Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Santorini Part I

So every Tuesday for the past few weeks I have been sharing pictures from a school trip to Greece that I took at the end of May/beginning of June.  Today I have pictures from my stay on Santorini.  While on Santorini we stayed in Kamari Beach & I will have pictures from there next week, but this week I have pictures from a day we spent in beautiful Fira.  Fira is a town on Santorini, & it is one of the towns where all those amazing pictures of the white buildings along cliffs are taken.  (I have to warn you that Santorini was super windy when we were there so my hair is kind of crazy in all of these pictures!)
As you can see Fira is situated on the top of cliffs, & the views are absolutely breathtaking.  It is a very busy town that is filled with shops, restaurants, & more.  It felt like we could have spent forever looking around as there was no shortage of activities to keep busy, & there was something different going on everywhere you turned.  It was easy to get caught up in all the chaos, but I wanted to remember to keep taking in the sights around me.
We took a cable car down the side of the cliffs, which was an amazing experience.  I'm actually terrified of heights so I was really proud of how well I did with this & that I didn't freak out at all.  I'm so glad that I got to experience this because it is something that I will never forget.  The sights on the way down the cliffs were some of the most spectacular I have ever seen.
The reason for taking a cable car down the cliff was so that we could ride donkeys back up it!  This is honestly one of the coolest things I have ever done in my life, & something I will talk about forever.  They gave me the biggest donkey out of everyone on the trip (it honestly was more like a small horse), & I'm not going to lie it was a bit scary!  The donkeys are trained to walk along the edge of the walk way, which I think is what scared me, but is so funny to think about now.  At the end of the ride they have someone that takes your picture & then you can buy it, normally I'm not into this, but I had to get it to bring home to my mom!  If you are in Santorini you absolutely must go to Fira to ride the donkeys, it is something you will never forget.
Everywhere you turned in Fira it seemed as though there was another picture that had to be taken.  I really love having my own pictures of those iconic white buildings.  If you're going to Santorini I would say look into staying in Fira because the hotels there looked great.  Like I said above we stayed in Kamari Beach, & our hotel was terrible I wouldn't even bother visiting Kamari if you didn't have to, but I a bunch of pictures & information on that for next time!  I just feel like if you're coming to Santorini you want to stay on the nicer part of the island where you see all the pretty pictures from.
We had dinner at a really great rooftop taverna that I of course cannot remember the name of.  My favorite part was the views we had of the sunset while we were eating.  I've heard that Fira has one of the most gorgeous sunsets in all of Greece, which I think says a lot.  If you go to Santorini you must go to Fira (if you don't stay there that is)!

Next Tuesday I'll more pictures from my Greece trip!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Instagram Lately + a Giveaway

I have an Instagram addiction, which if you follow me on Insta I'm sure you know (by the way if you don't you totally should do that now).  For a little less then two months I have been participating in the 100 Happy Days Challenge  & am absolutely loving it.  It has challenged me every day to find something in that day that has made me happy whether it's something I've eaten (which let's be honest always makes me happy), a quote I've seen, or something I've done.  It's such a great thing to force yourself to stop & look at what makes you smile.  I wanted to share a few of my favorite 100 Happy Days posts here with all of you & hopefully encourage you all to join in the fun with me here!

This is from a walk that my sister & I took around a lake that we live near.  It's such a gorgeous place & I have really taken the time to enjoy it this summer more then I ever have in the past.  Sometimes you forget to take in the beauty around you, but I feel like this challenge has really reminded me to do that & I love it!

Here is my little lovebug Coco & me hanging out in my backyard.  My Mom was taking pictures of me for this post & Coco wanted to get in on the fun.  One of my favorite things about being home in the summer is getting to spend time with Coco because I miss her so much when I am at school.

If you're in Philly or NYC (or anywhere else they have a location) you need to check out Max Brenner!  This is at their Philadelphia location.  It's one of my favorite restaurants & I always order these waffles, they are to die for.

A Throwback Thursday to sitting pretty at a marina in Mykonos.  I love the scenery in this picture & the beautiful blue water that was absolutely crystal clear.  I love using #tbt to share more pictures from my trip to Greece in the beginning of the summer.

This is my sister & me hanging out in the paddock at Monmouth Park Racetrack during an event we went to at the start of the month.  We had so much fun this day & I love getting dressed up to go to the track; there's  just something about the hats & horses that is so glamorous.

When I had surgery a few weeks ago I devoured this book in a week.  It is so good & laugh out loud funny.  If you are looking for a good beach read you seriously need to get this, & the book that came before it.  Be prepared to not want to put it down!

My best friend of 22 years lives half way across the country from me & made sure I had flowers when I had my surgery.  It made me feel so lucky that I have the sweetest, kindest, & most amazing best friend a girl could ask for.

I finally got around to getting business cards for this little space & I absolutely love them!  They make me feel like such an adult & like a more legitimate blogger.

I found this on We Heart It & am obsessed with it.  I feel like this picture very accurately describes my life; it's just complete perfection.

This picture is my Mom & me at yesterday's Monmouth Park Racetrack's William Hill Haskell Invitational that we attended with America's Best Racing.  We spent the whole weekend there & I have a few pictures on my Instagram account from it, including one with the Lilly Pulitzer Jeep!  Later in the week I will be posting about the great time I had this weekend.

This is what I've been up to lately & have been documenting it all on Instagram.  I would love for you all to follow along here & like I said above I encourage you to try the 100 Happy Days Challenge it is really something special.  Have a great rest of your day!


Friday, July 25, 2014

Must Haves

There are always those few things that you just can't live without at one point in time, something you use on constant repeat, & these are mine right now.  I've got crafting, sweets, convenience, & skin care covered with my must haves of the moment.

I've been using this tape for a lot of crafts lately, & it's definitely the best out there to keep paint in its place for a clean look.  I used it to make this awesome shirt here & will be using it again soon to help me take the edges of a cork board from black to white.

2. Red Velvet Cupcakes
These babies are the best & I cannot get enough of them lately.  For some reasons I haven't been big on sweets recently (which is weird for me), but I have been craving red velvet like crazy.

I plan on doing a whole post about my skin care routine & I will give all the information on this then, but I had to include this here because it has been saving my skin lately.  Since I have started using in the morning & at night my skin has been much more clear & very bright, you could even say it's glowing.  

I've been stuck in soft shorts & t-shirts since I had surgery two weeks ago & have a back full of stitches because of it so these have been my go to when I've had to leave the house to run errands or do anything else.  They're also good for the beach or pool when I'm feeling better!

I am going to be doing a full post on this because it is that amazing.  It has seriously saved the dry skin I've been dealing with lately & smells delicious

Do you have any must haves right now?  Anything you just can't live without?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Dresses with eShakti

Dress: c/o eShakti  |  Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita (old, similar here)  |  Belt: Smak Parlour  |  Sunglasses: Chanel  |  Watch: Vince Camuto  |  Earrings: Vintage

I love pretty dresses for summer, there's just something so easy & classic about them.  The dress I have on here is from eShakti, a fashion design company that makes custom clothing.  eShakti is a brand with a unique take on fashion, they believe that custom, quality clothing should not be expensive.  Every time you order something from eShakti the dress is cut just for you specific to your height, which is something I have never experienced before.  I have to say that this made a huge difference in the fit of the dress  - everything from the fit of the armholes to to the length was perfect.  Beyond this you can choose to customize things such as the shape of the neckline or type of sleeve you want on your dress or top or even have a completely custom size made for you!  eShakti is really about making the pieces that you order from them exactly what you want.

I have to say the dress they sent me is just fabulous!  It's very luxe & has an overall great quality.  I didn't customize this dress beyond giving them my height, but next time I would definitely like to take advantage of the unique services they offer.  Make sure to stop over & see what eShakti is all about.  You can also find them on Facebook, Pinterest, & Twitter.