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THE JOY OF DECEMBER IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Rockport Shoe Review

This post is presented in partnership with Rockport. Click here to enter Rockport’s “Joy Is” sweepstakes and you could win, among other prizes, a $500 shopping spree on Rockport.com plus a second $500 Rockport voucher to gift to a friend.  —- If you’ve been following this blog for the past two or so years, you may know that I often have a pair or Rockport’s in my suitcase. Why? Becasue

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THE BEST GIFTS FOR TRAVELERS: 2017 GIFT GUIDE FOR TRAVELERS AND EXPLORERS

Gifts For Travelers

Every year around this time, it’s my goal to make holiday shopping for the travel enthusiasts in your life as easy as possible (and these gifts are great to give all year round — from birthdays, to graduations to anniversaries and beyond — so bookmark this page for your future gift giving ne ). This effort takes the form of my annual gift guide for travelers, where I curate the

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HOW TO SURVIVE THE 4-DAY INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

How To Hike The Inca Trail

This is guest post. I have not personally hiked the Inca Trail — but it’s certainly on my adventure list!  —- The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the planet’s most iconic treks. The 26-mile (42-kilometer), 4-day long journey, which starts in Cusco (near the heart of the former Incan Empire), traverses a cloud forest, stunning mountain landscapes, ancient Incan ruins, and a subtropical jungle before finally arriving

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MY FAVORITE SoCAL FALL ESCAPE: HIGHLIGHTS FROM MY WEEKEND IN THE SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAINS

I love finding places that make me want to visit over and over again. I’ve visited plenty of destinations around the world that I’ve felt this way about, but it’s especially nice to find these special places closer to home (so visiting over and over again is actully possible). For me, the San Bernardino Mountains are one of these easy-to-visit-again-and-again places. At about 2.5 hours from LA (give or take

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IN MY DOPP KIT: 3-IN-1 MUG & MANE LOTION FROM BRÖÖ

Just becasue you leave home, doesn’t mean you need to leave the products that help you look, feel, and smell your best behind when you travel. You can’t, however, bring everything. For sake of keeping life simple, maintaining a light and streamlined suitcase, and of course, complying with TSA liquid allowances, some products are more travel friendly than others. New to my travel dopp kit, thanks to its 3-in-1 benefits and

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WHERE TO STAY, EAT & DRINK IN CALIFORNIA’S SANTA YNEZ VALLEY

Never heard of the Santa Ynez Valley? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. As far as California wine regions go, most people only know Napa and Sonoma. Heck, lots of Californians still say “What? “Where?” at the mention of the Santa Ynez Valley (making you all the cooler when you get to be the first person to tell your friends about it). From Santa Barbara, the Santa Ynez Valley is an easy 45-minute

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ASPEN, COLORADO SUMMER GUIDE (WHAT TO DO + WHERE TO EAT, DRINK & STAY)

Whether you live in Kansas or Kyrgyzstan, you’ve probably heard of Aspen, Colorado. It is, after all, America’s most famous ski town — a place where hardcore ski bums coexist with billionaires; where one can both spend thousands of dollars shopping for designer clothes and $3 on happy hour beers. It is a place of coexisting extremes in many respects — but especially when it comes to the weather. While

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MY NEW SUMMER SUNGLASSES (PLUS: 4 THINGS TO DO IN ASPEN THIS SUMMER)

Wallet, phone, keys, sunglasses. These are the items on my mental checklist that I always tick off before leaving the house (I live in Los Angeles; it’s usually sunny). Sunglasses are also on my ‘travel essentials’ list. Wherever I’m headed, I make sure I’ve packed a pair sunnies to A) protect my eyes, and B) up my style game. Personally, when it comes to sunglasses, I go for quality over quantity

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