Travel Diary: Chania Crete

Welcome to the first MCLV Travel Diary entry for my 2015 trip to Greece. Since I’m having such a wonderful trip I wanted to take the time to share a bit of what I’ve learned and experienced.

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Our first destination was Chania –  Pronounced Ha-Nee-A – A picturesque port town located near one of the two airports on Crete. We rented an adorable two bedroom apartment a block and a half off the water which turned out to be the perfect location. Walking distance to the main square circled by cafés, grocery shopping, bakeries, and other little shops, close to a gorgeous old cathedral, and a few minutes from the restaurant-lined port.

We loved having the apartment as a jumping off point and spent a week happily making ourselves at home and taking day trips to all the nearby Must See locales. If you go online, fill out a form & pay a small fee you can register for an international drivers license and rent a car, the easiest and most efficient way to traverse the mountain covered island of Crete.

Below were some of our favorite destinations in and around Chania:

Chania Lighthouse – One of the Mediterranean’s oldest lighthouses, known as the jewel of the city. It’s a great little walk out to the sea wall and over to the tower, and it’s a landmark that you can see from all around the surrounding areas. I did a daily run from our apartment around the port with a little breather at the lighthouse each morning before we headed off on our next adventure.

Tamam – This little restaurant was one of the best meals we had while we stayed in Chania. Great atmosphere, lovely wine list, and seriously killer food. I didn’t think I’d find myself at a restaurant with too much food to consume but when I finally stopped to breathe I still had three half-full plates in front of me!

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Elafonisi – This small island off the Southwest coast of Crete has beautiful white and pink sand beaches, a stunning view of the aqua sea, and even some rocky crags for climbing. Whether you’re in the mood for snorkeling, rock & shell collecting, sunbathing or swimming, this is a charming location.

Milia Mountain Retreat – Up in the mountains above Chania there’s a sustainable, organic community that has a rustic eco-tourist approved restaurant. We stopped for a tasty lunch after a day at Elafonisi – Lots of veggie friendly options in a gorgeous mountainside cabin and they love to tell you about their food.

Imbros Gorge – This rocky canyon is a great hike for the actively minded tourist. Open most of the year and fairly easy to traverse, the 11km gorge is a great place for bird watching, the occasional sheep sighting, and enjoying the natural beauty of Southern Crete. Even the drive had some breathtaking vistas and stunning views of the snow-capped mountain range running through the center of the island.

Tavern Strata – This little family owned restaurant was our first stop upon arrival and we were welcomed by extremely friendly staff who helped us with our Greek sayings, answered all our first-timer questions, and served us excellent food & the best wine we had on the island. Unfortunately they don’t sell bottles of it, so if you want to taste this amazing local blend you have to stop by & ask for the house red!

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Chania Diving Center – After getting certified in the South East Asia and diving state-side in Hawaii, the sea life of Crete may not have been the most extraordinary I’ve witnessed, but the coral-covered caves and caverns were a Must See. We were lucky enough to get a private day of diving with the experienced & knowledgeable owner of CDC and loved everything from the dive sites to the shop front to the snacks!

Have YOU ever been to Greece?

Be sure to stay tuned for the Travel Diary for the rest of my stops on this Greek adventure, and follow me on Instagram for more pictures!

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Tiffany & Co: CT60 Classic

After sharing my excitement over the new Tiffany & Co CT60 timepiece collection, and showing off their fabulous menswear-inspired modern watch, I’m back today for the next installation from this innovative new collection.

A new kind of classic.

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Everything about this watch is classic – The timeless black band, the chic silver hardware, and the clean white face that goes with anything.

But since we’re talking about Tiffany & Co – This little baby has something extra as well.

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The face of the watch is sideways!

Rather than have the 12 and 6 meeting the band, this watch is shifted so that the 9 and 3 meet the band. What does this mean? It means that when you’re using your phone or your computer you don’t have to turn your wrist and stop working in order to check the time.

Raise your hand if you think this is as brilliant as I do!

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

I’ll be back next week to share our final look from the Tiffany & Co CT60 collection – And I’m sure that you’ll be just as smitten with this retro-inspired design as I am!

Can YOU see yourself in this modern classic?

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How To Stay Healthy At Work

Whether you’re running around after kids, stuck at a desk, or in and out of meetings all day, a hectic weekday schedule can wreak havoc on your healthy living goals. We get caught up and forget to eat. Or move. Or take any time for ourselves.

Here are some of the tips that have helped me make healthier choices on a daily basis.

[1.] Plan ahead

Having healthy snacks and meals ready and available will improve your chances of staying on track during the day. If you wait until you’re starving, you’re going to eat whatever you can find. Keeping trail mix, raw nuts, dried fruit {with no added sugar}, and energy bites in your desk, car, or handbag are great choices.

You can also bring in lunch to ensure healthy options – Whether it’s a giant salad, leftover Indian food, or even a healthy, nutrient-packed dessert.

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[2.] Stand Up

If you can swing it, a stand-up desk is a game changer.

Not only does it reduce pressure on your discs to lessen back pain, but it also helps strengthen muscles throughout your body and improves posture.

I’ve also found that it keeps me more alert throughout the work day.

[3.] Drink Up

The benefits of getting enough water throughout the day are never-ending – From helping your body maintain beneficial pH levels to improving your complexion to keeping you from snacking. Do you have trouble gulping down enough of the good stuff during the day? Try adding sliced fruit to your glass or bottle for an eye-catching reminder.

Do you drink juice or soda? Liquid calories can undo all your good work at the gym in no time, so try to limit yourself.

[4.] Move

Whether it’s going to the gym on your lunch break, biking to work, or talking a midday walk around the block, make an effort to move throughout the day. Don’t let your day begin and end at your desk.

I like to walk to and from my office, and I try to go to the gym every day at noon. I’ve found that if I set aside a block of time in my Outlook calendar for workout out, I’m pretty good about honoring that “me” time.

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[5.] Open Your Eyes

One of the unexpected side effects of being in an office building, surrounded by artificial lighting, is that it confuses our bodies. We have internal clocks that reset when they see sunlight – i.e. In the morning your body knows that its morning because it senses the sun. Try to go outside at some point during the day, even for a quick walk or to eat your lunch on a sunny bench, and you’ll be surprised how it changes your energy levels and sleep patterns.

Do YOU have any healthy work tips?

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MCLV Style: Caftan Vacation Style

Every once in a while I’ll see a piece – Or more often, a handbag – And immediately in my head I shout: “Mine!”

And that’s just what happened with this bold red caftan from Les Mechantes.

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Red Caftan – Les Mechantes

Red & Gold Heels – ShoeMint {Similar here, here & here}

Gold Chainlink Necklace – Banana Republic

Gold Wire Cuffs – BCBGMaxAzria

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I saw this baby while Les Mechantes was doing their pop-up at The Yard near the ballpark – It’s such a fun, bold color and the draped silhouette is flattering and, most importantly, utterly forgiving.

All perfect for a relaxing vacation lounging seaside in Crete!

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{Photography by KatwalkSF}

What I love about this caftan is how you can make it casual and breezy with sandals and a beaded necklace, or take it straight to glam with eye-catching gold jewelry and some killer red high heels.

Do YOU have a favorite vacation piece? 

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Links You’ll Love: Healthy Living

This week’s Links You’ll Love round-up is all about good-for-you habits, healthy food, workouts to get you sweating and more tips & tricks to live that healthy, fulfilling life that you’re aiming for!

Let’s start out today’s post with some motivation from one of the most amazing inspirational speakers out there right now, Miss Gabby Bernstein. As someone who has her hands in a lot of projects at any given time, the concept of “having it all” is definitely something that hits home for me. Click below and see how Gabby handles the multitasker Holy Grain – How To Have It All…

Health:

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I’m a big tea drinker – Thanks mom – And have always appreciated that along with my soothing cup of relaxation, I’m getting numerous health benefits. Here are a few super-charged tea recipes that’ll help with more than waking you up in the morning:

Feeling the stress? Getting anxious? I’m a huge fan of using meditation to help calm my mind in the evenings. Still not convinced? Check out Deepak Chopra’s How Meditation Can Help Anxiety.

Worried about getting sick during the sudden weather shifts this time of year? Read through The Detoxinista’s Natural Immunity Boosters list and try adding some to your diet.

Fitness:

Sometimes getting to the gym is the hard part. There are so many convenient excuses… If that sounds familiar be sure to check out Kayla Itsine’s 4 Ways To Strengthen Your Willpower.

Keep yourself engaged and your body guessing by trying something new like this Circuit Workout – Arms, Abs, & Buns from The Blissful Chef.

Push yourself with the Purely Twins’s killer 20 minute AMRAP workout.

Nutrition:

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Do you get distracted or overwhelmed at the grocery store? This helpful guide will make sure you get what you need! Vegan grocery shopping: Tips to navigate the store from JL Goes Vegan.

Great food makes all the difference in my life. When I eat poorly, I feel lethargic, I don’t sleep well, I’m overcome with headaches, stomach pains, and other unpleasant daily ailments. Luckily eating well isn’t hard with these delicious, healthy recipes that’ll energize you and tickle your palate.

 What’s YOUR favorite healthy living tip?

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