I've been flying internationally quite a bit in the last couple of weeks, and those red-eyes will get you good, let me tell you. I hate waking up in a plane with dry skin and big, black circles under my eyes, so I've come up with a few must-have beauty supplies I use on those over-nighters. When the lights go off for the night on a flight, I like to go wash my face, take off my makeup, and use a YesTo, two-step charcoal mask to clear out my skin. I've tried a million different pore strips, and this is the only one I feel like really clears my pores out, which is a must before bed on plane rides. After I cleanse it all up, I like to moisturize and apply face oil. Mario Badescu has great facial products loaded with vitamins that don't leave your face greasy and oily. Fab girl slim is a moisturizing product that contains caffeine, so I like to apply it under my eyes to help make my dark circles disappear. Generally when I wake up on a flight, the jet-lag is just starting to set in the claustrophobia kicks into high gear back in my seat in the economy section, so I relax with a gel mask. When the tray tables go up and the plane is heading down to land, I love using NYX HD concealer to clean up my face and go for the "fresh-face, no makeup traveler" look. It's one of the best concealers on a budget, and it will last you forever.
Keep your international flights rested and happy and your faces fresh ✈
Here's where I'm at in life: At the end of July, my lease ended and I quit my job [you'll have my heart forever though, Bloomies employees discount] and I decided to jump in a car and take a road trip to Washington with my boyfriend and his family for his sister's wedding, while we tour the Pacific Northwest. Hasty and crazy, right? Right, and it gets hastier; the day after we got back [so. today.] I hopped back in my car, drove from SoUtah to SoCal, and I'm going to Egypt and Iraq tomorrow for two weeks. If I could somehow show you in words how crazy of a person I feel like right now, I would. I'm mentally doing a spit-take and asking myself "girl where did you lose your last few marbles?".
But let's backtrack to the last two weeks. The Pacific Northwest is GORGEOUS. Summer in the PNW is where the party's at. We started out in sunny Cedar City, Utah, drove to Boise,
Idaho, headed through the Columbia River Gorge to Packwood, Washington, where my boyfriend's beautiful sister got married. The ceremony was the prettiest hipster-chill, outdoorsy, nature wedding you've ever seen. After we sent the bride and groom off to the tropics in Seattle, we drove down through Astoria to Portland, down the Oregon coastside to the Redwood Forest. I would fly back to Oregon in a heartbeat for some malt fries and a Dutch Brothers latte.
PNW, thanks for the best summer road trip ever.
Down in sunny Carlsbad California, for eight weeks out of the year, fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus are in bloom and, let me tell you, they are GORGEOUS. It's like a big happy scene from a musical Disney Princess movie. There are rows and rows of color-coordinated giant blooms, overlooking the ocean. Seriously. Pack up the car and drive down there before they're gone!
Giza, Egypt is the most unreal place you might ever visit in your life. When you see the pyramids, it takes about five minutes for it to set in that these are the actual Pyramids of Giza. They were built 2,550 years before Jesus was born. They're rocks that are older than Jesus. And the crazy, crazy part is that the were all put there. By people. Who hand-made their own tools.
So then after that sets in for a while, you hop on a camel and start riding across the dessert to look at the Sphinx. Another piece of world history that you just stare at, and it takes about three days for that to seem remotely real.
It's amazing. I couldn't even begin to explain it to you in words, it's one of those things you have to first hand experience.
Things you have to do in Giza:
I took a boat ride on the Nile. The actual lil' Baby Moses floating in a basket, turned to blood, ancient, Nile River. The real deal people. It's all so sureal that you know you have to take five thousand pictures before you leave because it won't even hit you until you get home. Upper Egypt is actually south of Cairo, don't worry it took me a while too, but it's considered "upper" Egypt because the elevation is higher. Around 1353 B.C. King Akhenaten, and his wife, Nefertiti, lived in Upper Egypt. King Akhenaten dramatically changed thereligious beliefs when he changed the theology of many gods to one god. He moved the then capitol of Egypt to Amarna. There are statues of Nefertitti everywhere. Upper Egypt is more rural, so the climate is chilly and some of the land around the Nile is very lush and green. I can't even process enough yet that I'm here, and I rode a boat down the actual lil' Baby Moses Nile River.
Lake Arrowhead is a beautiful town set in the mountains around the San Bernardino Forest in Southern California. It's the perfect vacation spot, any time of the year. It's seriously like looking at a postcard. If the mountains and trees on freshwater lakes are your vacation seen, then here's my Weekend Getaway Guide for Lake Arrowhead, to help you plan your next trip. These are my family and I's favorites, along with the best rated eats and stays around Lake Arrowhead, for any budget.
Lake Arrowhead is a gorgeous, freshwater lake with clear, blue waters. My family and I love, love, love to take boat rides around the Lake and over to the village when we visit. The Lake Arrowhead Queen gives boat tours all year round, and is rentable for private charter tours. If touring isn't your thing, you can rent a boat, kayak, canoe, or paddle boards from Captain John's Fawn Harbor Marina.
Events and Festivals
If you're heading to Arrowhead for a trip, be sure to check the calendar before you go to make sure you don't miss any of the events. There's always something going on. In the summer, at the Lake Arrowhead Village, there's a concert series, farmers' markets, Gold Rush Days, Memorial Day weekend events, and a water ski school for kids. In the fall, my family always tries to make it for Oktoberfest. We always have a blast. There's live music, food and beverages, booths and vendors, and a pumpkin patch. Around Christmas, you can check the calendar for the many holiday events like their craft fairs and Santa meet and greets. The Blue Jay Village, which is not far away from the Lake Arrowhead Village, has an annual Quilt Walk, Spirit of the Bluejay Wine Event, the Lake Arrowhead Brewfest, and according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the world's smallest Christmas parade.
The event's at the Village are so fun, but if you're looking for entertainment that's more budget friendly, just walk the Lake Arrowhead Village. It's the cutest town. It sits right on the edge of the lake, and there's so much to do. You can walk the shops, visit the art galleries, feed the ducks [almost every store will sell you bird food], and sit by the lake. If you have kids, you can take them over to the merry-go-round, bumper cars, and arcade.
My fam's favorite: Heart’s Desire Christian book store [Suite C-140].
Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa
The Lake Arrowhead Resort and spa offers very high quality services and activities like their bar and lounge, downhill skiing, the fitness center, the business center, room service, the pool, their restaurant, and of course, the spa.
250 North 9th Street, Colton, CA
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, San Bernardino,CA
The Country Inn has very high guest ratings, a heated pool, wifi, complimentary breakfast, and suites, but it books quickly, so make reservations well in advance to your trip.
1650 Industrial Park Avenue, Redlands, CA
The Dogwood campground is a small but beautiful campground, very close to Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Forest area. The campground has electrical hook-ups, fire rings, water, indoor facilities and showers, trailer pads, and an amphitheater.
Dogwood Campground, Rimforest, CA 92378
The Lakefront Taproom, Bar, and Kitchen
The Lakefront is a tasteful restaurant with a classy meny that can please any foodie. Check their websites for their special events and promotions.
28200 State Hwy 189 Suite E-200, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352
Papagayos Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
Papagayos has classic mexican favorites, the best fried ice cream, and a fun outdoor bar area, overlooking the lake.
28200 Highway 189 Building P-100 Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352
Tea & Coffee Exchange
The Tea and Coffee Exchange is a great place to grab a latte, buy some loose tea or coffee beans, and get a light-bite.
28200 Highway 189 Suite S-250 Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352
When I'm traveling and away from my home sweet home, I'm all about finding easy outfits. This little cut-out shoulder dress is perfect outfit inspo for when you hit the road and travel to catch some sunshine, but you need more than your travel t-shirt and leggings. Perfect for my warm and humid day in Orlando.