11.28.2018

Grand Canyon

Here is a little recap of my time in the Grand Canyon. I'll be making a separate post about my tips, tricks, as well as packing list for those of you that are considering making the hike.

My boyfriend and I had planned to go hike the GC for about 2 months now. We knew we would have about 3-4 days off and decided what better time to go do it. Let me just say that I'm no hiker. I love the adventure and I'm slowly building stamina, but I'm by no means an experienced hiker and did zero prep for this hike. I'm from a family that doesn't camp or hike so I did not really understand the breadth of the GC until I was in the thick of it.

[GC at sunset]

The first day, we did a bit of the rim to rim walk and also did a helicopter ride of the grand canyon. The first ever view that we got of the GC was from above and it was breathtaking. I highly suggest checking out Papillon tours if you're thinking of doing a helicopter ride and will be doing a full review in a later post.

 



We started at the South Kaibab trailhead and hiked down the canyon at a very steep decline. The hike is about a 4 hour endeavour and you end up at the bright angel campground. If you have bad knees, I suggest taking a trail with a less steep decline as the pressure on your knees makes the next day unbearable. The next day we started the 8-10 hour hike back up the bright angel trail.




I also was not expecting such a difficult hike and had only packed a pair of running shoes. I made sure to tape my ankles and was grateful that I did, as it had saved me from a sprain a few times.

[the eevee socks are essential]

The day before the hike as I was freezing at the rim, I felt a sinking sense of dread. Having seen how big the GC was, I couldn't fathom making it all the way to the bottom and coming back out. I was uncomfortable, cold, and angry at myself for not doing more research. Although, every step made me feel less horrible and more excited for the finish line.

Altogether, if I were to redo the grand canyon, I'd take a different routing and would perhaps pack lighter. REI says that your pack should not weigh more than 20% of your weight and let's just say that my pack was... much heavier than that.


Altogether, the view was breathtaking. It really is huge and the enormity of it is awe inspiring. I never would've pushed myself to do this on my own, but I'm so grateful that I did. So go out there and push yourselves. Do something different. You'll surprise yourself.










9.13.2018

What's in my travel makeup bag?

I spend over 100 hours in the air a month, countless more in airports, hotels, busses and shuttles. Needless to say, I travel a fair amount. After flying for a major airline for a few years and learning what worked for me and my routine, I thought I'd share some of my favourite things to travel with.

First of all. I would like to state that this is way more than you'll need for a weekend getaway. I live out of my suitcase and so I bring something for every occasion with me just in case. The bulk of my makeup stays in one of my two homes and I rotate items every month based on the season, and personal preference. This is what I've got this month!

Let's start with the travel bag. I used to carry multiple glam little makeup bags with cute sayings on the front. I found lately that I need something that isn't bulky and that I can easily hang on a towel rack. I bought this on sale at Target for $1.50.


A little pop iron man pin that was lying around for flair. I remember discussing with a friend (Emily) that my pins were just sitting in drawers not being used. Since then, I've made a conscious effort to keep them front and center.



O.k. let's get a little more in depth.



First of all I always try to separate my liquids into an airport approved ziploc bag. This one is from the airport at London Heathrow, which has a very peculiar security check.



This is my favourite brush ever. It is the travel size real techniques mini expert face brush (which I also got at Target)


My tips for packing makeup:

- Bring your essentials. I ALWAYS have at least two liquid liners, two black pencil liners, a heavy duty concealer, and an eyelash curler

- Keep your liquids separate. You never know when you'll be asked to pull them out so you might as well have them ready.

- Bring makeup for a glam day. There's nothing worse than just bringing your essentials and then being asked out on a whim. I always bring a darker lip and a travel size eyeshadow palette for days I feel a little more glam.

- Put your makeup in your carry on. You never know. I've never lost any luggage (KNOCK ON WOOD) and I hope to never have to go through that. I make sure to put my makeup and one set of a change of clothes in my carry on at the very least. I usually don't check luggage at all but when I do. I make sure to keep the important stuff on my person.

- Lastly, make sure that anything you bring isn't sentimental to you. Bottles explode, powders crack and you don't want to lose something really expensive or that you love dearly.

Let me know what your favourite travel makeup item is!

9.06.2018

Photojournal: Where have I been?

It's been a few years since I have put my thoughts down on the internet and I really miss it. So I thought I'd write a little bit about where I have been and what I have been up to.

I have spent the last couple of years travelling, nesting, and growing. I decided that I wanted to venture and really go back to living the life that I envisioned for myself as a little girl. I always wanted to jetset around the world and experience different cultures and places. I wanted so many things for my life, and call it a mid-20s crisis, but I was tired of waiting for my life to begin.

I spent time bathing elephants, driving through Ireland, swimming in the great barrier reef. I loved every minute of it. It wasn't all glamorous but I thought I would share little and I hope that my blog becomes a bit more about my adventures and my thirst for something different.

sun setting in Ireland

Ireland

Mountains on the Inca trail - Peru

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu in the rain

Thailand - "The beach"

Feeding elephants at an elephant sanctuary

Climbing waterfalls in Thailand

Bathing elephants in Thailand

Making wishes in Rome

Celebrating my home country's 150th birthday!!

Hiking with a hangover in Chile

View of the Andes from the top

Ariel and I chatting it up on my surprise Disney bday trip

Tink and I

Small spaces in South Korea

Kangaroo selfies in Australia

top of the world - Iceland

Waterfall in Iceland

Learning new things and nesting


I hope to blog more often. I love the outlet and I hope that you are all very gentle with my return. Growth and change were a very huge part of the last couple of years for me. I have never been happier and more excited for what the future holds. My blog will definitely be a little more all over the place from now on. But I hope you find something you like and come back every once in a while!


Love always,

-Michèle

1.03.2016

Late night thoughts on travel aka. a bit about being a flight attendant

Travel is for stressful for some, adventurous for others. I have always had a love/hate relationship with travel. When I was little, we would save up and go on family holidays that while I had a lot of fun, were never exactly the same trips everyone else was going on (AHEM Disney). We would save for a few years and go back to my parents’ home country, or take a bus tour to a neighbouring city. When I got older, travelling became more about spending time exploring or relaxing. I started to “get” why people liked to travel and it became less about where we were going, but whom I was with. When travelling became my job, I really thought that all of that love of travel would translate so well.

At first, I started feeling that being a flight attendant was lonely. It was about seeing new faces every day and being in different hotel rooms and not exactly feeling at home. It was about crappy soap, starchy sheets, takeout food and not having the right outfit. I would see beautiful landscapes, different people, colourful foods, intricate temples, but not be able to share the awe and wonder with those I loved.

Recently, I think I’m starting to get it. It’s about bringing those stories back home and sharing the foods I lug back. It’s about bringing people together. Not just the connection that I create with my loved ones when I bring a little piece of Tokyo/Shanghai/Istanbul/England home with me, but connecting passengers as well. It’s about getting people home for Christmas a little happier. It’s about kids’ first plane rides (or adults!). It’s about making the ride easier for a mourning family, or a separating couple.


I’ll strive to feel a little less lonely, a little more adventurous in order to regain that wanderlust again because although my job is a write off for some, I love it. I wouldn’t do anything else.

9.10.2015

Photojournal - Japan 2015 - The Sights

I recently made yet another trip to Japan with some friends for a few days and I thought I'd post some pics of my adventure here =]

One of my favourite things to do when I'm in Japan is to visit temples. I've been to a couple and the best ones tend to be in more rural areas. However, I did really love Senso-ji in Asakusa. When I visited, it was 8 am on a rainy wednesday morning. It was nice to get in before the crowds and vendors really opened as it gave the temple a nice serene quality. You also tend to see all the locals stop by at that time, before you're bombarded by selfie sticks and loud touristy types.










Water station to perform misogi. Although, I'm pretty sure I did the ritual 80% right, the intent was there and I hope that is the important part.




My first meal in Japan. Ramen in a Tonkotsu base of course ;)



I got a REALLY bad omikuji (or fortune) and had to leave it behind =[ better luck next time




Obligatory Shibuya crossing picture

Japanese traffic

This was my first time in Akihabara and I loved it. Definitely a must visit for any anime fan.

Minato Mirai






Although I could only recognize about 50-70% of the pokemon since there are about 6 times more pokemon then back in my day(cue nostalgia), I had a LOT of fun at the pokemon center!



Anyone recognize one of my fave pokemons?




 On our subway ride to a fun arcade



 Traditional breakfast. yum

Sesame soft serve


Airport food

Final shot on the way home =]