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    Weekdays at New General

    Nothing beats working from a coffee shop. It’s not something I get to do often, but this week was a different story. I was in Orlando Sunday through Thursday afternoon for my job, and while I was there, I looked for every opportunity in the world to work outside (the weather was amazing). Coffee shops all day, every day.

    One of my newly discovered favorites is New General in Winter Park. It’s the cutest, Insta-worthy spot. And if you’ve heard of Kinfolk Magazine, this place is basically Kinfolk IRL. Not only do they serve up the most beautiful toast you’ve ever seen (see below), but they also have a wide selection of minimalist-approved home goods, clothing, greeting cards and cute gifts. It’s a dream.

    My friend Sydney (New General regular, talented photographer and all around cool person) met me there and we both used the time to knock out items on our to-do lists, snap a few pics and sip on some coffee.

    Until next time, FL. <3


    I hope you’re having a great week! Thanks for stopping by :)

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    Photography by Sydney Marie Photography


    Travel Diary: A Long Weekend in Las Vegas in iPhone Photos

    Because In-N-Out is a must on any West Coast adventure.Las Vegas Travel Diary |

    My friends and I were invited to a wedding in Las Vegas (congrats, Brock and Jenna!), so naturally, we decided to make a long weekend out of the trip. Before I went, people warned me three days would feel more like three weeks. And if you’ve been to Vegas before, then you know three days really does feel like three weeks — maybe four. Vegas is completely overwhelming and visually stimulating (Lights! Casinos! Drinks! Clubs!), but in the very best way.

    We stayed at Mandalay Bay, and each hotel we explored was more extravagant then the next. The casinos (usually located on the ground floor of the hotels) were packed to the gills. Yep, even on a Thursday afternoon.

    There were bright lights and crowds of people. Nightclubs were like something out of a movie. Drinks were at least $15, and even though I’m not a gambler, I couldn’t help but wonder how amazing it would have been to win the $10.1 million jackpot. Seriously, though…
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    Oh, and we walked. A lot. Like, 20,000 steps daily, a lot. If you go to Vegas, listen to the people who tell you to pack comfortable shoes. Because if I’m being honest, even though I wore my Puma sneakers every day, my dogs were barking. Big time.

    If you are planning on going to Vegas in the near future, here are some of the things I’d recommend adding to your to-do list.

    The Linq High Roller

    The Linq High Roller is the largest observation wheel in the world. It’s located smack-dab in the middle of the Strip, across the street from Caesars Palace. This is where things get fun…for just $50, you and your friends have access to a pod on the observation wheel that comes complete with its own little bar. It’s own little open bar. If you’re lucky, you won’t have to share the pod with complete strangers.

    We took in the beautiful views of the city from the very top, while Orlando, our amazing bartender from San Diego, made us shots with names that aren’t appropriate for this corner of the web. But they were DELISH. Thanks, Orlando.

    Visit Fremont Street

    Fremont Street is a 5-block area in historic downtown Las Vegas. It feels old, but that’s what gives it its charm. Bars sell drink cups that come in all shapes — from leg lamps to cowboy boots, casinos smell like stale cigarettes, and if you’re lucky, you’ll see a man in a bikini or g-string thong. This place is gritty and a bit tacky, and that’s why it’s a must.

    Zip Line Over Crowds of People

    Why walk Fremont Street when you can glide over it? The Slotzilla Zipline is the perfect activity. Regulars we talked to told us to ride it at night because that’s when everything lights up. They also said to splurge and pay $40 for the express line. FYI if you’re considering between the two.

    See a Show

    We didn’t have enough time to see a show, and to be honest, most of us didn’t have enough money either. But, if you have the chance, there are always so many good ones. It’s hard to go wrong. Um, hellooooooo! Britney Spears?

    Check out the Hotels

    Wander around New York New York (and maybe even pay for a $30 rollercoaster ride). Sip on martinis and take in the views at the Foundation Room. Order the Verbena at the Cosmopolitan’s Chandelier Bar (it’s a drink that literally alters your tastebuds). Hit up the shops near Caesars Palace. Admire the beautiful lobby in the Bellagio. Take a gondola ride at the Venetian…

    Seriously, I could go on and on about every hotel on the Strip. They are all so beautiful, it’s insane.

    Admire the Bellagio Fountains

    Remember the classic scene in Oceans 11? The one where George Clooney and his gang stand overlooking the Bellagio Fountains? Well, yes, they are just like the movie. Touristy and cliche, of course. But what part of Vegas isn’t?

    The Crew before the wedding. Meet Alex, Max, Kari, Danny, (you know me) and Fritz.


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    Las Vegas Travel Diary |

    Have you been to Vegas before? If so, what are some of your favorite things to do in the city?

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    Weekend Mornings at Stauf’s Coffee Roasters

    Would you say you’re a “routine person?” I never thought I was. But, when it comes to my weekends, they usually involve the same thing, every time: a ridiculously obscene amount of coffee. There’s something pretty special about the ritual of having that first cup. I love to roll out of bed on a Saturday or Sunday morning (after sleeping in until at least 10 a.m.) and walk to Stauf’s, a coffee shop a couple blocks from my apartment. It’s the perfect place to post up, sip on a latte, and nom on something sweet.

    The patio out back is my all-time favorite. It’s tucked away under trees and umbrellas, making it ideal to retreat to, especially if you’re looking a little rough from the night before (check). Because let’s be real, we’ve all been there. Stauf's Coffee |

    Stauf's Coffee |

    Stauf's Coffee |

    Seriously, how good does that strawberry scone look? Don’t you just want to snatch it off the plate? Also, the barista I talked to told me she makes a mean Cortado. I didn’t know what that was at the time (disclaimer, still don’t), but according to Wikipedia, it’s espresso “cut” with a small amount of warm milk to reduce the acidity. Who knew? After downing it in under five minutes, I’d have to agree with her. It was good.

    Stauf's Coffee |

    Stauf's Coffee |

    Stauf's Coffee |

    Stauf's Coffee |

    Stauf's Coffee |

    Now, let’s talk a bit about this outfit. I’m not allowed to wear jeans during the week, so on weekends, I take full advantage and wear them all day, errrr day. Flares are my jam lately. As much as I love my skinnies, flared jeans really are flattering on everyone, and help to accentuate your curves. I snagged a pair the other day from Old Navy (PSA: they are on sale for $20!) and I’ve literally worn them every night since.


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    I hope you have a great weekend!


    A Long Weekend in Sandusky, Ohio

    This past weekend, Fritz and I drove to Sandusky, Ohio for a long weekend with nothing on the agenda. We took the boat out for a spin, walked around Cedar Point (I got my season pass!), hosted a fish fry, browsed some local thrift shops and enjoyed every single moment. I really think there’s something to this whole living life “out of office” thing.

    I hope you had a relaxing weekend with your friends and family! I’d love to hear what you ended up doing. In the meantime, feel free to browse some of the photos I took over the last few days.

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    5 Cozy Airbnbs to Book for Your Next Trip

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    One of my goals in life is to make traveling a priority, even if it means I have to take smaller smaller trips here and there for the sake of savoring my limited vacation days. Venturing away from home and exploring the world is what makes life worthwhile, you know? Switching up the scenery helps gets the creative juices flowing. Because I don’t know about you, but I’ve never thought, “I feel so creative!” staring at a gray cube wall.

    When it comes to making travel plans, I like do my homework. I research local restaurants, bars and coffee shops. I find out where the locals go to shop and hang out. I read a shit ton of Yelp reviews. And I’ve been known to spend hours on Airbnb looking for the perfect Pinterest-worthy place to stay.

    Fritz and I both stayed in our first Airbnb on a trip to San Diego (check it out here, it’s adorbs). We were greeted by bottles of wine, a binder filled with recommendations for restaurants and shopping, snacks on snacks, and our own private garage. I absolutely loved the experience, and felt more at home than I ever have in a hotel. There’s something pretty special about that. Have you ever done the whole Airbnb thing?

    And speaking of traveling, I’m off the Naples, Florida for a long weekend! So while you read this, I’ll finish packing (nothing like waiting till the last minute, right?).

    Without further ado, here are five super cozy Airbnb’s to stay in on your next trip:

    Austin – 6 guests, $475/night

    If I could move into this place, I so would. Loads of natural light? Check. Vaulted ceilings? Check. Featured by Camille Styles and one of Austin’s interior design magazines? Check, check. Shall I go on…see for yourself hereAirbnb Austin

    Nashville – 4 guests, $185/night

    This two-bedroom home is used as a photo studio for artists. So, if that doesn’t scream “NASHVILLE,” then I don’t know what does. Book here.

    NashvilleAirbnbSan Francisco – 2 guests, $267/night

    Eclectic, bright, a little boho and quintessentially San Francisco. Check availability for this one-bedroom Victorian home here.

    airbnb san franciscoChicago – 4 guests, $175/night

    The host claims “a unique mix of modern and vintage decor sets this lofty 1,200 sq. ft. 2 bedroom/1 bathroom apartment apart from the typical cookie-cutter Chicago condo,” and I couldn’t agree more. Book your weekend trip here.

    Untitled design-5Savannah, GA – 6 guests, $199/night

    This newly renovated home was built over 100 years ago and is located in Savannah’s historic district, just a mere stone throw away from from the design district, Bull street, Forsyth Park, and Broughton Street. If you want to feel like a local, this is your place. Book here.

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    Have you stayed in any cool Airbnbs lately? I’d love to hear more about your experience!

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