A Weekend In Iceland

About two weeks ago, I was sat in my office chair, dreaming about going on a breakfast tour of North America. I truly don't know how I got from a stack of iHOP pancakes to the northern lights, but before I knew it I had booked a weekend getaway to Iceland (the following week, none the less). 

We had seven days to brainstorm and to cram as many activities into two and a half days as humanly possible. You'd also think it would be easier to pack for only two days, but it was still as challenging as ever. After what seemed like a never-ending work week, we were headed to the airport, not quite prepared for the whirlwind of a trip we were about to embark on. 

The plan was simple: rent a car, head to the Blue Lagoon, and then basically see where the country took us. Let's talk about the Blue Lagoon for a hot second, we were actually the first ones through the door in the morning, so it was pretty magical to see the hot spring completely empty. The weather was incredibly cold and rainy, so getting into the 40 degree thermal bath was basically heaven on earth. We spent about an hour and a half in the water, enjoy our complimentary face masks and taking pictures of ourselves, before my fingers turned into prunes and we called it quits. It was an amazing experience, and one you can't miss if you're visiting Iceland.

The rest of the day consisted of getting settled into our AirBnB, taking a nap, and exploring Reykjavik. While wondering the town we saw a sign for a Northern Lights tour, and obviously decided to inquire. Three hours later we were on a tour bus with 50 other people, driving two hours out of the city hoping to catch a glimpse of the natural phenomenon. As you can see, we got extremely lucky and got to see the lights dance for hours. Such a surreal moment and one none of us will forget. 

Now it's the next morning and we're already buzzing from the day before - what could possibly make this trip any better? Hopping in our car and driving the Golden Circle, that's what. This loop consists of Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, the Geysir and the Kerid Crater. If you don't make any stops, the drive is about three and a half hours, but because we wanted every photo opportunity possible, it took us about eight hours. 

Before we knew it, it was the following day and we had to head to the airport, but not before a quick detour to Reykjanes Peninsula. This was something straight out of Shutter Island and one of the most beautiful sights of the entire trip, even though we only spent 15 minutes there. 

That's it.. a weekend in Iceland. It was worth every dollar spent, even if that means I will be on a peanut butter sandwich diet for the next month. Where to next?

 

Glossier: The Breakdown

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It only took three years, but Glossier is now shipping to Canada. When I heard this news, I did a similar dance to the one I did when I was a 13 year old at the Jonas Brothers concert; pure joy. Obviously I placed an order the first day of the launch, as there was several products I had been eyeing up like pizza after a night out. 

First off - everything you receive from Glossier is guaranteed to come in the world's cutest, most aesthetically pleasing packaging. The pink bubble-wrap baggie, the stickers that are now all over my apartment, and even the boxes are to die for. Whoever does their branding seriously needs to give me some design tips. 

The item I was most excited for was definitely the Birthday Balm Dot Com. As a lover of cake and anything sweet-scented, this was a match made in heaven. The texture of the balm is incredibly hydrating, but not super glossy which I enjoy. This particular flavour has the tiniest bit of shimmer which makes me feel like a tween all over again. How soon is too soon to order 10 more of these?

While we're on the topic of lips, the uber creatively named Lip Gloss is UNREAL. If you've ever wanted lips glossy enough to see your reflection, this is your product. The best part is there's almost no stickiness!

Another hyped up product is the infamous Boy Brow. Known for it's itty bitty titty committee applicator, it really does grip onto every single brow hair. You don't have to be worry about crispy, flaky brows, just perfectly set and fluffy. I have the shade Blonde, and it's perfect for low- maintenance brow days. Noticing a trend here? Everything with Glossier is so darn easy

Cloud Paintthe lightweight liquid blush you never knew you needed. I picked up the shade Puff, which honestly is a bit of a regret. It's nice, but I thought I was a lot more into baby pink blushes than I really am. The formula however is fantastic, blends like a dream, and doesn't break up your base. 

Last but certainly not least.. the Milky Jelly Cleanser. In actual fact it's not milky at all, mainly just jelly. I like this because it seems to deep clean really quickly, while still moisturizing my skin. I'm not sure if I'm breaking the rules, but if I'm having a light eye makeup day, I'll rub some on my eyes as well. The scent is interesting, supposedly smells of roses but it's almost like plastic roses. I'm willing to look past that though. 

I would have bought the entire line if my credit card would have allowed it. I'm thinking Haloscope, Super Bounce and Stretch Concealer are next on my list. I'm also starting a go-fund campaign if anyone wants to fuel my Glossier addiction. Any products you've been wanting to try?

Evenings At Lavelle

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Last summer, an establishment opened that rocked my world (surprisingly, it was not an ice cream place). With arguably the best view in the entire city, Lavelle sits pretty on King West and is a hot spot amongst young professionals and pretty much anyone who enjoys a scenic dinner. 

This season, Le Jardin is the theme of their newly relaunched rooftop patio. Decked out with royal blue accents and dapper looking men, it's very easy on the eyes. I'm not sure if anyone ever actually swims in the pool, but allow me to be the first. 

If you're looking for a place to take your bae for dinner, or to sip on some cocktails with a view that's better looking than bae, than this is your place!  

A Week in Cancun

It's been a month since I left for Mexico and my sunburn has completely faded but I can still vaguely taste the tequila. This was my first trip to any sort of tropical destination, and let's just say my alabaster skin was not prepared for the wrath of the equator. None the less, Cancun was incredibly welcoming and beautiful, much like myself.

Upon arriving at Dreams Rivera Cancun, I was amazed by the open-air lobby, friendly staff and bottomless guacamole. If you've never been to an all-inclusive resort before, your life is not yet complete. It truly is the ultimate luxury experience to have all the free food and drinks at your disposal. You know I took advantage of that 24/7 room service. 

Apart from stuffing my face with everything in sight, my days consisted of sunbathing (regrettably), swim-up bars & endless entertainment. Oh, and about four naps a day because it was a vacation after all. 

I can't wait to explore more of Mexico, my Instagram is already deprived of the palm trees and crystal clear beaches.