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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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Dubai is becoming one of the most favorite holiday destination for people all over the world, but especially for affluent Westerners who want sun, sand, culture, and relaxation. Where you are planning a family holiday, a honeymoon or just a dream destination that you’ve been saving up for, Dubai knows no equal. Of course, it must compete with the attractions of similar, sunbathed cities, so there are many bars, clubs, restaurants and performance shows. But truthfully, the city was designed from the first brick that was layed, to be a getaway experience of pure luxury. No other place in the world comes close because here, you can eat a caviar breakfast, enjoy a back massage, go jet skiing, dine at a 5-star restaurant and enjoy a hand and face massage by the pool; all in one day. There are so many things on offer; it would be foolish to even try to list them. However, here’s a taste of what you may find to your liking.

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Facial massage

As part of the range of bespoke Dubai spas available to members, an intricate, supple and subduing 45-minute facial massage awaits those who want it. The Sofitel Dubai Hotel, offering nothing but the best in luxury and elegance, embellishes customers with an alluring 1-house Polynesian massage or an adventurous Bamboo Fusion massage for an hour and a half. The spa has an infinity pool with natural light coming from the lavender aroma candles. Immerse yourself totally in the experience with Ayurvedic healing practices and scientifically approved contemporary healing techniques. The journey isn’t complete until your body is expunged all off impurities by the steam and sauna rooms.

One for the ladies

Schedule an escape to the tranquil surrounds of the Desert Palm Hotel spa, where you’ll be pampered like a movie star with treatments in the state of the art Lime Spa. With a backdrop of exuberant green polo fields, you’ll be shown the true meaning of relaxation. The spa begins with your therapist discussing what you’d like. The most popular technique of breaking the ice is to have an innovating massage that seeks out knots, aches, and tension and looks to melt them away. Inspired by Swedish, Thai, Japanese and Balinese healing techniques, the masseuse is trained in deep penetrating massage strokes, as well as waking up your nerves and ligaments with the mysterious art of reflexology. If you want to truly soften up your limbs and joints, try the hot stone treatment, which increases blood flow to certain areas and demands the body’s immune system to rejuvenate.

Skin scrubs

At the 5-star establishment of Kempinski Hotel Ajman, awaits you skin enhancing treatment that you won’t be forgetting anytime soon. Inspired by a fusion of cultures, from Thailand, Europe, and the Middle East, you’ll receive the Ajman Sunrise Ritual. The experience takes on a holistic approach to your well-being, and commencing with a 20-minute body scrub; your body will be infused with natural ingredients that purge toxins and give life to new skin cells. Next, you’ll be wrapped in green tea leaves for 90 minutes before another 40-minute treatment to brighten your skin and remove any marks, spots, cut, grazes and bruises.

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Going on vacation is always an exciting time. You get the chance to see a part of the world which you haven’t seen before. And, you don’t have to worry about any of life’s normal little issues; like work and money. Instead, you can spend the time relaxing and having fun. This can all be ruined, though. Without the right preparation, it’s easy to go on holiday without the body you want. And, this can be enough to make you feel uncomfortable for the whole trip. To help you out with this, this post will be going through some of the important things to do to your body before you travel. With this in mind, you should be able to make your trip much more pleasant. And, it doesn’t have to cost you anything at all.

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Tanning

To start, a lot of people go on vacations to hot places. And, in these places, you will often find loads of people with great tans. This can make you feel very out of place if you have a pale complexion. So, it’s worth getting a base tan before you go away. To do this, you have a couple of choices. In most cases, it’s best to do this through sunbathing; as long as you have the right protection. But, using a tanning bed or spray tan will also work well. Of course, this doesn’t just serve for vanity. Along with the benefits of looking good, having a tan will also increase your protection against the sun. There’s not much worse than sunburn when you’re on a nice trip. So, it’s best to make sure that you have this sorted before you go. Be careful, though; fake tans won’t give you this protection.

Getting in shape

Next, it’s time to think about a different aspect of your body’s appearance. A lot of people like to get into shape before they go on vacation. You will probably be spending a lot of your time wearing very few clothes. This means that you will be exposed and on show; driving most to try to look as good as they can. The biggest part of this journey will be your diet. You need to make sure that you’re eating a balanced and healthy diet long before you go on your holiday. Options like Huel are great for those who can’t be bothered with calorie counting; but, won’t be good for those that like variety in their food. But, there’s more to this than just food.

You also have to consider the exercise you do; when you’re planning to get in shape for your vacation. Putting effort into something like this will always pay off. And, in fact, it may only take a month or two for you to get there. During this time, you need to try and do some moderate or heavy exercise each day. Cardio work can be performed as much as you want. But, weight training will have to have breaks. If you’re unsure; you could always go and see your doctor or a personal trainer to figure it out. This will help you to clear up any concerns you might have.

Vaccinations/other medication

Now, as it gets closer to the vacation, you need to consider the vaccinations you might need to travel to your destination. Loads of countries will enforce mandatory vaccinations for their guests. This ensures that diseases don’t leave the country and get taken to a place where they could cause an epidemic. Finding this information out should be too hard. There are websites on the internet dedicated to helping people find out which vaccines they might need to travel to different places. Along with this, you might want to get some other medication for your trip. A lot of people find that they get sick on planes or in very hot places. So, it’s worth considering what you might suffer from while away.

Getting your hands on medication can be done through a few different routes. For vaccinations, you will need to go to a doctor. They will be the only people with access to the right chemicals to give you the vaccine you need. And, along with this, they will be the only ones who can give you proof you’ve had it. But, other medication can be sourced differently. There are loads of websites on the internet which can sell you bulk loads of medication. Buying pills like this should be done with care, though. Only ever buy from a company which you trust. And, only buy drugs which are recognized by your doctor.

Personal hygiene

Your personal hygiene could play a big part of your trip. And, for women, there’s something to be very concerned about; periods. Of course, you can’t exactly book a holiday to suit this time in the month. Instead, you have to find a way to solve the issue yourself. Norethisterone tablets are used to delay a period; making it much easier for you to feel comfortable swimming and enjoying yourself. Other embarrassing, but completely natural, bodily issues can also be solved with medication. For example, people who struggle to control their bladder might want to find a drug to ease this issue for them when they travel.

One of the biggest areas of personal hygiene which people fail to address before their trip is their skin’s health. This part of your body is the one organ that people see all the time. You can’t hide your skin; especially in a hot place. So, instead, you need to work hard to make sure that it’s clear of spots or blemishes before you go. As a pro-tip; bicarbonate soda is great for clearing the skin. But, of course, you probably have a few tricks up your sleeve.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start thinking about little improvements before your next vacation. A lot of people ignore these things until it’s too late. And, this will only lead to you feeling unsure about your body while you’re away. So, instead, do the work at home; it’s worth it.

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The transportation that connects the world is now as strong as it ever has been. In fact, the transportation that links the countries of the world is even stronger than the relationships between certain countries are. And because the transportation links between counties are so strong, traveling the world is now achievable for most, no matter where it is that they live. But transport technology is just one thing that has made traveling as easy now as it ever has been. No, there are a whole host of other technologies that have done so too. You can find a few of them below.

Traveler’s Everyday Carry Satchel – EDC Organizer

For many people, extensive traveling is forgone simply because of the stresses that the booking process induces. And this is understandable. When you consider everything that needs to be booked and sorted. From flights to accommodation to insurance to a whole host of other things. You can understand why. And, if you have ever attempted to organize an extended period of traveling, you can probably attest to it too. However, yes these necessary aspects of traveling are difficult to sort out, but they have been made easier by technology. Traveling need not be forgone because of the stress of booking any longer. No, advances in online technology now mean that booking a trip is as easy as a few clicks. It’s as easy as booting up your device, connecting to the internet, choosing your destination and booking it.

For those of you who still feel comfortable using the face-to-face service of a travel agent, then there are even ways technology has made that process easier too. Travel Stream, for instance, have made strides in bridging the gap between online booking and the traditional travel agency model. It has done so by including the most state-of-the-art travel booking technology in its flagship store. This means that anybody wishing to use them could use the technology that is made available and still have a travel agent to fall back on.

But technology hasn’t just made the booking process of traveling easier. No, it has made travelling process easier too. One way it has done so is through the way it has made real-time maps as accessible as just about anything. When a traveler has a smartphone, they will more than likely have a map app made available to them. This means that, if they were to ever get lost on their travels, they would be able to pinpoint their location with ease. What’s more, the real-time updates provided by smartmaps mean that travelers can always be sure the direction they are heading in is in fact open. Maps aren’t the only technological advancement that are making the lives of travelers

easier. Video technology is too. When a traveler uses VT, such as Skype or FaceTime, they are able to create an instant connection between themselves and their home, no matter where they are in the world. And with this knowledge they are then able to push themselves further to get more from their travels, because they know their home is only a phone clicks away.

If you are a budding traveler, make sure to embrace all the traveling technology out there. It could not only make your traveling experience better, but it could also keep you safe too.

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