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Visiting the “Haunted” Island of Galveston

Stressed out by the back to school traffic, my family and I decided to take a quick mini-vacation to Galveston Island, TX. Now, I have lived in Texas for about seven years now and I still haven’t explored much of it. I had heard a lot of mixed opinions about Galveston Beaches, so I finally got to go and see for myself. I absolutely loved my time there, stayed very close to the beach, so it was very easy to get around; I also went during a weekday after school started to avoid crowds (best idea ever!). As any other cool beach town, they offer dolphin watching boat tours, kayaking, cool museums and aquariums, boat rentals and more. What really caught my eye is the number of ghost tours they offer! We did some of the other things on the list, but I the ghost tour was definitely one of the highlights of the trip, not only because of the walk tour at night filled with creepy stories, but because it gave us insight about the island, showed us historic landmarks, and allowed me to make sense of other things I wouldn’t have known unless I did additional research.

Great Storm of 1900

When we first arrived to Galveston beach, I saw the above sculpture and I thought it was a bit depressing (though beautiful) for a beach town. Well, it seems like it is a memorial dedicated to all the lives lost during a hurricane during the year 1900. This is the deadliest natural disaster in US history which left about 10,000 people homeless, billions in damages, and over 6,000 people dead. After this storm, it was decided to raise the entire city several feet over sea level, which is also the reason why in order to get to the beach you need to go down a very steep set of stairs… isn’t this crazy! The entire project of elevating the entire city and encasing the old homes’ first floor is really worth looking into. A creepy thing to hear about is what the city did with the remains of the victims of the storm. There were too many to properly bury and they tried disposing of them in the ocean (but then they washed ashore), then burning them but couldn’t get the temperature hot enough to burn bone, and then ended up burying them in the process of elevating the city… yes this means there are random bones scattered under the city everywhere! I definitely recommend doing one of the ghost tours if you ever visit, I believe it is worth it. Here are some other pictures of creepy houses we visited, each has a creepy story.

More to Explore

I was not a big fan of the water in Galveston, but walking by the beach, visiting Pleasure Pier, souvenir shopping, the museums, and eating by the seaside made up for it. Also, you can easily take the ferry to Crystal Beach and the water there is better, no seaweed, the sand is softer, and it feels more private. The ferry to Crystal Beach is free and runs 24/7! Would I ever go back?? Absolutely! the place is super laid back, very cute, and I feel like I still have more to explore. Have you been to Galveston yet? I would love to hear what you have to say! I would also love to see people’s recommendations for trips so I can add to my bucket list and hopefully make it there sooner rather than later!

Stay true -Chantal

Be Well

Post-Vacation Blues

I hope you all are NOT laboring today! It’s a long weekend and it feels so good to have some extra time to relax.

I just got back from vacation to LA and Mexico.. and the post vacation blues are REAL! Even if you haven’t been out of town, a long weekend can still make it extra hard to get back to reality. Here are my tips to get back in the swing of things:

  • Make a list. I love to make my to do lists the night before.. then it’s out of my mind and on paper ready for the next day!
  • Schedule a workout. Book a class or write it in your calendar. If you schedule it like a meeting, you’ll be more motivated to go.
  • Meal prep! I love to start the week with breakfast and lunch made for the next few days. Prep some broccoli slaw salads and egg muffins ahead of time!
  • Self care is KEY. Put on a face mask, some self tanner, leave in conditioner.. and you’ll feel like a new woman!

What are your favorite things to do to beat the post-vacation blues?

XOXO, Kim

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If Life Gives You Lemons…Do a Beauty Treatment!

Lemons are amazing for many things other than lemonade. You can use lemon as the sole ingredient or an one of the ingredients of a multitude of beauty treatments for face, body and hair. Many of you will be familiar with the struggle of darkened elbows, knees, underarms, and even the darkening of skin due to scars. Due to the high content of vitamin C in lemons, they are fantastic for skin lightening use. You can just grab a half of a lemon and rub it on the areas you desire to lighten, leave on for a good 15-20 minutes (less for sensitive skin) and rinse. Repeat periodically (two to three times a week) until you see the desired change. To add more power to this lightening treatment, mix the juice of a lemon with a half a teaspoon of baking soda and rub the mixture on the desired area (adjust the amount of juice and baking soda depending on the size of the areas you wish to treat).

Not enough? Lightening skin is not all you can do with lemons. They are also great for mixing with honey for a delicious hair mask that will give your hair a beautiful shine and if you mix the lemon juice with honey and sugar you have a tasty body scrub! What else can you ask for? You literally have a key ingredient to any kind of at hoe body treatment sitting in your fridge!

Have a lemon beauty recipe for us to try? post it in the comments!

Stay true – Chantal

Be Healthy

Drinking on Vacation

Coming to you from sunny Mexico.. I’m talking about how to stay healthy while still enjoying a few drinks on vacation!

The first thing people normally talk about on a “diet” is the need to cut out alcohol. In my opinion, I don’t want to do anything on a diet that I’ll start doing again and can’t make part of my lifestyle. Otherwise, you’ll just gain that weight straight back! So I just make start changes to my drinking (in moderation.. of course!).

My top tips are:

  • Don’t use sugary mixers! Nix pre-made marg mixes or sugary sodas. Opt for sparkling water or water with a few DROPS of juice.
  • Stick to one liquor. In my experience, once I start mixing a ton of stuff, it affects me more which leads to bad food choices. Even on vacation at an all inclusive, I pick either vodka or silver tequila each day and stick to it!
  • Avoid sweet wines. Lean towards dryer blends (merlot, cab, chardonnay) or even better yet – brut sparkling wine. A lower sugar intake is better AND sparkling wine has bubbles and a lower alcohol content.
  • Add ice. I personally hate cold drinks.. but adding ice will keep you hydrated (it melts into water.. duh hahaha), and will help you drink slower.
Photographed.. whiskey on the rocks and champagne with a splash of liquer!

Cheers!

XOXO, Kim

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Wearing Summer Colors While I Still Can

Our days of summer are counted, soon we’ll start seeing the leaves falling of the trees, the grass turning brown, and the weather cooling down. I love seeing the change in seasons, but I love the heat, I like dressing with bright vibrant colors, thin fabrics, and being outside without freezing my butt off! Make sure you embrace what’s left of the summer and bring out all those beautiful summer clothing pieces out, flaunt those colors like a peacock, rock the summer hats, and eat out in the patio or terrace. As you know, I love easy one-piece outfits like dresses, rompers, and jumpsuits during the summer. I think they are super easy to throw on, look super fun, and are very comfortable. What’s your go to clothing item or accessory for the summer that you’ll miss once the cool weather hits?

P.S Check out my fabulous authentic leather purse from Erandi. Shop this and other beautiful leather accessories and jackets at http://www.erandifashion.com.

Stay true – Chantal

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Sleep Well Naturally!

Sleeping can be hard. Especially trying to adult, it’s so easy to stay up all night thinking about your next to do list or worrying about something that happened that day. And sometimes you just aren’t tired!

You’ve heard of a lot of natural remedies I’m sure.. chamomile tea, melatonin.. but those actually don’t work for me! Melatonin gives me restless legs and the tea gives me crazy nightmares! (At least I think they’re related)

Next time you can’t sleep, try some essential oils! A dab of lavender oil on your wrists at night or a spray of some calming oil like the one in the photo are live savers. The scent is crazy relaxing and will help you fall asleep in no time.

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A Day In The City! Gotta Love San Francisco!

Had never been to San Francisco before and this city definitely didn’t disappoint! The weather was a bit chilly, but nothing a light jacket couldn’t solve. I was a bit disappointed because I couldn’t get tickets for the the Alcatraz tour ***SILENT CRY***, apparently you do have to book that tour way ahead of time as it is such a popular attraction, so I settled from seeing it from far away… for now! Even though I didn’t get to see Alcatraz, there was plenty to do for a full day packed of activities. Here is a recap of our visit for and things for you to do when visiting:

Golden Gate Bridge and City View

There are several stops where you can park to see the bridge, glance at the entire city and even take a look at the Alcatraz Island. Definitely great for pictures although keep in mind that San Francisco does tend to be pretty foggy due to the water in its surroundings, making the heat rise, so it is hard to get the perfectly clear image of the full bridge a lot of times.

Quick Iconic Stops

Other iconic places we visited to check off the list are:

The painted Ladies – some beautifully colored Victorian houses from the 19th Century. The park across the street provides a beautiful view of the houses as well as the city itself.

Lombard Street – This is a short drive or walk at the crookedest street in the world. It is also a very beautiful street as there are tons of beautiful colorful flowers everywhere!

The Palace of Fine Arts – This is an incredible architectural master piece at a park. It s so peaceful, breathtaking, and just perfection. There was nothing going on when I visited, but they do have various community events throughout the year.

Full House House – Now, if you don’t have visiting this place in your bucket list… you are a psycho! lol I do feel for the neighbors though.

Pier 39 – Fun and delicious food right by the ocean, nothing more perfect!

Unique Activity

The Ice Cream Museum recently found a permanent home in San Francisco and it is a really cool place to get some sweet treats, learn about the history of ice cream, have some family fun, take colorful fun pictures, and even swim in a sprinkle pool!

Food With a View

We enjoyed a delicious dinner at The Cheesecake Factory rooftop restaurant in downtown San Francisco while enjoying the view of the city. Rooftop dinner or partying is definitely a must!

I fell in love with this beautiful fun city for sure and can’t wait to go back. What’s your favorite city to visit?

Stay true – Chantal