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Alyssa Mariee

My name is Alyssa. California born and raised. I'm a mother, a wife and adventure seeker. My blog surrounds my lifestyle, fashion, advice, travel and all the things my family and I enjoy in life.

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Why Traveling is Beneficial

1 month ago

You might have heard the saying "I wasn't born to just pay bills and die" by now. Er something along the lines of that saying suggesting that no, I wasn't born just to waste away my adulthood by paying bills, working hard to rid my credit card debt or whatever financial obstacles get in my way. Because yes, I too have had debt to pull myself out of. I have bills. I have a child to look after. I am an adult who conforms to society in some aspect as in having a job to pay off my finances, giving my child everything he needs and then some. 

Maybe you have all the money in the world with no one to travel with. Maybe you have little money. Maybe you have little desire to travel or so much desire that would do anything to be in the shoes of those who can. Maybe you haven't gotten the time, the experience, the mindset or the drive to.

No matter how much I owe, purchase and budget, I always find time and a way to save for minor and major trips. Whatever your story is, you can always make time and save money for travel and you can do it alone safely or with ones you love. Setting goals gets you there, but ultimately having a passion will. Here are some reasons why making time for travel is good for you and your overall health.

"I do not travel because I'm rich, I'm rich because I travel."

1. New Perspective

Traveling broadens your perspective in a way that puts you out of your comfort zone and puts you in an environment unfamiliar to you, but to a familiar place to the ones living wherever you are visiting. Viewing firsthand the lifestyles of a culture can open your eyes to alternative ways of living. Some people experience culture shock and some experience a fresh start to a new perspective. Being forced out of your comfort and into a challenging one can set your mind free to assumptions of culture and shift your perspective to other lifestyles other than your own. 


2. Relieving Stress

There is no doubt that a week long getaway to the Caribbean islands will do wonders not only to your stress levels, but your overall mental health. Getting out of the mundane daily routines and stresses of everyday life (work, children, relationships, financial issues etc) and unwinding for a good period of time can reset your body and mind back into a better place before getting back to reality. Happiness and satisfaction boosts for travelers in comparison to non-travelers. Having something to look forward to, even if it's a one or two day trip can lower depression and increase happiness as well as clearing a stressful head. 

3. Soul Searching

Whether you're looking towards a solo backpacking trip across Europe or hitting the open highway across the U.S with a group of friends, it's genuine to say that your body and mind will be doing some soul searching whether you think or are searching for it. Maybe you feel like you need to awaken the soul within you glowing dim or you're in need to refresh or inspire your mind. Often when I feel gloomy of the same scenery around my town, I end up feeling suffocated as if I need to pack up the car and take a small road trip even if it is for a day or two. There is something replenishing when you are able to take away something special from an unforgettable experience through traveling. There is something rewarding about breathing crisp air out in the mountains or camping in the vast desert viewing the canopy of stars amidst your head. When you are able to bring something back home once the trip is over, something that is not have become rich in a way that your soul is full and it has gained something it was looking for subconsciously. 

4. Stimulation and Inspiration

We can become so consumed by our everyday lives, by social media and hobbies. We can become involved with activities close to home and often find no time to do anything. But that's okay too. For some, life can grow stagnant if they aren't challenged out of their comfort zone and inspired. The first time I decided to take a trip across the country, I went from plane to plane, airport to airport without having any previous flying experience at the tender age of eighteen. I was a nervous wreck. How was I supposed to find the right terminal and how do you check-in to an airport even? Continuous thoughts I had at the time. I didn't even know what taxes were at that age, but still, I pushed myself to learn not only physical directions, getting from A to B on my own and remembering in which direction I came from, but the obstacles of traveling to get to the heart of the destination of experiencing the whole and taking in the environment is all worth it. Traveling overall can inspire you to take on new challenges in life or take on a dream goal that has been pushed aside. It can inspire you to become a better human, a sweeter companion, an open listener, a grateful friend, a more appreciative civilian glued to a rotating Earth.



My Beauty Product Must Haves.

2 months ago

Hey everyone! Here are some of my favorite everyday beauty must haves that I cannot live without!

Mario Badescu facial spray with aloe, herbs and rose water. This spray is life changing! I initially got the 4oz bottle ($7) because I was unsure just how much I'd end up liking the product. I have dry skin, which is a huge difference from having the oily skin I did 10 years ago. This spray is perfect for keeping skin hydrated, refreshed and dewy. I spray my foundation and concealer brushes with the spray before applying my makeup. I also give my face one last spray once my makeup is all done as a setting spray which keeps it in place all day. It also smells like fresh flowers and adds a nice dewy finish!

Colourpop Colourpop Colourpop! I am obsessed with their super shock eye shadows. I also have the colour gel. The shadows have a really soft malleable consistency that sticks onto any makeup brush without flaking off like many too-powdery shadows do. So you get the most out of the eye shadow rather than it blowing off when you tap your brush. More bang for your buck! I'm still a little on the fence for the brow gel. One day I like it, the next I'm using my Anastasia Beverly Hills brow gel. What I love about the Colourpop brow gel is the creaminess and the fact that it is only $8. But some days I feel its too opaque for my brows. So then I lean towards my Anastasia brow gel which I absolutely love, but I'm thinking of getting a lighter color. What do you guys think?

Benefit BOING industrial strength concealer ($20). I still haven't found the cure for my dark under eyes so when I wake up in the morning it looks like I haven't slept in years. I've tried a lot of different home remedies to lighten them up, but nothing seems to work. So I found this product when trying to find a concealer that not only covers dark under eyes but doesn't make me look crazy white in the face either. The BOING is super creamy, doesn't drag and comes in differen't skin tones. I honestly couldn't find a better concealer for the issue my eyes have. So if you have the same problem, try out the BOING if you're looking for a creamy, non-streaking or blotchy concealer!

MAC matte lipsticks. My favorite colors are Ruby Woo (reddish color) and a more natural nude lip (persistence). They're $18 a pop and well worth the price for having a lip color that lasts and really makes that matte lip pop. But if you're looking for something on the cheaper side, Revlon lipsticks are a great alternative.

I'm a eyeliner pen kind of girl for my wing tip eyeliner look. So I use the Maybelline Master Precise eyeliner in black because lord knows I do not have a steady hand to get those wings on point most days. This liner has a super skinny end to it to get those wings looking clean. 

Urban Decay. Blunt is the eye shadow/ highlighter that I use for my cheeks, tip of my nose, corners of my eyes and eyelids. It's a small product but it gives a really pretty shimmery look to my bland skin after I apply concealer. Plus its so soft and a little goes a long way. I mix the Urban Decay eyeshadow and Wet' n Wild megaglo highlighter powder for a glowy finish!

Puerto Rico.

2 months ago

The entire island of Puerto Rico is breathtaking, it amazes me how we don't hear about it more often. Most people don't realize how beautiful inside and out Puerto Rico really is and how easy it is to get to and from the mainland. If you're from the U.S, no passports or visas are required and most cellphone services work like a dream when it comes to connecting back with home. Flights are inexpensive and with Puerto Rico being a U.S territory, there are no exchange rates. Perfect right?!

With it being my first time there last month it was as easy as a domestic flight from my humble abode in Cali to the island with no intrusions but with all the relaxation, exquisite food, welcoming islanders, hip shaking music and all the rum this gal could sip on included. 

There were too many great things and activities I enjoyed during my stay, but here are just a few things I loved most.

1. Viejo San Juan (Old San Juan)

A vivacious, colorful and historical part of Puerto Rico resembles that of European architecture infused with colorful houses, shops and eateries overlooking the bay and ocean. It is jaw dropping to see such a quaint part of the island nestled on old cobble stone roads, greenery, tourists, salsa music and not to mention photo opportunities galore. Eat as the locals eat, meaning you will have the best local food (mofongo and plantains!) somewhere in this community. But as a tip, if you see no locals lingering on certain streets...its safe to say you shouldn't either even if it looks "cute" to walk down in!

2. El Yunque National Forest

With it being free to enter the national forest of El Yunque, I'd recommend this seriously mesmerizing trip to the rain forest whether or not you've been in one. Check out Cocofalls, the local food and shops stacked up alongside the windy road up to the top of El Yunque. The roads are tight so be careful. Remember to bring lots of water and mosquito repellent and stay on the trails!

3. Beaches

My week long stay was based in Loiza, a community filled with a variety of places to shop, eat, drink and of course nightlife. Steps from Ocean Park Beach and a block up from Loiza Street, there is always something to do locally. Ocean Park Beach is primarily a locals beach but it is a welcoming and beautiful beach for travelers too. Flamenco Beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. Can't pass up clear waters, white sand and jungle foliage surrounding that beach!

4. Local Food

Okay, okay I know this isn't an exact location. But you can't go wrong with ditching fast food chains for impeccable hole in the wall food joints instead. Sorry Starbucks, not sorry. Acapulco, Pinky's and Tresbe are just to name a few, but you can find authentic Puerto Rican dishes anywhere! La B De Burro had a great selection of both vegan and non-vegan food options. Tacos are life, for me at least!

5. Bacardi Rum Distillery (Casa Bacardi)

This is a staple to a Puerto Rican experience, especially if you're into the appreciation and taste of a fine spirit. They have a few tours you can choose from. The historical tour is $15 plus a free drink handcrafted by a mixologist. The Rum tasting tour is $45 and the mixology tour is $45. You can also shop at the gift shop after the tour and engrave your very own bottle if you choose to purchase one. My husband got a limited edition barrel aged rum for him and I engraved with our initials, definitely a sweet touch.

6. Barrachina

Lastly, Barrachina! Located in Viejo San Juan is Barrachina, a restaurant/ outdoor bar where the first pina colada was invented, so they say! But still, the pina coladas were amazing and it was genuine to say we got to taste one where it became legend. An FYI, if you ask kindly, the bartender there can give you a to-go cup topped off with a mighty fine pina colada so you can take it freely and hit the streets for a nice day drinking/window shopping day.

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