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Day 254: My Little Secret

I’ve got a little secret to confess. I go to bed early. Not like 10pm, like normal people my age – I’m a solid 8:30 lights-out kinda gal. I blame a little bit of my habit on my ankylosing spondylarthritis and some on my farm girl roots, but it’s a big deal if I’m up late.

Fast forward to tonight. I stayed up past 1am (yes, I’m getting my medal in the mail later this week). Right now I’m down in Delray Beach, Florida visiting printing houses for work. We’re staying in a gorgeous hotel not too far from the ocean with one of our vendors. Our night started at an old school arcade, which was awesome. Of course, I picked the one pinball machine without a beer holder and managed to spill my drink within .2 seconds. From there, we made our way to an amazing place for dinner. I ate about fourteen appetizers, but I’m pretty sure that calories don’t count when you’re out of your zip code. After dinner we ended up at a complete dive bar, pretending to smoke candy cigarettes and dancing. It’s the first time I’ve ever been to a bar in business casual – that’s for sure.

Onto my outfit! We flew down earlier this morning, so I wanted to wear an outfit that was comfortable but cute. I bought this skirt a while ago, but I’ve had trouble integrating it into my closet because it’s so poofy. I liked the combo with this navy slim fit shirt – I think I’m going to give this skirt a bit more consideration in the future. After all, it has pockets!

Sound off: what’s your ideal bedtime?

Outfit Details
Top: Top: American Apparel purchased eleven (!!) years ago for $22 (similar, similar)
Skirt: J.  Crew purchased ten months ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Heels: Marshalls (Ralph Lauren) purchased two years ago for $20 (similar, similar)

Day 233: Traveling Home

Ugh, I’m not going to lie – traveling via plane is not fun. When you add a four hour drive on top of a two hour flight, you’re really doing it wrong! As I’ve mentioned before, we adopted our awesome dog Stormy from Long Shot Farm in South Carolina. As part of our adoption agreement, they watch Stormy for free ever time we travel. Aside from the cost savings, I love dropping Storm off at their door because they have about 100 acres of open trails for him to run. Which means, we end up driving three hours out of Atlanta to drop him off and then fly out of Charlotte, NC. Usually I love our arrangement, but tonight I’m just ready to get home to home home!

Per usual, I have a weird thing about traveling in sneakers so I can walk through security in socks. Even though I registered for TSA Precheck, I still like traversing the airport in sneakers! This shirt is super comfortable – and it was even better with a great chunky cardigan to keep me warm on the place!

Everyone traveling home – be safe!

Outfit Details
Top: Gifted for Christmas (similar, similar)
Jeans: J. Crew purchased six years ago for $60 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Sperry purchased three years ago for $60 (similar, similar)

Day 133-134: Travel & First Two Days at Disney

L and I were ambitious in our travel. We decided to get up at 5am to beat traffic on our six and a half hour journey to Orlando. We have a little deal: whenever we travel in the car more than a couple of hours we always get Starbucks coffee (which is a big deal for my frugal L!). When we embarked on our journey, we wanted to get a few hours outside the city… but we ended up also being a few hours away from the closest Starbucks. Cue us eating at an awkward time after being awake for hours.

We made it to Disney around noon, after I made L stop at a Florida Welcome Center to see the 14 foot advertised gator! Spoiler alert, it was fake and stuffed. Hours in the car make me delusional.

We stayed at Old Key West Resort, so we could have plenty of space for our group (L’s parents, his brother and husband, and us!). Once we met up with everyone, we quickly mobilized and made our way to Animal Kingdom!

Animal Kingdom - Day 133We kicked off our trip by having trouble with our Magic Bands, but it didn’t slow us down too much! We went right away to our Fast Pass selection: The Kilimanjaro Safaris! The ride brought us through ‘the jungle’ where we saw animals in their ‘natural’ habitat. It was a great way to kick off our vacation and remind us we weren’t in Atlanta anymore!

Disney Everest - Day 133

From there we made our way to the first thrill ride: Expedition Everest. The ride was great with its unexpected twists and turns in the dark. From there we made our way over to the Primeval Whirl. With it’s loud noises and crazy turns, we couldn’t help but laugh through the whole ride.

Unfortunately, we were only at Animal Kingdom for a couple of hours when the rain started to pour down. We waited in a little cafe for an hour, but then decided to make a run for it! We ended up soaked on the bus ride home, but it was still a great way to kick off our vacation!

Day 133

For our second day, we wanted to stop by both Magic Kingdom and Epcot. From the get-go, it was clear that Magic Kingdom truly was the busiest park! Lucky for us, we had a FastPass at Space Mountain to kick off the morning. It’s one of my favorite rides – it’s so incredible how little it’s changed in the past ten years, but it’s still so much fun!

Splash Mountain - Day 134

We went to a couple of my favorites like Splash Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean. We also tried up some new ones like Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor (which was surprisingly funny), Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress (try having this song stuck in your head all day), and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Rangers, which quickly became Levi’s favorite!

Today we clocked over ten miles walking today, we were exhausted! For dinner we went to Coral Reef Restaurant in Epcot. We were all so tired that we felt like zombies through dinner. Note to self, don’t book an 8:30pm dinner when you start at the parks at 8am!

While my outfit today was a little bland, my shoes were super comfortable for walking through the parks. Plus the lobster print is super fun!

 

 

Day 122: Reunited

Oh my goodness – I am so exhausted! After being awake for 22 hours yesterday, I rose bright and early today at 5:30am to get a bus to my 9am flight to Chicago. In Chicago I had a two hour layover before finally making my way to Atlanta. Since I arrived a little too close to rush-house traffic, I took a MARTA train to a station near my house and Ubered from there. Grand total travel time was around 10 hours today!

When I made it home, I took a quick nap and rallied for a dinner out with a few girlfriends. Although I love to cook, I was so grateful to not have to do dishes! The great tacos and frozen margaritas were an added bonus.

Since I was still a bit tired, comfort was key in my outfit today! These jeans are super stretch and soft – I love boyfriend style jeans for lazy nights out! I paired it with this great cap-sleeve top that I usually reserve for under blazers, but I thought I’d bring it out. It’s actually still pretty hot here in Atlanta!

Outfit Details
Top: Gap purchased six months for $18 (exact, similar)
Jeans: Loft purchased two years ago for $50 (similar, similar)
Sandals: Nordstrom Rack (Birkenstock) purchased two years ago for $55 (exact)

Day 121: RIP

There should be a special place in hell for the people who use those personal lights on a 5am flight. Thanks for lighting up the whole hanger for us. 

Today I’m traveling to Massachusetts for my aunt’s funeral. I kicked off the day at 3:30am. L initially offered to drive me to the airport, but when he realized how early his wake-up call would be, he suggested Uber. Since it was so early, I made it all the way to Massachusetts before I realized I forgot to pack underwear….

So my dad’s side of our family is pretty massive. He had four sisters, and his oldest two sisters already had kids when he was born, so our family is a little lopsided. There’s a group of us that are all around the same age. We grew up together – starting with matching Tinkerbell bathing suits that were not cute, then moving on to taking our first shots of alcohol together.

When I heard about my oldest cousin’s mother passing away, I knew I had to make it up to Massachusetts. I wish I was seeing every one under better circumstances but it was amazing to see everyone!

R.I.P. LK

Outfit Details
Dress: Banana Republic Outlet purchased three years ago for $60 (similar, similar)
Heels:ThredUp (Franco Sarto) purchased one year ago for $22 (similar, similar)

Day 71: Travel Prep

Tomorrow I’m jetting off to Philadelphia (yay), so today was a day for prepping, packing, and putting up an ‘out of office’ message – goodbye emails for two days!

Anyway, today was pretty boring – I spent all morning trying to wrap up everything that couldn’t wait and spent the afternoon prepping for my upcoming meeting in Philadelphia. At least tomorrow night I’ll get to crash in a hotel room.

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Day 19: Airports

The end of the journey! We had such an amazing trip in the Azores – I can’t wait to go back to explore the other islands (we only saw Terciera and Saint Michael). Especially if you’re from the Boston area (Logan is the only airport that flies to the Azores right now), I completely recommend exploring these quaint, beautiful islands with amazing people… and seafood. If anyone ever has any questions about our trip, please reach out!

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