Getting off the airplane, the first thing I thought of was WOW! This is NOT what I was expecting at all lol. Sorry to burst your bubble, but the whole bright city lights were nowhere to be found. The only thing I could see were scissor lifts, boom lifts, all kinds of lifts. Vegas was, sure enough, going through a lot of construction.
But finally at night while we were heading to din-din (dinner), which was towards the “strip” I did finally see all the lights I’ve always heard people mention.
But there’s so much more to see in Vegas, then a 6-mile strip. Which was the highlight of my trip besides EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) of course. So, let me tell you what Vegas is really about besides the Casinos and the Strip.
Below I’ve listed all the spots I visited and places I stayed at.
The reason why I chose to book this hotel is because, they have this AMAZING 1,149-foot observation tower and 4 rides, 100 stories above the Strip, plus a rotating restaurant in the observation tower. There’s also live entertainment, and an outdoor pool with cabana, plus several bars and lounges. And because I booked with this hotel the admission for the rides and the tower was over 50% off. YAAASSSS!!!
Las Vegas Sign: 5200 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Seven Magic Mountain: S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89054
Neon Museum: 770 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Best Places To Eat:
Hells Kitchen: (Make sure you RSVP) 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
I recently visited Chicago for the first time and managed to cram A LOT in a short amount of time. Before heading to Chicago I did some research and read about places that weren’t worth going to and places totally worth checking out. So, I’m here to share those places with you. My friend and I had some unexpected expenses we had to pay for because very intelligent us (sarcastically speaking) accidentally booked our return flight to DFW in the year 2020, no biggie (insert rolling eyes emoji here lol). So, with that being said we had to budget, but for the record, I’m all about balance while traveling. Food is a big expense and so I like to keep breakfast and lunch simple and go big on dinner.
*Read more on how crazy our trip went by heading to friends Jazmine’s blog here.
Chicago is known for having a Midwest personality with big city vibes—the best of both worlds if you ask me. Although composed of several different neighborhoods, the majority of these Chicago spots are walking distance from one another or minutes using the train. Whether it’s a five- or 45-minute long walk, you’re bound to discover tons of gems along the way. I’m always looking for new spots to explore so please let me know if you have any Chicago favorite spots!
Below I’ve listed all the spots I visited and places I stayed at.
I’m not big on the whole booking a lavish hotel just because I’d rather spend that money on activities and food instead. Plus I’d only be at the hotel to sleep so it’s just not a concern for me to have the best view in the city and yada yada… So my friend and I decided to stay in a hostel. The best way I can describe what a hostel is, it’s like a college dorm. So, for the low you can book a room where you’d sleep with people you don’t know or you can book a private room and stay with your travel buddies. The thing about this is there is no restroom in your room and the restroom you do have is down the hall and being used by everyone else in that building. Unless you live in an upgraded private room where you have your own restroom but if that’s the case might as well stay in a hotel… The great thing about a hostel is 1. the experience 2. you get free breakfast and 3. they have this massive kitchen that you can go into and just whip up some food.
Now, the only reason why we decided to get out of the hostel was because that hostel, in particular, the water coming out of the shower head was so light and it just felt like I wasn’t cleaning myself well enough lol. Plus we kinda wanted our own shower and to stay a little closer to downtown Chicago and to top it off it was a weekday so the cost to stay in a hotel was cheaper than usual. So we did it!
Here are some photos.
Cutest photo spots:
Chicago Riverwalk: E. Wacker Dr Chicago, IL 60601
Big Monster Door: 21 S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60607
The Adler Planetarium *We didn’t go to the planetarium, this address just has a beautiful view of the city : 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr. Chicago, IL 60605
The Bean: * Inside Millennium Park: 201 E. Randolph St. Chicago IL 60602
Gallager House: *Due to the neighborhood of this address aka South Chicago (very known for crime rates) Do not go alone & do not go after midnight: 2119 South Homan Ave Chicago IL
Best places to eat:
Hampton Social: 353 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
Riva on Navy Pier: *Anything at the Navy Pier really, this place just had the best view: 600 E. Grand Ave Chicago IL 60611
Cindy’s Roof Top: 12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria: There’re a few locations, find your nearest one.
Check out these bars:
There is a whole strip of bars on Addison and Clark Street. You can’t miss it because the Wrigley Stadium is right there.
El Hefe *Fave bar: 15 W. Hubbard St Chicago IL, 60654
If you check out El Hefe make sure you stop at JoJo’s Milk Bar for some good dessert: 23 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
Replay Lincoln Park: *This is a chill & game bar: 2833 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Places I wish I could've gone but didn't have time to.
360C Observation Deck: 875 N. Michigan Ave, 94th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611
Willis Tower: 233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606
Blue Door Kitchen & Bar: 52 W Elm St, Chicago, IL 60610
United Centre: * MJ Statue: 1901 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60612
North Avenue Beach: 1600 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60613
Now, that you’re done reading about where to go. The best and cheapest way to commute around Chicago is mentioned on my friend’s blog. So make sure you stay educated before you head there and most of all, have fun!
Summer is coming and that’s all that matters right now lol (looks at stomach), never mind lol.
Some of you may or may not know this, but I was in Los Angeles in December for 3 days and 2 nights and that’s honestly all the time I needed to get into some trouble in California lol (sarcastically speaking).
So, here I am ready to spill the tea on L.A. Grab that notepad because you’re going to want to take notes; so, you can visit these places too. I promise EVERYWHERE I went was worth going to. I will be headed to L.A. again in July for Beautycon LA (yaaasss) so if there is a place you recommend for me to check out comment below and let me know!
I’d love to visit some great places you have in mind.
Here are the places that I went to each day (check out the photos below).
(grab their delicious stuffed potato ball, it’s great to eat on the go or as breakfast).
Grand Central Market
(if you and your family/friends cannot decide on where to eat, this is a great place to go where everyone can get what they want; check out Eggslut)
The Last Bookstore
(if you love books/just want something to do, this is the place to be)
Refinery 29 room exhibit
(EVERYONE needs to experience this place! Oh’ and don’t forget to dress glam for those insta-worthy photos)
I know this post is long over due, but as they say “it’s better late then never” right?
In two weeks my family and I have managed to go to Paris, London, Scotland and Dublin in a very short amount of time. During these trips I tried to record and take as many photos as I could but I either ran out of memory, the battery died or places that I went to did not allow me to turn on any electronics for example; I went to one of Queen Elizabeth II palace and I was unable to turn on any devices I had, I was really upset because it was just jaw dropping gorgeous! But it’s an experience you will just have to see for yourself.
One thing I regret the most about this experience was packing more than I needed. If you’re like me and you love to shop I would recommend you take 2 shirts, 2 pants, and 1 pair of shoes + the clothes you would be wearing during the flight. I say this because if I had more space in my bag I would’ve bought 3 pairs of shoes, 8 shirts, 5 pants and came back to the U.S. with a luggage full of new clothes from Europe. But I couldn’t do that because I only took a carry on bag that had to weigh less than 3 pounds. Why didn’t I take another luggage to put under the plane? I blame Trump for that one! I didn’t want to spend 5 hours going through luggage check and possibly miss my flight, which actually almost happened on my way back to the U.S. by seconds but that’s a whole different story.
Here’s the fun part!
I stayed in London for about 5 days and let me tell you they have some gorgeous buildings, the train station is fun at first until you realize you have to walk to all your destinations, which made me realize how un-fit I was. Their food was really good although, it seemed to always be very sweet no matter what I ordered. Their shopping stores are to d.i.e. for! I mean Urban Outfitters in London was 4 floors my eyes were going crazy trying to look at everything. Also, their fast food restaurants are so much different then ours and I don’t mean the food, I am talking about the layout of their restaurants. Here are some photos I took in London.
Before I could enjoy Paris I was lost for about an hour I couldn’t read/understand anything over there nor did people understand english. But thank goodness my brother was able to figure it out. I didn’t do too much in Paris besides see the main monuments and went back to London. I was there for only a couple of hours, I wish I could’ve stayed longer but my brother had this whole timeline set up for us and we had to catch the train to go back to London at a certain time. But overall it’s just what you see in photos but bigger and better.
When we went to Scotland we stayed at my mothers friends house, which was very nice of her to open her home for us. Homes is Scotland believe it or not look like cottages with really high pointy roofs, they say it snows a lot over there so having a pointy roof is a must that way the snow can fall down. P.S. they have sheeps everywhere and a lot of land. My mothers friend lived about an hour away from the city. My family was able to walk around the neighborhood although I stayed behind and catched up on my sleep. I suffered from major jet lag for about 3 days. It was horrible because I had to wake up early after being able to sleep at 3am but had to get up at 5am. The struggle was real! Here are a few photos I took in Scotland.
Dublin has the nicest people I have ever met in my life! On my way to the hotel which was about 35 minutes away from the airport I was able to somewhat view their city and I say somewhat because it was late at night when we arrived to Dublin. In the middle of the night I was starving and decided to go to Subway which they did have over there, while I was walking to Subway (not alone of course) I walked by what seemed to be a club and I lowkey wanted to go in lol but my sister wasn’t down 🙁 In the morning my brother wanted us to wake up at 5am to tour the city for 3 hours because we had to depart from Dublin to the U.S. at 8am but due to my major jet lag I didn’t wake up and did not get to tour Dublin, what a bummer, hopefully I can visit Dublin again one day.
My Trip Advice to You!
1. One week before your trip create a timeline of what you will do each day, how you will get there and how much time you plan on spending at each site.
2. Print/download a map of the city.
3. If you do not shop as much you may skip #3 if you’re a shopper like me then I recommend packing as lightly as you can and buy whatever else you need/want during your trip.
4. Make sure you do your research and take the necessary items you need if you are traveling outside of the U.S. for instance I had to buy a watts converter because the plugs in Europe are much stronger than the U.S.
5. Make sure you do your research when it comes to the company you will be flying with (call them if you cannot find the answers online). Note that each airline has a different weight limit for carryons and different rules and regulations as well.
6. Take a spare battery for your devices on the go.
and lastly have fun and take a lot of photos so you can show your family and friends.