Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Travel Tuesday

I've been talking about travel so much lately with friends, family, my readers and even people that I meet for the first time. It's quickly become one of my favorite topics and I'm so happy that I chose to expand on this content to share here on the blog with all of you.  I think one of the most frequent questions that I get asked is, "Where are you off to next?" I never really know how to answer this because the list I've got of dream destinations is extremely long.  Whenever someone recommends a new country or city for me to visit, I literally always say, "That's on my list too!" I still consider myself to be a newbie traveler, especially when it comes to international travel.  Ireland really opened up a completely new chapter in my life and started this chain reaction within me that I don't see stopping any time soon. I mentioned several months ago that one of my goals was to make this a big travel year.  I've been to three different places so far in 2016 and plan to add on several more by December. In fact, I am in the very beginning stages of trying to plan out my next big trip which I hope will be 3 countries all at once!  I would absolutely love to be away for my birthday this year in November too.  As I mentioned above my bucket list of places to visit in my lifetime is extremely long, so for this post I decided to share some of my top picks and most realistic ones that I plan to travel to within the next 3 years. 

London & Paris 

I put these two together because I've always dreamed of visiting both places in one trip.  In fact, England & France are two of the countries that I am planning to do before the end of the year and I would probably try to visit Rome or Venice as well since Italy is also a top contender for me.  My dreams of visiting London and Paris go back years and years.  My desire to go has grown even more so over the last several years after following so many people on Instagram who have visited both places.  The photos just inspire me so much and I know that seeing them in person and experiencing it all for myself would be absolutely amazing.  I mean I NEED to see the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, The London Eye, The Louvre and so much more. I swear that London has been speaking to me lately and calling out my name.  Everywhere I turn I see someone else is there or I randomly hear someone talking about it. Fingers crossed that I can make this trip happen in the next few months! 

Peru: Inca Trail Trek To Machu Picchu 

Going to Peru and seeing Machu Picchu has been on my list for awhile now, but it wasn't until a couple of days ago that I got set on doing a 4 day trek up the Inca Trail.  I know someone who just did it and it was the most challenging experience of her life. She got really sick, but somehow managed to make it to the Sun Gate and in the end it was all so worth it.  Reading her recap of each day of the hike inspired me so much.  The details were not pretty though!  I've read so many reviews and blog posts about it over the weekend and I know it's not something that I am physically ready for at this moment. I've got a lot of work to do. It is an extremely challenging hike with insane altitude changes that can make you sick. It's literally the most intense thing that I would probably ever do in my life and for some crazy reason I can't stop thinking about doing it.  I even had a dream about it last night!  It scares the HELL out of me, but because of that I want to do it and face my fears.  I want to prove to myself that I can do it.  When I get an idea in my head it's very difficult for me to let it go.  I text my cousin, James, just yesterday asking if he wanted to do it with me. I plan on doing this trek in the near future.  Want to join me? lol

Spain: Barcelona & Madrid

Spain has been in my top 5 ever since I went through a phase of wanting to be an Au Pair in Madrid several years ago. I also know this girl who lived there for about a year and I just fell even more in love with it through her photos and descriptions.  It's so easy for me to get inspired by places I've never been to. I was initially planning to go this summer, but the airfare was super expensive. I'm not too sure how Spain is in November, but maybe if I could make it work then I would go there for my birthday this year.  If not then definitely next year I plan to visit. I've had my heart set on seeing Casa BatllΓ³ in person among so many other incredible places in Spain.  Something about it has just always drawn me in.  My mom said I even have some family members living there now and I've never met them before!  It would be so cool to meet them while I am there. 


Oh Greece, you have my heart and I've never met you yet. I think I fell in love with Greece after watching movies like Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Mamma Mia and My Life in Ruins. [don't judge]  I always thought I would go here on my honeymoon and who knows, maybe one day in the future I will.  I don't plan on waiting around for that to happen though because I could bring that dream to life all on my own. I've envisioned myself staying in a Oia cave house in Santorini and walking around Mykonos. I know a few people who just recently went to Greece and I swear I was living vicariously through their snaps and photos.  By the way, that's probably the coolest part about snapchat.  When someone is traveling, it makes you feel like you are right there with them. I wouldn't want to go to Greece by myself, so I need to see who I can recruit to join me. lol Too bad my mom has a fear of flying! 
South Africa 
It's so crazy, but a huge portion of my readers on my Facebook page are from South Africa.  I'm not even sure how it happened, but over the last several years I have had many of them ask me when I would come and visit.  After my best friend went there on her own last year, I became even more drawn in and it quickly became a top contender on my list.  She did so many amazing things over there and saw such incredible sights.  I definitely want to make my way over there, but I truthfully don't see it happening until at least another 2 years.  It's such a big trip that I feel like I need a few more under my belt first. Whenever I do make my way over there though, I think it would be incredible to meet some of the people who follow my Facebook page!  The beauty of blogging is that you can connect with people from all across the globe.  Seriously, how amazing is that?!

As mentioned above my list goes way beyond this with other places like Australia, Iceland, Thailand, Dubai, Japan and Bali to name a few.  There's just an entire world to choose from and if I could travel for an entire year non-stop then I would!  Obviously I have no idea what the future holds, but I look forward to seeing how many of these places I can cross off within the next few years.  Who knows, I might end up in destinations that weren't even on this list.   I would love to know if anyone has traveled to any of these places and if so please do share your experiences with me!  What are some of your dream destinations? This post just reminded me that I need renew my passport. Ha! Thanks so much for reading. <3

Monday, May 23, 2016

Espadrille Love

What I'm Wearing
Sweater: Gap Factory [similar here] | Skirt: Forever21 [this one too]
Wedges: Soludos | Bag: Aldo [old, similar style

Happiest of Mondays!  I hope your weekend was great.  Mine was spent mostly with family.  I got to have some QT with my niece, celebrated Mikey's 4th birthday [my dog lol] and went to my friend's baby shower.  In the midst of that I also did some retail therapy and finally got to relax and recharge.  The week before I went to Chicago and most of this past week made me feel like I was just constantly on the go with no time to really breathe!  When my schedule is hectic it makes it that much harder for me to stick to my workouts and healthy eating, so I am getting back on track once again.  It's always a process. 

Now on to this look.  I pretty much styled this outfit around these espadrille wedges, my first pair!  Thanks so much to Soludos for sending them. I have to admit that it took me some time to hop on the espadrille bandwagon.  They always seemed so comfortable, but I wasn't really sure how I felt about them.  Over time though, they started to grow on me to the point where I wanted to get a pair.  I think that's what happens when you see the same styles over and over again.  Everything about these wedges screamed my name especially since they lace up.  I definitely have an obsession with lace up shoes in any style. I feel like they would work so well with all different kinds of pieces this spring and summer from skirts, to dresses and shorts.

 I knew right away that I wanted to pair the wedges with something white [surprise, surprise] so this front button denim skirt won me over.  I bought this right before my Charleston trip and wore it there, but never did a separate style post with it on.  I was in a girly mood and felt like matching my top to the shoes, so I decided on this lightweight pink sweater that I've already worn a bunch of times. We are at that point in the season where it's definitely starting to warm up, but it's still been very breezy.  I think this combination was perfect for the weather.  I added in the floral print clutch to break up all the pink and solid colors. :)

Have a great day! <3

Friday, May 20, 2016

Insta Style

Happy Friday babes!  I always seem to be a bit behind on content after traveling so I thought today would be perfect to share some of those outfits that I've only posted to Instagram.   I recently figured out a way to share my IG posts directly to here, which I thought was kind of cool! 

Culottes: Forever21 | Jacket: H&M [old, similar] | Shoes: Aldo 

I actually wore and shot this look yesterday and was hoping for a full blog post with it, but as usual that did not happen!  I really like culottes, although they are not the easiest thing to shoot in especially when it's windy out.  I haven't worn a pair like these in awhile, so I wanted to style them in a different and edgy way. I know that they can be tricky, especially if you're short like me, but I still think that they are fun to wear and that's what fashion should be about, right?! ;)

Dress: Bardot | Shoes: Aldo 

I wore this to my cousin's wedding last Sunday at the Liberty House.  Look at that view!  Whenever I have a special occasion and need a dress, I tend to wait until the last minute and somehow I always get lucky finding something.  Bloomingdales has been my go-to because I usually find something that I love on sale, or even if it's full price the brands I look for aren't too expensive.  This is how I came across the brand Bardot.  I wore a dress from them to the wedding in Charleston and one on NYE.  This one was hanging on the sales rack and only $39 marked down from $130.  Score! It was the only one in my size too and literally fit me like a glove.  I just fell in love with it because it's so different from anything else that I have, especially with the leaf lace. The price made me love it even more. lol 
[I linked the dress above and it shows $65, so maybe it's just listed as more on the website]

Dress: French Connection | Shoes: French Connection 

On Saturday I went to an event at the French Connection store in Soho for the launch of their new denim line and I got to wear a few of my favorite pieces from the brand.  Thanks FC!  I loved this dress so much because of the print and thought that it was so perfect for the season.  I was actually thinking of wearing it again to a baby shower that I have coming up.  We shall see!  And how fab are these shoes?!  When picking out my pieces I immediately knew that I wanted to wear them with this dress.  I don't have any other shoes in this color or style.  They were actually pretty comfy too! 

Dress: Charlotte Russe | Shoes: Schutz | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff 

I wore this on Mother's Day for brunch and the movies.  It was so beautiful outside, but so windy!  Let's just say it was not very easy wearing this dress. Ha!  I loved the light purple shade though and decided to do some color blocking with my favorite pink mini bag.  I also brought out these caged sandals again that my sister secretly stole from me months ago!  Rude. 

Dress: Charlotte Russe [old] | Shoes: Aldo

About two weeks ago I partnered with the Borgata in AC to check out their new nightclub and I brought my mom along for the fun.  We snapchatted the night away and all of your comments were hysterical! I ended up wearing this burgundy lace dress that I've actually had for quite some time now. I checked the site and it's no longer available. :( It was such a great dress to dance the night away!

In other news, all of the new changes that will be happening with the blog are more than half way done!  There were a couple of delays here and there, but it's picking up speed again and I am getting so excited [and nervous] to launch! All I can say is that this has been a long time coming and it feels good to see it all unfold. Can't wait to share more.  Love you guys, happy weekend! <3