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If you kept up with me on Instagram, you might of seen I was island hopping in the British Virgin Islands. Well, I am back now with tan lines and lots of memories of living life on a boat for 7 days with family + my boyfriend. During the trip, I received a lot of messages about the experience and wanting to know more details behind the scenes.
We picked up a 45.3 ft monohull sailboat and sailed it ourselves to 5 different islands around Tortola! We cooked breakfasts and lunches, slept and did everything else in between on this boat. When we decided which yacht charter company to pick, we decided with The Moorings. When my Dad used to sail in the Caribbean during the 80's, he used the same company and felt that they were the best option for best quality and capabilities.
This trip was a great team bonding experience. Since moving away for college and living in NYC, I am not around my family as much as I was growing up. Being all back together required using everyones strengths to work together and have no conflicts or tension on the boat.
At the start of the trip, we had to keep reminding each other of the tasks we needed to get done before pulling up our mooring ball to set sail, but after a few days, everyone knew exactly what was expected of them to be able to depart. Before we knew it, we had our routine down!
DINING: ON BOAT
Everyday was filled with a new adventure and experience. We would wake up with the sun and relax, eat breakfast, prepare lunch and get ready for the day before departing to a new location. We picked out easy options for cooking our meals, such as cereal, eggs, bacon, etc. For lunches, we had some of our favorite classic meals as a family, like beans & hotdogs, tunafish sandwiches, and other cold cut sandwiches. It was great cooking during those meals because they were affordable options that were quick and easy to make for all of us on a moving boat.
Once we released the lines from the mooring balls, we went off to sail for a few hours and see a new island! While sailing, it was fun to just relax on the boat and listen to music. To stream music and stay connected for work, we used Renport. Renport offers onboard and offshore 4G LTE WiFi packages, and we used the Surf 4G Router pak and didn't experience any issues.
We all took turns sailing the boat, but my Dad definitely was our Captain leading us each day. Here are some shots of sailing around and catching candid moments together.
After sailing for awhile, we would go snorkeling or chill on the boat for the afternoon. One of the days, we went to The Baths in Virgin Gorda. This is my absolute FAVORITE spot we visited on the trip because of these natural boulders. We were able to swim to shore and walk all round the beach and to the boulders. The boulders lay on top of each other and have formed beautiful caves and small tidal pools for fish to swim in.
Also during the day, there was lots of opportunity to read a book, tan on the boat, jump off the side of the boat, explore the beaches and candid photoshoots. Since we were bareboating it ourselves, we could create our own itinerary and decide what we felt like doing each day.
FOOD: DINING OFF BOAT
Every night, we would go out to dinner nearby where we connected to our mooring ball. Our favorite spots were Pirate's Bite on Norman Island, Pussers at Myetts on Cane Garden Bay in Tortola and Hog Heaven Bar on Leverick Bay in Virgin Gorda. Each spot had different vibes, with amazing seafood offerings.
As much as I love using points to enjoy hotel experiences, this was definitely the most unique, adventurous vacation I've ever been on. Living on a boat for 7 days is not always glamorous and pampering as staying at a 5 star resort, but it's thrilling. Working together, finding new hidden gems on islands you can only get to by boat is exhilarating and inspiring.
Have you ever gone on an adventurous vacation? Leave me a comment below! :)
Coming to Scrub Island was the best experience to start off our trip in the BVI! Dan and I came down 3 days before a family sailing trip to relax, use some Marriott Bonvoy points and explore Scrub Island! It took 3 taxi's, 2 planes and 2 boats to get to the island, but I am happy to recommend to anyone looking for a place to stay before picking up their boat to stay here! Even after the hurricane, this island came back better and stronger. Here are our top things to do on the island before you pick up your sailboat:
The most BEAUTIFUL spa I've ever been to was my favorite experience on the island! The killer views, nicest employees and amazing treatments made it such a memorable experience that I wish I could re-live.
Dan and I got our first couple's spa treatment together! We picked the Couples Caribbean Escape, which included: body scrub + aroma massage + scalp massage. We both never had a body scrub but loved it! I loved having the body scrub first, followed by the massages to help hydrate the skin. It was definitely an experience I would love to have again. Also, I got a bikini wax before the trip to make self care on the boat easier.
The Ixora Spa had it's own infinity pool for guest to use with the most beautiful scenic views. Also, if you love yoga, you can take their morning yoga session overlooking the beautiful Caribbean Sea.
2. North Beach
North Beach has it's own bar (and can charge items to the hotel tab), towels, pool and beach chairs to use. We enjoyed this beach for how secluded, quiet and relaxing it was. To get to the beach from the Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina, you can take a small shuttle or walk over and enjoy the scenic views by foot.
While at the beach, we were able to use our DJI Mavic Pro drone and catch amazing views of the coral reefs around the island. We also saw a small reef shark via our drone footage.
We ate EVERYDAY and loved all our meals at Donovan's! I'm personally not a big drinker either and loved all the drinks we had! When we arrived at Scrub Island as hotel guests, we were greeted with their signature cocktail, xxx. It had xxx in it and they were dangerous from how easy they were to drink.
For food items, we continuously ordered over and over the Tropical salad + grilled chicken (add in), Scrub Island Fish Sandwich, and Eggs Florentine.
5. Eye-candy views and scenic photography
The views from Scrub Island were unbelievable. We could see Marina Cay, Virgin Gorda, Tortola, Beef Island, Dog Islands and more. The crystal clear, turquoise water of the Caribbean could be seen at all times. If you are a drone-enthusiast, you could take off from North Beach and take photos and videos of the coral below. We used our DJI Mavic Pro, DJI Oslo Pocket, Nikon D5600 and iPhone to take all of our photos.
If you need a place to dock up for the day and/or night, or planning your next stay in the Caribbean before you pick up your boat, I highly suggest staying at the Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina . I wish we were coming back after our boat trip to stay again. Our next adventures now start in Tortola as we pick up our sailboat with The Moorings Company and begin trek sailing the British Virgin Islands!
In a couple weeks, my family, boyfriend and I will be going down to the Caribbean to sail in the British Virgin Islands! We will be living on a sailboat together and sail to different islands, find amazing snorkel spots and experience the most gorgeous beaches for 7 days! Eeeek I'm so excited!!
Since we are sailing the boat ourselves (bareboating), my Dad wanted to make sure Reid, Dan and I knew our sailing skills, to help support him when we sail the boat. So.....Reid and Dan drove up to Manhattan and we found Manhattan Sailing School!
We took a two-day sailing class with the school, and unfortunately had rainy / cold days out on the water. Towards the end of the second day, the sun started to break out but it was chilly! The first day we had too much wind from the bad weather, and the next day had not enough wind to go super fast. Either way, we learned how to sail, in real conditions.
It was amazing to look all around while we were waiting to trim the sail, especially the Statue of Liberty. We were able to get as close as we could to see the statue, and it was my first time truly experiencing the Statue of Liberty. I loved that we picked NYC as a place for us all to learn how to sail together because it was a mix of a learning and sight-seeing experience!
Reid & Dan all bundled up before getting out on the water!
Learning how to sail along the Manhattan was a mix of an adrenaline rush of excitement and fear. There were a lot of vessels out on the water, so we had to really be careful at all times. We had Captain Bruce as our instructor, and really felt comfortable out on the water with him. We enrolled in the Basic Sailing course and tweaked it. Our group did not need to get any sailing certification, so Bruce shaped our course to provide us with the skills we needed for sailing in the BVI. It was great because we got to practice key skills we needed prior to our trip.
If you are interested in learning how to sail, or just sharpen your sailing skills before a big trip, you should definitely check out Manhattan Sailing School! If you sign up with multiple people, you can get a discount on your tickets. It's expensive, but a good value if you look at all the costs that go into the experience. Plus, you're basically getting a free sight-seeing tour!
It's crazy to think I've been living in NYC for almost three years now! Life is flying by from how much fun it has been living in the city!
Anyways, during these past few years, myself and many friends have moved all over NYC to find the most reasonable apartment. When you are in your young 20's, it's easier to compromise because it's only a temporary home you are living in. Finding a new NYC home with space, nice appliances and a great location is difficult.
I follower of my blog reached out asking for the best areas to consider moving to, and I thought "WOW, I wish I had a more up-to-date guide on where to move to in NYC"....OK Sara, so create it, and now I present to you....the BEST NYC Neighborhoods to Live in Your 20's! I have split it up by area and neighborhood for easy browsing. Here is a useful map I found online that splits up the NYC nicely!
I am not covering all the neighborhoods to live in because I want this article to be as honest as possible! Some of the NYC neighborhoods I wouldn't recommend to live in due to safety, not enjoyable or worth the money. So, I am 100% sticking by my recommendations below and being truthful!
There are a few things to look for in an apartment, such as: budget, location and quality of space. Finding all three is difficult, but anything is possible!
Size of Space: ☆
This spot is known as a "right of passage". Most people in my friend group moved to Murray Hill as their first home in Manhattan. It's a great spot to take a subway anywhere, and a lot of apartment options available with a doorman.
Upper East Side
Size of Space: ☆☆☆☆
Upper East Side definitely has some awesome apartments! If you are looking for something with more space and close to the park, Upper East Side is for you. You have great shopping options (Bloomingdales is not too far and other major brands), and will get more bang for your buck. You will find more families surrounding you, but if you want more space for a lower price, definitely take a tour of Upper East Side apartments.
Greenwich Village / West Village
Size of Space: ☆
If you want an AMAZING location with a neighborhood vibe and want to live in a "hot spot", West Village is for you. The streets have so much character and are filled with many trendy restaurants and cute boutiques. Also, if you are a fan of the TV show "Friends", this is the neighborhood where the famous "Friends" building is located.
Size of Space: ☆☆☆
East Village is known for its laid back daytime atmosphere and upbeat nightlife. There are so many great bar spots, speakeasys, and a fun neighborhood vibe. Not the prettiest location, but many hidden gems for award winning foodie spots can be found here. This spot is filled with all ages, primarily NYU students and post grads - great spot to see people in their young 20's walking around.
Size of Space: ☆☆
Chelsea is a large, and fun area to be in! Located on the western side of Manhattan, you can walk to a bunch of areas from Chelsea, such as Chelsea Market, Meatpacking and a quick walk to the High Line. This area won't have as much of a neighborhood vibe as one of the village areas, but amazing to walk to a bunch of different hot spots in NYC.
Size of Space: ☆☆☆☆
If you are looking for an apartment with nice amenities, rooftop access and newer building, you can find it in the Financial District. This area is known for their newer buildings in a very corporate area. It's a close walk away from Tribeca and Chinatown, and you will be able to get more bang for your buck.
Size of Space: ☆☆☆☆☆
I don't have MANY friends that are out in Brooklyn because the prices are going UP! Previously, one of the subway lines was suppose to shut down for repairs, but the project found a workaround to not cause the line to shutdown and prices are still increasing! Brooklyn is perfect if you want a hipster vibe, but still close enough to the city. The most popular neighborhoods are:
If you are moving to NYC for all the action and to be in the heart of it, I would try Manhattan for one year, then move out to Brooklyn. You will definitely get more bang for your buck, but the prices are higher than they previously were years ago.
Size of Space: ☆☆☆☆☆
Right across the Hudson River, you will find awesome towns filled with city commuters. These areas are great if you want more space, nicer appliances, but not as expensive as Manhattan. The most popular neighborhoods are:
To get to these areas, you can take the PATH train to different areas of Manhattan. Plus the skyline views with the sunset are pretty awesome in NJ.
What's an area of NYC you would recommend folks to live in? Drop your suggestions in the comments below!
If you are a pizza lover, keep reading. If you live in NYC, keep reading. If both these apply to you...keep reading.
There are so many pizza locations in NYC that it has been hard to try them all! From the many I have tried, there are certain ones that just WOW you and you continue to go back.
Recently, I signed up with a personal trainer to get back into the best possible shape. Since I am limiting the unhealthy food I intake, I am detoxing my pizza craving by sharing with you my top favorite pizza spots I personally continue to go back to, and think you should try.
There is nothing better in NYC than Joe's Pizza. Personally, I've ate this pizza with my parents at 2 pm, and with my boyfriend at 2 am, and both times of the day (and state of minds) have been amazing! This spot is perfect for tourist and locals. If you're going to go to NYC, you need to try Joe's Pizza. Consider it a right of passage.
7 Carmine Street,
New York, NY 100014
Tips: Cash only, eat the pizza in the park across the street
This spot is located right near Penn Station, and gets very busy during rush hour. This spot is a great spot to go for travelers, local commuters or if you are a pizza lover (like me). You want classic NYC pizza? Go to NY Pizza Suprema.
413 8th Avenue
New York, NY
4. 99 Cent Pizza
Many folks may disagree, but 99 cents for 1 slice of pizza.....how bad can it be? I personally love getting 99 cent pizza because it satisfies the pizza craving and is so cheap! The most popular 99 cent pizza is from 2 Bro's Pizza and there are a bunch of locations located all over Manhattan! If you just want to get your pizza-fix, go find your closest 99 cent pizza on Google maps and there should be one nearby!
I went back and forth on whether to include this spot, because Eataly is located in a few cities besides NYC. I continue to go back with friends and on dates because I just LOVE the pizza. These individual size pizzas make the perfect appetizer to split at the table or as your own dinner. My go-to is the Margarita pizza with burrata on top.
I never thought I would say I went to a spa and had a ~wild~ time...but here I am saying it after a wonderful half day at Premier57. Premier57 is very different than other NYC spas I have visited. I am so excited I found a spa that is perfect to enjoy with a group of friends, has amazing amenities and a fun vibe. If you are someone who wants a quieter experience, then I would suggest visiting the spa during the weekdays.
Premier57 has three floors in midtown filled with pools, jacuzzis, saunas, massage rooms and a walk up counter to order your favorite health + comfort food.
In the Chromo Therapy Room
My friend Biancha and I didn't realize the spa had no time restriction on tickets, so we stayed from 3 pm until 9 pm at night! They had so many different amenities to try out. The first spot was the rooftop jacquzzis overlooking Midtown Manhattan. It was amazing to relax above the different buildings, and silence above the NYC streets.
Another favorite part of the spa was the sauna valley. The Premier57 spa had rooms with different temperatures, materials and ambiances filling the room. Before entering each room, there was a sign that had all the benefits and history of each room: Gold, Loess Soil, Himalayan Salt, Chromo Therapy and Far-Infrared Sauna Rooms. Also, there was an Ice Igloo room covered in ALL ice.
My top favorite saunas:
- Gold (literally a room COVERED in gold)
- Himalayan Salt (loved breathing in the Himalayan salt)
- Chromo Therapy (uses colors to balance energy)
We were able to stay at the spa so long because of the yummy Cafe Bistro. This walk-up food bar includes:
Healthy options: Acai Bowls, Paninis, Sandwiches, Waffles, Coffee Options, Fresh Squeezed Juices, Smoothies, Bubble Teas and more
Comfort food: Korean Cuisine, Sushi, Burgers and Fries, Vegan Veggie Burgers and more
All the food was amazing, and we really loved stuffing our faces in between exploring the different amenities.
Thank you Premier57 for an AMAZING spa experience!
As many of my readers know, I love to try out new experiences. If I am able to share the experience with my boyfriend and close friends, that makes it even more memorable. One of my friends, Molly, reached out to me with a experience she wanted to try out.....ballroom dancing. The last time I participated in ballroom dancing was in 6th grade, and I was too young to remember a lot of the moves. So, we convinced our boyfriends that this would be a fun idea, and signed up for ballroom dancing atFred Astaire Dance Studios NY Downtown.
The location of the studio was amazing. We took the elevator upstairs to a gorgeous, small ballroom that had large windows overlooking lower Manhattan. It made us feel like we were dancing above the clouds!
I highly encourage you to watch the experience! Molly recorded the video on her Youtube channel:
We learned three different dances: Tango, Fox Trot and a little Salsa! I also loved that Dan could lead us dancing because he started to get really into it! I appreciate his willingness to step out of his comfort zone - best boyfriend award goes to him!
The studio offers many dance class opportunities for private and social classes 7 days a week. The dance studio also mentioned there was a younger crowd compared to other studios, so I highly suggest to sign up if you are looking for a younger group of people to dance beside you!
Thank you Fred Astaire Studios for letting us come in for an awesome experience!
I was doing research online to find a trendy nail salon with a unique experience, and landed across Glosslab. Not only is it the perfect spot for millennials, but also offers monthly memberships on nail services. Unlimited services for manicures and pedicures (gel & regular), polish changes and touch ups all for $89 per month.
I went to go try it out for myself and LOVED the experience! At each manicure and pedicure station, there was an iPad available to read the news and different magazines! I loved having the downtime to read the news instead of just flipping through Instagram on my iPhone.
Also, their nail polish selection was impressive! Not only do they offer regular and gel polish, but they have natural nail polish! The salon seems to really know how to cater to millennials.
For how much women pay for taking care of their nails, this is a great deal! Most nail salons in NYC are charging a similar price in gel manicures. If you're someone who goes 3 times a month for a fresh polish, this is worth it. Plus, the salon was so clean, put together and professional with a fun vibe!
If you're visiting NYC or looking for a new nail salon routine, I highly suggest trying out Glosslab for yourself!
The most beautiful (but cold) time of the year in New York City is finally here! From Thanksgiving to New Years, all the shops in NYC look beautiful in bright twinkle lights, and holiday decor to grab you into their stores. After living in New York City for a few years, I have rounded up my favorite spots to take friends in NYC while on a budget (most of the spots are free).
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
If you want to be able to ice skate, shop and eat yummy treats, the best place is Bryant Park Christmas Holiday Market! There is SO much to do, you could easily spend a few hours. I highly suggest walking around the shops, then heading to The Lodge Urban Space to warm up, and finishing up by eating your food outside while watching the ice skaters! There is a good amount of outdoor to watch the ice skaters while sipping some hot cocoa or chow down a yummy dessert.
Ice Skating in Central Park
Central Park is beautiful to walk around in the winter time! Bundle up and make sure to go over to the ice skating rink to join in or watch families go around the rink! Best way to watch? Pick up some of the hot foods and sit down to enjoy the view on the rocks and sky scrapers in the distance.
Walk down 5th Avenue to see the Holiday Windows
Fifth Ave is known for their reputation of having impressive window displays!. It's beautiful seeing all the designer window displays carefully created while incorporating items that are sold inside the store for gifts!
Macy's Herald Square Christmas Decorations
The Iconic Macy's Herald Square has it's own impressive Christmas decorations They put so much thought and color into every detail - they even have animatronics!! After passing the front of Macy's window display, head into the store and look up at all the decorations! If you're looking for an easy way to stay warm, walk around the store and pick up a few gifts or explore all the different floors.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
My last must-see is the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree! The beautiful lights covering the entire tree is absolutely beautiful! I suggest walking around the area and looking down at the skaters after getting a picture with the large tree. Don't ice skate though - the line is very long and you will use up a chunk of your time. If you're a local, save ice skating on the rink for after the holidays.
Hope you enjoyed reading all my favorite holiday spots that are perfect on a budget! If you have a NYC favorite holiday spot, share it below!
As many of my followers know, this year I have taken my skincare routine more seriously. So, I'll be honest, one of the toughest parts about colder weather is taking care of my skin. Since humidity is low, it has taken me awhile to find what products to use to help protect my skin from red irritation ahead of time. After trying many skincare products, I have found the right ones that work for my sensitive skin and want to share with my followers what products I am currently loving!
All the products I list are linked and may be on sale for Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday! OK OK now, I present.....my top 5 go-to winter skincare products!
This moisture Prep toning lotion allows my skin to maximize the use of my moisturizer, while purifying, and smoothing the skin with aloe leaf and yeast extract. I notice this really helps reduce my red, irritated skin once it gets colder out! I use this every morning in the winter time.
I love this product to help brighten, balance and purify my skin with anti-aging treatment to reduce signs of lines and wrinkles. Perfect for all skin types, I use this after I clean my face every night before bed.
My go-to (even in the summer time)! I am OBSESSED with this lip mask. I try to put this on a few nights during the week before bed - I love waking up with the softest lips! For best results, I highly recommend exfoliating your lips with a lip scrub exfoliator and then applying the lip sleeping mask on.
Friends...we are not getting any younger. Especially in your 20's, it's so important to continuously stay on top of moisturizing to prevent wrinkles. Winter time is even more important because the climate is not in our favor. Let this bad boy soak into your skin underneath your eyes to help prevent wrinkles!
My allergist recommended this lotion to me because of how sensitive my skin was in the cold weather while she was trying to test me for different allergies last year! I use this on my arms and legs twice a day in the winter (OK sometimes once a day if I forget a second time) to help keep my body moisturized.
If you have a favorite skincare product you use in the winter, let me know in the comments below! :)
All opinions expressed are my honest opinions based on my personal experiences. I am not a skincare professional. I am just someone who loves beauty-related topics...and sharing my own experiences.