Travel Wishlist – Let’s go to Iceland

These past few days I have just gotten this urge to travel to Iceland, for some reason? I don’t know what it is, but there’s just something about this breathtaking country that is calling my name and do I seriously wish I can just book a ticket right now and go explore the beautiful “Land of Fire and Ice”. Doesn’t that sound epic?

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You’d think because it’s called Iceland that there would be plenty of ice everywhere, but that’s not entirely the case, in fact, Greenland is very icy and Iceland is very green. Iceland has the most vast landscapes that just are so simplified and wild and I think that is what completely draws me in. Oh and also don’t forget how interesting this country is – you might be wondering why it’s known as “The Land of Fire and Ice” and also the land of light and darkness?

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Well, Iceland has some of the world’s largest active volcanoes and also some of the largest glaciers in all of Europe. In summertime you definitely won’t have a vitamin D deficiency, cause you get to have nearly 24 hours of sunshine, but you better soak it up because when the cold, winter days come, you’ll only get a few hours of sunlight.

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How stunning is this photograph of British photograher, James Appleton – the northern lights and an erupted volcano in one photo?!

I have heard a few times that Iceland is one of the happiest countries in the world! That’s probably because of their good living quality and they’re also very generous people – more reasons why I want to travel there! Did you know that the Icelandic language is actually one of the least changed languages of the Nordic countries and they try their best to keep it that way! That’s pretty awesome.

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I just can’t get over how unbelievably, breathtakingly BEAUTIFUL this country is!!!

If I were ever to visit Iceland, I’d definitely want to visit and explore the capital, Reykjavík, see the classical Blue Lagoon and of course, the most magical and breathtaking of them all, the Northern Lights.

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This country has sooo much more interesting facts and I wish I can type it all for you guys, but it really is a lot! But, if you want to know more about this amazing country, go to the link to read 25 facts about Iceland.

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Green mountainous landscape of Iceland as viewed from above

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Iceland reminds me so much of the ancient times and it really is still so “ancient” if I can put it that way. The fact that they preserve their language and traditions, they have a very organic diet and way of life and I respect them for that. Despite the fact that so many countries around the world have been influenced so much by the new modern age in terms of language, traditions and just the general way of life, Iceland has developed into a country with a high quality lifestyle for entirety of the country, without having to throw away their original/ancestral language, traditions and general lifestyle. And I just love that.

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Don’t you think this looks like the perfect spot to set up a camp?

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Is anyone going to Iceland soon? Cause seriously. I NEED TO GO THERE.

 

Thank you for reading,

Have you ever been to Iceland and what was your experience? Tell me in the comments!

 

Blissful Boho

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(As per usual, all of the photographs are not mine, I found them on Google Images and do not know who the original photographers/owners of each photo are – so all credits to them. All I know is that they were super lucky to have been able to visit Iceland (: )

 

#LiftYourCommunityWithNaya challenge! 5 GREEK Instagramers I love.

Hello guys. As my last post of 2017 I wanted to do something that was fun but would also lift up my community. Thus, I decided to do a roundup of the 5 Instagramers I love from my beautiful country Greece. I think that this is a nice idea not only because people from my own community can gain more well deserved exposure but also you guys get to find out great Greek Instagramers that you probably would not come across otherwise.

I hope that you will enjoy it and do the same for your local Instagramers. So here they are!

Daphnia Neofytou

Not only Instagram goals but also really helpful. She provides great (and realistic)  styling tips. Another unique feature of her account is ”Instagram Telemarketing” where she uses her stories to share the beautiful packages she receives.

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In addition to her never ending supply of beauty products in her profile you can find everyday moments that usually include her cute dog  Vida. (I guess she is the real celebrity in the family )

Morfoula Zyga

Her Instagram gives me all the vintage vibes. The earthly tones, the vintage filters and an eye for classic beauty make her account incredibly unique.

Pinelopi Apostolelis

A brand ambassador that shares with us everyday new products worth trying. Scrolling through her feed you will find that she loves  minimalistic and bright photos that showcase beautifully the new products she gets to try.

Vasiliki Karanzogianni

Last but by no means least is Vasiliki. She produces quality content while taking us along in her life as a Beauty Editor. Traveling, having fun and of course beauty is just some of the stuff you will find at her profile.

All in all, they are all amazing Instagramers who definitely deserve a follow.

Will you be doing this challenge with me? If so tag me on Instagram along with the hashtag #LiftYourCommunitywithNaya

Hope you have a happy New Year ✨

Naya

Greatest purchase of the year? Estée Lauder Color Portfolio Review

I just bought the Estée Lauder 2017 color portfolio for 60 euros. For that price I got 30 eyeshadows, 6 lipsticks, 2 blushes, 2 highlighters and 2 bronzers. This translates to less than 2 euros for each individual pan which is a bargain considering it still is Estée Lauder.

The eyeshadows are all gorgeous, blendable and the selection is great from matte to simmer and from nudes to darks.

The lipsticks are also pigmented and lightweight and fade out to a nice stain.

The bronzers are really creamy and natural.

The only things that are okay but not great are the two highlighters and the two blushes. They are not by any means bad but not too pigmented and buildable. They are quite nice for a natural look but definitely not great for a night out. Other than that the palette at this price is a huge bargain and if you find it anywhere I would definitely recommend it.

PS. Not the most sturdy packaging but it gets the job done.

What do you guys think about this palette? Let me know in the comments below.

Want to chat? Follow me on Instagram.

What to get for the watch obsessed!

Who here has a person in their lives that are obsessed with watches?? I personally can think of a couple. So naturally since it’s the Holidays the first thing I thought I would get them was a watch. But because those who love watches already have quite the collection already finding a unique watch they would like without paying a fortune is pretty difficult. That’s where the Monthly Watch Club comes in. You can actually gift a monthly watch subscription! You can pay for just one month (one watch) or go all out and get them a full year.

Every watch individually always costs a lot more than you pay for the subscription so it’s definitely value for money since you can get a 90 dollar watch for just 25.

All of the watches are of good quality. Of course they are not high end but they have nice designs as well as sturdy materials. Plus it’s very nice having a new watch delivered at your door every month. Would definitely recommend for all the people who love watches.

Do you have friends that are OBSESSED with watches? Let me know in the comments below.

Want to chat? Follow me on Instagram

* Post contains PR samples.

Our home feels like Christmas.

After some unfortunate events the last two years Christmas were on hold for us. But this year the decorations and festivities are back! So here is our warm, decorated home.

Have you decorated yet? Tag me on Christmas Instagram photos @nayardt so I can check your lovely decorations out!

Travel Wishlist – USA road trippin

Hey guys!

Hope you are all doing good. Before I start with the post, I just quickly want to thank you every one who has clicked on that “follow Blissful Boho blog” button! I woke up this morning with a notification saying that I have 100 followers! What?! So awesome! I am so happy you guys enjoy my blog 🙂 thanks so much once again.

Okay, so today we are in the United States of America, specifically in the states of  California, Arizona and Utah. We are going on a road trip to the beautiful desert landscapes and camping in the wilderness – yes please!

So I would love to do a road trip throughout the entire USA, but that would take quite some time, but if I had to choose one area of the vast landscapes USA has to offer, I’d probably pick the desert landscapes of California, Arizona and Utah.

This road trip would be perfect with a few close friends and camping out in the wilderness.

Since there are so many breathtaking places you can visit in these different states, it’s difficult to choose, but I decided on a top 3 which would include Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon and Joshua Tree National Park. There’s so many national parks!

Oh and another thing, all the photos in this post are not my photos, obviously – I’ve never been there. I just got them off from Google Images and I don’t know who the original owners of the photos are, but they sure know how to take amazing photos! If you know who the real people were behind the lens of the photos, please tell me, so I can add it to the photos.

First we’ll start our trip at Joshua Tree National Park:

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Guys, make yourself ready for some reallllyyy beautiful pictures. Joshua Tree NP is so unique and it’s called Joshua Tree, because of well, all the trees haha. Just imagine the stargazing you can do.

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One word – breathtaking.

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There’s so much you can do here. You can choose to have a day fun packed with so many outdoor adventures like hiking, swimming in Barker Dam, going to the famous Arch Rock, rock climbing – it may look like there’s not much to do, but there is. And at nighttime you can sit by the fire with some s’mores and watch the stars. Ahh it sounds so amazing! Of course we’ll have to pay a visit to where the Coachella Music Festival is held.

From Joshua Tree NP to the Grand Canyon NP – quite a long ride I imagine, but I think the gorgeous views makes all the back aches and pins and needles feelings worth it!

We all know the Grand Canyon is one of the biggest canyons in the world and covers an area of 4,926 km² – that is outstanding!

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Just look at that view. I really wish I could be standing there now for real. So once again, this national park also has some great attractions and activities on offer. I’d love to the the Skywalk, Colorado River Rafting, go on the Bright Angel Trail and see the Havasu Falls. The Grand Canyon is huge so there is endless places you can see!

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It’s like an oasis. I would not mind going for a dip in there after a nice hike.

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Monument Valley is next on the list. Another very unique landscape. All of these locations are so similar, but also so unique in their own different way. The Monument Valley NP lies between the borders of Utah and Arizona and it has so many other parks and attractions around it.

The red sandstone formations in this area is out of this world. It just blows my mind how these big rocks with different shapes and sizes have been there for so long and how they formed over time. Mitten-Trails

They look very similar to some sandstone formations we have here, except the ones in Monument Valley is a lot bigger and there’s an entire valley of them! What really interests me is that this is the home of the Navajo tribe. Each formation, or butte, has their own name and a lot of them are of course very Native American. Oh man, I so hope to visit this place one day.

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It just looks like such a nice place to wind down and learn more about the history of this special place. Just like Joshua Tree NP and the Grand Canyon, you can go hiking, stargazing, helicopter rides, off road tours and you can even go horseback riding with a native Navajo. Oh and hot air ballooning is a definite must! I am a real sucker for fun outdoor/nature adventures!

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I know there are millions of other places you can visit in these specific states that are part of the desert and true wilderness landscapes and I would definitely love to see all the places!

I just feel like taking a road trip through these areas with some friends and just exploring and being in nature and getting to know the history of these locations would be so fulfilling, relaxing and just plain amazing, it is definitely on my travel wishlist and has been for a very long time now. It is so so so beautiful and I don’t know why, but these locations just really speak to me and interests me so much.

So uhm if you and your friends are planning a trip like this and you need an extra person, I would make great company 🙂

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Thank you for taking some time to read my post – I hope you guys like it!

Have you been to these locations before? Where would you love to travel to in the USA? Tell me in the comments!

– Blissful Boho

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(feature/cover image by Albert Dros. Rest of the photos I do not know who the owners are – feel free to help me out in the comments!)

3.000? Thank you!

I wanted to thank each and everyone of you wholeheartedly for supporting me, engaging and taking interest in my content. It’s amazing how many people are following my blog but more importantly I cannot believe the kindness you all hide in your hearts. I’ve never came across such a supportive and kind community before and I really appreciate it. Thank you so much for following my journey. Here’s a piece of virtual cake since I cannot get you an actual one!

What’s in my summer makeup bag? 

Today I’m sitting on the beach and I thought I would let you know what kind of makeup I decided to pack. During hot summer days between the beach and long walks there is no point in wearing makeup. The only time I actually bother is during our night strolls and even then I go for something simple and quick.

So here is what makeup I packed for seven days in Naxos, Greece.

As far as foundation is concerned I skipped it entirely and just got a BB cream. Because BB creams tend to have lighter coverage I also packed a concealer for under the eyes as well as added coverage.

For blush I packed the Estée Lauder signature blush in 19 Nude Nuance. I use the lighter shade as blush and the darker as a bronzer. (Rule breaker)

For the eyes I went with just a sample mascara from Dior. ( Well I also brought an eyeliner but never really used.)

At this time I’m all about highlighters so I obviously didn’t forget to pack one! 

Because until this point my makeup was pretty simple I chose two lipsticks to get a more dramatic look.    A brownish nude from YSL in rouge pur couture no 66 and a classic, summery red no 35.

What makeup item do you always pack? Let me know in the comments below.

Traveling & how it feeds the soul

Hey guys!

This is my favourite topic ever and I’m sure so many of you can agree. Traveling really is the best way to feed the soul. It makes you happy and calm in a way nothing else can. I love to travel, as you can probably tell, and me and my family used to travel a lot. We would travel and explore the different landscapes our beautiful country has to offer every August of every year. I love to go camping and I find it so relaxing for the soul. Just going on simple adventures makes me so happy. It is my ultimate dream to be able to travel the world one day.

I sometimes find it really difficult to understand why some people don’t love to travel so much, because I really only see all the benefits of traveling. I have made a list of the benefits of traveling for you guys and I hope it can convince someone to go explore more:

  • Improving your communication and social skills – especially in a country where your mother tongue isn’t spoken that much. This gives you the opportunity to communicate with the locals and learn more about them.
  • Learning to deal with the unexpected – we all know that not everything always goes to plan when traveling. Stressful situations can happen, but such uncertainties can help you to cope better with it and to work under pressure.
  • Stimulates creativity and ideas – whether you’re an artist, a photographer or a blogger, traveling to new places that are different from what you’re used to, can give you some really good inspo!
  • Improving your knowledge of cultures – every country has their own people with their own unique cultures. Getting to know these people and their way of doing things can really help you understand in what circumstances they live. Tip: whenever you plan a trip to a country you’ve never been to or have little knowledge of, it’s always a good idea to learn about their culture and etiquette beforehand.
  • Creates memories that will last a lifetime – always make sure to take some sort of camera with you to capture those candid moments or beautiful scenery! Having pictures will give you something to look back to whenever you want to relive those memories!
  • Improves your knowledge and confidence in general – you get to know the country, it’s people and cultures better and if you’re really into it, you just might learn a new language too!

These last 3 benefits are most definitely my favourite and the most important:

  • FUN, FUN, FUN! Traveling really just is so much fun, despite sometimes being in stressful situations, it makes you smile and happy for ages!
  • The best way to find yourself is with traveling and traveling solo makes it even better. Like I said, you will find yourself in stressful situations and the way you handle them will teach you about yourself. I don’t really know how to explain this one, but it just aids in helping to find yourself. I think if you just do it, you will know and understand how it helps.
  • The last, but definitely not the least. Calm. Content. Collected. Traveling feeds the soul. I personally think it is the best way to relieve yourself of any stress or any negativity that is going on in your life. Just traveling to a breathtakingly beautiful location or country where you can forget about all that drags you down and just stare into the horizon. Or have a book in the hand and a glass of wine in the other. No matter what way you relax, traveling to a different place that doesn’t remind you of work, school, negative people and situations, will ensure you a peaceful mind and soul. It’s about finding pure bliss in that very moment.

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Of course, traveling does have some cons, but I could literally only think of one and that is that traveling can be expensive. I, for one, would travel a lot more and definitely go overseas if I could afford it (but there are ways you can travel for less and save money – maybe I’ll write about it in a different post some time). That’s the thing for many of us who love to travel, we sometimes can’t afford it and the people who can afford it, doesn’t spend it on traveling. And if you ask me, traveling is a whole lot more worth than buying expensive clothes and shoes. It feeds the soul, the body and the mind. Traveling is not materialistic, it’s not something that can get old and dirty or be taken away from you.

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To travel is to live, so dream to travel.

Till next time! 🙂

– Blissful Boho 

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(all images are from Pinterest)