conditioned for love

I have a soft spot for overpriced hair products; I can’t help it. It’s one of the few areas of my life where I “ok” overindulgence. So when the trendy Boston salon I worked at a few years ago, introduced Davines hair products, I fell in love. All of the quality you find in top-price products, for half the price (but, yes, still more than drugstore prices). Because of my naturally curly/wavy hair, which is longer now than it’s been in years, I knew I had to pack Davines Dede leave-in conditioner for post-beach locks down in the Keys. I forgot how the leave-in conditioner transforms your hair (even after a trip down the highway with the windows down or an afternoon snorkeling in the Atlantic) to be totally soft and manageable.

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sunshine from santa claus

[Sombrero Beach in Marathon, our favorite of the beaches we visited]

After a Christmas brunch with WC’s family, we ran off to National Airport and were whisked away to southern Florida for the week. We spent the week in the Florida Keys, sunbathing, snorkeling, kayaking and enjoying the sunshine.

[near the southernmost tip of Key West, after we enjoyed cocktails at the lovely Southernmost on the Beach hotel]

[kayak trip to an island we could see from our villa]

[an injured sea turtle being rehabilitated at The Turtle Hospital in Marathon]

[we enjoyed a couple stunning sunsets at the Sunset Grille and Raw Bar, just north of the 7 Mile Bridge]

loose lines, long baubles and bright colors

My mantra for packing for vacation in the Florida Keys: loose clothes, bright colors, and accessories to boot. I [surprisingly, to me] found some great buys at Old Navy, like these bright red jeggings and striped multi-colored tunic. Having not been a fan of Old Navy since junior high, I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by how perfectly their jeans fit my petite 5’1″ frame (I even have to hem my Citizen petite and J.Crew “short” denim). I mixed some new clothes, mostly bought at serious bargains in Christmas sales like this Gap striped sweater, with some warm-weathered classics, like these J.Crew chino shorts.

Merry Christmas, and see you in 2012!