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Love in the Sun

By: Stylist Melissa Lynn

As February begins, we start to the prep for plans with loved ones, so why not pay special attention to what we pack when we are wearing less? (Wearing less to the beach that is!) You’re under the sun, and love is in the air. A great way to maintain those sexy beach vibes is with a little opposite effort!

  1. LACES OUT. Swap the typical floral prints for a some lace or crochet to show some skin.
  2. Toss those ‘flops. An alternative slip-on sandal in patent or a strappy wedge is great, and MUCH easier on all surfaces, even sand!
  3. Kiss your hair with highlighting treatments, and let the salty sea do the work.
  4. Opt for nudes or blush colors to set the tone instead of bright colors.
  5. Cover up and out. A sheer cover-up works well to wear at the beach or as a dress!
  6. A natural glow looks good. However, be safe, not sorry. Bring a hat, and use a sheer foundation that includes sunscreen for healthy fun in the sun.

Now that’s a day well-spent at the beach, babe.

SHOP THIS LOOK

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1. Love+Salt 2. Malibu C 3. Randall Beach Tote 4. Becca ‘Amore’ CoverUp Pant 5. Tory Burch Miller Flop 6. Riona Sheer Gown 7. Becca Tankini 8. Miguelina + Oceana Panama Hat 9. Sophia Webster Strappy Wedge 10. Laura Mercier Foundation

*All stock and availability above may vary so book and buy now or find similar items and style inspiration here: Stylist Melissa Lynn

Stylist Melissa Lynn has more than 15+ years in the industry with a degree in Merchandise Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. SML has styled television appearances and music videos, viral and print advertising campaigns, red carpets, editorial shoots + look books.

Her work has been featured on major television shows and publications like Cosmopolitan, Dazed Magazine, LA Times, MTV and she contributes expert opinion for fashion news leaders such as Luxury Daily and TheHauteMess.com.

 

11 Breathtaking Destination Wedding Setups

It’s the most important day of your life. Close you eyes, and what do you see? Shimmering turquoise waters, powder-white sand, and a gentle ocean breeze flowing through while surrounded by all your loved ones. You might be thinking “This all sounds great, but I don’t even know where I’d begin.” Not to worry! The Apple Vacations Destination Wedding team put together a list of their favorite wedding setups and packages.
Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa
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Located south of Cancun and Riviera Maya, Dreams Tulum offers a tropical, yet elegant ceremony setup on the beach underneath the stars. If you’re looking for a more traditional setup, the resort also has a private chapel for the bride and groom to have their nuptial in. The resort offers a variety of wedding packages, ranging from complimentary symbolic ceremonies to completely customized setups for your big day.

Learn more about Dreams Tulum Wedding Packages

Zoetry Agua Punta Cana

Wedding Gazebo at Zoetry Agua

Offering the utmost attention to detail, Zoetry Wellness & Spa Resort Weddings boast unmatched luxurious accommodations filled with unique design elements in finely appointed suites with exceptional views.Enhanced by its award-winning dining and wine collection, an array of personalized services, a welcome bottle of rum or tequila and a bottle of sparkling wine with fresh fruit daily, Zoetry Wellness &amp: Spa Resorts provide quests a uniquely distinguished experience tailored to their wishes. (Source: Zoetry Agua Punta Cana)

Learn more about Zoetry Agua Punta Cana Wedding Packages

Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa

Secrets Huatulco Beach Gazebo

Secrets Resorts & Spas offer adults an extra measure of romance and sensuality in exquisite luxury beachfront settings. It sets the perfect wedding scene with its golden sand, beautiful rock formations and sapphire waters. Secrets Huatulco provides the ultimate backdrop for unparalleled pampering, romantic rendezvous, and lasting memories. (Source: Secrets Huatulco)

Learn more about Secrets Huatulco Wedding Packages

Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa

Dreams La Romana Garden Gazebo

Located on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic, Dreams La Romana is a world of pristine beaches and lush tropical jungle. Stunning ceremony. Lively cocktail hour. Private dinner reception. Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa wedding packages provide all the elements of the picture perfect event along with special touches that will pamper you beyong the wedding day. (Source: Dreams La Romana)

Learn more about Dreams La Romana Wedding Packages

Now Amber Puerto Vallarta

Perfectly situated on a golden sand beach showcasing infinite views of the sapphire waters of the Banderas Bay, guests are treated to an Unlimited-Luxury® escape with luxurious amenities, lavish accommodations and pristine facilities. Love is in the warm, tropical air at Now Amber Puerto Vallarta. Romantic wedding gazebos overlook the sapphire waters of the Banderas Bay. Professional wedding coordinators are here to handle every detail, from the bouquet and boutonniere to your wedding cake and sparkling wine toast.(Source: Now Amber)

Learn more about Now Amber Wedding Packages

Grand Palladium Jamaica & Lady Hamilton

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Make your wedding preparations as enjoyable as they are elegant – with packages designed exclusively for Palladium by celebrity wedding planner Karen Bussen. An expert in design, flowers, food, wine and hospitality, her professionalism comes guaranteed by a wide range of experience working in New York and organizing events for celebrities and famous names in the world of business. (Source: Palladium Weddings)

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Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe

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A wedding means romance and passion. It’s one of the sweetest moments a couple can experience. Imagine celebrating your wedding on the shores of an incredible beach with fine sand and crystal clear water, surrounded by exuberant vegetation. The Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe offers over a mile long private beach so you can celebrate your special union with your loved ones in paradise. (Source: Barcelo Hotels)

Learn more about Barcelo Wedding Packages

Sunscape Splash & Cove Montego Bay

Located on a secluded peninsula in Montego Bay with over 1,800 feet of powdery beach and overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Sunscape Splash Montego Bay offers three romantic wedding packages to make sure you have the wedding of your dreams.(Source: Sunscape Resorts & Spas)

Learn more about Sunscape Wedding Packages

Melia Nassau Beach

Melia Nassau Beach Wedding

The Melia Nassau is the ideal option for sharing a unique moment with your loved ones with stunning ocean views and idyllic surroundings. The resort offer the location you have always dreamt of and the possibility to choose exclusivity in every detail. Melia Nassau promises to design the perfect wedding for you. (Source: Melia Hotels)

Learn more about Melia Wedding Packages

Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa is designed to reflect the charm of the Mexican Caribbean. Surrounded by glistening pools, spring-fed cenotes, lush tropical gardens and a palm-studded beach, this resort allows guests to luxuriate in private and spacious accommodations with each suite having at least one Jacuzzi, daily refreshed mini-bar, full marble bathroom, and a wealth of VIP amenities. (Source: Dreams Riviera Cancun)

Learn more about Dreams Riviera Cancun Wedding Packages

Paradisus Cancun Resort

Paradisus Wedding Gazebo

Paradisus Cancún, an all-inclusive luxury resort, is the perfect destination for couples looking for endless romance and dream weddings to celebrate and commemorate with your partner, friends and family. These wedding packages have been designed with meticulous attention to every last detail. (Source: Paradisus Cancun)

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Advice from a Fitness Pro: Top Workouts in Mexico & the Caribbean

As owner of Fit Bodies Inc., which places fitness, yoga and sports professionals as guest instructors at luxury resort properties throughout Mexico & the Caribbean, fitness pro Suzelle Snowden has toured hundreds of resorts. We asked her for her favorite places for a good workout, and here’s what she had to say:

  1. The spin studio at Secrets the Vine Cancun has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the pools and the sea. It’s the perfect view to fuel you through your workout.

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  1. Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa has a great gym and indoor studio for spin and fitness classes, but the real standout here is the outdoor yoga classes held in the wedding gazebo.

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  1. Negril’s Couples Swept Away has an amazing 10 acre sports & fitness complex that includes lit tennis courts, two squash courts, two racquetball courts, a fully equipped gym, 25-meter lap pool, aerobics, yoga, an outdoor jogging track, steam rooms, saunas, Jacuzzi and a basketball court. Fit Bodies Inc. sends two professional instructors there each week – one for yoga and one for fitness.

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  1. Head out to the pier at Secrets Silversands Riveria Cancun for yoga classes. But you have to get there early – classes at this dreamy location fill up quickly!

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  1. With a well-stocked gym, Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa would be a great choice for any fitness fanatic, but what makes this resort stand out is the early morning powerwalk through Cinnamon Hill Golf Course to the famous Rose Hall Great House at the top of the hill.

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  1. While Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica has a beautiful spa and fitness center, the pro tip here is that every single member of the resort’s entertainment team is a professional dancer – guaranteed to get that heart rate pumping during poolside dance lessons or water aerobics!

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  1. Secrets St. James Montego Bay and Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay share a fitness facility that overlooks manicured tropical gardens. Fit Bodies Inc. offers a yoga teacher and a fitness teacher there each week. SEMB_Aerial3_1

5 Romantic Experiences To Add To Your Bucket List

Are you tired of the same old dinner and a movie “date night”? Has your idea of romance turned into nothing more than a few hours without the kids and a bottle of wine at the local restaurant? Change it up this year and try one of these exciting and intimate activities that’ll be sure to bring out the fire in your relationship!

A Night Out In Puerto Vallarta’s Romantic Zone

Puerto Vallarta Romantic ZoneAlso known as Old Town, Vallarta’s Romantic Zone is paved with cobblestone streets, boutique shops, and quaint restaurants and cafes that embody the true essential of Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy a traditional dinner, followed by strolling through art galleries and stopping in the local bars for a cocktail. If you’re seeking an authentic experience of Mexican culture with your significant other, look no further than the Romantic Zone of Puerto Vallarta.

Flight and Vacation Packages to Puerto Vallarta

Watching The Sunrise On Mount Haleakala

Haleakala SunriseLocated on the island of Maui, Mount Haleakala stands 10,000ft above sea level towering over the clouds below. These conditions give way to spectacular sunrises for those willing to make the morning trek. Be sure to grab a cup of locally brewed Hawaiian coffee and a blanket for you to snuggle up next to your partner.

Flight and Vacation Packages to Maui

A Barefoot Sunset Dinner In Aruba

Barefoot Aruba RestaurantScattered across the white sand beaches of Aruba are dozens of restaurants that offer barefoot dining. Sit back and watch the sun set while the only thing between you and your partner is a gentle ocean breeze. And if you’re wondering, the answer is “Yes”: food and cocktails do taste better when the sand’s between your toes.

Flight and Vacation Packages to Aruba

An Over-The-Water Cabana In Riviera Cancun

Over pool cabanaExperience Riviera Cancun in luxury with the all-new over-pool cabana suites at Secrets Silversands. After pampering yourself with a variety of spa treatments and massages at the world-class Spa by Pevonia, retreat back to your lavish cabana for some relaxation before a romantic candle-lit dinner or a night on the town.

Flight and Vacation Packages To Secrets Silversands

Find A Secret Beach On St. Martin

St. Martin Secret BeachThe Dutch and French Island is littered with hundreds of secret beaches that can only be accessed by water. Rent a sunfish or a kayak for a romantic day of secret beach-hopping and soaking up the rays on your own private stretch of sand. Bring a lunch, your favorite drink, and a blanket for an intimate picnic for just the two of you.

Flight and Vacation Packages to St. Martin

 

 

Last Looks: Mix/Match and Pack 2015 to 2016

By: Stylist Melissa Lynn
Who said you have to follow any rules in fashion, anyways? They are more like guidelines gathered by a select skilled group (You’ve seen the Devil Wears Prada, I assume) who take inspiration from cultures and the lifestyles we live from the streets and cities beyond each season to create a trend or looks.

We say, find a signature style that’s yours by collecting from the places you’ve been and adventures you’ve had (or going to) with local items along the way. Or, when not traveling know what to wear, wherever you go.

Prepare to carry over any of these styles in your carry-on to 2016!
Highlights of 2015 trends that are wear-anywhere-ready will get you going in the right direction. We’ve seen these styles and accents in seasons’ gone so save your pennies and pick these styles to pack into the new year.

Not So Basics Plain, Plaid and Pleats

Last year, we saw a lot of monochromatic looks (think 50 shades of gray tones), mixed prints and sharp silhouettes. This year, you can roll up your sleeves and redux with the best of the white (shirt/blouse), extend and expand with plaid and tighten your waistline with a knife pleat for basic added detail for mix and match, easy pack.

Last year, we saw a lot of monochromatic looks (think 50 shades of gray tones), mixed prints and sharp silhouettes. This year, you can roll up your sleeves and redux with the best of the white (shirt/blouse), extend and expand with plaid and tighten your waistline with a knife pleat for basic added detail for mix and match, easy pack.

1. Oversized Cotton 2. Wrap Blouse 3. Checked Bow Blouse 4. Anglomania Print Skirt 5. Jerry Pleated Skirt 6. Sea Bleached Pleated Skirt 7. Plaid Blend Coat 8. Silk Organza Dress

Casual-Simple, Much?

It was all about the bling in 2015. From costume jewelry, statement pieces like skinny scarves and fur (faux) trimmings, now we see comfort and quirkiness all day - the return of the pompom, remaining mule shoe and pj's in the daytime; that's multipurpose packing -- A little space with a big style statement.

It was all about the bling in 2015. From costume jewelry, statement pieces like skinny scarves and fur (faux) trimmings, now we see comfort and quirkiness all day – the return of the pompom, remaining mule shoe and pj’s in the daytime; that’s multipurpose packing — A little space with a big style statement.

1. Kailua Beach Basket 2. Jocelyn Keychain 3. Sass Baseball Cap 4. Jenni Kayne Leopard Mule 5. Adrienne Vittadini Heba Mula 6. Embellished Satin Mules 7. FRS Printed Trousers

Accessories Fringe-Benefits

The fringe was in from 70's style to boho chic so don't yet retire this style. 2016 is packing more fringe from velvet to suede in coats, dresses down to the bags and shoes! It's the simple details that sometimes add the biggest flair.

The fringe was in from 70’s style to boho chic so don’t yet retire this style. 2016 is packing more fringe from velvet to suede in coats, dresses down to the bags and shoes! It’s the simple details that sometimes add the biggest flair.

1. Scarf 2. Faux leather Tassel Tote 3. Sassy Sandals 4. Livia Midi Dress 5. Tassel Faux Leather Waist Belt 6. Fringe Slides 7. Drop Earrings

PYOP (Pack Your Own Pop)

Every summer and/or vacation time, we countdown to the reveal: which bright colors and pieces we'll pack to match. For the weekender traveler, bringing a handful of items is all we have to work with so why not pack the pop. This year's color is ORANGE ! Mix in with florals, denim and sneakers for easy matching.

Every summer and/or vacation time, we countdown to the reveal: which bright colors and pieces we’ll pack to match. For the weekender traveler, bringing a handful of items is all we have to work with so why not pack the pop. This year’s color is ORANGE ! Mix in with florals, denim and sneakers for easy matching.

1. CB Station Canvas Weekender 2. Gold Design Scarf 3. Cotton Match Skirt 4. Smooth Tank 5. Obin Ankle Sandal 6. Mason Dress 7. Joshua Sanders Hat 8. Eve Bikini 9. Pleated Shorts 10. New Balance 696

Office and Out!

Suits and Sets-Oh My! A lightweight way to tiptoe into trendy this year is with this androgynous and versatile street style. Plus, the layer and switch options while packing and prepping multiple looks make this easy breezy -- your complete packing map from the office to the airport and back to the office by Monday! Pair the blazer with jeans/skirt/dress, the slacks with a tank and flats to dress up and down you any suit set.

Suits and Sets-Oh My! A lightweight way to tiptoe into trendy this year is with this androgynous and versatile street style. Plus, the layer and switch options while packing and prepping multiple looks make this easy breezy – your complete packing map from the office to the airport and back to the office by Monday!

Pair the blazer with jeans/skirt/dress, the slacks with a tank and flats to dress up and down you any suit set.

1. Max Mara Suit 2. Gigue Jeans Shirt 3. Grenadine Boot 4. Street Level Strap Bag 5. Le Suit 6. Le Weekend 7. Melinda Cami 8. Alexa Chung AG Jeans 9. International Nike 10. Sole Society Weekender

Last but not least! Shopping and planning what you wear, and where, is not only a good look but will save you big bucks! Score all-in travel and multipurpose packing tips and trips to save time AND money for more fun, fashionably.

*All stock and availability above may vary so book and buy now or find similar items and style inspiration here: Stylist Melissa Lynn

Stylist Melissa Lynn has more than 15+ years in the industry with a degree in Merchandise Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. SML has styled television appearances and music videos, viral and print advertising campaigns, red carpets, editorial shoots + look books.

Her work has been featured on major television shows and publications like Cosmopolitan, Dazed Magazine, LA Times, MTV and she contributes expert opinion for fashion news leaders such as Luxury Daily and TheHauteMess.com.

THE PARTY PACK Celebrate In Style

By: Stylist Melissa Lynn
The holidays can be full of beautiful surprises, especially when traveling to new places with new adventures scheduled.

But, not all celebrations can go as planned. Fortunately, there are essentials you can prepare to ring in the new year with success. Pack these stylish wear-anywhere items for wherever this season’s’ festivities take you. From ugly sweaters to sequins and sparkles, you’ll be ready-set to keep the spirit bright in front of the fire or laying beachside…

A Casual Chic Christmas…

CasualChic XMAS- B1Party Place: The May Fair London
Items Links: Replay Blazer | TumiTegra Lite | Kate Spade Keds | NIKE Air Max | Sakroots Travel Case | Classic Flannel Set | Hobo Abrielle | Sequin Uggs

Mix/Match and be Merry
MM Merry, B2Party Place: Riu Plaza Panama
Items Links: Eliza J Skirt | Roxie Ankle-Tie Pumps | Minimercengy | Alexis Leona Dress | Carlene Bow Pumps | NARS Jungle Red | Gabi Dress | Atelje Jask Sandal | Pointsettia Drops Earrings

Winter by the Waves

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Item Links: Linen and Sequin Tote | Le Specs | Petalo by M. Gemi | Snake Print Maxi | Gigi Burris Hat | River Island Wrap Suit | Beats Wireless | Sonix Bahamas Phone Case

Stylist Melissa Lynn has more than 15+ years in the industry with a degree in Merchandise Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. SML has styled television appearances and music videos, viral and print advertising campaigns, red carpets, editorial shoots + look books.

Her work has been featured on major television shows and publications like Cosmopolitan, Dazed Magazine, LA Times, MTV and she contributes expert opinion for fashion news leaders such as Luxury Daily and TheHauteMess.com.