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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

eAntelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Northern Arizona contains the beautiful, highly-visited Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. When I first saw a photo of the painted-like canyon, I honestly thought the photographer used photoshop to overly saturate the photos. However, the more photos I saw, then the more convinced I was the canyon could actually look that beautiful without any editing.

The start of this summer, my friend, Victoria, and I decided we would venture off to the town of Page to see this phenomenon located on the Najavo Nation. We kept our promise to see the canyon this past weekend, in case you saw a sneak peak from my Instagram, @HappilyPinkBlog. Below, I broke up Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon (upper and lower) into two different subheadings for tips to help you on your exciting travels based off of my experience!

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

While the trip was originally suppose to have an overnight stay, we unfortunately had issues with our hotel and decided to drive back the same day. If you live in the Phoenix area, it is completely possible to drive up at 4:00am and then leave Page after sunset. The day was pretty long, especially since we only had two hours of sleep, but both sights are 100% worth witnessing at least once.

Before I go into the tips and several photos, I also want to note we planned on visiting Lake Powell but were only able to grab some photos in the distance. The lake has a $25 entrance fee and since our trip was cut short, we decided to save the lake visit for another day. Here are a few photos for you to admire the clear turquoise waters.

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon Travel Tips
Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips
  • Outfit Details
    • Cowboy straw hat– Miller's Surplus 
    • Tortoise sunglasses– Tory Burch (similar)
    • White, eyelet off-shoulder blouse– Mossimo / Target (same
    • High-rise, stressed denim shorts– American Eagle (similar)
    • Black combat boots– Target or Kohl's (similar)
    • Black, pleather mini backpack (for my Camelbak bladder)– Mossimo / Target (same)
    • 1.5 liter bladder (only $22!!)– Camelbak (same)
  • If you would like to book the Upper Antelope Canyon, you should look into doing so at least five months early. 
    • Summer is a primetime to see the canyon and weekends sell out far before the summer begins.
    • You can only see the canyon if you book a tour because the vicinity falls within the Navajo Nation. 
    • Upper Antelope Canyon is nearly double the cost at $48 per person, as opposed to the $25 of Lower Antelope Canyon. 
    • Photography tours are over $100 and get you two hours.
    • The best time to see this canyon is around noon or when the sun is the highest... good luck booking this tour at that time since it's extremely high in demand.

  • If you would like to book Lower Antelope Canyon, you still need to make a reservation online but can do so within the same week. Book earlier if you have a time you would like to tour.
    • While some tours take credit cards for the $25 tour price, the Navajo Nation permit fees are cash only– bring $8 per person. Bring enough cash for both to be on the safe side. 
    • The tours have a tendency to run late, and during peak hours can run 1-3 hr late. Luckily for Victoria and I, our tour was booked to start at 10:20am and was only 30 min behind before we finally went inside the canyon. You will need to also arrive 20-30min early to check-in before the time of your tour.
    • The tour guide said the best time to see the Lower Antelope Canyon is in the morning around 8-9:00am. I honestly felt the photos were beautiful the time we went (10:20am tour) because the sun reflected light into the canyon and caused an astounding glow. However, towards the very end of the tour, the photos weren't the best for taking photos of people in the canyon because the lighting was too strong. Our tour ended around noon.
    • The distance is pretty short, about a mile from when you start and end the tour. 
    • The tour will take about an hour in the canyon and another 15 min. to walk to the canyon.
    • Wear closed-toed shoes. You walk in deep parts of sand and climb up/down stairs with open holes (I included some photos of the stairs for you to see). You don't want your toe getting caught.
    • Ladies, don't wear dresses or loose-fitted shorts as you climb down stairs in the beginning into the canyon, and as you climb up stairs about three times while in the canyon. You probably don't want someone to see up your dress or shorts.
    • While I brought a Camelbak because it was hot, I honestly didn't need it. However, it's always better to be safe than sorry when in the desert and have some sort of water. A 16oz water bottle would have sufficed for me, but I also drink a gallon of water a day. The tour group times ahead of us were delayed because foreign tourists passed out from the heat.
    • If it happens to rain, think monsoon, the tour is canceled. 
    • The tour is canceled if the temperature exceeds 105 degree Fahrenheit.
    • Bring a snack to eat before or after the tour, preferably one that won't melt. I love R Bars because they don't melt and use clean ingredients– I even left some in the car and they maintained their form sitting in the sun. Use my code happilypink20 to get 20% off your online order. Trailmix would also be a great food option.
Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips



Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips


Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips
Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

What makes Horseshoe Bend unique is it's an area where the Colorado River bends in the shape of a horseshoe. The beautiful sight can be seen from the top of the 1,000-foot drop. Horseshoe Bend is open to the public and requires no reservations.
  • Outfit Details
    • White visor– Lululemon (similar)
    • Tortoise sunglasses– Tory Burch (similar)
    • White, loose graphic racerback– Nike (same
    • Teal, lightweight sports bra– Lululemon (same style)
    • Hot pink, sweat-wicking shorts– Lululemon (same)
    • ASICS gel cumulus (same style)
  • Viewing Horseshoe Bend
    • Sunset is the best time to take photos and include photos with people. Sunrise is also beautiful but the lighting is more challenging.
    • Park in the free parking lot, or off to the side of the road if the lot is filled.
    • Wear closed-toe shoes since there is deep sand and a lot of rocks.
    • Bring water since you're out in the sun, unlike the canyon where you're shielded within the Canyon.
    • While neither Antelope Canyon or Horseshoe Bend is a strenuous adventure, Horseshoe Bend includes longer exposure in the sun which could tire you out more. You also need to walk up this high incline hill, but I still saw a variety of ages and sizes who had no problem. 
    • The entire trip from the parking lot to the edge of the cliff is about a mile and a half.
    • Don't die trying to get a photo... I saw a girl jump across a high cliff to another cliff. Not everything is worth it for insta haha.
    • If you plan on being at the Canyon for a while, take a snack. We were there for about an hour and a half.
    • Be aware of the edge of the cliff. Certain areas could have a drop in between. 
    • Be courteous of others who also are there to get photos. :)
Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Travel Tips

Happy travels and adventuring in the beautiful state of Arizona! I'm grateful to have seen such beautiful places with my wonderful friend, V!


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Monday, July 10, 2017

Senita Athletics Product Review

Senita Athletics Product Review

Thanks to Senita Athletics, I have new activewear that not only works well under high performance but also holds my cellphone so I can be hands free during my workouts! A few weeks ago, Senita Athletics sent me a few products to test out. I was pretty excited since the gear I picked out all had pockets to hold my cellphone! Before I gave a review, I wanted to thoroughly try the products and get some washes in to see how the quality would be affected from the intensity of my marathon and triathlon training. Here's what I found...

Sarah Sport's Bra
Senita Athletics Product Review

I love the Bahamas print as a fun contrast to my current collection of sports bras. For your reference I'm consistently a 32B and that size fell under the "S" category. It ended up being too big for my 5'0" frame but I feel for someone who is average height or taller, the fit would be better. I switched out for an "XS" and the fit was perfect! I felt secure for 7mi+ runs and 40mi+ biking workouts without the sports bra cutting into my back. The sports bra also doesn't get wet, which is great in Arizona's heat.

About the pocket, the pocket safely held both my cellphone and case. I didn’t feel worried about my cellphone accidentally falling out and nor did it ever come close. I was never a fan of the arm bands to hold you phone, and as an alternative I would just hold my phone or awkward try to make it fit in the front of my sports bra…which didn’t usually stay put due to the lack of cleavage ha. This pocket is everything and I’m so happy I can focus on my strides instead of worrying about holding my cellphone tightly.


Senita Athletics Product Review

Ask any of my friends and they will tell you I will run in shorts whenever possible. In shorts, I ran through snow in Central Park when I lived there, and I ran in Paris in 25 degree weather. I just have always preferred it. Even for regular clothes you will rarely see me in pants. So far in 90-100+ degree weather, I’ve worn these amazing high-rise capris multiple times throughout the week with my sports bra. The fabric is much more breathable than I expected and I also don’t feel restricted. I’ve even tested them out in my reformer pilates class and felt great!

The high-rise capris make me feel comfortable with wearing a sports bra during my workouts… which I’ve never done before. There is also a snug pocket along the side. I’ve ran with my cellphone in my pocket and experienced no problems whatsoever– only improved form. Oh and "XS" was a perfect fit. I'm usually anywhere from a 0-2.

Senita Athletics Product Review

I was really excited to try these shorts but unfortunately they didn’t have my size. Senita Athletics was awesome and sent me a giftcard to use towards the shorts when they do come back in stock. These reminded me of my favorite speed shorts from Lululemon, only they’re half the cost. The fabric felt great and underneath the shorts are spandex that enable you to secure you phone. I look forward to trying out the product when it comes back in stock. Again, I'm usually a size 0-2.

Now, I have some exciting news...as if the gear wasn't already affordable with how great the product is, I’m giving you the code “happilypink” to get 10% off any purchases made now until August 10th. Don’t wait! In the meantime, I’ll continue to enjoy my workouts– thanks again Senita Athletics!

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Tucson Museum of Art

Tucson Museum of Art

Since being back in Tucson, I've made it my goal to obtain new experiences in the city I was raised in. Having this mentality has widened my perspective to truly seeing the beauty of Tucson and what the city has to offer. New York, Paris and Tucson are easily my favorite cities, but further exploring Tucson makes me love the city more and more. Alex's and my latest adventure included visiting the Tucson Museum of Art after work this past Thursday.

Museums are something I've always enjoyed because I find it fascinating to learn what compelled the artist to create a given art piece. The time period, artist's background and so many other variables impact the artist's creation. I especially wanted to see this museum because I heard they had an exhibit featuring the works of Matisse, Warhol and Picasso, and some of my favorites, Rodin and Renoir. There was also a modern art exhibit, which Alex loved.

Tucson Museum of Art

Tucson Museum of Art

Tucson Museum of Art

Tucson Museum of Art

Tucson Museum of Art

Tucson Museum of Art

Tucson Museum of Art

Cafe à La C'Art

In addition to never experiencing the Tucson Museum of Art, it was also our first experience dining at the museum's gem restaurant, Cafe à La C'Art. I heard the food was amazing and since we were right there, we figured why not! The patio is quite picturesque but was unfortunately too hot for a Tucson summer.

The staff was very passionate about the food and the historic block of Tucson. Since I was debating if I wanted to incorporate lavender in cocktails at my bridal shower, I decided to give the lavender martini a test. It was lovely but I wasn't too crazy about the sugar rim. Alex had the Bee's Knees, a Prohibition-era cocktail, consisting of gin, lemon and honey– I would highly recommend it!

Our dinner was comically contrasting: Alex ordered the brisket sandwich with french fries and I had their salmon salad. The salad was huge and I ended up eating the other half at work. For dessert, we finished off with the cafe's famous buttermilk cake with mixed berries. The massive slice was both dense and delicious. You can't go wrong with a slice of cake like that! We can't wait to check out their happy hour and new menu later this month.

Tucson Museum of Art

Tucson Museum of Art

Tucson Museum of Art

Tucson Museum of Art

Tucson Museum of Art

Tucson Museum of Art

Tucson Museum of Art

Tucson Museum of Art

As our first time to the Tucson Museum of Art and Cafe à La C'Art, it was a lovely experience and even better because we could escape the unbearable heat of Tucson. I look forward to seeing the new exhibits the museum plans to install and the new menu by the cafe. In the meantime, don't miss out on seeing these works of art by remarkable artists; the exhibit closes today at 5:00pm!


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