Category Archives: travel

Beach Essentials

July 14, 2015

We are in the dogs days of summer and it is HOT – and I love it. Growing up in a small beach town has me nostalgic for the days spent as a beach bum, only going home when the sun got low enough to cool the weather off. It is only Tuesday, but I am already daydreaming about this weekend and spending it by some water with no agenda. Whether the beach or lake – or even a pool – here is what we like to bring for a perfect day!beach day essentials

1. A cute hat, made in the U.S.A.

 

2. A dreamy beach towel,

 

3. A giant bottle ice water.

 

4. A good magazine.

 

5. A pop of lip color via a tinted SPF balm.

 

6. A tote to carry it all, made in the U.S.A.

 

7. Sunscreen (duh).

 

8. Easy slip-on sandals

 

9. Easy breezy shorts

 

 

10. Portable speaker (excellent for camping trips too!)

 

 

 

5 Ways to Feel Good while Traveling

March 19, 2015

5 ways to feel good while travelingIt is the time of year where planning trips seems to be on everyone’s mind, whether it is for spring break, the slew of spring weddings, or just some warm destination after a long winter. I know for me, whenever I step near an airplane I get sick, so I am usually armed with vitamins and supplements. But feeling good while traveling goes beyond just the airplane, it is being able to have the most energy to soak up those precious vacation days. Here are some ways I have found help me feel my best when traveling. What are some of your go-to feel good travel tips?

 

Make an airplane care package (for yourself) – Flying can do a number on your body drying out your skin, affecting your digestion, and exposing yourself to a plethora of germs. Each time I fly, I notice my ‘travel kit’ expanding – and it includes the following: rosewater spray for your face to moisturize and refresh, hand lotion, lip balm, immunity supplements, noise canceling headphones (key for both escaping that crying baby and for not having to have small talk for the duration of your 5 hour flight), sleepmask, snacks (lots of snacks), and of course those guilty-pleasure magazines (we’re looking at you, US Weekly).

 

Make it point to exercise – Whether it is biking around a new city, trying a new activity like stand-up paddleboarding or snorkeling, or even just walking instead of getting a cab, having some regular movement will help with your energy levels, help you sleep better (especially in different timezones), and will help keep your metabolism humming (and ahem keep your regular). It is also a great way to see a city from another perspective (beyond the tour bus!). One of my favorite thing is to get up early and go for a run before the tourists are out and before any plans for the day have been made.

 

Drink water – I usually have a water bottle glued to my hand regardless of travel, and I have even started to bring my own refillable bottle, which saves a ton of money (if the water is drinkable where you are traveling!). Staying hydrated will again, help with digestion, and help with the dehydrating effects of airplane travel.

 

Meditate – Yes, meditation always seems to pop up on these lists, but continuing to meditate even while traveling can help to calm your body and mind from the extra stress traveling can stir up. It will also help with getting a good night’s sleep and leave your mind open and present to make the most of your travel experience.

 

Let it go! – As our favorite Disney character, Elsa says, just let it go – and have fun! Even if you fail to do the aforementioned, it is okay to give yourself a break!  You are on vacation from the to-dos, the shoulds, and routine. Embracing where the moment takes you can be one of the best parts of traveling. So revel in sleeping in, staying up late, eating dessert with every meal, and just losing yourself in new experiences.

 

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WANDER & EXPLORE // Taos, New Mexico

December 3, 2014

There is nothing more refreshing and fun than a trip somewhere! Whether traveling solo, with girlfriends, or your boo – close to home or far – a getaway is sometimes just what you need to recharge your soul and be inspired.

In this series, we pick a spot that is special to us or special to someone special we know and get the inside scoop on where to spend your time while visiting.

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Taos, New Mexico is about an hour away from Sante Fe, nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. I had always pictured Taos as a small desert town, but it is in fact is situated where the mountains meet the desert at an elevation of 5,716 feet – it even has its own ski resort. The town gets its name from the Taos Pueblo, a Native American village and dwelling that has been occupied for over 1,000 years. Taos is rich in Native American culture and in the early 1900s drew artists to the area for its history and landscape. It become an artist colony that continues to grow through present day. From the art galleries to the mountains, this small town has the perfect range of activities for a quick weekend getaway.

 

WHERE TO GET A CUP OF COFFEE:

 

Coffee Cats is hidden in a an alley away from the busy Taos plaza making it the perfect cafe to duck into for an afternoon pickup.

Also, the Taos Diner had hands down the best breakfast and decent diner coffee to go with!

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WHERE TO SLEEP:

 

We lucked out in an amazing VRBO casita that was close enough to walk to town from.

Taos is also known for their earthships, off the grid dwellings made from natural and recycled materials. There are some earthships available to stay in that are farther from the town center.

There are also many campgrounds in the surrounding the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Taos Valley.

 

WHERE TO GET LOST:

 

There are several great hikes nearby:

Italianos Canyon trail is a steep trail, but one of the most scenic as you climb up through aspen groves and small open meadows.

The Wild Rivers Recreation Area also has trails that surround the area of where the Rio Grande and Red River meet.

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Natural Hot Springs – Just 40 minutes outside Taos, the Ojo Caliente hot springs were discovered in 1500’s by the Spanish and have been used for healing ever since. You can use the pools for a day rate, or if you are feeling fancy, you can book a room and spa packages as well.

 

Taos pueblo – As mentioned before, the Taos pueblo is a village that has been continuously lived in for over 1,000 years. You can take a quick tour for some history and then wander around the grounds where you will find little shops and cafes run by the Red Willow people. Be sure to look for Carpio’s shop, Water Crow, and ask him about his time hanging out in the desert with Dennis Hopper and Neil Young.

 

The Love Apple – One of the best restaurants we tried in Taos, not the common New Mexican cuisine of pesole and green chili which is easily found at most restaurants (and is delicious!), but a farm to table menu that changes with the season and is located in an old mission church.

 

The Great Sand Dunes – If you have an extra couple hours, the trip to the dunes in the southwest corner of Colorado is worth it. The dunes are over 750 feet high and cover 19,000 acres, so they are not your standard beach dune you may have encounter before. They formed from sediment from the Rio Grande and winds that helped blow the sand from miles away. The dunes look surreal next to the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range, where there are trails, alpine lakes, and camping as well. If you do go, make sure to stop at the visitor’s center where you can rent sand boards!

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WANDER + EXPLORE // Joshua Tree, California

September 18, 2014

There is nothing more refreshing and fun than a trip somewhere! Whether traveling solo, with girlfriends, or your boo – close to home or far – a getaway is sometimes just what you need to recharge your soul and be inspired.

In this series, we pick a spot that is special to us or special to someone special we know and get the inside scoop on where to spend your time while visiting. joshua_tree

THE PLACE:

 

Joshua Tree, CA is approximately 3 hours from Los Angeles yet feels worlds apart! A magical place that has all sorts of cultural treats mixed with natural scenery that looks out of this world. Being from the East Coast, the first time I saw this landscape I felt like I was on Mars, it was so strange and fascinating, nothing like the green forests and coastal views I was used to. Joshua Tree is where the Mojave desert and the Colorado desert meet, creating a landscape that ranges from the yucca trees, Joshua trees, to large round boulders smoothed by water over thousands of years ago. Packed with hiking, climbing, and some of the best views of the milky way in the northern hemisphere, it is the perfect place to a long week just to wander and explore.

 

WHERE TO GET A CUP OF COFFEE:

 

Ma Rouge is this cute local coffee shop has organic and alternative offerings. I end up here often two times a day! Also of note, Crossroads has great brunch.

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WHERE TO SLEEP:

 

Kate’s Lazy Desert is a super groovy ‘hotel’ where you stay in vintage airstream trailers! Fun fact – Kate is actually Kate Pierson of the B-52’s fame.

 

If airstreams aren’t your thing, check out the famous Joshua Tree Inn, a small inn with a B&B feel seeped with music history and charm.

 

Lots of AirBnB properties are also popping up around the area or camp in Joshua Tree National Park.

 

WHERE TO GET LOST:

 

Joshua Tree National Park, is a spectacular 800,000 acre park. Hike around here and enjoy surreal landscapes with desert cactuses, joshua trees (of course), giant boulders and small critters. A drive through the park to catch the sunset here never disappoints.

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Stars – You can see the best view in North America with the naked eye of the Milky Way n the Joshua Tree area! Be sure to stargaze and take in the magic of the western desert.

 

Sound Bath Meditation – Built in the late 50s, this strange structure is large wood dome all wood dome was designed to be an electrostatic generator for the purpose of rejuvenation and time travel. The Sound Bath is a meditation session in the dome while crystal bowls are played with the intent to relax.

 

Drinks, BBQ & Live Music – Pappy & Harriets is a full-on road house with bar, BBQ pit, and live music every night. Grab a cold one and enjoy a local (usually alt-country) band or check the calendar as many major artists don’t miss a chance to play this special venue.

 

Shopping – The Vintage Shopping along Highway 62 between Yucca Valley & Joshua Tree proper is great, stop at the various local shops on this main drag.

 

If you are in town on Saturday or Sunday there is also a great Flea Marketjoshua_tree_sunset_2joshua_tree_sunset