Category: Travel

Wanderlust: Bend, Oregon

2014-07-27 16.10.46I’m Ba-ack! What a week!

If you ever get a chance to visit Bend, Oregon: GO! It is one of the most beautiful places in the world. You are literally surrounded by nature wherever you are and it’s impossible not to find peace in this place.

I thought I’d do a little travel guide in case you are ever in the area.

Where to stay:

++ We stayed at the Sunriver Resort, which I recommend overall due to its close proximity to everything. If I were to go back, I’d consider renting a house or condo on the river. Having the option to cook or BBQ would be awesome because I honestly didn’t find the food and restaurants to be spectacular (or at all healthy, surprisingly) in Bend.

What to do:

 ++ Bike through the Sunriver Village – 38 miles of bike trails, surrounded by tall trees and wildlife.

++ Float down the Deschutes River. Or white water raft, canoe, kayak, or stand up paddle board down it.

++ Golf. I finally learned how to hit a golf ball!

++Tour the breweries and wineries.

++ Visit the Sage Springs Spa at Sunriver. One of the best I’ve been to.

++ Visit downtown Bend. The most charming little town in the Pacific Northwest, with tree-lined streets and cobblestone sidewalks.

++ Take a day trip to Crater Lake and hike to the bottom. It is well worth it.

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Officially in Vacation Mode

bend-area-mastheadWell, I am officially in vacay mode! My bags are packed and we’re off for week long trip to Bend, Oregon with the fam. Excited to leave the stresses of work and (let’s be honest) LIFE behind for a relaxing getaway in a place I haven’t been since I was a little girl.

What’s on the agenda for this week? Good question.

While we don’t have any set plans yet, our week will likely consist of lots of lakeside lounging, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, reading and of course lots of good food and drinks. Basically some much needed R&R. Oh, and definitely a day trip to the infamous Crater Lake.

A few pictures to share today as I dream of arriving at this beautiful destination. This is where I’ll be spending the next 6 days….

++ Side note: I don’t plan on blogging (or even turning on my computer) while I’m away. Sometimes it’s nice to just unplug and disconnect. Have a wonderful week and I’ll be sure to update when I return! 





Have you ever been to Bend, OR or Crater Lake? Any travel tips??


Travel Essentials: What to Pack

_9321890Welp, I’ve got this trip coming up that I’m really stoked about… but, I’m seriously DREADING packing for it. And don’t even get me started on the UNPACKING. Ugh!

P.S. How cute is that Longchamp travel tote?

Anyways, thought I’d jot down a list (I love lists!) of my top travel essentials to share with you. And so I can get my head on straight and figure out what I need to bring.

Here we go.


+ A beachy tote. Plus all it’s belongings. See what’s in my beach bag here.

+ A killer camera. What’s a vacation without the pics to prove it? Oh and sorry guys, your iPhone will not do.

+ iPad, plus charger and headphones.

+ Snacks. You never know when you’ll need a little something to hold you over. I love stashing a few Think Thin bars and some almonds in my travel bag.

+ the perfect bikini. 

+ sunglasses.

+ a big, floppy hat. my faves: here, here and here.

+ dry tanning oil with SPF. yes, this is a real thing.

+ a good book plus magazines.

+ workout gear + your oldest running shoes for hiking.

Now this list doesn’t include all the clothes and shoes you need, (obvi) but it’s all the little extras I tend to forget.

Tell me: Did I forget anything? What are some of your travel essentials? 

What’s in my Summer Bag?


Tory Burch Beach Tote // (Similar)

If you know me, you know I’m a little bit of an OCD freak. I suppose it can be kind of annoying… especially for my hubby. But hey, it’s better than our house/cars looking like a bomb went off at any given moment. I can’t deal. And my handbag is just the same. Uncluttered, just the necessities.

I tend to rotate my handbags with the seasons, and right now, when I’m not headed out for a night on the town or to the office, you can pretty much guarantee I’m carrying a beach tote.

I received this darling Tory Burch (my fave, remember?) tote for my birthday last summer from my in-laws and it has proven to be the perfect bag for the season.

So, what’s in my summer bag?


// 1 // Sunglasses //  Well, this is a given. I can’t go anywhere with out these suckers. Gotta protect those baby blues.  I have a few different pairs, but lately I’m loving my classic Ray Ban aviators.

// 2 // Sunscreen // I’m fortunate in that I rarely burn, but unfortunate in that I have to really remember to protect my skin. Still gotta protect against WRINKLES! The hubs on the other hand, burns in 5 seconds so I keep this stuff in my beach bag all summer long. You never know when you’ll need it.

// 3 //  Lip Balm //  EOS is my BFF.  The Evolution of Smooth. I alternate between the honey suckle honey-dew and sweet mint flavors.

// 4 // iPhone // Because, duh. Can’t live without this.

// 5 // Water // I may or may not go into a mini panic attack when I don’t have access to water. So, I bring my trusty water bottle wherever I go. Sorry, I’m not sorry. Gotta stay hydrated, friends.

// 6 // Light Sweater // Summer days turn into summer nights quickly. And when you’re by the ocean, it can get breezy. I learned to always, always pack a sweater so I can stop whining about being cold.

// 7 //  Smartphone Wristlet/Wallet //  I use this stylish and super functional wristlet as my everyday wallet to keep my essentials organized. You know, cards, cash, change…phone. That way, if I’m running errands and don’t want to bring my entire bag, I can just grab this and go. I love that it’s small so it doesn’t add extra weight to my bag.

// 8 // Hair ties //  These hair ties are the best for throwing up a pony when you take a dip in the pool or hop on a beach cruiser. They are made of a super soft and stretchy fabric  that doesn’t pull your hair or leave that notorious dent in your hair when you take it down. A must have!

Tell me: What’s in your summer bag? What are your essentials?


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