Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Weekend in Tucson

A few weekends ago I flew to Arizona for a quick weekend trip to visit a friend from high school! I have only been to Arizona one other time but I have to say Arizona weather is ideal this time of year. It has been rainy and relatively cold for most of the past month (though things are beginning to warm up I think!) so the warm weather was ideal. My friend Chandler goes to the University of Arizona in Tucson so we just had a chill weekend there.

Oxford doesn't have a lot of shopping so we were able to catch up on a bit of shopping (I REALLY needed a trip to Sephora). While we were shopping, we visited some puppies and it took everything in me not to take one home! It was her sororities "Mom's Weekend" so we did a few activities for that as well. We went to Top Golf on Saturday, and it was my first time going to a Top Golf and I loved it! I actually won one game, which never happens because I'm incredibly uncoordinated. We just got to eat (and drink) and hang out in the shade while hitting golf balls.

The best part of the weekend (besides catching up with Chandler) was by far laying out at the Loews Ventana Canyon resort in Tucson. School has been especially stressful this semester (I have a senior thesis due really soon) so it was so nice to just have a break in the sun. We had some of the best strawberry Daiquiri's I've ever had by the pool and the weather was perfect. Since Arizona is not humid it didn't feel too hot, but it was still nice and warm. The PERFECT weather to lay by the pool.
We ended the trip with a stop at In-And-Out Burger, which we ate in the car looking out at the mountains. It was the best little weekend getaway!

Madewell Top (similar); JBD Shorts (Boutique Brand); Free Press Bra ; Bauble Bar Choker 

Y'all this suitcase is the best! It's fits everything I need but I can still carry it on! 

Seriously how amazing is this view??

Friday, February 23, 2018

Lilly Pulitzer Swimsuit Try-on!

Hey guys! I know I've been MIA for quite a while but I'm finally in a place where I have the time to commit to blogging again! I'm heading to Mexico for spring break in 2 weeks and I ordered a few of the new Lilly Pulitzer swimsuits for the trip! I had a few Lilly swimsuits a few years ago and I loved the way they fit so I was super excited when I found out they were coming out with a whole new line! I ordered them the day they came out and they got here this week! I will probably do a real shoot in Mexico but I wanted to post a few pictures because I know a lot of people are probably curious about sizing and stuff with spring break coming up!

I ordered at least one size up in each of the suits. I generally wear a 2 or a 4, and a small or an extra small in Lilly but I ordered a 6 in all of the swim suits. In the Bandeau two piece I will probably order an 8 as well to try because I do prefer a little more coverage. Generally I wear a 6 in Lulu Lemon bras and tops so if you are looking to order any of the suits I would say the sizing is pretty comparable to to Lulu Lemon!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tangier, Morocco!!

While my parents were in Málaga we also took a day trip to Tangier, Morocco! Morocco wasn't on my top list of places to visit at first but after a while I realized that I have no clue when I will be that close to Morocco again so we booked a tour. We planned this trip very last minute (the day before) and there were no big bus guided tours available with decent reviews so we began to look into a private tour. We stumbled upon  Said's Tours which had good reviews. (Here is the link to his Trip Advisor page if anyone is looking into a day trip to Morocco!) We took a bus from Málaga to Tarifa where we took a ferry to Tangier, but there were limited busses and ferries so we only had about 6 hours in Tangier. Said was very accommodating and allowed us to prioritize the things we really wanted to do. No one in my family is much of a foodie so we chose to opt out of the special Moroccan dinner and I requested a Henna Tattoo so he made a point to make sure I was able to get one. The ferry ride was fairly short and we were able to go through customs on the ferry which saved us time when we got to Morocco.

When we got there, Said himself was waiting for us with a sign. He took us to the car and we went on our way. We first went for a little driving tour of the city where Said gave us a little background information on Tangier and then he dropped us off with another guide who led us around for a while. We went to a light house where we could see where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea. Then we got to ride camels on the beach. This was at the top of my list and one of the coolest things we did. I had some friends who went to Morocco and they said that the camels they were given the opportunity to ride were very poorly treated but the ones we saw were just in a small group, not meant for big bus tours, and seemed to be treated well. Then we went to the Cave of Hercules, where the Phoenicians had carved an opening to the sea in the shape of Africa. The entire cave was basically a very rough map of their little part of the world and it was incredible because it was so old (the Phoenicians arrived in Morocco as early as 1000 B.C.)!

After this we met back up with Said and he took us through a fairly poor residential area. It was incredible because it was so local. We never would have gotten to see it if we were on a big bus tour. Said seemed to know everyone and he took us into a house where they make traditional bread and he was able to just take a piece and share it with us. After the residential area, we continued to the Medina market area where there were lots of spice markets and fruit sellers and then we went to a meat market and a fish market.

We did not go to any big tourist market where we were pressured to buy things by everyone we passed by, we walked passed one and we felt very lucky to have seen the more local side of things. We ended the day in a spice shop where we learned about traditional spices and oils and we were able to buy some Aragon oil (another big thing on my list), for our hair and skin. Our other tour guide brought a little Arab lady into the store who didn't speak english and she did my Henna tattoo. We headed back to the ferry, stopping for pictures outside of the Casbah (the old part of the city), and our guides made sure that we did not feel rushed or hurried.

When we got back to the port to get to the ferry, Said knew people and was able to help us bypass the long customs line, and he walked us all the way to the ferry. Our private tour was really not much more expensive than a big bus tour would have been but it was so much more worth it for us. It made Tangier one of my favorite places that I got to travel during my time abroad.

Where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea

Family Selfie! 

Africa, in the Cave of Hercules 
The Phoenicians carved ridges throughout the cave to represent the different directions of the waves of the sea and the ocean.

The little bakery inside someone's home

Getting my Henna Tattoo.

In front of the Casbah!