It is the week before our annual holiday trip to Spain to visit the in-laws, so I thought I’d write a post about my personal travel must-haves for long-haul trips. Hopefully, it doesn’t sound like every other blog post, telling you what you should and shouldn’t pack and blah blah blah. But I’m not gonna lie, there might be a little bit of that. Hey, if it works, it works. I LOVE to travel to new places, gain inspiration, and meet new people; but I loathe the process of transport. It does not excite me in the least. It actually gives me anxiety. Yes, even with global entry, I want to pull my hair out. I find myself always rushing even when I have given myself plenty of time. So, here are my long-haul travel must-haves that help keep me a little more sane while trippin’ (specifically in colder climates). read more
My mom recently traveled to Greece and given she is a great writer, I asked her to share her 24 hours in Mykonos!
I spent 24 hours in Mykonos. We arose in the wee hours of the morning and took a ferry from Athens. And were at sea for over 4 hours. We probably should have flown. If you take the Blue Starr Ferry, be sure you purchase reserved seating. It’s the difference between business class airline seating and sitting at the food court in a mall. We ate, slept, and stared out at the Aegean Sea – from which being a product of the California school system, I did not know was part of the Mediterranean Sea.
When we arrived in Mykonos we just got happy. It looks exactly the way you think it does. Everything is white and blue and bright. I mean bright. Shades are not optional. You need them to protect your eyes. I thought LA was bright. But Mykonos is BRIGHT. We went straight to our hotel to drop off our things and shower. We stayed at the Hotel Carbonaki, a lovely little boutique hotel in the middle of town, but off a quiet side street. The owners were kind and helpful. They gave us tips and recommendations for our visit. So we were off to see this beautiful gem of an island. BF wanted a snack and I wanted coffee, so we walked into Yogurt Berry. It is set up like Yogurtland and branded like Pinkberry. I had a cafe Americana with the yummiest milk made into a cream on top.read more
Hiking path at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve State Park.
Let me preface this blog post by saying, I love a good photo op as much as the next person, but over the last couple of weeks my Instagram feed was hit with a flood of almost identical photoshoots in the California Poppy Reserve located in Antelope Valley, California. Hence the underscore “reserve.” Prior to seeing all the poppy-licious photos, my mom shared that she wanted to visit weeks ago….actually for years but never got around to it. She intrinsically wanted to see the poppies. It wasn’t a trend for her. However, my mom is usually ahead of her time as she enlightened me about Coachella way before it was cool. Upon seeing all of the photo ops, my immediate thought was, “It’s so trendy, I don’t even want to go.” And to be honest, I didn’t really want to drive out there anyway. I thought, “maybe I’ll admire from afar.” I just didn’t get a case of FOMO….at all.read more
I’m heading to Mexico for a short, but much needed vacay at the end of the month, so I’ve been thinking a lot about how I travel. As well as my tried and true hacks I’ve used within the last few years that have served me well. Take a peek at my top five hacks I never travel anywhere without. I will eventually put together a longer list of travel hacks that work for me in another post. I hope you find it useful. read more
In my previous living posts, I talked about being in the throws of re-decorating my place and was super inspired. And of course, I planned on shooting a tour and featuring it on the blog. However, since I am now moving at the end of the month, and will be decorating again, I decided to hold off and chronicle the process in a new space. Of course, I am re-inspired by decor again, and even more excited. I’m still not quite sure of what I want each room to look like, but here are a few stylish hotel spaces that get my creative juices going.read more
I recently celebrated my 30th birthday in the desert, and it was simply amazing. Good tunes, perfect drinks, and cooking with my loved ones. It was exactly the way I wanted to celebrate my 30th – in the most beautiful and peaceful setting. I felt liberated and loved.read more