Outer Banks, North Carolina 2017

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So, I am finally getting around to my blog post about my trip to Corolla. I have been home for about two weeks already but have been nonstop busy. I have been going to the Outer Banks for many years now. Unfortunately, this will be the last year for a while because our group is slowly falling apart and the 9/10 hour car ride is becoming too much. That being said I tried to do a lot while I was there. My friend Lauren and I left on Friday (August 4) around 4:45 after we both got off work. Luckily, we got a hotel in Virginia so we only had to drive about five hours. It wasn’t too bad of a drive but by the time we got food and gas we both were exhausted and passed out. I woke up around 7 so we were able to get on the road early to drive the rest of the way. It was a good drive up until we crossed the bridge that takes you into the Outer Banks. There we sat in traffic for about two hours. MISERABLE. We ended up grabbing lunch with my aunt and grandma at a place called Tomato Patch. It wasn’t that great but considering I hadn’t eaten I was just happy to have food. After we finished we had to kill an hour because our house wasn’t ready yet. The best way to kill time is to shop so that was exactly what we did! Later that night we just finished unpacking then Lauren and I went to get Mexican food at a place called Coastal Cantina. My FAVORITE place to eat. They have the BEST burritos!!! There was an hour wait so we just hung out at the bar sipping on some margs and pina coladas. On Sunday we hit up the beach for a few hours then went to the Currituck Lighthouse. It was my second time climbing it but it was still pretty cool. Climbing 220 steps in like 80 degree weather is always fun right? After that we just went back to the house for dinner then went back to the beach to watch the boy’s fish. We ended that night with some ice cream and passed out early. Monday was a rainy day. Literally ALL day it poured down rain and stormed so bad. Luckily, we planned ahead and decided to make it our shopping day so we were all okay with it. We first went to TJ Maxx and a cute boutique called Foxy Flamingo. After that we stopped for some lunch at Mulligans which has been our spot for  lunch on shopping days for over five years. When we finished up eating, Lauren and I headed to J. Crew, The Gap, and the Cottin Gin. You can find all of the stuff I picked up in my Vacation Haul Post. Tuesday we also had bad weather. So we pretty much stayed inside all day long. In the morning we went to Duck Donuts to grab a dozen of their yummy donuts. Then I wanted to stop at this new place I found called The Juice Jar to get an acai bowl and beet juice. I wasn’t that big of a fan of the juice but the acai bowl was amazingggg. Since all of us were inside for hours we ended up playing Pictionary and then went to dinner at a Mexican place called Agave Roja. It was my second time eating there and it did not disappoint. Although I spent $50 on my meal (Ugh). On Wednesday it finally got nice again. We all went to the beach for a few hours then I hung out at the pool that our house had. Wednesday night we went to the Whalehead Club for a ghost tour. It was super cool to go to and I learned a lot about the history of Corolla. Most people find it hard to believe but I am a huge history nerd. Shocking, I know. On Thursday we just had a relaxing day at the beach and then went to Jockey’s Ridge and Pea Island.  Jockey’s Ridge is a state park that is all sand dunes. I always love going there because it’s fun to walk around on the dunes. It almost feels like you’re in the dessert. Pea Island has been a place I have gone to for about three years. No one really knows about it unless you’re a local. It is a National Wildlife Refuge but if you walk a while into it you get to a vacant beach with huge seashells. I just like going every time I am in the Outer Banks because it is super relaxing and cool to adventure on. There is also a vacant lifesaving station that makes it even better. Friday was our last day which I wasn’t that mad about. I was ready to come home and sleep in my own bed. It probably would of been better if it didn’t rain as much and we spent more time at the beach but I will take a week of vacation either way. Of course it rained all day though so we didn’t go to the beach but Lauren and I had scheduled a paint and sip at the Lilly Pulitzer specialty store called Life’s A Beach. It was fun because we got to paint a Lilly Pulitzer print not just something random. It was my second time doing it and was just as fun as the first time. After we finished up we did some last minute shopping then went to dinner at Sun Fish Grill. I finally got my crab legs that I was craving all week! On Saturday everyone left at 5 am except for Lauren and I. We ended up leaving at 9 since we were going to get a hotel half way home. After driving like an hour I just wanted to get home so I ended up just driving the rest of the way. It took forever but we got home around 8:30 and I was beyond happy to be in my own bed!

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Vacation Shopping Haul

 

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Hauls are becoming more and more popular in the blogging world so I figured I would jump on the trend. I personally love watching haul videos on YouTube as well as reading about them on my favorite blogs. Last week I was on vacation which if you read my previous posts you already know. With going on vacation down south I usually always put aside a few hundred dollars just for shopping. You could say I have a shopping addiction or you could just say I am an idiot. Either way I ain’t mad. lol. One of the stores I went to was a boutique called Foxy Flamingo. There I purchased the two bralettes, the candle (which smells heavenly), the necklace, and the stamped home wave ring. Everything came to around $130 which I thought was average for most boutiques. I can’t wait to wear the bralettes because the material is so comfy! The second place I went to was J. Crew. There I bought the silver sandals, earrings, necklace, and two tops which aren’t pictured but will be featured in future outfit posts. I actually did pretty good and only spend like $150! Of course I had to stop at the Lilly Specialty Store called Life’s A Beach. It’s pretty obvious what things I bought from there because if you know Lilly they have bold and girly prints! Lastly, I bought the pineapple ring and wave ring from a boutique that sells Pura Vida in which you can buy off their website! I wasn’t expecting to buy this much stuff but I guess things happen haha!

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Savannah, Georgia 2016

 

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I finally was able to visit Savannah after so many years! Unfortunately I only went for a short weekend but I was able to do a lot! When we flew in on Friday we got in late so we went to dinner at Rocks on the Roof which was a rooftop restaurant that looked over the river. After that we went and walked around City Market then headed back to the hotel for the night. Saturday morning we woke up early and went to breakfast at Mirabelle café where I had the best Belgian waffles I’ve ever tasted. I still dream about them months later. Lol. When we finished eating we headed across the street to go inside of The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. It was absolutely breathtaking. While there my Mom, Aunt, Grandmother, and myself lit a candle in my Paps memory which was really cool! After that we headed to a bunch of boutiques and shops as well as some historic landmarks. This part of my day was probably my favorite part of the whole entire trip! Thanks to one of my blogger friends who is from Savannah she told me about a few really cute boutiques! I went to Red clover first and then to Impeccable Pig. The boutiques are so much nicer than the ones here at home because there is such a different style and feel. After shopping around there, we went to Kendra Scott and Kate Spade. For lunch we ate at a local restaurant called Trailer Park where I had an amazing Cobb Salad! Later that night we took a haunted carriage ride around town where we were told the history and ghost stories of the town. I found out why many homes have fish statues/decor as well as blue painted doors. Considering Savannah is extremely haunted, the fish are supposed to keep the ghost away because they think water is near and the blue doors resemble the water. That being said water stops ghost from passing. So people’s homes can not be affected by ghosts. It is definitely something to look up and read about! Sunday morning we woke up and headed to the airport. Unfortunately they over sold the flight so we had to rent a car and drive all the way to Charolette’s Airport where we finally were able to fly home! All in all it was a great trip and I can’t wait to go back and hopefully call it home one day!

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Houston, Texas 2017

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Last month I made my first trip to Texas to visit family! While I was there I had my first rodeo experience. It was literally the wildest thing I have ever seen! I flew in on Friday landing around 4:00pm and then of course had to go shopping! I had recently come accross a Platos Closet insta that was in Katy and saw that they had posted a few really cute things so we swung by there after dropping all of our stuff off at the house! I got a Lilly Pulitzer dress new with tags retailing $138 for $16. I was able to flip it on Posh and make $40. I also snagged a Kendra Scott necklace! Ballin on a budget 🙂 After shopping at Platos we went to a western store called Cavender’s. I picked up some jewlery for the rodeo then we just went back to the house for dinner and I went to bed early. On Saturday we woke up early and headed to Houston for the Rodeo. It was probably one of the coolest things I have ever been to. We were there for hours though so by the time 7:00pm hit we left to go grab some Greek food at Niko Niko’s. It is now my favorite Greek place! After an hour or so we headed back out for the hour drive back to Katy. I passed out the second my head hit the pillow. On Sunday we had a chill day and just hungout by the pool. For dinner we drove back out to Houston to my second cousin’s house for dinner. I was so burnt from sitting by the pool all afternoon I was pretty miserable. (Typical) We then left there around 8:00pm and once again I passed out when I got back to the house. Unfortunately, Monday we had to fly home so we woke up early for the hour drive back to the airport. After about a three hour flight I was back in the Burgh. Definitely can’t wait to visit again!

Travel Vlog ——-> https://youtu.be/rl1SsDl73i0

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Mirabelle Cafe, Savannah Georgia

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On my trip to Savannah last weekend, I stopped at Mirabelle Cafe for breakfast. I had the BEST waffle ever with fresh strawberries on top. It was such a relaxing atmosphere and would be a perfect place for homework or studying. I wish we had places like this back at home because I would make numerous stops a day just to taste this amazingness! I will definitely be back and probably have many dreams of eating these waffles as well {shhh}

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Presque Isle 2016

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With summer coming to an end my best friend and I decided to take a small road trip to Erie. With it both being our first time to Presque Isle we made sure to plan a lot of sight seeing and added in some beach time. From visiting multiple lighthouses, going to the lantern festival and eating at cool restaurants it was an awesome way to top off summer. If you ever have the opportunity to go on a random road trip, do it! Cause remember, you only live O N C E.

Travel Diary: https://youtu.be/cI2fH5cq2Q4

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