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Scottish Highlands

When planning a trip to Europe, I think there is this common misconception that we should spend all our time exploring the major cities. Of course, nobody wants to miss a moment in London, Paris, or Rome, and while these cities are glorious, there is so much to see and do in the countryside as well. I have fond memories of my first trips to France and Italy, when I visited the country regions of Provence and Tuscany.

So with the splendors of country life in mind, we packed our bags and left Edinburgh for the Scottish Highlands. Narrow highways and village roads took us past fields of barley, bright-yellow rapeseed, and grazing cows.

Edinburgh's New Town

On day two of our UK + Ireland road trip, we left our hotel in Dundee, Scotland and took the scenic route to Edinburgh. One of our stops along the way was the historic golf course in St. Andrew's, which I recommend, even if you're a non-golfer like myself, for it's dramatic coastal views.

Edinburgh and the Royal Mile

After a long day of travel, the plane finally touched down in Edinburgh. I couldn't have been more elated to get outside and into the cool, fresh air. Even parking lots seem picturesque when you've been crammed in an airplane for fourteen hours (so worth it though).

Road Trip: United Kingdom + Ireland

Twelve days, four countries, a million memories... 

I am so excited to share the details of my road trip through the UK and Ireland! Join me here over the next couple weeks as I talk about my adventures in Scotland, England, Wales, and Ireland.

Summer is Here

Here are a few of my go-to summer accessories and beauty products.

The straw hat and Kate Spade sunglasses are both old, but you can find similar options here and here. These sandals are my new favorite. I think the faux snakeskin and ankle wrap straps (which you can't see in the photo) add a ton of interest to a casual summer outfit.

Below are two products I like to use when I'm spending time in the sun and at the water.

My favorite everyday lip product is the Fresh Sugar lip treatment in Rosé with SPF 15, but I also use the untinted version as a sunscreen base when I want to go without a lip color (rare for me) or wear other products without SPF protection. It's super moisturizing, has a nice scent, and the screw on cap keeps it from popping open and melting inside my bag.

This Alterna kendi oil is something I usually apply to my hair right after washing it or in between washes when the ends of my hair start to dry out. The bottle says "for thick and coarse hair types," but I've had great results with my finer, straight hair. I'm going to start throwing this in my bag to use after getting out of the pool. 

Let me know what your favorite summer accessories and beauty products are, and leave a comment below.

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Summer Finds Under $50

These summer finds, courtesy of the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale, are all under $50. You can get up to 40% off on clothes, shoes, handbags, accessories, home, and beauty until June 4.