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If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you know from all my beach and bathing suit photos that I’m in Costa Rica! This trip was planned only two weeks in advanced (crazy because I’m a huge planner) when my best friend (who lives in Costa Rica but studies with me in NY) invited me to go along with her.

The past couple of days, my only worries have been figuring out how to get a nice dark tan without getting burnt? ( First world problems, I know.)


My expectations of CR were met when we left the airport and suddenly  were driving through tall green mountains. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of CR are sloths, rainforests and zip lining. Although, I haven’t done or seen any of that yet this country has been absolutely incredible (But, I did see monkeys & freaked out, they’re one of my favorite animals).

I’ve been staying at Condovac Club & Hotel which is on the North Pacific Coast (Guanacaste) home to Playa Hermosa.

“Through this arc pass the most beautiful women in the world” Playa Hermosa is part of the resort I’m staying at (peep that clear water tho…) The sunset looks fake but it’s REAL #nofilter

The sunsets on the beach are absolutely amazing, something I’ve never seen before and the ocean view is just as great.

Stroll through my pictures to see more on my trip (hopefully I convince you to visit) & look out for a YouTube video on my entire trip that I plan on editing and uploading once I’m back home.

Copo: Flavored shaved ice with various toppings usually sold on the beach ($2)

This photo is at Playa Nacazcolo (a 4 Season hotel beach open to the public). It felt like a private beach. Condovac Hotel infinity pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean ( I may or may not have taken 500 photos here) but YOU WOULD TOO.Locals being locals 🏄🏽 #puravida

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I finally made it to Miami! Even though I’m only here for two days, I spent my entire day laying on the beach and actually swimming in the ocean since the water is clear & warm unlike New York.


My outfit to the beach was fun and simple. I used my bathing suit top as a halter top with these extra high-waisted shorts from Urban Outfitters. My bathing suit is from Pacsun and I found this lace kimono at Marshalls.


Hollywood Beach is about 30 minutes away from South Beach and it’s a great alternative if you’re traveling with family. There’s a boardwalk where you can grab food or drinks and during the summer there’s a free outdoor concert almost every night.

 

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I can’t imagine celebrating the 4th of July (Independence Day) without wearing shorts and something red, white or blue along with listening to endless fireworks.

This was a quiet holiday for me in Orlando so I didn’t go all out (At least, that’s what I think).

My white off-the shoulder top is from Bershka and my shorts are from Urban Outfitters. (I got them years ago on clearance for literally $5).

I felt like I was lacking color so I added a blue bandana (Claire’s) and if I would have remembered to pack red lipstick I’d put some on to complete the look.

This cute little blue handbag is from Forever 21.

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Today, I’m headed out to Florida for a family vacation so I wanted to share my airport outfit with you guys.

I love this black “little black dress” T-shirt dress because its simple and comfortable. I bought it last year from Forever 21 when T-shirt dresses were HUGE. My long-sleeve denim shirt is from American Eagle and I have it tied around my waist- ready to thrown on for the cold flight.


I also added a black baseball cap and sneaker for a sporty and more comfortable look.


The color on my lips is “cheap thrills” from ColourPop & my sunglasses are “House of Holland” rented Ditto.com. I’ll be in Orlando and Miami for one week, so check back for an update on what I’ll be doing there.

Now, what’s your go-to airport outfit? Let me know in the comments.

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It’s crazy how easily you forget what you have in your closet when you’ve been away for 6 months. I bought these culottes during the winter from Forever 21 for a ridiculously low price.

I like culottes because they can easily be dressed up or down. Today, I was just running errands so I paired them with wrapped espadrilles but on a night out, I could easily slip on black heels and be ready to go. I also think there’s some time of “professional” feel about them and they’d be great for work or an interview.

My whole outfit including my satchel is from Forever 21. My shoes are from a French store called Etam.

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If you’re planning a trip to Amsterdam with your significant other, make sure to add these things to your to-do list for an unforgettable experience!

1. Have A Picnic

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Vondel Park

If the weather’s on the bright side (which is rare in Amsterdam) then take advantage and do what the locals do and head over the most famous park in the Netherlands, Vondel Park. You’ll be surprised on the large amounts of people laying on the grass and simply taking in the sun. My tip is to pack a blanket, stop by a local supermarket (Albert Heijn), grab cheap wine and bread/cheese for a picnic in the park. The park is a short walk away from Leidseplein.

2. Experience a Dutch Café

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Pluk Amsterdam

Once you get off the main touristic streets like Damrack, it’s hard not to notice the endless number of cafés. If you truly want to have a European experience avoid eating at large restaurant chains and enjoy a cup of coffee or lunch at a Dutch café. Most of these cafés are small and quiet so the atmosphere can truly be romantic. These are a few of my favorites:

Bagel & Beans, CT coffee & Coconut (De Pijp), Pluk (Jordaan), Bedford Stuyvesant (Oost), Dr. Blend (West)

3. Visit A Romantic Spot

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Groenburgwal Love Bridge

Now that Paris broke your life-long dream of placing on a lock on their bridge, you need to find an alternative. Lucky for you, Amsterdam has an endless amount of canal bridges for you and your partner to lock love. The most famous one is on the street “Groenburgwal.” The locks are taken down once in a while so the number of locks you’ll see can vary. Even if you don’t plan on leaving a lock, it’s still a spot worth visiting and a cute place for photos.

4. Get A Different Perspective

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Personally, I wouldn’t recommend taking an Amsterdam canal cruise. The tickets may be inexpensive, but I think it’s a waste of time being stuck in a large enclosed boat with 50 other tourists and trying to see the city through plastic windows. Instead, (if the weather’s nice) rent a boat or for a cheaper alternative, bike through the water with a canal bike.

5. Hunt For A Good Deal

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IJ Hallen Flea Market

If you and your partner love everything vintage then you’ll want to go shopping here. Of course, Amsterdam has traditional shops (Keizersgracht) but it’ more known for it’s two-floor thrift and vintage shops. You can find one almost anywhere in the city but here are a list of thrift shops to make your life easier:

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  • Bijs Ons Vintage
  • Marbles Vintage
  • JuttersDok

If you’re really a vintage lover then check the IJ-Hallen website to see if your trip lines up with the biggest flea market in Holland.

6. Be Traditional

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Location: On Leidsegracht, right off Herengracht

I’m saving this one for last, because it’s very cliché. If you’ve watch The Fault in Our Stars then you know about the famous bench in Amsterdam. I’ve heard that the government took it away but recently put it back so now you can take as many selfies as you want!

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