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    Vegas Girls Weekend Recap!

    I’m excited to finally recap my recent Las Vegas girls trip weekend and share all of the things we did as well as tips to help you plan your next Vegas getaway! I mean all of my trips to Vegas are a blast, but this was one for the books! Britney, a TAO dance party and plenty of mimosas – read on for all the details on where to go, where to eat, and where to stay in Vegas!

    the venetian las vegas

    Where We Stayed

    Kathleen (Carrie Bradshaw Lied), Nikki (My Style Diaries), Jenn (Haute Off the Rack) and I had the absolute best time during our stay with The Venetian and The Palazzo hotels. This was my first time staying in one of the Venetian suites (ALL of the rooms in both of the hotels are suites!) although I have been to the hotel before many times to see the famous gondola rides and to eat at TAO – so delicious you guys. Because Jenn and I are habitual overpackers, we really loved all of the extra space that the suites offered us. And maybe most importantly the bathrooms were HUGE! These rooms would be perfect for a big girls trip or even as a place to host a lingerie shower for a bachelorette party.

    what to wear out in vegas

    jacket / white t-shirt / necklace / skirt / crossbody

    Where We Played

    No, I’m not talking about playing slots, but where we went for nightlife! We specifically picked out dates when we knew Britney Spears would be performing, so Night One was dedicated to seeing Britney’s Vegas show – which she killed by the way. SO good! I’ve been to her concert before, but at this one, they play ALL of the good songs you’ll wanna sing along to, and the entertainment value is definitely there. Can I tell you how excited I am for the Vegas Backstreet Boys show to start in the spring?

    Night Two was our big night. We started out by seeing the BAZ, the Vegas show in the Palazzo Theater. I would describe this show as an interactive musical that combines Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby – which makes more sense when you see the tragic love stories intertwine. It was a great production with live music played on stage and the characters performing throughout the audience. Later that night, we got a little crazy with bottle service and a table at TAO, the nightclub located in the Palazzo and Venetian Canal Shoppes. I’ve been to TAO nightclub multiple times before this, and I like this club (and the restaurant) because they play hip-hop music instead of EDM/club mixes. We had so much fun, I definitely took advantage of my giant fluffy bed and slept in late the next morning…

    venetian canal shoppes

    Where to Shop

    One of the best parts about staying in the Venetian and Palazzo Hotels is that you literally never have to leave the property. You have everything you need right there! The Canal Shoppes literally offer every type of store you can imagine – which is great in case you forgot something, lost something or just wanna splurge. There’s also a Walgreen’s attached if you’re looking for headache medicine after a long night out…

    And right now there’s a live art installation that’s quickly becoming a popular photo spot! Visit LOVE by Laura Kimpton right where the Palazzo and Venetian connect in the Waterfall Atrium and snap a photo inside of the O!

    what to pack for Vegas in the fall

    lace up sweater / jeans / bag / shoes / shoes 2choker

    Where We Ate

    Seriously one of my favorite reasons to go to Vegas is to eat the food – it’s literally the best, and we ate at some amazing places this go ’round. 

    Jenn and I arrived super early on Wednesday when breakfast and brunch were still an option, so we decided to split Huevos Rancheros at the Grand Luxe Cafe in the Venetian. You guys. It was so delicious that I kinda wished that we hadn’t split it so that I could eat the entire thing by myself. The menu is extensive here and offers late night dining options as well!

    Night One before Britney, we walked over to the Palazzo for dinner at LAVO. We had eaten at LAVO in NYC for brunch during fashion week, so we already had a heads up on the menu and the fact that we needed to order the giant meatball. We wanted to try a lot of the menu, so we ordered multiple items to share. The way to go is ordering one of the pizzas, two pasta dishes (mushroom gnocchi!) and a few apps. You’ll get a little taste of everything!

    You can’t go to Vegas without hitting up a great brunch spot, so the next day, we went to Bouchon, a French bistro located in the Venezia Tower of the Venetian (this tower is gorgeous). Definitely order a side of the truffle fries as an appetizer to go with your bellini or mimosa and request to sit on the outside patio overlooking the garden. This spot was not only a great way to start the day, but we also got the best coffees to-go!

    After seeing BAZ, we headed right over to SUSHISAMBA which was a quick walk across the casino floor. This place is so delicious you guys if you can make it past the appetizers without gorging yourself. Absolutely have to try the tempura green beans because the sauce that comes with them is amazing. I could have eaten all of them as a meal, but then I would have missed out on the sushi. I can’t even remember which rolls we got, but judging from the three we did get – you cannot get a bad one. They are all delicious. We ate so much we couldn’t even talk about the dessert menu, haha. ALSO, ask about their “shot tree” where they bring this display of shot size cocktails for you to try three different drinks on their menu. One of my favorite parts!

    canyon ranch spaclub in vegas

    Where to Relax

    After a long night on the dance floor or a long day walking the stretch of Canal Shoppes, you might want to take a little “me time” to relax and recharge. We decided to treat ourselves to the new All-In Massage at Canyon Ranch SpaClub, the spa nestled into the middle of the two hotels. Y’all. This spa is huge – definitely the biggest I’ve ever seen. There were so many different rooms – thermal cabins, steam rooms, a room that literally rains on you, a room with zero gravity lounge chairs. There was also a room where you literally sit amidst salt rocks. I didn’t have nearly enough time in this spa to try every single thing even though I really wanted to!

    Our massage was 80 relaxing minutes that included a stone massage, shiatsu (applying pressure to your pressure points, I really liked this part), reflexology, and focused massage on tension points around your head, neck and shoulders. I had never gotten any reflexology or shiatsu treatments before, so this was definitely new for me. I liked how it was all included in one massage so that you could get the benefits of all the different massage techniques.

    And we also got to drink those yummy coconut waters seen above. I previously thought that I didn’t like coconut water, but apparently I’ve been drinking the wrong kind because those were delicious – and I think part of the reason I didn’t feel completely terrible Friday morning!

    what to pack for vegas in the fall

    camisole / cardigan / bagjeans / choker / sunglasses

    What To Pack

    Packing for this trip was seriously difficult for me because every time I’ve gone to Vegas, it’s been during the spring or summer – so the hottest months. Visiting in the fall was sort of a conundrum because it was warm in the daytime but chilly at night. I basically went for my lightest fall pieces and layers that I could swap in and out. Booties were a must-have a night as well as moto jackets. During the day I wore camisoles with a cardi and my favorite black skinny jeans. For more on what I wore on this trip, you can find those details underneath the photos in this post.

    Venetian Venezia Tower Gardens

    lace up sweater

    lace up sweater / handbagjeans / chokersunglasses

    Thank you to The Venetian and The Palazzo Hotels for welcoming us and helping us plan the perfect girls trip weekend!

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    Friday Favorites: Fall Activewear

    I’m not usually one to pack activewear on vacation – I mean it’s vacation right? So when I got to Dallas and saw on our Visit Dallas itinerary the option for yoga on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, I booked it over to Northpark Mall and straight to Express to check out their newest activewear collection.
    (Also picked up these Nikes I’ve been eyeing for a while now.)

    I picked out these berry colored tights with mesh panels – because hello, I’m obsessing over berry colors right now. I also really love that their sports EXP core tops are longer with more coverage. I also got this little zip pullover to keep on hand for cooler months ahead. And because there are so many pieces that I love from the Express activewear collection (and at great prices), I’ve rounded up some of my favorite styles in case the mesh panels aren’t really your jam. 😉

    See more of this look in today’s full post!

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    Orange County Vacation Recap

    I’ve put together a list of suggestions and recommendations
    from my recent Orange County vacation in case you find your way out there in
    the future! Here’s a peek at what we did, where we ate – and of course, what I
    wore while I was there!

    top / jeans / bootiesweekender bag

    Lavender Salon and Boutique

    An amazing blowout salon that has TVs on the ceiling that
    you watch while they wash your hair. Whaaaaat? After a night of too much wine,
    a blowout and makeup touchup was exactly what I needed. If you need a little
    pampering time with coffee and mimosas, head to Costa Mesa for this salon
    experience!

    romper / crossbody / denim jacket / sneakers / sunglasses

    Strands Beach

    I’ve been to Laguna Beach multiple times, so this trip we
    headed to Dana Point where the beach is a little more secluded and less busy.
    What we saw were cliffs lined with beautiful homes  with the most peaceful stretch of beaches. We
    legit took naps here and it was amazing.

    top / vest / shorts / crossbody / sunglasses / booties

    Anqui Bistro

    I don’t have food photos from the restaurant because of the
    dim lighting, but I did have Snapchats of each course. And Snapchats of each
    course sounds kind of excessive but not when each course was unbelievably
    delicious. Hands down my favorite meal of the trip. I don’t even like steak,
    and the prime rib was my favorite item on the menu. Then add in lobster garlic
    noodles, mini fried chicken and biscuit bites, snow crab cones and ice cream
    made right at our table. Oh yep, my stomach’s growling now. EAT HERE.

    romper / crossbody /  sandals

    Duffy Boats

    I had never even heard of a Duffy Boat before this trip, so
    if you’re unfamiliar, it’s a covered electronic boat that you can cruise around
    the Newport Harbor in. We brought a picnic lunch with lots of wine for 3 hours of
    cruising and sight-seeing. One of the highlights of my trip! Give me rosé,
    little appetizers and a boat ride and then you’re talking my love language. It
    costs a little under $100 an hour to rent and you can fit up to 8-10 people on
    board – SO fun.

    top / vest / crossbody / shorts / sunglasses 

    Biking in Old Orange Circle

    Old Orange has the flipping cutest little circle of
    restaurants and shops, and lucky for me, Kathleen lives less than a 10 minute
    bike ride away. We ate some delish Cuban food at Felix’s – so much food there’s
    no way you can eat it all. I also window shopped at a few of the super cute
    antique stores that line the streets. Cute and quaint and for second you forget
    you’re in Orange County.

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    Boston Trip Recap!

    The second part of our Fourth of July trip (and actual 4th) was spent in one of America’s oldest cities – Boston. I was really excited to nerd out and take the historic tours while Jordan was mainly interested in going to watch baseball, but I digress. Here is more information on our trip and our must-see list!

    Where We Stayed

    After some research, I landed on The Colonnade Hotel for it’s contemporary vibe and close proximity to lots of local spots in the Back Bay area (including the mall across the street that really came in handy once I realized I hadn’t packed enough clothes). The Colonnade boasts one of Boston’s only rooftop pools which overlooks the city (seen in the photo above). If you catch it on the right night, there are events held on the rooftop throughout the summer, but I went for the people watching and rosé!

    Where We Ate

    Our first meal was right at our hotel at Brasserie Jo where I had the most delicious Croque Madame that I washed down with a bellini (and truffle frites – don’t judge me). You may have seen this meal on my Snapchat – we sat right here on the patio for some great people watching because the different trolley tours stop right in front of The Colonnade! This later came in handy when I made Jordan go on the historical tours, but more on that below.


    We also literally only had to cross the street to grab two hamburgers at Five Napkin Burger. More fries please. Jordan got some tots that were pretty legit too. And because you just kind of have to do it when you’re in Boston, we ate at Union Oyster House – the oldest restaurant in America. My other meal of sorts was at Fenway Park at the Red Sox game – I am a lover of all ballpark food…

    Trolley Tours!

    We took two must-see trolley tours while in Boston. The first being the typical history tour – there are more than one that run through the city, so look up both to see which you would prefer. (They both very conveniently pick up and drop off at The Colonnade Hotel.) We learned about the Freedom Trail, saw the Cheers bar, traveled over to Cambridge/MIT/Harvard, and passed where the Boston Tea Party occured – there’s a real life museum where you can dump tea crates over the side haha. I actually wanted to do this but didn’t have time. 

    The second trolley tour – wait for it – was the haunted Boston tour. We hopped on board with Ghosts and Gravestones to tour the different spooky areas of the city. We paid respects to Alexander Hamilton and Paul Revere’s graves. We also learned all about the Boston Strangler and other ghost stories in the area. I was way more excited about this one than I think Jordan was.

    Jordan’s Pick

    If I had to ask Jordan his favorite part of our few days in Boston, of course, he would say Fenway Park and watching the Red Sox game. Again, conveniently enough, the ballpark was within walking distance to The Colonnade, so we were able to do a little sight-seeing and pick up some coffee on our way to the park. 

    I actually surprised Jordan when I told him about the bar underneath the outfield of Fenway – he literally had zero idea it was there. So we stopped in and had a few beers beforehand. The bar has an door that opens to the outfield that you can look out into before the game, so I’d definitely recommend stopping in to see it!

    What We Missed Out On

    We only spent two days in Boston, so it’s safe to say that we did miss out on a few historic sites that I would have loved to see. I also would have liked to try out a few more of the restaurants and nightlife scenes, but visiting during the holiday made that a little harder too. 

    The main thing that I missed out on was trying authentic Boston Creme Pie!! Majorly disappointed in this one. I wanted to visit the Omni Parker Hotel to scoop up their famous pie and maybe try to see if I could run into a ghost or two there. But that’s for next time!

    Let me know if you have any other Boston trip suggestions, and I’ll add to my next itinerary!

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    Cape Cod Summer Travel Guide

    This is going to be a more unique travel recap than any of my others mostly because I relied HEAVILY on Jordan to help plan our recent trip to Cape Cod! In college, Jordan played summer baseball on the Cape and has always always talked about going back to see his old ball park and the town that he lived in with his host family. Keep in mind, this was way before I had even met Jordan, and in fact, I never actually saw him play college baseball. (I like to refer to it as his cool life before he went to law school and became a nerd.)

    SO because I have gone on many adventures this year that he wasn’t able to go on, I told him that we could go anywhere he wanted for our 4th of July trip – and he chose Cape Cod. And don’t get me wrong, it was definitely on my list of must-see places, I just didn’t know much about it at all. AND NOW, I’m trying to plan when I’m going back because oh-my-gosh I fell in love with summer in the Cape! I know my photos and recap won’t nearly do it justice, but today’s post is all about our stay!

    Learn more about our Cape Code trip in today’s full post!

    Hat / Striped Tee / Shorts / Crossbody


    Ps. I asked Jordan what a Kettleer was, and I’m not sure I got a straight answer on that…


    Shirt / Crossbody / Jacket / Jeans

    Where We Stayed in Cape Cod
    When it came to where to stay in the Cape, I literally had zero clue, but Jordan was pretty adamant about staying in Hyannis because of it’s centralized location. Although now I’m not sure whether or not it really had to do with being very very close to JFK’s former compound. More on that to come.

    Turns out he was probably correct about us hunkering down in Hyannis for a home base as we were super close to the harbor and the ferry to Nantucket which we decided to do right when we got there. There are tons of little restaurants and shops along the harbor and about two blocks away on Main Street. We literally walked most places which was really enjoyable with the unbelievable weather. I don’t think I broke a sweat once while there!

    Dress / Crossbody / Sandals / Sunglasses

    Some of my favorite parts of Hyannis were Jordan circling the Kennedy Compound about 7 times in our rental car, visiting the JFK Museum, eating my heart out on Main Street including delicious ice cream (dairy-free) at Katie’s Ice Cream Shop and catching Jordan’s Cape team (Cotuit Kettlers) win their baseball game!

    Crossbody / Similar earrings / Similar sunglasses

    And if you’re wanting food suggestions, we visited the cutest little French patisserie called Pain D’Avignon. It was possibly the best meal that we had on the Cape – and Jordan is a bit of breakfast snob so that says a lot. He got some delicious feta omlette, and I got Nutella banana crepes and a mimosa. (Duh, vacation life.) Just thinking about those crepes makes me super happy. Highly recommend for your morning coffee and newspaper – and even a bit of people watching. Pain D’Avignon is very popular for people coming in and out for breakfast pick-ups.

    Tee / Jeans / Jacket / Crossbody / Shoes / Hat / Sunglasses



    Trust Me, Take the Ferry to Nantucket
    We almost did not take the Nantucket ferry because of how long it took us to get through 4th of July traffic to the Cape, and I would have missed out on my favorite part of the trip had we not gone! You guys, I fell in love with Nantucket and it’s hydrangeas and crazy rose bushes and tiny lighthouses.

    Shirt / Shorts / Sunglasses / Hat

    I literally turned into some sort of horticulturist wandering into people’s yards to look at their flower boxes. We didn’t get much past the port area, but the shops and restaurants are the most charming I’ve ever seen. I told Jordan that spending summers in Nantucket was my brand new #lifegoals. If you make it to the Cape, you absolutely MUST take the ferry to Nantucket and give yourself enough time to explore! I would have loved to make it out Sconset Beach, but they said it was an 8 mile bike ride and well… I’m just not at all prepared for all that, haha.



    Head North to Truro Vineyards!
    Legit one of my favorite things that we did on the trip! (I know I keep saying that. But this was SO fun.) On our way to Provincetown, we stopped in Truro to visit the town’s local wine vineyard and gin distillery (South Hollow Spirits). Not only do they have wine and gin tastings, but they also have a food truck with the most amazing lunch options! Jordan ordered the Sweet Potato tacos which were apparently so good that he conveniently ate them all before I got to try them, and I ordered the goat cheese and paté over salad. We washed it down with two delicious specialty drinks. (Please note that I took a photo of the drink menu, so that I could somehow try to recreate them.)

    We also got a tour of the gin distillery and had a wine tasting where we tried 10 different wines – no surprise, rosé was my faves. I could have stayed all day under the umbrella tables with light bites, wine and yummy drinks. The reality is that we did stay there most of the day… which gave us less time at our next stop – Provincetown. (But in my opinion, I’d rather have stayed all day at Truro Vineyards.)



    On to Provincetown
    Provincetown is the most northern tip of the Cape and is known for Commerce Street which actually kind of reminded me of Bourbon Street and the French Quarter. All sorts of restaurants, little touristy shops – and all kinds of interesting characters walking around! I do wish that we would have been there on a normal weekend instead of 4th of July weekend, because it was a bit congested with people. We weren’t really able of doing some of the things that we might have otherwise been able to, but it’s definitely worth going. After suggestions from a super helpful Snapchat friend (thanks Emily), we walked as far as we could down Commerce to the jetties that went out into the water. We sat there for a while as Jordan read a book, and I watched a family hilariously try to take family photos on a bunch of jagged, uneven rocks. It was very amusing, and I would not recommend haha.

    What We Missed Out on

    Here is what I would do next time and the order of each part of the trip:

    Fly to Boston

    Rent a car / drive to Cape Cod (about 1.5 hours in a car on a good traffic day)

    Stay the Night in Hyannis or immediately rake the ferry to Nantucket (ferry is about 1 hour)

    Stay in Nantucket for at least one night if not more

    Take the ferry back, drive 30 minutes to Chatham

    Stay at the Chatham Bars Inn

    (SO pretty here. We drove by, but didn’t get to stop and get out)

    Make the drive north to Truro Vineyards and Provincetown (about 45 mins from Chatham)


    PS. The Boston part of our trip to follow!

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