Hello New York, Again!

August 27th, 2013

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New York? New York! I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the big apple while I was visiting Annmarie the other week, and I once again was in love with everything I saw!

I love taking the train into the city, which we took from Newark. The ride is roughly 30 minutes and all of a sudden you are in a tunnel and come up to skyscrapers and the center of the world! I feel this aliveness and worth when just stepping foot on this island.

On a side note: I’M BLONDE NOW! Got it also done the day before NY, and I am L-O-V-I-N-G it!

I think it is breathtaking to see all of the advertisements that hang along the New York skyline when walking through Times Square. I especially loved what was done with this ad of the amazing Beyonce!

Besides all of the media I was exposed to throughout the heart of the city, I loved observing all of the details to the older buildings and older styles of architecture in the city. I actually wanted to be an architect for a long time when I was younger, but then I realized architecture was a lot more technical then building houses on Sims… hahaha!

One mission I made for my self last time I visited New York was to walk on the Brooklyn Bridge the next time I visited, so we took the subway to Lower Manhattan to walk the beautiful walk! The views of the skyline, the views of the river kept me in awe the whole walk!

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I was inspired by all of the people, buildings, and things I saw in New York that day. Every time I visit New York, or just the city in general, the more I crave that habitat for my being and how much I thrive in that setting. I hope to return again soon! Have a good one readers! xxoo

Hello From The Sky: Simple Pleasures

August 19th, 2013

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+Happy Monday readers! I am still pulling my thoughts and memories together from this past trip. I am really finding out quickly how much I adore travel and being so far away from my normal habitat. While it is good to be back home after a long time away from home, traveling is a euphoria in which we are living a life outside of anything like our normal routine, and that’s what makes travel so exciting!

+I am going to be honest with you, I had anxiety out of my mind before flying last week. I hadn’t flown on a plane since I was nine years old in 2006 and I was already afraid of flying, yet I loved the idea of air travel. It was a weird concept to be afraid of something you find so extraordinary.

+My first flight from my trip began with a lot of nerves and a surely beating heart. The feeling of “life or death” that hits your mind as you race down the runway waiting to see lift off is unreal the first time. You then feel the sigh of relief as you get through the clouds and everything is smooth in the Troposphere. At that moment, I could think about where I was and just observe.

+I envy those who travel on the regular, I envy that there are people who get to be more in common with the views from an air craft and the world above. The perspective is so foreign to you where it creates a mix of anxiety and wonder.

+Looking back on it now, it is easy to be envious of that view because when you are up there cruising through aerospace, it is just so much more peaceful. If you can manage to drown out the sounds of the little piece of society that is flying up there with you, you can take in the wonder of air travel.

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I hope you got something out of this little reflective piece I worked on this past weekend. I find myself trying to get the most spiritually when I go somewhere new, and I always seem to end up taking it all in after I am home and feeling nostalgic. I hope you enjoy your weeks readers, and I encourage you to be more observant of your surroundings when you are somewhere new. You might find something extraordinary in the simplest of places. xxoo

Hello From PA: Small Town

August 16th, 2013

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Hello all! I am brought to the close of my last big shebang of this Summer of 2013, and it was well spent in Southeastern Pennsylvania with my sister, brother-in-law and long time family friend Erin! We laughed, explored and enjoyed each other’s company. Annmarie and Brad live in a small town in Southeastern PA, so one of the days was spent exploring some of these smaller towns and taking pictures.

I flew down to Pennsylvania with Erin, who has been a close family friend for a long time and was Annmarie‘s maid of honor in her wedding. Her presence made flying a lot easier, and she took great photos!

We spent a lot of the day walking around town, stopping at stores we found interesting or just spots we wanted pictures at.

I, myself found an alley in which I pretended to stare up at the old brick row homes. In all seriousness though, one of my favorite things about the east coast are the amount of row homes in neighborhoods.

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I am finishing up this Summer with some pretty good memories. This will one of a few posts documenting my trip to the east coast and to visit Annmarie. It was a great week and a can’t wait to share more! Have a great weekend readers! xxoo

MI ✈ PA

August 5th, 2013

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Yes! Yet again, I will be off for another week of adventure during this wonderful Summer! I will be heading to the East Coast along with our family friend Erin(Annmarie’s Maid Of Honor) to reunite with Annmarie and my brother in-law Brad! I cannot wait to spend some time in one of my favorite regions of the U.S.!

I will be getting to experience the Pennsylvania Amish first hand, visit the city of my dreams, and spend some time as siblings! It’s going to be one hell of a week! xxoo

Mackinac 2013 In Review

July 30th, 2013

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Happy Tuesday all! I am just finished of my unpacking and reorganizing before I have to start packing again for Pennsylvania next week. I am pleased to share this recap of yet another week up at the Straits Of Mackinac!

One of the best things about going to Mackinac Island, is taking the Ferry! There are three different ferry services you can choose to take to the Island, and they all have a traditional “rivalry” with each other. Due to the hotel package we purchased, it also came with free tickets on Sheplers which boasts getting you to the Island in an easy fifteen minutes!

The ferry ride also was an opportunity for many gorgeous pictures of the bridge. I never tire viewing it!

The bike ride around the Island was simply delightful! It was not too hot, nor too cold, and the skies were clear enough to make for pretty views. I hadn’t gone around the Island on a bike in a few years so there were some new changes to the scenery that kept my eyes interested. The views on the great lakes of Michigan don’t get enough credit!

The hotel we stayed at, the Bicycle Inn & Suites had awesome views of the main stretch on the island. I needed a sweatshirt for the evening but the sunset on the island is spectacular, and nightlife on the island is so peaceful. Not all the crowds of tourists.

I sat up on the deck for the ride back to the mainland the next day after shopping and more sight seeing. I got some more fantastic shots of the bridge and the boats as they crossed back and forth to the island. It was indeed one of my favorite stays on Mackinac Island!

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And lastly readers, my never ending favorite thing about the Straits, is crossing the bridge back n forth, even if the traffic cones and grates may scare people, I love it! I had a fantastic time and I love documenting my travels through the great state of Michigan. I hope you enjoy your weeks readers! xxoo

LookBook- The Dock

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Hello all! I am home from another fantastic week in Northern Michigan. I spent the past week up North, and the weekend before that in The Straits Of Mackinac of Michigan. You should expect a full recap of the Mackinac trip tomorrow on the blog.

+Anyways, our family took the ferry over Saturday afternoon to Mackinac Island, a large tourist destination for Michiganders, and even some from surrounding states. Once settled into the Bicycle Inn & Suites, our family partook in a classic Mackinac Island amenity, biking! Our family hasn’t done it the past couple years since it’s the same drive every year and we go every year and like to try new things every year, but this year we decided to refresh our brains of the sites the Island has to offer!

+About halfway around the island, I have always noticed this dock that usually had one small boat attached, but this time no boats. This was the reason I felt less of a trespasser if I walked on the dock for pictures. This is probably one of my favorite spots around the Island now! You get views of the coast, bridge, and crystal blue water!

+Now, for the outfit I wore just a simple tank top and khaki shorts. With biking, and the heat up at the Island that day, it was the perfect simple outfit for outdoor activity, and I never felt overheated!

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+It has been a wonderful vacation. I can’t believe I have yet ANOTHER trip ahead of me to Pennsylvania next week! I have doing trips every other week since July, and I really can’t complain because I have enjoyed every one of them. I hope you are having a fantastic Summer yourselves readers, have a good one! xxoo

YOOPER BOUND!!! Hello Mackinac

July 19th, 2013
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+It’s that time of year again! Every year, Jan’s side of the family and I make the journey on I-75 northbound to the Straits of Mackinac! I have been going since elementary school, and since I know I am getting older, my regulated annual trips to the UP are getting limited so I know I will bask in every moment. I can’t wait to listen to Rascall Flats as we cross the Mackinac Bridge, bike on the island, and take in breaths of good ole’ Yooper air!

+If you are wondering what I mean by the term “Yooper”, it’s the name giver to those who live in the U.P. or Upper Peninsula. People of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan are known as “trolls” because we live “under the bridge.” So there is some little Michigan culture if you were wondering!

+I hope you all enjoy your weekends readers! I know I will be enjoying mine, visiting a location that is very “Michigan” to me and has a special place in my heart, and I can’t wait to share with you how the trip went! Have a good one! xxoo