Unscripted Hotel Durham

Happy Tuesday Babes!

This past weekend, we stayed at a boutique hotel in Durham, Unscripted, and I wanted to share a little about our stay.

The hotel is located in Downtown Durham, a few minutes away from the Durham Bulls stadium. The property was actually built in the 60’s and the retro pool and decor give this hotel serious charm. I’d heard of the hotel as a hot spot in the summer time with a fab pool, so I was excited to check out what kind of fall events they offered. Spoiler Alert: I wasn’t disappointed.

We arrived Saturday afternoon and were greeted by the friendliest staff with a champagne welcome (always a plus). Check in was a breeze, I always judge a hotel by how painless their check in and out process is. After checking out our room – head to stories to see this – we went straight to the bar.

The bar in the hotel is called The Studio and it’s located right in the lobby. It definitely gets crowded at night, so plan accordingly. For the entire month of December, the hotel is featuring live music. See below for the complete series.

My favorite drinks were the Drink Cider Unscripted (tastes like an adult hot apple juice) and the 14k (see below – it literally has edible gold on top). During the month of December, Unscripted is having private holiday cocktail tastings. There are two dates left for this private event – December 11th and December 18th from 6-8 pm.

After more than a couple drinks, we walked a few blocks to dinner. We ate at Mother and Son’s Trattoria and HOLY GOOD. Probably one of the best Italian restaurants in the triangle. 10/10 recommend.

Sunday morning, we had breakfast at Unscripted’s diner, Jack Tar and the Colonel’s Daughter, and it was yummmmy. They even had homemade donuts and crullers. I had the avocado toast and it was fresh & delicious. The service was fast, the food was good and the coffee was hot – all hallmarks of a good diner.

&&& the hotel has the best selfie mirrors around! Does it get better? If you live in the Triangle and are looking for a staycation or if you are visiting the area, I can’t recommend Unscripted enough. Head to to book your stay.

Questions? Shoot me an email or a DM.



Cancun Travel Diary

Happy Cinco Babes!

As promised (so late I know) I wanted to share a little bit more about our trip to Cancun.

So, I’ve been to Mexico lots of times. But, we’ve always just used Cancun as a jumping off point, traveling to Tulum or Playa del Carmen. We’ve never actually stayed there. I’d heard lots of varying things about Cancun, so we decided to check it out and see for ourselves. Raleigh has a direct flight right into Cancun so it was the perfect quick little getaway.

Where we Stayed

We stayed at the beautiful Grand Fiesta Americana Cancun. We booked a beautiful suite with a huge rooftop balcony. The views were unreal and the water was just the prettiest shade of blue. We had unlimited access to the VIP lounge at the very top of the hotel. There they had daily breakfast, lunch and happy hour with heavy hors d’oeuvres.

The pools at this hotel are crazy. We lost count, but it seemed like they went on forever and ever. We mainly stayed at the pool bar. There was also a VIP area on the beach and at the pool. They have a variety of water activities as well. We went jet skiing and swam out to the anchored dock.


The hotel has the largest spa in South America, so we had to check it out. It was beautiful and beyond relaxing. The eucalyptus steam room was SO good.

COVER UP: Gianni Bini (old) SANDALS: Tory Burch BAG: Amazon PHONE CASE: Etsy

Where To Eat

  1. Porfirio’s: Freaking yum. Porfirio’s sits right on the water and we caught the sunset our first night in Cancun here. The food is traditional Mexican cuisine with GOOD drinks. This was my favorite restaurant we ate at while in Cancun.
  2. Limoncello: Yum. Italian restaurant right on the water. The seafood pasta dishes were so good.
  3. Lorenzillo’s: Lobsta, lobsta. SO good. We came here for the lobster, we ate the lobster and we were not disappointed.

What To Do

  1. Coco Bongo: So freaking FUN. We actually went both nights, because it was just too good. Think Vegas on steroids. It’s a LONG show (close to 3 hours) with acts for everyone. Performances to Queen, The rollings stones and more current song.. Think dancing, performers swinging from the ceilings, flames… All the good stuff. I honestly could not look away. Highly recommend.
  2. Private Sail: I really wanted to take a boat out to Isla Mujeres. I found the BEST private boat company on trip advisor. We met them at the dock and sailed around for a private 5 hour boat tour. They provided endless alcohol and lunch. We left around 2 because we wanted to see the sunset from the boat. The tour is completely custom. You can basically leave at whatever time works for you. This was probably my favorite part of our trip! Highly recommend.

All in all, we were super pleasantly surprised about out trip to Cancun. I am SO in for any tropical location that’s just a short direct flight away. I never felt unsafe the entire time we were there. We ventured out into downtown Cancun every night we were there. We even ate tacos at 2 am and I never even felt uneasy.

Questions? Feel free to email me or DM me!



Miami Travel Guide 2019

Happy Tuesday Babes!

As always, wanted to share a little bit more about our trip to Miami. Miami is hands down one of my favorite places to visit in Florida. It’s just so extra. Sorry, there just really isn’t a more fitting word for Miami. We always have the best time and the shopping is to die forrrrrrrrr. Picked up a new baby while we were there. More to come on that.

DRESS: Amazon│SHOES: Schutz

Where We Stayed

1 Hotel South Beach

SO SO Good. This hotel was rated the #7 hotel in the U.S. last year. Yup, it’s that good. There are four pools and the hotel sits right on the beach. The beach club is private and beautiful. The staff is super accommodating and ready to help. I loved staying here, highly recommend.

Where We Ate


Ok, head to Baoli where all your boujee dreams will come true. Many, many celeb sightings here. It’s a restaurant/ bar that gets club-y at night. We had dinner and if you’re heading there for dinner you NEED a reservation. They weren’t even letting people in the door without a reservation when we went.

The food is Asian fusion and it’s GOOOOOD. We had the omakase which is Japanese for “I’ll leave it up to you”. Basically, the chef decides all 12 (yes, TWELVE) courses for you. It was honestly one of the best meals I’ve ever had.

I LOVE to people watch and Baoli was SO good for this. Bach or bachelorette parties, influencers, just people watching galore.

Il Gabbiano

Il Gabbiano is a Miami institution so we had to check it out. You need a reservation for dinner. We made ours 2 weeks in advance and still were stuck with a 9 pm reservation. That’s fine though – go early for some prime people watching (I feel like there’s a theme here). It’s Italian food and it was super good. Homemade pasta, and bread. Just call me Carbie.

Orange Blossom

I’m not a huge breakfast person but HOLY YUM. Avocado Toast to die forrrrr. We also had to huevos rancheros which were really good. &&&&& the coffee!!!! The restaurant is super cute too. It’s small, so either make a reservation or be prepared to wait.

Things To Do:


BIKINI: Amazon│ BAG: Chanel│ SUNNIES: Ray Ban

ONE PIECE: Amazon │SUNNIES: Amazon│ WATCH: Michele

We really just wanted to hang poolside and beachside for the weekend. It has been really cold in Raleigh, so we wanted to soak up the sun. On Saturday, we stayed at the Rooftop pool the entire day. It’s adults only and the view is perfect.

Questions? Email me, DM me! We love Miami and I highly recommend making the trip!



Jamaica Travel Diary


BATHING SUIT: Pretty Little Thing Top & Bottom │SUNNIES: Karen Walker

Where We Stayed: 

We stayed at the Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall in Montego Bay.

It is an adults only, all inclusive resort and we LOVED it. We did have a slight hiccup when traveling. I (mistakenly) booked our flight into Kingston not realizing that Kingston and Montego Bay are almost 3 hours apart. OOPs. But, it ended up really working out well because we got to see how pretty inland Jamaica is.

If you want to fly directly to Montego Bay like a normal person (LOL), there is a direct flight from Raleigh to Montego Bay. We do want to go back to Jamaica and will 100% take advantage of the direct flight.

Our Room:

It was sort of hard to decide what kind of room we wanted. The smaller rooms have swim up pools which I was in love with (see below). But, ultimately, we went with one of the suites. The suites do come with a round the clock butler which is SO nice. We also had a huge balcony that looked right out on the ocean.

The Spa:

I had a massage right on the ocean and it was SO relaxing. Highly, highly recommend. Inside the spa, there is a sauna, a cold pool and a Jacuzzi. The Jacuzzi looks right out on the ocean and I probably could have stayed their all day.


The resort is all inclusive, so there are 10 restaurants on the property. We ate at the Italian restaurant, the Brazilian steakhouse and the French restaurant. They were all really good. The Italian restaurant was probably our favorite of the 3.

Excursions/ Activities:

We never left the resort once! There was actually that much to do. There are tons of water sports – kayaking, paddle boarding, beach volleyball, snorkeling… There’s also a beautiful golf course if that’s your thing. I personally couldn’t tell you a single thing about it.

Every day they have fun, different things to do. On my birthday, they had a HUGE foam party. It was SUPER fun and ridiculous at the same time. LOL, see above.

We loved Jamaica!

Such an easy, fun trip. We did stay at the adults only resort.. BUT there are two sides to the Hyatt and the other side is family friendly. So, if you are traveling with kids, this resort really has something for everyone. Highly recommend!




Floral Dress // San Francisco

DRESS: Finder’s Keepers (sold out) Similar Here │SHOES: Schutz │WATCH: Michele│ SUNNIES: Karen Walker │BRACELETS: David Yurman & The Styled Collection

As promised, here’s my full post on our trip to San Francisco. Our trip was super short, I definitely want to get back ASAP to do some more exploring.

We stayed at the Hotel Zeppelin in downtown San Francisco. It’s a viceroy property and I was super impressed. The location was prime, within walking distance to great restaurants and some seriously insane shopping (Nordies, Saks, Neimen, Zara, etc).

We stayed in the Zeppelin suite which had amazing views of downtown and lots of space to stretch out ;).

Favorite Things We Did: 

  1. Biscuits and Blues : We love love love live music. So our first night in town, we checked out this jazz bar right down the street from our hotel. Y’all. You have to check this place out. The food is SO good and the music was amazing. They have different artists every night. When we went, KingFish was playing and they were SO GOOD. The food is so southern and delicious. You have to try the fried chicken.
  2. Alcatraz : So, I didn’t know this, but, Alcatraz is actually the most visited national park in the country. Around 5000 people visit every day. So, if you want to visit, plan ahead. Tickets are online and I highly recommend getting them early. The tour is super interesting and takes about an hour and a half. The island itself is really pretty and the views of San Fran are totally worth it.
  3. Sausalito: Sausalito is the town right across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Fran. We ate lunch at The Trident which was right on the water and had amazing seafood.

I wish we had more time to see more in San Fran. Our last day there, we ventured out to Napa & it was so fun. Let me know if you have any questions about our trip!

I don’t know about y’all, but this girl is beyond happy the weekend is here.



LA Travel Diary

Happy Friday babes! Beyond happy the weekend is here! &&&& next week is a short week!

I just love California.

Every time we go, I start making plans to move west permanently. && then I have a sharp turn back to reality when I start looking at housing options ($$ Ouch, that would hurt$$).

Several parts of California are on my bucket list. I’ve been dying to see Napa and Yosemite and San Fran. But, I’ve really never spend a significant amount of time in Los Angeles. We’ve always used LA as a jumping off point for a longer vacation like Hawaii or Australia. So, we combined some work and travel and spent 4 days in Los Angeles.

SHORTS: Express│ SHOES: Keds │TOP: Hanes │JACKET: J Crew │HAT: Nordstrom │BAG: Louis Vuitton │SUNNIES: Karen Walker│ WATCH: Michele │BRACELETS: David Yurman

SHORTS: Express │TOP:Forever 21 │BELT: Gucci│SHOES: Tory Burch │BAG: Louis Vuitton WATCH: Michele │ BRACELETS: David Yurman│SUNNIES: River Island (old) Similar HERE

For the first part of our trip we stayed at the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach. Highly, highly recommend. The Shade is  a luxury boutique hotel about 20 minutes from downtown LA. It’s about two blocks from the beach which was perfect. We walked to the beach every morning.  We stayed in one of the spa suites and the bath tub was NO JOKE y’all.

I’ve talked about this before, but I judge a hotel harshly on their bathroom. I just need a bathroom with a good amount of space.

The two restaurants we picked in  Manhattan Beach were Nick’s & The Strand House.

Nick’s is more casual but has seriously delicious drinks. My favorites were the spicy poloma martini and the cucumber collins.

The Strand House has stunning beach front views. We ate brunch there both days we stayed in Manhattan beach… oops! lol Bottomless mimosas for the win!

We loved our time in California. Let me know if you have any questions! We are heading down to the beach for the weekend. Are you guys celebrating the 4th this weekend or next?



Terranea Resort Diary

BATHING SUIT: J Crew │SHORTS: Express │SHOES: Keds│ BRACELETS: David Yurman │SUNNIES: Karen Walker

Happy Monday Babes!

While we were in LA (post coming on that soon), we stayed at seriously the most stunning resort, Terranea. Originally, we were planning on staying in Manhattan Beach for our entire trip. But, a close friend recommended Terranea and after a few clicks around their website, I was sold.

Terranea is located in Rancho Palos Verdes, about a 30 minute drive from downtown LA. The resort features 102 acres right on the Pacific Ocean. Catalina Island lies right off of the coast of the resort.

The resort has something for everyone. Amenities include:

  • Three pools (one with a super fun slide)
  • A Spa: I swear, y’all, I had the BEST massage of my life here
  • Tons of Ocean activities: paddle boarding, kayaking, whale watching, etc
  • A kid’s club
  • Golf course
  • 4 Restaurants
  • & of course, endless amazing ocean views

We stayed in one of the bungalows that sit right on the ocean. Highly recommend. It was so nice to enjoy breakfast out on our terrace. We even saw whales one morning.

We had dinner twice at Mar’sel. Yup, you read the right. It was really THAT good. The restaurant looks right out onto the ocean and the sunset views were spectacular.

We had the absolute best time here. If you’re heading to LA and want to get away from the city for a night or two, head to Terranea. OR if you’re looking for a wedding venue!!



Grand Canyon West in One Day

TOP: Nike │PANTS: LuLu Lemon │SHOES: Nike│SUNNIES: Ray Ban │BACKPACK: Vera Bradley

Happy Hump Day Friends!

I wanted to share a little bit about our one day Grand Canyon trip. I seriously did A TON of research beforehand. So many people said don’t do the grand canyon in one day and I’m with them with a caveat. If you’ve never seen Grand Canyon National Park, do not try to do it in one day. You’ll be super bummed and feel like you haven’t seen any of the park. But, if you’re like me and you’ve already seen Grand Canyon National Park, doing the west rim in one day was perfect and I highly recommend.

So let’s dive in. We rented a car in Las Vegas,but you don’t have to. There are tons of different companies that will take you from Vegas to the West Rim. The one I heard the most good things about was the Pink Adventure Tour.

We picked up our rental car bright and early and got on our way. The Vegas sign and Seven Magic Mountains are both on your way to the West Rim. You’ll also pass the Hoover Dam if you want to stop. It takes about 2.5 hours to get to the West Rim.

The West Rim of the Grand Canyon is owned and operated by the Hualapai tribe. When you enter the reservation, you must park and use the shuttle to get to the different look out spots.


Sky Walk is one of the biggest advertised attractions of the West Rim. It does offer seriously breath taking 360 degree views of the West Rim. However, It costs extra $$$ to go stand on it AND you can’t take any of your own pictures. You have to pay for the pictures taken on the Sky Walk. We decided not to walk on the Sky Walk. & honestly, I didn’t regret it. You can stand to the right and left of the Sky Walk and the views are beautiful and we got some great pictures.

Guano Point

Guano Point was my favorite part of our West Rim visit. It’s definitely the best place to do some hiking. The views were just beautiful.

A few words of wisdom: We visited the first week of May and it was HOT. Like 95+ degrees hot. Wear comfortable work out gear and shoes. Bring water. Plan on staying for 3-4 hours to see the entire park and all of the lookout spots.

I hope this guide was helpful if you’re thinking about traveling from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon for the day!



Key West Review

JEANS: AG │ TOP: Brandy Melville (old) Similar Here │JACKET: Cupcakes and Cashmere │SHOES: Steve Madden │LUGGAGE: Away │WATCH: Michele SUNNIES: Asos (sold out) Similar Here

So excited to get my Key West travel diary up! Linked all the deets from my airport style above. I would wear these shoes to the airport 100x over, they are really that comfortable. I am always about all the layers when traveling, so this jacket is perfect. The leather is so soft and in such a pretty shade of blue!

Where We Stayed: 

Let’s get to the fun stuff – our trip! We have been going to the Keys for several years and we always stay at the Casa Marina. It’s a Waldorf Astoria property and a Key West institution.

The hotel itself has been in operation since 1920 and the property is stunning.

It boasts gorgeous sunsets and the largest private beach in Key West. Head here for the best unobstructed ocean views. The hotel is super romantic and hosts weddings almost every weekend. There were two ceremonies while we stayed at the hotel.

Highly recommend.

Where to Eat:

My favorites in Key West go on and on. There are just a ton of really good restaurants in Key West. This trip, we tried out a few new places and went back to a few trusty favorites.

Trusty favorites:

The FireFly is hands down my favorite Key West restaurant. The chef is a genius and has really mastered southern cuisine mixed with an Asian flare. Sounds weird, but it is so so delicious.

Think biscuits as big as your head, boiled peanuts and crispy pig ears.

On my very first visit to Key West, we stumbled upon FireFly – it’s an old house that was converted into a restaurant. Ever since, we go every time we visit Key West. We always sit out on the deck and enjoy the breeze and street views. Highly, highly recommend. This time we had the shrimp and grits and pork. The shrimp and grits is the best I’ve ever had and considering it’s an NC staple – that’s saying a lot. Key West is known for it’s key lime pie which isn’t exactly my favorite dessert (I’m weird, I know). But FireFly has key lime cake that is seriously to die for. So good.

Antonia’s is an Italian restaurant right on Duval Street. It’s pretty small so reservations are a must. They are known for their homemade pasta, bread and desserts. Their wine selection is vast, so we almost always use recommendations from our waiter to decide.

Sloppy Joe’s is another Key West institution, it’s been in operation for over 80 years. Hemingway was a frequent patron of the bar in the 1930’s.

No Key West trip is complete without a Sloppy Joe’s stop.

There is almost always great live music and surprisingly good bar food. The frozen drinks are cold and strong! We always try to stop in at least once or twice and listen to some music and have a drink.

New :

  1. Shor

I found Shor on TripAdvisor and I couldn’t get over the pretty sunset views.

Shor is right on the water at the Hyatt hotel on Front Street. Head here for some seriously fresh seafood. This will be our go to spot from now on to have sunset dinner or drinks.

What to Do: 

Dante’s Pool Bar

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Dante’s. It’s exactly what is sounds like – a bar with a huge pool. They have a pretty extensive drink menu and we always try to stop by on our trips.

TBH – I love to go to Dante’s for good people watching. Lots of bachelor and bachelorette parties head to Dante’s for good music and drinks.

They will also clean and cook anything you catch on deep sea fishing excursions. As a bonus – they do have a great happy hour during the week – BOGO domestic beers and various well drinks.

BATHING SUIT: For Love and Lemons (old) Similar Here

Fury Day Tour

I always use TripAdvisor to find things to do when I travel. I found Fury tours on TripAdvisor and we decided to do the half day snorkel, kayak and paddle boarding tour. We left around 9:30 and got back at 2. They do offer morning and afternoon trips. I love being out on the water, so this was the perfect excursion for me. You can snorkel, paddle board, kayak – whatever floats your boat. They serve lunch or dinner (depending on which time of the day you choose) on board. If you like being on the water and seeing some sea life, highly recommend this tour.

BATHING SUIT: Gianni Bini │SUNNIES: Karen Walker

Y’all LOVED this bathing suit.

Don’t hate me – but it’s sold out everywhere and I’m crying inside. Gonna link several similar bikinis Here  (this one is exactly the same just a different print) and Here and Here.

I know this one was a long post, so thanks for reading along. If you’re planning a trip to Key West, feel free to ask questions!



Disney Travel Diary

I wanted to do a simple and sweet blog post on our trip to Disney. I am originally from Florida, so Disney was in my backyard for most of my life. It would be a strange year when I was little if we didn’t go to Disney at least a few times.  I think the last time I counted, I’ve been more than 50 times. When you’re only about an hour and a half away, it makes a great weekend trip. But, up until our recent trip, I hadn’t been back to Disney in years. We did Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios this trip. BUT – my favorites are a tie between Harry Potter World and Islands of Adventure.

SHORT & CROP TOP SET: Forever 21 │SHOES: Keds │SUNNIES: Quay │EARS: Amazon

I always wear themed clothing when I head to Disney. I mean, how can you not? When I saw this set, I knew it had to come to Disney with me. I’m also linking the shirt (here) I wore the first day in Disney (y’all saw it on my insta story).

Where We Stayed:

We stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge this time. Just a quick forewarning about Disney resorts – you will pay a lot of $$$ for a pretty small room. Yes, it is nice to be so close to the parks and to have a shuttle. But, growing up, we always stayed at less expensive hotels and drove to Disney. It really depends on what’s important to you and how much money you want to spend. Don’t get me wrong – Animal Kingdom Lodge is beautiful and we did have a safari view – but don’t expect a huge room like you would get other resorts.

Where We Ate:

We mainly ate in the park for breakfast and lunch. I always try to get to the park right when it opens so we can run to the most popular rides. It’s how we always were able to ride Space Mountain and Rockin Roller Coaster without waiting 2 hours. Our hotel had a highly recommended restaurant, Sanaa, that we had to check out. The restaurant features African/ Indian cuisine and has been on the Food Network. They are known for their Naan and it is SO worth ordering.

Orlando as a city really has so much more to offer than just Disney. I love Disney Springs and Downtown Disney. We didn’t stay for very long this trip, so we didn’t get to do much other than Disney. If you have any questions about Disney or Orlando in general, feel free to comment or email me.