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On a recent trip home … to San Diego

Just having come back from a quick four-day trip down to San Diego, I find myself wanting to write about my travel so you can see how much fun can be had, in, yes four days.

For those who love to play, and by “play” I mean see/walk/laugh/enjoy, then here’s a few good places to make sure you stop at …

Gaslamp. Yeah this is a given for any newbies to San Diego and those who have been before, nightlife can be quite uninhibited here!

La Jolla. Not to be missed. If you love the beach then make La Jolla Shores or The Cove your stop. DO NOT GO TO MISSION BEACH. NO. NO.NO

Seaport Village. This is a tourist trap, yes, BUT, the walk around the water is awesome, plus you’ll get to see the private boats, the really nice hotels, and there are some really nice new restaurants that opened in the village.

Del Mar. One of my favorite places in North County for sightseeing (anything north of San Diego is known as North County). The drive during the summer when they have the hot air balloons is amazing. The balloons look like colors in the sky just floating, and the best time to watch this happen is around sunset!

See, the thing is, I love to shop. No matter where I go, and if I’ve been there before, I love to shop. I’m a girly girl, what can I say?! So if you’re the same way, let me give you some great places that aren’t to be missed.

In Gaslamp; DolcettiThey have the cutest little stuff you’ll want to check out. I saw Wildfox tees and Bando accessories. This is a great place to walk in and get some cute stuff for yourself. Horton Plaza; Charming Charlie. Loved this place to death! I’m a girl who loves pink, so the fact that they have a huge pink accessories section, just made my day that much better, and their prices are so affordable!

In La Jolla make sure you check out Girard Ave because the lineup of shops is pretty nice. Small selection of stores, but the ones not to be missed are LF, the souvenir shops,

I myself love malls, and the best mall in San Diego has to be Fashion Valley mall. The best mall, hands down. Big stores, little store, great food and awesome parking. Not to be missed!

Now food is another thing for me; I’ve got to have great food. I have to eat well, no matter where I am. Food makes me happy too! There are some great not to be missed places in San Diego, and here’s my list of places to make sure you don’t miss.

Persian …

Bandar

5th Ave Grill

Healthy, but SUPER DELICIOUS…

True Foods

Breakfast …

Broken Yolk Cafe downtown

Dessert …

Baked Bear in P.B.

Mexican …

Ponces

Burger …

In n Out

Burger Lounge

Also one of the funnest things to do in San Diego is to take a pedicab ride. They’re affordable and you can haggle the price with the driver. Bring a lightweight jacket and get ready for some fun!

I find myself in love with San Diego and the hidden characteristics that I find every time I visit. This time I fell madly in love with how the ocean looked when I drove from La Jolla to North County via Torrey Pines Road. Everyone has to do that drive one time when visiting San Diego.

Anyway, until next time and my next trip ….

xoxo

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Mexico is always a good idea!

If you’re planning a trip to Puerto Vallarta, you’re in for a real treat because not only is the city amazing, but the weather is always awesome – and the people are wonderful.

We stayed at the magnificent Riu Palace Pacifico, this all-inclusive resort is voted number one and there’s a reason for that and you’ll see if you stay there just how awesome everything is made for their guests.

the garden of the hotel was so pretty

Places you MUST go –>

1. Spend a couple of hours (about 3 hours) in downtown. You will find tons of souvenirs here along with really great pieces for your home while walking through Rio Canal and Zona Romantica. Make sure you walk over the sketchy bridge over the Rio Canal, it’s a fun experience and you have to do it once then you can walk around to get back! Just do it!!!

downtown shopping area near Rio Canal

This is the place you’ll want your negotiation skills up to par because there will be back-and-forth negotiations I call banter, and the really fun “last offer or I’m walking out the door” shenanigans!

I bought my Halloween costume while walking around and since we’ve been to Puerto Vallarta a few times, this is all I wanted to get.

Similar to the dress I bought, it is basically referred to as a traditional dress from Oaxaca

There’s tons of food options in downtown and on the waterfront, we had so much Mexican food on our trip that we ended up at the Bubba Gump instead of eating at the local places.

2. Take a Vallarta Adventure to (in this EXACT ORDER): Off-roading, Sea Safari and end with the San Sebastian tour. But make sure you’re only going on Vallarta Adventures – they are informative, super friendly and tell you everything you need to know and more AND they feed you the best authentic Mexican food!

wearing our helmets to get on the shores for the Sea Safari trip that included riding up to a waterfall
San Sebastian!
getting ready to climb onto the off-roading truck!

3. If you go on the San Sebastian tour make sure you take snacks with you because you’ll have to wait a while before eating and there’s not any chance of grabbing a snack while on the tour.

MAKE SURE YOU DO THESE THINGS –>

1. Go to the beach! Do it, the water was refreshing; not cold or hot, just perfect. Swim in the water but the water is super salty so try to keep your eyes and mouth shut or else you’ll end up swallowing and spitting out the saltiest water ever!

2. Say hello to everyone, the Mexican locals are so very friendly and welcoming and they love it when you greet them, they greet you right back! We went during Christmas so on Christmas Day I said hello merry xmas to everyone and you know what happened? Everyone smiled and greeted me back, it;s just cordial so do it!

3. Tipping is a very nice gesture and everyone in the world (maybe except Europe) works for good tips, so be nice and leave something thoughtful for good service.

4. Eat a lot of Mexican food because you won’t get the good stuff back in the states!

What to bring on your trip (a must!) –>

1. bug spray if you go on tours because we had “chicken pox legs” after one of our tours from being bitten so much!

2. a hat

3. walking shoes AND flip flops

4. a few bathing suits because if you’re like me and wash yours at the end of the day and hang it to dry you’ll need to leave it a tad longer for it to dry so have a back up pair – or don’t, its up to you.

5. If you burn quick bring sunscreen and aloe vera for the skin burns

6. bring in a ziplock bag a quarter size of soap because the rest stops and some f the bathrooms have funky soap or no soap on some tours in the small villages

7. I also brought napkins and tissue paper from the hotel daily because there won’t be any in some villages.

8. a light jacket

9. shorts

10. sunglasses, a few hair ties (I lost all of mine somehow), and conditioner because your hair just like mine will get knotty from the ocean/pool.

11. underwater camera – you’ll want to get pictures of yourself getting hit by waves in the ocean or jumping into the pool

check out my Flickr photo album and see how much fun we had!

How to properly deep condition your hair for less than $10

So I’ve been asked a few times how I actually deep condition my hair and how I manage to do it weekly without going broke. It’s simple. Spend $5 (roughly) at Trader Joe’s and get their Organic Coconut Oil. Try my at home trick weekly and at the end of the month let me know how this works for you. I’ll tell you one thing for sure, you won’t need to go to a salon to get your hair this good for this cheap!

All you need is a plastic utensil, I use a knife to scrape the coconut oil and you’ll need gloves
I brush my hair (unwashed)
get about a lacrosse size ball out
make sure to do this in the tub or over the sink because the coconut oil falls on the ground easily
only put it on the ends of your hair, otherwise you’ll have a nice oily scalp!
I put my hair up and leave it for 10 minutes

Wash your hair with your regular shampoo and condition as usual. You won’t need to use any anti-frizz cream afterwards because the coconut oil will smooth your hair out. So feel free to style as usual.

Shaving without getting hurt!

So I recently came upon an article that said shaving with olive oil will reduce the amount of nicks you get and also keeps your skin super hydrated. So I decided to try this out for myself just to let you know how or if it worked. I also used coconut oil a second time.

drumroll …

It worked. No, seriously, it worked. No nicks, cuts, or any pain. I have the smoothest legs afterwards too! It’s completely insane, I know, cooking oil, right? But it works!

I used my Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil

I love using oil to shave and now I’ll be doing it more lately because it made my skin feel so soft and awesome. Cant promise it’ll slow the growth but it did make my legs and armpits smooth for days!

Happy shaving!

++ I Love Makeup++

So I recently used a sample I got in one of my Sephora packages and was frightened because the foundation was so dark. I couldn’t get it off and we were going to meet the hubs dad for dinner. I had 15-minutes to finish –  there was no way this coming off my face. So I decided to blend it in and my face looked tan but not dark.

On the drive home after dinner I realized that I could tone the color down and mix it well to have the glow I’ve always wanted.

I used Guerlain BB cream in BB3 Natural found at major department stores and Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation a& Concealer in 24 Golden found at Sephora
before – nothing on my face
I dotted the Clinique
used a sponge to blend in the Guerlain color

done!
Now to use Kevyn Aucoin eye concealer in SX09
Bought this at Barney’s NY in Los Angeles at The Grove
just a dab under each eye

dab it in
eye shadow …
done!
my skin looked so awesome and the color did NOT transfer onto my sunglasses or shirt!
even with the sun shining on my face I still had a glow