Nautical Bachelorette Party

When weekends consist of floppy hats, sunnies, bathing suits and a trip to the Bahamas you know you’re in for a treat!

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Last month we celebrated our bride-to-be with a weekend cruise to the Bahamas. We sailed away on the Norweigan Sky and got a few behind-the-scenes tours during our last sail before the veil!

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DSC_0286.JPGThe bride with her bridesmates and the Captain! 

DSC_0187.JPGAll the essentials to survive the last sail before the vail courtesy of our blushing bride

Last Sail 6The cutest nautical bachelorette party temporary tattoo from this Etsy Shop 

DSC_0351Last Sail 1The morning before the cruise, popping bottles and getting our matching attire 😉 

Last Sail 2Last Sail 3Mini bottles of champagne for the bride and her girls! 

Tags, straws and string from Target, hand lettering by Simply Sianne

Last Sail 4The most adorable and delicious cookies ever! Courtesy of The Clark Family… sooo good! 

Last Sail 5The beautiful bride sitting in the Captains chair during our behind-the-scenes tour of the bridge! 

We had the most amazing girls weekend celebrating our bride-to-be! Are you a bride or a bridesmaid planning a bachelorette party? What’s on the agenda?!

PS – I’m ready to do this again, anyone with me?!

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Classic Travel Tote

Travel Outfit

A classic tote is a staple and can go a long way in your wardrobe. A camel colored leather tote is a versatile piece you just can’t go wrong with! It doesn’t matter what I’m wearing, it’s a perfect fit.

Briefcase Shop the look: Coach Metropolitan Commuter Laptop Bag

This classic executive tote is my go-to piece for traveling. It has many compartments to keep all my on-the-go essentials organized and in their place. There’s plenty of room to carry a laptop and tablet device with all of the cords, wireless mouse, notebooks and pens a girl can carry. I receive many compliments on this little beauty, but most don’t realize I’m carrying a little secret with me everywhere I go… this tote is actually a men’s laptop briefcase… I know, I know, you would have never guessed!

But shhh… I won’t tell if you promise not to.

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2016 Goals

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2016 is here and it’s time to determine my goals for the year ahead! I’ve never been big on new year resolutions, but would rather identify goals to work towards. Although I’ve got a laundry list of things I want to achieve this year, I’ve decided to only list 6 goals for 2016, plus one for good luck! This afternoon, Michael and I sat outside enjoying fruit smoothies finalizing our individual lists for 2016, as soon as we got home, we put pen to paper to really commit to our goals.

2016 Goals

  1. Run a half marathon – I want to run the Fort Lauderdale A1A half marathon, but that is coming up in February – I may need to find one a little later in the year for this to be feasible 
  2. Be more active – I have totally fallen off of my routine in 2015, so this year I want to focus on being more active with my running, yoga and gym routine
  3. Create an Etsy Shop –  this is something I have been wanting to do for a few years now, and I am really excited to say that I am going to make it happen in 2016
  4. Buy a house!! – I am so excited for this goal! Mike and I have lived in South Florida for almost a year and I think we figured out the area we want to purchase our first home!! 
  5. Be more consistent with the blog – I’ve always struggled with this, I’ve had Simply Sianne for 4 years now and I really want to commit to blogging on a consistent basis. 2016 is going to be the year of making things happen! 
  6. Travel to new places – Michael and I had an amazing time in Mexico and San Francisco last year, that we can’t wait to travel and experience new places
  7. Go on more adventures – The past year in South Florida has been fun, but we haven’t done as much exploring as I would like, so I want to make sure we don’t miss out on spontaneous adventures in the beautiful area we live 

I can’t wait to provide progress updates on each of these goals over the course of the year. I’m truly looking forward to all that 2016 has to offer.

Happy New Year, friends! Wishing you all the best of luck with your goals and resolutions for the year ahead.

2016 Goals

I’d love to know your 6 goals for 2016, share them below in the comments – I promise you’ll feel more committed to them once you write them out!

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On-the-Go Make-up Travel Essentials

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When you’re on the go, you want to make sure you have everything you need with you at all times. This year, I’ve been lucky enough to hit the road on a regular basis, traveling to Dallas and New New Jersey for work, visiting Mexico for our honeymoon (read more about that here), an impromptu weekend in San Francisco with the Mr. and trips back up to Jacksonville to visit family and friends – no wonder I’m starting to feel like a pro.

With all this travel my skin and body start to take a beating and I want to make sure I have everything I need with me to ensure minimal changes to my daily routine. Here are my travel must-haves that I can’t go without:

  1. Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes – this helps easily take off the make-up and prep clean my face without having to overdue the other cleansers.
  2. Clean & Clear Morning Burst Cleanser – I like this for a few reasons, it’s citrus scented wash helps wake me up in the mornings, especially on days like today where I the alarm was going off at 3am and because it doesn’t clog the pores and is gentle on my skin.
  3. Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Astringent – this helps take that final layer of grime off my face, yuck! But exposing my skin to different climates and recycled air in the planes really takes a toll, this astringent helps.
  4. Benefit Cosmetics Total Moisturizer Facial Cream – perfect for when my skin starts to dry out, but most times I just use it under my eyes where the travel is most noticeable.
  5. Too Faced Primed & Poreless Face Primer – this is my personable preference as I think it helps minimize my pores and evens out the application of my foundation.
  6. MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation – this is seriously the perfect lightweight all over coverage I was looking for.
  7. Neutrogena SkinClearing Mineral Powder – I let the foundation dry a bit and then apply this powder to eliminate the dewy look. I like a matte finish and the powder helps me achieve that.
  8. Benefit Cosmetics Total Moisture Facial Cream
  9. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
  10. MAC Powder Blush and Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer Matte – the two of these products helps me achieve light contouring by applying the blush on my check bones and the bronzer higher up and near my temples.
  11. Maybelline Full & Soft Waterproof Mascara and Maybelline Define-A-Line Eyeliner – I like these waterproof eye products to create a natural lash that keeps me ready for anything the day throws my way.
  12. TRESemme Extra Firm Hold Hairspray – light hold to keep my look lasting throughout the day.
  13. Nail polish and nail file – I don’t like to go to far without my Essie polish in tow, making sure I always have a good looking manicure.

I know it seems like a lot, but these are my on-the-go essentials to make sure I have everything I need when I travel. I also carry a face and turbie twist hair towel to make getting ready easier. And I try really hard to keep my normal activity level the same by hitting the gym or doing yoga when I travel to keep my body in balance. Now excuse me, I have to finish unpacking from this weekend’s trip and get ready for the next one!

What are your essentials? I’d love to hear what’s on your list and add it to mine!

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An Angel Saved Our Honeymoon

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To the family from Belize who gave a helping hand to these honeymooners, thank you. I truly hope this message gets back to you, because I could not thank you enough during the brief moment our paths crossed.

Mike and I decided we wanted to be in a remote location where distractions such as cellphones and TVs would not be an issue, after researching and searching many places we decided to stay at the Explorean Kohunlich near Chetumal, Mexico. This remote location was in the Jungle of the Yucatan Peninsula about 5 hours south of Cancun, not too far from the border of Belize.

After landing in Cancun and being on cloud 9 from the weekend’s festivities, we were ready to get our honeymoon started! Cancun airport was your typical tourist attraction, similar to getting off a cruise ship – drinks and people where there to welcome you to Mexico, with the natives ushering you along the way to get you to where you were going. Caught up in all the commotion and eager to get on the road to our resort, we bypassed many things and went straight to our rental car – missing out on the opportunity to exchange American dollars for pesos.

Still not realizing our mistake, we hit the road to start our adventure. Not too far south of Cancun we stopped for a bite to eat, we used our credit card, enjoyed our food and off we went. We knew our credit card would be okay outside of the US and so far so good, within the first couple of hours we used it twice without any issues, so we continued on our adventure, excited to be on this journey as husband and wife.

4 hours later, right outside the city of Chetumal, we were getting eager to see the resort and make it to our final destination, but before heading too far into the jungle and off the main path, we decided to stop for gas. Not thinking twice about where we were and our lack of pesos we simply told the gas attendant to fill up our tank. As we attempted to pay, fear set in – our credit card was not going through and we didn’t have enough cash to pay for the full tank – we were $15 US dollars short. Staying relatively calm in the beginning we started to barter (the best we could with the little Spanish I know) as a way to get out of our situation.

After much back and forth, and offering up Mike’s expensive watch for just the difference, we were at a lost of what to do next. The gas attendant told Mike to leave me at the gas station and drive to the next city to use the ATM at the bank… as you can imagine, no way were we going to split up in a foreign country – especially without a car or a phone! Urging us to talk to the manager as there was nothing the gas attendant could do, we started our plea all over again trying to reason with the manager. After being in this situation for about 45 minutes, Mike and I were both wearing thin. As we were trying to let the manager know about our situation, a lady from Belize appears out of nowhere. Literally nowhere – I have no idea where she came from, how much of the conversation she heard, but it was like she all of sudden just appeared, right there at the very moment we needed her the most.

Overhearing our conversation, she interrupts and says “Excuse me, am I understanding you correctly? Are you short money to pay for gas?” Completely shocked by someone who could speak fluent English, I said “yes, we are $15 short and our cards are not working here.” Without even hesitating or missing a beat, she simply said, “do you mind if I pay the difference?” I was and still am floored by this comment, at that very moment I was overwhelmed by Gods answer to my prayer that I started to cry. This woman came out of nowhere, just like an angel and answered my prayers.

As if that wasn’t enough she then walked over to Mike and I to talk to us a bit more, after realizing we were on our honeymoon and not wanting us to be in this situation again, she offered to give us 500 pesos. This was beyond generous and I didn’t want to accept the money. She insisted we take it and then gave us “extra” US cash they had from their vacation that they were heading back from. Not knowing at the time how much she handed me, I took the money sobbing because of her unbelievable generosity. I just couldn’t believe someone could be so kind to complete and utter strangers. Little did we know, she handed us $50o US dollars on top of the $500 pesos and the $15 US dollars for gas. Before this kind lady was able to explain our situation to her husband I was hugging this man tears running down my face thanking him and his family for their generosity.

If by some miracle this post makes it to the family in Belize, thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness. I still cry today, 4 months later when I share this story, because you truly where an angel and God’s presence was so strong in that moment.

At the time, this was such a scary situation to be in, but I am happy God gave me the opportunity to truly see him at work by sending an angel our way to save our honeymoon. And to that angel – thank you.

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