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

Even though October is still a couple days away, I’m already in the festive, Halloween mood. So, this month, the Travel Fashion Giveaway is one that can almost double as your costume: the Leopard Print Eye Mask & Neck Pillow by Bucky. I’ve always been a big fan of Bucky’s travel accessories because of their comfort, durability, and (of course) style. I’m sure you will be too after using these travel must-haves just once.
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Travel Eye Shades with Earplugs

  • 100% light-blocking material
  • adjustable velcro strap
  • earplugs included in top storage pocket
  • handwash in cold water & hang dry
  • soft, furry velour made of 75% cotton/25% polyester

Travel Fashion Giveaway Leopard Travel Eye Mask

Travel Neck Pillow with Snap & Go

  • measures 13″ x 12″
  • Snap & Go snapped loop to hang outside your carry-on, giving you more space
  • provides firm support for head & neck
  • removable washable cover
  • machine wash cold, tumble dry low
  • may be placed in freezer for refreshing / not suitable for heating
  • may add or remove pillow filling for desired comfort
  • weighs 1.1 lb.

Travel Fashion Giveaway Leopard Travel Neck Pillow

Enter now! Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, October 5, 2015. Good Luck!

Please comment below on what else you’d like to see as upcoming Arrive Chic giveaways! I’m hoping to have 12 days of Giveaways just for you this December!

The beautiful golden leaves and blue skies of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The beautiful golden leaves and blue skies of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Can you believe it’s Fall again? I really can’t. But I’m pumped mainly because that means the Florida heat will ease up a bit this season…well, towards the end…and I’ll actually get to wear sleeves and maybe, just maybe, a jacket. But, I’m also excited about the lead up to the holidays. It’s actually Fall that’s my favorite season (despite the evergreen leaves in SoFla), because of the anticipation of the joy of the holiday season, the change in fashion trends, and (in case I didn’t mention) it gets a little cooler here in Miami. Phew. I’m ready. I’m running out of Evian spritz.

What do you have planned for the season? Here’s my Fall 2015 To-Do List and I can’t wait to dig in:

Paint Pumpkins

With sunny days still steaming along in Miami in late October, carved pumpkins don’t last longer than a few hours outside. Last year, after a few too many shriveled jackolanterns on our front step, we opted to paint our pumpkins instead. Genius for Floridians. Last year, my two boys chose the Mickey Mouse & Angry Birds kits. We’ll see what we end up with this Halloween.

Fall 2015 To-Do List: Paint Pumpkins

Weekend Escape Without Kids

Much of the next 3 months are spent festively at holiday activities for the kids or preparing for major entire family holiday get-togethers. So, it’s important for us to book a staycation one weekend (without the rugrats) to remain sane through the fun but crazy holiday season ahead and keep that spark alive. We’re thinking 2 nights at Marenas Beach Resort in Sunny Isles will do the trick…and then some.


The stand up paddleboard (SUP) outing I booked for my husband’s birthday last month was cancelled due to tropical storm like winds (thanks, Erika). So, we’re determined to get out there before the water gets a bit chilly…because we know, at some point, we’re gonna fall off that board. Looking to rent here in Miami? I’d suggest South Beach Kayak, a small family owned (and friendly) biz on South Beach.

Fall 2015 To-Do List: SUP or Bloody Marys

Thanks to Tropical Storm Erika, our last attempt at SUP ended up like this. Not so bad.

Commit to our Halloween Costumes

As all parents know, you’ve got to commit to a Halloween costume early in order to get the exact model desired, in the right size, and shipped home in time for the spooktacular evening on the 31st. So far, my 3 year old is leaning toward Mario of Mario Brothers and my 5 year old wants to be Darth Maul. Seriously? How about Luigi?? Clearly he takes after his father in wanting to be the scariest thing possible. Last year, he was Darth Vader. And my husband has previously been Larry David of Curb Your Enthusiasm, the hitman from No Country For Old Men, Jimmy MacElroy from Blades of Glory, and long bearded Brian Wilson of the SF Giants. Creative? Yes. Attractive? Hell no. Last year, he finally agreed to dress in a couple’s costume with me when I said we HAD to be Teresa and Juicy Joe of RHONJ. Thank god so we weren’t in Party City on October 30th.

Finally, my husand agreed to a couple's costume with me. Happy Halloween (last year) from Juicy Joe & Teresa from RHONJ.

Finally, my husand agreed to a couple’s costume with me. Happy Halloween (last year) from Juicy Joe & Teresa from RHONJ.

Just Keep Swimming

Since we don’t have a heated swimming pool (yes, you actually need that in Miami), our swimming days are numbered. So we plan on cannonballing in as much as possible before it gets a wee too cool for our warm FL bods. The good news, though, is that as soon as we “close” the pool for the season, we spark up the jacuzzi. That hot tub has been calling my name for months…along with the champagne in the fridge.

The reflection of two palms in my pool...which I will be cannonballing into and ruining soon.

The reflection of two palms in my pool…which I will be cannonballing into and ruining soon.

Schedule Holiday Card Photo Shoot

I’m determined this year to schedule our holiday card family photo shoot (yup, I’m so that mom) for LATEST early November. This way, they arrive in friends and family mailboxes the first week of December. I’m dreaming of a Vaccarino family shot in front of the Wynwood Walls printed on a foiled card from Minted. Ugh, can you just imagine coordinating outfits in front of those colorful walls? Not to mention, then I’ve got to get them to stop looking at the walls and look at the camera. I’m crazy and I know it. But it may be our only family photo of the year. Wish me luck.

Explore A New City

We are hoping to explore a new city this Fall and we have Austin and Atlanta on our minds. I was dreaming of getting to Austin for Austin City Limits next weekend to see the Foo Fighters (among a zillion other fun bands) but we couldn’t make it happen. Atlanta just seems like a fun, quick escape too from Florida. Luckily, from Miami, our flights are frequent and often reasonably priced especially if you’re searching Google Flights, my fave lately. Plus, Starwood Points always make hotel choices a lot easier! So, if we could just squeeze it into the calendar somewhere (is anyone else already scheduling 3 months of holiday events?) then we’re going to head on an adventure…maybe with maybe without kids. Gotta love Grandparents!

Tackle Holiday Wish Lists Early

Again, I’m determined to be the early bird this year and tackle holiday wish lists early. This way, I’ll avoid the mall crowds, I’m not stressing right up to Christmas Eve about what to get people, and I don’t completely obliterate our December budget. I’ve already spotted holiday presents at Costco last weekend and have discovered a few new, fun toys on my list for the boys this season: Spooner Boards, Tiki Toss, Laser Pegs Lego Light Up Cars, & Strato-Slam Rocket. Not to mention, what’s always on the list (but never seems to get crossed off), Disney Annual Passes or a Disney Cruise.

Try to Master a Thanksgiving Dish

Ha! I can’t even write about trying to master a Thanksgiving dish without laughing. I’m terrible in the kitchen. The worst. Seriously, I’ve messed up boxed brownies before. But maybe, I’ll attempt this jalepeño cheddar corn casserole again for my in-laws. Or, I’ll spare them and just bring a festive Thanksgiving plate with one of those cute turkey-decorated Nothing Bundt Cakes on it.

Buckle Down on P90x3 Diet & Exercise

Now that I have bundt cakes on my mind, this buckling down on P90x3 diet & exercise thing doesn’t seem like such a good idea. But, I know it’s necessary. Sigh. It really does make my whole body feel better and my clothes fit better too. But, yeah, zero fun. At least it’s an excuse for cute new sneakers? I’ll take these.

I'll be buckling down on diet & exercise this season...just so I can blow it all next season.

I’ll be buckling down on diet & exercise this season…just so I can blow it all next season.

Finish My 2016 Destination Wishlist

I like to finish my destination wish list for the following year before it actually starts so there’s more of a chance of actually making it on any of the trips! Here’s what I’m hoping is on my itinerary for 2016: NYC, Colorado, Marco Island, North Carolina, Austin (for Austin City Limits!), Amelia Island, Dallas (family visit), Virginia (more family visiting), Sedona, and a Disney World weekend. Hmm, better start racking up some travel points!

Decide NYE Plans & Secure Sitter

Does everyone else wait until the umpteeth hour to decide their New Years Eve Plans? Again, I’m hoping to be better on that this year. Step one, secure sitter. Step two, corner friends and family until they can commit to plans. They’re no better than we are. Step three? Shop and schedule a blow out! I mean, really, isn’t that the best part? Honestly, I don’t care where I celebrate NYE, couch or blow out party. As long as I’m with the ones I love, it’s party enough for me. Besides, I can’t remember when this mama was up past 12:30 a.m. Okay, maybe it was last New Year’s Eve.

Last year's NYE celebration with friends...clearly, we didn't have any fun.

Last year’s NYE celebration with friends…clearly, we didn’t have any fun.

Score 12 Holiday Giveaways for YOU

It’s my goal, this December, to score 12 Arrive Chic holiday giveaways for you! I’m working on it, but hopefully, every day from December 1st to December 12th, I’ll have a new giveaway up for you all to enter to win! Whether you give them as holiday gifts or keep them for yourselves, I wanted to do a little something extra for my readers! Wish me luck and let me know what you’d love to see as a giveaway and I’ll try and make it happen!

What’s on your Fall 2015 To-Do List? Hopefully you get to escape too before the holiday rush! Leave a comment below on what you’d love to see as part of the 12 holiday giveaways this December!

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Budget to Billionaire Backpacks


After gearing up my own kids (and seeing all the other kiddos) with new backpacks for the new school year, I’m in the market for a new one for myself. After all, why should they have all the fun? Plus, backpacks are really the most useful travel bag…whether just traveling around town or around the world. I mean, is there anything better than having both hands free to take touristy pics, shop, ride a segway, or wrangle the kids? To help you backpack it up, here’s a range of budget to billionaire backpacks that are catching my eye this season. Which one is your favorite?


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Labor Day outfit Hotel Zamora Rooftop

One of my perfect Labor Day outfits for celebrating on Hotel Zamora’s 360° Rooftop with cocktail in hand.

Striped Shirt Dress | OPI Funny Bunny | NARS Body Glow | kate spade Fringe Sandal | Bucket Handbag | Bangle Set | NARS Lip Pencil

I love when holidays roll around because it gives me even more incentive than ever to dress creatively for the occasion. So, with Labor Day almost here, I’ll be ending the summer in red, white, and blue. Here are a couple of head to toe patriotic Labor Day outfits to make sure you arrive chic for the last holiday of the summer, no matter the destination. Not sure where you’re celebrating? Here are a few hotel, resort, and event options for the Labor Day Weekend ahead. Now, you’re all Labor Day dressed up with everywhere to go!

The Hotel Zamora (St. Pete Beach, FL)

Hit the beach this weekend, Mediterranean-style, by staying at The Hotel Zamora in St. Pete Beach where the property’s design has a Spanish feel and is the first new hotel in 20 years on St. Pete Beach. Enjoy this boutique hotel’s private marina, brand new 360° Rooftop (yes, please, on that view), and award-winning Castile restaurant. Book the Hot Summer Nights Package this Labor Day which includes 15% off rates (starting at $299/night), a $25 daily food & beverage credit, and a complimentary late check out…because you know you won’t want to leave. Book your holiday at www.thehotelzamora.com.

Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival

Are you a music festival fanatic? Head to Curaçao for the Southern Caribbean island’s 6th North Sea Jazz Festival to see performances by John Legend, Enrique Iglesias, Wyclef Jean, Lionel Richie, and Usher, to name a few. Be sure to book the Rock & Relax package at the AAA 4-Diamond Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort which includes breakfast daily and transportation to and fro the festival. Not to mention, between shows, you can head on a guided meditation hike, snorkel, or play 18 holes of golf on-site. Something for everyone! For packages and rooms visit www.santabarbararesortcuracao.com and for Jazz festival tickets head to curacaonorthseajazz.com/en/.

Labor Day Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival

Rock out in paradise this Labor Day Weekend at the Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival.

Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort (Costa Rica)

For families or adventurous travelers looking to become one with nature, head to Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort located on more than 800 acres of lush tropical rainforest with more than 500 species of local wildlife. Their 100% carbon neutral, eco-friendly environment also offers nearby activities including ziplining, horseback riding and hiking the Arenal Volcano. To book your Labor day weekend, visit tabacon.com or call 1-855-TABACON. Rates start at $279/night.

Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center (Massachusetts)

Think a budget-friendly, peaceful getaway with the kids is impossible this Labor Day? Think again. Massachusetts’ historic Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center offers hiking trails and nearby apple orchards to keep the kiddos entertained. The Family Fun Package over Labor Day includes accommodations for three, milk and cookies when you arrive, three passes to Old Sturbridge Village (a must-see when visiting New England), breakfast each morning, and more for only $170/per person for three people. Looking for kid-free activities? There are local breweries to taste test and the hotel is only an hour’s drive to Boston, Hartford, and Providence, RI for day trips. To book, visit www.southbridgehotel.com.

Labor Day Outfit Southbridge Hotel Jupiter Beach Resort

Labor Day Outfits should be versatile (like this one) so you’re ready for anything…like for apple orchard visits with the fam near Southbridge Hotel in Mass., catching a game at Fenway, or for the “Beach, Brews & Selfies” package at Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa.

Merlot Tortoise Watch | Faux Pearl Ear Jackets | Denim Dress | Essie Lots of Lux | Happy Bracelet Trio | Lace Up Wedge | Lip Gloss | Baseball Crossbody Bag

Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa (Jupiter, FL)

As if the secluded Atlantic shoreline wasn’t enough, the Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa is offering the “Beach, Brews & Selfies” package this Labor Day Weekend. Hit the local bar scene on Jupiter’s exclusive “Ale Trail,” like Guanabanas, U-Tiki, Square Grouper and The Sandbar, the one and only beachside bar on Jupiter Beach. This “Beach, Brews & Selfies” package includes a one night stay in deluxe accommodations, breakfast for two, a voucher for one beer flight tasting at Sinclair’s Lounge, and a welcome amenity (a map with local brew stops, a Jupiter Beach Resort koozie, and a selfie-stick). Can you say good times? This offer ends September 30, 2015, so snap this up now at www.jupiterbeachresort.com, or call 877.389.0571.

Stanton South Beach (Miami, FL)

Visit the Magic City and stay right on the sand at Stanton South Beach which has a brand-new lobby, retro-inspired rooms, and the best of Miami’s beaches, shops, and eats close by. Get creative (and funky) with the family and celebrate our city’s famous street art by signing up for the hotel’s new graffiti lessons from a local Wynwood artist. Legally vandalize the hotel’s walls (WHAT?!?) with organized lessons from local graffiti artists. How much fun is that? I may have to book a staycation just to get my graffiti on. Book the Coast to Coast Summer deal this Labor Day and save 20% with rates starting at $231/night at marriottstantonsouthbeach.com or call (305) 536-7700.

Happy Labor Day everyone!

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Sale Sandals Brown Gladiators
With one month left of summer, many of us have an end of summer vacation in sight. Make the packing process much more exciting by packing some new sale sandals for your end of summer vacation! These adorable shoes I happened upon last week and couldn’t resist…especially after seeing the price tags. If you’re on Periscope already, you may have caught my @arrivechic broadcast all about these sale sandals already. But, I wanted to share the exact links here so you can get your feet in these too before they’re gone…vacation or not. Not on Periscope yet? Definitely check it out…it’s Twitter’s new live video app and it’s a bit addicting. I’ll be broadcasting another @arrivechic show soon!

Sale Sandals White Birks

Happy shoe shopping & have a great vacation!

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

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!

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