Costa Rica

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This post is SO over due! I've been back for a couple weeks now and just haven't had the time to keep the site updated. This was my first time to the beautiful Costa Rica and it was absolutely amazing!! My Aunt & I decided out of nowhere that we just needed to book the trip and go. We stayed at the Arenas del Mar beach resort in Manuel Antonio right next to the national park. I truly have never stayed in hotel that felt so submerged into nature, yet stay luxurious at the same time. The grounds were swarming with monkeys, sloths, lizards and toucans that were not afraid of humans that's for sure! The resort was set on a steep mountain that had private beaches and sky high views that most of the time required a golf cart ride up to the top. 

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We booked three different excursions through the hotel and they were all pretty different from each other. The first tour was called the Rainmaker hike and I bet you can guess why...it started POURING the second we were about to start walking the trail. A bus took us an hour away from the hotel up into the jungle and dropped us at a dead end road where the trail begins. I was absolutely soaked, muddy and kinda cold by the time we made it to the top of the mountain. But it slowed down the higher we got and finally it stopped as we were walking across the hanging wooden bridges. It was so absolutely beautiful to look at the fog over the canopy I completely fell in love. Pictures don't even really do it justice! 

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We also did a tour of the Manuel Antonio National Park which was mostly focused on searching for wildlife and follows with a stop at the park beach. Then the last tour was a catamaran ride through the waves and sunset dinner! We got to see the mountains from the sea, snorkel with the fish, chase some dolphins and watch the sun go down into the water. I'm such a sucker for the ocean I could've done the boat ride every day!

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I ate so healthy while I was down there too! The hotel is certified sustainable and uses all fresh foods from local markets. Some nights the hotel would have an authentic Costa Rican dinner on the beach with all you can eat stations of different types of foods. And you can't forget the amazing Coco Loco's we drank every day (vodka, rum, tequila and coconut creme I suggest making one it's dangerous but amazing).

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Side note can we take a moment to admire this yoga outfit from Aerie?! Unfortunately I never made it to the free yoga classes in the mornings (I'm not good at the whole waking up at 7:00 thing) but I was still able to hike and lounge around in it! I had the time of my life in this country. We met a lot of really amazing people and got in touch with our adventurous side. I will definitely be going back!

St. Petersburg, Florida

Clearwater, Florida

I absolutely love going to Florida this time of year because it's like a little extension of summer. We were so lucky to have been able to go due to the constant hurricane threats down south. Fortunately there was no damage and the weather ended up being gorgeous! I wrote a blog post last year in the same area since we come down every year around the same time with our church. It's almost like a second home seeing that we've been coming down to St. Pete's for about 10 years now. It was SO nice to get away from all the stress and just spend some needed time with the fam! Side note, these are my favorite earrings in the universe and they were only $3 from H&M and they come in a variety of colors. Do yourself a favor and get some obnoxious tassle earrings! 

Popsicle Pool Floaty
Clearwater Beach bird

I tried to get as much beach and pool time as possible but of course we were busy constantly running around. We got to hit some of our favorite food spots (Opal Sands Resort Bar, Island Way GrilleMad Beach Brewing) I would definitely recommend visiting! Mad Beach Brewing is where I ordered this doughnut burger....I mean if there a cheeseburger with a doughnut on it how could I not order it?! 

Mad Beach Brewing Burger
Opal Sand Cocktail

I didn't get a whole ton of shopping done, there wasn't really time except to get a couple gifts for my girlies back home. I know the summer season is over but I'll still tag my suit and accessories below anyways! Now it's back to the cold, rain and school in Ohio. The real question is, where should the next destination be in the winter?? đŸ¤”đŸ’­

Opal Sands

Belvedere Castle

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I'm very sad to share that I have returned home from my favorite city. It's been a crazy few weeks with moving around and getting readjusted to the Ohio lifestyle. I've finally gotten around to writing this post on the beautiful Belvedere Castle! It's located right in the middle of Central Park and right around the corner from the Met Museum. 

Belvedere Castle
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I wish it wasn't as crowded as it was so we could get more wider shots but I'm so happy with how the photos turned out! The view from the two outlooks were stunning and it was so neat walking up the stone spiral staircases. It was a nice day to walk around the lake in front of the castle too. It adds to the medieval atmosphere and you get to play with all the little ducks & turtles (:

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The dress is a free people number and I thought it matched perfectly with the neutral colors of the castle. These sandals were a new purchase from the recently reopened Melissa store in Soho. Side note, I never knew these shoes had such a strong scent...?? Literally the shoes have such a distinct fruity smell I would get whiffs as I was walking. Still not sure if I like that or not but it's different! The store itself is actually a very cool concept store so if you are in the NY area and like to shop I would check it out! 

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castle window

After we finished our exploring we stopped at a couple food trucks and stuffed ourselves with crepes & hot dogs (a disgusting combination I'm aware). I'm glad we made the time to go visit this hidden place before we headed out of the city. I already miss my life our there, my goal is to be back out to visit by the winter time! And it would be so gorgeous to see the castle covered in snow ugh! Now I have to go back to blogging Ohio locations, so I'm gonna have to start getting real creative. Until next time (:

Ladurée Soho

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Ok I have been dying to come to this restaurant before I even got to NY and the pictures truly don't do it justice! My Aunt came into visit this past weekend and we visited LadurĂ©e Soho for brunch on Saturday morning. Luckily it didn't rain like it was supposed to so we sat outside in the garden. I didn't even feel like I was in the city, it was so cozy and well decorated I felt like I could've been sitting somewhere in France! 

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laduree brunch

The menu is pretty extensive, especially the dessert menu that I regrettably didn't have enough room for. Along with coffee,  orange juice and croissants, I ordered a two egg omelet with spinach and goat cheese. Amazing right? Every single meal that I saw float by looked amazing and each one was presented beautifully and aesthetically.  I was torn between getting something somewhat healthy or just a big plate of french toast with powdered sugar. Honestly I don't think you can go wrong either way! 

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Even if you don't order dessert at the table, there is a full bakery near the exit to take some treats home with you. I absolutely have to go back to this place my next time in the city. Unfortunately, I probably won't have enough time to return before I head home (internally sobbing). There is another location on the upper east side so maybe I'll have to venture to that one next time!

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P.S. This blue ruffle dress is an old gem from CachĂ©. But I found this dress on Asos which is quite different but I think would make a cute summer dress, and it's on sale! Until next time (;

Dylan's Candy Bar

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Seeing that I'm spending the next couple months in NYC I thought it was pretty necessary to share some of my yummy food experiences. I honestly wish I would have thought of starting documenting sooner because I've already fallen into so many cool dining spots. But almost every restaurant in the Big Apple is worth writing about so I'll never be short on content. The first stop is Dylan's Candy Bar on third ave. A three story candy store with a full bar & restaurant is ridiculous, I've never been anywhere like it before. Every candy, chocolate or macaroon you can think of covers the first two floors. A massive chocolate fountain, customizable candy, color coded candy... I could honestly go on forever!

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After you've gotten your fill of shopping in, you can take the candy steps up to the top floor. This location was recently renovated with adorable cupcake tables, striped walls and TV's playing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on a loop. The prices of the food were actually quite affordable with a decent variety of burgers and flat breads to choose from. Now to the important part, the insanely fancy cocktails!! 

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sour patch cocktail

My friends and I all got different drinks. The red martini is a jolly rancher cosmo and the other had sour patch kids drizzled on top. I don't even remember the name of my drink because it was very long and I'm pretty sure all the words were made up. It doesn't really matter because I would NEVER recommend anyone to drink it. I was so excited because it came out looking like a little science experiment in a beaker and overflowed with cute little bubbles. Completely deceiving. I don't think I even drank half of it because it tasted like a mix of pure sugar and soap. By no means worth the $17 unless you strictly want to take pictures of it :(

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The Candy Bar is definitely a unique experience and I would suggest visiting if you ever get the chance. You won't get a five star meal... but you'll definitely get your fill of color and sugar!