bath time

So, I haven’t really mentioned it yet, but traveling is like my numero uno passion in life. If I won the lottery the first thing I’d do would be to travel around the world. I’d be on a budget (more places, duh!) but still fabulous.

I totally get that people have different loves in life but honestly I think it’s pretty lame when people have ZERO lust for the world. Like, are you serious?! Get up and go put yourself in a new environment for once (even if it’s just another state!). That’s what makes you grow as a person, expands your mind and ideas, and you will definitely make so many crazy relationships along the way.

ANYHOO…to make a long story short, my mom, aka my bestie, is my biggest inspiration. She has a lust for life I’ve never seen anyone else have. Currently she’s an international school art teacher in Istanbul, Turkey. You know what that means!!
I’M GOING TO VISIT!

I recently just got back from my trip to Istanbul and I’ll be periodically sharing stories from that adventure.


 

One of my absolute favorite things I did in IST was take part in the traditional Turkish bath. Like, I read about this stuff when I was taking Latin in middle school. You know I was stoked!

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Kalic Ali Pasa was unreal and over the top fabulous! Think of a day spa, Turkish style. And did I mention the building is ancient?! It was built in 1571! Can’t really fathom that thought.

The first thing you notice is the architecture. HUUUGE vaulted ceilings and pretty much everything is made out of marble (nbd!) You can instantly feel the heat and moisture in the air, but not in a gross sweaty way. Super quiet spa-like environment.

selfie!

selfie!

The traditional bath experience (what I did) is amazing. You also have the option of doing a massage after the bath (next time I’ll have more time). Men and women can both utilize this spa but not at the same time of day (PTL! Awkward!) Women have all day until about 4 pm and the men are scheduled in the evening.

The room where the magic happens

The room where the magic happens

I am not going to tell every single detail (I have to leave some kind of a mystery!) but I have never felt so clean in my life! You are scrubbed down good!!! I had so much dead skin (everyone does) and the ladies will show you and laugh! Just embrace it and laugh along with them. At the end, you’ll find yourself wrapped in a Turkish towel (you KNOW I bought a couple for my bathroom!) and you basically get to lounge and even sleep on these huge couches where you are served hot mint face towels, tea and snacks (if you want) until 4 pm. Next time I go, I would schedule my bath earlier in the day just so I can lounge longer afterwards. Why not right?!

Where you can pass out for hours afterwards. Delish!

Where you can pass out for hours afterwards. Delish!

If you ever find yourself in an ancient country like Turkey, you MUST go visit the baths. They recommend treating yourself every 4-6 weeks for skin health and exfoliation. I’ll be back.

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XO,

S


california here we come

Since I’ve lived in California, Laguna Beach has always been my favorite beach town.

That could possibly be because the O.C. was and will be my favorite TV show forever. And yes, I even had an O.C. themed sweet sixteen birthday party in Texas. You know the obsession is real.

Anyways….Laguna is the absolute best beach city in Socal hands down.

When I visited in high school it was all about spotting local celebs like Lauren Conrad and Lo Bosworth, now both amazing bloggers btw, but now I’m more grown up (although I would probs pee my pants if I met those girls!)

There are so many yummy places for drinks and snacks. One of my favs is The Deck. It’s super hidden off the main road, down Sleepy Hollow Lane (YES! TRUE!) and down a couple flights of stairs. BOOM! Then you’re overlooking the ocean having a peach vodka lemonade and homemade guac. Delish!

Yummy drinks at The Deck bar.

Yummy drinks at The Deck bar.

Laguna Beach is a HUGE art town! Growing up with my mother as an artist, things like this have always stood out to me. There are local galleries on every corner and every summer there’s a massive art festival throughout the area, Pageant of the Masters being the best part. And HEY, you can even bring in your own wine and apps! It’s an UNREAL show that words can hardly explain but the website sums it up pretty nicely…

A ninety-minute stage show of “living pictures” – incredibly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. An outdoor amphitheater, professional orchestra, original score, live narration, intricate sets, sophisticated lighting, expert staff, and hundreds of dedicated volunteers

Unreal sky before the show. Amphitheaters are the best!

Unreal sky before the show. Amphitheaters are the best!

It was a blast taking my boyfriend for the first time and seeing the show for the second time with my mom (but it’s different every year!)

Next time you’re in the OC, pack those binoculars (or rent them there for $10)  and make sure to check out all these hidden gems. But the Pageant runs only one month out of the summer so GO GO GO!

 

xoxo,
S

here we go.

To inspire and to be inspired is everything. I am inspired by people I meet, places I travel to, and everyday life. My life and the “craziness” get in the way of almost everything. I have to force myself to stop and notice what’s around me.

I live in one of the most beautiful cities in the US and people are constantly telling me how lucky I am and I’m just like “so what?”

 

Well…it is pretty awesome once I remember to get off my butt and enjoy what’s right outside.