Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Where I've Been (Lately 5/18)

Hi friends! Long time no chat. Let me tell you it's so nice to sit down and actually write a post out. The past two months have been absolutely incredibly insane. So here's what's been going on.
I didn't sleep // Literally, the past two months I've maybe slept 5 out of 7 nights a week. This past semester has quite literally been the hardest semester of my academic career. Any time I wasn't spending studying I was working, and between that I was trying to get anything close to some sort of sleep.

I'm planning a big move // Nothing is set in stone so it's still very hush hush, but big things are on the way for this fall!
I had a family emergency // Like I said, it's been one of the hardest times I've had in a while. Being said, I've learned so much about myself and those around me the past few months.
I bought a car // Yes! I did a VERY adult thing this past month and bought myself a new car. It's been in the works since I moved back to North Carolina, and I decided on a Toyota Rav 4. So far I've had it about three weeks and I'm absolutely smitten with it!
I graduated from college // It's been a long time coming! Though I will still be taking summer courses, I walked in my school's ceremony almost two weeks ago and it is still very unreal that it happened. It's like I remember standing in the stadium in a sea of purple but I'm still pretty sure I'm not an adult and I have no idea what to expect out of this post-grad life. Any other recent grads feel the same? Let me know!
I got a FitBit // I have been wanting a new one for a while as my Jawbone wouldn't work half of the time. My boyfriend bought me one for graduation and it came this past Friday so I'm still playing around with it. I got the Alta which came out in March, and seems to be a skinny version of the surge.

Short in sweet that's been life lately. Can't wait to be seeing more of y'all soon!


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Brighten Up! (iPhone Cases for Spring)

Happy hump day y'all! I hope your week is off to a fabulous start - here I am just studying/working/trying to get to this holiday weekend! (Also casually, quickly, giving the blog a bit of a facelift at 4 in the morning - definitely a work in progress.) With spring temps in mind, fingers crossed for some consistent weather soon, today on the blog I wanted to share with you some of the bright and bubbly iPhone cases perfect to spice up any spring look -

I tend to go a little overboard with my phone cases incase you can't tell, and that wood finish/turquoise one is really calling my name. Which one is your favorite? How do you like PYB's new look? Let me know!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Easy Denim Dresses #springflinglinkup2016

Dress (similar) // Shoes (similar) // Bag (similar) // Earrings // Watch (similar)

If you're linking up with us today (and I sure hope you are!) you can do so by entering through the link below.
Happy Sunday y'all! Can you believe today is the first official day of Spring? I'm still reeling over the 34 degree temps I saw on my recent trip to Michigan (not to mention the a high in the 40s today). Today I am very excited to be co-hosting the second annual Spring Fling Linkup with my friend Seersucker Sass! It was an absolute blast to put together last year and I can't wait to see what y'all submit this time around!

Today I am sharing this darling denim dress I picked up recently at my local TJ Maxx. While I can't find the exact dress, I've linked multiple options for y'all to scroll through in the widget above if you're interested in recreating this look. I can tell you right now I think this dress is going to be a spring/summer staple for me, it's so incredibly cozy (and it has pockets = score!) 

Happy first day of spring y'all!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

12 Things To Do At Walt Disney World

Happy Tuesday! Literally this time next week I will be home y'all - I am counting down the days before I leave for Disney. If you've been following Pick Your Beau for a while now you probably know that last year I did an internship with Disney and left this past January. A lot has changed since then and between my 18 credit hours and practically full time job I have been itching to get back to being able to play in the parks all day and visit Cava De Tequila anytime I wanted. 

This past week I've been thinking a lot about how much I loved my time there working for the company, and realized I never actually shared what I loved so much about it. That being said, today I wanted to share with you the 12 tips and tricks you must absolutely do next time you visit Walt Disney World from an old cast member:
Ride both the Monorail and the Ferryboat // Y'all I had to put this one first. Long story short Magic Kingdom was actually designed that you (as a guest) have to park off site and then take one of their three modes of transportation to the park. I highly, highly, highly recommend taking both the monorail and ferryboat on your way in and out of Magic Kingdom. They both share a very near and dear place in my heart. They're both about a six minute ride (so believe it or not the monorail is truly not that much faster), you'll be able to take some amazing family photos from the ferryboat and won't be able to stop looking out the window in the monorail. 

Drink Around the World (21+) // Drinking around the world is a time honored tradition at Epcot where you with your friends have a drink in each one of the 11 countries. I will let you know ahead of time that (A) it's a lot so please be careful and (B) at about $10-$15 a drink it gets expensive very quickly. I did this on my 21st birthday and have been itching to do another, it was such a blast going through the showcase! Bonus points if you hit Cava De Tequila in the Mexico Pavilion, and order a"Tornado" in the Morocco Pavilion. It's not on the menu but trust me, they'll know exactly what you're talking about. 

People usually recommend you start on the Canada side rather than the Mexico side, but I started in Mexico (liquor before beer, in the clear) and skipped every other country, then went back later in the day to finish. This (plus a LOT) of water really helped make it all the way! I've also heard from the Boardwalk area (near France) is a great place to start. 

Take Photos in Front of the Castle // I truly believe you can't not walk into Magic Kingdom and take at least one photo of the castle. Cinderella's Castle is my favorite out of all of them (also Paris's castle is absolutely stunning) and it makes the perfect scenic backdrop. Just remember to leave your selfie stick in the car as you won't be allowed in with it!

See the Carousel of Progress // I've found guest either absolutely love it or absolutely hate it. I'm on the love side, and if you ask any cast member they'll tell you it was the only attraction Walt had actually touched throughout the park. 

Ride the Mountain Range // This is a extremely fun Disney challenge, just make sure you're giving yourself enough time/planning your fast passes well enough to do everything if you're visiting during the busy season (March - September). Essentially you ride all three of the "mountains" the same day: Space Mountain in Tomorrowland, Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain in Frontierland. Bonus points if you're able to ride Seven Dwarves (if you can get a fastpass, get it! Usual wait is about 90+ minutes).

Explore Kilimanjaro Safari // Though you would never guess it, Disney's Animal Kingdom is actually it's largest park purely because of how large the safari is. If you look at a map it's seriously a third of the park, it's incredible. It's a real safari type attraction and it should be the first thing you should do when you go to Animal Kingdom. The trick to it though is always go in the morning, as that's when the animals are active and you'll be able to see a lot more - ideal time being before 11. I think this was actually my mom's favorite thing we did both times she came to visit me, just be careful with any loose items if you're sitting near the edges of the trucks - I couldn't tell you how many people I saw drop their phones!

Have a Meal on the Hub Grass // My go to was always a turkey leg or chicken nuggets. Disney food for the most part is actually really good food when it comes to park food, whether you're doing a quick service or a sit down. I used to get lunch and go sit on the hub all the time to people watch before work, and it's a great place to take a little breather and soak it all in.

Watch Wishes // Illuminations is great, don't get me wrong, but Wishes will make you feel all sorts of things. Wishes is Magic Kingdom's signature firework show (they do it every night, times will vary depending on the season) and it features many of the classic character's you've grown to love through the years. At work I used to watch it every night and I know the entire show by heart, I'll literally act it out for you if you ask, and it's kind of hilarious. One of my roommates during the program used to work Fantasmic, and she did the same thing. I literally have never seen the show (I know, shame on me), but I feel like I know the whole thing through her.

Take a tour of the Haunted Mansion // They recently upgraded the queue for the mansion and it's seriously pretty cool. It's one of my favorite rides purely because of the history and stories the mansion has to tell (again, ask a cast member it's amazing how much we know). Another one of my roommates used to be one of the "maids" there during my program and it was always such a blast to ride it with her because she could point out the amazing attention to detail you would have never guessed. You know the scene in the attic with the bride? Take a look at the portraits in that room next time, it takes you through her entire life's story.

Eat anything and everything shaped like Mickey // Self explanatory and delicious. My personal favorite are Mickey Waffles, especially if you can get it at Trail's End (Fort Wilderness Campgrounds).

Go Resort Hopping // Bonus points if you're doing a crawl or it's the Holiday season. Some of the hidden treasures are found in Disney's resorts and it's a great way to spend an afternoon just seeing the property. I was stationed out of Magic Kingdom so I had the most interaction with their five resorts, but I'm also a huge fan of the resorts along the Boardwalk near Epcot.

Wear Your Ears // And of course I had to save the best for last. You cannot take a trip to Disney without picking up a new pair of ears to wear! I love picking up pairs from Etsy especially, and I think I might just cave and get the silver sequined pair during my trip next week.

Have you been to Disney World? What do you think I should do next week? Also, if you're planning a trip or have any general questions about Disney World (seriously, I could plan you perfect vacation), Magic Kingdom in particular, please contact me and I'll get back to you as quickly as possible. Have a good one y'all!

Friday, February 26, 2016

In vs. Out // February

Happy Friday! I feel like it's just me but this week literally flew by after Tuesday (probably having something to do with the three test I had on Tuesday and the 14 hours of sleep I had that night). This weekend I will be somewhere between a quick trip home, wrapping up the month at work, and doing everything due before spring break. I just have to keep reminding myself in about a week I will be back at the happiest place on Earth (insert princess emoji here). Today I'm keeping things light and am super excited to be linking up with Allison from Because I Said So for her monthly In vs. Out Linkup. Without further ado lets jump in:

Returning home (aka Cinderella's Castle obvs) super soon!
Swim suits for spring break (especially this one)
An upcoming trip to Michigan - if you're from the Lansing area please send recommendations for places to check out you would be literally the best
70 plus temps
Spring and summer sandals
Finally learned how to use Hootsuite and it's awesome

Drinking way too much coffee to make up for my lack of sleep
Spring semester - is it graduation yet?
The on again off again under 50 degree temps

Are you participating in this weeks linkup? Let me know!

Monday, February 22, 2016

5 Spring Essentials (& Linkup Announcement!)

Happy Monday! Currently about to grab coffee number two if that's any indication of how the next 48 hours will be (I forgot how scary three test in one day was - is it time to graduate yet?) Today on the blog I wanted to share my five "must haves" for the transitioning time of the year. I feel like it's just me, but Spring is alway such an interesting season in the Carolinas because the temperature literally fluctuates between 20 - 30 degrees in 24 hours so I'm constantly somewhere between a dress with sandals and my chunky winter sweaters. I've also got a very exciting announcement at the end of this post so definitely stay tuned!

Statement Jacket // For this one I'm always floating between my bright rain jackets, or my hot pink C. Wonder coat I picked up last winter. I am constantly getting cold (you should see how many blankets I like on my bed during the summer time I think it drives my boyfriend insane) but can't stand pulling out my heavy coats unless it's genuinely 20 degrees and snowing outside. Something light and something bright seems to always do the trick when the temperature drops dramatically.

White Sneakers // The idea of white sneakers is absolutely terrifying unless you've never had them, they surprisingly don't get as gross as you would think. Last year I picked up a pair of white Keds and wore them 24/7 - they're super versatile. I wore them A LOT while I was at Disney, so I think this year I might look into picking up a pair of Converses before the summer starts. 

Neutral Dress // Neutral dresses are great year round, but I find myself wearing them really often during the spring/summer. This year I'm especially excited to break out this tan Piko type dress as well as a new jean dress I picked up last week, they're incredibly easy to dress up or down whether you're going for a walk in the park or out to drinks on the weekends.

Lightweight Sweater // On those fluctuating days another thing I really find myself reaching for is lightweight sweaters. I posted on a few last week (on super sale - you can see the post here) and one of the grey ones I picked up I've already worn twice in the week I've had it. It's incredibly soft and not so warm that I'm sweating like a dog once it hits 70 degrees. My trick would be to again, stock up on lighter colors and neutrals so you can match it back with about anything.

Bright Scarves // Last but not least bright scarves! I'm especially a huge fan of the Lilly Pulitzer scarves, I've got three now and I always get complimented when I wear them - they always seem to add such a pop to whatever look you're going for that day. The only thing about the Lilly options though is they definitely come at a high price tag, so I would look for them either on sale or second hand. 

Today I am also super excited to announce that my friend Seersucker Sass and I are co-hosting the Second Annual Spring Fling Linkup set to go live March 20th - the first day of spring! The theme is all things spring, and you don't have to exclusively be a blogger to participate. You can join us by using the hashtag #springflinglinkup2016

Do you have any essentials I should add to my list? Are you going to participate in the linkup? Let me know!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Stocking up on (SALE) Sweaters

Happy Friday!! First off a big thank you to everyone who has already completed my reader survey, I've really enjoyed reading through all of the responses I've received and am excited to be making some big changes here on the blog. (Yes, that means posting more than once a week I promise!!) If you haven't already taken it and would like to do so you can take it here.

Today I wanted to share my last winter type post because I don't know about you, but I am seriously ready for spring summer. The best part of the changing of the seasons though is definitely the deals, and right now there are a ton of on serious SALE sweaters just about everywhere. I went to Nordstrom last weekend and picked up a few myself, and had my eye on the Bobeau cardigans especially - I can't decide which color to go with!

Which one is your favorite? I'm just about obsessed with the material on the Sun & Shadow one, it's quickly becoming a staple. Have a great weekend y'all!