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Travel

During years 3 through 5 of writing my blog, I did quite a bit of traveling. I mean, I think I was on-the-go just about every other week if not more often. I was always on the go and traveling ALL over the place! During that time, I did my best to document the places I went, things I did, and outfits I wore along the way. In this category, I share my itineraries, packing tips, travel looks, hotel & location reviews, and even how I decompress when on the road. Some of my favorite places I’ve visited (some once but a few several!) over the past few years have been the Amalfi Coast in Italy, Highlands (NC), Charleston (SC), The Cascade Mountains (Outside Seattle), and Banff just to name a few. If you’re looking for travel tips, you might find my post on Tips For Packing Well helpful as well as my carry-on travel tips! I’ve also shared How To Make The Most Out Of Your Time Traveling and 7 Ways To Make Travel Less Stressful.

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The BTD Guide to 30A Florida

I actually can’t believe it’s taken me this long to write a guide to 30A, as I’ve literally been coming here for decades. Pretty sure I’ve been here 30 times – I’m not even exaggerating! Even before all the tourists took note and it became the hot spot for the South, my family and I have been vacationing here – so yeah, it’s about time I did a BTD guide!

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5 Clear Signs You Need a Vacation

Y’all might have noticed that my recent trip to Florida was last-minute, which is very Brighton but it’s not how I usually travel. Whether work or personal, I usually have trips planned out at least a few months in advance, but this trip was different. It seems like it’s a natural thing – waves of motivation – and lately, I had been in somewhat of a slump. I don’t even…

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Tips for Planning a Road Trip

I’ve been meaning to write this post (slash finish it) since Lisel and I took a road trip up the Northeast…last fall. Y’all know I am a perfectionist and a procrastinator, which is the perfect storm for larger posts like this – or ones I really want to get perfect. BUT, I finally put the finishing touches on this and I think it’s really helpful! Hopefully! I actually hadn’t taken…

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7 Ways To Make Travel Less Stressful

Traveling has become a huge part of my life. I feel like I’m always on a plane nowadays, whether it’s for work or family or a much-needed vacation – but let’s be real, mostly work. I recently got back from a quick trip to Europe I planned way back in March shortly after I got back from Paris. It’s taken me awhile to get into a groove, but I think I finally…

Fall

The BEST Spots for Dinner in Florence

Italy is one of those places I’ll never tire of visiting, and within Italy, Florence is one of my absolute favorite cities! But then again, how could anyone NOT love Florence? It’s AMAZING in so many ways. I don’t think I’ve ever actually shared this anywhere on the blog, but I actually lived in Florence for a summer with some of my girlfriends during college! We all took a cooking…

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A Week in Fiji on Turtle Island

[NOTE: Sorry to disappear on y’all last week. After getting back late Sunday night from Fiji and catching up on all that was going on with hurricane Harvey, I took some time away from the internet and social media to help and check on friends. Plus, it just didn’t seem right to continue business as usual with everything going on. I’m still brainstorming and figuring out ways to help (I know from…

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How to Make Traveling SO Much Easier

Y’all might have picked up on this before, but I have a love/hate relationship with traveling. In theory, traveling is glamorous and amazing and everyone’s dream, right? And yes, traveling is so fun and a little dose of adventure is always exciting and fun. And I’m SO grateful to be able to do it. But #realtalk, traveling can also be exhausting. In order to travel WELL, I think you’ve got…

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5 Cute NYC Brunch Spots in Soho

I'm not much of a brunch person when I'm in Dallas, but I love to try new spots while traveling. I spent the past week in NYC and got to try a few spots while there. I wore this dress to brunch at Hundred Acres in Soho last Thursday - how fun is that blue exterior?! I loved it! I wore this little red, floral dress from ASOS and it was the perfect ensemble (light and easy!) since it was a zillion degrees outside. I picked up a few cute summer dresses from there before heading to NYC; I'm always able to find great, affordable, and easy little summer dresses there!

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Mountain Modern Motel + Jackson Hotel Itinerary

If you follow on social, you might have seen that after being in St. Thomas, I jetted off to Jackson Hole for a week in the mountains for a press trip to celebrate the opening of a new hotel in the area, Mountain Modern Motel. The trip was jam-packed with exciting, adventurous activities and I got to meet some pretty awesome people, too. All around, it was an amazing week…

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St. Thomas Photo Round Up

If you’ve been following along on Instagram and Insta stories, then you know that I was in St. Thomas last week. Wala Swim – one of my favorite swimwear websites – sent me and Olivia (of OliviaRink.com) and a photographer (who just so happens to be my friend John!) to St. Thomas for a week to shoot content. We stayed at The Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Resport and it was great.  The…

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Carry-on Essentials

Of course there are general tips like bringing travel-sized containers and not bringing every single pair of boots you own, but I've gotten this down to a science - and there are some other tricks I swear by. And as far as the physical packing, it's crucial to pack wisely when trying to fit everything in. I talked about packing tips in my first post that would really apply here, so be sure to read this first!

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Vichy Trip Photo Diary

Assuming most of you also follow me on Instagram (if not, get on board!), then you know that I spent last weekend in Vichy, France with a France-based beauty brand named Vichy. Have you tried any of their products?! While on the trip, I got several texts from friends and family letting me know that it was one of their ABSOLUTE favorite brands and that they were so excited to…

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Our Spring 2017 Charleston Itinerary

Last week, Lisel and I flew to Charleston, South Carolina for their Fashion Week, and naturally had way too much fun. Charleston is as charming as cities get, and even though the weather wasn’t what we were hoping for, we still fell in love with the place. From the old, gorgeous homes and cute little shops, to the people and the energy, there’s really no place like Charleston. Since we…

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How to make the most out of your time traveling

Y’all know that I just got back from Paris – insert all the excited emojis -, and if you follow along on Snapchat, you know this was a pretty last-minute trip for me. I didn’t have a ton of things planned for this trip, which is exciting and a little crazy for me! I’m trying really hard to be more present and to make the most out of my moments…

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Tips For Packing Well

Trips are amazing and all, but packing….not so much. And unfortunately for me, I happen to be one of the world’s biggest procrastinators when it comes to packing. Since I travel so often, you can imagine the affect this has on me. After this last round of trips, I got so fed up with my packing-hot-mess-ness and decided to get a handle on it – or at least figure something…

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Hotel Ella Review

Y’all probably saw on Instagram or Snapchat, but a few weeks ago Lisel and I traveled to Austin for the If: Gathering Conference (and omg, I still need a full post on that amazingness but that’s for a later day). Austin is such a cool city – and my college town, so I obviously I love it! It was nice to be back, the conference was great, and staying at…

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Lake Tahoe Travel Guide

Lake Tahoe is one of those spots I’ve seen on Pinterest a million times and have always wanted to go – it’s legit one of the most beautiful places to ever be photographed. And let me tell you, the photographs aren’t lying! I recently went for about 5 days (and true story, we ended up pushing our flights back a whole day because we had a hard time leaving) and…

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BTD Fall Foliage Road Trip Recap & Itinerary

I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do an epic Northeast (or just somewhere “up there” slash New England-y-ish) trip and I just knew that this year (2016 ) was the year. And thanks to a few fun partnerships and things that fell into place, we were able to make it happen this year and I’m so excited to share all that we did and experienced with y’all in this blog post! Buckle…