Friday Favorites 3.24.17

03/24/2017 15 Comments

When it’s Friday…

Wohoo! I’ve been making my way through Gilmore Girls this week so this spoke to me 🙂 My favorites this week are Spring Break heavy because I’m headed to the Bahamas next week to celebrate my Mama! I’ve been gathering all the beach essentials and your recommendations are welcome!

Beach Reads

I’m looking for recommendations of a good beach read! I have been going through the notes in my phone for books I want to read but haven’t come across any I feel like reading on vacation next week. In the summer I like to read Elin Hilderbrand books and I want to read a caribbean setting type of book for this vacay. Does anyone have any recommendations of a nice beach read that is set in the caribbean?

New Youtube Workout Videos

I found Lucy’s channel through other bloggers who recommended her videos and I’m hooked on her fast/non-complicated approach. She is hosting a challenge right now for March and I’ve been trying to do one of her 4 minute HIIT workout videos a day on top of my normal workouts to get beach ready. Are there any other similar fitness youtubers that you like?!

Travel Essentials

There are a few beach/pool essentials I like to have when going on tropical vacation, so I made sure I had them all ready to go for next week.

 Beach Tote

Ah I need to get to the beach today so I can use this one!

Splash Pouch

How cute is this one?! I like to have a waterproof/sand proof pouch inside my tote in case I need to put away my phone or jewelry. It’s also good for putting my wet bathing suit in for when I change into clothes on a day trip.

Waterproof Phone Pouch

These are lifesavers especially in the summer on the boat (I’ve had these for years), you don’t have to worry about your phone sinking to the bottom of the ocean or lake. 

What’s Up Wednesday

In case you missed it, I posted my What’s Up Wednesday for the month on Wednesday. Click here to find out what’s been going on and what I’ve got coming up! Love this link up 🙂

Castle Dreams

There’s a few days left to enter for a chance to win a stay at the Dun’s Castle in Scotland with 20 of your closest friends and family. Staying in castle is still on my bucket list and I know I’m not the only one out there who has this on their list. So don’t miss the chance to enter!


I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!


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    Elin is seriously the best for beach reads and anything by Taylor Jenkins Reid if you haven’t read any of her books yet!! We have one of those waterproof pouches and it makes photos and videos so much fun when you can take them into the water 🙂 Happy weekend girl! xo, Biana

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      Cupcake N Dreams


      Oh I’ll have to check out Taylor Jenkins Reid, thanks girl!

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    That mermaid splash pouch is pretty much the cutest thing ever and yes to having a waterproof pouch for your phone! Definitely a necessity when at the beach or the pool! Happy Friday! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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      Cupcake N Dreams


      The mermaid design is the best part right?! Have a great weekend Pamela!

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    I love that beach tote! I have one of those waterproof phone pouches and they are great. I use mine when I am at my own swimming Pol taking pics of my lab swimming.

    I would suggest getting the book “The friends we keep”. I forget who the author is.

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      Cupcake N Dreams


      Thanks Meranda! I will check that one out too 🙂

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    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner


    Loving that beach tote! So looking forward to summer

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      Cupcake N Dreams


      It can’t come soon enough right Deborah?!

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    Kimberly G


    That beach tote is SO cute – I love it!

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    Bri @ My Life As...


    Have a great time in the Bahamas!

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    Have the best time in the Bahamas! We loved it there. I love that tote and pouch you found! How amazing would it be to stay in a castle?! Have a great weekend! Beautifully Candid

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    Lisa Favre


    Can you believe I never watched one episode of Gilmore Girls! I know it’s on Netflix and all – I think I’m going to take the plunge and finally watch it.

    Lisa Favre

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    The water proof bag is so cute – as is the beach tote. I’m not really sure what beach reads you could check out…the last time I was on the beach, I focused on a lot of funny books!


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    If you already saw Gilmore Girls A Year In The Life, I would highly recommend Lauren Graham’s book Talking As Fast As I Can. It’s a light, but funny read.

    Have an awesome trip!

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    I’d love to find some new beach reads as well, I’m always in search of the next book on my list! I have a friend who loves Gilmore Girls and watches it religiously, I was never able to get into it but I’ve only heard great things xx