Author / inAra

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.
Hometime Living Wellness

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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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!


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.

Caribbean Dominican Republic

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.

Hometime Living

How to Decorate Your Bedroom On a Budget

After a long day, almost all of us want to end up in a bedroom that’s relaxing and a restful place. Your bedroom should be a serene oasis where you can escape all the hustle bustle. When the room is clean, organized, and full of things you love, you’re more likely to enjoy the time you spend there. Decorating your bedroom does not have to cost a lot of money! There are many ways you can instantly update a bedroom without breaking the bank. Today in my blog I’m sharing with you some of my favorite budget- friendly ideas to help transform your bedrooms into rooms that say something about who you are and what you love!

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The Ultimate Guide to Planning Thanksgiving Dinner

The leaves are falling, the weather has changed and the planning has begun. Thanksgiving is literally right around the corner! If you’re in need of some real-life inspiration, I’m here to help! In this blog post I’m partnering with Hickory Farms to pull off the ultimate guide to help you plan a memorable Thanksgiving dinner that will certainly impress your guests!

Food And Drinks Living Wellness

Plant-Based Meal Delivery Service: The Purple Carrot

The Purple Carrot is a plant-based meal delivery service that focuses on organic whole foods. Today I’m partnering with Purple Carrot to share their delicious plant-based recipes with you! I’m neither vegan nor  vegetarian. But I try to incorporate meatless meals into my breakfast, lunch and dinner rotation!

Healthy food delivery services have become a full-blown trend. The idea is that each week you’re sent a box with perfectly portioned ingredients and step-by-step instructions that show you how to cook a meal from scratch! But a vegan option has yet to sprout on the scene – until Purple Carrot! Known for their 100% plant-based meals, Purple Carrot’s team of chefs create unique recipes every week that help you learn new cooking techniques at the same time keep your taste buds happy!

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Glamping is the perfect combination of outdoor living and hotel comfort. Featuring all of the best bits of camping with a little luxury and glamour thrown in, glamping is suitable for those who look for a getaway in nature with some comforts of home. My husband and I love being outdoors and experiencing nature in as many ways as we can, but not always roughing it! So this Halloween we decided to try out glamping in Joshua Tree National Park! Vintage 1964 airstream, magical starry sky, spooky coyote howling,…all made our first glamping experience unforgettable! There’s no question about it: Joshua Tree National Park has some of the best camping sites in Southern California. 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! In this blog I’m sharing with you what to look out for if you are planning your own luxury camping/glamping holiday in Joshua Tree National Park.

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