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Good morning and happy Friday! I’m settling into my new position so please be patient with me as I get into a routine and figure out where blogging fits in now. This week was also big in that Kendall’s mom was up from Mississippi and we got to show her our reception venue. I swear, the Mayflower is not only gorgeous but they have an amazing staff who bent over backwards to take care of us.

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Lately on the The CaroLøve:

Wedding things have been kicking into high gear and I’m getting more and more excited every day. I’m considering doing a post on all the vendors I’ve come across that have made life easier, but in the meantime, ~*gold star*~ of the week goes to Minted for their address assistant. Seeing addresses from my friends roll in has been SO MUCH FUN! Our save the dates are custom from a local woman, but our invites will also be from Minted.

Big props to my girl Alyssa of Naturally Me for accomplishing a huge personal/ career goal. Go check it out for yourself!

We The Kings released a new version of their song Stay Young with a very special guest vocalist. And tell me if I’m crazy but does Travis sound like Michael Jackson a bit?

I’m super into energy and cultivating the type of energy you want to surround yourself with. We’ve all heard of spring cleaning, but maybe a little 2/3 of the way done with summer refresh will be good for you and your home. via Town & Country

I have been exploring more of the south since meeting my Mississippi man, especially falling in love with Savannah + New Orleans. I have to try to visit these 20 Places Every Southerner Should See Before They Die. via Town & Country

Chicken is the first thing I learned to cook for myself… well maybe besides eggs. But this Everything Bagel Chicken takes it to the next level. via Kitchn

I’m partial top OPI gel manicures in shades of light pink, but I am LOVING this back to school Crayola mani. via Smart School House

There is such a thing as Arsen Cat and I love him. (Doesn’t hurt that he looks SO MUCH like my former Catmate, Puck.)

Last but definitely not least (I wanted to end on this and separate it a little bit from my other links + sales) -I don’t think anyone is ever prepared to find out that they have cancer, but one young woman I know is facing it head on and with such a positive outlook. I am truly inspired by Rachel, and I urge you to check out her blog~ especially the I Want to Help link.

Have a great weekend!

 

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When you’ve never ventured to a place before, it can be hard to know where to find the most luxurious spots. There has been a rise in sites like TripAdvisor popping up in order to put our minds at rest and guide us to where we need to be going depending on our preferences, budget and lifestyle choices, but for those who want a little bit more, it can be hard to expand your knowledge – especially if the hidden luxuries are in places that most people don’t tend to travel to.

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In The Animals

There’s a lot of color that Africa has to offer, with the majority of it being in the hoards of different species of animal that reside on the continent. Safaris are available for you to be able to witness it, whether you want to be up in the air with the birds within a hot air balloon, or down in the swamps with the crocodiles on a boat (don’t worry – you’ll be safe!). A lot of people find comfort in the little luxuries that the natural world has to offer, and none more so in Big 5 game viewing and luxurious accommodation to boot. A lot of safari trips offer great retreats for you to go back to after a hard day spotting all of your favorite animals, and they certainly don’t disappoint if you do your research into them. The season that you go in depends on just what animals you will see; there are different breeding seasons for different animals, so it’s a good idea to pick your favorite or the one that you most wish to catch a glimpse of when they’re tiny and go with that. A great tour guide will be able to take you to just the spots that you need to go in order to see them.

Piri Piri Seasoning – World Spice Blends

In The Food

Where else can you get little tinges of delight but in the food that you are eating? Different countries within Africa have their different cuisines, but as the original home of Piri Piri that is taking the world by storm currently, there is no better place to go to sample the spicy treats than on the continent. Luxurious cooking has been brought along by having to adapt to what’s around them, and you’ll find yourself eating rich, hearty meals prepared by those who have spent decades learning traditions that have been passed through the generations – definitely something to look forward to.

In The Accommodation

As well as the aforementioned safari accommodation, there are definitely other things which can pique your interest in terms of where you’re staying. Whether you want to hang out in the rain forest for a couple of days, relax in a fancy hotel or camp underneath the stars – whatever your definition of luxury  is definitely comes into play here. Don’t be afraid to have a look around online and get recommendations on where best to go. It’s dependent upon the reviews of others whether these places are still getting trade, so it’s best to have a good search and settle on something that ticks all of your boxes.

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Being a blogger has brought me some really awesome experiences that I never would have had otherwise, along with friends that I may have never met. Last Tuesday, the two combined and I got to try out the new Summer menu at Oz Restaurant & Bar. I’ve been to Oz before with some of the Bubbles & Bloggers crew, and was absolutely thrilled when Angelica graciously passed along her invitation to the tasting to me as she would be out of town. Oz is seriously so much fun and homegirl loves to eat and try new foods.

Before dinner,  on the outside patio, the new summer drinks were being passed around. I had the Aussie Spritz and LOVED it- prosecco, apple liquor, and hibiscus. The perfect summer drink. The last time I was in, I opted for sparkling rosé, which was wonderful, but the cocktail was so refreshing and a perfect summer sip. The other new summer cocktails are the Ripparita (Exotico tequila, Chacho Aguardiente, and a blackberry + jalapeño puree) and Grapefruit Soda Juice (freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, mint, brown sugar, soda, and rum). With dinner I had a sparkling Shiraz from Riverland, Australia and while I’m not used to sparkling reds, I loved it! Owner Michael Darby is quite proud of the wine collection at Oz, and I can see why!

Dinner was 5 courses and I apologize for the the pictures- I don’t normally photograph food and, in my opinion, I can’t do the plates justice! I was lucky enough to sit with Oz’s owners, Michael + Ashley Darby, along with 2 local area food writers. The food was fab, the drinks were flowing, and the company was fantastic. You could tell how proud Ashley + Michael are of their baby and I have decided that I need to get back there for the brunch. We also had several appearances from Chef Brad Feickert, who explained the inspiration behind each course.

Carrot Mango Cold Soup

The whole time I was eating this, I was thinking, “dang- I’m so glad I’m not allergic to carrots anymore!” While this is something I probably wouldn’t normally order myself, I’m so glad it was on the tasting menu because I would 100% order it again. The concept of cold soup is somewhat foreign to me, but this was SO delicious. It had a little bit of a kick and so much flavor.

Watermelon + Rocket

This may have been my favorite part of the meal because, as many of you know, I cannot get enough watermelon. Complimented with a very light watermelon vinaigrette, feta crumbles, peppery rocket, and house made granola, this dish has everything my mouth wants in summer. This may sound absolutely ridiculous but it was a like a party on my taste buds.

Thai Salad

I chose the Thai salad for my third course: a mix of cold rice noodles, cucumbers, pepper, mango, carrots, and peanut mind vinaigrette. One of the goals for the summer menu is was to bring in a bit of Asian fusion. This dish did that flawlessly. Ugh. As I’m writing this all the flavors are coming back to me and I want to get back to Oz ASAP and continue the tasting. Awesome thing about this dish? Despite the noodles, it’s gluten free! In fact, most of the dishes at the tasting were GF or could be altered to make them so. Having a lot of GF friends, I know where we can go for dinner!

Unfortunately, my picture of the Top Sirloin Steak just did it so very little justice that I didn’t even want to include it. It came with tempura battered asparagus and pommes darphin (think fancy hash brown). Honestly, my favorite part of this dish was the horseradish sauce, just because it added that little unexpected kick to my steak. The tempura was perfect- and I’m really picky about that after trying out so many sushi places around the city.

French Silk

Now I’m not a huge dessert person, but my mouth is actually watering remembering this amazing chocolate cloud from heaven. That is the only way to describe it. I would go to Clarendon just for this and a cocktail. Seriously.

I want to thank Oz for having us and Angelica for sharing her invite with me! I want to get back there for bottomless brunch with penny mimosas, so if anyone wants to come with let me know! You can find Oz steps away from the Clarendon metro (or a 15 min Uber ride from my place~ so convenient!)

2950 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, Virginia • Tel: 703.664.0693

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Summer is just around the corner, and if you’re desperate to impress on the beach, it’s not just your bikini body you should be working on. Nothing will make you look and feel more fabulous than sensational summer skin. When the sun is beating down, you don’t want foundation melting into your skin or heavy blush. You want a beautiful, radiant glow. Here are some tips to help you achieve a flawless complexion.

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Skin care solutions

Did you know that your skin is your largest organ? Your skin is a barrier, which protects the rest of your body from the elements and the environment. The skin goes through a lot on a daily basis, and it’s essential to look after it. If you don’t already have a strict regimen in place, it’s time to start giving your complexion some TLC. Cleanse daily, moisturize to keep your skin hydrated, and never sleep in your makeup. Drink plenty of water, and try and exfoliate at least once a week. When you’re young, you tend to worry about problems like pimples and acne. As you get older, your skin care woes are often linked to aging. If you are worried about wrinkles or you’re keen to preserve your youthful looks for as long as possible, it may be worth looking into the kinds of treatments offered by Sylvia Silvestri. Non-invasive facial treatments are increasingly popular, and they may be worth considering if you want to look younger without going down the cosmetic surgery route. When you’re buying skin care products, tailor your search to suit your skin type. If you have dry or sensitive skin, for example, focus on items that hydrate and nourish the skin, and avoid anything that is heavily perfumed.

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Diet

Glowing skin is not all about indulgent facials and daily cleansing. You can also improve the appearance of your complexion by including certain foods in your diet. Water is the best thing you can drink for your skin, and it’s also beneficial to reduce your alcohol intake, as alcohol dehydrates you. Foods that are great for your skin include berries, oily fish, avocados, nuts, leafy green vegetables, and pomegranates. Drinking green tea can also help your skin, as it is packed with antioxidants.

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Exercise

We tend to focus on heart health and muscle strength when we talk about the benefits of exercise, but regular workouts can also help to ensure your skin looks bright and clear. Exercising improves your circulation, which increases blood flow to the skin cells. This encourages skin cell renewal and ensures that your cells get all the nutrients they need. Exercise also facilitates the removal of toxins from the body, and it can help to reduce stress and improve sleep quality, all of which will have benefits for your complexion.

Are you hoping to nail the barely-there look this summer and show off a gorgeous, glowing complexion? If so, hopefully, this guide will help you achieve sensational summer skin. Look after your skin, eat well, stay hydrated, and work up a sweat.

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Your wedding day is the most special day of your life, truthfully, it’s probably one of the only days in your life that’s all about you. You’re the center of attention, and everyone comes together to celebrate you and your partner becoming husband & wife.

Having said that, you will probably have a fair few guests attending your wedding too. As much as you’d love to only think about you and your partner, you need to give them some consideration too. After all, no one will remember your wedding with fondness if they didn’t have a good time and were unhappy.

Bearing that in mind, this article will give you a few tips and pieces of advice to help you keep your guests happy at your wedding.

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Stick To A Schedule

When you send out your wedding invitations, you tend to put a schedule on their to show everyone what the day will entail. It’s important you stick to this schedule to keep everyone happy. Otherwise, they’ll all get annoyed if they’re waiting around for ages after the ceremony before going to the reception. Naturally, some delays can’t be avoided, but try not to hang around saying thanks to everyone after the ceremony. People want to start eating and having fun, save the thanks for the reception!

Comfortable Seating

There’s nothing worse that sitting down at a wedding reception in uncomfortable seats. Bearing that in mind, you need to provide comfy seating for all your guests. Test the seats out at the venue and consider hiring some comfier seats if theirs aren’t up to scratch. Or, see if you can get your hand on some seat cushions to make them more comfortable. Now, everyone will be sitting in peace, and won’t feel sore all night long.

Food Choices

You need to provide your guests with multiple food choices to keep them all happy. Different people have different tastes, so, send out a menu with the invitations and get people to select what they want or send it requests for alternatives. This way, when the day arrives, you keep all f your guests well-fed and eating food they picked.

Send Out Thank You Cards

Of course, once the wedding is over you might think that’s your work done. However, you should still send out some personalized wedding thank you cards to all of your guests. This will keep them happy as they’ll feel appreciated for attending your wedding, and it means the final thoughts they have of your special day will be positive. They’re happy, you’re happy, everyone’s happy!

As important as it is to enjoy your day and bask in the moment, you should also think about your guests. After all, they spent money on you and bought nice gifts for you and your new husband to enjoy. Plus, some of they could’ve come from far and wide just to see you on this special day.

Be a gracious host and take their needs into consideration. This way, everyone at your wedding will have a great time, and it will be a fantastic day for your guests as well as a special one for you.

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