It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these spur of the moment, impromptu, what’s going on with me lately, type posts.
I figure today could be one of those posts because I’ve got SO much stuff running through my mind at the moment that I wanted to share a bit with you guys, so I guess that’s what I’m going to be doing.
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So, where to begin?….
I guess I can start off with the way I’ve been feeling since we’ve gotten back from our trip.
The first couple of days were genuinely tough, not only because of the jet-lag that I was dealing with, but also because of the vacation withdrawals I was going through.
Vacation withdrawals are a VERY real thing; some people take it serious and some just brush it off because they know that they’ve enjoyed their time during the vacation, and now it’s over, and that’s okay. But for me, it REALLY sucked when it was over.
I guess because it was the first trip I had gone on in SUCH a long time, I was planning it for SO long and it was the first trip that I had ever completely paid for and planned on my own. We had such an amazing time and were so care-free while over there, it was great.
And then we came back to reality and went back to our normal routines, which is fine because that’s what’s supposed to happen, but it made me realize that I don’t really like my normal routine, and I know I can be doing SO much more.
I went back to working both jobs that take up AT LEAST 75% of my time most days, which I’m VERY grateful to have because some people aren’t as lucky, BUT neither of them are what I REALLY want to be doing…
It left me thinking a lot lately about why I’m giving so much of my time and energy to these things that leave me with little to no free-time for myself to be working on the things that actually matter to me? Obviously I need to work, and obviously I need money. However, why continue to give all this time and energy to these things that are in no way, shape, or form adding real meaning to my life nor my career??
*I’m predominantly referring to my second job, not my primary one, btw.*
Doing this, I’ve quickly realized, is actually what’s sucking the energy, motivation and creativity away from me. It’s leaving me exhausted all of the time, and is what’s forcing me to have lack of motivation to do anything but rest really.
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My writing and blog are SO important to me, and because of all this, it’s caused me to have writer’s block more so than what I normally would have. I know the type of things I want to write and talk about, but I’ve been second guessing myself SO much recently and don’t actually know or feel like they’re interesting enough to publish on my site.
I’m such a perfectionist and have such high expectations for myself that it’s hard for me to actually put myself and my writing out there sometimes when I don’t feel like it’s my best, and this just adds on to it since I feel like I’m not really giving it my all.
I mean, who wants to post just to post? Not me.
I want to make sure that if I’m posting and putting myself out there, it’s because I’m giving you guys my best.
I’m also well-aware that I’ve got no one to blame but myself for this, because I’m the one who chose to pick up a second job, and money-wise it’s been okay, but at what cost?
I’m past the point of doing these things and jobs that don’t mean much to me. I want and need to start focusing more on finding things that make me happy and continue to be an asset to my life as well as my creativity.
I want to be happy doing the work that I am, and although I was content with these things, jobs, etc. for a while, I’m realizing more and more that it’s time to take a step back from all of that (while being smart about it obviously), and really begin to look for and do work in the specific field that I want.
That being said, I’m making the executive decision to make some big changes in my life in the coming weeks/months.
I don’t know exactly what all of them will be and how I’m going to go about them, but even if I did, I don’t think it would be the best and/or smartest thing to do to tell you guys them just yet (I’m sort of superstitious in that sense). Once they become more final, I will be sure to share them with you guys as much as I can and bring you guys along in my journey as I’ve always promised that I would!!
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On a separate and somewhat more POSITIVE note, I’ve really been trying my best since coming back to keep myself as busy as possible with the fun and more creative stuff that I like to do like with my blog, planning other trips/events and shooting more content for my Instagram.
I told myself (as well as Diego since he is my photographer) that I want and need to be more consistent when it comes to my content on Instagram. Social media isn’t everything, but it is and I think always will be a BIG portion of where my following comes from, so it is very much true what people tend to say, that consistency IS key. So there’s that.
I’ve also seriously been considering more and more recently creating a YouTube channel.
This really isn’t anything new and is actually something I’ve been saying I want to try doing for a while now, but I don’t know….lately I’ve been watching a TON of different videos which has been inspiring me more and more to want to finally do it.
I need to figure a few more things out as far as how I’m going to have the separation between creating enjoyable content for you guys both for my blog here and on the channel, but let’s see…….LeoGirl could be coming to YouTube soon, who knows? 😏 stay tuned for that.
And finally, Diego and I have a few things coming up soon that are pretty exciting. Nothing that’s too through the roof and extravagant, but a few things that are really fun and exciting for us that I can’t wait for you guys to see, INCLUDING a very possible trip for my own birthday in August…..🤪, it’s still in the works, but remember what I told you guys, when I really want and/or put my mind to something, I will ALWAYS find a way to make it happen 😇.
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I’m really trying to remain positive because I know all of this that I’ve been feeling lately is only temporary, but I wanted to share it with you guys in hopes that it’ll show you if you’re feeling the same way at all (about any of these things), that you are not alone.
It’s a sucky feeling to have in the moment, but unfortunately that’s life, and it happens. The only thing we can do is try to think ahead and hope that we can find solutions to these things and/or have things to look forward to before it gets us down.
Regardless, I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Please like, share, follow and comment, and I’ll see you guys in my next one.
For today’s post I thought it would be fun to share with you guys my vacation outfit and bathing suit choices. I want to map out for you guys what I had on, where I got them from, etc. Especially since this (fashion/style) is definitely something that I want to try incorporating more of in my future blog posts, so here we go!
If you guys haven’t noticed through my Instagram posts, when it comes to my style, I’m super simple. Like don’t get me wrong, I love to be able to get dolled-up every so often, beat my face and throw together a cute outfit, but generally, my style is simple and always has been.
Simple and cute is how I would describe it, although I am trying to little by little step out of my comfort zone and expand on my fashion sense, but that’s a discussion for another post.
So without further adieu, let’s get started…..
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I was actually pretty pleasantly surprised because in the midst of preparing for our trip to Thailand, with the exception of a few bathing suits and rompers/jumpers, I really didn’t buy as much stuff as I thought I was going to.
You know, the excitement of going on vacation so wanting to go a little crazy whenever you go shopping? Yeah, that didn’t happen too much. But I guess that was actually pretty okay, for my wallet’s sake anyway haha.
The airport outfit: Regardless of how near or far the distance is, I think that an airport outfit should always be something that you’ll feel comfortable in; which is why I think this outfit is cute, simple and super comfortable especially for that 22-hour flight we had.
Tank top:Garage although I bought this in-store a few years back when I worked there, you might get lucky and either find it on the site or find something better! They have a ton of cute stuff here.
Shorts: They’re actually from Charlotte Russe, and a pair that I, again, bought a few years back. BUT, being that they shut down for the time being and no longer have a website running, they may be a little hard to find, although you could probably go ANYWHERE and find similar ones.
The ‘Playing with Tigers’ outfit:
This entire outfit was from Garage, here’s a link for the shorts and here’s a link for the tees and tank tops section since I can’t seem to find the exact top on the site, although on the top itself it says “Every Summer Has A Story.”
Baby’s Birthday Dinner Outfit:
Dress: I actually bought this dress on the Pretty Little Thing website, but unfortunately, when I went to check it out, all of the sizes were sold-out. They do, however, a few alternatives that you could check out if you were interested in it at all though.
I’m actually a bit disappointed because there were 2 other outfits plus some accessories that I had worn out there which were SO cute and fitting for the general Thailand/vacation vibe of it all, but I never got any pictures in them….ugh!! Don’t you hate when that happens?! 🙄
This romper was one of them which I actually wore on one of our first days in Thailand when we were kind of just walking around, taking in our surroundings and then ended up at the beach afterwards. Super cute, loose, stretchy and comfortable which were all necessary things especially for that blazing 90+ degree weather in Thailand. If interested, you can click here to check it out and purchase it. It’s actually sold-out in all of the sizes on the site right now, but FashionNova is usually pretty good with restocking their stuff, so you can add your email address and get notified when it’s back in stock!
This jumpsuit was another one. Very chic, island vibes sort of outfit. It’s more on the dressy side, I think, so I actually saved this to wear it out with Diego for one of our more done-up, fancier dinner dates. Click here to be able to check it out. This one unfortunately too is sold-out in all of the sizes, but make sure to put your emails down so you can know as soon as it comes back!!
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Bathing Suits, Cover-Ups & Accessories:
Both the top and bottoms of this bikini are from Missguided. On this site (as are on most sites these days), you have to buy the top and bottoms separate, so here is the link for the bottoms. As for the top, I can’t seem to find that specific color on the website anywhere, so it must’ve sold out because I remember buying it on sale, but they do have the exact same top in other colors. Click here to check it out in a nice charcoal gray color.
Oh and the sunglasses are actually Diego’s that I borrowed and they’re Ray-Bans.
This one piece is also actually from Missguided although, again, it must be sold-out because I can’t seem to find this suit anywhere on the site either. I looked back in my emails and found that the name of the suit is ‘Brown Textured Ring High Leg Swimsuit,’ for anyone that may want to do some more investigating to see if they find it anywhere.
For this one piece, I actually bought it a while back from Barneys, but when I went to check the site to get the link for you guys, it doesn’t seem to be available anymore either (WTF PEOPLE!?!). So, I checked around and although a lot of places either say it’s sold-out or don’t have many sizes left, I did manage to find it on this site called Bikini.com . I’ve never actually heard of that site but it is more or less the same price that I paid for the suit and they do seem to have all sizes available for it, so check it out!!
I wore this cover-up a few times while I was out there to the pools, but predominantly when we went on our Phi Phi Island excursion. Even though it has like holes going all around it and it’s pretty airy, the material itself was a bit heavy. It didn’t bother me too much, but just keep that in mind if that’s not really the kind of thing you’re in to. I got it at Forever 21 for $29.90, and it was super cute plus it comes in another color, so I think it was worth it.
Although, personally, I think Forever 21 is super hit or miss when it comes to their clothes, bathing suits, etc., I think that when it comes to their ACCESSORIES you’re almost always guaranteed to find SOMETHING. Their accessories can be so cute and chic depending on where you actually go to find them. But, that being said, I got this hat from Forever 21 as well.
And then finally, there’s these sunglasses.
I literally wore these for the first time EVER on our first day there while at the beach, and the waves were SO freakin’ strong while we were in the water that at one point a huge wave came, not only knocking me out and making me fall on my ass in the water (yep picture that), but also completely smacking the sunglasses off of my face which caused me to lose them 😦 ….
Yes, I lost these Tom Ford sunglasses in the ocean while in Thailand and it was absolutely tragic when it happened…ugh 🥺. Hopefully I’ll be able to replace them eventually, but that’s the link for where to find them if you’re interested.
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I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Let me know in the comments below or through social media if you happen to have any questions about any of the products I mentioned.
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Hey guys!!! How are you all doing?! I hope you’re all doing well and had an amazing past couple of weeks while I’ve been gone.
As you’ve read from the title, today’s post is going to be a travel diary all about our trip to THAILAND!!!
If you guys follow me on social media (which, if you don’t you totally should! My stuff is always left at the bottom of my posts and on my home page), you would’ve seen that Diego and I spent a week in Phuket, Thailand and were posting a TON of pictures and videos while out there.
So, if you don’t follow me on social media, go do that now and show some loveeeeee to my Thailand posts 🤗❤️!
Sorry it’s taken me so long to finally get this post up, it was a little difficult getting back into the swing of things while dealing with jet-lag (if you’ve ever traveled a long distance and/or dealt with this, you know what I’m talking about); but I’m officially back in business, and so happy to finally be too! 🙂
Anyway, this is a trip that I actually completely planned out for us in order to celebrate Diego’s 25th birthday (which was on April 9th). It was a surprise trip that I’ve had cooking for us for about 6 months.
I actually can’t even believe how fast time went by leading up to the trip and then how fast the trip itself went by as well…ugh tragic. Again, if you’ve traveled really anywhere before that you were super excited about, you can probably relate.
Regardless, I’m excited to be able to completely relive the trip with you guys and give you the complete 4-1-1 on Phuket!
It’s probably going to be a long one though, so grab a snack and beware! haha
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Travel Time & Layover
The first thing I want to speak about is the travel time itself and what all of that was like.
The flight in total for us was about 22 hours (more or less the same going and coming).
Our first flight, GOING, was about 15 hours to Shanghai, China. Personally, even though the flight was long, it really wasn’t that bad for me because I (by some miracle) managed to sleep through relatively the entire thing, literally have no idea how, but there are just some things I’ve learned not to question haha.
Once we landed in Shanghai, we were there for our layover for a total of 13-hours.
It was actually really cool because we had made sure to set aside extra money to be able to travel to the heart of the city and explore a bit in order to kill time. It was a really interesting, fun experience and technically means we got to travel to 2 different countries within this one trip.
While there, like I said, we got to travel to the heart of the city and see “The Bund,” which apparently to New Yorkers would be like our Times Square. It wasn’t as lively and packed as I thought it would be in comparison to Times Square, but that’s also probably just because we got there at like 5am so everything was just opening and everyone was just waking up/starting their days.
We really lucked out because the weather was absolutely beautiful the entire day that we were here (70 degrees more or less), and it was PERFECT for walking around and being able to explore.
We were in Shanghai for the majority of Saturday, and I’m not exactly sure if Saturday in general is some sort of holy day for the Chinese culture or it just so happened that the specific Saturday we were there was a holy holiday or holiday in general, but SOMETHING was going on because there were crowds of people everywhere and celebrations going on for something lol.
You would think that because we’re New Yorkers we would be used to those kinds of crowds, which to some extent we were, but generally, we don’t typically like crowds so it was still kind of a lot for us.
While walking around though we were able to find this place that sold dumplings (which Diego was DYING to be able to try when we got to China), along with also finding a Starbucks!!
As you guys know, I’m SUCH a picky eater, so my biggest stress when traveling is the food aspect, but I was very pleasantly surprised to find that I actually LOVED these dumplings, so that was pretty cool. Although as far as trying Starbucks in another country, I wasn’t the biggest fan of it to be honest.
Regardless, we somehow managed to completely walk around the city AND find our way back to our starting-point all while also having ample time to be able to get back to the airport for our flight (THANK GOD Diego is good with directions).
Before we knew it though, it was time to head back to the airport to catch our next flight to our main destination, THAILAND!!
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The specific flight getting to Thailand was not at all bad because it was only 5 hours long, so it was a complete breeze in comparison to our first one. We ended up landing in Phuket at 10pm their time, and by the time we went through customs, found our car service and actually GOT to the hotel, it was about 11-11:30pm.
I’m actually SO disappointed in myself for not taking NEARLY as many hotel pictures as I should have.
Normally I would take like a zillion of the room itself, the surroundings of the hotel, etc., but for some reason this time around, I barely got ANY. I suppose it was from all the excitement and fun we were having, but still…UGH!!
Anyway, because I wasn’t able to take that many pictures of the hotel and its surroundings, I’m going to be using some images of them from the actual hotel site to give you guys an idea (which I obviously do not own).
I do have a few pictures of my own, that which I’ll be sure to pinpoint for you guys.
I literally don’t think I can say enough amazing things about this place. But for starters, I guess I should tell you guys the name of it right? Haha. The name of the hotel was Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort And Spa.
The pools, the food, the drinks, the surroundings, the PEOPLE, the workers, the service?! All AMAZING. Checking in and out was SO quick and easy. All of the staff members were so nice and accommodating for anything/everything we needed; it was really a great all around experience.
Karon beach was also located directly across the street from the hotel, so that was super fun and convenient (although the waves at the beach were kinda ridiculously strong!! 😭).
For our particular trip package, I had chosen to get a Romantic Room, with a private plunge pool (a.k.a. Jacuzzi), pictures of which are shown above. The room was pretty spacious and comfy, and was cleaned daily.
As I had mentioned earlier on in the post, the main purpose of this trip was to be able to celebrate Diego and his 25th birthday, so you guys KNOW I had to do a little something extra for him, especially since we were out of the country and I couldn’t get him any balloons or cake like I typically would.
So, I coordinated with one of the ladies at the front desk (who was SO sweet and helpful the entire time we were here and I really wish I had gotten her name to be able to give her a special shout-out 😩), and managed to be able to get them to decorate our room a bit for him AND accommodate us with a steak dinner and complimentary wine (which he LOVED).
It wasn’t much, but it was all SO perfect, and he was so surprised and loved every minute of it, which made me very happy to see.
We met so many amazing people in the hotel alone that it was actually really bittersweet when we left (for more reasons then one obviously, but one of the biggest was because of the people). SO many that came up to us personally to say goodbye and wish us safe travels back home, and some that even asked if we would be back next year to celebrate their new year with them (which we were literally JUST missing by like a day or 2).
They were all just so friendly and genuine that it just made our trip THAT much better honestly.
100% recommend this hotel to anyone that is looking to travel to Thailand.
And for those wondering, we booked our package (which included flights going & coming, hotel, car service and an excursion) through travelocity.com.
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While on our trip we actually managed to do and see A LOT which was great because we were both a little worried about what the jet-lag may or may not do to us throughout the trip; BUT luckily, it really didn’t affect us much during the day so we definitely took advantage of that.
I’m going to breakdown everything we did and saw by the days that we were there since we did something new every single day.
Day 1, Monday, April 8th:Wat Chalong Temple & Big Buddha!
This was technically our first official day out and about on the town. I didn’t have much planned for us because like I said, we weren’t sure how jet-lagged we were going to be, so I figure, why not do some sight-seeing? So that’s exactly what we did.
We went to see 2 of the biggest and most famous Buddhist landmarks (so to speak) in Thailand. They were also both free which was a plus.
As fun as both of these things were to see and learn about, I actually felt REALLY bad because I went into this wearing a tank top and shorts (what did I know?), and once I got there was asked to put these longer garments on to cover-up out of respect for the Temples and Buddha.
Now as I said, what did I know? But I just felt bad because had I known, or someone told me, I would’ve gone into this much more covered up. What was good was that they had these garments on hand for all women that were showing too much skin, so I obviously was not the first and would not be the last, but nonetheless, me being how I am I just wish I would’ve known.
Overall though it was a really great time and great way to soak in some Thai culture.
We also even got to sign these tiles (which were extra, we paid to do this part)!! So within The Big Buddha, I suppose they’re still doing a ton of construction of some sort, so right outside of it they were selling these plain white tiles to be able to sign and eventually it will be used to continue construction IN the Buddha. I mean yeah, who’s to say it’ll actual happen and who knows if we’ll ever get to go back and see this at all, but it was still a cute little thing for us to be able to do to leave our “mark” in Thailand 😅❤️
Day 2, Tuesday, April 9th (A.K.A. Diego’s birthday!! ❤ ): Tiger Kingdom!!
Although I knew that he would end up loving EVERYTHING I had planned for us throughout this trip, I thought that, out of everything, Tiger Kingdom particularly would be his favorite on his birthday.
THAT was definitely an experience.
100% recommend to anyone that is interested in doing this but may be a little on the fence about it for one reason or another.
As I mentioned in my Instagram post when I posted some of these, please keep any and all comments about animal cruelty away and out of this post. If for whatever reason you do have a comment or concern about these, feel free to DM and/or email me privately for us to discuss it.
I hear it all the time, and I heard it during our time here about these Tigers being beaten, starved, and/or drugged and I just want to let you guys know that me of all people would NEVER in a million years ever go to a place like this that may be harming in any way, shape, or form these creatures.
I made sure to do a LOT of research beforehand, read a lot of reviews and ask a lot of questions. The entire time we were here, all of the caretakers were very caring/loving towards the tigers, giving them treats when they wanted, playing with them very much, etc. AND they were very much active. Obviously they are tigers which are wild animals, so they may not be as active as they would be in the wild, HOWEVER, that doesn’t actually mean that because of that, they are being harmed and/or mistreated.
As I say about everything I experience and share/recommend to you guys, come to your own judgments about this, but we both really enjoyed our time when we were here and never once felt unsafe or uncomfortable because of how the tigers were being treated.
Day 3, Wednesday, April 10th: The Elephant Sanctuary!
This was really an amazing and eye-opening experience for both of us, and was not at all what either of us expected (in the best way possible).
We both went into this thinking we were going to be SUPER interactive with the elephants; feeding them, cleaning them, even riding them, because that’s what we had seen and heard about other places in Thailand that had elephants like this.
It ended up being the complete opposite, I mean, we got to feed and learn about them, but that was it.
Ultimately, this place is exactly what it says in the name, a sanctuary for elephants. In fact, it’s actually a place that rescues elephants from certain places (some, not all) that allows you to do the things that I just mentioned.
Again, make your own judgments about this place and the others, but we did learn a lot about how some of these places actually harm the elephants to be cooperative and actually do these things for us, in subtle ways that we would never really see and/or notice.
And you’re probably thinking, well what’s the difference between this and Tiger Kingdom, and how do you know that’s not the same thing? Truth be told, I don’t, but again, I’m going based off of my own judgments and everything that I saw and learned this day.
By the end of it, we were both SO glad that it didn’t turn out anything like what we originally expected. We did have a great time and learned a lot though, which was enough for us.
Oh, and this particular excursion had lunch included as well, which was just an added bonus 😀
And finally Day 4, Thursday, April 11th: Phi Phi Islands (our last day)
This was another excursion that we were pleasantly surprised about. I don’t really know what we thought or expected, but it ended up being pretty much an all-day thing, from 11am-6pm. We were on a speedboat that was taking us around, and we ended up island hopping to like 4-5 different islands, all in relation to ‘Phi Phi Island’ (which is not just ONE particular island, but in fact several).
There was one island where we got to do some snorkeling, one that had the monkeys on them where we didn’t actually get off the boat, but we got close enough to see the monkeys and have an interaction with them, and 2 that we got to get off and wander on for a while.
All of the islands were absolutely beautiful; white sand and crystal clear blue water….absolutely stunning.
This excursion also had lunch included in it and was actually the one that I had booked with my entire vacation package that I mentioned earlier.
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Diego and I had the most AMAZING time while in Thailand. It was literally probably some of the best experiences of our lives thus far and I hope you guys enjoyed this post of me/us being able to somewhat relive the trip while also having it be as informative as possible (without being TOO long, although that part was probably inevitable haha).
It feels SO good to be back to writing and blogging! 😄
Let me know in the comments what you guys thought about our trip, and if you have any questions or want to see any other separate, detailed posts about the trip and vacations in general!
Thank you guys so much for reading, please like, share, follow and comment and I’ll see you guys in the next one!