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

Floral Print Maxi Dress

This spring, the fashion world is in full bloom. Floral print is one of the biggest trends of the season and it is quickly dominating my heart and my wardrobe! While shopping in a local boutique recently, this cream, off the shoulder maxi with red floral print instantly caught my eye. I knew that I had to have this darling number! The delicate red flowers printed on the soft cream fabric combined with the off the shoulder neckline give off a seriously sweet and romantic vibe. I styled the dress with my silver tiffany&co charm bracelet and some strappy leather wedges to add some height. I love how the shoes helped to showcase the slit detail in my dress. I played into the romantic vibes of the dress by doing loose curls and a bold red lip.

I can’t wait to wear more floral pieces this season! Get ready for lots of posts coming up; there are a lot of exciting things on the horizon for me! I can’t wait to share everything with you! What floral prints have you been obsessing over this season? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, lexie

Spring Style Preview // The Classic Trench Coat 

With the unseasonably warm weather that graced us last Monday, my family and I felt it was totally necessary to spend as much time as we possibly could outdoors! We took a trip down to the shore to bask in warm sun, watch the waves crash, and grab a bite to eat. The beach has always been one of my favorite places even if the weather was still not quite warm enough to swim! The weather was however warm enough to debut one of my favorite spring trends…the classic trench coat! I’ve wanted to purchase a trench coat for years but somehow always managed to skip the buy until a few weeks ago. I was scrolling through instagram when I saw that Old Navy posted how to style the classic trench a variety of ways. After watching that quick insta vid I knew I had to have it. I pulled out my card and ordered the coat right away. When it arrived, it was as perfect as I imagined it would be. The structure gave me some serious Burberry vibes and I couldn’t wait to style it with oversized black sunnies. I kept my look pretty casual for everyday spring wear and paired the trench with dark wash denim and a blush handbag.

After spending time on the beach summer can’t come quick enough! How did you enjoy the warm weather? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, lexie

Best of 2016

Can you believe that 2017 is just a few days away!? As I’m writing this post I can’t help but reminisce about all of the amazing experiences I have had throughout this past year. I was so fortunate to be able to create amazing memories that will last a lifetime. For me, 2016 was an incredible year of growth and self discovery. I hope you enjoy this roundup of all of my favorite moments from 2016!

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Thank you all for following along this past year! I am so excited for 2017 and everything that the new year will bring. Wishing all of you health, happiness, and joy always!

xo, Lexie

 

 

 

 

West Village // NYC

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My birthday is something I look forward to celebrating every year; what’s better than a day all about you!? My mom and dad are seriously the best at making me feel so special on my birthday. This year I wanted to go to the West Village to celebrate my 18th and that’s exactly what we did!

We started our day off by taking an early morning train into the city. As soon as we reached Penn Station and started walking toward the West Village, we ran into a celebrity! Click here to find out who I got to meet! It has always been one of my dreams to run into someone famous on the streets of NYC and the fact that it happened on my birthday was the most perfect start to the day!

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After walking around 20 blocks we finally reached the West Village, one of my favorite neighborhood’s in the city! It is filled with lots of artsy restaurants, fantastic shopping, and the most beautiful homes. We decided to stop at The Butcher’s Daughter for my birthday breakfast! The menu is vegan/vegetarian based and has the most amazing food and the best service.

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After a delicious meal we headed to the High Line. This was the first time I have ever been and I loved it so much! The views were incredible and there was an abundance of cool artists and vendors throughout the park.

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As soon as the park ended, we made our way back to the Village to check out the gorgeous homes. I couldn’t help but pretend I was Carrie Bradshaw walking through the streets of the city…hopefully one of these homes will be mine someday!

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All of that walking around sure did conjure up an appetite. We stopped by Patisserie Cloud for pastries and coffees…it definitely hit the spot and satisfied my sweet tooth!

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Reenergized from all of the sugar, we took a stroll over to Washington Square Park. We couldn’t have had more perfect weather. The sun was shining all day and it was just the right temperature, around 53 degrees! It was so much fun getting to hang out in the park and people watch!

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I couldn’t have dreamed of having a more amazing birthday! I’m so excited to see what this year has in store for me. Thank you all so much for coming on this journey with me! I appreciate you all more than you can ever imagine.

xo, Lexie

A Day in Marseille / Visiting Notre Dame de la Garde

One of my favorite parts about exploring France was getting to visit their churches. The gorgeous architecture and immaculate details never seized to blow my mind. Out of all of the churches that I’ve had the opportunity to tour, Notre Dame de la Garde stood out the most. Located at the highest natural elevation point in Marseille, this church offers a 360 degree view of the entire city and the Mediterranean Sea…truly a sight to see. Called la bonne mère (the good mother), this church is said to guard and protect the people according to the Marseille locals.

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The vibrant colors and gorgeous paintings took my breath away. From the perfectly sculpted exterior, to the unique and colorful tile floors, to the paintings and gold detailing, this church was nothing short of stunning. Write to you soon!

xo, Lexie

 

Golden Hour Under The Eiffel Tower

Seeing the Eiffel Tower has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. I imagined for years how magical the moment would be when I saw it for the first time. I had high expectations nontheless for what this experience would be like, and when I started walking towards the Parc du Champs de Mars I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

The soft afternoon light caressed itself around the Tower…one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. Standing there in all of Her glory, the Lady of France is even more magnificent in person. Chills ran through my body and happiness surged. This moment was more amazing than I could’ve ever dreamed of. My beautiful friend Justine, who’s an incredible photographer couldn’t resist pulling out her camera to snap a few pictures. Standing under the Eiffel Tower I danced and posed in the golden light. This was one of the happiest moments of my life.

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Make sure to check out more of Justine’s amazing work on her website http://www.justinemaggiolino.com! Have an amazing day…write to you next week!

xo, Lexie

Sunrise in St. Tropez

St. Tropez, one of the most exclusive, glamorous, and most beautiful towns in the French Riviera. This place has been on my travel wish list for ages and I couldn’t believe that we were actually going to be visiting. Piling into the car before dawn, we maneuvered the windy roads through the mountains from Toulon and arrived in St. Tropez in a little over an hour…just in time to watch the sunrise over the mediterranean.

We parked the car on one of the many colorful streets and started to walk through town toward the port. Vacationers sat outside in wicker chairs at local cafe’s sipping their morning espresso and munching on all of the delicious french patisserie.

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Sweet little streets with colors that are sure to brighten any day are a defining feature of this glamorous beach town.

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High end stores and fancy little shops are scattered all over with the prettiest of window displays, catering to the classy clientele.

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Nearing the port I was allured by the crystal clear blue waters of the med…the morning light glistened on the crashing waves, truly a sight to see.

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Super yachts filled the port, some even bigger than the houses back at home. I was dazzled by how extravagant and massive they were; multiple party decks, perfectly polished silver detailing, and butlers bringing guests their morning feasts seemed too perfect to be true.

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I advanced toward the rocky coast, watching the birds soar through the pink and blue sunrise.

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The sun was slowly creeping higher and higher into the sky, projecting the most gorgeous golden light over the mountains in the distance.

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I could have stayed there forever, admiring the peaceful sea and insane views.

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One of St. Tropez’s specialties is their famous pastry called the Tarte Tropezienne. It is essential to try this dessert when visiting here! Buttery Brioche filled with rich vanilla pastry cream topped with sugar crystals is sure to be the dessert of your dreams. I still cannot stop thinking about it! I wish I could have snapped a pic but as soon as the pastry was in my hand it looked to good to not start chowing down right away…I guess you’ll just have to visit yourself to see and taste this delicious specialty!

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I certainly wouldn’t mind watching the sunrise everyday in St. Tropez!

xo, Lexie

 

 

Royalty for a Day // Exploring the Chateau and Gardens of Versailles

Usually waking up to the sound of my alarm clock blaring has me scrambling to hit the snooze button, but this particular morning I couldn’t wait to hear that annoying buzzer! I sprung out of bed, pulled myself together, and was ready for a royal and regal day. Before leaving the apartment, I ran into the kitchen and downed my morning shot of espresso…nothing like a java jolt to get the blood flowing! We had an exciting day ahead of us, spending the day exploring the Chateau and Gardens of Versailles. With no time to waste, we jumped into the car, plugged Versailles into the GPS and were on our way! But first we had to make a pit stop for croissants and pan de chocolat…breakfast of champions!?

After about a 40 minute car ride we arrived at our destination. Pulling into the parking lot and looking up at the Chateau my eyes instantaneously were drawn in by the gold…golden gates, balconies, windows, detailing and more.

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Versailles was crawling with tourists which was to be expected. Even upon early arrival we had to wait for hours in line to tour the Chateau. Thankfully with some snacks and good company, the time flew by. Before we knew it, we were stepping into the main entrance. After going through security, the entire Palace was open for us to explore. I was giddy with excitement.

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Walking into the first room, my eyes darted in every which way trying to soak up the grand beauty…the walls were showered in gold, magnificent murals, marble, and velvet; it was just the right amount of overwhelming.

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The massive windows lining the walls of the Chateau offered an incredible view of the perfectly manicured gardens…so dreamy!

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After roaming around for some time, we finally reached the famous Hall of Mirrors, the Palace’s most remarkable and recognized gallery. It was over the top beautiful just as King Louis XIV intended it to be…my eyes were nearly blinded by all of the gold and crystals. The paintings on the ceiling were absolutely stunning and so culturally rich. This was by far the most beautiful art I have ever seen.

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I could have spent hours in one room alone, just admiring the extravagant details.

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Soon we made our way out of the Palace and it was time to see the Gardens! Perfectly trimmed greenery dotted with the most lush and vibrant flowers I’ve ever seen…it felt like I was in heaven.

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Strolling further and further through the Gardens we saw a new perspective of the Chateau…a truly remarkable sight.

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Spotting some stairs near one of the Garden’s fountains, we took a seat and enjoyed a traditional Parisian sandwich for lunch…ham and gruyère on a french baguette…delicious! We finished off the meal with some sparkling Perrier and apricots (they’re the best ever in France trust me!).

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After lunch we continued our stroll through the Gardens that seemed to be never-ending. We eventually ran into Le Petit Trianon (Marie Antoinette’s Chateau) and couldn’t wait to check it out!

The lovely symmetric Gardens leading up to her home took my breath away…I certainly wouldn’t mind living there!

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Wandering into Antoinette’s Chateau I eventually came across her famous bedroom! Red and gold details…a simply elegant and regal combination.

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Next we went to Le Grand Trianon…my favorite Chateau in all of Versailles! The light pink colored marble and gold detailing instantaneously won my heart; and don’t even get my started on the black and white checkered marble floor…need this in my future house for sure!

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The darling yellow and purple flower color combinations were my favorite! How incredible would a wedding be here ahhh!

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After a long day of adventuring we took a quick detour into the town of Versailles to grab some dinner and drinks! I had the best crepes in the world; one savory and one sweet. The sweet crepe was my favorite; salted caramel sauce, nutella, and french vanilla ice cream! Too good to be true!

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After a meal of a lifetime we went back into the Gardens for golden hour and planned to stay until nighttime for the Palace’s firework show!

The sunset was a firey orange, casting light on the Palace and creating a beautiful picture in the sky.

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Royal music played as we walked through the Gardens…it was surely fun to feel like a Queen for a day!

As the sky started to darken we took our places on the stairs and got ready for the fireworks. Crowds of people made their way to come sit down taking up every seat available. We were all anxiously waiting for them to start.

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The royal music gradually grew louder and louder indicating that the show was about to begin. I quickly took out my camera and put it straight into video mode!

These were by far the most amazing and striking fireworks I have ever seen. Bright hues of purple, soft pinks, rich reds, and crystally whites showered the sky. The colors continually exploded into the pitch black sky presenting themselves in every shape and style. Seeing these fireworks in person is something I believe everyone should see at least once in their lifetime. I will remember this show forever.

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After the finale we rushed back to the car, beating the crowd and drove back to our apartment in Paris! Truly a day fit for royalty!

xo, Lexie