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Tropical Paradise in The Heart of Austin

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Lake Austin Spa is an oasis on Lake Austin in gorgeous Austin, Texas! Catch it on a warm Spring or Summer day and you’ll have an almost tropical experience you won’t soon forget.

With crystal blue waters, the lake looks positively enticing as you sit and relax by the pool or on the patio in what can be the blistering heat of the Spring and Summer months.

I personally think this is a fabulous photo shoot location for aspiring models and actresses who are needing new headshots in an uplifting environment. I love the interior design, and the background of the water is just fabulous!

Lake Austin Spa Resort is tucked away in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. It has been ranked the #1 Resort in Texas & the Southwest by Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards.

Tucked away in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, our all-inclusive luxury spa resort offers a truly unique experience, where we cater to your well-being and provide a sanctuary for rest and renewal. – website

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+ It’s accommodation includes beautifully designed guest rooms, with all-inclusive packages for guests who wish to enjoy gourmet meals, fitness activities and luxury spa treatments along with that.

+ They have 2,3,4,5,6 or 7-night packages available with various room options.

+ They often host expert guest speakers who come to discuss a variety of topics. Conference scheduling can be viewed here.

+ They offer various health & fitness classes, including yoga and cooking demonstrations. View their calendar here.

+ They have delicious resort dining which offers guests various healthy options to enjoy in between treatments. I had the grilled atlantic salmon with fingerling potatoes, fava beans, lemon salsa and the satureja herb cream. See the entire menu here.

Lake Austin Spa
The view at reception
Lake Austin Spa
Snacks are laid out daily
Crystal infused water
Vita Juwel is a new company I discovered while staying here!

Lake Austin Spa

The Conservatory Garden House is stunning

Orange honeysuckle decorates the pergola
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Stay Arizona: JW Marriott Camelback Inn

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The JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort + Spa is situated on 125 acres in the gorgeous Sonoran Desert. Known for their elegantly appointed private casita rooms, their full-service spa, two championship golf courses + exceptional on-site dining, they also offer a heated outdoor pool. The hotel was ranked by Conde Nast as one of the top 25 resorts in the Southwest. It is also a proud member of the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame! Some luxury suites feature private pools, while many provide striking views of Paradise Valley.


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The Hidden Meaning Behind November

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The Hidden Meaning Behind November

+ November’s birthstones are Topaz and Citrine. Topaz symbolizes friendship and Citrine symbolizes the mind

+ Its birth flower is the Chrysanthemum

+ November has been designated “National Novel Writing Month” and “National Blog Posting Month”

+ November is National Pomegranate Month in the USA

+ All Saints Day is on 1st November. Christians remember all “men of goodwill” (saints) – great ones and forgotten ones – who have died through the ages

+ All Souls Day is on 2nd November. Christians remember all those who have died; not just the saints, but the ordinary men-in-the-street. Families visit graves with flowers on this day. In church, names of the dead may be read out on request. All Saints Day, together with All Souls Day, are collectively known as “Hallowtide”

+ Guy Fawkes (Bonfire night) is on 5th November

+ Armistice Day is on 11th November. People remember the millions who died in the two World Wars and other wars

+ St. Andrew’s Day is on 30th November. St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland

The Story Behind Guy Fawkes

In November 1605, the infamous “Gunpowder Plot” took place.

When Queen Elizabeth the 1st took the throne of England, she made some laws against the Roman Catholics. Guy Fawkes was one of a small group of Catholics who felt that the government was treating Roman Catholics unfairly. They hoped that King James the 1st would change the laws, but he didn’t.

Catholics had to practice their religion in secret. There were even fines for people who didn’t attend the Protestant church on Sunday or on holy days. James passed more laws against the Catholics when he became king.

A group of men led by Robert Catesby, plotted to kill King James and blow up the Houses of Parliament – the place where the laws that governed England were made.

The plot was simple; the next time Parliament was opened by King James, they would blow up everyone there with gunpowder. The men bought a house next door to the parliament building. The house had a cellar which went under the parliament building. They planned to put gunpowder under the house and blow up parliament and the king.

Guy Fawkes was given the job to keep watch over the barrels of gunpowder and to light the fuse. On the morning of 5th November, soldiers discovered Guy hidden in the cellar and arrested him. The trail of gunpowder at his feet would never be lit.

Guy Fawkes was taken to the Tower of London.

He was tortured and questioned about the other plotters. To start with, he didn’t tell the soldiers anything about the plot. But eventually he started to tell the truth. All of the men were then executed for treason.

In celebration of his survival, King James ordered that the people of England should have a great bonfire on the night on 5thNovember.

The event is still commemorated annually in England on 5th November by fireworks and burning ‘guys’ (effigies) on bonfires.

Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason, why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.

Guy Fawkes, guy, t’was his intent
To blow up king and parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below
To prove old England’s overthrow.

By God’s mercy he was catch’d
With a darkened lantern and burning match.
So, holler boys, holler boys, Let the bells ring.
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.

And what shall we do with him?
Burn him!

The history of Guy Fawkes
Photo by Paul Sutton, Cape Town

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Essence Spring Giveaway

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Happy November first! I’m giving away this gorgeous Essence hamper to the value of R250 (perfume + nail polish + nail art express dry drops). All you have to do to win is share this post on FB + tag my page so I know it’s you. I’ll draw out a lucky winner + announce it here in a week! Happy Spring!


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What Lies Beneath Shoot with Sarah part 2

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Tamika Doubell1. The Rose. Roses are ancient symbols of love and beauty. The red rose was also adopted as a symbol of the blood of the Christian martyrs. See it’s symbolism HERE

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2. Perfume. The definition of perfume is “A pleasing, agreeable scent or odor”, made up of the word “fuming” – To fill or permeate with fragrance; impart a pleasant odor to. This is symbolic as memories are like a pleasing fragrance to a troubled mind

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Here are some behind-the-scenes pics:

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