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Day 299 to 301: Visting Washington DC

Growing up, I was super close with one of my older cousins. Our age gap was just big enough for me to absolutely idolize her, but not so big that she was irrelevant. Now she has kids of her own and it’s super important to me to be a great role model to them. So this weekend, L and I flew up to Washington, D.C. for a visit. I hadn’t been to our nation’s capital since I was in middle school and L had never been so it was great exploring the city!

We flew in early on Saturday and caught up with one of L’s college roommates. He brought us to his favorite edgy Mexican restaurant where we quickly ate ourselves into a food coma. Following lunch, we met up with my cousin, her husband, and their two kids. We headed over to their house to meet their pups and hang a bit before dinner at an amazing sushi restaurant (that’s how you can tell we’re related!).

We visited lots of local landmarks – including the National Mall, Washington Monument, Lincoln Monument, the Air and Space Smithsonian Museum, US Capitol Building, Union Station, and the World War II and Vietnam War Memorial. It was an incredible experience – sometimes living off in a relatively new city like Atlanta it’s easy to forget the magnitude and extensive history of our great nation!

Monday came far too quick – after dropping the kids off at school, L and I adventured through public transportation to make our way to Washington Dulles for the ride home. It was great to see my family and explore a new city – I can’t wait for our next adventure!

Also, shout out to LB for watching our precious Stormy!

Outfit Details
Coat: ThredUp (Marc Jacobs) purchased two years ago for $50 (similar, similar)
Jacket: Charlotte Russe purchased two years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Top: Purchased at a boutique one year ago for $10 (similar, similar)
Leggings: Victoria Secret PINK purchased three years ago for $60 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom (Adidas) purchased six months for $70 (similar, similar)
Dress: J. Crew Factory purchased second-hand two years ago for $25 (similar, similar)
Top: LOFT gifted for Christmas (similar, similar)

Day 198: Relationships + Intelligence

Today at work was an absolute blur – there were a couple of little fire drills, but mainly I was able to clear out a ton of administrative tasks that have been bugging me for the past month or so.

After work, I met up for coffee with a woman I met at a networking event. At the event, she was one of the guest speakers who spoke about the difficulties woman face in the workplace – especially working with other women. Like me, she is also in a high position considering her age. At coffee we discussed lots, but one of the most memorable things she told me was “Competence is not just intelligence. Competence is relationships + intelligence.” I’ve always thought that if I could do my work effectively and efficiently, that was all we needed to drive the business forward. However, in the business world, how you get there and who you work with is half the battle. Yes, there will be plenty of times that you want to rip your hair out. But, the most important thing is to take a deep breath and power through. If you’re thinking something negative, it’s surely going to show – whether in your words or your actions. I’m so grateful to have such an incredible community of smart, savvy woman in my circle.

Onto the outfit! Since it was the Wednesday before vacation and I knew no one would be at work, I kept it casual. I matched my favorite flannel and sneakers. Then I dressed them up a touch with a super stretchy pencil skirt. The stretchy part came in handy after my lunch – a casual half pound burger. I know I’m going to regret that tomorrow.

Sound off: what’s the best piece of advice a mentor has ever told you?

Outfit Details
Shirt: Gifted from J. Crew two Christmases ago (similar, similar)
Skirt: Nordstrom (Halogen) purchased six years ago for $50 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Sperry purchased three years ago for $60 (similar, similar)

Day 197: Almost there!

I really like the company I work for. The only problem is that we have a service arm – meaning we get next to no company holidays. I’m so jealous of all of my creative agencies who have basically from now until mid-January off. Even L is barely working this week! Well, he’s going to be offended – he’s working hard but he has three company days off.

Anyways, today I actually slept in a little – instead of going to barre in the morning, I’m running this afternoon with my wubby! I brought these great reflective vests but M says he won’t wear it. TBD on who wins this battle….

Once again, I valiantly planned on wearing a skirt today, but it was too cold. I’m turning into one of those southern wimps I used to make fun of. Anyways, I’m falling back on my old standby (just like yesterday). There’s nothing a bright cardigan can’t fix!

Sound off: How are you spending your vacation?

Outfit Details
Cardigan: J. Crew Factory purchased two years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Top: J. Crew purchased two years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Pants: Loft purchased one year ago for $40 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Abound) purchased ten months ago for $30 (exact, similar)

Day 140: Maybe I’ll Just Stay on Vacation…

The first day back from a vacation is always a bit of a whirlwind. Today was my “oh shoot, why do I have 200 emails? Do I need to answer all of these?” minor panic day. After having last week to walk around and wake up when I want, I was almost tempted to head for the hills. I say almost because I know (1) I would probably go crazy not working and (2) I actually do love my job.

Day 140

While I was gone, there were also several organization changes, which always is a bit uncomfortable. It wasn’t in my department, but it still articulates how quickly a company can change.

Day 140

Today I wasn’t ready to wear pants yet, so I tossed on this dress I got last spring in Hilton Head, South Carolina. I feel like the colors are perfect for fall, so I’ve been holding on to it since then!

Outfit Details
Dress: LOFT purchased eight months ago for $50 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Franco Sarto) purchased three months ago for $60 (similar, similar)

Day 136-138: Last Two Days at Disney and the Drive Home

On Thursday, we went to Hollywood Studios (but because I’m old, I still know it as MGM). We had an early morning Fast Pass for Rock’n’Roller Coaster, but it was closed so I thought it would be great opportunity to go on Tower of Terror. The only problem was that no one wanted to do it with me! Finally I corralled L and convinced him. We rode it once and the line was non-existent, so I asked an attendant if we could ride it again and she quickly got us right back to the front of the line. It took until after the second time for L to admit that he hated the whole ride and completely detests drops. While I do feel a little bad, at least I got to ride it twice!

From there we made our way to the new Star Wars rides, which were actually really fun. The best part was watching L’s dad, who is a MAJOR fan totally geek out the entire time. I wish I was that passionate about something other than wine (just kidding). We also ended up catching Rock’n’Roller Coaster later when it opened up, as well as the Indiana Jones show – which I still remember from when I was little!

14379623_10153700010041008_1718596012722074140_oFrom there we made our way to Epcot, which is so much more fun when you’re an adult. I guess alcohol will do that. Although this weekend, I was the only one drinking (oops!). L’s dad is also a major car lover – I’m pretty sure he considers his Camero as his third child. It made Test Track his favorite ride of the entire trip, so we rode it a few times. Not going to lie, but I designed an awesome car/truck hybrid.

Test Track - Day 136

The whole family also really loved Soarin’, which is simulation of a hang-glider across the world. Now I want to go to the safaris of Africa so bad (Lion King may have been the culprit, but we’ll blame Soarin’).  By the end of the day, we were super tired. So, L and his dad ran out for Chick-fil-a, which is a minor problem because the whole I’m allergic to chicken thing. But because I have an amazing fiancee, he stopped to get me sushi!

I’m not going to lie, by Friday we were all exhausted! The rest of the crew were leaving mid-afternoon, so we headed back to Magic Kingdom for our very last day. We stopped by some of the classics, like the Philharmagic, It’s A Small World After All, and People Mover. As an added bonus, I also had a chance to spoil my baby nephews with some adorable swag.
Magic Kingdom - Day 137

 

L’s family left mid-afternoon after a much deserved ice cream break. We stopped through Space Mountain and BuzzLightyear Space Ranger Spin once more before making our way back over to Epcot for some exotic food and drink!

On Friday night we decided to start the drive home. We were super optimistic about making it at least four hours into the drive. We made it two and a half. We ended up at some super sketch motel where I spent the whole night freaking out that the car was going to get broken into. (Disclaimer: L says I’m being crazy and this whole ‘sketchy motel’ thing was all in my head. Maybe he won because the car was break-in-free in the morning).

On the way home, I convinced L to stop at a winery we saw on the way down. It was 9:30am and we were clearly the only people in there. It was totally worth it because they had wine tastings and they gave you a free glass with the tasting!

Day 138 - Wine Tasting

Our Disney trip was an absolute blast – seriously, don’t let not having kids from keeping you from Disney!

Day 135: Universal Studios

I have no pictures of my outfit because I’m a horrible vacation blogger. At least I live in the moment?

So like I mentioned yesterday, I went to Disney all the time growing up. Which means, I’ve never been to Universal and I am SO EXCITED to finally see it!

We got to the park bright and early via an Uber – which L’s parents had never taken before. His dad was nervous the whole time!

Once we got into the park, it was clear we weren’t at Disney anymore. It’s hard to put my finger on it, but it just didn’t look like an oversize dollhouse like Disney does. Plus Universal really kills it with their themes – you can tell such a difference between the Marval areas and the Harry Potter area, which was absolutely amazing!

Harry Potter Day 135

So with that, onto the rides!

  1. Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit – the first rollercoaster of the day and it was awesome! You could pick a song that would blast through the whole coaster, which was an awesome touch.
  2. Transformers 3-D The Ride: I’ve never seen Transformers, so I’m sure 95% of this ride was lost on me. However, the graphics and thrill aspect was amazing – you really felt like you were moving and falling, even though the cart in reality went through minimal movements!
  3. Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts: One of the best parts of this ride was waiting in line! The entry way had Gringotts characters lined up. The ride itself was a low thrill roller coaster but the graphics were amazing.
  4. King’s Cross Station: This was the train that took us between Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure. It was awesome to sit and get some AC, while the train reenacted some memorable parts from the Hogwarts Express.
  5. Dragon Challenge: This was the most intense rollercoaster we went on! Like a lot of the most extreme rollercoasters, I LOVE this ride, but I hated the way the restraints hit my shoulder blades. Oh the joys of being short.
  6. The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman: L’s whole family remembered this from ten+ years ago when they last rode it, so they were excited to hop on it again! Once again, Universal did an amazing job with making the waiting lines interactive and the ride itself so much fun!
  7. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey: Saving the best for last! This was by far the best ride of the entire trip. It brings you through Harry’s world – a Quidditch match, a matchup against Voldemort and through some of Harry’s memorable classes. The whole experience of the ride, from the look, feel, and even smell was miles above anything else we saw on this vacation!

Hogwarts - Day 135

So there you have it! Since I didn’t take any pictures, I did cobble together some pictures of what I wore. Enjoy!

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!