Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

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frank lloyd wright taliesin west
frank lloyd wright taliesin west
frank lloyd wright taliesin west
frank lloyd wright taliesin west
frank lloyd wright taliesin west
frank lloyd wright taliesin west
frank lloyd wright taliesin west
frank lloyd wright taliesin west
frank lloyd wright taliesin west
frank lloyd wright taliesin west
frank lloyd wright taliesin west

Last weekend, my family and I toured Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright's former winter home and current home to the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architechture and the architect's historical foundation. I've lived in Arizona most of my life, and this was one of few "touristy" type things I'd never done in my home state. 

The tour and the home were both fantastic, and I can't believe I waited this long to go. It's definitely a sort of hidden gem in the city, with picturesque views of the whole valley. Our tour guide was so knowledgable about Mr. Wright and his work, and I left with so much new information! Frank Lloyd Wright was really a genius, and so ahead of his time. I loved his style of architechture, and it was so interesting to learn more about why he designed spaces the way he did. If you're ever in Scottsdale, I highly reccomend the tour, and if you'd like to learn more about the home, check out the foundation's website!

Sun Tan City Versaspa Review


Right before I moved, Sun Tan City reached out to me to see if I'd like to try their services. As an Arizona girl, I'm extra-aware of the dangers associated with tanning and always, always wear sunscreen, in case you couldn't have guessed by my shocking paleness. I asked if they had any UV-free tanning options I could try out, and fortunately, they do! 

The type of tan I tried out was a booth spray tan called Versaspa. Before trying Versaspa, I had tried airbrush tans where a tech sprays you, which I found incredibly awkward. I had plenty of friends that had try Mystic booth spray tans, and their results made me steer clear of that, for fear of looking like an Oompa Loompa. The rep for Sun Tan City assured me that Versaspa was nothing like the Mystic tans, so I decided to give it a shot. 

When I arrived at the Charlottesville Sun Tan City, the receptionist greeted me and encouraged me to purchase a lotion that would extend the life of my tan and diminish the post-tan smell, and I have to say, the lotion was well worth it, and I didn't smell like the typical spray tan by the time I was done. 

The receptionist brought me back to the booth and gave me a quick rundown on the machine and what I was supposed to do, including the poses to hold during the spray tan and the drying cycle that followed. She gave me a DHA blocking lotion to apply to the palms of my hands and the soles of my feet, which helps ensure that you don't get tanning solution in areas that shouldn't be tan. 

A little more about Versaspa: Versaspa is different from Mystic tanning booths in that the solution is made of beet juice and walnut extract, instead of carrot juice, which results in a more natural looking tan. The receptionist asked me what level of tan I wanted to be, and I selected the lightest option, which I'd definitely recommend, especially if you're fair-skinned like me! Additionally, you can select to have an instant bronzer applied so you see color immediately, or you can go with the "clear" option, so the color develops over 6-8 hours. I went with the clear option because the bronzer can rub off on clothes and furniture. You're also not supposed to sweat, go to the gym, or shower for 8 hours after the tan. 

So, how did it go? The color on my upper body and face was near perfect, and if you didn't know me and how pale I usually am, looked like a natural glow. I had a few errands to run after I went, and since it was a super hot day, I did sweat some, and I think that's what caused some streaks on my legs to appear. Additionally, I wish I would have used the DHA blocking lotion on my knees, elbows, and ankles, because the skin in those areas is drier and took the solution a lot darker, which resulted in a less natural look. The tan lasted around a week, which is what Sun Tan City promises.

I'd definitely try the Versaspa treatment again, but I'd try to schedule it at a time when I could be inside in air-conditioning afterwards, and, again, apply that DHA blocking lotion on the trouble spots, but I think if I did those two things, it's a great, skin-safe way to get a natural looking tan! 



Pure Barre Review


Over the summer, back when we were still in Charlottesville, I decided I wanted to give Pure Barre a try, since most of my friends and Brett were studying for the bar or out of town. I was a little (okay, a lot) nervous to give it a try, because I'm pretty much the least coordinated person around, and I wasn't in great shape, to be honest. I've mentioned it before on the blog, but I had back surgery a few years ago, and had some complications that resulted in some chronic pain that still gives me trouble from time to time. 

Because of my back problems, I've had a hard time finding a workout that worked for my back and that I also really enjoyed...until I tried Pure Barre. Consider me obsessed. Seriously, it's an amazing workout, and after the first class, I could barely lift my arms up, even though we never lifted weights more than two pounds. It's  a series of isometric (read: tiny) movements on the floor and at a ballet barre combined with stretching, to build and lengthen muscle. 

Pure Barre isn't just for people that have back problems, either. Every class, there were students ranging in age from 18-60+, and a variety of fitness levels, and every single person in the class was sweating by the end of each class. The instructors were SO encouraging, and amazing at correcting form, which makes the exercises harder and safer for your body at the same time. I went regularly for the two months before we moved, and I could really, truly, tell a difference in both how my body looked and felt- having a stronger core has really made a difference in my back pain, which was a huge motivator for me to continue going back each day, even when I was sore!

Pure Barre is definitely one of the things I miss most about Charlottesville, which sounds crazy, but it really was that awesome. I'm taking classes at another barre studio while we're in Scottsdale for the next month, and it's just not quite the same. I'm super excited that there is a Pure Barre studio in Newport Beach, and hope it's every bit as fantastic as Pure Barre Charlottesville!




August Glossybox

Glossybox sent me their August box to review, and I'm so excited to share what was inside with you! If you've never heard of Glossybox, it's a beauty sample box service, which means you pay $21 a month to receive a box filled with four to five deluxe sized samples (this month actually had 6!). For more info, you can check out their site here, and keep reading for my reviews of the products in this month's box! 


This all-in-one oil-free beauty balm provides instant mattifying coverage, oil-control and SPF 30 protection, giving your skin an instant makeover.
My thoughts: I LOVED this BB cream, and it was definitely my favorite of any I have tried so far. The color was a perfect match for my skin, too, which had been a issue with a previous sample I received in a box, so I was super excited about that, too!

The Brazilian Blowout Acai Aftercare product line was developed to extend the life of the Brazilian Blowout treatment. Visit us online for our full aftercare and styling product lines. The Acai Deep Conditioning Masque is a creamy, rich, intense conditioning masque that drenches the hair by coating each hair strand with exclusive, nutritive proteins to eliminate frizz, promote shine, and guarantee the longest-lasting smoothing results.
My thoughts: This is, hands down, the best deep conditioner I've ever used. I know that's a pretty bold statement, but I sampled it when my ends were a disaster (this is what happens when you wait 8 months to get your hair cut, oops!) and it left them polished, hydrated, and shiny, even though I don't have a Brazilian Blowout. It's a little splurgy, price-wise, but the results really were impressive.

Eau Parfumée au thé Blanc is a generous and elegant expression of personal indulgence. Relaxing and calming, Eau Parfumée au thé Blanc reflects the precious nature of white tea, offering an intimate and luxurious expression of sensory pleasure. SHAMPOO & SHOWER GEL Delicate perfumed Eau Parfumée au thé Blanc shampoo and shower gel whose gentle cleansing action makes it perfect for daily use. Dermatologist tested.
My thoughts: I liked the scent of this body wash, and it didn't dry out my skin at all, even when I used it in Arizona, which is saying something! 

100% Natural Tinted Lip balms in Soft Cherry, Blush Pink & Shimmer shades.
My thoughts: I recieved the "Soft Cherry" tinted balm, and it's pretty much my newest obsession. It does a great job keeping my usually chapped lips hydrated, and I love the subtle color and sheen it leaves, too.

One of nails inc’s best selling nail polish shades. Vibrant cobalt blue for traffic stopping nails. Nails Inc polishes are professionally formulated for a long lasting, super glossy, flawless finish.
My thoughts: I have a LOT of nail polish, and not one in my collection was this gorgeous blue hue. It went on the nail exactly how it shows up in the bottle, which makes it the perfect summer shade. 

Water based with natural extracts, ABSOLUTE! Make up Cleansing Tissues gently and effectively removes all make up even waterproof mascaras and eyeliners while moisturizing and refreshing your skin. 
My thoughts: I don't usually use makeup remover wipes, but I do tote them along when I travel, and these were great! They easily removed my makeup without pulling or tugging, and they're so convenient, too! 




What I Wore: Bow Tied

top: madewell | shorts: loft | shoes: coach

I picked up this little Madewell top on massive clearance at my local store, and since it's approximately nine billion degrees in Scottsdale right now (no, I don't have problems with exaggeration at all) it's pretty much the perfect piece to wear to deal with the heat! 

Goodbye, Charlottesville




Well, a huge chapter of my life has officially come to a close. Brett turned in our keys to our very first home together on Monday, and has started the long road trip home with our precious Bogey.  Leaving Charlottesville was much more bittersweet than I could have ever imagined. When I moved to Charlottesville after Brett and I got married a little over two and a half years ago, I wasn't exactly the town's biggest fan. Over the time I spent there, I slowly fell in love with the charms of Cville, and I am honestly a little heartbroken to not call Charlottesville home now, but I know that my home is wherever Brett and Bogey are. It's a really special little town, with some of the nicest people I've ever met, an amazing sense of history, and so much to do and things to see. 

On a happier note, I'm really excited to see what this next chapter in life has to hold! For next month or so, Brett and I are staying with family in Arizona, and we also have a trip to Napa planned with my family, which should be a blast. Finally, before we make the big move to Newport Beach, Brett and I are spending 12 days in Paris, Siena, Florence and Rome! I'd love to hear any suggestions you may have on what to eat/do and the like, too, so feel free to share in the comments!