Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Cruising 101


So, ya know how on the side of my blog it says there will be randomness? Well here you have it. Cruising 101. Alright- so I'm no expert BUT I can give you a few pointers! In 20 days I will be embarking on my 11th cruise! Ever since I was little I've been cruising with my family. My very first cruise was to Canada when I was in 5th grade I believe. It was short but sweet. Our next big adventure was to Alaska. We actually flew out to Washington a week early and rented a car to explore the Canadian Rockies. If you have never driven though that area I'm a telling you, it is not worth missing out on. I always told myself that one day I would return to the Canadian Rockies and stay at this hotel. I stood at the edge of Lake Louise and was in absolute awe.

Anyways, back to cruising. Of course Alaska was beautiful. On our flight back home our plane dropped 1,200 feet in mid air forcing us to make an emergency landing and officially scaring the crap out of my family and I. From there on out we only took cruises that left from ports near our house. Hellllooo Caribbean.

Puerto Rico (San Juan) is clean, has lovely architecture and great shopping. St Maarten is your typical Caribbean island. St Thomas has GREAT beaches (magens bay) and terrific shopping. I have come home with things such as cameras, watches and a few pieces of jewelry. When the cruise lines tell you they are taking you to Haiti, you kind of picture the Haiti that you see on tv. It's nothing like that. I'm pretty sure Royal Caribbean owns a piece of the island or something because it is literally fenced off and locals need to go through a gate to get in. They have rides, water parks and everything else that you would NOT expect to be there. Cozumel and Costa Maya offer great beaches, snorkeling and of course, shopping (more so Cozumel).

You are probably thinking. Wow, you must be lucky because traveling is expensive. But my whole point here is that is really isn't. Keep in mind that on the 10 cruises that I've been on, I have never once visited the spa, or eaten at the fancy restaurants on board or have ever gone on a cruise excursion. Why? Because I don't have to. Cruises try to tell you that you shouldn't rent your own scooter because it is risky- which I guess it could be- but my family has never run into trouble. We love exploring the islands and seeing beyond what the port has to offer. You can do research before you go on where to rent a scooter- otherwise you can usually easily find a rental place near the port.

If you are flexible as to when you can take a cruise, that's even better. At the bottom of this post I will link two sites where my family usually finds our deals. I have literally taken a 7 night cruise for $450 per person. That less expensive than staying at a hotel for 7 nights. PLUS you get unlimited food on a cruise ship!

Out of all of the places I've been to, Bermuda is by far my favorite. (Someday I will get married there). The island is gorgeous, the beaches are breathtaking and the island is clean. Bermuda is NOT a good place to go shopping! Everything on the island is expensive, but thats ok because everything you need is on the cruise ship. Definitely rent a scooter on this island. Its safe and totally easily to find your way around the entire island.

I have been to Bermuda, Alaska, Canada, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Dominican Republic, Cozumel, Costa Maya, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Key West and the Bahamas. One day I hope to cruise the Mediterranean!

Alright, enough babbling, here are some of the pictures I have taken on my adventures...

You may hit rough seas, but thats a part of the package!

These are the sites that help my family book affordable cruises:

So remember. Be flexible on travel dates, skip the excursions, eat on the cruise ship, drink the water/juice provided on the ship (skip the booze and soda) and enjoy your future cruise!!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Nuts about Neon


Lately I've been loving neon accents. Here's a few looks that I'm diggin.


via && it's a DIY





My recent neon purchases- both from H&M. (p.s.they are a lot more neon in real life)


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ombré Nails


Ever since I saw Lisa Eldridge tweet this photo I had to somehow recreate it. Here's my attempt:

(starting with my pinky- China Glaze High Hopes, Revlon Tropical Temptation, Essie Tart Deco, Essie Van D'go, Revlon *white not sure of the exact name!)

Yeah, I know mine don't look as good as hers but I'm definitely loving the look. She tweeted that Essie's Tart Deco was in her middle finger so of course I had to do the same thing! I'm not sure if I should have put white on my thumb nail- but hey, it was my first time! With how much I like the look I'm sure there will be more to come. Next I'm definitely thinking purples!

Have you hopped on the ombré bandwagon?

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sally Hansen Salon Effects


So my cheap a$$ wouldn't try them until I saw them on sale. FINALLY my local grocery store (wegmans) marked them down to $5.99 (normally $8.99) and I picked out the most sparkly set to try out on my nails. The set I chose was called Frock Star and it looked like this:

Putting them on was...interesting- but somehow I made it out alive. I was kind of disappointed with how some of the edges turned out, but I blamed it on the fact that it was the chunky glitter that didn't file well.

About 3 hours after putting them on I knew they were doomed. The edges of the glitter started lifting and if I would touch my hair it would get caught under the glitter. I eventually started peeling them off my nails, but then decided to use the nail polish remover (as directed) to get the job done. Can you say nightmare?!!?!? I thought the whole benefit of getting the glitter set was that I wouldn't have to deal with the nightmare that is removing glitter from your nails. This is 10x worse. I literally ran one layer of polish remover over each nail and proceeded to scratch the rest of the glitter sticker off.

I'm pretty sure I won't be repurchasing these. I would definitely rather spend the $6 buying a bottle of nail polish that I can use over and over. Although maybe some of the other designs wouldn't be such a pain... some of them are pretty cute...

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Desert Essence Organics Hair Care


So I've tried a few different paraben & sodium laureth sulfate free shampoos. The biggest problem that I have with most of them is the fact that the shampoos don't lather enough for me to feel like it's actually cleaning my hair. I had temporarily given up on finding one that would work for me- when I came across the Desert Essence line on sale at Whole Foods. Normally $7.99 each, the Desert Essence shampoo & conditioner were on sale for $6.99 (big deal right!). Even though it was just a dollar, it gave the push to try it out.

The Good:
*The shampoo lathers like a dream. I was honestly shocked because I thought the "bad" ingredients were what made it lather.
*It smells like wine.

The Bad:
*The conditioner doesn't really do much for me. With my curly hair I like something that feels thick and may stick around in my hair to help me brush through it (terrible, I know).

Overall I'd definitely say try out the shampoo. For being 100% vegan, wheat & gluten free, cruelty free, biodegradable and free of parabens, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, phthalates, artificial fragrances or colors AND silicones..... it does a great job clearing my hair of any build-up. Two places that I know carry Desert Essence products are Whole Foods and The Fresh Market.

Do you have any paraben/sulfate free hair care suggestions??

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Things I'm Loving 6.8.11


neon nails.

crops from AE- find them here

ring from Aldo- seriously you must go to the store and try this on. it's so unique! find it here

saw this ring on someones blog and fell in love- must.buy.soon- find it here

my new baby! i cannot wait to learn everything about it.


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