Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday Favorites {4.27.17}

I truly never thought that we would make it to the weekend! I'm literally crawling to the finish line of this week between work, grad school and other obligations.

Today I'm screaming TGIF. Anyone with me?



As always, I'm linking up with some amazing bloggers to share some of my favorite things from the week.






This week was my April book review! I read three great books and one that I wouldn't really recommend. If you missed it, you can find it here!




I haven't yet found a romper that I don't like. Please tell me that rompers won't go out of style because I'm so obsessed with them! 

This one is perfectly casual and so, so comfortable! I did not want to take it off! 

Find it here





Speaking of rompers, here's another one that I just had to have. This one can definitely be more dressy if you pair it with a cute pair of wedges!

Find it here

Apparently another obsession that I have is the color purple/mauve this season. It's just such a pretty and light color.




I recently tried out Gap Fit clothing and fell in love! These shorts are so much more comfortable than the Nike ones I have, and so breathable! Same goes for this tank top. It's very soft and light for sweaty workouts! I got it in several colors!






  My FAVORITE favorite this week is the fact that we booked out summer vacation to Italy! I'll keep the locations a surprise for now, but it's going to be an amazing experience and I cannot wait to share it with you all! 

As always, follow my Instagram for fun updates!

I hope everyone has the best weekend! See you all on Monday!

XO,
Leslie









Thursday, April 27, 2017

April Book Review {2017}

It's book review day today, friends!!


Back in January, I made a resolution to do more reading this year. This might be the only New Year's Resolution that I've ever kept...so far.

If you missed my previous book recommendations, you can find them here. Trust me, there were some GREAT, GREAT ones!




I'm finishing the month of April having read 4 books! I thought that having spring break this month would have allowed for lots of extra reading, but actually was the exact opposite! I didn't read my normal 5 books, but we'll make it through.

Out of the four books that I read this month, only one was not one that I would recommend.

Let's get started!


I Let You Go is about a woman with a tragic past, who flees her home and heads to the Welsh Coast. She's escaping to forget the horrifying accident that resulted with the loss of a child and the only life that she's known. This novel switches from her point of view to the detectives dedicating their time to finding justice for the boy. Just when you think you've figured this book out, you have no idea.

I loved this book! It's broken into two parts, the first being a little slow. Once the second part comes around, the book grasps you and doesn't let go. I've been loving mysteries lately and this one did not disappoint. For those of you who try it, just get to the second part before making any judgements!

I give this book a 4 out of 5


Good as Gone is about a 13-year-old girl who is kidnapped out of her bedroom in the middle of the night. The only person who knows anything is her little sister Jane, who saw the whole thing from the back of the closet. Eight years later, and the Whitaker's get a knock on their door and find their missing daughter standing before them. Is the woman who she says she is?

Good as Gone is the one book this month that I wasn't into. At first the book seemed like it had a great story line and kept me engaged. By the time I got to the end, I felt like it was all over the place. I had to re-read a few chapters because certain things came out of left field. I just wasn't a big fan.

I give this book a 2 out of 5





Thirty-six year old Paul Kalanithi has spent his entire life dedicated to education and his future. He spends nearly a decade getting himself to his current place as a neurosurgeon. After having some issues with his health, he finds out that he has stage IV lung cancer. This book is about his life before his sickness and how the doctor suddenly become the patient. Paul wrote this book until his death in 2015.

Oh my goodness. When Breath Becomes Air was such a genuine and heartfelt book. You fall in love with Dr. Kalanithi and want so much for him to recover from his cancer. The fact that he wrote this book until his death makes it so real and unbelievably sad. Just wait until you get to his wife's writing in the epilogue. Spoiler alert: You'll need a box of tissues.

I give this book a 5 out of 5



Auburn is feeling like the world is weighing on her. While walking home one day, she finds an art studio with a help wanted sign hanging in the window. On a whim, she decides to check it out and finds Owen Gentry as the artist. The attraction between them is immediate. Both Auburn and Owen have secrets that they won't share. When they realize that Owen's past can destroy Auburn's future, the only solution is to part ways. The only thing that can save their relationship is Owen's confession that could hurt someone very close to him.

I was super nervous to read this book because of my love for Colleen Hoover's newer book, It Ends with Us. I reviewed that book earlier this year and deemed it my favorite so far. Needless to say, this book had a lot to live up to. Guess what? It DID! I was so obsessed with finishing this book that I literally read at red lights. I had to know the secrets, and couldn't get to them fast enough! I cannot wait to read another one of her books, because of the great experiences with the two so far!

I give this book a 5 out of 5!

Any good books that any of you are reading lately? I need to make a list for May!

XO, 
Leslie


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Chambray and White


Happy Wednesday!

I hope everyone's week is breezing right along!

If you visit my blog often, you might recognize this outfit right here:


If you missed it, my Friday Favorites post last week was about this amazing Free People bag that I got on a recent trip to Miami. I got several emails asking about my outfit, so I thought that I'd share!





I'm really loving the chambray and white combination right now. It's so bright and perfect for the spring season!

 The lattice and lace detail on the sleeves and the waist of this top is stunning. I paired it with my favorite white jeans and my new taupe wedges. 

I found some other great chambray tops that I think would look awesome with white jeans too!



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That last top even has very similar lattice detailing. I just can't get over this combo, and have a feeling that I'll be sneaking it in quite a bit over the summer too. 

My outfit details:


XO,
Leslie




Monday, April 17, 2017

Weekend Recap

Monday morning strikes again. 

I hope you all had a great weekend! I had some fun things happen that I thought I would share with you all today!

Friday was Opening Day for our Braves and Ryan and I would be crazy to miss it. Not only does it mark a new season for us, but it was the first Opening Day in our new SunTrust Park. 

Last year we said goodbye to Turner Field, and it was very sad because that had been the only park we had known. It was also very exciting to be able to experience such an important part of our cities history.



Rather than a whole lot of text, I'll leave it up to the pictures. This new ballpark was amazing to say the least. We didn't even come through the main entrance and it was still beautiful!






All of the players running it out on the red carpet.


Am I the only one who gets emotional when they stretch out that massive flag and have the jets fly overhead?

We won on Friday, which was icing on the cake. What a great night! So happy that we could be apart of that day! 

On Saturday we loaded up the car for a nice picnic. It was perfect weather and so relaxing in the shade under the good ol' GA pines. 

I failed to get any good pictures of us while we were there, but I always seem to remember pictures of this guy. He enjoyed our picnic just as much as we did! 


Super thankful for such a good weekend! Let's conquer this week and be ready for another.

XO,
Leslie 







Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday Favorites {4.14.17}

Happy Friday!!! The days were long but the week was felt short. I'll take it.

Hopefully everyone has a great weekend planned. Mine will consist of relaxing and taking it easy.


Every Friday I link up with some of my favorite bloggers in order to share my favorites things from the week. Erika, Andrea, and Narci always have great favorites, so be sure to head over to their blogs too!




On Monday I shared a recap of my girls trip for spring break. If you missed it, you can find the post here. This was definitely one of my favorites this week.




See those awesome sunglasses? I've wanted a pair of the mirrored Ray Ban aviators for a while now, and I finally took the plunge to buy them. I don't regret it at all!! They're perfect for the spring and summer seasons! 

Find them here





I found these babies yesterday and fell in love! These wedges have a similar vibe to the Marc Fisher ones that everyone loves, except not nearly as expensive.

Find them here




Another pair of great shoes that I found this week! These will be perfect for a super casual and easy to throw on outfit during the summer. They're super comfortable and I have a feeling I'll be wearing them all the time. Bonus! I got these shoes and the last one buy one, get one 50% off! Be sure to reap the benefits of that sale before it's gone.

Find them here




This last favorite is a super cute bag that I bought in Miami! I'm loving the grey color. It's small enough to carry as a purse, but large enough to use for a beach bag or carry on. This definitely needed to be included in the favorites this week!

I hope you all have the best weekend and I'll see you next week!

XO,
Leslie


Monday, April 10, 2017

Welcome to Miami

There's nothing like the feeling of going back to work after a week off. If I'm staying positive though, it was a very relaxing and well needed break, to which I am very grateful!

One of my best girlfriends and I took off on a vacation to Miami last Sunday. Hopefully you were able to follow along via my Instastory! If you missed it, today I'll be recapping our highs, lows and all the great restaurants in between! 

We decided that staying on the beach was a priority, as we knew we would be there the most. We got a hotel right on Ocean Drive in South Beach in order to be seconds from the water.


In regards to the hotel itself, it's in GREAT proximity to the beach! It's right in the heart of the partying scene in South Beach. The music from nearby "clubs" goes strong until about 3 a.m. If you're looking for a family friendly hotel, don't stay here. It also has a rooftop pool and bar, neither of which were impressive. Needless to say, we spent most of our time on the beach and away from the hotel. The room in which we stayed was great, with a good bathroom and full sized kitchen. If you're looking for something close to the beach, and you don't mind the crazy party people, then it's a cool place to stay.

Here's a view from the roof, which gives you an idea how close it is to the beach.




When we first arrived, we took all of our things to the hotel and immediately changed into bathing suits and headed to the beach. The first day was a little cloudy but we didn't mind at all because #vacation.

After spending some time at the beach and exploring, we headed back to our hotel to get ready for dinner and drinks. 


Our first dinner was at Nikki Beach Miami down near 1st Street in South Beach. The atmosphere of this place was super cool with palm trees and string lights everywhere. We dressed up a bit since we knew we would be going out afterwards, but people were dressed in anything from bathing suits to nice cocktail attire.

The food was super good. Allison got the pizza and I got a chicken wrap. One thing to look out for anywhere in Miami, is that gratuity is already added to your bill, so check that before tipping anything extra. We planned on getting a few drinks here but they were highly overpriced and the crowd wasn't ideal, so we went elsewhere. I bet this place gets super fun in the summer months though!

Our adventures in finding cool, low-key bars was unsuccessful the first night. We're both very laid back people, and the bars in South Beach are anything but laid back. We called it a night and headed back to the hotel.


The next day we woke up and headed to Starbucks to grab a coffee and some food before hitting the beach. The best part about going to the beach in Miami is that the super partiers don't head out until the afternoon (I'm assuming they're sleeping off the drinks from the night before). If you're not part of that crowd, you'll have lots of beach space in the morning! It was our favorite part of the day!


After several hours of laying out, we headed to Taquiza for lunch. Oh my goodness, you must go here if you're visiting Miami. Everything here tastes super fresh and authentic. The carnitas taco was my favorite, along with the blue corn chips and guacamole. It's making me so hungry just thinking about them! Highly recommended!


More beach time after lunch. Those colorful lifeguard stands got me every time.


Dinner on night two was super delicious too! We had a reservation at Cibo Wine Bar in South Beach, although we didn't really need it. It was surprisingly empty. The decor and service here was amazing. 





I got the Seafood Linguini (mussels, clams, shrimp and calamari) and Allison got the Pesto Pasta. Mine was one of the best pastas I've ever had, and Allison said hers was good but had too much pesto. 

After wards we headed to a dive down the road, and had a few drinks before heading back to the hotel.




The next morning we ate at Shepard's Artisan Coffee, which once again was super good! 








Spent our morning on the beach, and then did some shopping on Collins Dr. We found a couple cute new items to take home with us! More on that in a later post!



Lunch this day was at Cafe Del Mar! I got a turkey, ham and avocado wrap, which was to die for. I also snagged a freshly squeezed orange juice which was amazing too. The theme of this trip was definitely good food! We had nothing that was disappointing! 


After shopping, we needed a nice cold drink, so we stopped into one of the 1,000 cafes along Ocean Drive for a drink. Most of these places offer buy one, get one free fishbowls for happy hour. Still not really a good deal, but when in South Beach, do as the tourists do. They were at least cold, refreshing, and an excuse to people watch. 

We spent some more time at the beach before heading back in to get ready for dinner. 


We decided to head into Brickell this night. We wanted away from the people on South Beach, and a more laid back scene of people. We had dinner at Sushi Siam which was some of the best sushi I've ever had. To be fair, I think I say that about every single sushi restaurant that I eat at. 



The view was amazing in Brickell! We had a few drinks at a couple places and then ended up at a really cool bar called Blackbird Ordinary. This was MUCH more of our crowd and we had a blast there! Definitely the best night of the whole vacation! If only we had done that from night one. 

Our last day in Miami was spent at Lincoln Road Mall and the beach. For some reason, we didn't get many pictures from that day. #bloggingfail



We did have another amazing dinner that night though! If you're into Cuban food at all, you MUST go to Havana 1957! I got their most popular chicken plate, which was unbelievably amazing.

I loved everything about this place, from the lights, to sitting outside and watching all the people! After we ate, we walked around a bit on Espanola Way and took in the sights.


The next day, we woke up at 3:30 to catch our flight back to ATL. Little did we know that it would be the most stressful/ridiculous day EVER. As we were checking in, we were made aware that our flight home had been canceled.

We were then directed to a "special" line in order to rebook to the next flight. The nice man let us know that there was room on the next flight at 7:30 and we had been the first ones to check in from our canceled flight. So far, so good.



Yes. This is us waiting for pizza at 5:00 in the morning. 

After eating our DELICIOUS pizza, we head to our gate only to find so many people standing around looking frustrated/concerned. We spoke to some, and found out that there were many people who had been at the airport since the previous morning at 9:00 trying to get a flight back to ATL because their flight was also canceled. They kept getting bumped to the next flight, as there was no room on any of them.

At this point, we knew we weren't getting on the flight and that we would possibly be waiting at the airport ALL DAY, and possibly ALL NIGHT. We decided that instead of sitting at an airport all day, that we would rent a car and road trip it home. 


We look happy, but we were not. 9 1/2 hours in the car is not our style. Especially after having paid for the ease of flying home.

A road trip with your bestie isn't the worst thing that could happen, but still stinks when you're in the mindset of arriving in the morning and having the rest of the day at home.

We stopped by the ATL airport in order to claim our luggage and that ended up being a mission and a half. At one point the Delta employees handed us information on how to file a claim for missing luggage. #nomaam #betterfindthatsuitcase



Here we are SO happy to be reunited with our things. Delta was slightly overwhelmed and we finally found out that we were only one of hundreds of canceled flights.

I finally made it home 12+ hours after our originally intended arrival.

Thankful for a super great vacation with a super great friend. If you're headed to Miami soon, visit at least one of the restaurants I mentioned and you won't be disappointed! 

XO,
Leslie