Icelandic Magic

Icelandic Magic

Iceland is unquestionably the most breathtaking country I have laid eyes upon. Simply put, the natural landscape is otherworldly. Each corner of the country is more astounding than the last, with jaw-dropping waterfalls flanked by rainbows, turquoise blue glacial lagoons, lava fields, active geysers, and an abundance of natural hot springs. The added sheer luck of unusually warm, clear weather further accented the natural beauty of the land with crisp and sunny blue skies!     The recollection of unexpectedly stumbling upon Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is one of my most seizing and transcendent memories to date. The glacial icebergs are a radiant, luminous blue made all the more spectacular by the backdrop of a setting sun. Jökulsárlón serves as an incredible testament to the inexplicable, yet impermanent beauty of our planet. Moments following our arrival, a thunderous crack rang through the air as an iceberg broke cleanly apart and dropped into the icy waters below.     Iceland makes for the ultimate road trip despite a common travel trend to stay in Reykjavík and take daily excursions. The highlights of our journey were found far from the country’s capital, scattered all throughout the 800-mile loop encircling the country’s perimeter. We flew into Reykjavik and began our excursion counter clockwise around the Ring Road. With luck consistently lending a hand throughout our trip, the Northern Lights greeted us on our very first evening in the country. Watching the brilliant green lights dance across the night sky was a most enchanting introduction to the breadth of Iceland’s beauty.     Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss are among Iceland’s most remarkable waterfalls. Less than...
New Music Monday: July 2017 Playlist

New Music Monday: July 2017 Playlist

The steady stream of exceptional albums just keeps flowing this summer, with much anticipated releases from Arcade Fire and Lana Del Rey. Lana del Rey’s Lust for Life doesn’t disappoint, with her dreamy vocals and ethereal soundscape allowing for a brief reprieve in her whimsical universe. Perhaps my favorite album from start to finish to drop this month was Vera Blue’s Perennial. Vera Blue is an Australian-based singer-songwriter who first came into the spotlight several years ago following a second place spot on The Voice Australia. The tracks included on this playlist are her more upbeat, catchy rhythms, but her album is a brilliant showcase for the depth and sheer beauty of her voice.     1) Regular Touch- Vera Blue 2) Seeing All Red- Shakey Graves 3) Signs of Life- Arcade Fire 4) Gentle Storm (I Found Peace)- Elbow 5) helpline (feat. Tom Tripp)- Mura Masa 6) Don’t Delete The Kisses- Wolf Alice 7) Groupie Love (feat. A$AP Rocky)- Lana Del Rey 8) Labyrinth- Toro y Moi 9) Fuck They- Sofi Tukker 10) By Design- Kid Cudi 11) Lady Powers- Vera Blue 12) Bad Girls- NoMBe 13) Boys- Charli XCX 14) Midnight- Jessie Ware 15) The Glow- Echo Mountain Sessions- Sylvan Esso   Follow me on Spotify!...
New Music Monday: June 2017 Playlist

New Music Monday: June 2017 Playlist

The past several months have been a dizzying whirlwind of personal change. As the chaos begins to settle and we transition into the lazy days of summer, the most anticipated albums of the year begin to churn out just in time. Most surely to be played on repeat all season long is Poolside’s sophomoric album release, Heat. With it’s gorgeous, syrupy, summer vibes, uptempo tracks like “Tropical Heartache” are absolutely perfect for a day party. Much of the album is best enjoyed lounging on the beach, soaking up the sun. Alt-J dropped their new album, Relaxer, earlier this month with a noticeable shift in tone from their previous releases. With a more dramatic and melancholy sound, it has an introspective feel and is a welcome change to their work. SZA came out swinging with her debut full-length album, Ctrl. This sultry R&B album is contemplative and emotive, with heavy-hitters Kendrick Lamar and Travis $cott lending some assists. Perhaps my favorite album to drop this month was Portugal. The Man’s much anticipated Woodstock. The album is intended to be a periodic throwback to the civil and political unrest of the 60’s. Woodstock manages to retain much of the band’s signature rock sound but has an added layer of complexity, displaying the bands ability to constantly reinvent.   1) Girl Like You – Toro y Moi 2) Feel It Still – Ofenbach Remix – Portugal. The Man. 3) Come – Jain 4) Noise Pollution – Portugal. The Man. 5) Panther Like a Panther – Run the Jewels 6) Rodeo – Pssy Pwr 7) Freak Like Me – NoMBe 8) Number One – Portugal. The Man. 9) In Cold Blood – alt-J 10)...
Tulum Travel Guide

Tulum Travel Guide

A recent trip to the bohemian coastal town of Tulum served as the ultimate girls getaway. Nestled along the white sandy shores of the Caribbean in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, this hip mecca ranked high on my travel list. With Tulum’s reputation for an abundance of street tacos, mezcal, and yoga, I booked my trip without a second thought. A recent influx of upscale boutique shops and craft cocktail bars to the town has done little to deter from its rustic, laid-back charm. Five days was the perfect amount of time for relaxing alongside the jade-green waters of Tulum’s beautiful beaches, embarking on a quest to find the best street tacos in town, and trekking out to the nearby cenotes and Mayan ruins. Utterly devoid of the typical megaresorts found throughout other coastal cities of Mexico, Tulum felt quite similar to the sleepy backpackers’ haven of Lonely Beach in Koh Chang, Thailand. Below are my highlights for where to eat, play, and stay in the free-spirited enclave of Tulum. Where to Stay The El Pez boutique hotel is an idyllic collection of beachside bungalows situated in a secluded cove along the main strip of beaches. The complimentary breakfast is simply fantastic, with fresh fruit plates, pan-seared panela cheese, and chillaquiles served with fire-roasted salsa, as just a few of the delicious daily offerings. A major perk of a stay at El Pez are the complimentary cocktail tickets provided to all four of their sister, boutique hotels scattered throughout town. Served with high-quality mezcal, fresh-squeezed fruit juices, and herb-infused simple syrups, the free drink tickets are as good as gold. Where...
Caribbean Coasts of Colombia

Caribbean Coasts of Colombia

This past summer I had the unique opportunity to combine a couple of my favorite things- traveling solo and practicing yoga. Colombia has been on my travel list for some time now as I heard countless stories about the warmth and kindness of the people and the breathtaking beauty of the country. When my Colombian-born, Los Angeles-based yoga instructor, Andres Salcedo of Power Soul Yoga announced a yoga retreat alongside the Caribbean coast of Colombia, I signed right up!     The beautiful, historic port city of Cartagena is less than 200 miles outside of Tayrona, a lush, coastal National Park along the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range. I tacked on four extra days to my trip for some solo exploration of the old Spanish colonial city. Cartagena de Indias is a true gem, bursting with vibrant colors, pulsating with live music, and lined with romantic cobble-stoned streets with balconies spilling over with bougainvillea.     I stayed in the lively, bohemian neighborhood of Getsemaní despite some outdated safety warnings on travel sites. I could not have been happier with my decision to stay in this hip, art-filled part of town rather than within the walls of the Old City. The cobble-stoned alleys teemed with friendly locals. Old men sitting outside playing a game of chess, young boys kicking around a soccer ball, and women hanging out laundry to dry.     The seafood in Cartagena is simply fantastic. Ceviche reigns supreme with an abundance of access to local seafood, tropical fruits, and fresh herbs. La Cevicheria located within the San Diego district of Cartagena quickly became...