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I’m sure that by now you have all realized my love of France and my infatuation with the South of France and the region of Provence in particular. From the beautiful golden sunshine to the lavender fields that never seem to end, Provence exemplifies the “joie de vivre” (or exuberant enjoyment of life) ethos of French culture. Nothing has made my heart sing like the simple pleasures of picking fresh fruit and flowers grown in this sun-kissed countryside. It is no coincidence that many of the spots we visited during our stay in Provence, including the villa we rented, had soap and body washes from the iconic brand of Le Petit Marseillais™ . Born in Provence, the products capture the essence of the South of France and encapsulate the calm, generous feeling of the region. Le Petit Marseillais™  is the #1 body wash in France and now it’s available in the US, allowing you to get a small taste of the beautiful countryside and the aromatic scent of orange blossom, lavender and nectarines that accompany this beautiful place. To see the South of France for yourself, Le Petit Marseillais™ is hosting a sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for two to Provence! You can enter at this link:

*This post was created in collaboration with Le Petit Marseillais


As Sam and I plan our road trip through the South of France we’re most excited about spending time in Provence. I can’t wait to drive through the sun filled lavender fields, explore off the beaten path roads, and visit countryside villages as we make our way to the coast. While I anxiously await our trip I’ve been gravitating towards a Provence inspired fragrance, Terre De Lumiēre by L’Occitane. The bottle is designed to evoke the feeling of golden hour, while the notes of lavender and honey capture the welcoming warmth of the region. This fragrance is lush and luxurious, perfectly capturing the essence of  golden hour in Provence.

*This post was created in collaboration with L’Occitane.

The last time I wore this jumpsuit was in June on the very first night of my very first visit to Paris with Sam. We were staying at the utterly magnificent Mandarin Oriental Paris, where we were treated to a sunset cocktail hour and one of the best meals I have ever had the pleasure of indulging in. The entire trip was magical, but nothing compares to that very first night.  I don’t think I will ever part ways with this jumpsuit. Every time I even look at it I am flooded with the memories of our trip.

It’s extraordinary how many of my memories are tied up with the clothing I wore at the time. Whenever Sam brings up a past trip or experience I can vividly remember everything I wore down to the accessories. It’s pretty crazy considering I have the worst memory. I can barely remember my wedding date, let alone birthdays, but inexplicably I remember every outfit I have ever posted on this blog and exactly what I did while wearing each outfit. To me this is the true power of fashion and why I continue sharing my personal style on this blog.

If you love fashion and personal style as much as I do, then I urge you to download the Trove app. It’s hands down the best way to shop and discover outfits from your favorite bloggers. To celebrate my partnership with Trove, we’re giving away the exact Chloé bag worn in this post. Go to my Instagram @LateAfternoon to enter the giveaway.

*This post was created in collaboration with Trove.

  Wearing : Jumpsuit – Opening Ceremony, bag – Chloé, shoes –Schutz, scarf – vintage, bracelet – Miansai, necklace – Les Néréides 

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I’ve always loved spending time outdoors. Los Angeles is filled with tucked away spots that are perfect for escaping the crowds and enjoying a luxurious picnic on a sunny day. Recently I invited a few of my friends to join me for a late afternoon of wine tasting at a lovely little spot near the house I grew up in. Sam and I have picnics like this often. There are a few things we always pack to make the day beautiful and comfortable. We always bring a couple of small rugs, pillows and blankets for sitting, lounging, and bundling up. We also bring 1 or 2 apple crates. We’ve bought them at the Rose Bowl flea market years ago. They’ve perfect for packing your items and once flipped act as the perfect table. I also almost always bring fresh flowers because I really just can’t help myself. Sam finds it mildly annoying but I think they add instant charm to everything. This time I skipped the vases tucking the fresh lilac and tulips into the little nooks and crannies around the various platters.

The theme of this picnic was wine tasting. I selected 4 different Bota Box wines to try and a cheese to pair with each. I decided to go with Bota Box wine not only for the obvious convenience of an unbreakable container and the environmentally friendly box, but also because the wine is great.  It travels well, each large box has the equivalent of 4 bottles of wine making it perfect for parties, and the mini’s have 3 glasses of wine each which makes them perfect for when you and a friend don’t want to open an entire bottle.  We tasted the Cabernet Sauvignon, Rośe, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay. We all found each one to be quite lovely, our favorite being the Rośe because nothing really beats Rośe at a picnic.  For the snacks I served Marcona almonds, fruit spreads, fresh berries, a mini charcuterie board, and a few assorted desserts, alongside the cheese, crackers and a fresh baguette. Once we tasted all the wines and finished all the bites we spent the rest of the afternoon telling stories, laughing, and day dreaming about where we all want to travel to next. It was a beautiful time spent with friends among the splendor of nature.

*This post was created in collaboration with Bota Box.

If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time or ever seen my Instagram then you know  that warm tropical places have a special place in my heart. I was born near the ocean in Cuba and have been drawn to the tropics ever since. I always make sure to visit the beach when I’m in some of my favorite places like Miami but long days in the sun and salt water dry out my hair. Once it’s dry, add in the humidity and my hair can become pretty unmanageable.

After partnering with Herbal Essences and learning about the science behind their new product line, I decided to bring the Smooth Golden Moringa Oil Collection Shampoo and Conditioner on my recent trip to South Beach.  Moringa oil is one of those “it beauty” trends in hair this year. I love it because it makes my hair extra smooth and soft. It’s perfect for helping manage my mane in hot and humid vacation destinations.  With a signature blend of antioxidants, aloe and sea kelp my hair feels light, refreshed, and ready to be styled for a beach day, a date night, and everything in between.

*This post was created in collaboration with Herbal Essences