Scotland 6.17

As per usual my friend Chrissy called me back in December advising there is a cheap nonstop flight through Delta going to Scotland, $457.26 to be exact. As per usual tickets were immediately booked, Scotland has always been on my bucket list!

Last month five girlfriends and I left for JFK on a Thursday night, and 6 hours later (mixed with insane turbulence) we awoke in Scotland thank god! We picked up our sweet ride at Enterprise and were off to see the Castles. FYI in Scotland they drive on the other side of the road. There were some close calls but I must say Chrissy did a great job navigating.

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First stop was Stirling Castle:

Second stop Edinburgh Castle:

We then drove to our B&B in the country side in Stirling and literally stayed in a stable. The outside was a dream…inside not so much. It was funny after the fact but note to self, never book an Airbnb that shows only one image of the inside.

The next morning we awoke early and set out for our top secret excursion. Every trip we take, my friend Chrissy always tests our limits and books some kind of adventure never telling us what or where we are going and doing until we get there. Talk about nerves! We always harass Chrissy to give us clues but she never budges.

 On our way to our “Secret Excursion” we stopped a few times over by the Highlands to explore the beautiful scenery. I must say the drive was stunning. The green rolling hills looked like something out of a movie…totally breathtakingly beautiful. I was completely obsessed and in love with all the little lambs.

We finally arrived in Glencoe and came to this little beach town called Oban which was super cute. We were told to strip in our mini van and get in our bikinis. Next thing I know another mini van pulls up and starts unloading all this equipment including helmets and wetsuits…panic sets in. 

I am informed I am going “Coasteering“. Coasteering is basically rock climbing on the side of the cliff with the ocean underneath you. We had an amazing instructor who put all our fears to rest. It was super fun and talk about a work out! It truly was a one of a kind of experience. I never heard of Coasteering before and I am pretty sure you can only do it there. At the end we all faced our fears and jumped off one of the high cliffs. ( I swear it looked higher in person then it appears on my video! ) 

For those looking for something different to do in Scotland you MUST reach out to Hebridean Pursuits to book your perfect adventure!

After a fun filled day in the ocean risking our lives we headed to our second B&B in Lochearnhead. IT. WAS. STUNNING. The charming Victorian cottage was built in the 1800’s. This place was full of history even still having the servant’s bells. The grounds were full of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen and the cottage over-looked the river. The inside had the cutest bedrooms equipped with vanities and floral decor, bathrooms with clawfoot tubs which I obviously loved, gorgeous dining room overlooking the river, sitting room etc. The hosts were incredibly nice and welcoming. This was literally one of the best places I have ever stayed at. 

That night we went to a local pub overlooking the river.  I tried the Cullen Skink soup, a thick Scottish soup made of smoked haddock, potatoes and onions which was amazing.

The view at 10pm:

Before leaving for the airport to head home we were treated to an amazing breakfast in the formal dining room overlooking the river with all the bells and whistles. Scotland was amazing, the sights were unforgettable and the company couldn’t have been better. To see our full adventure check out my video! Cant wait for out next adventure together ❤

                          

A few tips:

  • Kitchens close usually by 9PM so if your looking to eat out go before then 
  • Driving is on the opposite side of the road
  • Bring an eye mask if your sensitive to falling asleep with light…depending on the time of year it stays light until 10PM and the sun rises at 4AM
  • It’s a constant mix of rain and sunshine so proper footwear is a must 

Airline Ticket $457.26
Airport Parking $20.00 

B&B’s/Car Rental/Coasteering:  $285.00

Food and shopping $100.00

Total: $862.26

XOXO

CC

 

 

 

Book Review: Killers of the Flower Moon 

By David Grann

I have always loved to read about history, so when this book was an option for my book of the month club it obviously was my first choice. This is my first book I have read discussing the American Indians and the injustice they faced on American soil. It covered the Osage tribe and the suspicious murders that took place during the early 20th century. It also discussed the birth of the FBI. It was a page turner for sure and I must say this will not be my last book regarding American Indian history and the Wild West.

XOXO

CC

 

Biggest Bit of Advice 

This quote couldn’t be more true. I can’t even tell you how many times I said yes to something I wasn’t sure of or ready to do, and those moments have brought me the greatest experiences of my life and much happiness. 

Such as the times at work I would say “Yes! I know how to do that” and totally didn’t and would google and guess but it all worked out in the end and I looked more expierenced and learned a thing or too. 

Or when I said “yes” to going on a boat one sunny August day even though I didn’t want too because I was exhausted from recent travel. Winds up I met my soulmate that day. 

And when I said “yes” to South Africa not really understanding what I was getting myself into, and was lucky enough to have had a experience of A LIFE TIME and be one with the animals. 

Or when I said “yes” to visiting this girl Chrissy who was living in Italy when I quit my job. Last time I really knew her was in 8th grade! That trip, we fastly became bffs for life and have collected amazing memories together while traveling the world. 

When you get the flutter of uneasiness in the pit of your stomach like you don’t know what your about to do…always say YES! The risk will be worth it. 

XOXO 

CC 

Sweet satisfaction 

(Me shoving face as per usual in Italy) 

Although I am not one who believes in diets, with summer around the corner (thank god) I have been more conscious on what is going in my mouth replacing most of my snacks or desserts with healthier options that still satisfy my sweet tooth. I do this so that I CAN eat whatever I want on date nights, fun occasions and weekends. I never want the gilt of not going for ice cream….life is too short for that. BUT if I did it every night I would blow up like a blow fish. So…how does one have best of both worlds? It’s called balance. Below are a few of my favorite healthier snack options that I can’t get enough of. 

1. Fresh cut strawberries or pineapple with a little drizzle of chocolate sauce, maybe pair it with half a kit Kat.

2. Banana with one tablespoon of almond butter. This is the most filling.

3. Apple with cinnamon. Cinnamon is a game changer in life in general.

4. Toasted coconut vanilla yogurt with strawberries. Make sure the yogurt you pick though is not loaded with sugar. 

5. Frozen blueberries.

XOXO

CC 

Book Review: Behind Her Eyes

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by: Sarah Pinborough 

I got this book as my February “Book of the Month” from the book club I belong too and holy bananas this book was a page turner! I think I finished this book in two days. I literally was yelling in my head at one of the characters. This book was about a crazy love triangle involving a wife, doctor and mistress who was a secretary. Chance encounters, drama and messed up intentions bring all three together. When you think you know where the story is going or how its going to end, the plot twists! I was definitely kept at the edge of my seat with this one.

XOXO

CC

 

THIRDHOME Travel Contest 

Below is a short video I put together of some of my favorite travel memories for a contest I entered in. I smiled ear to ear while making this video reliving these beautiful moments so making this video was well worth it for me regardless if I win or not.  You never know where the universe will take you!  😉

XOXO

CC

 

Kissing my twenties goodbye 

Image: My bff and I for life celebrating one of my twenties something birthdays

As I’m approaching my 30th birthday I’m mixed with emotions. Where the f did the time go!? I was having a conversation with my older sister the other day on how I wasn’t sure I was ready to be 30, I’m not mature enough, and I feel like I should be turning 22. She said, ” I know, but think about the person you were at 22…your not the same girl”. As per usual, my brilliant sister is right (shocker). Not that I was a bad person at 22, I was just different. Lessons have not been learned and I was in a totally different space. At 22 my biggest problem was getting to work on time and where I was going out that night…Oh and what Chanel bag I was saving for.  My twenties have truly been a blast. I have had some of my best moments, many scary moments and tons of heartbreak with guys. It was all worth it because it made me who I am today, happy and healthy, both physically and mentally. If I could go back in time I wouldn’t change a thing, to me that means I did it right.

Things I would tell my younger self:

1. Your doing a great job at having fun. Keep it up because when you hit 28 your not going to be able to keep your eyes open past 11pm or have 10 Red Bull vodkas and be able to get out of bed the next day.

2. Your doing a fantastic job at never settling in life, whether it be with guys friendships or jobs. You know your worth and keep on trucking.

3. You will understand at a young age the importance of your health and that without it you have nothing. Never take it for granted and take care of yourself. Oh and where SPF!!!

4. Life is short eat the cookie.

5. You will thank all the boys who gave you heartache in your life, every tear you shed, every awful thing that came your way. All the bullshit you had to deal with from the stupid dating websites you were on, all the lies and all the creeps. All of these boys are not for you, that’s why they have to be so mean, because if they loved you back like you loved them, you would have never met Steve and you would have never had a chance to truly find yourself, alone, in Bali away from everything and everyone. Steve is going to come don’t worry and you will be happier then you thought you ever could be. It’s the real deal. He’s literally a real life prince who will make you feel adored every day and treat you like the princess you really are. He will arrive on a shiny boat called the Pinapple Express and cook you all these fabulous meals and make you laugh until you cry, not cry until you laugh. He will bring you pizza and wine and books and hand made cards, he will smell nice and take you to Christmas Tree Shop because he knows you love trinkets.  He will love you like he’s never loved before and it will show. His actions will match up with his words.

6. You will want kids one day because this little munchkin Elle is going to come into this world and flip your life upside down. People will tell you she’s your niece but she’s really connected to your soul and you feel as if she’s yours. You may even tell strangers when you two are out for your walks the first 6 months of her life that yea she’s yours… and that’s ok! You will feel a love and bond so tight, you will just want to be with her night and day. She comes first! You will be crazy auntie CC one day and it will be one of the most important roles of your life. You will doubt if you could ever love your own child like Elle, people say you will but You find it doubtful, but at least it will make you finally want kids of your own. We’ll see!

7. You will realize that your quality of life is more important then any BMW or Chanel bag. You will actually sell some of your collection to fit the bill for some of your travel adventures. This fashion career is not for you, sorry your just not one of them. Your not a quitter but quit this one sooner rather then later. Your going to have a career where you help people. You will finally feel fulfilled with the job you do, but only if you take the risk of leaving the one you hate and starting over. Your never to old to start over. You will realize that you want to live a life of passion. Work to live not live to work. Forget societies way of life and make your own rule book. Who says you need a job with benefits or a 401k or be married with kids at 30? Take your sweet time. Work hard and do what you have to do to pay your bills, be responsible and live your life. Never ever do something for money, do it for passion and you’ll see how happy you will be.

8. You will loose some friendships but that’s ok. Sometimes people grow apart but you will always honor all the good times you had with those people. Sometimes people are not meant to stay in your life forever, sometimes they are just meant to get you though moments. You will though remain friends with most, and these people will be so good to you and you guys will always have the best times ever. You will support each other through thick and thin and embrace changes in life together.

9. It’s ok to be super attached to your family and want to live with mom forever. If anyone judges you they are just jealous your moms the coolest! 😉

10. Your truly going to learn so much about yourself and what you can do. In the beginning of your twenties you were full of the phrases “oh I could never do that” but by the end of your twenties your going to be saying “well if I survived the bugs in Bali I can do anything in life.” Your going to travel all over the world and majorly push yourself too your limits and set new limits and overcome fear over and over again. Your going to embrace the challenge of life and appreciate it’s beauty. Your going to have friends from all over the world and have experiences most will never get to experience in their lifetime.

Lastly, don’t worry hunny bunny, life is gonna be gravy. Every time you think you are being rejected from something good you are just being redirected to something better. To everything I have ever lost…thank you for setting me free.

XOXO

CC

4 Beauty Products I’m Obsessed with Right Now  

Winter blues? Dry skin? In the need of some sunshine? Below are 4 products that are staples in life and are keeping my skin happy this winter.

1. Ponds Correcting Cream: I love love love this cream. I use it all year round. I use to battle with putting makeup on in the winter because my skin was so dry and would flake throughout the day. This moisturizer fixed this problem and I have been obsessed with it ever since! I also love the smell 🙂

2. Carmex Lip Balm: Brings me back to my middle school days. No explanation needed…love this stuff.

3. Essie Altitude Attitude: The most perfect shade of red.

4. Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum: Found this gem after the summer to refresh my skin from the sun.  Super lightweight and corrects uneven skin tone. I noticed a difference in just three weeks.

XOXO

CC

2017

What are some of your goals this year? Have you accomplished what you wanted to accomplish in 2016? Remember be easy with yourself in setting your goals, sometimes the little steps wind up being the biggest of our lives.  Hope you all have a lovely and safe night full of lots of laughter and love dancing into the New Year on a positive note.  Show gratitude everyday, challenge yourself, be excited, be brave, learn as much as you can, travel as often and far as you can, create positive routines for yourself that only YOU do…ME time is so important, smile, let shit go, forgive and allow yourself to love fiercely because at the end of the day not everyone is here for forever.  Below is my list for 2017…I think I can accomplish it all in 365 days 🙂

  • Put my Italian Language skills to the test…continue studying
  • Master the art of making homemade Ravioli
  • Combine my yoga teaching with travel
  • Learn something new
  • Read as much as I can
  • Travel obvi
  • Love Love Love
  • Go fishing
  • Eat my Turmeric powder everyday
  • Save my pennies for the beautiful new MacBook in Rose Gold… of course… for more blogging and my short story I’m working on
  • Find new ways to give back, donating my time or teaching donation yoga
  • Learn how to cook three ethnic dishes, and cook them well
  • Travel to one place in the United States for once, something cool
  • Swim with piggies
  • Learn how to drive and park the Pineapple Express (our boat)
  • Plant something that does not die in a week
  • Join a book club…any suggestions?
  • Get my boyfriend to like chick peas 😉

XO CC