Favorite Travel Destinations

Travel is an investment. I have learned more from traveling and experiencing other cultures than I did in my 16 years of education. There is just something about hearing someone else’s story, traditions, and struggles that brings an element of appreciation to ones life. Being able to go somewhere new and experience a new normal is a learning experience in itself. Nothing will ever be able to compare. Below I have listed my favorite places I’ve ever visited. Where should I go next?

1. Paris, France

Ever since I was a little girl I always loved Claude Monet and Degas. My mom would read me children’s books about them and I was just fascinated by their art. When my grandmother took my family to Paris for the first time at 8 years old I fell in love. We stayed at the Jolly Hotel Lotti and would walk next door to the Godiva Chocolate Store every afternoon. She took me to Monet’s house where he would paint water lilies and I even got to stand on the green bridge that he painted in the majority of his pieces. We went to the Lourve, Rode around the Arc De Triomphe in a double decker bus, visited Versailles, and so much more. I remember the whole trip like it was yesterday. Paris is just a magical place full of life, love, and culture. I can’t wait to go back some day.

2. Moorea & Bora Bora, French Polynesia

If you’re in need of a tropical vacation then Moorea and Bora Bora are the place for you. These islands are so beautiful they look like a desktop screen saver. No filter needed! I went to Tahiti in 2014 with my family and stayed at the Pearl Beach Resort in both Moorea as well as Bora Bora. Truly the most beautiful and relaxing place I’ve ever been. It’s a great place to disconnect from all the stresses in life and enjoy a tropical drink overlooking crystal clear water.

3. New York City, United States

When I was 15 I lived in New York for 6 weeks and had the most amazing time. It’s a city that never sleeps. There is something going on every night of the week. I enjoy the fast paced city and how everyone is always working towards a goal. Nothing compares to the busy excitement that occurs on the streets of New York City.

4. Venice, Italy

Venice is such an incredible place. My grandparents lived in Pallazo on the Grande Canal. I would look over the balcony at the water taxis and gondolas passing by. It’s a magical city on the water. I would recommend visiting at some point in your life. There is no place like it.

5. Belize

In 2016 I visited the country of Belize and learned so much about the culture and the people. They have the most beautiful ruins and caves you can explore. I also went zip lining, cave tubing, snorkeling with sharks, and so much more. There is really a lot to do for an outdoorsy individual. This trip was more of a learning experience for me than anything. There is a lot of poverty in Belize and it really put things into perspective. It opens your eyes to what really matters and the things we all take for granted.

*Photo Credits: Pinterest, Google Images, and Heather Robinson*

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!!

Biggest Fashion Trends of 2017

As this year comes to an end I thought I would review some of the most popular fashion trends of 2017!

1.Tiny Sunglasses

These became a trend around half way through the year and they are here to stay. In 2012 the trend was the bigger the sunglasses the better. Now it’s the complete opposite. Who needs protection from the sun anyway? They don’t really do much but they do make for a cute accessory.

2. Lingerie Body Suits

I personally love this trend! It is now acceptable to wear lingerie outside of the bedroom. It’s a great way to make a baggy pair of mom jeans sexy. Gooseberry Intimates, Victoria’s Secret, and several other brands make beautiful lace body suits that are perfect for pairing with a leather jacket or denim jeans.

3. Slicked Middle Part Pony

This clean slicked back look is seen on every red carpet recently. I love the look and how clean it looks. It gives the make up and accessories a chance to be the star of the show.

4. Lace Up Everything

Recently you can’t walk down the street without seeing pleather lace up pants, skirts, or shorts. It’s a fun way to add a little edge to an outfit.

5. Camo Cargo Pants

I’m not a huge fan of cargo pants but they are back and can be seen everywhere! These camo cargos are super trendy amongst celebrities. Paired with a black tee these are a great way to look fashionable running around town.

6. Fur Coats

I’m obsessed with the fur coat trend (faux of course). They are so cute and a perfect way to dress up any outfit!

7. Sailor Hat

These hats have become trendy everywhere! Makes everywhere feel like Europe and I’m not complaining.

8. Yellow Plaid (Or anything yellow for that matter)

As If?!?!?!?

9. Cheetah Print

Bringing back the early 2000’s and I’m singing Cheetah Sisters.

10. Denim On Denim

Brought to you by the early 90’s this has to be my favorite trend! Call it what you want but I’m obsessed! Giving me vintage Guess vibes!

Most Wonderful Time of The Year

The most wonderful time of year filled with sparkle, love, crisp winter nights, cozy cuddles, and the people you care about the most. It’s hard to be sad when you are surrounded by so much joy.

On Christmas Eve I spent the whole day helping my mom bake yummy treats and delicious food! We sang Christmas carols and danced around the kitchen with my two sweet new kittens. On Christmas Eve we always get to open one present and it’s always new Christmas pajamas. My brother, mom, and I drive around to look at all of the amazing Christmas lights that my neighborhood puts up every year before going to bed.

In my family we have so many traditions around the holidays and it doesn’t seem to matter how old we get they always seem exciting. It’s crazy to think how fast time goes though. Seems like just yesterday I was waking up Christmas morning to see what Santa brought me and getting so excited to see he ate the milk and cookies I had left him the night before. All of a sudden I’m 23 years old and wondering where the time went between then and now. It’s a bittersweet feeling.

This time of year will always hold a special place in my heart. It really is about giving and not about receiving. When all you care about is being surrounded by the people you love the most and you don’t even know what you could ask for aside from that; you’re doing it right.

Hope you all had an amazing holiday surrounded by friends, family, good food, and loving pets!

Xo

Paige

Holiday Make Up

You can never go wrong with a classic natural eye and red lip. Call it the Taylor Swift if you want but this look has been around since the beginning of time and is an ultimate favorite of mine. Shop the look below! Xoxo

EYES

-Too Faced Natural Palette

-NYX “Too the point” Liquid Eyeliner

-Ardell Demi Wispies

-Covergirl Mascara

SKIN

-Clinique Acne Solutions (Fresh Ivory)

-Maybelline Bronzer & Highlight Pallette

-NYX Blush

LIPS

-Maybelline Matte Liquid Lipstick

-Too Faced Lipgloss