travel

Zara… you’re killing me

I stopped in Zara over the weekend while NYC and I wanted it all! Normally this time of year is so hard to shop but they had a little bit of everything! I scooped up a few tops, but definitely considering a few more things online!
Zara Must Haves

Blush Bag, Bow Flats, Sleeveless Tunic, Tassel Bag, Gold Flats, Rain Jacket, Sneakers, Dress 

French Baskets

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last post. The longest I’ve gone since starting this little blog over FIVE years ago {skipped right over my blog anniversary too}! I’m back to bring you a few fun finds! I came across these fabulous straw bags on Etsy and ordered this one immediately! You should too – all under $45!!  2016-07-13_18-36-51

A Year in Review {2015}

2015 in Review

To say 2015 was a whirlwind, would have to be an understatement. The ups {traveling and turning 30} and downs {my dads accident and the passing of my grandmother} made this year like no other I’ve experienced. On top of it all, I did make some pretty amazing memories this year. In no particular order, these are a few of my favorites from 2015!

Eataly: I traveled to Chicago a few times this year for work and thoroughly enjoyed every minute! There is nothing more freeing than traveling solo. Eataly was top of my list for dinner on all of my trips! {see post}

Oak Alley Plantation: Such a fun day date; still can’t believe it was my first time visiting!  {see post}

St. Thomas: My boyfriend and I took our second annual December trip to St. Thomas and stayed a little longer this time, such a great getaway from it all. {last years post}

San Francisco: A last-minute trip to San Fran over Labor Day was the perfect getaway. My boyfriend had never been and we were full-on adventure mode!

Willa Jean: A favorite 2015 addition to the New Orleans food scene – the cutest bakery!

Mexico City: My bf spent the first half of the year in Mexico City and brought back these amazing hand embroidered fabrics!

Memorable Meal: If someone asked what was my favorite food I ate this year it would have to be Thanh Long in San Francisco – the most unassuming restaurant with the best crab I’ve every had!

Soho House: I stayed at the Soho House in Chicago on a business trip and have to say this hotel has to be one of favorites in the US!

Best Solo Adventure: Chicago again – on one of my visits I got to extend a day into the weekend and had a tourist solo day in the city. I visited the Art Institute of Chicago and throughly enjoyed the amazing collection and wandering aimlessly throughout the Museum.

Lundi Lunch: Lundi Gras is the day before Fat Tuesday and my friends and I have created a tradition {coming up on our fourth annual} to lunch at Commander’s Palace before taking in the evening parades. The most festive time of the year in New Orleans.

Family Snap: My mom snapped this picture on our first trip to Florida post my dads accident, it was so nice to be together as a family and to have my dad back on his feet.

Auntie: Having a niece has been oh so fun and Christmas was like no other. Already looking forward to next year!

Favorite Selfie: Who doesn’t love a good selfie?! This was one of my favorites of the year.

Turning 30: Holy cow, how am I 30?! I had the perfect 30th with my family and close friends. {see post}

Eataly: The Best of Italy in Chicago

A few months back I was able to visit Chicago not once, but twice for work; it was my first time to the city and I still can’t believe it took me so long to visit! What an amazing place! On my first stay one of my Uber drivers recommended that I check out Eataly. I went in thinking it was an Italian restaurant and once I got there my mind was blown! For those of you who haven’t heard of Eataly it is the most amazing culinary experience. The location is set up similar to a Whole Foods, but way bigger. With three restaurants, many tasting areas {think cheese, meats, pizzas}, a market and dessert and coffee area; with food selections straight from Italy! I was SO impressed I made it a priority to head back on my second trip as well. The food was absolutely amazing and being able to wonder the aisles; looking at any thing and everything you could image from Italy, with a glass of wine in hand made the experience one I won’t forget.

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{All photos my own} 

St. Thomas and St. John

2015-02-22_21-08-21In December, {I know this post is long overdue} my boyfriend and I traveled to St. Thomas for a long weekend away. I had been before as a child, but never as an adult, and we already can’t wait to plan our next trip! From the food, to the people and activities, we had such a blast! I wanted to share my top picks with you! And a few photos of course!

To Stay: The Marriott Frenchman’s Reef 

-This hotel is the perfect location {not too far from the airport and very close to town} and has all the amenities one could possibly need! The staff was excellent and the property had the most amazing views from wherever you were!

To Eat: Havana Blue 

-Every meal we had was truly delicious, however our favorite had to be at Havana Blue. Just a quick ride from the hotel, the chef has a created a unique menu with local flare. The surf & turf was out of this world! And we had an ocean front view.

To Drink: Iggies 

-We ventured to Iggies one night after dinner and had the best time. The bar is right on the beach {think toes in the sand} with a live band and fun bar games, you can’t go wrong!

To Beach: Magen’s Beach {St. Thomas} and Honeymoon Beach {St. John} 

-Magen’s Beach is on the opposite side of the island from where we stayed and we ventured out one afternoon and couldn’t be happier that we did. A very secluded and beautiful spot, and oh so relaxing! {Shown in the last photo below}

-We took the ferry over to St. John for a full day of adventuring, however we spent majority of our time at Honeymoon Beach. We hiked from the downtown area to this beautiful oasis {our hotel bartender recommended it to us}. This is a MUST see. The water is just perfect and the beach was so quite! There was a little drink stand that served ice-cold coronas that kept us there most of the day! {Shown above and in photo two below}

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Pack on the Back

Mardi Gras festivities are well on their way and this is the perfect companion; besides a cocktail of course! Hershel Supply Co. back packs are the perfect practical, yet stylish carryall. Can’t wait to get a little use out of mine over the weekend! And after Mardi Gras, it’s the perfect carry on! The Herschel Supply Co.

 

 

Charleston in December

I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Charleston {my first time too} with my job. I attended the Garden & Gun Jubilee, which was one of the most amazing events I have ever attended. The weekend was literally the pages of the magazine coming to life. Everything so perfectly styled and curated, not to mention the best of the south, in one place! I also had a little time to adventure in the city, something about being in a new city alone feels so refreshing and freeing.

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Reaching in 2014

Last year I wrote about wanting to reach a little further in 2014 and I think I did just that. I started with a new company over the summer that allows me to combine my passions and professional experience on a daily basis and I could not be happier on the career front. I was also able to pack my bags a little more this year and reach places I’ve never been {and a few old favorites too!} The main highlight of the year, is my new title of Auntie, the debut of my niece is by far the best moment of 2014! Cheers to the year that was and the new one on the way!

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 *All photos my own 


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