The other weekend Ben and I headed down to Tucson for a little playful, romantic weekend getaway at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa. I have a hard time sitting in one place - especially after an amazing vacation, like the one we had in the U.K. recently... so a little local getaway was just what the doctor ordered.
They say your eyes are the window to your soul. If you could look deep into mine you might see a story begging to be told. One of both smiling, giddy happiness and sometimes watery sorrow... both sparkly, playful youthfulness and perhaps even a bit of red-tinged tired age. But I like the story my eyes tell. Just like the reflections of the night skies, the constellations in our eyes reflect our hearts. And my heart is who I am.
But I want the world to see me, my story, through my eyes. I don't want them being distracted by my age lines. I recently started using KORRES new 3D Black Pine Super Eye Serum and 3D Black Pine Eye Cream to renew my skin and keep my eyes looking bright to properly reflect who I am on the inside, on the outside.
I even brought both with me to Europe as I am liking how my skin is responding. Travel certainly takes a toll on me and I wanted an eye serum and eye cream that could reduce any puffiness or dark circles retained from my overseas red-eye flight and nearly intolerable lack of sleep. Actually, to be honest, this is my first time using an eye-specific serum and I really like the idea of concentrating more nourishment on my eyes to boost my skins firmness and elasticity. This one is even meant to be applied on the upper eyelid to prevent sagging lids. It has definitely helped to give my eyes the boost they needed to look alive while exploring one of my favorite cities, London.
They say your eyes are the window to your soul. If you could look deep into mine you might see a story begging to be told. One of both smiling, giddy happiness and sometimes watery sorrow... both sparkly, playful youthfulness and perhaps even a bit of red-tinged tired age. But I like the story my eyes tell...
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Head to the picturesque postcard town of Positano, Italy and enjoy the jewel of the Amalfi Coast by lounging by the sea.
Ben and I headed to Kauai to celebrate our anniversary so I am sharing our top five favorite beaches that we visited.
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This past February I decided to take a drive up North to visit some of my Arizona favorites: Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon and the Grand Canyon (stay tuned for those posts). It had been a while since I had the chance to visit all but it was the perfect weekend getaway. It was a bit chillier than I had expected for Arizona, but it worked in my favor as it was a lot less crowded during "off season."
Only a scenic four hour drive from Phoenix, it was about time I took advantage of this beautiful state of ours. The parking lot to Horseshoe Bend is actually right off the 89 as you pull into Page, so it was the perfect pull off to catch the sunset before heading to check into our hotel.
And no, I didn't actually road trip in this dress haha... I threw it on before hiking down to the views. I just couldn't resist acting like the dancing emoji lady in my flowy dress with this beautiful natural backdrop.
When we got to the bottom I learned that I don't really have a fear of heights haha. I think maybe at one point I used to but I don't seem to have that chip in my brain anymore. But I don't recommend getting that close to the edge if you feel uneasy near cliffs.
When to Visit Horseshoe Bend
If you're heading to Horseshoe Bend in the near future, I recommend visiting anytime from January to May. It's not as busy and the weather is a bit more pleasant. But if you are wanting to squeeze in Lake Powell as well then the warmer months work great too!
As for the time of day to visit Horseshoe Bend, I visited in the evening to catch the sunset. The sun will set right behind your beautiful view and will make for some incredible pictures and allow you to capture some of the desert color. However, part of the river will be in the shade at that time due to the large cliffsides on either side, so if you prefer no shadows in your photos then I recommend visiting mid-morning or even mid-day.
If you do decide to visit in the evening, I recommend getting there about an hour or more before sunset. This will give you time to park, hike down (about 3/4 of a mile) and pick your spot to set up your gear.
Regardless of the time of year or day, it can get pretty busy with tourists and photographers hoping to catch the same beautiful views. So find your spot and stake your claim, my friends haha.
I hope you visit soon and enjoy!
This past February I decided to take a drive up North to visit some of my Arizona favorites: Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon and the Grand Canyon (stay tuned for those posts). It had been a while since I had the chance to visit all but it was the perfect weekend getaway. It was a bit chillier than I had...
When it comes to my nightstand, there are a few key things I simply cannot live without. Let's get real... I am not really a night owl nor an early bird. I am some form of a permanently exhausted pigeon and therefore getting out of my warm, comfortable bed is pretty much a no-go for me any time after I am snuggled in under the covers. So for me, these are my four nightstand essentials:
Four Nightstand Essentials
Do It All Cleansing Cloths
At the end of the long day when, as per usual, I have already fallen asleep on the couch and then have to sleepily mosey on up to bed, the last thing I want to have to do is wash my face. But honestly, I love washing the day's accumulation of makeup, dirt and oil off my face and falling asleep feeling refreshed. So lately I have been keeping these Olay Daily Facials Daily Clean 4-in-1 Water Activated Cleansing Cloths nearby. Unlike other cleansing cloths I have used, these ones are textured to really get the grime and they're 4-in-1, meaning they have the power of a scrub, toner, mask and cleaner. Um, heck yes. It's like the lazy girls guide to beauty.
And by the way, I love that these cleansing cloths are not pre-soaked because usually mine dry out by the time I am able to finish the box. You just simply soak them in water and then rub to lather. Easy peasy. Plus, these cleansing cloths are super travel-friendly for when you don't want to pack your entire beauty counter with you, which is always a plus in my book.
Wearing my silk sleep mask is a must for me. It blocks out the light from the moon, my phone and our humidifier, AND because it's silk, over time it keeps the delicate skin around my eyes from rubbing on rough cotton and wrinkling. Not to mention I feel glamorous and just like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. (They are also great for travel, too, by the way).
I love turning off the world and tuning into myself (and I am not talking about in a sexual way, although they work great for that too haha) and candles are the perfect way to unwind and feel calm. I don't know anyone who isn't mesmerized by the flicker of a flame. Candles are a simple yet sacred way to de-stress in my world. I love my MAME soy scented candles (they are like my own little bedroom aromatherapy). And PS, more to love because they are made right here in sunny Arizona.
One of my biggest pet peeves is dry lips. I cannot go to bed (or wake up) without lip balm. Or pretty much go anywhere without it, let's be honest. To ensure my lips are always kissable, I keep my favorite lip balm within arm's reach right next to my bedside. Lately I have been using COOLA's Mineral Lip Balm because it has SPF 30 and I like to use it both before bed and in the morning before heading out the door for my daily run with Wookie (our maltipoo).
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.
When it comes to my nightstand there are a few key things I simply cannot live without. Let's get real... I am not really a night owl nor an early bird. I am some form of permanently exhausted pigeon and therefore getting out of my warm, comfortable bed is pretty much a no-go for me anytime after I am snuggled in under the covers. So for me...