How to #MakeAPowerMove with COVERGIRL, Olay, Pantene & Levo

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Prepare to be inspired.

Some of my absolute fav beauty brands – COVERGIRL, Olay, and Pantene – recently partnered with Levo, a company dedicated to career advice and mentorship for millennials in the workplace, to launch the Make a Power Move program. #MakeAPowerMove was designed to provide women with the beauty, style and career advice they need to put forward the best version of themselves.  To celebrate this amazing partnership, they are hosting events to mentor women and provide the right tools they need to advance in their careers.

I was fortunate enough to be included among the group of women invited to experience their #MakeAPowerMove event in New York a few weeks ago. My fellow New Voices of Beauty winner Naty and I both attended and we had a ball getting our hair done with Pantene and our makeup done with COVERGIRL. Just like old times! (In related news, I’m obsessed with Pantene’s dry shampoo and its hair plumping magic. See below for evidence of this wizardry on my usually limp locks.)

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The event also featured a panel of powerhouse women I adore including incredible blogger Felicia Walker Benson and adorable TV personality Ali Fedotowsky.

I actually met Felicia right after I made my own latest power move, so I was thrilled to hear what she had to say. (As you may remember, I was invited to judge the Glam Beauty 100 literally the day after I took the big leap of faith and moved to New York. Felicia was a fellow judge and we had a blast together on that trip. Full circle!) 

I was also eager to hear from Ali, who I remember as the badass who left #TheBachelor for her career, kickstarting a series of power moves that lead her to her current gig at E! News.

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So, in addition to the usual goodies – the complimentary makeovers, passed macaroons and free booze – we walked away with so much more from this event. Ali, Felicia and the gals from Levo dished out some seriously inspiring advice for taking control of your career and living the life you deserve. Read on for some of my favorite takeaways from these inspiring females…

  • Trust in yourself. Ali stressed the importance of staying positive and believing in yourself. “You’ll go through a lot of ups and downs– it’s part of the career journey. When times get tough, don’t beat yourself up — things don’t always go as planned. Keep a positive outlook, learn from your experiences and lean on your support system to continue growing in the workplace.” Excellent advice!
  • Build strong peer relationships. “Traditionally in the workplace, there’s a lot of focus on mentor relationships, but it’s equally important to build peer relationships as well,” Felicia said. “Developing relationships at all levels helps build confidence in your abilities and establishes a level of shared trust to ensure your peers have your back. Both mentor and peer relationships are vital to career success.”
  • Put your best face forward. Ali admits that hectic work schedules paired with an active social calendar can leave skin dull and tired-looking, which means you may not look and feel your best. A good moisturizing and anti-aging facial cream can help revive tired looking skin. “I rely on Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream which helps reveal brighter, younger-looking skin and fights the appearance of skin fatigue,” she said. I second her thoughts on the Olay cream. It’s incredible. And I truly believe that when you look good, you feel good.
  • Go for a classic, bold lip. Felicia feels that a statement lip instantly creates a polished, professional look and I couldn’t agree more. “I like COVERGIRL Outlast Longwear Lipcolor in Red Rouge. It’s a nice pick-me-up if you find you need a little beauty boost right before a meeting. When wearing a bold, red lip, balance the rest of your look with neutral eye colors, soft liner, and a light pinch of color on the cheeks,” said Felicia. She also shared her tip for mixing up the traditional bold red lip – pat on the lip color with your finger rather than saturating your entire lip for a softer finish. Love it! 
  • Embrace the impact of eye contact. Eye contact is important because it sends a message of self-assurance — something that’s key when communicating your ideas! A quick and easy way to frame your peepers for optimal eye contact is with a swipe of volumizing mascara. ”When I have a big meeting, the one makeup item I’m never without is mascara. It’s a quick and easy step that makes my eyes stand out in a flattering way,” said Felicia. Both Felicia and Ali shared their love for COVERGIRL The Super Sizer Mascara by LashBlast in particular. ”Mascara is super important to me – I love a lash and a power lip!” said Ali. “I’m all about The Super Sizer Mascara by LashBlast.” For the record, I tested it out myself and can vouch for the awesomeness of The Super Sizer.

Hungry for more inspiration? Check out this amazing video full of empowering advice nuggets from the event. You might even recognize a few people in the video. ;)

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Stay Smooth this Summer with the Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X

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Summer is officially here! To mark this momentous occasion, I ventured to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade for my first summer weekend in New York. My legs were on full display in my Ariel inspired bathing suit and in smooth shape thanks to the Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X.

You can get permanent results with this system — the only FDA-cleared laser available for home use. Convenient and easy to use in the comfort of your own home, only Tria uses the same diode laser technology preferred by dermatologists to deliver safe, effective, and permanent results. A sleek, hand-held design and slim handle make treatments extremely simple, and the angled tip gives you enhanced visibility to deliver laser light with expert precision to the treatment area.

I have heard so many wonderful things about this device and am always up for testing products that will make my life easier. After three months of treatment, hair follicles that have been deactivated by the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X will no longer grow hair. I just recently started testing this at-home laser to see if it lives up to all the hype! I’m pleased with my results so far, but in order to fully vouch for this device, I’m going to continue testing over the next couple months. Can’t wait to be free from having to worry about hair removal! I have a packed summer full of shorts-appropriate activities I can’t wait to enjoy. Stay tuned for updates on my summer journey to the smoothest legs! :)

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Make a Splash this Summer with Stila

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Happy first day of summer, beauties! Of all of the summer 2015 collections I’ve been testing recently, Stila’s Sun, Sea & Splash Collection is one of my absolute favs. From the cooling primer to the liquid lippies that just won’t budge, Stilla’s summer offerings provide everything you need to keep your face looking flawless out in the summer sun.

Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer

Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer

This cooling primer stick delivers a refreshing sensation on the skin while delivering immediate pore-reduction, skin-smoothing, and hydrating benefits. Its minty green tint will also battle redness if you get a little too flushed in the summer sun. Skin is left silky, poreless and even-toned, creating the perfect canvas for your makeup. It’s a great pick-me-up to apply even on days you don’t want a full face of makeup, too!

Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush

Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush

This weightless, water-based blush, in an exclusive netted pot delivery system, providing a sheer splash of color to the cheeks with a rejuvenating cooling effect. Its luminous finish adds a healthy-looking, fresh glow to the skin. It provides the perfect pop of pink (or peach!) to your cheeks for a fresh look.

Aqua Glow Perfecting Bronzer

Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Bronzer

This lightweight, water-based, lipid-replenishing bronzer provides a sheer veil of sun-kissed color that perfectly pairs with your skin tone. Skin is instantly awakened, softened, brightened and smoothed with a non-sticky, comforting and cooling gel texture.

Stay All Day Bronzer For Face & Body

Stila Stay All Day Bronzer

The perfect complement to all skin tones, Stay All Day Bronzer is a lightweight, matte-satin powder that is ideal for accenting the face and body to perfection. Features are sculpted and shaped with long-wearing pigments that blend effortlessly for a natural-looking result. The sun-kissed, bronze hue adds a touch of sun for a healthy glow all year round.

Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

In my book, the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick is the star of the collection. It delivers intense moisture and long-lasting color that stays in place for up to 6 hours of continuous wear. Stila offers five bold new shades for summers, inspired by the colors of the sunset: Rosa, Como, Bella, Venezia and Amalfi. They’re all really beautiful, but Amalfi is my jam! I’m wearing it in the pic below. Grab yourself some to sport this season! :)

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Unlock the Secret to Smooth Legs with Veet Hair Removal Gel Cream


[Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Veet via Mode Media.]

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In case you missed it in my earlier post, I’ve partnered with Veet to be a Smooth Brand Ambassador for summer! Veet’s hair removal solutions are the perfect essentials to quickly and easily get rid of unwanted hair.

I’m currently writing this from sunny Florida where I’ll be hitting the beach momentarily! I finally feel like my legs are beach ready thanks to my new Veet products.

My favorite of the bunch I’ve tested so far is Veet Hair Removal Gel Cream! This extremely effective solution for touchably smooth skin lasts for up to twice as long as shaving.

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It also keeps legs softer and more hydrated than traditional hair removal methods. The secret ingredient?  Veet’s essential oils. I’m a huge proponent of utilizing essential oils for skincare, so I was thrilled to learn that it’s included in this stellar ingredient list. Rose oil is one of my favorites, so when I learned this was also infused with rose I was even more eager to try! It has antibacterial properties, softens skin, and smells amazing! Oils like these can also work wonders by improving mood and fighting depression when used in aromatherapy.

Unlike shaving that can sometimes dry the delicate surface of your skin, this formula is designed to actually help restore skin’s hydration levels. It works close to the root of the hair, causing your hair to take noticeably longer to grow back. This means your skin stays smoother for longer, too! In addition to the formula’s enriched blend of essential oils, it’s also paired with a velvet rose fragrance that leaves a delicate scent on the skin. It’s a must have before you hit the beach this summer!

See the difference Smooth can make at www.facebook.com/veet or www.veet.us 

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Turn Your Home into a Spa with ULTA’s Body Benefits Collection

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I love me a spa day. Regularly visiting the spa can seriously work wonders on your skin. But sometimes… it’s even better to bring that luxurious experience home! Add a glass of wine (or three) and you have the formula for the perfect at-home spa experience.

I have recently fallen in love with the entire Body Benefits by Body Image® skincare collection at ULTA for all of the essential products needed to indulge in those spa-like treatments. Choose from cleansing bath gloves, luxury bath brushes, skin-smoothing beauty sponges, and a 2-in-1 polishing and exfoliating body buff to reveal soft, young-looking skin. The benefits of a trip to the spa, for a more affordable price? Yes, please!

And you’re in luck! I just so happen to have an extra set of spa goodies for one lucky reader. This kit includes the ultimate cleansing, polishing and exfoliating products from Body Benefits by Body Image:

Bath Gloves: These gloves are great for cleansing and exfoliating. They gently scrub your body squeaky clean while the textured nylon provides an invigorating cleansing, leaving you fresh and fabulous!

Luxury Bath Brush: This amazing brush is designed with extra-plush netting…great for cleaning your back and other hard-to-reach areas, giving you glowing skin from head to toe.

Natural-Fiber Loofah: Loofahs are excellent for helping you retain your skin’s radiance. Delicately remove dry or flaky skin to give your body an invigorating clean!

2-in-1 Loofah Body Buff: This product not only exfoliates your skin, but buffs and cleans for a fresh, polished look.

Skin Smoothing Beauty Massager: This sponge creates a rich lather to help smooth and polish, revealing soft, young-looking skin.

But that’s not all. This kit also includes a $250 ULTA gift card (whaaat!) to use for an exclusive day of pampering at The Salon at ULTA, including waxing, facials and more! Follow the conversation on social with #spa4yourskin and #ULTA. And, if you just can’t wait to start feeling more ahh-mazing, head into ULTA now and stock up on the complete Body Benefits by Body Image spa collection!

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[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by  Lunchbox, but all opinions are my own.]

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Celebrate Smooth Moments This Summer with Veet Hair Removal


[Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Veet via Mode Media.]

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Flip flops? Check. Pool toys? Check. Smooth, sexy legs? Check!

I am so thrilled to announce that I’ve partnered with Veet to be a Smooth Brand Ambassador for summer! Veet’s hair removal solutions are the perfect essentials to quickly and easily get rid of unwanted hair.

My legs have been in hiding since I moved to New York, but it’s finally time to let them out! I’m ready to make a smooth move and add some Veet to my life.

 

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I’ve been using the Veet Hair Removal Gel Cream and I’m loving it so far! This extremely effective solution for touchably smooth skin lasts for up to twice as long as shaving.

It also keeps legs softer and more hydrated than traditional hair removal methods. The secret ingredient?  Veet’s essential oils. I’m a huge proponent of utilizing essential oils for skincare, so I was thrilled to learn that it’s included in this stellar ingredient list. Unlike shaving that can sometimes dry the delicate surface of your skin, this formula from Veet contains other goodies that can help restore skin’s hydration levels as well. The formula is designed to work close to the root of the hair, causing your hair to take noticeably longer to grow back. This means your skin stays smoother for longer, too! In addition to the formula’s enriched blend of essential oils, it’s also paired with a velvet rose fragrance that leaves a delicate scent on the skin.

Can’t wait to see where my smooth legs take me this summer! Stay tuned for more about the summer-perfect products from Veet as well as my warm weather skincare tips!

See the difference Smooth can make at www.facebook.com/veet or www.veet.us 

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Celebrate Memorial Day with Captain Morgan and My Signature Party Punch

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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

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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 Captain's Sweet and Spicy

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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

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide

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

White Diamonds

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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