new york new years

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Hello New York! To ring in 2018, my boyfriend and I decided to jet off to New York city. We make it a goal to go somewhere every year and after having a relaxing vacation in Miami, we decided to opt for the cold for New Years. Having gone to grad school in Boston, I have spent a lot of time in New York and each time I go back, I always do something new. This time was even more special because I had never been during the winter. Here’s a glimpse at my New York new years!

One World Observatory: I have been to the One World Observatory once before and yet, it still took my breath away. This building is a beautiful reminder of the strength of the United States and it is a definite must see while in New York. The views are incredible, from the sight of the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building. 

Brooklyn Bridge: Somehow during each of my previous visits to New York, I had never quite made it to the Brooklyn Bridge. I’ve always wanted to go because the pictures I see are beautiful, but timing never worked out. However, this trip, although it was absolutely freezing, Grant and I decided to take the walk across the bridge. I definitely am glad we did. It really is a beautiful view of the skyline, and the walk helps you get closer to your 10,000 steps a day goal!

Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center: This was something super touristy, however, it was so much fun. We decided to go ice skating after dinner and drinks. This was something I always wanted to do during the winters in New York but never got a chance to. I would recommend buying VIP tickets because that way you do not have to wait outside in the cold!

New Years Eve: You know you had a good New Years Eve when you only take about 2 photos, right? For New Years Eve, Grant and I went to Catch NYC for dinner. This was my first time at Catch and it was absolutely delicious. If you love sea food and tapa type foods, go go go! For the countdown, we decided to get as far away from Times Square as possible and we went to the Jane Hotel. This is an awesome venue, it’s super old school and it even has a fireplace to keep you warm!

The Standard Grill and Ice Rink: This is part of the Standard Hotel in in the Meatpacking Industry. There’s a lot of options here and it’s trendy and delicious! During the warmer months they also have a German Beer Garden!

The Refinery: The Refinery Rooftop probably has one of my favorite views of New York. It is directly across from the Empire State Building and

Catch NYC: I talked about it above but just go. You won’t regret it.

Budakkan NYC: Omgosh, this restaurant is absolutely delicious. It’s Asian food and the location is absolutely gorgeous. You walk in and it looks small, but trust me, there’s multi-levels and multiple different rooms and nooks for you to eat at. This was by far my favorite meal while in New York.

Cafeteria: This restaurant, near Chelsea Market, is open 24/7. They have yummy cocktails and a great menu!

florida guide

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Hello everyone! I finally feel like i’m coming down from the high of my trip to Florida a month ago. This trip was perfect in every way imaginable. But let me preface – I never thought much of Florida…but when you’re best friend lives in Key West and she’s getting married, you GO! The timing of this trip was difficult because I was dead in the middle of student teaching and it was right around Thanksgiving, but since my boyfriend and I were flying out there anyways, we decided to stay and explore Key West and Miami for a few days past the wedding.

We decided to make the most of our time (and my bridesmaid schedule), so we took a red-eye from LAX to Miami and immediately rented a car and drove down the Keys. One thing that I do not feel like I was fully prepared for when driving down the Keys was the debris still out from Hurricane Irma. When that hurricane hit, I sat in front of my television and watched as it roared through Florida. I was very aware of the devastation it caused and the lives it wrecked. However, after hearing how quickly Key West cleaned up after the hurricane, I did not expect that the whole one hundred and something miles of the Florida Keys to be lined with the leftovers from the hurricane. This was very eye-opening to the resources available during the aftermath of a hurricane, and I am glad I was able to see it.

But on a happy note… Key West is a dream, and my friends wedding was even more of a dream. 

Where we stayed: Casa Marina 

Since I was in Key West for a wedding, I did not spend a ton of time eating at restaurants, however, we did go out to quite a few spots. If you find ourself in Key West looking for something to do, head down Duval street. After recovering from the wedding and spending a few days relaxing in the keys, Grant (he has a name!) and I drove back up the keys to spend a few days in Miami. We had booked a really nice hotel, because we anticipated wanting to relax and spend our two days at the pool, but we did not quite understand how nice of a hotel we booked. Needless to say, we went out and walked around the neon light district for a little bit, but other then that, there was no reason to leave our hotel. It had absolutely everything we needed and it was so Instagramable! Just take a look for yourself:

Where we stayed: One Hotel South Beach 


The beautiful and talented Hope Taylor Photography shot this wedding. How lovely are her wedding photos?!

rose gold holidays

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Let’s make your holidays shine as bright as possible. One of my more recent favorite colors that I tend to always gravitate to is rose gold. It’s a beautiful and soft color, and I love the complement it gives most looks. This rose gold dress by Roe and May is an absolute dream for the holiday season!

Shop my favorite rose gold looks: