Saving Face at Bella Reina

I turned 32 a week ago, and as I work my way well into my third decade I’m trying to fight off the aging process in the most graceful ways. I’ve been trying to save face as my mug has some battle wounds from my sun worshiping Florida lifestyle. On my birthday, I was treated […]

Pseudo-Sunkissed with COOLA

What better way to close Skin Cancer Awareness Month than share a product that can make you pseudo-sunkissed? Being a fair, freckled sun worshipper, I have beat up my skin a lot. I have the deepest regret of the backyard sessions with the baby oil and a Seventeen magazine. That early 2000 teenage starter kit […]

Essentials for Adult Spring Breakers

You need a break! Spring Break once was a holiday reserved for college students but I truly never craved a break when I was an undergrad. However, as an adult I think it is important to take a breather and enjoy the beautiful weather Florida has to offer every March. I partook in SB 2018 […]

COOLA, Calm + Protected

Many know how passionate I am about reef conservation. Our coral reef ecosystems are the backbone of Florida’s largest industry: tourism, not citrus like you maybe thought. I have worked as an independent ocean researcher in Florida and Australia, and when I was a teacher I even grew coral fragments with my students. I am […]

The Search for Sea Safe Sunscreen

The weather in South Florida has been delicious, and any moment that I haven’t been working I have been soaking up every bit of salt and sun. With my Slavic background, it is important that I wear sunscreen and I deeply regret my teenage days of slathering on baby oil and embracing melanoma. In my […]