If you have been wondering where I’ve been for the past week, I’m been soaking up the Aruban sun. For my 30th birthday, two friends and I packed our bags and headed to Aruba for a long weekend. We rented a gorgeous home so we could each have our own personal space. Aruba is a pretty city and I would love to go back someday. The people were so friendly and the city is so easy to navigate. Check out a few snapshots from my trip below. 

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To view more photos from my trip, visit my Instagram page

Snapshots from Portland, Oregon

Last week I spent time in Portland, Oregon for work attending a food Editors conference. This was first time in Portland. Although our schedule didn’t permit a lot of free time, I was able to squeeze in few hours to explore the city. Portland is known for its food, wine, and beer so you know I was in heaven.

Before arriving to Portland, I reached out to my social media followers to ask them what they thought I should do in Portland. I received several great recommendations so I ventured out on my own with my co-worker to see what the city had to offer.

We managed to visit several notable places in the city like the Food Carts, Voodoo Doughnuts, Tasty n Adler, and Pok Pok. My favorite restaurant we visited was our last stop before we headed home to a place called Jam on Hawthorne. They have amazing variety of vegetarian friendly breakfast and lunch options. They use all local and fresh ingredients to make everything from scratch. 

Check out snapshots from my trip below:



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My Trip to New Mexico via Instagram



If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed I was away from Atlanta all last week. I was working in New Mexico at the Balloon Fiesta for my day job. During my down time I ventured out into the Albuquerque area to see what the city had to offer. This slow-paced city may have been just what I need at the moment to take a break from my hectic Atlanta life. I spent time noshing on authentic New Mexican food, exploring the outdoors, and soaking up the diverse culture. 

Have you been to New Mexico? What did you enjoy most during your trip?

I’m headed to Portland, Oregon in two weeks so if you live in the area reach out to me. I would love to meet up! 

My New York Trip Via Instagram: Part Two

New York City Trip 2013

On Monday, I recapped my experience at the Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Workshop. Now its time I tell you about the rest of my trip. I stayed with a friend of mine who lives in the East Village. This was my first time staying in the area and I loved it. The East Village reminds me of home, its semi-quiet and people are always walking down the street. The area is filled with art galleries and restaurants. 

On Friday after my tour of the Meredith Publishing offices, I set up meetings with people from brands I’ve worked with in the past like Birchbox, KIND Snacks, and Rent the Runway. Stay tuned for details on some exciting projects in the works with these companies. I also visited the Rent the Runway showroom to try on dresses for my friend Susan’s wedding in November. We are renting dresses from Rent the Runway. I’ve rented from Rent the Runway before and they are a great place to look for designer dresses you may need for a special event. 

After an afternoon of meetings, I cooled off in the New York library. 

On Friday evening, I was left alone in the city to have dinner on my own. So I ventured out in the East Village to find a place to eat and I stumbled upon this quite little restaurant called Northern Spy. After reading reviews online this seemed like the perfect place to eat. I ordered their Kale Salad and Fried Green Tomatoes with a crab and bean slaw. I love a good kale salad and theirs was pretty awesome! It’s tossed with parmesan cheese, almonds, and a winter squash. 

After eating at Northern Spy, I met up with my friend in Bowery for drinks. 

My flight was due to leave New York on Saturday evening. So I wanted to make Saturday morning my opportunity to sight see in New York. My friend and I woke up early Saturday and headed to Cafe Orlin for breakfast. I ordered the pumpkin pancakes and he ordered the eggs benedict. The pumpkin pancakes are to die for, so if you are ever in the area this is the place to go. We also grabbed juice from Liquiteria

After breakfast I met up with two friends who I hadn’t seen in a while in Columbus Circle. This was first time visiting this area so I had an opportunity to explore Central Park and the Columbus Circle Mall. My friend Kate and I stumbled upon an event at C.Wonder hosted by Master Card. That’s were I got henna done on my hand and I won a $50 gift card. So Saturday was pretty amazing!

I love New York and I can’t wait to visit again in the near future! This was the perfect way to kick off an amazing start to fall. 

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Greetings from New York


This morning I woke up in New York. I flew here last night so that I could attend the Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Blogger Workshop today. I’m excited about being in the city again. I’m also looking forward to meeting all of the bloggers and editors attending the workshop. Follow my Instagram account and the hashtag #bhgstyle to see how my trip is going.

I’m blogging from my iPhone. Isn’t amazing how much technology has advanced.

I’ll be back on Monday with a recap from my trip.