Revisiting Barcelona!

Revisiting Barcelona!

We are spending the beginning of this new season in Spain, in a city up north about an hour from Bilbao called Vitoria-Gasteiz.  I just arrived last Monday and have been battling the jet lag pretty poorly…(Unfortunately, my body is taking too long to adjust so I’ve been delaying sharing a sneak peak of our new home away from home (coming soon though :)).

Regardless, I planned a quick trip to Barcelona just a few days after arriving, the location of the first game of the regular season.  How could I pass this up?!  Barcelona might be my favorite city out of all the European cities I’ve visited and lived in.  This was my second time visiting, which gave me more time to truly enjoy the city without the pressure of making sure all the “famous” sites are explored.   Continue reading “Revisiting Barcelona!”

Moscow in the Spring

Moscow in the Spring

Much to our surprise, Matt got a few off days in the Spring, but, unlike in December, was not long enough to go as far as Switzerland, especially given the difficult travel from Krasnodar.  Therefore, after much deliberation, we decided to spend a few days in Moscow for him to actually enjoy the city outside of basketball.   Continue reading “Moscow in the Spring”

St. Petersburg and Moscow in the middle of Winter

St. Petersburg and Moscow in the middle of Winter

This past January I was able to finally venture out of Krasnodar and into two of Russia’s most well-known cities: St. Petersburg and Moscow.  An opportunity to travel within Russia should never be forgone… ESPECIALLY when you already live there and have a multi-entry 3-year visa.  My family was able to visit for 9 days, and we definitely took advantage…enjoying sufficient time in each.   Continue reading “St. Petersburg and Moscow in the middle of Winter”

Go-to Makeup Products

Go-to Makeup Products

I only started getting into makeup at age 25.  Up until then I only really dabbled here and there with some face powder, but mostly just used blush, mascara, and occasionally some dark eyeshadow to create a smokey eye.  For whatever reason I always related any “real” makeup (foundation, concealer, and the like) with covering bad skin and was always afraid to use it…mostly because I was just ignorant as to how fun makeup could be!  However, when we lived in Istanbul I just remember a girlfriend convincingly enticed me to try a NARS tinted moisturizer, and that’s when it all started! Continue reading “Go-to Makeup Products”