Tuesday, July 22, 2014

San Juan, Puerto Rico (part 1)

Hey Lovelies,

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that this summer I took a trip to the beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico!  This was my first time visiting the island and it was as I imagined it would be...beautiful and very colorful!  I took so many pictures that I'm going to have to break my posts up.   I definitely want to share my vacay with my blog family so please stay tuned.  In the meantime here is part 1.  

One of the things I noticed is how vibrant the vegetation is there!  How gorgeous are these flowers?!?!? 

 Even the buildings are colorful!  This was in a part of town called Old San Juan.  There are several shops and restaurants in this part of town.
....and the "Pimp My School Bus"!  All jokes aside, this is the Amado Bus Line which is a motorsport school bus. Now don't ask me what that means exactly because I won't be able to tell ya.
There are a lot of statues of influential people all through out the town.  Including some of the U.S presidents past and present.
Bicyclers passing through Old San Juan.  The weather was so ideal that working out was great outdoors.  I'll share more of my experience with that later on ;)!
This was an interesting chalk board in the middle of Old San Juan.  Visitors were signing their names and leaving messages so of course we squeezed our name on there too!
Here is one of my outfits from the trip.  I kept it easy breezy the entire time for comfort sake.  I knew there was going to be a lot of walking involved so I didn't want to get to fancy but still cute, of course!
Shorts:  H&M
Top:  Ross
Sandals:  Forever 21
The view from my room was amazing!  I'll show you more of it on part 2.  This particular day there was a bit of an overcast so you can't really get the full effect.

In the background is Condado, where I was headed that night.  This part of town is where the partying takes place.  Lots of bars, casinos, shopping, live music, street food (heeyyyy) and restaurants.
On the way I had to stop for a photo op!  Look at how gorgeous this palm tree is!  It's huge!
This was a completely different tree.  I loved how the roots seemed to be growing down the wall.
You can see the Condado Plaza in the background here.
The buildings were so beautiful at night!
Then there's this guy.....

I tried reaching for this fruit every time I passed this tree and could never quite grab it LOL!
I had a blast in San Juan.   Stay tuned for more from my vacation and as always thanks so much for stopping by!

Be back soon!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Copeland's Famous New Orleans Restaurant

Hey Lovelies,

I have to catch you all up on the good food I have been partaking in this summer, so I'm going to jump right into it!!!  My family came to visit me and we love New Orleans styled (cajun) food!  The first restaurant that came to mind was Copeland's, so I knew I had to take them there!

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It has been a VERY long time since I've had Copeland's and it has changed for the better since the last time I was there.  We went during lunch and I was pleased with the amount of food given as a lunch portion not to mention the prices were right.
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The side salad we had as a starter was pretty filling! It was your typical side salad with crisp Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, dressing, and homemade croutons
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Ricochet Catfish:  This was my mom's dish and it was on point! It was a lightly fried catfish topped with pecans, sesame, fried onions, and Creole Meuniere sauce!   Amazing!  To go along with her catfish was mashed sweet potatoes that were divine and corn macque choux which was a creamy concoction of corn, peppers, in some sort creamy deliciousness!
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The rest of us ordered this AMAZING dish....
Crabcake & Shrimp Alfredo!!!
It came with a meaty crab cake on top of a creamy bed of angel hair pasta and shrimp alfredo sauce.  I forgot to mention that all of the meals came with a fluffy biscuit....WHAT WHAT!!!!  I love biscuits! LOL!
I am looking forward to returning to Copeland's.  They have a Sunday's Brunch menu that looks phenomenal!  I have to make it there one of these Sundays for beignets and mimosas!  If you have a Copeland's near you, go there.  Their menu is pretty extensive so you're bound to find something you'd enjoy.
As always, thank you so much for stopping by!

I'll be back soon!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Ladies Day Off (Photo Heavy)

Hi Dolls,
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the debut Ladies Day Off (LDO) in Jacksonville!   LDO was launched by three dynamic ladies who recognized a need for events that promote building strong relationships among women. I think this is so awesome because us women need to do a better job supporting one  another.  It was so uplifting to see so many ladies sipping, socializing, supporting one another, and just letting their hair down for a little fun, rest, and relaxation!
Of course I have to fill you in on what I was wearing for the event. I found these really cute pants at Ross and the top at Forever 21.  My sheer heels, which were a hit that day, are from ShoeDazzle. 

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Oh and look who I ran into at the event!  The lovely Jillian from NuSophisticate blog!  She was just as lovely in person as she is on her blog.  It is always so nice to meet fellow bloggers in person!
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The event: 
With out further a do, here's a quick recap of what went on at the Ladies Day Off, Jacksonville event!
The complimentary wine kept coming! There was nothing better than sipping on a chilled glass of wine while shopping or getting your nails done!
Mini-Spa Services:  This was probably my favorite part of the event because I love being pampered!  Aveda Institute so graciously offered complimentary back massages, hand massages, mini facials, and manicures.  Very relaxing!

There were several local vendors to support at this event! I will certainly be making another visit to them sometime this summer!
Pampered Chef:  You already know your girl is going to have a Pampered Chef party with my friends!  If you're in town, let me know and I'll be sure to send you an invite! 
 Nad's Petit Edibles:  Very good!  I loved this crab salad she had for us to sample!  I came back like 10 a couple times for seconds!
Kreasions Ultd had the cutest sweet treats and the pretzels were delicious!
 More fabulous vendors including Luckee Star cards, LUSH cosmetics, Jamberry Nails. Scentsy, Fresh Face Girl, and Suga Suga Scrubs!

Roci Fashions:  She had really cute and trendy clothing items!  She also gave away free jewelry just for stopping by and entering her email list.  You guys know I love free!

Pop Jewelry: This is the coolest concept...you get a bracelet
 and add the pop buttons of your choice to  the bracelet or necklace. 
 I was really impressed by this concept and more so by the fact that a 14 year old girl came up with it!!!
Here is the Florida State Seminole bracelet I put together to give you all an idea of how it works.
Local Artist:  There were a few local artist with some of their pieces of art work for sale!

 There was also a caricature artist there doing illustrations of all the ladies!  I like his way of creating the caricatures.  He had a conversation with you to gauge the things you like along with your personality, and created a masterpiece.  He was awesome!

Here is what he came up with for me!  I thought it was super cute!
Overall, I think the Ladies Day Off event was a true success!   There were other vendors and activities I didn't get around to like the outdoor yoga but I am thrilled that I had the opportunity to attend the first event for Jacksonville and experience what I did.  There is going to be a Ladies Day Off event happening soon in South Florida so if you'd like to attend visit their website for information on when and where it will be.  It is definitely an event you would enjoy. Us ladies can always use a day to unwind, socialize, and get a little pampering.
 As always thank you for stopping by! 
I'll be back soon!