Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Antelope Canyon

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You have decided you want to visit Antelope Canyon, now what?

  • When do I book? If you want to do a photography tour, the sooner the better. They fill up FAST! If you are wanting to just do a normal tour, you can book a few weeks out or show up day of. If you show up day of you might have to wait until the next tour is available. I recommend going ahead and reserving a spot regardless of which tour you choose.
  • Which Canyon do you want to visit? There are basically four main canyons which make up Antelope – Upper, Lower, Owl, and Rattlesnake.
    • Upper Canyon (photos pictured are from Upper canyon) – by far the most popular canyon amongst travelers. It is the deepest canyon with wide bases that display the very famous ‘Light Beams” (visit in the summer months by 12pm to witness them). Most photos you have seen of Antelope are taken here but be prepared to deal with loads of other tourists. Navajo nation does a good job of timing different tours but you are sure to run into other groups during the time.
    • Lower Canyon – Much tighter spaces and famous for its abstract photography moments. Be prepared to climb ladders and be in tight spaces. Lower Canyon has far fewer tourists than upper canyon and most tours are cheaper too.
    • Owl Canyon – Famous for its Great Horned Owl spotting. You are also sure to be in awe of the purple, pink, and blue swirls in the walls created by 250 million years of water rainwater erosion. This tour is very intimate so be prepared to whisper as you taken in your surroundings.
    • Rattlesnake Canyon – One of the most challenging canyons to navigate. You will be climbing up and down ladders and navigating very tight spaces. People love the colors and intimacy of this canyon.
  • Which Tour Company do you use? It can be very confusing to figure out which tour is best for you. They all seem to offer the same thing but with extremely different pricing and time slots. After a ton of research I went with Antelope Canyon Tours and was really pleased. Before booking them I had a lot of questions and called regularly. They seem a bit gruff on the phone but after being there I realize that is because they deal with a lot of tourists and their attitudes daily. It is run 100% like a business, no fluff or feelings involved.
  • What is the difference between the photography tour and a regular tour? Beyond the price tag of these two tours, a lot is different! If you have a DSLR camera and a tripod (you can rent one ahead of time from the tour company for $30) definitely do the photography tour. With the regular tour they are rushing you through to stay on a timeline. You don’t have time to set up your shot as you are made to keep up with your group leader. It is only for those who want to “see it with their eyes.” The photography tour, which is what I did, is a completely different experience. They stop tours so you have the canyon to yourself and are ensured to snap the perfect photo. They also set you up in all the famous spots so you can get that photo which brought you to Antelope Canyon to begin with. You are not rushed during this process and it makes the entire tour so much more enjoyable.
  • What do you need to bring? 
    • I recommend bringing a scarf to tie around your face. You take an open air jeep to the canyon and the winds can pick up quickly once you are there so wearing a scarf will definitely help keep it out of your nose
    • A bottle of water – this is necessary in the summer as it can get pretty hot. However, don’t drink it too fast as there are no restrooms at the canyon
    • Comfortable shoes for navigating through the sands in the canyon
    • A plastic bag and rubber bands for protecting your camera from the sand
  • What is not necessary? They will NOT let you bring a bag or backpack in the canyon. So whatever you need, must fit in your pockets or in a small fannypack. Do not be surprised if you get turned away if you have more than this. They must remain strict on this rule to protect the canyon
  • Words of Advice? Go to the bathroom before you pull up to the tour company. There is a small store before turning on to their street and I highly recommend using their facilitates. Otherwise, it is porta potty at the tour company

I hope I answered all of your questions but if not, please don’t hesitate to reach out by commenting below or sending an e-mail!

 

The Find
Whereabouts: Dallas, TX

Outfits • The Sneaker

Velvet is in for fall. I mean, really in! Everywhere you look you will see it. I am still deciding if I want to partake in this particular trend so I am start small – with a sneaker. I stumbled upon these from Zara last night and purchased them without giving myself enough time to overthink it. I love the simplicity and the color. As much as I wear sneakers, I know they won’t be a bad investment. shop them here

Outfits • Bumble Boost and Me


I was so completely honored when my bestie Alex, Bumble’s marketing guru, asked me to be in a Bumble video. Not only is Bumble the most forward-thinking and legit dating app, they also come up with the most unique and eye-catching marketing concepts. To be a part of anything Bumble is to be a part of something great! The video I was helping with is the newly launched Bumble Boost.

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The concept? Genius. They get it. We are all busy. There aren’t enough hours in the day (you can say that again), and sometimes 24 hours isn’t enough time to make the first move. This is where Bumble Boost comes in. Now you can enhance your Bumble experience and buy more time, so to speak. When you upgrade to Bumble Boost, you can rematch with expired connections (like I did in the video), instantly match with people who have already liked you, and extend an extra 24 hours to give yourself more time to craft the perfect first message on your time! Live your life, Bumble at your leisure.

8 Whole Foods Beauty FInds

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  • Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream $26 – I love this cream! I have dry skin so its richness is exactly what I need. And any cream Jennifer Lopez swears by, is good enough for me. * This is a very thick cream so beware. To apply add a small pea size to your hands, rub together, and then fan your hands upwards (like an esthetician does) until your skin feels completely covered. You will notice a difference by morning // shop it here
  • Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Toner $7.60 – This astringent is rich with aloe vera, witch hazel, vitamin e, and rose petals. It is excellent for reducing stress-induced inflammation and puffiness // shop it here

  • Evan Healy Rose Geranium HydroSoul 1 fl oz $8.50 – This super gentle facial elixer works on all skin types. It is great to spray on after you apply your facial oils as it helps your skin absorb all the nutrients. Bonus: it smells heavenly //  shop it here
  • John Masters Organic Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner $50 – This is definitely meant as a hair rescue for dry or treated hair. It can be heavy so only use every few days. I would recommend using this more as a hair mask and then follow with a shampoo. If your hair needs mega hydration, this stuff is great  // shop it here
  • Welda Skin Food $12 – This product has a real cult following.  People with dry skin have claimed to not be able to “live without it.” It adds intense hydration to dry, flaky skin and is so organic and all natural, it is apparently edible //  shop it here
  • Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant $29 – I love this facial oil and use it nightly. It is packed with fatty acids and antioxidants that moisturize and fight free radical damage to brighten skin and help in anti-aging // shop it here
  • EO Organic Lavender Hand Sanitizing Spray $4 – I am a huge fan of having sanitizing spray in my car and became obsessed with this lavender spray a few years ago. It smells so good and since it is a natural disinfectant it kills 99% of germs without harming your skin  //  shop it here
  • Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay $8 – This product also has a cult following. I used this a few years ago and it is unreal. It is the deepest exfoliant I have ever tried. Dampen your face with water, rub it on thick and wait about 45 minutes to let it dry. Your skin will become extremely tight and then peel it off. Because I have dry skin and it is such an exfoliant I haven’t used it in a long time (to avoid drying my skin out more) but if you are looking for a product to make your skin feel like a baby, this is it  //  shop it here

And there you have it, my favorite Whole Foods beauty finds! I have been wanting to do this post for a long time now and am so excited to share it! Next time you are at Whole Foods, wander down the beauty isle! I promise it is more addicting than Sephora!

 

** please note price is subject to change while shopping at Whole Foods

 

 

Outfits • The Boot

I had a lot of people ask about boots I recently wore in Arizona. I bought them at the end of last winter and didn’t get to wear them near as much as I wanted. Upon booking our trip to the desert I knew excatly which shoe I wanted to bring. Unfortunately my exact boot by Report Signature isn’t available I have found an almost identical pair! And they are $45 cheaper than what I paid! shop them here

Outfits • The Bow Blouse

I have loved Cuyana for about three years now. After seeing my friend Molly wearing their cape in 2013 and learning their motto of, “Fewer, better” I have been a big fan! I know I can always go to them for the best pieces to fill my wardrobe. They are always classic, well-made, and minimal – everything I want! And their new fall collection is everything you would want it to be! With the slow release of items I am already swooning for more! Especially since I have already snagged this gorgeous Bow Blouse that I can wear now, and later! Keep it comin’ Cuyana!

Outfits • The Shirtdress

love a good shirtdress! They are the easiest thing to throw on and look put together. And overthinking never comes in to play. My kind of outfit! I came across this shirtdress (which is under $50) and loved the details – high/low hem, paneling in the back, and silk look. It is perfect to wear now in the warmer months and to wear with boots and a scarf in the coming cooler months. shop it here

Aux Vieux Paris d’Arcole

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One of my favorite places for a glass of rosé in Paris is, Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole. More for the memories than the location, this place is one of my go-to’s! I stumbled upon this restaurant while getting lost one evening on the Ile de la Cité. I remember it being a not so great day (for various reasons not worth a mention), which meant all I wanted to do was get home. While stumbling around looking for the right street to get me back to my apartment, I randomly looked left and saw a colorful street with wisteria hanging from the facade. My mind said, “keep trekking home” but my feet took a turn. I stood there in awe of its beauty for a few minutes and then said F*$^ it (dinner and studying, that is), I need alcohol. I ended up enjoying a really delicious glass of rosé under the most gorgeous wisteria you’ve ever seen!

Luckily, that day I was the only customer, which come to find out is a rarity at Au Vieux. I like to tell myself it was meant to be. I began talking with the waiter and learned a bit about the history. It is quite fascinating. The restaurant is in the old Canon’s house built in 1512, making it one of the oldest buildings remaining in Paris. Being so close to Notre Dame, in 1723 it was sold off by the church to become a wine bar. After learning a little about the space the waiter proudly took me upstairs to see a view of the Notre Dame from a unique vantage point. I ended up walking home a little buzzed and completely content, thinking this is why I came to Paris!

I still love to go back to this place for a glass of rosé and to remember that “bad” day which turned out to be one of my favorite memories. I shot this photo as a reminder on my last trip there and thought I would share this little hidden gem with all of you. You know, incase you find yourself having a “bad” day in Paris (as if that really exists) and needing a glass of rosé.

Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole
24 Rue Chanoinesse
Paris 4th 75004

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