We just got back from a family trip to Destin and it was such a blast! I loved watching our kiddos play with their cousins and splash around in the water. My parents plan a trip to the Destin/Seaside area every year and their favorite place to eat is a restaurant called The Back Porch. Heard of it? Our place was within walking distance to it and thats where we were headed this night.
I had been in search of a light blue beachy dress for months and didn’t have any luck, so I decided to make my own. I used to sew some of my own clothes in High School and a little in college. I loved it and not sure why I stopped. I designed this dress off of a vintage 70’s pattern and added some personal touches to it.
A personal dream of mine is to one day design a few dresses of my own. I get frustrated sometimes finding dresses that are easy to wear, can be dressed up or down, and that AREN’T see through. It’s hard to find something that checks all of these boxes in a decent price point and it shouldn’t be. Does anyone else feel this way?
One thing I wanted to mention is that this bag is literally one of my favorite bags ever! And it’s such a good price! It has held up so well and it’s adorable!
Shopping day look (coat sold out but it’s from J.crew!)
I wanted to share some iPhone pics with you guys of our short trip to DC! I had mentioned on my instastories that I would do a Q. and A. but never got around to it! I was too busy sleeping in and shopping lol. I did have a lot of free time to myself since Ben was in meetings all week and I will share some try on session with you guys because YOU KNOW your girl took advantage of that Georgetown shopping and will share with you guys the IRL thoughts on some of springs newest arrivals! That will be later this week, but the reason we have been going to DC every year is because Ben is on a select financial advisors committee that meets yearly with congress members and staff to discuss the financial industry regulations.
This year we stayed in a place called the Willard InterContinental which was very close to the White House. I had admired the architecture from the outside last year and was so excited to get to stay in it. It was beautiful and, like everything in DC, very stately and fancy. When Ben was working, I went for a morning jog around the reflection pond by the Lincoln Memorial and ran by the Washington Monument and of course, the While House….didn’t run into President Trump like I was hoping to….figured he would be out watering the lawn 🙂
It was wonderful to get away and spend some kid free time together! The weather was beautiful and, even though the cherry blossoms weren’t blooming just yet, it was amazing!
The weather this past week in Scottsdale was perfect. Ben and I took some time to see the The Jokake Inn which is located just in front of the Phoenician Resort. It was built in the early 1900’s and was actually the home of the original owners of the land that the resort was later built on. A young Hopi Indian boy gave the home its name “Jokake” which translates to “mud house.”
Kind of a funny story about this though is that Ben really wanted to try out these “Bird” scooters and if you haven’t heard of them, they are motorized scooters that you find, unlock, drive, and then lock back with an app. You leave them wherever you are when you are done with them, and somebody comes and charges them magically??? Not sure how that works still, but they were perfect for short distances, 1-3 miles, getting from point A to B without having to UBER. We actually took one this afternoon when we went to this spot and there was a big dip that Ben and I felt like 5 year olds driving through…..so. much. fun. You have to try Bird if you haven’t already!
This was my first time traveling to Banff and I’m hoping it wont be the last time. Banff was beautiful and even though it was smoky due to the fires in B.C., the views were still breathtaking. Ben and I were trying to think of our favorite part of the trip and aside from the good company, I would say my favorite part was when we saw Lake Louise for the first time. I think we were all taken back by the view. God is amazing. I don’t think I could ever get sick of that view.
For those of you looking to travel to Alberta in the future, I thought I would share some of the things we did/ places we ate and give you some tips! We went with another couple (see my post from last week about them 🙂 and they picked us up from the airport in a rent car. Their flight arrived before ours. We rented a Jeep Cherokee that had a wide sunroof that was actually on of my favorite things because we all could see the views while we were driving. To save on cost, we snagged an Airbnb in Canmore, a small town just outside of Banff (maybe a 25 min drive to Banff. We stayed there and grabbed a coffee from a place called Good Earth Coffee Co. AMAZING coffee and the most quaint little place! Like something out of a movie. So we would drive from Canmore to Banff which was a beautiful drive complete with a waterfall, mountains, rivers, etc. We actually kayaked in Banff on Bow river which was much cheaper than boating on Lake Louise. $40 for 1 hour vs $100 for 30 min. The views were amazing on Bow River which is also made upon vibrant aqua glacier water. We didn’t feel rushed and enjoyed the ride. We had looked into rafting or horseback riding but never got around to it….another reason to come back?! Banff is actually about 45 min away from the Fairmont and Lake Louise which is good to keep in mind when booking your trip depending on what you want to do. I personally like what we did this time because we were able to hang out more in Banff which is such a cute little town with lots to do! Some of the places we ate in Banff were Eddie’s Burger + Bar which we actually ate there for 2 dinners. The boys were craving it….literally so good and has a variety of local meat (grass fed) options. Oh and their truffle fries were amazing! We also ate at the Maple Leaf for breakfast one morning which was a little fancier but very delicious. We weren’t impressed with the avocado toast so much. It does have great atmosphere and and great location right off of Main St. I have to say, tho, the best views were from Banff Ave. Brewing Co. It has a bar on the balcony that you can sit at and overlook all of Banff. Panoramic views…amazing and they have the BEST BES BEST fried broccoli!
When we made it to the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, there were so many more restaurant options, but parking can be an issue. We all agreed that if we came back that we would stay at the Fairmont. There are trails and hiking you can access just behind the hotel. Not to mention, the VIEW is amazing! We hiked the Plain of 6 Glaciers hike which was about 7 miles there and back and at the top of the trail, there is a Tea Room where you can order tea, coffee, and get the soup of the day or pastries/ biscuits and such 😉 They ask that you take all of your trash down with you so they dont attract bears! Its like a little camp set up there and the women who work there hike there and stay for several days so there are cabins around the Tea Room. It is really cool and the biscuits and coffee were great! We loved seeing the chipmunks along the way and I even got to feed one with a biscuit crumb I saved. They ask you not to feed them close to the Tea Room so maybe bring something with you for the beginning of the trail. Hiking the P6 Glacier trail was amazing, we saw climbers, waterfalls, amazing trees, and views the whole way. I would recommend either doing one of the Tea Room hikes (there is another one) or hiking to Lake Moraine if you have the time. Taking a horse isn’t a bad idea if you aren’t big or walking far!
We brunched at the Lakeview Lounge before our hike and tried the lobster mac and cheese…yum…so yum. Such a beautiful view of the Lake…hence the name lol. We both had to catch early (6am) flights so we stayed close to the airport the last day in Calgary.
I hope this gives you some ideas if you were planning to visit….which you should! It is truly awesome.
Our first full day in Banff, we rented kayaks and boated on Bow river. The river is filled with glacier water that was super chilly. It was such a surreal experience seeing how beautiful and calm the water was.
We have been vacationing with these friends for years. Leigh Ann and I grew up together in Longview, TX where we went to church together since we were babies. We even have photos of us in the same cradle roll class….we go WAY back and reconnected after college when I did her and Blair’s engagement photos several years ago. I feel so blessed with her friendship. She gets me and all of my craziness. Her husband, Blair, is an Alabama native and southern boy through and through. They are actually starting their own T shirt line called Southern Hollow in honor of his grandfathers legacy. (We actually fit in a photoshoot for their products on the last day of our trip.) They are such an awesome couple and we ALWAYS have a good time. All together we have been to St. John, Charleston, road tripping to the Alabama A&M football game (when Johnny football was amazing that was seriously the best football game I have ever seen,) Beaver Creek/Vail, Vegas, and now Banff! Wow I can’t believe that we have done that many trips…. I feel so blessed to get to see so much of the world and hold all of the memories we have made dear to my heart.