiday that really screams summer! From all of the red, white, and blue, to barbeques, it’s such a fun day! The Fourth of July is also a day when we should all take a step back and remember the struggles this country has endured to gain its freedom.

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I started off the day with a yummy strawberry and pineapple smoothie, since the U.S.A. is the pine{apple} of my eye! Lea and I came up with the idea of serving our smoothies in a hollowed out pineapple after our trip to Key West. We were tempted to buy some sugary drinks just because they were adorable, but decided we could do it just as well ourselves. I’m here to tell you, hollowing out a pineapple without a pineapple corer is no easy task! We added patriotic straws for a fun touch, and voila!

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Of course no Fourth of July is complete with out a little pyro action, so we headed down to the lake to enjoy the beautiful fireworks display my community puts on every year. Then we had some real fun! I had seen other people write messages with sparklers and was dying to try it out, so I grabbed a candle, a few sparklers, my mom and her camera, and a couple of friends to try my hand at it. After a couple of test shots, we got a pretty adorable and patriotic result!

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Although my normal color palate consists of pink, I always dress for holidays, and Saturday was no exception! I gave a little nod to Disney with this ensemble, as my skirt has fun little hidden Mickeys on it!

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This item will definitely be a repeat offender! I added a tied up navy top, my jacks, some pearls and a monogrammed necklace, and was all set for the most important part of any outfit: testing its twirlability!

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How did you, “keep your eye on the grand old flag,” this Fourth of July? –PS

Skirt& Top: Kohl’s / Shoes: Jack Rogers / Nails: O.P.I. / Lips: NARs / Ring: Pandora