48 Hours in Paris, France

I love writing about the trips I take, but I’m still trying to figure out the best way to do this while also being concise. Since my mom and I only spent about 48 hours in Paris, I’d like to show you what we did through a picture guide. Personally I am a very visual person, so I love reading blog posts that are full of beautiful pictures. Also, school is starting soon so I’m very crunched on time. With that said, here’s a visual overview of our trip to Paris, France. Enjoy!

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Arriving at Charles de Gaulle Airport

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The Musée d’Orsay

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A few of my favorite Monet paintings

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Walking along the Seine River

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Saturday 

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The Palace of Versailles

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The gardens of Versailles

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The start of our Fat Tire Bike Tour

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The Notre Dame

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Legend says that if you stand on Paris Point Zero, you will definitely come back to Paris one day

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The Louvre

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A picture from our boat tour on the Seine

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Sunday

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Our last meal in Paris before our flight home

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Can you tell how much I love photography and Paris?!


Love, Liv

Bald Head Island ’16

Bald Head Island is a very special place to my family and I. We are lucky enough to have great friends who have let us stay in their beach villa multiple times. This is our third year vacationing at Bald Head and since we couldn’t come last year, we were able to stay an entire week. We even brought some of our extended family along. I love how relaxing and laid back vacationing is on the island. Yes, there are things we want to see and do, but it’s definitely not a “see everything in only a couple days trip”, like many of our other trips. Here’s an overview of our vacation. My apologies in advance for the length of this post and for the many, many photos.

Wednesday, our travel day, was one of the more uneventful days. We woke up bright and early and drove over 6 hours to Southport, NC. From there we took the ferry to the island. Catherine (my cousin), Emily (my sister), and I love taking photos, so the moment we arrived at the villa, we took a few with our matching sunglasses. Later that day we went to the pool and ordered pizza.
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Thursday was our full beach day. After breakfast we grabbed our beach supplies, loaded up with sunscreen, and drove the golf carts to the beach. There were a couple mini islands during low tide and we had fun swimming to each one. It was crazy how far out we could walk, while still feeling our feet on the sand. Honestly though, who knew how tiring it is to walk/run through water? After a long day at the beach, we came back and all the girls washed their sandy hair and prettied up for our evening adventure, a “howl at the moon” party. “Howl at the moon” occurs only when there is a full moon. Everyone who wants to come brings an appetizer to beach access 39 and we all watch the moon rise. Pretty great, am I right? There was soup from one of the local restaurants and an Irish bagpipe player. We had lot’s of fun and of course, took loads of photos.
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Emily & Catherine are just 2 cute 🙂
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Friday morning, despite being up late, we went to see sunrise on the beach. On our way back one of our carts broke down and we ended up pushing it home. Good thing we had so many people. Later that day we got luna pops (handmade popsicles on the island) and went shopping for a little while. Then during the evening we went to the pool.
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Saturday morning a few of us decided to go paddle boarding and it was quite the challenge. We paddle boarded on a marsh connected to the ocean and the tide happened to be very strong that day. Since I was worried (typical me), I decided to get on my paddle board second to last and therefore fell far behind everyone else. I’ll admit, I was pretty slow. Once we finally reached calmer waters, I caught up to everyone else and we made our way back. Saturday evening we experienced one of the coolest things we’ve ever seen. The island has a turtle conservancy where you can see both turtle hatchings and excavations. There happened to be a turtle excavation that evening. Three days after the baby turtles hatch from their eggs, the conservancy workers and interns dig up the eggs. One, so they can record how many turtles hatched and two, so they can make sure there aren’t any turtles left behind. Over 50% of the time there are turtles still buried in the sand. When we went to the excavation, the workers found one baby turtle. We were able to watch the baby turtle make its way from its nest area to the ocean, where it is essentially “set free”.
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Sunday was a little sad since the Kish’s (my Aunt’s family) had to leave. After coffee and some final photos we bid them farewell and watched the ferry sail back to mainland. Afterwards, I convinced my mom to take me to the art gallery and we received some information on classes they were offering. Then my mom and I went to the beach for an hour or so. The past couple days were pretty nonstop, so my family and I decided to take some time to relax.
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Monday morning we went to the beach to see sunrise again. There were tons of beautiful shells and we added many to our collection. We also saw another completely unscheduled sea turtle excavation. That’s right! We were walking down the beach and ran into the marine biologist at the conservancy. She had just found a baby sea turtle in one of the nests and was helping it get to the water. I’ll never forget how teeny baby sea turtles are. Adorable! Afterwards, we ate breakfast at the market and took our dog Mia on a cart ride and walk in the park. Then while my mom and sister went to the pool, my dad and I took an art class, filling my creative well. I painted a turtle and my dad painted two alligators. I love art but I don’t draw very often and neither does my dad. Thankfully we had an amazing teacher who helped us out. Monday evening we went to dinner at Mojo’s and had incredible lava cake. Finally, we all watched a movie together. I guess you could say my parents and sister watched the movie, while I blogged… 😉
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Tuesday was our last full day on the island. We all slept in since we had been up so late the night before. My mom and I did some final island shopping, and even managed to pick up a few Christmas gifts for my friends and family (I won’t say who). After we were all shopped out, we hit the beach one last time. After leaving the beach, we bought MORE Italian Ice. I can’t even count how many times we bought Italian Ice at Mikes Bites. It’s just soooo amazing. Definitely the best I’ve ever had! Before heading home for dinner, my mom and I stopped by a brand new Southern Living inspired community. One of my favorite activities while on the island is hitting open houses, not necessarily because I want to live in them, but rather I just love interior design/architecture. Growing up I was an HGTV fanatic! After a yummy homemade dinner, we went to the beach for our last sunset on the island. Tuesday was quite bittersweet, as we were all dreading returning to reality. Our last beach trip, last Italian Ice, last sunset, and the list goes on. Despite all our feelings of sadness, my family and I had a great night. We drove to the harbor and watched the sunset with our ice cream in hand. My dad even decided to bring Mia (our puppy).
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Well you probably know what happens from here. Wednesday, after cleaning up the house, we took the 12:30 ferry back to Southport and headed home. My family had, once again, an amazing time at Bald Head Island. We were so glad we could bring the Kish family along with us. I have a feeling this won’t be our last time on the island. Until next time!
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Love, Liv

 

Work In Progress.

Wow, I can’t believe It’s been over four months since my last blog post. Frustratingly enough, I had many, many posts I had planned and was excited about. So, why didn’t I take the time to write and share them? Well I’m not really sure. All I know is I’m a bit of a perfectionist and the pressure of making my blog as amazing as all the other blogs I love, was really high. Obviously, none of those blogs started out as amazing as they are now and I think I’m slowly beginning to learn that. I guess I’m trying to say, although I wish I would have wrote about some of the awesome things I’ve experienced recently, I’m trying not to beat myself up about it. After all, I blog because I love it not because I have to. So, even though it’s not the new year, I’m going to make some resolutions (goals). I want my blog to be somewhere where I record memories I never want to forget, share amazing experiences and thoughts, and more. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time right now to fully commit to my blog and honestly I’m not sure I ever will. So, I’m just going to blog whenever I get the chance and not stress about it, because, well, anyone who knows me knows I stress way too much.

Before I end this post, I want to share a few photos from Interlochen. This summer I had the incredible opportunity to spend three weeks at the Interlochen School of the Arts. I completed the acting intensive and had an absolutely amazing time. I think I’ll save the details for later (I’m hoping on writing all about my experience later this month).

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I know there’s not a lot to this post, but since It’s been so long, I thought I’d start with a little “recommitment” so to say.  This post is definitely a little out of my comfort zone, so let me know what you think! 😝


Love, Liv

Spring Break.

This week has been extremely busy. From my Regional Science Fair competition to an interview for high school, I wasn’t sure I’d make it through. But I did! Plus I’m going to Ireland and I can’t wait to write about my favorite parts. So, about the outfit. My dress is from Forever 21. I love how it mixes a vintage feel with a bohemian look. The shoes, which I’ve worn in one of my posts before, are from Target.

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DRESS: FOREVER 21

SHOES: TARGET

I hope you have/had a great Spring Break!


Love, Liv

 

Burgundy Turtleneck.

After more than a week off of school, I finally found time to take some new pictures. I wore my sister’s cropped turtleneck sweater with black jeggings and boots. Personally I would have preferred different shoes but with the snow, boots were the best possible option. Before I go, I must say I’m raving about these Lucky jeggings. They’re comfy and flexible but also aren’t as thin as leggings. Bye for now!Image 1-30-16 at 9.26 PM
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Top: AEO (Crop Turtleneck Sweater, Burgundy)

Pants: LUCKY BRAND (Brooke Legging Jean, Black)

Shoes: FAMOUS FOOTWEAR


Love, Liv

Willow Shields.

Just wanted to share my recent obsession with Willow Shields’ style. First, let me just say she loves books, does yoga and acts. So I’m probably a bit biased. But back to her fashion…she can pull off practically anything, from a stripped blazer with matching pants to patterned, harem pants with a crop top. Because words can’t explain her effortless perfect style, I’ve attached pictures of a few of my favorite outfits she’s worn below.

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This probably won’t be the last you see of her on my page. So, hopefully you love her style as much as I do.


Love, Liv

Christmas Room Decor.

Hey all, it’s been a while. I’m really excited though to show you how I decorated my room for the holiday season. I didn’t do anything crazy, just used a few random decorations I found around the house and convinced my mom to buy a few new things too 🙂

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MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE!


Love, Liv

‘After The Ball’ Movie Inspiration.

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I’ve been debating whether or not to watch After the Ball since it came out on Netflix. So, over Thanksgiving Break, while my cousin, sister, and I were searching for something to watch, we decided to watch it. I have to say we actually really enjoyed it! The main actress (Portia Doubleday) was adorable and had some really great outfits… which is what I’m going to share with you. But before I do here is a summary of the movie.

Netflix Summary: 

“When a young fashion designer’s stepmother and stepsisters try to push her out of the family business, she dons a disguise to expose their evil plan.”

Almost all of the character’s clothing in the movie are from the Le Chateau After the Ball collection. A few of my favorites from the collection are…

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And of course I had to throw in some pictures of these overalls Doubleday wore in the movie, cause they’re just perfect. I mean, I seriously want these so bad.

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Ok, that’s it for this post. Hope you enjoyed getting distracted by gorgeous pink dresses and sparkly shoes. Check out After the Ball on Netflix, Amazon or get it on DVD.

P.S. Creds to Portia Doubleday for starring in this and many other films, while in college.

Fall In Downtown Fredericksburg.

I have officially gone into “full cleaning/lets getting everything done before Thanksgiving” mode. Which means, I haven’t been able to take new pictures. But, that’s alright, because I have some pictures from a post I haven’t yet found the time to share. I actually took these pictures early in October (explaining the super colorful trees) when my mom and I went to downtown Fredericksburg for the afternoon. I’ve added in some pics of this adorable little town, along with my outfit pics.

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Graphic Tee: Aeropostale

Denim Jacket: Kohls

Leggings: T.J. Maxx

Converse: Famous Footwear

Purse: Coach


Love, Liv