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Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle Blog || Est. 2012 || Charlottesville, VA

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February 27, 2020

Ultimate NYC Bucket List: Best Things I've Done + Things I Want To Do

     New York City is the US city that I've visited the most times as a tourist, and probably the place I've spent the most time in that's not somewhere I've lived! My family went every 1-2 years for vacations pretty much until I went to college. My dad is originally from nearby Long Island, and he has some extended family that still lives in NYC as well. The town in Maine that I grew up in is only about 6ish hours away, so it was an easy and accessible destination for family trips when I was growing up, and even some still now into adulthood!

     If you're on the East Coast, NYC is a super accessible city. When I would make trips with my parents while growing up, we've done it all transportation-wise. My dad has driven us several times, and we've also done trains, busses, and flights! In the times that I've visited since I've moved to the South, I always fly to NYC, but the other options are technically still there as well. 

     In honor of the fact that I'll be up there this weekend, I thought it would be fun to finally share an NYC bucket list! I'm sharing 10 of my favorite things that I've already visited or gotten to experience, as well as 10 that are still on my list for future trips. And a few throwback photos too of favorite NYC trips past!


February 26, 2020

Midweek Ramblings.

{Stopped at a beach at home in Maine this weekend before my grandma's birthday party- a little overdressed for the ocean but I went with it! 😉 Follow me on Instagram @miss_alk}


February 24, 2020

Winter Q&A.

     Happy Monday friends! I'm halfway through a two week whirlwind period- I took Friday off work and was gone for a quick trip home to Maine, and then I have this Friday off as well and will be out of town again! I love to travel, but don't typically like to be gone back-to-back weekends, especially when the weekdays in between are extra busy. But I'm trying to stay positive and thankful to have had the opportunity to take some trips this month, and I'm really excited for what's on the agenda for this weekend! Last week I was only able to publish two blog posts with all the craziness, and this week might be the same. Going to try my best to get three up, but if it's only two again that's okay too. 😊

     Anyways- I like to do Q&A posts a couple times a year on the blog, so I thought today would be a great time to share an updated one! Y'all asked some really fun questions over on Instagram Stories- some of them I answered there as well and some I just wanted to save to answer in this blog post. 


February 20, 2020

My Favorite Richmond Activity: Afternoon Tea at The Jefferson Hotel.

     A couple weeks ago, I had the most wonderful weekend stay at the beautiful Jefferson Hotel in nearby Richmond! You can read my full review of the hotel here, but there was one aspect to my stay that was extra special, so I thought it deserved its own blog post. And that would be the delightful experience that is Afternoon Tea at The Jefferson Hotel!


February 17, 2020

Lilly Pulitzer Spring 2020: Try-On + Sizing Info!

     One of my 2020 goals for the blog is to bring y'all more Lilly Pulitzer style content throughout the whole year. I do cover the twice a year After Party Sales pretty heavily on the blog, which y'all seem to respond really well to (at least according to my blog's analytics!). While the After Party Sales are so much fun and a great time to get the most bang for your buck with Lilly, there's lots happening with Lilly Pulitzer throughout the rest of the year too. 

    I had the chance last week to go into the local Lilly Pulitzer store right here in Charlottesville to shoot a try-on session for y'all with their new Valentine's and Spring collections! This stuff is good y'all! I loved just about everything I tried on. Even if you're not in the market for new Lilly right now, it's a good idea to start making a mental note of styles you like so you'll be prepared in a few months for the next After Party Sale!

    We are so lucky here in Charlottesville to have a company owned Lilly Pulitzer store! It's located conveniently in Barracks Road Shopping Center, and the store staff is all super sweet and ready to help you find whatever Lilly items your heart desires. Another fun perk of shopping at a company-owned Lilly store is that each store has at least one dressing room that pays homage to the city that the store is in! I had the privilege of using the Charlottesville themed dressing room for this try-on- you can spot some iconic Charlottesville landmarks like the University of Virginia, Monticello, and more on the walls behind me!

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