New York, you handsome devil

Keep looking up. That’s the secret of life. ~ Snoopy

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My mom, sister and I head into New York City every year around Christmas time to winter village hop and eat/drink ourselves silly.

Risotteria’s first for the best gluten free food you’ve ever tasted. Seriously, we haven’t met a meal here we haven’t loved/drooled/made us wish we lived closer.

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*olive tampenade with goat cheese and arugula pizza*

Follow it up with Gelato down the street at GROM. 100% natural “like it used to be made.” This will also make you wish you lived closer.

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*mango and stracciatella*

And then catch glances at all the glam…

Finally, we get home around midnight full and happy.

I didn’t hit the sheets before I exfoliated with a super easy, everything you can find in the grocery store, scrub for my face.

What you will need:

2 tbsp almond flour

4 tbsp of oat flour

1 tbsp of sea salt

2 drops of lavender oil

To use:

Put half a tablespoon of this mix into your hand and add a couple drops of water. Rub your hands together to make a paste. In circulur motions, gently rub onto your skin. Your skin will feel soft and silky after you wash it off with warm water and then a splash of cold water. Pat dry.

I washed NYC off my face but not from my soul.

Cheersbullseye

Stop.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.

Lavender

Just taking a quick stop to smell the lavender. Daydreaming about my ultimate travel excursion to come; Routes de la Lavende. But also, the Mantanzas Creek Winery in Santa Rosa, CA (thanks for the tip, cousin!). There is nothing topping my bucket list (besides getting married #somebodywifemeup) than traveling the fields of lavender everywhere in the world.

#daydreamANDthenDO

Cheersbullseye

Head Wraps Are The New Head Bands

I whip my hair back and forth

 

Got pesky flyaways or baby hairs and you want to cover them up?

HEAD WRAP

Wishing you grew up in California? Or Paris?

HEAD WRAP

Want to disguise that you put a little too much dry shampoo on?

HEAD WRAP

Having a bad hair day?

HEAD WRAP

You’re welcome. This head wrap pairs well with beach days, spring cleaning, outdoor summer concerts, drive-in movies, windy day at the winery, and/or driving back seat of a convertible (that struggle is real on anyone’s hair, speaking from experience).

Head wrap: Nordstrom // Heart tank: Loft (in store 60% off)

Cheersbullseye

BeYOUtiful

Manuel Antonio will be published soon! I promise! But, in the meantime, I wanted to share with you a passage from the book I’m reading; Chic & Slim : How Those Chic French Women Eat All That Rich Food And Still Stay Slim.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not in a self loathing mood here. Quite the opposite, actually. This book has been tucked away on my kindle shelf for awhile and since I have unlimited time for catching up on RHONYC and reading all the books on my list, I figured it was time. I was also curious if this book might tell me how I could eat cheese every day and not gain a pound!

While awaiting the rule on how to enjoy gruyère on the regular, I came across this little snippet. I instantly felt the need to share the love because I believe in the beauty of self assurance.

    Personal Style: An Approach to Life

For years I have saved a full page advertisement from an issue of the French Elle. Actually, the advertisement is for another French woman’s magazine Femme Pratique,that bills itself: Le magazine des femmes qui vont bien, merci (The magazine for women who are doing well, thank you). 

A slim young woman sits on a park bench, her bicycle leaning against the back. She is happily biting into a large reliqiuse, my favorite of the French pâtisseries. (A similar cream puff atop a larger one and all this frosted with chocolate or coffee icing and set atop a round base of sweet pastry.) The caption reads: Une femme pratique connâit ses faiblesses, c’est sa force (An experienced woman knows her weaknesses, it’s her strength). 

Self-knowledge enables French women to create a personal style that goes beyond clothes. Fashion is about clothes. But personal style is about an approach to life. 

Personal style is makeup, hairstyle, a signature perfume, how a woman walks, talks, gazes at the man across the table, the tone of her voice, the words she chooses, her choices in books, films, music, how she spends her time, decorates her home, cooks, how and what she eats. Personal style is interior as well as exterior. Personal style is how a French woman feels about herself. 

Self-knowledge comes from careful analysis and artful effort, from beginning at an early age to decide what kind of person one is, and what kind of life one wants. Self-knowledge comes from spending long hours in front of a mirror deciding what feature to emphasize, which ones require clever distraction. 

American women feel great pressure to look like a popular actress or fashion icon. Though she may pick a role model and study her, a French woman does not want to look like anyone else. She wants to define her uniqueness and showcase it. No French woman is thought to be “finished” until she is at least 30. Once she develops her personal style, she sticks with it, refines it, evolves it into something splendid by mid-life. That personal style keeps her attractive for the rest of her life. 

Self assurance comes with age but I do believe that American women could work on navigating every stage in life with greater positivity. We are so quick to judge or put others down but we’re all doing our best to explore and create a great life for ourselves. That requires encouragement and love. We are all beautiful inside and out.

Your approach to life is beautiful and worthy of being celebrated.

Cheersbullseye

Life In The Travel Lane : Costa Rica

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COSTA RICA :: ARENAL

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Collect moments, not things…

~TRANSPORTATION~

As stated in my Monteverde post, locals from Costa Rica drive like they are on a high speed chase, BUT, it is so worth it because I can’t imagine the kind of stress the GPS (or myself) would have figuring out which dirt road to take. Also, depending on the season, the roads can be muddy so you better know how to navigate in and around a pot hole if you plan on renting a car. Hence, our faces looked like this for most of the ride from Monteverde to Arenal.

IMG_0334With that being said, the scenery is beautiful as you travel the countryside…

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We booked all of our excursions and town-to-town transfers with Desafio Adventure Company (with a 10% discount I might add – always ask for a deal). It took about 2 and 1/2 hours from Monteverde to Arenal, and we got to stop at a little rest stop half way through where I fell in love with these art adorned tables.

And then all of a sudden you stop at your second rest stop and people just start getting out and children start grabbing your bags and taking it to a boat. OK? First, why aren’t these kids in school? Second, OH YES, we forgot that our trip to Arenal included a boat ride on Lake Arenal. SURPRISE.

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A short 45 minute boat ride taking in the beautiful scenery of Arenal Volcano and a 10 minute car ride and we arrive at our most luxurious hotel…

~LODGING~

We decided to spend our future children’s college education on our hotel, Tabacon Grand Thermal Resort, in Arenal…sorry kids. Just kidding. Despite it being the most luxurious place I have ever stayed (ever…in life), it was highly reasonable for what was being offered; yummy drinks upon arrival…

Those drinks tho...

lush landscape and artisanal décor…

And those hot springs (which come straight from the volcano – the only natural hot springs in Arenal) and swim up pool bar…

And make sure you travel with people who have a waterproof camera because you can spend hours just doing this…

#fromwhereweswim

~EXCURSIONS~

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny” – C. S. Lewis

A motto that would easily describe our excursioning style during this trip…

GO BIG OR GO HOME.

Canyoneering down waterfalls? NO BIG DEAL. Actually, kind of a big deal since I’m pretty terrified of heights despite loving rollercoasters and the like. Of course we were strapped up, and it didn’t hurt that all of our guides were easy on the eyes, but they were asking us to repel down 150-250 ft waterfalls. EEK.

The result? Don’t be surprised if you feel like you could be the next President of the United States…or Beyoncé.

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 Paddleboarding through Lake Arenal? NO BIG DEAL. I was most excited about this excursion becuase I’ve been dying to go paddleboarding since I first saw celebrities doing it in U.S. Weekly. #wellread.

The result? I need a paddleboard in my life. And the greatest thing about Costa Rica and excursioning, is that you often get a homecooked meal or fruit and beer after working your butt, arms, everything off.

Last, but not least…La Fortuna Waterfall. A short taxi ride and an $11 entry fee and you can pioneer down a large set of steep stairs, but the end result..

Not your average Tuesday.

~DINING~

We went to a tourist trap, Lava Lounge, and a traditional Costa Rican fast food joint, or soda; Soda Viquez for dinner. Our first night we tried Lava Lounge and came home disappointed. While Lava Lounge did have a cute atmosphere, I would definitely pass it up the next time I’m in town for another joint. Our taxi driver gave us our next location, (P.S. all taxi drivers will make you want to clutch on to each other for dear life but also peeing your pants in laughter with their personalities), and told us that Soda Viquez was the best soda  in town. Imagine hearty portions of rice and beans, steak, vegetables, plantains; all on a fast food budget. Service is wonderful and I would definitely go back again.

~NIGHTLIFE~

The hot springs at our hotel were open until 10 p.m. so, hello, #RAGEWHEREYOUSLEEP. I DO recommend some sort of sandal while walking in the hot springs at night because there are some sharp rocks that come out of nowhere. But the result? Totally worth it.

hot springs at night...and beer.

 ~WHAT I LEARNED~

1. DO your best to keep your arm stretched out straight with beer in hand when trying to take a picture while your face is hiding behind a waterfall.

2. DO NOT stop until you find exactly what you are looking for…

3. DO expect to feel exhausted and marvelous and hungry and well traveled and worldly, all at the same time.

NEXT STOP: Manuel Antonio

Cheersbullseye

Man Crush Monday

MAN CRUSH MONDAY :: JAMESTOWN REVIVAL

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The coolest part about Jamestown Revival is that their album was written and taped over the course of 12 months in a log cabin in the mountains of Utah. The album was performed live, which means it includes all the creaks, animal noises, and life that took place. Country and soulful and unique…I’m in.

And let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to be on the opposite end of that lake boat?  #amIright?

Here are some of my favorite jams. I hope you enjoy!

California (Cast Iron Soul)

Golden Age

Beat On Down

Their music pairs well with gondola rides in Central Park, late night strolls in Pacific Beach, dancing in the kitchen with your boo, a nice glass of Malbec, and/or grilling up steaks and corn on the cob with your nearests and dearests.

Before you leave, I hope you’re filling your Monday with lots of coffee and hours of being productive hours of gossip at the water cooler.

On a side note, I took a little hot pink to my floppy hat so look out for that DIY post shortly. I’m super excited to share how it turned out!

Cheersbullseye

Man Crush Monday

MAN CRUSH MONDAY

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The guys from Two Door Cinema Club

I mean, my grandfather always did say that I’d marry a tall, lean, lanky, red headed guy.

Also, I needed a little something upbeat to listen to this weekend so they gave me just that.

Here’s what I had on repeat…

and…

#AmIrite?

Their music pairs well with dancing anytime/anywhere, cleaning your house, running that extra mile, or with a tall class of something on the rocks.

I hope you enjoy!

Cheers

bullseye

Friday Favorites

favorite things

 

One of my nearest, dearest, and oldest besties owns a jewelry business.

In honor of her birthday yesterday, her collection of glam accessories are the focus on today’s Friday Favorites.

Nautical Wheeler Jewelry is inspired by touched culture from her travels and bright colors. The exquisite taste produces what every woman needs in their jewelry collection.

I love everything that she makes so it was tough narrowing down a top five but, nonetheless, here you go…

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Love Knot Bracelet // Emerald Crystal Earrings // Anchor Ring 

Handmade Rope Earrings // Feather Rings

I think these pieces speak for themselves.

And that is…

YOU NEED ME. BUY ME.

Cheers to you, best. I’m thrilled to see what the next year holds for you!

See you at yoga.

bullseye