Queening in Lagos 🔮
Outfit by @janemichaelekanem 
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Queening in Lagos 🔮 Outfit...

Next two stops: Peru & Mexico! We can’t wait to get there! We have so many incredible locations to shoot. Any tips on Peru?

This photo was taken in Bocas Del Toro, Panama. It really is such a blessing and an incredible bonding experience to travel with my partner and love of my life. ♥️ #bocasdeltoro #panama #centralamerica #peru #mexico #mexicocity #lima #huacachina #southamerica #travelgram #traveldiaries

Next two stops: Peru &...

Warm memories in Barbados 🌴If you live in a cold climate, where do you like to pretend you are?

Wearing swimwear by my babe @kattya_heredia #barbados #bridgetown #beachbody #traveldiaries #travelphotography #traveler #beautifuldestinations @visitbarbados #kaylinecollection #travelblogger #travels #beach

Warm memories in Barbados 🌴If...

All black is my energy in the winter.
Photo: @underground_nyc 
Jacket: @bodaskins

All black is my energy...

A photo I took of my love yesterday. What do you think? I’ve been working on some skills this year and this is one of them — photography, retouching, and coloring. 📷

A photo I took of...

Militant chic — Queen’s Guard meets Brooklyn. I’m wearing my favorite leather jacket brand from Manchester @bodaskins.

Question for the curly girls: What is my curl type? I’m clueless with this stuff! I’ve made so much progress with my curls this year and would love to know the right products to use for my hair type. My hair is really lightweight and fine.

Photo: @underground_nyc 
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Militant chic — Queen’s Guard...

I woke up this morning with feelings of love, gratitude, and serenity. What are you grateful for?

Photo taken by @fitztheworldcitizen, retouching by me. 
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I woke up this morning...

Where is your happy place? Mine is anywhere that a new adventure lies that takes me on a journey to a place I’ve never been before.

Where is your happy place?...

Adventure awaits... who would like to go on a trip together?

Adventure awaits... who would like...

Wilderness Woman — Here’s a look at part of the beautiful property we stay on whenever we visit South Carolina. While warm weather is our favorite, we really love seeing the array of colors the colder months have to offer. What’s great about seasons is that you can experience the same place in multiple ways.

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Wilderness Woman — Here’s a...

Life is Simple in South Carolina

South Carolina is home to many natural wonders. There's always something to see outdoors like waterfalls, Blue Ridge Mountains, picturesque lakes with mountainous backdrops, sunflower fields, and so much more.



Appreciation is always in order during the moments when life slows down from the hustle and bustle of living in one of the busiest cities in the world. Having time away from the madness to reconnect with my southern roots feels like a necessity. Being able to detach from modern society’s idea of everyday life (i.e. binge-watching your favorite Netflix series, endless scrolling through social media, working to the point of virtually no social life) is crucial for me.

The only way to feed my appetite of adventure is to simply get out and explore! As much as I love international traveling, there is still so much I haven’t seen within the United States. I think we sometimes forget how much natural beauty we have in this country, or even in our backyards. I often get the itch to just “be away,” and most times I think even a quick road trip may be all I need to not feel so cramped in this huge city. I crave the open roads, cleaner air, and even being able to see stars and constellations at night. When I was growing up in the country, I didn’t realize how much I would be missing when I eventually moved away. I didn’t realize when I grew up that I no longer would own my life anymore because a nine-to-five job would be robbing me of time for hobbies, a social life, and limited time to cultivate a real relationship.

Being able to detach from modern society’s idea of everyday life is crucial for me.

It wasn’t until two years into my last full-time job that I realized everything that I had enjoyed about my life was no longer present. My friendships were fading away one by one, I had no motivation to be artistic because by the time I got off work, commuted nearly two hours to get home, had dinner and a short workout, my day was over… And tomorrow the cycle would always loop. In my third year at my job, I took 5 days off to have my first vacation. When I returned, I quit. The time away to prioritize my happiness over the daily conundrums my boring life took an immediate front seat. I started a new travel bucket list and went to 6 countries within 6 months (cheaply, of course).

I’m not advocating for anyone to quit their job for the sake of adventure, but my day-to-day happiness will forever be my first priority from now on, and I believe everyone should be living this way. It’s a matter of figuring out what works for you and what makes you feel a notch closer to completeness. During my escapades with my boyfriend, I met his parents, who live in Salem, South Carolina. We take a 12-hour road trip from NYC a couple times a year to visit, disconnect, and venture to places we’ve yet to go.

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Angel Oak Tree
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Driving through South Carolina, we always see the mists that blanket over the Blue Ridge Mountains — that’s always one of our favorite moments. We go for a dip in a nearby lake (Jocassee, Keowee, or the lake in his parents’ backyard), hike to waterfalls, visit the Botanical Gardens, go target shooting, and enjoy the large property his family owns. But there’s still so many sites we’ve yet to see, such as: Botany Bay, the Sunflower Field, and the Angel Oak tree.

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Botany Bay

Our days are typically easygoing in SC, but we still like to give a helping hand where we can. After all, it takes a lot of work to keep up with a large property and caring for animals. We were lucky enough to be able to take an evening to visit a local dog rescue and boarding facility to feed and walk them. For an extra bonus, it was yet another beautiful property with open fields and a majestic horse that needed some attention to. I grew up riding horses, so I was first to volunteer for the task.
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Sunflower Field
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Target shooting
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Our our way back to NYC, we passed by Lake Keowee and pulled over to take a photo.

But what about BBQ? One southern tradition you can’t ever leave out is finding a place with homemade BBQ — we also found this on the way out of town driving through Marietta, SC. We stopped at Burly Bill’s BBQ, a local food truck on the side of the road that specializes in pulled pork sandwiches. Burly Bill’s has six different kinds of smoked meat, dry rubbed, and smoked on oak, apple, and hickory wood. After you finish eating, you can go for quick thrifting located on the same lot.

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Burly Bill’s BBQ in Marietta, SC

 

XOXO
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4 Comments
  • Claudia
    September 11, 2015

    There may be others champing at the bit, but Ralph Lauren’s spring collection proves that he remains the master of all-American fashion. From the blue-and-white striped top paired with a navy floral skirt and accented with a neck scarf, to the matching twinset—its cardigan tied at the waist of a pair of periwinkle pants—the effort was a welcome departure from the decadence we so often expect from a fashion show. (Well, at least most fashion shows.) Lauren also made a great case for the brown leather belt. It will certainly be at the top of many spring shopping lists

  • Claudia
    September 11, 2015

    Lauren also made a great case for the brown leather belt. It will certainly be at the top of many spring shopping lists

  • Cindy
    September 11, 2015

    NICE:**************************

    • Amanda
      September 11, 2015

      There may be others champing at the bit, but Ralph Lauren’s spring collection proves that he remains the master of all-American fashion. From the blue-and-white striped top paired with a navy floral skirt and accented with a neck scarf, to the matching twinset—its cardigan tied at the waist of a pair of periwinkle pants—the effort was a welcome departure from the decadence we so often expect from a fashion show. (Well, at least most fashion shows.) Lauren also made a great case for the brown leather belt. It will certainly be at the top of many spring shopping lists

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