Colors Around The World: Italy

Yesterday Ashley from Hither and Thither asked readers to share recommendations for her family trip to Italy on social media. One of my favorite places in Italy is the Blue Grotto in Capri; not only is the blue water stunning (see below) but it is an adventure getting in and out of the cave.

While I was looking through pictures from my time in Italy, I was reminded of how beautiful the country is. I pulled together some of my favorite pictures from around the country that highlight the diversity in color and design.


Colors of Italy: Blue Grotto in Capri

Blue Grotto in Capri


Colors of Italy: Leaning Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa


Colors of Italy: Brothel in Pompeii

Brothel Wall in Pompeii


Colors of Italy: Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli

Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli


Colors of Italy: Wild Flower in Bertone

Wild Flower in Bertone, the town of my great-grandmother

Have you been to Italy before? Do you remember seeing any colors that you found particularly stunning?

Coconut Oil Hair Mask and Treat Yo Self Thursday {link-up #19}

Deep Conditioning Coconut Oil Hair Mask #CoconutOil

Those of you with dry hair know that one of the best ways that you can treat yo’ self is by deep conditioning those locks. You probably also know that deep conditioners can be expensive and time consuming. While the amount of time needed to deep condition your hair is pretty unavoidable, using coconut oil (or butter) is a cheaper way to accomplish similar results. Plus, I’ve been trying to transition to all cruelty-free products and take a stand for animal rights and this hair mask fits the bill.

Deep Conditioning Coconut Oil Hair Mask

Two weeks ago I decided to try to share some of my adventures with coconut oil. I’ve been using this coconut oil hair mask once a week for the last 5 weeks and have noticed that my hair is much softer and slightly less frizzy (!!). Since I let it sit for two hours, I usually apply the coconut oil hair mask in mornings when I am working from home.

What You Need

  1. 2 overflowing tablespoons of coconut oil (for thick, curly hair. You might need less if you have thinner or less hair)
  2. A small microwave-safe bowl
  3. 2 hair ties
  4. Small towel
  5. Clothes that you don’t mind getting stained in case the oil drips past the towel (I learned this the hard way)

Deep Conditioning Coconut Oil Hair Mask #CoconutOilDeep Conditioning Coconut Oil Hair Mask #CoconutOil

How To Do It

  1. Start with dirty, dry, and brushed hair. Now, if you have curly hair, telling you to brush your hair is just about the biggest foul ever. I know. But it is the easiest way to distribute the coconut oil throughout your hair.
  2. Heat up the coconut oil in the microwave for about 10 – 15 seconds or until it is entirely liquid.
  3. Drape the towel around your shoulders (to protect your clothes from oil stains) and hold in place with a hair tie.
  4. Distribute coconut oil throughout your hair. I divide my hair into four sections, twist each section, dip it into the bowl, and work through my hair.
  5. Pour the remaining bit of the oil onto the top of my head to get my roots and scalp. Note, I have very dry hair that is especially dry around the roots. Skip if you have oily hair
  6. Use the other hair tie to wrap your hair up in a top bun and let sit for 2 hours.

Deep Conditioning Coconut Oil Hair Mask #CoconutOil

hello, frizzy, oily hair!

Wash out using a shampoo that is free of parabens and sulfates and is pH balanced (I use hbl’s hydrating shampoo).So far, I love using this deep conditioning treatment. Plus, it is way cheaper than other treatments (hooray for not breaking my budget)! I’ve also seen other variations of this mask that include adding a bit of olive oil, avocado, or egg.

Do you use a a coconut oil hair mask or another DIY deep conditioning hair mask? Leave your suggestions and recipes in the comments!

Welcome to Treat Yo’ Self Thursday!

Treat Yo Self Thursday Link-Up


Last Week’s Most Viewed Treat

I Confess, I Watch Reality TV Shows
IA Weekend in Vilnius, Lithuania via Wanderlust

How to Treat Yo’ Self:

  1. Link up your most recent blog post.
  2. Grab a button or link back so that more people can join the fun. Your post can only be highlighted as ‘last week’s most viewed treat’ if you link back to the link-up
  3. Visit at least 2 other blogs and share the love.
  4. Spread the word by using the hashtag #TreatYoSelfThursday and I’ll retweet your link!

Treat Yo’ Self!

True Colours

It is such a pleasure for me to be able to introduce you to Casey today. I’ve been following Casey’s blog since I first started blogging and was lucky enough to meet up with her for coffee the last time I was in Portland. From the moment you first visit Casey’s blog you’s be overwhelmed with the desire to get up and go exploring. I love her new outlook and fresh start to blogging and why she chooses to travel. Take a trip over to True Colours and you’ll get lost in the beautiful pictures from Casey’s adventures and her awesome travel tips.

Casey | True Colours

Casey | True Colours I love all things Paris, live for the feeling of the unknown of a foreign place and am roaming the world with any chance I get. I blog to bring light to the amazing places in our world that are within our reach for each and every one of us!

How do you like to treat yo’ self, Casey? Traveling, staying home on weekends and going to brunch with my husband, sleeping in, eating delicious food, baking and taking long walks.

1 Adventure in 2014: Oh my gosh, we have so many planned! I think the one I’m looking the most forward to it our trip to Europe in October including stops in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Belgium and ending in our favorite city in the world, Paris!

2 Posts You Need To Read: 1) India, I Love You. 2) An ode To The Third Culture Kids.

3 Words to Describe True Colours:. Passionate, dreamy, and aspirational.

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Blogger Q&A

1. What is the inspiration behind your blog and what can readers expect to find?

I am so inspired by our world, by the places I’ve been fortunate to see and experience, but also by all the places I want to still see.  The world is my inspiration behind my blog and I want to show how amazing it can be to see the sun rise on the other side of the world or to feel a foreign ocean at your feet.

Casey from True Colours Blog

Readers can expect to find lots of travel posts, travel tips to help your trip easier, beautiful photography of our travels by my husband Nick, as well as posts about some of the less glamorous sides to travel.  Overall, I want my site to show both the good and bad of our world and how experiences both good and bad can help us open our minds and shape how we interact with the world we call home.

2. What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned while traveling the world?

I’ve learned so many lessons while traveling, but the one that I think I keep coming back to and the one that impacts my daily life the most is that we’re all just people.  No matter where you live, where you come from, what color or gender you are, we’re all just people living and learning and loving.

Casey from True Colours Blog

Often times there is such a divide between cultures, between countries and we feel like others must be so different from us because they come from half a world away.  At the end of the day, cultures blur and boundaries and undefined in how we live, we’re all just people, we’re all the same.

3. What is the weirdest experience you’ve had while traveling?

Wow, we’ve had some weird ones.  I’d say the weirdest experience we’ve had was in New Orleans.  We had just arrived at the airport and grabbed a cab into the French Quarter to our hotel.  We had been traveling all day and just wanted to get there to settle in, but our cab driver stopped at a very sketchy gas station in a not so good area of town because he had to go to the bathroom.

Casey from True Colours Blog

Nick and I honestly thought it was a set up and we were going to get kidnapped.  We had the doors locked and our phones dialed to 911 just in case! Turns out, he really did just have to go to the bathroom and I guess that was the first spot to pull over.   It was so scary at the time, though now we look back and laugh at seriously how sketchy that whole situation was!

4. Where are you currently located and what do you miss most about it while you’re traveling?

We live in Portland, Oregon and we are in love with this city.  We are always really glad to call this place home after traveling, even though we’ve fallen in love with places all over the world, this is home, at least for now.

Casey from True Colours Blog

Honestly, when we travel, I get really in the moment and try to take in as much of the place we’re in as possible, so I don’t really miss home much when we’re seeing the world.  But one thing I do miss, is my bed.  We are converts of the Temper-Pedic mattress and we miss it so much when we travel!

5. Where are you headed next?

We have trips lined up through October at the moments, which include:
New Mexico in late April, Southern California Coast and Santa Barbara in May, San Juan Islands, Washington in July, Hawaii in August (for work) and then Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Belgium and Paris in early October!

Casey from True Colours Blog

I’m so excited for each and every one of our upcoming trips!

6. What is number 1 on your travel wish list?

I have so many places on my wish list, but a big one is to get back to the Middle East soon, specifically Turkey and Jordan.

Casey from True Colours Blog

After growing up in Saudi Arabia, I really crave that culture and would like Nick to experience some of the places nearby where I spent my childhood.  We’re hoping to do Turkey and Jordan next Spring, so I’m really excited about that!