I went to my friend’s wedding this weekend in central Virginia. The venue was held on a beautiful, historical farm in the countryside. It was a wonderful afternoon with superb weather and even better company. The bride and groom met each other at an internship we were all doing in Arlington, VA. It wasn’t until the last few weeks of it that they started dating though. Against all odds, they made it through a year of long distance and ended up moving to the same town to begin working. A year later, they got engaged at Christmas! It was such a pleasure to be there with them as they started their lives together. It was the first wedding I have been to that didn’t make me want to elope! Here are a few photos from the day!

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Kelly and her dad!

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Champagne toast!

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Their first kiss as a married couple!

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Candid moment

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The beautiful horses


 

What to do During the Summer

ca2f149dec9237f79b5ab54281bcc8f7Every year when our final classes are over and all of our finals have been taken we create a list of things we want to do over the summer. Relax, read a book, get a tan, have a summer romance, reconnect with high school friends just to name a few. Days and weeks go by and we tell ourselves that we’ll start checking things off our list tomorrow. Before we know it summer is over and we go back to our regular routine. Well this year I’m committing to my summer bucket list this year and so should you! Here’s 8 things I’m doing this season:

1. Learn at least 10 phrases in Persian

2. Study for GRE and identify 3 graduate schools I would consider attending

3. Get 500 followers on my blog (help me out guys!)

4. Develop arm muscles like I used to have10313061_10204133815131518_719930879624362428_n

5. Get 7 children sponsored through my World Vision ambassadorship

6. Identify 5 employers I would consider working for in Florida (my favorite state!)

7. Volunteer at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

And last but not least,

8. Lay in the sun and get my tan back

What’s on your summer bucket list? Comment and share!

~Liz 

 


Memorial Day
I enjoy Memorial Day just as much as anyone else does, but by the looks of my Facebook feed and Instagram updates, people tend to forget why this day even exists.
Many men, women, even service animals have died for the sake of protecting their homeland and the people they love. To some, they may wonder what needs to be protected, there aren’t any apparent threats. But remember that success and freedom takes measures to prevent the deterioration of these things. We look to the future and live for it knowing that tomorrow is a better day. Those who died did so because they were hopeful for tomorrow. On this day, we honor them and their sacrifices.
Holidays like this one are the only days when it is acceptable to live in the past and present. Remembering the people that fought for freedom and a place to call home is our way to thank them.
So have your BBQs, set off your fireworks, and hug the friends and family you get to share it all with. However, tell your kids, your Facebook friends, and everyone else that you celebrate not because of the burgers on the grill, but because of the people that never got to come home and share it with you.
Thank you to all who paid the ultimate sacrifice and Happy Memorial Day to the rest of us. 
~Liz
Do you have anyone to thank? Comment below in their memory!

I’ve spent quite a bit of time traveling around and seeing Florida’s beaches. Last weekend I visited Daytona Beach for the first time. I wasn’t expecting too much given that I’m a Gulf Coast snob and prefer their beaches. However, Daytona surprised me in a good way! The beach was much nicer than what I was expecting.

What is there to do in Daytona Beach?

Daytona_BeachMy first comment/suggestion is to partake in some of the unique restaurants in the area. We ate at one called Crabby Joes and had a really nice lunch. While the food is pretty much what you would get at a TGI Fridays or anywhere that serves seafood, the view is spectacular. It sits on a pier and you can literally see the waves crashing beneath you through the small spaces between the floor boards. If you sit at a high top table you’ll be able to feel the pier move slightly.

Second, the beach is a little different than what I have experienced at other beaches. People park their cars on the beach. Convenient if you left something behind however, not so environmentally friendly or people friendly for that matter. Cars are driving by as you lay on the beach. Possibly dangerous if you have kids that just like to take off for some random place on the beach and you can’t chase them down fast enough. It makes for great people watching though!

Third, the water was a nice temperature and color. We had a nice time wading in the water and acting like idiots. Not quite the Gulf Coast, but a nice compromise for Daytona_Beachthose who live closer to the Atlantic side. There’s decent surfing and great waves for the inevitable boogie board loving kid. If only TSA would have let me bring mine!

For those who are looking to go where the crowds aren’t, don’t head to the beach until mid afternoon when people start to leave. The sun is still out and strong you just won’t have all the people.

Fourth, while we didn’t do any water sports there were plenty of places to go and do them if you wanted to. Go in any tourist place and there will be brochures and coupons galore! Jet skiing and parasailing are big hits down there.

Finally, if you’re looking for a place that has a fun atmosphere where anything goes and the only thing you have to do is enjoy yourself, then this beach is for you. Generally, people are pretty friendly and are actively seeking the relaxed, fun lifestyle that most of Florida revolves around. My first trip to this tropical state was at age 12 and since then I haven’t been able to get my mind off it. Seriously, take some time and come enjoy this state. It has so much to offer!

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Me and my friends Emma and Christina!

Is there anything in Daytona I missed out on? Any other beaches I should check out? Comment below and share with friends!

~Liz


Harrod
I have an addiction to cute coffee mugs and a few of the ones I found at Harrod’s online have only accelerated this love. Unfortunately the British based retail store charges too much for international shipping otherwise I would have bought all of these darling mugs for my collection in my kitchen.
Do you have a favorite place to buy coffee mugs? Comment below!
~Liz

Macaron

After arriving in Florida on Saturday my boyfriend took me to a little place in Winter Park called Le Macaron. When we walked in, we were greeted by the smell of fresh baked pastries and men with French accents. There were several flavors of macaroons to choose from but my flavors of choice were lavender, vanilla, caramel, blueberry, and raspberry. Upon ordering my little treats I began talking with the gents that worked at Macaroonsthe store about how they make the macaroons. I was surprised to discover that they don’t make them at the store but they are flown in from Paris weekly to assure quality and consistency in their pastries. A little secret they let me in on about the famous Lauduree macaroons surprised me even more- Lauduree’s macaroons are made in Belgium, not Paris! Regardless of this little tidbit, I still have a hankering to try them! Apparently they have a location in Miami and one in New York. I mentioned a trip to NYC to my bestie and fellow blogger Lindsey, and she seems to be just as excited as I am about a possible trip!

Do you like macaroons? Know of any good places to get these pastries? Comment below!

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My Macaroons!

~Liz