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Tips for Doing Disney World in Style

Jordan Rhodes

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There are tons of great blog posts and resources out there on how to conquer Disney World. If you’re reading this post then you love Disney, and have probably read most of them. So I decided to take a different approach and help you feel stylish while doing Disney - because let’s face it, it’s not the place to go to feel cute. You’re sweaty, tired from all the mad dashes into the parks, stressed from screaming kids, surrounded by junk food and crazy people in a rush. It can be a little daunting at times. But read this and hopefully it will be a little easier.

  • Hire a tour guide.

    We love to hire tour guides, either through Michael’s VIP’s or Stone VIP’s. The guides will meet you at the entrance to the parks, get you inside, and lead you around to all the rides, where you never wait in line. How do they do this? Before you arrive they will arrange your initial Fastpasses, then throughout the day they are constantly on their phones checking wait times, adding new Fastpasses, and planning all of your next moves. It is SO worth it to not be on the app trying to figure all of that out on your own, and you’re free to really enjoy the park. Bonus - they will watch the kids who aren’t tall enough for the fun rides. Pricing varies, but minimum is about $800 for 6 hours plus gratuity.


  • Plan Fastpasses in Advance.

    If you do not hire a guide, make sure you pick your allotted three advance Fastpasses so you’re not running like a crazy person towards a popular ride when the park opens. Fastpasses are available 60 days prior to your visit if you’re staying in the park (including at the Four Seasons), or 30 days in advance if staying off property. To book them, download the Disney app, and make sure your tickets are purchased through the app or link physical passes by entering the number into the app (don’t worry, it is very easy to navigate). Here are my suggestions for Fastpasses, based on popularity: at the Magic Kingdom - Peter Pan, Space Mountain, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (my kids’ favorite); at Hollywood Studios - Slinky Dog, the Aerosmith roller coaster, the Tower of Terror; at Animal Kingdom - Avatar, Everest, a safari ride. And voila! Now you’re ready to wake up a little later and ease your way into the park, because those without Fastpasses are running and waiting. Epcot unfortunately is a little different because the Fastpasses work on a Tier system. You can only book one of the popular rides as one of your three, which would either be the Frozen ride, Test Tracks or Soarin’. Soarin’ is my absolute favorite ride of all (as a travel journalist it’s not hard to see why), so I would book that one and run to Test Tracks when the park opens. But if you have little kids, book the Frozen ride in advance and run to Soarin’ when the park opens, whose line moves a little slowly, then be prepared to wait a little bit at Test Tracks. If you do Test Tracks first the Soarin’ line will get very long because it doesn’t move as quickly as the other. For your other two Fastpasses we like Mission: Space and the other Space ride.

    Now don’t forget, once you’ve used your first three passes you are able to book more one by one. So try to book them all as early as possible in the day so you’re not waiting all day to add be able to add a new one.

A view from the Animal Kingdom safari

A view from the Animal Kingdom safari

  • Book the popular restaurants and events in advance.

    Some of these include the Be Our Guest restaurant, Cinderella’s Royal Table, the Goofy breakfast at the Four Seasons, ‘Ohana at the Polynesian, the luau at the Polynesian, the pirate fireworks cruise at the Contemporary, the Star Wars dessert party at Hollywood Studios, the Princess Tea at the Grand Floridian, Rose and Crown pub for Epcot fireworks, and the rooftop restaurant, Capa, at the Four Seasons for fireworks. Except for those last two which are more for date night, your kids will be over the moon at the rest and thus in better moods.

Happy kids at the Star Wars dessert party

Happy kids at the Star Wars dessert party

  • Speaking of date night…

    if you have young kids, I highly suggest booking a babysitter and doing After Hours at Hollywood Studios and/or the Animal Kingdom. Most of the best rides at the parks are for taller kids, so if you have littles they can’t go on them. After Hours tickets allow a handful of visitors into the parks late at night, and you can do the rides over and over and over. The kids get to bed early and you can really enjoy yourselves.

    The best sitter service is called Kids Nite Out, and we have loved every sitter we’ve hired from them. They are highly reputable and recommended by the Four Seasons, as well as all the Disney hotels.

  • And speaking of the Four Seasons…

    Stay here! It is THE BEST hotel, and I even know people who vacation there and don’t even go to the parks. A more detailed post on it is in the works, so for now just trust me that it can’t be beat.

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  • Pack accordingly

    Everyone I know wears athleisure to the parks because it is basically cardio. So buy some new Lululemon and APL’s and feel a little more stylish. My husband likes to wear shorts with golf shirts so he stays cool. Don’t forget the sunscreen and bring some princess costumes or Star Wars t-shirts for the kids. When going out at night I like to wear white jeans, Golden Goose’s, something like a Figue top and my favorite L’agence jean jacket. Crossbody bags are perfect for day and night.

  • Don’t forget the gear

    We love our Bugaboo for the park because the tires are big and can be navigated easily. We also always pack tracking watches for the older kids. I can’t tell you how many times they’ve wandered off, and with crowds like those it’s easy to lose them. We have the GizmoPal2 which allows us to call the kids, they can call us, and we can see their location. It brings us peace of mind. Another important device is a backup charger, because if you are headed to the parks without a guide you are going to burn lots of battery using the Disney app to check out Wait Times, shows and Fastpasses.

And there you have it, a few ways to feel a little less stressed, therefore a little more stylish. Let us know if you have any specific questions!

A Glimpse of Paula Minnis, founder of GAIA Empowered Women

Jordan Rhodes

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One of my favorite discoveries this past summer (thanks to my friend Chrissy of In My Closet Blog) is GAIA Empowered Women - not only for the colorful fashion and home accessories but also for the purpose. Founder Paula Minnis created this online store in 2009 which employs refugee artisans in Dallas to create the website's goods, all made with sustainable materials. Now available on several online sites, as well as boutiques across the country, GAIA is transforming lives while also transforming homes and closets, including my own! I urge you all to check out the site and support these refugees, and in the meantime, here is a glimpse of the life of Paula Minnis.

Favorite Places -
Hotel? - Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur, India
Resort? - Four Seasons Hualalai
Destination with kids? - Bachelor Gulch in Beaver Creek, CO
Destination with husband? - Mexico City
Solo destination - Antigua, Guatemala

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Four Seasons Hualalai

Restaurant with husband? - Parigi (Dallas)
Restaurant with kids? - Fernando’s Mexican 
Do you prefer the city or country?  Depends on my state of mind.
The mountains or beach? -  Same as above!
Boutique for yourself? -  Cabana (Dallas)
Boutique for your kids? - Maisonette (online)
Home decor store? - Wisteria (online & in Dallas)
Jewelry store? - Aside from my wedding ring and 2 gold necklaces I never take off, I pretty much exclusively wear GAIA jewelry. Skincare store? - Greenway Shop (online & Dallas)

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GAIA jewelry

Travel Style -
Uniform?   Easy throw-on dresses and K. Jacques sandals in the spring/summer;  Sweater + rag & bone jeans in the fall/winter, with Isabel Marant boots
Accessories? GAIA, obvs!
Skincare on board? ‘Simple’ micellar wipes + SKII overnight miracle mask 
Travel carry-on? Longchamp Le Pliage Expandable Travel Bag
Luggage? Tumi and Samsonite

En Route -
Favorite airline? - British Airways
Airplane activity for kids? - ‘Penguino’ Travel Boxes
Must-have for your child’s carry-on? - books, colors, snacks, blanket
Must-have for your carry-on? - Huge water bottle, snacks, books, and lip balm
Favorite travel gadget? - iPhone!
General travel tips? - Expect and be prepared for flight delays.  

Looking back -
Best travel memory?  Traveling to Africa (Tanzania, Zambia, Zanzibar, and Capetown) with my husband for our honeymoon
Most memorable meal? Private dinner under the stars on the rooftop terrace of the Taj Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur, India. 
On your bucket list? - Returning to Africa with my children

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Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur


Everyday - 
Mom uniform? Midi Dress (Ace & Jig, Ulla Johnson, Natalie Martin, and Doen are favorites)
Date night uniform? Same as above, just with heels!
Favorite shopping website for yourself? - Doen and ShopBop
Favorite shopping website for your kids? - Maisonette 
Morning routine? - Wake up between 5:30 & 6am, wash face, start coffee, meditate for 20 minutes, work on computer for 30 min to 1 hour, get ready, wake up my 6 yr old twins, prepare their breakfast, then prepare their lunch while they eat.  Out the door by 7:45 if we’re lucky!
Favorite breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes - Breakfast: Jaded Ginger Snap smoothie from The Gem; Lunch: Whole Foods sandwich & chips; Dinner: sushi or my husband’s spaghetti with meat sauce.
Skincare routine? - AM: splash with water, then SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic followed by a face oil (either Vitner’s Daughter or Sunday Riley Juno), NeoCutis Lumiere Bio-restorative Eye Cream.  PM: Avene Retrinal .05 cream + NeoCutis eye cream.  Occasional masks/treatments - Sunday Riley, Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel, Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, SKII Overnight Mask

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Tata Harper products

Beauty tip? - Sleep!! 
Favorite perfume? - Rose 31 by Le Labo or an Amber Roll-on fragrance from Whole Foods
Favorite room in your house? my “Mom Cave”, the screened-in porch
Favorite piece of furniture? - Turkish Bone-inlay table that converts to a backgammon board that once belonged to my mother
Favorite piece of art? - Jeff Koons ‘Puppy’, given to me by my husband when we got married
On your playlist? - This is so cheesy, but I really love this Pandora station called “Hipster Cocktail Party”, which is really funny because I don’t think I’ve ever been to one!
Bedding? - Boll & Branch and Matteo
On your nightstand? - Books and more books
On your reading list? - The Fox Hunt; Now Say This: The Right Words to Solve Every Parenting Dilemma; Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Recommended books? - Exit West by Mohsin Hamid; The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu; The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead; All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr; Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

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Favorite magazine? - Domino
Favorite app? Waze 
Favorite Instagram account? - @natgeo for inspiring images; @bobgoff for inspiring words.
Best piece of advice? - "If you don't listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won't tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff."

Favorite charity or cause?  International Rescue Committee 





Stress-free Packing Tips by Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, founder of Gilt Groupe

Jordan Rhodes

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Stress-free Packing Tips by the Founder of Gilt Groupe

As frazzled parents who can barely keep our lives in order – this most definitely includes myself! – the last thing we want to do is organize our closets. So I was thrilled when my friend Lindley Pless of The Sentimentalist introduced me to Gilt Groupe and GlamSquad founder Alexandra Wilson who just launched a brilliant new organization service called Fitz. The company’s personal stylists will come to your home, go through your closet, and help you decide what to keep, how to organize it, how to wear it, and also which pieces to sell. And they’ll do it for your kids, as well. Afterwards, you will receive a list of recommended products and outfits to purchase, and they will also resell the items you no longer need. For $300 for three hours, I can’t think of a better way to spend money on my house (and my sanity). As a bonus for Glimpse readers, Wilson and Fitz’ head of marketing, Rachel Sacks-Hoppenfeld, have compiled a list of packing tips for your summer travels:
•    Less is more!
•    Pick a color theme for your travels (this will ensure that your pieces are all interchangeable and will help you create outfits easily, and then you will need fewer options!)
•    Pick your travel outfit well (try to wear your bulkier items, e.g.. outerwear & denim, and make sure they coordinate with the other pieces in your suitcase)
•    Use packing cubes or zip lock bags to stay organized and save space
•    Roll instead of fold! (it takes up less room and clothes come out surprisingly less wrinkled!) Undergarments, socks, and other small items can be rolled inside shoes or bags!

Key items:
•    Pack a bathing suit (they take up virtually no room and always end up coming in handy!)
•    Flip flops take up very little space and are always functional (our current favorites are Tkees, they can be dressed up or down and are incredibly comfortable!)
•    Denim shorts (they go day-to-night, with flats or heels and never go out of style)
•    Pack that easy, breezy dress (dresses take up less room than pants and can be worn day or night depending on your shoes!)
•    Minimal accessories (wear most (or all) of what you want to bring during travel, and try to include a simple pair of hoops or a statement earring to accent any easy outfit)
•    A neutral bag (right now small cross body bags work for day or night and a pale pink, light grey or tan color will go with anything this summer!)

 

Our Favorite Childrenswear and Monogram Team

Jordan Rhodes

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(Originally published on our old site in October 2016)

Growing up in Arkansas, I was constantly surrounded by gorgeous smocked outfits, and everything was monogrammed. Just like most of my fellow Southerners, I feel like a bit of an expert on classic childrenswear, so when a Greenwich friend introduced me to two local businesses – CPC Childrenswear and Monogram Mary – I immediately fell in love with both and was transported back to my childhood.

Based in the picturesque, coastal town of Rowayton, Connecticut, CPC Childrenswear focuses on modernizing traditional pieces for boys and girls, ages newborn to 12 years old. New owner and designer Ginger Drysdale (who recently took over the brand from the three founders) has a strong background in New York’s fashion industry and has brought that knowledge to the gorgeous line. Fabrics are made up of corduroy and 100% Pima cotton, and the timeless pieces are designed in fresh colors with elegant detailing.

While the clothes are of course beautiful on their own, there’s nothing better than a great monogram or personalization, and that’s where Monogram Mary comes in (website currently being updated.) Located in Greenwich, CT, also on the east coast of the Long Island Sound, founder Brooke Labriola Shepard works with CPC Childrenswear, among many other well-known brands, to create the ultimate partnership for all of your child’s clothing and monogramming needs. Specializing in traditional as well as contemporary fonts in a large array of colors, Brooke brings perfection to any piece.

For the holidays, there’s nothing better than personalized outfits from the two brands, and since we’re approaching Thanksgiving, now is the perfect time to place orders for upcoming parties, family get-together’s and photo sessions. Girls will love the corduroy dresses in greens, reds and blues, or choose the adorable plaid pants and colorful longalls paired with a preppy roll neck sweater for your little boys. Your kids will definitely be the best dressed in the room, and your attempts at capturing the perfect family photo will be all the easier.

To order, head to www.cpcchildrenswear.com or Wiggles and Giggles in Darien, CT

 

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Beulah London: An Interview with the Designer

Jordan Rhodes

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(Originally posted on our old site in July 2017)

British fashion has always been something I’m particularly drawn to, maybe because of the avant-garde designers the country has produced, or because of the eclectic wardrobes for which the Brits are known. I love their bold panache – they’re not afraid to take chances with colors or patterns. But having said that, as an American who lives in conservative Greenwich, Connecticut, here it is de rigeur to have a more structured, polished look, and that’s where I think British brand Beulah does a wonderful job of merging the styles I both covet and feel the need to wear. The pieces are tailored yet romantic; the patterns striking, yet modern. It has quickly become one of my favorite designer brands, and it’s no wonder they count everyone from Kate Moss to Kate Middleton as clients. The brand has also recently added a new component – Beulah Mini. The luxury childrenswear includes dresses for girls ages 3-12, in similar styles and patterns as some of the pieces for women. How fun to wear corresponding outfits with my oldest daughter when out for lunch or shopping!
The best part about Beulah, however, is its social impact on the issue of human trafficking. The brand focuses on improving the lives of survivors in several ways, most importantly by providing them with sustainable employment. These women create each season’s accessories, as well as work on a proportion of the ready-to-wear collection. Widespread marketing campaigns also help the company raise awareness, and 10% of all profits go towards the Beulah Trust, which was established to provide rescued women with healthcare and the chance to reintegrate with society. This commitment is something that has garnered Beulah respect not just from the fashion world, but also from organizations like the United Nations. To further their devotion to social justice, the company donates 10% of the sales from its blue heart products, found here, to the UN Blue Heart campaign, which is also focused on ending the sex trade.
So by wearing Beulah, clients are not only supporting the eradication of modern day slavery, but are also providing new beginnings for these vulnerable victims. How amazing is it to know that your fashion choices can help to save and empower women who need it the most? And Beulah makes that decision quite simple with the stunning pieces they create. In my interview below with co-designer Lavinia Brennan, who founded the brand along with Lady Natasha Rufus-Isaacs, take a further glimpse at Beulah’s history, social evolution, and plans for the future, as well as some of Lavinia’s England favorites.
When was Beulah founded and how did the partnership begin?
The brand was founded in 2010 after Natasha and I spent two months working in India in an aftercare home with women who had been rescued from the sex trade. We spent our afternoons teaching the women very basic sewing skills that they could use to create products and generate an income for themselves. It was here that we first understood the importance to provide an alternative, sustainable livelihood to victims of trafficking and witnessed the power of employment to transform lives. And so Beulah was born.

 

The brand is famously dedicated to promoting social justice. Please explain your focus and how you chose it.
Ultimately we seek to empower.
To bring hope and opportunity through employment to some of the most vulnerable women in the world, giving them a chance to live a life free from abuse.
Simultaneously, we’re on a mission to inspire women to look and feel beautiful, with the conscious knowledge that the choices they make and the actions they take can make a real difference to the lives of others.

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How does that impact the way you design your line?
Each season we try and plan the narrative so that it ties back to the essence of the brand and build on the skills that the women have. For example, for SS18, which we are currently working on, we have been inspired by our recent trip to India and are building on the screen printing that is done by the women, to incorporate a new skill set of embroidery.
When we are designing we try to create pieces that will last a lifetime, and can be passed down from mother to daughter. This is because we are passionate about sustainability, creating good quality pieces that go against the trend of fast fashion.

 

Because Glimpse was founded as a luxury resource for families, we adore your childrenswear pieces. When did Beulah Mini first launch and what made you decide to include childrenswear?
We launched Beulah Mini in SS18. This was actually inspired by one of our mentors who has two beautiful daughters and thought it would be cute to have matching outfits to them. Natasha also now has two baby girls and Beulah Mini is something we have always dreamed of so we ran with the opportunity and started very small with one of our best selling summer dresses.

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What does the future have in store for Beulah?
Our vision is for Beulah to grow into a lifestyle brand – dressing a woman for every special occasion in her life, whether it be on her holiday, her wedding day, her child’s christening. And at the heart of that we want to make sure that we are having as much impact as possible on the lives of those most vulnerable. We want to shake up the industry a little, turn things on its head and do things differently.
Watch this space!

 

And finally, since I am constantly updating our London guide for families, my readers and I would love to know your favorite:


Restaurants? The Ivy, Chelsea – i just love the outdoor garden, Chicama, Chelsea, and The Palomar, Soho


Hotels? My husband’s family own two beautiful hotels down in Cornwall called The Idle Rocks and St. Mawes Hotel. Cornwall is so special to me because we got married down there – when the sun is shining it is the most beautiful place to be.
Clothing boutiques? Beulah of course (located at 145 Ebury Street). My friend owns a boutique on the King’s Road called Baar and Bass, when I’m not at Beulah I’m there.
Home décor boutiques? Oka, India Jane


Gift boutiques? Baar and Bass
Beauty spots? I love having facials at the moment! and have just discovered this great place called Koia in Notting hill. Otherwise the cowshed spa at Soho Farmhouse is great.


Park? Richmond Park


Neighbourhood? Notting Hill


**To shop the line or to find out more about the Beulah Trust, visit the Beulah website here, or follow along on Instagram @beulahlondon

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An Interview with the Founder of Cabana Life Swimwear

Jordan Rhodes

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(Originally published on our old site in March 2017)

My family and I are right in the middle of a two-week Spring Break, and because we live up north in Connecticut, we typically like to flee to warmer weather in March. Our first week was spent in Florida with my parents at John’s Island Club with excursions to Palm Beach and Disney World, and now we’re at my in-laws’ house in Scottsdale, Arizona. The beach and desert obviously require swimwear, so I was really excited when Cabana Life and I connected on Instagram. Not only does founder and mom of three Melissa Papock create adorable bathing suits, cover ups and other items for all ages, they contain 50 UV protection. What more could you ask for in resort wear?? Melissa started the line after being diagnosed with malignant melanoma at the age of 26, and I am grateful to her for having the vision to help prevent cancer for others – and doing it in a chic way! I love the brand and concept so much that I asked Melissa if I could interview her, and luckily she said yes.


1) Tell us a little about your company and how you came up with the idea for it.
I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma when I was 26 (2001), and learned the hard way about the dangers of the sun and the startling skin cancer statistics. I never expected to hear the word “cancer” in my 20s, and I didn’t realize at that time that skin cancer could actually kill you. Like so many other people, I thought of skin cancer as “Cancer Light,” no big deal.
After learning that a lightweight cotton t-shirt provides the equivalent of SPF 7, and when I saw the less-than-stylish sun protective clothing options available, I started Cabana Life. Combining fashion and function, Cabana Life offers chic styles with a UPF of 50 , blocking 98% UV. Cabana Life launched in 2005 and now includes a full-line of stylish sun safe options for women, children and men.
I wanted to use my experience with skin cancer to help educate others about the dangers of the sun and to give back to organizations that support skin cancer research. I figured the best way to get the “ugly” skin cancer message out and not make it so scary, was to provide the information by encapsulating it in a stylish, fun solution.
Proper sun protection is critical at all ages, and a quick and easy skin check can help save your life, as I now know.

2) How do you spend a typical day at work?
By the time I get in, I’ve usually checked emails and am likely already on the phone when I walk through the front door. I try to handle tasks requiring creativity in the morning, as the afternoons fly by in the blink of an eye and usually consist of working with team members on their projects. I’m lucky because I truly enjoy laughing and learning alongside everyone at Cabana Life. We all share a “work hard, play hard” mentality, and keep an even-keeled work atmosphere even when facing unexpected hiccups. I always make sure to thank everyone when they leave, because I sincerely appreciate everyone’s contribution towards Cabana Life’s success. I love that every day is totally different, with opportunities to grow and learn.

3) How does social media play a role in your business?
The role of social media in EVERY business is constantly evolving. It is fascinating to see the importance of connecting with our customers through the different platforms. It allows you to have an honest and fun dialogue with followers, beyond just the traditional brand relationship of yesteryear. We are active on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, and LOVE seeing how people live the Cabana Lifestyle. The content our followers generate is absolutely amazing, and it makes me smile to see how much people enjoy staying sun safe in the very styles we work so hard to design, manufacture and sell.
While I’m 100% committed to following the bouncing ball of how social media impacts business, I fall down big time on my own personal posting. I may or may not have remembered to post that I had a 3rd kid….about 4.5 years ago

4) What are some of your favorite Cabana Life pieces for this season?
I always love our ruched rashguard, because it can be worn up as a convenient swim top or extended down as a cute dress for a quick dash to the pool bar. It is flattering for virtually every body type, including pregnant mamas.
For relaxed UV protection from your ankles to your neck, I go for our comfy beach pants paired with a scallop rashguard.
My other new favorites this season are our super lightweight woven fabric tunics with thick embroidery and our Sardinia Sands tie waist cover up. Of course, the classic Cabana Life shift dress is always in style (and comes in practically every print).

5) What advice would you give to budding entrepreneurs?
Success is getting up one more time than you’ve been knocked down. Expect your fair share of set backs and challenges, it comes with being an entrepreneur. What dictates success is how quickly you push through and pivot, learning from every single experience in the unrelenting pursuit of your dream.

6) What do you see in Cabana Life’s future?
I’m very excited to watch the brand continue to grow, and offer women, children and men sun safe solutions for every aspect of their outdoor lifestyle. We continue to expand our collection, and are launching a full line of sand-to-sidewalk dresses in 2018. It also makes me happy to see our signature Cabana Life prints and overall aesthetic becoming so recognizable and in demand. We are continuing to explore collaborations with like-minded brands to feature our Cabana Life prints on different items, like the Scout Bags beach cooler coming later this month.

7) And some fun, short questions when traveling with your family:
-Mountains, beach or city?
City- we live at the beach so for vacation, we like to mix it up (plus less sun).

-Favorite hotel?
With a family of 5, we are more into renting houses these days. Airbnb is great. I like to feel like I really live somewhere, even if just for a few days.

-Favorite city?
New Orleans, on my way there as I type this. I went to Tulane and it is my happy place. Great food, music, art, drinks and anything goes vibe.

-What’s in your carry on?
My laptop, always!

-What’s in your carry on for kids?
600 page novels, carrot juice and wooden toys. Seriously, headphones, ipads and candy. Plus stuffed animals they smuggled on. Oh, and Sunscreen!

-Travel outfit?
Skinny jeans, flats, tee and Barefoot Dreams ombre cardigan (it is a comfy blanket disguised as clothing)

-Favorite skincare products?
Anything I remember to actually use. I love Perricone MD’s Face Finishing Moisturizer Tint with SPF 30. It gives a great sun-kissed glow the safe way, and then I layer on La Roche-Posay sunscreen for even more protection.

-Best vacation memory?
That’s a tough one. There are so many and in such different chapters of my life. Single- St. Tropez Married- Mustique (coolest private island) Kids- China with my oldest daughter, visiting our overseas offices and hanging in Hong Kong.

-Worst vacation memory?
Luckily I don’t have too many of those, probably because of my ability to laugh at most anything. I’d say anything that feels too much like “manufactured fun,” like a cruise.

-Advice for traveling with kids
Do it as often as you can, relax, and find the fun in everything- including the flight delays, meltdowns, unexpected events and everything in between. If you give off calm, relaxed vibes (preferably with a nice cocktail in hand), they will follow your lead. I will remind myself of this often as I travel through Greece and France this summer with 3 kids in tow.

You can shop Cabana Life here and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram @cabanalife

 

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