Reflections

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It has been so lovely to be able to be home, relaxing, and taking a vacation.  Not working is awesome!  Hope you all are having a wonderful end of May weekend.  🙂 Summer is almost here!   I am hoping to go to Vegas and visit all my darling friends there.  Maybe Canada later on in the year!  Where are you planning on going for vacation?

+Photo taken on Cococay Island, Royal Caribbean’s private Caribbean island, in Brett’s sunglasses, February 2014

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ONE NIGHT IN TOKYO

I dont know why this never posted!!  Well, um 4 years later?  Here is one night in Tokyo!

 

Oh my god, what a night!  My third night in Tokyo we took the subway to Roppongi, a really fancy area of Tokyo with lots of shopping, restaurants, and nightclubs.  Fiona says its called Roppongi Hills and reminds her of Beverly Hills.  Mmmmmk!

Every 5 minutes we were offered with $500.00 glasses of wine, bottles of champagne, and shots of fruity vodka.  All free, and all tasty.  What a night!  Absolutely an experience I won’t soon forget.

Me, Andrea, Fiona, and Annya

Andrea and Annya are Fiona’s roommates.  All of them are models in Japan for 3-4 months.

I brought many nicer outfits with me but it is so hot there that all I wanted to wear was tank tops and shorts!  I ended up wearing my Urban Outfitters tank and lime green bandeau.  My necklace is from Pink Latte, a Japanese store, that I bought the day before.  I bought my white chain purse while in Japan that morning.

First we went to a nightclub called Newlex.  If you are a white/European/American model, you get in free, free drinks, and free food all night.  Basically celebrities.  If you are not a model/Asian, you had to pay.  Reminder: we are IN Tokyo…it was like all white people!  So weird.

Uhm hello…beautiful French man.

And little Japanese girls.

We then headed to another club called Feria where Leonardo Dicaprio was supposed to go that night but we have no idea what happened to him.

So we moved on to the third club of the night, Jumanji 55, at about 2am.

This club was free and full of Japanese people.  Much more normal than the other Russian-models-only club.

And also a little crazier.

Fiona and model from Germany.

I was so jet lagged and tired that I was dying in the early morning partying hours.  The girls were only just getting started by Fiona and I caught a cab home around 4am (also paid for by Fiona’s many admirers).  Wow.  Just wow.

♡Nat

Beautiful Beaches, Part 1

After looking at some amazing articles on beautiful beaches,(Like these from Thrillist) I decided to post some of my own photos from where I’ve been recently.  Just to remember the warm 85 degree temps, and how tan I was!  Raised in a beach town, I still consider myself more of a pool and resort kinda gal, but after cruising for 5 months, I think I’m even more of a beach snob.  Uh oh! Oh, and this post is kind of long, so I’ll have to post a part 2!

 

Freeport, Bahamas

Pretty hotel on the beach, warm temps, warm water, but we got caught in rainstorms a couple times.  Meh.

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Cococay, Royal Caribbean’s Private Island

‘Nuff said there.  Private island?  Sign me up!  The water is SO warm because it’s only a few feet deep!  Clear water, white sand, and barely anyone there!  Yes.

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Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

The weather was not so much oven hot, but more summer breezy.  At the end of our S.N.U.B.A.ing at 5pm we were a bit chilly!  I prefer my beaches to be HOT, HOT, HOT! Next.

 

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Black Rock Beach, Maui, Hawaii

This place was Le Gorg!  Those clouds made for an amazing sunset and the big rocks made for good snorkeling!  At sunset a Hawaiian warrior runs onto Ka’anapali Beach and lights the torches along the black rock.  He offers high lei to the ancient Hawaiian gods, and takes a head first leap off the cliff into the water.  SO cool!

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St. Croix

My FAVORITE beach we went to! We got food and drinks from the beach hut pictured below, and then laid on the beach for hours!  I brought my inner tube and floated around and snorkeled!  A surprising amount of ocean flora and fauna here!

 

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St Maarten

We didn’t get to go to the famous Airport Beach, but that just means I’ll have to go back!  It’s just beautiful!

 

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Surf and Sand Hotel, Laguna Beach

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My aunt Rita, second from left, reps hotels and treated her 3 favorite nieces to a night at the Surf and Sand Hotel on the water in Laguna Beach, CA. The hotel is gorgeous and the views are even better. There’s nothing in front of the hotel but beach and lapping waves. Unfortunately it was raining this weekend, but we sat by the fire and chatted. It was lovely!

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We had the penthouse suite, which can go for up to $3,000 a night in the summer. We felt very special.

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Yesterday night we went to the bar in the hotel called Splashes which is literally right on the beach. You can’t get a better view of the ocean. We watched the sunset and ordered drinks, truffle cheese fries, calamari, and fish tacos. We had a great time hanging out together with family we hardly ever get to see since everyone is so busy!

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Thanks so much to Rita and Elite Resorts and Spas. If you’re in the mood for an amazing weekend at a fabulous resort, call them up!! 🙂 www.eliteresortsandspas.com and tell them Natalie sent you!!!!

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Ojai Valley Inn and Spa

This weekend I went with my boyfriend’s family to Ojai Valley Inn and Spa.  The resort is gorgeous and Ojai has perfect weather and sprawling mountain views.  The atmosphere is so relaxing and all I wanted to do was lay by the pool all day!  Took lots of pictures so here are a few highlights!

[Lovie dovie]

[Too hot to golf.]

[Michael put putting]

[Fabulous al fresco dining.  My favorite!!]

[The Herb Garden]

[Lovie poo]

[Michael posing]

[Lazy pool days.  Ahhhh summer.]

Had a great time!! Have you been to Ojai?  What are your favorite vacation spots in California?