Finals Week Self-Care






















Hi friends!

So if you're like me and you're on the tail end finishing up your semester, whether that be undergraduate, graduate or even law school it can be tough to balance everything. This past week alone I had four presentations, an exam, two sorority engagements and a plethora of group project meetings. 

Saying it was rough is an understandment, but I made it through. In fact I'd say I made it through even better than I have in some semesters. Remind me to tell y'all the chicken nugget story from my freshman year. But I think what truly made all the difference was that this year I made a concious decesion to talk care of myself through this busy time. I'm not going to say it's the easiest thing to do, but it was well worth it in the end.


1. Find time to eat

One of my worst habits is forgetting to eat whenever I get too busy. It's such an awful habit because sometimes I'll get to the end of the day and realize I've only eaten once. At first I didn't believe that not eating was all that bad, until I realized that lightheadedness and shaky hands is no way to study, take an exam or really to do anything else. To combat this habit, I started setting timers throughout the day that reminded me to have a snack or grab lunch. I truly think all my presentations went so much better beacuse I wasn't literally running on vapors.

2. Take study breaks

When you're in the middle of a busy season it can be incredibly difficult to feel like you can take a break. I'm incredibly prone to working myself hours on end without once taking a break, well not this finals season! Study breaks can look different for everyone, maybe your thing is taking time out to watch a quick show on Netflix or read a book. For me I made an effort to go work out for at least an hour almost everyday. it was an amazing way to blow off steam and still feel like I was at least somewwhat in control of my schedule.

3. Run your work by someone else

So this one is a bit more of a grades tip, but I've found when you've been staring at something for so long it can be really easy to think it looks a lot better than it actually does.  For instance, this past week I put together a powerpoint I thought for sure that I was ready to present only to do a run through and find out it was full of typos. So do yourself a favor and allow people to check your work. It'll only help in the long run!

I truly hope these tips will help you get through your busy finals season! I'll see ya soon with a new post.

Until next time,
Autumn

Add a little shimmer to your holiday




Christmas is right around the corner which means holiday parties, photo-ops with your friends and so many reasons to need a new outfit. But I know that at least for me it isn't always practical to buy a new outfit for every occasion, no matter how much I may want to. But there isn't anything wrong with adding a fun new pair of earrings or a chic jacket to the mix every once in a while. So I've rounded up my favorite under 50 dollar accessories for your next holiday event.



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I hope you enjoy these fun holiday options!
Until Next Time,
Autumn

Bay Area Babe, A San Francisco Recap






If you follow me on Instagram, which shameless plug you should, then you'll know I just came home from San Fransico. My mom, aunt and I headed west to celebrate my mom's "27th" birthday and have a little break before the rush of the holidays. Not only was I extremely excited to hang out with two of my favorite women, but I'd long considered a move to the Bay Area post-grad so I couldn't wait to see the city. Well, we had a blast. From walking nearly 60,000 steps in just over three days, to the amazing winery tour it was such a fun weekend. So as always, I've got some recommendations for you.

Where to stay:



The Palace Hotel
This is where we stayed and it was right in the heart of downtown and within walking distance to literally everything. Not to mention there was a Ghiradelli's Chocolate shop in the hotel and you don't even want to know how many peppermint hot chocolates I had. It's an addiction. Additionally, they have an absolutely beautiful lobby lounge area that has live music on the weekends. I had a cocktail down here and felt oh so fancy. And to top it off literally the entire hotel staff was so kind.

The Ritz Carlton
Now we didn't actually stay here but it was within walking distance from our hotel so we peeked in to see the Christmas decorations. Another gorgeous, super festive option for this time of year. I also read that they have the coolest rooftop lounge you can hang out on.


Where to eat:


Brix
Okay, technically this one is in Napa so you'll have to drive a bit. But the food is well worth it. My mom and I both had the halibut with Brussel sprouts and it was so good we wanted seconds. Everything was seasoned to perfection and just the perfect portion. I'd recommend the botanist cocktail, halibut, and the eggplant ravioli.

La Boulangerie de San Francisco
The sweetest little bakery with lattes that are quite literally served in a goblet. Y'all it was the size of my face and I drunk every sip. I'd recommend the egg and arugula sandwich, vanilla bean latte with oat milk and the quiche. Take my word for it, it was delicious.

What to do:



Visit the Robert Mondavi Winery
Again, this is another Napa recommendation so maybe my first suggestion should be to go to Napa. So after you go to Napa, which is about an hour outside of San Francisco, you should stop by the Robert Mondavi Winery. The winery itself is on a massive amount of land and so incredibly beautiful. While there, we got to go on a super informative tour of the grounds, tasted the wine that made Robert Mondavi's career and had snacks right in the middle of the winery at golden hour.




Visit Chinatown
The first day we were in San Fran, we took the chance to head down to Chinatown. It's sort of wild that an area so completely engrossed in another culture lives right in the heart of San Fransico. It's about a ten-minute walk from downtown and there's so many places to eat, shop and explore. We ended up picking up the cutest robes from Kim + Ono.


And there you have it, a recap of my trip to SF! I hope you enjoyed, and please feel free to DM if you need any more suggestions for your next bay area trip!

Until next time,
Autumn

Comparison Really is the Thief of All Joy




Awhile back I wrote a couple of blog posts about having anxiety and how I deal with it. Well, I wrote those posts, promised to be more vulnerable on the blog then didn't really give that promise much more thought.

I think back to a time this summer where I felt super empty, none of my internship prospects were working out while it seemed like all of my friends were living their absolute best lives. I felt like I was drowning in online classes that I absolutely hated and I just felt like I wasn't good enough. Essentially I was falling prey to comparison and it sucked.

But as I look back at that summer, with a plate that is quite nearly spilling over and a life that fulls so full I'm eternally grateful to that summer. That sounds crazy, right? Well, let me explain. I'm thankful for a summer that forced me to get to know myself in a way that I never would've. I'm thankful for a summer that forced me to separate my worth from my accomplishments. But, most of all I'm thankful for people who offered a shoulder to lean on when I wasn't all that fun to be around.

Life gets a little hard sometimes and that doesn't make you any less worthy of the success that's coming your way. Just in case you get caught in the tides of comparison, know that it happens to us all. Know that no one's life is as picture-perfect as you may think but that's the fun in it.

I hope that sharing this experience can offer you a little bit of encouragement for your week and that we can combat comparison together.

Until next time,
Autumn

Autumn's Adventure's In the Kitchen: Salted Caramel Iced Coffee




The other day when I was getting ready for class, I decided I really wanted to make myself a special iced coffee. I have a Keurig that I've had since my freshman year of college but I wasn't really obsessed with any of the K-cup flavors I had currently. I had a random box of caramel coffee that I wasn't too excited to drink until it hit me, salted caramel is one of my favorite fall flavors.

So long introduction aside, I'm telling you my super simple recipe for getting a salted caramel iced coffee at home.


Ingredients: 

1 cup of caramel coffee
1/2 tsp of iodized salt
2 tbs of caramel coffee syrup
1 cup of ice

Step One: Brew your choice of caramel flavored coffee.
 I personally use the HEB brand caramel K-cups, because you know balling on a budget, but you can use whatever. 

Step Two: Pour your hot coffee into a freezer-safe cup, then add in your salt and coffee syrup. Stir until no clumps of salt are left at the bottom of the cup.
Step Three: Stick your cup into the freezer for up to twenty minutes.

Step Four: Add your ice cubes and enjoy!

And there you have it, your own salted caramel iced coffee. I hope y'all are enjoying the recipes on the blog. I'd love to hear your feedback in the comments below!

Until Next Time,
Autumn

Best Boutiques for Budget Friendly Shopping






                      








With the school year picking back up, and fall just around the corner, there are more reason's now than ever to shop. Especially if you're like me and have a really bad habit of thinking you need a new outfit for every occasion. Well, I'm rounding up all my favorite affordable places to shop.

1. Luca & Grae
Price Range: $12-$112
One of my favorite online boutiques. Started by a Youtuber, and social media influencer Aspyn Ovard, Luca & Grae curates seasonal lines that are all catered to Aspyn's soft boho aesthetic. I picked up a couple of pieces for my birthday trip to Vegas and they all fit like a glove. Not only were they great quality, but they were also on major sale.

Price Range: $14-$55
This one is another influencer founded boutique, but it's a lot newer than Luca & Grae. Harper Kay was founded by Hannah Shanae, a blogger I've been following for a few years now. I'm usually pretty skeptical of newer boutiques just because of shipping/quality concerns, but my first order from Harper Kay blew me out of the water. Not only were both pieces I ordered great quality and a perfect fit, but they arrived in like two days. I've yet to wash either piece so I can't quite speak to that yet, but otherwise, I'd highly recommend. Their inventory is definitely on the smaller side because of how new the shop is, but everything is super cute and very affordable. 

Price Range: $5-$675
Okay, this one does require a few qualifications. Madewell is one of my very favorite places to shop, but it's definitely not my wallet's favorite place for me to shop. But I've got an entire blog post coming dedicated to making shopping at Madewell a bit more affordable. That should be up by next week! But as a sneak peek, I'll tell you that I purchased one of my favorite Madewell tops for just 11 dollars. 

4. Roolee
Price Range: $2.95 - $225
One of my favorite things to wear is dresses, I've especially grown extremely fond of midi length ones. But cute midi length dresses that aren't hundreds of dollars are so hard to find. After several Google searches, I came across Roolee. It's a Utah based boutique that carries clothing, shoes, accessories, and home goods. Though I find that some of their items are a little too conservative for my taste, they've got an amazing assortment of items that are al super cute. If you follow them on Instagram, they do weekly deals on their stories where they tell you about items that are on flash sale.

These are a few of the boutiques I turn to when I'm looking for unique, affordable pieces for fall. If you're in the mood to do some shopping both Harper Kay and Luca & Grae are having amazing end of summer sales. I know I'll be stocking up on these mules and this dress!

Happy shopping!

Until Next Time,
Autumn

P.S: My adorable jumpsuit is from Harper Kay, here's the link!

My Best Podcast Recommendations



Like most people, I'm obsessed with podcasts. They've become an integral apart of my daily routine, from when I'm driving to internships or class, or just trying to get some studying done. But when I bring them up, the one thing I've heard most often is that most people have no idea where to start. So I've rounded up a couple of my favorites by genre in hopes to make a podcast junkie out of you all as well.

News

In our 24/7 news cycle, keeping up with everything is hard. So to get my daily fix, I turn to this first batch of podcast to give me what I need to know, quickly. I try pretty hard to get my hard news from relatively unbiased sources, and then turn to my favorite commentators to hear their takes after I've got a hood grasp of the information.

The Daily

This is the daily, no pun intended, podcast from The New York Times. I'm a big fan of this one because it delves deeper into a single event or issue in each episode. Complete with really interesting interviews and packed with a ton of information everyday, it's a must listen for me.

NPR Up First

NPR UP First is really great if you only have about 10 minutes, and just need a quick overview of what's going on around you. They aren't as detailed in this podcast, which I personally don't mind because I use other podcast for that. But if you'd just like to earn those current event points, or want to know what the heck everyone is talking about at dinner then this one's for you.

Today Explained.

This is another one of those deep dive podcasts, but instead of NYT it's from Vox. I've added this one to the list because not only does it cover hard news, but there's also some really cool episodes on things like blockchain that taught me a ton. Bonus points for the host's dad jokes.

True Crime

When I'm not listening to news podcast, odds are I'm probably listening to true crime. For all my fellow Law & Order and Criminal Minds enthusiasts, here are my favorite true crime podcasts. 

Crime Junkie

This might be my favorite podcast ever, and I look forward to listening to it every Monday. The host Brit & Ashley dive into a new murder, crime or missing persons case every week and it is a delight. Not only are they always incredibly interesting, but their palatable enough that I find myself replaying old episodes as well.

Not Another True Crime Podcast

If you're a fan of true crime, but would like a podcast a bit lighter in tone then this one is for you. Though these host discuss a new crime each week, they do it with a lot of laughs and a good glass of wine. A must listen as well!


Fun Listens

Royally Obsessed 

If you been a reader for a while, then you'll know I've got a certain mild obsession with the royal family, especially Meghan and Kate. So when I stumbled across this podcast, I was instantly hooked. Each week, while sipping on a royal refreshment, the hosts take you through what's new with the royals. This could be anything from fun outfits they wore that week, to their new charity endeavors. Its super fun and a nice break from news or true crime.

TED Talks

Most people are pretty familiar with Ted Talks. This podcast essentially just a ton of Ted Talks all in one place, and a new one is added daily. With topics ranging from business to mindfulness every time I listen to this podcast I feel just that much smarter.

Okay, I know that was a ton of recommendations but hopefully this gave you somewhere to start! I can't wait to keep sharing lifestyle post on here soon.

Until next time,
Autumn

A Very Festive 21st & Vegas Recap


So if you follow me on Instagram, you know I just celebrated my 21st birthday in Las Vegas. The ultimate place for over 21 shenanigans. It was an absolute whirlwind trip, and I'm incredibly grateful to have been able to ring in my birthday this way. So in true Almost It Girl fashion, I’ve got a recap for y’all.







Trip Details & Where to Stay:

We flew in Friday evening, the day before my birthday so we could get settled in and left the Monday after. We opted to stay at a hotel on the strip, so we could be in the center of the city. My mom actually changed her mind about where she wanted us to stay a couple of times, before ultimately deciding that New York, New York was the place to go. And she was right, I loved it.

If you're not too familiar with the Vegas Strip, many of the hotels have themes. For some, it's a city like Paris or New York, and for others, it's a concept like fauna and growth. So ours was obviously New York City-themed. Which if we're being honest, I expected to be a little cheesy but it was so much fun. The hotel was filled with cute little coffee shops, a New York-style deli, a creperie, and even a roller coaster. Yes, there was a roller coaster that went through our hotel.

As much as we loved our hotel & casino, we spent quite some time visiting other hotels and casinos to essentially see what the hype was about. I feel like after that little tour, I'm pretty qualified to give you some hotel recommendations. I'm kidding, but here are my favorites!





What to Eat:

We did a lot of walking, eating and gambling on this trip so I can't quite give you any show recommendations. But I can send you to some of my favorite places to eat. But first I have to explain my first recommendation. Now traditionally I would not call myself a fan of Taco Bell, but after a long day of walking, we're in the mood for a snack so we wandered into a Taco Bell. And oh my goodness, it was like a club. Two levels, blasting music, frose, it was an absolute experience. So first up, go to the Taco Bell on the strip. Other than that, I spent my birthday celebration at The Sugar Factory, which is a candy shop turned restaurant. I'd heard it was known as a go-to spot for influencers, and celebrities alike, so we had to check it out. The food is good, but the drinks are even better.




And there you have it, my take on spending three days in Vegas, and recommendations for where you should stay and eat! I would've recommended casinos, but I'm honestly not the hugest fan of it. You can, however, gamble at all the hotels I've suggested above!

Happy traveling!

Until next time,
Autumn

Autumn's Adventures in the Kitchen: Banana Bread





Though I've never shared this on my blog, I found a deep love for cooking and baking. This year I've learned all sorts of recipes and even made cupcakes from scratch. I grew up watching the women in my family create pure magic in the kitchen, and was always in awe of how they used food to bring people together. After a year of living alone, I feel like the cooking bug has finally bit me. So today, I thought I'd share this super easy banana bread recipe with y'all. Not only is it absolutely delicious but it takes less than 30 minutes to prep. The hardest part is truly waiting for it to be done baking, and ready to eat.

Ingredients 



First things, first what will you need for this recipe?

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder 
1/2  teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2-3 medium bananas)
1/3 cup butter
2 eggs
1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips



Steps to bake


Step One: In a large bowl combine 1 cup of the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Step Two: Add mashed bananas, butter, and milk. Beat until blended.
Step Three: Add remaining flour, eggs, and chocolate chips.
Step Four: Pour batter into an 8x4x2 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees until you can stick a toothpick in it and it comes out clean.
Step Five: Let cool for 10 minutes.
Step Six: Wrap & store overnight.
Step Seven: Enjoy!


I hope y'all enjoyed this super easy banana bread recipe. If you make it yourself, tag me & I'd love to see your creations!

Until next time,
Autumn

P.S- I had a little help from my boyfriend in the kitchen, hence the hands that obviously aren't mine. But baking is always a bit more fun with a buddy. 

How to Shop the NSale as a Broke Girl

If you follow any bloggers at all, then I know your timeline is inundated in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale posts. But here's the thing, even though this is their biggest sale of the year most things still aren't that affordable.

So if you're like me and are consistently balling on a budget here are some fun under 55 dollars picks you might be interested in. It was 50 dollars, but one's 52 dollars. Sorry about that. But I tried to keep it in that range because as someone who lives in the middle of Texas where it's hot most of the year, I don't really see the point in buying fall/winter clothing in the middle of July. But if you live somewhere with actual seasons, here are my favorite affordable pieces that will be featured in the sale.




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Hopefully, one or a couple of these picks caught your fancy, if you do decide to shop. I'll probably be picking up the earrings and the hat. Happy shopping y'all!

Until next time,
Autumn 

Style Her Style: Meghan Markle's Midi Dress







Hi friends!

I'm back with a long overdue Steal Her Style post. If you've been following the blog for a while, you'll know that I'm absolutely obsessed with Meghan Markle. She's got that impeccable model off duty style that I'm not sure I'll ever be able to master, but I'll always try.

Recently, Meghan stepped out in this olive green midi dress that I could absolutely see myself wearing all fall long. But of course when I looked up the dress she was wearing, it was a whopping $585. Yeah, that's not in the budget. So I rounded up a couple of affordable options to get the dutchess' look.
Dress Dupes

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Sunglasses Dupes
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I've linked three separate options all under 100 dollars, including a more casual option.  I know some can be hesitant to opt for a midi dress, but the silhouette is super trendy right now and can be a great way to show off a cool pair of sneakers. And if you're looking for an alternative to her $300 Givenchy sunglasses, I've linked some more affordable dupes those as well. 

Hopefully, this post helps you in your pursuit of royal style on a budget!

Until Next Time,
Autumn

My Favorite Broke Girl Basics

If you follow me on Instagram, you know today or a few days ago depending on when you're reading this I posted about the struggle generate new content when my college girl budget doesn't quite allow me to shop all the time. So I thought I'd share some affordable staples in my closet.



1. Tee Shirt Dresses
In case you didn't know, it's H-O-T in Texas. So I live in t-shirt dresses for probably 80% of the year. Easy pieces that can be dressed up and worn season to season are my absolute favorite and tee-shirt dresses are the epitome of that. My favorite is this one from Everlane, that just got released in four new colors. It's under 40 dollars, and an absolute staple in my wardrobe as you can see from how often it appears on my Instagram. I'll absolutely be picking up the white and navy versions.





2. Denim

One of the biggest myths I've heard while blogging is that good denim has to cost a fortune. I've found that couldn't be further from the truth. My two favorite pairs of jeans are under $100 and have served me so well. First is the cheeky straight leg from Everlane, these retail for $78 but are worth every penny. I wear them at least once a week and they still look absolutely brand new.

The other pair is this pair of white skinny jeans from Gap. I'd be searching high and low for a new pair of white jeans for quite some time when I came across these. The Gap was having an amazing after Christmas sale, and I snagged these for only $12. I know what you're thinking, and I did buy two. They're currently marked down for $35, which is still an amazing price as well.

For things like denim skirts, I often turn to the Madewell sale section. They offer a student discount on top of their sale prices when you shop in-store, and it's been my saving grace when it comes to shopping from Madewell. They're currently running a sale on sale, and if I were you I'd check out this skirt, and this skirt.


3. Good Shoes

If there's one thing I spend way too much money on, it's shoes. But just because I like to buy shoes, doesn't mean I like to spend a fortune on them. When I'm looking for fun shoes, I usually turn to places like Nasty Gal and Target. Not only are they always having sales, but their shoes have always been great quality. 

So here are my top three broke girl basics, and some pretty great places to shop them. If you're looking to shop anything I'm wearing on my Instagram, you can almost always find them on my Likeittoknowit page! You can either click this link or just search Almost It Girl on the app. 

I'd love to see your broke girl basics, so feel free to comment them below!

Until Next Time,
Autumn

Top Tips for Nail Care


One of the questions I get asked most frequently is how I get my natural nails so long. It's always sort of funny to me because I never really thought of myself as having a nail care routine. But when someone asked me about my nails again last night, I really started to think about it. How have I gotten my nails this long?

I think I've finally got it narrowed down to about three things. So here they are!

1. Dip Manicures 


In all honesty, getting dip manis has changed the game for my nails. Essentially instead of gel polish, the nail tech will use a colored powder to coat your nails. It's been essential in helping my nails stay strong, and grow longer. My nails in the picture above were done with dip. If done well it ends up looking just like nail polish. Mine usually last about 3-4 weeks, and I honestly couldn't recommend them more.

2. Collagen 

The second thing I do fairly religiously is adding powdered collagen powder to all of my hot drinks. Essentially what collagen does is work to strengthen your hair, skin, and nails. It's virtually tasteless, and I've definitely noticed a difference in the texture of my nails. They're not nearly as brittle as I feel like they were before and break a lot less often.  Here's the one I use, but I know there are also a ton of great alternatives on the market as well.


3. Get your nails trimmed

This is a pretty similar idea to getting your hair trimmed to make it grow. Basically, every other time I get my nails done I ask my nail tech to use a nail strengthener on the base of my nails then to trip a little off the top. It's usually the top of my nails that start to get straggly or hangnails, so clipping the tops helps prevent further breakage. 

And that's it! Though I recognize my nails are partly just genetics, I hope these few tips are helpful for growing your nails!

Until Next Time,
Autumn

The Straw Bag Edit









If there's one trend I'm never letting die, it's the straw accessories trend.  I vividly remember being about eight or nine and my aunt gifting me a handmade straw bag she picked up on a trip to Mexico. Y'all I cherished that thing. I wore it with everything, even outfits that didn't quite warrant it.

So I guess you could say this trend has been near and dear to my heart for quite some time now.  Nevertheless, I've been thrilled to see it come back around these last few summers. I recently picked up a newer version for myself. The bag in the photos above is from H&M, so it was not only trendy but very affordable. I love turning to stores like H&M to dip my toe into trends I'm not quite sure about. Though I think I might've jumped head first into this one.

Now that I've started up my collection, there are a few I've got my eye on. This gorgeous one from Madewell that boasts a pretty unique design. I'm also pretty in love with this navy number from Draper James as well. So we'll see how long it takes until I break and pick those up as well. Both of these bags, as well as eight other bags I have my eye on are linked below.

Hopefully, you find one that peaks your fancy!


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Until Next Time,
Autumn

Midi Madness








If you've been following the blog for a while, then you'll know I love skirts. I'm definitely one of those people who wouldn't wear pants if I didn't absolutely have to. Luckily for me, midi skirts have been all the rage lately and let's just say I'm obsessed. Even though I love a good mini skirt as much as the next girl, there's something so incredibly feminine about a midi skirt.

To hope in on the trend I picked this fun floral skirt from H&M, and couldn't wait to style it.  I've linked my skirt down below, it's number one, and linked a couple of other similar styles below. As always I've got a variety of price points links so no matter what your budget is, you can still get in on the trend.

I'd love to hear what spring trends y'all are really excited about, and can't wait to try.

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Until Next Time,
Autumn

Best Bright Finds



Lately, I have been loving wearing bright colors.  There's something about the weather heating up that makes me want to say so long to my neutrals.

Since rainbow items are usually pretty trendy, I try to opt for pieces under 50 dollars. Because let's be honest, how many times can you really wear a rainbow top? Nevertheless, fun, affordable items are pretty easy to find. So I've rounded up my current favorites. Some of them I own, and some of them I just might add to cart.


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If you've looked into these pieces and you're a little afraid to go bold, I'd suggest selecting just one piece and pairing it with an otherwise neutral outfit. Perhaps throwing up these fun earrings with a white top and jeans, or wearing the rainbow sweater with a black t-shirt dress. 

Hopefully, you've found an item or two you liked and found these tips helpful. 

Until Next Time,
Autumn

A Key West Recap






Hi friends!

If you’re tuned into my Instagram, you’ll see that I spent the majority of last week in Key West, Florida. It was an absolute dream vacation, and I thought I’d just take you behind the scenes of that trip. 

When my parents and I landed in Key West, early Friday morning we headed straight to the resort. The Southernmost Hotel & Resort, which was absolutely huge and took up several blocks of the street it was on. It's home to a couple of in house restaurants, and many poolside bars (if that's your jam.) It was host to a fun mix of guests from families to young couples to even a wedding or two. I'd say it was probably the biggest resort on the island.

But that’s also because Key West is such a small island. The whole thing is only 4 miles in diameter. Which to a girl from Texas is absolutely insane. I think my neighborhood at home is longer than 4 miles. But on the plus side, it made getting from place to place super easy, and we only had to take a handful of Ubers. 

Though it might be small, the views in Key West are paramount. Key West is soaked in color. Everywhere you look there were bright buildings, flowers, and landscapes. Though this is going to sound so millennial, it truly is an instagrammer’s paradise. 

But beyond the view, the food was incredible. If you’re a fan of seafood of any kind then you will ALWAYS find a meal in Key West. I without a doubt had some of the best shrimp, scallops, and lobster of my life on this trip. 

Then on top of the views and the food, the people were so kind. I'm a firm believer that people are truly what makes a place special, and I can not say that enough about the Floridians we met. Everyone was always incredibly eager to lend a hand with directions, suggest places to eat or snap a quick picture. 

And since it's not truly a vacation roundup without some recommendations, here are my suggestions for where to stay, what to eat and what to do in Key West!




Where to stay:



What to eat:



What to do: 
Hang out on the beach

And that's it! Hopefully, you enjoyed my take on Key West and it was helpful if you're planning to head there soon! I absolutely could not recommend the city more.

Until next time,
Autumn