By the Beach!

By the Beach
I’m so excited for my beach trip this weekend! My family loves to go to Assateague Island, MD for its natural beauty and quiet atmosphere. Plus, wild horses roam the beach (I’ll take photos to show you all!) When I go to the beach I tend to look like a kid. I wear shorts, tee shirt, and a baseball hat until I’m ready to get in the water. This weekend I’m going to try and update my attire a little bit to something chic and classy like this (but not nearly as expensive). Let me know what you think of this ensemble in the comments below!
Signature

The Summer Blues

Since we’re past the wishy washy month of June and into the serious heat of July, I’ve concocted a list of a few things that can really make you a debbie downer during these days. Call me spoiled, lazy, un-creative, whatever it may be, I don’t care. Here are 3 things that can make the summer less than wonderful.

Patuxent_River
On the Patuxent during the winter with two of my friends!

1. Heat

This is obvious. I’m not breaking ground on anything new here but the heat can really be hard to beat when there aren’t any pools around (the north east has this problem) and who wants to sit inside all day with the dry AC blowing. Not me. I get bored fast. I live on the Patuxent River and would be happy to swim in that IF the jellyfish weren’t in abundance. I’ve had my fair share of stings and I’m so over it.

2. Lilly Pulitzer 

I’m the first one to say that I love Lilly. However, I’m the last one to buy anything from there. Why? Because I’mLilly_Pulitzer not handing anyone $200 for a dress that probably costs less than $20 to make. Summer is the season to break out the Pulitzer prints and more power to the lovely ladies that wear the dresses! However, until I’m out of college and don’t have debt to pay off I’m going to avoid the pretty colors that remind me I’m still a college student and therefore need to “watch my pennies.”

3. Instagram on Holiday Pictures

I’m thrilled you’re in Cabo sipping a Pina Colada while dipping your toes in the crystal clear water but I’m having trouble appreciating my own blessings right now. You guys know what I’m talking about- the

Pina_Colada
Ok, I admit, this is my photo. But I’ve only sat in luxury once, I swear!

uber popular Instagrammers who seem to do nothing but travel, shop, and take selfies. Jealousy is never pretty, but during the summer months when these individuals bombard our Instafeeds with pictures from Bermuda, Monaco, or wherever else it just gets to me. Can you say #unfollow?

Thank you for making it to the end of my rant. I love you for it. I really am blessed and live in a bubble of first world problems. I don’t know what its like to go without food for days on end and I have no idea what “danger” and “threat” can actually mean (think drug cartels, radical terrorists, mortars flying through the air). Every once in awhile though, I just need to let off that steam. Today I have and I must say I feel a hundred times better!

Tell me what bugs you about the summer months. Go ahead and let go of whatever is eating you up inside by commenting below! I’m not going to judge.

Signature

 

 

Bring to the Beach!

Bring to the Beach
As beach season is well underway I’m planning a lovely beach vacation to the Maryland eastern shore. I stock up on beach wear and summery things usually 2 seasons before it begins (that’s when things from the previous summer season are on sale) so I have everything I need already! However, am I really ready?
The one thing I forgot was sunscreen at a decent price. Since I forgot something, chances are so did you. Here’s a little visual list of things to remember to bring with you for your next beach vacation!
~Liz

Summer Bucket List

 

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 

 

Travel Edition: Daytona Beach!

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!

Daytona_Beach
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