How To Style A Bar Cart W/O Alcohol

Hello Darling,

 

   For those of you who have been following me from the beginning, know that I do not drink alcohol. Give me all the sugar and hot chocolate LOL! There are so many cute ways to style a bar cart, booze free. You will see Bar carts everywhere and they are quickly becoming the latest home decor trend. I recently added one in our bedroom, to give the space more of a trendy, chic vibe. I was originally going to use it as a nightstand, but now use it for my holiday decor area.

 

 

         This circular bar cart is SO trendy and priced very reasonably. To be honest, when I googled “bar carts”, this was one of the first pieces that came up. I IMMEDIATELY fell in LOVE. I think the rustic gold and circular design gives it a cute vintage vibe. I plan on changing the decor each month to correspond with the current holiday season. Right now, it is decorated for Halloween/Thanksgiving. This “Fall inspired” bar cart will give you all of the fall, cozy vibes. Call me basic, but this is pumpkin spice and everything nice!

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A Few More Ideas On How To Style A Bar Cart:

  • use as a nightstand
  • use as a coffee table
  • use as a birthday celebration table
  • use as a station for a bridal shower or event
  • use in the bathroom for decor and or storage
  • use as a hot coco bar (my personal favorite)
  • use as your office display table

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Kennebunkport Travel Guide

Hello Darlings,

 

     As promised, here is the ultimate guide to Kennebunkport (the place to be all year.) Taylor and I truly had the most beautiful time there in the most quaint, darling and unique town to visit. This little town is filled with antique charm and lovely inns ( our favorite is the Grand Hotel!) We are so excited to share some of our favorite spots and things to do while visiting KPT. This is one of our most memorable trips. We spent about four days there and we were able to get in all of the attractions, shopping and dining we wanted to do. We enjoyed our evening walks the most, alongside the dock on our night walks back to The Grand Hotel; eating our delicious ice cream.

WHERE TO STAY:

      We stayed at the charming Grand Hotel located on Chase Hill road, just steps into the beautiful village. You will find all of the popular restaurants, shopping and the BEST LOBSTER ROLL just steps outside of the hotel. I think the Grand Hotel was in one of the best locations in the town because almost everything was steps from the hotel. The Grand offers so many lovely amenities such as, complimentary bikes to ride in town and to the beach. This was so convenient, being that the parking was limited near Gooch’s Beach. They offer light bites in the morning, which was right up Taylor’s alley. He LOVED heading to the lobby every morning for a small bite to eat. This is great because it gave me enough time to get ready before we headed to Breakfast.

     We stayed in the Grand King suite which was decorated in rich and warm gold tones with saffron accents. It was clean, climate controlled and comfortable. Taylor’s favorite part, was the heated floors in the bathroom. It also included a huge stand up shower. We enjoyed having breakfast every morning, on our mini private deck which overlooked the lower village and marina of Kennebunkport. We were so in love with the Grand’s location in the heart of the their “downtown area.” We conveniently could walk to everything we needed to. The guest services were absolutely spectacular. They went above and beyond to make sure that we were satisfied and enjoying our stay. They recommended restaurants for dinner and things to do. One of our favorite restaurants that the concierge recommended was, The Boathouse.

The grand also offers complimentary kayak, canoe, and paddle board rentals from the Kennebunkport Marina. I have never been on a Canoe/kayak before and Taylor and I rented a double seat kayak from the marina. It was one of our favorite moments from the trip. We thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful river and sightseeing a few miles down. We were so appreciative that the hotel offered free rentals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other amenities include, free champagne upon arrival, beach parking permits, complimentary shuttle service to other sister hotels and restaurants, beach cruiser bikes, complimentary beach chairs and towels, a pantry stocked with complete snacks, games, magazines & more, infused water/ coffee available all day, curated art through out the hotel, and complimentary parking. Besides the unique charm of the hotel; there were a lot of amenities included, which made our stay worthwhile. I cannot recommend the Grand enough. We plan on returning next summer and look forward to another beautiful stay. Be sure to scroll through some more photos of the hotel down below! I mean, how charming is it?

    Obsessing over the charming and elegant lobby!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(We of course needed a mini photoshoot on our own Deck overlooking the town!)

 

 

 

 

We shot these photos on the deck of our private balcony! it was our favorite photo spot. We are so grateful for the memories and our stay with The Grand. This is our number 1 hotel when visiting Maine and we look forward to returning!

 


 

    DINING: 

Where do I even begin with restaurants? There are so many options. We took a few steps out of our front door and we were provided with many options to dine at.

Breakfast :

   We loved grabbing egg omelettes and bacon from H.B. Provisions which was across the street from The Grand Hotel. We would grab breakfast to go and bring it back to our porch and eat together. We recommend getting the lemon blueberry whoopee pies for dessert. I think Taylor had one for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We attempted to grab breakfast from All Day Breakfast on the way home, but there was about an hour long wait.

Lunch:

   We occasionally would skip lunch to save room for dinner, but I loved grabbing my favorite: turkey lettuce wraps from Old Salt’s Pantry. This is perfect, if you want to grab sandwiches to bring to the beach. Federal Jack’s, is a great American restaurant to sit down and enjoy a nice lunch over-looking the marina. I had the steak and Taylor had the calamari and it was wonderful! If you are wanting to grab something quick, then head to the Clam Shack for fresh lobster and more.

Dinner:

   We ate at the Boathouse and absolutely loved the atmosphere and vibe of this restaurant. The Boathouse is also  a sister hotel to The Grand! The portions were great and their waitstaff was lovely. Boathouse is extremely accommodating with food allergies. Being that I have a gluten allergy, they put my French fries in a separate fryer. Taylor had a tuna poke bowl and raved over it for the next few days. We also made a reservation for the Kennebunkport Inn, at the Burleigh restaurant. Our dinner was tasty and loved the atmosphere of it’s location. We only had one complaint and that was the 100 mosquitos that ate us alive during dinner. The waiter was nice enough to bring us a bottle of bug-spray! They even brought us complimentary desert wine for our anniversary. 

Dessert:

    Taylor is 100% recommending all of the dessert places to eat at, considering he tried almost all of them. His favorite was the Candyman, because of their amazing chocolate covered twinkies. For ice cream, Taylor loved Maxims Desserts, which was located inside of a food truck. Taylor got a strawberry rhubarb pie ice cream cone from Maxim’s and raved over it. If you have a peanut/nut allergy, Ben & Jerry’s offers a peanut/nut free ice cream option. It was delicious and I felt safe eating it. If you are a donut lover like myself, you must go to Satellite Donuts for the most amazing flavors and mini donuts.

Here’s a sneak peak of the Candyman!

 


 

Things To Do:

 

  1. You must visit the Kennebunkport Beaches. The water is absolutely beautiful and the surrounding homes are so elegant and charming to see. We were lucky enough to have a beach parking pass, since we were staying at The Grand.  We visited Gooch’s Beach, which was a mile from our hotel room.
  2. You can rent Kayaks, Canoes and Paddle Boards from the Kennebunkport Marina. If you stay at The Grand Hotel, you will recieve complimentary rentals all day everyday.
  3. Shopping, shopping and more shopping. Luckily,there were enough dessert spots to continue feeding Taylor while I shopped! Just when you think, you’ve hit the end of the town there are more shops. Taylor and I enjoyed visiting the unique, vintage shops. Each store had it’s own unique charm and feel to it. We loved visiting the thrift stores. 
  4. Tours- The town offered numerous types of tours. You could take the adorable Trolley for $16 per person and ride through the town. You can also do a whale watching boat tour/lobster tour. All of the boat tours can be purchased, at the Marina next to Maxim’s Desserts! We didn’t have the chance to do a boat tour, but everyone raved over the whale-watching tour. If you wanted to skip the tour, you could always head to the bridge and take a walk alongside the Marina. 
  5. Scooter Rental– This was the highlight of our trip. We enjoyed every second riding along the ocean’s coast. This was one of the coolest things I’ve experienced. I LOVED every second of it. It was $55.00 for three hours. 
  6. Horse & Carriage Ride- I’m not entirely sure how much this would have been, but it looked so lovely. 
  7. If you have a few minutes of your day, you should ride the scooter to Saint Anne’s Cathedral church. The architecture was absolutely exquisite. 

 

 

   We truly had the time of our lives and made beautiful memories that we shall cherish forever. Returning to Kennebunkport is definitely on our agenda. KPT is charming, elegant with a pinch of salty air. See you again soon Kennebunkport!

 

(This post is sponsored by The Grand Hotel, Kennebunkport Maine. Of course all opinions are my own.) 

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Montauk: Travel Guide

    Montauk Staycation 2018

A Complete Travel Guide

 

Hello Darling,

I received so many direct messages this weekend asking me all about the details of my trip to Montauk with Taylor. We had such a lovely get-away “stay-cation”, celebrating his birthday. We literally did not want to go home. If you are from the eastern end of Long Island, NYC, NJ or the surrounding eastern region; you must take a little trip to Montauk. From the sandy beaches, delicious seafood, homemade ice cream, trendy shopping and fudge/candy shops- you will be in heaven. All of the details and things you need to know, will be in this guide. I hope this is helpful and if you have any questions, feel free to ask me! What a wonderful way to kick-off the summer.

 

Dining:

SCARPETTA

For Taylor’s Birthday dinner, I made a reservation at Scarpetta restaurant in Gurney’s. The atmosphere was charming, elegant and had a romantic feel. We ate dinner overlooking the sandy beach and clear-blue ocean. If you are looking for a romantic anniversary, and or celebration spot, then this is the place to eat at. If you are starving, I don’t suggest eating there to fulfill your appetite. Taylor and I left hungry and ready to order a pizza to bring back. The portions are very small, but very tasty and filled with flavor. The menu consists of primarily Italian dishes. They make fresh homemade pasta and their speciality is the “lobster ravioli.” This is a romantic and trendy spot and will give you all the Montauk, beach vibes. After dinner, we took a walk along the trails to the beach and watched the sunset. On our way out, we visited the little cafe by the front entrance, where they served delicious gelatto. Tay got a huge sprinkled sugar cookie!

(Our view from the dinner table)

LUNCH SPOT

Tacombi

If you are looking to grab a quick bite to eat in town, Tacombi is the BEST spot in town. If you are a fan of Mexican food and tacos- you must stop here for some delicious margaritas and chips & guac. The aesthetic is adorable and totally gives you the summer vibes, while dining. I totally recommend this restaurant for kids and families. It has a fun atmosphere and is perfect for a quick bite.

 

Other Spots I recommend for food: 

  1. Harvest On Fort Pond- Another romantic spot/ evening dinner. They open at five and start taking reservations at 3 pm.
  2. The Lobster Roll- For the seafood lover
  3. Muse- a great trendy spot for young adults (great night life)
  4. The Surf Lodge (Beach party vibes)
  5. For breakfast- Montauk Bake Shoppe (The donuts are to DIE for and they make awesome egg sandwiches.)
  6. For Dessert- John’s Drive in ice cream (homemade and DELICIOUS!)

 

Where To Stay?

Taylor and I stayed in an Oceanfront beach rental at the Beachcomber. To be honest, most of the spots in Montauk are not luxurious and trendy, but I was actually pleased with our stay here. The room was extremely spacious, clean and overlooked the ocean. We didn’t need much. We just wanted a clean room, kitchen and ocean view. There were many young families in the rentals; which was nice to see and understandable considering these units had kitchens (Not as much partying.) We felt very comfortable, safe, relaxed and would definitely return. This was a last minute birthday surprise trip, and everything else was booked up. I wanted to book Gurney’s, but sadly it was sold out. I used www.booking.com for the best available price and everything worked out perfectly!

(Our view from the balcony of our room)

 Where we would stay next time: 

Gurney’s Resort –  

If Gurney’s wasn’t so booked up, I definitely would have booked this for the weekend. The aesthetic, the accommodations and the resort grounds are just beautiful. They have three different restaurants on site, valet parking, cabanas for rent, hammocks for a restful nap on the beach and a beautiful spa for relaxation. They recently renovated the premises and I am obsessed with how it turned out. We would love to visit in the off-season, when it isn’t as crowded. It is a blissful, romantic and trendy place for young couples celebrating an engagement, milestone and or a weekend getaway.

Ruschmeyer’s –

Last year, I visited Ruschmeyer’s and loved the camp-style vibes. There trendy boho chic styled rooms are perfect for the beach lover. They have a ton of events and a very active night life.  They have fun events, such as movies under the STARS and daytime events and games. I look forward to checking out Ruschmeyer’s my next visit.

Montauk Manor-

The Montauk Manor is a historic, charming castle-like hotel. The outdoor facilities resemble buildings in England and the UK. There is a beautiful garden, that overlooks the ocean. I would recommend this resort for families, but the rooms seemed older and in need of renovation.

Things to Do & Places to See:

1. Obviously you MUST visit the beach when staying in Montauk.

The public beach is Kirk Park Beach. There are public restrooms and the town is within walking distance, as well as the supermarket. The Beachcomber (where we stayed) did have a private beach, but we wanted a restroom that we could use. There are lifeguards on duty at the public beach and we found that it was not as crowded there too.

We had an overall beautiful day.

 

 

2. The Montauk lighthouse

You must, must, must climb to the top of the lighthouse. The view is so cool and is a great thing to do with your family. After viewing the lighthouse, taking photos; we climbed the eroded rocks all the way to the edge of the water (Another great photo opportunity).

 

3. Main Street

 

You guys, all of the shops along Main Street are charming and quaint. Each one carries unique clothing, accessories, antiques, jewelry, home decor and more. One of my favorite little shops is the Strawberry Fields florist. The outside is unique, rustic and adorned in flowers. I adore this town and I always leave with a few souvenirs.

 

If anyone has any questions, feel free to contact me.

“Saltwater heals everything.”

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Self-Care (Guide to Feeding the soul, spirit and body)

Hello Darling,

     First off, if you are new to my blog, thank you for reading. Many of you requested that I share my self-care journey from this past month. It is no secret that I am constantly on the go- running from one audition to another. Sometimes I run myself ragged and forget how important it is to take the time to take care of myself. There is only one you. Don’t ever forget that.

  This past month, I experienced some major curveballs, disappointments and things that were just thrown at me. I needed support, love and peace. Sometimes we don’t understand why things happen, but they do. While climbing over this mountain of disappointment, I found things that lifted my spirit, fed my soul and cared for my body. I am excited to share my spiritual journey with you all, and I hope you take the time to CARE for yourself and give it the love it deserves.

SOUL:

Community– Being an actor, I’ve always felt that I needed to be a part of something. I love the feeling of being surrounded by other people that share the same passion as I do. I think it’s important to surround yourself with other human beings that are genuinely there for the same reason. Whether this be a support group, a bible study, an art class, book club or new class. Find something that you are passionate and can share with others. I joined an online women’s support group and it’s a beautiful community.

Hobby- Investing so much time into theatre and my craft can sometimes drain my soul. I needed to find something else that was a creative outlet, but excluded theatre. Hence, why I started to blog. Blogging gives me the opportunity to create, express and explore. Find something else outside of your norm, that brings you joy.

Facebook Detox- I know, I know. How can you be a media influencer/ fashion blogger and delete Facebook? I deleted it for a week and it was the most invigorating experience. I needed the detox and needed to escape. We find ourselves comparing and criticizing when we see other’s posts. These little reminders can cause anxiety and or feed out positive thoughts. For me, the detox was much needed. I want to create a positive environment, not a negative one filled with politics and battle fights over equity vs. non- equity LOL.

Me night– You’re probably wondering what on earth does this mean? This is a night where you literally shut off all electronics and meditate. I typically take a shower and listen to my favorite playlist; baths are awesome too. Turn on some Celine Dion, light that pumpkin spice latte candle, close your eyes,  just breathe & relax. Practice breathing exercises too. This helps to take in more oxygen and release more negativity/ anxiety.

Putting phone in airplane mode– Oops—you’re mad because I responded to your text five hours later? Not sure about you, but I get overwhelmed sometimes and bombarded with messages. I will then continue to put my phone in airplane mode. This sounds harsh and I used to feel VERY guilty doing this, but it works for me. It’s okay to “un-plug for a little while.” Of course, I get back to everyone.

BODY:

Cryotherapy- Okay, I was SO skeptical at first. I actually didn’t think “becoming Elsa” for 2 minutes would work. If you are dealing with allergies, inflammation, anxiety, stress, struggling with weight loss, an immunity disorder; than I HIGHLY recommend this. I would suggest this to all of my dancer ladies. I visit Cryology in Babylon, Long Island. This place is AMAZING. Cryotherapy is not just your everyday sports ice bath. When you ice your skin, it simply penetrates the skin, which just cools the tissues and muscles, causing blood vessels to constrict. This can be uncomfortable, and can actually freeze and damage the muscle. The cold sensation of cryotherapy does not penetrate the skin, but the body still responds as if it is freezing, and immediately activates a recovery response. This is my new healing magic. I SWEAR by this. If you have any other questions regarding this, feel free to message or email me!

http://www.cryologyny.com

Salt Cave- If you think this is a myth, then you are 100% wrong. I am obsessed with salt caves. I had this lingering asthma cough; and after one hour in the salt cave I wasn’t coughing. This is a magical place of healing. I went home and took a nap and slept through the night. I had been struggling with sleeping for the past week. It is very relaxing and the salt actually helps loosen mucus. If you have been struggling with asthma, allergies and or upper respiratory issues; try this. Salt therapy is risk-free and patients, merely sit back in one of the salt cave treatment rooms. In the 55 minutes you sit there, the healing micro-climate of a natural salt cave is reproduced by the most advanced device called Breeze Tronic Pro and clears lung passages.

https://www.peconicriversalt.org

(Please note, I am in no way shape or form a medical professional, these are just things that worked for me.)

Nutrition– They were not kidding when they said, “you are what you eat.” I have always had a fast metabolism. I would finish an entire personal pizza and be ready for another meal. I was known for keeping snacks and candy in my purse. I would eat some type of candy every single day. Until one day, it caught up to me and affected my health. This past month, I cut out sugars and greasy foods. I suddenly felt a huge change and energy. Nutrition is just as important as working out. I finally learned that.

Magnesium– Did you know that magnesium is a natural supplement to heal anxiety, asthma and upper respiratory issues? I add two tsp of Magnesium into my water bottle every morning. This actually has kept me calm and feeling at peace. I highly recommend this natural supplement. Of course, as always check with your doctor first.

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MIND:

Reading- Put those scripts, study guides and textbooks aside. Pick up an actual book and read. I personally needed to read something besides my script for a few days. I have been reading The Let Go life by, Joseph Prince. Get lost in a book. Embrace the adventure; jump into the story.

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Spiritual Faith– Whatever this means to you. Whether you need to meditate, attend church or read inspiring  quotes. Find where your faith stems from. For me, my faith is in God. I read my daily devotionals every single day and spend time in the word. I join in on Elevation Church live, every Sunday. I NEED that to fuel my soul. It’s very important to me, and it keeps my focus on the right things. We all have different beliefs, but embrace your own and rest in it. Faith is the things unseen.

 

 

See, it becomes this rotation cycle for me. Free the mind, fuel the body and cradle the soul. Once I find things that free the mind, do things that take care of my body; my soul is happy. A happy soul = a happy life. Thank you for reading and I hope this inspires you to do a little self-care this month.

 

Xo,

M

 

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Chasing Grace

 

 

 

Hello Darling,

For With God nothing shall be impossible- Luke 1:37

   Today I am going to get extremely personal with you all. So many of you ask me how, I keep a smile on my face even in the hardest of times. I continue to chase grace. I believe in it, chase it, trust it & be still in it. Trust me, I of course feel emotions because I am human, but I choose to live a positive lifestyle. How you may ask? My faith. Without my faith, I am not sure I would  be able to get through this career, let alone the day. Being an actor, there is a lot of rejection and not feeling worthy enough. I definitely get the question; what does it mean to be “strong in your faith”. To me- faith is the complete trust in someone or something. I have faith in God, that all things work for the better. I trust in him and my faith is strong and dwells within my soul.

 

Overtime, I realized that there were things that were out of my control. I couldn’t control getting sick at an inconvenient time. I couldn’t control it raining on the day of my photoshoot. I couldn’t control the small things that would go wrong. These situations and instances are out of our hands. It wasn’t until this past year that I truly needed to rely on God for strength and peace. I went through a personal relationship break-up that was far worse than any breakup I’ve experienced. I was completely heart-broken. I felt lost, but it was then that I realized that I didn’t have to be. It was then, that I had no choice but to rely on my faith to keep me strong and able to move on with my life. This does not mean, I don’t have bad days and struggle with this way of living, but it has changed my life. Now, I don’t necessarily mean…I have to go to church every Sunday, I’m saying that I was able to trust in God. (Although, I do enjoy some Hillsong church!) I soon realized that things fall out of place, because he has a better plan for my life. This was not easy for me to understand. When I finally did, it just clicked. I noticed a lot of my everyday worries and fears disappeared. I felt like a new woman. I accepted that God put me in this season to help me grow and grow my relationship with him. Being a type A, perfectionist woman, I was constantly trying to perfect and set up my fate. I then realized that I could no longer do that to myself. I needed to rest and be still.

There were times in my life that God really worked miracles and put me in situations to lead me to the next bigger and better thing. I’ve seen situations in my career, relationships, health and even college. I am thankful that I have the relationship I have with God and that I am able to confidently say that faith is my everything. I definitely find that when I start my day off with prayer or even play my favorite Hillsong album I am off to an amazing start. I also enjoy reading my Daily Devotionals in “Jesus Calling”, by Sarah Young. I know that I will find a man that will encourage me, be inspired by it and fully love me for all that I love and all that I am.

 

 

    There are times when I may look like I have it all together on Instagram, but I am a human being and sometimes I just have to laugh at the silly moments where I would take myself way too seriously. I always say laugh at yourself, it’s good for your soul. I choose to chase grace. I will continue to run after it, secure it in my soul, rest in it and believe in it with all of my heart. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)

 

 

Here are a few things that I remind myself daily and may help you stay positive and trust your fate:

 

  1. You are loved – John 3:16
  2. You are beautiful- Psalm 139
  3. You are STRONG- Psalm 28:7
  4. You are confident-  Philippians 4:13

 

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