Memories from Maryland

On my freshman year move-in day, I remember one of the last things my Dad saying to me before he pulled away was,”Lex, you’re going to meet ‘your people’ here”. As someone who struggled through high school in the friendship department, that was everything I was hoping for. It excited and terrified me all at the same time because the possibility of making lifelong friends seemed so incredible, but I was also scared about whether or not I would connect with people in the ways I wished for. As they say, parents are always right and I was blessed with forming some amazing friendships this past year. One of the most special relationships I created in school was with my friend Carmen. We had met at an admissions event the Spring before our freshman year started. In the Fall we both happened to be in the same Spanish class, we sat together, and the rest is history! Every single Friday we met at our school’s coffee shop and gave each other life updates, laughed until we cried, vented, gave each other advice and inspired each other! Carmen and her family invited me to spend the week in her hometown and I was incredibly excited to spend time with her and make memories that would last forever!

One of my favorite places we visited was this small town called Berlin. This quaint spot is filled with awesome shops, boutiques and restaurants. I spent way more money than I should have and bought some awesome jewelry and a new pair of sunnies that I absolutely adore! Below are some photos of the food I ate and snapshots from this sweet place!

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Whenever I travel I always look for a cute and comfortable outfit to walk around in. I went for an off the shoulder, smocked gingham top that was super comfy and summery. I paired it with a high waisted, white, frayed jean skirt that I seriously have not stopped wearing this season. I finished the look off with some blush colored, suede slides that I cannot get enough of! Most of my wardrobe is black and white so these add a subtle pop of color that I am totally obsessed with!

I’m so thankful for my vacation with Carmen and can’t wait to show her my hometown next summer!

Special shoutout to this sweetheart for being the best friend!

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XO, Lexie

Sweet Summertime // Terhune Orchards

There’s nothing quite like fresh fruit in the summertime! Because strawberries are in the height of their season, my sister and I decided to seize the moment and take a trip to our local orchard to go picking. We chose a beautiful, breezy afternoon; the sun was shining bright and we practically had the fields to ourselves. Upon arriving, we went into the little farm store and both picked out teal cartons to fill with the sweet berries. After getting them, we walked towards the fields and got right to it! I had so much fun searching for the perfect berries and before I knew it, my carton was overflowing! I couldn’t wait to bring them home to my family and cut them up for dessert!

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I’m so excited to keep picking organic fruits and veggies all summer long! It’s certainly the most fun way to grocery shop! Lots of posts coming soon…

Gingham Top: Old Navy 

Mom Jeans: American Eagle 

Sandals: Jack Rogers 

Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

Lipstick: Mac in Russian Red 

Bracelet: Tiffany & Co

Necklace: Mud Pie 

Nail Polish: Sally Hansen in Let’s Jam 

XO, Lexie

 

Summer Sunrise // Long Beach Island, New Jersey

Let me preface this post by saying that I am a complete and total morning person. I’m always the first in my family to get up and I do so happily, so waking up super early for this sunrise was a breeze! To me, there is nothing more exciting than the start of a new day. I can’t help but smile when I think about the opportunity that lies ahead.

A new day means that you have the power to create new memories, start a new adventure, even accomplish a goal. Personally, I start every morning by setting a positive intention for the day. This particular morning, I set my mind on doing something that I have been dreaming about for a while now! I’ve been vacationing at Long Beach Island (my happy place) for my entire life and I’ve never went to watch the sunrise. Surprising for a morning person right!?

I made my dream a reality and sprung out of bed throwing on my new striped coverup, my favorite white sunnies and silently slipped out of our beach house, careful to not wake anybody up. As I walked up to the sandy shoreline I was greeted by a salty breeze and saw the sky awakening before my very eyes. Soft pinks emerged from the horizon as the sun slowly began to rise. The colors quickly intensified into fiery orange and yellows as the sun rose higher and higher into the sky. The rich reflections of the brightly colored sunlight danced and glistened across the rippling waves.

It was the most incredible sight I have ever seen. While watching this beautiful miracle of a new day unfold before me, I couldn’t help but take a moment to reflect on how thankful I am to live and experience this life. It’s so easy to be consumed by the trivial parts of daily living but making time to see and experience something as simple and wonderful as a sunrise can completely change your perspective.

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My advice? Go out and explore, accomplish that goal, make your dream a reality. Tomorrow is your fresh start. The opportunity for greatness belongs to you!

xo, lexie

 

Nothing But Blue Skies // Spring Lake Beach, New Jersey 

Nothing brings me more joy than spending a gorgeous summer day at the beach with my family. The crashing waves, salt air, and warm sun are the perfect recipe for some serious r&r and unforgettable memories. Recently my family and I took a trip down to Spring Lake Beach to spend the day soaking up the sun and catching some waves!

We got there early in the morning and claimed the perfect spot on the beach right near the water. We set up camp, pitching the umbrellas, setting up our beach chairs, and lathering up on sunscreen! Spring Lake is a really special place. Locals ride their darling beach cruiser bikes around, people are so friendly, and the beach is so clean and absolutely gorgeous. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the dreamy beach houses!

We spent the entire day laughing our heads off, splashing in the ocean, and enjoying life to the fullest! As soon as lunchtime rolled around, we picknicked with fabulous salads and fresh fruit…my favorite summer meal! After fueling up, we headed back to the beach and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon together. I treasure family time and the memories we made are some that I will cherish for a lifetime.

Where are your favorite places to travel to with family in the summer? Let me know in the comments below! Currently, I am headed down to Long Beach Island for family vacation and I cannot wait to share my adventures with you! Look forward to lots of posts!

xo, lexie

Seven Days of Sunshine : My trip to Arizona!

I just got home from my trip to Arizona and I have to say that it has been one of the best weeks of my entire life. I’m severely exhausted and am blaming it on jet lag…but I’m pretty sure I’m exhausted from how much fun I have had over this past week! I flew out to visit my Aunt Micky, Uncle Sid, and cousin Amy (the funniest and sweetest people in the universe) and we traveled all over Arizona together! In today’s post, I am going to be filling you guys in on all of the adventures we stuffed into one week! For those of you who have never been, add Arizona to your list of travels because there is something so special and beautiful about this state.

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I flew Southwest to Arizona and had a great flying experience. Tons of free snacks, a wide variety of drinks, and comfortable seats made for a nice and relaxing flight. Looking out of the window and snapping pics of the clouds kept me occupied the entire way there. I loved when the plane was descending because (it meant we were almost there!) and I got to take pictures of the mountains…so stunning!

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I was greeted by the friendliest, happiest, and loving welcome from my Aunt and Uncle at the airport! We quickly grabbed our luggage and as we exited the building it felt like I was smacked in the face with heat (I LOVED IT). NJ is so humid and there is barely any humidity in AZ… the heat feels so different and AMAZING! I was famished from the flight, so we headed out to dinner for an amazing dinner at Soul Cafe in Scottsdale, Arizona. I had short rib ravioli and it was killer!

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After dinner ended, we arrived at their home which is beyond stunning! They have a perfect view of the Black Mountains (tons of celebrities live there) and cactus were everywhere! I snapped pictures from the pool patio all night…I couldn’t get enough of the view!

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My first day was a blast! I woke up in the morning, ate some breakfast, and spent my the rest of the a.m. splashing around in the gorgeous pool! One of the places I wanted to visit most was In N Out Burger so we headed over for lunch. If you have never been, it is so worth coming out West just to have one of their burgers. They are incredibly delicious. As the week progressed, my family and I came up with so many In N Out jokes (which were hilarious) and I think it’s safe to say that I had a mild obsession for the joint. We went 3 times! After lunch we did some shopping at Kierland Commons, one of Scottsdale’s outdoor malls and had so much fun!

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With all of the mountains in Arizona, hiking is a very popular past time! We decided to rise to the occasion to see what all of the hiking hype was about (I’ve never been on one!) and I was so excited to try it out. My cousin Amy and her awesome friend Ken go hiking quite often so they joined us for our morning hike at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Personally I loved hiking despite the heat (hiking in 100 degree weather is HOT) but had so much fun! A little sweat never hurt nobody! As we got closer to the top, seeing the view definitely made the hike worth it. You could see all of Phoenix below us and it was incredibly stunning!

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Going to the Grand Canyon has always been one of my biggest dreams. I’ve always imagined how surreal it would be to see something so beautiful. My experience at the Grand Canyon was exactly how I imagined. As soon as I walked up the trail and was exposed to the mountains I started to cry. It completely took my breath away. The beauty of nature blows my mind. I took copious amounts of pictures and enjoyed every second exploring.

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After the Grand Canyon, we took a drive down to Sedona, home of the famous Red Rocks! They were so stunning! Sedona is a great little town with a bunch of beautiful shops and is filled with the friendliest people ever! And shopping with a view of the mountains isn’t too shabby!

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We went for a sunset dinner in Sedona which was beyond amazing…but what made it really amazing was the view. Watching the sun go down while eating delicious food surrounded by the red rocks was a dream. My family and I laughed the night away (as we did at every meal) but this night was especially funny! I had the best pesto and pancetta pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and for dessert I got lemon sorbet with fresh strawberries…my dessert was definitely the fan favorite! Everyone couldn’t get enough of it!

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After Sedona we made our way back to Scottsdale. Earlier in the week we went shopping at Scottsdale Quarter and stopped into Urban Outfitters so that we could buy this flamingo! I got a super cute pair of sunnies there (UO makes my fav sunnies) and they look just like Audrey Hepburn’s sunglasses! Back to the flamingo…blowing this bird up was NO EASY TASK. My Uncle Sid and sisters spent so much time blowing this float up! We had so much fun floating and snapping pics on the flamingo. It was so funny watching all of us attempting to get on the flamingo and falling off of it! I lost count of how many times I fell off of the flamingo! HAHA!

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My last night in Scottsdale was awesome! After an amazing dinner we went back to the house for a s’mores party! It was by far one of the best nights of my life. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard…tears were streaming and I couldn’t breathe! It is so important to surround yourself with people who make you laugh, feel good, lift you up and most importantly, surround yourself with people who enjoy the beauty of life and adventure.

I can’t thank my Aunt Micky and Uncle Sid enough for the trip of a lifetime. I feel so blessed that I was able to spend time with them and connect with my cousin Amy (best yoga instructor in the world) and her friend Ken (sweet and hilarious)! The jokes, laughs, and memories will remain with me forever! I love you guys and miss you all already! If any of you ever decide to go to Arizona, please don’t hesitate to ask me questions about things to do or restaurants to go to. I would be happy to share with you the best spots! On Monday I leave for France and will be there for a little over two weeks. As soon as I get back, expect tons of posts! Until then…

xo, Lexie