• Advice

    Learning to Go with the Flow

    Happy Sunday Everyone!

    It has been such a busy last couple of weeks for myself, between Graduating with my Bachelors Degree in August, to closing on my first home, I have been pulled in so many directions.  Not complaining though, life works in amazing ways and often times the plan is better than we could have imagined.  I am a very anxious person and if I have too many things on my plate, or “uncertainties” I will start to feel very overwhelmed. It has been absolutely vital to me to learn to go with flow, as well as rely on my faith.

    In regards to learning how to go with the flow, I have been leaning not on my own understanding, but fully trusting the plan that God has for my life.  I deal with things as they come, and see God works his way into each and every part of my crazy busy past month.  Sometimes we are in such a rush to get to a finish line, that we do not stop to take time to enjoy the ride.  I have been looking forward to my Graduation in August, but as I am now in my last class before I receive my degree, I have taken time to reflect on how blessed I am to obtain an education at a University.

    This upcoming Saturday, I will be wedding dress shopping with the most amazing bridesmaids and mother that I could ask for, and the week following that I will be moving into my first home.  There is a bible verse that comes to mind every time I feel like I have a million things on my plate.

    Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.

    If you are always worrying about tomorrow, like I sometimes find myself doing, you will always feel on edge and stressed.  If you focus on being present in your current situation and trusting in the Lord, he will guide you through each and every day.  Of course, that is not to say that every day if you trust God you will have a perfect day.  I have had a lot of not so fun or “good” days, which served a bigger purpose in his plan for my life.  Overall, it is so important to take time to realize what is truly important in life, not how many followers you have on social media, or what you look like… but truly celebrating each and every day for what it is.

     I hope everyone has an amazing week and can learn to go with their own flow.  Even if you are not a Christian or do not fully believe in trusting in God, know that there is a bigger plan for your life. One last note, my Fiance is constantly reminding me to “not sweat the small things”.  I would have to say I have finally come to agree with him, and focusing on all the small little things can really drive me crazy.  By not sweating the small things and letting go of the things you cannot control, you will find true happiness.

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    XoXo,

    Kayla

     

  • Advice

    Wedding Dress Shopping Tips from my Followers

    Happy Friday! On Tuesday, via Instagram I asked my followers to share some helpful tips to me (a Bride-to-be) to prepare me for wedding dress shopping!  I will be going shopping in two weeks for my dress and could not be more excited and nervous.

    Here is a roundup of the tips I received!

    •  “I ended up getting a dress that style wise I didn’t even know I would love! You’ll just know, don’t second guess. When it’s the one it’s the one. Funny enough my dress ended up being the first one I tried on! ( I tried on others too, but kept coming back to that one) enjoy it! ”  @nikkisfashion411
    • “Be ready to fall in love with something you didn’t know you wanted 🙂 Try on a few that you think you LOVE then let the stylist pick the rest.” @theeventfulgals
    • “Make a Pinterest board with dresses you like and take it in to show your consultant, it’s so much easier than trying to explain it. And ask them to pull you a wild card look!” @girlwithadiamondring
    • “It may sound cheesy, but you’ll know “the” dress when you put it on and with then the veil —boom!” @splurgeonstyle
    • “Something I wish I did when dress shopping is try on more! I was so stuck on one style, I feel like I missed out a little. ” @pumpsandpushups
    • “A big tip is to be super open minded when the stylist picks out things for you! I went in with one idea in my head but then left with a dress totally different from what I planned! And I’m so glad I did!” @kkalink
    • ” Enjoy the entire experience!!” @elyssedw
    • “Try on as many styles as you can. Even the ones you’re least excited about! You may surprise yourself! ” @palmandpineblog

    I really love hearing from you guys in regards to tips and advice from your own personal experiences. You guys are the BEST!

    Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

    XoXo- Kayla

  • Fashion

    Why I love Rompers

    Happy Monday and welcome back to the Blog! Here in Florida it has been in the upper 90’s for the past week and I could not be more happy that Summer is officially here.  Out of all the styles that are out there this summer, I wanted to write a little post about why I love rompers specifically. If you aren’t sold on the whole romper look yet, you just might be when you finish reading!

    Reason #1

    Wearing a romper means you only have to wear one thing.  You do not have to put on pants and a top, or a skirt and a top, you can just slip on into the romper. It is an effortless look, and you literally just have to throw it on and go.

    Reason #2

    I love rompers because you can dress them up or dress them down, making them the most versatile summer piece in your summer wardrobe.  Add a pair of heels or wedges and you are all set to go to a special occasion. Or throw on some sandals and take a walk on the beach.

    Reason #3

    You can choose pattern or plain.  Rompers come in all shapes, sizes, colors and prints.  There is a romper out there for every type of girl.

    Reason #4

    If you are tall, like me, summer dresses can become a little short.  Or even one breeze of summer wind and your suddenly embarrassingly trying to hold down your dress. I love rompers because they have the cute look of the dress, but are shorts.  SO no accidental flashing!

    Reason #5

    You can sit criss cross apple sauce in them.. enough said.

    Reason #6

    There is an acceptable romper for anyone.  I have seen rompers that are too short, just long enough, and even modest in length.  I believe that rompers are super comfy, and provide a look that everyone can enjoy.

    Reason #7

    They are figure flattering.  You may just be having one of those days, where your jeans are too tight or something does not fit right.  With a romper, I feel confident no matter what my mood is.

    I may have a slight romper obsession, and my all time Favorite rompers are Off the Shoulder.

     

  • Travel

    Girls Trip to Savannah

    This past weekend I took a Girls Trip to Savannah, GA to celebrate a friends 24th birthday with 5 lovely ladies. I truly had so much fun exploring, celebrating, and enjoying the trip that I ended up not taking many pictures (SO unlike me).  I really wanted to be off my phone and present with the people I was with!  I still wanted to share what we did and give some recommendations!

    Friday: Time to hit the road.

    Friday morning rolled around and we all piled into an SUV and headed to Savannah from Jacksonville.  The trip there was not too bad, about 2.5 hours in the car with suitcases and all of our essentials. Our trip was only two days, but I am pretty sure we all brought enough outfits for an entire week!  Packing light is not our speciality. We hit the road at 10:30 am and arrived shortly after lunch time. We booked an Airbnb for the weekend, and the check in time was at 3 so we had time to kill and were all feeling HANGRY.  We had no itinerary other than having a good time, so we literally googled places to eat near us. The first one to come up was the Crystal Beer Parlor and it was two blocks from the parking garage, so we started walking there.  We passed a hotel, and there was a woman outside so we just asked her “Where is a great place to eat lunch at?” ironically she said “There is a place right around the corner called the Crystal Beer Parlor, the food is so good!”.  Between her praises and Google’s help, we knew our choice was a good one.  It was about 1:30 on Friday afternoon before we were seated and while we were waiting we took it upon ourselves to chat with some of the locals about the best places to go out.  Some of the suggestions that were shared were:

    • Wet Willies (for the slushies)
    • The Bar Bar
    • Saddlebags
    • Alley Cat Lounge
    • City Market
    • Tree House Bar

    We sat down at our table and discussed what the evening plans would consist of and where we would go. Everyone at our table ordered something completely different off of the menu from Burgers, to Salad, to wraps and Root Beer Floats.  We enjoyed our food at the Crystal Beer Parlor and I would highly recommend it.  I am not a Beer Drinker, but here is a list of their Beers if you are interested!  The environment was family friendly, everyone was enjoying their time, and we had great service.

    We had about 40 min until check in time, so we decided to go to the grocery store and get some California Pizza Kitchen Pizza, breakfast foods and waters.  It was so strange because in Jacksonville we all usually go to Publix (the bomb dot com) and we went to a Kroger.  I have personally never been to a Kroger, and the only negative thing I have to say was it seemed like everything was on sale, but in order to get that sale price, you had to have a Kroger card.  So Ciera (one of the gals) took one for the team and got a Kroger card, and then we literally used it on all of our transactions LOL.

    It was finally time to check in to the Airbnb and we did not want to pay for the Meter Parking in front on the street, so we rotated girls to stay in the car while we lugged suitcases, food and air mattresses into the place.  It probably looked like we were moving into the home for weeks, when in realty we were there a total of two days! Two of us went to park the car 3 blocks away while the other four waited for them to get back.  We did not take too much time unpacking before we headed out to shop a little.

    Right next to our Airbnb were multiple shops and one of them had Popsicles… that were $4! So, yes, we spent $4 on popsicles and then walked right out into heat that felt like 100 degrees and had to fight a battle between the sun and the popsicle.  They began melting faster than we could eat them.

    We walked about .5 miles and then decided to head back and start making the Pizza’s and resting before a fun night out. We listened to music, did our hair/makeup, took pictures with the birthday girl (Peyton) and then took an Uber to Congress Street and decided to just see what looked like a fun place to go.  Our first stop was Tree House, which was a cool place to be and we really liked the music.  It was located upstairs and had an outside deck, as well as a DJ that played throwback tunes like NSYNC and Britney Spears. Overall a great place to go if you want to experience a dancing and fun environment.  From there, we went to the well known Wet Willies where they have alcoholic slushies and a non alcoholic version for kids!  We were told the strongest flavor they have there is called “Call a Cab”.  They have so many flavors on their site listed here (accurate colors of Slushies):

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    • CALL A CAB®
    • Strawberry
    • Piña Colada
    • Sex on the Beach
    • Monkey Shine
    • White Russian
    • Margarita
    • Shock Treatment®
    • Naked Willie®
    • Chocolate Thunder
    • Sour Apple
    • Monster Melon
    • Weak Willie®
    • Mango
    • Sugar-Free CALL A CAB®
    • Peach

    You can also Mix any flavors you want!

    From there, we headed back to the Airbnb to wrap up a great first night in Savannah!

    Saturday: Fun, Fun and more FUN!

    We woke up surprisingly early and decided to go for a morning walk.  We ended up walking about a mile to the cutest little breakfast spot called Goose Feathers Cafe and they honestly had the most delicious Menu options. I ordered the same thing as the birthday girl, a Bagel with Turkey Sausage and Egg (SO Good) with a small iced coffee.  After eating the most important meal of the day, we headed right around the corner to the shops.  There were the usual shops that we have here in Jacksonville like the Gap, Victoria Secret, Mac, Anthropology and so on.  We bought a few things and then headed back (Shopping bags in hand) to the Airbnb to get ready for the highlight of our day- The Savannah Slow Ride.

    For the 21 and Fun Age Group:

    The Savannah Slow Ride was something that we booked in advance to do from 1:45-2:45 and I would do it again in a heart beat. It is a 100% pedal powered ride, where you and fifteen other people are on a bike pedaling around town.  Basically, the faster you pedal, the more stops you get to make.  They bring you to bars and pubs all over the town and you can order drinks at whatever stops you would like.  Just for booking the Slow Ride, there is a special menu at each stop where you get selected drinks for a discount. We made a playlist for the ride, and plugged up the phone as soon as we sat down!  It was such a blast and the best part is, you do not only get those specials for the time that you are on the bike, you get them the entire weekend!

    Obviously drinking in the middle of the day can take a lot out of you, so we stopped for Pizza at a cash only pizza spot called Vinnie Van Go Go’s which I had been to one other time with my mother and sister.  The pizza is so amazing and we ordered a large (12 slices) which was perfect for all 6 of us!

    From there, we took naps and then repeated the same itinerary as the night before. We headed out to Congress Street and took on the town!  It was filled with cute outfits, laughter, the best memories. a special birthday, great girls and slightly embarrassing dancing.

    Until Next Time Savannah!

  • Fashion

    Florals: The Staple for Summer

    Whether you are working all summer, attending college classes, tripping with your Bff’s or everything in between it is important to keep your summer wardrobe Instagram worthy.  I am going to share some budget friendly styles for Summer, including my favorite florals of course.  I found an incredibly cute red floral dress this past weekend, and it is perfect for any occasion.

    I love finding dresses like this one because of the versatility.  I can pair it with sandals for a casual day, wedges for an event or barefoot on the sand at a resort.  You really can’t go wrong with florals and a bright color!

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    SHOP my favorite bright floral staple pieces for summer below!

    SHOP my favorite wedges for Summer!

  • Fashion

    Floral meets Denim ft. Maisa’s House of Fashion

    Hi there, and Happy Tuesday!  I am going on a Savannah (GA) girls trip for my friends Birthday and wanted to share one of the cutest dresses that I will be bringing in my bag!  The dress is from Maisa’s House of Fashion and is the perfect combination of Floral and Denim.  It is not actually denim, but very similar in color while being SO soft.  I love it because I can dress it up with heels, or keep it simple for strolling around Savannah in sandals.

    I love the look of denim dresses, but with this summer heat (especially in FL) you can’t go wrong with this dress. It is breathable, and super comfy!  I may even wear it on the Savannah Slow Ride (I have never been on one of these, but the Birthday Girl insisted on it) I am so excited to enjoy a nice, long 3 day weekend with my girls.

    Maisa’s House of Fashion has some very cute summer pieces, and the quality is great.  I have teamed up with them to give you guys a great discount while shopping anything on the site!

    EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT CODE: KAYLA  

    Use at checkout for an additional 20% off your ENTIRE purchase!

    SHOP: HERE

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    I hope you guys love this dress as much as I do, and be sure to check out the other summer looks on the site!  Be sure to use my discount code “KAYLA” for 20% off anything.

    Wishing you a wonderful week!

    Waffles (4)

  • Fashion,  Lifestyle

    Bride Vibes

    Happy Monday!  It is finally June, and I have just about 8 months until my big day.  There are so many fun things that go into wedding planning so I thought I would make a fun post sharing some things that only Bride’s understand.  Whether you are already married, or on your journey to saying “I Do”, you can relate to the following:

    1. You can insist that your girls come on a shopping trip with you (for the dress) but only so they can sit there and watch YOU try on clothes, LOL.
    2. Your dream wedding will remain a dream if you do not put Pinterest down and be reasonable.  Pinterest is great for grabbing ideas in the beginning of the process, but stay off Pinterest once you start making final decisions.
    3. You should not DIY everything, major headache.
    4. You will not be able to walk the entire day in 5 inch heels, so choose comfort.
    5. Everyone will have an opinion or advice on your wedding, and not all of them will be kind or helpful. It is your day, so make sure you do it your way. (Within reason)
    6. Your heart will feel like it is about to burst.
    7. The font on the Save the Dates..needs to match the invitations, and the wedding signage, and the seating chart, and…. do not sweat the SMALL things.
    8. To do a first look or not?
    9. Hair up, no hair down, how about a half up half down?
    10. I will not go over budget (REPEAT 20 times throughout planning)
    11. Flowers are how much?
    12. Constantly saying “my wedding” instead of our wedding to your Fiance. (oops, personal truth! Joseph always corrects me, it is OUR day after all).
    13. Your “Day Of Planner” is like an angel on earth, sent to save your wedding day from any and all imperfections. (More details on my amazing Wedding Planner later on the blog)

    I have been really loving the wedding planning process, mostly because my mom is so involved and helps plan every detail.  She is constantly making appointments for me to meet vendors, working with the planner, and just being awesome.  I could not do it alone, and it is so nice having someone who is listening to what you want for your big day.

    Another fun part of wedding planning and being a bride, is being able to wear things that say your future last name or Bride!  I have been loving this super soft tee from the cutest Etsy Shop!

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    They have Robes, Tees, Tanks, Denim Jackets, Accessories and so much more.  All you Brides-to-be need to check them out; they can customize the items as well!  If you are shopping for a bride to be, the shirts are the perfect gift! I have been wearing the Bride Vibes Tee non stop.  Check out SS Design and CO 

    Have a wonderful week!

    Waffles (4)

  • #BrideBody

    What is #BrideBody?

    I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!  I wanted to discuss a new topic that you will be seeing on the blog and my Instagram on a regular basis.  If you already follow me on Instagram, then you probably have seen me introduce the new hashtag I will be using “#BrideBody”.  I wanted to give more details to what Bride Body is, what it means to me and how it can help you!

    What is #BrideBody?

    #BrideBody is a Hashtag that I came up with as a way for you to easily find my fitness tips, tricks and insights via the Instagram world. It is an idea that came to me, during the stressful times of my wedding planning about how I was truly trying to balance it all. Mental Health as well as Physical Health are so important to our lives. I wanted to be a resource to Brides and women in todays world, that may be going through a stressful time (such as planning a wedding) and offer them sound advice that may help them along their journey.  The #BrideBody posts that you will see will incorporate:

    • Workout Videos
    • Photos- offering tips/tricks
    • Advice
    • Inspiration
    • Mental Health Recommendations
    • & so much more

    By sharing this journey towards my wedding day, I hope to connect with many of you and share advice of all kinds.  This is NOT just for the bride to be, but the woman trying to make a change or enhance her life. I will continue to incorporate #BrideBody after my wedding day!

    How can #BrideBody Help You?

    Whether you are a bride-to-be (Congrats!) or just a woman looking to do more, #BrideBody can help you by offering you insight on how I achieve my goals in the gym, what I enjoy eating, how to better tone my body, ways I focus on my mental health, and just real footage of what I am doing to push myself every day!  I hope that I can add a few new workouts to your current routine, get you back into working out or maybe even spark some fire to working on mental health.

    I just hope that I can help you in some way.

    What are my current goals for my big day?

    My current goals for my Big Day is to be to tone my body, eat a more natural diet (less/no processed foods) and really focus on my mental health.  I think all three of these things can attribute to my ideal #BrideBody and help me feel confident from the inside out.

    I am so exited to share with you via Instagram and the Blog!  If you want to use any of my tips, or give your own input use the hashtag #BrideBody and Tag me in it!  Feel free to shoot me an email or direct message for additional content that you want to see more of related to this topic!

    As always, have a wonderful week!

    Come back soon.

    Waffles (4)

  • Lifestyle,  Travel

    Top 5 things to do in Jacksonville Fl on a rainy day!

    Happy Monday!

    With the weather being so rainy lately, I thought it would be fun to share 5 things that I love to do in Jacksonville Fl on a rainy day. Who says you can’t make the most out of your weekend, even if the forecast is 100% rain?

    The Edge Rock Gym

    The Edge Rock Gym is so much fun and usually you can keep your eye out for a Groupon or sale on their site! Basically it is the most “fun” time you will have working out. It is an indoor rock climbing facility, and the more friends your bring the more fun you have! You can get competitive and race side by side, as well as enjoy different levels of climb from easy to expert.

    I love to go here for two or three hours with my fiancé and we literally feel SO sore the next day! It is just as much of a burn as leg day!

    Movie Theater Date

    Going to the movies is always a good time. Take time to unwind and see a good comedy, a scary movie or in my case some super hero movie with my fiancé! He is such a fan of all things super hero and Star Wars! The best way to treat yourself on a rainy day is to see a movie in a theater with the reclining seats! Just be sure you don’t fall asleep.

    Autobahn Indoor Speedway

    If you are feeling a little adventurous, Autobahn Indoor Speedway is the place for you! It is a high speed Indoor go-karting facility that is super fun, but not cheap! Be prepared to spend a little money, while having the most epic go-karting experience Jacksonville has to offer. I personally love to go here because I am so competitive in nature. Fun for the whole family for sure.

    Grab breakfast at a local spot

    The most delicious breakfast I’ve had, that is unique in location/ decor is at the Cool Moose Cafe and The Fox ! These two spots will leave you stuffed and needing a nap! They have such a large menu, and the coffee is delicious! I recommend getting there a tad bit earlier than you plan on eating, needless to say they are very popular.

    Top Golf

    Despite what you may think, Top Golf offers a whole lot of fun on a rainy day. For those of you who have been to one, you know that the actual building is covered. This allows you to enjoy food, drinks, and a few rounds of the golfing game with those you love most. What is more exciting than a challenge like adding rain to the equation? Top golf is fun, challenging and a great place to spend time with friends and family!

    So next time there is a rainy day in Jacksonville, now you know the top 5 places you should go! I hope you all have a wonderful week.

  • Fashion,  Travel

    Must Have Resort Wear ft. Escapada Living

    Happy Sunday to Everyone, I hope all the mothers out there had a wonderful Mother’s day!  It has been such a busy weekend, and since we are now into May, it is time to start finding that perfect Summer and Resort Wear.  Two things that I love to focus on when looking for a great outfit to wear on vacation is how colorful and how fun the piece is.  I have two adorable outfits to show you from Escapada Living:

    The first is a dress, called The Bonnie Dress, is a perfect Off The Shoulder beauty to pack for that quick Island Getaway.  I love the color and print so much, and it can easily be dressed up with a pair of heels or down with a pair of sandals.  I will be taking this beauty from sunset strolls on the sand to dinner with my Fiance.

    The Second look is the gorgeous show stopping (literally) Naomi Romper.  A romper is always a good idea, and this one has pockets!  I mean nothing is better than being able to stick your favorite lipstick in your pocket and head out for a fun night on vacation.  I love this romper because it is so feminine, functional and FUN.  Personally I pair this piece with cute heels and head out for a night of dancing, boating and just true resort living.

    If you are looking for the best vacation outfits check out their website Escapada Living Website

    Wishing everyone a wonderful week!