GIRLS WEEKEND GETAWAY – DAYTONA BEACH FLORIDA

Who needs a bit of vacation time? Raise those hands ladies!! When you look back and think about the best nights out, and when you have had the most fun, 9 out of 10 times your girls have been with you. In our society, where we put our nose to the grind that 40 plus hours, or take care of children 24/7 (because you know that’s never ending), we desperately need that time with our girlfriends to remind us why “adulting” on weekdays is necessary, but how blowing off steam every so often is needed for our sanity. So every now and then you really need to take the time to go away for a girls weekend.

Girls need to blow off steam together, to dance, to have personal face time, to get dressed up, to remind each other that we are still sisters and soul mates, and to keep us true to ourselves.

Girls Weekend Day 1

We started off the Saturday with of course tons of coffee and a girly music hour filled trip from Orlando to Daytona.

Some of the songs we listened to were:

Justin Bieber Sorry

Selena Gomez Hands to Myself

Becky G Shower

Taylor Swift Bad Blood

Fifth Harmony Work from Home & Worth It

We then checked into our hotel, “The Plaza Resort and Spa”, which was so beautiful, and the staff were very pleasant and helpful. Our room was the perfect size for the four of us. It was very spacious, two queen beds, with a view of the beach off our balcony.

Plaza Resort and Spa Girls Weekend

*Photo Courtesy of Plaza Resort & Spa

Girls Weekend

We ate some lunch in our room and then packed up what we wanted to bring down to the beach and made the trek down to set up our spot. Now, when you get four women together, that means we end up over packing. We had everything we could need, which meant a heavy trip down to the beach. We were not lacking in tent, chairs, music, snacks, sunscreen, or alcohol.

Girls Weekend

Girls Weekend

Girls Weekend

Girls Weekend

Girls Weekend

Boutique Lace Cover up (Sz. Small) / Similar Upscale / Jack Roger Lauren Sandal – Natural (Sz. 7) / Quay Sugar & Spice SunglassesPineapple EarringsHermes Clic Clac Bracelet / Monogram Necklace / Kelly & Katie Metallic Floppy Hat (Similar) / Marysia Palm Springs Top / Marysia Palm Springs Bottom (Sz. Small)

Can you believe it took over 4 hours for the four of us to get ready? I do!!

Girls Weekend

Girls Weekend

Girls Weekend

Lovers + Friends Dress (Sz. Small) / Braided Lace up Sandals – Ross (Similar) (Sz. 7 )/ Chloe Drew Bag / Kendra Scott Danielle Earrings / Kendra Scott Ring / Broadway Impress Nails / Chloe Perfume / Blake Lively Red Lipstick

We ended up eating a late dinner so we checked out the “1888” restaurant at the hotel, which was on point! I swear whenever we have a girls weekend nobody ever is ready to eat dinner on time haha. It was quiet and the ambience was lovely, we also got special treatment since we were the only ones in the restaurant by this time.

Girls Weekend

Here’s what we ordered off the menu that was delicious.

 Rae & Myself shared:

Roasted Oysters with Pickled Radish, Carrots, and Smokey Butter

Atlantic Salmon with Mustard & Herb Crust and Goat Cheese Ravioli

w/ a side of Green Beans and Asparagus

Michelle & Brittany shared:

Cajun Chicken Fondue with Soft Pretzel Nuggets

and each had:

The Ocean – Blackened Salmon, Cilantro Lemon Aioli, Spinach,

Heirloom Tomato, Ciabatta w/ Parmesan Fries

Girls Weekend

According to Rae (left) “The Oysters tasted like ocean boogers.” Hahaha and then we heard the kitchen staff making ocean booger jokes the rest of the night.

Rae Left:

Black and White Chevron Dress – She bought it at Ross! / Similar / Studded T-Strap Pumps Ross / Similar  / Opal Jewelry set her fiance brought back from a Baazar in Afghanistan / Similar / Similar

Brittany Right:

No Boundaries Burn Out Muscle Tank – Peach Smoothie / Leather Look Leggings / Leather Tie Heels – Ross / Similar / Asos Bow Necklace

Then it was time to head off to the “509 Lounge” where my girlfriend Megan (who lives in Daytona), normally will go because her boyfriend works there. You can’t have a girls weekend without some great music and dancing.

“Girls night is important because you should never forget about your girl friends even when life gets busy. You need time with friends to be yourself and be goofy since life is too serious all the time.” – Megan Michetti

Girls Weekend

The music was upbeat and we all shared a few of these deliciously fruity bucket drinks called Voodoo Juice. It was a combo of 4 different flavored Cruzan Rums and some juice. Safe to say we had a great time filled with dancing, laughter, chatting, people watching and a safe two block walk back to the hotel.

Girls Weekend

“A girls getaway is important because life is too demanding and short, so its important to do something special with your girls. It makes new memories especially as we are getting older and are more likely to forget some of the older ones.” – Michelle Carpin (right)

Girls Weekend Day 2

We gathered everything up in the morning so we would be ready to check out and headed down to spend some time by the pool after breakfast. The Bloody Mary was amazing! It was spicy so I couldn’t even taste the vodka, which is exactly how I like it.

Girls Weekend

Girls Weekend

We spent some time together at the pool relaxing and then Rae left to go home and the rest of us headed down to the beach to complete the girls weekend with a bit more fun in the sun.

Girls Weekend

Girls Weekend

Sky Blue V Neck Pom Pom Cover Up (Sz. Small) / SheIn / Ray Ban SunglassesFlamingo Stud Earrings / Jack Roger Lauren Sandals – Natural (Sz. 7)

Girls Weekend

Big Mouth Flamingo Float / Similar Crop Bikini Top / Itsy Bikini Bottoms – Sea Foam

Girls Weekend

Bathing suit Victoria’s Secret / Similar Top / Similar Bottom

“A vacation with your girlfriends is time to put away the everyday mommy and let out the free spirited woman in yourself and re-strengthen the bond with your friends. It’s so you can build a stronger friendship and gain that bit of freedom so that you can com back home a better mommy.” – Brittany Arnold

We brought some fun floats to the beach so that we could have some fun bouncing around in the waves. After a bit more tanning, chatting, and listening to music we drove home back to reality. All in all it was a really great girls weekend and I can’t wait to do it again next year!

*Photography Credits: Rae Breda & Brittany Arnold

All opinions are my own and this post was not sponsored by the Hotel.

TUESDAY TEN – 10 ULTA BEAUTY PRODUCTS UNDER $15

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Summer is finally here and there are a few things I think every girl/woman needs for the summer. Summer is the time to wear all those bright colors, smell tropical fragrances, and give yourself a gorgeous sun kissed glow. However, you want to make sure you are using products that are going to help your skin, hair, and nails. That’s why I put together these great items that I have purchased in preparation for this heat filled summer in Florida.

Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Mousse I love this sunless tanner because it goes on so smoothly with a glove and looks very natural. I first use a regular lotion on my elbow and knees and then pump the foam mousse onto the glove and rub it evenly all over. The product gives a beautiful tan and fades evenly after about a week.

Formula 10.0.6 Picture Perfect Day Moisturizer This is my favorite facial moisturizer. It has an SPF in it which is a must for protecting your face from sun rays every day. It is a very light weight lotion too and doesn’t feel like I’ve put a bunch of oil on my face.

Essie Shimmer Brights – (Seen on the Scene) Essie Polishes are one of my favorite brands. The pigment and range of colors are just to die for. Summertime is the best time to show off those neon bright fingers and toes.

Sun Bum Water Resistant Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 Sun Bum has a fantastic line of products from sunscreen, after sun, and lip balms. I prefer rub on sunscreen vs. sprays. This is due to the fact that the sprays do not provide an even coverage and I don’t feel like it really soaks into your skin as well as the rub in lotions do. Not only does your body and face need sunscreen, but your lips are sensitive to the sun as well. This is why I always make sure to use a lip balm with sunscreen when out in the sun. The coconut flavor is my favorite!

Sun Bum Sunscreen Lip Balm SPF 30 – (Coconut)

Living Proof Travel Size Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo  I keep this dry shampoo in my purse due to the hot days here in Florida. We don’t only get heat, but we get a great deal of humidity. My hair dresser reccommended this so that I wouldn’t over wash my hair and dry it out. This is the best dry shampoo I have tried. It smells amazing and really helps to pull the oils out of your roots.

Tony Moly Propolis Mask Sheet – (Honey) Sheet masks are amazing. I normally like to get mine from the Face Shop in NYC, since my sister in-law lives there. However, Orlando doesn’t have a face shop, so this brand at Ulta is just as awesome. The Honey mask smells amazing and gives a wonderful hydrating feeling to your skin.

Nyx Buttergloss – (Peaches and Cream) A fun bright gloss is a great way in the summertime to add a dash of color to your look. Wear all white or black and throw on a bright lip to make your face stand out. I love to wear neutrals and then have a bold lip be my statement piece.

Hoola Matte Bronzer Hands down I feel like this is the best bronzer I have come across. It’s matte, so you don’t look like you have shimmer, or highligher all over your face. You can contour with it, or just give yourself a hint of color since I don’t reccommend giving your gorgeous face too much sun. You get so much pigment in a small dose with the Hoola Bronzer.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara I love Maybelline Mascaras, they have so many different versions for whatever look you are going for. Their mascaras seem to give so much volume and are priced very affordably. During the summer between sweating your butt off and the trips to the pool and beach what girl doesn’t need a waterproof mascara?!?

VICTORIA’S SECRET BIKINIS FOR SUMMER

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So Victoria’s Secret will soon stop selling bathing suits! That is such a bummer. I have been buying bathing suits for years from them and rarely buy them from anywhere else. I don’t know if it’s just easy because I use my VS card and get my points, or that I just haven’t really broken out of my bubble too much. Lately I have been purchasing some swim suits from other designers such as Marysia…I just love her swimwear. But since Victoria’s Secret is having a 70% sale on all swimwear till MONDAY I thought I would give you all some info on my recent purchases so you can go scoop up some stylish swimwear for a great deal before it’s all sold out!

Take 25% off clearance swim with code SAVE25MORE

Free beach cooler with $60 purchase (excludes clearance) COOLER60

The Crochet-trim Teeny Triangle Top – Balinese Floral $29.99 & Black Orchid $39

Crochet-trim Cheeky – Balinese Floral $19.99 & Black Orchid $33

Lace-up High-neck Halter – Escape Paisley $39

The Side-tie Itsy – Escape Paisley $19.99

Lace-up High-waist Cheeky – Escape Paisley $40.50

The Banded Hottie Halter – White/Black $43.50

The Double Banded Itsy Bottom – White/Black $21

The Forever Tankini – Seafoam Glow $36

The Cheeky – Seafoam Glow $15