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New York: Day Three

I have to admit, today was  favorite day of the trip, and also one of the best days of my life, but we’ll get to that later. 

We started out the morning at this great restaurant right around the corner from our Air BnB, called The Smith.

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We loved the atmosphere and the look of this place, and Jason and I both agreed that if we lived here, this would be a frequent hang out spot.

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After breakfast we hopped on the train over to Brooklyn. (Which we did effortlessly, might I add)

Once there, we went to find some coffee. Ended up at a place called Devotion. Wow! So beautiful!

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This spot was not only a cafe, but also a roastery, and the coffee was pretty darn good. It was so refreshing to come out of the bitter cold, and see plants growing on the walls and the sun shining through the skylight. This space was amazing!

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After our coffee fix, we went out to explore more of Williamsburg.

screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-8-07-28-am screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-8-07-44-am We went down to Bedford Avenue to check out some of the local shops there. 

screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-8-08-29-amOf course, I found a shop called Meg, and had to go in!

screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-8-08-48-am screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-8-08-16-amThis place was super cool. They make all of their own clothes right there in the shop, and all of the accessories are locally sourced. We had fun peeking around the store and talking to their very friendly staff.

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After that, we made a pit stop for coffee at Parlor Coffee. Their shop is located in a barber shop, which I thought was a really cool concept.

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Jason had been really looking forward to going to Parlor Coffee, after hearing so many good things about them.

img_4853We really really enjoyed our visit there. We chatted with the barista and we actually met some other people who are into coffee from New Orleans while we were there. It was really fun to connect in such an intimate way, and about something Jason is so passionate about.

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Next we went down to the Brooklyn Bridge, where we had a photoshoot scheduled with one of our good friends Cat Coons. (if you haven’t seen her work yet… it’s beautiful! http://catherinecoons.com) Cat had asked us to shoot with her, as she had several times before. I thought nothing of it.

We did some shots down below the bridge, and soon headed up to the top. It was FREEZING! Jason was shaking pretty bad, and I thought, “Wow, he is super super cold…”

We finally found a clearing in the bridge walkway to get some great shots. Cat began directing us with poses, “Okay, now get close, okay now get nose to nose, okay now Jason, get down on one knee…..”

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I looked at Jason like “Hah! Yeah right!” and then he DID get down on one knee.

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He told me some beautiful things, and that I truly made him the happiest man on earth, and then he asked, “but do you know what would make me happier?”

Then he asked the big question….

and I SAID YES!!!

img_4870and just like that we were engaged!!! I was in a state of shock I think, but I was thrilled to be engaged to my best friend. (I will be making a separate blog post about this, so look out for that.)

 

We were so excited and had no idea what to do after that, so we walked until we found a little wine bar to go in.  We celebrated, had some champagne, and called our loved ones.

screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-8-27-49-amThen, we had plans to meet with one of Jason’s friends Katie. She took us to this amazing restaurant in Williamsburg, The Rabbithole. (Their white bean burger hit the spot. Seriously, so good!)

We had a great time conversing, catching up, and talking about life.

After that we went to this adorable bar called St. Mazie.  

img_4877Sorry for the terrible picture, it was super dark. But it was a great little spot with craft cocktails. They also had live music, which Jason and I truly appreciated.

We were so happy to see another old friend while in the city.

High on life, we headed hope to catch some sleep.

All for now,

xoxox

Meg

New York: Day Two

Wow! Day two! We made it!

I am happy to report that the weather isn’t killing us, my leg is doing okay but not great, and we have successfully ridden the subway quite a few times now. 

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For Breakfast this morning, we had planned on going to The Picnic Basket, but couldn’t find it! (Our map apps were not liking us today.) So instead we stopped into this very busy bagel place along the way, Ess-a-Bagel. 

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I was happy to finally taste a real, fresh, New York City bagel. It was everything everyone had ever told me about NY Bagels. Ugh, so good!  They also had an assortment of salads, pastries, and cakes to choose from too. Everything looked so yummy. The workers there were a little on the crabby side, but it was exactly the kind of service you would expect from a fast paced and very busy NYC Bagel Shop.

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We took the bagels to go because we definitely needed coffee, and the shop we wanted to go to was a little ways away.

We had heard about  Blue Bottle Coffee, and wanted to see what all of the hype was about.

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We were definitely stoked to have a great cup of coffee in the morning. Blue Bottle was serving Guatemalan as their single origin espresso, and it was delicious.

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Jason also tried their Costa Rican coffee, but wasn’t as big of a fan.

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After we were fueled up, we explored The New York Public Library. (AKA Where Carrie ALMOST married Big)

screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-10-24-09-pm Did you know The New York Public Library is the second biggest library in the US? (and probably the most gorgeous!)

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Seriously though, if this isn’t on your list of things to do in NY, put it on there! There was actually so much to see there, and it was stunning.

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After the library, we jumped over to Grand Central Station, which was also gorgeous. we didn’t spend as much time there as we did in the library, but we were happy that we stopped in to see it, and to people watch a little.

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After that, we made our way towards Rockefeller Center. On the way, we went into St. Patrick’s Cathedral. 

This place was utterly beautiful.

screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-10-21-33-pmEven if you are not religious, go here. The architecture alone is worth seeing. Go ahead and sit yourself in a pew, look up, and take in the beauty.

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As we made our way to Rockefeller Center, we stopped to see some of the amazing storefront displays! I mean, where else can you go that has a LINE made for window shopping?!

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(Yes, I went into Anthropologie. Can we just pause here and admire their display?!)
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Then FINALLY, ROCKEFELLER CENTER!

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(PS- No, we didn’t end up going ice skating today. With my leg feeling like it does, it doesn’t look like that’s in the forecast for us. But that’s okay!) 

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After that, we decided we wanted to go back to our Air BnB, to rest my leg, and to freshen up for the night ahead.

We spotted Magnolia Bakery, so we knew we had to grab a sweet treat to bring back to the room with us. (NYC Cheesecake? Yes, please!!)

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(Thanks for the recommendation cousin Michelle and Aunt Paula!!!)

On our way over to the subway entrance, we walked by Radio City Music hall, and of course, I had to snap a few photos.

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As we were walking by, we heard someone yelling something about free tickets. I immediately thought it was a scam, but was interested anyways. So I looked back, and it was actually a Radio City Music Hall worker.

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I turned to her and I said, “Really? What’s the catch?” She just kept saying, “I have free tickets here, and I can’t sell them. Does anyone want to see the show?”

So, we asked her when the show was and she said, NOW! She handed us the tickets, and the next thing I knew, we were inside the theater, and The Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes was starting!

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WHAT?! Jason and I were stunned. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO US! I was juuuuust saying to Jason, “Sorry we aren’t going to get to see The Rockettes while we’re here….”

WHAT?! I’m still shocked that we actually got free tickets to see The Rockettes! AH!

I definitely cried once I saw them on stage. screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-10-17-20-pm

Okay, now it’s really beginning to feel like Christmas.

We also had pretty darn good seats, so this was such a treat for us. (Oh, and don’t forget we had a piece of cheesecake from Magnolia Bakery in our hand! So of course, we ate it while we watched the show. Talk about a dream come true! 😉 )

After the show, we had plans to see an old friend from high school. I hadn’t seen Perla in YEARS! I am so happy we got to connect after so long.  (Excuse our subway background, we almost forgot to take a picture! Hahah) 

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Perla took us to a great place too! It’s called Ayza. It’s a little chocolate and wine bar in Midtown, and we stopped in for happy hour and a little bite to eat. I was happy to see a place that a local would suggest 🙂

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After we parted ways with Perla, Jason let me know that he was still super hungry. So, we went to Pokeworks, which was an experience in itself. Sushi burrito? Count me in!

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Everything is made to order, and you can customize it any way that you want.

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If you haven’t been to a place like this and you like sushi, you’ve got to try it! I love that you can really make it any way that you want. I would definitely recommend Pokeworks if you are in NY.

 

We still had a little bit of time left in the night, so we went over to Times Square to wander around a little.

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We poked around in stores, and got super excited to see some shows while we are here. But we didn’t stay too long, because we started to get pretty tired. screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-10-15-16-pm screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-10-15-03-pm

And so, that ended our day two in NYC.

Tomorrow, Brooklyn.

All for now,

xoxox

Meg

New York City: Day One

Although I was not thrilled with only having four hours of sleep, when I woke up this morning, I was SO EXCITED! The day was here! NYC! We boarded our flight at 7:30, and landed in Newark around 10:30 and took the train into the city. We were able to check into our Air BnB, and then head out to explore. (That’s the ideal version of what happened, of course. That’s not including our utter confusion of the subway, not understanding the metro card machines, getting off at the wrong stop, and then taking an uber the rest of the way. HAH! You learn from your mistakes, right?

screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-10-47-34-pmOnce we were settled into our room, the next thing we desperately needed was FOOD. So we stopped into a little ramen place down the street from our Air BnB. SO SO GOOD!

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Apparently there are a couple of Totto Ramen restaurants around Manhattan but we tried the one in Midtown East. We sat at a table with a couple of local regulars, and ordered some veggie ramen. (Jason got the spicy, of course.) I would highly recommend this place, especially if you are looking to get in and out of somewhere quickly. Their staff was friendly and helpful, and it was a nice introduction to the city.

After that we headed over to Central Park! (Which was about a 15 minute walk.)

screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-10-48-30-pmWe really wanted to go ice skating in Central Park, but the rink was closed due to weather! So Jason and I decided we should just wander around the park for a little while, and I am so glad we did. We mainly explored the southern part of Central Park. We stopped to watch a saxophone player, and to admire the pups running by, and to people watch of course.  We walked down The Mall (my favorite spot) and down  Strawberry Fields and through the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace.

screen-shot-2016-12-12-at-10-49-02-pmI think Jason most enjoyed running all over the rocks, and playing with the fallen leaves all through the park. 😉 

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I am actually happy we got to explore the park instead of ice skating. Exploring was super fun! If we have time, I think we might try to skate another day. (Maybe in Bryant park instead?)

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At this point in our journey, we were in NEED of some coffee. We tried two places, the first had a great atmosphere and okay coffee, it was called Madman Espresso.

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The second place we went was called Third Rail Coffee. They served Counter Culture Coffee, and it was delicious. This really hit the spot, and gave us the energy to get through the rest of the night. 

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After that, we made our way over to 
Cacio E Pepe. Ummm this place was soon delicious! We decided to eat here after seeing a viral video of how they serve their pasta (in a giant wheel of cheese.) I mean how could we resist??

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And yes, it tasted as good as it looked. (Jason wasn’t a huge fan, but I loved it!!)

To end the night, we walked over to  230 Fifth Rooftop Bar. (Thanks for the suggestion Nick and Keani!) What a cool experience!! This wasn’t just any rooftop bar. This bar gives you a snuggie to cuddle up with, and serves hot beverages for you to sip on. (Oh, and also an AMAZING view of the city, including the Empire State Building.)  Not to mention, the roof is lined with colorful heated igloos for big parties to sit under. We know this is a total tourist trap, but what a great concept! We couldn’t resist.

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After that we made our way back to our room. We were soooooo exhausted, and ready for some shut eye.

We can’t wait to see what is next on our journey!

(Oh, also, I think I might have pulled a muscle in my right leg. Not entirely sure. By the end of the night I was in tears because of the pain. I am hoping that the pain will be gone tomorrow. Fingers crossed! I have the best of luck, don’t I?) 

All for now,

xoxox

Meg

 

 

 

 

5 Tips for the Woman Who is Always on the Road

img_3718If your life is anything like mine, you are always on the move. I travel a lot for work, but mostly to territories throughout Florida. In other words, I pretty much live in my car.

By now, I have gotten pretty good at being out and about, but also prepared. You’ll find some of my tips below. I would love to hear any tips any of you might have for me too

1.Get Yourself a Mary Poppins Bag. 

Keep everything in this bag, and bring it everywhere. It should be big enough to hold your laptop, papers, and folders, but also have room for things like your emergency kit, sunglasses, a water bottle, ect.

2. Get Organized.

I have found that by keeping things in separated tiny bags, I am a little more organized. I keep everything in smaller bags inside of my Mary Poppins bag. This way, if  I need to bring a smaller bag with me, I can easily grab the things I do and don’t want inside. It can get so frustrating when you feel like your things are scattered across your car. If you feel yourself loosing track of things, pause and re-group. It will save you time in the long-run Also, if you’re a jewelry girl, I highly recommend grabbing yourself a great jewelry separator for all of your small easily lost or tangled items.

3. Stay Healthy.

When you are traveling a lot, your body can get run down and worn out. It’s so important to stay healthy, even when you’re on the road. Pack yourself a cooler full of healthy snacks and quick meals so you aren’t temped to run through a fast food place. Also, take your vitamins!!

4.  Pack Within One Color Family.

Packing neutrals has been key for me! I always try to pack a sweater that goes with everything, and a pair of shoes that are comfortable and that match all of my outfits, depending on how long I’ll be gone. It’s nice to be on the lighter side when you have to lug your bag from place to place. Plus, even if you pack lightly, and wear seemingly neutral pieces, you can always jazz it up with smaller accessories.

5. Bring Something that Comforts You.

Being on the road can be lonely sometimes. If you have something that reminds you of home, it can be really comforting. Maybe it’s your favorite tea, or your crystals, or your boyfriend’s hoodie, or all of them. Sometimes that little thing is just enough to cheer you up if you’re feeling down.

BONUS: The things I always keep in my Mary Poppins Bag

  • Emergency kit: band-aids, floss, chapstick, mints, Benadryl, Advil, Tums, safety pins, lotion, triple antibiotic ointment, mini deodorant, nail clippers, tweezers.
  • Laptop, charger. (Phone, Charger. Camera, charger, cord. Never assume your battery will last. It probably won’t.)
  •  Wallet, sunglasses, keys, pepper spray.
  • A pouch full of regularly needed items: Burt’s Bees, Lipsticks, Pony Tail Holders, Bobby Pins, Back-up Touch Up Makeup, Body Spray. (Also, Name tag, sticky notes, business cards, pens for work.)
  • Refillable Water bottle

Essential for travel 

And Vacation Continues…

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Our second stop on our vacation was at Kill Devil’s Hill in North Carolina, affectionately known as OBX. Jason and I were able to meet up with my family there, which was a change of pace. We had so much fun!

A few of my mom’s friends let our family stay at their house there, and we were within walking distance of the beach! Jason and I had fun searching for sea glass and walking down by the shore.

IMG_1247After arriving at Kill Devil’s Hill, Mom, Jason and I went over to the Wright Brother’s Memorial. I definitely recommend taking a trip there if you are in OBX.

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PS- This dress is from Target, and I basically live in it. It is super comfy, and was great for our long drive from Charleston. I threw on some slip on shoes and a chunky necklace and it made for a great travel outfit. Screen Shot 2016-07-03 at 3.24.50 PM Screen Shot 2016-07-03 at 3.26.11 PMScreen Shot 2016-07-03 at 3.25.05 PMAfter touring the museum, we relaxed with the family and took a nice long NAP!

Screen Shot 2016-07-03 at 3.33.42 PMOur first full day in OBX was one of my favorites on the whole trip. We rode horses on the beach! What a dream! We drove down to Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Recreation Area, and met the team from Hatteras Island Horseback Riding.

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Screen Shot 2016-07-03 at 3.27.53 PM Screen Shot 2016-07-03 at 3.29.03 PM Screen Shot 2016-07-03 at 3.29.16 PMAfter we were done with the horses, we hit a couple of lighthouses and museums on our way back north.

Screen Shot 2016-07-03 at 3.30.15 PMScreen Shot 2016-07-03 at 3.30.51 PMThe first one we hit was the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. We climbed  all 257 steps to get to the top! I think this was my favorite lighthouse. I love the classic black and white!

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IMG_6802The next day we took a little trip over to The Whalehead Club in Corolla, which was GORGEOUS! The house was designed completely in art nouveau and had some amazing art throughout (like Tiffany’s glass!).  We took the house tour, which brought us through 21,000 square feet of history. The house was used for many different things throughout history, so it was very cool to spend time in.

Unfortunately you can’t take photos inside, hence the lack of photos on this place. But trust me, it’s gorgeous!

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We also visited the The Currituck Lighthouse after that. This was my mom’s favorite. The lighthouse is just around the corner from Whalehead. We decided not to climb, but it was definitely worth the visit.

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Overall, OBX was BEAUTIFUL! We definitely enjoyed our stay there. It was a more relaxing part of our vacation. We cooked at home, took lots of naps, and used the time to power back up for the next couple of days ahead.

All for now

xoxo

Meg

Roadtrip: Charleston

Jason and I recently embarked on a driving trip through the Southeast. This was our first road trip together and it was quite successful. I did a crap ton of planning ahead of time so that things would go smoothly. I also did tons of research to find out the places that were worth while. We spent about two days in each city, so I am going to post a little guide of some of our favorite places to check out. We are coffee lovers, so there will be lots of shops included!

Today’s guide: Charleston.

Our first stop was Black Tap Coffee. We had been driving since 5am and didn’t arrive until around 12pm, so it was definitely time for a cup of coffee.

IMG_8314 IMG_8934The vibes were great. The shop was smaller, so it was a little hot with all of the people crammed into it, but other than that, we had no complaints. We talked to some of their baristas about good places to explore in the area, and they had some great suggestions. Black Tap just started roasting not too long ago, so we talked a little about that, and ended up buying a bag of beans from them. If we lived in Charleston, this would probably be a frequent hang out spot for us.  We quickly did some work (yes we both worked on our vaca!) and then headed out.

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We passed the Old Jail on our way through the neighborhood… you know… casual. The Old Jail building served as the Charleston County Jail from its construction in 1802 until 1939.

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We wanted a real Southern experience, so we decided a trip to a historical plantation would do the trick. We went to Middleton Plantation, and it was BEAUTIFUL!

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Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and home to America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens. According to the website, “Built in 1755, the House Museum interprets four generations of Middleton Family, with extraordinary family furniture, silver, porcelain, rare books and portraits on display. Birthplace of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Middleton Place and the Middletons have played an important role in American history. The property has miraculously remained under the same family stewardship for some 320 years, and today, successfully preserves history for visitors to enjoy.” Being a history buff, this was pretty impressive!

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We toured the gardens, the chapel, the stables, the mill, the many graves throughout the gardens, as well as the slave cemetery,  but we did not tour the house. The house tour is not included in the admission price, for future travelers. There are many ways to tour Middleton Place, but we decided a self guided tour was best for us because we like to explore!

It was extremely hot, so we were happy to check into our AirBnb after that. After we were showered up, we headed out to dinner.

We went to The Grand Bohemian for a cocktail to start

IMG_9130If we weren’t doing Air Bnbs the whole trip, this would have been an excellent choice for a hotel. It was super quirky, and we loved the rooftop bar!

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For dinner we went to Butcher and Bee and we couldn’t have been more pleased!

IMG_4358 IMG_3576We were extremely impressed with the food and the service at this place. We HIGHLY recommend it. They serve everything for sharing, so Jason and I were able to order several different things, which is always a plus. Everything was fresh, and beautifully displayed. They also had vegetarian options, which was a huge plus for us.

IMG_3074Then we went to Edmund’s Oast for an after dinner drink, which was conveniently located right behind the restaurant. This place was also recommended by the baristas at Black Tap. The atmosphere was really cool, and we were able to sit outside under the twinkle lights. We didn’t find it to be over crowded, which is often our complaint with bars. The beer was great, and it was exactly what we were looking for.  It was the perfect way to end our first day of vacation.
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The next day we did a lot of walking, and boy was it HOT!

We began at Poogan’s Porch for brunch. We were sure to make a reservation here, as we heard it gets packed quick! There was a line out the door when we arrived right before opening.

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Jason must have gotten shrimp and grits at every restaurant we went to on this trip, so of course, that is what he ordered here too. I am not a fan of grits, but these were EXCELLENT! We wished we could have been seated outside, because the patio was adorable and so was the front porch.
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We then went to White Point Gardens, also known as The Battery.

IMG_6665 IMG_6685 I mean, this place was stunning. It is right on the water, and the perfect place to enjoy a picnic or just some casual wanderings. White Point was first used as a public garden in 1837. With the outbreak of the Civil War, it became a fortification for the city. Also, in the 1720s a famous pirate named Stede Bonnet was hanged here with another 50 more of his kind. He was later buried nearby. You can find a memorial of him in this park as well. IMG_6694

PS- this top is from Anthropologie, and was great for this extremely hot day! You can find it here!

IMG_6702 IMG_6723 We wandered down some of the streets to explore. We were pretty much in awe of how beautiful these houses were!

We had originally planned to take a carriage ride through downtown Charleston, but the temperature was 100 degrees. We still saw horses out and about but knew they must be exhausted. It really was not cool enough for horses to lugging around carriages. We even saw people protesting the horse carriage companies with signs on their porches saying “Too hot for horses!” We decided it was for the best not to take a tour. If we were exhausted, so were they. So, we walked!

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My favorite little spot was Rainbow Row. SO GORGEOUS! Jason and I had fun picking out which house would be ours in our imaginations. IMG_5523

After that, we explored in Charleston City Market.

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There were lots of local shops and makers. We were happy to explore through the air conditioned portions of the market too! 😉 It was definitely worth the trip through. We were able to find some cool prints to take home for cheap!

Then, we wandered down King Street. This is a major shopping street, full of stores that I LOVE! We happened to come on the second Sunday of the month, and they had the whole street shut down. They had live musicians, and other vendors along the street, which made it even more interesting for us.

I currently work for URBN inc, so I am always interested to go into the different stores they have. Their Anthropologie was beautiful, but our favorite was the Urban Outfitters on King St.

IMG_6147The space used to hold a theater, and then was turned into this beautiful store!

IMG_6150I happily bought a pair of shorts to change into because I was SWEATING! This heat was something different than anything I have felt in Florida. I might have started to get a bit dehydrated too, because suddenly I didn’t feel too well.

We went to a little sandwich shop along King St. to recharge.

We definitely needed a little pick me up by this point, so we headed over to Kudu Coffee after that. IMG_9391 We liked that it was part bar, and part coffee shop. Jason enjoyed a glass of beer and I enjoyed a glass of wine after our coffees were finished. The decor was eclectic, and there was a great amount of seating outdoors. We really liked the environment. IMG_1582After this, we decided to go back to our Air Bnb to rest.

We chatted with our host, and decided to take their advice on a place for dinner. We headed out to Folly Beach, and went to this hole in the wall bar that served tacos and rice and beans. It was delicious, and had a great price tag! It was called Chico Feo. This seemed like the kind of place that locals could stay a while. The bar was outdoors, with dogs freely roaming. The service was quick and friendly. It was perfect, and gave us an excuse to see Folly Beach.

We walked across the street to the beach as the sun was setting. We dipped our feet in, and  admired the pier, and headed in for the night.

In the morning, we started our drive to the outer banks in North Carolina.

More to come,

 xoxox

Meg

Pursuit of Theme Parking

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If you don’t already know, I was born and raised in Florida. One of the major things that comes to many people’s minds when thinking of my home state is theme parks, and appropriately so! We have 12 theme parks in the Orlando area alone (including all of Disney’s parks).

Being a Florida native, I would consider myself a little bit of an expert when it comes to theme parks. Jason and I have invested in annual park passes to the two Universal theme parks, and so we know those parks like the back of our hands. (Soon, I think we might invest in Disney passes!)

I figured I would share a little knowledge about how I prep to go to a theme park (specifically Universal), and what I would typically wear for the adventure.

First, I’ll make you a little check list.

#1 Start with an awesome bag. Usually I bring a cross body bag or a backpack. In the Universal parks there are free lockers at every ride, so no worries about bringing in a bag. Plus, its worth it to be a little prepared.

What goes in the bag: 

IMG_3014First of all (and most obviously) some hand sanitizer. There are so many people in the park that you’ll want to wash your hands frequently. My secret is scented hand sanitizer. I always like to smell fresh and lovely, which is hard when your in the hot sun and running around all day. Getting a quick freshen up with some hand sanitizer can do wonders without bringing any kind of perfume.

IMG_3018My second way to freshen up is with some lipstick. This is a quick way to really polish your look on the go. This will give your face color without bringing any other make up products with you.

IMG_3011Don’t forget hair ties and bobby pins. It gets hot, and you ARE going to want to put your hair up. There are so many ways to do a cute hairstyles and have it off your neck. Make sure you bring the supplies necessary.


IMG_3016Sunnies (duh)

IMG_3017and sunscreen. Because #1 we don’t want skin cancer, and #2 who wants those awkward t-shirt tan lines? Not I.

IMG_3006I like to bring a mini bag of first-aid related things, always. When you are eating different foods, and stressing your body walking around in the hot sun, you don’t really know how you’ll be feeling. I usually bring some tums and a pain medication. I also bring come chapstick, bandaids, and antibiotic cream. The last thing you want to do is walk around on a blister forming on your foot, or leave a cut open at a dirty amusement park. You also don’t want to pay a million dollars for the medical supplies they might have in the park. Better safe than sorry, and it takes up hardly any space.

IMG_3021Jason and I go to the parks often, and we don’t always want to spend the money on snacks or lunch in the park. Universal is beautiful and lets you bring food into the parks. I like to bring some kind of fruit (apples, grapes, and oranges work great), nuts and chips to snack on, and sandwiches if we want lunch. (This is when a backpack could come in handy.)

IMG_3010Bring a refillable water bottle! Fill it up before you go into the parks, and you can continue to fill it up throughout the day. The parks have plenty of water fountains and soda fountains with cold water and ice if you like. It is super important to stay hydrated while adventuring around.

What do I wear to the parks?

I have worn several things throughout the year, and they vary according to season. But, I have a recommendation. If you plan to go in any season other than winter, wear a dress or a skirt.

IMG_4500Its really nice because you get the breeze that flows through the skirt. I have found shorts to be restricting and hot. Also dresses and skirts can be so cute! I usually wear little flats that I know I can walk around in for a long time. Little Keds or Converse can look adorable with dresses too!

Because I am a Harry Potter enthusiast, I usually wear my house colors, or something related to Harry Potter when I am in the parks. (Notice the Time-Turner?!)

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11377141_407519216086374_1023690706774569733_nMost importantly, bring patience if you are going with a group. Count on the fact that everyone will want to see different things, and take their own time with them. You have all day, don’t stress.

and have SO much fun!

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Pursuit of Exploration

Jason and I recently went on vacation to St. Augustine and Jacksonville for our (almost!) two year anniversary, and it was amazing! We had so much fun, and took way too many pictures. I wanted to put it all together to have something to remember this trip by, so I made this video, and I thought I would share it!

Sights:

Flagler College

The Lighthouse

St. George Street

Castillo de San Marco

Lightner Museum

City Gates / Cemetery

Eat / Drink:

Coffee: Kookaburra

Cocktails/Food: The Ice Plant (It is also connected to the St. Augustine Distillery)

Ice Pops: The Hyppo

Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille

Also:

Stay in a B&B, there are many lovely ones in town. It is the most authentic way to experience St. Augustine.  If you’re looking for a good one, we stayed at Casa de Solana and it was absolutely wonderful.

Pursuit of New Places

Three Places to Visit in Winter Park

Today, Jason and I made a little trip over to Winter Park. There are so many adorable spots to see there, and I have a feeling we didn’t even scratch the surface.

The first place we stopped at was propagation.

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Jason and I were fortunate enough to meet the owners, which were the only two people working. They were super friendly and made an excellent latte for me, and a flat white for Jason.

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They serve Lineage coffee, which is a local roaster in Orlando. I am always happy to support local business.
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Not only was the coffee fantastic, but the space was absolutely beautiful. The design was minimalistic, and had touches of vintage throughout. (Of course, I loved all of the gold accents.) Oh, and the natural light was GORGEOUS.

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If you’re in the area, definitely stop by for a coffee. It is SO worth it.

http://www.propagation.co

Our Next Stop:

East End Market: Central Florida’s Food and Culture Hub

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We were blown away  with this lovely market. What a great concept! East End Market included several businesses all under one roof, and all spectacular. IMG_4285

The outside garden was beautiful, and full of life. Porch Therapy does a wonderful job making the market look fresh. IMG_4304 IMG_4308 IMG_4309

Regrettably, I was too preoccupied with all of the great (and delicious) things inside, that I didn’t capture too many great photos of the market.

The businesses that the market included are :

Fatto in Casa

Houndstooth Sauce Company

Kappo

(looked super cool, but they were booked for the day, so perhaps calling ahead is a good idea.)

La Femme du Fromage

Lineage

(Which is where propagation got their supply of coffee from. Yum.)

Local Roots Farm

Olde Hearth Bread

(Holy Moly, fresh homemade pretzels…. and we just HAD to take home a loaf of fresh bread.)

Txokos

Porch Therapy

Skyebird

(MUST try the carrot cake smoothie… it’s drool worthy.)

Bookmarkit

(has a surprisingly lovely selection for being in such a small space)

They also have an array of event coordinators, food catering, designers, and photographers.

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Jason and I repeatedly said that we wished we had something like this in Tampa. I would be here every day! The local food, the fresh bread, sauces, juices, raw meals, locally roasted coffee, books, plant life.. it was breathtaking!

If I am ever in Winter Park again, I will be hanging out here.

They also have various cooking classes to offer, and they host other community events. I am so sad that I probably won’t ever make it to any of the events because of the distance, but how lovely for the Winter Park community.

This place is a definite must-see. Check out their site to see (better) photographs and for more information.

https://www.eastendmkt.com

Our Next Stop:

IMG_4299I will have to say, this was the saddest part of our day. I have been waiting to stop into Rifle Paper. I love their products, and I have heard such wonderful things about their location in Winter Park. I was practically jumping up to the front door, and as I tried to pull it open, I realized it was locked. I just about cried! They are closed on Sundays! No! It couldn’t be! (But it was to be.) I peeked through the windows and promised I would be back.

It is still on my list of must-see places in Winter Park, because I still believe it is. Even though I haven’t ACTUALLY seen the inside. So what.

(I might be a little bitter still.)

For more things Rifle Paper related: https://riflepaperco.com

Winter Park was quaint and full of beautiful little spots, and if you’re ever finding yourself in the area, you’ve got to see these places!

(Oh, I also highly recommend BB Junction if you’re looking to grab some grub while you’re in town.)

Pursuit of Travel

At the beginning of January, I received an amazing opportunity to travel to Philadelphia for two days to visit the home office for URBN Inc. It was such a wonderful experience, and it was so inspiring to see the corporate offices of my company. I attended the URBN interview day for the possibility of a summer internship. Though I did not end up landing the internship, it was wonderful to visit nonetheless. I thought I would share some of my photos from the experience.

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