A few months ago I watched Parks and Recreation for the first time and realized that the now so popular Galentine's Day was actually invented by Leslie Knope, one of the show's main characters. Slowly but surely, Galentine's Day has gone from fiction to tradition. I love the idea of celebrating female friendship this time of year, and that's why I decided to throw my first Galentine's Day party! I invited a few of my girlfriends to my apartment for an intimate and cozy day in that involved candles, Netflix, sweets, and lots of talking.
I'm writing this blog post while looking at the gloomy sky outside my window in Boston and still can't believe that just over a week ago I was in sunny and warm Phoenix! I’ve never had a strong desire to go to Phoenix simply because I didn't know much about it. But now that I've been there and explored the area, I can tell that Phoenix is a very underrated travel destination. If you're looking for a perfect place to escape the winter that has museums, beautiful natural surroundings, fun activities to do outdoors, a lot of art and a very diverse and high-quality food scene - Phoenix meets all the criteria. It's one of those places you definitely want to come back to! If you're planning a visit to Phoenix soon, here's a list of the things I recommend doing!
In the beginning of January, I traveled to Phoenix, Arizona with Visit Phoenix and got to stay at a few different hotels and resorts in the area. Even though I'm not a huge fan of packing and unpacking my suitcase every other day, I'm glad I was able to explore different properties and see what they have to offer. Here is a quick overview with a few photos from the places I stayed at - each one of them has its unique features and I would recommend visiting any of them.
Last week I was invited to visit the Fresh Beauty store on Newbury Street and review their holiday gift set collection. I've been a huge fan of the brand (the famous Soy Face Cleanser and Sugar Lip balms are my beauty staples) and was so excited to spend a little bit of time learning more about it. Fresh is a high-end skincare brand selling products made from natural food-based ingredients and offering a truly sensorial experience. I love the texture of Fresh products and the smell - pleasant, but not overpowering.
When I got the invitation to join a group of bloggers on a media visit to the French Caribbean, it had been more than two years since my last tropical vacation. So, obviously, it didn't take me long to say yes! But, I’ll be honest with you - I didn't know much at all about Guadeloupe. None of my friends had gone there, I hadn't seen any photos on Instagram or read any articles in magazines. I was excited just to trade cold and windy Boston for a few days of tropical sunshine.
La Creole Beach Hotel & Spa hotel was my home during my recent trip to Guadeloupe. The hotel is conveniently located between Basse-Terre and Grand-Terre (the two wings that make up the island’s famous butterfly shape), within an hour of most of the island’s tourist destinations. It was the perfect place to come to at the end of a busy day of exploring.