The Isolated Island Beauty of Off Season Boracay Island

2014-11-18 03.28.34From powder soft stretches of chalk white sand to the pristine blues of the transparent waters, the island of Boracay is an island of visual and visceral delight. During the high season it becomes overrun with party goers, celebrating into the wee hours of morning and lining the beach with their beach towels and totes. However, the off season finds a calm, quiet oasis of untouched corners and drawn out days, with a spectacular sunset sendoff each night. Indeed, this Philippine island remains one of my favorite destinations to date. Continue reading

Pre Trip Inspiration: Summer Palace in Thailand

IMG_1112With my upcoming trip to Thailand just around the corner, it feels only natural to look back on my first visit to the land of smiles. The highlights were many, but one location that stands out as a special memory is a trip to the summer palace of the royal family. The Mrigadayavan Palace is located right outside Hua Hin, christened the “Hamptons of Bangkok” by my local friend. Continue reading

Sunshine and Sand on the Coastal City of Nice

IMG_7536Pebbled beaches, bright blue water, winding, cobble stoned streets are a few things that come to mind when picturing Nice, one of the jewels of the Côte d’Azur. The tip of Southern France is filled with tiny coastal towns, each more picturesque than the last, and Nice (pronounced like niece) is no exception. The smell of warm, buttery croissants fills the air each morning as the patisseries open, and by noon the stony swath of sand fills with sun seekers. My favorite element of the town was visiting its daily outdoor market, where local vendors sold fruit so fresh and mouthwatering that it was hard to believe they were real.

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What’s in My Beauty Bag: End of Season Beach Vacation

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September is here, Fall is fast approaching, and our foreseeable beach days are dwindling. I like to take this time to spend as much time outdoors; picnicking on the beach, wandering through the city streets, taking top down road trips upstate, and enjoying the parks in my neighborhood. However as the seasons change, so too does my beauty routine. What worked for me at the beginning of summer has changed along with my skin. So here are my top beauty picks for an end of season beach vacation.

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A Day Trip to Oia, Santorini, Greece: What Not To Miss

While I thoroughly recommend spending as much time as possible in Santorini, sometimes all you have is the option of one day. If you find yourself island hopping throughout Greece, here is your itinerary for exploring Oia, on the island of Santorini.

  1. Swimming in Amoudi Bay

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Start your day with a cool dip in Amoudi Bay. The walk down to the water will leave you hot and sweaty and ready to enjoy all that Santorini has to offer-including a cliff dive! The path to the bay is a bit tricky, with a rocky path and narrow drops, but it makes the arrival all the more enjoyable as you take in the rising volcanic cliffs from below.

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