ROAD MAP TO A GREAT STAYCATION

July 20, 2015


I've always believed in a good staycation! When life gets a little crazy and you feel tired, uninspired, exhausted and find yourself in a general state of meh, staycation is the best remedy. Over the years, I've developed a road map of sorts to maximize the benefits of these short trips, and so far, it hasn't  failed me once!:) So, without further ado, here is what I like to do: 

Getting active! Though spending a few days lounging the pool, sipping margaritas and doing absolutely nothing at all seems very appealing, in my experience, a little exercise does a body good! On our recent trip to Langham Pasadena, we took the most wonderful bike tour exploring the beautiful surrounding neighborhoods! Funny, you'd think that after a pretty rigorous hour-long bike ride we'd be tired, but instead we felt completely refreshed, energized, and ready for more adventures!:)





A little pampering is always welcome! I mean you know what a huge skin-care and body-care addict I am, so naturally no staycation is complete without a bit of both. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed I attended an IlluMask event in West Hollywood recently. I had a chance to meet with the team and talk about what makes IlluMask so special. Essentially, IlluMask utilizes technology a dermatologist uses at their office, and is designed for an easy at-home use in a convenient mask form. I chose an anti-aging light therapy mask designed specifically for brighter, smoother, radiant-looking skin. Essentially, the mask delivers light therapy technology which not only helps to firm and improve the texture of the skin but also helps to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. So far, I've been using the mask for about 7 days and really appreciate the results I'm beginning to see. Basically, my skin looks like I just came back from a month-long vacation, and considering that I slept for about 10 hours in total last week, that is a monumental achievement indeed:) I'm going to continue using the mask and keep you guys updated on my progress! After getting such amazing results in just 7 days, I am really looking forward to using the mask on daily basis, since improvements with continued use will be even more amazing and noticeable:)





Last but not least... Go exploring, try new foods and have as many adventures as you possibly can! Afternoon tea, walks on the beach, breakfast in bed, a little pool time ( because of course you can't have a proper staycation without a bit of pool time, can you? ), some fine dining and a nice glass of wine by the open fire and... and the feeling of meh is gone like a bad dream and you're back to feeling like you again, albeit a slightly more rested, energized and refreshed you:)










71 comments:

Caramella said...

Beautiful pictures!

Natali said...

Pampering, exploring and trying new foods is something I always try to do on a regular basis. Self love is very important and once I have realised this, my life became that much better and happier "place". :)

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Anca Fratila said...

Great post! Love the last outfit!
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Rach Dulay said...

Both dresses are darling!!! Sounds like you had a wonderful staycation!

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Michaela hollá said...

i just love your white flat ! they are awesome! ♥

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I love your white dress, such a great dress for summer!

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TheBohoFlow said...

Beautiful photos! Both dresses look fantastic and I'm definitely gonna try the Illumask.
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Enikő Schmidt said...

Great photos, love both outfits so much!

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Sasa Zoe said...

So pretty! :P

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Liv said...

Great post. Thanks for sharing.

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Vanessa Lüthi said...

Where is the beige bag from? I love it!

Ana said...

Love that first look!!! It's amazing, like you went back in time :)

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Camille said...

Amazing pictures
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Stephanie said...

Love the photos! Looks like a great place! Love the sandals!!!!

sammie said...

Fantastic article and so interesting to read through your getaway advices :)
Also really like that white dress

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Lauralexo - said...

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Nicoletta De Luca said...

This sounds so cool!

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Daisy Pariven said...

Very nice)

Nicola J said...

Love the first dress, such a gorgeous look.

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Vanessa Mensah said...

Your vacation outfits are so cute! love these photos!

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Great post!

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Lilu's voyage said...

Gorgeous!
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Mónica Lopez said...

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Diana said...

These photos are beyond amazing!!

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Emma Honohan said...

I love the relaxed bicycle look, so cute!
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wowww, wonderful pictures!!!

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Monika Basiaga said...

Wow! So beautiful photos and fantastic outfit :)

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So cute! Love the pics!

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Elizabeth Hawn said...

love this striped dress!

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shannette messam said...

Oh Annabelle I love your cute dresses and your cute flats. Such relaxing looks. Beautiful pics.
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Liz Lauren said...

this place seems perfect for a staycation

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LV said...

Gorgeous photos and there is nothing like a great staycation!
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sweksha said...

your outfits are awesome.
Such an attractive style. Love you

Anya Prosto said...

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Valeria Souhaut said...

So beautiful photos and fantastic outfit :)
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Valérie said...

You look so beautiful! The first dress is my favourite :)
Amazing photos!

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Claire Maïwenn said...

Wonderful diary photos of your get away
Thx for sharing!

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Dominique Candido said...

gorgeous
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Adeline Longer said...

Totally adorable <3 <3 <3

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Shamenth B said...

always so elegant

Evi said...

Great post and photos!

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Lindsay Truax said...

The white dress is absolutely perfect!! And I love the white sandals!!

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Nikolina Hajdinić said...

Each of this photos are really amazing. And your oufits too. I really like the blue one with white stripes.

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abre a Pestana said...

Great pictures! Love the last outfit! You look wonderful!

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Danielle said...

Love the sunglasses!

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Andrea jueong said...

I have to try this Illumask.Love all your looks!
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Kristie Glenn said...

Nice pics! Looks like an amazing time. Interesting mask!

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Viktoria said...

amazing photos!

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Idu Emeziem said...

The energizing effect of a good work out is unmatched. Looks like you had tons of fun exploring. Great location and beautiful pictures. http://fashionablyidu.blogspot.com/

Adriana said...

The dress fits you so well! Love the pictures!
xx

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Alyssa Renee said...

Both of your dresses are really cute! I'm obsessed with your rock-stud sandals! =)

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Alyssa Hartwick said...

Gorgeous photos! Love the outfit.

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PSLily Boutique said...

Beautiful photos! Love your white on white look :)

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Jessi Malay said...

Love the white and those shades are to die for! Great summer look.

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Rose Young said...

I love the outfits here! I also love the tones and composition of your photos, they're so pretty! <3

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