Welp….it’s Monday again. While this day certainly isn’t as dreadful for me as it used to be, it’s still no picnic.
Things have been a bit hectic behind the scenes lately since right before my NYC girls’ trip earlier this month. I mean, I love traveling, but man….whenever I do I feel like my whole life gets turned upside down for like a week leading up to the trip, and for at least a good couple weeks afterward. As awesome as I think it would be to exclusively travel blog, I just do not think I have the mental or physical stamina for it these days.
Between the fact that my ankles swell even after a short two hour flight, and how much planning it takes to make sure my fur babes are all taken care of while I’m gone (even if it’s my hubby staying back to watch them), that alone is enough to make me want to just Netflix and legit chill out for a solid month after any traveling, but the ($h!T) show must go on;)
A little about my NYC trip….
The purpose of the trip was to celebrate one of my dearest friend’s 40th birthday (and I’m not far behind her eeek!!). As I’ve mentioned before, it was actually my first time in the city, which is kinda crazy because I’ve passed through during layovers on many occasions and always thought about extending my stay to at least get a peek of the city, but I never made it happen.
I won’t be doing any sort of travel guide covering NYC, as there’s no way I could possibly provide any useful information that isn’t already easily found through google. And frankly, with eight girls on this trip, about half of which had any prior experience with the city, our itinerary was kinda all over the map to accommodate the different goals of each of us and we probably didn’t always use our time wisely. We had a really great time nonetheless and made some incredible memories in the city that never sleeps (kind of a perfect place for me considering my difficulties with falling asleep in recent years;)).
I also don’t really have any pics I can share publicly, aside from a handful of images I have of iconic buildings and landmarks, but again, many others before me have taken wayyyy better shots of all these sights. As far as the other photos go — none of the girls I traveled with really have a social media presence, so I need to respect their privacy. I know I touched on this in a recent IG post, but this is kind of an ongoing dilemma for me with being stuck in between the generation that is allll about posting their lives to social media, and the generation that doesn’t really embrace the concept or understand the appeal. I can completely get on board with both mentalities (depending on my mood haha), but whenever I’m around my friends that belong in the latter camp I kinda have to go dark on IG, or strategically post in a way that doesn’t disrupt everyone’s experience or violate any privacy concerns.
Now for my takeaway of NYC…and let me first reiterate that I did have a fabulous time and I know I’m probably going to get a little heat for this, but NYC is not my favorite. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It’s not at all because I’m not a “city girl.” I would actually love to live in a big city and be able to ditch the car and take public transportation everywhere, shop at the corner market for dinner ingredients every evening, and live within walking distance to some of the best restaurants. I suppose within the US there are limited options for this sort of lifestyle, but I would say that NYC is probably the most desirable of the small handful.
I completely understand there are always going to have to be sacrifices made when you live in a bustling city (like paying an arm and a leg to live in a studio apartment, with zero closet space, and no yard for the dog), but my thing is I feel like the perks of the area should outweigh these huge sacrifices in one’s standard of living. I could totally live in a tiny one bedroom apartment with no closet space and no yard in Paris, London, Rome or even Budapest. I mean living among that stunning architecture and incredible history day in and day out would be a dream come true for me. And nobody does public parks quite like Paris or London with all that impeccable landscaping. Don’t get me wrong, there are flashes of stunning architecture in NYC and some respectable green spaces too, but as a whole, I was a bit underwhelmed by it all.
I’m still so glad I visited, and I know I’ll be back again in the future. And who knows…maybe I’ll walk away with a different opinion next time.
Anyhooooo….as soon as I got back from NYC, I left the following day to drive down to Florida to visit my grandma who hadn’t been doing well. She’s thankfully holding steady now, and hopefully will continue to improve. I’m so thankful I got to spend some quality time alone with her, but unfortunately I had to rush back to Charleston to make sure I met some collaboration deadlines and to relieve my hubby of dog duty (our monsters are superrrrr high maintenance;)). I have some obligations over the next couple months keeping me in town, but I’m going to try to squeeze in another short visit to keep her company while she’s recovering at a physical medicine/rehab facility.
Eeesh! Getting back on track now…
As usual, the original reason for this post got away from me a bit with the personal ramblings, but I mainly wanted to share my outfit deets for this look (above) that I recently shared to IG. I didn’t think I’d like this dress nearly as much as I do, but it’s such a perfect dress for so many occasions, and the style is so flattering. I don’t know why I didn’t really embrace this style/cut previously, but now I’m definitely on the hunt for more just like it:) .
The fabric is surprisingly nice for the price, and I love that the buttons don’t actually function so you don’t have to worry about accidentally showing off the goods;) . And these cork wedges are the same concept as a pair of nude Aerosoles wedges I used to wear all. the. time. They were perfect for long days on my feet sightseeing on vacay when I wanted to dress up a little, but unfortunately I lost that pair in the Bahamas. Sooo happy they still make similar pairs, as the comfort is definitely still there, but I love the new elevated look with this ankle strap and unique cork finish. I received the wedges c/o #Aerosoles (after relentlessly tagging them on IG and professing my love for the brand;)) and they’re now on sale — bonus!
And in preparation for everyone’s fun summer plans, I’m also sharing a round up of budget friendly summer vacay ready looks. All of my picks are currently under $50, and many for far less than that;)
Also want to add for the benefit of any concerned fellow frenchie owners out there that it wasn’t remotely hot outside the day Gracie and I took these pics….she just gets so freaking excited when we go outside, which is why her walks are very, very short (even in the winter time). You can tell by the look on her face that she was annoyed I wouldn’t let her chase down some leaves that were blowing past us. Such a little diva that one.;)
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Hope everyone has a great week!