Places I want to Visit this Summer

Good evening readers!

As American Dance Festival planning is now in full swing, I am looking forward to being in North Carolina for most of the summer! While I am in North Carolina, I am hoping some weekends my fiancè and I can escape to some other fun southern cities! We probably won’t be able to travel too far because of his military obligations and my dance obligations. Regardless, there are a lot of fun towns I want to see this summer while I am living below the Mason Dixon for 2 months, so here is my wishlist!

1. Charleston, South Carolina

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Ok so I’ve been DYING to go to Charleston for the longest time. I am obsessed with all of the southern charm this city posesses and the history it carries. I’d like to visit the main part of town with the rainbow rowhouses, and also visit the some of the old plantations. U.S. history interests me, and it would be fun to learn more about U.S. history by visiting a historic city in person! Also, I hear the main strip of Charleston has fun bars and restaurants, and I am always down to try local fare and explore!

2. New Orleans, Louisiana

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Unfortunately, I do not think I will make it to New Orleans this summer just because it is a tad bit too far away from Durham, NC 😦 However, I REALLY want to go, and if I can I will! My interest in New Orleans is tied with Charleston because they both have such a deep and intricate history in the formation of the southern United States. Also, I’ve been dying to go to New Orleans ever since I read “A Street Car Named Desire”. Am I the only one who has read the entirety of that play three times? No? Just Me? I’d love to see the French Quarter and visit voodoo shops, have a night of fun on Bourbon Street, and have beignets with espresso while listening to street jazz music!

3. Wilmington, North Carolina

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I’ve been to Wilmington, NC before, but it makes number 3 on my list because it is fairly close to Durham, and I love Wrightsville beach. I mean – it is NOT a Jersey beach by any means – BUT it is clean and full of young people and the town strip has a lot of fun bars and places to eat! This will be a fun trip for the weekend before or after my birthday (which is July 3 FYI!). Fun fact – the great ice cream parlor in downtown Wilmington we always visit when we are there (called Kilwins) has a location in Ridgewood, NJ!

4. Savannah, Georgia

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Ah, another city whose southern charm appeals to my inner explorer! My fiancè had the opportunity to visit Savannah while on medical rotations in GA, and I was so peanut butter and jelly! I want to visit Savannah so badly because I hear the center of town is super cute (as this photo depicts). Savannah is a 5 hour drive from NC, so maybe we will have the chance to visit this historic city as well! I’d like to visit some local eateries, in addition to historic sites like plantations and Civil War battle grounds.

5. Outer Banks, North Carolina

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Believe it or not, I’ve never made it to the Outer Banks in NC! Growing up, so many kids I went to school with vacationed to the Outer Banks for Memorial Day, the summer, or Labor Day, and I’ve always wanted to go to see what all of the fuss is about! I am doubtful the beaches are as nice as New Jersey beaches (can you tell I’m biased LOL), but if they are as nice as Wrightsville Beach in Wilmington, I bet I would love them! I feel like the Outer Banks would be more of a “Plop my ass on the beach and not move all weekend” kind of adventure, and I am totally okay with that!

6. Charlotte, North Carolina

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I’ve been wanting to visit Charlotte for a long time. The only time I’ve ever been there was on a flight layover to Disney World when I was 12 and that doesn’t count! There are a lot of small dance companies based in Charlotte, and I would love to visit to take class and maybe even see a dance show! If this city is anything like Durham or Raleigh, I know my fiancè and I will have a blast exploring it! I want to try all of the local hotspots for food and check out some of the best bars. It is always fun to try some of the local craft beers in these southern cities also, and I’m sure there are microbreweries in or near Charlotte!

7. Nashville, Tennessee

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Last but certainly NOT least is Nashville! I would L.O.V.E. to visit this city! A lot of people I know visited Nashville in 2017, and I WISH I could have gone! I am not the biggest fan of country music, but “when in Rome” I would definitely be into it if I were visiting! Also, just look at all of the lights, hustle and bustle, and all of the musical history that happened here! Nashville is probably too far of a drive (I believe it’s about 8 hours from NC), so I probably won’t make it here in the summer, but I would love to go at some point this year!

I hope you enjoyed reading through my wishlist! I hope I can actually visit some of these places this summer while I am living in NC! 🙂 Have you visited any of these cities on my list? Which are your favorite, and what do you recommend doing there? Let me know!

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xoxo

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First Bridal Expo (with my Dad!)

Happy Sunday everyone!

Today I went to my first bridal expo EVER!! It was so much fun!! My dad ended up going with me which I was super happy about because I had mixed up the dates thinking it was on Monday the 15th, so everyone who was going to come with me today ended up not being able to. However, my dad offered to go and I think he was happy to come and be involved!

The expo was held at the Olde Mill Inn in Basking Ridge, NJ. The inn itself is a gorgeous place, and the inside was still decorated beautifully for the holidays! My dad and I were able to eat (A LOT!!) of yummy food, try some different alcohol (including some mimosas), and chow down on some cakes and desserts! There were a ton of different vendors, and a lot of bride-to-be’s walking around with their bride tribes and significant others.

Not only did we get plenty of free food and drinks, we received some awesome samples, discounts codes and cards. Check out my pictures below. Displayed are some of the many companies I interacted with.

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The succulent plant was complimentary from a florist I really liked. Their whole table included purple, mauve, and succulent floral arrangements which is everything I want for my wedding day. They were very friendly, and reasonably priced, and compared to all of the other florists, their arrangements and presentation felt more similar to me and my style!

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The squeezable groom is actually a stress toy so you can keep him in your pocketbook whenever you are stressed out with wedding planning or life in general! Haha! The groom toy and a discount was my gift from an awesome and local bridal hair and makeup company called Pretty Please bridal. I talked to a few bridal makeup places, and this one was my favorite at the expo!

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I’m pretty sure I know which DJ company and photobooth company I want (they were not at this expo, I’ve found them through my own research), however, Dad and I took full advantage of the photobooth vendor who was at this expo!

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Here is some of the information from the florist and the bridal makeup company I really liked! If you are a NJ, NY, or PA bride who follows me, these are great vendors to look into.

Speaking of which, I got a free eyelash application from a different bridal hair and makeup booth (I didn’t like them as much as I liked Pretty Please bridal, but free dramatic lashes is AWESOME!). The lashes she applied complimented my eye makeup today! I used the JaclynHillxMorphe palette. I used Pooter and Roxanne in my crease and inner and outer v. I brought those same two colors to my lower lashline to compliment the lid. Then I used Little Lady on the center of my eyelid, and used Enlight as a brow and inner corner highlight.

I really am excited to figure out a venue and nail one down with my fiancè so we can take our time planning and finding the perfect vendors for the other parts of our special day. If you’ve been a long time follower of my blog, you know he is in the military, so hopefully his job responsibilities don’t interfere with us waiting until 2019 to have our special day.

Next weekend I will be attending another bridal expo! Stay tuned for more bridal expo and wedding planning updates! I can’t wait to marry my best friend!

Lots of love!

xoxo

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Happy 21st Birthday to Me & 240th Birthday to America

Hey everybody!

Sorry I went MIA this past weekend. My boyfriend came home for a very quick visit for the July 4th weekend! I turned 21 on July 3rd, and it was also my mother’s birthday (yes, we were born on the same day!), so there was a lot going on between running to and from the airport, dinners, and family events!

I had the best time this weekend, and it was nice my boyfriend was in our home state for the first time in 7 months! We went to hot yoga with his mom, went to the Melting Pot with my family, and I had my first legal drinks! The night ended with my sister, my boyfriend, and I being locked out of my house, so we had to climb through a window! It was definitely a 21st birthday full of shenanigans.  I also received a lot of generous and beautiful presents, so I will definitely post a birthday present post to show you all some fun makeup, yoga and gym gear, and alcohol related presents I received as gifts!

Thank you for being patient with my blog posts, and if you liked the outfit I wore for my 21st in the picture below, I will list where I bought the different pieces of my outfit!

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The love of my life and I ❤

Listed below are the details of my outfit!

Body suit: Garage Clothing

Shorts: Garage Clothing

Necklace: Icing

Sandals (not shown): Urban Bay/Kohls

Earrings: Forever21

I hope you all enjoyed your long holiday weekend! Mine was very memorable even though it was a whirlwind of three days! ❤ What did you all do this weekend? How did you celebrate the birth of our country? Any birthday twins out there?

Talk with you soon!

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Memorial Day Weekend For a Military Girlfriend

Hello beautifuls!

It is really late on a Wednesday night, but I just wanted to tell you about my trip to see my boyfriend! As most of you know, my boyfriend is serving in the military, and we are only able to see each other for short trips at a time. This trip we had such a lovely time, and I can’t wait until July 4th weekend (my birthday weekend!), which will be the next time I see him hopefully!

I flew down to see him last Thursday. C was still training, so after I landed I had a few hours to kill. This was good because I had time to write a paper and finish taking notes on some of the reading I had to do for my summer class. He picked me up from the airport around 6:30pm, and together we drove back to post. We grabbed dinner at Mod Pizza on the way, which was absolutely DELICIOUS.

The next day, we woke up early, showered, went and got Dunkin for breakfast, and started on our way to the beach! It’s about two hours from post, but it was a gorgeous day so we didn’t mind the road trip! ❤

We went to a Walmart in town really quick to grab some food for the beach and water bottles for the hotel room. We also bought beach towels because we didn’t have any. Then we drove to the hotel, checked in, put our swimsuits on called an Uber, and went to the beach!

The beach was absolutely gorgeous, and the water was really clean and nice to swim in (not to mention warm!). We were on the beach for about five hours, and later we grabbed an Uber back to the hotel where we showered and dressed up to go out to dinner.

We ate dinner at this place called Elijah’s which was a seafood restaurant right on the river in the downtown part of the city. It was great, and we had a really good time and some awesome crab dip.

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My love and I dressed up for the night

Later, we hit up some of the local bars, one of which was an actual speakeasy!! It was called the “Blind Elephant”, and was so cool. – tucked away in an alleyway with nothing but a sign with a silhouette of an elephant, and one lamp over a door up some metal steps. They had a list of special “Elixirs” on the wall, so we ordered two to try. I drank a Moscow Mule which was made with homemade ginger beer, and C drank a special drink called the Golden Ticket. They were sooo good, and tasted really fresh. I took a picture on Snapchat of the inside of this place and didn’t think to save it unfortunately!

We went to two other bars that night, and finally caught an Uber back to the hotel. The next day said rain, so we were able to go to a beach (a different beach this time) for about 2 hours. This one wasn’t as great as the beach the previous day, but we had fun nonetheless. It began to get cloudy, so we packed our stuff up, bought ice cream, and ate it while we watched the storm roll in. We drove back to the hotel early and relaxed/showered/got ready to go out and meet one of C’s friends from college and his girlfriend for dinner.

We ate at a local brewery (called The Front Street) in the downtown area which was a lot of fun. The beer and food were good, as was the service. After dinner, we went to another local ice cream parlor, and we bought dessert! I didn’t want ice cream again, so I bought a white chocolate covered rice crispy treat which was delicious, but C got an ice cream in a homemade waffle cone! We walked around the Riverwalk to kill time before we met up with his friend and his girlfriend for a ghost tour!

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Picture captured at sunset while on the Riverwalk

Finally around 8:30pm, C’s friend and his gf, and C and I met at a store for a ghost walk of the city! I bought the tickets the night before off of my phone while C and I were hanging out in the speakeasy, and we weren’t sure how good it was going to be because the forecast predicted rain. It didn’t end up raining, and the tour was so much fun! Our tour guide was a great story teller, and we definitely had the goosebumps a couple of times!

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This old cemetery holds the first man in American recorded history who was accidentally buried alive!

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We were given these beads before the tour started

Sunday was my last day in town, and most of the day was spent driving back to the airport. I hated saying goodbye to my boyfriend – it never gets easier – but we were so lucky to have had this trip and all of the fun memories we made. My flight home went smoothly, and I came home with so many memories and a decent tan!

I love C so much, and this trip reminded me of how much I want to be with this man for the rest of my life. I can’t wait to graduate, and to start building my career and moving forward with C and our life together. This was a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend, and I will cherish the memories for the rest of my life. It was also great I was able to be in town for such a special time for the U.S. military! ❤ I love my soldier and am so proud of him!

How was your Memorial Day weekend? Any Milsos on here make any trips to see their loved ones?!

Xoxo,

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