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California Beaches

If you’re in the US – you might be thinking about your next summer vacay and which beaches to go to. I’m in TX and the beaches here are sub-par (giving too much credit..). I’ve been to almost every coast and I know my absolute favorite.. California beaches!

I personally love seeing cliffs and mountains, waves and surfers, and the people watching is PREMIUM.

So if you’re planning to go to the west coast soon, here are my fave LA area beaches:

  • Venice Beach – This is THE BEST people watching spot. You’ll have street performers, bodybuilding competitions, skaters, bikers, shops.. walk up and down the beach for sure.
  • Manhattan Beach – If you want to relax, here ya go! There are surfers to watch, a gorgeous CALM boardwalk, and a super clean beach. The sand is soft and there are amazing, nice restaurants that are walkable.
  • Santa Monica – The beach will be more packed here, but you’ll also be near the pier with the ferris wheel, roller coaster, and a ton more. You’ll pay more for anything in this area but it’s a must-see for sure!
  • Malibu – This is my personal favorite! Go to Paradise Cove for HUGE food portions at a reasonable price, then take your dranks out onto the gorgeous beach to sit in the sun for a while. It’s quaint with beautiful scenery. (PS – the pics below are all Malibu!)

What are your favorite beaches? Let us know in the comments. And have a great weekend!

XOXO, Kim

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Texas Y’all!

Now, if y’all didn’t make it to Austin during Memorial Day, you must certainly plan a visit sometime soon. This place truly has something for everyone, plenty of natural beauty, history, nightlife, and delicious food. Here are my top 3 things to do there:

Visit the Capitol

A visit to the capital of Texas is not complete until you visit this place, learn its history, see the Medal of Honor Exhibit, historic photographs, and all kinds all cool artwork and artifacts. I personally don’t do the guided tour because I like to do things at my own pace, but if you don’t do the tour, please do take the time to read to better learn and appreciate the place.

Hamilton Pool

I LOVE nature and spending time outside, so when I find cool outdoor places, I must see them. This place is a natural swimming hole and a cool place to go to during a hot summer day. Capacity is limited and therefore reservations are required. The demand to go to his place is high, so you must make your reservation way in advance to be able to go. Once you arrive, you must hike a short distance to get there, so it is not accessible for people on wheelchairs or with strollers. I also recommend floating devices if your swimming skills are not great since some parts of the swimming hole are quite deep and no life guards on site.  

The Oasis

The Oasis on Lake Travis is a restaurant in a shopping center that sits on a cliff overlooking Lake Travis. The food is good and the view even better. I love eating outside on the terrace and take the view in while having my meal. The sunset here is definitely breathtaking. Another place you can try at dusk is the Congress Avenue Bridge, where all the bats come out from under the overpass! Lots of people gather there as it is quite a sight.

If these options don’t appeal to you, there’s a lot more to do, Barton Springs is another natural body of water in the area, Sixth Street to go party it up, many more museums, and Rainey Street with historic houses turned into bars. There’s definitely a lot to choose from.  

Have you been to Austin? Let me know what your favorite spots are!

Stay true – Chantal

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Hidden Gems in Your City

Have you ever explored your city? Like… REALLY explored?! Probably not!

It’s super easy to get comfortable with the places you know and not get outside your comfort zone in your town. There are probably SO MANY hidden gems that you never would have noticed unless someone told you they were there.

And thats why there are blogs… 😉

Chantal and I went exploring Denton, TX after the farmers market and found this Chairy Orchard. It’s literally just a small field with a TON of chairs.. all shapes and sizes, hanging and on the ground, big and small. It’s seriously adorable. You can even find it in your GPS if you’re ever in the area.

You can donate your old chairs, sit in chairs, ride a see-saw, and just enjoy the warm summer air here.

I’ve lived in DFW (almost) all of my life, and have never heard of this before. But a quick google search for “great places for photos in xxxxx” or “hidden places in xxxxxxx” will give you a ton of results in your hometown for places you may be missing out on.

Here are some pictures from our visit to this hidden gem in Denton. And be sure to let us know in the comments what a hidden gem in your town is!

XOXO, Kim

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Quick Memorial Day Getaway

Memorial Day is quickly approaching here in the US, and with that an extended weekend holiday for a lot of us. YAY! One of my favorite places to go to for a quick extended weekend is San Antonio, TX. Of course, this is a somewhat short few-hour drive away from me, but it is totally worth visiting if you can no matter where you are. It is small enough that you can get a lot done during your visit without having to stay a week or more, but they have a lot to keep you entertained. There are cathedrals, cave tours, Sea World, Aquatica and more. I would like to focus more on the “and more” things to do because I just loved these so much.

The Alamo

This fortress was founded in the 18th Century by Roman Catholic Missionaries from Spain but was originally known as the Misión San Antonio Valero. The structure provided shelter, protection and food to many indigenous people back in the day (way more to learn about this) and it is also a reminder of the Battle of the Alamo. The history behind it, the uses it was given after that, and the restoration all make this place really worth touring. Make sure to go with enough time so you can actually read all about the different artifacts they have there as well as the various structures. Visit www.thealamo.org to learn more and plan your visit so you can make the most of it… and don’t forget the souvenirs!

The River Walk

My oh my… I just LOVE this area! It is a man-made river with a mall and restaurants, pubs, bars, and shops all around. It is beautifully built, the food and the view are great, you can take a tour on the boat and learn more about the area, shop for cute little things with the street vendors, etc. If you visit this place I highly recommend staying at a hotel at the River Walk so that you may have a view of it from the room as it is all beautifully lit up at night and sometimes you can even hear mariachis from the balcony! Most hotels on the River Walk also have direct access to the river walk way!

The Mexican Market (El Mercado)

This is also such a fun thing to do! This area is so colorful, there is a lot of folk art, lots of food, sometimes they have live music and other performances, and it is just a fun place to walk around. The art museum is at walking distance as well, so you can do both while you are there.   

Mi Tierra Café & Bakery

If you go to the Mexican Market, you must stop at this place. This is my ultimate favorite Mexican restaurant in the area. Everything I’ve had there at any time a day has been fantastic and they have a bakery with delicious Mexican sweet bread… OMG it is heaven! I also love the décor, it is so crazy and folkloric that even if you decide not to eat there, it is work looking at it. They even have an altar for people that have passed, and you can bring a picture of your loved one to place there!… I know. Visit the website www.mitierracafe.com if you want to check it out!

I would love to hear if you make your way out there or if you have gone and your favorite thing about San Antonio.

Stay true – Chantal

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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