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Tuesday, May 3, 2016


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View of Panama City
 Imagine the title of this post shouted in my best David Lee Roth impression.  The Scot and I decided to skip the end of winter in New Jersey and jetted off to Panama for some fun in the fun avoidance of the Zika virus.  Yeah, we booked the vacation before that whole nonsense started.  So, we tried to stay close to the city and didn't take any off the beaten path excursions.  The intent of the trip was to relax and drink mojitos.  You may want to put off going to Panama for awhile because I may have depleted their rum reserves.

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Miraflores Lock
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We did some tourist-y stuff and hired a guide to take us around the city. We were some pretty basic bitches and, of course went to go see the canal.  It's boats hauling stuff...but, to be honest, kind of amazing and interesting.  I was a bit in awe of how effortlessly the locks raise and release the boats.  I won't give you a history  or engineering lesson on the canal, you can just refer to Wikipedia.

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Goethals Monument
We saw the Goethals monument...commemorating the guy who finished the canal ahead of schedule and under budget.  I love a good monument to efficiency.  I bet this guy made as many post-it note lists as I do.
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View from Ancon Hill
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Lilly Pulitzer Elsa Top (similar) | Banana Republic Jeans (similar) | Kate Spade Sandals (similar)
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 We hiked (yes I said hiked) up to Ancon Hill, the highest point in Panama City.  The view was was my back sweat.  And of course I find the resident hill cat.

Besides relaxing and drinking all of the mojitos, my goals for the trip also included seeing some monkeys and sloths.  I was told that the best time to see them was early in the morning.  SO, I got up at the butt crack of before the sun.  And went over to the Metropolitan National Park.  (We ran out of time to take a long excursion to a better rain forest because we had to include a day at the U.S. Embassy in our trip due to someone forgetting his green card.)
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However, all I saw were some lizards, weird trees, a bird, and the illusive jungle Scot.

After standing like an asshole for 2 hours creeping silently through the forest, we ventured back to the hotel and I Googled "best place to see sloths in Panama City."  And apparently, the Smithsonian research station 15 minutes from our hotel is the best place.  And the $5 entrance fee delivered a tree dripping with sloths.
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This is David Lee Sloth and Hillary Slothman Clinton.  The let me get right up in their faces with the camera.  (Also, two David Lee Roth references in the same post...BOOM!)
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This is either David Hasselsloth or Archbishop Desmond Twotoe.  The Scot and I could not agree on a name for him.
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So, yes, after seeing these little guys we promptly went to a bar and made up sloth names for the rest of the day.  

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Lilly Pulitzer Dress (similar) | Jack Rogers Sandals | Loren Hope Cuffs | Kate Spade Watch
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The highlight of the trip for me was Casco Viejo, the old city.  It's one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.  The entire area is a World Heritage site and the pace at which all of the gorgeous architecture is being meticulously restored is dizzying.  If you don't mind  a lot of construction and love great food and drinks...this is the place for you.  The Scot and I spent an entire day popping in and out of bars, restaurants, and old churches.  Surprisingly, the cuisine of Panama is very cosmopolitan.  I ate some of the best pizza, vegetarian food, and empanadas I've ever had all in the same city!

I loved our getaway to Panama City, but 4 days was simply not enough.  The food is wonderful, worldly, and affordable.  The scenery is breathtaking.  The weather is beautiful And my Spanish is terrible.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sparkle not Sweat: Dove Dryspray Deodorant Review

Here in New Jersey, once the month of May ends we all commence with three solid months of sweating.  I know it's natural to sweat and that it's the body's cooling system.  That doesn't mean I have to like it. Well, I hate it.  So, I've spent the better part of my adult life on the quest for the perfect deodorant.  I don't think I am asking too much. I need it to satisfy three criteria: 1. Prevent sweating (duh!); 2. Smell nice (obviously!); and 3. Not leave marks on my clothes.  Dove Dryspray comes pretty darn close to perfect.

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I received some Dove Dryspray courtesy of Influenster a few weeks ago.  And I have been testing it out ever since.  Ok, I am still using I guess it's not "testing" any more.  I have to admit, I was skeptical at first.  I was so surprised that Dove Dryspray is much more than just a body spray.  It actually prevents sweating and odor.

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One of the reasons I stick with solid deodorants is because I don't like walking around the house with my arms above my head for 5 minutes waiting for a gel or spray deodorant to dry.  However, I also don't like changing clothes three times after I get deodorant smudges on them.  Dove Dryspray solves all of these problems.

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Have you ever tried a spray deodorant?

Disclosure: I am provided this product free of charge for review purposes, but all opinions are 100% mine.
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Look What I Got: February and March Purchases

Feb and March 2016 purchases
The Look What I Got link up is BACK!  After a long hiatus, I am back at it.  And I have to catch you up on my shopping adventures.
The last few months I managed to (sort of) cut back on the shopping.  I added a few spring pieces to the wardrobe and intended on only adding spring / summer staples. However, when I found a few long-coveted pieces for a steal (i.e. Adelie Blouse and some Jack Rodgers) for a steal, i could not resist.  I have no will power.

1. Lilly Pulitzer Skipper Popover (Paid $98, full price...but I got a free cuff and chapsticks!)
2. Just Fab Drape Front Trench (Orig. $54, Paid $44)
3. Just Fab Midi Dress with Side Zip (Orig. $49, Paid $39)
4. Just Fab Delphy Booties (Orig. $60, Paid $40)
5. Anthropologie Adelie Blouse via Poshmark (Orig. $148, Paid $30)
6. Taylor Mixed Media Dress via Marshall's (similar(Orig. $100, Paid $15)
7. Jack Rodgers Flip Flops via Marshall's (Orig. $118, Paid $50)
8. Lilly Pulitzer Lori Dress via Poshmark (Orig. $248, Paid $85)

Total Original Price: $875
Amount Spent: $401
Amount Saved: $474
Total Percentage Saved: 54%
Clothes Sold on Instagram and Poshmark: $690
Net Saved up!: $289

Sales Shopped

Lilly Pulitzer Gifts with Purchase Sale

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1. follow your hosts

Sharon @ The Tiny Heart

2. grab a button
Or link back to one of your hosts, and help us promote Look What I Got!

3. link up!
Link up your post on what you got (for cheap)!
(Please don't link up your entire blog or any posts that are not "Look What I Got"! )

We love having you link up and we will be reading all your posts! So, if you don't follow the rules and link back you'll be put in time out (i.e. we'll delete your link).

4. mix and mingle
Visit some other blogs and let them know you found them through the link up!

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Linking up with Thursday Fashion Files.
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Monday, April 11, 2016

Back in Black (and Floral)

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I took a bit of an unintended blog break recently.  Life outside the blog was just not allowing for ample sitting on my butt staring at a computer screen time nor was the Scot's job giving me access to my photographer on the weekends.  But, now I am back with a ton of new post and outfit ideas.  So, I think the break may have reinvigorated my love of blogging!

Dress: Taylor, via Marshall's (similar)
Scarf: Target (similar, worn)
Shoes: BCBG via DSW (similar)
Purse: Vera Bradley (similar)
Sunglasses: Kate Spade (similar)
Kate Spade Watch: via Macy's (exact)
Loren Hope Bracelets via Rocks Box (exact here and here)
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