VINTAGE FLORAL DRESS AT NAPOLEON HOUSE

VINTAGE FLORAL DRESS AT NAPOLEON HOUSE

A few days ago I came home from my trip to New Orleans, this trip was a last minute one, since our flight to the Virgin Islands was canceled. Anything last minute is really hard for me because I am a big planner and try to research everything before I go somewhere.Therefore, when we arrived, I was feeling a bit nervous and completely at a loss of what to do first. I knew we wanted to go to the French Quarter, so we decided to wing it, get out a map, and walk there.

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While we were sitting in the Cathedral in the French Quarter hungry, I found a restaurant on Yelp with great reviews. No one was really listening and I don’t think anyone knew what they were in the mood for so we just walked in the direction towards where I said the place was. The hilarious part is that they all pointed out the restaurant that I chose before any of us knew it was Napoleon House. But, I looked down when we walked through the doorway, saw Napoleon House and definitely gave an I told you so.

VINTAGE FLORAL DRESS AT NAPOLEON HOUSE

The food was divine at Napoleon House! We ate there twice! The first day I had an Avocado Stuffed with Shrimp Salad and the second time I had Roast Beef and Gouda Sandwich on Crusty Bread with a delicious Potato Salad on the side. Our fabulous bartender Mario made not only a delicious Italian Cream Soda (mine was peach flavored), but also a really refreshing cocktail with Pimms and lemonade. Then the General Manager, Chris, gave us a complete tour of the building. The Napoleon House happens to be one of the few landmarks in New Orleans and a favorite of tourists and locals alike. Most people aren’t allowed to go out on the balcony and it made me a bit nervous, but since he let us, I ventured out!

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This is the dress I wore on our second trip back to Napoleon House. I thought that this beautiful old building was the perfect backdrop for my vintage looking floral dress! Can you believe that this dress is less than $20 from Romwe!

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Floral Dress | Shoes | Hat | Purse Large

Sunglasses $9.99 | Bracelet | Ring | Necklace

Earrings by Lola Trixx

FINANCIAL TIP

Here a few trips for traveling on a budget that I wanted to share with you! Our trip was very last minute and we had already shelled out a few thousand dollars for our original trip. Therefore, New Orleans had to be kept low cost.

  1. DO NOT FLY SPIRIT AIR TO SAVE MONEY! Haha, ok no that’s not really my first tip, but really don’t fly with them. They canceled our flight and we had to dispute the charges with our bank, they were awful. My suggestion is not to fly with a cheaper airline to save money and to actually book your flight directly through the airline. My Mom used to work for a few airlines and my Step Dad is a freight pilot, they say fly Delta, of Jet Blue and pinch pennies elsewhere.
  2. Use rewards programs like Marriot Rewards, or Hilton Honors to book your hotel. You can get the BEST rates that way, even better than military discounts, or AAA. Many times they have what they call “off site” hotels that are still owned by them. We stayed at an Embassy Suites which had two rooms and since it was two couples we were able to split it.
  3. Look up restaurants on google and yelp to check the reviews, menu, and pricing. We ate at restaurants that were at a max of “$$”, which is mid range. Food and alcohol can eat into a huge portion of your budget, so also try to get a hotel that includes a free breakfast.
  4. Walk, walk, and walk some more. Transportation can really add up and if you rent a car you have to add in gas and parking. We used Uber some and even rode a trolley once while in New Orleans, but mostly we walked, so pack a pair of walking shoes whenever you travel.

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I hope you enjoyed this post and my new favorite dress!! New Orleans wasn’t my favorite place to visit, but Napoleon House was truly worth the trip!! Do you have a favorite place in New Orleans, or a favorite trip you have been on?

*Romwe sent me this dress for free, but all opinions are my own. 

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HOW TO PACK FOR A SUMMER VACATION + A VERA BRADLEY GIVEAWAY

PACK SUMMER VACATION VERA BRADLEY

Happy Tuesday fashionistas! In one week, I will be heading off on my summer vacation woot woot! I am an avid over packer and I really am not a fan of this chore haha, therefore I wanted to save your brain and your suitcase and assist you with some packing tips! When the manager at my local Vera Bradley reached out to me about collaborating, I knew this would be a great time to share with you some of the amazing products they have to help you with your traveling needs!

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*This post is in collaboration with Vera Bradley and these products were gifted for me to review, but all opinions expressed here are my own. 

First thing first, is your carry-on luggage. This should really contain the items that you consider to be most essential and would need within the first 24 hours of your trip. Sometimes luggage gets delayed, or lost and you don’t want to be left stranded without your most needed items.

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Here are few tips when packing your carry on:

  • Make sure to pack all of your most valuable items in your carry-on, including jewelry, cameras, and designer bags.
  • Pack a change of clothes (including underwear!) just in case your checked bag gets lost (knock on wood).
  • For a beach vacation, make sure to pack a bathing suit and travel sunscreen, this way you aren’t forced to buy these items for a higher price when you reach your destination.
  • Some other important items – chargers, meds, headphones, a book and anything you will need to be comfortable on the plane!

PACK SUMMER VACATION VERA BRADLEY

Here’s a quick look into my carry-on…on the right side, I pack my most valuable items including jewelry and a few pairs of my sandals. I use the Vera Bradley Travel Jewelry Organizer – inside it has two large and four small clear pockets, plus two additional elastic slip pockets, and one padded ring strap.

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Other items I pack in my carry-on include:

  • My Specter Wireless Headphones, so I can listen to music, or movies on the plane.
  • My Canon T4i camera and my action camera, for taking blog photos and getting any fun video while traveling.
  • Straw clutches and my Vera Bradley Straw Beach Tote.
  • An extra bikini
  • All of my sunglasses (This pair is my fave because they are prescription)
  • A change of clothing (plus bra & underwear)
  • Essential makeup & toiletries under 3 oz each
  • Chargers for all of my equipment
  • My iPad Mini and laptop

Bathrooms when you travel, are not always set up to easily set out all of your toiletries. This is where a Hanging Organizer comes in handy! I make sure to find travel size toiletries, or to get some small containers to put some of my favorite beauty and skin care products into, this frees up way more space and then you can also pack them into your carry on! Remember the TSA size items need to be 3 oz, or less.

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Makeup is a whole other ball game as well! I only like to bring whats necessary when traveling, but that includes makeup and brushes!! The great thing about the Vera Bradley travel collection, is that they have different cosmetics cases based off of what you need. I picked the Large Blush & Brush Makeup Case, which has pockets to hold all of my makeup and spots for my brushes as well, this way I can keep everything together in one case.

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I am so in love with this bright tropical pattern, which is perfect for summer!!

Moving onto checked baggage! I always attempt to pack way more than I should into my checked luggage… lately I have been weighing it ahead of time to make sure its under 50 lbs! When planning out my clothing for a trip, it really is a big help for me to create an excel spreadsheet. I create outfits by day and try to decide which pieces I can wear more than once and what accessories will go with the different outfits. Then I lay everything out on my bed to help me get a visual of the outfits and so that I don’t forget anything!

PACK SUMMER VACATION VERA BRADLEY

Since I always need to figure out ways to fit more clothing in my suitcase (already told you I had over packer problems haha) these awesome Vera Bradley Expandable Packing Cubes have been a god send. The Medium Cube is great for thin materials like tops and light weight dresses. The Large Cube is what you would use for thicker items like jeans, jackets, and heavier dresses. The best way to use these, are to unzip them completely and then roll all of your clothing and pack it tightly. Zip the cube closed and then zip the second zipper compressing all the clothing inside to at least half of the original size. This will really help you stay more organized and then you can use these to put the dirty clothing in during your trip. Here’s what I was able to fit inside the two packing cubes: 1 dress, 4 cover ups, 1 jeans, 1 skirt, 4 shorts, and 8 tops (plus there was still room for more).

Here are a few tips for your checked bag:
  • Lay out your outfits on your bed before you pack them so you can make sure you have everything
  • If you’re packing purses/bags, fill them up! I like to put purses inside of purses to save space and help them keep their shape.
  • Pack the majority of your toiletries & makeup in your checked luggage, because there is no size limit
  • Use balled up tissue paper to help shoes keep their shape.
  • Pack multiple swimsuits because you don’t want to have to wait around for one to dry.
  • Also, do not pack delicate straw hats! I always carry mine onto the plane with me.
Today is the last day of the Vera Bradley Memorial Day Sale as well!! Select patterns are 50% off online only, so head on over and check it out before it ends!!

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Last, but not least…come and hang out with me at an in store event at Vera Bradley in the Orlando Mall at Millenia on June 17th if you are in the area! The event will take place from 1-3 p.m. and during this time you will be able to take an extra 15% off your purchases when you shop in store, or call in to shop! I have an additional coupon for you to use as well for $30 off a purchase of $125, or more, so if you would like one leave a comment and I will get that to you!! There will also be a giveaway during this awesome event!! Vera Bradley will be giving one lucky winner a pair of Flip Flops in the color Rhumba and this really cute Straw Beach Wristlet, which is great for summer! These are two items that you want for your next beach trip! Side note, if you can’t make it into the store call (407) 354-4495 and you can get entered into the giveaway remotely plus you can still take advantage of the one day sale. 
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9 BEACH TRIP ESSENTIALS #MYPERFECTWORLD

BEACH TRIP ESSENTIALS MY PERFECT WORLD

The other week, I was invited to a product launch event for Origins by Preen.me and it was so much fun! One of the items they are doing all the time in store is mini facials and they are free!! Heck yes!! I didn’t get one that day, but my friend Ashley did and she enjoyed it, plus she purchased a few products to help with her skin.

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They were doing white tea readings, because the new Perfect World collection is made with white tea, and caricature sketches. Check mine out, I thought it was pretty cute!

BEACH TRIP ESSENTIALS MY PERFECT WORLD

I picked up a really nice gift set for my mom for Mother’s Day while I was there. Since my mom is a big beach lover, I got her the Soothing Essentials to help with any redness and to help hydrate after being out in the sun.

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As I was looking at the products, I realized these had SPF in them and would be the perfect items to pack for my trip to St. John in a month!! So, for all of you struggling with packing for a trip to the beach, here are my essentials that I will be packing.

#1 SPF MY PERFECT WORLD COLLECTION

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Protecting your skin from the sun is extremely important. I don’t want to age too quickly, or be at risk for skin cancer, so I always make sure to wear SPF on my body and on my face. The Age Defense Moisturizer and the Age Defense Eye Cream from the Perfect World collection both have SPF in them and are my number one item now when I am soaking up some sun. I also will be bringing their cleanser, toner, body wash, and moisturizer so that I can take care of my body from head to toe!! All of the Perfect World products smell so good too.

#2 SUNGLASSES

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You need to protect your eyes when you are at the beach as well. The sun bouncing off the ocean makes everything so much brighter. I don’t like to bring a really expensive pair of sunglasses to the beach though, so I love A.J. Morgan Eye wear because they are all under $25. Here are a few pairs that I am currently loving, since mine are no longer available.

#3 FAVE TOWEL

BEACH TRIP ESSENTIALS MY PERFECT WORLD

I like to have a towel, that is large enough to lay out on and pretty thick to dry me off really well. I had really been wanting one of the large soft Turkish beach towels, but they are normally around $50. However, I got these two at Nordstrom Rack for only $25 (now they have gone down to $19.97) and I am so excited to take them to St. John.

#4 JELLY SANDALS

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I like jelly sandals for the beach, because they wont get damaged by the sand, or water. They also dry off really well and heck you can even wear them in the water if you feel like there are too many shells hurting your feet. How cute are these Jack Rogers and ones with bows!! I have started creating quite a collection haha.

#5 BOOK

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I don’t like to use my phone too much on the beach because it gets too hot and its hard to see the screen with how bright the sun is. I always bring a good book, so that I can sun tan and relax without feeling bored. Here is the last book that I read, which I thought was really good. I am a romance novel junkie. I still need to find a book for my beach trip.

#6 BEACH HAT

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I always bring a beach hat because I try to keep the sun off my face as much as possible. I found this hat when I was picking up some photos from Walmart and since it was less than $10 it was a great buy!! Plus I am going to spruce it up a bit and add sequin ribbon onto the wording and pom pom trip around the band.

#7 PORTABLE CHARGER

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Being a blogger, I am always on my phone and my Ipad. There have been so many times that my phone has died on me and that can be so frustrating if I then really need it. So, if I am going somewhere that I know a phone plug won’t be easily accessible, like the beach, I make sure to bring my portable charging bank.

#8 WATERPROOF PHONE CASE

Phones are an expensive piece of equipment. The last thing we want after a day at the beach, is to have to replace a smart phone because of sand, or water damage. I purchased one of these waterproof phone cases off Amazon and it has been so amazing for at the beach.

#9 BEACH BAG

BEACH TRIP ESSENTIALS MY PERFECT WORLD

 Finally, you can’t forget your beach bag to put all of your beach essentials in. I have two that I use a lot. These are a couple years old from Payless, so I had to link something similar. These were less than $12 when I purchased them and I had to have both since I love both flamingos and pineapples haha. Here are three really cute ones from Francesca’s I am currently LOVING!!!

I hope this list helps you when you are packing for your beach trip! My perfect world is full of sunshine and laughter, not so much the sand part haha!! Remember the most important item is SPF and Origins has such amazing products that will hydrate and protect your skin. Whats your favorite beach essential?

*Disclosure: The Perfect World collection was gifted to me by Preen.me for attending the Origins product launch event, but all opinions are my own. 

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