All posts tagged: travel

Summer Treasures Set w/ L’Occitane

Real talk– The Summer Treasures set from L’Occitane is AWESOME. It has so many fun products to try and they’re all in travel size, woohoo! Perfect to just stick in your purse while you’re on the run this summer. I know I am! The box is also great because you get to test out all kinds of fabulous products and plan for which ones you need in full size. I’ve gone through and listed every product that comes in the set and a little more about why I like it. There are definitely quite a few that I’ll need to purchase again! First up, the Almond Shower Oil. This is actually a body cleanser that turns from oil to a milky texture when you use it in the shower. Say whaaa? It leaves your skin feeling incredibly smooth and it smells absolutely amazing. This is the first shower oil that I’ve ever tried and I’ve really enjoyed it! The Immortelle Essential Water is essentially an alcohol-free toner enriched with immortelle floral water. It helps to cleanse …

The Dynamic Duo: Germany & Switzerland

        All I want is to go back. Please? Take me back to the quaint towns rich with history and abundant with tall, green trees! I have to say, we went at the perfect time. Luck was on our side because throughout our entire trip the weather was absolutely perfect. We caught just a bit of rain at the end of our stay in Switzerland, but nothing too heavy and it didn’t bother us. I dream of going back. I can’t get over the details. The cobblestone roads, brick roofs, and brightly colored flowers hanging from each window. Both countries were so very charming–without a doubt two of the most gorgeous places that I have ever been.         In Germany, we visited Neuschwanstein, a little girl’s equivalent to a Cinderella castle. Although its history concerning King Ludwig II, did not have quite the fairytale ending, the structure does seem magical. Our drive to Neuschwanstein, which we thought would take two hours, but actually took four, was hands down the most beautiful drive–ever. The castle sits atop a …

Grazie, Italy

Despite our flight being repeatedly canceled and delayed, having to spend way too much money to change plans, and me crying hot, angry tears of frustration, Italy was beautiful. It was hands down my most frustrating traveling experience, but we put our annoyance aside and were able to have a fantastic time. Starting with Florence, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore was absolutely breathtaking. With its variety of colored stones on its exterior walls, it was unlike anything I had ever seen. I was floored. When we traveled to Pisa however, the Leaning Tower was not nearly as large as I had imagined. I guess I had expected the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Eiffel Tower to be about the same size, but in actuality the the Eiffel Tower is about five and a half times as tall–I would have never known! My favorite place in Italy was Venice. On account of it serving as a cultural melting pot of sorts for Eastern Europe once Constantinople fell, you can see a variety of …

The City Of Love

They don’t call it the city of love for nothing. Paris is, in my experience, one of the most romantic places in the world. Okay, so maybe it’s just Hollywood conditioning me to believe that Paris is a place where love blooms, but hey it’s working. The city is just so charming. My eyes were glued to the beautiful architecture our entire time there. The best part? Hands down, the Eiffel Tower. In my naiveness, I did not realize the immensity of the Eiffel Tower–that thing is huge! As we were walking around the grounds, and I know this is super cheesy, but I literally had butterflies. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to see, a definite bucket list item. I don’t know how else to describe it but to say that it was a dream come true. As we inched closer and closer to the tower, and my excitement rose, I felt like a little girl in a perfect Hollywood film. I had my favorite person in the entire world on my arm strolling …

Weekend Getaway

        To celebrate our two year anniversary (whoohoo!) my husband and I took a short, but adventurous getaway to southern Utah. We indulged our outdoorsy side and took to exploring Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon, both magnificent. Although my husband has just recently come around to the the whole sleeping outside thing, I have always been a camper. I grew up in Oregon, so camping is sort of a requirement for citizenship there. Despite my husband’s recent conversion to life in the outdoors, we were both stoked for our little weekend holiday.         Friday afternoon we packed our Odwalla bars and Chacos and we were off! By the time we arrived in Zion’s we were famished so, we so we succumbed to the temptation and treated ourselves at the Switchback Grille. After all, it was our anniversary! By the time we were finished with our lavish meal, the Sun had long since gone down and we were left to assemble our tent in the dark (rookie mistake). As we brought out our trusty headlamps and began …

Fun In The Sun

        You know that feeling when you drag your feet all the way to wherever you’re going, you have bloodshot eyes that sting with the tinge of sleeplessness, and your headache never goes away? That my friends is how I was feeling–it was time for a vacation. So, when the hour came to hop on a plane and fly over the Pacific to the sweet Island of Maui, I could not have been more excited. It had been an exhausting year and vacation set in Maui was the perfect way to say Congratulations, you’re still alive. Actually, Maui was perfect for a lot of reasons. It was the honeymoon that we never got to take, the ocean that we so desperately needed, and an impeccable combination of relaxation and adventure. While on the dreamy island, I compiled a list of items to remember: 1. Do the Road to Hana. Yes, it’s a long drive, but it’s so worth it! You don’t want to miss all of the lush green forest up in the mountains–it is breathtaking. …