Christmas is my favorite time of year, so I really wanted to experience all that Asheville had to offer for the holidays. We stayed in a cozy Victorian inn and visited the iconic Biltmore Estate for their Candlelight Tour, which was definitely a highlight of the trip. Click through for a full review on the cute and cozy Cedar Crest Inn. Continue reading “Asheville, NC For The Holidays: A Review of Cedar Crest Inn”
Living in Florida doesn’t stop me from loving a good fall and winter wardrobe.. 😉 Below are 15 fun coats that are all well priced and perfect for Fall!
Fall is one of the most scenic times of the year in many parts of the US, and The Northeast is known for some of the most vibrant views during this time of year. Below I’ve listed 5 locations that make the perfect destination for your next fall getaway! Continue reading “5 Cozy US Towns to Visit in Fall”
Who says high heels have to come with a high price tag? I’m all about bargain shopping – especially when it comes to shoes. Below I’ve put together 20 pairs on major sale right now.
Snag them before they’re gone!
The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is one of the most unique, and most visited, sites in the world. Some say it’s over-rated, others say it’s magical…The only real way to know is to see it for yourself. We visited over the summer, and I would rate it as something worth seeing at least once in your lifetime.
To make your visit as enjoyable as possible, I’ve put together a list of 5 helpful tips for your visit –
1. Buy Your Tickets in Advance
This goes for almost anything you visit these days – but definitely buy in advance to speed up your entry time. The pre-paid lines can still get quite long, but they move faster than the lines packed with people waiting to purchase tickets.
2. Upgrading to Premium is Only Worth it if You’re Dining at Lava Restaurant
The Blue Lagoon offers 3 packages:
Comfort (their basic package) includes –
- Entrance to the Blue Lagoon
- Silica mud mask
- Use of towel
- 1st drink of your choice
Premium includes everything in the Comfort package, plus –
- Second mask of choice
- Use of bathrobe
- Table reservation at Lava Restaurant
- Sparkling wine if dining
Luxury: Retreat Spa includes –
- Four hours at the Retreat Spa
- A private changing suite
- Unlimited access to both the Retreat Lagoon and the Blue Lagoon
While the $600 Luxury package is an extravagant option, most visitors choose either Comfort or Premium. We were upgraded to Premium and I was excited to enjoy the extra comfort of the robe and slippers, but when we arrived I realized it was over rated. You really don’t need the slippers, and unfortunately their system for organizing towels and robes is not ideal. My robe was actually stolen from the towel/robe rack located next to the lagoon entrance – so instead of having a nice warm robe to wrap up in when I headed back to the changing room, I had to go with nothing but my swimsuit.
When the upgrade may be worth it :
If you plan to eat at Lava Restaurant (located on the property) then upgrading to Premium may be worth it during their busier season when reservations are harder to get. The free sparkling wine with your meal is also a nice perk.
3. Prep Your Body For Hours of Sun and Silica
This is something a lot of people don’t think of or perhaps don’t know, but silica can be pretty drying, as it draws moisture out of the skin. (In fact, those little white packets that come in gifts and food packaging aren’t just for show – they’re used to draw out moisture.) Combine the drying effects of silica with hours spent in the sun (depending on what time of year you visit) and this sets you up for possible dehydration, headaches, and drowsiness when you leave the lagoon.
To combat this, prepping beforehand can be really helpful – Drink lots of water before arriving and while you’re there. They have drinking fountains in the lagoon so you can stay hydrated without even leaving the water.
When you enter you’re required to wash off completely to remove all lotion and sunscreens – So be conscious of how long you’re in the sun and try to rotate your time in some of the shadier areas of the lagoon. Don’t forget a good pair of sunglasses, too!
4. Wear Easy to Remove Clothing and Shoes
Before entering the lagoon, everyone is required to shower and change into their swimsuit. The locker rooms get pretty crowded and if you have tight jeans, sneakers, etc. it makes the process of changing more challenging. After you get out of the water your skin also takes on a different texture due to the silica, making it hard to get tight-fitting clothes back on.
5. Avoid Drenching Your Hair in Silica
Silica is great for detoxing, but it can be drying to skin and hair. To avoid drying out your hair, the lagoon recommends applying their conditioner (located in the showers) before you enter the water. If you have long hair but don’t want to use the conditioner, be sure to bring a hair tie and avoid going under the water.
6. Bring a Waterproof Phone Case
I know the title says 5 tips – but I wanted to include this because we actually forgot ours. 🙂 Needless to say, we were treading carefully in the lagoon while shooting pics with our unprotected iPhones. If you do forget a waterproof phone case and feel too nervous to take your phone in unprotected, the lagoon also sells covers (for an inflated price, of course).
Hope you find these tips helpful..Happy Travels!
Change is Good – When it’s not happening to your jewelry
The biggest downside to buying fashion or costume jewelry is that there’s always the possibility that you’ll have some fading, color change, or green skin. How disappointing is it when that beautiful necklace that you wore twice has changed into a strange brown color after sitting in your jewelry box for only a month? To help prevent or limit this type of thing from happening, here are some quick and easy tips that I picked up a few years ago –
1. Paint a thin layer of clear nail polish onto the side that will touch your skin. This is especially great for rings. The polish will add a barrier between your skin and the metal, helping to prevent the reaction that causes your skin to turn green. If the jewelry piece has stones or other decorations I would suggest using the nail polish ONLY on the metal areas, since the clear polish may change the look of the stones/decorations and may even damage them.
2. Use Krylon clear gloss spray on larger areas. This works well for metal necklaces or bracelets. The coating will create a seal over the metal and slow or prevent color change, fading, and green skin. Think of it like a clear coat for jewelry. 🙂
I hope you found these tips helpful; happy accessorizing!
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here – which means lots of bloggers sharing their favorite finds!
I love home decor, so I’m currently browsing for some unique sale items. 🙂 Some of my favorites are linked below!
Our mindset is determined by what we tell ourselves each day.
Use these motivational quotes to set your mind in the right direction!
Wishing you days filled with peace, love, and light!
Being a Floridian, I probably have more swimsuits than I need – but every year I can’t help but admire all of the new looks that come out. 🙂
Florals, tassels, and ruffles are trending this year, and I’ve put together a collection of 12 unique styles that are sure to turn heads at the beach or pool this Summer!