Christmas Around the World

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(The Bellagio, Las Vegas)
It is pretty much a family tradition to travel during Christmas time. Many of our Christmas nights are spent on a plane because the flights are always super empty wherever we choose to go. A large portion of my family lived in Hawaii, so that was our go-to destination. This year, however, I have tons of aunties and uncles AND my grandparents living in Texas to celebrate now. I am very excited to spend Christmas with them and celebrate my favorite holiday with my big, loud family. To fill the traveling itch, (even though I probably am flying somewhere by myself after Christmas) I listed a few super cool places to fly to during the joyful season.

Frankfurt, Germany

It seems like Germany is known for their Christmas markets. Just Pinterest “Germany Christmas Markets” and you will go nuts. Speaking of nuts…. the Frankfurt Market has tons of food to purchase while you are practically slapped in the face with Christmas cheer. Nothing screams “I love Christmas” than a Christmas Markets. Even urban districts of Houston have cheery Christmas Markets. Just imagine Germany!

Somerset House, London

I had once had dreams of being an Olympic ice skater, haha. Somerset House, which is known for showcasing many talented artists, holds Skate at Somerset House – a huge ice rink for the public to skate. The museum hosts food vendors, little events and clubs for the kiddos, and Club Nights with live DJ’s a night. What a cool way to spend your holiday season.

Kuwana City, Japan

The Winter Light Festival in Kuwana City uses over 7 million LED lights to create this fabulous tourist attraction. In most large cities in the US,  there are often light festivals happening at the zoo or in town somewhere. Think of your local Zoo Lights times a million and that is what the Winter Light Festival looks like. Imagine what beautiful pictures you could take at this place.

Sao Paolo, Brazil

Let’s turn the lights down a little bit. Sao Paolo has this huge Christmas tree during Christmas time that has 600,000 lights on it. There is also a lighting ceremony that travelers and locals can attend. The lights are animated and can be flashed in tons of different variations. You can celebrate Christmas while diving into the rich Brazilian culture.
Does this give you any ideas? Comment your cool winter destination!

Girl Boss Gift Guide

We all know this girl – the one who seems to have every aspect of her life together, who is constantly busy, and who kicks ass at what she does. Girl Bosses are everywhere! Are you a girl boss or do you know a girl boss? This is a perfect gift guide for the girl who works hard and who is doing everything in her power to reach her goals.

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A LARGE Notebook is a must have for a girl boss. She is busy and taking names, so what better way to treat a Girl Boss than to buy her something she uses daily. You can opt for a cute, feminine design. I love gold foil, so naturally I would recommend something with gold foil all around it. White Cabana Striped Notebook, $18

Hand Cream is great for any girl that does a lot with her hands. These can be college students, teachers, office workers, business women, nurses, doctors, etc. This cutie hand cream is in the travel size section of Sephora and fits well into any purse. I personally use this brand’s hand cream, and it keeps my hands smooth and moisturized throughout the day without a greasy film like the rest of the hand creams give you. It’s Skin Mini Bebe Hand Cream, $5

Heels are not only a closet staple but also a confidence booster! When I wear heels, I automatically feel like my outfit is so much better. For a girl boss, it might be required to wear heels at her workplace so I would suggest a shorter heel. Beauty takes pain I know, but your feet and back will strain less with a shorter, more stable heel. Couldn’t find the link to this Steve Madden shoe! This is a similar one – Louise et Cie Kota Ankle Strap Pump, $1oo

Insulated Water Bottles keep your daily water intake cold throughout the day and is great for the environment. Busy, busy girls also may not have the time or the money to buy a cold water bottle whenever she feels thirsty. These bottles in particular are so sleek and are comparable to Hydroflask and Yeti manufacturing. S’well Onyx Water Bottle, $35

Sunglasses are a great stocking stuffer for any girl, girl boss or not. If you are in mood to splurge on a pair of sunglasses, I suggest Quay. They make super cute styles and many will double-take when passing you because most of the styles make a statement. Quay Australia High Key Gold Sunglasses, $60

Fashion Watch would be great as a statement piece. This gift is not only practical but also stylish. Busy girls, like myself, work on a hour-to-hour basis. No time should be wasted! A watch that’s as cute as this one will for sure help to keep your daily schedule throughout the day. BP Roundface Watch, $25

What’s a LLR gift guide without a planner? All of the girl bosses I know keep a planner religiously. But since a new year is approaching, a new pretty planner would be the absolute perfect gift. The Happy Planner, specifically, is great because the pages can be pulled out and cinched back in at any time. There are also covers, sticker books, and other accessories that you could buy as well! Create 365 Happy Planner Make Things Happen, $14

Last but not least, a Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick would be ideal to a girl with a busy schedule. Currently, liquid lipstick are the BIGGEST trend in make up. Every high end brand has a form of liquid lipstick, so you gift givers should have no problem picking one out! I suggest either going for an everyday nude shade or a bold, dark lip shade for the winter. Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Fortune, $20

If you are interested in what other products or pieces are my favorite, I should be posting a favorites post very soon. If you have any other blog post suggestions or gifts that you found helpful, comment them below or message me on any one of my social media platforms. Happy Christmas shopping loves!

Happy Morning, Happy Day

Happy Labor Day, lovelies! I am sure we all have to return to work and school tomorrow morning. Let’s make this week a great one! Actually, let’s set a goal to make better, happier mornings! Here are some things to try –

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Get up when your alarm tells you to

This first step might sound like a total drag, but happiness is in the mind of the beholder! When you set three or more alarms for your day, all you’re doing sadly is fostering unnecessary negativity. So get up with your one alarm and say some positive statements in your head! Today is going to be a great day!

Make your bed

Another drag, I know, but it makes a difference! Nothing is sweeter than coming home to a clean room. The first noticeable step to a clean room, coincidentally is a perfectly made bed. Also, making the bed can create a clear work space if you do a lot of your homework or work in bed like me! 😉

Turn on a morning playlist

Essential! Spotify has some really great ones! Just search “mornings” in the search bar, and you’ll be set for a great morning.

Watch something when you’re getting ready

My personal favorite is daily or weekly vlogs! YouTubers normally put the interesting, funny, and positive experiences of their week in their vlog so prepare yourself for laughing. Here are some of my favorite vlog channels – Wah & Weylie from Wahlie TV, Sammi & Jason from SamanthaMariaVlogs, and Jackie Castro.

Pre-packed energizing food

A must! It’s not called the most important meal of the day for nothing! Try sometimes that’s rich in nutrients, and maybe a little sweet to put a smile on your face. Make sure to incorporate some fruits too. Get your daily fruits and vegetables in early!

Be productive

I love to start my day with getting fully ready. Putting on makeup, doing my hair, and washing my face just make me feel so much more productive. Look good, feel good am I right? My favorite productive morning activity is pulling out my bullet journal and planning out my day.

Flash a smile!

It’s actually pretty amazing how a smile could make your day 10x better. This tip will not only give you happiness, but will share your happiness with others. The environment around you heavily effects your mood for the day, so try to make the environment as enjoyable as possible.

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