Vera Wang Embrace: The Perfect Summer Scent + Giveaway

*Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Vera Wang Fragrances. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review

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Do you ever ask yourself, “What makes me feel confident?” I know for me, I feel my best when I’m healthy – both mentally and physically, well-rested and wearing something that makes me feel unstoppable.  As women, there are so many outside influences that can directly affect our confidence, but it’s our duty to pick ourselves up, embrace what we have and change what we’re not happy about.

This is so important to me because I’ve always been raised to be extremely comfortable in my own skin (thank you mom and dad!). However, every so often we all have our moments when we’re feeling blah or nitpicking the small stuff. That’s why I’m so excited to be partnering with Vera Wang Fragrances to discuss how their newest scent in the Embrace Collection, ‘Marigold and Gardenia,’ makes me feel beautiful and confident in my own skin. After all, it’s so important we make time to celebrate ourselves!

The fragrance draws inspiration from intimacy, celebrating moments in time to be cherished and embraced. I love everything about it – from the scent to the packaging to the soft peach hues. To me, a fragrance should make you feel fresh, beautiful, desirable in your own skin and ready to embrace your womanhood (can we get #GirlPower trending?) and that’s how I feel when wearing this. Vera Wang Embrace Marigold and Gardenia is available for purchase in-store and online at Kohl’s. (ARV $29.99)

I want all of you to be your most confident self, so I’m giving you the chance to win the Vera Wang Embrace Fragrance collection 4-pack (ARV $75), which includes the following fragrances: Green Tea & Pear Blossom, Rose & Vanilla, Periwinkle & Iris and Marigold & Gardenia. The contest is now open through July 12, 2016! You can enter by sharing this via one of the social sharing options below:

Vera Wang Embrace Fragrance Collections

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Summer Trend: Rompers

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Like many of you, I’m obsessed with wearing rompers during the warmer months. Like dresses, they’re so easy to throw on. You don’t need to struggle to put together a perfectly matched outfit. Instead, you slip on a romper and you’re ready to rock.

The one I’m wearing (picture above) is from last season, but I’ve linked so other favorites below! Happy shopping.

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How to Master the Perfect Staycation

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You don’t need to purchase a pricey plane ticket or reserve a room in a 5-star hotel to feel like you’re on vacation. In fact, you can stay put in your city of choice and still have what feels like a long getaway.

Recently, my friends and I did just that. We planted our roots at my friend’s parent’s apartment here in NYC for a two-night stay away.  It was the perfect setting to make us feel like we were somewhere different vs. in one of our own familiar apartments.

We stocked up on rosé, played our favorite summer tunes, whipped out the board game ‘Headbandz’ and had some quality girl time. Below, find my tips for mastering the best staycation yet.

  • All About the Activities – What do you enjoy doing with your friends? Binge watching friends, laying out in the sun working on your tan, playing board games? Whatever it may be, find it and make sure you make the time for it.
  • Yes Way, Rosé – Our drink of choice was rosé (we sipped on Summer in a Bottle Rosé 2015 & Miraval Rosé 2014), but choose your poison and stock up. It’s not a girl’s trip without a few cheesy toasts and endless laughs.
  • Build the Perfect Playlist – This is a must have! Music sets the tone for the day/night, so choose wisely when building out your perfect playlist. Our staycation theme song was ‘Capsize’ by FRENSHIP.
  • Less is MORE – Seriously! Don’t over-pack and don’t overthink. Wear what you’re comfortable in and leave your anxiety triggers at the door. This weekend is all about relaxing!
  • Capture Each Moment – As much as I’d love to tell you to “unplug” 24/7, you should still make time to capture each moment. These are the memories you’ll be able to look back on years down the road.

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CitySeat – Bike in Style

CitySeat – Bike in Style

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Anyone that knows me knows I love to drive! My first car was a black (obviously), little, fast, two door that I absolutely loved at the time. Eventually I moved on to drive my sisters Jeep after my parents deemed my car too small for their liking. Yet one thing remained, I loved to drive!

Now, after 3 years of living in New York City, I’m suddenly timid behind the wheel. I can count the amount of times I’ve driven over the past few years on two hands. I no longer own a car because I don’t need one in the city. Traffic is terrible and you’re much better off getting around via public transportation, foot or a bike. And just like that, I’ve driven a bike more than I’ve driven a car in the past few years.

That’s why I’ve been loving my City Seat cushion that hugs my bike seat and provides a little extra comfort. I use mine (pictured above) while at my shore house and not only love the look it gives my bike, but the comfort, because we all know bike seat can tend to rock-hard and painful.  For those of you that ride bikes, I know you know what I’m talking about here.

City Seat offers an assortment of eco-friendly seat covers for your bike that come in fun patterns. My pattern is from the new line and features beach waves. You don’t even have to worry about hopping on someone else’s sweaty CityBike or getting caught in the rain when you have your own portable cushion/cover. Plus it’s washable! Check out their website and snag yourself one for just $35 – highly recommended!

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FREE NYC Fitness Classes

FREE NYC Fitness Classes

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My good friend Jill suggested we sign up for 7am yoga in Time Square to celebrate the longest day of the year, also known as ‘summer solstice.’ While the thought of waking up at 6am on a Monday was daunting, I knew this would be an amazing way to kick start my week and an even better way to celebrate the official start of the summer.

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