Paladares // where to eat in Havana

There are two types of restaurants in Cuba: government-owned restaurants ..and paladares (or family-owned restaurants). While vacationing in Havana we tried to only dine at paladares so that we could get the most authentic experience as possible. But don’t get me wrong, a family-owned restaurant doesn’t mean you’re eating in someone’s kitchen. On the contrary, most […]

Havana.. getting there!

If you have any desire to visit Cuba, NOW is the time to go. President Trump has plans to reenforce a ban of self-directed, individual American tourism in Cuba (read bullet two of “summary of key policy changes” here) within the next few months, which would make it nearly impossible (again) for anyone not traveling there […]

Cuba: Where to say

Thinking of planning a trip to Cuba? The first thing you’ve got to do is figure out where you should stay. The most popular lodging option in Cuba is a casa particular. Casa particulares are very similar to an AirBnB in that you rent a house (or even just a room) that belongs to an average […]

Guide to Greenbrier

Sure, The Greenbrier is gorggg! There is instagram-worthy decor in every corner. Trust me, I would know ..I walked up and down the halls snapping away for almost three days earlier this week –and every day I discovered something I hadn’t seen before. But the resort is much more than just Dorothy Draper’s living portfolio. Its […]

That Greenbrier feel!

Did you know that in the middle of nowhere (aka Greenbrier County, West Virginia) there’s a massive resort–filled with the most adorable, colorful patterns you’ve ever seen– that’s been the top vacation destination for royals, notable high-ranking government officials and their families, and even Hollywood starlets like Grace Kelly! We’ve only been here for a few […]

Wedding SZN

This past weekend, a very close friend from college got married! Lately a ton of my friends have been walking down the aisle, and I’m sure I’m not alone. Most of you are also probably attending the weddings of your high school and college friends, especially during this time of the year. I love love, and […]

Let’s Flamingle! // My 26th

This past Sunday was my 26th birthday, and (just as I do every other year) I did my best to turn that day into a full on event! Over the years my friends have come to look forward to my birthday party theme–which is nice because I really do put a lot of thought and effort […]

Friendshipversary: Charleston

Back in 2013, while competing for the title of Miss USA, I became super close to three other titleholders: Alabama, Nevada, and Illinois. So now every year around the pageant we make it a point to reunite and catch up! So far we’ve had Miss USA reunion trips in Miami, New Orleans, and even back […]

If you only have a few hours in Aspen…

For me, Aspen has only ever been a day trip while on vacation in Vail so I can’t tell you where to stay, where to ski, or how to spend your evenings there. I can, however, tell you two VERY important things: where to shop + where to have lunch! If you only have a […]

Vail, Colorado // City Guide

I haven’t skied in very many locations, but honestly that’s because I feel like Vail is the perfect ski town…and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! While I would love to experience Park City, Utah, Lake Tahoe, and the French and Swiss Alps, I’ve become quite fond of Vail and am never disappointed when […]