Friday, October 25, 2019

Arbua Travel Diary


Helllllloooo my wonderful pals! I'm still the worst blogger in all of existence but oh well. Two weeks ago, I traveled to Aruba with my boyfriend and his family and I figured I'd throw together a little post about our trip! This was my first time out of the country (!!!) and I fell in looooove with Aruba. The people were so kind, the weather was (mostly) beautiful, and I drank my weight in strawberry daiquiris which made me one happy camper. A huge thank you goes out to my boyfriend and his fam for letting me come along with them!!

STAYED // My boyfriend's family has a timeshare at the Marriott Surf Club so that's where we stayed! We had such a gorgeous view of the pool and the ocean and during sunset, it was so amazing. This entire beach strip of Aruba is all hotels and resorts and I don't think you could go wrong picking one but I'd for sure stay here again. They even had a resident cat that hung around outside and she was such a sweet little thing!

ATE // My boyfriend and I love food and we were very impressed with the two of the places we went to: Adarti and Faro Blanco. My favorite though was Adarti even though it is a seafood restaurant (I don't really like seafood btw). Buttttttt it was directly on the beach as in our table was three feet from the tide coming in and we got there right before sunset. The ambiance was just so romantic and the food was delicious. I ordered the beef tenderloin and Spenser got the sea bass. We also polished off a bottle of rose and the Chocoholic dessert (guys it was so good omg). This was also right down the beach from our resort so getting there was super convenient!

As for Faro Blanco, this is located by the California Lighthouse and it's an Italian restaurant. We also got here right as the sun was setting so it was a super gorgeous view overlooking the water. We (as in me, Spenser, and his family) had the caprese salad and shared two bottles of white wine. I ordered the Lasagna Nostrana which was basically extra cheesy lasagna and it was good. I honestly don't know if there was actually any pasta in because all I tasted was cheese, which is totally fine by me tbh. Spenser ordered the veal Parmesan. He said it was super good but the portion size was huge!

I also highly recommend the chicken tenders and fries that the resort has! For some reason, chicken tenders are just better on vacation 🤷

THINGS TO DO // There is a lot to do in Aruba but my favorite part was just relaxing by the beach under a palapa with a good book and strawberry daiquiri. I also really loved the lazy river at our resort because who doesn't love a lazy river?! I could have done that for the entire trip but we threw in some other fun activities too!

One afternoon, we did a private snorkeling trip! For three hours, we went to three different spots in the ocean and it was so cool! I don't do well on boats though and man, it was rough. I took "non-drowsy" Dramamine but I was still so tired from it plus feeling a bit motion sick from the waves towards the end. I also have an irrational fear of the snorkeling breathing tube so I didn't really use it. I just wore my goggles, held my breath, and swam around which worked for me! Also, our boat driver had alcohol, fruit, and cheese for us on board as well.

Spenser and I didn't do this but Kate (his sister/my bff) and her boyfriend did a UTV tour and they loved it! I wish we had time to do it too but oh well. They got to jump off a cliff, drive all around the island, and do other cool things.

The last day I was there, Spenser's mom and I met Spenser and his dad a few blocks away after their work meeting and took a trip to the shops downtown. Their downtown is super cute and so colorful! It was fun to walk around and we all got matching friendship bracelets. The shopping is super similar to any beachy area with little tourist shops and also big brand shops.

I'm super bummed that I didn't go to the donkey sanctuary or the ostrich farm when I was there. I had to come back home earlier than Spenser and his fam because I had to go back to work. Next time though!

OUTFITS // Now for the most important part: what I wore!!! I will link all my outfits down below. Some things I wore are old or sold out so I linked similar options below! I also didn't get photos in all my outfits so I only am linking the ones pictured.

Black bikini
Cheetah bikini top and bottom
Black bodysuit is old but similar options: one // two // three
Leopard skirt
Show Me Your Mumu romper is an old print but similar ones: one // two // three
My all-time favorite sandals are sold out which is heartbreaking but here are similar options: one // two 
White romper (on sale for $52.80!!) but also similar options: one // two // three

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Friday, August 16, 2019

First Few Months Back in Florida

*** I originally drafted this post a few weeks ago and holy shit y'all, I just realized I moved THREE months ago!! Time has honestly flown by wow omg. Anyways, back to the blog post. ***

Back in May, I made the trek back to the place I now call home - Orlando. In the last few months, I've honestly never been so happy and for the first time in a long time, I know I'm where I'm meant to be. I found such a great group of girlfriends, have a pretty cool job (and another that will be announced soon!!!), and even found myself a wonderful man.

Want to know something absolutely crazy? I've been more voluntarily social in the past few months than I have been for the past few years. I go to brunch with my bffs almost weekly, go on dates with my boyfriend often, and am often meeting new galpals! It's honestly so nice having plans and doing things with friends. As introverted as I am, once I'm around the right people, I'm such an extrovert where I'm obnoxious af.

People ask me if I miss Houston and overall, no I don't. But I do miss some things about Houston like my old advertising job and coworkers, Torchy's Tacos, Pure Barre Spring, and my super nice apartment. Otherwise, I don't miss it. Houston was a learning experience but the longer I was there, the worse my mental health was getting. I was straight-up miserable my last couple months there and now that I'm gone, I feel like a weight has been lifted off of me.

I've severely neglected this blog for a while and that's because I was in such a bad headspace and honestly didn't have any motivation to write. But I really do want to change that. Blogging has been one of my favorite hobbies since I was like 15 and it's crazy to think that I've been doing this for almost 10 years!!! I really want to take this more seriously and I'm glad I have a group of people to keep me accountable now.

Coming soon will be an ultimate guide to Orlando (not including the theme parks because there is honestly so much more to do here than just theme parks) that will be updated frequently as I go to new places, my favorite places at Disney once it's not so dang hot outside, maybe an apartment tour???, my beauty/skincare routines, travel guides, and maybe some outfit guides for things like dressing business casual or the cutest brunch outfits!

Also, don't forget to follow my insta to see all the fun I've been having!!




Monday, April 29, 2019

I'm Moving (Again)!



Well y'all, it's been a while. There have been so many times where I wanted to blog yet whenever I sat down to write, I never finished a draft. To be honest, I've been pretty miserable here in Houston. All I do is work, work some more, and sleep. I don't have many friends here either and I just don't belong here. Due to all of this, I decided to move again! There was a hint about this on my Instagram story the other day about how I'll miss my job when I leave Houston and some of you guys caught on and messaged me about it!

Monday, January 7, 2019

New Year's Resolutions


Hello my wonderful readers! I can't believe we are already a week into the new year! I took a little hiatus because life hasn't been the best lately and I was completely uninspired. I was looking back on my 2018 resolutions and I did not follow through with them so let's try this again. I spent a while thinking about these goals and I'm really hoping I can stick to them!

Friday, November 16, 2018

My Travel Essentials



With the holidays quickly approaching and being in a long distance relationship, I'm doing a lot of traveling in the next six weeks with four round-trip flights. Since I will be at the airport a lot due to all these flights, I thought I would write about my must-have travel essentials!

1. Blanket scarf - I don't know about y'all but I'm basically always cold so here comes the handy dandy blanket scarf! I'll be traveling up to Kansas City and Chicago where it is a lot colder than Houston so a blanket scarf is a necessity to keep me warm both in the airport and while out and about. I recently went to Target and stocked up on four new blanket scarves from their dollar section!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

The Real Reason Why I Left Disney


Something I get asked often when I tell someone I used to work at Disney World is "Why did you leave Disney?" Then they continue to go on how it must have been so cool, so ~magical~, and I was probably a princess. Yeah, it was cool, it was sometimes magical, and no, I was not a princess. Truth be told, I wasn't getting the experience I needed.

Friday, October 26, 2018

My All Time Favorite Beauty Products


love makeup. It's one of my favorite things to buy and I love experimenting with new products. If you have been to my current apartment or old house in Florida, you would know that I have the Alex drawers from Ikea to hold all my beauty products. So to say that I love makeup is actually an understatement. I get asked all the time about what products I use so I decided to list my ride or die products! I plan on making a video of my current makeup routine in the near future so be on the lookout for that!

1. L'Oreal Pro Glow Foundation -Trying new foundations is sometimes a hassle because I hate figuring out what shade to buy. I've tried everything from Fenty to Lancome to drugstore brands and this is the foundation I always go back to. I have combination skin, so an oily t-zone and dry cheeks, and this foundation is perfect for me. The shade range isn't the best but I currently use the shade 202 Creamy Natural, 201 Classic Ivory when I'm super pale, and 203 Nude Beige when I'm self-tanned. I offset the extreme dewiness with a setting powder and it makes my skin look flawless!

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