Aug 19, 2016

Alaska 2016

I'm so excited to share the pictures from my recent trip to Alaska! After spending weeks trying to decide where to go, we finally decided on Alaska. None of us have ever taken a trip like this one but it was a nice change from a typical beach vacation! Alaska is truly so beautiful...I mean it was hard not stopping to take pictures of the gorgeous scenery around every corner. 

After flying to Seattle to pick up my brother, we flew in to Anchorage where we stayed for two nights. 


On our first full day we drove from Anchorage to Seward where we took a cruise to see the glaciers. It was 6 hours and we got to see orcas, belugas, puffins, sea lions, and a bald eagle! The actual glacier was so cool to see...it was huge in size and had the prettiest blue tint. You could actually hear some parts of the glacier breaking off and falling into the water - it sounded like thunder!






The Aialik Glacier in the Kanai Fjord Peninsula!


Denali was on our must-see list so we decided to just stay in a hotel inside the National Park to get the full experience since the park was about 4 hours from Anchorage. Along the way, we stopped for lunch in Talkeetna, the cutest little town with so much charm and culture. 

Entering the Denali National Park!


My brother and dad's debut on the blog:)!






We hiked on our first day at Denali - doing the Mount Healy Overlook Trail which ended up being about 5 miles and a couple thousand feet of elevation! But we made it to the top and were greeted by some spectacular views.

The second day was a bit chillier when we headed out for our hike but it got warmer during the day. We did the Savage River Trail where we hiked along a river for most of the trip. 


Hey Rachel:)! 



Overall, we had an amazing trip - one we will never forget! If you ever get the chance to go to Alaska  you absolutely should!


Aug 15, 2016

Pink-spiration with Glossier

If you read the blog then you know just how much I love Glossier! I swear by their products and overall just love the brand as a whole. I have already gone through several of their products including the Balm Dot Com, Boy Brow, and the Milk Jelly Cleanser and continue to reorder! The team over at Glossier asked me to showcase how 'I do pink' and I couldn't have been more excited! Pink is a color that you will find me wearing about 90% of the time, especially in the summer. Whether it's my clothing, accessories, or makeup, you will most likely find the color somewhere in my look! 

I decided to create an inspiration board to show you just exactly how 'I do pink' or more specifically #glossierpink. I included some of my favorite Glossier products because just like the color pink, they've become a pretty important staple in my life. The cleanser is in my bathroom for either an easy makeup removal or part of my morning routine. For the perfect rosy pout I love to use the Rose Balm Dotcom. I was put on the waitlist for the Generation G lipstick but now that it is back in stock I think I might  definitely have to order the color 'Like'.

I have been following the #glossierpink Pinterest board for some inspiration, or should I say pink-spiration! Follow along to get some inspiration of your own!

Aug 11, 2016

POP SUGAR Must Have Box

If you missed my unboxing of this month's POPSUGAR Must Have box on my Instagram story then keep reading because I'm sharing all the products in today's post!

The POPSUGAR Must Have box is a monthly subscription box (valued at over $100) with amazingly curated products ranging from home, fashion, food, beauty, and everything in between!  I did a post on last month's Must Have box  but this month's might be my favorite! It was filled with summer goodies and when I opened it it made me want to throw a pool party!

I might have been most excited about this adorable inflatable swan!! I know I'm a little late hopping on the swan float but I'm so excited to use it!


Can we talk about these   embroidered emoji napkins?? I need to throw a dinner party soon to use them!
If this   pin isn't the cutest thing you've seen today then I don't know what is!! It's small enough to wear on a jacket - like my favorite denim one - but I could also see myself putting this on my backpack or lanyard!


This brow highlighter was also included and I've already incorporated it into my makeup routine! I use it as a highlighter on my brows and as an eyeshadow too!

This skinny scarf was definitely my favorite item! It's not something I would normally pick out for myself but I loved how it looked after trying it on! Add it to a simple outfit like jeans and a white top for an instant pick up!

Products Included:

If you love everything in this post then you'll love what POPSUGAR is going to send out next month! Plus, if you use the code SHOP5 you can get $5 off next month's box!

Thank you to POPSUGAR for partnering with me on this post!

Aug 9, 2016

10 Tips for Incoming College Freshman

If you've been following the blog for a while then you know that I'm going to be an incoming Sophomore at the University of Richmond. I'm a Business Major with a Marketing concentration and a Journalism minor. I cannot express how much I love my school and how great my freshman year was! I know the thought of starting freshman year can be a daunting one, I know it was for me! I didn't know a soul at Richmond and never lived away from home so I was terrified when move in day came around. It was definitely an adjustment but didn't take long for me to settle into my 'new life'.

With the start of a new semester right around the corner, I thought I would share some things I've learned from my first year of college. These are 10 tips for make life a little easier for college freshman. If you have any specific questions just leave them in the comments below!




1. Go to Class - While this might seem like a no brainer to some, you would be surprised by how many people skip class on a regular basis in college. The amount of freedom you have in college is both a blessing and a curse because now absolutely no one is going to make you accountable for getting to class. Yes, your professors care about you, but if you aren't putting any effort into your education then neither will they. Since most college classes are only 2-3 times a week, each class is very important to the course and skipping a class only makes it harder for you to make up what you missed.

2. Keep an Open Mind - This was something that I was told so many times before my freshman year and I didn't really understand why until I got to campus. I went to private Catholic school since kindergarten and had classes with the same kids every year. You're going to meet so many people during the first weeks of school and while it can be easy to jump to conclusions about a person just try not to be so quick to judge. Keep an open mind because you never know who is going to end up becoming your next friend, roommate, project partner, etc.

3. FOMO is Real, but Don't Let it Bum You Out Too Much -  FOMO, or the fear of missing out, is so real in college. There is always going to be that internal struggle of going out or staying in for the night. Some days you won't be feeling too hot and decide to stay in for a chill night. It'll be hard seeing all the Snapchats and Instagrams of your friends having fun but you're going to be thankful you stayed in when your friends sleep the day away or wake up hungover the next morning. No matter what, there will always be something you could miss out on so follow your gut and do what you think is best for yourself!

4. Do What Interests You - College is all about finding what you love to do and doing it!! I was never that interested in joining a sorority and when I decided on Richmond I didn't even realize how prevalent Greek life was on campus. I definitely had a few second thoughts about rushing when the time came around but since I never felt 100% about it, I decided not to rush.  Instead, I decided to rush Alpha Kappa Psi, a co-ed professional business fraternity, and it ended up being one of the best things that could have happened that semester. I learned so much about networking, professional development, and myself, and made some of my best friends through AKPsi. It has offered me countless opportunities including a job shadow at the Lilly Pulitzer HQ and connections with Richmond bloggers and businesses. I knew I wouldn't be happy in a sorority so I trusted my gut and couldn't be happier with where I ended up.

5. Call Home - Leaving home made me appreciate my family so much more. I definitely miss my parents and siblings when I'm away at school and I always feel better after talking to my parents or facetiming with my sister for a little bit! I probably talked to my mom every other day when I was away, even for just 5 minutes, to keep her updated on what's going on with my classes and life. Take a few minutes out of your day to call home, trust me it will make your parents happy and you will feel better after too.

6. Get Involved but Find a Balance - There is definitely a a fine line between getting involved and doing too much. School can get overwhelming at times and if you have clubs and a job to worry about then it can be hard to keep track of everything. School obviously comes first but I realized what I was and was not able to handle. I was able to rush, write for the school newspaper, maintain my blog, and do well in my classes - without feeling too stressed out. This coming semester I'm hoping to get a job since I'm more comfortable with college classes and don't have to go through the rush/interview process of AKPsi again! Finding a balance can be hard but it's so important to when the craziness of college semesters start!

7. Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help - College classes are hard. It's a simple fact and it can take some getting used to when you're transitioning from high school courses. I struggled big time with my Calc class last semester but asking for help from friends and tutors made it easier - easy enough to pass! Don't be embarrassed to ask for help - there is absolutely nothing wrong with asking for help if it means passing your class and boosting your GPA!

8. Connect with Your School's Career Center - I can't stress this enough! My school has an amazing network of alumni and they are so happy and willing to help the students from their alma matter. It's really never too early to visit the career center - I've gone for help with a resume, set up a job shadow, and am constantly getting informed about new opportunities in my fields of interest. The faculty and alumni really just want to help you - so take advantage of what your school had to offer and visit the center as soon as you can!

9. New Friends are Important, but So Are Old Ones - Going into school without knowing a soul definitely made me nervous about making friends. But, as the year went on, I met so many incredible people that I am now so glad to call my friends!! I love that I'm able to share my college experience with so many new people but I am forever thankful for my friends from home. Whenever I'm home, we just pick up where we left off without it even feeling like we've spent months being miles apart. I love that we can have our own personal experiences and know that when I come home they will be there!

10. Have Fun - Whatever your definition of fun is, go out and do it! I think some of my best memories of freshman years were the days I spent off campus exploring the amazing city I live in. First Fridays in downtown Richmond, a ski trip in the mountains of Virginia, doing a fun collaboration with local business owners and bloggers, attending my first formal Downtown, exploring Richmond's food scene and trying out so many new restaurants.  I still have so much I want to do and I'm hoping this year will be as fun as the last one!

I hope this post can serve as some form of guidance for incoming college freshman! If you're going to be a freshman comment below what school you are going to!

Aug 5, 2016

#SummerinLilly

 While I was down in Palm Beach I stopped by the Lilly Pulitzer store in The Breakers! I picked up this cute little tank top and have already had so much fun styling it! I definitely try to take advantage of the summer months by wearing my brightest colors and my Lilly pieces make that easy:)


I added one of my leather tassel charms to my bag...I think it makes a cute addition!





Aug 4, 2016

72 Hours in Palm Beach

If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (belleadore) then you know I was in Palm Beach, Florida earlier this week! My parents planned a very last minute trip just to get away from work and so a couple of days later we were on a plane heading to hot and sunny Palm Beach.

Watching the sun rise from the widow seat of the plane...such an amazing sight! WE flew into the Miami Airpot and decided to explore that area before heading to our hotel.

After breakfast we headed down to the beach to take a walk on the beach and explore the Miami Area. If there's one word I would use to describe the town it would be vibrant! So much color, diversity, and activity happening all in a couple blocks. 



We left the area and headed to our hotel in Palm Beach. We stayed at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island! The first thing we did was check in, change into our bathing suits, and head to the beach. We couldn't have asked for better weather, sunny, breezy, and 85.


I had been chatting with PJ from Soulfully Southern before we left and she told me that she's very familiar with the Palm Beach area! She was kind enough to share her favorite spots around town sp we took one of her recommendation and went to Ta-boo on Worth Avenue for a late dinner! Our meals were delicious and the restaurant's atmosphere was very glamorous but laid back at the same time. 

This is the dress and shoes I'm wearing! Rachel's dress is old but I found a very similar one here and linked her shoes!


We went to the Pelican Cafe the next day after a quick Yelp search and it was SO good! They make fresh donuts everyday and bring them out to you before your meal! It's like the bread you get before dinner just 10000x better.
One thing I knew we had to see was The Breakers. I've seen it in pictures and movies but it was so different actually being there! We had the best time renting bikes, riding around town, and making our way to The Breakers! The first sight of the hotel is honestly so breathtaking!

After my job shadow at the Lilly Pulitzer HQ I was even more excited to be exploring the area where the brand was essentially born! There is a Lilly Pulitzer store in The Breakers, their flagship, so of course we had to make a quick stop! I'll be sharing a look on the blog soon with what I got!



We might have spent a little too much time in the sun...and I have sunburn to prove it!


Another friend recommended Pizza Al Fresco for dinner and it did not disappoint! Hidden in the vias along Worth Avenue it is the cutest Italian restaurant with tons of outdoor seating, classy music, plenty of twinkle lights. 


This dress is one of my favorites because you can really dress it up or down! It's from last summer but here are a few similar ones - 1, 2, 3

Even though the trip was short, I had the best time exploring Palm Beach with my parents and sister! Hopefully I can go back soon! 

have you ever been to Palm Beach? What's your favorite place there?


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