The Highlands Part 2: Lake Day!

Hello friends, get excited! My family’s great escape to my new favorite place, the Highlands, North Carolina, continues! On our second day, my parents and I spent Father’s Day boating on the lake. It was truly spectacular! I can’t think of a better way we could’ve spent the holiday dedicated to celebrating our love for our dads! My Dad is the greatest dad in the world, therefore deserves the best Father’s Day there could ever be.

I am a person who has anxiety, therefore I often have a lot of thoughts going through my head. However, when I’m on the boat, I am relaxed and at peace. My parents and I rented a boat to spend a few hours having a great time on Lake Glenville. Riding on the boat in the lake felt like true bliss; it was incredible. I wish I were there right now! It was amazing!! Lake Glenville in North Carolina is such a gorgeous lake surrounded by picturesque mountains and waterfalls. We saw some of the most gigantic houses in those steep mountains. Honestly, some of them looked more like hotels than regular homes! It was such incredible scenery with the boats, the mountains, the sky (how many times can I say “mountains”). The way the sun hit the water looked like glitter, so sparkling and beautiful.

I absolutely love seersucker dresses, and this one is omg the cutest shade of lavender! I bought it so long ago; I’ve had it for years!!


I felt jealous when we rode past a family’s dock where one girl had a HUGE flamingo floatie that honestly made mine look a bit lame! We also saw the most adorable ducks which we got to feed. I love ducks; they’re so cute! My dad of course was the first to jump in the water. It took me forever to get in which was quite pathetic (excuse me, I’m a bit of a princess sometimes), although my mom didn’t get in at all so at least I did eventually! The water was quite cold, and it took me a while to get used to that temperature.

Once the water did start to feel nice, I got to do one of my favorite things I haven’t gotten to do in years-tubing!!! It was soooooo fun. My mom told me before I went on the tube that she’s never seen me smile bigger than when I’m tubing! It was an absolute blast!!!

Boating was the perfect way to spend the, sadly, last day of our magnificent gateway. It is one of my favorite things in the world to do. I truly do not believe that there is any feeling that compares to the pure joy of being on a boat! I hadn’t felt that gleeful in what felt like years.


I had a marvelous, jubilant time in the Highlands!! It felt a little sad to say goodbye to our charming Country Cottage in the mountains. I really loved that adorable place! However, our weekend at this dreamland will always be a memory that will hold a special place in my heart. I will always cherish these times spent with family. I hope sometime soon I will get to return to my beloved land of the Highlands!




Hope y’all enjoyed reading about our fairytale escape. Love you guys!

Summer Getaway to the Highlands: Part 1!

Hello readers! Welcome back to my blog! Summer has truly begun! I just recently got back from my trip to the Highlands, North Carolina. It was a dream weekend vacation, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

Of course, I was excited for a brief break from the usual stressors of my life, but I honestly didn’t expect to have as much fun as I did. We drove from Atlanta to the Highlands; the drive was a mere three hours. Cody, our dog, was very sad to see us go away. He started getting nervous when he saw our suitcases (yes, my mom and I both packed suitcases for a two-day trip), and sadly watched us from the window as we drove away. 😭 When we arrived at the Highlands, we looked up at the sky, and I don’t think I had ever seen so many stars before! It was magical. We arrived at our cabin, “The Country Cottage”, that we would be staying at, and I instantly fell in love. No words I say can describe how incredibly adorable this cottage was.

This dress was thrifted! Had it for so long!
Front porches are my life!
Bench swing are also my life!


These are actually artificial flowers. Don’t they look real?!
My parents are the cutest couple!

I knew we were in the country when the welcome letter the owners left us warned us to watch out for bears! The cottage was stunningly beautiful and very homey. Now I dream of getting my very own “Country Cottage” one day.


It was so sweet of them to leave us mugs with our initials!


This artwork actually moves!!!! And makes sound too!! It’s soooooo cool. As seen on my Instagram @misslexiemarie



This moves too; it’s amazing! As also seen on my Instagram! @misslexiemarie

The first adventure we went on in the Highlands was hiking near one of the most incredible waterfalls I have ever seen! I have told you all before how much I love waterfalls; I tend to chase them! I wrote in my article about waterfalls https://princessstylediaries.home.blog/2020/05/15/the-therapeutic-effect-of-nature-and-waterfalls/ how they really calm my anxiety. But this wasn’t just any old waterfall. It was amazing; it was huge!! The rushing, roaring sounds of the water by the steep mountains was exhilerating. You could also go behind the waterfall which was so much fun!!



This is me behind the waterfall. I must master Photoshop so I can get a picture like this to look great!


You can’t go to the charming area of the Highlands without doing some shopping of course, or window shopping if you’re broke, like we did (except that my mom purchased a beautiful kitchen cloth). So after our hiking trip, we headed to the town.

We did not go into many stores, because again, I was broke! However, as I looked at everything in the windows, all of the clothing and merchandise was totally my style!! Very classic, preppy, true Southern style. It was all so beautiful and chic. I did go into one store, however, C. Orrico, which is one of my favorite stores. They have a store in Delray Beach on Atlantic Avenue in Southern Florida. C. Orrico sells cutest preppy brands with bright Florida colors including, of course, tons and tons of Lilly!! The store helped sponsor our Lynn University Fashion Show in 2019, where I served as a member of the Model’s Committee (scouting models, not actually being one)! Some of the models were styled in Lilly dresses from C. Orrico, and they truly looked stunning and fab! C. Orrico has many of their dresses on sale! I really enjoyed chatting with the ladies at the Highlands C. Orrico store; they were incredible and sweet, although I may have babbled to them a little too much. I can talk too much sometimes when I’m excited, silly me. It was so nice of them to take the time to talk to me. I was so happy to get to meet the owner of C. Orrico! She was amazing.


My dad and I had to stop and get ice cream from Kelwin’s, one of my all-time favorite ice cream stores. And I got my favorite flavor, raspberry sorbet, in a cone. I also treated myself to one of the most delicious chocolate strawberries I’ve ever had (not exaggerating).

We strolled by some of the most beautiful churches with gorgeous gardens. We even walked by the famous St. Edwards Hotel. We didn’t get to go inside, of course, but just by taking a peek from the outside, I was captivated. I could see that their pool had waterfalls, and not just any waterfalls, but they looked like real ones! The water was flowing through rocks by the pool, and it looked so romantic. I may want to have my wedding at that hotel one day, in fact I am seriously considering it.



After our big day, we went home and ate some take-out from the local supermarket. I got Southern-style chicken fingers because I’m basic. Then my dad made my favorite thing in the entire world….cheese fondue!! It was AMAZING. I love cheese fondue so much. The Melting Pot is my all-time favorite restaurant in the world! Our homemade cheese fondue is also delicious. I swear I could live off of cheese fondue.

The bedroom I got to sleep in was so incredibly adorable and girly. It had the most beautiful bed with a very feminine floral comforter and the cutest sitting area as well.


I hope you guys enjoyed reading about my weekend in the Highlands, but my story isn’t over yet. Stay tuned, and read my next post, to hear about our second day of the trip where we got to go boating on the lake! I truly love it here in the Highlands, not only is the area so wonderful but the people are also all so incredibly friendly and kind! I love how in Southern areas of the US, just like my hometown in Georgia, people have such great manners and are so nice to each other!

Is Love Shack Fancy the New Lilly Pulitzer in Palm Beach?

Hello, I’ve missed you my friends! I have some exciting news for you all.

The beautiful, enchanting dresses of the Love Shack Fancy collection are to die for; simply stunning, however quite pricey. To make her dresses accessible to a larger audience, the designer collaborated with Target to produce an affordable Love Shack Fancy line for consumers of all economic backgrounds. It now seems as if Instagram is flooded with fashion influencers dawning their new Love Shack Fancy Target dresses. With the increasing popularity of this brand, and its gorgeous floral designs, could it be becoming the new Lilly Pulitzer?

I just got my first Love Shack Fancy Target dress in the mail, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I have always loved the way women used to dress centuries ago, in far more feminine and elegant clothing, and these dresses remind me of how women would dress up way back in the 1800’s. I love the soft pastel colors, the ruffle and bow details, and the floral patterns, obviously. The dress I am wearing is the Love Shack Fancy for Target pink floral midi dress, as of course pink is my all-time favorite color. With its chiffon material and long, flowy silhouette, it truly is a gown fit for a princess. It kind of reminds me of Sleeping Beauty’s extravagant ball gown! This dress is totally me!

The Love Shack Fancy dresses are so fashionable; they were practically sold out at Target within the first day of their release. I came on to the Target website a bit too late to find a dress my size (most were out of stock of course), but was lucky enough to find this showstopper on Poshmark! The price was a little bit steeper than the amount listed on the Target website, however still far more affordable that the dresses from the original, tremendously expensive, designer collection. I negotiated a little to pay a slightly lower amount than the seller was charging. I still paid more than I wanted to, but the price was worth it, because I am completely in love.

“You only see people wearing dresses like these now,” says influencer, boutique owner, and fashion digital marketing specialist Madison Sohaney, “here in Palm Beach they are the new Lilly”. While Love Shack Fancy does embody a style similar to that of Lilly Pulitzer, their dresses have perhaps a more bohemian vibe than Lilly’s signature preppy look. However, the clothes are alike, because they are both exceptionally classy and feminine. Love Shack Fancy dresses are “inspired by vintage finds and the enchanting world of its founder Rebecca Hessel Cohen,” as advertised on the Target website. They are truly impeccable, and it seems more and more women are also falling in love with these dresses.

I am so so happy to be lucky enough to get my hands on one of these extraordinarily beautiful, truly immaculate dresses. Some on Poshmark are still available if you are dying to purchase one too! For me personally, Lilly Pulitzer is my all-time favorite brand, however I’m now growing a fondness and frankly an obsession with these exquisite gowns. But could they really be more prominent than Lilly, the true queen of Southern prep? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see! Stay tuned on my blog to see more!

Hello, I’ve missed you my friends! I have some exciting news for you all. 

The beautiful, enchanting dresses of the Love Shack Fancy collection are to die for; simply stunning, however quite pricey. To make her dresses accessible to a larger audience, the designer collaborated with Target to produce an affordable Love Shack Fancy line for consumers of all economic backgrounds. It now seems as if Instagram is flooded with fashion influencers dawning their new Love Shack Fancy Target dresses. With the increasing popularity of this brand, and its gorgeous floral designs, could it be becoming the new Lilly Pulitzer?

I just got my first Love Shack Fancy Target dress in the mail, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I have always loved the way women used to dress centuries ago, in far more feminine and elegant clothing, and these dresses remind me of how women would dress up way back in the 1800’s. I love the soft pastel colors, the ruffle and bow details, and the floral patterns, obviously. The dress I am wearing is the Love Shack Fancy for Target pink floral midi dress, as of course pink is my all-time favorite color. With its chaufane material and long, flowy silhouette, it truly is a gown fit for a princess. It kind of reminds me of Sleeping Beauty’s extravagant ball gown! This dress is totally me!

The Love Shack Fancy dresses are so fashionable; they were practically sold out at Target within the first day of their release. I came on to the Target website a bit too late to find a dress my size (most were out of stock of course), but was lucky enough to find this showstopper on Poshmark! The price was a little bit steeper than the amount listed on the Target website, however still far more affordable that the dresses from the original, tremendously expensive, designer collection. I negotiated a little to pay a slightly lower amount than the seller was charging. I still paid more than I wanted to, but the price was worth it, because I am completely in love.

“You only see people wearing dresses like these now,” says influencer, boutique owner, and fashion digital marketing specialist Madison Sohaney, “here in Palm Beach they are the new Lilly”. While Love Shack Fancy does embody a style similar to that of Lilly Pulitzer, their dresses have perhaps a more bohemian vibe than Lilly’s signature preppy look. However, the clothes are alike, because they are both exceptionally classy and feminine. Love Shack Fancy dresses are “inspired by vintage finds and the enchanting world of its founder Rebecca Hessel Cohen,” as advertised on the Target website. They are truly impeccable, and it seems more and more women are also falling in love with these dresses.

I am so so happy to be lucky enough to get my hands on one of these extraordinarily beautiful, truly immaculate dresses. Some on Poshmark are still available if you are dying to purchase one too! For me personally, Lilly Pulitzer is my all-time favorite brand, however I’m now growing a fondness and frankly an obsession with these exquisite gowns. But could they really be more prominent than Lilly, the true queen of Southern prep? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see! Stay tuned on my blog to see more!

Happy Self-Reflection Sunday

Happy Sunday everyone! Today is Self-Reflection Sunday. Self-reflection is good for the soul and an essential part of self-growth and self-care. So often we feel we are not doing enough, and we focus on what we’re not doing, or what we haven’t yet accomplished, but we don’t give ourselves credit for what we have achieved. Think of where you were last year, and now think of where you are now. Take a look at how far you’ve come. I wrote a list of positive changes I’ve made this year for myself that I would like to share you you guys. Here is my list:

*I am no longer in an unhealthy relationship.

*I am succeeding at school and making good grades.

*I am working two internships where I’m gaining experience and building my portfolio.

*I am laying next to my cat, who loves me unconditionally, instead of someone who is lying to me.

*I have made steps towards building confidence in myself.

*I am taking more time to take care of myself. 

*I have gotten far better at communicating.

*I am spending more time connecting with family and especially getting closer with my parents. 

*I have a potential job interview on Wednesday.

*I am reconnecting with old friends.

Others will always judge you and will criticize your life choices and even who you are. But it’s always important to do what’s best for you. The positive changes you are making is what matters. Grow for yourself, never for the people who taught you you weren’t enough. I encourage you to make a list too of how far you’ve come since last year. Writing these things down will help you see all of the wonderful improvements you’ve made and all the good you are doing in your life. It’s always important to remind yourself every now and then that YOU are a rockstar. YOU are enough.

How I Survived A Semester in Quarantine

Hello everyone, I’m excited to share with you how I managed to excel at college during the quarantine, finishing the semester strong with all A’s! I am so proud of myself; this is actually my first straight-A semester in quite a while!

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However, taking classes all online was a bit of an adjustment. I almost felt like my world was turning upside-down when the quarantine started. I attend college at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, and I am obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Emerging Media with a minor in Fashion and Retail. The school first told us that we would have to test the online system just in case we would have to go online. It wasn’t long, I think only a couple of days, before we were all told that the rest of the semester would take place online, and soon it was decided the campus would be completely closed. I was so worried, because I had never taken online classes before. Learning in the classroom, with the professor and the other students there with me, is really how I thrive as a student. My goal was to get all A’s this semester, since last semester was not my best semester due to personal struggles, and I wanted to pull my GPA back up, but I was starting to worry I would not be able to accomplish that if all the classes were going to be online.

Lilly Pulitzer shirt, get it at https://www.lillypulitzer.com/kaia-knit-tunic-top/002151.html?dwvar_002151_color=543PC2
Borrowed white pants from my mom since I accidentally left mine in Florida! (And I’ve been quarantining in Atlanta)

Doing school online was a bit of an adjustment at first. We use Amazon Chime at Lynn for our classes, and on the first day, I didn’t make it to my first class due to technical difficulties, and I had to call IT. Being in class online at first felt pretty awkward, I think for all of us. I am really lucky that at Lynn however, you still get to have class with everybody through a video discussion while at some other schools, you have to listen to a lecture that is recorded.

I was also really lucky that my professors were so helpful. They were always there to talk on the phone and answer questions which made a huge difference for me. After a while, classes online didn’t seem so awkward anymore. Sometimes it was even kind of fun, to see people in their home environment, to see people’s pets, ect. However one time my cat was whining so loudly that all of the other students were like, “What’s that?”. I told them it was my cat and the professor said, “I’m going to have to mute you for now”.

My cat Tigger interrupting my video presentation; he is so silly!!!

While it sounds cliche, I got my A’s by working really hard. I came to just about every class, I communicated frequently with the professors, I asked for help from tutors at times, I checked Canvas every day, and I spent a great deal of time working on all of the assignments, especially the finals. At times I was very very stressed, put I still pushed through. It also helped that all the classes I took this semester were classes that I loved and found very fun and interesting.

If you are starting taking college classes online, you don’t have to be so nervous about doing school online. If you put in the same effort that you for regular classes that you have performed well in, you will still succeed. If I could do it, you can too; I promise. Just do your best to stay focused and be motivated. And also, definitely take advantage of all the resources you have available. Love you all, I believe in you guys!

Cody was always there for me when I was stressed about my work!
Cody was always there for my when I was stressed about me work!

Dressed Like a Southern Princess at the Hahn Horticulture Garden

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Hello everybody! I spent my last day in Virginia strolling through the most beautiful garden in my brand new Gal Meets Glam dress. The Hahn Horticulture Garden where we visited is known for its abundance of gorgeous flowers and nature which create the most picturesque environment. It’s such a beautiful scene; many college students were there with photographers to take their graduation pictures. It’s like a fairy-tale, also perfect for a romantic date with your loved one or significant other. It was so wonderful!!

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This Gal Meets Glam dress, the Lemon Dress, is the most perfect garden gown. I felt like a fairy strolling through the enchanting garden in this flowy maxi dress that has the cutest lemon water color print. The adorable lemon design is super popular currently for preppy spring and summer clothing, and I absolutely love it! Gal Meets Glam is one of my all-time favorite brands; their dresses are truly one of a kind. This dress exemplifies the classic Southern charm, a signature of most Gal Meets Glam dresses that I love, my being a native Georgia girl. I love the soft pastel colors, the buttons with the cloth that matches the dress’s pattern, and the bow ties at the top that make the dress ultra-feminine. Since Gal Meets Glam dresses are very expensive, I usually buy them on a discount at some place like Poshmark or Rue La La, for instance. But I wanted this dress so bad, and I had never purchased one of their newest designs before, so I splurged! And it was worth it. The dress came in the most beautiful packaging, all wrapped in pink. I was so ecstatic when it came in the mail in the most luxurious blush pink box. Gal Meets Glam is so “me”; I hope to be able to afford another dress straight from their website again sometime! The brand is fit for a princess, or a Southern belle, perfect for a fancy brunch or a garden party! I loved wearing this dress for the very first time at the Hahn Horticulture Garden.

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I loved exploring the garden and seeing all of the fascinating flowers, plants, and trees. I was disappointed that we were not visiting during the season when the tulips are blooming, one of my favorite flowers, but I was happy that we still got to see so many other beautiful plants. The pink peonies were some of my favorite flowers that we saw; I love pink peonies and hope to have them at my wedding some day. The red maple tree was also amazing, and so was the Flowering Dogwood, known as the Virginia State Tree. The purple flowering union was also cool, and the purple German Iris. I really liked the alphine rose as well, which was also pink, my favorite color of course.

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I love gardens, and I enjoyed feeling like a fairy princess wearing the Gal Meets Glam Lemon dress in the gorgeous, romantic Hahn Horticulture Garden. Now I hope to visit more magnificent gardens soon in the near future to see more flowers and take more stunning pictures! Hope you all enjoyed taking a peek into my fun adventure! Gardens are fun, relaxing places to visit and can still be safe to go to during the quarantine. It was really fun to spend time at the garden with my sisters during our trip we took to Virginia to see them and have family bonding time.

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My Current Travel Bucket List

Hello my friends! Since I’ve been staying at home all day most days, I’ve become obsessed with traveling! There are so many places I’ve been dreaming of going to. I want to get out of my cave and see the world! There are a some places I truly miss and want to visit again. There are so many countries I have yet to see.

One place I truly miss is Saltzburg, Austria, which I’ve been reminiscing about more often lately since writing my final paper and presentation for my Intercultural Communications class on the country of Austria.

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Many claim Saltzburg, Austria is the most beautiful city of all Central Europe. It is actually where The Sound of Music was filmed. The gazebo where my mom and I are at is the same gazebo where Liesl and Ralph sang with each other in the movie! The pathway by the trees where I am standing is the same place where Maria played with the children in the “Do-Re-Me” scene. Saltzburg is known for its magnificent mountains and castles, as you can see above. The lake is also so pretty. While it was a bit crowded, I loved visiting Saltzburg. It was so cool to spend time in this amazing city, and I hope to someday visit there again.

There are many places I’ve been dying to go; here are a few of the first cities that come to mind:

Santorini, Greece

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https://www.cntraveller.com/article/travel-guide-santorini

Who doesn’t want to go to Greece? It looks so relaxing!! I wish I were sitting on the balcony one of the white cottages with the beautiful view of the ocean right now. It looks like a dream!

Paris, France

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https://www.travelpulse.com/destinations/europe/france/

As a Fashion major (minor), it goes without saying that I’ve wanted to go to Paris ever since I was a little girl. I’m thinking of possibly studying abroad there for a few weeks next Spring. It’s a dream of mine to shop and dine there and someday see the famous Eiffel Tower. Definitely a must on every fashionista’s bucket list is experiencing the beauty and wonder of the City of Love.

Hallstat Alpine Village, Austria

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The setting from Frozen was inspired by this fairy-tale like village, where the cutest and most unique pastel-colored houses sit by a peaceful lake. This enchanting town is very popular. People love to swim and boat in the lake during the summer as well as explore the charming town. I can’t believe I’ve visiting so many cities in Austria, but still have yet to see Hallstatt!

Florence, Italy

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Florence, Italy, another one of the fashion capitols of the world, is one of my sister’s favorite cities that she visited when she studied abroad. I may study abroad there as well for a few weeks in the Spring! Everyone wants to go to Italy at some point; such a fun, exciting country to visit! I dream of one day getting to visit this romantic city and experience it’s lively culture.

Venice, Italy

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https://www.travelawaits.com/2467631/venice-italy-travel-what-to-know/

Ever since I’ve seen Venice on Mozart’s Jungle, a show my parents love to watch together, I’ve wanted to go so bad! It’s a city like no other, with the canals that flow through the most beautiful and uniqur architecture. I want to go riding on a gondola in the canal so bad. Venice looks so beautiful, a spectacular place to go on vacation.

Split, Croatia

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My grandfather was from Croatia, so it’s a given that our whole family wants to go there one day. I dream of someday visiting this beautiful city and getting to see where my grandfather grew up. We’ve been talking about possibly going there next year after my sister and I graduate college! I really hope we get to go!!

Going to a different country and seeing a whole new world is a life-changing experience. I hope I get to see all of these places at some point in my life, and hopefully more. Comment below some of your favorite places you’ve visited, as well as where you’ve been dying to go!

The Therapeutic Effect of Nature and Waterfalls

Nature is freeing. Nature is healing. Nature gives a boost of energy and joy. And it’s free! Which is why it’s the best kind of therapy there is.

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You may look at me and think I’m more of an indoor-sy girl with my fancy clothes and purses, but I actually love the great outdoors as well! I mean I may not be into camping or anything like that, but nature itself makes me happy! While I love living in Southern Florida, 15 minutes away from the beach, I don’t get the opportunity to hike very much there or see mountains. That’s why I was so happy to get to go hiking in the mountains in Virginia where my sister and her fiancé live. We came to visit them for the weekend! We’re already having such a great time.

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Spending time in nature is good for the soul; research has shown that it reduces stress and builds self-confidence and increases mental well-being. This is something we all need during this time of the Covid crisis. The best part of our hike was when we got to see the great waterfall; it was amazing, so beautiful. Waterfalls are so peaceful and relaxing, the sound of the running water. Waterfalls are also proven to help decrease stress and depression, as the negative ions from the waterfall exude calmness.

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While hiking for the first time in quite a while, I felt like I was in the beginning scene in The 100 when all of the characters step foot on Earth for the first time and explore. I felt like I could hear the song “We Come Running” playing. May sound silly, but it was such a great feeling!

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I also enjoyed seeing the new area where my sisters are moving soon. It was so beautiful!!

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God’s gift, the natural world, brings more happiness than any material thing. So whenever you can, and wherever you can during this unusual time, make time to go outside and enjoy the fresh air and the bright sunshine! I am so happy I got to do so today with my family.

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Wishing our brother Jonathan were with us as well, he would have loved it! Oh and by the way, my leggings are from Victoria’s Secret Pink!

 

 

David Yurman Diamonds, A Girl’s Best Friend

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Oh my goodness; I am relieved and thrilled that I have completed my Junior year in college. I worked so hard this semester, and to reward myself for my hard work, late nights spend studying and typing papers, and excellent grades and performance, I decided to buy myself a…..new David Yurman diamond necklace!

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When the stunning necklace came in the mail (surprisingly it only took two days to ship!) I was amazed at its immaculate beauty. I am sooooo happy!!! It is absolutely perfect. I can wear it with everything! The necklace I bought is the Infinity Pendant Necklace with Diamonds. It has a small square of sparkling pave diamonds surrounded by two sterling silver circles which emulate the classic David Yurman cable design that the brand is so well-known for. The pendant hangs on a lovely, delicate sterling silver chain. I am such a happy woman wearing it! I’m sure you’ve all heard that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and now with this beautiful shining necklace I can definitely see why!

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I deserved to treat myself for my hard work and for my birthday this year. I earned it, and I am so proud of myself for pushing through to the end! Life is short, so sometimes you just gotta spoil yourself, or more or less reward yourself for your accomplishments. We are all princesses, and we all deserve finer things in life. Treating yourself with something extra special is not selfish, so I encourage you to buy that diamonds necklace you’ve been dreaming about for ages too! I am so excited that I now have a brand new addition to my growing David Yurman jewelry collection. Stay tuned for a post coming soon on how I survived a Third-year college semester in quarantine. Hope you guys enjoyed! Love you all!

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Happy Mother’s Day 2020

Happy Mother’s Day everyone!!! There is no one in our life quite a mother, for they are there for you through thick and thin and will always love you unconditionally. Today is the day to celebrate and be thankful for our moms who have raised us to be who we are today. We would not be here at all without them. Today is the day to make our mothers feel extra special and loved.

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My mom and I have been butting heads a little lately since being in the same house with each other all day every day. It is difficult at times. But I love her nonetheless. My mom used to be a pediatrician; she is an amazing, beautiful, intelligent, and loving woman. People often tell us we look a lot alike; which I take as a compliment! People also say we act alike, but I don’t really see it. We do have some traits in common, such as how we both lose things a lot and also lose track of time a lot too!

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To celebrate Mother’s Day, we spent time at my aunt’s house with the family. We tried our best to keep our distance. My mom is wearing the cutest outfit from Anthropologie. My dress is a new dress from Vineyard Vines; I love maxi dresses, especially ones with fun, colorful patterns. And I finally got to wear my Tory Burch purse and sandals again today.

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It was so great to finally get to see more people since we obviously don’t see many people nowadays! It was great to spend time with family. Love you mom! Hope you all have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

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