New York City Itinerary

New York City Itinerary

We love visiting NYC and this year we revisited some favorites and did a few new things as well! Below are a few things we highly recommend if you are visiting New York City.

You have to grab a bagel! Trust me, it’s like eating a croissant in Paris, it’s just a one of a kind, tasty experience you need to have! Bagel spots are on every corner but here are our top 2, Liberty Bagels and Thompson Square Bagel. Try the maple cream cheese at Liberty, you will not be disappointed.

If you love museums and history The Met is a must see! We always make it a point to visit anytime we are in New York and it never disappoints. Plus it’s the perfect photo spot to reminisce about the lives of the beautiful upper East Siders of Gossip Girl.

If you want a view skip the Empire State Building and look at the city from places like The Edge or a rooftop bar like the Magic Hour NYC. You get a great view WITH the Empire State Building in it.

Last but not least make sure to walk or take the subway if you can! I can’t tell you how many little stores and restaurants we bumped into that we tried!

How To Avoid Overpacking When Going on Vacation

How To Avoid Overpacking When Going on Vacation

With travel opening back up again in the world, a lot of people are taking advantage of it, including me! This summer we are going on a 3 week trip to New York, Philadelphia, and Missouri. With 3 cities and 3 very different weather climates it can be hard not to overpack, but here are a few of my biggest tips to avoid overpacking.

Staying in the same color palette the whole time. The idea is so have almost all of your shirts go with all of your bottoms and vice versa. This helps open up your wardrobe and you can create anything from a very casual to a very dressy outfit from the same pieces.

Shoes and accessories, are things that can weight a lot and take up a ton of room in your suitcase! I try to limit my jewelry to a few items that will go with everything and that I can wear the entire trip. For shoes, I really try to limit myself to two pairs but if I’m going someplace with a lot of walking, and a beach I might bring 3. My go-to shoes are nikes for walking and then a pair of Tevas for hotter days by the water. I may bring another pair of dressier shoes or flip flops if the trip calls for it.

Layers are your friend! Don’t forget to make sure you wear a jacket on the plane even if you don’t think you’ll need one. This helps add some space to your suitcase as well as ensuring a comfortable flight! I usually don’t need a jacket on a plane but always use it as a pillow. Also make sure your jacket has pockets and can be used with most of the wardrobe that you packed. Packing can seem daunting but once you get a system nailed down it makes everything seem a little bit easier.

Julian, California

Julian, California

This past weekend we found the cutest town a little inland from San Diego, California called Julian.

We originally just went for the apple picking since all of the orchards near us are affected by fire but, there is surprisingly a lot to do in this little area! After we went apple picking at Peacefield Orchards  and grabbed a bag full of apples, we discovered a little cider bar. This bar had ciders of all flavors from Spicy Jalapeño to Apple Pie. Once we finished our cider flight we headed out and passed by a pumpkin patch filled with pick your own pumpkins and lots of hay for all the fall vibes. Finally to end our day we stopped at Packard’s coffee shop and took pictures with the one and only Tardis from Doctor Who!

What Planning a Wedding has Taught me (So Far)

What Planning a Wedding has Taught me (So Far)

Everyone always goes on about how stressful planning a wedding can be. Well I won’t lie, yes if has been stressful, but it is also a learning process. I always try to take planning one step at a time but I will tell you, there’s only so much one person can do! I’ve been really lucky, my mom has helped out a ton, my fiancé has done what I’ve told him to do, and so many people have offered to help. I am very grateful for everyone and everything that has happened for this wedding so far, but that’s not to say that there hasn’t been some hiccups along the way.

One thing I have learned over and over again and not just wedding planning, but if it’s not meant to be, it’s not meant to be. There was this amazing venue I wanted, and I wanted a specific room in the building, however when we went to talk to venue about renting it out, the refused simply because they said we would not have enough people coming. Granted we had thought about 100 guests and he wanted 130 minimum and was not willing to budge in the slightest. I was heart broken, but we found an even better venue and are actually inviting 150 people!

An unfortunate lesson I’ve learned is knowing who your real friends are and which people will make you a priority. You will have those friends who will help you make invitations, fly in from another country to make it to your bachelorette party, and drive hours just to come to your dress fitting. But additionally, you may have those people who don’t want to drive an hour to go to your bridal shower, or who don’t show up to any event, including the wedding itself, without even a word. Things happen, and obviously this isn’t the case for everyone that comes to a wedding, or even something that happens at every event, but it does happen and it’s hard to not take these things personally. But every person and memory is still something to be grateful for.

The last big lesson I would say I’ve really learned is how to budget and how many unexpected little things come up that cost money. I’ve had 17 months to save but it still proved difficult and now that we’re two months out I am glad I have been saving what I could every month. I use an app that rounds up my change to the nearest dollar and I put that in an account and have been saving for the little things like my hair and makeup cost without even thinking about it! I saved over $300 just by using that one trick. For the actually wedding I also recommend saving $100 a week or more and putting that towards the actual cost of the venue. These little tricks have helped me immensely to save money without feeling like I’m going broke just to get married.

The whole wedding planning is almost over to me and the hardest part is staying calm and not freaking out over every little thing that has to be done. I take things one day at a time and do what I can when I can. All I can say is I’m so excited to marry the love of my life in just about 2 months!

Things You Should Know When Traveling to the Big Sur & Monterey Area

Things You Should Know When Traveling to the Big Sur & Monterey Area
  • Big Sur is essentially restaurants, buildings, and trails all following on the side of the highway. Be prepared to pull over to grab a quick bite.
  • There is no reception in Big Sur, however most places have WiFi and are happy to give you the login if you just ask.
  • Big Sur is expensive, bring snacks, water, and try not to fill up your gas tank there. You think gas prices are bad now, we spent almost $6 a gallon!
  • The famous Bixby Bridge doesn’t have a sign or anything significant around it. Just look for the crowd of people and pull over and park where you can.
  • Carmel by the Sea is easy to miss but hard to forget, make some time to visit this wonderful town.
  • Carmel by the Sea and Monterey are only about 10 minutes away from each other, so going back and forth is a viable option.
  • Plan ahead and get tickets if you want to visit the Monterey aquarium.
  • The 17 miles drive is a lot of beaches and trees, but for 10 dollars per car it was a nice way to grab some good pictures.
  • If your into baked goods, you have to visit Carmel Bakery! It’s been there since the 1800’s and one nite of their soft pretzels will tell you why!