If you're spending a day at the parks, it's always a good idea to plan ahead and bring a bag with everything you might need. Especially now that the weather is warming up, you want to stay hydrated + healthy during your visit!

What I bring with me to any park always depends on (1) the park, (2) the weather and (3) how long I'll be staying. If it's just a couple of hours, I'll bring a small crossbody or backpack with just the essentials. However, if I'm planning on staying from rope drop to fireworks, I'll bring a larger backpack with a change of clothes (comfy t-shirt and running shorts!), my camera, a phone charger, and some snacks! But really, snacks are the most important, am I right?

Nothing is worse than getting hangry while waiting in line. Take a much needed break with a healthy snack. Pure Growth Organic snacks (sold at Amazon and Walmart), are the perfect treats to toss in your bag for the day. My favorite is the white cheddar popcorn - so yummy! Not to mention, Pure Growth Organic snacks are made with organic ingredients with no artificial colors or flavors, no preservatives and 0g of trans-fat. And, for my gluten-free friends, there's even snack options for you, too!

Whether you have a bit of a sweet tooth or prefer saltier snacks like me, there's tons of healthy options that don't make you feel guilty about eating them, but are still delicious. Pure Growth Organic snacks offer everything from animal crackers to popcorn and pretzels, or if you can't decide, they have a snack mix, too. They also offer super healthy options in the form of veggie chips. And, if you're on the go early, grab one of their chocolate banana breakfast bars to start the day!

You can find these sweet and salty made-in-the-USA organic snacks online at Amazon or in-store and online at Walmart. And, while you're at it, check out Pure Growth Organic on Facebook and Instagram, too.

Thank you Pure Growth Organic for sponsoring this post!

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What to Bring to the Parks


If you're spending a day at the parks, it's always a good idea to plan ahead and bring a bag with everything you might need. Especially now that the weather is warming up, you want to stay hydrated + healthy during your visit!

What I bring with me to any park always depends on (1) the park, (2) the weather and (3) how long I'll be staying. If it's just a couple of hours, I'll bring a small crossbody or backpack with just the essentials. However, if I'm planning on staying from rope drop to fireworks, I'll bring a larger backpack with a change of clothes (comfy t-shirt and running shorts!), my camera, a phone charger, and some snacks! But really, snacks are the most important, am I right?

Nothing is worse than getting hangry while waiting in line. Take a much needed break with a healthy snack. Pure Growth Organic snacks (sold at Amazon and Walmart), are the perfect treats to toss in your bag for the day. My favorite is the white cheddar popcorn - so yummy! Not to mention, Pure Growth Organic snacks are made with organic ingredients with no artificial colors or flavors, no preservatives and 0g of trans-fat. And, for my gluten-free friends, there's even snack options for you, too!

Whether you have a bit of a sweet tooth or prefer saltier snacks like me, there's tons of healthy options that don't make you feel guilty about eating them, but are still delicious. Pure Growth Organic snacks offer everything from animal crackers to popcorn and pretzels, or if you can't decide, they have a snack mix, too. They also offer super healthy options in the form of veggie chips. And, if you're on the go early, grab one of their chocolate banana breakfast bars to start the day!

You can find these sweet and salty made-in-the-USA organic snacks online at Amazon or in-store and online at Walmart. And, while you're at it, check out Pure Growth Organic on Facebook and Instagram, too.

Thank you Pure Growth Organic for sponsoring this post!

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My style is always evolving. If there's one thing certain, it's that it's always, always blissfully authentic to me in that moment. I love going rogue and trying out new things, albeit a pair of suede peep toe ankle booties, a gorgeous green leather bag or a retro-inspired floral mini dress... all for a spring day out! And, not to mention, this is my all-time favorite look on Lucky Day...ever!! I totally bought this dress on a whim (ok... impulse buy, same thing), but I'm so glad I did. It just gives me all the 70s-boho style vibes a la Mandy Moore in This Is Us, minus the dramatics.

Going rogue always leads me to find life's best adventures, whether it be in style or just life in general. I've been trying to step outside my box a little bit this year and be a bit more spontaneous (I'm a textbook planner by default), and I've found that it makes life way more fun! Not to say that you shouldn't plan, but every once in a while, being up for change can be so good too.

I'm wearing... similar Free People dress // ankle booties // Coach bag (c/o) // Quay sunnies // similar tassel earrings

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Photos by the lovely Emma of Emma Shourds Photography

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Go Rogue


My style is always evolving. If there's one thing certain, it's that it's always, always blissfully authentic to me in that moment. I love going rogue and trying out new things, albeit a pair of suede peep toe ankle booties, a gorgeous green leather bag or a retro-inspired floral mini dress... all for a spring day out! And, not to mention, this is my all-time favorite look on Lucky Day...ever!! I totally bought this dress on a whim (ok... impulse buy, same thing), but I'm so glad I did. It just gives me all the 70s-boho style vibes a la Mandy Moore in This Is Us, minus the dramatics.

Going rogue always leads me to find life's best adventures, whether it be in style or just life in general. I've been trying to step outside my box a little bit this year and be a bit more spontaneous (I'm a textbook planner by default), and I've found that it makes life way more fun! Not to say that you shouldn't plan, but every once in a while, being up for change can be so good too.

I'm wearing... similar Free People dress // ankle booties // Coach bag (c/o) // Quay sunnies // similar tassel earrings

SHOP THE POST
Photos by the lovely Emma of Emma Shourds Photography

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Living in the middle of a tourist area has its ups and downs. Upside is that Disney World is five minutes away. The downside? Traffic and lack of restaurants that aren't franchises. That's where Bartaco comes in - it's a local hidden gem that I can't wait to get back to!



Located in the Dr. Phillips area, Bartaco is definitely one of my new go-to's. Not only does it have the most eclectic, charming atmosphere, the food is so different and yummy! While it's more Mexican-inspired, the tacos are all a la carte so you can sample whichever tacos your heart so desires, including the #bartacosecret menu taco - the short rib taco! It was my absolute favorite.


They also have a special secret drink too - Chai Mezcalita (smoky mezcal, bartaco branded Libélula tequila, house-made chai syrup, fresh lime juice, a pinch of salt, and star anise garnish). While I'm more of a traditional lime marg kinda gal, the flavors were so vibrant and unique!


If you're in the Orlando area, or are planning a trip here anytime soon, definitely check this place out!

Thanks to Mili and Hannah at Bartaco Orlando for having us!

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Bartaco Secret


Living in the middle of a tourist area has its ups and downs. Upside is that Disney World is five minutes away. The downside? Traffic and lack of restaurants that aren't franchises. That's where Bartaco comes in - it's a local hidden gem that I can't wait to get back to!



Located in the Dr. Phillips area, Bartaco is definitely one of my new go-to's. Not only does it have the most eclectic, charming atmosphere, the food is so different and yummy! While it's more Mexican-inspired, the tacos are all a la carte so you can sample whichever tacos your heart so desires, including the #bartacosecret menu taco - the short rib taco! It was my absolute favorite.


They also have a special secret drink too - Chai Mezcalita (smoky mezcal, bartaco branded Libélula tequila, house-made chai syrup, fresh lime juice, a pinch of salt, and star anise garnish). While I'm more of a traditional lime marg kinda gal, the flavors were so vibrant and unique!


If you're in the Orlando area, or are planning a trip here anytime soon, definitely check this place out!

Thanks to Mili and Hannah at Bartaco Orlando for having us!

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If there's one thing I love doing in my free time, it's perfecting my Instagram "theme." To me, my Instagram isn't just a series of random photos I decided to share. Rather, it's a carefully curated collection of my most-loved snaps, shared intentionally and purposefully to create a cohesive look and feel on my feed.

If you came to this post hoping to find what filter I use, you'll probably be disappointed by this post. Instead, this post is meant to shed light on some little known Instagram hacks to help you create your own theme. I think originality is key, which is why I choose not to share my preset filters or editing process, but rather more tips and recommendations on how to turn your Instagram into something aesthetically pleasing.

1. Get Inspired


Before you start playing around with filters and photos, collect pieces of inspiration to guide you in building your feed. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to my "aesthetic" that keeps me inspired, which I highly recommend trying. It's a great way for me to unwind and take a mental break and also helps me to see everything I'm inspired by at a glance. Think of it as your "mood board." And, if you prefer old-school pin boards or collages, that works too. This is just a way for you to document anything and everything that speaks to you, as well as making it your own.

2. Find the Patterns


Once you have a good amount of pins on your board, take a look and see what you've been saving. Right now, I'm loving soft neutrals with subtle pops of color, particularly blush pink, and anything with a light, whimsical-type feel. You might enjoy darker tones, or maybe you love neons. Whatever your favorites are, stick with it. Go back through your board and delete anything that just doesn't "flow." This helps shape your theme to a more cohesive look. It doesn't necessarily need to be matchy-matchy, but colors, patterns, tones, etc., should all mesh well when placed next to each other.

3. Download Apps and Start Editing


My favorite editing apps are VSCO and Snapseed. I've also used A Color Story and Afterlight in the past, both of which I highly recommend. It depends on what kind of theme you want to emulate, but each of those apps, with the exclusion of Snapseed, offer a great selection of filters to choose from beyond the standard Instagram ones. 

Snapseed is great for editing photos prior to putting a filter over it. Since I like my pictures bright and airy feeling, I brighten up some of my darker photos by adjusting the brightness and highlights, and add a bit of contrast or ambiance, depending on the picture. I'll then upload it to VSCO and copy and paste my theme to it.

Instagram Hack: Pinterest is a great source for inspiration but also for filter presets! There are a ton of premade themes for the apps above available on Pinterest to try. Search "Instagram Theme" on Pinterest, and a ton of options show up. While I don't recommend copying the theme exactly, it's a great starting point to experiment with some of the photos you already have on file. I also recommend trying out different photos to see how the filter looks on each. I played around with a ton of themes before deciding on my current one!


4. Share Your Photos


Now that you've downloaded every app imaginable and have tried every filter on that fire selfie of yours, you've finally figured out what you like best! Go ahead and post. that. photo! 

Once you do, it's going to take a while to build your theme. Patience is key because themes take time to build. The key is to use the same filter and editing process on every photo. If a photo doesn't look good with the filter, you might want to rethink posting it. Not to say that planning out your feed is everything, because spontaneity is encouraged, but keep in mind that building a theme requires a cohesive look. Experiment with different "filler" photos to mix into your feed, too. A feed looks best with a touch of variety, but keep it consistent. Choose a few different shots to repeat within your feed (one of my favorites are my Starbucks photos!). This will help you create your personal Instagram brand that becomes more recognizable over time.

5. Follow Inspiring Accounts


To keep those creative juices flowing, follow some accounts to be inspired by - key words, inspired by, not copied. I am inspired by the colors of @glitterguide, the fun of @shopbando, the adventures of @galmeetsglam and the outfits of @showmeyourmumu and @livvylandblog. Following other bloggers, brands and shops that you're inspired by not only keeps you inspired, but makes your home feed more inviting, too! Trust me, it's good for the aesthetic.

Overall, building a theme takes time and a little bit of effort into making it your own. Also, allow it to grow over time. My interests and style are always evolving, so my theme kind of evolves with that. And, of course, have fun! Tag me in your themes - I'd love to see what y'all create!

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How to Create an Instagram Theme


If there's one thing I love doing in my free time, it's perfecting my Instagram "theme." To me, my Instagram isn't just a series of random photos I decided to share. Rather, it's a carefully curated collection of my most-loved snaps, shared intentionally and purposefully to create a cohesive look and feel on my feed.

If you came to this post hoping to find what filter I use, you'll probably be disappointed by this post. Instead, this post is meant to shed light on some little known Instagram hacks to help you create your own theme. I think originality is key, which is why I choose not to share my preset filters or editing process, but rather more tips and recommendations on how to turn your Instagram into something aesthetically pleasing.

1. Get Inspired


Before you start playing around with filters and photos, collect pieces of inspiration to guide you in building your feed. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to my "aesthetic" that keeps me inspired, which I highly recommend trying. It's a great way for me to unwind and take a mental break and also helps me to see everything I'm inspired by at a glance. Think of it as your "mood board." And, if you prefer old-school pin boards or collages, that works too. This is just a way for you to document anything and everything that speaks to you, as well as making it your own.

2. Find the Patterns


Once you have a good amount of pins on your board, take a look and see what you've been saving. Right now, I'm loving soft neutrals with subtle pops of color, particularly blush pink, and anything with a light, whimsical-type feel. You might enjoy darker tones, or maybe you love neons. Whatever your favorites are, stick with it. Go back through your board and delete anything that just doesn't "flow." This helps shape your theme to a more cohesive look. It doesn't necessarily need to be matchy-matchy, but colors, patterns, tones, etc., should all mesh well when placed next to each other.

3. Download Apps and Start Editing


My favorite editing apps are VSCO and Snapseed. I've also used A Color Story and Afterlight in the past, both of which I highly recommend. It depends on what kind of theme you want to emulate, but each of those apps, with the exclusion of Snapseed, offer a great selection of filters to choose from beyond the standard Instagram ones. 

Snapseed is great for editing photos prior to putting a filter over it. Since I like my pictures bright and airy feeling, I brighten up some of my darker photos by adjusting the brightness and highlights, and add a bit of contrast or ambiance, depending on the picture. I'll then upload it to VSCO and copy and paste my theme to it.

Instagram Hack: Pinterest is a great source for inspiration but also for filter presets! There are a ton of premade themes for the apps above available on Pinterest to try. Search "Instagram Theme" on Pinterest, and a ton of options show up. While I don't recommend copying the theme exactly, it's a great starting point to experiment with some of the photos you already have on file. I also recommend trying out different photos to see how the filter looks on each. I played around with a ton of themes before deciding on my current one!


4. Share Your Photos


Now that you've downloaded every app imaginable and have tried every filter on that fire selfie of yours, you've finally figured out what you like best! Go ahead and post. that. photo! 

Once you do, it's going to take a while to build your theme. Patience is key because themes take time to build. The key is to use the same filter and editing process on every photo. If a photo doesn't look good with the filter, you might want to rethink posting it. Not to say that planning out your feed is everything, because spontaneity is encouraged, but keep in mind that building a theme requires a cohesive look. Experiment with different "filler" photos to mix into your feed, too. A feed looks best with a touch of variety, but keep it consistent. Choose a few different shots to repeat within your feed (one of my favorites are my Starbucks photos!). This will help you create your personal Instagram brand that becomes more recognizable over time.

5. Follow Inspiring Accounts


To keep those creative juices flowing, follow some accounts to be inspired by - key words, inspired by, not copied. I am inspired by the colors of @glitterguide, the fun of @shopbando, the adventures of @galmeetsglam and the outfits of @showmeyourmumu and @livvylandblog. Following other bloggers, brands and shops that you're inspired by not only keeps you inspired, but makes your home feed more inviting, too! Trust me, it's good for the aesthetic.

Overall, building a theme takes time and a little bit of effort into making it your own. Also, allow it to grow over time. My interests and style are always evolving, so my theme kind of evolves with that. And, of course, have fun! Tag me in your themes - I'd love to see what y'all create!

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I am SO excited to see the new Beauty and the Beast in theaters! As one of my favorite Disney movies growing up, I screamed a little when I found out that Emma Watson would be starring in a live-action version of the film. 

And, to make things even better, Danielle Nicole Handbags sent me this gorgeous rose crossbody inspired by the movie. It's the most gorgeous metallic pink shade, and the perfect park accessory. I'll definitely be bringing it along when I finally see the movie, too! So cute for spring.

Shop the bag and the rest of the Disney x Danielle Nicole collection here!

I'm wearing... similar romper // bag c/o Danielle Nicole // similar sandals (mine are c/o American Eagle) // sunglasses

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Tale As Old As Time


I am SO excited to see the new Beauty and the Beast in theaters! As one of my favorite Disney movies growing up, I screamed a little when I found out that Emma Watson would be starring in a live-action version of the film. 

And, to make things even better, Danielle Nicole Handbags sent me this gorgeous rose crossbody inspired by the movie. It's the most gorgeous metallic pink shade, and the perfect park accessory. I'll definitely be bringing it along when I finally see the movie, too! So cute for spring.

Shop the bag and the rest of the Disney x Danielle Nicole collection here!

I'm wearing... similar romper // bag c/o Danielle Nicole // similar sandals (mine are c/o American Eagle) // sunglasses

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