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Last June, my BFF Tien and I decided to take a spontaneous getaway trip to Sedona, Arizona!  I went there once as a kid, but it was quite a different experience as an adult!  Tien had never been there before, but she was intrigued by the energy vortexes that surrounded the area, and we both wanted to escape from LA!  So we booked the cheapest flights available through Spirit Airlines–and even though it’s generally known that the seats are quite small, and has little leg room, it was actually manageable for an hour and a half flight!  We decided to fly into Phoenix, and then we took a two hour scenic drive up north to Sedona.  On the way up, we jammed and sang along to our favorite 90’s hits, like “The Sign” by Ace of Base, and quite a number of Boyz II Men songs!  (And yes, we remembered ALL THE LYRICS!)

Unfortunately, the time we chose to go there happened to be during the first heat wave of the year, so temperatures were well over 100 degrees!  With our throats hoarse from all our singing, we decided to stop at Pisa Lisa for a bite to eat!  The reason the photo above is important is because their Passionista pizza is one of the best pizzas I have EVER had!  What makes it incredible is not only the toppings, but this particular one is baked on a paper thin French dessert style crust!  It was so amazing I don’t even care how I look in the photo, I sure enjoyed eating it as fast as I could!  (Of course the place was so good, we went one more time!)

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After filling our bellies with deliciousness, we decided to check out Sedona’s uptown area!  It is lined with numerous gift shops, cafes, restaurants!  It was so hot that I could feel the heat from the asphalt coming through my flats–so I was hopping around in certain areas like a crazy person!  Also, behind some of the shops, you can catch a spectacular view of some of the city’s famous red rocks that surround the area.  Of course I had to take a photo in front of Gypsy Jenny’s boutique–where Tien also scored a gorgeous pair of silk printed pants!

Afterwards, we picked up some groceries, and decided to settle in at our hotel.  We stayed at the Sedona Summit resort, just a mile or so from the downtown area.  Technically the resort is a time share, however, they do allow non time share guests to book a short stay there.  They gave us quite the room, it was basically the size of a large one bedroom apartment!  The resort is equipped with several pools and hot tubs, which we made use of to relax ourselves and wind down.

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The next day, we decided to visit Sedona’s most powerful energy vortex at Bell Rock.  According to the site www.lovesedona.com, a vortex is the funnel shape created by a whirling fluid or by the motion of spiraling energy. Familiar examples of vortex shapes are whirlwinds, tornadoes, and water going down a drain. A vortex can be made up of anything that flows, such as wind, water, or electricity.  The vortexes in Sedona are swirling centers of subtle energy coming out from the surface of the earth. The vortex energy is not exactly electricity or magnetism, although it does leave a slight measurable residual magnetism in the places where it is strongest.  There are four main energy vortexes in Sedona. The subtle energy that exists at these locations interacts with who a person is inside. The energy resonates with and strengthens the Inner Being of each person that comes within about a quarter to a half mile of it. This resonance happens because the vortex energy is very similar to the subtle energy operating in the energy centers inside each person. If you are at all a sensitive person, it is easy to feel the energy at these vortexes.

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We decided to hike the southern trail up to Bell Rock!  Despite the ridiculous heat, I still wanted to look super cute, so I’m wearing a gauze top by Jen’s Pirate Booty, pink denim shorts from Forever 21 plus, my own Expedition necklace, and sunglasses by Free City x Mosley Tribes.  Photo by Tiensirin Tienngern.

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And no day can start without me having some kind of Frappuccino style drink in my hand!  Even though we’re taking a selfie, notice how I wouldn’t let it go on the right side!  Also, all the guys who work at the Starbucks drive thru in Sedona are all adorably cute and helpful!  Unfortunately, the heat and the earthly energy all around us proved too much for us sensitive Angelenos, so we turned back towards our car and decided we would go back to Bell Rock later that day!

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After cooling off in the car, we decided to head to Sedona’s famed Chapel of the Holy Cross!  The iconic building is situated on the rocks high above, and was built in the 1950’s by architect August K. Strotz.  From the ground, it almost looks as if the building emerged organically from the rocks as a beautiful monument to God!

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As you walk up to the chapel, there is an amazing view of the surrounding areas!  Of course I had to stop and take a breathtaking photo!

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Pictured above is a plaque with info about the church, and the gorgeous interior and its beautiful view!  We explored more of Sedona that day, but there’s so much to cover, it’ll be in a separate post!  More fun adventures in Sedona to follow!