Travel

Packing for Walt Disney World in November

F r i d a y ,  N o v e m b e r  1 7 t h ,   2 0 1 7

Castle Tee //  Four Parks Pullover // Black Wire Ears (the newest addition, can’t wait to style them!) 

Gold Wire Ears (the ones I wore a bunch last trip!) // Classic Sequin Ears // “Cindy” Princess Tee // Similar Mickey Tee

Grey PJ Set // Hi-Top Converse // Low Top Converse // Grey Vans // Nike Sneakers

Y’all.. Disney is less than 48 hours away!!! I am honestly so fortunate to be traveling to Walt Disney World for the second time this year, and cannot believe that I’ll see it with all of the Christmas decorations. Get ready for a plethora of pictures… I might go a bit overboard but I’ll do my best to rein it in.

Another difference between my previous trips and this upcoming one is that all of my prior Disney trips were in spring/summer. That being said, I am totally looking forward to going to Florida with a forecast that won’t potentially make me melt #justcallmeOlaf. However, it is odd having to think about packing layers for a flight to Orlando. The forecast calls for temps from 55 to 78 degrees, so I really did my best to pack options! Below is a breakdown of what’s in my suitcase for a November Disney trip!

The key for packing tops this round was to layer. I have packed a few Disney inspired tees, as well as a few long sleeves for the evening. My favorite of the Disney tees in my suitcase is definitely my castle tee from The Home T. Y’all know I love how soft my Connecticut home tee is, so I am excited to wear the castle version in the parks (I also want to note that the Home T donates 10% of it’s profit to multiple sclerosis, nothing better than supporting a company that gives back!). I am also bringing a light rain jacket for the random Florida showers. Since this trip is only four days, I am planning on bringing a hoodie and wearing my Patagonia on the plane. The temps in CT are currently pretty cold, so that will be much needed when heading to the airport in the wee hours of the morning.  This may not be the case where you live, but I will be able to avoid packing bulky layers by wearing a few of them while traveling!

My rule for bottoms in Disney is that if it’s not comfortable, I don’t dare pack it. With the average steps for a day in the parks ranging between 10,000 and 30,000 steps, you are going to regret rocking a new pair of jeans. I opted for a few pairs of leggings, a pair of black jeans, and a pair of soft, worn in jeans for this trip.

By the same token, don’t bring shoes that aren’t broken in either! All that walking can cause even the most worn-in shoes to lead to blisters, so be sure that you bring comfortable and supportive footwear for your Disney trip. My black hi-tops are relatively new; I can’t wait to style them for the parks!

Ears first, of course! I currently have three pairs, the newest being these adorable leather ones from Gingham and Dots! I seriously cannot wait to style them! Other necessities include my Pandora bracelet (which has a few cute Disney charms, I’ll link below!), a few other bracelets, and a pair of earrings for the trip. I try to keep it minimal because there’s little time to be fussing over accessories while running around the parks! Then of course the usual things, toiletries, sunglasses, socks, etc. A few items that I WILL NOT travel without include my iPod (yes, I’m old school), headphones (gold, of course), a portable charger, and dramamine (cue the motion sickness, I’m prepared).

Have you been to Walt Disney World recently? Or are you planning an upcoming trip?! I’d love to hear about any and all Disney trips in the comments! For those of you that have never gone in the cooler months, I hope this little guide helped! Be sure to follow along on Instagram all week to keep up with the magic.  And I, of course, will have a few posts up from the trip, so be sure to check back for those!

x o .

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Gold Guide: Traveling to Turks and Caicos

M o n d a y ,  J u l y  3 1 s t ,  2 0 1 7

Hi dolls! So as you all know, I recently returned from a little vacation to Turks and Caicos. My family and I went to celebrate a mix of things; my Mom’s 50th birthday (and she looks damn good for 50, I might add), my brother’s 21st birthday, and my college graduation. However, if you have considered traveling to Turks and Caicos, I wanted to get together a little Turks and Caicos travel guide!

The Royal West Indies Resort. We actually went on vacation to Turks once before , and  stayed here during that trip as well! I mentioned in an earlier post that my family and I are creatures of habit, and traveling is no exception. We not only stayed at the same resort, in the same building, but in the same room as last time. If you are looking for a laid back, relaxed atmosphere for your vacation, this is the place. It has 2 pools, a hot tub, a bar/restaurant on site, and it’s own private beach. The thing I like most about it is how small it is. Don’t take small in a negative sense though; there aren’t a ton of buildings, and each one is only 3 stories. Because of this, it feels like no one is around. It also means that the resort is more quiet, and that the beach isn’t crowded. You can see the other resorts from the room, which literally tower over the shore and are teeming with guests. Fun Fact: The reason that our hotel is only 3 stories was because it was built earlier than the others! A local told us that years ago, resorts could not build above 3 stories. The goal of this was to keep the coastline from being overrun by towering buildings. However, some companies didn’t have a problem with offering extra cash to be allowed to build taller buildings, and eventually the practice was stopped. When you visit, note how some resorts are exactly 3 stories while others far exceed this!

These are the death bikes. They are great in theory but horrid in execution. I’ll talk about them more a bit further down, but just as an example my brother got a flat tire within a minute of riding one and had to walk it back. Those who frequent the resort would laugh whenever we took them out, everyone knows that they’re tumultuous.

The people who work at the resort drag the lounge chairs out every morning and stack them up at night, literally so ideal.

The one place you MUST eat at is Coco Bistro. Picture amazing food, eating under palm trees, Christmas lights after dark, and awesome service. Prior to being seated, we sat at the bar and had a round of drinks. Our bartenders were Derrick and Yogi; they were hilarious and we chatted it up with them for awhile. There is also a resident cat named Coco at the restaurant. He greets and sits by guests at the entrance, and then patrols the tables for snacks. I swear Coco has it made, and you are guaranteed to see him there. Derrick told us that there’s a regular that brings Coco a big bag of cat food, as well as another older women who goes to Coco Bistro literally just to see Coco. It’s just so precious! I also recommend going to the weekly Fish Fry; both locals and visitors go, so it’s a great opportunity to meet other tourists and islanders! The Fish Fry also has tons of local food, as well as shops and boutiques that are great spots for gifts.

I LOVE strawberry daiquiri’s. I’m not a big drinker, but these are my absolute favorite. Note the trail of rum – perfection.


How gorgeous is this?! It’s even more magical when you are actually sitting at the tables. The palm trees almost create a ceiling, and the rope lights make the scene magical once the sun sets.

Here’s a snap of Coco! He really has it made.

Aside from where to stay and eat, there are a bunch of other things to note about Turks and Caicos! I comprised a list of ten, including things to do, things to know, and ways to save a bit on a Turks and Caicos vacation!

1) The people are so so nice. Everyone we interacted with was helpful, easygoing, and laid back. Many people also had such huge personalities, and literally had us cracking up. These were two of the bartenders from Pelican Bay, which was the restaurant and bar located within our resort!

2) Turks is expensive. I don’t mean this to sound ritzy, but just to ensure that people are aware of it. For example, cab rides are charged by person, not by ride. It was around $20 per person to get from the airport to our hotel. Everything has to be imported to the island, so things can be a bit pricey.

3) Our hotel was not all inclusive. But they provide the death bikes that we took to a nearby grocery store. The bike baskets are not great; mine fell off while going over a curb and a jar of sauce shattered (thankfully the cases of Corona survived the fall). I mean it would happen to me, I’m a walking hazard but still. If you can walk to a grocery store early, aka before it gets hot, I highly recommend doing that and avoiding the bike situation all together.

4) Pack a carry on of food. Since many of the resorts are not all inclusive, I also recommend packing food! We did an entire carry on full of cereals, snacks, granola bars, instant mac-n-cheese, etc. Just remember things like peanut butter do count as liquids, and will be discarded if you have them on a carry on. Doing this saved us quite a bit of money, so all we really bought at the grocery store was fruit, bagels and cream cheese, and beer.

5) You simply have to visit Mama’s Gift Shop. The two ladies that work there are an absolute TRIP; I had on my “Vacation, Por Favor” tank and Mama noticed it immediately. While we shopped my family and Mama just kept yelling/singing “Vacation, Por Favor!” to each other. They also gave us Mama’s pins right off their shirts, which was too sweet. I stuck it on my shorts! This is also where I bought my blue Turks and Caicos long sleeve!

6) Many activities will come to you. If you want to tube or parasail, they will pick you up right at the beach of your resort. There are people who walk the beaches that advertise for those who do the excursions. They don’t come up to you or bother you, but are simply there for you to go up to and inquire! Our guy was Kirvy, and he would make a call to set up a time for us to parasail or tube. We had so much fun tubing that we went a second time; the guy knew we had requested him the second time so he tried his hardest to flip us off. However that round we had the GoPro, so I was holding both myself and my brothers arm and ended up ripping off a huge chunk of skin from holding on. There was no way in hell I was letting the GoPro touch the water  (it’s Viktor’s and he didn’t give me the waterproof case, so it was critical that we not flip). There are other excursions, I just can’t do boats for a long period of time so we stuck to short term things.

7) It’s an English speaking island. Turks and Caicos is owned by Britain, so everyone speaks English! Their currency is also the U.S. Dollar, so you don’t have to worry about a language barrier or exchanging money.

8) The rum though. As mentioned above, I adore Strawberry Daquiri’s and NOTHING can top them at Turks and Caicos. The rum from the island is called Bambarra, and they serve it everywhere.

9) They have a conch farm. Many islands in the Caribbean have conch as a staple part of the diet. However, Turks and Caicos is the only place with a conch farm. We did try conch and weren’t big fans, but the point is to at least try expanding horizons, right?!

10) The water can’t be beat. My mom has been to a ton of islands, and she agrees; the water here is the best. It is crystal clear, warm, and the most gorgeous shade of blue. I have only been to Turks, St. Croix, and Bermuda; all of which are absolutely beautiful but I will say that the beaches of Turks and Caicos may be my favorite.

Below is a little video from our trip! Thanks so much for reading; if anyone plans on going to Turks and Caicos and has any further questions I’d love to answer!

x o .

Sunset Hour in Niantic, CT

W e d n e s d a y ,  J u l y  2 6 t h ,  2 0 1 7

Pink Romper // Leopard Mules // Sunglasses // Bracelets

Although I am a neutral girl through and through, I am still drawn to bright blues and pinks, and this romper is no exception. The material is soft and flowy, which makes it perfect for a hot day or a breezy summer night. This was also my first time rocking these leopard mules, which are currently on sale!

Hope everyone is having a good week!

x o .

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All Cozied Up On Vacay

M o n d a y ,  J u l y  2 4 t h ,  2 0 1 7

Pinkly Perfect Pullover // Shorts // Similar Necklace

Hello there lovelies… I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! I got back from St. Croix on Friday night (well, technically Saturday morning) at 2:00am, spent Saturday morning unpacking, worked Saturday night, and then spent Sunday spending some time with the fam and Viktor.

It was so nice to get unpacked and do all my laundry this weekend, but Natalia and I had a nice and relaxing 11 days in St. Croix! There will be a few posts up from the trip, including a travel guide, so I promise I’ll go into detail about what we did during our stay in that post. Although it’s extremely hot and humid on the island – the weather every day said 88, it’s just so stable there compared to CT! – once the sun goes down a pullover is the perfect thing to throw on. How darling are the little embroidered details on this one from Pinkly Perfect?! I wish you guys could feel the material, it’s so so cozy. Also just an FYI, I normally wear a small but sized up to a medium so it would be more slouchy and sit off the shoulder!

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This post was in collaboration with Pinkly Perfect Boutique, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Bold Hues in the Caribbean

T h u r s d a y ,  J u l y  1 3 t h ,  2 0 1 7

Dress  (old) // Sandals // Sunglasses

Hello there dolls! I know this dress is old and I am SO sorry for that, butttt I am not an orange wearing person and Turks was the perfect place (for me) to rock it. However, my sandals are fully in stock and get more comfy every time they are worn! I’ve never had a pair of Jack Rogers before these, and the leather really just gets comfier and comfier as they are broken in.

In other news, today is a VERY big day! If you follow other bloggers, you know that Early Access for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale kicks off today. If you aren’t familiar with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, here a few things to note:

1) Early access for the sale is July 13th-20th, and is for Nordstrom card holders only. I actually applied for my first Nordstrom card last week, and got accepted to it’ll be my first year shopping the sale early access!

2) Don’t worry if you don’t have early access. It’s great if there are pieces that sell out and don’t get restocked until fall (when the prices go back up), but most items that sell out during early access are restocked when the actual sale begins.

3) It’s Essentially a Pre-Season Sale. Think trench coats, sweaters, basics, boots, etc. Nordstrom’s fall line is what is primarily part of the sale, and prices go up to their “normal” set cost once the sale is over.

4) It’s Nordstrom’s Best Sale of the Year. That being said, just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean you should buy it. Try to focus on items you need that are part of the sale; think basics or essentials like denim, tunics, tees, sweaters. Shop these items first so you get what you need, then budget for splurges or fun items!

I have linked some of my initial #NSale picks in the widget below.. as always happy shopping!

x o .

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Palm Print One Piece

W e d n e s d a y ,  J u l y  5 t h ,  2 0 1 7

Swimsuit // Sunglasses // Bracelets

First things first; today is my brother’s 21st birthday, so I just wanted to give Tommy a shoutout and say happy 21st Tom Tom! He took these pictures, so it’s the least I can do 😉 . I had been on the hunt for a good one piece, and finally scored when I ordered this one. I did size up to a large; I had initially ordered a medium but there was a bit too much side boob action, so I sized up for a smidge more coverage. The palm print is dreamy and the lace-up back is perfect to sinch one’s waist!

x o .

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Turks and Caicos: Map Mural at Ports of Call

F r i d a y ,  J u n e  3 0 t h ,  2 0 1 7

Romper // Tory Burch Miller Sandals // Sunglasses // Bracelet Stack

Happy Friday!!! Today I wanted to share my first outfit post from Turks and Caicos, featuring this romper! I am obsessed with the textured pom pom print, and knew the second I received it that I wanted to photograph it in front of this map mural. I’m not sure if I have mentioned it, but this was actually my second trip to Turks and Caicos. The first time I went was for my high school graduation, whereas this round was to celebrate my mom’s birthday and my college graduation! I mention this just so no one thinks I was like low key scouting picture places (which I haveee done in other instances, no shame in this game); I just love all the shades of blue in this mural. It perfectly resembles the bright blue hues of the coastline. I also want to mention that my Pura Vida Bracelets always accompany any bracelet stack of mine when the temps heat up, they are the perfect summer accessory!

x o .

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Walt Disney World Travel Diary: Day 6

S a t u r d a y ,  A p r i l  6 t h ,  2 0 1 7

Remember how I said that Boardwalk has it’s own entrance to Epcot? Well on our last day we walked down the Boardwalk, went up to an entrance with NO line, and waltzed on into the park. Literally such a luxury. We spent our last day touring the countries, and browsing everything the flower and garden show has to offer! Epcot does it every spring, and it features stunning topiaries of favorite characters!

This is one of my favorite shots! Belle is one of my favorite princesses, and their topiaries in France were amazing.

Next are some snaps from the countries! Above and below were both in Morocco!

This was my first funnel cake ever.. yes I’ve had fried dough before and I know they are almost the same thing but this was amazing.

Anna and Elsa looking flawless in Norway.

Lady and the Tramp in Italy.. as much as I love The Lion King I think these are my favorite topiaries from the flower and garden show! In Epcot we Fastpassed some character pictures, the Frozen Ride, and Test Track. After spending the morning at the park, we had to head back to the Boardwalk to have a bite to eat. We grabbed a pizza, but as we were eating we saw this…

There was a wedding happening on the Boardwalk!!! It was gorgeous, with the glass carriage and six little white horses pulling it. Such a fairy tale moment.

After pizza and ice cream we headed back to the hotel to grab our carry on luggage and wait for the Magical Express. (If you have a late flight, just go to Bell Services in the morning to drop your luggage off, Disney will transport it to the airport so you can spend the day enjoying the parks and not worrying about luggage!). The week went by SO fast, and I cannot wait to return to the parks! Below is a little video I put together from this trip.. I hope you all enjoy it, and have a great rest of your weekend!

Thanks for watching and reading along this week, love you all!

 x o .

Walt Disney World Travel Diary: Day 5

F r i d a y ,  A p r i l  6 t h ,  2 0 1 7

Alright, we are winding down to the end of my Disney Diary posts! Today I am chatting about the final hotel we stayed at for the week, Disney’s Boardwalk! It’s the other hotel on my top two list, and really is incredible. The rooms are beautiful, airy, and feel so spacious. Although the rooms are great, that really isn’t the best part. Boardwalk is set on an actual Boardwalk, complete with an ESPN club, restaurants, and an ice cream shop. Not going to lie, this ice cream place had probably the best Cookies N’ Cream I have ever had, just sayin’! Good ice cream is a priority.

Okay so the other amazing part of Boardwalk? It has it’s own entrance to Epcot! That means no waiting for a bus, no bus ride time, and no long lines when entering the park. It’s amazing, trust. However on Day 5 I woke up bright and early to hit Animal Kingdom by myself! I just wanted to take my time, take some pictures, and record some clips for videos while in the park.

As for my Fastpasses during the second Day at Animal Kingdom? I did Dinosaur (yes, again, don’t judge), Kilimanjaro Safaris, and The Festival of The Lion King. I highly recommend the Animal Kingdom shows, both Finding Nemo and The Festival of The Lion King are amazing, plus it’s nice to sit for awhile when you’ve been walking around the parks for days. After spending the morning in Animal Kingdom, I hopped on a bus and made my way to Hollywood Studios to meet up with everyone else.

 Once at Hollywood, we did a few photo-spots and then made our way over to Rock N’ Rollercoaster. I refused to ride it when I was younger, and didn’t get the chance during my last Disney trip in May. Although I was super nervous, I ended up LOVING it! Seriously such a fun ride. I will say that the beginning is the worst part; you go from a dead stop to 60 mph and it’s a bit of a shock to the system. After that it’s a blast! Because Rock N’ Roll was so much I got a little bold and ended up doing Tower or Terror. I think I mentioned this earlier in the week, but I have always refused to do Tower. Always. However, I know that it’s a huge part of “Disney Culture” so I took the risk and tried it. I cried in the line. I cried when we sat in the elevator. I sobbed the entire time. It was awful, but the picture was great. For me it’s just the up-and-down motion, I can do loops on a coaster fine but I don’t even like to ride in normal elevators, they make me queasy. Thankfully Katrina was able to tell me exactly when we were about to drop, that made me feel a bit better but it was still brutal! Never again, but at least I can say I’ve done it once! Sidenote, I also hate bashing Tower because I know so many people love it! Just if you don’t like a straight up and down motion, I really don’t recommend it! If anything just do it one time just to say you did!

At night we went back to Magic Kingdom, during which we did Splash Mountain and Mine Train! I was also tempted to get that mac and cheese at Friar’s Nook again, but had some self control and refrained.

I have one more Disney related post set up for tomorrow, and after that it’ll be back to regular outfit posts and content, promise!

x o .

Walt Disney World Travel Diary: Day 4

T h u r s d a y ,  A p r i l  5 t h ,  2 0 1 7

So by Day 4, we were really moving up in the world hotel-wise. Animal Kingdom Lodge is a deluxe hotel, which means is part of the “best” group of Disney hotels and is usually a bit more pricey. However, you get what you pay for and although ALL Disney hotels are nice, the deluxe hotels usually have more attention to detail (For example, our shower had this gorgeous tile work with textured, almost stamped animals)Animal Kingdom Lodge is also super sentimental, as it’s where we stayed when I went to Disney for the first time with my family! The Animal Kingdom Lodge is divided between the Jambo House and Kidani Village. Kidani Village is the Disney Vacation Club component of the Animal Kingdom Lodge, which essentially means that those who have timeshares usually stay in Kidani Village. But you can also “rent” Disney Vacation Club points and stay in Kidani Village! It’s essentially a little smaller than the Jambo House, but just as beautiful.

Can you spot the hidden Mickey?!

So gorgeous, right?! Animal Kingdom is definitely one of my top two places to stay. You can select Savannah View rooms and be able to see Animal Kingdom’s wildlife species from your balcony. Although it does cost extra, if you have younger kids I really recommend it, seeing the animals from the balcony is one of my most prominent memories from Disney as a kid! It just feels so cozy and authentic, I seriously adore this resort. Another great part of the Animal Kingdom Lodge? It’s close proximity to the Animal Kingdom Park!

A few snaps from Everest, Animal Kingdom’s one and only coaster! (Do you know how much patience it takes to get the perfect picture of a cart going down the drop?! Haha). This ride made me super sick the first time I rode it; there is a long-ish section where you are going backwards, and I think it was just too much for my motion sickness. However, I took some Dramamine in the morning, and was just fine! It allowed me to enjoy the ride without worrying about feeling sick, which made it less stressful and more fun!

Above are two snaps from the outside of my second favorite overall Disney ride – Dinosaur. It has tons of nods to Dinosaur, which I feel like is a super underrated Disney movie (It’s said in reviews that the story line isn’t that great because the animators focused so much on the animation itself, but my brother and I really loved the movie as kids so it’s still one of my favorites today!). Dinosaur was one of our 3 Fastpasses, the other two being Finding Nemo – The Musical and Everest. I love Animal Kingdom so much that I spent a second day there, so be ready for more photos in tomorrow’s post!

x o .