One of my favorite parts of traveling is hotel living. It's so important for me to feel at home in my hotel room, which is why I feel so fortunate to have discovered Hotel Maya during my little getaway in Long Beach. It was such a great retreat to come back to after a long day of exploring. When I arrived, I immediately fell in love with the Latin America meets Southern California vibe, mixed with a modern aesthetic. My favorite feature of the hotel was its waterfront location and how beautiful it was to see Downtown Long Beach and it's stunning skyline in the background. I also loved watching the sun set and rise over the water from my balcony. Nothing beats watching the sky change colors in your pj's. And I still can't forget making smores at their fitpits at sunset on the beach outside of my balcony. See the full photo diary after the break...


After a year of working non-stop, I was ready to take a few moments to slow down and relax. I was so excited when Visit Long Beach reached out to see if I wanted to experience and explore Long Beach. Sometimes an amazing vacation does not have to be across the globe, but simply a 30 minute drive away. Even at such a short distance away, it was the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown LA. Long Beach has so much to offer, from ocean views, perfect weather, and so many culinary treats. See my SwellMayde City Guide below for a handy recap of recommendations and favorites spots. See additional photos and links to all places mentioned after the break.



With the holiday season in full swing and New Year's Eve just around the corner, I wanted to share a few of my favorite little black dresses and rompers. What's great about these styles is that they are not only perfect for the holidays, but can be worn all year round!  They're all so sexy and chic. What is everyone planning to wear?

Shop the styles here: Finders Keepers, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Diane Von Furstenberg and Free People.


The holidays are my favorite time of the year! I love the festive spirit in the air. I have heard so many great things about the LA Zoo Lights, which only happens during this time of the year! During this event, the zoo is transformed into an amazing wonderland of glowing lights and music. I couldn’t miss out this year!! I had an opportunity to go and it was so much fun. The light displays were so incredibly beautiful!! The night that I went was one of the coldest nights in LA. The frigid temperatures left my skin feeling so parched. Vaseline Intensive Care™ Advanced Repair Fragrance Free rescued my dry skin. When I went home, I applied it all over and immediately felt moisturized. I used it for the next 5 days and my skin felt completely healed and so soft. I have mentioned in many prior posts that I have extremely sensitive skin, and am so hesitant to try new products, but I am so glad I tried this moisturizer. It has become my new go to! More photos from my visit to the zoo after the break….


A couple months ago, I added highlights to my virgin hair. I haven’t dyed it for over ten years, but was ready for a change. Now that I have highlights, I knew that it would take a little extra effort to keep my hair healthy. So I was beyond excited when ProfilePRO reached out about their customized shampoo and conditioner. I filled out a questionnaire from what is my hair type and texture to my scalp condition. Then, their experts created a unique shampoo and conditioner made for my personal hair/scalp traits. After testing it for a couple weeks, I am in love! It makes such a difference to use a product made for your hair type. My hair is shinier and healthier than before. Another favorite part is the custom scent and that they are sulfate and paraben free! Can’t wait to continue using!
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