Wednesday, April 26, 2017

5 Spectacular Spots to go Glamping

* All photos in this post are courtesy of the Glamping Hub site. 
*This is a collaboration post, all opinions are my own.

Summer time and travel season is coming up quick!  As you know from many of my blog stories:  I travel whenever possible, and love to share the latest trip ideas here when I can. Many like to take their vacations by kicking back in a lovely hotel or resort-  ahh that is my idea of a vacation.  For others, camping is a very popular choice for a getaway.

Glamping site in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

So no one is probably surprised to hear this, but I am not a fan of camping!  Ha anywhere you have to rough it, hike to a restroom, and sleep on the wet slimy ground in a tent- is not for me! However camping is a great holiday pastime for many Americans, and other countries around the world.  Sometimes it's the only option for some to afford a week away from the rat race.

Fortunately there is a solution for those of us that like to enjoy the outdoors, but want it more resort style!.  Enter: Glamping Hub. I am excited to share this site for unique camping experiences across the globe.

Glamping Hub offers rentals for tree houses, cabins, safari tents, campervans, and tipis in popular destinations.  Imagine the  excitement when I found out they have fully loaded summer homes for rent as well!  I am excited to parnter with Glamping Hub on an upcoming stay in the beautiful state of Oregon.  We will be staying in a cute cottage near Portland, so stayed tuned for the details coming next month! Today though, I wanted to share:

 5  Glamping Spots You Should Try!

1) The Big Island Of Hawaii:

 A spectacular Villa nestled in a tropical paradise at Kailua Kona. This beautiful rental will host up to six guests. It has three bedrooms that each have a glass door opening up to a lush garden- with a beautiful view. The master suite is a haven in itself: located down a covered walkway away from the main structure.

If you are not a fan of salt in the hair when taking a dip, check out the amazing pool! Whoa- It would be hard to pry yourself away from that deck! The nearest town, beach, and restaurants are a short 5 minute walk. Aloha is calling - this one is going on my bucket list for sure! 

2) Seattle, WA

How about a luxury tree house stay without luxury prices. This dreamy Northwest experience is perfect for those on a budget.  This fun cabin up high, is the best  mix of the outdoors and modern glam.  The rental has two floors and all the modern comforts of home. This is the perfect getaway to enjoy a weekend, or disconnect from the business of life. However if you must stay connected - wifi is available! Additional details here on how you can glamp treehouse style.

3) Coachella Valley, Palm Springs CA

If you are a fan of live music like I am, then most likely you have heard of Coachella, the biggest music festival in the United States.  It's too late for this year's festival, as it just ended last weekend.

 No worries though, you can start planning for next year by reserving this stone built bungalow! It is situated in the hills of the Coachella valley, with stunning desert views. Grab your cactus juice and sunnies, you are are in for an awesome historical adventure! Palm Springs is a place you will fall in love with fast. I spent a few days there last summer and didn't want to leave! This accommodation sleeps two- the perfect spot for honeymooners or couples!

4) San Francisco Bay, CA

How about a week in a fabulous Yurt near SFO?  I have never stayed in a Yurt, but I've heard they are very popular accommodations for enjoying the outdoors. San Francisco is one of the most dreamy cities, and is a favorite of mine!  I spent 4 years of college close to the Bay Area, so weekends were spent exploring the many exciting adventures close by.

This luxury cabin is located in San Raefal, overlooking the San Fransisco Bay. It doesn't get any better than that! The round little abode sleeps up to four people. Be sure to make a stop at the market and pick up all the goodies for grilling- barbecue party time!  The spacious deck has a hot tub , where you can soak surrounded by lush scenery.  No stress here, unplug and relax

5) The Blue Ridge Mountains

Hop on board for a ride through the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. I've never been to the southeast or the beautiful state of North Carolina, but hope to in the near future.  This beautiful log cabin is in a great location for outdoor enthusiasts. If relaxing is all that is planned: a hammock, charming sunroom, and an incredible hot tub await you.

A home away from home is a fitting description for this mountain escape. The cabin is equipped with a full kitchen, a spacious loft, and even direct TV.  If you are an animal lover like myslef- you will be a happy camper, as farm animals are located on the property to enjoy.

There are so many more options to explore on the Glamping Hub site. I hope you will take a peak, and perhaps plan a camping adventure soon. I rounded up a few of my favorites, and plan to book some of these for vacations coming up.

What is your preferred way to camp? Is it in a cabin, a fully loaded summer home, or in a tent?  Where ever you choose for your next vacation, take one soon!

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Day at the Washington State Capitol

A day at the WA State Capitol

Last September around Labor Day, I visited the grounds of the WA State legislature. Everything was in bloom so beautifully. It has taken until now to get this post up, I've been backlogged with fashion events etc.

Spring has finally started showing up here in the northwest, and it's warming up! This is a perfect time  of year to make a visit to the capitol.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Chico's: The Ultimate Boutique Experience

Chicos The Ulitmate Boutique Experience
Visual Stylist for Chico's Stores Northwest

* This post is sponsored by Chico's Boutiques.  All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting
the brands that support this blog.

A few weeks ago, I had the most amazing style experience ever! I was invited to work with Chico's boutiques on their Best Girlfriends Campaign. Chico's sure knows how to make a girl feel special! Chocolate covered strawberries, make up do overs, excellent customer care, and pampering to the max. The event was to promote the spring style campaign and to celebrate best friends everywhere.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Neiman Marcus Trend Show: Spring's Big Ideas

Hey friends, can someone please tell Seattle the calendar says spring!?  Even if you are still in the midst of cold winter weather like us, you can still get your closet ready! Clean it out and fill it up some more!

The ultimate list of what to wear now was revealed at the spring trend show at Neiman Marcus Bellevue at the Bravern. It was my first time to attend an event there, and it was exquisite from beginning til end. I had a very exciting night viewing the trend show, and checking out this beautiful store. It was also great to catch up with my local blogger friends!

Destination "big ideas" right from the runway. Every piece seemed to make a unique statement, it was head turning fashion for sure!

Neiman Marcus Trend Show:

Thursday, March 16, 2017

5 Spring Trends To Copy Now

Women in Blue and White Floral Dress With Pink Flower on Hand

*This post is sponsored by Century 21. All opinions are my own. Thank you
for supporting the brands that support this blog.

I love spring , it's my favorite season of all . It seems it's been a long time coming this year!  I am so ready, how about you?

Spring represents so many lovely things: new beginnings, flowers blooming, new life in the animal kingdom, open windows, road trips, and fresh clean scents waffling through the air.

Last but not least, all the spring fashion trends in bright pastel colors and light breezy fabrics await us! I just returned from a fashion tradeshow and was so inspired by all the creative designs coming our way. 

I don't know about you , but foremost in my mind is how can I copy looks I see on the runway without breaking the bank!  Today I am excited to feature a trendy online boutique: Century 21, where you can shop for super chic and trendy fashion.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Las Vegas: A Fun Photo Tour Down the Strip

Las Vegas: A Fun Photo Tour Down The Strip

Viva Las Vegas!

The sights on the strip: Las Vegas Blvd- and all the fun to behold will have you planning sooner than later! This was my 3rd visit to the city, and it never disappoints!

I was in town for the fashion tradeshow Magic, that in itself was worth the trip!  More about the show to come soon- with a recap of all the amazing trends coming for spring!

If rest is on the agenda, seeing an entertaining show, gambling, or playin it cool by the pool: Vegas has something for everyone. I am not much for gambling, but this time I had a little fun with it, that fun was short lived! Once 30 bucks went down the drain, I said that's it...I like new clothes in my travel bag instead!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Why You Should Have a Capsule Wardrobe

Wardrobe overload is a very real thing for us ladies! We've spent years compiling different pieces to build the most chic outfits, and the next thing you know, our closet is overstuffed  with clothes, we can't find the cardigan we bought last April. What if I told you there was a way you could have a several  outfits with limited items of clothing? Don't believe me? Let me tell you about one of the latest  trends in fashion: the capsule wardrobe.

Why a capsule wardrobe?

Capsule wardrobes are meant to keep your wardrobe lean and versatile. By adding creative accents to the staple pieces in your capsule wardrobe, you can make the most out of a small closet. By buying so much less, you girls can spend a little more and go for quality over quantity! I am so guilty of buying too many clothes I got on a cheap deal! My closet is screaming " Clean me out, so you can find something to where!" Ha...Yep too many clothes and can't decide what to wear.

For example, instead of buying three pairs of stiff dress pants, go for a more comfortable option, with high quality dress pants that are made of the same material as yoga pants. Rather than buying new shoes for every occasion, grab some cute boots, a go-to pair of comfy chic sneakers, and something with a little pop instead.

 Getting started

The hardest part about starting your capsule wardrobe will be the initial purging of your closet. They say the only way to eat a whale is one bite at a time. Start by pulling things out of the closet and setting them out in categories. Once you realize how much of everything you have, you'll have to start the process of parting with some of your endeared pieces .

Make the most of your closet when you're getting rid of things. Take your excess clothes to a consignment shop such as:  Plato's Closet. Or if you're feeling more generous, to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. Once you've narrowed down your stash, it's time to take a look and start rebuilding! This quick five-step guide will be a huge help in the quest to build out a lean capsule wardrobe.

Why You Should Have a Capsule Wardrobe
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