Month: August 2016

Fall Inspo: Plaid & OTK Boots

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Plaid Top (old – similar here & here) | Dark Wash Jeans | OTK Boots (love these too!) | Necklace (similar herehere) | Purse (similar here) | Michael Kors Gold Watch | Gold Bracelet | Ray-Ban Sunglasses | Mac ‘Snob’ Lipstick 

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! I spent this past weekend in Laguna Beach for a girl’s weekend getaway. I was so excited to visit Laguna, my inner 16 year old self was freaking out inside (yes, I was totally obsessed with Laguna Beach and wanted to be LC!). Anyways, Laguna is one of the most adorable and stunning beach towns I have ever been to! Y’all, it’s just as picturesque as you could imagine and has a quaint downtown area filled with countless boutiques and restaurants.  We stayed at the Laguna Beach House Hotel and loved it. The best thing about it is the location! It’s just a short walk to the shops and restaurants so there’s no need to drive anywhere.

On Saturday morning, we woke up and decided to go for a walk on the beach but first went to grab coffee (a necessity of course!). After coffee, we caught view of the shops that we’re calling our names and quickly vetoed our plans for a beach walk (did this on Sunday instead!) and headed straight towards the boutiques! We spent the entire day shopping and walking around town exploring all the stores and taking in the gorgeous scenery. We shopped until we dropped made our way back to the hotel to freshen up for dinner.  

We had dinner at Las Brisas both Friday and Saturday night and y’all, this place honestly has some of the best Mexican food I have ever had (why we went two nights in a row)! If you’re in Laguna, you have to go and order the ceviche, guacamole and ahi tuna tacos; these dishes are to die for! Plus, the views from this restaurant are amazing and it’s a great place to grab a drink and watch the sunset.

I’m trying to plan another trip to Laguna since I cannot wait to go back. Great shopping, gorgeous scenery, amazing Mexican food, I mean what’s a girl not to love?! I would love to hear what restaurant/shopping/hotel recommendations y’all have for Laguna as well or any other weekend getaway places you would recommend going!

I also wanted to share this look today since fall is just around the corner and I cannot wait to break out my OTK boots! I love pairing a classic, relaxed plaid top with jeans and boots – it’s one of my favorite fall looks. I bought this top last year from Old Navy and it’s no longer in stock but Old Navy has a great selection of plaid tops for this fall season as well!

I hope y’all have an amazing Tuesday and thank you so much for stopping by!

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Summer White + A Pop of Pink

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White Zippered Blouse | Express White Denim Shorts (similar here) | White Wedges | Purse (similar here) | Kendra Scott Earrings (one of my favorites!) | Orange Bracelet (similar here) | Rose Gold Bracelet (similar here & here) | Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in ‘Unapologetic’ 

Happy Monday lovelies! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

This weekend my boyfriend and I took it easy since we were still catching up on rest from our Alaska trip. We spent most of the weekend poolside and also watched our fair share of the Olympics; they’re so addicting to watch! I would have to say my favorite sport to watch so far has been Gymnastics. This weekend I also purchased a new summer read titled, “All the Missing Girls”. I just started it yesterday afternoon and I’m obsessed. I cannot put it down! I would recommend y’all add it to your summer reading list.

Y’all know how much I love the white on white look for summer; it’s one of my all time favorites. I paired this look with a light pink clutch for a pop of color. I wanted to keep the overall vibe of this outfit casual but added a wedge to dress it up a bit for date night. Also, these wedges are a must have. They go with everything and I cannot get enough of the eyelet pattern. They come in a few different colors but are selling out fast so be sure to grab a pair before they’re gone! They’re under $50 (a total steal) and so comfortable.

Thank you all so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful week! Also, I would love to hear any book suggestions y’all have! I’m looking to purchase a few more for Summer and would love to hear what your current favorites are!

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Alaska Adventures: Travel Diary & Review

Caitlin Carol - Alaska Adventures Travel Diary & Review 1Our first and only bear sighting in Alaska

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Caitlin Carol - Alaska Adventures Travel Diary & Review 4Our favorite restaurant, Chinooks!  They had the best oysters!
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The cutest little guy! 
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I have no idea who the people are in this photo but I wanted to get a shot of the freshly caught fish! 
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Box Canyon Cabins 
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Mount Marathon View!
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Caitlin Carol - Alaska Adventures Travel Diary & Review 10Paddleboarding on Bear Lake – the views were stunning!
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Caitlin Carol - Alaska Adventures Travel Diary & Review 12Kayaking adventures in Resurrection Bay (look how blue the water is!) 
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Happy Wednesday lovelies! As y’all have probably noticed through my Instagram and Snapchat posts, my boyfriend and I traveled to Alaska this past week and had the most amazing time! It was both of our first times there and the scenery is honestly magical. The views are absolutely stunning and picturesque, we could spend all day looking around taking it all in. I wanted to share with you all what we did there and what restaurants/places we recommend if you ever find yourself visiting!

To start off the trip, we flew into Anchorage and then made the two and a half hour drive to spend the week in Seward. The drive is breathtaking, you’re along the shoreline almost the whole way with views of the snow-capped mountains in the distance. We were excited to start our adventure once we arrived in the adorable little fishing town known as Seward.

Lodging: We stayed at the Box Canyon Cabins, specifically the Fisherman’s Cabin, and loved it. The log cabin had such an authentic Alaska feel which we really enjoyed. Our cabin included two bedrooms, one bathroom, a kitchen and tiny living room. It could easily accommodate up to four people but any more than that would get a little claustrophobic. There’s a laundry facility on site which was a major necessity! The resort also has a lake and two outdoor seating areas, each including their own fire pit.  Mark and I took full advantage of the fire pits and tried to make a fire every night it didn’t rain. (We did cheat once by purchasing a fire starter log…but that’s our little secret lol) We loved how the resort included this as it was a great amenity to be able to sit outside with a fire and glass of wine. Plus, the sun was out for almost 21 hours of the day so there was plenty of time to enjoy being outside! One important thing to note, the Wi-Fi here is not the greatest so be prepared to be off the grid for a few days. Overall, we would highly recommend Box Canyon Cabins!

Activities: Seward is full of fun outdoor adventures! We did quite a few so I’ve listed them all below,

  • Sunny Cove Kayaking – For our first adventure in Seward, we did the Resurrection Bay 3-hour Kayaking tour. It was a bit rainy and chilly out on the water but such a fun experience! We went in a two person kayak; Mark sat in the back to steer us since I know I would have made us accidently crash into another kayak! While on this excursion, we paddled all over the bay and encountered a few bald eagles, sea otters, seals and salmon. We paddled our way to shore to witness hundreds of salmon spawning, it was surreal! I’ve never seen so many salmon in one place in my life and probably never will again, it was such an amazing sighting! We also noticed how blue the water is, it’s such a gorgeous color!
  • Adventure Sixty North SUP (Stand-Up Paddle Boarding) at Bear Lake – This relaxing adventure is great for paddle boarders of all levels since the water is mostly calm and the boards are easy to balance on. Mark and I love to paddleboard so we really enjoyed this excursion plus it’s a great arm and core workout! We toured Bear Lake – the scenery here is stunning. Everything is beyond picturesque, there’s so much to take in!
  • Adventure Sixty North: Exit Glacier Ice Hike – This was my favorite tour of our trip but let me tell y’all – this hike kicked my butt! The tour lasted approximately seven hours and is so worth the work out. We spent a good two and a half hours hiking up the trail, stopped for a quick lunch and then spent about another thirty minutes or so hiking to reach the actual glacier. The temperature drops about twenty degrees or so as you approach the glacier, so make sure to bring plenty of layers and rain gear. Once we reached the glacier, we put spikes (provided by Adventure Sixty North) on our shoes and began the ice hike. Hiking on a glacier is so fascinating, you kind of have to pinch yourself! We toured the glacier and even sipped on glacier water, some of which we bottled up to bring home! It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience. After touring the glacier, we walked back to the trail and began to make our descent down. When we reached the bottom, my legs and calves were burning! While, I would consider this to be one of the highlights of our trip, I would only recommend it to those prepared for a challenging work out. There’s nothing easy about this hike, but let me tell you, it’s worth every sore muscle. Plus, you can tell everyone you’ve been on a glacier!
  • Mount Marathon Hike – This challenging hike provides absolute stunning views of Seward including Resurrection Bay. While on this hike, we encountered a moose and her baby calf, it was such a magical sighting! I was in awe and could have stared for hours but we had to keep moving as not to upset her (apparently they’re not the nicest animals..) Once we got to the top, we had ourselves a little picnic complete with hot chocolate and trail mix lol. I felt like we were in a scene from the Sound Of Music, being completely surrounded by mountains and nature. I really enjoyed this hike and the views made it 110% worth the climb! Your clothes will get dirty on this hike (there’s a lot of mud and slipping & siding) so make sure not to wear anything too nice.
  • Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier and Wildlife Cruise – We saw our fair share of wildlife on this six hour boat tour including humpback whales and orcas (so excited!!). The views of this tour are spectacular! We also stopped to see Holgate Glacier in Aialik Bay. While we were watching the glacier, a huge chunk fell off creating ten foot swells. It was amazing to hear how loud the glacier was, I had no idea how active glaciers are throughout every day. However, the water was pretty rough on this tour, causing many to get seasick so please be aware of that. Another side note would be to avoid purchasing the buffet, with all the seasickness going around, the last thing I would want to do is eat…

Food: Hands down, Seward has some of the best seafood I have ever eaten! Let’s just say the King Crab Legs did not disappoint! Most of our meals in Seward consisted of seafood because we wanted to take full advantage of the fresh Alaskan seafood.  Every morning, we had a quick and easy breakfast at the Lodge and mostly ate lunch while on our tours. There’s a Safeway in town making it easy to stock up on necessities. We only ate one meal out a day, mainly dinner. Some of our favorite sports included Chinooks, The Cookery, Ray’s & Seward Brewing House.

  • Chinooks has the most amazing seafood and was highly recommended by the locals. We would recommend the King Alaskan Crab Legs (a must have!), the salmon and the oysters (so delicious!). Chinooks also had some fun and delicious cocktails, including my favorite of the trip, a Pear & Thyme Fizz! Also, the atmosphere here is great and it’s located right on the water so you can’t beat the views. All in all, Chinooks wins for the best food and atmosphere!
  • The Cookery – Y’all the halibut here is to.die.for. It’s honestly the best halibut we have ever had! They also have great oysters as well. However, the atmosphere here is only so-so, so we only ended up having dinner here once.
  • Ray’s is another restaurant we visited while in Seward, located just a short walk away from Chinooks. I would highly recommend the salmon salad, it is amazing! Mark enjoyed the salmon but decided the Oysters were better at Chinooks. Great views but not as lively as an atmosphere compared to other places we had been.
  • Seward Brewing Company – We came here after our Kayaking tour and boy was I starvinggg. This was the only restaurant we went to where I did not order seafood. Instead I ordered ‘The Burger’. Apparently, my eyes were much bigger than my stomach. All in all, the burger was delicious and the restaurant has a fun, pub-esque vibe!

Weather & What to Pack: The weather in Seward is very temperamental. One minute it’s sunny, the next minute it’s raining. That being said, I would suggest having a raincoat with you at all times! While we were here, I wore so many workout outfits. I actually ran out mid-week so I was lucky that our resort had laundry on site! My advice would be to make sure to pack plenty of workout gear including leggings, snow/rain pants (a must!), extra pairs of socks, running shoes, fleeces, gloves and pullovers (I’ve linked some favorites below). Also, the weather tended to be in the mid 50’s to mid 60’s so make sure to bring a beanie, scarves, jeans and warm pjs! I would suggest packing three nice outfits for dinners and the rest workout outfits since you’ll be spending most of your time hiking or outdoors on various adventures. This is very general packing advice but I hope it gives you a better idea of what to pack!

In conclusion, I would highly recommend Seward. It’s the perfect Alaskan outdoor adventure! I would love to hear what places you all recommend in Alaska as well or any places you’ve been that you would highly suggest! The travel bug has got to me and I’m already antsy to plan our next adventure!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have an amazing Wednesday!

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