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    Santorini Wine Tour Packing

    dress c/o Fab Finds Boutique / also love this one

    crossbody Botkier bag c/o NM Last Call

    Alyce necklace c/o Elaine Turner / now on sale!

    American Eagle sandals / similar here

    sunglasses c/o zeroUV

    I’m excited to finally start sharing parts of our honeymoon to Greece with you. Today, I’m talking about one of my absolute favorite activities that we had on the island of Santorini – the wine tasting tour! I’m a huge white wine person, and Santorini is famous for it’s white wine varietals especially those that derive from the assyrtiko grape – thus, this was the exact wine tour for me. Well, really any wine tour is good for me but you get it…

    But first, what to wear! I saw this Karlie embroidered dress from Fab Finds Boutique and knew it would be the perfect outdoorsy, comfortable dress to pack for the wine tour. It was such a good piece for walking through the vineyards and feeling the windy breezes of Santorini. And for an added earthy piece of jewelry, I topped it off with the Alyce turquoise and tortoise Elaine Turner necklace. This necklace can be worn two different ways depending on what you’re wearing (and it’s on sale!) Adding a crossbody and comfortable sandals was a must as well.

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    If you ever plan on visiting Santorini, the wine tour is a must! We had such a great time with our guide Vaios, meeting our “drinking mates” and learning about the unusual grape vines of the island- you’ve probably noticed they are strangely low to the ground. It’s because they wrap each vine into a circular wreath to keep them low to the soil and out of the heat. For this reason, the grapes develop a very specific mineral taste which make the wines so distinctive. This is the only place in the world that the vineyards grow this way! Here are a few more photos from the actual tour. If you’re interested, you can find more information on the Santorini Wine Tour website! Here are a few more photos from our wine tour destinations:


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    Beauty

    Discovering New Products w/ Gloss48

    One of my favorite things is trying out new products, but sometimes the price tag attached doesn’t make that entirely possible. Luckily, there are now so many great websites and programs that make it incredibly simple and affordable to receive sample products right to your doorstep – including Gloss48.

    Gloss 48 is a site featuring weekly promotional sales on up-and-coming beauty brands to let you try new products without breaking the bank. Every day, they pick out a fresh dose of niche products and offer them on sale for one week before they return to full-price. I’ve been able to try a couple of new brands offered by Gloss48, and most recently, I experimented with this mini set of SW Basics.  It’s an all-natural brand that produces skin care products using only three ingredients each!

    The line is completely chemical-free and uses ingredients like apple cider vinegar and rosewater to lessen the chance of irritation, offer higher potency and have a smaller overall ecological impact. This is a great line for people with sensitive skin or those who are just concerned with using products loaded with harsh chemicals – and it’s on sale on Gloss48 now.

    I could definitely tell by trying each one of these products that they are entirely made from natural ingredients – there were no chemical or artificial smells and each had a very rich texture about it. I cannot tell you about long term use of the product yet, but so far it’s very good! (Plus, I just love good packaging too!)

    Head over to Gloss48 to get more details on SW Basics and for more information on their weekly promotional sales!

    All skin care product in this post and on social media were courtesy of Gloss48 and compensation was received, but all opinions remain my own.

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    Outfits, Travel

    A Beach Day w/ The Elizabeth Chronicles



    Swim Sun Sand coverup c/o The Elizabeth Chronicles

    American Eagle swimsuit / now on sale, see widget below!

    Gigi New York clutch (sold out) / love this pouch in the same color!

    sunglasses c/o zeroUV

    photos by Jennifer Boles Photography

    I’m finally getting to show you these photos from my 4th of July beach trip – the perfect opportunity to wear my Elizabeth Chronicles swimsuit coverup! Katie and Rachel are constantly churning our awesome tee and tank designs, so it really is no surprise that they sucessfully tackled summer coverups as well. (You’ll remember the snoball tank and pineapple tee from this post!)

    The Swim Sun Sand tank was put to good use on my trip and so was my Summerlicious tee which you’ll have the chance to win tomorrow – but here’s a sneak peek! See the entire collection of Elizabeth Chronicles tees on their website!

    I also got to work with photographer Jennifer Boles who is a local photographer in the Destin area – she was seriously so much fun and I enjoyed her energy so much. She was literally hoping on top of those boxes that store the beach umbrellas and balancing on top of bike racks to get the perfect shot. (We have more fun pics from that shoot coming up!) If you’re ever in the area and looking for a gifted and energetic beach photographer, check out her site!

    Remember to check out the Gigi New York summer sale – up to 50% off so many pretty things!!

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    Lovely Favorites, Travel, Wedding

    What’s In My Suitcase

    On Friday, I had a roundup of packing inspired products, but today, I’m showing you what I actually packed for Greece. You can see in this little glimpse of what’s going into my suitcase, that I’ve got quite the array of items. Overall, I have enough day and night outfits for 11 days, and believe it or not, I fit everything into one carry-on bag. Jordan didn’t think I could do it, but clearly, I proved him wrong!


    Here are a few of the specifics:
    Nike Vintage Collection Air Pegasus ’83 Sneakers
    Alice & Trixie Dakota Romper
    Sperry Topsider Seacoast Sneaker in Orchid
    Passport to Paradise Parrot Shorts
    Oui Mon Cheri Tee
    Metallic Shorts
    Audrey Fringe Top & Monique Bottom
    L*Space Lillyville Coverup


    The key to space-saving was tightly rolling every article of clothing and scaling down on products and makeup. I mean, this isn’t a Vegas trip, so I won’t be needing a bunch of high heels and an array of eyeshadows. Not to mention, summer clothing is much lighter – less fabric, less room it takes up! Now, this isn’t quite everything that made it in the bag, but you can see what I’ll be wearing and snaps from our trip on Instagram (@apinchoflovely)!

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    Travel Abroad Picks


    Instead of the typical Friday Favorites, I wanted to share some travel pieces that have helped me start my very own packing for our honeymoon next week. We will be in Greece for two whole weeks – possibly the longest vacation I’ve ever taken (besides summer camp in like 5th grade, but that doesn’t count). Some of these I actually am packing and you’ll see them popping up on IG while I’m there and on the blog once I get back!

    1. Wash and Wear Lingerie Bags – Making it super easy to separate your clean clothes from your worn items while being super cute.
    2. Bumble and Bumble Travel Kit – Stocked with the brand’s best products in travel size portions.
    3. Gold Birkenstock sandals – Okay, when they originally came out, I was horrified thinking WHO brought these back in style. But over the past couple of months, I’ve changed my mind…
    4. Oh My Chic tee – Comfy cotton tees are a must on long trips and especially long plane rides!
    5. Striped Shorts – You can pair striped shorts with ANYTHING making them a versatile piece in your travel wardrobe.
    6. Supergoop – Sunscreen is a must when you’re traveling because you’ll be outside more than usual – exploring, taking in the sites – you don’t want to bring back wrinkles as a souvenir.
    7. Gigi New York Crossbody – And since you’ll be on your feet while traveling, you don’t want your shoulder to start aching from that heavy purse. Invest in a trusty crossbody that you can wear several ways to shift the weight around.
    8. Madewell Fedora – Some protection from the sun and really because your hair is going to start going awry at some point on the trip.
    9. Vegan Weekender bag – This would be ideal for smaller weekend trips, but you can also use smaller versions as nice carry-on bags.
    10. Graphic Image luggage tags – Distinctive luggage tags will help your bag stand out from the crowd at the baggage claim. Plus, you can personalize these with your monogram.
    11. Reversible Trapeze tops – These tops are reversible and take some of the stress out of outfit packing. You’ll have double the options without adding more to your suitcase.
    12. Pom Pom Scarf – Always a good idea to pack a scarf for unexpected chilly evenings. And poms are always a good idea no matter what.
    13. Flash Tattoos – Okay, so this isn’t a necessity, I just sort of wanted to pack some.
    14. Nike Vintage Collection sneakers – I’m not normally one to wear athletic shoes, but sometimes when traveling you need comfortable walking shoes. These combine comfort and cool.
    15. What the heck happened to number 15?! Scatterbrain…
    16. Oribe Beach Wave and Shine Spray – To get natural waves with less fuss. Time is of the essence while traveling!
    17. Mirror Lens Aviators – I like aviators on trips because they are light-weight and won’t leave as big of an indention on the sides of your nose after wearing them all day.

    Hope you enjoyed the little round-up! I decided to hold off on sales today since the 4th of July sales just ended, and you likely need a little sale break. 🙂

    All of the blog posts have been scheduled for while I’m away, so it will be just like I’m still here at the computer. The only difference will be that my IG photos will be much cooler! (@apinchoflovely)

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