The Best of Cabo San Lucas; three must visit Cabo destinations.

The Best of Cabo San Lucas; three must visit Cabo destinations.

We recently went to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for a destination wedding and boy was it the most fun! I was there with all of my college best friends for five days of sunshine, tequila, and so many tacos. It was the perfect way to spend my fourth of July long weekend.

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Living my best life in Cabo San Lucas

When I think of destination weddings I think of a small group of people that travel for the wedding, that was not the case here. This was a very large group of people that came to Mexico to celebrate one of my favorite couples.

The large group that traveled to Mexico for the wedding had tons of opinions and suggestions of what had to be seen and where we had to go. Luckily we were very specific about what restaurants we went to or where we spent our time. The trip as a whole was amazing but there were three specific things that really stuck out to me!

One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone visits a major city for 48 hours and suddenly knows “all the best places” because that seems so unrealistic. This is not one of those posts! I just don’t understand how someone can visit a major metropolitan area and instantly become a subject matter expert.

There were three places in Cabo that were recommended to us that I fell in love with and would like to visit every month. I was SO impressed with these three experiences.

Tacos Guss

I like to think of myself as an Al Pastor Taco Connoisseur and this place was my mecca. Right inside the town, this little hole in the wall is serving perfect, simple tacos. The tacos come out with just the meat and the tortilla and then they bring out a large board with all of the toppings and salsas. I think the trick to Tacos Guss is they really focus on the basics, there is nothing fancy or gimmicky about this place they just focus on really delicious, authentic Mexican food.

Boat Ride to the Arches

At all the hotels and resorts they will advertise arches tours for $50 – $60 but the real trick is to show up at the marina and jump on a smaller boat for $10 – $15 dollars. This hour-long ride took us so close and personal to the rocks and sea life right off the coast of Cabo San Lucas. I thought my geologist husband would be blown away by the beautiful rock formations but he was much more impressed with the boat drivers navigating abilities.

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Boat ride to the Cabo San Lucas Arches

Sunset Cocktails at Mona Lisa Smile

I’ll be the first one to admit when my friends were telling me that we were leaving our resort to go to a different resort 10 minutes away to have cocktails, I wasn’t super into it. My thought process was I could sit here and drink the same cocktail but never the less I went. Boy was I blown away. We were whisked off to the restaurant up the road just in time for a beautiful Cabo San Lucas sunset. I had a blueberry margarita, it was great but nothing compared the beautiful sunset we experienced!

The New York Times has ranked the Mona Lisa Smile as the 5th coolest restaurant in the world. They are not joking around, it’s so stunning. There are not enough adjectives in the world to describe the beauty we saw. While enjoying a beverage there we saw a super romantic, elaborate proposal and it really made me fall more in love with the place.

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This Mexican Sunset was no joke.

I’ve always loved Mexico, Mexican food and the Mexican culture and Cabo San Lucas did not disappoint!

Our next trip to Mexico is to Mexico City, what are some must-see places in the capital city of Mexico?

Happy Exploring!

-Heather

 

The Best Bars In Las Vegas That No One Is Talking About

The Best Bars In Las Vegas That No One Is Talking About

Post Author: Mike

Ah Vegas, one of my favorite cities to visit.  Easily the city I have visited the most, something for everyone.  I have been going to Vegas for almost a decade, Heather has been going her entire life.  I have been by myself, with large groups, for work, for fun, to see family, and mostly because it’s only a few hours away from where we now live.  The city is constantly changing and evolving; new restaurants and bars are constantly popping up. Trends live and die in a matter of months. Every time Heather and I go we always try to hit up a few of our favorite places that no one is talking about. 

Lobby Bar, Caesars Palace

This became the defacto meeting place when we go to Vegas with groups.  It is essentially the most central bar on the Las Vegas strip. They have an extensive cocktail list, their mixed drinks are very strong, and they even bring some snacks for you to munch on.  This is also one of the best places to people watch while in Vegas. During one of our nights at this bar Heather left her phone on the table and didn’t realize until the next morning, oh Vegas, anyways she let lost and found know it was missing and let them know what it looked like with no expectation of seeing it again. Fast forward a few weeks later and that cell phone showed up at our house in Birmingham, AL. Apparently, there still are great people in Las Vegas.

Nine Fine Irishmen New York, New York

If you took the most touristy Irish Bar in New York and placed it in a Vegas mega casino you would get Nine Fine Irishmen.  However, I do not come here because I feel like I am getting a Guinness in a traditional Irish setting; I come here for the band and the dancing.  The house band, Sin E Ri Ra, plays traditional Irish music, jigs, and even a few songs you can sing along to. During their performance, a traditional Irish dancer steps along with the music.  It’s a great atmosphere and definitely a great place to stop in, have a beer, and enjoy the performances.

Red Square, Mandalay Bay

As the name suggests, this is a Russian Themed bar that specializes in vodka and vodka cocktails.  This is the bar Heather discovered blue cheese olives and just how delicious they are in a martini.  Red Square is easy to find as a headless statue of Lenin is sitting outside. You can even do a vodka tasting in the 0 degree vodka vault.

The Oyster Bar, Palace Station

Cajun is a top 2 food group for me.  It’s tough to get decent Cajun food out west.  Whenever I am in Vegas I always go to The Oyster Bar to satisfy that Cajun craving.  With only about 20 seats (all bar seating, this is an actual bar) it takes an hour plus to wait in line, eat, and pay.  It’s definitely worth it. Try a pan roast (creamy, tomatoey, spicy, seafoody goodness) or a more traditional Cajun dish like gumbo or jambalaya.  My favorite dish is the jambalaya. The portions are enormous so an entrée is more than enough.

Enjoy Vegas.

-Mike

How To Pack A Perfect Carry-On.

How To Pack A Perfect Carry-On.

A Sturdy Bag

My bag of choice is this awesome, large Kate Spade bag that I have had for almost 8 years it has seen some seen some sticky situations but its nylon so its super easy to clean and is still in perfect condition. Unfortunately, they don’t sell the exact one that I have but this one is the closest to a perfect match.

 

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Healthy snacks

I am obsessed with coconut snacks my usual brand is Dang Toasted Coconut Chips but I was at trader joes so their version will have to do. I also love to take Lara Bars, Dried Fruit, Tuna Packets and Beef Jerky.

Chapstick

You will never catch me without a good chapstick, I have the driest skin and flying always leads to cracked lips for me. I am currently LIVING for the Aveda Lip Saver.

Pro Tip: If you are in a city with an Aveda school in it, their students give amazing facials and the price is right!

Hair Clips

Am I the only one that somehow gets a large knot in my hair if I wear my hair down while traveling? Probably. I love a hair clip while traveling because I can put my hair up wear it like that for 6 hours and then once I land, take it down and it looks like I just styled it.

Phone Charger

What is worse than midway through a 6-hour flight and your phone dies? Absolutely nothing. Don’t forget to keep your phone charger in your carry on because a flight with no entertainment can be a total snooze fest.

A Good Book

I know most people read on their phone or an iPad but there is nothing better than a physical copy of a book. I love to listen to a Disney soundtrack and read a horrifying book, it’s the little things.

I took this picture prior to reading that book, I do not recommend it but I love a thriller. What books should I be reading this summer? I NEED some recommendations.

A Hat

I try to never fly with makeup on and what better way to block an uneven complexion than a hat? Also, this way I can have third-day hair and no one will ever notice. I feel like Aviate Brand hats are the most appropriate to wear on airplanes; you can shop their whole collection here: https://www.shopaviate.com/

Neck Pillow

I’ve talked about this pillow in a previous blog post (how to survive a long haul flight) but good god, this pillow is everything. I’m a plane sleeper, get me on a large aircraft and I’m 100% of the time asleep prior to take off for a solid 30-minute nap.

Headphones

I always change which headphones make it in my carry on; this time it was in the earbuds, sometimes it’s my sleep headphones, sometimes its a large obnoxious over the ear style but no matter what I ALWAYS have a pair.

Sanitizing Wipes

Let’s get real; airplanes are gross like flying in an infirmary and gym mixed together gross. Most of the time airplanes have an hour turn around time so there is no downtime for cleaning, I like to do whatever I can to ensure that I arrive at my destination healthy and that is sanitizing everything around me before I touch a thing.

Face Oil

I’m obsessed with oil as a moisturiser, it seems to really help my dry itchy skin. depending on the length of the flight I like to throw in a sheet mask as well. My dry skin is so appreciative when I take these measures for healthy glowing skin.

A Large Wallet or Clutch

I like to keep my passport, ID, important documents all in one place that is easily located. There is nothing worse than getting to the front of security and you can’t find your ID anywhere. Also, call me old fashioned but I really really love a hard copy of my boarding pass, am I the only one?

Lotion

Its just one of those things I never leave home without because no one ever wants dry, ashy skin.

Water Bottle

I love my liquids. Carrying an empty water bottle through airport security is a must. I fill it up at a water fountain once I am past security to help fight the dehydration that planes cause.

Okay, but what am I missing? What are some MUST HAVES that are always in your carry on?

 

Skincare Essentials I Never Leave Home Without

Skincare Essentials I Never Leave Home Without

Let’s talk about skincare! Often when traveling the priorities of items packed often change but my skincare routine is one thing I keep consistent.

I have very dry, sensitive skin so I am very cautious with what items I put on my skin. I am also very cognisant to maintain the same skin care routine whether I am home in Southern California or traveling elsewhere.

 

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Skin Care Essentials

Now let’s get to the best skin care products for traveling with dry skin.

  1. Gentle face wash; Traditionally I stick to Aveeno face wash but received the BRTC foaming cleanser in an IPSY bag and am very happy with the results. This past trip I wanted a travel size cleanser so this time around it replaced my normal, gentle face wash.
  2. Daily moisturizer with sunscreen; post shower I immediately put face lotion and body lotion on. Again, my skin is DRY so if I don’t get the added moisture from the shower absorbed into my skin, then I’m going to have a horribly EXTRA dry day. My daily face lotion changes on the time of year but usually the line up consists of Aveeno, CeraVe, and Neutrogena.
  3. Face Serum; I have read many varying opinions on when to put face serum BUT I always put face serum on after my daily moisturizer and before my primer. It really helps my skin absorb both the moisturizer and the serum. I switch off between an argan-based skin serum and this rosehip oil.
  4. Hydrocortisone cream; once more, my skin is sensitive!! I constantly get small rashes on my face, these rashes are normally around the eyes and mouth, and this Aveeno cream immediately tackles the issue.
  5. Moisturizing face mask; anything and everything Peter Thomas Roth does is amazing but I am really living for this gentle face mask. I use this mask 2 – 3 times a week and it really helps with fine lines and dehydrated skin. My skin goes a little crazy when I travel to new climates and constantly using this helps avoid that craziness.
  6. Sheet Mask; I like to do a sheet mask once a week, it’s the best way for my skin to really soak up some deep moisture. To be honest, I have absolutely no alliance to one brand when it comes to sheet masks but I always look for a product that contains hyaluronic acid.

On top of these essentials, my favorite and my most recommended skin care product is sunscreen. Never forget the anti-aging power of sun protection!

I am always looking for new skin care routines and products, my current regiment is working great but as weather changes so do skin care priorities. I would love to know everyone’s skincare essentials, what products should I add to my travel essentials?

– Heather

 
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Travel Tips: Packing for a Week Long Vacation in a Carry On.

Travel Tips: Packing for a Week Long Vacation in a Carry On.

Beach vacation, my ultimate favorite subject matter. My next trip I am trying  going to only pack beach essentials but for girls like me who really love lipstick and multiple outfits a day, that is HARD, but I am trying.

This vacation I plan to only take a carry on (well and a personal item, because duh). I mean I’m going to an island with 14,000 people what could I really need besides a few bathing suits and cover-ups. I always TRY to pack light but once you start adding the curling irons, the shoes, the accessories and all of a sudden the entire closet is packed.

Suitcase used: Samsonite Hardside 20″ Spinner

Here a few rules I am attempting to follow while packing for my beach vacation.

Pack more rompers! I love love love a romper or a jumpsuit and the whole outfit in one item saves tons of space.

All shoes must be multipurpose; a cute sandal that can be worn to both the beach and a casual dinner.

Keep makeup and toiletries to a minimum. For me, this means only one eyeshadow palette and less than 10 lip products. This is the hardest tip for me to remember to follow. If I wasn’t conscious about packing light I would have a full roller bag of lipstick, sparkly eyeshadow and hairspray.

Try to pack only one outfit per day.

Areas I do not skip out on, bathing suits. I mean, you have to have one per day, right?

Stay organized; I like to separate my items by catagory (tops, bathing suits, etc)  and put them in packing cubes, it’s so easy to get unorganized while traveling but this little tip helps with ATTEMPTING to stay organized. I bought these last year and I love the cute kitty design.

End Result:

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Packing for a Beach Vacation

I love improving my vacation packing techniques, what tips help you pack light?