Exploring Wynwood: Miami’s Art District

As a born and raised Florida girl, I’ve road tripped from the east coast (where I’m from) over the the west coast of my state more times than I can count. From the unbeatable nightlife, culture, cuisine and of course, the beach, a trip to Miami never disappoints! But aside from hitting up south beach or heading to one of the best EDM festivals in the world, there’s another area of Miami you NEED to see. If you’re a fan of all things colorful and whimsical, or if you love impromptu photo shoots (calling all basic girls… Myself included), visiting Wynwood is an absolute must. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t in my favor on the day I chose to roam the streets of Wynwood, but I didn’t let dark skies rain on my parade (literally). Actually, I sometimes prefer overcast skies for photography purposes. Who knew I was such an optimist?! With… View Post

Mandarin Oriental New York: Photo Diary

I’ve been to New York many times, and each time is better than the last. On my most recent visit, I had the opportunity to stay at the Mandarin Oriental New York. This luxury hotel boasts a view so beautiful that I couldn’t help sharing it in a short little post with you all! The Mandarin is best known for the lobby lounge, which offers the bird’s eye view of Manhattan pictured above. The stark contrast between lush Central Park and the stunning skyscrapers just across the street had me feeling like I was in a dream. If you’re thinking about visiting NYC for the first time and want my recommendations, check out my Ultimate Guide to New York City. Not only does the lobby lounge offer one of the most breathtaking views in New York, but it also serves up some creative cuisine with an Asian flair. David and… View Post

Falling in Love with Córdoba

I’ll be honest– I had no intention of traveling to Córdoba on my recent Europe trip. But after researching day trips from Madrid, I knew I had to explore this charming city in southern Spain. Córdoba was once the capital of Islamic Spain, and is one of the most important cultural heritage sights in the world. From the mesmerizing Mezquita to the city’s colorful patios, my visit to Córdoba was pretty much love at first sight. Patios of Córdoba First off, I highly suggest visiting in May! We just missed The Contest of the Patios of Córdoba (also known as the Battle of the Flowers) which is an annual two week event where families open their homes up to the public to enjoy the sights and smells of the alluring courtyards, free of charge. The tradition of filling central patios with plants began as a way for locals to aerate… View Post

Top Things To Do in Madrid

Upon entering Spain’s capital, I was immediately immersed in a world of unfamiliar sights and sounds. Colorful tarps strung high above the streets greeted me by shielding the hot July sun from my face while flamenco style street music filled the air. With my luggage in tow, I was ready to take on all that Madrid had to offer. Here are, in my opinion, the top things to do in this wonderful city. Disclaimer: Although this was my first visit, my brother studied abroad here, so I had an advantage over other first time visitors. Stock up on energy at the Mercado de San Miguel Start your day with a café con leche at Madrid’s largest and most famous market. If you’ve ever been to Barcelona, it’s basically a miniature version of the Mercado de La Boqueria. Fruit lovers should make a point to try the cherries or peaches. They look and… View Post

Two Days in Washington, DC

Ready to get all googly eyed over the United States’ capital? I recently went on a short getaway to the home of the stars and stripes, and left feeling more patriotic than ever. Here’s how I got the most out of my two days in Washington, DC. When to visit Spring is the best time to visit Washington, as the cherry blossoms are in full bloom and the weather is pleasantly cool. Fall comes in as a close second, as it typically isn’t as crowded. I visited during summer and it was extremely hot and full of tourists. Avoid June-August at all costs! Getting around While all of the attractions are easily accessible by foot, I recommend getting around the capital on wheels. Capital bikeshare has rental stations situated all around the city, so you can easily rent and return bikes to get around more efficiently. A day pass is… View Post

How to Pack For a Month in Europe in a Carry-On

I know this may sound harsh, but I always feel sorry for people who go to Europe with a massive suitcase (unless they’re studying abroad). I mean, do you really think that’s practical for a trip where you’re going to be bouncing around every few days in another continent? Trust me, no amount of outfits is worth lugging a huge suitcase on trains, around cities, to your accommodations, or to and from airports. With that being said, I’ll be honest. This was my first time packing in a carry-on for a Europe trip, and even I was a little skeptical about whether or not I could do it. I typically pack in a carry-on for trips under two weeks long, so packing for a month was definitely a stretch. However, it’s so much easier to have a small bag– especially in places with hills like Cinque Terre! So, I committed… View Post