Summer is the perfect time to head out to Long Island for the weekend. We drove to Montauk, which is at the eastern end of the island, for some exploring. We decided to check out the Montauk Lighthouse—the first lighthouse in New York State and the fourth oldest in the U.S. Being here felt like that Gossip Girl episode when the gang is in the Hamptons. Très chic!
If you follow my blog or my Instagram then you know I went on a mini-vacay to the Dominican Republic. I personally love to travel and find it so exciting especially when I am going to a place I’ve never been to before. I have a love and hate relationship with flying and planes. I love how interesting planes are. I mean being in the clouds (literally) can be so cool. But flying can also make my skin dry which I hate. Plus I can get a little fuzzy and bored when flying. I can be so impatient sometimes!
In my travel tote I usually carry key products that I know I’ll be using during my flight. These products can really be lifesavers for me. I also rotate products whenever I travel. So depending on my destination or how I’m feeling at the moment I’ll change up my flight essentials. Below are the products I carried with me during this recent flight followed by a small review.
I have a few of these Coach wristlets and they come in handy when traveling. I sometimes hate it when my lip balms fall to the bottom of my bag. So I just placed them inside this wristlet and can access them easier. Plus this wristlet was so convenient while in the hotel to carry my phone, lipstick, and room key.
Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitizer in Ripe Raspberry Vine
Hand sanitizer is so essential when flying! From touching kiosks, food trays, and using the restroom in planes and airports, I must carry this with me. I love the ones from Bath & Body Works because they have so many fragrance options plus they’re super cheap. This fragrance smells just like berries!
Josie Maran Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil
Now you all know I love Josie Maran and her original argan oil. But this stuff is awesome because it is infused with her argan oil but the consistency is like a cream that melts into your skin. This is so good for dehydrated skin on planes and it really moisturizes. Plus I love the citrus-y smell of it.
VS Pink Body Mist in Sun Kissed
Who doesn’t love to smell good? This body mist is perfect for travel because of its size and the smell is not overpowering. I like to spritz myself with this to quickly freshen up. This smells just like coconut and vanilla — the epitome of a tropical vacation.
Emergen-C Immune + in Super Orange
I somehow always manage to get sick when traveling. Ugh. I’ve tried the original Emergen-C before and I didn’t really like it. But this version really works for me. I was having cold symptoms a few days before leaving and kept adding this vitamin infused powder to my water. I brought them with me on my flight and drank a few while flying (just ask a flight attendant for a cup of water) and the next day I was feeling so much better. So now I always carry some of these packets with me on a plane.
Simple Skincare Cleansing Facial Wipes
Sometimes I like to travel with makeup on but other times I just skip it altogether. These cleansing wipes are great to remove makeup and buildup and to refresh the skin. Using these make my face feel cool, fresh, and awake. They are the perfect pick-me-up.
What are your flight essentials? What’s the one thing you can’t travel without?
After checking airfare for the Dominican Republic and seeing how cheap the flights were, my family spontaneously decided to book a trip. My sister and I stayed for one week while my parents stayed for two. I’ve been to DR many times before, the first time being when I was 5 years old. In case you didn’t know, I am Dominican. I was born and raised in New York but my parents were born in DR. DR is awesome for a getaway tropical vacation. There are so many great locations to visit including the city of Puerto Plata.
We stayed in Playa Dorada, a large area in Puerto Plata that has several hotel resorts that are right near the beach. We stayed at the Grand Paradise hotel. Every time we go to Puerto Plata we always stay in this hotel. With everything all-inclusive let’s just say we couldn’t stop enjoying the unlimited food and drinks. We arrived to Puerto Plata in the late afternoon. Twenty minutes after checking into our hotel the craziest thunderstorm happened. I’m talking very very loud thunder. So what did me and my sister do? We put on our bikinis and we hopped in the jacuzzi under the rain. And no we didn’t get pneumonia! It was actually so much fun.
The next day we woke up to the brightest sun and decided to go to the beach. We wanted to get as much beach time just in case it started raining again. However when we got to the beach it was filled with seaweed. We’ve been here before and were surprised to see the beach in this condition. But after speaking to some locals we then found out why the beach was like this: It had not rained in Puerto Plata in almost a year so the recent storms kept washing the dirt and seaweed to the shore. Hence why we spent most of our time at the pool. But it was all good: pina coladas by the pool? Fine by me!
The rest of the trip was filled with food, drinks, and dancing. At night the hotel hosts entertainment for the guests where they have contests and karaoke. It was fun to socialize with the other guests and to learn where they were from. My sister, who was celebrating her 27th birthday during this vacay, even participated in one of the contests. Let’s just say it was hilarious! I definitely enjoyed my mini-vacay and I know I’ll be back in DR sometime again soon. Take a look at some of the photos from my trip below:
Have you been to the Dominican Republic? What’s your favorite place to visit for a tropical vacation? Make sure to keep up with me on my Instagram!
Once again the gang, or should I say squad, got together and road tripped up to Staatsburg, New York. It’s a little tradition we have to head to upstate New York for a camping weekend. Although we didn’t camp last year (I was making my rounds through Paris and London) we made a promise to start our tradition again.
We stood in a cabin in Mills Norris State Park just like last time. It was a weekend filled with eating way too much food and sitting back and relaxing. Once we arrived on Friday and settled into our cabin we headed to Walmart to buy food and other necessities. I love going to Walmart because there they have everything you can possibly need and the prices are low. Since there is no Walmart in the city it’s always fun to visit one whenever possible.
Once we arrived back to the cabin we cooked some beans while we waited for the rest of the group to arrive. I can’t tell you how much beans we ate the whole weekend, and eggs and bacon. This is what our breakfast every morning consisted of haha. But no worries, we ate other food like burgers, hot dogs, steak, and sausages. But by far the best thing I ate the whole weekend was a guacamole dip we bought at Stop and Shop along with some Tostitos chips with a hint of lime. Delicious!
On Saturday the highlight of our day was visiting a drive-in movie theater. I’ve never been to one before and it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. We ended up seeing Fantastic Four which was a little disappointing, but the experience of just sitting back in your own car/space watching a movie is priceless. I definitely recommend going to a drive-in theater.
On Sunday we all headed down to the nearby marina for some fishing. Although no one caught anything the weather was perfect. We ended each of our nights roasting s’mores by the bonfire. So sweet and yummy! We also took a drive to a nearby town called Rhinebeck and it felt so cozy. There were many local shops and restaurants. It’s always nice to get out of the city and visit less crowded places. Oh and by the way we made several trips to Dairy Queen. #sorrynotsorry
Have you been camping before? What has been the highlight of your summer so far?
This past weekend my sister and I traveled to San Antonio, Texas. We were there for my boyfriend’s Air Force graduation and it was such a cool experience. Apart from the graduation, San Antonio was a lot of fun to explore. We ate really good food and were very happy by everyone’s hospitality. People in Texas are so friendly. I love that!
This weekend my bf had the opportunity to finally hang out and relax after being told what to do for the past seven and a half weeks. On Thursday after the graduation ceremony we could only hang around the Air Force base. Luckily the base had a Burger King and we stayed there eating and talking for two hours. My bf was so happy that he could finally sit down and eat without having someone screaming in his ear and rushing him.
On Friday it was the airmen’s first town pass, meaning they could now actually leave the base for the first time and visit the city of San Antonio. Although many graduates and their families visited Sea World or Six Flags, we decided to visit good ‘ol Cracker Barrel. This was our first time at Cracker Barrel and I personally loved it. Apparently this restaurant/store is very popular in the south. We had some great southern food like fried chicken, mac and cheese and baked potatoes. So good!
On Saturday we visited Denny’s for breakfast (who doesn’t love Denny’s?) and then we went to a nearby movie theater and watched Furious 7. Later in the afternoon we had some In N Out burgers and fries. I’ve heard good things about In N Out especially from those living in Los Angeles. I was so happy there was one in San Antonio. The burgers were good. But a little part of me prefers Shake Shack instead. A total New York thing!
On our last day together we attended morning mass and then we had breakfast at a local IHOP. We were in desperate need of some pancakes! Finally, we went to Applebee’s for some dessert and then spent our last couple of hours relaxing back at our hotel. After saying our goodbyes (my bf had to stay at the base for another week) my sister and I ate a steak dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse and then caught a late night show of The Age of Adeline. By the way Blake Lively is amazing in this movie!
The first couple of days in San Antonio the weather was unbearable. Coming from a dry place like New York I wasn’t prepared for Texas’ intense humidity. Forget about having a blowout. There was hair frizz everywhere! Every morning there were intense thunderstorms. The storms were so strong that the power in our hotel went out for a couple of hours. Fortunately the last two days in San Antonio were filled with sunshine.