EUROPE ADVENTURES PART 1: OUR 3 COUNTRIES TOUR

Finally had a chance to process my very first visit to Europe and now Iโ€™m excited to share a bit about it with you all. For those who follow along on Instagram and watch my Instagram stories, you may have seen all of our videos documenting our visit to Barcelona, Spain, France, Rome, Italy, Andorra and our 40 mile walk on the Camino de Santiago. Yes, I said it, we hiked for 3 days straight clocking in a whopping 40 miles from Pamplona, Spain to Logrono, Spain.

So, why were we in Europe? Good question! I worked as a communications specialist for a graduate program in my former position and I was a part of their study abroad planning committee. I was tasked with collecting marketing content that could be used to market the course. When COVID hit, our trip was put on hold until 2022, but by that time I had transitioned to a new position at the university I work at. I was asked to finish up this project and was given the invitation to go to Europe to document the trip for marketing. I’m so grateful to work in the university setting. It has taken me places I never thought I’d ever see. Education has taken me places I never thought in my wildest dreams I could ever see. It’s amazing! I always knew I’d be in education, and for a long time I thought it would be as a teacher, but that plan fell through and I’m grateful for that. I’ll be sharing more about what I actually do in the education world in another post, but for now, without further ado, I present to you pics from our 3 countries tour.

Yup, Charles booked us a 3 country tour and yup, we visited 3 countries in one day! We got a chance to bop around Spain, France and Andorra with our tour guide Rod. Rod was amazing and took us to a few tiny towns in France for some yummy food and we got our passports stamped in the cold mountains of Andorra. It was a full day of fun meeting some really cool solo travelers and hanging out with the locals. Keep scrolling for pics….

Our tour guide, Rod.
Guy from Sweden we met on the tour
They had the yummiest cod and curry rice dish.
Charles posted up outside the food spot thinking he’s cool
Cod and coconut curry rice
Random post office shot
This shop was closed.
French hotel
Beautiful stream
It’s the swag for me
He snuck in the church to look around

So, after a fun time in France, we headed up the mountain to Andorra to get our passports stamped and freeze our tushies off in the mountains. Yes it was SOOOOO cold, but so worth it to see the beautiful mountain views and snap a few pics. Is this view not amazing ya’ll? I never in a million years would have wanted to visit a cold place for vacation, but here I was, freezing cold, but so happy. Look ya’ll, I left Massachusetts for a reason. The cold winters weren’t fun and having to shovel my way out of the snow to walk to school sucked. Thinking about those cold days as a kiddo makes me shiver on the inside, LOL. In fact, I vowed to myself that I’d never use my vacation time to travel somewhere cold and here I was in France on the mountain doing the exact opposite, LOL. Let me tell you, THE VIEW WAS WORTH IT! I take back everything I said about cold vacation destinations. Ha ha. I visit these mountains any day for this amazing view! Keep scrolling…..

I’m trying to be as cool as her

So, that’s all I got from our 3 countries tour. I hope you enjoyed the images. This was a definitely a trip for the books. I’ll be back one day. Who knows, maybe I’ll ski. I’ve never done that before. There is a first for everything right.

Stay tuned for another post on my time in Spain and the amazing helicopter ride we took for a birds eye view of Barcelona!

Till next time.

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie


TRAVELING IN STYLE WITH SAPAHN

Hi Friends,

Just coming back from an amazing much needed vacay in the beautiful city of Cancun, Mexico. It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a vacation, but we finally decided it was time to get away from it all and just take a break for awhile. Packing has always been the most stressful part about going on vacay, I always pack way too much and can never decide what bags to bring. However, with this trip, that wasn’t the case. I brought along the most amazing bags by Sapahn and I basically used them everyday on my short trip. Before I share all the deets on them, I wanted to share a bit about the story behind the brand.

Sapahn is an artisan-friendly and artisan-driven company with a focus on humans rights. Sapahn aims to foster strong relationships with artisans in rural Thailand to bring their products and business to the forefront. They focus on bridging the gap by partnering with artisans in Thailand and aim to empower them to make the choice on how they do business. With human rights at the forefront of everything they do, their is a special focus on ensuring their artisan partners are empowered, treated with respect and paid fairly. To learn more about how Sapahn is putting human rights at the forefront of their business, click here. To learn how it all began click here.

Functionality, style, versatility, and lightweight were all the things I needed for my trip to Mexico and the two Sapahn bags I packed met all my needs. I knew we would be doing a lot of walking, so it was important to me that the bags I carried didn’t weigh me down and were easy to pack.

Keep scrolling to see the 3 ways I styled my Grace Crossbody.

On the shoulder
On the waist
Across the body

I’m the kind of woman who loves options and my Grace Crossbody provided all of that and then some; not to mention the bright yellow color is perfect for spring and summer looks. I was able to carry my cellphone, money, identification info, lip balm and few other on-the-go knick knacks in this purse and each day I wore it and aside from the adjustable straps I love that I could wear it on my waist, across my chest and on my shoulder so it was functional with every outfit and it was super easy to adjust the straps and change up on the go.

The latter part of my trip I used my Sapahn Rin Crossbody. This bag is very versatile. While it’s definitely simple to the look, it is super functional has a back zip, top zip and side zip pocket which was perfect for travel and holding all my little knick knacks (passport, keys, sunglasses, hand lotion, masks, hand sanitizer etc…).

Keep Scrolling for a closer look at the different zip pocket openings and don’t forget to check out the darling Rose Coin Purse as well.

Top Zip Pocket
Side Zip Pocket
Back Zip Pocket

I love the quality and clean look of these purses so much. Both purses are 100% leather with cotton lining on the inside and can be styled in so many different ways with a variety of looks, and as if you didn’t already know, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the colors of both. For those wondering about the colors I’m styling in these shots, I have the Grace Crossbody in Illuminating Yellow Oil Leather the Rin Cross Body in Raspberry Raw Leather and the Rose Coin Purse in Smoke Oil Leather

Loving these bags as much as I do, use code: Deidra15 for 15% of your Sapahn order. Looking forward to sharing a few more ways I’ve styled these purses in the future.

Till next time.

Sincerely,


Deidra Marie


HAWAII ADVENTURES PART II

And here’s part II of our Hawaii adventures. If you read my previous post you know that I’m finally getting a chance to post pics from my trip to Oahu, Hawaii back in early January. I know, don’t judge me for being so late, LOL. 2020 has been crazy busy and trying to blog consistently with an infant is not easy, just saying.

In any case, our 4th day in Hawaii was spent taking tours around Kualoa Ranch in the Northshore of Honolulu. The ranch has so many different activities you can participate in. Having visited this spot last year, we wanted to make sure we showed our friends a good time, but also booked some different tours from our last visit. On our second tour, we decided on a UTV/ATV ride around the ranch. For those who don’t know, Kualoa Ranch is where they have filmed a plethora of big time Hollywood movies such as Jurassic Park, George of the Jungle, 50 First Dates, King Kong, Jumanji and the list goes on and on and on. We had a pretty awesome tour guide name Cole who took us mudding. I was covered in mud by the end of this ride and it was just so much fun getting messy and racing people around the ranch. Time flies when you’re having fun and this felt like one of the quickest tours, LOL.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photos from this tour. And stay tuned for my next set of photos from our November 2019 visit to the beautiful Costa Rica.

Sincerely,


Deidra Marie