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Wölffer Estate Vineyard x Tieghan Gerard Half Baked Summer Harvest Curated Wine Dinner

Tieghan Gerard Half Baked Summer Harvest
Courtesy of Tieghan Gerard | Half Baked Harvest

The Hamptons’ celebrated winery Wölffer Estate Vineyard and culinary sensation Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest have teamed up for an evening of culinary excellence and exquisite wines that capture the essence of The Hamptons. Summer Harvest: Grilling with Roman Meets Half Baked Harvest will set the stage in Sagaponack at the vineyard on Wednesday, July 24th at 6:30 pm.

We recently sat down with Tieghan Gerard to discuss more about the collaboration with Roman Roth and what culinary techniques and dishes may be showcased at the event.

Could you tell us more about how the collaboration with Wölffer Estate Vineyard came about for the Summer Harvest event?

The collaboration between Wölffer Estate Vineyard and Half Baked Harvest is so special, I’m excited for people to experience it. I’ve always wanted to visit the Hamptons and I’m a huge fan of Wölffer Estate Wines. They have this fantastic series called “Grilling with Roman” and I have so many great ideas for summer harvest recipes. The Hamptons are known for their farmers markets and this felt so fresh and exciting. I know people are going to love what we created.

As someone who is visiting the Hamptons for the first time, what are you most looking forward to about the event and the location?

Half baked Harvest drinks
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

I’ve seen and heard how fabulous the grounds are at Wölffer Estate Vineyard and I’m really looking forward to experiencing it firsthand. As a mountain girl I love being immersed in nature and the Hamptons has always felt like this hidden gem that not many people get to experience. I’m sure it’s going to live up to the hype.

I’m also super excited to do a book signing and meet & greet at Bookhampton in East Hampton at 1PM on Thursday, July 25th. It’s a Hamptons staple so I’m looking forward to connecting with their community. Bookhampton is located at 41 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937. 

What inspired you to join forces with Roman Roth for this special installment of “Grilling with Roman”?

Roman is a force in The Hamptons and his series “Grilling With Roman” is a massive hit. I love a good grill so collaborating with him on an unexpected menu was great. It’s fresh and scrumptious. We are sourcing ingredients locally, which is always important to me and adds something special every time. 

Wölffer Estate Vineyard is known for its sustainable practices. How important is sustainability in your own culinary practices and recipes?

Sustainability is a major factor in my cooking and creative process. From sourcing local ingredients and supporting small farmers, to more habit-forming practices like meatless Mondays, it’s really important for me to take a sustainable approach.

Can you talk about any specific culinary techniques or styles you’ll be showcasing during the event?

burrata pizza and bread basil
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Come ready for an experience and delicious meal paired with the most incredible wines. I think the pairings will really take it over the top. We’re taking grilling to the next level.

Can you share any behind-the-scenes moments or stories from the preparation of this event?

My favorite thing during this process has been researching all of the amazing things going on in The Hamptons this summer. I have an entire list of places I want to visit, my first stop is Wöllfer of course! I’m looking forward to the Mytheresa and Flamingo Estate Pop Up, Chanel Hamptons Pop Up and Le Bilboquet in Sag Harbor to name a few.

Your new book, Quick & Cozy, is set to debut in November. Congratulations! How does the theme of this book align with or differ from the farm-to-table experience you’re creating at the event?

Quick and Cozy book
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

I’m so excited for the release of my fourth book Quick & Cozy. I can’t believe it’s already #3 for presales on all of Amazon, it comes out in November! Quick & Cozy is about exactly what it sounds like, a delicious comfort food meal you can make quickly. The Summer Harvest: Grilling with Roman x Half Baked Harvest is going to delight your senses. It’s summer personified with an unexpected and elevated twist with the most incredible wine pairings we could dream up.

What are your future plans for Half Baked Harvest, and can we expect more collaborations like this one with Wölffer Estate Vineyard?

I have so many exciting plans for Half Baked Harvest. I’ve had so much incredible feedback from my first three books and I can’t wait for the world to experience Quick & Cozy. I love to collaborate with like-minded brands and bring my audience new and different ways to experience great food. We have a few things we’re cooking up!

Hit The Hills: Discover The Best Australian Ski Resorts

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It may be difficult to believe, but between the numerous stretches of pristine beaches and the daunting great outback, Australia is home to some of the best ski resorts in the Southern Hemisphere. Whether you are a first-time snowboarder or an expert downhill skier, the epic slopes and resorts along the southern region of Australia will exceed your expectations. 

For international travelers who indulge in vaping and other vape products, it is vital to know that there is a newly imposed vape ban in Australia, which prohibits the import of all vape products and devices without an import license and permit. By law, nicotine can only be consumed if prescribed by a doctor, and this change in legislation will further limit vape usage. To avoid any legal consequences and issues, it is strongly recommended to leave your vape off your packing list and safely at home.  

Thredbo Village, NSW

Thredbo Village, located in the Snowy Mountains, has it all. Whether you enjoy zipping down Autsralasia’s longest ski run, cruising down the challenging but enjoyable intermediate slopes, or finding your feet in the beginner’s area, you won’t be short of memorable experiences. 

Away from the slopes, enjoy a bustling nightlife at Alpine Bar before settling in at one of the many comfortable and cozy accommodation options. Then, hit the slopes early for the Sunrise Session experience. Furthermore, those with access needs can check out Thredbo’s adaptive snowsports guide to properly prepare for a day on the slopes. 

Corin Forest Mountain Resort, ACT

Hidden away in the Brindabella mountain range is the longest alpine slide in the Southern Hemisphere. Corin Forest Mountain Resort is just 45 minutes outside Canberra, where visitors get towed up a steep hill by automated pulleys before flying down a series of curving slopes for the ride of a lifetime. 

Should the moment come that you have had enough of your time outside, retreat to the cozy and inviting cafe overlooking a charming creek to relax and enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate while toasting marshmallows on an open fire. During the colder months, the slope spot is well-maintained, making it the ideal spot for budding skiers and snowboarders to improve their skills. 

Perisher Valley, NSW

If you like your ski resorts big, look no further than Perisher Valley Ski Resort, located in Kosciuszko National Park. This sprawling location is the largest operational ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere, with some of the best ski conditions in the country. 

Beat the crowds by staying on the mountain at the Marritz Hotel or The Man From Snowy River Hotel. Alternatively, you can opt to stay in the nearby town of Jindabyne, where you can enjoy classic country pubs, a fantastic range of delicious restaurants and a relaxed atmosphere. 

Mt. Baw Baw, VIC

Mt. Baw Baw is a picturesque alpine village located just two and a half hours outside Melbourne, although it looks more like it was plucked out of a fairytale book. It is slightly smaller than other resorts found across Victoria, but it still offers a fantastic range of exciting outdoor activities and excellent downhill skiing conditions

Furthermore, it has numerous accommodation options that cater to all ages and budgets, ranging from simple backpacker-style dorm rooms and budget-friendly private rooms to affordable family-friendly ski lodges and luxury chalets. 

Baw Baw offers an extensive selection of guided ski tours for all skill levels, as well as laser tag, archery, fly fishing, and glamping facilities at the top of the mountain. 

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Falls Creek Alpine Resort, VIC

Falls Creek Alpine Resort, the largest ski resort in Victoria, is the ideal location for families. With a vibrant ski school and numerous runs dedicated to children, it’s the perfect place to create lasting memories. Beyond the traditional snow activities, the resort offers a range of family-friendly activities, from cross-country skiing to snowboarding, tobogganing, and night skiing. 

Falls Creek is a pedestrian-only village where all accommodations, restaurants, and snow activities are accessed via a ski-in/ski-out policy. Therefore, your apres-boots should be at the top of your packing list. 

Charlotte Pass, NSW

Wonderfully perched right in the middle of the beautiful Snowy Mountains is Charlotte Pass, the highest and oldest ski resort in Australia. At an incredible 1765 meters above sea level, this prime location receives consistent snowfall throughout the snow season, from June to October. 

Some peak seasons see so much snowfall that many slopes are only accessible via hardcore over-snow transport options, ensuring you get the ultimate winter ski holiday experience. 

Mount Hotham, VIC

Unlike many other ski resorts, the ski village at Mount Hotham is located on top of the mountain, as opposed to the base, meaning your first ski of the day will be down to the chairlift. This ski location is mainly geared towards those with advanced and expert skills, with steep and deep runs created to test all your skills. 

Mount Hotham, with its high-octane terrain, is a haven for all levels of skiers. For beginners, there’s a dedicated area to build confidence. But it’s the unique experiences that set this resort apart. Imagine embarking on a husky sled dog tour of the back trail or indulging in a luxurious afternoon at the day spas. After an action-packed day, you can unwind at one of the 18 bars and restaurants, ensuring you’re pampered and relaxed. 

A Foodie’s Guide to Jersey

Corbiere Lighthouse in Jersey
Corbiere Lighthouse

The island of Jersey, just 14 miles off the French coast in the English Channel, offers a very special gourmet experience. This island combines British and French elements while acting as a self-governing British Crown territory.



Getting Around on Jersey

Gorey with Mont Orgueil Castle

Travelling around Jersey is best undertaken by public transport. The buses offer an excellent service, avoiding the need to drive along very narrow, twisting lanes. Combine buses with walking tours around the coastline and you have the ideal combination allowing you to experience the fantastic places and foodie venues around the island, many of which are totally unique and cannot be found anywhere else.

Jersey Omer

With crystal clear waters, long beaches and rocky coasts, it is no surprise that seafood is definitely a Jersey specialty. Contact Jersey Walk Adventures for a guided seabed walk to discover one of the rarest local specialties: the Omer. A type of marine snail, the green-brown shell with an iridescent mother of pearl interior can be seen attached to rocks on the seabed by a muscular foot.

Omer cannot be harvested commercially. It can only be harvested by recreational fishermen during a very short period of time, due to the fact that they are very rare, and stocks are low. The shells are used to make jewellery, leaving the foot and stalk to be steeped in juice and cooked for a long time before eating.

Head for the Faulkner Fisheries at L’Etacq on the northern edge of St Ouen’s Bay for a superb seafood restaurant experience. Faulkners specialise in Jersey oysters and local scallops and is housed within a WW2 German occupation bunker.

Jersey Royals

Potatoe Cultivation on the Channel Islands

These are available between March and July. These kidney shaped, creamy tasting new potatoes are unique to the island, and can only be grown here. Most are eaten locally, although limited amounts are exported mainly to the UK mainland.

La Mare Estate

Close to the northern coast of Jersey, in St Mary is the La Mare Estate. This is an absolute must visit for anyone wanting to discover Jersey food. Guided tours are available daily, and I would highly recommend joining one. The tours take you round the vineyards, orchards, distillery and chocolate production kitchen. One of the specialities is Branchage Cider. It is a strong, smooth alcoholic drink made from apples gathered across the estate as well as from gardens and orchards around the island.

There are lots of opportunities to taste the different foods produced here at La Mare and talk to the producers. Exactly what’s available for tasting depends greatly on what is being made at the time. This can include wine, fudge, chocolate, biscuits, cider and apple brandy cream liqueur (delicious!) as well as the totally unique Jersey Black Butter.

Jersey Black Butter

Cow on Jersey UK

Black Butter is not designed for spreading on bread like normal butter. This is a traditional Jersey recipe which combines a mix of apples, Jersey cider, lemons, sugar, licorice, mixed spice and cinnamon. It’s totally moreish! You can use it on toast, with cheese, coal meats, added to apple pie or just served on ice cream. Best of all is the La Mare cheesecake. This highly sought after cheesecake is only available in the La Mare restaurant. It’s smooth, creamy, aromatic and utterly irresistible.

Indoor Market in St Helier

While in St Helier, go for a stroll around the large indoor market. This is where local vendors sell all kinds of delicious food from fruit to baked goods. Just across the road is the covered Fish market where a vast array of seafood can be found, especially Jersey lobsters and Jersey oysters.

Jersey’s Selection of Restaurants

With such a wide range of gorgeous food, it is no surprise that there are many great restaurants available throughout Jersey. Check out Jersey Crab Shack with restaurants in St Helier, Gorey and St Brelade, Feast at Gorey Pier, and Chateau La Chaire near Rozel Bay.

And we certainly wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t mention Jersey’s great selection of fish and chip shops. This staple British takeaway meal is arguably not done better anywhere else in the UK than on this quaint little island nestled in between England and France.

For a mix of sheer elegance, great food and heritage, try the Pomme d’Or in St Helier. This was notoriously used as the Nazi naval headquarters during the Occupation. It is also where the British Navy accepted their surrender in 1945. Recreating that scene on the Pomme D’Or balcony forms a key part of the annual Liberation Day celebrations.

Michelin Star Dining on Jersey

For Michelin star dining, head for the Club Hotel & Spa in St Helier. Its rooftop garden is a great place to enjoy a cocktail or two while watching the sunset, while the ground floor Bohemia Bar & Restaurant has continuously held a Michelin star for over 15 years. Its afternoon teas have been voted among the best in the UK.

Currency on Jersey

One word of warning – Jersey accepts UK currency but expect Jersey pound notes in any change. These are only legal tender on the island. Make sure you have used them all before you leave otherwise you will need to change them officially at a bank.

Click here to learn more about travel and tourism to Jersey.

Gourmet Road Trip: Essential Vehicle Preparations for a Foodie Vacation

Praia da Bordeira Algarve Portugal

Embarking on a gourmet road trip offers an exciting way to explore diverse culinary delights across different regions. However, ensuring your vehicle is in optimal condition is crucial to enjoying this gastronomic adventure fully. Proper vehicle preparation enhances comfort and ensures safety and reliability throughout your journey. Here are the critical vehicle preparations needed for a food-related vacation and the potential dangers of neglecting these essential maintenance tasks.

Ensuring the Air Conditioning System is in Top Condition

Comfort is paramount when you’re spending long hours on the road, especially during a summer food trip. A fully functional air conditioning system is vital to keep the cabin cool and comfortable. Before setting off, test your air conditioning to ensure it’s blowing cold air efficiently. If you notice any issues, such as weak airflow, unusual noises, or unpleasant odors, it’s time for a service.

Check the refrigerant levels and top them up if necessary. Ensure the condenser and evaporator are clean and free from debris. Regularly replacing the cabin air filter can also improve the air quality inside your vehicle. A well-maintained air conditioning system prevents discomfort and fatigue, making your road trip more enjoyable. Testing out the systems before settling on the car is vital when renting a vehicle.

Inspecting and Replacing Worn-Out Tires

Tires are one of the most critical components of your vehicle, directly affecting safety and performance. Inspecting your tires for wear and damage is essential before embarking on a gourmet road trip. Look for signs of uneven tread wear, cracks, or bulges, which can indicate the need for replacement.

Ensure that your tires are properly inflated according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Underinflated or overinflated tires can lead to poor handling, reduced fuel efficiency, and increased risk of blowouts. Additionally, consider the type of terrain you’ll be traveling on and choose tires that are suitable for those conditions. Carrying a reliable spare tire and the necessary tools for changing a flat is also crucial.

family sitting together relaxing in car trunk road trip

Checking and Topping Up Essential Fluids

Maintaining the correct levels of essential fluids is vital for the smooth operation of your vehicle. These fluids include engine oil, coolant, brake, transmission, and power steering. Low or contaminated fluids can lead to severe mechanical issues and even complete engine failure.

  • Engine Oil: Check the oil level using the dipstick and top it up if necessary. If the oil appears dirty or smells burnt, consider getting an oil change before your trip.
  • Coolant: Ensure the coolant level is within the recommended range to prevent the engine from overheating. Inspect the coolant reservoir and radiator for leaks.
  • Transmission Fluid: Verify that the transmission fluid is at the correct level and free from contaminants. Low or dirty transmission fluid can cause shifting issues and damage the transmission.
  • Power Steering Fluid: Ensure the power steering fluid is topped up to maintain smooth and easy steering, especially during long drives.

Verifying the Battery’s Health

A reliable battery is essential for starting your vehicle and powering various electrical systems. Before your gourmet road trip, test your battery’s charge and inspect it for any signs of corrosion or damage. Clean the battery terminals if necessary and ensure they are securely connected.

If your battery is over three years old or shows signs of weakness, consider replacing it to avoid unexpected failures. Carrying a portable jump starter can also be a lifesaver in emergencies, allowing you to restart your vehicle without needing another car.

The Dangers of Neglecting Vehicle Repairs

Neglecting essential vehicle repairs and maintenance before embarking on your gourmet road trip can have serious consequences. Here are some of the dangers associated with inadequate vehicle upkeep:

Increased Risk of Breakdowns

Failure to perform routine maintenance increases the likelihood of mechanical failures and breakdowns. This can lead to significant delays, additional costs, and missed culinary experiences during a food adventure.

Safety Hazards

Neglecting maintenance compromises your vehicle’s safety and, in turn, places the driver at increased risk of injury. Worn-out tires, malfunctioning brakes, or a weak battery can lead to accidents, putting you and your passengers at risk. For instance, brake failure on a busy highway or tire blowout on a rural road can have catastrophic outcomes.

Unreliable Performance

A poorly maintained vehicle may exhibit unpredictable behavior, such as stalling, reduced power, or erratic handling. This can detract from the enjoyment of your trip and limit your ability to explore new places confidently.

Increased Repair Costs

Ignoring routine maintenance can lead to more significant and costly repairs in the long run. Minor issues that could have been addressed easily can escalate into major problems requiring extensive repairs or even towing services. These minor issues could majorly impact your wallet in the event of accidents involving other drivers.

Environmental Impact

Vehicles that are not properly maintained often run less efficiently, consuming more fuel and emitting higher levels of pollutants. This not only impacts your travel budget but also contributes to environmental degradation.

Get Ready to Hit the Road

Preparing your vehicle for a gourmet road trip involves more than just packing snacks and planning your route. Ensuring your air conditioning system is in top condition, inspecting and replacing worn-out tires, checking and topping up essential fluids, and verifying your battery’s health are all critical steps to ensure a comfortable, safe, and enjoyable journey. 

Neglecting these preparations can lead to increased risks of breakdowns, safety hazards, unreliable performance, and higher repair costs. By prioritizing vehicle maintenance, you can fully immerse yourself in the culinary delights of your adventure, confident that your vehicle is ready to handle the road ahead.

Summer Fitness and Wellness Pop Ups Across the Hamptons

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The Hamptons is widely known for their diverse array of summer boutique fitness and wellness classes. Diversify your workout routine with a seriously satisfying sweat session at these summer pop up classes from Southampton and out to Montauk.



Barry’s

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Credit: Barry’s

Barry’s, the original high intensity boutique fitness brand is hosting their legendary fitness classes in the Hamptons this summer. Both their Wainscott and Southampton studios feature Barry’s signature 50-minute HIIT workout classes.

The brand’s signature workout includes 25-30 minutes of interval cardiovascular treadmill routines and 25-30 minutes of strength training utilizing free weights, resistance bands, and other equipment. Trainers, muscle groups, and even workout segments vary throughout the week so that no one class is ever the same.

DanceBody

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Courtesy of DanceBody

DanceBody is hosting daily classes in the Hamptons through Labor Day at the Bridgehampton Community House located in the heart of Bridgehampton.

The founder of DanceBody, Katia Pryce, and other talented instructors are teaching their signature cardio and sculpt classes. These classes infuse functional training with the playfulness of dance to provide a fun and effective workout.

DanceBody trainers can also come to you for Private Sessions from Southampton to Montauk.
Their 50-minute classes include SCULPT, DANCE CARDIO, SCULPT +, and HIP HOP HITS. Dances change monthly. Classes are mostly low impact, and supportive sneakers are required.

Pryce has trained Molly Sims, Kelly Ripa, Leah McSweeney, Kate Hudson, Mark Cuban, and many other celebrities and notable personalities.

SLT

slt fitness classes east hampton southampton
Courtesy of SLT

SLT is approaching their 11-year anniversary and has a robust schedule of summer fitness classes in the Hamptons. Classes are being held at both their Southampton and East Hampton studio locations.

SLT is a challenging, high intensity, low-impact Megaformer-based workout that combines cardio, strength training, and Pilates. Celebrities like Scarlett Johansson, Hailey Bieber, Sofia Vergara, and Harry Styles are regular clients.

SoulCycle

Bridgehampton, East Hampton and Montauk

SoulCycle Bridgehampton outdoor lounge
Credit: SoulCycle Bridgehampton

Clip in and ride at the premiere destination for 45, 60, or 90 minutes of mind-altering fitness on a bike. SoulCycle is back inside at Bridgehampton on Butter Lane for its 17th year. SoulCycle also has locations in East Hampton (66 Newtown Lane) and in Montauk (15 S. Edgemere Street).

Beloved by locals, weekenders, Joe Jonas, Brooke Shields and Christina Aguilera- this iconic Hamptons staple is offering classes with 84 bikes, legendary instructors, playlists that will transport you, chill vibes, and summer sanctuary that echoes the heart and SOUL of SoulCycle. Classes are held daily.

This summer, SoulCycle has partnered with brands including FORWARD__Space, Tremble Pilates, and Dreamy Coffee. Throughout the summer, The BARN will also host pop-ups from brands Alfalfa, FTL, Katie Sands, and Elle Perahia Jewelry, among others.

Standing the Test of Time: Lab Grown Diamond Popularity vs. Natural Diamonds

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Diamonds have long been a symbol of love, commitment and luxury. However, as we enter the 21st century, the jewelry market is experiencing a shift driven by a new generation of ethically responsible and budget-conscious consumers. 

Lab grown diamonds are a modern and cost-effective alternative to natural diamonds. Discover how lab grown diamonds are standing the test of time and gaining popularity among younger, ethically-minded consumers.

Lab Grown Diamond Popularity vs. Natural Diamonds: The Statistics

Lab grown diamonds have seen a remarkable increase in popularity, particularly among younger generations. Here are some key statistics highlighting this trend:

  • Global market growth. In 2022, the global market for lab grown diamonds was estimated at $24.0 billion and is expected to expand to $59.2 billion by 2032. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.6%.
  • Unit sales. Lab grown diamond unit sales have experienced a substantial rise. In January 2020, they held an 11.6% share of the market, which surged to an impressive 46.6% by February 2023​.
  • Engagement rings. The share of lab grown diamond engagement rings increased from 1.7% in early 2020 to 17.3% by February 2023. As of January 2023, sales were evenly split 50/50 between natural and lab grown diamonds in some markets​.
  • Consumer Preferences. A significant portion of younger consumers, particularly Gen Z, show a strong preference for products with positive social impacts. In a survey, 50% of Gen Z respondents stated they were more likely to buy diamonds, knowing the positive impact on the communities where they are mined​.

The same demographic places great importance on brand and ethical considerations, which influence their purchasing decisions towards lab grown diamonds due to their responsible production methods.

3 Reasons Why Lab Created Diamonds are Growing in Popularity

Lab created diamonds are becoming more popular because they offer ethical production and significant cost savings compared to natural diamonds. These benefits appeal to socially conscious consumers who value affordability and responsible sourcing.

Ethical Benefits

One of the most compelling reasons for the surge in popularity of lab grown diamonds is their ethical production. Traditional diamond mining has long been associated with numerous ethical issues, including human rights abuses, child labor and funding of armed conflicts. Lab diamonds eliminate these concerns, providing a guilt-free choice for consumers who prioritize ethical gem sourcing.

Budget-Friendly Luxury

Lab grown diamonds are not just ethically superior; they also offer excellent value for money. On average, lab created diamonds cost 84% less than natural diamonds of comparable size and quality. This price difference makes luxurious diamond jewelry accessible to a broader audience without compromising quality or beauty.

Young couples looking for engagement rings, for instance, can choose lab grown diamond engagement rings that offer the same brilliance and durability as natural diamonds but at a fraction of the cost. This financial advantage extends to other types of jewelry, such as lab grown diamond bracelets, lab grown diamond rings and lab grown diamond tennis bracelets.

Versatility in Jewelry

Another factor driving their popularity is the versatility of lab grown diamonds. These diamonds can create a wide range of stunning jewelry pieces for numerous aesthetics and styles. Whether you prefer the classic elegance of a lab grown diamond bracelet or the contemporary chic of lab grown diamond rings, there are endless options to suit every preference.

They can also be customized to meet specific design requirements, allowing consumers to create unique pieces that reflect their style. This level of customization is appealing to younger generations who value individuality and personal expression.

Debunking Myths

Despite their growing popularity, lab grown diamonds have faced their share of skepticism. Some critics argue that they lack the “romance” or “authenticity” of natural diamonds. However, lab grown diamonds are real diamonds. They possess the same physical, chemical and optical properties, including hardness, clarity and refractive index, as mined diamonds. The only difference lies in their origin.

In fact, many jewelers and gemologists now endorse lab grown diamonds for their ethical production and high quality. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and other reputable organizations provide certification for lab grown diamonds, ensuring their authenticity and quality.

Welcome the Future of Luxury with Lab Grown Diamonds

Lab grown diamonds are redefining the jewelry industry, offering a perfect blend of beauty, ethics and affordability. For younger consumers, these diamonds represent a conscious choice that aligns with their values and lifestyle. 

Whether in the market for lab grown diamond engagement rings or lab grown diamond bracelets, you can enjoy the timeless allure of diamonds without compromising on ethics or budget. Embrace the future of luxury with lab grown diamonds—a choice that truly stands the test of time.

Croatia Instagram Spots

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Plitvice Lakes

Traveling to Croatia? Don’t miss these epic Instagram spots in Croatia. Croatia is full of so much beauty, and picturesque landscapes are around every corner. 

From jaw dropping waterfalls, to crystal clear seas, and even amazing food, traveler’s are sure to get the Instagram shot of their dreams. 

When visiting these Instagram shots in Croatia, be mindful of other visitors. If there’s a line of people waiting for “the shot”, don’t set up shop and do a photo shoot for hours. While waiting in line for the views, take a look around to find a new Instagram worthy shot, maybe from a different angle or completely new vantage point. 

The following 13 Instagram spots in Croatia are in no particular order, however, they are clumped together by general location. With so many things to do in Croatia and places to see, these locations are just the tip of the iceberg for an epic time traveling in Croatia.

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Adriatic Sea, Hvar

Instagram Spots in Croatian National Parks

National Parks in Croatia range from the highly visited and extremely popular Plitvice Lakes National Park, to island national parks that are visited by the few. 

If hoping to find epic waterfall instagram shots, look no further than Plitvice Lake National Park and Krka National Park, both a short distance from Zadar, Croatia. 

Plitvice Lakes National Park 

Plitvice Lakes National Park is hands down the most well known national park in Croatia. This park is famed for its beautiful cascading waterfalls and the lakes in between the falls. 

It’s estimated that there are 50-90 waterfalls cascading through the 16 lakes found within the national park. 

While visitor’s can find multiple opportunities for Instagram shots within Plitvice Lakes National Park, there are three main shots not to miss. 

Plitvice Lakes Landscape Shot From Above

Before hiking down in to the lakes and waterfalls, visitor’s should walk along the K trail, where views will literally leave them breathless. 

Along the K trail there are multiple points of interest offering views overlooking both the lakes and the waterfalls down below. It’s a great place to visit before heading down into the heart of the lakes, or even after walking amounts the lakes and waterfalls on the way out. 

Plitvice Lakes Close Up Cascading Falls 

It would be a shame to visit Plitvice Lakes National Park and not see the waterfalls up close and personal. There are nearly 100 waterfalls to view, all offering clear cascading waters filling pools and lakes just below. 

Zoomed in, tight shots of the cascading falls offers a unique perspective for this Instagram shot in Croatia.

Krka
Krka

Plitvice Lakes Wooden Trails 

One of the most romantic and fairly like bits of Plitvice Lakes National Park are the boarded walkways guiding visitors right along the falls and over and around the lakes within the park. 

These wooden trails offer perfect Instagram shots for those looking to capture images reflecting curiosity and chasing dreams. 

The biggest trick is to capture the wooden walkways without other visitor’s in the shot. Try shooting with plants and other vegetation in the foreground, or practice lots of patience waiting for the walkways to clear. 

Krka National Park 

Krka National Park offers a much quieter national park experience than Plitvice Lakes National Park. Visitor’s will also find that not only is Krka National Park less crowded, swimming is allowed beneath the waterfalls. 

There are designated swimming locations in Krka National Park, though the main attraction is swimming just below the falls along the bottom walking trail. 

Be warned, this is one of the few swimming areas, so while the pictures are gorgeous from here, there will likely be many other people in the photos. Be creative with positioning and angles to get images without others in them. 

Roman Forum Zadar
Roman Forum, Zadar

Croatia Instagram Spots in Historic Cities

While the beaches and epic national parks in Croatia offer amazing photography opportunities, the historic cities within Croatia offer awesome shots as well. 

With buildings dating back to the 12th century, walls as seen in Game of Thrones, and bell towers that offer views of nearby islands, Croatia cities have no shortage of Instagram opportunities. 

Zadar’s Roman Forum 

Zadar’s Roman Forum is the heart of Old Town Zadar. The architecture in the Roman Forum area dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries. With intricate details up close and beautiful architecture from far away, the contrast of images produced in this area are nearly unmatched. 

Zadar’s Bell Tower 

At St. Anastasia’s Cathedral in the heart of Old Town Zadar is a bell tower visitor’s can climb for an unforgettable view. On a clear day, the nearby islands are possible to see. 

Snap a photo at the base of the St. Anastasia’s Bell Tower, and again upon getting to the top to share. 

Zadar’s Greetings To The Sun Art Exhibit

Located right along the waterfront in the main area of Zadar, there are two different art installments, the Sea Organ and the Greetings To The Sun. 

Both are located in the exact same location, and by visiting one, traveler’s get to experience both. 

The Greetings To The Sun art installment is unlike traditional European art. Instead, this piece is built right into the ground along the beach promenade, and illuminates only after the sun goes down. 

The Greetings To The Sun, is a solar generated piece of art, where lights of all different colors come to life after being charged all day from the sun. 

This art built into the ground is the perfect place to capture selfies with a background unlike anything else. 

Dubrovnik’s Historic City Walls 

Game of Thrones fans come to life with the historic city walls of Dubrovnik. Not only are these walls famous from Game of Thrones, but walking along the walls gives visitor’s epic views of the ocean and Old Town Dubrovnik from above. 

For best photography from the walls, it’s recommended visiting close to sunrise or sunset so harsh shadows aren’t cast in Old Town Dubrovnik. 

Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik’s Fortress

Gelato with a fortress behind, yes please! When visiting Dubrovnik, one can’t miss the massive fortress which creates the city walls. This fortress sits beautifully with the Adriatic Sea as it’s back drop. 

Grab some Gelato from Dubrovnik 1836 Restaurant and Café, and share photos with the fortress directly behind the cones. 

Island Life Instagram Spots in Croatia 

Croatia is full of islands. In fact, the country is made up of over 1,000 islands. Luckily, there are some rather incredible islands that are easy to access, offering pristine beaches and the true island life feel. 

The islands of Croatia offer amazing photo opportunities with crystal clear waters beautiful in any lighting! 

Hvar’s Pristine Beaches 

One of the more famous islands in Croatia is the island of Hvar. It’s known for famous people docking their boats and enjoying a night out in the town of Hvar on the island. 

Thankfully, the island isn’t just good for running into famous people. The pristine beaches of Hvar offers epic Instagram photos of a dreamy beach vacation. 

With crystal clear waters, unique pebble beaches, and colors that will leave visitor’s dreaming of the beach for years to come, Hvar is the perfect place for beach photos! 

Kayaking
Kayaking

Kayaking In The Adriatic Sea 

Don’t miss the opportunity to get out on the pristine waters and experience kayaking in the open sea while seeing right through the water at the sea life below! Kayaking in Croatia is a great way to experience the beauty of the sea, and with most kayaks being super bright colors, the contrast from sea to ship really makes Instagram photos pop! 

Food At Hotel Skalinada

An Instagram shot list wouldn’t be complete without having some kind of amazing food to shoot on the list. 

Hotel Skalinada offers amazing food, made with quality products, rich taste, and picture-perfect presentation. 

Try things like fresh tuna, octopus, and even ahi tuna salads. Each dish is served in a way that almost makes visitors take a photo because they’re that perfect! 

Hvar Food
Hvar Food. Images courtesy of ArboursAbroad

Helpful Tips for Capturing These Instagram Spots in Croatia 

  • Enjoy Croatia for more than the Instagram photos. Soak in the moments between the shots, and take time to slow down to really let the beauty sink in. 
  • If others are around or in “the shot” take a different approach. Look for different angles and perspectives. 
  • Capture memories not poses. Yes, these are all specific locations to capture specific photos, but be sure to take candid shots too. Those are where the true memories of a trip shine through

Why the Help of an Attorney is Crucial When Seeking Justice for Your Injury

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Injuries can upend lives, causing physical pain, emotional distress, and financial strain. When these injuries are the result of someone else’s negligence, the quest for justice can be daunting. Navigating the complex legal landscape alone is often overwhelming and can lead to unfavorable outcomes. This is where the expertise of an attorney becomes indispensable. An experienced personal injury lawyer can make a significant difference in the pursuit of fair compensation and justice.

Understanding the Legal Process

The legal process for personal injury claims is intricate and multifaceted. It involves understanding the nuances of liability, negligence, and damages. An attorney is well-versed in these areas and can navigate the legal system with ease. From filing the initial claim to negotiating settlements and, if necessary, representing you in court, an attorney ensures that each step is handled with precision. They can interpret complex legal jargon, ensuring that you fully understand your rights and options. Without legal representation, the risk of missteps is high, potentially compromising the outcome of your case.

Evaluating the True Value of Your Claim

One of the critical roles of an attorney is to accurately assess the value of your claim. This includes calculating not just the immediate medical expenses but also long-term costs such as rehabilitation, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Many individuals may underestimate the full extent of their losses. An experienced lawyer will work with medical professionals and financial experts to ensure that every aspect of your injury and its impact on your life is considered. This comprehensive evaluation is crucial in securing the compensation you deserve.

Negotiating with Insurance Companies

Insurance companies are often focused on minimizing payouts. Their adjusters are skilled negotiators whose primary goal is to protect the company’s bottom line. When you have suffered a catastrophic injury in an accident, dealing with these professionals on your own can be intimidating and often results in inadequate settlements. An attorney, however, is a formidable advocate who understands the tactics used by insurance companies. They can effectively counter lowball offers and negotiate aggressively on your behalf. Their presence levels the playing field, significantly increasing the likelihood of a fair settlement.

Proving Liability and Gathering Evidence

Proving liability in a personal injury case is essential but can be challenging. It requires a thorough investigation and the gathering of compelling evidence. An attorney has the resources and expertise to conduct a comprehensive investigation. They can gather crucial evidence, such as medical records, accident reports, and witness statements. Additionally, they may work with experts in various fields, such as accident reconstruction specialists and medical professionals, to build a strong case. This meticulous approach is often the key to proving negligence and securing a favorable outcome.

Navigating Legal Deadlines and Procedures

The legal system is governed by strict deadlines and procedures, which must be meticulously adhered to. Missing a deadline or failing to follow proper protocol can result in your case being dismissed or delayed. An attorney ensures that all legal requirements are met timely and accurately. They manage the paperwork, file necessary documents, and keep track of critical dates. This attention to detail prevents costly errors and keeps your case progressing smoothly through the legal system. Without professional guidance, the risk of procedural missteps is significantly higher.

Providing Emotional Support and Advocacy

In addition to legal expertise, an attorney provides invaluable emotional support. The aftermath of an injury can be a distressing and isolating experience. Having a dedicated advocate who is invested in your case offers reassurance and peace of mind. Attorneys are not just legal representatives; they are allies who understand the personal and emotional toll of your situation. They communicate on your behalf, handle the stressful aspects of the case, and provide a buffer between you and the opposing parties. This support allows you to focus on your recovery while knowing that your legal interests are being diligently pursued.

Maximizing Compensation and Securing Justice

Ultimately, the goal of seeking legal help is to maximize your compensation and achieve justice. An attorney’s expertise and advocacy ensure that you are not shortchanged by insurance companies or opposing parties. They fight for the maximum possible compensation, covering all your losses and future needs. Whether through a negotiated settlement or a court verdict, an attorney strives to secure a resolution that truly reflects the impact of the injury on your life. This pursuit of justice is not just about financial compensation but also about holding the responsible parties accountable and achieving a sense of closure and fairness.

lawyer signing document in office

Navigating the complexities of a personal injury claim without legal assistance is fraught with challenges and potential pitfalls. An attorney’s role is crucial in ensuring that you receive fair compensation and justice for your injury. From understanding the legal process to proving liability and negotiating with insurance companies, their expertise and advocacy make a significant difference. By enlisting the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer, you can focus on your recovery while knowing that your legal rights are being protected and pursued with diligence and dedication.

5 Fun Solo Friday Night Activities with a Snack in Hand

a man celebrating while playing a video game

Sometimes the best Friday nights are spent at home away from busy bars and restaurants. Here are five fun activities to enjoy at home – each with a perfect snack to make the night even better:

Movie Marathon Madness

A movie marathon is a great way to chill after a long week. Pick your favorite movies or start a new series and keep your fingers crossed it’s one of those that you can’t stop watching. Create a cozy spot with blankets and dim the lights and maybe add some themed decorations.

Snack that Goes with It: Popcorn

Popcorn is a classic movie snack. You can add melted butter, sprinkle some salt or try different seasonings like cheese powder or chili flakes for extra flavor.

Bingo Night In

Bingo is a fun game to play at home. You need bingo cards, a number generator, and prizes. Print bingo cards online or make your own. Play with friends online or by yourself for some easy fun.

Alternatively, you can enjoy bingo at Paddy Power. They have tons of bingo games with awesome prizes and jackpots. It’s super easy to sign up and play, plus you get to join a fun and lively community of bingo lovers.

Snack that Goes with It: Pretzels

Pretzels are great for bingo night. Try them with mustard or cheese dip for an extra twist. You can also get different flavors like honey mustard, garlic, or cinnamon sugar.

Wine and Paint

Get creative with a wine and paint session. Sure, not everyone is a great painter, but no matter your skill level, it can be surprisingly fun. Grab some canvases and paints. Follow an online tutorial or paint whatever you like. It’s a relaxing and enjoyable way to spend the evening.

Snack that Goes with It: Cheese and Crackers

Cheese and crackers are easy to prepare and go well with painting. We suggest cheeses like cheddar, brie, and gouda. Add some fruit or nuts on the side for a little something extra.

cooking vegetables with frying pan

Gourmet Cooking Challenge

Turn your kitchen into a gourmet restaurant. Try cooking a fancy meal. Pick a recipe using a meal planning app, get the ingredients, and start cooking. You can even make it a timed challenge or a competition with someone.

Snack that Goes with It: Fruit Salad

Fruit salad is a fresh and healthy snack. Mix fruits like berries, melons, and grapes. Consider the option to add a splash of orange juice or a dollop of yogurt for more flavor.

Virtual Game Night

Play games online with friends. Games like trivia, charades, or escape rooms are great choices. Set up a video call and have some laughs. Make sure everyone has their favorite drinks and snacks ready.

Snack that Goes with It: Chips and Salsa

We know, this one can be a bit messy. But chips and salsa are perfect for game night. Use tortilla chips and a spicy salsa. Guacamole or queso dip makes it even better.

All these activities and snacks can make your Friday nights at home fun and special. Just make sure you go all in on the fun and don’t take any shortcuts. Enjoy your night in!

The Ceptics World Travel Adapter Kit for the Modern Traveler

Ceptics World Travel Adapter Kit

The Ceptics world travel adapter kit is a must-have tool for travelers and technology competent  individuals who need a reliable solution to power their devices across different countries with varying voltage standards. The Ceptics travel Adapter is significant for travelers.

It offers a reliable solution to powering electronic devices in various countries with different SWadAPt Attachments. This innovative travel adapter is designed to simplify the charging process and ensure that your devices stay powered and ready to use wherever your journeys take you. Let’s explore this travel adapter and discover its main features and advantages.

It can change the way you stay connected on the go. 

Compact and Portable Design

Thanks to its small size and portability, the universal travel adapter is simple to include in your luggage or holiday bag. Because of its compact and lightweight design, you can charge 5 gadgets while on the go without adding unnecessary weight to your possessions.

Universal Compatibility

One great feature of the international power adapter is its ability to charge different devices, like smartphones, laptops, and cameras, with various plug types.

Built-in Safety Features

Safety is crucial when powering electronic devices. The travel adapter worldwide ensures this with built-in features like surge protection, voltage indicators, overcurrent protection, and overheat protection, guarding your devices from voltage-related risks and providing peace of mind during your travels.

User-Friendly Operation

The Ceptics world travel adapter kit is designed for user convenience, with simple plug-and-play functionality. Its automatic design allows you to easily connect your devices and start charging without any complicated setup procedures.

SWadAPt Technology

SmartVoltage technology is our patented technology and it represents a significant advancement in power management. In this technology, you just need to pull out one attachment on the compatible adapter and then swap it with the other attachments. It will adjust on the adapter, and then you can use the adapter with the different plug types.

Ceptics World Travel Adapter Kit Description

6 SWadAPt Attachments

Ceptics World-Way Includes 6 travel adapters. Other SWADAPT attachments are sold separately.

  • Type A: US, Canada, Mexico
  • Type B: Japan, Philippines
  • Type C: European countries, South America, and parts of Asia
  • Type E/F: France, Belgium, Poland, Slovakia, Czechia, Russia and other European countries
  • Type G: UK, Ireland, Malta, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Singapore
  • Type I: Australia, New Zealand, China, and Argentina

Overall Benefits

In conclusion, travelers looking for a care-free method to charge their gadgets while traveling across the world will find this universal travel adapter to be a dependable and effective option. The international power adapter is a useful travel companion due to its small size, universal compatibility, safety features, and easy to use interface. Hence, the travel adapter can meet your needs for a dependable power supply at home or when traveling to new places. No matter where your activities take you, always be connected and work smoothly.