Some Monday Motivation: Pools with A View

Pools with a View

Don’t all of these pools look amazing? With everyone around the office’s stories about Spring Break and the weather officially being warm, I can’t help but want to be at the beach or sitting by a pool with a view. I know I’ve already gushed about the place a hundred times, but my favorite pool with a view is at Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands. Their spa pool is on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea and it just doesn’t get much better than that. Where is your favorite pool with a view?

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Photos // Capella Lodge, Australia // COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali // Esperanza, Cabo San Lucas // Casa de La Flora, Phuket // Four Seasons Santa Barbara

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Some Monday Motivation: Life in Black and White

Life in Black and White

These black and white photos are reflective of my weekend: quiet, relaxing and refreshing. There is something beautiful about black and white photography when it is taken on the water, and these prints are no exception. I hope these photos are a nice way to start off your Monday!

All of these photos can be purchased using the links below and were all found by browsing artists’ shops on Etsy.

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Photos // Under the Pier by APhotographicLife // Dreamy Lights by Lisa Russo Fine Art // Glass Beach by Aaron Thompson Photo // Seagulls on A Beach by Aaron Thompson Photo // Landscape Pier Birds by Carolyn Cochrane

Some Monday Motivation: Caribbean Blue

Caribbean Blue

As Spring Break time is rapidly approaching, I can’t help but want to be at the beach surrounded by beautiful Caribbean blue water. Although I love the mountains, I really am a beach girl at heart and will almost always pick being at the ocean over anywhere else. I’ve been really fortunate to see some absolutely incredible colors of Caribbean blue from the British Virgin Islands, to the Turks and Caicos and Exuma in the Bahamas. I will shamefully admit that I have become a little bit of a beach snot from all of my travels and prefer to always visit water where you can easily see 20 or 30 feet below the surface. Where are your favorite places in the Caribbean?

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Photos // Rockhouse Hotel, Jamaica // BVI Snorkeling photo by A Evans // The Baths, Virgin Gorda by Evita Smith // Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos by Style Blueprint // Exuma via IHA // Grand Cayman via Rachel Sandon

This Week’s Everyday Adventures & A Few Links

Debbie Powell IllustrationsGuys- I really am sorry that I went totally MIA this week. I’ve been at a conference at work learning all kinds of exciting things, and was working much later than usual every night. Even though it was crazy busy, I can’t think of a week in the past few months that I’ve had as much fun in a seven-day period of time.

This week, my adventures included:

+ Cooking my first live lobster. We named him Lloyd and I was totally paranoid about putting him in the pot of water (like he knew it was coming). It was super fun and also quite delicious!

+ Participating in a flash mob at a work conference with about 100 of my other colleagues to Footloose in front of 1,200 people! It was great to see how surprised everyone was at 8am starting the conference out with a bit of dancing.

+ Taking some of my work friends that I met when I was in Montevideo for a mini tour of Dallas.

+ Learning how to load and shoot a gun at a shooting range! I hung a zombie target we were shooting in my roommate’s shower as a prank for her to find when she got home, and now we have been hiding the zombie in various places around the house. (I know, we’re weird.)

*And a few of my favorite travel related links and finds from this week **

Love this story on the Wayfare Mag blog about a honeymoon experience in Merida, Mexico.   [Read more…]

Some Monday Motivation: Canadian Powder Skiing

Canadian Powder Skiing

Every year growing up, my family went skiing in the winter and hiking in the spring and fall. My dad is an avid adventurer and I know that much of my sense of adventure and wanting to see new places comes from him. He has pretty much tried every type of adventure you can think of: from being a scuba dive guide, to extreme skiing and rock climbing, hiking, white water rafting and I am sure about a million other things, my dad has instilled in me the importance of getting out in nature and enjoying the beauty of the world that is all around us.

On top of our yearly ski excursions, my dad spent time Snowcat skiing in the Canadian Rockies.  I don’t think I ever realized growing up that when I said goodbye to him when he was leaving for the airport, that he was about to go launch himself down some seriously steep mountains in unchartered territory.  [Read more…]

Just Back From: Mardi Gras Done Right

New Orleans at Night

Mardi Gras Parade

Last weekend, I attended my first Mardi Gras. My roommate and her family go every year and are originally from Louisiana, so they have the VIP experience when they go and really know how to experience Mardi Gras the right way. We only witnessed Bourbon Street in all of its chaotic party glory on Friday afternoon for a couple of hours before heading Uptown for our first round of parades. If you are from New Orleans, not only do you know exactly when each parade is passing by what area (and who is on what riding position on each float), you probably have the parade tracker app on your phone telling you the parade’s exact location. This parade watching is serious business.

I really had no idea what to expect as far as the floats go, and I was so impressed by how themed, thought out and gigantic many of them were. After the parades are over, the streets around the parade route pretty much turn in to one giant block party, which is really an awesome and unique experience

While I was watching the first parade one of my roommate’s family friends told me that there are really only 3 rules of Mardi Gras, and as long as I followed them, I would have a great time. Want to hear what they were? [Read more…]