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BERMUDA PHOTO DIARY + 7 TIPS FOR THE ULTIMATE BERMUDA VACATION

1. Stay at the Hamilton Princess Hotel: Impeccable service, spacious rooms, insane infinity pools, lush foliage and vibrant flowers, dreamy views and it's pink! Wait, did I mention it's pink? While you are there, make sure you book afternoon tea. We enjoyed ours on the back patio overlooking the water and it was seriously perfect. I am already dreaming of my next stay at this pink lovers paradise!

2. Spend a few hours in a hammock at the Hamilton Princess Beach Club: If you stay at the Princess, make sure and visit the Princess beach club. Spend the day sipping delicious cocktails in a hammock on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, I promise life will be good for a few hours.

3. Buy a few pieces from Hamec: I was lucky enough to meet the insanely sweet duo behind this authentic Bermuda brand. Think bright colors and island inspired prints! If you are staying at the Princess, they lots of Hamec pieces at the FH boutique located right in the hotel.

4. Have breakfast at The Newstead Belmont Hills Hotel: We were lucky enough to be traveling with friends who are practically locals in Bermuda and they suggest we have breakfast at the Newstead Hotel. After a short ferry ride across the inlet we arrived at this gorgeous hotel and enjoyed breathtaking views while we munched on yummy omelettes and pancakes. Try not to be in a rush because as we quickly learned everyone in Bermuda is on island time!

5. Visit Horseshoe Bay: We didn't have time to squeeze this one in, but if you chat with the locals, it is totally worth it. I've heard that the sand is pink! Can you tell I have a thing for pink?

6. Stroll the colorful streets of Hamilton: Pastel colored buildings line the bustling town of Hamilton! It's definitely a photographers paradise. Stop in to one of the many adorable boutiques or have lunch overlooking the water.

7. Drink a Rum Swizzle at the Swizzle Inn: The official drink of Bermuda is the Rum Swizzle (a delicious concoction of rum and juice) and the only way to enjoy one is at the Swizzle Inn. This was our first stop straight from the airport and definitely put is in the island mood.

 

 
 

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24 HOURS IN NYC

I am FINALLY back after a whirlwind couple of weeks In NYC and Bermuda, and then a week at home hosting our first visitors (which kept me super busy). Today, I am excited to share with you guys our quick trip to NYC. We had to fly though New York to get to Bermuda and decided to make the most of what little time we had in the city. We met up with our best friends who were joining us in Bermuda for a fun 24 hours in the city that never sleeps. P.S. I can take zero credit for this incredible itinerary. Caroline, my friend and fellow blogger at The Belle Abroad is an amazing traveler and definitely knows how to find the best spots in any city.

WHERE TO STAY: The Time New York

Just steps from Times Square and in the heart of the Theatre District is this hidden gem of a boutique hotel, The Time. The Time exudes modern sophistication and certainly knows a thing or two about hospitality. We arrived late after a long day of flying and were greeted by the friendly front desk staff who offered us great options for late night food (we were starving).

Our room was the perfect size and was impeccably decorated in a modern and minimalist style. The beds were super cozy, and I would have stayed in bed all day if it weren't for the bustling city below beckoning me to explore. Both Ben and I did take full advantage of the plush robes and enjoyed breakfast in bed. We both agreed that our absolute favorite part of the room was the hidden television in the mirror (SO COOL).

The Time was in the perfect location for our day of exploring. We were so close to Times Square and only a short 15 minute walk to Central Park. Often times finding a hotel in NYC that is conveniently located to all of the sites is the most daunting task, but a stay at The Time will leave you close to most anything you would want to visit.

Looking for delicious cocktails before a night out on the town? Located right in the lobby is the super chic LeGrande Lounge. We loved the convenience of having the option for drinks right in our hotel. We didn't do dinner at the on-site restaurant, Serafina, but I have heard it is delicious!

We had the best time in the city and couldn't have asked for a more perfect place to stay. This was definitely not my last trip to NYC and certainly not my last stay at The Time. I cannot wait to be back!

THE FLAT IRON BUILDING: You can't spend any time in the city without visiting the Flat Iron District! Snap a pic in front of the iconic flat iron building and then stop in at Eataly for some delicious Italian cuisine!

WASHINGTON MEWS: Caroline lives in London amongst some of the most quaint mews in the world, so it seemed only fitting that we checked out the mews in New York. Nestled in between 5th Avenue and Madison Park, the Washington Mews are a private street of homes that were formerly used as horse stables. Make sure to have your camera ready because you will definitely be snapping lots of pics of these cute and colorful homes.

SWEETS BY CHLOE: On our quest to discover the cutest spots for treats in NYC, we stumbled upon the fabulous and pink, SWEETS BY CHLOE. We both opted for a refreshing iced latte, but I can't wait to return for some of their yummy vegan treats. We went to the location in West Village thats located right beside the full service restaurant By Chloe. Definitely a must visit if you are into incredible decor, lots of pink and yummy vegan food.

THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE: I've made countless visits to NYC, but I have never actually walked the Brooklyn Bridge. It definitely lived up to the hype and 100% worth it for the amazing pictures we got + the sunset views.

 
 

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5 TIPS FOR VISITING THE WASHINGTON TULIP FIELDS

STRIPED DRESS: URBAN OUTFITTERS (UNDER $100) | BOOTS: HUNTER

As you can probably tell from my many posts on Instagram, I recently visited the Skagit Valley Tulip festival right here in the beautiful Pacific North West. It was something I had been dying to see since I first heard about the festival a few months before moving to Seattle. The best part is that you don't have to travel all the way to Holland to see fields of gorgeous tulips. Here are my top 5 tips for planning your visit to the tulip fields:

1. Plan to visit in April: Obviously theres no way to know when exactly the tulips will bloom, but it's a pretty sure bet that they will bloom in April. My main advice is to check the bloom website to see when they are officially in bloom and plan accordingly.

2. Plan to visit on a weekday: Crowds get crazy on weekends, so the middle of the week is the best time to visit. We visited on a Monday and it was still busy, so you can imagine what weekends must be like. People come from all over the country to visit the tulips!

3. Arrive right when the fields open: If you're anything like me, then getting the best photos is definitely at the top of your priority list. Make sure you arrive right when the fields open and try to be one of the first ones to the fields. Parking is free at both locations. You can choose to visit either Tulip Town farm or RoozenGaarde. We went to RoozenGaarde, but I think both sites offer gorgeous tulips.

4. Bring a camera: I probably snapped 1,000 pictures while I was there, and it was totally worth it. My main piece of advice is to make your way to the outer fields. It is a bit of a hike, but there are less crowds and you get the best photo ops. At RoozenGaarde, the pretties pink tulips are some of the farthest fields away, so definitely make your way out there.

5. Wear rain boots: As you probably already know, it rains a lot in the Seattle area and the tulip fields are often very muddy. You will have to walk quite a distance, so I would recommend wearing a pair of rain boots. I wore a dress and still rocked my trusty Hunters

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TULIP FIELDS FOREVER

CROP TOP: MAUDE BOUTIQUE | DENIM: CITIZENS OF HUMANITY | RAIN BOOTS: HUNTER | CARDIGAN: FREE PEOPLE

Keeping this short and sweet because I am currently at the airport getting ready to board my flight for Dallas. I am SO excited to be heading to the Reward Style Conference. Make sure you are following along on Instagram for all of the behind the scenes action.

I know you guys are probably dying over these tulip fields featured above. It was everything I hope for and more. If you live in Washington, there's still time to visit while they are in bloom.

How cute is my crop top from Maude Boutique. Maude is seriously one of my favorite places to shop online for cute and affordable clothing. This top will definitely be a staple in my Summer wardrobe and I foresee myself wearing it with everything.

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