The last main stop on my adventure out West was Antelope Island. It’s an idyllic island with close proximity to Salt Lake City (about an hour drive). To be honest, I was pretty tired at this point of my trip and a little bit cranky. I really wished this wasn’t the case but sometimes when you are constantly traveling, you yearn for your good old bed!
However looking back now, I am so glad we drove out there. The wildlife at Antelope Island is fantastic. It’s home to free-ranging bison, antelopes, bighorn sheep, and many various species of birds. You can admire the animals from afar as they roam freely in this prairie-like habitat. The area is surrounded by golden meadows of grasslands, large mountains jutting into the sky, and a scenic salt lake. We were lucky enough to experience good weather that day and have beautiful blue skies over us. This only added to the natural beauty of the landscape. If you are ever looking for a day trip to escape from the city commotion, then this is it. Peaceful and tranquil, you can easily immerse yourself in all things nature on Antelope Island. ~b
For the longest time, I had this mindset that the final destination was always the best stop. Not just in terms of travel but in my everyday life as well. I guess I have this natural tendency to want to arrive from point A to point B in the most efficient timely manner. That’s the Type-A personality trait side of me coming through. Although following a straightforward path in life is ideal, it’s really just not realistic. I am learning more each and every day that curveballs/setbacks are inevitable. To truly appreciate any final destination, you have to embrace the journey of getting there as well.
In fact, some of my favorite pictures in this post were not captured at Horseshoe Bend at all. Instead, they were taken on a random dirt road off of the main highway. The stop was unplanned and spontaneous, thanks to my lovely boyfriend who has a keen eye for photography. Among a sea of red rocks, there were these vibrant blue and white hills lingering in the distant. I was instantly drawn to the pops of colors and loved seeing the variations in the landscape. This location was also isolated which made it even more enjoyable.
After spending some time there, we continued our journey to our final destination,Horseshoe Bend. This is a mega tourist attraction in the area. It is a magnificent example of the natural beauty of Mother Nature and overall, an amazing sight to see. However, I am also thankful that I was able to experience the less traveled to stops along the way. 🙂 ~b
Remember when I told you guys I was visiting Utah in March? Welp, I’m finally posting some of the pictures even though I know they are long overdue (hehe). In short, Utah is beautiful. The Wild West is filled with sweeping canyon views, vibrant red rock formations, and stunning national parks. Not to mention the people are extremely kind and hospitable here…at least the ones I met during my trip. 🙂 Below are some photos taken near Monument Valley. It’s on the border of Utah and Arizona. There’s an iconic straight road there that is known as the Forrest Gump Point because it was featured in the famous film. It’s the exact location where Forrest decided to end his journey running across America. Even if you are not a huge fan of the movie, this spot is super picturesque and great for photography. I posted a few of my favorite photos to share with you guys! ~b
Hi! Earlier this week, I mentioned that I visited Savannah, Georgia for my birthday weekend. I’m old-school at heart, so it’s no surprise that I instantly fell in love with the city’s character and charm. I had a great time exploring the historic districts and taking a stroll through the various squares. The flourishing florals, Spanish-moss draped trees, and classical architecture made Savannah’s scenery picture-perfect. I felt like I was taking a step back in time!
When I was completely worn out from all the walking, I ventured to beautiful Forsyth Park to relax and enjoy the outdoors. It’s easily the best place to have a picnic or people watch! After some time, the sun started to set and it was time for dinner. Although there were so many amazing options to choose from, I decided to eat at the Flying Monk Noodle Bar because of its’ great reviews. I am so glad that I did because the meal did not disappoint! It was sooo good and I highly recommend eating there if you are ever in the area! For dessert, I went to the popular Leopold’s Ice Cream shop. It’s definitely the best ice cream on the block and a must-do in Savannah! The store’s queue line is usually extremely long, but it is very well worth the wait. I swear there’s something magical in the ice cream that makes you come back for more! I was there twice during my visit. 🙂 My favorite flavors were lemon custard and honey almond cream. Mmmm..yum! Anywho, that’s all for this post. Hope you all have a great rest of your week and talk to ya soon! ~b
Happy Monday guys 🙂 It’s been a minute since I last posted an outfit of the day! A lot of exciting things are happening in my own personal life so I have been putting more of my focus on that. Plus, I am going to Hawaii very soon! My vacation is now extended for about two weeks in the tropics … so – yeah, it’s safe to say, I’m a very very lucky gal!
Anywho, here’s an outfit that I wore during my birthday weekend a long time back. I was visiting Savannah for the weekend to celebrate with my loved ones. It was my very first time there and the weather was glorious. I am born during the last week of February so this is not a common occurrence for me. I am used to snow and frigid cold weather because I lived up North for the majority of my life. Nevertheless, it was sunny and warm outside – the perfect weather combo for a flowy effortless dress. This blue floral dress, in particular, had a high collar mesh detailing that I absolutely adore. In addition, it had hidden pockets! All these neat little features are such a refreshing twist to a classic fit and flare. I wished it came in more prints and colors!
Also, I wanted to note that visiting Wormsloe Historic Site was one of the highlights of my trip. It is one of Savannah’s can’t-miss attractions and soo much prettier in person than in photos! Upon arrival, you are greeted by a breathtaking avenue sheltered by live oak trees and a canopy of Spanish moss. I believe there about 400 trees planted there to create this scenic driveway and it stretches on for about 1.5 miles to the estate. If you have time, you can also pay the ten dollar fee to explore the property and get a glimpse into Savannah’s past. ~b
Bonjour!!!Sharing my final pics from my mini France travel series with one of my absolute favorite cities – Paris! It’s one of those places that I love to visit over and over again. There are so many things that come to mind when I think of Paris…. picnics by the Effiel Tower, casual strolls through the immaculate gardens, sightseeing at all the top attractions…The list can go on and on but I’ll truly never forget my first time seeing the iconic Effiel Tower. I remembered turning a corner and suddenly having a “pinch me” kind of moment when I first laid eyes on the majestic structure. It’s grandiose and timeless, I couldn’t stop marveling at it! The historical monument is one of the most famous landmarks in the world and a symbol of Paris. If you have the time, you can also climb the tower to get a beautiful view of the city… I posted a pic down below. It’s an amazing experience that you have to do at least once in your life! The City of Lights is awe-inspiring, romantic, and simply magical. I am honestly sooo entranced by the lovely atmosphere of Paris so I can’t wait to come back soon! ~b 🙂
I’ve been lucky enough to visit the beautiful country of France twice in my life. Once was on a school trip with a handful of honor students from my university. I had the opportunity stay in a French villa in the charming village of Valence Sur Baise. We stayed in a stylish historic maison with five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The home came equipped with a grand library, chef kitchen, entertainment center, courtyard pool, etc. It was elegantly decorated as well, with a ton of collectibles and antiques. I literally felt like I was living in a museum so I was pretty much petrified of touching/breaking everything (ha!). My bedroom had a magnificent view of the rolling countryside fields which made mornings that much better. The room was also filled with classic furnishings and had an on-suite bathroom. All these posh amenities and fancy features made my stay feel like a luxury retreat!
While in the South of France, I had the chance to visit the nearby villages, art museums, and also the city of Toulouse! My favorite memory from my trip, however, was attending the village community feast. It’s a traditional gathering that takes place once a week in the summer. Tents are set up with live bands and scrumptious meals. The carefree atmosphere is fun and upbeat. I loved watching the locals get tipsy and dancing the night away! It was an incredible experience to have everyone come together to simply celebrate life. Overall, my sunny escape to the South of France was an idyllic vacation. The memories and adventure that I made that summer are ones I’ll always appreciate and remember. 🙂 ~b
Hi guys! Spring is in the air, literally! The weather has been warming up in the South which puts me in the mood for sunshine, florals, and pastels. Therefore a blog post filled with greenery and garden pics seems naturally fitting for today. Enjoy!
Nestled in north Charleston is the beautiful lush grounds of the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Plantations are such an integral part of Southern history that I think it’s a must do if you are visiting the area! Spanish moss trees & vibrant blooms dominate the foregrounds of this tranquil riverside setting.Magnolia Plantation and Gardensis the oldest public tourist site in Lowcountry and the oldest public gardens in America. It opened its doors to visitors in 1870.
During my visit, I was quite impressed by the property. The expansive plantation puts a huge emphasis on the natural setting with a wildlife area, botanical gardens, swamp lakes, etc. I think it’s safe to say that there’s definitely plenty to see here! I also took a walk-through tour of the historic home. It was built in 1676 and amazingly has survived so many historical events. To this day, after 15 generations, the plantation still remains under the control of the Drayton family. I highly recommend adding this pit stop to your checklist of places to see in Charleston because it’s very well worth it! ~b
Even in the dead of the winter, Charleston is bursting with colors. To be honest, the city always looks and feels like spring to me. With pastel hue homes lining up the cobble street roads and warm temperature year round, it’s a sunny place to be regardless of the season. I recently visited with my family/friends from California and they were charmed by the culture here! We ventured to Rainbow Row and walked along the iconic Battery. Although it was not my first time, I always love exploring the idyllic neighborhoods. There always seems to be something new tucked away on every corner! A lot of the mansions are also being renovated so buildings are constantly changing. Overall, Charleston is a nice escape from modern cities and it’s a place that truly appreciates tradition and history. ~b
Happy Tuesday, guys! Yesterday I drove down to Charleston with some family and friends for a mini day trip. So I thought what better idea then to share some photos from my last visit in the summertime!
Charleston, South Carolina is a super popular destination. Beloved by both tourists and locals, it’s well-known for its rich culture and historic charm. Exploring the historic district is a must-have and the best way to fully experience the city. Located in downtown, the South of Broad neighborhood is home to some of the most beautiful residential architecture. My absolute favorite is this posh mansion overlooking White Point Garden! It’s the perfect balance of classic and contemporary. Nearby these fabulous estates is the famous battery. It’s a nice place to take a stroll and catch a light breeze in the hot humidity. Below are some of my top pics from my summer trip, I’ll also be posting my pictures from my winter trip in a later blog post. As always, thanks for stopping by – until next time! 🙂 ~b