Inception at Sea 2016 Part 1

I am flying back to Phoenix right now, and I am still so pumped from the weekend I just had! It has to be one of the most fun trips I have ever taken in my life! I will have a really hard time going on a regular cruise again after this. 

Inception at Sea is basically a 72-hour music festival on a boat to an island in the Bahamas. We sailed to Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegian’s private island) to spend two days in the sun listening to some awesome artists. Some of the ones this trip were The Chainsmokers, Cash Cash, Tyga, Brody Jenner, Bassjackers, Lil Dicky, and Helena Legend. Chainsmokers were probably my favorite. They performed last on the island Saturday. The boat was off the chain the entire time. Never a dull moment! I am ready to go on my first Groove Cruise now! We are all talking about going on the one leaving from San Diego and going to Cabo in October. If anyone wants to come with, let me know!!

There were themes every day and night for the parties, including Team Spirit, Superheroes, Pajamas, and Nautical. Want some good people watching? Look no further :-).

Here are some pictures:

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Mindy, Erica and I on our way to the ship

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My roomie Kristen and I

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I have traveled and also gone out injured before, so I totally empathize with this guy! What a rockstar!

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Randoms 

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Sunset leaving Miami on Friday

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Theater performances night one

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Kristen, Mindy and Erica

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On our way to Great Stirrup Cay Saturday

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Norwegian Sky

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Fear the Fork!

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Bacon!!

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We could’ve been long-lost sisters….

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Beautiful view of the island from the tinder boat

 

I am going to put the rest of the pictures in a separate post since there are so many. I hope you guys enjoyed! Have an awesome week, and I’ll be back soon :-).

 

Happy Trails,

Stacey

My New Hair!

I’ve had long hair for several years now, and I do (did) love it. Recently, though, I’ve seen a few beauty YouTubers and bloggers I follow chopping there hair off and going for a new style! Desi Perkins was the first one I saw take the plunge, and her hair turned out amazing!! I fell in love with the style, and started thinking about whether or not I wanted to make a change, as well.

Here is Desi’s hair:

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She is one of my favorite YouTubers! I love her makeup, and she also does great fashion! 

Jaclyn Hill is also one of my favorites. She just chopped her hair, but even shorter than Desi’s! Believe me, I thought about it, but I didn’t want to have chopper’s remorse the day after! 

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Her hair has gotten redder and redder through the years, and now shorter and shorter. I love the way it looks on her! I SO wish I could pull off the colors of hair she can! I’ve tried a lot of things, but a tried and true blonde is what I’ll always be. The nice thing about that is I can pull off both warm and cool toned clothes and makeup. When I had reddish brown hair (at a few points in my life), I really had to stay on the warm side to actually pull things off. Even with blue eyes, pinks and purples still looked terrible on me. 

So on Wednesday, I decided to go ahead and let my amazing neighbor and fellow small business owner, Loren, make the chop! 

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That was right after Loren styled it. Hair all fixed and nowhere to go! Well, except for bed, haha! The next day, I re-curled it on my own, and it turned out like this:

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That’s the Snapchat I sent out, and here is the pic I posted on Instagram:

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Loren Brimhall owns Luxxi Salon and Boutique over right next to the Walgreens on Tatum and Shea in Scottsdale. Check it out!! She does cuts, color, and some really bomb hair extensions! The boutique also carries unique, stylish clothes including one of my favorite brands, Naked Zebra, among others. 

 

I used the same 1 and 1/4” curling wand I always use, and just wrapped each piece so there were 2” uncurled on both sides. I ended up wrapping each piece 1 and 1/2 to 2 times around the barrel depending on the length of the piece. That’s what will give you the kinky, beachy, loose curls that look so good with hair this length. I need to find a texturizing product to put on while my hair is wet. I use the Bumble and Bumble Dry Spun Finishing Spray when it’s dry, but today it didn’t do a very good job roughing it up. It just feels too silky and clean. I know it sounds funny to say that, but that’s what weighs my hair down and what causes it to not be “piecy” like I want it. I curled each piece in the same direction, so I might try alternating next time. That means curling every other piece clockwise, then counterclockwise, and so on. It really does make a difference in the way it looks!

I am going to go check out Desi’s channel to see if her “How I Style My New Hair” video is up yet! I saw on her Snapchat today that she was editing it!

Have you been contemplating cutting your hair or changing it up lately? What are you thinking about doing!?? Leave me a comment below, and I’d be glad to give you my opinion! I hope you guys have an awesome Friday!!

Happy Trails,

Stacey

Lunch Break Blogging and Inception Cruise

I wrote this post last week, and never finished it! So here it is:

 

Hi guys! I’m on my lunch break, and decided to try and utilize it for some blogging time. I love our cafeteria and its healthy meal options. In fact, it’s made me lazy as far as cooking for myself at home. Today, I had roasted pork tenderloin with some kind of sauce over it. It tasted like a honey mustard sauce of some sort:

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Of course, I had to have my veggies since they were ones I actually like. 

This past week, I was able to put together a lot of what I learned at the AZPA Psychiatric Certificate Program the weekend prior. It’s been so nice to not have to be studying every single night after work. I learned SO much, though! I am definitely glad I did it.

Ali and I went to lunch at RNR last Monday, and I had some amazing Ahi Tuna tacos! They used thinly sliced jicama for their tortillas!

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I also rode over to Camelback on my bike, hiked for 30 minutes, and rode back on Sunday:

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Decided to kick it old school with some striped socks :-D. 

That same day, I had brunch at The Herb Box in Scottsdale. I had the MOST amazing Soba Noodle bowl with an added piece of grilled salmon. Honestly the best thing I’ve had from there! 

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It had soba noodles in some kind of yummy sauce, steamed broccoli, soft cooked eggs, avocado, peppers, cucumbers, and the salmon. If you get a chance to try Herb Box in Old Town, I definitely recommend this!

(resuming post today, 3/10) I have been craving that bowl ever since I had it!! I am on my way to Ft. Lauderdale right now to go on a 3 day cruise with my friend Mindy and her friends. I am so excited! I have not had a legitimate vacation in a long time. I am LONG overdue for some beach time. The cruise is the inaugural Inception at Sea cruise, which is a music festival that is out of Cancun that they decided to make into a cruise! You can check out their website here. It’s going to be a wild time, and I can’t wait!

I will be blogging on the ship as long as it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to get internet. Otherwise, I will try to blog when I get back. 

I hope you are all doing well!! 

Happy Trails,

Stacey