Favorite Travel Instagram Accounts to Follow

I don’t know about you but I draw so much inspiration from accounts I follow on Instagram and I’m always looking for new ones. I thought I would share with you my favorite travel accounts to follow and why. Enjoy! Xo

1.@rebella 

If you have a serious case of wanderlust you need to follow Rebella. I absolutely love following this account and living vicariously through all of the incredible places they travel. Their content (images/video) are next level and I aspire to create content that is of this caliber. I have a weakness for any location with a coastline. If you are a fan of the tropics like I am, give Rebella a follow.

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2.@doyoutravel & @gypsea_lust

Talk about life goals! This cute couple travels all over the world for a living and creates some of the most beautiful content I’ve ever seen. Every location they visit has been added to my bucket list. Pretty sure every one of their images has been added to my saved boards for inspiration.

3. @elsas_wholesomelife

Are you a foodie like I am? Then you need to be following @elsas_wholesomelife. She just released her own cookbook and takes the most incredible food photos. Ellie travels all over the world to try different kinds of plant based food. Talk about a perfect feed too!

4. @earthyandy

All of my family goals! I mean come on! They are a Hawaii beach fam and couldn’t be any cuter! Enjoy following her yummy recipes, island lifestyle, and amazing stories! Seriously, watch her story for some great mini cooking shows!

 

5. @ohhcouture

I recently found this feed and fell in love. Every photo is beautiful and taken in incredible locations. Leonie is more of a fashion based travel blogger so if you are obsessed with all things fashion this is the account for you. Her outfits are styled to perfection and every time I travel I look to her account for inspo.

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5 Tips To Clear Skin

Perfect skin? Yeah right! IMPOSSIBLE! Think again….

I wish I could say I was one of those people that has never had a pimple in their life but unfortunately …I’m not. I thought acne stopped after the teenage years but here I am at 23 still struggling with break outs. My skin isn’t perfect by any means but I’ve found ways to help prevent acne! Hope this helps and feel free to leave any tips or tricks that I didn’t mention in the comments below!

1. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

This was actually recommended to me by my dermatologist which was amazing because it’s only $6 and can be found at any drug store! I cleanse my face with this in the morning and at night. Cetaphil is great because it doesn’t have any added perfumes that might make you break out. It also doesn’t contain any ingredients that will dry you out. It’s super gentle and great for the skin.

2. Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion

The Cetaphil moisturizing lotion was also recommended by my dermatologist. It’s great to hydrate your skin after cleansing and doesn’t leave the skin greasy or oily. It is hypoallergenic and also fragrance free!

3. Clinique Acne Solutions Foundation

After cleansing and moisturizing I apply my Clinique Acne Solutions foundation. I cannot say enough good things about this product! I love to try new foundations but always end up breaking out. There is no other foundation I would recommend if you have sensitive skin or are prone to acne.

4. Water

I am not the biggest fan of water. It’s always so hard for me to even finish a whole water bottle in a day but when I started drinking 64oz every day it did wonders for my skin! Water helps to flush toxins out of your body and is great for rejuvenating your skin. Try to drink 64oz every day and I promise you will see a difference not only in your skin but also in your energy level!

5. Eat Healthy

I cut out dairy, eggs, and processed sugars. When I did this I saw a huge difference in my skin. If I want to sweeten food or a smoothie I will usually use a natural sweetener (banana, honey, or agave nectar). This also helped my energy levels and just made me feel better overall!

Hope these tips helped! Let me know your thoughts! Xo

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Lets Talk Body Goals

The term body goals is so funny to me. What even are body goals? Is it a term only reserved for 5’11 Victoria’s Secret models or is it a term used to describe Olympic Athletes? Both? So why don’t you classify your body as #goals?

I think it’s safe for me to assume that each and every one of us have been self conscious about something at one point in our lives. It’s human nature not to be confident 100% of the time. So, why do we pick out every little flaw instead of picking out the beautiful things that make us who we are? Simple…we compare ourselves to others too much. We are always trying to be that guy/girl over there. Little did you know, there is someone pointing at you saying I want to look like him/her. Remember nobody is perfect!

The best thing I ever did was get rid of my scale. I was focusing so much on a number that it didn’t matter how I looked. Remember muscle weighs more than fat. I probably weigh more than I used too but I’m happier in my own skin and that’s all that matters. Everyone is genetically different and thats what makes people so beautiful. Life wouldn’t be as fun if everyone looked the same. Embrace your curves or your height or whatever makes you different from the person sitting next to you. I could list off 20 things I’m insecure about but dwelling on them isn’t going to do anything. Give yourself goals, write them down, and achieve them. Get outside and exercise with a friend if you don’t enjoy going to the gym alone. Eat healthy but remember you deserve a cheat every now and then. Encourage the people in your life to do the same.

We are all our own worst critic and the way you see yourself isn’t usually how the rest of the world sees you. I know this because I’m also a perfectionist. I have high expectations for myself in every avenue of life and will work my hardest to achieve them. Go easy on yourself from time to time. You deserve a rest day and vacation. Don’t let little things people say hinder you from achieving something great. You are beautiful and handsome! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

xo

-Paige

Favorite Coffee Shops

Rise and Shine! My ideal December day consists of sitting in a quaint coffee shop with a pretty latte in hand, listening to the sound of the rain outside the window. Anyone who knows me knows I am the biggest coffee fan. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite California based coffee shops. Enjoy! Xo

1. Alfred’s Coffee

If you’re looking for an amazing cup of coffee and an aesthetic Instagram photo you’ve come to the right place. Alfred’s not only has the best mocha latte but also is one of trendiest spots in Los Angeles. It’s a bit pricey for a cup of coffee but definitely worth it.

2.Verve Coffee Roasters

I was first introduced to Verve in Santa Cruz, California and fell in love. At the time they didn’t have any shops in LA so it was my treat every time I went up to the Bay Area. Now they have a few coffee shops in LA and they are all amazing. They roast all of the beans in Santa Cruz and take time to perfect each cup of coffee. The interior is a modern industrial feel and definitely makes for a great place to catch up on work or study. If you go you also have to add a gluten free donut to your order. They are delicious!

3. Intelligentsia Coffee

I came across Intelligentsia in Venice, California on Abbot Kinney. The interior is definitely an industrial feel with exposed piping and wooden beams but it adds for a cool element. They take time to craft each cup of coffee and you can tell they love coffee as much as you do. My mocha latte was perfect and topped with a pretty foam heart. Couldn’t have asked for anything more.

4 Ingredient Vegan/Gluten Free Brownie

If you’re like me and you have a sweet tooth but are trying to eat a little healthier then you’ve come to the right place! Try this Vegan, Gluten Free, & Paleo Brownie in a mug. It is fast simple and only requires 4 ingredients!

INGREDIENTS

-Cacao Powder

-1 Ripe Banana

-Honey or Agave Nectar

-1 Tablespoon Cashew Butter (Any Nut Butter)

RECIPE

1. Mash banana in a mug

2.Add but butter and stir together until creamy

3.Add Cacao Powder (adjust depending on how chocolatey you want your brownie to taste)

4. Add honey for sweetness

5.Microwave for 30 seconds (time may vary depending on microwave)

6. Enjoy!

Best Vegan/Gluten Free Pizza

I am a huge fan of pizza and when I found out I had to go vegan and gluten free pizza was one of the hardest things for me to give up. I tried so many alternatives that just weren’t good until I tried the Trader Joe’s cauliflower pizza crust! This crust holds together, gets crispy, and doesn’t taste like cardboard!

I usually make my own sauce but feel free to add whatever pizza sauce and toppings you love. There are many cheese alternatives however it isn’t bad with just sauce, veggies, and pine nuts.

There is a gluten free pizza from Trader Joe’s pre-made with a cauliflower crust that is incredible but has cheese so if you aren’t sensitive to dairy that would me my recommendation. It’s delicious!!

Best Gluten Free Vegan Shortbread Cookies

What are the holidays without yummy treats? When you’re vegan and gluten free it can be hard to find tasty cookies that accommodate both! Don’t worry I have an amazing recipe for you!

INGREDIENTS

1 Cup Sugar

3/4 Pound Vegan Butter (Earth Balance)

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

3 1/2 Cups Gluten Free Flour (Pamela’s Baking Mix)

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

6 to 7 ounces Dairy Free Chocolate, Chopped

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Mix together butter and 1 cup sugar with an electric mixer. Once they are completely mixed add in Vanilla.

3. In a dry mixing bowl, stir flour and salt together. Then add them little by little to the butter mixture.

4. Once the dough has come together place the dough on a flour dusted surface and shape into a flat circle. Cover in plastic wrap then chill for 30 minutes.

5. Roll out the chilled dough and begin to cut with a cookie cutter of your choice. Place cookies on ungreased baking sheet and bake for 20-25 min until edges turn golden. Cool to room temperature on a baking rack.

6. Put 3oz dairy free chocolate in a glass bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir with a wooden spoon and continue heating in short increments until chocolate is melted.

7. Dip cooled cookies in chocolate and let dry on parchment.

Happy Holidays!