Fear & Love

I stumbled upon this amazing TEDtalks video called “The Value of Travel” by author and travel host Rick Steves.
Steves discusses the value that travel adds to our overall growth and development as citizens of this earth.  He discusses the importance of connecting with people and viewing the world through their eyes.  We all have similar struggles and whether we agree with one’s plight or not, understanding the root of that struggle is what is most valuable.  It’s our similarities and the willingness to understand one another that help connect us as people.
Watch the inspiring video below–


Spotlight: Gianvito Rossi


Gianvito Rossi has always been one of my favorite luxury footwear designers, and this year marks the 10th anniversary of the brand’s launch. As the son of famed shoe designer Sergio Rossi, Gianvito was blessed with the knowledge of footwear design prior to starting his own brand. He has now made a name for himself with his classic, modern, sexy and sophisticated designs. Below are a few of my favorites from this current season. These staples are a perfect transition into Spring/Summer.
See more and/or purchase here.

Destination: Las Vegas

Who wouldn’t enjoy a trip to Las Vegas?
Sin city has so much to offer when it comes to entertainment, food and shopping.
I decided to compile a short list of some ‘off-Strip’ things to do and places to see in Vegas for those who want more than what the famous Strip has to offer.

1. Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock canyon is home to beautiful scenery and great hiking trails. The actual Red rock formations make a great backdrop for selfies :). This area is great for families or a group of friends to enjoy.

2. Mt. Charleston

This place is wonderful all year-around. Just like Red Rock Canyon, it offers some great trails, as well as some fun outdoor activities. The Winter brings about a nice blanket of snow for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts.

3. Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown LV has gone through a series of renovations and updates over the years. It has now become a focal point for amazing food and fun dive bars.

4. Downtown Summerlin

This outdoor shopping plaza located just Northwest of the strip opened its doors in 2014. It offers shopping, dining, and a movie theater. The perfect place for a date night or if you are looking for a more relaxed shopping experience.

5. Town Square

Town Square is located on Las Vegas Boulevard just South of the strip. If you aren’t able to make the 12 mile(approx) trip to Downtown Summerlin, then this is a great alternative.

6. Las Vegas North Premium Outlets

This place is perfect for anyone looking for a great bargain. From Saks Off Fifth to Nike to Burberry, This outdoor plaza offers some of the best outlet shops you can find.
Some of the places above offer a few of my favorite restaurants in Vegas. Feel free to comment below for suggestions.

Spring/Summer Vacation Travel Tips

Spring is already here, and many people (including myself) have an exciting tropical vacation planned in the next few months.
I decided to put together a short list of tips that one can use prior to and during their fun vacation —


Bring cash.

It’s important to always have cash with you at all times, just in case.  You never know when you might run into a place that only takes cash.  It’s also convenient should you lose or misplace your wallet.

Take lots of pictures.

I think this one is pretty much a given.  Take as many as possible–worry about deleting and editing once you get home.

Be nice to locals.

Locals are your best source of knowledge when it comes to the best restaurants, beaches, shopping, and those wonderful secret spots that only “the locals know about”.  Obviously, remain cautious, but don’t be afraid to start a conversation or two to learn more about the area.

Splurge on the good stuff.

My favorite two to splurge on are food and activities.  I keep the souvenir shopping to a minimum.

Try the local cuisine.

Speaking of food, I think it’s always important to try the local cuisine.  When in Rome right?  You never know what might become your new favorite.

Leave a day or two to just RELAX.

Whether it is the first or last day, depending on how long your vacation is, leave a day or two with no plans.  Just seize the day and maybe enjoy a spa day or a massage.

Don’t forget the sunscreen.

And also the bug repellent lotion.  I found a product that I absolutely live by from Avon that is both a bug repellent lotion and sunscreen in one. It worked wonders during my last trip to Puerto Rico.  You can purchase it here.

Have fun.

Most importantly– have fun, live in the moment and create the best memories possible.  Even when things don’t go as planned, just go with it.