4 Must Visit Summer Festivals Around the World 0 348

Fête de la Musique
  1. Feria de Las Flores, Medellín, Colombia
Feria de Las Flores
Feria de Las Flores

In the beginning of August, head over to Medellín to celebrate the rich culture and beauty of Antioquia at the Feria de las Flores. The main event is a parade which displays the flowers that are grown in the mountain villages surrounding the city. The flowers are arranged beautifully on “silletas” which are carried on the backs of the villagers throughout the parade. The festival goes strong for 10 days with plenty of events and artisanal markets, and most impressively, free concerts every day and night throughout the city. Dance the night away until the early hours of the morning with Colombian artists playing a variety of different genres live like reggaeton, salsa, cumbia, and traditional Colombian folklore music.

 

  1. El Petronio Alvarez, Cali de Santiago, Colombia
El Petronio Alvarez
El Petronio Alvarez

It’s no surprise that two Colombian festivals have made the list. Colombia ranks third in the world with the most public holidays, needless to say, Colombians know how to party. If planned properly, after the Feria de las Flores in Medellín, you can head straight over to Cali for El Petronio.  Every August people from all over Colombia travel to Cali to celebrate the music of the Pacific Coast of Colombia. Commonly knowns as “El Petronio,” it is a festival that celebrates the traditional music from all over the Pacific coast. Not only does it celebrate the music of the Pacific coast but the food, culture and traditional drinks of the coast as well. Eat incredible seafood dishes and grab a bottle of “viche,” a traditional liquor, to share with those surrounding you at the concert. Did I mention that the event is gratis? Attendees in 2017 had the opportunity to see Choquibtown, one of the most popular Colombian bands in the country, perform live, free of charge.

 

  1. Fiestas Patronales de Menorca, España
Fiestas Patronales de Menorca
Fiestas Patronales de Menorca

Each summer, starting in June, marks the beginning of nonstop outdoor parties on the island of Menorca. While the island is more famously known for its impressive beaches, “las fiestas del pueblo” are not to be missed. Each week a different town holds their festival for about 3 days. The festival celebrates the horses of the island. These majestic horses enter the square full of people, and charge through the crowd of people as the locals provoke the horses to stand on their hind legs as long as possible as the crowd applauses. The horses dance to the music of an orchestra as the horse riders attempt to ensure the horses don’t accidentally dance on anyone’s toes. After, the streets are full of people drinking pomada the official drink of the festival and dancing outside in the streets to the music playing from the bars and clubs. Before you know it, it’s 6am and time to head to the beach to sleep and relax. Be sure to do as the locals do and make your pomada at home, throw it into bottles and bring it with you the festival, simple enough to prepare, pomada is Gin Xoriguer made in Menorca and lemon soda mixed together.

  1. Fête de la Musique, Francia
Fête de la Musique
Fête de la Musique

Every year at the end of June, France celebrates live music, countrywide with the Fête de la Musique. Every city sets up live stages outdoors in all of its squares and parks and has one full day of non-stop music all over the city. Each year a different city is chosen to be filled and streamed live on television. The streets are filled with a sea of people dancing and enjoying the live music. The event is free of charge and if you find a band you like, ask if you can buy a CD, normally the bands are selling their albums right there at the concert. Party until 4am or 5am dancing to music and making new friends. The hard part is choosing which city to visit during the festival. Paris and Bordeaux come highly recommended!

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Olivia Ragni is a wine professional from the United States who is studying Viticulture and Enology in Europe. She works as a freelance writer focusing on travel, food, wine, and culture. Her passion for wine and culture takes her around the world, rarely living in one country for more than an year. She hopes her stories will inspire others to embrace the unknown, drink smarter, and travel more often.

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Red Algae as a Skin Care Ingredient 0 225

Red Algae
Sanseti's 4-Step Skin Essentials Kit
Sanseti’s 4-Step Skin Essentials Kit

If you have been following me and by blogposts over the years you know how much I love skin care. And how much I have grown to love and review healthy skin care. Because what we put on our skin effects our health. Hormones, toxicity, skin disorders, and much more. I have found that I am enjoying a lot of amazing skin care with some great ingredients. And Red Algae is one. Below let me break it down to you the greatness of this oceanic plant.

Algae has been used in skin care for thousands of years. It’s been dubbed a “miracle ingredient” and the “ocean’s most potent secret,” and there are even entire skin care lines and brands dedicated to using algae and other marine extracts (you’ve heard about Sanseti, right?). Well I will be reviewing Sanseti. And unfortunately other brands like La Mer have so many chemicals along with its great ingredients that it really has no benefits to speak of. And this is my opinion on my use of this cream and my research on its ingredients. Like I said read your labels. Learn what it good and bad for your skin.

There are two primary types of algae: macro and micro. Macro is large-scale type that’s visible to the naked eye. It’s the stuff you see floating in the ocean and think of first when someone says the word “algae.” This includes seaweed, kelp, and laminaria (the brownish red seaweed that’s typically found in Japan). Microalgae, as you probably guessed, is super tiny. In fact, it’s a “single cell” algae, and you can’t see it without a microscope. This type is often found in freshwater and marine systems in both water and sediment.

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Algae’s Skin Care Benefits

Micro and macro algae are both found in skin care products and boast numerous benefits. Most notable, perhaps, is its ability to instantly hydrate and condition the skin. Upon using products containing this ingredient, you’ll notice a more supple, moisturized complexion that’s soft to the touch.

Algae is also an antioxidant, meaning it protects your skin from free radicals that cause premature aging. In that sense, it’s an excellent ingredient for those who are worried about aging skin which is, well, most of us! Finally, it is high in essential amino acids, proteins, and a variety of vitamins—including vitamins A, B, C, and E. Talk about a loaded, super ingredient!

Skin types that benefit most from algae-infused products are dry skin, sensitive skin, and those who want to combat and prevent signs of aging.

Now let me name some amazing skin care lines that have this beautiful ingredient. And I do know that they all are amazing for you and your skin health.

Sanseti

Elemis

Algenist

Look for my review and blogpost on Sanseti soon!! I will pick my favorite product from the line next week and post about it on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!!

~Tiffany♥

How to Pack Your Bathroom into Your Suitcase: Tips for Lightweight Traveling 0 6411

Suitcase Packing

Traveling with toiletries in carry-on luggage can be a bit tricky. Between the size restrictions on liquids and trying to stuff all of your liquids into a small zip-lock bag, things get frustrating. Below you can find some tips for packing your bathroom into a suitcase in order to help you travel lighter and smarter.

TSA 3-1-1 Rule
TSA 3-1-1 Rule

Tip 1: Don’t pack it if you are not certain that you need it.

Rethink everything you put in your suitcase, especially when it comes to toiletries. Many people try to put every product they have in their bathroom into their suitcase just in case they might need it. Remember, it’s easy to purchase toiletries just about anywhere you travel. A forgotten item is not the end of the world, simply head down to the local supermarket, drugstore, or pharmacy where ever you’re traveling and purchase that forgotten item.

Tip 2: Small Traveling Toiletry Bags with a clear counterpart

Having all your bathroom items in one spot makes traveling much easier. Find a small, flat, toiletry bag with multiple compartments that can fit your makeup, shower items, creams, brushes, and razors. But most importantly, search for a bag that has a clear compartment for your liquids, so that you can easily remove it from your carry-on when going through airport security.

Tip 3: Forget Travel-Sized Toothpaste

Stop buying travel-sized toothpaste, it is completely unnecessary. Standard-sized toothpaste tubes meet the liquids size requirements. Grab the toothpaste you use every day from your bathroom and bring it along with you, it is already small and lightweight so it won’t take up much space or weight you down, and it will save you a bit of money.

Tip 4: Travel-Sized Face Moisturizer

One of the hardest things to find is usually travel-sized face lotion. Finding a face lotion that fits the appropriate carry-on requirements is nearly impossible in the supermarkets and drug stores. After much searching, we found that Sanseti (https://www.sanseti.com/product/revitalizing-marine-moisturizer/) sells a fantastic face moisturizer that comes in 2-ounce jars, perfect for travel.  Don’t be afraid of the quantity, a little bit of this goes a long way.

Sanseti Skin Care: Revitalizing Marine Moisturizer
Sanseti Skin Care: Revitalizing Marine Moisturizer

Tip 5: When packing makeup: Less is more

Just take the essentials. Don’t take the whole makeup bag which surely has products in there that you never or rarely use. Select the products you use every day and put them into a small makeup bag for travel, ditching the items that you won’t need.

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