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Looking to plan a vacation that includes plenty of pampering? Thailand may be the perfect place to go. With no shortage of sprawling white sand beaches, temperate weather year-round, scenic landscapes and all-natural, organic cuisine, the only feature that eclipses Thailand's culture and natural beauty are the luxurious, affordable amenities and beauty treatments.
This idyllic vacation spot is the perfect place to treat your mind, body and soul. Here are 10 great reasons to book that flight ASAP:
1. The best and cheapest massages the world over. Thai massages are no ordinary rub downs. A combination of acupressure techniques mixed with assisted yoga postures, this ancient healing massage will leave your body feeling limber and renewed. If you feel sore in any particular spot, massages can be tailored to treat pre-existing injuries. There are tons of great massage parlors to choose from, so finding a seasoned, exceptional masseuse is no problem.
Price: $5-10 per hour session
2. A few days in the sun will boost your mood. One of the most crucial nutrients, that we often fail to get enough of especially during winter months, is vitamin D. A simple cure? Spending a little time exploring Thailand's pristine beaches (while wearing SPF 30 and occasionally dipping under that shady umbrella, of course). Kata Beach, Patong Beach and Karon Beach in Phuket are the most accessible options, while neighboring islands like Koh Phi Phi, Koh Samui and Ko Lanta are more exotic options for those with time on their side.
3. In The West, we label fresh, local fruits and vegetables "organic." In the East, that's the norm. Fruit and vegetable vendors are impossible to miss—whether you decide to travel to the sprawling city of Bangkok, or visit more remote villages and islands. There are various types of mangoes to choose from, all picked fresh and perfectly ripe. Adventurous foodies can try options that are hard to find in America including: rombuton, longkong, durian (where Juicy Fruit gets its delicious flavor), mangosteen, lychee and pomelo.
Price: About half the cost of American produce
4. Thai cuisine features spices, herbs and vegetables all rich in nutrients and flavors. Thai food not only tastes great, but it's also good for you! Thailand's famous curries, though they may have varying ingredients, have medicinal properties that are even frequently used in Thai herbal remedies. From turmeric—which stimulates digestion and detoxifies the body—to fresh chili peppers that are rich in vitamins A and C and detoxifying garlic, there is no reason to doubt Thai food does the body wonders.
Price: $2-$4 per dish
5. Get your imperfections nipped and tucked for half the buck. Bangkok is known as a world hub for cosmetic surgery, offering procedures at a fraction of the cost in hospitals that are accredited, safe, and specialized. Laser teeth whitening can cost around $200 in Thailand as opposed to $600-$1200 in the United States. Breast augmentation is more pricey, but many clinics come highly recommended. Expect to see prices in the $4,000 range in Bangkok. Big disclaimer, of course: Do your due diligence ahead of time and find surgeons that are licensed and have a stellar reputation. Just like in any country, plastic surgery comes with big risks, and the language barrier can make things a little trickier.
Price: Varies per procedure
6. Affordable yoga or Thai Chi classes and retreats. It's true there's yoga in the U.S. But how often can you bridge pose while listening to the soothing sounds of the ocean or rustling leaves along a mountainous countryside? Thailand yoga retreats offer secluded practices that focus on posture and meditation. As is often quoted from the Bhagavad Gita, “there are as many yogas as there are people,” and Thailand is no exception. Let it be known, yoga in the East is a different beast.
Price: About $120 per day (retreat)
7. Get toned while learning Muy Thai. There are several Muy Thai training camps offering classes paired with accommodations for days, weeks and even months at a time. Most of the facilities are world class with fighters coming from all over the globe to train and even fight. There's a good chance you'll walk away with a fighter's body after the typical grueling two hours of training two times a day, which includes a 5k run, jump roping, technique training, and sparring. Thailand's Muy Thai camps even offer meal plans that include delicious American food or Thai dishes.
Price: Average $100 per week for classes and $200-$300 per week for accommodation
8. The scenery is a runner's dream. The scenic mountains, hills and beaches of Thailand offer a runner the most unique backdrop. In addition to the varying terrain and tropical climate, much of the aforementioned fresh fruit is bound to be sold along whatever route you choose. Forget Gatorade—grab yourself a cold coconut or chilled watermelon as you tour resort towns or local villages in your cross trainers. And there's nothing quite like finishing a scenic run with a splashdown at the beach.
Price: Free, save for whatever refreshments you purchase along the way.
9. Stress-free zone. Thailand's laid back vibe and culture is infectious and it's not hard to see why. Smiling comes naturally when everyone else is sharing your smile. In Thailand you are encouraged to relax. The locals are very pleasant and accommodating and that hospitality translates into a very calming experience whether you are vacationing at a resort and spa or backpacking from town to town.
10. Breathe clean. Much of Thailand sports an air quality index under 30, with places like Phuket boasting scores deep in the green (that's good.) Add the revitalizing sea breeze blowing in off the water in coastal areas and you'll quickly find taking in deep breaths rarely feels so good. Thailand's clean air is a boon not to be dismissed.
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- Be honest. If I had to guess, I'd bet that each and every one of you (myself included) have something that you're not being honest about, either to yourself or someone else -- and that you don't even realize it! Sometimes you don't even notice you've been withholding the truth until you say it aloud. The problem with keeping our truth to ourselves that it forces us all to operate on assumptions, and that's when major problems blossom both in our own inner lives and in relationships with others. Everyone assumes differently based on their own personal experiences, so when assumptions are all we have to go on, we can carry on in friendships and relationships with entirely opposite views of what exists between us, never realizing the other is on a different page. Being honest is scary, so start small: tell one person one very tiny truth, even you think it's something they already know about you. See how good that feels?
- Reconnect with your feelings. Take stock of where you're at emotionally. Does anything feel inexplicably off? Does one particular nagging thought show up at the exact same time every morning? There may be something going on that needs more exploring, so if anything comes up, pay extra attention to when and why those feelings come up over the next few weeks. They may be trying to tell you something and guide you toward course-correcting something on your path.
- Rearrange your home. No need to full-on renovate -- just consider rearranging the furniture in your living room or switching out the bathroom rugs to create a change of scenery and re-stimulate your mind.
- Switch up your signature scent. Try on new perfumes, start buying a different type of flowers for your kitchen table, or even change up soap. Scent is heavily tied to nostalgia, so a new one means space for making lots of new memories.
- Incorporate a new workout into your routine. Try taking a whacky new workout class or even just a new move you've always wanted to attempt. Try it just a few times, even if you don't like it at first, then only keep going with it if you love it.
- Set an intention for the rest of the year. This can be something very tangible, like "build up my savings" or "see my girlfriends at least once a week"; or it can be something only you can see, like being more present in the moment or cutting out negative self-talk. The important thing is that you choose only one. This doesn't mean you won't improve anything else for the rest of this year, but overwhelming yourself is the easiest way to give up on your ambitions altogether. Just choose one attainable intention to think of each day. No need to be perfect at sticking to it -- just keeping it in mind frequently will cause your priorities to shift for the better.
- Make a game plan for the holidays. They're coming up faster than you think, and the massive stress surrounding them (hi toxic family members, financial anxiety, bad memories, and disruption of regular routine) can easily hinder any holiday cheer you might wish you had. In fact, I'd imagine that somewhere deep down, that stress is weighing on you already. Decide how you're going to get through it and what you can do right now to make that time of year easier before it creeps up. That might mean readjusting your budget for all that gift shopping. It might mean deciding how you'll handle a family member who always stresses you out at Thanksgiving dinner. Whatever it is, think about it now so that you won't feel caught off-guard come winter, and so that your mind is as unburdened as possible to enjoy all those pretty lights and snowy skies when it gets here.
- Make a new friend. This may sound like I'm treading into children's book territory, but bringing someone new into your life can both widen your perspective and strengthen your sense of social support, which is one of the biggest factors in our ability to handle stress. If anything, make a new acquaintance. Invite someone out for drinks that you don't normally spend time with, or talk to a (friendly) stranger. If anything, get back in touch with a long-lost cousin or childhood friend you haven't spoken to in a while.
- Assess your current schedule. Take a look at your commitments, and if there's any way you're able, drop any activities that drain you or don't add to your life.
- Plan a favorite fall activity. Pick a random date next month, and plan a trip to a pumpkin patch, an autumn hike, or whatever activity you love most about this season. Now that it's scheduled, no other obligations can get in the way of you making the most of this time of year. Relax and enjoy fall!
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Low Braided Bun[caption id="attachment_143722" align="aligncenter" width="8720"] Photography courtesy of Alex Schaefer.[/caption]
- Smooth hair into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck.
- Separate the pony into two strands and twirl them tightly so you're left with two separate portions of twisted hair side-by-side.
- Then, wrap the twisted ponies tightly around each other, allowing them to eventually coil up into themselves.
- Use bobby pins to secure into place.
Half-Up Double Pony[caption id="attachment_143723" align="aligncenter" width="9468"] Photography courtesy of Alex Schaefer.[/caption]
- From the high point of the head, split the top section of hair across the crown and secure with a clip (our current favorites are the Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Styling Clips!).
- Then, take a second section below it and split hair from ear to ear around the back of the head. Leave the rest loose.
- Secure these two pony's with elastics and twist each ponytail separately until they coil up onto themselves.
- Secure with bobby pins.
Hair Croissant[caption id="attachment_143724" align="aligncenter" width="9850"] Photography courtesy of Alex Schaefer.[/caption]
- Smooth hair into an ultra high ponytail. Pro-tip: Flipping your head upside down will help to ensure you get hair to the highest point of your head.
- Secure ponytail and back comb the entire thing into a big fluffy pouf.
- Smooth out the top of the pony so it’s big and cushioned in the center but is still neat on the outside portion that's visible to the eye.
- Roll and tuck the ponytail upward into itself (like you would a sock bun). Allow the hair to fall together on the side.
- Once it’s rolled to the side of the head, pull out the corners so it spreads out into a half-moon shape.
Back-Ended Braid[caption id="attachment_143744" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Photography by Alex Schaefer.[/caption]
- Flip hair upside down and begin French braiding from the nape of your neck to the crown of your head (you might need a friend to help for this part!)
- Once you finish braiding to the top of the head, continue to braid off of the head and fasten with an elastic band.
- When the braid is complete, roll it onto itself, wrapping it into a bun.
- Secure with an elastic and pin any loose ends with a bobby pin.
Sep 30, 2015
Rock 'n Roll Pony[caption id="attachment_143633" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Photography by Alex Schaefer.[/caption]
- Section off the top of your hair into a mohawk-like section from the top of your head. Extend it back to where your head begins to curve in to meet your neck.
- Clip that top section out of the way because you'll later use this to create your ponytail.
- Grasp the sides that you left loose and create a french braid on each side.
- Spritz the underside of the original mohawk section with a bit of hairspray and tease the hair by backcombing it underneath in order to get extra volume at the top. This will create a cushion to hold the top up.
- Then, lightly brush the top layer back (without brushing out the teased sections) so that the strands lie smooth.
- When you’re finished, loosen the braids by pulling at each ring to expand them. Take each end and wrap it around the hair elastic for added texture and detail.
The Braided Mohawk Pony[caption id="attachment_143634" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Photography by Alex Schaefer.[/caption]
- Section the hair from your temple, moving straight back toward the back of the head.
- With the top section, do a French braid moving backward, keeping it big and loose.
- Once the big braided section is finished, gather the sides and tie it all together. Go back to the braid using a comb to lift and expand it for a looser look.
- Take about an inch-sized piece from your pony and wrap it around the elastic.
The Braided Mohawk Bun[caption id="attachment_143635" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Photography by Alex Schaefer.[/caption]
- Follow the same steps taken for the braided mohawk ponytail, but instead of letting the pony lay loose, wrap it up in a ballerina bun.
- Secure the ends with bobby pins.
Five Strand Bun[caption id="attachment_143636" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Photography by Alex Schaefer.[/caption]
- Leave hair loose, and create a deep side part on one side.
- In vertical sections, make five small ponytails going across the nape of the neck.
- Then, split the pony that's farthest to the left into two sections. Pull the next pony through the center and secure the split ends with an elastic.
- Take the pony you just pulled through the left one and split it how you did the first time. Pull the next pony through the split ends and secure with an elastic.
- Repeat across the nape of your neck (use butterfly clips to keep it up and separated) and continue down and around so that there are two rows of intertwined hair.
- Once finished, pull everything out and push stray pieces underneath the entwined ropes.
- This style may look super intricate, but it’s more of a "play as you go" kind of look!
Low Side Pony[caption id="attachment_143637" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Photography by Alex Schaefer.[/caption]
- Give yourself a side part and separate the front section of the thinner side into two vertical ponytails next to each other.
- The first pony that’s closest to the hairline is going to come back, while the second ponytail behind it is going to split into two parts and come forward.
- Put an elastic around the split pieces that came forward to keep it together.
- Keep using this technique until you reach the back of the head. Loosen the loops so they create a bolder look.
- Sweep remaining hair to the side and pull into a low pony.
Oct 9, 2015
- 1 head of broccoli, cut into 2" florets and stems (optional)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Crushed red pepper
- Wax beans
- Bell peppers
- Braising greens
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beauty around the world
Sep 25, 2015
Rose Regenerating Serum, $48[caption id="attachment_143486" align="alignnone" width="700"] Le Couvent des Minimes[/caption] This rich serum combines the ingredients of four types of roses to give your skin a pick-me-up. //Le Couvent des Minimes
Purifying Mask, $39[caption id="attachment_143485" align="alignnone" width="700"] Caudalie[/caption] This mask from beloved brand Caudalie rejuvenates skin with the help of natural plant ingredients. //Caudalie
Dry Shampoo, $20[caption id="attachment_143487" align="alignnone" width="700"] Klorane[/caption] Klorane's legendary dry shampoo is thought to be one of the best on the market. No matter how many brands follow suit on the trend, nobody does dry shampoo like the French. //Klorane
Huile Prodigieuse Mutli-Purpose Dry Oil, $29[caption id="attachment_143493" align="alignnone" width="700"] Nuxe[/caption] Nuxe dry oil brings new life to tired skin and hair and is also available in seasonal, shimmery and perfumed editions. //Nuxe
Revive French Plum Oil, $32[caption id="attachment_143482" align="alignnone" width="700"] Lea Journo[/caption] Lea Journo is the only American hair company to get its hands on French Plum Oil, an ingredient specially cold pressed in the South of France. This magical potion adds unmatched shine and vibrance to hair! //Lea Journo
Thermal Spring Water, $10[caption id="attachment_143488" align="alignnone" width="700"] La Roche-Posay[/caption] La Roche-Posay has long been at the head of the thermal water trend, and a spritz from the brand's water will leave you feeling like a new woman! //La Roche-Posay
Cleansing Foam, $20[caption id="attachment_143489" align="alignnone" width="700"] Eau Thermale Avene[/caption] This gentle cleanser earns rave reviews on the regular, and its foamy consistency is positively refreshing. //Eau Thermale Avène
Pink Clay Mask, $25[caption id="attachment_143490" align="alignnone" width="700"] Cattier[/caption] Take your face on a mini vacation with this relaxing pink clay mask. //Cattier
Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm, $19[caption id="attachment_143491" align="alignnone" width="700"] Nuxe[/caption] This luxe lip balm is the kind of rich, thick moisturizer that can transform your lips overnight. //Nuxe
Lait-Creme Concentrate, $28[caption id="attachment_143492" align="alignnone" width="700"] Embryolisse[/caption] This clamored-after cream primes, moisturizes, and removes makeup (side effects include glowing like a goddess for several hours after application). //Embryolisse Previously in Beauty Around the World: South Korean Beauty 101 6 Brazilian Beauty Trends To Love RAEview Exclusively Shares 6 Must-Have Japanese Products
Sep 11, 2015
Natural-Looking Skin[caption id="attachment_142801" align="alignnone" width="700"] Contém1g[/caption] According to Morrell, "For a really long time Brazilian women weren't foundation friendly, because they're not used to having something on their skin, and they thought that the foundation was blocking the pores, but finally we accepted the foundation and we are enjoying having it on the skin!...Brazilian women are looking for foundations that have some treatment (like hydrating or SPF)." //Contém1g Natural Effect Base, $14.50
Black Eyeliner With A Nude Lip[caption id="attachment_142832" align="alignnone" width="700"] O Boticário[/caption] According to Costa, a popular trend is "ever present black eyeliner with a nude lipstick." //O Boticário Pencil Kit For Eyes, $10; Lipstick, $8.50
Purple Lipstick + Nude Eyes[caption id="attachment_142830" align="alignnone" width="700"] Contém1g[/caption] Others favor the opposite trend. "...Women prefer to use a pop of color on the lips [rather] than the eyes. And make the eyes a little bit more neutral. So the 'naked shades' are the trend for the eyes and bright and vivid color for the lips. Especially the purple tones," says Morrell. //Contém1g Color Effect Lipstick, $11; Artist Palette Lady, $21
A Bronze Glow[caption id="attachment_142802" align="alignnone" width="700"] BestBronze[/caption] "The other trend we are in love with is the combo of contour and bronzed skin," says Morrell. //BestBronze Self Tanning Spray, $33.50
New Favorites[caption id="attachment_142833" align="alignnone" width="700"] Natura[/caption] According to Costa, some new products to look out for are pigmented eye shadow and BB cream. //Natura Una Eye Palette, $20; BB Cream, $13
Trusty BasicsCosta dished on the go-to products that almost every Brazilian woman keeps in her purse: "Lipstick is still the great companion and necessity here. Also compact powder, because 70% of Brazilian women have oily skin and do not like to be shiny. Mascara and eyeliner for contouring are also used daily by Brazilian women." When in doubt, stick to the classics! //Natura Aquarela Lipstick, $14.70; O Boticário Color Adapt Powder Compact, $18; Natura Supermasque Mascara, $25.98; Natura Black Eyeliner, $28.93 As Costa reminded me, "It’s worth remembering that this is a very large country, and the Brazilian women's preferences vary from region to region. But, the natural look will always be the most preferred by all...a Brazilian woman likes to highlight the eyes and lips and especially loves to leave the skin looking natural as if she is not using any makeup. She likes to feel beautiful, attractive, highlighting her natural beauty." Go forth and flaunt your natural beauty! Previously in Beauty Around the World: South Korean Beauty 101 8 Products Made With New Zealand's Natural Ingredients RAEview Exclusively Shares 6 Must-Have Japanese Products
Aug 31, 2015