We just had a fantastic trip to Caye Caulker in Belize. I was there to do makeup for a destination wedding, but managed to have a few days vacation built around it.

Caye Caulker Belize

Caye Caulker is teeny tiny,  very rustic, and quite beautiful. There are no cars on the island, just golf carts. The roads aren’t paved, instead looking beach perfect with their white sandy dirt. You can walk or ride a bike pretty much anywhere in 10 minutes. The people are really friendly, the food is fantastic, and everyone knows everyone.

Here are 9 things to do on Caye Caulker:

Rent a bike.  Caye Caulker’s motto is “Go Slow”, making leisurely bike rides the perfect way to explore!

Rent a paddle board . The ocean is pretty calm and shallow around the island, especially of off front street, making it a great place to try paddle boarding if you are new to it, and fun to mess around if you’ve done it before.

Snorkeling Caye Caulker

Go snorkeling. The world’s second largest barrier reef is off the coast of Caye Caulker making for some fabulous snorkeling opportunities. Whether you are staying inside the harbor, going out to the reef, or heading to one of the other islands snorkeling is a must.

Read about what to eat on Caye caulker here

A word to the wise – use the highest number SPF you can find, and keep reapplying! The sun is ferocious this close to the equator, and the water magnifies it. We all got burned.

Goff's Caye Belize

Take a day trip on a boat. We went to a tiny private island called Goffs Caye with a company called Anda De Wata. It was amazing! 

Goff's Caye Belize

Snorkeling, swimming, boating and lunching on the beach, this was perhaps my favorite day of my trip. Goffs Caye is spectacularly, ridiculously beautiful, so much so that you can’t quite believe what you are seeing. And there was no one there, just us.

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Go to Koko beach.

Koko Beach Belize

Everything I had read said that the Split was the place to be, but I wasn’t so taken with it. It doesn’t actually have a beach, and the food and drink options were crazy expensive. From the back street side of the island you can catch a free boat to the other side of the split to Koko beach, a new resort style man made beach.

Koko Beach swings Belize

The sand is soft, there are lounge chairs, water hammocks, thatched roof docks, one of which has swings that let you swing out over the ocean. They play island music, have drink and food service, and it’s a great place to spend some island time.

Wish Willy Caye Caulker

Eat at Wish Willy. This is a cool, vibey joint just before the split, where you eat outside under the trees. The food is amazing. Everyone knows Wish Willy – you will have no problem finding it.

wish willy caye caulker belize

Go Kitesurfing. I didn’t get time for it this trip but next time I will for sure. The bay breezes that hit the inner harbor each day make for some good kitesurfing. 

Caye Caulker Iced Coconut

Cool Off With Coconut. Stroll along front street and you will find tons of vendors selling icy cold coconuts. There is quite honestly nothing more refreshing!

Do Nothing. There are hammocks everywhere on Caye Caulker. Grab a coconut, get comfy in a hammock under a tree, take in the view of the ocean, and do absolutely nothing at all.

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Airport fabulous

I travel a lot.

I do a fair number of east coast/west coast flights, which run 5 to 6 hours. I do plenty of transatlantic flights, backward and forward to Italy 8 to 10 hours over the ocean, but with connections from Phoenix or L.A. that can make for an 18 hour travel day. And every year or two I do trans-world flights to Australia or New Zealand which are at best 24 hours door to door if I’m going home, and longer if I’m heading up to Far Northern Queensland.

I don’t ever want to miss even one minute of fun through being jet-lagged, so I have a whole system that I follow on outbound flights to make sure I arrive feeling all bright-eyed and bushy tailed.

Read how to avoid jet lag here.

 While you are waiting at baggage claim after a long haul flight have a look at everyone’s faces. You will see a sea of grey complexions and worn out humans.

You don’t need to look like that. Especially if you have a handsome man waiting for you on the other side of customs and immigration, or if you think there is a chance you might encounter one!

Here are the tricks to arriving looking plane gorgeous.

Don’t wear makeup on the plane.

Your skin needs to breathe as much as possible while you are flying. Don’t worry about looking icky while you are flying makeup free – a face full of makeup is guaranteed to look ghastly when you arrive.

Drink lots of water during your flight.

Part of what makes people look so beaten up when they land is that they’ve allowed themselves to dehydrate on the plane. Skip the booze and drink tons of water instead.

 Use A Facial Oil

Facial oils are magnificent. The help your skin stay nourished, give you some deep moisture, and in my opinion help hold moisture in and prevent it from escaping out into the dry cabin air.


Moisturize More Than Once

I like to moisturize a couple of times, normally before I board the plane and then again later in the flight. It’s all about keeping your skin nourished and hydrated.


Use a Facial Mist

I swear by facial mists! Not only do they feel wonderful but they help keep your complexion refreshed. During the flight when you are feeling parched give your face a little spritz.


Rosie Huntington Whiteley Airport

When you land

Between landing and your bags arriving on the carousel make a quick pit stop in the restroom and give yourself a 5 minute fix. I pack a wash cloth in a ziplock bag in my carry on luggage. A quick mini cleanse with warm water and a wash cloth will make you feel fabulous.

Wake up your complexion  After moisturizing use a little gel bronzer to wake up your complexion without looking sparkly or orange. I use Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Gel Bronzer.

Color and Glow. Lightly pat a little cream blush onto your cheeks. It will give you a little fresh color and glow.

Frame your face with a quick brow job. 1 minute with a brow pencil can make all the difference in the world!

Give yourself a bold lip. Reds can be a little fierce for a post flight look, and in my opinion they can often really highlight any washed out or grey look that you are trying to hide. I like bold warm pinks and bold fuchsia’s because they lighten and brighten you.

Oversize glasses. Throw on a pair of oversize glasses and walk out looking like a movie star!

Victoria Beckham airport

Looking for something fabulous for Mother’s Day? Whether you are buying for yourself or buying for your mom here are 5 gorgeous finds, all in pink!

What I’m loving about the new season’s pink is that it isn’t Barbie-pink. Its pretty, super flattering to skin tone, and you can be a fully fledged adult and still wear it!

Here are some really wonderful gifts for mom in pink. (I know they’re wonderful because I already bought them for myself!) This post contains affiliate links.

Mother's day gift Ideas

Think Pink for Mother’s Day

Every year I buy a new pair of Superga sneakers to wear on my Glam Italia tours, not because the old ones are worn out, but because they come in so many fabulous and fun colors and I can’t justify buying multiple pairs in one year. I have grey, black, royal blue, hot pink, and now this year I bought pale pink. Supergas are the super cool sneaker that every it-girl in Europe seems to wear. They are chic, look good with everything, are incredibly comfortable, and you can walk or stand all day in them!

If you are buying Superga sneakers for Mom for Mother’s day you can find them on Zappos.com (free shipping!). They are absolutely true to size so you can safely order them as a gift.

Tory Burch Fleming Pink

Tory Burch Fleming Bag in pink

The Tory Burch Fleming bag in pink is my new favorite thing! The color on my bag didn’t photograph well – it’s actually a really pretty, hot pink. I love the quilting on this bag, the chain strap that can either be worn as a cross body bag or as a regular shoulder bag (making it perfect for travel!) and the size of it. The Fleming is neither a giant, heavy bag, nor a tiny bag. You can comfortably fit your sunglasses, wallet, phone and makeup bag – my personal requirements- in there. Nordstrom.com has a great selection of Fleming bags, including a pale pink one that I didn’t see when I ordered mine.

Mother's Day Beauty Ideas

Nars lipstick in Roman Holiday. A client gave me a tube of this lipstick before one of my Italy trips and it instantly became one of my favorites. Quite apart from the name, here’s why: the texture is amazing, it keeps your lips super hydrated, the color is perfect – cool pink but not Barbie pink. I travel with just 2 lipsticks, a bold shade and a soft, glossy shade. All summer long this is my soft shade, its just incredibly pretty! You can order it online at Sephora.com

Narciso Rodriguez for her

Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau de Parfum. I have worn this fragrance for years. I first discovered it during a layover at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on my way to Florence. I sprayed it on one of those white fragrance cards and threw it in my handbag, and then for the rest of my trip every time I opened my bag the fragrance would waft up at me. In Florence I found a Sephora and bought it, and have worn it ever since. Every time I spritz in on I think of Florence.

The fragrance has a main body of musk, with soft floral notes of rose petals and iris, and some amber at the end. It is intensely feminine, slightly spicy, and absolutely gorgeous. It’s not on the shelves in most Sephoras but you can buy it online at Sephora.com

Foreo ISSA Hybrid

The Foreo ISSA Hybrid. Obsessed. I have been using the ISSA Hybrid for a few months now and it is just fantastic. Foreo have taken the sonic toothbrush concept to a whole new level with this revolutionary product. Instead of  regular bristles that can damage gums it uses silicone. The ISSA Hybrid is super gentle on your gums but polishes your teeth to a just-been-to-the-dentist level. I am convinced my teeth are whiter and brighter since using the ISSA Hybrid. You can order this feat of Swedish ingenuity online at Foreo.com

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