How To Feel Confident In A Bikini

I’ll be perfectly honest – I have always had body issues. I don’t think many women can say they haven’t felt insecure about their body at some point in their life. But 2019 is all about loving yourself and feeling confident in your own skin, so let’s embrace it! There are some easy ways to give yourself an extra boost of confidence while wearing a bikini this summer. Getting the right fit is the first step, then choosing the right style for you will bring out your inner confidence and make you feel gorgeous.

Choose A Fun Print

Yandy Slither & Slay Snakeskin Bikini

I love the snakeskin print on the Yandy Slither & Slay One Shoulder Bikini Top. Snakeskin is on trend for summer 2019 and you will be sure to get tons of compliments by wearing it. I always feel more confident wearing something a little more daring without going too over the top. I also like how the side is adjustable so you can decide how much skin you want to show. For someone with a bigger bust like me, it also helps to give the top a little more support

Wear A Multiway Bikini Top

Yandy Desert Rose Multiway Bikini

A multiway bikini top gives you unlimited options on how you want to style your bikini. I chose to style the Yandy Desert Rose 5 Way Bikini by tying it in the front, which also gave me a little more coverage over my abdomen – an area I am a little insecure about. There are a lot of really cool ways to style this bikini which would be sure to turn heads and boost your confidence. You can tie the straps to make it look more like a crop top, or create a halter top for some added lift.

Throw On A Sexy Cover Up

Yandy Slither & Slay Snakeskin Coverup

It’s easy to throw on a cover up to hide your flaws, but with something a little sexier, you can feel covered up and confident at the same time. The Yandy Slither & Slay Cover Up is sheer with a side slit, so it is very sexy, but also very comfortable and on trend. No one will ever question your confidence while wearing a cover up like this. This cover up is perfect for wearing to a pool party or to the beach.

There are so many options for swimwear right now that there’s no reason you can’t find something that makes you feel confident and look stunning.

Do you have any tips for boosting your confidence while wearing a bikini? Comment below!

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Fashion Must Haves For Spring 2019

I love Spring fashion because it means new trends and bright colors and patterns. I always go through the clothes I had stored away during the winter and sell or donate what I don’t want anymore so I can make room for new styles. There are a lot of really fun trends I’ve been seeing this Spring as well as fresh twists on the classics. These are my top picks for Spring 2019:  

Denim Jacket

Free People Denim Jacket

Living in Scottsdale, it can get pretty hot during the day in springtime, but it can still be chilly at night. A denim jacket is perfect for Spring weather and it’s a classic that will never go out of style. A lighter wash is perfect for Spring and goes great with any kind of outfit. I got this Free People denim jacket at Macy’s last year at the end of the season when everything was on sale. That’s the best time to buy a piece that you know will still be on trend the following year!

Rattan Bag

Rattan Bag in front of Palm Trees

These bags are everywhere this year! They are so cute and you can fit all of your everyday essentials in them. This is the Amerii Ata Bag and the quality is totally worth the price. I think rattan bags will be sticking around through summer and we will probably see similar styles next year as well. They match so well with boho-style clothing.

Clear Sunglasses

Warby Parker sunglasses in front of Starbucks

I love these Warby Parker sunglasses because the clear Rose Water frame matches so well with everything I wear. There are a lot of crazy shapes going on with sunglasses right now, but I like to stick to more traditional shapes because they’re more flattering on my face and are more practical. Sunglasses are another item where I would rather spend the money on something that will last me for years rather than a pair that won’t even last through summer.

Gemstone Jewelry

Moon Magic Rose Quartz Ring

I have always been very anti-diamond and prefer other, less traditional gemstones for my jewelry. Moonstone has been one of my favorites, but rose quartz is a close second. I absolutely adore this Moon Magic rose quartz ring. It is so feminine and beautiful and adds a touch of luxury to any outfit. I only wear high quality rings and this one is no exception (Who wants to be left with a green stain on their finger? Not me!)

Patterned Pants

mexican blanket on the beach

I love that patterned pants have made a comeback because they are so comfortable and make you look super stylish without even trying. These pants are from Topshop and the quality is surprisingly great. The only problem is it’s hard to find a top that matches well with the pants, but this crochet top from Francesca’s seems to be a good match.

What are your fashion must haves for Spring 2019?

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Things To Do In Malibu On A Budget

Have you ever wanted to live like the rich and famous for a weekend but just don’t have the budget for a lavish lifestyle? It is definitely possible to experience Malibu on a budget and take a peek into the lives of celebrities.

couple walking on the beach at el matador beach

Accommodation

Airbnb – $190/night split between 2 people for 2 nights

We chose to stay at an Airbnb since the hotels in Malibu are all pretty expensive and we wanted a more unique experience. The place we chose was a pool house of a really fancy house that had a pool, hot tub, and even a tennis court and was in a great location very close to the beach. I felt like Ryan Atwood when he first arrives at the Cohen’s house. Truly a dream come true for me. It wasn’t exactly dirt cheap, but it was a great price for the luxury experience we were looking for.  

Malibu Beaches

El Matador Beach – $3 for 1 hour of parking

mexican blanket on the beach
el matador beach malibu

The first beach we checked out was El Matador Beach. It has tons of cool rock formations and is the perfect place for a photoshoot! We even saw a music video being filmed when we were there. We kind of got bullied out of a popular photo spot by a photographer, so that was annoying, but I ended up getting better pictures in other locations, so she can go kick rocks (literally)! This beach is very windy and not really ideal for laying out and enjoying the ocean, so we moved on to the next spot.

couple walking on the beach in california
malibu beach

Malibu Pier and Surfrider Beach – $10 for all day parking

Visiting the Pier and Surfrider Beach is a must when you’re in Malibu, so this was next on our list. There’s always people out surfing and it’s fun to watch them since I know it’s something I’m not capable of doing. You can easily spend most of the day here just walking around and chilling on the beach.

Scope Out Celebs at Nobu – Free

Nobu, a celebrity hotspot, is right next to the Pier, so you might as well walk over and see if you can spot anyone famous. If you’re a cheapskate like us, go to McDonald’s for lunch (which is conveniently across the street from Nobu), and walk alongside the parking lot. You can even see the back of the restaurant from the beach, so either method works. Unfortunately, we didn’t see anyone when we were there but maybe you’ll have better luck.

Hidden Gems

Point Dume – Free

sunset at point dume
view from point dume at sunset

Parking is sparse at the base of Point Dume, but you can park on the side of Grasswood Ave for free. Just make sure your car is completely within the white line because I’ve read they’re sticklers around there and will ticket you. Walk past the fancy houses and imagine what it’s like living there as you make your way to Point Dume. We went just before sunset, which is the perfect time for a beautiful view. We went a little late though and were unable to get to the top before the sun set, but we will had a great time there. I was wearing flip flops and there were some parts where I wished I had been wearing actual shoes, so keep that in mind.

Malibu Hindu Temple – Free

malibu hindu temple

On our way home, we stopped at the Malibu Hindu Temple, which is about 15 minutes north of the beach. This is an actual temple, so be mindful of that and respectful of other visitors. You will have to remove your shoes to go in, so keep that in mind too. It’s a very beautiful place and something that you wouldn’t expect to see in Malibu, so it’s a cool place to stop if you’re driving that way.

Have you been to Malibu? Let me know your favorite things to do in Malibu in the comments!

Want to read another travel guide? Check out my review of the Norway in a Nutshell Tour.

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Thyme Honey & Dijon Glazed Chicken with Ancient Foods Gourmet Ingredients

I’m no chef, but I do love to cook. I’m always looking for new recipes to try out (usually on Pinterest) that are quick and simple to make because I’m always in a rush. I figure if I combine a few good quality ingredients, I can whip up something that’s going to taste really good without having to do a ton of prep work.

I was really excited to work with Ancient Foods because I love mediterranean food, and put olive oil on pretty much everything. I also really like that they source their products directly from farmers in tiny Greek mountain villages. I have been to Greece and let me tell you the food is amazing! They sent me their Wild Forest and Thyme Honey and their Keros Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil to try. I immediately started searching for the perfect recipe to match these ingredients and found this thyme honey and dijon glazed chicken drumsticks recipe. The recipe is paleo if you’re into that sort of thing.

Honey dripping from spoon
Ancient Foods honey and olive oil
olive oil honey and garlic mixture

I tasted the honey on its own and it has a distinctive thyme flavor without being overpowering. The thyme flavor comes from the bees foraging the wild thyme that covers the mountainside where the honey is sourced. Isn’t that crazy??  I knew this honey would be perfect for a savory but sweet dish. The recipe calls for dried thyme, but I decided to leave it out and let the honey bring all the flavor. It took me less than 10 minutes to prep the chicken and then 45 to cook. Not bad at all!

Honey and thyme chicken drumsticks
Chicken drumsticks and green beans

While the chicken was in the oven, I made some green beans and tossed them in a bit of the olive oil. The food was absolutely delicious! Just as I suspected, the honey was a great match with the chicken. The olive oil was also amazing, both as part of the recipe and drizzled over the green beans. It is described as having hints of fresh herbs and a round, buttery, peppery finish. I’m by no means an expert on gourmet olive oils, but I can certainly taste the difference between these products and your standard grocery store fare.

Ancient Foods has supplied me with an exclusive discount code for my readers. Use code THEKELLYROBERTS40 for 40% off – valid for one week only (expires February 19th)!

Have your tried any new recipes lately? Let me know in the comments below!

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