Nashville Recap

I’m finally sharing my Nashville stories! My life has been a whirlwind lately, but I officially start classes today :/ So hopefully I’ll get into a routine here soon.

Anyway, when I found out we would be near Nashville on our roadtrip, I was like I HAVE TO GO. It has somehow become a super hip place. I feel like it just used to be about country music! I like country music, but let’s be honest, I like visiting Insta-famous places more…

I hopped on Pinterest right away & browsed tons of articles highlighting the best things to do in Nashville. I also came across a lot of blogs talking about the “best Instagram spots” & I was like wow I’m going to love this place. Yeah, I loved it.

We got to spend an entire day in Nashville & I got to see everything I wanted, so that was nice because I was a little frustrated after Chicago! It was also not as hard to find parking. But I would definitely love to go back! I think it’s one of those places that always has something new to try.

The first place I had to see was Draper James, Reese Witherspoon’s store. Wow. So cute & aesthetically pleasing. They were giving out free sweet tea & had so many cute things for sale. The best part was the wall outside the store. It’s on the list of “best Instagram spots” & it was obvious because there were so many other people outside just trying to get a picture in front of the somehow famous blue & white striped wall. And right across from that wall is the “I Believe in Nashville” mural. (See top!)

Another cute place that I wanted to snap a pic of was Emma’s Flower Shop because it’s a pink building. It was already closed by the time we got there, but I did get a few pictures. It was hard to get a good angle because the main road is right by it, so don’t be fooled by those fancy pictures on Pinterest because it would definitely take some special skill & fancy camera to capture a really good shot.

I really, really, really want a pink house now…

On the same side of town as Emma’s, is the Parthenon replica. That was honestly probably one of my favorite things there because I felt like I was actually in Greece!

 After tons of walking, we took a coffee break at Three Brothers Coffee & it had a really relaxed vibe & even better matcha!

The other thing I had to see was the wing mural. I think there’s another one in another big city, but it’s probably the most well known spot for a picture. There was a line for almost every place we went to get a picture so be prepared to wait & then pose in front of people. But the waits weren’t that long & the pictures turned out so it’s worth it!

The only thing I didn’t get to see was Amelias Flower Truck. I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of it on Pinterest or even Instagram. It’s basically a traveling flower shop! It was one of the top things I wanted to see, but the weather was kinda bad so we missed it. But hey, like I’ve said before, a great reason to go back!

I hope I’ll be able to talk to you guys more! And let me know what kinds of things you want to see because I don’t have anymore cool travel posts unfortunately :/

xo,

jazz

Chicago Recap

Hello all!

I’ve been crazy busy lately trying to get everything ready for school, plus packing up my stuff to move. I’m excited for another semester, but let’s be honest, summer went way too quick. I was gone for two weeks visiting family & exploring some new places, but now I’m back to adulting & I just want to escape again!

Chicago was our first stop & I fell in love, despite how stressful it was. I wish I could say I saw everything I wanted & got to explore every inch of the city with time to spare, but I would be lying. We only had a few hours to spend downtown. Parking alone took us an hour because the traffic is so bad. On the plus side, I did get to see some things as we were driving the streets in search of a place to park. Pro tip: Get a hotel downtown & either walk or Uber to your destination. That’s what we did the first time I visited & it worked a lot better & saved us time.

River Walk

The only thing I really had to see was the Wrigley Building clock. At the time, I didn’t even know what it was called, I just knew I had to get a picture of it because I saw a picture on Pinterest that was so cool I needed my own version. (Ya know how I roll…)

I also wanted a selfie at the famous reflecting bean statue so we walked there, but it was super hot, humid & crowded. Not my idea of the perfect Insta shot, but I got a few good pics & an excuse to go back!

Just me & my mum being typical Windy City tourists…

 

Cloud Gate sculpture, better known as the Reflective Bean in Millennium Park.

Although I didn’t get to see everything I wanted, I got to spend time in a new place & create new memories ( not all good… ). I did get some good pictures & lots of reasons to go back & visit. I even kinda want to move there now. But I say that about almost every place I visit…

This is the signature pose that I do in front of anything with significance. 

What are your favorite places to visit in Chicago? Let me know in the comments or on social media because I definitely plan on going back someday soon… 

P.S. Also. Guys. Have you tried true Chicago deep dish pizza? If you haven’t, you need to. This was my first experience & it was sooo good. There were layers upon layers of cheesy goodness.

xo,

jazz

Travel Carry-on Essentials

Traveling is a lot of fun, but there is so much to think about when packing. Not only do you have to think ahead for what you’ll need at your destination, but you have to think about what you’ll need to get there! Plane rides or cross country road trips; however you choose to travel you’ll need stuff for comfort & entertainment. Below I’ve outlined the things I can’t travel without:

  • Laptop/headphones/charger
  • magazine/book
  • healthy snacks
  • reusable water bottle
  • tissues
  • makeup remover
  • mints
  • comb/hair ties
  • medications
  • lotion
  • hand sanitizer
  • passport/boarding pass/wallet
  • chapstick

This list is a basic outline, so feel free to adjust it as needed. And don’t forget to check out air travel regulations because you may not be able to take certain things. Remember to enjoy your trip & don’t stress out about packing too much!

Happy traveling!

xo,

jazz

Weekend Bag Essentials

I know I have so many posts talking about essentials, but I love to read about the newest seasonal beauty products, or tips for make bag packing quicker, so I thought y’all probably do to. And I’ve got vacation on my mind so I’ve decided to dedicate a few posts to talking about staycations.

As much as I love traveling to new places, there’s something fun about exploring your own state & finding new things to do. Scottsdale has become one of my favorite destinations for a weekend get-away. From Old Town Scottsdale with art galleries & cute shops, to the hub of up-scale malls, there is always something to do.

But I will have to admit my favorite part of staycations is the packing. It’s so much easier to pack for 3 days than 3 weeks! Just throw in a bathing suit & sun hat & you’re set. Below, I’ve outlined the items I can’t live without on any given weekend away:

  • Bathing Suit
  • Hat
  • Tinted Moisturizer
  • Magazine/Book
  • Clutch

I hope this helps y’all when packing! Let me know what essentials you pack in your weekend bag in the comments or on social media! 

xo,

jazz

Staycation Recap

Today is the Monday-est Monday ever, if that’s even a thing! I’m still in vacation mode. But speaking of vacation, below are some pictures from my stay at Scottsdale Camelback Resort this weekend. I planned on taking the time to shoot more, but I honestly got so caught up in actually being present, that I forgot all about it. I think it’s important to take time to relax & not focus on work, & vacation is the perfect time to do that.

Possibly the best part of the whole weekend… the Cupcake ATM! I got a carrot cake cupcake & wow, devine. 10/10 would recommend making a stop if you’re ever in Scottsdale!
I got to catch up with a college friend! Long distance friendships are hard. 
I spent most of my time lying poolside trying not to burn! And also catching up on Vogue.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wish I had more to share, but honestly it felt good to not be so focused on finding the next ‘grammable thing & just be able to relax. Keep an eye out for more pics of my whereabouts…

xo,

jazz