I have been fortunate enough to experience some exciting things during these 27 years I've been around. From skydiving to sailing the Mediterranean Sea in Greece, I have a list going that I cannot complain about. Recently during our trip to Alaska, I added a good bit to that list and I have to say this experience was one of my absolute favorites. Dog sledding on a glacier...BUCKET LIST. So we flew in to Anchorage, Alaska, then drove to Seward the next day. We were SO fortunate to have BEAUTIFUL weather (like crystal clear skies) so it was hard not to love Seward. Once we arrived, we walked around town and had lunch (I will go in to more detail later when I post the full guide to Alaska), but then it was time for our first excursion...a helicopter ride to a glacier where we went dog sledding. Yep you read it correctly. I mean, pure magic. Just check out these pictures.
When I think of the beach, I think of white linen. First, it is soft and lightweight so it's perfect for the humidity. Second, I love how I the white looks against my skin when I have a tan! But in all seriousness, linen is a go-to for me on our beach trips. This linen option from Reformation was an immediate YES when I saw it. I love the off-the-shoulder look and everything about the fit. It was perfect for the little picture session JL and I had (yes I made him) and then for the night out!
When life hands you a trip to the beach, you should bring your flamingo? Am I right?? Well I did just last on our trip to the beach a few weeks ago and we had a blast. Honestly I felt like a little kid again playing on our float in the ocean!
My heart longs for adventure. I know that sounds so cheesy but it truly does. When I am able to go experience new places I am the happiest person ever. If you follow me on social media, you know that I recently went on a West Texas Road Trip with some gal pals. Well, on our way back to Dallas, we decided to take a slight detour up to New Mexico to visit the White Sands National Monument. We had seen it in pictures and were so close when we were in El Paso, so we could not pass on the opportunity to stop. Now, when I say White Sands, you might think, why would you want to go see sand in the middle of no where? Well you keep looking through these pictures and I promise you will see why.
In keeping with the holiday theme, now I bring you stripes after I brought you the stars. But really these past few days (weeks really) have been so great and I have loved being able to enjoy summer. Starting with our trip to the beach a few weeks ago, I have been all about salty hair and tan lines. Since we've been home, we've been to a Garth Brooks concert, grilled out by the pool all day and watched fireworks for the Fourth of July. Definitely has my summer senses on overload but I am loving every minute of it! I am thinking I need another beach trip here soon...any takers?
So when we were in Florida, Darian and I lucked out on the pink situation. If you have followed me a little bit now, you have probably noticed that I am drawn to blush and use it a lot in my feed/website. Well, during our trip to Florida, we visited The Don CeSar Hotel in St. Petersburg first which is A PINK HOTEL. I about died. After stopping there we wanted a good local cup of coffee so we made a pit stop at Intermezzo Coffee and Cocktails. These pink chairs were the first thing that greeted us when we walked in the door and I was literally in heaven.
I have said it before and I will say it again...the beach is my happy place. I love spending time walking along the shore line and digging my toes in the sand. I know, I sound like a cheesy "my ideal first date" kind, but seriously, I am not sure that there is anything that makes me happier. This past weekend, we were lucky enough to head down to Florida to see some of my family and relax for a few days and I took advantage of every moment I had to be by the water (or on it). Like I said, I love to be beachin' it when I can!
The other night a friend of mine texted me and simply asked where I was off to next. Now I haven't talked to her in a while, and I have not told her of any upcoming travels, so I was confused as to how she knew. When I responded to her question with an innocent, "what do you mean?", her response made me laugh. She (very kindheartedly) said, "well you two are always somewhere new when I open Instagram, so it has become a guessing game for me!" Hahaha really?!? My travels are a guessing game? Well, then I sat down and really thought about it and I have been going a lot. Nothing huge, but I have definitely been on the go. With that being said, I am actually packing for a little getaway to the beach this weekend (I promise I stay home!) so I thought it would be the perfect time to share my travel must haves.
I am sure you have seen on the world of social media, but recently I took a girls trip to Marfa, Texas. I know...if you are reading this then you probably follow me on some form of social media and have probably been OVERLOADED with these pictures. Well, I do apologize BUT the trip was really just that amazing. While our time in Marfa was short, we definitely made the most of it. Talking with locals, visiting the hot spots and eating the good stuff, that is what it is all about right? YES! It is. This is why I love traveling because before my trip to Marfa, you may have though it was merely a blip on the map. And you were wrong. That precious little town is more than a blip. Way more. And I am going to tell you why.
So, we pretty much planned our trip to Marfa around this little Prada store. We had seen it in pictures and read up on its history, but we definitely wanted to see if for ourselves. I will tell you, it did not disappoint. It is funny because, no it is not an actual functioning store, but it looks as close to one as possible. A free standing building in the middle of no where, with real shoes and handbags inside?!? It's literally the perfect photo opportunity!
As someone who has always been active, I like to find different ways to stay fit physically. I run, I do circuit work, I take barre classes, but these can all seem routine at times. I have found that being outside in the fresh air is something my body loves so I have come to enjoy hiking activities. While we do not have a ton of places to hike in Louisiana, we do have good trails/nature walks which are also enjoyable. But while we were in West Texas, we decided to spend time in Big Bend National Park and the views were worth every second of the hike!
A little wind and the open road...I am all about it. One of my favorite things during our trip to Marfa was just stopping and taking in the views and the area around us. Many would say they were not admirable but me? I loved it. That open space, desert vibe was absolutely perfect and made me miss Texas that much more.
When we were planning our trip to Marfa, we knew we wanted to stay at El Cosmico (stay tuned for more on that when I do my "Guide to Marfa" post). While there were multiple things that drew us to this space, one of the things we loved were the tepees. I mean, how often is it that you get to stay in a tepee?? Not often in my life haha. Anyway, not only were they super fun for our little weekend getaway, they also served as the perfect backdrop for our southwest style!
As someone who is constantly on the search for new trends, I am always looking for good places to shop. While the mall is (most of the time) a frequent stop of mine and online shopping is convenient, I also LOVE the local boutiques around town. One in particular is Rodeo Boutique. Trust me, if you live in the Baton Rouge area, you need to stop by. They have such a great selection and cater to so many different styles! No matter what your go-to is, you can usually always find something at Rodeo!
As of late, I have been drawn to the idea of jumpsuits. Why? I am not exactly sure but I do know that I thoroughly enjoy them and this one in particular is super sassy. So as I say I enjoy jumpsuits, my typical style has been the long pants (that are most likely wide leg with a higher waist), and a top with flowy sleeves. Occasionally I will throw in strapless, or an open back, but my mindset is usually "classic" for a jumpsuit. Yeah...not at all what this jumpsuit is. But I took a chance, and I am so glad I did because I truly love this piece and did not want to take it off. This piece may not be "classic" but it is definitely statement worthy. And I love making a statement.
On our road trip to Marfa, we decided to stop at The Gage Hotel in Marathon, TX. Basically we fell in love with this bull skull wall you are seeing in all these pictures but we also heard the restaurant was amazing. Unfortunately, by the time we got there they had stopped serving lunch (whoops) so we had to make other plans, but regardless, I LOVED this hotel. Side note though, whatever they were cooking for dinner smelled AMAZING.
Recently I have spent an abnormal amount of time in the car. Starting with our (AMAZING) road trip to Marfa, Big Bend, El Paso and White Sands to now jetting to Auburn for the weekend, I have covered a lot of ground. And while sitting in the car for an endless amount of time can get old, there are also ways to make it entertaining! For you today, I am sharing some road trip essentials for me that may make you road trips that much better!
It's almost here! I am seriously busting at the seams waiting for this Marfa adventure to begin. I feel like I still have so much to do to get ready, but it could not come soon enough. I have been laying clothes out all weekend, trying to make sure I do not miss anything! And naturally I probably will have 1000 errands to run tonight. But its okay because pretty soon I will be back in the Lone Star State, eating Tex-Mex and beginning our adventure!
My head says work, but my heart says adventure. I mean this is my everyday battle. I know I have to make a living and contribute to the family, but if I had it my way...well I would be gone. The sense of adventure is just something I cannot get rid of. I love seeing new places and experiencing new things. More than most I am sure. I am constantly wanting to be on the go, and always have a running list of places to venture to. I am currently prepping for an amazing girls trip (stay tuned!) which means my mind is just spinning. My list continues to grow, which I am completely okay with. Now it is time to start crossing things off!
When we were in Colorado last week it was COLD. Like frigid. I usually can somewhat handle the slopes but our first day on the mountain was brutal. Thankfully the sun came out the next few days and it warmed up (slightly)! On Sunday, my friend and I ventured over to a local ranch to visit the spa while the boys did some extra skiing. The scenery was BEAUTIFUL, but honestly, the spa was absolutely perfect (and what I needed!). We enjoyed a great lunch, relaxed and roamed the area before heading back to the resort!
You can probably tell by now that I love to travel. Thankfully, I married a man who has the same adventurous spirit and is willing to go with me. There is just something about the idea of exploration and discovering new places that makes me so excited. I love prepping for trips, planning our excursions and seeing what all the world has to offer. With that being said though, the actual day of traveling (plane, train or automobile) can be a lot. I still remember when we went to Paris a few years ago. It was Jon Luke's first time on a long flight like that and he had to get used to the hours. (He also had to quickly get used to the jet lag he experienced when we landed in Paris!) But to help make these flights better, there are a few things I pretty much have to have with me when I travel.
If you follow me on social media, you saw where I was in Los Angeles recently. I hopped over to the west coast for the weekend so it was a quick trip, but oh so worth it. Our schedule was jam packed, and we saw so many parts of the city, one being Venice Beach. The beach was so lively and had so much going on. After riding bikes up and down the winding paths, we walked around just taking everything in. It was relaxed and perfect and I loved everything about it!
Happy Friday! I hope you all had a fabulous week and are looking forward to the weekend festivities. I know I am! So last week, I ventured over to Auburn for a quick second and was able to see some of my favorite people. While there I visited Side Track Coffee for the first time and literally fell in love. It is one of the most unique coffee shops I have ever been to guys. So when you walk in, you can see the wall of drink options and there are no numbers or prices. Once I got to the counter and ordered, they told me that I pick how much I want to pay! Wait, what?!? I have never experienced that and literally had no idea what to do. After a few minutes of panic (they probably thought I was hilarious), I selected an amount and sat down to do some work. A few minutes later, one of the most DELICIOUS cups of coffee was brought to my table and I was quite possibly the happiest girl ever.
Well 2016 is coming to an end and I have to say that this has definitely been a year of learning. My patience has been tested and I have felt extremely weak at times. I have messed up and made mistakes. I have done things that I regret and have said things I wish I could take back. I cannot tell you that I was perfect, but I have to say that I am glad I am not. Thank you 2016 for allowing me to mess up.
My holiday travels have begun and today I am heading home for Christmas! I cannot wait to be back in Texas and enjoy some time with my family. It is always so nice to go home, see the fam and enjoy my favorite foods all week! I genuinely miss Tex Mex so that is usually one of the first places I stop when I get home. Any Mi Cocina fans out there? This year I am also excited to get some time at Soul Cycle since we do not have that in Louisiana! (I can work off my Mexican food!) But really there are so many things I cannot wait to eat/see while I am home, so I am looking forward to it!
For the first part of Thanksgiving, Jon Luke, his sister and I spent a few days in Nashville. Guys, I cannot express to you how much I LOVED it! I mean seriously, I could move there tomorrow. There is so much going on down on Broadway, but if you aren't in to the country music scene, there are SO many other fun things to do! We had a great time discovering the city and seeing the sights. I am definitely going to put together a list of my favorites for you all so stay tuned for that!
Christmas is right around the corner, which means I have already started my Christmas shopping. I am definitely one that is guilty of starting months in advance, because when I see something I think someone will like I will buy it and “save” it for holiday or birthdays. This year I wanted to put together different gift guides for you all to help answer that awkward question, “what do you want for Christmas?” Hopefully these will give you ideas for those in your life who might be difficult to buy for! There will be themed guides, so to start, we are targeting the traveler. Everyone has that person their life that loves to travel. I mean, I am definitely that person for my people! But really, I love experiencing new places/cultures, so I am usually always asking for flights or hotels on my Christmas list. And while it is not always easy to buy someone a flight, there are plenty of items out there that are helpful for all sorts of vacations! So here I am sharing a few gift ideas of things I do not travel without!
Fair warning, there is a slight picture overload in this post. There was just SO much to see! So if you follow me on social media you probably saw that we were in Las Vegas this past weekend. You also probably saw that we went on a little adventure involving a helicopter. Those of you who know me, know that this was a big deal for me. I was terrified because of some past experiences, but I was determined to conquer this fear. We had heard of the Grand Canyon helicopter tours on a previous trip to Vegas, and I decided that I was not going to let this fear hold me back. So...I got in the helicopter. And it was amazing.
"We are not here to play the game, we're here to change it." - Arianna Schioldager
That was probably my favorite statement from my weekend in Atlanta at the Create & Cultivate Conference. Let me tell you guys, it was pretty amazing. To meet other creatives and spend time with people who have walked in the same spot I am currently walking in. Then to hear from amazing women who were also at one point where I am now. It was truly a weekend full of inspiration and encouragement so I am sharing some of my favorite moments below!
As you saw in my previous post, I created a list of new places in both Tampa and St. Petersburg that I knew I wanted to try on our visit. After an amazing morning at the Oxford Exchange, and a long day on the beach, we got dressed and made our way to downtown St. Petersburg to try out a new spot called The Canopy Rooftop Lounge. This bar is a beautiful rooftop bar located at the top of The Birchwood, a small boutique hotel that sits on Beach Drive in the heart of downtown St. Pete. At The Canopy you can rent cabanas, enjoy a variety of lounge areas, or take in the breathtaking views of Tampa Bay. With live music and great drinks, you could not beat the atmosphere!