The Darling Nomadess: 2016

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Winter Ski Holiday: A Beginners Survival Guide on Staying Healthy and Dressing for the Slopes

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It's officially been one year since I moved to winter ski holiday wonderland, Vail, Colorado! Since joining the ski resort industry, I receive so many questions on how to stay warm on the mountain, and how to stay healthy (hello, altitude sickness!). If there's one thing this wanna-be snow bunny has learned this past year, it's definitely how to survive the winter season. Hint: take your vitamins (my personal preference is Centrum® MultiGummies®)

With the chilly, but sunny weather and the thin, mountain air at over 8,150 feet, it can be confusing on how to dress appropriately and avoid getting sick. Here are some of my tips to surviving your winter ski getaway. Whether you're more excited to hit the slopes or for apres-ski is up to you!

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Friday, November 18, 2016

30 Before 30

I'm goal-oriented and love creating lists - daily to do lists, monthly and annual goals, grocery lists, things I need in my closet get the picture. So why not a 30 before 30 list? I've had this list in my drafts since my 25th birthday back in July (!) and figure I should finally hit the publish button!

Monday, October 24, 2016

48 Hours in Siem Reap

Siem Reap is near the top of my "must travel to" list. With it's culture that is vastly different than my American lifestyle, and temples of Angkor Wat, you can bet your money that I'd definitely spend a few days, at the least, in this Southeastern Asia city! Thankfully, my friend Leah at Urban 20 Something has spent a significant amount of time in the city and put together a "48 hours in Siem Reap" city guide for me! 


If you’re planning on visiting Cambodia soon, you’re in for a treat. It’s such a special country with some of the most beautiful, historical sights in the world. Not to mention, among the gentlest and kindest people on earth. When in Cambodia, remember to be kind to the people and the country, and it will be kind back to you. I was lucky enough to spend nearly 2 months volunteering in Siem Reap, and I miss it all the time. Enjoy it!

Siem Reap is an interesting city. It’s not nearly as big as Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh. Yet, because of its proximity to Angkor Wat, it’s certainly becoming a buzzing hub. I absolutely love Siem Reap, and am confident you will, too. Added bonus, it’s one of the safest cities in Southeast Asia. Here’s what you can’t miss, and some tips and what to do and what not to do.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Third Quarter Check In: 2016 Goals


Read at least one book per month. For the second quarter, I read David & Goliath, The Art of Seduction, and The Alchemist. I've been chipping away at Daring Greatly for the past few months. Currently reading Eat, Pray Love while traveling. While it hasn't been exactly one book per month, I'm glad to have checked some of the books off of my "to read" list this year.

Travel to one new country. DONE! This year, I exceed my goal, and travelled to Greece, Turkey, and Portugal! While in Greece and Turkey, I travelled with Life Before Work's YachtLife. Read more about my experience here.

Visit 3 National Parks. DONE! Another goal exceeded! I've visited five national parks this year: Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Capitol Reef.


Pay off all credit card debt. Two credit cards down, one to go! Almost there!

Save at least $2000. I plan to start saving as soon as all credit card debt is paid off!


Focus on learning one new skill per month. HAHAHAHA. This hasn't worked out so well all year...

Create a resume website and professional blog. I haven't started this one yet, but hopefully this one will be in the works before the year is over...hopefully...


Summit a 14,000 ft mountain. Unfortunately, I ran out of time to complete this one. :(

Snowboard down a green run (other than the bunny hills).


Blog 2-3 times per week.

How are you doing on your goals for 2016?

With Love,

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Life Before Work: My Experience

Back in August, I had an opportunity to join a travel company called Life Before Work on their YachtLife Mediterranean tour through Turkey and Greece. This summer was physically and emotionally draining after a fall out with a good friend and from my hospitality management career. Ironically, the week previous to receiving an invitation to join the trip, I was literally researching "how to work on a yacht in Greece" on Google, desperate to leave my then unhappiness behind. YachtLife could not have happened at a better time.

This post is sponsored by Life Before Work but all opinions are 100% my own. 

Allow me to set the scene.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Utah's Mighty Five: Zion National Park

What I love about our USA national parks, is that each of them is different in their own regard. Some are in the high desert, some are forests, and others may be made up of multiple waterways. Zion National Park doesn't disappoint with it's narrow slot canyons, steep cliffs, and brilliant pink and red colors contrasted by a unique array of brilliant green plants and flora. Hiking in Zion National Park can be summed up in one word: epic.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Pineapple Raspberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

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Since moving to Colorado, one of the healthiest states in the USA, my eating habits, err, sugar cravings, have been magnified. Over the winter I started to make simple changes to my diet such as reaching for a piece of fruit instead of chocolate when the cravings come in tough ( know, ladies...). It's too bad Mother Nature can't bring some fresh baked cookies with her when she visits. Wouldn't that be nice?

Lately, I've found that I'm naturally looking for lighter treats instead of heavy baked goods so I've been juicing and making lots of smoothies, particularly this pineapple raspberry banana smoothie. Who doesn't love a tropical drink served in a pineapple? 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Magnificent Transformation

Do you ever feel like you take two steps forward, then a huge step backwards in life? I feel like I go through these seasons frequently. Throughout college, the summer and fall semesters would be my time to shine - my grades were great during these semesters, my health was on par, and my social life and personal development flourished. Then would come winter and the spring semester - my grades would always plummet, life would be out of balance, and let's not even talk about my health, let alone my emotional health during this season! 

These seasons of growth and regression, I've found, show themselves outside of college, too. This spring season has been particularly difficult for me. The hotel I work for closed for construction and I was still employed, which is nice of my employer to keep me around. Except the work wasn't challenging. I sat in the office during my 8 hour shift and answered the phone when it rang. If it rang. I kept busy with mundane tasks. This type of work drains me in more ways than one and it started reflecting in the way I viewed myself and my place in this crazy world. Who am I? Why am I even in I even really want to be here? 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Utah's Mighty Five: Canyonlands National Park

After a long day of hiking and camping in Arches National Park,  we set out to visit Moab, Utah's second park - Canyonlands National Park. Since we were exhausted from Arches (our hiking stamina wasn't quite as good back in April as it is now), we decided to drive the scenic route and take as many of the scenic stops possible. Since Moab isn't too far away from Vail, we're hoping to return in the fall to hike Canyonlands!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Westside Market, Cleveland

A few weeks ago, I visited home to meet my newest nephew and spend some much needed time with my family. A pit stop to pick out some delicious treats at the historic Westside Market in the Ohio City district was absolutely necessary. Filled with fresh meat, local produce, and beautiful desserts, I can't help but be overwhelmed by the sights and scents of all the food!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Utah's Mighty Five: Arches National Park

Utah is home to five of the United States' National Parks: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches. These are lovingly referred to as the "Mighty Five." Two of these parks are housed in Moab, Utah, a place like nothing I've ever seen before. It's a high desert area with plenty of space for  hiking, motor biking, camping, and other adventures. Moab quickly became one of my favorite places that I've been and I loved touring Arches and Canyonlands National Parks! I can't wait to spend more time in the parks and the area in the future.

Friday, June 3, 2016

May Purchases

The month of May was a great month for traveling and shopping while ringing in the spring season. I've been hunting down perfect sandals, dresses, and swimwear for the coming I just gotta wait for the Rocky Mountain weather to cooperate! We still have visible snow and you can still ski at one of the local resorts! Madness! Either way, I'm 100% prepared for warmer temperatures and sunshine all day, everyday! 

While I was at home in Ohio, my mom gave me her $65 credit to DSW she received and a $10 coupon. I was able to find the black Steve Madden sandals and the gold Calvin Klein sandals on super sale and also picked up a cute tan cross body bag (I can't seem to find it on their online shop anywhere though). Now I'm all set for summer fun!

I don't normally shop at Forever 21, but I do really like their accessories section. I found this dainty tooth pendant necklace while shopping around Houston. While it is dainty, I've found that it adds just a touch of edge to any outfit.

You know on those monthly subscriptions there's normally a 'skip the month' option? Well, I typically utilize that every.single.month. I accidently forgot to hit that button on my ShoeDazzle subscription, and not wanting to call their customer service line (I love ShoeDazzle, but their customer service is horrendous) I just decided to stick it out and see if I could apply the $39.95 credit during a sale event. Low and behold, a few days later, I received a $20 off coupon in my inbox. I picked out the Jaf Weekender Bag (now sold out) and the Embroidered Cami Dress in navy. The weekender bag is larger than I expected but seems of good quality and I can't wait to take it on my next trip. I love the embroidery on the dress. I ordered it in size small and it seems to run a little big but it still works and fits well. I kind of want to order it in white now, too...

Over Memorial Day weekend, Adore Me had one of their buy one get one free sales and I just had to take advantage. I LOVE Adore Me. I  cannot express that enough. Since joining their subscription, my bra collection has multiplied but I don't even care. Their bras fit perfect, are comfortable, and are so stylish! I ordered Lucia Bra Set in red and the Fannie Swimsuit in lavender (previously purchased the Dana Swimsuit, which I LOVE).

All in all, I picked up 7 items for a little less than $120. Not too bad, I'd say!

What fun items did you pick up this past month?

With Love,

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Tobi Style: Just Rompin' Around

I don't know about you, but I practically live in rompers once it's warm outside! Dress 'em up, dress 'em down - they're great for hanging out or going out! I wore this Diem Skort Romper from Tobi while shopping in Houston! It worked out well for shopping and then hitting happy hour for drinks after!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Tobi Style: Laidback Jumpsuit

While it's the off season in Vail, I've been doing a lot of traveling. I was in New Mexico a few weeks ago visiting with family and last week one of my friends and I road tripped to Houston! All of these long car rides and flights require a comfortable and stylish outfit! The Chillax Draped Tank Jumpsuit from Tobi is literally perfect for travel!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Tobi Style: Bow Ties & Dresses

Now that it's the off season in Vail, I've had more time to get back into fashion blogging and, of course, scouring out some new online boutiques. Recently, I discovered Tobi and have fallen in LOVE! 

Check out other favorites on Tobi: Dresses, Bodycon DressesMaxi DressesParty Dresses, Sequin Dresses, Midi Dresses

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

First Quarter Check In: 2016 Goals


Read at least one book per month. I've been doing really well with this goal so far! I kicked off the year with 'Secrets of a Six Figure Woman,' followed by 'Strengths 2.0' and 'Total Money Makeover.' In March I read 'Habits: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business.' Currently, I'm reading 'David and Goliath.' These books have certainly been educational and beneficial reads to reinforce other goals for the year.

Travel to one new country. I haven't been able to escape Vail as of yet, but I do have some travel plans in the making for later this year.

Visit 3 National Parks. I haven't visited any yet, but I am going to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks later this month for some spring hiking and am hoping to get Sequoia, Yellowstone, Zion, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon National Parks in this year.


Pay off all credit card debt. One credit card down, two to go! I have one more payment to make on one of those two, too, so I am making good progress on this goal.

Save at least $2000. I plan to start saving as soon as all credit card debt is paid off!


Focus on learning one new skill per month. This one has been a little difficult with how busy work was this winter season, but I was able to start some coding classes in the meantime through Codacademy!
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    Digital Photography

Create a resume website and professional blog. I haven't started this one yet, but hopefully with more free time on my hands, this one will be in the works.


Summit a 14,000 ft mountain. My friends and I have a similar goal on this one so this will definitely be accomplished at some point this summer.

Snowboard down a green run (other than the bunny hills).
ACCOMPLISHED!!! I also went from the top of the mountain, to the edge of the back bowls, and snowboarded all the way down to the base! It was excruciating and overwhelming, but I'm so glad I accomplished this goal. All the lessons and hardwork paid off. I see why people are so passionate and addicted to snowboarding and skiing!


Blog 2-3 times per week.
So far this has been a total fail, but I'm not giving up on this goal!

How are you doing on your 2016 goals so far?

With Love,

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Most Epic Worst Date EVER

This past summer, I had a wonderful stint with Tinder. Go ahead, insert your judgements here. While working 80 hours a week at the hotel, I managed to find some time to go on dates every once in a while. Most dates were fun with good conversation with men from all corners of the USA. I mean, I was living at an amusement park so everyday there was a new round of boys to swipe left or right everyday. While most dates went well, there was one that was just bad. And by bad, I mean epically bad.

Monday, January 11, 2016

2016 Goals

Now that we're already two weeks into the new year, I figure it's finally time to really focus on what I want to accomplish this year. 2015 was an incredible year filled with many accomplishments. From traveling Europe to becoming a hotel manager to moving cross country, 2015 was definitely one for the books. I think 2016 has a lot of adventure in store and I can't wait to see what opportunities come this way.