Epcot International Festival of the Arts 2018

Hi Guys!

Can you believe that the month of February is almost over? We were just in January and now we are more than halfway through February on the cusp of March. How crazy is that? Time flies when you’re having fun!

These past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind but I am so excited to share my time at the Epcot International Arts Festival with you. I recently visited the Epcot International Arts Festival which ran from January 12th to February 19th.  It was so cool to watch Spaceship Earth turn into a living palette of color, awesome food, performers/ artists, and visual displays. Truly a magically artistic time that at some point every one should partake in and that I am excited and grateful that I had the chance to enjoy.

 

Here are some highlights from my trip!

 

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At the entrance to Spaceship Earth!

 

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International Arts Festival time! 
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Amazing chalk art!
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Acrobatic artists!
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Frose! So yummy!

 

Some awesome posters from the Expo Hall where you could take arts classes, try out arts inspired hors d’oeurves, and enjoy some custom Disney inspired art

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Art Inspired Treats!
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Gallery Bites! So good!

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In true Epcot fashion, a passport to unlock the fun!
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Figment’s White Chocolate Puzzle! So cute! Love it!

 

This was such an amazing festival! Epcot has an amazing way of organizing some awesome festivals that are fun for the entire family! What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy Epcot festivals? What is your favorite Epcot festival? What is your favorite Spaceship Earth moment or memory? Let me know! I would love to hear from you! Leave me a note in the comments!

 

 

Foodie Files Jax Edition: Palm Valley Fish Camp

Hey again guys! I had the amazing opportunity to go and get some great seafood in Ponte Vedra Beach a couple weeks back at the Palm Valley Fish Camp. Truly a one of a kind and delectable experience. Everything is made from scratch right when you order, it’s truly a hidden gem right off A1A and Palm Valley, and the seasonings and preparation are apparent and seasoned with love. This is a great spot to go and enjoy some great views and sit on their dock and enjoy an afternoon cocktail or wine on a quiet Sunday or lazy Saturday while ordering some great seafood and beautiful ambience. 

This time around I ordered their signature shrimp and grits. By far some of the best, creamiest, melt in your mouth grits I’ve tasted EVER. And believe me when I say I’ve had a lot of grits in my lifetime. The shrimp tasted fresh and the grits are made with a white wine butter sauce and I believe a splash of bacon, tomatoes, and a few other secret herbs and spices. I was in a bit of rush on the day that I visited as I was in a bit of adventurist mode so I didn’t get a chance to stop and linger for too long but I know for sure I will definitely be back. I saw several other items on the menu that greatly peaked my interest and with their location being right off the water its guaranteed to be caught and served fresh.

What are some of your favorite local foodie spots for seafood and good eats? What are some hidden Jax gems you’ve come across? What are some of your favorite local Jax seafood spots and dishes? Leave me a comment or suggestion below! I would love to try it out, review and chat food with you!

January Edition of Work Week Chic

Hey guys!! I love winters in Florida because it’s the one time I can wear fabulous winter pieces such as blazers, cute long sleeve shirts, boots, and some other pieces! I really love the pieces that I got a chance to wear recently to work for winter. Not only were they fabulous they were extremely comfy.

Anyone that knows me knows I am a bit of a girlie girl and I love adding a little bit of pizazz to my work wear and to jazz up my work week/ day.

Top: Ralph Lauren. I love a good button down. I bought this a few years back from Macy’s and I love how this top is wrinkle free so it’s a great for pairing with different pieces and it’s pink and is one of my favorite colors so yay!

Skirt: Choies.com I just love this skirt because you can dress it up or down and it’s perfect for any occasion whether for a formal occasion or to add a layer of fun to work wear. I love iridescents and I love pops of color.

Pumps: Kate Spade. I loved these shoes the minute I got them. They are pink glitter and are so much fun to pair with jeans or a dressy top and add a dash of fabulousness to every thing you pair it with.

Jewelry: Kate Spade aurora borealis studs which are my most absolute faves. Bracelets are a mix of Alex and Ani and Bourbon and Boweties.

Top: H&M from about 7 years ago. I love this blazer because it’s so structured, functional, and professional looking. And it’s two toned! Yessss for color blocking!

Skirt: Choies.com I love this skirt because I love a pop of color and spices up your neutrals and earth tones if you choose to wear them with a more subdued tones.

Boots: Ralph Lauren. I love these boots because even though they are a riding style boot they go perfectly with fitted pants, pencil skirts, and jeans and they easily add a touch of flair to whatever you pair them with.

What are some of your favorite winter wear items? What pieces make you feel amazing, confident, and ready to conquer your work day/week? What’s your go to staples during the winter that liven up your wardrobe in the colder months? Leave me a comment below! I love to hear from you!

Letting Go in 2018

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I am so grateful for this blogging journey. This month marks my 1 year anniversary since embarking on what has been a beautiful experience. With that in mind, I am looking forward to all that 2018 will bring and the amazing things I will be a part of. I want to say thank you to each person that has followed my journey thus far and welcome to those who will join me this year. I am really looking forward to 2018. Why you ask? 2017 was hard and stretched me in every way possible. Mentally. Physically. Emotionally. Spiritually. Just the whole 9. There were so many moments where I was just ready to give up on it all. I was exhausted, burnt out, and was consistently looking at God like ” Okay what gives? What lesson/s am I supposed to be learning from all these things happening and seemingly happening all at once?” I wasn’t sure what to expect for 2018 but I was holding steadfast to my faith but I now know looking back with hindsight it was God’s grace and love that brought me through. Some of my darkest days, my hardest, saddest, unbearable times riddled with nights of anxiety, insomnia, and days battling depression and not knowing or quite understanding why a lot of my days felt like a longer remake of Ground Hog’s Day.

 

I knew God was doing something in me and hadn’t left me but I just couldn’t make sense of it all. Then it hit me    The Holy Spirit tapped me on my shoulder and was like ” Hey you’re carrying on a lot of things I never meant for you to carry, and definitely not on your own” I knew God kept giving me fresh breath in my lungs  DAILY because someone somewhere needed what I had to offer. I had a purpose that I hadn’t yet realized.  Someone somewhere  needed the new strength that I’d grown through a very tumultuous year. And I couldn’t give up on myself or my dreams and heart’s desires because they hadn’t materialized yet or be taken under by the cares of this life and neither can  you.

So I am here to share and encourage you to let go in 2018 anything that keeps you from becoming your best self. I’m definitely into numerology and I realized that 2017 (the number 7) was the number of completion and God unbeknownst to me at the time was completing a lot of things in me through a very interesting molding process.  On the flip side of that 2018 (the number 8) is a year of new beginnings. Beginnings cannot truly begin without letting go of something and certain things having a proper ending or closure.

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Here are some of the things I am letting go of in 2018:

  • I am letting go of the idea of letting go. No matter what I face I will remain a resilient woman committed to moving ahead and keeping my faith and the hope that that produces close to my heart.
  • I am letting go of regrets. I spent a lot of time in 2017 being unnecessarily critical of myself for all the things that I  wasn’t instead of celebrating  everything that I was becoming and all that I already was.
  • I am letting go of the weight of fear, anxiety, depression and the pain associated with such and embracing the abundant life that I know God has prepared for me and has given me full access to.
  • I am letting go of overthinking and analyzing and trying to control every outcome and allowing all the good God has in store for me to just naturally flow to me.
  • I am letting go of unhealthy expectations, thought patterns, and beliefs.
  • I am letting go of people, places, and energies that I have outgrown realizing that as I approach life with  a hands open mentality I will be able to receive and give all that is intended for me to give and receive.
  • I am letting go of disappointments and understanding that they are all a part of God’s divine direction and plan.
  • I am letting go of anything that keeps me from being the complete and whole woman that God intended for me to be from the point of my creation.
  • I am completely letting go and allowing myself to be free and to walk in that freedom.
  • I am letting go of diminishing actions, words, and beliefs and celebrating all that is amazing about me and the life I’ve been gifted.
  •  I am letting go of replaying past pains and hurts and staying stuck because I allow those things to keep me glued to a moment or instance or incident.
  • I am letting go of defining myself with any measuring stick that does not align with God’s Word and truth about me being fearfully and wonderfully made.
  • I am letting go of my life and putting it back in God’s hands, the true masterpiece curator.

I pray that this inspires you to keep going and to never give up on yourself because there are such amazing plans in store for you! I want to encourage you today that when you let go of the version of your life you struggle and strive to make fit  you give God free access to make and mold your life into  the masterpiece he planned it to be long ago!

What are some things you are letting go of? I would love to hear from you!

Work Week Chic

Hi guys! I love dressing up during the week because it just adds a little oomph to my work motivation and environment, puts me in a good mood, and makes me feel good inside. And of course it gives me a chance to take some amazing selfies. Here are a few of my work week outfit highlights from this week:

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I love a good set of fall colors to spruce up the day experimenting with color palettes so I love playing with bolds, prints, and solids as well as various textures.

Ruffled top: Not sure where I got this but it was a gift from my sister a little while ago and I just love pieces that you can dress up or down.

Jacket: NY and CO about 5 years ago. I love that it’s structured and I can mix and match it with so many pieces and that it has held up so well over the years.

Pants: Bebe about a year ago. I love the color and how fun these pants are. They are super comfy and they add a pop of color and sophistication to whatever I pair it with it.

Shoes: Bloomingdales. com. These are Vince Camuto and they are so fun, girly, and fabulous and for the most part very comfortable.

Accessories: A mixture of Alex and Ani, Bourbon and Boweties, and a wonderful charm bracelet I inherited from my grandmother.

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Dress: I actually just got this dress not too long ago from one of my favorite boutiques, Touch Dolls. I absolutely love how fabulous and sophisiticated, affordable, and fun their pieces are. This houndstooth dress is versatile enough to go from day to night and is meant to be worn off the shoulder but since I was going into work I pulled the shoulders up and made it work. It’s definitely a flattering piece for any shape.

Shoes: Michael Kors pumps with gold metal studs that I bought from Dillards about 3 years ago on clearance. One of my favorite pairs of heels.

Accessories: A collection of pieces from Alex and Ani, Bourbon and Boweties, and a braclelet that I inherited from my grandmother.

 

What are some ways you love to spice up your work week wardrobe? What are some of your favorite pieces? How do you achieve a chic and sophisticated look for work? Leave me a message in the comments below! I would love to hear from each and everyone of you!

Florida Girls take Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival 2017

This past weekend I had a wonderful opportunity to attend the Epcot Food and Wine Festival with my mommy and sister. Talk about amazing! I am a Florida girl and visit Disney quite a bit but had never experienced it quite like that. So much good food and so many good drinks! Overall a cultural and sensory party and a great way to spend time to with loved ones. I will definitely be returning! The only recommendation I would make is to get there as early as possible so that you can enjoy all that all of the continents has to offer.

After paying for admission you can either buy the gift card and load on the desired amount you want to spend, buy a sampler set of 8 tickets and in your party do a sampling of everything that sounds appetizing or you can buy everything a la carte or a mix of the three.

Now here comes the highlights of my trip!

 

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Top of the Morning at Disney entrance
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Parking at Epcot heading in
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What’s a morning without Starbucks?And it’s even better at Disney!
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The Mouse himself giving us a warm welcome amongst this beautiful garden!
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First Continent Stop: Mexico!
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Down Under! First food stop that made it on camera! Australia! Grilled Lamb T-Bone with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies. So flavorful!
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On to New Zealand! Seared Vension Loin with Wild Mushroom Marsala Sauce and Kumara Puree
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Lamb meatball with spicy tomato chutney
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Next Stop! Canada! “Le Calier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce
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O Canada! Cheddar Cheese Soup with Pretzel Roll
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Le Slush! Le Passion Martini Slush! My fave! Hello Paris! Bonjour France!
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Pit Stop in Japan!
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Hops and Barley New England Lobster Roll!
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Kalua Pork Slider and Mai Tai! Yummy!
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A beautiful fountain and set of potted plants in the Caribbean Islands!
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Mojitos from the Caribbean!
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Some of the most TENDER chicken nuggets I’ve had in a while, Pineapple Rum Ice Cream, and the BEST croissant doughnut ever!
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Artisan Cheese Trio!
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Loaded Mac N Cheese
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Till next time Epcot Food and Wine!

It was so much fun literally eating and drinking around the world, I literally rolled myself out to my car. If you get the chance definitely check it out! It is quite the dedicated foodie dream!

Foodie Files Jax Edition: Sunday Brunch at Casa Marina

Hi ya”ll! Can you believe that it’s already November? I feel like the year flew by super fast but I am very grateful to have encountered so many wonderful souls in this period of time.

As always because I have a bit of wanderlust and  I discovered yet another amazing brunch spot here in Jacksonville. It is Casa Marina one of the oldest and most historical hotels in Florida and America. How cool is that? Not only does this place boast some amazing architecture but also some amazing food and views. It’s an all you can eat brunch with a prime rib carving station, omelette station, eggs benedict over fried green tomatoes, an assortment of cold salads, seafood paella, herb roasted chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, shrimp cocktail, a tropical fruit display, a yummy dessert area, and endless champagne, mimosas, and poinsettias as well as house wines. Truly a Sunday Funday spot. And all under $35! Can we say awesome?!?!?!?!

The food is fresh, yummy, and flavorful and the service is impeccable. My servers always made sure I was well attended to and the vibe is so relaxed with a very beachy vibe and a view of the Atlantic Ocean via their balcony.

I will definitely be back very soon! Definitely worth every penny! I will caution those who are true foodies to pace yourself because you will want to try everything and you just want to make sure you don’t fill yourself to the brim like I did. 🙂

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The banquet style of the brunch layout as the crowd trickled out
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Mimosas and chocolate mousse!
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Garden salad with house dressing which was absolutely yummy, rice pilaf with salad shrimp, shrimp cocktail and broccoli
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Veggie omelette from the omelette station, bacon, breakfast potatoes, eggs benedict over fried green tomatoes, fruit salad, and a poinsettia!
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Front entrance! See you soon Casa Marina!