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It’s the final countdown, people, with only one month left of Summer! So, let’s make it count by traveling and capturing all the sun we can. On the to-do list for me? I’m definitely hitting the beach. If you are too, prepare yourself. Looks like it’s gonna be a hot one out there. To help encourage you to get your butt in the sand or by the pool before Fall rolls in, these travel fashion giveaway goodies are for you! I think this Leopard Beach Pareo (and I know this Evian trio mist) will help!

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The Leopard Beach Pareo:

  • Measures approximately 40″ x 68″
  • Color: Fuschia with a brown/tan leopard print
  • Sheer, crinkled polyester
  • Hand wash & line dry

Leopard Beach Pareo

Reasons you need a beach pareo:

  • At some point (just maybe after a few delish daiquiris or walking through the hotel lobby), you might want to cover up a bit
  • If tied correctly, it can pass as a happy hour “dress”
  • It will lighten up your beach bag by swapping out the bulky towel for the pareo (to sit on) instead
  • It can be used as a wrap in flight to keep you warmer en route
  • It adds excitedment (and warmth) to your jeans and tee look this Fall or next Spring

Evian Mist Trio

The Evian Mist Trio:

  • Three 1.7 oz. Atomizers of Evian Mineral Water
  • Hydrate, Moisturize, & Help Set Make-up
  • Perfect to stash in your handbag, carry-on bag, desk, or glove compartment

Enter to win this Leopard Beach Pareo & Evian Mist travel fashion giveaway now before the contest ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, August 10th! Good luck and enjoy the rest of summer! But before you go, leave a comment on your must-have, favorite things to bring to the beach!

The Blood Orange Margarita at The Local House, Miami Beach.

The Blood Orange Margarita at The Local House, Miami Beach.

Happy National Tequila Day! Throwing back straight up tequila shots usually doesn’t end well for me (or my company). But mix that tequila into some tasty concoctions and I’m all over it. Besides, there’s nothing better than margaritas on the beach. To help you celebrate National Tequila Day (Friday, July 24th), here are 5 unique, mouth-watering cocktails. Your Friday just got a lot more exciting.

Blood Orange Margarita / The Local House, South Beach, FL
I had you at Blood Orange Margarita, didn’t I? Head to Miami Beach’s The Local House at the chic, boutique Sense Beach House Hotel for National Tequila Day and say cheers to finding this cocktail which combines Blood Orange Puree, Agave, a splash of Triple Sec, Fresh Lime and a couple ounces of your choice of tequila.

Chef’s Medicine / RED, the Steakhouse, Miami Beach, FL
Hit up RED, the Steakhouse for dinner tonight in the iconic ‘South of Fifth’ neighborhood of Miami Beach. At RED, the steaks (and sides) are always superb their expert mixologists are concocting handmade tequila creations for National Tequila Day. Be sure to order the zesty Chef’s Medicine cocktail which is blended with Don Julio 1942, Grand Marnier Cuvee 100, pineapple, fresh citrus and a cinnamon rim and was created by Red’s Chef Peter Vauthy himself. Or try the sweet Pineapple Margarita mixed with Corzo Silver Tequila, Cointreau, Agave Nectar, crushed pineapple, fresh cilantro, lime and orange juice. Actually, these two sound so good you should order both…but, please, do it with dinner. Your taste buds, and your company, can thank me later.

The Chef's Medicine at RED, The Steakhouse in Miami Beach.

The Chef’s Medicine at RED, The Steakhouse in Miami Beach.

Spicy Passion Fruit Margarita / Essensia, Miami Beach, FL
Essensia’s signature Spicy Passion Fruit Margarita combines sweet passionfruit and firey jalapeños. Need I say more? If you haven’t had a sweet and spicy cocktail yet (my personal fave), it’s time. Besides, they’re doing National Tequila Day the healthy way with a “conscious cocktail” with organic spirits, fresh fruits, and hand-picked herbs from the on-site Chef’s Garden. Zero guilt drinking? I’m in, Tequila Day or not.

The Passion Fruit Margarita at Essensia Hotel, Miami Beach.

The Spicy Passion Fruit Margarita at Essensia Restaurant & Lounge at The Palms Hotel & Spa, Miami Beach.

Lucky enough to be in Mexico today? Then, please, sip on these cocktails for me!

Secretos de la Familia / CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
Tequila lovers need to head for the border…the border of The CasaMagna Marriott in Puerto Vallarta. If anyone knows how to celebrate National Tequila Day, it’s the CasaMagna Resort & Spa which grows its own agave azul onsite, produces a propriety brand of tequila, offers 114 tequilas by the glass, has an in-house Tequila Sommelier, and conducts weekly “CasaMagna Secretos de la Familia” tasting classes so guests can increase their knowledge and appreciation of tequila. You’ll want to order their signature tequila mixed in the Margarita Magna – tequila cuervo gold, county, freshly squeezed lemon juice, mango & coconut cream. Slurp! Did you book your flight yet?

Tequila CasaMagna 2

Tequila, the CasaMagna way.

Sangrita / JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa
Want something more authentic than the typical sugary margarita this National Tequila Day? Order the Sangrita at the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa. Cleanse the palate and compliment all flavors involved with a shot of straight tequila and pair it with the sangrita, made with tomato juice, fresh lime, orange juice, and chili peppers. It’s not only tasty but saves hundreds of calories, leaving you with the same killer bikini body you arrived with. Can’t get yourself to Mexico today? JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa has been kind enough to help you celebrate at home by sharing their delicious Sangrita recipe with us!

Sangrita – Serves: 4

Ingredients:
1 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
2 ounces freshly squeezed tomato juice
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 ounce grenadine
dash worcestershire sauce
dash of salt
dash of pepper
dash of Tabasco, or to taste

Preparation:
To prepare, mix all of the ingredients together in a container and let stand a few minutes; cooling is recommended.

Cheers to Happy National Tequila Day! As if we needed an excuse to drink tequila. Enjoy & drink responsibly!

 

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Florida-Inspired Style

Traveling to FL soon and hoping to blend right in and stand out of the crowd all at the same time? Or just a Florida-loving freak like me? Then this fun Florida-inspired style is for you…and is guaranteed to add some Sunshine State shine to your day.

1. Choose Tacos Muscle Tee – because there’s a major taco trend (read:obsession) in South Florida right now. Coyo, anyone?

2. Summer Straw Fedora – a Cuban Fedora is almost required here and will always protect you from the sun.

3. Zip Around Peacock Wallet – we drove by 12, yes, 12 peacocks last Sunday. Help! They’re taking over.

4. Peach Side Babe Nail Polish – because we all wanna be “beach” side babes and this gorgeous color will help get us there.

5. Deco Cuff – Captures the art deco glam of Miami Beach in one bold bracelet.

6. Pink Flamingo Candles – because, really, has there ever been a cuter candle? Happy whatever.

7. Brown Suede Shell Sandals – shells never looked so chic.

8. Knot Rope Bracelet – for all you Salt Life sailors out there.

9. Hola Doormat – welcome your guests in the language of the locals.

10. Tropical Gangster Clutch – because in Miami, everyone feels like a “Tropical Gangster” once the sun goes down.

11. Neon Neoprene Bandeau Bikini – stand out on the beach (and make that tan look even darker) and fit right in with the neon lights of Ocean Drive.

12. Leaf It To Me Two Piece Set – get matchy matchy (and damn cute) with the endless palm tree landscape.

13. Lightening Charm – maybe this will help ward off all the lightening and thunderstorms that roll through Florida.

14. Cool Gull Tank – Confuse the hell outta those seagulls so they fly away from your sweet beach spread.

15. Jet Set Palm Beach Pillow – Cozy up with this Palm Beach Pillow and daydream about your next trip to the Sunshine State (or PB, you lucky locals)!

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What does your Florida-inspired style look like?
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The Palms Spa Relaxation Room

Visiting Miami Beach this July or August (or lucky enough to be a local)? Don’t miss Miami Spa Month which is already in full swing. This month and next, top spas in South Florida are offering spa treatments and packages at discounted prices starting at $99. The Palms AVEDA Spa Miami Beach, though, stands out among the rest. Their Miami Spa Month menu includes 5 amazing packages, all including 2-4 treatments for $129 or less and up to 40% savings, and access to the resort’s poolside oasis and tiki cabanas after treatments, which is a major bonus as most other Miami Beach hotel spas simply see you to the door.

Just try and resist these The Palms AVEDA Spa Miami Beach offers below:

MIND & BODY BLISS: The magic of touch -$99 (originally $160. A 38% savings)

  • 50 Minute Elemental Nature Massage
  • 15 Minute Warm Oil Scalp Massage

The Palms Spa Couples Treatment Room

REJUVENATE & GLOW: Exfoliate and hydrate this Summer – $99 (originally $170. A 42% savings)

  • 30 Minute Hydro Capsule Salt Scrub
  • 30 Minute Elemental Nature Massage or Facial

HEAD TO TOE REVIVAL: Re-establishing your balance -$99 (originally $140. A 30% savings)

  • 30 Minute Elemental Nature Massage or Facial
  • 50 Minute Stress-Fix Pedicure

The Palms Spa Aveda Salon

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: Feel young and look younger -$129 (originally $215. A 40% savings)

  • 30 Minute Elemental Nature Facial
  • 15 Minute The Green Science™ Skin-Renewing Eye Area Treatment
  • 15 Minute Perfecting Plant Peel
  • 15 Minute Warm Oil Infusion Scalp Massage

TOTAL BODY REJUVENATION: Come in stressed. Leave revitalized – $129 (originally $215. A 40% savings)

  • 80 Minute Elemental Nature Massage
  • 15 Minute Warm Oil Infusion Scalp Massage

The Palms Hotel & Spa _ Spa Tiki Cabanas

Now stop reading this and go relax already! But, please, save a robe for me.

Mickey Cake Pops Sweet Treats DisneyWorld

Cheers to more cake pops at Disney World!

Warning: no nutritional information is included in this article since calories don’t count on vacation.

If there’s ever a good time to ignore the diet and indulge in sweets, it’s on vacation. And if there’s a perfect spot for this foodie sugar fest, it’s Disney World. After a recent delicious trip to the House of the Mouse, it’s clear to me that these are Disney World’s 12 must-eat (& drink) sweet treats:

The Dole Whip

What: Sweet pineapple soft serve ice cream which can be swirled with vanilla soft serve (my favorite way) or made into a dole whip float with Dole pineapple juice.

Where: At Aloha Isle in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom

Why: Because if anyone knows how to make pineapple ice cream it’s Dole. Who cares if your dinner reservation is in 30 minutes. Just get on that line…it’s worth the wait and worth ruining dinner.

Dole Whip Float Aloha Isle Magic Kingdom Disney

Sometimes dessert comes before dinner…especially when you pass the Dole Whip stand and are on sleeping baby watch.

The Hollywood & Vine Dessert Buffet

What: A mouth-watering dessert buffet (included in your character meal) of mini key lime pies, brownies, berry tarts, cupcakes, and a chocolate fountain.

Where: Hollywood & Vine Restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Why: Because you don’t get just one Disney World sweet treat for dessert, you get them all. Oink.

And I thought I was a princess...evidently, a real princess has her own dessert buffet at Hollywood & Vine.

And I thought I was a princess…evidently, a real princess has her own dessert buffet at Hollywood & Vine.

The Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar

What: Nestlé chocolate coated Mickey Mouse shaped vanilla ice cream on a stick

Where: Ice cream carts throughout the four Disney World Parks

Why: Because it’s just not a trip to Disney without having one of these classic sweet treats

Plaza Ice Cream

What: Hand-scooped Edy’s ice cream served as waffle-bowl sundaes, in a single scoop cone with chocolate Mickey ears, as a huge ice cream sandwich that’s the size of your kid’s head (my husband’s choice), as a giant sundae served in Mickey Mouse pants bowl, or as a double scoop ice cream cone (one scoop Birthday Cake & one scoop Strawberry for me)!

Where: Plaza Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom

Why: Nothing’s sweeter than eating this delicious, creamy treat while overlooking Cinderella’s Castle. Talk about the happiest place on earth? It’s under Plaza Ice Cream Parlor’s yellow and white striped umbrellas with Disney World sweet treats in hand.

Double Scoop Ice Cream Cone Plaza Ice Cream Parlor Magic Kingdom

Double Scooping it at Plaza Ice Cream Parlor.

LeFou’s Brew

What: A non-alcoholic frozen apple juice with a hint of toasted marshmallow and topped with all-natural passion fruit-mango foam

Where: Gaston’s Tavern in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom

Why: Really? As if I didn’t have you at passion fruit-mango foam. Grab several straws even though you don’t want to. Sharing is caring.

LeFou's Brew Gaston Tavern Magic Kingdom

Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Sandwich

What: A Mickey Mouse shaped cookies & cream chocolate cookie ice cream sandwich

Where: Ice cream carts throughout the four Disney World Parks

Why: Because it’s good, really good. And chances are you’ve never had a Mickey Mouse shaped ice cream sandwich before.

Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Sandwich Disney World

Starbucks Iced Coffee

What: Iced Coffee from Starbucks in an adorable Disney Parks cup. I love the caramel macchiato…the sweeter the better.

Where: At Starbucks stores and/or restaurants throughout all four Disney Parks

Why: Because it’s almost always hot out in Florida and you’ll need to refuel at some point to keep up with the kiddos. Do it Disney-style…in these cute Disney cups!

Refuel, Disney-style.

Refuel, Disney-style.

Goofy Gummies

What: Goofy’s Candy Co. gummy candies that are multi-colored and Mickey mouse shaped

Where: Main Street Confectionery in the Magic Kingdom or at Goofy’s Candy Company shop in Downtown Disney

Why: Because they’re just the right amount of chewiness, they’re Mickey-shaped (bears are so last year), and, obviously, Goofy made them himself.

Mickey Mouse cake pops (seen above)

What: Mickey Mouse shaped & decorated cake pops with marshmallow ears covered in chocolate or bright glittery sprinkles

Where: Storybook Circus Souvenirs in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom

Why: Because it almost doesn’t matter what the cake pop tastes like when they look this cute! But fair warning, they’re highly addictive.

Yak Attack

What: An alcoholic Frozen Mango & Wildberry Daiquiri with a cherry on top

Where: Yak & Yeti Restaurant in Animal Kingdom

Why: Because you’ll probably still be in the park at happy hour and it’s a great sweet treat for the adults

Yak Attack Disney World Sweet Treats

Disney World Churros

What: Crispy fried dough sticks rolled in sugar and cinnamon

Where: At food carts in Frontierland

Why:  Because it’s so yummy it should be required while watching the fireworks show from Frontierland and how often are you somewhere that offers churros?

Mickey Mouse Rice Krispy Treat

What: Mickey Mouse shaped rice krispy treat dipped in chocolate and Mickey Mouse sprinkles

Where: Main Street Confectionery in the Magic Kingdom

Why: Because they are the best rice krispy treats you’ll ever have. I grab one (read: several) when we’re leaving the Magic Kingdom to enjoy on the car ride home to Miami or the next day (if I have the will power to resist it that long) when I’m really missing Disney World! Don’t think you’ll be back to Disney soon? I’d suggest grabbing the huge one, about 1′ x 1′ in size.

Disney World Mickey Mouse Rice Krispy Treat

What are your favorite Disney World sweet treats? Please share because I know there are more Disney sweets to discover and this girl’s sweet tooth is never satisfied.

Welcome to Arrive Chic Travel Contests & Giveaways where I share the wealth with loyal readers & followers and giveaway some of my fabulous travel finds.

Fourth of July Accessories

With summer now in full effect (90 degrees and sweltering here in Miami), it’s time to gear up for the major holidays of the season. Whether you’re traveling to Nantucket, Santa Monica, the Hamptons, or down the street to your bestie’s backyard, these July 4th Accessories will keep you looking friendly, fresh, & festive for the patriotic celebrations ahead. No flag tees allowed.

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More on these great accessories below:

  • Double Fistah by Scout Bags (retail $13.50) – this reusable two bottle wine bag is the perfect gift for your 4th of July hostess. Fill it with your favorite red & wine wine, a skinny vodka bottle (I love Zyr) & a french lemonade, a baguette and a bottle of incredible Italian olive oil, or with rosé and a long skinny box of rich chocolate truffles. It doesn’t really matter what’s inside. You had them at “two bottle wine bag.”
  • Ban.do Twist Scarf (retail $20)- this navy & white striped wired twist scarf will make your look subtly festive especially paired with all white or denim. Wrap into a bow, around your bun, as a headband, or into a rosette for your hair. The hair options are endless. Or, wrap it around your wrist as a bracelet and then you glam up your hair with these…
  • Ban.do Flash Bobbi Set (retail $10) – slip these gold glitter and red gloss enamel, gold plated 2.25″ bobby pins into your hair just for an Americana accent or to keep your mane managed come hour 3 of the party in the USA. Pin them all straight along the side of your slicked pony or scattered in your loosely pulled back locks. They’ll seem heaven-sent during that hot & sticky fireworks show.
  • Nugaard Double Loop Earrings (retail $48) – these silver double loop earrings go with almost everything, add just the right amount of glam, and are ultra-lightweight adding no poundage to your weekender bag.

Enter to win this July 4th Accessories giveaway now before the contest ends at noon EST on Monday, June 29th! Good luck and Happy 4th!

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