A couple of weeks ago I attended a Blog and Tweet Boston Event designed to get you looking and feeling your best for summer! The timing was perfect, since my trip to West Palm Beach was just a few days later.
The event took place at Cerulean Blu, a Newbury Street shop specializing in swim and resort wear. Owner Desiree discussed the concept behind the store – a judgement free, spa like atmosphere, free of fluorescent lights and unflattering styles, where you can go to find the perfect suit for your body type. There was even a fashion show with real girls wearing suits from the store, each with a target problem area. The suits definitely did their job because I thought they all looked amazing! I went back a few days later to try on a suit they’d recommended.
Of course they were spot on and I had to get it for my trip! The neckline is very flattering, drawing attention up and away from problem areas. The high cut bottom lengthens legs, and textured body camouflages the stomach. I even found the perfect matching accessories, for a complete outfit!
They had tons of other cute stuff, and I had a hard time not buying a whole new summer wardrobe!
We also had a great talk on body image by Rachel, the founder of Healthy Chicks. Rachel is a certified Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She had some really good tips for us on how to pay attention to your body and focus on how foods make you feel rather than the calorie count.
We finished with a demonstration from Blush Airbrush Tanning, in their mobile spray tan unit. I was lucky enough to be picked for the demonstration (the only time I’ve been glad for my impossible to tan, porcelain complexion)! I tried the partial tan on my arms, neck, and face. It looked so natural, I booked an appointment at the Wellesley salon just a couple of days later to get ready for my trip!
Blush, founded by Christina Kauffman, uses products designed for them by Aviva Labs, which are safe and natural. They are fragrance and oil free as well as hypoallergenic, which means they won’t irritate or dry out your skin or clog your pores.
There are a wide range of colors available, so you can go as light or as dark as you’d like. There are also formulas available with varying times to dry, so if you’re in a rush you can be ready to shower or hit the gym in as little as 30 minutes.
I tried the standard which takes about eight hours to dry, and just wore loose clothing for the rest of the day. At the end of the eight hours, I rinsed off in the shower and I was good to go.
My tan looked great and lasted about a week, although I may be the only person to come back from vacation less tan than when I left. I booked a second appointment this week so I can maintain my glow for the rest of the summer!