Somewhere Other Then New Jersey

So I know I haven’t written in a long time, but I’m back! As I sit at work, staring outside at the snow, I can’t stop wishing I was back in Florida! 

One of my all time favorite vacations is to Disney World and Universal Studios. Surprisingly, it is not as expensive as one would think and you get to enjoy the sun and have a ton of fun. 


Here are some helpful hints and tips to getting the most out of your next florida tip. 

This time we decided to stay on site at the parks and let me tell you The Royal Pacific was one of my favorite resorts! They offer express passes and early access to the parks when you stay at the resort, which was convenient! The theme of the hotel was tropical and it was executed perfectly. You get lei’d more than once at this hotel and each time is equally exciting -get your heads out of the gutter-! 

From the moment youstep  out of the car service to the last walk through the hallway as you are checking out, you do not feel like you are in Orlando, Florida, but rather that you are on an island. 

The express pass (when free) is so worth it!!! It got us through the lines fast, allowing us to wait for the important rides….. like Harry Potter, duh! 

Some of my favorite restaurants inside the park are Emeril’s OrlandoThe Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar and The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen. Two of my favorites outside the park are STK & Brick House Tavern + Tap. If you want to know more about these restaurants and why I suggest them, leave comments and I’ll make another post. ūüĖ§

Disney springs is a must see, especially around Christmas Time. Some Christmas music, hot chocolate and a box of sprinkles cupcakes is a perfect, relaxing and budget friendly Disney date. Disney springs is free to walk around and offers a plethora of shopping, dinning and entertainment options. My boyfriend and I really enjoyed the Cirque Du Soleil show, La Nouba, and watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at the AMC Dine-In theatre. 


Some musts are Butter Beer, Mickey Mouse waffles, the Fireworks Dessert Party and a ride (or five) on the Gringott’s Escape! 


The dessert party was one of my favorites and well worth the price, especially since we got free theme park tickets! We were treated to a dessert buffet and escorted outside just in time to watch the fireworks in a non-crowded, blocked off area. 


Orlando does not have to cost a fortune, there are ways to save like packing lunch and bringing it to the parks, filling up water bottles with free water, using traveling sites to book hotels, uber-ing rather than renting a car, and purchasing tickets through discount cites like AAA Membership Discounts or Visit Orlando.


Another post will be up later today, keep an ūüĎÄ out!! 

Xx Demi

Travel Tips

Traveling is one of my favorite things in the world! I will take any opportunity to go away – even if it’s a simple one night getaway.

I am slowly trying to master the art of travel and I have began to find some little tips and tricks that make a hectic travel day so much easier.

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Tip #1 – Always plan your outfits ahead of time, especially for long vacations. Doing this will help you see what outfits you can mix and match. It also helps those who are as indecisive as I am to stop second guessing themselves.

Tip #2 РBring two basic bags that match almost all of your outfits. I almost always wear gold accessories, so i never go anywhere without my black and gold Rebecca Minkoff cross body bag. My second bag is typically a cream or beige color, depending on the season and my outfits choices. Although, I will normally pack two black bags Рone with gold chains and zippers and one with silver.

11698365_10154079433410550_4287567770261728848_n.jpgTip #3 – Always wear something cute, comfortable and reusable to the airport. One of my favorite airport outfits is a pair of black pants (any style – sweat, legging, flared, jeans, etc) paired with a neutral shirt, and a sweater. I am always cold on planes to begin with and it doesn’t hurt to have a sweater wherever you go – it could be cold in restaurants or attractions.

12524104_10154585863740550_2141417132614262343_n.jpgTip #4 – I love to wear sneakers to the airport. 99% of the time, a pair of sneakers completes my outfit, however, they are also one of the heaviest items I pack. By wearing them on the plane, I give myself room to pack more. Plus, I hate taking off my shoes in an airport, and so already having socks on makes me feel a little better about walking around shoeless.

Tip #5 – Bring a carry-on bag that you can use for more than just a carry on. Depending where I am going, I typically bring my Louis Vuitton Never Full bag. By bringing this bag, I can fit a lot inside, but I can also empty it out at the hotel and use it during my trip as a purse.

Tip #6 РPack Neutral. For long trips it is so much easier to make your limited wardrobe look different and stand out by packing bold accessories and accent pieces. This way you are able to combing two or more pieces to make a brand new outfit.

Tip #7 – Limit the heels to two or three pairs. This is the hardest part of packing¬†for me, but I’m getting used to it and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.

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Tip #8 – Don’t forget your sunnies! Sunglasses are one of the easiest and most regrettable things to forget. I like to pack a few pairs to make my outfits look a little different.

Tip #9 – Get your nails done very close to your departure date. I feel confident in saying no-one ever likes the look of chipped nails! I would even go as far as saying that even boys would agree unpolished nails look better than chipped nails.

Tip #10 – Try to pack jewelry that you can mix and match to look different and stand out without having to pack your entire jewelry box.

Hope this helps you on your next trip!

őßŌá Demi

 

 

Getaway

As if I haven’t mentioned it before, one of my favorite parts of life is the privilege of traveling! It doesn’t have to be anywhere far or expensive, but a nice getaway means everything to me. As graduation was approaching, I began freaking out that I was going to be unemployed… So as every unemployed person does, I decided to spend some money I didn’t have and wouldn’t get from a pay check and book a flight to¬†Highland Beach, FL. Okay, soooo maybe this wasn’t so normal! However, I couldn’t resist a couple of days in the sun!


My airport style is pretty casual, I normally wear loose shorts or pants with a nicer shirt. I tend not to wear jewelry, since majority of the time I have to take it off for security. This trip, I stuck with workout clothes. Since it was a short trip, I only brought a carry-on so I tried to save as much room as possible by wearing my gym clothes, rather than packing them!

Every morning we would enjoy the beautiful weather and enjoy acai bowls. We were alternating between the beach and the pool but my book came with me wherever we went. My book of choice was Miracles from Heaven.



Beauty Tip: always use sunscreen, even if it is 5SPF, or else you’ll wind up with 2nd degree burns and sun spots like I did. Whoops!

While we were away, we pretty much relaxed by the pool or beach, but at night we took sometime to explore!


I fell in love with this skirt the second I saw it. I had thought a lot about where to wear it while packing for our trip and then it hit me- I totally felt that this skirt was fitting for a Mexican themed night. So I am a total guac girl! I love anything that has avocado! When I saw that Rocco’s Tacos makes table side guac, I knew where we were going to dinner and exactly what I would wear. The Tuesday Taco specials were as delicious as the margaritas were strong! I highly recommend a visit to Rocco’s Tacos, if you ever find yourself near one.


While away, we took advantage of one of the best movie theatres I have ever been to, iPic Theaters! This theater is the totally package, you can either eat in their restaurant or sit at the bar prior to your movie or eat dinner while you watch the movie! If you choose to purchase a Premium Plus ticket, the theatre provides you with a personal waiter/waitress, who quietly serves you as you enjoy your movie! I am ecstatic to announce they are opening 2 more of these amazing theatres within 30 minutes from my house; you no longer have to go to Florida to experience all that iPic has to offer!


This iPic was located in Mizner Park which is filled with quality restaurants and shops! My personal favorite being the macaroon and chocolate shop!


Lastly, we visited an amazing seafood restaurant on the water. The Rustic Inn is such an authentic, fun place to eat. Everyone is cracking their shells on the table while watching the boats drive by, it was an extremely exciting dinner.

There were so many places we wanted to go but we definitely did not have enough time, which means I will just have to take another trip soon!

Shirt: PacSun / Skirt: Topshop at Nordstrom / Shoes: Steve Madden (similar) / Denim Pants: past season Free People / Sandals: Tory Burch / Accessories: Michele Watch (similar) and Rebecca Minkoff

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On Top of the World

What’s better than a restaurant with amazing food, a spectacular view and a rotating floor? Oh! One with 6 roller coasters at the top as well.

The food was exceptional and so was the service. Eating dinner on top of the world was nothing short of entertaining. Whether we were trying to find our way back from the bathroom (considering the floor was moving and would be on the other side of the restaurant by the time you were walking back to your seat) or watching skydivers fly by mid bite, we were never bored!

Only one of the amazing views as we rotated above Las Vegas, Nevada.

This lobster bisque soup was to die for!! 

Always pick surf and turf -best of both worlds!
Body suit: REHAB from Body Couture. Shoes: Steve Madden. Bag: Tory Burch Reva Glazed Leather Black Clutch. Necklace: Free People. 
Until next time!

Xx Demi

Pantry

Breakfast was never short of delicious at Pantry in The Mirage. For the price of hotel Starbucks, a sit down breakfast got us more bank for our buck.

I ate every bite of these blueberry pancakes because they were that good!¬†Since I do like to eat healthy, I couldn’t get those pancakes every morning. This egg white, spinach and feta omelette was a great substitute!
Another great place to try!

Xx Demi

The Still

Anyone who knows me, knows that lobster is my all time favorite food! So how is it possible that I have never had a lobster roll until my vegas trip?! Well let me tell you, this lobster roll was worth the wait!

Not only was the lobster roll amazing, but so was the shrimp and avocado cocktail, wings and quesadillas!


If you ever find yourself in The Mirage, absolutely make time for their new restaurant,  The Still, in the casino.

Xx Demi

Vegas 

Vegas is the perfect place to spend a little money, have a little fun, and look your absolute best!

This past March, I took a trip to Vegas with my sister and our boyfriends. It was so much fun but I’m not sure if I spent more money on outfits to pack or gambling in the casino. It is safe to say every single thing I packed was brand new with tags still on.

This was the perfect first outfit for dinner on Top of the World at The Startosphere.

This fun, yet comfortable skirt is from a little boutique near my house. The shirt is a one piece made by one of my favorite clothing lines REHAB (purchased from Body Couture in Garden State Plaza). Shoes are Steve Madden and the statement necklace is Free People.

We went to three clubs while we were away: Omnia, Hakkasan and 1Oak. I can’t believe I am saying this but 1Oak was a let down. It didn’t matter though because Omnia and Hakkasan made up for the time we had at 1Oak!

I wish this was more clear but this amazing body suit that I wore to Omnia is also by REHAB from Body Couture.
While 1Oak was not one of my favorite, this outfit definitely was. Surprise, surprise… This black strap of body suit is by REHAB. The shorts are from¬†ANGL¬†and the shoes are from Topshop at Nordstrom. My sisters gorgeous outfit is also from¬†ANGL.

My frist Hakkasan outfit was a to-die-for REHAB bodysuit with a simple black skirt and my Topshop platforms.My second outfit was a two-pieced, mismatched outfit from ANGL.

All these looks can be found through the links.

Xx Demi

Nostalgia 

Sitting inside on this rainy, watching The Fault In Our Stars, has me feeling super nostalgic. I still can’t believe I lived a month of my life in another country, traveling the world. Spending four weeks with my best friends, in countries I’ve only dreamed of seeing, was an amazing experience. I’m so grateful to have gotten that opportunity and it wouldn’t be possible if not for my grandparents. Thank you for everything you do! I love you.


  
  

Defying Gravity

Nothing, absolutely nothing, beats a girls day with your best friends. For me, that was last Thursday with my mom and sister. As a well deserved birthday present, my sister and I took our mom out to dinner, in the city, and then to go see Wicked. 

Since we got into the city so early, it was a must to stop for happy hour, especially after seeing the nudity protest. It was fun to walk around time square again, especially with mom and her chic outfit (loving your booties mama!)  

¬†Dinner at Thalia’s was amazing! Who would have thought “Zucchini as pasta” could be so delicious, but then again I love trying things like that! The mushroom ravioli drizzled with truffle sauce definitely lived up to the waitresses recommendations. The waitress was great, the service was great, the food was great; Thalia’s was without doubt a GREAT choice.


  Obviously pre-ordering wine for intermission was a no-brainier.


The view was great even from up in the front mezz, second row. We had the best time together. The show was wickedly phenominal!! This was the start to a new birthday tradition – I cannot wait for the next one!

  
Outfit: Brandy Melville

Bag: Petrizia Pepe

Lipstick: Kat Von D (so worth the 2 month back order!)

Until later,

Xx Demi

VACATION 

This weekend was the last weekend of summer for my boyfriend and I and we couldn’t have spend it any better. What was supposed to be a quick one day trip down the shore, turned into a full weekend with the best hosts in the world. Nothing makes vacation better than the company you spend it with.

We spent our days splashing and swimming on the gorgeous Sea Ray in the bay. Our nights were very relaxing with dinner, television and tons of laughs.

I’m lucky to have spent many summers down in LBI when I was younger and it was amazing to enjoy it again with my favorite little kids.

No trip to LBI would be complete without a stop at Bay Village for the best dessert ever, fried Oreos!

A major thank you to our favorite family ever, the Mulhollands! This weekend wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun if it weren’t for you guys. You are the funniest, sweetest, most fun and genuine people and the best host out there!

Until later,

Xx Demi