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Beachwaver S1 Limited Edition

Anyone who knows me knows that I love having curled hair, but I hate how long it takes me to get those glorious curls. I have super thick hair, so getting all of it styled takes me quite a bit of time. Of course, as time has gone on, I’ve gotten better about cutting down my get ready time, but if there’s a tool that’ll save me time, then I’m always open to try it. I had heard about the Beachwaver before, saw it was used in VS fashion shows, and it was popping up all over my Facebook feed. Finally, when my Little said she used it and loved it, I decided to give it a shot. The only downside is the price point. Lucky for me, they had a sale one weekend, offering the limited edition white ones for only $100 instead of $130. Now, that’s still quite a bit of money to spend on a curling iron, but I had already decided it was something I wanted to try, and getting it on sale was definitely a better solution than paying full price.

To my surprise, and delight, it only took a few days after my order for it to arrive, so I had it in no time. I tried it out, giving myself extra time just to make sure I could figure out how to get it to work best, and allow time for if I messed up some curls. I absolutely love it! It’s super easy to use, it has a handy home button if your clamp winds up on the opposite side of where it needs to be. It heated up in no time, and thanks to the adjustable temperature, which my other curling iron did not have, I didn’t have to fry my hair at 420 degrees, instead I could put it a little lower and still get amazing results. I did have a little issue when I accidentally hit the home button while I was in the middle of curling some hair, but I quickly got it released without any damage done. And that is more of a user error than something on the product, just me learning how it works. Now, this one is supposed to allow you to easily do three different types of curls based on how you hold the Beachwaver. I went for the classic, typical curls since that’s what I’m used to doing for my hair. I apparently messed up here and there, as I had some beach waves mixed in, but it still looked great.

Next time I try it, I will go for the beach waves, and see how that looks. Overall, I’m really pleased with my investment, and I think it’s definitely worth getting for anyone who could either use a little help with styling products, or who is lazy and wants something to do part of the work for you.What I really loved about it though was that it curled the hair for you, but you didn’t have to put your hair in some chamber never to be seen again. I am definitely paranoid about some of those products, like the Conair one, that sucks your hair in and spits it out curled. I’ve grown my hair out for a while, and the last thing I want is to have to get some short cut because I had to cut a styling tool out of my hair. So, I’d highly recommend you invest in it. It is a bit on the pricey side, but so far it has shown me great quality, and I’ve read good things that it lasts. We all know, in some cases, you get what you pay for. And here’s a picture of my hair, so you all can see the gorgeous curls. My hair did get attacked by the wind, so the curls got pulled out a bit, but I didn’t grab a picture before walking out, so that’s my bad. I would have shown a pre-Beachwaver pic, but I didn’t want to scare anyone 😉

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My Time in Paris

After I wrapped up my tour of Amsterdam, I continued it on to Paris by train. That part was pretty exciting, I had never been on a train before, heck, I hadn’t even been in a train station before then. So while some people had a bet that I would become motion sick from it, I am happy to report, I had no issues. Traveling by train is an easy way to get from one place to another where you can kick back, relax, and enjoy the scenery.

The train ride took about 3 and a half hours, so we finally got to Paris a little after noon. To say it was busy would be an understatement. I actually felt like I had stopped in New York when we were leaving the train station. It was so busy, and traffic was insane.

Once we dropped off our stuff at the hotel, we then took an hour and a half hike out to the Eiffel Tower. While it was a long walk, Paris is definitely a city made for walking. There are sidewalks everywhere, so you never had to worry about getting hit by a car, at least not too much, though I did see it happen (Side story: guy was crossing crosswalk when he shouldn’t and a car clipped him. He screamed then went running after it, still in the middle of the road for a good five minutes. The guy seemed fine, thankfully, but he had us all triple checking before we crossed the road.). Anyways, back to the Eiffel Tower. It is stunning. I mean, you see the pictures and you know it’s beautiful, but there’s something about being up close and standing underneath it, that is just so amazing. Since this was my first visit, I’m not sure how tight security usually is, but there was a long line to go through metal detectors and bag checks just to get inside to walk around. There was a secondary line to actually go up the Eiffel Tower, with additional security checks. While it was a long hike, it was definitely worth it. On the way back, I got the most perfect picture of the Eiffel Tower at sunset. I included it below, because it looks like a professional took it, not a 24 year old American tourist.

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The next day consisted of more walking around. We went wandering just to see all the different museums, memorials, arches, etc. Paris, just like Amsterdam, has beautiful architecture, and it was something to see. We walked through a beautiful park on the way to the Louvre. It was so peaceful and relaxing, I couldn’t help but love it there. With fountains and even a maze, it was stunning. From there, we went on to find Notre Dame. I was a little disappointed with just how touristy some of the sites had become. The line to actually go into the Notre Dame wrapped around and out into the road, so we opted not to spend our day in line (If I wanted to do that, I could just go to Disney World). And all of this navigating, I want it noted, I did without the use of my cell phone. I am directionally challenged, but I figured out how to get us around Paris without getting too lost. I’ll admit, we got a little lost here and there, but I figured out how to get us not lost, and that’s a win I will gladly take. After Notre Dame, we stopped for some coffee and creme brulee, and oh my gosh, the best creme brulee I’ve ever tasted. Needless to say, I love all their desserts, and probably had waaay too much sugar on this trip.To conclude our day of wandering, we went out to the Arc de Triomphe, which just had beautiful architecture. The fact that some of these monuments are hundreds of years old is amazing, the craftsmanship is just so beautiful.

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The third day we decided to take it a little bit easier since we had wandered so much the day before, so we wandered around downtown Paris for a bit shopping and just going in here and there. We found a chocolate museum, that was awesome. Then we went to this little champagne cellar for a tasting. We tried three different champagnes, and each one was absolutely delicious. The fact of being in an actual cellar was quite an experience too. Steep stairs and alcohol are not always the best mix, though thankfully I didn’t drink enough for that to be an issue. Then we ended our day heading to a hotel that was closer to the airport so we could get ready for our journey home.

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Of course, each night we went out to eat, and the food was again, just so delicious. Everything was made with fresh ingredients and great. One thing that did take some adjustments to was the slower pace. Here, dinner is sit down, eat, and leave, but in France and Amsterdam, a meal can go on for about two hours. They are in no rush for you to leave, even if you’re done eating, you can just sit back and talk and enjoy the restaurant for as long as you want.

Overall, it was another fantastic trip, that I am so blessed that I was able to go on. Parts were a bit touristy, but that’s to be expected when you go to the City of Lights. I think walking around was the best, because you got to break away from some of the touristy parts, and find some places that the locals go to.

Amsterdam 2017

Hey guys! It’s been a while since I last wrote, I was in Europe bouncing around Amsterdam and Paris for a week, and then, when I got home, I had apparently caught a head cold. It’s still hanging on, but I feel like I’m finally coming on to the tail end of it, thank goodness.

There’s so much I can say about Amsterdam. First off, it was an experience that allowed me to see snow again and walk around in it. Though the forecast hadn’t called for snow while we were there, there was a snowstorm a few days before we got there, and the temperatures remained low enough that when we arrived, there was still some snow on the ground. Combine that with the beauty of the canals, and it was truly stunning. Amsterdam is definitely known for a city that lacks inhibitions, and while I did see a little bit of that (Yeah, I’m talking about the Red Light District) the majority of what I saw was the beauty of old architecture and the beauty of nature. There was so much culture and history in this city. I mean, we are talking about old churches, museums with paintings from hundreds of years ago, the Anne Frank house, and so much more. At night, the trees were lit up with twinkle lights, and besides from almost being run over by a bicyclist here and there, I felt perfectly safe walking around. There were lots of people around, but I never felt threatened at any point, which as anyone who has wandered around a city knows, that isn’t always the case.

Now, let’s talk about the food. Ever since my first trip to Europe, when I went to Rome for a few days, I have been obsessed with how fresh and delicious everything is in Europe. The reason behind this is that they get everything fresh in the morning from the market and cook it all right that day. I’d love to say the same thing happens in restaurants in the US, but sadly, it’s just not the case in most of them. That gives everything over there a bit more flavor. Because of it being Amsterdam, there were a lot of different countries’ influence in the restaurants. There were Italian places, Indonesian, Indian, French, and more. It truly was a melting pot, and I can say, each place I went to, was absolutely delicious. We tried to avoid some of the more touristy restaurants, and had to wander a bit to find some really good places, but it’s definitely worth it. I can also safely say that Amsterdam is the only place I’ve ever eaten in a cafe that has a cat loose in the restaurant. Yes, I know we have those cat cafes, but usually they are sectioned off into areas. This was just the owner’s cat who was wandering through the tables looking for scraps and some back scratches. Once he found his little patch of sunlight behind a table near ours, he was ready for his afternoon nap. It definitely wasn’t the norm, but it was great to see.

Amsterdam is certainly a tourist destination, and while we avoided some touristy things, we also participated in some. I took a canal cruise, which was beautiful. It was a unique experience to get to see Amsterdam from the water, rather than just walking around, so I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who visits. Yes, it’s touristy, but sometimes, being a tourist is fun.

Overall, it was a fantastic trip. I got to spend time with family, see a new place, eat amazing food, and get immersed in a culture that I had never seen before. The flight over was a bit turbulent. Not going to lie, I panicked a bit when the plane started bucking all over, I truly was afraid we were having issues, but thankfully it was just a rough patch for about 30 minutes. However, with that said, it was completely worth it. Walking through the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam was an experience in itself. There was so much to take in, and it’s truly amazing when you go through these time periods and get a glimpse into the lives of those that lived during that period.

So go, travel, see the world. It may be a little bit scary, but I can tell you it will open your eyes in new ways.

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