Category Archives: Travel

Wine Down Wednesdays!

Hi everyone! My name is Kat and I am a lifelong friend of Val’s. Val is my go-to gal  when it comes to everything beauty but I’m here for a different purpose. WINE! Over the last several years I have developed a love affair with all things wine and I am so happy to have the chance to share my knowledge with you! Val and I have had many nights lately trying different beauty products and sipping on some of our favorite wines. When you’re having a night in with the girls, I suggest trying “Belle Ambiance” 2014 Pinot Grigio! It’s light, crisp, and extremely refreshing! So far I have been only able to find it at Fresh Market but if you don’t have one near you just grab your fav Pinot! When you’re ready to snack, pita chips and hummus bring out the great flavors of this wine. If you are a go-to red wine drinker (much like myself) I highly suggest “Fleurie” from Chateau des Roches. It’s light and doesn’t leave that normal heavy and robust red wine after taste. This beaut is found at Whole Foods where you can also grab a PHENOMENAL cheese platter of your liking to pair with it. A little tip is that the folks at whole foods are always willing to help you find the perfect cheese and charcuterie to pair perfectly with your  wine of choice!  To me, there is nothing better than staying at home with your best friend, a charcoal mask, and a glass of wine. Every Wednesday I will be coming to you with a new blog, in which I will be pairing some of my favorite wines with food and/or activities! I hope you have enjoyed my introduction to Simply Gold and I look forward to wining down more with you soon!

Cheers!

Kat

Hopes for the New Year!

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Hi everyone and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! Ahhhhh can you even believe that it is 2015, I sure can’t but I know that this year is going to be a rockin one! Since January 1st means a new year is ahead I would love to share some of my hopes for the new year. I don’t like to set resolutions because like many others I feel like I never stick to them! So instead these are some hopes and goals that I will be working toward this year or just enjoying more =)

1. I really want to connect with you all on a more regular basis! I love getting to you know guys and I love writing as well but with school this last year it has been a non stop whirlwind. So I am going to try to dedicate set time each week to connecting and getting my fingers typing to share with all of you!

2. I want to travel more (who doesn’t) but truly there are so many places that I have said that “oh I want to go there one day” and this year I want to travel to at least one new place. Its such a passion of mine seeing and exploring new places and learning that I really want to allow myself to enjoy it! YOLO haha

3. As much of a positive person as I try to be I do have my debbie downer days. So this year I want to replace my negative thoughts with positive ones. And I know that is easier said then done, so what I have done is taken my favorite quotes, sayings and encouraging messages and written down on little sticky notes. I fold them up and put it into my Jar of Positivity an whenever I need one I will reach in and pull out some positivity! Fun right!

4. Lastly I want to be more open to trying new things. Either with beauty, fashion and even food! I feel like a lot of us get into routines of what works or just are too worried about trying something different that we all become stuck (hello I’m guilty of it!). So this year my hope is to every month trying something new and spice up my year.

I hope you all enjoyed those and I would love to hear all of yours! I think we all can inspire and support one another so if you are trying anything new this year reach out and I would love to know! Talk to you all soon and again Happy 2015!!!!

xoxo Val

Chicago Wrap Up

Hey all! Hope you all have been doing well since my last check in. I finally made it through my summer classes and then I was off to Chicago for my beautiful cousins wedding! I love Chicago and have been many times but like with big cities they are always changing. I had a blast wandering around on top of all the exciting wedding activities. Here are some of my favorite snap shots of my trip, Hope you enjoy!!!!!!!

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Grub Wedding Day

xoxo Val

 

 

Molton Brown Travel Essentials

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Even though its been over a month since my last vacation I am still super excited about upcoming summer adventures. But one thing that isn’t so fun is trying to pack all of your favorite toiletries. Being a newbie to the Molton Brown product line I was elated about my discovery of their travel essential kits which are filled with all the products my fellow beauty connoisseur would ever need. So among all the other goodies I knew that this pack would be all I needed for my travels and what is even greater is that with all the mini TSA approved versions of your favorite Molton Brown products comes a TSA approved sized carryon bag where all your products perfectly fit in! The products in the one I chose were the Coco & Sandalwood Body Wash and Lotion, Coco & Sandalwood Hand cream, a Sleep Cedurs temple rub, Ylang Ylang room fragrance, Indian Cress Purifying shampoo, and the Renew body scrub. Kind of sounds too good to be true but I assure you that this is a travelers dream come true. Hope you all enjoy and check out all of the goodies that milton brown has to offer, I know you won’t be disappointed.

xoxo Val

My Beauty Travel Essentials

With my recent travels over (too soon if you ask me) it occurred to me that I usually always forget to pack something or I never know exactly what I am going to need. So in an effort to help all of you and myself (for future reference for my travels) I wanted to share some of my must have/go to travel items that I seem to never am able to live without. What are some of your favorite travel essential? Maybe some that I should look into!

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These are my favorite hair care items at the moment! For the perfect blow dry when out of town these Dry Bar VIP Pack minis is a sure thing!

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I know that Hotels have complimentary bath products and sometimes I really do love them but for the times that I need some comforts of home I have these mins of some of my favorite shampoo and Conditioners from Beauty Protector, Shampoo and Body Wash from BVLGARI, and then an all time favorite Twilight Woods from Bath and Body Works.

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Its no secrect that I love perfume and especially Bond No.9 fragrances! I love to bring my travel sized perfumes when I travel because honestly who wants to lug around heavy perfumes all the time!

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I am a minimalist when it comes to make up so bringing my usual makeup products isn’t usually a problem for me! I find that packing products that have a double duty are wonderful for keeping packing light. This Bobbi Brown Palette not only is used for eye shadow but can be used as brow filler and even eyeliner!

Hope you all enjoy!

xoxo Val

 

 

Reconnecting

Hi everyone! I know it has been too long since I last posted so before I get into catching up with all of you I wanted to say how sorry I am! The last three weeks have been nuts with finals a quick vacation and the starting summer school ahhhh! But none the less I am so thrilled to be back and sharing with all of you. Today I wanted to share a few of my snap shots from my brief time in my home away from home new York City! Most of you may not know but I have a deep love with New York City, well more like an obsession if I am being honest. I love being able to walk out onto the bustling sidewalk and be able to go anywhere that day with endless possibilities and I mean hello the shopping is also unlike any other. Any who, I hope you all are enjoying the warm weather and what are some of your favorite vacation spots?

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xoxo Val

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