Celebrate Memorial Day with Captain Morgan and My Signature Party Punch

Rum Punch

Who’s ready to spend Memorial Day at sea with the Captain?!

My friends at Captain Morgan challenged me to create a signature rum punch for this occasion. Inspired by the spirit of the Captain himself, I concocted an ocean-inspired cocktail that conjures up the essential summer flavors, perfect for consumption on your three-day weekend. It features my fav of their three new flavors, Captain Morgan Pineapple Rum. Get ready to channel the beach and live like a pirate at your Memorial Day barbecue with The Captain’s Party Punch! Read on for details so you can whip up one of your own.

The Captain’s Party Punch

Captain Morgan cocktail

Ingredients

  • 9 oz. Captain Morgan Pineapple Rum 
  • 9 oz. Blue Hawaiian Punch
  • 6 oz. Sprite
  • 2 oz. Blue Curacao
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • Swedish fish (I got mine from Sugarfina – so good!)
  • Cherries and pineapples (for garnish)
  • Yellow straws
  • Cocktail pirate swords
  • Pirate flag picks

Directions

Shake over ice and serve in a half-gallon fish bowl with 6 straws. Add Swedish Fish and garnish with a cherry and pineapple slice on a pirate sword. Stab garnish with pirate flag. Enjoy your party!

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SunFest: Captain Morgan Style

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Time flies when you’re having rum! I might physically be back in New York now, but I’m mentally still on a boat with Captain Morgan.

If you missed my last post (or massive squeals on social), let me catch you up and explain why I feel like I’m cruising around with pirates.

A couple weeks ago, the Captain Morgan team reached out to me with an exclusive invite to join their SunFest VIP influencer program. It was not at all difficult to convince me to participate. As a Florida born rum fan and seasoned SunFest attendee, this partnership was basically concocted just for me!

(True story: My first SunFest concert was Mya back in the Ghetto Supastar days. Been hooked on the ‘Fest ever since.)

Even with multiple SunFests under my belt, there is nothing quite like experiencing it with the Captain himself! Read on for the top five highlights from my SunFest experience with Captain Morgan…

The Cuisine

One of the perks of traveling with the Captain’s crew was kicking off our SunFest experience with a killer meal at Two George’s Waterfront Lounge. Literally everything I consumed that night had rum in it. I thoroughly enjoyed drinking my rum and eating it, too! Everything was delicious, but that rum-soaked coconut pie was hard to beat.

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Coconut Rum Pie

The Competition

SunFest Day 2 began with a friendly cocktail competition judged by Kevin Rolston of the KVJ show (aka the soundtrack to my morning commute from 6th grade to 6 months ago when I moved to NYC). Kevin was joined by rum expert and super awesome Captain Morgan Specialist, Alex Marcano to judge with him. To my surprise/delight, my former coworker/mentor/friend Leslie Streeter was in the competition with us as well! (Click here to read Leslie’s recap of the contest.) Her team ended up beating mine, but we all had an absolute blast! My team (which included Christine Najac of South Florida Food and Wine and Alida Hernandez of Nuestro Magazine) whipped up something we called “The Captain’s Sweet and Spicy.” Full deets and recipe coming to a future blog post near you!

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The Cruise

We literally set sail with Captain Morgan… and it was awesome. The Captain’s ship docked at SunFest and picked up our group for an hour long adventure around the beautiful Palm Beach Inlet. At least I think that’s where we went. There was a lot of rum on that boat!

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The Concerts

After all, SunFest is a music festival, not just an excuse to consume awesome rum drinks. My Captain Morgan spirit sister Kara Franker and I checked out the 311 concert on our first night at SunFest and that ended up being my favorite concert of the weekend. Also notably amazing live were The Pixies and Hozier. Our group also got to meet and chat with SOJA, AWOLNATION, and Matisyahu backstage, which was equally awesome.

311 at SunFest

 

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The Cocktails

It goes without saying that I drank my face off on this trip. (All in a day’s work, ya know!) I’ve always been a fan of the Captain’s Spiced Rum (Captain + Diet 4E), but I’m now legit obsessed with the three new Captain Morgan flavors: Coconut, Grapefruit, and Pineapple. SO GOOD. (Check out this post for my three favorite recipes featuring the new flavors).  I also have a feeling this is not the last you’ll hear from me about these killer new Captain Morgan rums. Stay tuned! ;)

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In Honor of Mom: Products That Remind Me of My First Beauty Icon

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I get asked all the time who my ultimate beauty icon is.

Marilyn Monroe always comes to mind. Gwen Stefani, even. But the very first and most influential beauty icon in my life was – and still is – my mom.

She was the first person I ever saw apply lipstick. The first to show me how to braid my hair. And the one who brought me to the store to buy me my very first powder compact. She was the style icon that influenced me before I even knew anyone else in the world existed.

So, in honor of Mother’s Day, here are the products that remind me of my introduction to the beauty world… from my first beauty inspiration, my mom:

 

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Advanced Time Complex Capsules

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I remember my mom LOVED these Elizabeth Arden capsules. The oil blend hiding within these capsules provides a serious softening effect on the skin. Mom’s skin still looks great, so I know it works!

 

CoverGirl Clear Mascara

CoverGirl Clear Mascara

This was the very first cosmetic product my mom ever bought for me. I wanted to wear makeup so badly and I don’t think I appreciated the amazingness that is clear mascara back then. Now clear mascara is one of my makeup kit staples. I didn’t realize it way back when, but she was on to something!

 

Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50 Sunscreen

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This bottle looks like my childhood. As I’m sure you all have noticed, I have extremely fair skin. My mom used to slather my skin in Water Babies basically every time I left the house. She instilled the importance of sun protection at a very young age. My skin and I are very thankful for that.

 

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

After all of the mascaras I’ve tested, this classic remains one of my favorites. Before I saw it in all of the “cult favorite” roundups in all of my beauty magazines, I saw it in my mom’s makeup bag.

 

Olay Active Hydrating Beauty Fluid

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This one is also a classic. I remember my mom used to always use the original Oil of Olay beauty fluid, complete with powdery scent and major moisturizing power.

 

Estee Lauder All Day Lipstick

Estee Lauder Lipstick

My mom always encouraged me to express myself and she never stopped me from snooping in her makeup kit. I often created my own masterpieces with her Estee Lauder lipsticks.

 

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque

Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask

I can remember going to the beauty supply store with my mom to pick up this mask in the peak of my bad skin years. It does a seriously good job of removing blackheads and calming acne. I haven’t used it in a very long time, but this one is worth bringing out of the vault!

 

White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor

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This one’s actually a bonus product. It doesn’t remind me of my mom, but of her mom. I know “grandma perfume” has a particularly negative connotation, but I always thought my grandma smelled amazing. I can vividly remember sneaking into my grandma’s room whenever I came to visit to drool over her elegant fragrance tray. Confession: I always snuck a spray of her White Diamonds.

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#SunsOutRumsOut: Setting Sail with Captain Morgan’s New Rum Flavors

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Best. Weekend. Ever.

When the Captain Morgan team reached out to me with an exclusive invite to join their SunFest VIP influencer program, it was not hard to convince me to participate. As a Florida born rum fan and seasoned SunFest attendee, this partnership was basically concocted just for me!

(True story: My first SunFest concert was Mya back in the Ghetto Supastar days. Been hooked on the ‘Fest ever since.)

We packed a LOT into the whirlwind weekend, so I’ll be posting highlights from the event all week. If you are offended by massive rum intake and/or pirate puns, you should probably unfollow me now. ;)

To kick off the Captain’s takeover of Martinis and Mascara, I want to share a taste of what I was drinking all weekend. Read on for recipes to three of the cocktails I fell in love with during the SunFest extravaganza. These festive libations feature the brand new and refreshingly delicious Captain Morgan flavors – Coconut, Pineapple, and Grapefruit:

Baewatch

Captain Morgan Baewatch

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Pineapple Rum

1 oz. cranberry juice

1 oz. pineapple juice

1 slice pineapple

Instructions:

Fill tall glass with ice and pour in pineapple juice and Captain Morgan® Pineapple Rum. Top with cranberry juice and garnish with pineapple wedge.

The Shark Puncher

Captain Morgan Shark Puncher

Ingredients:

9 oz Captain Morgan Coconut Rum

9 oz Orange Juice

3 oz Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice

6 oz Cranberry Juice

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and stir.

Palomaloha

Captain Morgan Palomaloha

Ingredients:

1.5 oz Captain Morgan Grapefruit Rum

Juice of ½ lime

Grapefruit soda to top

Instructions:

Fill tall glass with ice and pour in Captain Morgan® Grapefruit Rum, lime juice and grapefruit soda. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.

Stay tuned for even more recipes (…I drank a lot this weekend) and the full recap of my SunFest adventure with Captain Morgan. Cheers! :)

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Celebrate The Makeup Show’s 10 Year Anniversary with Makeup Week in NYC

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The Makeup Show Orlando in 2012 was actually the first event of its kind that I ever covered for Martinis and Mascara, so TMS truly holds a special place in my heart. That’s why I’m especially thrilled to share the news of their 10 Year Anniversary festivities!

To celebrate a decade’s worth of artistry, education, and community, The Makeup Show will hold the first ever The Makeup Show Week in NYC. The event kicks off Wednesday with killer activities for makeup enthusiasts and experienced artists alike.  Hop on board a champagne fueled Beauty Tour around NYC, schmooze with beauty buffs at a gala dinner party, or immerse yourself in days of beauty education.

The Makeup Show Week, a seven-day celebration, will be filled with over ten unique, events led by some of the top makeup artists in the world. A highlight of the week will be The Makeup Show Gala held on Friday, May 1, where guests can enjoy an exclusive gallery presentation, seated dinner, a special performance and of course drinks and dancing. Rounding out the festivities will be the first ever Beauty Tour NYC on Tuesday, May 5, where participants can grab a glass of bubbly and hop on a bus where they’ll be taken to celebrity makeup artist James Vincent’s favorite beauty haunts in NYC, topped off with an intimate cocktail event at MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Pro studio with the legendary Dany Sanz. The schedule of events for The Makeup Show Week is as follows:

Day 1: Wednesday, April 29th – Hands-on workshops

  • Artisanal Beauty with Multidimensional Makeup with Danessa Myricks
  • Character Creation Through Makeup Design and Application with Joe Dulude II
Day 2: Thursday, April 30th – Signature Style Seminars
  • Unconventional Beauty with Danessa Myricks
  • Beyond Bridal with Esterique Aidan
  • Modern Glamour with Bethany Townes
  • Unforgettable Editorial with Orlando Santiago
  • New York Groove with James Vincent
  • Secrets of My Success: A panel of The Makeup Show Artists – This is complimentary and only open to those taking at least 3 other seminars. Stay late for this session and join some of your favorite artists to share personal stories over a glass of wine. 

Day 3: Friday, May 1st — The Makeup Show Gala

  • Join The Makeup Show for their 2nd annual ball to celebrate The Makeup Show’s 10 Year Anniversary with a touch of glamour, gorgeous makeup, the spirit of giving, and an opportunity to gather with the makeup community.

Day 4: Saturday, May 2nd — Hands-on workshops

  • Saturday is a day for full day hands-on workshops before The Makeup Show.

Day 5 & 6: Sunday, May 3rd and Monday, May 4th — The Makeup Show NYC

  • Sunday and Monday The Makeup Show NYC opens doors for full days of beauty, inspiration, and opportunity.

Day 6: Monday, May 4th — The Makeup Show Career Fair

  • Following the conclusion of the show, is The Makeup Show Career Fair which is limited to ticket holders of The Makeup Show NYC attending on Monday, May 4.

Day 7: Tuesday, May 5th — Beauty Tour NYC

  • Join celebrity makeup artist James Vincent through a champagne fueled ride around Manhattan and make stops along the way at all of this favorite makeup haunts. End the tour with legendary Dany Sanz at MAKE UP FOR EVER’s pro studio.

Amazing right?! Let me know if you’ll be attending any of the festivities! For additional information, hours, and prices of The Makeup Show week, visit www.themakeupshow.com.

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Benefit Cosmetics Launches the Flawless Friends Network

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I’m sorry, but this is just too good not to share.

One of the reasons I admire Benefit Cosmetics so much (besides the fact that they make bomb-ass makeup) is that they totally kill it when it comes to their branding and marketing.

From the colorful packaging and fun product names to their cheeky social campaigns, I’m always interested in what Benefit is cooking up and how they’re serving it.

Benefit continues to disrupt the digital space with fun & laughter by offering feel-good platforms to help remind Benebabes around the world that they’re gorgeous just the way they are!

They hit it out of the park again with the launch of the “Flawless Friends Network” which recently kicked off with a hilarious video starring some of my favorite bits of 90s nostalgia – Joey Lawrence, Shannen Doherty, and psychic phone queen, Miss Cleo.

(Fun fact: Miss Cleo and I used to hang out at the same tiny coffee shop in Florida all the time before I moved to New York. I always saw her at poetry readings, which was equal parts random and awesome.)

Watch the video here:

Now, listen to Miss Cleo and call 1-844-SO-FLAWLESS. You’ll be glad you did! ;)

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LORAC Cosmetics Unveils Epic New Summer 2015 Collection

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Honestly, I’ve never met a LORAC product I didn’t like.

Almost ten years ago, one of the first brow products I used was LORAC’s Take a Brow which I still adore to this day. I met founder Carol (LORAC is Carol spelled backwards!) at BeautyCon a couple years back and she gifted me the LORAC Pro Palette which quickly became a staple in my personal makeup bag as well as my professional kit. I’m also hopelessly devoted to the TANtalizer bronzer.

They really know their stuff over at LORAC so my excitement level for this new launch is at all all time high. Get ready to geek out with me and take a peek at their new products below! The new range includes extensions to the brand’s cult-favorite Alter Ego and TANtalizer franchises as well as a seasonal selection of limited-edition offerings. Behold, LORAC’s Summer 2015 Collection…

 

Alter Ego Highly-Pigmented Lip Gloss

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Embrace your identity and transform your look with a collection of 16 shades – ranging from Girl Next Door to Dominatrix. 

 

Limited Edition Alter Ego Eye Shadow Palettes

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Choose from two irresistible, vibrant palettes, Dream Girl & HeartBreaker, loaded with an array of fun, flirty and wearable shades, ideal for sultry summer looks.

 

TANtalizer Baked Bronzer in Golden Glow

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The new shade extension is ideal for fair skin, or to be used as a highlighter for already-bronzed, darker complexions.

 

TANtalizer Baked Bronzer in Matte Tan

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Baked on terra cotta, LORAC’s Matte Tan Baked Bronzer grants a natural glow perfect for the coveted “no makeup, makeup” craze!

 

Limited Edition Hot & Spicy Collection

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Including everything you need for a sizzling summer: LORAC’s Blush/Bronzer Duo, Alter Ego Gloss in Supermodel and Travel-Size Body Bronzing Luminizer.

What do you think? I love the entire collection. Get it while it’s hot! ;)

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You Can Officially Shop the Lilly Pulitzer for Target Collection Now

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I may reside in the great state of New York now, but I spent over two decades of my life drinking the sea air in the Palm Beaches. Lilly Pulitzer is a Palm Beach icon and a brand I truly admire, so I was thrilled to hear about the colorful collaboration with Target, which officially launched this morning (and already broke the internet).

Twitter erupted when the #LillyForTarget collab was announced with an onslaught of elitist tweets from Lily fans disapproving of the partnership. This could be my inner basic talking (I am admittedly guilty of loving Pumpkin Spice Lattes and idolizing Carrie Bradshaw), but I think there is nothing wrong with making fashion accessible for the average woman. So there.

With a collection of 250 resort-inspired pieces, you’ve never seen so many ways to dress yourself in head-to-toe Lilly! All items range from $2 to $250 and can easily take you from daytime chic to night-time glam. Start with one of the essential lace-accented shift dresses, add espadrilles and finish with a chic headscarf or printed bobby pins to take your look to the next level.

In addition to the traditional fashions and shimmering accessories, Lilly for Target also features two of my favorite things – glam barware and curated cosmetics. You can stock up on swizzle sticks in silver and gold, tinted glass champagne coupes and the cutest Collins glasses. In the beauty department, an assortment of exclusive L’Oreal lipsticks and Essie nail polishes, just for this collaboration, will help complete your look.

I’ve been drooling over all of this since it was first announced, so I’ve had plenty of time to pinpoint my absolute must-haves. Read on to peek at what I’ll be scooping up today!

Strapless Maxi Dress in Nosey Posie

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Shift Dress in Fan Dance

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Flounce Dress in Sea Urchin For You

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Underwire One Piece Swimsuit in Upstream

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Gold Starfish Sandals

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Gold Charm Bangle

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Gold Embroidered Clutch

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Raffia Tote in My Fans

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Cocktail Glasses with Gold Rim

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Nosie Posey Printed Elastics

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Essie Nail Polish in Where’s My Chauffeur?

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L’Oreal Designer Extraordinaire Lipstick Coral Encore

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SO FUN, right?! Which pieces are your favorites? Remember, life is a party. Dress like it!

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Beauty Products You Need For Spring

For the first time, it’s fiiiiinally starting to feel like spring here in NYC! I didn’t even need to wear a coat today, ya’ll. In honor of this beautiful springiness, I’m sharing five of my must-have beauty products you need in your makeup bag this season…

 

Kat Von D Innerstellar Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Innerstellar Palette

Add a pop of springy pastels to your traditional smoky eye with Kat Von D’s super versatile Innerstellar palette. It has everything you need to create a traditional dramatic look and also allows you to capture several spring trends in one product. Blend up a neutral brown toned look, add a pop of metallic silver, or sweep on some subtle springtime lavender, all with the same handy palette.

 

Fresh Peony Brightening UV Shield SPF 50+

Fresh Peony UV Brightening SPF 50

I first discovered the Fresh Peony Brightening UV Shield in the fall at the Glam Beauty 100, but this product has spring written all over it. It packs a whopping SPF 50 in it which should come in handy for all of the picnics you’ll be experiencing in this awesome sunny weather. The best part is that it doesn’t look or feel like a traditional sunscreen. This moisturizing fluid contains an exclusive brightening complex derived from peony and licorice root extracts. It leaves the skin looking luminous and creates the perfect base to wear under foundation.

 

Dior Addict Lip Glow

Dior Addict Lip Glow

This is actually a fabulous lippie to slather on year round, but I love it especially for spring. It’s the exact opposite of all of the heavy vampiness we’ve been wearing on our lips all winter. The pink tint is my favorite, but there is also a beautiful coral color that is perfectly on trend for spring. Both have an amazing silky texture and will react with the chemistry of your lips to create a personalized flattering shade.

 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

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This Hourglass Ambient lighting palette is a must-have for any beauty junkie. It allows you to create beautifully diffused dimension that lives a lit-from-within glow without shimmer overload. It will brighten up your look gorgeously and easily. Obsessed.

 

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Ody(Sea)

Marc Jacobs Highliner

Let’s get real, when Kim Kardashian sports a certain shade, the world pays attention.  She recently brought turquoise rimmed eyes back into the limelight, so it’s safe to say this look is reaching trend status again. Marc Jacobs Highliner is my favorite eyeliner of all time (yes, I just said that) and I think his teal shade, Ody(Sea) is the perfect product for rocking the teal liner.

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Breakups to Makeup Partners with Sephora on Exclusive Collection

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I first encountered Breakups to Makeup in 2013 at The Makeup Show Orlando and fell in love with their quirky collection of accessories.

Turns out, I’m not alone! The makeup mecca that is Sephora also caught wind of Breakups to Makeup’s awesomeness. This resulted in an epic partnership, which officially kicks off April 10th with an exclusive in-store accessories launch. This expansion allows Breakups to Makeup’s clutches to be more easily accessible for fans around the nation to add to their makeup collection. Hooray!

Starting tomorrow, you will find two of Breakups to Makeup’s signature makeup clutches in the phrases “Losing You Hurt, but Losing My Makeup Bag Would Be a Tragedy” and “I Would Cry, But My Mascara is Designer” as well as a Sephora Collection exclusive clutch with the phrase, “Life is Short, Wear More Makeup.” Here’s a peek at the collection:

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Retailing at $24, these durable canvas bags can store anything from your lipstick to your smart phone.  They are perfect for travel and the cutest statement piece, too. Scoop one up tomorrow!

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