Bikini Picks ’17

Hi all! I’m spending memorial day weekend back home in Kansas City and it has been so great to reset for my upcoming trips. I’ve received a lot of questions about where my bikinis are from, so I wanted to follow up with a full post with links to where I’ve gotten my recent suits. Enjoy!

The Simple Bikini – On sale for $15!!! I have this suit in 5-6 different colors. It’s super simple and does the job. I prefer styles that have less going on and this one fits that perfectly. The straps are more like a bra and they don’t tie around your neck. This bikini doesn’t slide in the front and it has little to no padding. To me, it’s like a low maintenance girl. What you see is what you get.  Plus, you can get it on amazon…. so with Prime it arrives in 2 days!

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The Little Cutie – $13.99!! I haven’t tested it out much yet so the verdict is still out… so far, definitely thinking it is a winner! Very comfortable, pulls the goods together, and shows just enough booty. This bikini comes in 5 different colors, I’m loving the bright ones! This suit took about 4-5 weeks to come in so order soon!

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The Sexy Triangle Bikini – Another suit for $20 on Amazon!! This one is a little confusing to put on with the long skinny strappy top… and it doesn’t always stay put on the goods. Overall, it’s still a great suit if you are with a comfortable crew or if you’ve had a few drinks and are free spirited (the nipples don’t slip… but say hello to underboob and/or sideboob!)

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The Daring Pludge – welllllll lets start with the positives. This suit is $14.99 which makes it super affordable. It is rare and I LOVE off the shoulder sleeves. Overall, this suit is a challenge. After getting this suit in, which took over a month, I tried it on and realized it was probably only a suit to put on for a quick picture. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately for some, I had a few glasses of champagne and went for it. Lets just say South Florida got to see a lot of nip slips that day! This baby is hard to keep up! And while you are pulling the top up, you are also worried that the tiny bottoms are going up your ass. Overall, great for a picture, not very functional… your call! *I’d order a size bigger than usual.

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The Trusty Athletic Bikini – Anything is possible in this suit! Scanning in at under $20 (again!) and on Amazon (again!) it is a win, win. You might be catching on that I do a lot of last minute shopping on Amazon, ha-ha. This suit is great for just about everything. It is less risqué than the others and I feel comfortable playing sand volleyball, swimming laps or hanging with my parents in it. Plus, it you haven’t shaved or waxed recently then these bottoms are a little more forgiving!

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The Strappy Crossover – My most expensive recent swimsuit purchase at $36.00. Still very affordable and a great bikini! The top is a little confusing at first, as it ties around your body. Love that you can make it as tight as you want and it does a good job holding everything together. The straps on the bottom and top are fun and different. Happy with this purchase and excited to get some more items on Missguided!

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Hope you all are having a great memorial day!

Until the next adventure,

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Ten Reasons to Visit ICELAND

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I am so excited to share my trip to Iceland with you all! Over the last few years visitors to Iceland have doubled hitting 2 million visitors a year…. and the population is only 330,000 people! It has definitely become a hot spot for travel and I’ve captured all of my favorites to share with you. You will fall in love with Iceland’s nature, beautiful waterfalls, friendly people, and if you are like me, tasty vodka! I traveled with two new great friends, Kailey (IG) and Kelsey (IG). The three of us have never gone on a trip together, and were mere acquaintances. It made for such an epic experience and I am so thankful they ended up being some of the coolest girlfriends I’ve ever met!  Now for the countdown!

10 Reasons to Visit ICELAND

10. Jokulsarlon Lagoon and Diamond Beach 

IMG_8764IMG_8350The Jokulsarlon Lagoon and Diamond Beach are located two hours past Vik in East Iceland yet worth the drive! It is a crystal looking body of water with beautiful large iceberg chunks that resemble diamonds. It was very relaxing to get out of the car and just sit there watching sea lions swimming and playing on the glaciers.  There was a comforting silence at this location as everyone seemed awestruck by the beauty and  surroundings of gorgeous layers of blue. Walk under the road bridge to the Diamond Beach to see where the icebergs get washed up and look like diamonds on the black sand.

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9. The Donut Hamburger at Roadhouse

FullSizeRender (120)This place is located a few blocks from downtown Reykjavik. You must try the Donut. It’s a donut bun, a burger, smoked pork and an egg. Healthy? No. Fun and delicious? YES. Also… the fries are double fried, haha. We all ordered this and cleaned our plates. The waiters are fun to joke with and we even taught them some American dance moves. They also informed us that they do not eat the Donut Burger because it’s a diabetes in a meal hahaha whatever. Worth it!

8.  Golden Circle 

FullSizeRender (121) This is a must-do if you are a first timer to Iceland. It takes about 3 hours to drive it straight through. At our pace with the stops, lunch, and some hiking it took us about 8 hrs. This was the only day we saw a lot of tourists which put a bit of a damper on the exploring yet not too bad.  Definitely glad we did this drive and it is worth it. Highly recommend you rent a car to go at your own pace. In fact, we had a car our entire trip and it was a great decision.

  • The stops we made
    • Thingvellir National Park  – Walk (or snorkel!) between the tectonics plates of two continents; Eurasian and North American. It was also the birthplace of Old Iceland’s Commonwealth. Iceland leaders would meet in this area and decide on legislation.  
    • Gullfoss– unbelievable waterfall that cannot be missed! IMG_7599
    • Geysir – The big geyser erupts every 5 minutes or so. Very cool to see the hot water boil up and blow.
    • Bruarfoss Waterfall – Very pretty waterfall that requires a 3ish mile hike.
    • Kerid Crater – 3,500 year old crater. You can walk around the rim of the crater, warning- it may be very windy!IMG_7756

7. Vik – a small town with a population of less than 300 people in Southern Iceland. There are several incredible stops including waterfalls, hikes, and hot springs on the way to Vik and right past itIMG_8076

IMG_8309Make sure to hit Seljalandsfoss, Black Sand Beach, Skogafoss, and Dyrhólaey (the arch with the hole) and Fjaðrárgljúfur (green canyon). Here is an great map that one of the girls I traveled with put together with all of the stops and directions. Google Map – South Iceland Drive with Stops .We ate a delicious dinner at Sudur.

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6. Blue Lagoon  

IMG_9519 Book this ahead of time to be sure you get the time slot you want. It is located about 15 minutes from the airport so it is a good option to book right when you get to Iceland or before you catch your flight. We landed at 6 am so we decided to book the earliest time slot at 8 am. It was nice to cross one of our must-do’s off the list right away and it was very relaxing to enjoy the warm water after a long flight. We  enjoyed champagne early around 10 am at the swim up bar. It was a goal of ours to take our time and enjoy ourselves as long as we wanted. It was the perfect way to start our trip and set the tone for our love of finding any and every hot springs in Iceland!

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5. Cinnamon rolls at Braud & Co 

IMG_8039Words cannot describe how good this bakery is and it crosses my mind almost daily! I will book another trip to Iceland purely to eat one of these again. Stop by Reykjavik Roaster next door for a coffee. I loved the décor and funky building covered in colors. It was 25 degrees and snowing one morning and the bakery gave out free cinnamon roll bites the entire time you had to wait outside in the line. Literally amazing.

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4. Icelandic Horses! They are everywhere. So majestic, sweet, and sometimes a little hungry (see below haha). We loved taking breaks on our many roadtrips to pull over and give horses pets. The horses seem happy and content with acres and acres to explore.

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3. Seljavallalaug  – oldest pool in Iceland.

IMG_8771 I saw a few pictures of this pool on instagram prior to booking Iceland and I knew I had to get there asap! I was in love. This pool is just lukewarm and maintained by volunteers. To get there slow down before you reach Skogafoss and turn left to go towards ‘Seljavellir” on a dirt road. It is about 25 minutes away from Vik. Pack a few beers or mini bottles of wine and towels in your backpacks to enjoy. You will need to hike about a mile through rocks and streams yet it is well worth it. The side closest to the pipe (furthest from the changing room) is the warmest. Kailey swam, dove, and did canyon balls on repeat. It started to snow when we were up there which made it freezing and so epic. We stayed in an airbnb on a farm that was only 2 miles away from this pool. Here is the link to our airbnb – the host was very sweet and he cooked us breakfast each morning. We were able to play with the dogs and horses plus it is a great spot to see the Northern Lights!

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2.  Frioheimar Tomato Farm

FullSizeRender (117)A greenhouse that specializes in tomatoes and supplies 70% of Iceland’s tomatoes. Truly amazing lunch with a whole menu featuring tomatoes. To me, the standout was the Bloody Mary! And Icelandic vodka is ridiculous smooth. Pretty sure we tried everything on the menu from soup, pizza, pasta, tomato apple pie, and plenty of drinks! We made this our lunch stop while driving the golden circle.  

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1. Reykjadalur Hike and Hot Springs.

IMG_776045 min away from capital in the town of Hveragerdi.  You will hike 3-4 miles up a mountain to a hot springs river. The water is about 90-100 degrees. Our experience: We started this hike around 6:30 pm, a bit late yet the sun doesn’t set until 10 or 10:30 pm in April.  It was 30 degrees outside. When we arrived, we saw a few cars but no people and started thinking this mystical hot springs hike might be made up. It was so cold yet we decided to awkwardly put on our swimsuits in the porter potty at the bottom of the mountain then we started to climb. There were no signs, as this is local spot and few tourists even know about it. Luckily, we see a few people along the way and became more comfortable trekking along. After an hour or so we saw a lot of steam, the river opening up and a few, maybe five, very brave souls in the water with swimsuits on. After exchanging some friendly words we decided to go for it and stripped down bare to our bikinis and jumped in. And WOW! Talk about one of the most incredibly experiences of my life… honestly it was up there with skydiving in Switzerland, cliff jumping in Hawaii, and playing a big XII soccer game in complete snow in Colorado. The perfect mix of extreme, epic and CRAZY! We packed a 6 pack of beer and 4 mini bottles of wine. Then swam, drank, and giggled for hours. The sun was setting so we worked up our liquid courage to jump out and run around naked trying to put on our clothes. We hiked the 3-4 miles down the mountain as the sun was setting, with frozen hair, and smiling ear to ear.

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Need even more reasons to go? Fineeeeeee 🙂

Additional Food Options:

  • Kaloportid Flea Market – right next door to Iceland’s big flea market
  • Hradlestin – a little bit of Bollywood in Iceland. Just off main shopping street. Famed Harpa Opera House, Inda themed décor
  • Slippbarrin at the Marina Hotel- inside the Marina Hotel right next to Reykjavik’s busy shipping harbor -some of the city’s best cocktails
  • COFFEE!! Reykjavik Roasters – we stopped by this place almost every morning. Serves some of the best coffee in Iceland. It is right to Reykjavik’s iconic church Hallgrímskirkja.
  • Kex- a redone biscuit factory overlooking Reykjavik’s Harbor. Now a hip and industrial hostel with a gastropub vibe. Locals and young, trendy visitors fill this restaurant up everyday. All of the beer on tap is local with Icelandic ingredients such as angelica and arctic thyme. The food menu is full os Icelandic favorites. It was very cold and windy the day we went so we filled up on soup, burgers, and beer. There are large, wooden communal tables with made it easy for us to chat with locals and learn a lot about our surroundings. We were happy we checked this place out night 1.  
  • Saegreifinn – in the capital. Famous seafood spot
  • Sandholt – sandwiches to go
  • Baejarins Beztu Pylsur- Near Marina. Famous hot dog stand. (Bill Clinton loves it here.. insert jokes). Get the lamb hotdog with everything. LOVE THIS TOO. Foodie, can ya tell?
  •  Bergsson Mathus  – good spot for brunch
  • “Harbor” is a good place to be for food and sightseeing in the capital.

Additional Activities:

  • Free Reykjavik Walking Tour – good idea to do this day one so your get oriented to the city and learn about the history of Iceland.
  • Laugarvatn Fontana – A natural hot springs, bath, geothermal pool, wellness center.
  • Reykjavik Bar Crawl — this company also has a good food tour! 
  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula. This is a 2 hr drive from Reykjadular. We drove there and back in one day. It was a lot of driving yet very pretty with many landscape changes. this post and this post helped us a lot with planning!
  • ATVs Tour- We picked this one  2 hr ATVs and it was about $165-$210 per person. We loved it although the weather was snowing and hailing the entire time! Thankful the company provided a lot of warm gear for us to wear. FullSizeRender (127)
  • Snorkeling and scuba diving
  • Hallgrimskirkya Church – if you are in the capital then you will definitely see this church! Worth going inside and seeing the views from the top. FullSizeRender (115)
  • Kayaking
  • Harpa – beautiful concert hall in the capital. They have weekly events and plays. Stop in and see the dimensional glass walls even if it’s just to get out of the cold for a minute!IMG_7397IMG_7383
  • Helicopter Tour 
  • Sun Voyager-cool sculpture near the harpa concert hall. Head to Kex after this for some food!FullSizeRender (116)

I hope this post encourages you to take on Iceland! I promise you will be happy you did. Thanks for adventuring, Iceland! On to the next.

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Point Reyes

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The drive to Point Reyes is beautiful from every angle. From Napa, you will enjoy views like these! From San Francisco stop and explore Muir Woods and Muir Beach.
Once you arrive you may be surprised how small the town is and you will quickly fall in love with everything it has to offer. Life slowwwws down in Point Reyes. For me, it was a good (and challenging) break from social media… as most of the town doesn’t have service (gasp!).  It is a easy escape from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco and a nature escape from Wine Country. We were coming from fancy clothes and wineries on repeat in Napa and when it arrived in the town it seems like a happy standstill. Everyone head to toe in comfortable outdoorsy clothes, hiking sticks in hand, and reading the paper.
Check out my recommendations below for the great way to eat and explore your way through the Point Reyes National Seashore.
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The town of Point Reyes doesn’t have a ton of food options yet each spot is here for a reason and absolutely delicious. Here are some of my favorites:
Restaurants:
Station House Café – A great local, well liked café with organic options. We ate here for breakfast and it is a go-to for dinner as well. All the fixin’s you would want for breakfast plus some fan favorites.
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Cafe Point Reyes – Upscale pizza. So good. Only pizza, a few apps, salad and dessert on the menu. The pizza was delicious and skip desert because this restaurant serves free cookies! Imagine a crispy toffee cookie with chocolate in the middle.. so rich and delicious.
Cowgirl Creamery – the place to overdose on cheese! Located in a former hay barn right in the city square. Grab some meat, bread, wine, and cheese to enjoy outside or right inside the creamery. If you are unsure which cheese to purchase, ask! The staff is very knowledgeable and fun.. if you are like me then you will try many samples before deciding on a few. 🙂 Great spot for a midday snack. No public restrooms.
The Marshall Store – Oysters and champagne. Go early if it is nice out. 10 m north on 1 of Point Reyes. Enjoy outside on long picnic tables and meet some new friends. There are several oyster bars down this road a few miles so it could easily turn into a progressive oyster and champagne afternoon.
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If you would like to get out of Point Reyes for a more lively night then head to Petulama. We recommend Lagunitas Brewery for live music.
 
Activities:
Shipwreck – On your way to the Lighthouse stop at the general and bait shop for a snack, bathroom break or water then head to the back to see the shipwreck. Worth checking out, as it is right on the side of the road.
Lighthouse – A must if you are visiting Point Reyes mainly because the drive is gorgeous! Miles and miles of mountains, greenery, beaches and cows everywhere! Very picturesque.  The drive from the town takes about 45 minutes. Make sure to go before 5 as the gate closes then, if you can stay until sunset then you can snag some great views and pictures.
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Stinson Beach – on the way to the lighthouse. Be sure to stop and take it all in.
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Hike Point Reyes Seashore and see a lot of elk!
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Stop on cypress tree road on the way to the lighthouse. The trees here are breathtaking and impossible to not take a picture of. We drove right by it then reversed immediately to see the trees without even realizing this was a stop we wanted to make.
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Other activities to do near Point Reyes:
  • Hike Tamales Point. Takes 3-4 hours and the views are breathtaking
  • Hike Alamere Falls- Takes 4-5 hrs to complete this 8 hr hike. Walk the steps to palomarin trail then follow the coast trail to the alamere falls. If you would like something a bit shorter then stop about 2 miles in at bass lake and relax then turn around.

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Thank you for adventuring, Point Reyes! On to the next.
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