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    Best Coffee Art Places to Visit

    Almost everyone around the world enjoys a nice cup of coffee in the morning or sometime during the day to keep them going. The coffee industry will only continue to grow from here and with that the cute coffee shops are appearing everywhere. Most people prefer the main places like Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks but you won’t regret trying these unique places.

    The seed

    Link: http://theseedboca.com 

    Honestly I have been to The seed and it is one of the cutest places I've ever been to. It has a very strong antique vibe going on that is just very welcoming. Not only does The seed offer coffee and treats they also offer açaí bowl and I have one word to describe them, amazing. The seed only has one shop located in Boca Raton, Florida.

    Verve coffee roasters

    Link: https://www.vervecoffee.com

    The verve coffee shop has a very classy and clean look to it. Their shops are located all over California and Tokyo. Not only do they offer coffee and treats but they also sell apparel from shirts to accessories. 

    Stardust video and coffee

    Link: https://stardustvideoandcoffee.wordpress.com 

    What makes the stardust video and Coffee unique is that you can rent movies from their shop. I mean most people just stream movies now but it’s still cool. It is not limited to just movies though, while you buy some food and coffee you can also buy a book from their wide collection. Stardust only has one location in Orlando, Florida.

    Carrera cafe

    Link: https://www.carreracafe.com 

    Carrera cafe has one shop in Los Angeles, California. They offer lattes with a range of prints you can have on your coffee like in the picture above. Don’t only go for the coffee though, they offer specialty subs and salads. 

    Birmingham roast

    Link: https://www.birminghamroast.com

    This coffee shop is only located in Birmingham, Michigan. They offer a selection of handcrafted lattes with prints. They are well known for their unique art on the walls and all the beautiful lights they have hanging above the cafe. This is the place to go!

     

    Be awesome and comment your favorite coffee places below!

     

     

     

     

    The Secrets to The Best Skincare for You

    Skincare is one of the hottest trends on social media these days. While we see celebrities dropping hundreds of dollars on products that isn't totally necessary, I’m going to show you a few cheap alternatives to keeping clear skin. The beauty world has blossomed in the past few years from face mask reviews, makeup artists on instagram, popular spa treatments and more. Keeping great skin should be a top priority, the clearer your skin the better you feel.

    Everyone's skin care routine is going to look a little different depending on what type of skin you have. The range starts at very oily and goes to very dry, the most important thing to do is find where you fall on the scale, and make sure the products you’re using are not actually making your skin worse. Personally I fall on the side of having slightly oily skin. What that means is that I have to look for products that don’t overly dry out my skin and also don’t cause my skin to produce more oil. So here's a look into how my day to day skin care routine goes!

    First, when I shower I always go in with the Simple brand moisturizing face wash. Their products are meant for those with sensitive skin, so for me this means that the product will not dry my face out, but also allows me to remove excess dirt, oil and sweat from my skin. It’s important not to overload your skin with tons of products because in the end you'll end up reclogging your pores and overwhelming the skin.

    Next after I shower, I pat dry my face with a clean towel, if you use the same towel you dry your body or hair with you have the risk of transmitting those products into your skin. So next step is to go in with the L’oreal hydra fresh toner. Toner allows your skin to balance out, so your skin is neither dry or oily, it has the perfect balance. Another great thing toner does is that if you happen to get those areas of dry skin from the sun or your face wash it will rehydrate those dry patches so they don’t become flakey.

    Lastly, once to twice a week I like to have a little fun and use a face mask! Face masks can be super fun and a great way to unwind and enjoy the night. My favorite face masks come from Lush! Lush does an amazing job of finding a mask that is going to personally benefit your skin in the areas it’s lacking. The cost is anywhere from 10-20$ for a fresh handmade mask that lasts up to three weeks. Their masks are made with all natural ingredients so they're even better for your skin!

    Now, strap on those bracelets and work on your day to day skin care routine! Remember to have fun and experiment and be sure to comment some of your favorite skin care tips and tricks. 

    Best Places to Travel 2018

    -Chile

    Chile is becoming a huge traveling destination in 2018. With Chile just celebrating their 200 years of independence they offer an endless amount of things to do. With their extraordinary mountains you can go hiking in the snow or through the forest. Chile is also known for the clearest night skies you’ll ever see. I mean come on who doesn’t like to see a sky full of stars?

    -South Korea

    South Korea has always been a hot spot for travelers but with the Winter Olympics just passing it has become an even bigger attraction. When is comes to South Korea it is all about the food. To the high end restaurants and the street food it’s all a must try. South Korea also has a rich culture, with their unique old temples you can actually stay several nights in the temples. Which is pretty cool. Also about 70% of South Korea is covered in mountains so wherever you go their will be a mountain in site.

    -Portugal

    Portugal has been hiding in the shadows of Spain for many years and now Portugal is finally getting its time to shine. Having personally gone myself it is pretty amazing. Having eating out for every meal and absorbing in all the culture is something you can’t miss out on. Portugal has something to offer for everyone from taking vineyard tours and wine tasting to jumping off the bridges with the locals(which I actually did). Portugal is definitely not something to miss out on.

    -Djibouti

    Djibouti is a tiny East African nation home to the second saltiest body of water in the world. Djibouti is also the third lowest point on earth. The lakes are so buoyant you can’t even dive under the water. Their main attraction is swimming with whale sharks which sounds pretty freaking awesome. It might a little scary but not many people get to say they got to swim with whale sharks.

    -New Zealand

    Unlike Chile, New Zealand actually has a dark sky sanctuary certification. They have very little light pollution so the sky is darker and makes stargazing 10x better. Almost everywhere in New Zealand is absolutely breath taking. From limestone rock formations and the snowy mountains there are an endless amount of opportunities to do amazing things.

    All of theses places have different and rich cultures that you could take in so be awesome and travel the world.

    Smoothies for you

    Do you like the occasional smoothie or are you just a smoothie fanatic? Here are some great recipes to get the perfect mouth watering smoothie. 

    This Wild Blueberry Spinach Power Smoothie takes about 5 minuets and serves 1 person. 

    • 1/2 blueberries 
    • 1/2 strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries 
    • 1/2 banana 
    • 1 cup almond breeze unsweetened vanilla 
    • 1 cup baby spinach 
    • 1 teaspoon chia seeds to top it off

    For all you chocolate lovers out there, this Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie is perfect for you. It takes about 5 minuets and serves 1 person. 

    • 1 cup almond breeze unsweetened 
    • 1 frozen banana
    • 1 cup raspberries 
    • 1 tablespoons cocoa powder

    This Blueberry Avacado Banana Smoothie also takes about 5 minuets to make and serves two people. 

    • 1/2 cup almond breeze unsweetened vanilla
    • 1 cup fresh spinach 
    • 1 ripe banana
    • 1/2 ripe Avacado peeled and pitted
    • 2 cups blueberries 
    • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
    • 1 tablespoon almond butter 
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 

    For all those people out there who don’t have the time to make a smoothie you can find a local smoothie place near you. Here is a list of some great places. 

    • Power smoothie (highly recommend)
    • Smoothie plus
    • Jamba Juice 
    • Smoothie king 

     

    Be awesome and comment your favorite smoothie/smoothie place below!

    Top 3 Insta Worthy Editing Apps

    Finding the perfect filter for your pictures is so crucial! Your night out would not be complete without an insta worthy picture of course. Here’s a few of my favorite apps for the best editing on your pictures.

    VSCO
    VSCO is most commonly known for its hipster vibes. VSCO is a social media app that allows you to post pictures just like Instagram without all the likes and follows. One of the best perks of VSCO is the picture editing! VSCO comes with preset filters but also has a range of available filters to purchase. You can filter your pictures, add grain, vignette, and adjust contrast and vibrance! Making for the perfect insta post!

    Edited with VSCO

    Afterlight
    Afterlight is super similar to VSCO but it’s only a photo editing app. Afterlight offers a free version or 2.99 version, I would recommend buying it just because you get those extra perks!! Afterlight breaks filters down by colors so each and every picture you edit will be adjusting according to light, exposure and color! You’re able to adjust saturation, contrast, and even curve lines! Afterlight also gives you options to add dust, preset light, and even words on top of your pics, leaving you with the perfect pic to post!

    Edited with AfterLight 2.0

    Huji
    Huji is a newer app, but it’s so cool for those interested in photography. Huji allows you to open the app and take pictures through the app the same way a film camera would. After you take your picture, huji does all the editing for you and even adds date stamps giving you a vintage but modern vibe.

    Edited with HUJI

    Now, strap on those bracelets and explore! Be sure to follow our Instagram @vakanobracelets and download all the apps for the picture perfect experience!

    @jonathanmoore Owner