Zimbabwe + Zambia Adventures

Yesterday morning I got home from a 16 hour flight from Johannesburg, South Africa.  I spent 2 weeks volunteering at a lion conservation center in Zimbabwe and the experience was amazing, I honestly didn’t want it to end– 2 weeks was entirely too short.  I learned so much about the Zimbabwean people, their language, and customs.  I met other volunteers from all over the world..from the U.K to Iceland…from Norway to Sweden. It was awesomeeeeeeeee!
Here are some pictures of me with the lions..and some elephants!  I love, love, love animals so this experience was over the top incredible for me.
I was staying in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe…Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Wonders of the World…and boy were they wondrous.  We took a helicopter ride over the falls, and also walked through them which was so much fun…even the getting completely soaked part.
Lastly, here are some beautiful sunrise and sunset pictures!
This was the best experience I’ve had in my life thus far.  The opportunity just came across and I took it, I had no idea what to expect but I didn’t really care!  If you wanna do something adventurous like this, do whatever you need to do to make it a reality and just go for it!
XO.
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5 Tips for A Long, Long, Flight

I’m going to Africa for almost three weeks this Sunday! As I’ve been getting ready to leave, one very important aspect I’ve been thinking about is how I’m going to survive the 18 hour flight from New York to Johannesburg, South Africa.  I think I’ve come up with some good ideas, and I figured I’d share them in case anyone else is traveling long distances this summer!
1. A super huge water bottle.  I drink so much water, sometimes people think I’m a fish.  I’m going to bring a liter bottle with me, although since flying can be dehydrating I’ll probably go through it rather quickly.  Whenever you’re flying it’s super important to stay hydrated.  No soda, coffee, or alcohol!
2. Books and magazines.  I already have Cosmo, Self, and Allure lined up for the flight but I also want to bring some good books for my time in Africa and the flights there and back.  The first book I’m bringing is Tim Gunn’s Golden Rules: Little Life Lessons for Making it Work.  I got this book a long time ago, right when it came out actually, but never got the chance to read it…until now!!  I have a bunch more options to bring, I’m still trying to pick a second and third book!
 3. A sleeping mask. I plan on forcing sleep upon myself with some Unisom, and you need to look good even while snoozing.  I got an eye mask at Natural Body Spa, my favorite spa on this planet.  It’s silk which is better for the skin and soft on the delicate eye area compared to the fabric-y and sometimes itchy ones the airline gives you.  If I’m gonna be on a flight for that long and need to be super well rested when I arrive, comfort is key.
4. Upkeep essentials…in addition to my makeup bag I carry everywhere with me…

While I’ll be wearing makeup from that day, first thing I plan on doing is using my Neutrogena Makeup Cleansing Towelettes to take it off when I get in my seat.  I don’t want to clog my pores by keeping it on the whole flight (yuck.), especially if I’m already in a dry environment.  So off comes the makeup, on goes my Origins Perfect World moisturizer.

My next upkeep essential is Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir.  I love, love, love this facial spray, it’s great when you need a pick me up during the day, tingly on the skin, smells like peppermint, and I know I’m gonna need that when stepping off that plane.  This is my favorite refresher spray, and although it’s expensive, the luxurious feel is so worth it!

My last key upkeep essential is Bliss High Intensity Hand Cream.  I love this hand cream because it isn’t greasy and truly is high intensity.  My hands feel silky after using it, which is always a plus!!

5. The last thing I’ll need are some snacks.  I’m not really a plane food type of girl and it’s so easy to just buy a big bag of chips or something along that line.  But, I really want to have healthy options for the flight so I’m going to bring some meal bars and hopefully a big salad and other veggies to snack on en route!
Hoping these 5 Tips will help ya out next time you’re on a long flight!
XO.
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Travel Life: London + Rome | Spring Break Wrap Up

I got back last night from my fabulous London/ Rome spring break.  I didn’t want it to end!!!  I wanted to do more posts while I was overseas but Internet access was limited.
I had so much fun shopping in London, everyone dresses so cute & the vibe is different than in the States.  I didn’t see as much fashion on the street in Rome as I did in London.  & Rome’s street fashion, as my bff had told me, was a little…off…but they did have a fabulous five story Zara…enough said.
My favorite purchases this trip were def my two new scarves from Marks and Spencer, a department store in London.  Spring has sprung, which means the addition of bright exciting colors to everyone’s wardrobe!  Both of these scarves were affordable, and I know they’ll go with almost anything I wear.  Also, the fabric is so soft and cuddly, I just love it.

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Travel Life: London

I have been fortunate enough to have the most fabulous and glamorous time in London thus far!! Yesterday, my friend Sonia and I got into Heathrow around 10:30 in the morning, and went to her cousin’s apartment in Holborn.  It’s so cute, we walked around on the roof and I just started taking it all in. So beautiful!
We went to a nice steakhouse, Sophie’s Steakhouse, for lunch and then I settled in at the Grange Holbone Hotel, my home for the next few days.  The hotel is absolutely beautiful, and of course I got the hookup and I’m in a super nice suite.  Since we were jet lagged we just walked around town for a little bit and then took a nap to rest up before her cousin’s 21st birthday party!

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