Hibiscus Hues

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Hey friends! Today’s post is just a quick one as we are in the middle of a holiday weekend here in Bermuda! This is a typical summer look for me. Skorts have been my most used pieces this summer I think. They work well with everything! Not to mention they are so comfy! A colourful tie top, some slides and a basket bag of some sort – simple, comfy and so good in the heat!

Today we are taking it slow and after a crazy Cupmatch weekend. Getting organized at home, do some laundry (maybe), run out the house to do a few errands and grab an iced coffee with Marcus at some point I’m sure, oh and beaching it of course! A very content chill day for us and I know I’ll be loving every second of it after a party filled couple of days! So I thought I’d get this look up for you quickly! Now just waiting for Marcus to finish up planting some more sunflowers in our garden and going to grab some breakies in a bit! Can’t wait to show you some shots of our first bunch of sunflowers we grew soon!

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So before checking out again I wanted to share todays look from Urban Outfitters and a few other favourites. I always love a bit of Urban Outfitters but their ‘new in’ has been looking particularly spot on at the moment so I thought I’d show you some of my favourite recent picks: my blushy tie crop top and embroidered striped skort.

As I mentioned I cant get enough of skorts this summer! …And this ones striped! Double win! I love vertical striped pieces because they give, petite people like myself, the illusion of a longer frame. (There’s a Ci Ci Secret for those of you other petite girlies like myself!) Stripes are a closet essential in pretty much anyone’s wardrobe. Then when summer comes along I love including colorful combinations of this classic print. I have been on the summery stripes bandwagon lately for sure!

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What I’m wearing…

Top & Skort: Urban Outfitters

Hat: Lack of Color, Bag: Beach Gold Bali & Shoes: Soludos (Atelerie)

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Talk to you soon and thanks for reading!

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All Photos by Stacey Lamb Photography (@staceylambphotography) 

Best of Bermuda

Hey! Back to Bermuda and I finally got my hands on a copy of this years Bermudian magazine! So, I want to start off with a huge thank you to the Bermudian Magazine and judges for the Best of Bermuda award for Best Blog/ Social Media Presence 2018 and to all my friends, family and followers for your support in everything and all that I love to do! A very special thank you to my photographer (greatest boyfriend in the world) Marcus Burgess! It’s because of all of you that has helped me receive this award and I appreciate it so much, thank you!

I’m lucky to be able to call Bermuda my home and extremely grateful that I have the best job which allows me to work with amazing brands as well as a gem of an island, so beautiful that it makes it so much more enjoyable to share my outfits, interest and favorite places and views- the aspects of blogging I have so much love for, with you even more rewarding! Thank you again for this award and support. It makes me want to share even more with you and work harder to share the things you want and love to see from me, Ci Ci! I can’t stress enough how proud I am to be a Bermudian blogger and it’s a tremendously amazing pleasure! As well as opportunity to inspire others to do what they love too!

BEST FASHION BLOG/ SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE

Cici’s Secrets/Catherine Araujo

A great Instagram page is like spending time in an art gallery—relaxing, engaging and fascinatingly beautiful. The best take their time to carefully curate the content they share and keep a consistency in the quality of their images, as in Catherine Araujo, the blogger behind CiCi’s Secrets. The store manager, assistant buyer and social media manager for Atelerie, Araujo’s passion for fashion, beauty and travel is engaging and inspiring for all the right reasons.” – The Bermudian Magazine

I can’t thank this man enough for his support and patience in putting up with me and helping me do all that I enjoy to do and have a passion for, that’s really the make up of Ci Ci’ Secrets as a whole! I always love spending time with you and your help with capturing our memories together and appreciate all that you do for me and the blog! This award really goes out to this amazing man as well to say the least! (I love you babe! Xx)

Be sure to grab yourself a copy of 2018’s Bermudian Magazine and check out some other amazing Bermudian people, places, companies and more that also deserve as much shout outs and recognition for all their hard work and dedication to the things they love to do as well!

About this look:

It’s summer time and when it comes to my summer style I love taking in summer and all of its simplicity. I tend to go (even more) minimal when it comes to accessories, lighter on my make up (this foundation works well for me in warmer weather), and I’ve been living in the same slides everyday already and it’s not even mid summer yet!

Top: Zara, shorts: Ozma California, dress: Faithful the Brand, sunnies: masquestics bermuda, earrings: Vanessa Mooney and bag: Clare V

By the way, if you haven’t already, make sure to plan a visit to Victoire Cafe in St.George’s sometime soon! (You’re welcome trust me!) I would love to see more cute coffee shops and unique cafes like this one pop up more around the island! Just chilling at a beautifully designed coffee shop with great coffee is one of my favorite things to do, as simple as it is!

Personal fave from Victoire: an iced hazelnut latte (yumminess at its best!)

Bermuda hero’s weekend is over and now Cupmatch is loading and there’s more summer memories to be made! Hope you all had an amazing long weekend! Can you believe it’s midweek already- the weekend will be back soon enough, right? Thank you all again for my Best of Bermuda award and hopefully a few more to strive for in upcoming editions of the magazine!

Thank you,

ADVENTURE VIEWS

Good morning guys! How are you this Monday? Just looking back at yesterday and I have to say, I LOVE Sundays! Just get me outside all day in beautiful weather like yesterday and my day is made!

We don’t usually have any plans for our Sundays, we like to try to just go with the flow. However, one thing we try and do every Sunday is alway start our day with a delicious breakfast or brunch together or with family or friends! We took this cutie, Marcus’s niece, for a breakfast treat!

… and after that, we went out for a nice walk with little Prince to a spot I’ve never actually been before, with such gorgeous views overlooking St George’s and then stopped for some ice cream of course! 

Sunday’s are for adventures and I’m happy to share the views of our little adventure day today with you! Hope you enjoy a short vlog of some of our day, thanks for checking in and stay posted to see outfit details from today on my Insta.

MAKE SURE TO CLICK HD AND ENJOY SOME OF BERMUDAS VIEWS, HAVE AN AMAZING DAY! Caio! Xx ​​

If anyone has any advice on how to post a video without the jpg text coming up- my non tech savvy self would love to hear it! Feel free to comment below!

HELLO FEBRUARY.

As soon as it’s February 1st, Valentine’s Day is literally right around the corner and I personally love getting inspired on Pinterest for love bug day! Not necessarily do Marcus and I ever do anything for Valentine’s Day but Pinterest always makes we want to get planning for if we were to do anything!

SO- Just a short and sweet post wishing everyone a happy 1st of February and I have included some of my favorite Valentine’s Day inspo photos from my Pinterest- they are also quite sweet Valentine’s surprises for your loved ones that you may be inspired by without having to break the bank! I know I would love anyone of these things if they happen to appear on the 14th! 

Insta-lately

How is it mid January- time is flying!? Finally returning back to BDA time after travels to NYC for an Atelerie buying trip (amazing experience as always). This post should have been posted already, but just to update everyone I actually have broken my hand pretty badly this week so my schedule has been a little thrown off and things have been a little trickier then norm; but I’m managing better now and just looking forward to a speedy recovery. Anyway, where were we- buying trips are truly awesome- I get to see all the upcoming trends and help pick items for the stores upcoming seasons with my bosses. It’s always amazing to see what designers are coming up with for seasonsto come and I always feel pretty inspired by trends from each collection in my current everyday looks. I was lucky this trip and got to stay a little longer just to enjoy NYC a little bit more and I feel like I haven’t shared enough from the past couple days there. 

NYC is just a remarkable and inspiring place to say the least. Street corners, buildings, interesting graffiti and other street art. How light hits a certain intersection or building at a particular time of day. Beautiful building entrances. Captivating shop and restaurant windows. There is just so much to see and do! I like to think I was pretty successful with the extra 2 days I had- some highlights including: Central Park, Ladureé, Madison Ave, Brooklyn bridge, Soho and Broadway shopping, the black tap and other amazing meals. I just wanted to share a few of my favorite shots from our NYC trip- including 3 of my fave new coats I recently purchased and were my NYC trip essentials.

 

(3 coats I’m currently coveting…)

Being in New York I totally understand the annual struggle many of you must have to find a cold weather coat which doesn’t look like the ugliest piece of clothing on earth. I was like- I am not prepared for this and ahh how will I stay warm! I’m so used to Bermuda’s cold where, max, you will ever really need is a sweater and chuck on a bomber or leather jacket and scarf and your good to go! 

So I headed straight for the perfect Parker jacket from TopShop- I have to say I was so happy with my choice and it served me incredibly well. I know navy is boring, but it matches with everything. The right Parker jacket is always a great option to have with you on a snowy trip. 

Ugh and Central Park was stunning- it was my first time exploring Central Park and it was honestly the cutest place! I could imagine what it’s like to see it bloom during the Spring or see the leafs fall in Fall, and then all white in Winter- simply stunning! I was thinking how cute it would be to take Prince and let him play with the dozens of dogs you see there. It was my favorite thing to see- the cute little happy dogs loving life in the park! I felt like I needed to add a little contrast so I went with this darker vampy lip instead. To be honest, it was a little darker than I expected and once you put liquid lipstick on you can’t turn back. I embraced it though and I think it actually works really well with this outfit! Words can’t describe how much I love my Jocelyn Fur jacket! I was so excited to wear it in NYC and it was amazing how warm it kept me even during an early morning walk in Central Park where it was so chilly- think I was loving my time there so much I could barely think of the cold anyway!

My other favorite winter purchase was this cheap and cheerful Miss Guided coat and I love how perfectly it goes with half my wardrobe and my favorite Nikes. I loved the sporty feel of this outfit- with the perfect dusty coat, the final touch was this fun brick colored pants from TopShop that made me really love this look. When it comes to winter accessories/ outfits I try to pair things based on similar color families. I also prefer coats with a longer cut like this one, as they comfortably cover knee-length dresses and cardigans.


I hope everyone has had a better week then I have unfortunately- but I’m okay and outfit planning will be interesting but I love a little challenge sometimes (just trying to stay positive!) This weekend was so beautiful here and I hope everyone had an amazing and relaxing weekend! Thank you for always checking in- Chao! 

New year new me (kind of thing)

As much as I want to share my styling of this super cute DVF wrap bodysuit, distressed denim and my current love for bralettes in today’s post, I’m instead spilling the scoop on what my hopes are for 2017!As always, I feel guilty for not being as active on the blog and on social media recently, but to shortly recap the last few months of 2016- I got the best job ever at local boutique, Atelerie, as store manager, I celebrated my 24th birthday in true grandma style with my pjs and online shopping, cup of tea by my side and then, Marcus, the gem that he is, treated me to a much needed spa day at Willowstream at the Southampton Princess, for a birthday treat! (Amazing!) Then wow, Christmas season in retail, I’m sure you can imagine- way to busy to even get a second for a blog post thought; but not getting a blog post out in a while made me want to get into a more active routine and was exactly what made me choose my first New Years resolution (every bloggers New Years resolution really): BLOG MORE! The first of my goals going into 2017 is to be more present. I’ve said it before, but prepare to get sick of me because I mean it this time! 

Well I guess the next goal goes along side the first- start of a new year, comes the wishes for the perfect new wardrobe to be able to share my love for and blog about! A girl can dream right! But seriously who doesn’t wish to build the “perfect” wardrobe!The year of long weekends- it’s the best time to travel this year! I would love to take better advantage of these long weekends and plan much further in advance so I can take a trip or two and just get traveling more often! As much as my goals should probably involve saving more I’m totally going with, I much rather travel more because the more you travel the more you see and that’s so important to me! Life is all about the experiences! 

DRINK MORE WATER! I know this doesn’t sound very exciting but there are so many health related benefits to drinking more water and recently I’ve realized I’ve not been drinking enough- which made me realize how important this one is! Drinking water keeps your skin feeling young and hydrated so it isn’t dry. Drinking lots of water can help to reduce wrinkles and cause a plumping effect for the skin- in the best way possible. This one sounds so easy to do but it’s amazing the how many people, including myself, who just don’t drink nearly enough water in a day! This next one I’m pretty good at anyway- washing my makeup filled face off every night! I would say at least 6 nights of the week I stick to my routine but if I could make it a perfect 7 would be ideal. I love waking up in the morning with a fresh face! Plus that’s one less thing you need to do in the morning and that time can be used more wisely on getting ready in the am and taking your time more. Healthier breakfasts- I can already think of two of my favorite people that are going to be so disappointed at my guilty confession of having a coffee roll almost every morning for breakfast but that’s okay I promise I’m already on a good start for 2017! So far it’s been all about the granola bowls and other much healthier options and my mornings are already starting to feel better! It’s crazy how something as small as making smarter choices about what you have for breakfast that can really change your mood and energy in the morning everyday and even throughout the day!

I’ve hit the gym! – New Year new me kind of thing (standard)! Nothing like realizing the belly you’ve acquired over the xmas period is really not cute and nothing like you wishing you had that 2016 body back (not that that was amazing either but you get the idea) to get you on that new year new me fitness hype! Yup that’s me right now! No denying it!

Enough of my rambling, but I just wanted to share some thoughts with you. I cannot thank you all enough for reading my blog for allowing me to share parts of my life with you- and with hopes to share even more this year. You guys are the best and I hope to be more present for those of you making me so present in your everyday lives! Thank you!