Blue Lagoon

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Sometimes in life (or on a really good vacation), you have a moment that is so incredible, you wish that it would never end. My trip to the Blue Lagoon in Grindavik, Iceland was one of those moments. On the last day of the trip, we stopped by these natural hot springs on the way to the airport. Our bus took a winding road through desolate, thousand-year old lava fields before approaching the milky blue waters. You could see the thick white steam swirling from the boiling waters all the way out into the parking lot. We stepped into the chic changing rooms and threw on our swimsuits before battling the 20 degree temps to get into the Lagoon.

On that day, the sun was shining so bright and the clouds were unlike anything I had ever seen before. Our first stop was the swim-up bar for 11am cocktails. We covered ourselves with the white silica mud that filled the bottom of the Lagoon. My skin had never felt so soft. We soaked until our hands were pruney and reluctantly forced ourselves out of the water. Although a hot shower after a long day is pretty great, it will never compare to the heavenly day we spent at the Blue Lagoon.

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Image^^View of the entire Lagoon from the rooftop.

Image^^The clouds looked so magical and almost dreamlike.

Image^^Nothing like strawberry champagne while soaking away in the steamy bath.

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Iceland

A few weeks ago, I booked my dream trip to Iceland with one of my best friends, Jamie. I’m not sure exactly what it is about this country that intrigued me so many years ago but I have been dreaming about it ever since.

My love for Iceland grew immensely after looking through the photos taken by one of my favorite bloggers, Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper. There were never-ending miles of glaciers, Northern Lights dancing across the sky, and the steamy waters of the Blue Lagoon. You better believe my Iceland “to do” list is growing more and more each day.

{photos courtesy of Gary Pepper}

Goodbye Summer, Hate To See You Go

I decided to soak up some Florida sunshine this past weekend and spend Sunday afternoon at the Don CeSar Hotel on St. Pete Beach. Some friends from college were staying at the hotel for the weekend so I joined them and we spent our afternoon laying on beach chairs, sipping frozen drinks, going for a dip in the pool at their villa, and watching a summer thunderstorm roll in. I forgot how gorgeous St. Pete Beach is. I felt like I was a million miles away on a tropical vacation. What a nice little weekend escape!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has always been one of my favorite times of the year. I love seeing what the designers put on the runway for each season. Fashion’s Night Out is the official kick-off to the most fashionable week of the year. Every September, over 500 cities nationwide participate in this event. I met up with some girlfriends at International Plaza in Tampa for a night of dressing up, posing on the red carpet, and of course, shopping.

I took a weekend trip up to Gainesville to visit one of my best friends, Jamie. We had planned this trip over a month ago but in the meantime, her boyfriend Paul popped the question and she is now engaged! It was a wonderful weekend being able to celebrate with the happy couple.

We spent an afternoon at the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens which was full of colorful flowers, bamboo gardens, hundreds of fresh herbs, and a lakefront view. We continued our relaxing weekend with Gator football, dinner at my favorite tapas spot Emiliano’s, a stop at the mall for some fall shopping, lattes at Starbucks, and a whole lot of home cooked food.

I’m looking forward to heading to my mom’s hometown in Ohio for the weekend. I’ll be spending the first day of autumn with temperatures in the 40’s and if I’m lucky, some leaves changing colors. It really is the little things that make me the happiest.