ORLANDO: TOP 5 PLACES TO VISIT

Hi! I hope you all had a great weekend! :) Also, it just occured to me that next week is already November! I cannoy believe that in two months we will be in 2016, it blows my mind sometimes. Anyways, this past weekend I ventured up to Orlando to go to Universal's Halloween Horror nights. I haven't gone in five years so I was pretty excited! I had a great time, I wish we would've stayed until Monday ;) . So during my stay, my boyfriend and I were focused on Horror nights on Saturday, so we found a couple other things to do as well, and I wanted to share with you guys! Hopefully on your next trip to Orlando, you'll keep these choices in mind. So here are the top 5 things that I think are worth checking out in Orlando.

Let's get started!

1. Ripleys: Believe it or Not Museum

This place is pretty well known as there is a location in New York as well. It was my first time visiting this past weekend, and I loved it. The entire "house" feels like a fun house. You'll get to experience some interesting pieces of art, bizarre sculptures (they have actual shrunken human heads on display!) and hands on activities. I also enjoyed the history behind Ripley's and its originator, Robert Ripley. They have great videos all over the house explaining briefly how he became a household name and how Ripley's Believe it or Not got where it is today. It was great, and it's definitely somewhere fun to visit in Orlando! Admission is $20 in person, but you could save $ by ordering online ! Each ticket will come out to $16 ! ;)


 This Beyonce portrait is made entirely out of candy !
 Check out her bra, its made of licorice!! So cool :) loll!


I live for these photo booths, LOL. I spent almost half an hour making like three. Here's one of them below ;) haha


2. The "Orlando Eye"
I was pleasantly surprised when I came upon this. I didn't even know Orlando had one, and its definitely a site to see! Luckily, this beauty was literally right across the street from our hotel room, so I had that view the whole weekend...so pretty ! While we were there, it was not accessible to ride o (I guess it was going through some maintenance) but admission is $25 per person. Furthermore, in this same area, there is also a Madame Tussaud's wax museum and a mini sea aquarium. It's a perfect way to spend your day as there are so many things to do.



3. Universal Orlando Theme Parks
It is not a trip to Orlando, FL if you do not visit one of their well-known attraction theme parks! I have visited many times, but I can never get enough! This past weekend I went to Universal Studios for Halloween Horror Nights! Every year they transform Universal studios into the ultimate Halloween experience. This year there was a total of nine haunted houses, featuring some infamous characters such as Freddy VS. Jason, The Purge, Insidious, and The Walking Dead! I can't even begin to explain..LOL. The Freddy vs. Jason house was the one that scared me the most..overall, its all in good fun. They also have "scare zones" all around the park where people actually come up to and try to give you a scare; it is really intense; not sure if its for everyone. haha. 

Other than that, one of the main reasons I love going is to visit The wizarding world of Harry Potter. It's likes your transported into another world. For the Harry Potter fanatic, it is awesome !
Here I am headed to the "Ministry of Magic". ;)


4. Kissimmee Go-Karts
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I love visiting here because you could easily spend the whole day since there are many activities. This place is complete with go-kart riding (the best part), a fully-equipped arcade inside and they even have a spot where some baby alligators reside! You could even feed them; kind of random (LOL) but it's a great expeience. All the attractions are purchased separately when you arrive; However, my bf and I found a groupon for $27 and everything was included for two people! This deal is usually offered periodically, so make sure you check groupon.com before you plan your visit. :)



5. WAWA
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This must be the most unexpected place to visit in Orlando, but I HAVE to mention it. When you come to Orlando, you MUST visit WAWA food/gas station. A gas station you may think.? LOL. It is basically your one stop shop to eat a fresh meal, get some snacks, and put gas in your car, all in one ! My boyfriend and I went back like four times because we couldn't stay away, it is just that good loll. His favorite part was a "beer cooler" that they had in the back. It was literally a walk-in freezer full of beer, he was just in awe haha :) . Also, the food is delicious; I had the best panini there (oven roasted turkey, swiss cheese and honey mustard..YUM!) I'm sad I didn't take a photo of it, but you could check out their menu HERE . Even the simplest little snacks are fresh; mini to-go sandwiches, yummy salads, etc. Then for lunch, I had their burrito bowl, which was sooo good too. The coolest part, you order on a touch-screen menu and you could customize your order as well. I am pretty sad Miami doesn't have one, hopefully they will in the future ;)

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Have you guys ever visited Orlando?
What are your favorite sites?

Thanks for reading. <3

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SPLURGE VS. STEAL: COVETED FLATS

Hi :) Thanks for stopping by.
I wanted to quickly talk to you guys about these highly coveted pair of flats. I've seen just about everyone with a pair of these babies lately. And I cannot blame them because they are beautiful ! When I finally caved in and looked them up online to purchase a pair, it made me want to cry because they are more than $300! WHAT?! I know it is good to invest on some pieces in your closet, but I do not think these are one of them. They are gorgeous don't get me wrong, but I feel like they are fast fashion and will die down quickly...as with everything in the world of fashion loll.

To make the story short, I found a pair that looks EXACTLY like the $300 ones, except they cost a similar amount to what you spend when you go out to eat ;)!! LOL
If you guys know me by now, you know I love a good deal and ultimately sharing them with you guys!

Let's jump into them...literally ;)

SHOP

Imported from Brazil
Leather: upper, lining and sole
Price $295 + tax



SHOP

Imported from China
Padded insole, textured outsole
100% polyurethane
Price: $24.90 + tax



Overall comparison: Style is exactly the same, both have a small heel. The lace is fed around the shoe exactly the same. I would say the only different is the material; one is genuine leather and the other is faux leather. All in all, it comes down to personal preference. 

What are your thoughts on these, and which would you choose?!
I love reading your feedback.
Happy Wednesday !

Thanks for reading <3







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Reflecting


A moment of impact.Something as instantaneous as a moment can easily change things & your whole outlook on life. It doesn't particularly have to be a bad moment, an impact can be good too; finishing an amazing book, picking up a loved one at the airport, acing that exam, finding a bargain at your favorite store..its endless. All these small moments help us grow and shapes us into the person we currently are today. We may not notice it now, but in the long run, they do. This past week, for me, was one of those moments. My mom had to under-go some minor surgery. I don't know about you, but the thought of just going to the hospital kind of scares me already. So from there I could tell you, I was already a bit nervous, but the thing with me is that I am a very postive person. I always have faith, and that has made me a stronger person. Faith is powerful and it's a mindset that will never ever fail you. When the day of the surgery came, I was calm and collected; I never show emotion, especially when I'm anxious or scared, I hide it even more. It did feel like a long time, but it was only a matter of two hours or so before the doctor came out to tell us how it went. As I thought, everything went good...great even. You could imagine my relief, as she was able to go home the next day. If you're wondering, she is doing great and recovering each day, and she's probably reading this right now, haha. Love you Mom. 

Although it was just brief, I never really share personal things on here. But I felt like I needed to. We're human, and in my case, sometimes there are things way more important to speak up about than a new shirt or a pair of shoes. As always, thanks for stopping by, it really means the world to me. 

What's a moment that's left an impact on you?
 Share with me if you'd like below in the comments.. I love reading them.
xo







Of course I had to include the details ;)

WHAT I'M WEARING: 
Top: Forever 21 / Similar: Here and Here
Olive Joggers: JcPenney / Similar: same style Here (and on sale!)
Studded Sandals: Old Navy / Similar: same style Here




"Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes, 
but when you look back, everything is different".
- C.S. Lewis

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FRINGE-reaction


Happy Wednesday! And thanks for stopping by :)
So excited to share this outfit with you all. One of my favorite outfits for Fall at the moment. The moment I laid eyes on this fringe skirt, I knew it had to be mine, and I knew the perfect way to style it. I got the inspiration from Jennifer Hudson for the New York & Company campaign she did. She wore a denim top with a very similar fringe skirt, and she looked fabulous. I knew I had to recreate it. Hope you like it too !


I was super excited when I received this skirt. Luckily I already had a denim shirt to go with it. I decided to go with a light wash denim shirt. I originally planned to wear with a dark wash denim top but it didn't convince me, I loved the light wash one the best! 


I also paired this outfit with one of my favorite little bags! This statement red bag really brought everything together. I'd like to think that it even gave the skirt some life....does that make sense? ;)



I went with a simple nude pump for this look. I think it would also look great with a leopard print pump as well; leopard print is a great neutral, literally goes with everything!


I also want to mention that the skirt has a very flattering fit and the suede is so soft, I couldn't stop touching it LOL. I see myself wearing it several times; maybe with a simple white tee or even a black chiffon blouse!


WHAT I WORE
Top: Madrag (same style Here)
Fringe SkirtForever 21 (same style Here and Here)
Nude Heels: JcPenney (same style Here)
Bag: Kate Spade (love this One)

Thank you so much for stopping by !
Have a great rest of the week.
'til next post !

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