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How to be Comfortable Road Tripping

Although I absolutely LOVEEE to be in a car for however long – it’s easy to get road-trip-lagged or just feel super uncomfortable. I know a ton of people who just hate road trips in general!

But I wanted to share my top tips for how to be comfortable road tripping. You definitely don’t have to be super fashionable, but being comfortable is KEY. These are also the same tips I’d have for staying comfortable while flying!

  • Wear comfortable pants! I can’t believe people actually wear jeans while traveling! I’m jealous! I pretty much always go with super baggy jeans or a pair of leggings.
  • Wear an oversized shirt! Ain’t nobody got time to keep pulling down your top or pulling your pants up. Wear a comfy sweater or oversized tee to look chic but feel good.
  • Wear flat shoes – with support! You don’t want your feet to be hurting while on a trip. Wear shoes with a bit of support, but not full heels.

With these tips, you’ll feel comfy on your next trip and look pulled together! What do you wear while traveling?

XOXO, Kim

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Quick trip to Cancun? Yes please!!!

Traveling to Cancun is one of my favorite things to do. It is somewhat inexpensive compared to other beachy destinations out there… especially places as beautiful as this with crystal clear water. They also have tons of all-inclusive resorts with great deals year-round. As tempting as it is to stay within the resort, dare to visit some of the other many beaches and attractions nearby. Cancun is not only known for their beautiful ocean-side, they also have many natural swimming holes scattered all over the place, many eco-friendly attraction parks, Mayan ruins, an under-water museum, zip-lines, over the ocean bungee jumping, amazing reefs, and more!

One of my absolute favorite eco-friendly attraction parks is Xcaret, an ecological and archaeological park that allows you to explore small Mayan ruins, underground rivers, fauna, and learn about Mexico with their amazing shows.

Want a bite to eat at a unique location? Try Alux Restaurant, a restaurant inside of a cave! It is absolutely beautiful with high end cuisine, sometimes they have live music or other shows, and then you get to explore the cave. It is definitely a great place to try.

Do you have a favorite spot in Cancun yet? Share it with us, we would love to try it next time!

Stay true – Chantal

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Spring in Central Park

Happy First Day of Spring!! I can’t believe it’s finally here!

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for warm, sunny weather and spring showers – and where’s the best place to enjoy Spring? Central Park!

I normally go to NYC a couple times a year and it’s one of my favorite cities in the US. Once the weather gets nice, I have a couple of go-to spots: the high line, some rooftop bars, DUMBO.. and of course, Central Park.

At first glance, Central Park can seem a little sketch if we’re being honest.. but it’s a HUGE park with so many amazing areas to visit. The most visited region is near 5th Ave, and that is a great area where the ice skating rink normally is (but of course not this time of year). My personal favorite area is around 74th. You’ll find Strawberry Fields, and it’s super quaint and a lot quieter up there.

So if you’re in NYC and looking for a place to feel the fresh Spring air – hit up the park! Take a stroll and enjoy the scenery and super entertaining people watching!

XOXO, Kim

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Icelandic Springs

I’m sure that by now you’ve seen a ton of pictures on Instagram of everyone going to Iceland.. and it’s for a good reason! If you visit this beautiful country you’ll find gorgeous scenery, adventurous activities like snorkeling and hiking, a bustling nightlife, and some amazing hot springs!

The best known Icelandic spring is at the Blue Lagoon – but there are a ton of other hot springs that are less touristy, cheaper, and more relaxing! When I was in Iceland the Blue Lagoon ended up being closed, so I asked some locals for recommendations.

At Laugarvatn, there were about 5 springs at different temperatures, a cool plunge in the lake, 2 saunas, and a couple steam rooms. It’s all heated by sulfur and is incredibly relaxing and detoxifying!

Here are some of my top recs for other Icelandic springs to go to on your next vacation. 10/10 recommend!

  • Laugarvatn
  • Myvatn
  • Seljavallalaug
  • Nauthólsvík
  • Viti lake

XOXO, Kim

Ps – check out our insta for a video of my lake plunge!

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Enjoy the Outdoors

When traveling, it can be suuuper easy to start being a little too lazy and get stuck inside! I love picking locations with ways for me to enjoy the great outdoors and get some active sightseeing in.. then to hit up all the restaurants later. And if you’re looking for somewhere to get active and appreciate some AMAZING scenery, here ya go!

Add Colorado to your list! It’s one of my top places in the US to visit when I want an active vacay with a ton of options. There’s hiking, walking, stair stepping (hellooo seven falls!) and more. Here are some top spots in the Denver area with fun places to get moving and see the sights.

  • Seven Falls – Hike up the 224 steps here and enjoy the view from the top
  • Garden of the Gods – Walk around all of the amazing rock formations or enjoy the hiking trails
  • Red Rock – When there aren’t concerts, walk up and down the steps
  • Mount Evans – If you’re feeling extra adventurous, bike up one of the tallest mountains. Or drive to the top and walk the extra hike
  • Downtown – Take a leisurely stroll around downtown denver
  • Estes Park – Rent some RV’s around the Rocky’s or some paddle boats for a different kind of workout

What are your favorite destinations? Let us know in the comments!

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Road Trip Style – Cadillac Ranch on Route 66

During our latest road trip, we decided to stop at an iconic landmark in Amarillo, TX… Cadillac Ranch on Route 66! In case you are not familiar, Cadillac Ranch is a public work of pop-art from the 70’s and it consists of 10 Cadillacs (models between 1948 and 1963) buried nose down in a large empty lot. I have to say that it is pretty cool to see the cars all lined up facing the same direction and tilted on a specific angle. The cars have all been painted on, but the place definitely has a unique hippy-ish vibe.

The weather for the road trip was far from nice, the wind was so cold that my ears almost fell off and my tears came out as icicles. On top of that, you have to walk through an open field to get to this main attraction, so thank goodness I used my common sense and wore flat booties for this! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone on road trips and the people I go with solely choose fashion and completely forget of comfort, even being fully aware of the large number of hours they’ll be stuck in the car! Well, choose both!

During the cold season, I love wearing cozy oversized sweaters! Now, don’t get me wrong, don’t just buy a giant sweater, shape still matters if you want to not feel like a complete slob. Wear a slightly bigger sweater, pair it with some form fitting jeans or jeggings, and your favorite seasonal booties. This look is casual and comfy while still looking cute and accentuating certain curves. For this particular outfit, I do have to say that I underestimated the windchill for the walk from the car to Cadillac Ranch. I was perfectly fine with my sweater until mid-walk, when a bone chilling breeze hit me, and I thought I had instantly caught pneumonia; but the outfit was perfect for the rest of the trip.

My color obsession this season has definitely been a kind of mustardy yellow as well as other yellowish and golden tones.  This sweater worked great for the pictures we took here since the cars are so colorful; it helped to tone it down a bit and has that chill vibe I was going for.

I repeat myself a lot when I say this, but it is so true. Fashion is all about feeling great in your own skin and loving what you are wearing. It doesn’t matter if you are dressed in the latest trends… If you don’t feel right, it shows. You have to feel beautiful and comfortable with whatever you are wearing to project that confidence to others. Confidence is beauty, remember that. People can give you their opinions, but the only thing that truly matters is how you feel and how you see yourself. It can be hard but work in falling in love with yourself; love that gorgeous woman in the mirror staring back at you.

Share your secret, how do you boost your self confidence on a daily basis? What is your favorite road trip look?

Stay true – Chantal

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When You Are in Need of a Mini-Vacation

Hey, I get it… working every day, going home to take care of family, cooking, cleaning, and the same routine over and over and over… yuck. WE ALL NEED A BREAK ONCE IN A WHILE!

Everyone has a different concept on what they consider relaxing and a break from the day to day. Some people love going hiking, some biking, mani-pedis, locking themselves in a room with a tub of not ice cream, ignoring the neediness of their family from an entire day and just watch Netflix in PJs… well, you get it. Even though I love all of those activities (or lack of), I have a HUGE OBSESSION with this fantastic place near my area called Spa Castle. Sadly, they only have a location in Carrollton, TX, one in College Point, NY and one coming soon in Alexandria, VA. If you live in any of those areas, rush over there to check it out if you haven’t done so; if you don’t, maybe there’s something similar? Look it up… really worth it!

Now, this is unlike your regular day spa; this is a combination of a European spa and an Asian bathhouse and the experience is beyond relaxing for an entire day of disconnecting from the world and avoiding responsibilities!

Temperature controlled jetted pools

No freezing your butt here, all their pools are temperature controlled and you choose which pool has the best temperature for you. On top of that, you get to try out all kinds of different jets to massage every part of your body, relieve tension, increase circulation, and improve digestion. I am telling you, you will have to get dragged out of there because you’ll be so relaxed! You can even order a drink or two at the bar and zip while you don’t think about the people on the outside 😉

Bath Area

Because one hot tub is never enough, they offer four! They also have a cold bath pool that it is supposed to rejuvenate the body, strengthen the immune system and help with blood circulation. They also have a dry sauna and a steam room to relax and cleanse the pores.

Sauna Paradise

If you share the love I have for saunas, this is the place for you. This place has seven saunas, all made with different materials and for different purposes. Each sauna has a sign that tells you the benefits of that particular sauna, what it is made out of as well as a sign that gives you the temperature. Here is a list of their different saunas and their benefits according to Spa Castle’s website:

  • Gold Sauna – This beautiful sauna is lined with plates of real gold and it is supposed to help with sore limbs as well as to balance the mind, body and soul.
  • Loess Soil Sauna – This is their hottest sauna and the smell of the loess soil and herbs help with relaxation.
  • Jade Sauna – Jade emits infrared rays that help heal the body.
  • Color Therapy Sauna – Each color section of the sauna helps improve different physical and mental aspects of the body; emotions, moods, metabolism and energy.
  •  Himalayan Salt Sauna – This sauna creates a bacteria-free environment, it helps to regulate blood pressure, relieve allergies, and reduces signs of aging!
  • Far Infrared Sauna -The infrared light of the sauna is absorbed by the skin to stimulate blood circulation, increase oxygen to the brain, clear up nasal congestion and clear pores.
  • Ice Land – This is a cold space that is meant to stimulate the body’s anti-oxidant capabilities, strengthen the immune system, firm the skin, reduce cellulite among other incredible benefits. (I counted three less butt cheek dimples after leaving the room! lol JK).  

Spa Services and More

Pamper yourself like there’s no tomorrow with one of their spa services, like body scrubs, massages, facials, and body wraps. Once done, you can go have a bite at one of their restaurants, their café, bar, or my favorite… The Juice Farm! Their milk tea or coconut slushy with boba are to die for!!!!!!

Know Before You Go!

As I mentioned, this is part bathhouse, so there are certain areas where people are completely NAKED, yes… NAKED! Every time I visit this place, I see at least one group of women in the locker room or bath area looking shook and confused as to why everyone is walking around naked with no hesitation. Let me explain, this place has certain “naked areas” and certain “clothed areas”.

The naked areas are: the locker rooms, showers, hot tubs, steam room, and the only dry sauna in the bath area. All these areas are either all men or all women.

The clothed areas are: the jetted pools, bar, restaurants, meditation areas, spa, lobbies, and all saunas outside of the locker/bat area. For these areas, you are provided with a uniform that you are to wear, and you must wear a bathing suit for the pools. Also, no shoes allowed, it is all a barefooted facility.

Some people may be completely against seeing other people’s nakedness (and that is fine), so make sure you actually do some research on the places you are planning to visit to decide if it is a place for you or not. Now, you don’t have to get into the bath area, you can just go and enjoy their fantastic spa services, saunas, the multiple pools with various temperatures and jets, as well as their delicious food.  Honestly, once you are there, you don’t even care anymore, so just give it a chance. People are in a completely different mindset, just relaxing and minding their own business, people are not looking at you and thy are not judging you. Go with it and own it!

What’s your favorite local place for a me day?  

Stay True – Chantal