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Hi there! I’m May, a girl who loves to wander and wonder! I’m from Saigon, based in Los Angeles, but my current location is anywhere and everywhere. Travel, Photography, Tea Time, Picnic, Home Decor and Event Planning are a few of my favorite things. inArabymay is a travel and lifestyle blog inspired by beautiful destinations, by color and nature, and by wonderful people that I’ve met on my journey.
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Mother’s Day: Cherry Blossom at Descanso Gardens

Mother’s Day is coming up and if you’re lucky enough to have your mom around L.A. on that day, you’re probably thinking about how to celebrate. Brunch and flowers are not the only things you can do to thank your mom for all she has done for you! Be creative! This year (2018), thanks to the weather, the cherry blossom in LA has been delayed until mid-May and it’s perfect to take your mom to see that delicate flower, all pink and white-a slice of spring magic. You don’t need to fly her to Tokyo or DC to see the cherry blossom…but just drive 20 minutes outside Los Angeles to La Cañada Flintridge where Descanso Gardens is.

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Roseshire: How to Take Your Roses Game to the Next Level

Do you love flowers or love giving them to your special person? With Mother’s Day coming up, you want to find the perfect arrangement. There’s nothing quite like being surprised with a beautiful bouquet of roses. But what if that rose delivery could be taken to the next level? Roseshire believes that it’s the company’s duty to provide a luxurious and sophisticated twist on traditional rose deliveries, guaranteeing that the recipients heart will be melted in an instant!

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Visiting the Carlsbad Flower Fields

Having always wanted to see the tulip festivals in Europe or lavender fields in Provence I felt like the Flower Fields in Carlsbad helped satisfy my wanderlust dreams until I could fulfill them. Every year from March 1st to May 13th, 50 acres on the west side of Carlsbad come alive with the beauty of thousands of blooming Ranunculus flowers. I went this past week and was surprised I had not heard more about it in the past. It was at about 85% bloom!

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My Plant-Based Hair Care Routine: How I Keep My Long Hair Healthy

As my husband and I care for our dog, Lychee, fighting his kidney disease battle, we learn a lot about macrobiotic lifestyle. We incorporate more plant-based meals into our daily life. We learn that our kidneys are not only affected by the bad toxic food we eat everyday (fast food, white rice/bread, oily/sugary snacks, sodas, coffee,…) but also by fragrance chemicals that we’re possibly exposed to every day (perfumes, detergent, soaps, lotions, shampoos,..). These fragrance chemicals (synthetic scents) represent an unidentified mixture of ingredients including carcinogens, allergens, respiratory irritants, endocrine disruptors, neurotoxic chemicals and environmental toxicants. So my husband and I try our best to replace everything “fragrant” in our household with homemade plant-based alternatives; for example, we home grow aloe vera and use the meat (with Manuka honey) for body lotions and face masks, we use our garden grown grapefruits to make our own dish washer and hand soap,….As we were trying to figure out how to make our own shampoos and conditioners, I got contacted by Phyto to try their plant-based haircare products. For over 50 years, Phyto has been a leader in plant-based hair care. All of their products are overall 95% botanicals and formulated in their family-owned labs in France.

Their products embrace the principle that healthy hair begins at the root, and they have created so many unique products that contain no parabens, sodium laurate sulfate, synthetic fragrances, and no added water. Since then I have incorporated Phyto in my haircare routine and every since I started following this regime my hair changed completely! Below, I’ve outlined this routine and the products I use along the way for you. My hope is that all of my time and energy can help at least one of you get one step closer to the hair you’ve always dreamed of.

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10 Valentine’s Day Unique Gift Ideas for Your LA Girl

Valentine’s Day is coming up and you’re still probably in search of a gift for your lovely LA lady! It’s the most romantic time of the year and is a big deal for most women. Guys are generally not good at planning or picking gifts. The quest for the perfect gift or well planned Valentine’s Day can be stressful so in this blog I’ve got you covered with a guide to the 10 best unique Valentine’s gift ideas for her. This list is designed to help you avoid the generic and cliché gifts for your sweetheart. Hopefully these ideas can kickstart your efforts.

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PLAN A PERFECTLY ROMANTIC VALENTINE’S DAY

Here we are at that time of year again—romance is in the air! You’ve seen stores filled with cards, hearts, chocolate candies, and cuddly little stuffed animals with messages like “Hug Me”, “Be Mine,” or “Let’s Kiss”. It’s the most romantic time of the year and is a big deal for most women. It doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated — a successful Valentine’s Day results from thoughtful planning and paying attention to the small details. Here’s everything you need to make this day feel more special and loved.

 

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Porto: A Complete City Guide For Instagrammers

Porto, the second largest Portuguese city, is a city on the rise tempting travelers with its pretty old town, delicious seafood,  and excellent wine bars. Often overshadowed by popular capital Lisbon, Porto is a colorful, UNESCO-listed city that is much slower than touristy Lisbon – and in that sense, it offers a more authentic taste of Portuguese life and maintains the old-world feeling you expect from such a historic city. It’s traditional Portugal at its finest! This city is the ideal spot for slow strolls through sleepy winding alleyways, for an afternoon espresso by the riverfront, and for delicious seafood dinners with a white port and stunning view of sunset! Porto is also a budget traveler’s paradise. Eating and drinking, even in more upscale restaurants is substantially cheaper here than elsewhere in Europe!

Beautiful Porto is filled with surprises. It’s a city of hidden gems waiting to be discovered! Below, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite things to explore in Porto!

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Joshua Tree Airbnb Perfect Hideaway – The Serenity Escape

Joshua Tree has been well known for its Wild West vibes of the modern-day frontier. This region has long been a haven for artists, writers, performers, and musicians….but lately Joshua Tree has attracted more people and become the new hip destination in SoCal. There’s something about the barren landscape that brings a sense of peace and solitude and, at the same time, provides endless opportunities for adventures! Just two and a half hours (140 miles) east of Los Angeles on the 10, Joshua Tree is close enough for a weekend getaway! Although the area lacks hotels, it has so many lovely options on Airbnb. If you want to combine seclusion with luxury, then the Serenity Escape is the perfect place for you!

**Use my exclusive discount code “May50” for $50 off your stay when you book the Serenity Escape on Airbnb.

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Exploring the Hidden Gems of the Dominican Republic: Samana to Punta Cana

Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south, the Dominican Republic never ceases to amaze its guests with wonderful nature, beautiful national parks, pristine beaches, magnificent resorts/hotels, and a variety of sports and recreation options. A great way to experience the essence of the Dominican Republic is to take the route from Samana to Punta Cana: a trip of rolling hills, small towns and beautiful beaches. Spend a few days in different towns along the way and you’ll have a week’s worth of varied experiences, and a solid feel for the rich culture and diverse landscape.

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