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Feelin’ Hella Good

NYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing the Wilfred Free Tilberg Cropped Turtleneck Sweater in Avalanche/Rich Red Color Block Stripe from Aritzia, High-Waisted Sequin Shorts in Navy from Silence + Noise from Urban Outfitters, and a Vintage 90s Chanel Gold Chain Belt, Pictured at a Lifeguard Stand in Hermosa Beach, California - The Shopping Patch NYC Style Blogger Annamaria Stewart wearing the Wilfred Free Tilberg Cropped Turtleneck Sweater in Avalanche/Rich Red Color Block Stripe from Aritzia, High-Waisted Sequin Shorts in Navy from Silence + Noise from Urban Outfitters, and a Vintage 90s Chanel Gold Chain Belt, Pictured at a Lifeguard Stand in Hermosa Beach, California - The Shopping PatchLocation: Hermosa Beach, California
Sweater: Aritzia – Wilfred Free Tilberg Sweater (similar here and here) | Belt: Chanel – Vintage ( similar here and here) | Shorts: Urban Outfitters – Silence + Noise (similar here and here)

Stephen and I finally made it back to California for Christmas this year, we’re lucky to have both families in the same state so we can hit up his family in Southern California and hop a quick flight to San Francisco to see mine. Whenever I’m around my siblings I find myself reverting back to a “California accent.” Californian’s have what most consider non-regional diction, but there are certain auditory clues, inflection, speed, and regional slang, that are unique to the Golden State. One word in particular is specific to NorCal, ‘hella’. If you’re not familiar with the term, its basically a substitute for the word ‘really’; that’s a hella long line, I’m hella hungry, it’s hella cold…you get the point. Why we needed our own word is hella confusing but I digress. There’s even a new book entitled, Talk Like a Californian: A Hella Fresh Guide to Golden State Speak that tackles the California dialect.

Resting Beach Face – Bermuda: Part 1 of 2

Location: Southampton, Bermuda
Sequin Skirt: AllSaints (similar here)| Pink Swimsuit: Body Glove | Hat: Hurley (similar here) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Grey Shorts: Aritzia (Heather/White Oak Color) | Flamingo: Amazon (this one includes a motorized pump)| Round Towel: Cotton On (I also like this one and this one) | Speaker: Nixon (Marbled Multicolor)

Bermuda, an island with pink sand beaches and a travel campaign I can certainly get behind, “More Pink.” Ironically, my 21st birthday was a pink party, so I guess I came full circle for my 30th with a birthday trip to Bermuda. Turning 30 was a bit bittersweet because Norma always said “it’s all down hill after 30”; so far the anticipated rapid aging hasn’t set in but the night is still young.

Straight Outta Cayman

Location: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Sequin Jumpsuit: Nasty Gal | Wetsuit: Duskii (worn with Wilfred Free Charlene Short – Aritzia) | Belt: Grundéns | Dress: Olcay Gulsen | Pink Bikini: VS Swim | Black and Orange Bikini: VS Swim

We celebrated our one-year anniversary with a trip to Grand Cayman. Our last few trips had been to Europe and we had yet to take a true tropical beach vacation. Since we live in NYC, we needed a break from crowds and opted for an off-season destination. The Caribbean still has great weather in October but offers lower fares and rates since it’s at the end of hurricane season; so we started our search there. When Stephen and I travel we like to do activities, neither of us can sit and “relax” for very long, so we compared the Caribbean islands from that angle and eventually landed on Grand Cayman. The selling point for me was the opportunity to swim with stingrays in their natural habitat, in what looked like the most beautiful turquoise water. We stayed at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, also known as The Beach House, because of it’s location on Seven Mile Beach and modern beach house vibe.