Category Archives: Travel

TRAVEL DIARY: BRUNCH AT GREAT MAPLE IN SAN DIEGO

GREAT MAPLE IN SAN DIEGO

  When we pulled up to Great Maple, there was a long line of people perched in the parking lot waiting patiently for their names to be called. I was hungry, but usually a line means the food is worth it. It was New Years Day and I was enjoying a gorgeous sunny day in Southern California instead of the bomb cyclone back in New York City, so I was not going to complain about a long wait for brunch. If you follow my instagram stories, you may have seen me being a *tiny* bit petty about my sunny New Years towards Chastity after she called me from her frozen tundra in Atlanta… I swear I tried to leave my…

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Want to Quit Your Job? Read This First.

It was 8am on a crisp November Monday. I stepped off of the elevators on the 41st floor of my corporate office in Manhattan’s financial district. As I sat down at my desk, one task zoomed to the top of my to-do list– print my resignation letter and quit my job. I felt a healthy mix of sadness, anxiety and relief. I did things the right way, giving more than 30 days notice, offering to train my replacement. etc. My boss threw me an awesome goodbye party and then, boom four weeks later I was instantly self employed, my own boss, a creative entrepreneur. That was almost three years ago and I’ve been supporting myself on my own terms ever since. Do you…

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Travel Diary: 48 Hours in Tallahassee, Florida

When I told my friends I was heading to Tallahassee, Fla., they all had the same question. “What’s in Tallahassee??” My answer: I don’t know… and that’s where the fun begins! I’ve made a commitment to travel in 2017, and while exotic destinations are fun. I love the idea of exploring the hidden gems here in the United States. I’ve been to Miami plenty of times, so when VISIT FLORIDA invited me to come and explore the capital city of Tallahassee, I had no idea what I would do there—and that sounded like an adventure that I wanted to take on. When I arrived in this capital city, I wasn’t sure if I’d have a good time. As I left…

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Super Affordable Cute Luggage Sets

When I first moved away for college, I had this eclectic mix of luggage that I took from my parents basement. Plain boring black suitcases in different sizes. I took little swatches of pink sequined fabric from an old prom dress and tied them on the handles of each bag so that when they came down the luggage carousel at the airport I’d know which plain boring black suitcase was mine. For years as I’d shuttle back and forth from New York City to California, I’d grab one of the boring black bags and go. Fast forward to today and I’m working really hard at “adulting”. For me adulting isn’t always about big moves like having babies or buying a…

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Travel Diary: Royal Caribbean Cruise from NYC to The Bahamas

Did you know that Royal Caribbean offers cruises that leave from the NYC area? When I think of a quick trip out of NYC, I had no idea I could add a cruise to the Bahamas to the list! I spent 7 nights on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas ship. This was my first cruise, so I didn’t have an expectations. I arrived with a new swimsuit, an open mind and a suite case full of motion sickness pills (just in case). It took me about 24 hours to get my “sea legs” (you’ll see what that looks like in the video below) and ultimately I never took any of the motion sickness meds I brought. Before I break down the cruise…

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Travel Diary: Miami

Miami is one of my favorite cities to visit. It’s an easy/affordable flight from New York City, which makes it the perfect getaway. The past few times I’ve visited Miami, my focus was beach, beach, pool, beach. But when I went to Miami last month my focus was completely different. I was in Miami for 24 hours for a layover during my trip to Cuba. So instead of focusing on the beach, I decided to spend the day exploring Miami’s Wynwood Art District. I spent the day there in my favorite dress from Universal Standard. The Geneva dress is becoming an essential part of my travel wardrobe. I can style this dress in so many ways and it feels like a…

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Planning a Trip to Cuba? Read This!

My Cuba Travel Diary just went live and you’ve been asking lots of questions via email and social media. So, I’m compiling the most popular questions here! How Much Money Should I Bring to Cuba? As an American in Cuba, I knew that my credit/debit cards would not work and american dollars would be useless. My housing was paid for in advance (see below), so I created a budget for myself of $200 CUC/day. My hope was that it was a gross over estimate but since I’d be in a foreign country with limited funds I wanted to be prepared for any and everything. I ultimately had more money than I needed. How do I Exchange Money for Cuba? The major…

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Travel Diary: Cuba

I just got back from Cuba and I miss it terribly already… I’d like to share some highlights of my trip with you! Riding in Cars with Boys I am going to confess that I became obsessed with the vintage convertibles in Cuba. Most people get one for an hour or so to tour the city. I got one three different times. Sometimes just to take me back home and sometimes for more lengthy adventures. The drivers were always so friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. One driver assumed I was obsessed with Beyonce (accurate) so he kept offering to take me to the places she had been… I loved every minute of it. Dress: Lane Bryant | Shoes: Amazon | Sunnies: Amazon…

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Healthy, Yummy NYC Brunch at Bluestone Lane

Fun fact about me, Brunch is my favorite meal! I love sleeping in but still getting breakfast food, I love chatting with friends into the late afternoon and I really love it when a brunch meal is outside or has extra sunny views. The only drawback with brunch is that when you’re trying to live a healthy lifestyle, sometimes mimosas, french toast and bacon aren’t the best choices. On the other hand, staying home to eat oatmeal every weekend isn’t always super appealing either. I asked you all on my instagram if you were interested in healthy brunch options in NYC and lots of you said YES! So, as I find great reastaurants, I’ll send them your way. If you…

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