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Stay Calm and Invest On

Ah, Sandro Paris. A brand that has been catching my eye with some of its pieces recently.  Now, to be honest, I had sticker shock when I first viewed their collection; but, in my recent learnings, sometimes you pay for those extra little details or that fabric that just feels, well, of a better quality. I’ve also had my fair share of clothing that starts to deteriorate after a second or third wash and I want a long-term relationship with my clothing these days. So, it was no surprise that when purchasing this Sandro dress (my first!), I had my mother at the back of my mind saying, “Loren, invest in your clothing.” Whether it meant this dress or not, I decided to give it a shot.  Continue reading for more behind this simple outfit and a Savannah, GA must-eat! Read more

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Tybee Island, Georgia

Looking for somewhere that has the appeal of Cape Cod for a fraction of the cost and encourages you to adopt a little bit of southern living?  Well, look no further than Tybee Island, Georgia, where the seafood is just-caught, homes are like something out of a pretty coloring book, and activities ranging from kayaking to crabbing are plentiful.  This hidden gem is becoming more widely discovered amongst many tourists, so plan your trip while you still have the edge ;). Read more

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Saying “Oui, Oui” in Savannah

I am never ashamed and am open to admit that I am a total Francophile. I learned French in high school, chose to visit France instead of having a Sweet Sixteen when I was, well, fifteen, minored in French in college and then studied abroad for a semester to Lyon, France. Can you tell I am a little obsessed? 😉  So when I was away in Savannah and in my research stumbled upon little local “French” places, you knew I just had to visit. Read more

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The Skytop Lodge

Ah, weekend getaways. They are that perfect mini-vacation that helps us to get away from our ‘every day’ and puts in motion inspiration for new ideas and perspectives. It also can help us decompress and can make life a little more interesting, n’est-ce pas? 🙂

For our last little weekend away, we packed our bags and headed to the Skytop Lodge in Skytop, Pennsylvania. Open since 1928, it is part of the Historic Hotels of America and has beautiful views of the Pocono Mountains.

The drive up from NYC wasn’t bad at all, about 2.5 hours, and was very scenic around the 45-minute mark. When we arrived to the property, we pulled into the parking lot and walked into the main cabin, where we were greeted by the very friendly staff and checked in. It was tea time in the lobby (yay!) so we went to our room, put our bags down, and went back down for some tea.

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The weather was quite chilly, but there was no shortage of activities: from ice skating to skiing to hiking to ice fishing, there was plenty to do. While the resort had more kids around than we anticipated, it was nice to see so many families gathered together for some quality time and building of memories.

My husband and I explored the grounds a bit and walked alongside the main lake, only to see it completely frozen! We stood in awe as us city-folks don’t see this every day!

We made a reservation at The Windsor for dinner that evening. (Note: men need to wear a jacket, so make sure to bring one. But if not, the front desk will happily lend you one :)). While we waited for our reservation time to arrive, we waited around the very welcoming lobby and hung out by the fireplace.

Dinner was delicious and, after all was said and done, we retreated back to our room for some rest and relaxation!

While our room was so cute, we ended up moving to the cottage. If you are looking for a more “Poconos feel” with more privacy, I highly recommend the cottage!

While the weekend flew by, we did get to relax (which was our main priority) and enjoyed some of the resort’s amenities such as the gym, swimming pool area, and engaged in some of their scheduled activities. There was something to do every hour, it seemed, which was very thoughtful of the resort, I felt. Our favorite night-time activity was roasting marshmallows by a campfire under the big, beautiful sky. You could see SO many stars!

We made sure to take advantage of horseback riding that they had available, too, as I hadn’t been on one in a couple of years and grew somewhat intimidated by them. The last time I was on a horse it went a little awry, but I am happy to report that this go-around was just fine :). It was a wonderful way to end our weekend away. Brave point for me!

I want to thank the Skytop Lodge for a wonderful stay. Summer looks like it would be a BLAST there; I may have to check it out again then! Thanks for reading :).

xx,
Loren.

Outfit 1: Fleece Pullover, Vineyard Vines (old, see similar) | Bottoms, Ideology | Shoes, Nike (old, see similar) |
Outfit 2: Top, Vince Camuto (old, see similar) | Skirt, Shein | Shoes, Nine West |
Outfit 3: Shirt, Loft | Vest, (old, see similar) | Bottoms, True Religion |

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GETTING OVER MY FEAR OF FLYING

If you haven’t already, I suggest reading my first post about this and how my fear developed, which can be found here.

Bringing Me Closer to Flying:
Now, I just need to start off by saying how proud I am of myself. If anyone who has a fear of flying and still gets on a plane and is reading this, you should be proud of yourself.  And for those that are not yet ready, but want to one day be ready, you are also included in this ‘proud’ category.

When I suddenly became afraid of flying, I didn’t know what to think. But what I did know was that one day I would go back to soaring in the air.

As I mentioned in my prior post about this, my grandfather passed away and I missed his funeral because it involved me traveling down to the Caribbean and I just couldn’t bring myself to fly. Ever since that day, I became pretty sad and beat myself up.  However, I knew that my family would all go down there after one year and have a special memorial ceremony for him and visit his tomb.  And for this, I knew I just had to go.

So within the year leading up, I did my homework and I learned that my personal fear of flying could be overcome with just two things: listening to yourself and confidence. Read more