It’s pretty obvious that I’m more of a beauty girl than fashion. As much as I love keeping my eye on the runways and street-style (oh fashion bloggers, how do y’all do it?!), I always find myself valuing comfort when it comes to myself. Now that I’m pregnant and starting to waddle, that desire has absolutelyyy taken over; but I am super excited to start sharing cute bump-style soon! I get so excited when trends become more comfy and two shoe trends have been speaking to me for awhile now… mules & loafers! Goodbye shoe-icide. Gucci’s Princetown Loafers were the blogger shoe last year and it took me for-EVA to hunt the pair I wanted down. My husband got me a pair in October for my birthday and they’ve quickly become my favorite shoes.
As fashion week(s) is coming to a close, I’ve been thinking about the beauty looks we’ve been seeing on the runway and brainstorming for spring. With all the fresh inspo on my mind, I stopped by Ulta Beauty to pick up a few new products for the season! I was happy to see a ton of color instead of just classic natural beauty (which I do love and still included below btw!). All the colors and textures, like glitter & gloss, makes me remember that makeup doesn’t have to be serious or over-polished. It can be bold & it can be fun!
I was super blessed to visit Santorini twice in 2016! Once in April, & again in September. With the two trips being so close together during the same travel season, I felt like such a pro the second time around! It was great to see the difference in busy-ness from the beginning of the season to the end as well, my preference? Beginning! When we visited in April the tourist season was just starting, many properties weren’t even open yet, and it wasn’t crowded at all! During Labor Day weekend though? Oia was sooo crowded and congested, I can’t even imagine how it is in the middle of the summer. Just something to keep in mind while you’re planning your trips! The weather was definitely warmer in September but I’m not huge into swimming anyways so April didn’t bother me. I hate getting my hair wet lol!
We stayed at Santorini Secret Suites & Spa and got the true cavernous cycladic experience. Such a gorgeous and photogenic property *heart eyes* – I have a full hotel feature HERE.
Enjoy the photos! It was a quick visit so this is just a photo diary, all of my outfit details are at the bottom btw!
If you’re looking for a full travel guide of Santorini, be sure to check out my in-depth post from last spring! xo
Happy Fri-Yay!! Another long overdue 2016 travel diary today… Istanbul! Waseem & I traveled to Greece and Turkey last spring for our third wedding anniversary. All of my Greece posts went up in a somewhat timely fashion but I really dragged my feet with sorting through my photos from Istanbul. I feel like I’ve mentioned it so many times already but I got so sick in Greece that our few days in Turkey were such a delirious blur. I slept almost the entire time and barely got to sightsee so TBH looking at these photos makes me a little sad too! I’ve always wanted to visit Istanbul and while I’m so happy to have visited, I do really wish I was able to soak it up a little more! We did get to check off two of our top sights to see though – The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet was so generous in hosting us and we really couldn’t have picked a better location! Sultanahmet is the heart of old Istanbul and many of the major attractions are all here and in walking distance. The cobblestone roads were so charming and it must have been a little off season when we went (maybe?!) because nothing seemed to be crowded. It was very quiet & serene, we loved just strolling.
The Four Seasons is actually a century-old former jail! Who would think something like that would be converted into a luxury hotel?! The jailhouse was the first in Istanbul and was built in Turkish neoclassical style and underwent redevelopment in the 90s to preserve its history and architecture. The property now has 65 hotel rooms and suites with a gorgeous landscaped courtyard filled with flowers where we had breakfast every morning. The courtyard used to be the jail’s exercise yard, what a serious makeover! I love visiting places with tons of rich history, the property has so much character making our experience all the more unique.
We checked in at night and there was a yummy platter waiting for us (Waseem gobbled up all the Turkish delights!); we room service’d some tea for my throat and I went right to sleep. I woke up to such a lovely view of the Blue Mosque right from our balcony in the morning! You’ll see everything I’m describing in the photos below :)
Happy Monday!! I wanted to do a super pink look for Valentine’s day instead of my usual red-lip look and I’m so in love with how this tutorial turned out! It’s so overly girly and with so much pink I would have thought it’d look clownish but I think the final look is so cute and feminine. Very Legally Blonde :) I pulled out some of my favorite pink products and I think everything went together really well, hope you guys love it! I really want to do a coral/peachy Valentine’s look next – what do you think? Too springy or just a little different for Vday? Lemme know!