All posts tagged: vacation

What’s in my Beauty Travel Bag

I’m probably not alone when I say that choosing and packing toiletries and make up is one of the more time consuming parts of packing especially if you have to keep your liquids within 100ml. I have my beauty bag narrowed down to the essentials and I’ve learned a few tips and tricks over the years on maximizing luggage space. Make up The key is to bring multi-purpose products and avoiding things that spill or require brushes to apply. Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer – You probably will not need or want a full face of make up when you are traveling. This compact concealer is the perfect tool to address the bare essentials – hiding dark circles and redness/blemishes. It’s super pigmented and blends very easily with your fingers. It’s also small enough to fit in your purse or clutch for touch ups throughout the day. Dollywink Eyeliner and Fairydrops Mascara – Opt for waterproof options as they have longer staying power and stays put if you are going to a beach or waterpark. For a night …

Cheap and Cheerful – Ideas for getting out of the City during the Holidays

Everyone can appreciate a breather from the daily grind during the Holidays when stress levels can run high.  If booking expensive flights and hotels during the holidays is not your cup of tea, here are some ideas for having fun in and around Toronto without breaking the bank. Montreal City A 6 hour drive East of 6ix, Montreal is a Toronto road trip favorite and there’s plenty of reason why you should consider crossing over to Quebec to join in some winter favorites. Enjoy a culinary experience at the Nordic Terrace under a yurt! Let the Foodlab grace your senses with a eclectic blend of digital and nomadic traditions. Sample smoked fish, grog, hot wine, cheese and more!  December-February : Tuesday to Friday – 5pm to 10pm Ready to get your party on?  Buckle up and join one of the biggest winter music sensations – Igloofest!  This outdoor festival runs from January 16 – Feb 8, 2015.  Get your tickets here. Montreal has a great selection of bars.  Check out favorites like Loïc, Datcha and Chez Dallaire  …

Rome: Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Roman Forum

We came from the all time high of our Tuscany tour to the bustling and crowded city of Rome.  As much as I don’t want to kick off our 4 day adventure in Rome on a negative note, I have to admit I wasn’t too thrilled about smoggy air, hoards of evident tourists, and dusty streets.  This should not be surprising as Rome is a hot spot for both vacationers and business.  Aside from our impressions of the city, the second thing on our mind was food and at this point I was already a little sick of pizza but it literally is the most readily available street food.  We grabbed a slice for dinner and retired early to get ready for a jam packed day of sightseeing the next morning.   We stayed at Gaius Roma B&B and I make a point of mentioning this because the owners of the place are an old married couple and they are honestly the NICEST people I have come across.  They are so polite and genuine and they …

Florence Day 2: Leather markets, Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio

One thing you cannot miss out in Florence is their famous leather markets.  Rows upon rows of leather jackets, wallets, and other trinkets to choose from.  Not only are the prices much more reasonable since they are manufactured and sold locally, but bargaining is fair game!  My tip… never purchase at face value because chances are, you can always knock it down.  Plus, the act of haggling is actually quite fun and rewarding.  Right next to the open leather market is an indoor food market!  We headed over after a few hours of intense bargaining.  It definitely wasn’t one of the most glamorous markets but it has some decent fresh produce and ready-to-eat options.   I got a panini and after eyeing the lady next to me gorging on a custard filled croissant I had to get myself one too.     It was actually pretty damn good.  Soft flakey croissant and the inside was just sweet enough for a nice end to our quick lunch     There was one major item on our …

Backpacking 101

In about a week I will be departing the safe confines of my temporary San Francisco home and venturing across Europe.  Along with my travel partner, we’ve been preparing months in advance, making sure we hit every city on our bucket list and getting the most out of our month long journey.  I know a lot of you guys will be doing your fair share of travelling this summer so I thought I’d share some of the best tips I’ve come across in preparation. Cell phones: Don’t fall into the “international packages” trap.  Forget about your local service provider, you’re WAY better off getting an unlocked phone and buying a SIM card and plan from one of the local carriers.  There is supposedly countless kiosks scattered across major European cities that will gladly sell you a cheap SIM card.  I’ve done some research and found that Vodafone offers the best service in terms of coverage and quality.  Bell Canada’s best offer for a European plan was $50/month for 50 sent texts, 50 minutesm 25MB of data.  Vodafone …

Cuba Part 1

I think everyone needs to escape every once in a while.  To pack their bags and turn away from the day to day stresses of our fast paced lives.  To forget about deadlines and perhaps stale memories that need to be washed away.  For me, this was it.  A week long getaway with nothing but the sun and ocean. The view from my balcony.  Green and blue.  Clear as crystal. There’s something so gentle and calming about letting the subdued waves caress your skin while your toes mingle with the white sand Obligatory outfit shot, of course.  Wearing Club Monaco Tee, DIY denim shorts, Pistol Panties bikini Pilar Beach.  This place was gorgeous beyond words. Enjoying a piping hot bowl of seafood after a long snorkeling session.  Fish and coral may sound like a trivial thing.  Everyone has seen it on TV.  But when you dip your head underneath the surface of the water and actually see the tropical water creatures sneaking in and out of the depths of the ocean…suddenly it becomes sort of …