Dose of Disney: My tips and tricks for the Flower and Garden Festival

Friday, March 23, 2018

Eat a real meal beforehand | Our first time at the Flower & Garden festival we made a major mistake by only eating Flower & Garden food..... we were all so cranky because we had been hungry for so long, and it took forever to feel full just by eating small bites and sharing small plates. The second day we spent at the festival we ate a smaller lunch then just had snacks or treats from the festival stands. Honestly, I think this is the way to go. This way you at least ate a little lunch or some sort of meal before you go and sample. Whether that is a small sandwich or salad or something, now you won't be starving while trying your Flower & Garden dishes! Plus there is nothing worse then being hangry. My family hangry is NOT a good situation let me tell you. 

Split dishes with friends | If you go with friends or family share your plates! When we went we split almost everything and just had little tastes of things. A. This saves money because these dishes aren't exactly "cheap". I'd say the average price is $6-8 per dish and they aren't huge! B. It gives you the opportunity to try way more things! If you really like something you can always go and get round 2! 

Pace yourself | Pace yourself between stands. Go to rides and attractions in between so you don't get to full. All the power to you if you can power through it back to back, but I get full!

Look at the Flower & Garden passport beforehand | Decide what your must-try items are. Find their locations and plan your food accordingly. We usually start in Canada and make our way around the countries. Obviously you can do it your normal way, but you can plan your stops based on your normal Epcot route!

What are your tips and tricks to Flower & Garden Festival? Let me know in the comments below! 

Dose of Disney: Flower and Garden Festival Food Review

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

I ate a bunch of food and drinks from the Flower and Garden Festival when I went last year in 2017. A lot of the same food is back for this years festival! So, I thought I'd give my reviews on everything I ate last year as a guide for anyone heading to Flower & Garden this year... 

Frushi | location Japan at Hanami | I normally don't eat sushi. But, fruit sushi is something I can get behind! Fruit is one of my favorite types of food so I was so excited to try this! It has pineapple, cantaloupe, and strawberries wrapped in rice. This treat was super tasty and sweet. If you like fruit I totally recommend you trying frushi! Plus this is one of the most hyped treats at the festival, because it is so pretty and perfect for photos!

Berry Buckle | location The Berry Basket | Holy yum! This dessert was also delicious. It was a berry crumble like dessert with a scoop of pepper berry gelato. It was so refreshing but decedent at the same time. I was worried about the pepper berry gelato at first, but it proved to be very tasty.

La Vie En Rose | location France Fleur de Lys | My favorite drink of the Flower & Garden Festival was for sure the La Vie En Rose in France. It is an alcoholic slush with vodka, cranberry juice, and a few other juices. I can't describe the taste but it is oh so good!!! Also, this drink is so pretty and perfect for photo ops, I know I'm all about the photo. But, this drink is to pretty not to snap a few pictures.

Chocolat Rasberry macaron | location France | Again, another great dessert. Who doesn't love a macaron? This was a giant macaron perfect to split with friends or family! It looks like this year they have a chocolate macaron lollipop, which I'm sure will be just as good. The dessert area in France has other macaron flavors if you're looking for something more specific!

Cider | location U.K. at the Cider House | At the U.K. pavilion we opted for the cider flight which featured 3 ciders. Ciders are one of my favorite alcoholic beverages, I enjoyed all of the ciders in the flight! I am not sure if it is the exact same ciders for 2018, but I'm sure they are still fabulous.

House-made Potato and Cheddar Cheese Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Tartare | Location U.K. at the Cider House | This is basically half a review, because I don't eat salmon, but the biscuit was very tasty! I love a good cheddar biscuit and this one was mighty tasty. I had a little taste of my brother's dish but I know he enjoyed it!

Violet Lemonade | location Pineapple Promenade | The STAR of Flower & Garden Festival the famous Violet Lemonade. I cannot describe this stuff, but it is so darn good. Perfectly purple and amazing this frozen drink is so refreshing! It's a must try.

Strawberry Tiramisu | location Italy | They did not bring this treat back for 2018, but it was pretty tasty! Now there is a different dessert in the Italy Primavera Kitchen that I might have to try out. 

What are your favorite things to eat at Flower & Garden Festival? Let me know in the comments below! 

Dose of Disney: What I'm wearing on my Disney trip!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Hello friends! On today's Dose of Disney post I'm sharing all of the details for what I'm planning to wear at Disney. I'm still waiting on some pieces, but this is the bulk of my outfits I'm bringing to the parks for my week long girl's trip with my mom. I thought it would be fun to give you a peek as to what I am bringing, and give you as many outfit details as possible. Some of the pieces are a few months old or were limited releases. So, they aren't all available to purchase. But, I linked items that are similar or the website they are from! 


I am so excited for these two looks! I am a crazy person and am planning outfit changes while at the parks. Obviously that is not necessary, but for picture wise I want to get a ton of cute pictures to use for Instagram and blogposts. These outfits are super simple to re-create. Jadelynn Brooke has a ton of cute Disney inspired tees and they are so comfy. I love all of the bright colors they use, plus they are subtle but still super fun! I'm pairing both of these tees with simple white chino shorts with a pair of fun ears. These Sleeping Beauty Ears from Aloha Ear Design are so cute. The best part is they glow in the dark! 

Where it's from: 
Princess pink tee | Jadelynn Brooke (similar)
My Happy Place tee | Jadelynn Brooke (other color)
Shorts | J. Crew 
Sleeping Beauty ears | Aloha Ear Design 
Denim ears | Shop House of Mouse 
Bracelets | Alex and Ani & Pandora 

One day of the trip at Magic Kingdom I'm going full blown Beauty & the Beast theme! We always go to Be Our Guest for lunch so I'm planning on wearing these looks that day. Beauty & the Beast is one of my favorite movies, so I have a ton of fun pieces inspired by the film. Pairing a fun tee with a more dressy short is a fun way to create a cool Disney style of your own! 

Where it's from: 
Beast jersey tee | Lost Bros. 
Seersucker shorts | Lauren James 
Beauty & the Beast ears | Aloha Ear Design (similar pair)
Tale as old as Time tee | The Mainstreet Press 
Floral shorts | J. Crew 

Another day at Magic Kingdom I am going Pixar crazy. My Monsters Inc. inspired look is probably the one I am most excited for. Monsters Inc. is BY FAR my favorite movie. So I am going a little cray withe the Mike Wazowski styling, but no shame. Then my other look is inspired by Woody! I love how this tee matches this Lilly skort. 

Where it's from: 
Monsters jersey tee | Lost Bros. 
Monsters Inc. baseball jersey | Walt's Wardrobe 
White shorts | J. Crew 
Cowboys jersey tee | Lost Bros. 
Floral skort | Lilly Pulitzer 
Diamond Ears | Wicked Ears 

The Three Caballeros is my family's favorite ride, so when I saw this Walt's Wardrobe tee from a while back the whole fam needed them. I'm wearing it solo on this trip, but it will be making an appearance when we go as a whole family a year from now. The striped shorts give me major Donald vibes, so it is perfect for Three Caballeros! I'm planning on wearing this to Epcot to get pictures in front of my fav ride. 

Where it's from: 
Three Caballeros tee | Walt's Wardrobe 
Shorts | J. Crew 
Epcot ears | Aloha Ear Design  (Grand + Miraculous set)

Oooooooooh! I love the aliens from Toy Story, so when I saw this adorable tee I had to pick it up. Pairing the tee with fun purple Lilly shorts gives it a preppy feel. To top of the look I'm wearing my fun diamond ears that sparkle like no other. This will be the perfect look for Hollywood Studios! We are missing the Toy Story Land opening, but I am kind of okay with it because that place is going to be bananas when that goes down. 

Where it's from: 
Shorts | Lilly Pulitzer 
Diamond ears | Wicked Ears 

Ciao from my favorite Tokyo Disney character Gelatoni! This tee is inspired by the little painter cat that is very well known in Tokyo Disney. I love the pastel colors paired with this seersucker skort. 

Where it's from: 
Skort | Lilly Pulitzer 
Ears | Disney Parks 

All of the Animal Kingdom vibes with these two looks! I plan on wearing the jersey over the safari inspired tank and then taking it off later in the day for an easy outfit change. I'm a 90s baby so when I saw the Pocahontas jersey with 95' on the back I was obsessed. Plus Meeko is the cutest little sidekick ever. Then of course you need a little cheetah print while at Animal Kingdom!  

Where it's from: 
Cheetah Minnie monogram tank | Pretty Little Monograms (similar)
Shorts | Topshop 
Cheetah ears | Floofy Arts 
Pocahontas jersey | Box Lunch 
Black skirt | American Apparel 
Crotchet ears | The Mad Hatear  
Rose bag | Danielle Nicole 

The final outfit I am sharing is this very Mickey look! I got this skirt from Cath Kidston a while back and shared it in a Rock the Dots style post. But, I am planning to wear it to the parks as well. Paired with this fun Mickey tee it's gonna be a super classic Disney style look. 

Where it's from: 
Mickey tee | Once Upon Apparel 
Skirt | Cath Kidston 
Mickey ears | Floofy Arts (similar pair)

There are a few other items and outfits I am bringing for Flower & Garden, but I am still waiting on some of it! So, I guess those will just have to be surprises! But, to give you an idea... below are some links to what else I am bringing to Disney. I always bring sweatshirts because it gets chilly at night. Also, you should always bring some sort of rain gear to be prepared for any showers that may happen in the parks. 

Other things I'm wearing.... 
Floral Drink Around the World tee | Lost Bros 
Minnie monogramed pop-over | Pretty Little Monograms
Violet lemonade monogramed tee | Pretty Little Monograms 
Flower & Garden floral monogramed pop-over | Pretty Little Monograms 
Flower & Garden lavender rain jacket | Pretty Little Monograms

Which outfit is your favorite? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to check back after my trip to see all of these looks in action! 

Post Grad Girl: What you actually need to bring on college spring break

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

It's that time of year again... time for spring break! In college it seems like almost everyone has that one spring break that is an insane, let's be honest, drunken adventure. But, what no one tells you is what you actually should bring on these trips. My sophomore year of college I went to Gulf Shores, Alabama for spring break with a big group of people. Let's learn from my and others mistakes and pack the right things! Today, I'm going to tell you what you should pack and what you should leave at home. 

What to bring
1. Swimsuits | Swimsuits are obviously a staple when going to the beach for spring break. I recommend bringing one swimsuit set or one piece per day you are planning on being at the beach. I know what you're thinking, that's a lot of damn swimsuits. But, trust me after walking around the beach all day or at a party you aren't going to want to put that swimsuit on again later in the trip. If you don't have enough swimsuits don't sweat it, bring mix and match tops so you can at least feel a little refreshed each day with a new swimsuit look. Also disclosure: your swimsuits might get ruined. I'd leave the $100+ swimsuits at home. Stick with Target or Aerie swimsuits, you can still be cute without bringing the $90 Triangle top. If your swimsuit doesn't get ruined, it also might get stolen. It's gross to think that someone would take your swimsuit (like ew no), but things tend to go missing wether someone took them or not when you're staying with a big group of girls. Moral of the story is bring lots of affordable swimsuits that if they get ruined it won't be the end of the earth. 

2. T-shirt and track shorts | Let's be honest here for a second, you are probably going to be a hot mess express on your spring break. It's fine, it happens to the best of us. Keep your super cute outfits to a minimum and be sure to bring some tees and track shorts or other casual clothes. Also, be sure to grab at least one sweatshirt. When I was in golf shores it was warm, but got chilly at night. You're gonna wanna bring a least a little something in case it gets cold. 

3. Normal clothes | Although you should bring casual clothes, be sure to bring some real clothes too. I don't know about you but I hate staying in a swimsuit all day long. Bring a few pairs of shorts and cute tops for later in the evening when you might go to dinner or a party. 

4. Flip flops & Sneakers | Bring at least one pair of flip flops and one pair of sneakers. There is broken glass everywhere in places like this. Wearing shoes is important for safety reasons and because you should just wear shoes it's a simple concept here people. Some people went on bike rides or walked around and sneakers would come in handy for that. If you're trying to be fancy you could even bring sneakers to run on the beach or something. Not speaking from personal experience, but it sounds like it would be a good idea. #fitness 

5. Aloe & Sunscreen | I CANNOT stress this ENOUGH! You or someone you know WILL get sunburned. I try and avoid getting sun burned at all costs by using high SPF sunscreen. I am a very pale person and I burn easily so I always have Aloe Vera with me. But, other people, not so much. I was slathering aloe onto friends after they got fried under the sun. Just because you tan doesn't mean you shouldn't bring aloe or wear sunscreen. So please play it safe and apply sunscreen each morning and come prepared with aloe in case you do get burned. 

6. Extra phone chargers | Bring extra chargers for your devices if possible. Again, staying in a house full of girls stuff is going to go missing or misplaced. Better be safe then sorry! Walking around with a dead phone is not a good idea... people will get lost to begin with and you don't want to add a dead phone into that equation. Portable chargers are also a good idea to keep on hand! 

What NOT to bring 
1. Valuables | You are probably thinking no sh**t don't bring valuables. But, my inner mom is screaming inside DON'T BRING THEM! I get paranoid about stuff like this but, it is better to be safe then sorry here people. 

2. Electronics | Leave the laptops and nice cameras at home ladies, you won't use them. I think there was one person on my trip that actually pulled out a laptop and did homework. Don't take it with and just leave it at home. I have a vision of someone's laptop falling into a pool somewhere and it gives me major anxiety, so don't let that dream become a reality. 

3. Expensive jewelry | I wear nice jewelry on a daily basis, but on spring break I didn't wear anything. Just leave all of that stuff at home. The last thing you want is your favorite necklace to fall off on the beach or get lost in a pool. Play it safe and just leave it at home. 

4. Designer purses | You'll think you will use a purse, but I'm telling you now you will not. Don't have your nice Louis or Kate Spade sitting at your hotel or in your house. Stick with a fanny pack (I know #fashion) or a beach bag to carry your things. If you are going somewhere less ratchet then Gulf Shores and you have a safe in your hotel... maybe you could bring it. But, I still wouldn't recommend it! 

Wow, hopefully I didn't sound like to big of a mom, but this is what you need to hear ladies. To summarize: bring aloe, sunscreen, and the necessities. Don't bring unnecessary fancy things if you are going on a ratchet spring break. 

Hopefully this will help any first-timer spring breakers. The most important thing to remember is STAY SAFE! Stick with your friends, keep your phone charged, and don't stay out in the sun too long. Be smart and trust your instinct. 

Have spring break questions? Leave them in the comments! 

Las Vegas Travel Diary & Guide

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Another day another city. I've been traveling basically all of February and it's been crazy! But, today I am bringing you a full guide of what I did in Las Vegas. When I was traveling to Vegas not a lot of people had recommendations for restaurants and what to do. Basically in Vegas people just sit and gamble all day and drink all night, which is not my thing. But, you do you and you gamble and drink your heart out. If you're looking for other things to do I am here to help! 

I did go to Vegas for work purposes, so I was not out drinking all night, going to shows, or out at clubs. So, I can't help ya there. But, I'll give you the run down of where I stayed and what I ate along with my reviews for everything! 

Where I stayed | For work we stayed at the Palazzo hotel which is attached to the Venetian. Then, of course, my flight got cancelled going home to Chicago. So I headed back to the strip for an extra night which I spent at The Paris. Luckily I can give you some thoughts on both hotels! The Palazzo is for sure a higher end hotel, while the Paris has some more price conscience rooms available. 

The Palazzo | To say the Palazzo is a gorgeous hotel is an understatement. Everything was so pretty! I stayed in a king bed suite and it was spectacular. Honestly, one of the nicest rooms I have ever stayed in. A huge bathroom with double sinks, huge tub, glass shower, and even a vanity to get ready at! The room had two TV's one near the bed and one in the separate sitting area. My view overlooked the pool and some other hotels. Everything was clean and pristine with marble tile in the bathroom to gorgeous decor in the bedroom and living space. Overall, had a great experience in the room! The rest of the hotel is equally as gorgeous. The lobby had amazing Chinese New Year decor, just as every hotel on the strip did. There was some areas that were under renovation, but I could hardly notice. The Palazzo is connected to the Venetian so there was a ton to do just in the comfort of our own hotel. If you really wanted to you wouldn't have to leave your hotel property! We of course did, but there were a ton of options right in the hotel. The Palazzo was a great hotel and if you want to splurge on a nice room I would totally recommend the Palazzo!  

The Paris | Then, in a weird twist of fate I got stuck in Vegas an extra night because my flight back home to Chicago was cancelled. When I was booking a reservation for the night The Paris was an option. I had visited the hotel while I was walking around one night and I loved the theming. So I decided to go with it! It has a great central location and is right in the middle of everything. The lobby and casino area are gorgeous and totally remind me of classic fancy Paris. There are so many beautiful touches, and I love the fake Eiffel Tower! My room for the night was only $56, no joke. If you want to go to Vegas go during the week! Hotels are so much cheaper versus the weekend, naturally. I will say for an extra $20 you could upgrade to a nicer room, which I opted out of. But, my room was fine. It was clean, but it was old. Bathroom could have used an update, and the furniture was on the older side. However, I was only there for the one night so it wasn't a huge deal. But, if you are on a budge the room was fine and the hotel is fabulous! So many restaurants and also some nice casual dinning options. Most of the restaurants in Vegas are $60+ an entree. But, the Paris has some more affordable food options and grab and go food. Overall, my stay at The Paris was nice for the night! I loved eating dinner at the hotel and grabbing a crepe for dessert at the end of the night. 

Hotel's to visit | I feel like everyone talks about all of the hotels in Vegas. Visiting hotels is an activity in itself in Vegas and I hit a lot of the highlights. Every hotel has such amazing theming, which I loved about Vegas. There were so many different vibes and themes in each hotel, they are all so different! Some of them have amazing lobbies, shopping areas, or even shows to see. 

The Bellagio | The Bellagio is probably most well known for their fountain show which is displayed at the front of the hotel. You can view the show from many different areas. If you go to where the cars pull up for drop off in the front of the hotel there is a small balcony great for viewing the fountain. Also, it was a great spot to snap pictures of the strip! There was hardly anyone out there when we were there so it was super easy to get a picture without a million people around. Cross the drop off area in front and its right past a gorgeous fountain! You can also view the fountains from right near the sidewalk on the strip, or you can walk around to the other side of the fountain as well. The show places every 30 min from late afternoon till night. So, head there either at the top of the hour or the half hour to see the show. If you want to venture into the Bellagio it is just as pretty as the fountain show! Gorgeous decor is everywhere and you can find a ton of upscale shopping as well. The theming of this hotel is Italian so there are also some re-created Italy landmarks, similar to the Venetian. This hotel is a must-do in terms of exploring! So many beautiful areas to see. 

The Venetian | I explored a ton of the Venetian because it was connected to my hotel the Palazzo. This hotel is most well known for the gondola rides you can take in and outside of the hotel. Sadly, I didn't find the time to go on the gondola, but maybe next time! Outside of the hotel is an amazing re-creation of Venice, Italy. There is a little river with gondolas, a tower, and beautiful architecture. Be sure to explore the outside area before you head on inside. In the hotel there is great shopping, food, and things to see! I stopped into Basin Fresh to pick up a bath bomb, for my amazing hotel bath tub, and some bath salts to bring home. They also had a few fun dessert places like gelato, Godiva, and Carlos Bakery. There was a good mix of high-end shops and more affordable stores in the Venetian so in terms of shopping there is something for almost everyone! We ate a ton in the Venetian, but I'll talk about that a little later in the post... 

Caesars Palace | Whenever I think of Caesars Palace I think of The Hangover... just me?? But, for real this hotel is also an amazing spot to explore! We were eating dinner at Hell's Kitchen which was right outside of Caesars Palace, so we did a lot of exploring in the hotel. There are again more beautiful shops, interiors, and things to explore. After a while all of the hotels blur together haha, but they are all so cool to explore! 

The Cosmopolitan | This is such a hip and cool hotel property, with everything from Egg Slut to a giant crystal chandelier this place is the definition of cool. There are subtle Alice & Wonderland touches in the interiors which made me love it! Plus I couldn't get over the giant chandelier that makes up the center bar in the lobby. The Cosmopolitan has again, great restaurants and some cool shopping. Mostly there are higher end things here, but they have a few quick service places that would be good for a quick bite!  

The Paris | As you know I stayed at the Paris so I had a chance to experience this hotel a little more then the others. But, this place has some really cool treasures inside. I'll talk about food from the Paris later on, but you can't ignore the awesome fake Eiffel Tower in the center of the hotel! You can actually go up to the top and see a view of the strip. I didn't end up going up, but it sounds like something cool to do! There is even a restaurant at the top with an amazing view. The Paris also has a gorgeous bar in the lobby. It would be the perfect spot to have a chic drink with your friends! Obviously, the theming of the hotel is all Paris inspired, and I love a good Parisian vibe. So, naturally I loved it! It really makes you feel like your in Paris, in a cheesy Vegas kind of way. But, the hotel is very pretty and worth a visit. 

Planet Hollywood | Planet Hollywood is a much younger vibe then the rest of the hotels I visited. It has a ton more affordable shopping like Urban Outfitters, Pandora, and more. I didn't explore much of the actual hotel, but there is a TON of shopping that was more my price point. I swear there is 10 Gucci's on the strip! But, Planet Hollywood's shopping area had some great stores. 

The Aria | The Aria is another very high end hotel. You can find all of the high-end stores like Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, and Gucci in their gorgeous shopping area. Again, I didn't explore much of the actual hotel, but everything I saw as gorgeous! 

What I ate | Vegas has such a wide range of food. I was surprised to see how much high end restaurants there were. Most restaurants on Open Table have $60+ entrees. But, I ate at a few nice meals thanks to work! But, I also ate some more affordable options that would great if you are on a budget. 
In-N-Out | Holy moly, I love In-N-Out you guys... People always say you are either a Shake Shack person or an In-N-Out person. I am for sure both. Bring me all the burgers and fries!!! In-N-Out is a must if you are on the west coast in general, so I was so happy to have ate it while in Vegas. I got a simple hamburger and fry meal and it was delicious. So so good! The best part is it is super affordable, and there is one right on the strip. 

Canaletto | I ate at Canaletto the first night and it was pretty good! The restaurant is right inside of the Venetian so it was super convienent to walk from the Palazzo. Canaletto is an Italian restaurant that serves everything from pasta, pizza, to true entrees. My co-worker and I started with a pizza and then we both got gnocchi as an entree. The pizza was super yummy, my pasta was just okay. Obviously when you've eaten true Italian food nothing compares, but this was pretty good! Overall, the place had a good vibe and atmosphere. It was right in the center of the Venetian and you had a great view of the sky inside the hotel and it really makes you feel like you're eating in Italy.  

AquaKnox | For one of my company dinners we ate at AquaKnox. Sadly, I am not a huge fish person, and this was a seafood restaurant. But, I had the crab legs as a starter and they were pretty good! But, they didn't come with butter... which I thought was super odd. Then for an entree I got surf and turf which included a ribeye steak and lobster. It was just okay. Nothing to special here, it was a steak and lobster. The service was not great either, we waited almost more then an hour to get our food. It felt like eternity. Finally someone asked if we could have some bread and they brought some. We were all STARVING! For an expensive meal the service was not great. But, everyone seemed to enjoy their seafood, so if you like fish this might be your jam! Personally, I'm not a huge fish fan, so it wasn't a win for me. 

Carlos Bakery | The famous Carlos Bakery was so conveniently located in the Venetian hotel. One night I wandered over there to pick up a treat. I picked out a chocolate covered strawberry and a chocolate moose. But, the employees thought I picked out something else, and when I said they packed up the wrong dessert they were very short with me. I'm not usually one to complain about service, but it was very rude... However, the delicious treat made up for it! I do recommend picking up a little treat there while you are in Vegas! I've never had the opportunity to visit one in New York, so go figure I find one in Vegas. 

Hell's Kitchen | Hell's Kitchen is a Gordan Ramsey restaurant and it was sooooo good! Everything was delicious, which is what I expected. A serious chef like Ramsey probably doesn't put up with a lot of crap in his restaurant. I got the steak and a side of mashed potatoes. So so good! We also got a side of mac and cheese for the table and it was equally as yummy. Highly recommend Hell's Kitchen for a nice dinner, that isn't crazy expensive. Not to mention the restaurant is gorgeous inside. It's very open and has an amazing aesthetic. Plus cool views of the strip! 

Sushi Samba | Let me preface this... I am NOT a sushi person, but we went to Sushi Samba as a work dinner and I have to say I actually enjoyed it! I didn't eat any sushi... but I had a small filet, wagyu fried dumplings, and fried green beans with a yummy garlic sauce. Plus, can't forget the mochi! If you actually like sushi I recommend this place! But, if you don't no fret, there are non-sushi options on the menu if you're like me and picky AF. 

Mon Ami Gabi | Mon Ami Gabi was my favorite meal of the trip. Ironically, this was the meal I made a reservation for one because I was stranded in Vegas for an extra night. This restaurant was at The Paris hotel and was mainly french cuisine. If you know anything about me you know I live for steak frites, literally no joke. I basically get steak frites anywhere they are served. I LOVE them! But, these steak frites are up there in my top 5 for sure. They were delicious! Plus they brought out a whole warm loaf of bread for me so it was a win-win. Meat and carbs, staples in my life.   

Grimaldi's Pizza | While we were working the market we ordered Grimaldi's pizza for lunch and holy moly it was good. Being from Chicago I consider myself a pizza snob, but this pizza was sooooo good. I had a piece of pepperoni and white pizza and both were very tasty! There is a location in the Palazzo, but they deliver. Which would make it the perfect pizza to order to your hotel room. 

The Pink Taco | Ignore the name of this place.... but these were pretty good tacos! This place is a little off the strip, so it is not the most convenient place to get too. However, the food was good and they had really fun drinks on the menu! I got a pink drink that was poured over cotton candy, it was sweet but delicious. Chips and salsa were also pretty yummy, in terms of Mexican food nearby the strip this was a good option! 

Shopping | There is no lack of shopping in Vegas, but it is basically all very high-end stores. There are some more affordable shopping malls within hotels, but they are the same old same old stores I see everywhere. So, unless you're planning on dropping a load on designer goods, I wouldn't count on shopping in Vegas. But, with that said I did pick up a pretty cool bath bomb for all of $4 haha. Also, picked up a Vegas exclusive Pandora charm. And that's it folks! Don't get me wrong there are some beautiful Gucci, Prada, and other high end designer stores in Vegas. However, they don't have anything you probably haven't seen before. I would spend money on experiences vs. shopping in Vegas! 

Shows / Entertainment | Since I was in Vegas for work I did not go to any shows or really gamble. So, I can't speak to anything related to entertainment in Vegas. But, I have heard good things about the Cirque du Solei shows and other concerts in town. Be sure to read reviews before you book tickets when it comes to shows and experiences!  

That is everything for my Vegas travel guide! I hope this helps you when planning a trip to Vegas. When I first found out I was going to Vegas I asked for suggestions and didn't get a ton back. So, hopefully with these suggestions you can find some restaurants and things to see on your future Vegas trip! 

New York City Snapshots

Monday, February 12, 2018

If you keep up with my Instagram, you know I travel to New York once in a while for work. Although I am there for business, there is some time for play. But, this past trip we were way busier then in the summer so to be honest I was quite the grandma. Even more so then I am on a regular basis...... 

BUT, I did have the opportunity to eat a ton of good food, managed to still spend to much money, and had fun with my co-workers along the way. So, here are some fun snapshots from my trip to the big apple! 

First things first, BLACK TOP. Holy crap this was the best meal of my life. You know those places you see on Instagram and in those videos on Facebook that look amazing, then you go eat there and they are crap? This place is not one of those places. The food was amazing and the shakes were fabulous. *my milkshake brings all the boys to the yard plays in the distance* But for real, this meal was fantastic. One of the best burgers I have had, behind Shake Shack, AND the two chocolate shakes were to die for. 

I also ate some pizza while in the big city. I don't think you could call it "authentic NY pizza" but who cares it was pretty good. Look at that cheese stretch man. 

Next up, I visited my boyfriend Chuck (sorry Jeremy) and the Palace Hotel. Every time I come to New York I try and do something Gossip Girl related because I'm obsessed. I happened to be in the area so I naturally had to stop by. Sadly, I was alone and didn't feel like asking one of the many men in business suits who walked past to take my picture, another time perhaps. 

Another stop on my food tour was Milk & Cream Cereal Bar. This place was great! Basically you get ice cream blended with your choice of cereal with toppings. I opted for Coco Puffs because I love chocolate, but they had a ton of options! The interiors were very aesthetically pleasing to the eye, aka lots of photo ops for my basic-ass self. 

Some more touristy pictures. Whenever I see the St. Regis I think of Andy from the Devil Wears Prada running around like a mad women trying to get a copy of the new Harry Potter book. Anyone else? Or just me..... 

My semi-annual trip to the Henri Bendel flagship store. Of course I bought stuff.... are we surprised, nope. In my defense, they just always happen to have an amazing sale when I'm in town. The Bendel Gods were calling me to buy new things, I couldn't help it. 

Places I visited/ ate: 
Black Tap Midtown | 136 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019 
Milk & Cream Cereal Bar 159 Mott St, New York, NY 10013 
Glossier Showroom123 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013
Uncle Jack's Steakhouse44 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019 
The Palace Hotel 455 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022 
Love sign | Corner of 6th Avenue and 55th Street in Manhattan 

That about sums up my recent trip to New York! What are your favorite spots in New York I need to visit next time? Leave them in the comments! 

Valentine's Day Gift Guide: For Her, For Him, and For Friends!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

For Her 

For Him 

For Friends 

Valentine's day is such a fun holiday! I love all of the pink, red, and purple colors plus all of the hearts. It has to be one of the cutest holidays ever. So, today I rounded up some fun Valentine's Day gifts for anyone on your list! From a girlfriend, boyfriend, to your Galentine there is something for everyone. Of course other great gifts include flowers, candy, and the basic stuff. But, the basic stuff is still great! You can never complain about getting flowers and treats as gifts am I right?

For her, I love KJP's new pearl collection! From rosey pearls to necklaces, earrings, and bracelets with bow accents these gifts are dainty and feminine. It wouldn't be a gift guide if I didn't throw something Barbour in right? I love this red Barbour Cavalry Polarquilt! It's a super warm jacket in a fun pop color. For smaller gifts there is Sugar lip balm, a personal favorite of mine, or a cute jewelry box both are under $25! On my personal wishlist is this little bean necklace from Tiffany & Co. I don't know why but I think it is super adorable and a nice neutral necklace. For something fun and super Valentine's Day is this cute heart candy purse from Kate Spade. I'm always down for a novelty purse, and this one fits the bill for Valentine's Day perfectly!

For him, it gets a little tricky. Buying gifts for guys I think is so hard! But, here are some basic ideas that will work for basically any boyfriend! Pick up a fun graphic tee from their favorite brand, band, or whatever interests them. My boyfriend loves vineyard vines tees, so I chose this cute Valentine's Day whale tee for this guide, but you can tailor it to whatever interests your guy! Next up, a nice belt is a great gift. You can either splurge or find a great value option. Smathers & Branson are great quality belts, plus they have a ton of different designs to choose from. A button down shirt is also a great basic gift, pair it with a fun bow tie or tie for a Date Night look you can gift your boyfriend! Next up, the most basic Valentine's Day gift, but a goodie, is a bottle of cologne. The best part is you can decide how you want your guy to smell, win-win. Lastly, is a nice fountain pen. This is a fun smaller gift your guy won't expect. You can find a ton of options on Amazon in every price range.

Then for your Galentine (where my Parks and Rec fans??)! These gifts will be sure to show your BFF how much you care. Stoney Clover Lane pouches, necklaces, or patch set make great gifts! This velvet pouch is for a special price of $30. For $30 you get a small velvet pouch, in red or pink, with a heart patch, which is such a good deal. Plus their heart chocker necklace is on sale for $19, also a steal. For their sweet tooth, you gotta go with a Sugarfina bento box or candy cube. Their candy is my absolute favorite! Hello cute gummies in even cuter packaging, best thing ever. For a more sophisticated friend pick up a piece of pearl jewelry from KJP! Just as I suggested for her, these pieces are so gorgeous and pretty affordable. Then for your goofy friend pick up a pair of heart sunglasses or another goofy gag gift. A giant teddy bear with candy is also a great option because let's be honest your probably basically dating your BFF anyways.

I hope you enjoyed this Valentine's gift guide! What are you giving your loved ones for V-Day? Let me know in the comments! 
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