Ann Taylor Loft Haul for Summer

Ann Taylor Loft is having a great sale right now.  This summer they are having major sales on some really cute staples for your work wardrobe.

See the Yays and the Nays in the video above!

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Bought this cute red and white daisy dress.  LOVE it! ann-taylor-loft-haul-summer-amaryllis-tassel-dress ann-taylor-loft-amaryllis-tassel-dress

This striped dress is sold out online, but there were a few in my store.  It’ll be my new fave dress for looking dressy and super casual.

Love it!

This tank will go on sale soon I’m sure.  It was $8 and look at the embellished neckline on this newly designed Loft tank for this summer!  loft-ann-taylor-haul-tank-embellished

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Not see-through and dainty arm holes and neckline are why I snagged this cap-sleeved tee.

And this bow tie on the back?  It is a royal blue that hangs just right!  If you’re hippy you would love this striped shell tank and the blue swing dressann-taylor-loft-bow-tie-shell

And this rope necklace is on major sale under $8! loft-haul-summer-coral

Y’all there are so many more things so check out the LauriePOP Ideas That POP YouTube Video above.

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The Easiest “Party Nail” for This Summer

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This summer I’m guiding you to the easiest and smartest ways to create your own nail art for a beach trip. It’s your “party nail” – that’s when one fingernail design is having its own party.  The nine other nails have a solid nail polish color – the wall flowers of your party.  Which is  your nearest ocean: the Atlantic, off of California, in the Bahamas, the US Virgin Islands?  Let’s make nail art for the summer.

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3 Things POP into my head when painting a “party nail” on my fingernails for a beach trip.

1. What colors match my bathing suit?

Some of you may not care if the nails match completely.  I just want them to blend.

2. What glitter do I have?

The color of your solids determines which color glitter you will want.

3. Do I want the party nail to blend with the other nails or really POP with its own party?  Muted or Pizzazz?

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Wedding ring was off because I was on the way to sinus surgery.

My nail art is flamingo inspired for the beach this summer.  I loved the pinks and gold in my Recollection stickers so I ended up going with a fuchsia pink beside the gold.

I debated whether or not to use my favorite pink: A-rose at Dawn, Broke by Noon.  In the end, it had too much silver that does not go with gold.

Then I started thinking, wait, flamingos are salmon colored-not fuchsia.  So you can try that orangey tone next to the gold.  I don’t like it as much as I like the Kiss Me On My Tulips by OPI.  Then I put glitter on top of the orange color, and it can give you a much more muted but fun beachy look.

I wanted my party nail to really stand out, and the best way to do that is by using the lightest color in the gold glitter.

Look closely; see the white in that gold?  So my base color should be the lightest color that is in the glitter….

The best ever white fingernail polish is Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear White On.  Here is a sample of a cheapy cheap white by Sinful Colors-that’s what was cheapest in my grocery store that day.  They’re mostly milky.  OPI has a better one, Alpine Snow, but it still not the best.

This stuff is like white out.  Raise your hand if you ever painted your nails with white out in school in the 80s….

Glitter Nail Polish

When you’re picking out glitter, make sure it is condensed looking.  You do not want the ones that have big pieces of glitter or sequin type pieces (below).  It’s super extra sticky, which makes it hard to get off.  Plus, it has minimal impact.  You hardly see the party.  No one will want to attend that party. glitter-nail-art-summer

See how the gold and purple glitter are like a powder?  That will give you more impact.  More bang for your effort.

When using a blue toned glitter, the base color can be a lighter purple, a pink or a light pink.  So I’m going to try all three and show you the different party offerings.

So then I tried white because I do see white in this glitter.  Look how it is turning out on the video above.  It makes me not like this glitter as much.  It looks goopy and not very condensed.  BUT what if we painted our other nails a I’m Not Really a Waitress (red), and this white one with silver, red and blue glitter POPped?  Looks like a patriotic party, right?  That’s next week’s nail art for sure!  Happy Summer Beach Trippin, friends!

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Top Things to Take on Your Cruise

Your cruise to the Caribbean, to the Bahamas out of Miami, or a Mediterranean Cruise is going to be so much fun.  Here are the top things to take.  You don’t want to forget these top things on your cruise.  If your ship stops at a beach location like the Caribbean, I suggest bringing a small soft cooler.  You can save money by taking your own water bottles and snacks.  And it keeps them cool! 

A drawstring cinch sack bag will come in handy because you can store an iPad, snacks, book, keys and passports, etc.  You could even get them monogrammed and have one for each family member.  CUTE! 

dont-forget-to-take-magnet-caribbean-cruise Take magnets to decorate your cabin door.  You can even take this magnetized lightweight dry erase board.  Kids and you will recognize it from far away.  And you can write notes to your steward. magnets-top-things-to-take-cruise

I packed my Cleanser and Vaseline in these containers to save space in my carryon suitcase liquids bag.  They hold alot.  I love love love writing the contents on cute washi tape from my planner onto these.  In the video, you’ll see how little of my cleanser I actually used.  Do you wear alot of makeup while on vacation?  I want to, but I always end up not.  I packed vaseline in case your legs get chapped at a beach stop.

Go-toob to the rescue.  I was in Europe for 10 days, and this is how much I had left in the shampoo bottle.  They’re tiny but huge! top-things-cruise-shampoo

This waterproof phone case with a lanyard is so awesome!  cruise-water-proof-case-phoneBut we found that we didn’t use it all the time.  If you will be at the beach, I can highly recommend this.  It’s an Amazon Top Buy product.  Solid, and you can use your fingers through the plastic case.  I also think just a key card lanyard would be awesome especially for kids who are on the unlimited soda package and for getting on and off the ship.

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If you will have time to enjoy coffee on the deck or a cool drink, we wish we would’ve taken our aluminum mugs.  The ship’s coffee mugs are tiny!  Plus you can dump the fruity drinks in there to stay cool as well.

Since we needed to carry passports, I suggest taking a Buddy Pouch that is the strongest velcro carrier I’ve ever seen.  It’s magnetized and does not budge from your shorts waist band.  We also used this Pink Portable Charger for our cell phones.  You can stick it through the hole to charge your phone while you’re on a train or bus or tendering.  Do you see the little zipper?

Totally fun thing to not forget is these clips to hold your towel down on deck.  Super windy!  They just make me smile!  They come in all kinds of beach styles.

take-cruise-top-outletsThe #1 top thing to bring on a cruise ship is a rotating power strip.  Cruise ships only have two American ones in your whole room!  I love mine!

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And my all-time favorite book to read at a beach location is The Devil in the Junior League.  It is about exactly what it sounds like.  Cute but really good!cruise-pool-top-things-to-take-bahamas-

I hope you have smooth sailing and that your mind is at ease while packing!

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Honest Review of Norwegian EPIC Cruise Ship


We researched Norwegian’s site http://www.ncl.com before booking our EPIC Cruise Ship trip.  I will give you my honest review of this NCL cruise ship.  My YouTube video above gives you a more full review and reasons why so please take a few minutes to watch.

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Food

teppanyaki-epicteppanyaki-ncl-epichonest review ncl's norwegian epic cruise ship diningThe “free” food was wonderful!  So many options (10) to choose from.  I was worried when ships started having restaurants that you could pay extra for onboard.  I thought that all the good food was going to those restaurants.  But Norwegian’s free food was just as excellent.

Two of the “Free” Dining Options

We had O’Sheehans which is open 24 hours.  Our 12 year old like the nachos.  They’re topped with warm melted orange cheese, and we were surprised at how authentic the tortilla chips tasted.  Attached is a 3 lane bowling alley.  But it does cost $7 to play.  But you’re on vacation!  They did a great job of separating this Pub into sections so it didn’t feel squished or bar-ish.  Very well laid out.  We did not like at all that we had to walk through the casino to get there because they allow smoking!  Ick!  It didn’t smell smoky in O’Sheehan’s, but getting there was yucky.

Garden Cafe is just off the pool area, but it is very nice.  They have a cafe connected to the pool and its seating areas, but the Garden Cafe is a huge buffet restaurant.  My husband thought some of the hot choices were luke warm.  And by some I mean 2 out of 200 food items.  We ate here 6 mornings and 5 nights.  Delicious, varied options for the whole family and all nationalities.  Beef Wellington was one of the meats that was offered on the last night.  Pasta is always available.  It’s a big and long rectangle.  I think it was so very good that it was over crowded on two of the major touring cities.  Since everyone was leaving by 8 for the excursion, we all decided to eat at the same time here.  Very casual dress here.

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I like Taste because you got an actual menu.  We felt like we were in a nice restaurant for free.  I wish the wait staff was more fun and more interactive with their guests.  Maybe they’re all about numbers and making sure passengers get their food.  I was longing the for fun wait staff from our Disney Dream Cruise Ship.

Extra Cost Restaurants We Tried

Tepanyaki is their version of Benihana Restaurants.  It was worth every penny.  Very funny and entertaining chefs at each of the tables we saw.  Absolutely delicious!  I had the beef and grilled shrimp.  I could cut the beef cubes with my fork!

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Le Bistro was delightful and was listed as Cruise Smart for dress.  So my husband wore a collared shirt, and I wore a dress.  Still casual but smart.  I told someone that this had the best French Onion Soup I think I’ve ever had, and I have been to Gruyere!

La Cucina is beautiful because it’s at the entire front of the ship-floor to ceiling windows at dinner time.  Breathtaking views!  This seemed very fancy, but the recommended dress was Cruise Casual.  Again, we wore the same as in Le Bistro.  This too was worth more than we paid.  We got appetizers, a first course (pasta or risotto!!!) that was a large portion, 2nd course was a salad.  3rd course was the meat.  I got Filet Mignon, and my husband got Shrimp.

We were hesitant to go to a fancier restaurant that cost extra.  But, we all highly recommend it as a splurge!

The Ship

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So many lounge chairs are on the decks of this ship!  There is a back row near the pool that is totally shaded, and that rowhonest review ncl's norwegian epic cruise shipis elevated so your people-watching view is not blocked.  Plus, there are many smooth plastic sofas completely shaded and far enough away from the pool noises.  All of the furniture on the EPIC is high end looking.  Very luxe, yet sturdy furniture.

The putt-putt 5 hole golf cours for kids is completely shaded too and has little squirty fountains throughout.  That’s about how long toddlers’ attention span is though, right?

We thought the video arcade was astounding, and at certain times (too few) nine to twelve year olds were allowed to play. honest review ncl's norwegian epic cruise ship

The hot tubs were beautiful; elevated far enough above the deck floor so you feel somewhat private.  The light aqua tile color just makes everything gorgeous!

Signs on the pool deck are clear and easy to read.  The ladies’ bathroom is under the slides of the main pool deck as well as on the opposite end of the main pool deck.  Very convenient.  It seemed like the main deck was always wet…just in case you have a family member who may slip easily.  We felt sturdy with the Trex-type decking they use though.  My mom was in a wheel chair or a cane most nights and didn’t have any problems. restroom-epic

We were very disappointed with the phone app because there was no map of the ship for us to reference.  No map booklet like you get in hotels and on other ships.  No map/layout section on your app.  On NCL’s app you could only see major events for that day.  You couldn’t tell on your app that they had a Painting on Canvas class (free) that day at 2:00.  It was in the paper magazine, but most people check apps these days.

Check out what the gadget is on my phone case here!  I love it!

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This may sound completely petty, but you could not get new towels on the pool deck unless you had one to swap.  That was frustrating. lanyard-cruise-keycard-european-cruise

I had brought my large iPhone Waterproof case to hold my phone and key card since you have to have the key card EVERYWHERE, but I didn’t need it.  I now suggest just getting the key card sized case.  Saw these everywhere; just a lightweight lanyard for your key card!  Perfect for kids too!

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The two main pools were beautiful.  Small, but most of the kids stayed in the 3 foot deep one, while others stayed in the 5 foot deep one.  The deeper one was hot.  It felt so good on the cold windy afternoons!  Once the ship started moving, brrrr!  And it was 86 degrees!

The outdoor cafe was perfect for grabbing a burger, ice cream cone, or lunchy items.  Sheltering the outdoor cafe were the pods which gave you awesome shade mixed in with some sun.  So cute; like lily pad pods.

In the morning, we think having out our aluminum cup to put coffee in would be helpful.  Cafe cups were tiny ones, and the to go ones were paper that was a mix between paper and styrofoam.  We didn’t like them.  We also didn’t like that you had to pay for a cappuccino.  Minor.

Luggage Tags

Their luggage tags were mailed to us, but we were responsible for stapling them on.  Pro: We just had to cut on the dotted line, fold and staple.  Cons:  We flew to another country first, before starting our cruise and couldn’t have those luggage tags on our bags in the airport.  When we did get to the foreign country, we needed a stapler.  But our hotel accommodated us.

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We loved the water package we bought!  Highly recommend that in advance.  Storage below the sink will fit 16 liter bottles of water.  We ended up buying 6 more.

Matt Hanafin gave a balanced review of NCL’s Norwegian Epic Cruise Ship.  I agree with some of his opinions and disagree strongly with others.

Let’s Talk Rooms

Oh my word, they’re beautiful!  We had read about so many people not liking the curved walls, but we loved them.  They’re aesthetically pleasing to the eye.  They indeed give you the feeling of an ocean wave.  Sofas are curved, along with one of the walls.  Gone are the boring rectangular cells. review honest ncl norwegian epic cruise ship european caribbeanreview honest ncl norwegian epic cruise ship european caribbean

Aqua, turquoise, creams and whites!  Just like the ocean waves!  Our first balcony experience on the 11th floor, and we were surprised at how much time we spent out there.  I feared it would be freezing.  I recommend making sure your balcony is covered.  The people a couple floors below ours got a coffee cup dropped on their head because they had no protection.

No complaining will help, but like all cruise ships, there were only two outlets in the entire room.  I brought my travel power strip thankfully.  It swivels, and you can charge two phones while using 3 additional plug outlets!  The in-room hair dryer was amazing.  I couldn’t find what wattage or voltage it was, but my hair dried faster than it does in Houston! outlets-ncl-epic

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My video above will show you how to twist the plugs!  I LOVE THAT IT TWISTS and ROTATES!!

LOVE love love the height of the hallways.  I can touch the ceiling and did not feel claustrophobic at all.  Loved the 6 towel hooks around the shower doors!  And the bonus floor mat hook that was knee high.  The shower head was at least 6’2″ high.  We really appreciated the toilet being separated and having its own door.  The steam from the shower doesn’t seep out into the room where you’re trying to do your hair.  Plenty of medicine cabinet storage above the sink and in front of the larger mirror. ncl-rooms

I had two makeup bags and one liquids bag, and you can tell by the picture that the drawer for that was very deep and long.  There are two large closets, enough for my hang up dresses and tops as well as my hubby’s collared shirts and more.  Following the curved, wavy wall theme, one of the cabinets was curved.  It’s just pretty to look at.

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There really was “epic” storage in our stateroom.  See how my hubby used these wire racks for his dirty laundry? NCL norwegian epic cruise ship honest review rooms

Oh, and we loved the curtain for privacy if you really did need to have the shower and toilet areas blocked off.

Double OH, the pillows were fabulous.

Norwegian offered a firmer pillow and a softer pillow for each person.  Had a third person been in our room, we could’ve used the pull out sofa.  I’m glad we didn’t have to for a seven day cruise.

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Excursions

Watch my video above to see why I had to get in the emergency boat!  I’m so glad I did!

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Three Things to Wear on an Airplane

Whether you’re flying on a transatlantic flight or a flight to Europe, there are three things you should wear on the airplane. I’ve created several YouTube videos about travel so check out my LauriePOP Channel sometime.airplane-three-things-wear

Airline travel outfits should be smart.  These three things to wear on an airplane will help you mix and match during your vacation.

Why should you care about what to wear on the airplane to Europe?

Why Care?
Bring Sexy Back (haha)
Comfort
Warmth
Space

  • Justin Timberlake would be appalled at what I’ve worn to the airport; that’s probably what led him to performing that son way back when.  But after many flights across the pond and the waves of grain, I’ve figured out non-frumpy things to wear.
  • Sitting for hours is awesome in yoga pants, so a tight waist band should be in the suitcase not in Seat 22E.
  • Some transatlantic flights are freezing.  Some European flights are hot, depending on where you are sitting.  Be prepared with an extra layer that can be worn or shed.
  • Wearing pieces on an airplane that can be worn other times during the trip is just smart.  Saves space in your carry on suitcase and saves you money because you packed efficiently in your carryon suitcase.  Is that two words or just one??

Tunic

I stumbled upon a gray tunic extender like this, but black was more versatile.  My gray one was a Medium, and this extender is Small.  It’s just a tad shorter.  They come in like 20 colors!

By the way, I’m a size 10 and 5’8″.  THE ONE REASON I love this and wear it is because it hangs correctly!  It doesn’t cling.  It hits mid to upper thigh, so proportionally you’re correct. three-things-wear-airplane-transatlantic-european-flight

You can see that this tunic can look dressier as well as more casual.

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I didn’t want the lace-bottomed ones, although I’ve seen some that are adorable.  I just didn’t feel comfortable styling that type, and I liked the one-and-done of this extenderwear-three-things-airplane

I’ve even put a tee on top of my gray extender.  Check out my YouTube Channel for more inspiration and Ideas That POP

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I just love this in black because it can get dirty, doesn’t wrinkle easily, and can be paired with so many layering pieces for a transatlantic flight.

Shoe

I add the most comfortable shoe to travel and sightsee in to make it more sporty.  No longer am I that American wearing frumpy clothes with my white Asics abroad.  I am super picky about shoe comfort when traveling.  That is why I have bought my second pair.  I even made a YouTube video about this comfortable shoe for travel.  I cannot wear Skechers because they’re not supportive enough.

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If you’re going to Ireland or a rainy location, I do not recommend these shoes.  The airy, super light upper mesh will allow rain drops to pour in.  But if you will have moderate temps or are running through an airport, I love them!  AND THEY’RE UNDER $30!

Leggings

No more swollen calves for me after a long haul flight!  These compression leggings really do work!  Plus they’re high waisted.  I’m wearing a size Medium.  I only wear these flip flops in the airport and at restaurants because they’re not super supportive.  As soon as I get on the airplane, I put on socks and slip on shoes.  You can see them in this video.

These capri gray ones are not compression so I wear them when sight seeing.

If you start with three things to wear on the airplane to Europe or on a transatlantic flight, you will be steps ahead in the packing process.   Let me know where you wear your tunic, shoes, and leggings!

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