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Ocean Drive

No visit to Miami is complete without a stop at the historic Ocean Drive. The buildings that line the street were constructed in the 1920’s. These beautiful buildings were neglected for many years, and almost ended up demolished. They have since been restored to their original state. The area is referred to as the Art Deco Historic District, and lies between 5th and 23rd street. I love anything vintage so this was definitely one of the top things I wanted to see in Miami. One of my favorite things to do on vacation is sight-seeing. Having the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful architecture was definitely a highlight of my trip. I promise you will not be disappointed by the vibrant colors and rich history if you add this to your list of places to see.

I am going to sidetrack a bit from my trip to Miami and tell you about the fun two days I had in Chicago. My cousin lives about an hour away from me, and I haven’t seen her in almost a year! We both are busy with full-time jobs,  and I work certain weekends so it can get hard to plan a night or two out. It’s something we both agreed we would do more of. We met for lunch at Pinstripes. I highly recommend this restaurant they have a great food selection. The waitress even brought out a separate gluten-free menu for me. There is also an indoor bowling alley. After lunch we headed over to our hotel to check in. On our way to the hotel we hit that lovely chicago traffic, so by the time we checked into our hotel and got ready it was pretty late. The girl checking us in at the front desk was Bosnian so we had a nice chat with her. We ended up missing both the concert and the taste of Chicago due to the traffic, but we still had a great night.

Our first stop was at the Buckingham Fountain, and it was so beautiful all light up at night. Then we stopped for food at the Velvet Taco. I had a lettuce wrapped taco which I know doesn’t sound too appetizing, but I promise it was delicious. After that we went out dancing at Nacional 27, and the place was dead. However, it was a nice change from an overcrowded night club, and from people stepping on my feet. Anytime I have gone out dancing, people step on my toes multiple times. I’m not really sure why I have this problem. Afterwards, we ubered back to our hotel, and called it a night.

I woke up the next morning dead tired, and that’s how you know you are getting old! The next day we made it to the Taste of Chicago! It was a boiling hot day out. My favorite thing that I ate was by far this vegan and gluten-free cupcake. I definitely made some not so good food options as well. I find it very difficult to eat healthy at festivals. I noticed that many people get frustrated when you ask for a list of ingredients, or they simply do not know what the ingredients are. Eating healthy when you are out at an event is definitely not a simple task. It’s okay to have a cheat day every once in a while as well so I will consider it mine. I really enjoyed spending these last two days with my cousin, that girl spoils me way too much! We plan on going to a Shakira concert next month so I can’t wait to tell you guys all about that! Thank you all so much for reading. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

xoxo

~Tanja~

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South Beach Miami

Its been almost a week since I’ve been back from my trip to Miami. I feel that anytime I go on a trip the time flies by. This was the first trip my mom and I took together. It was so nice to get away from work and stress even if it was just for a week. I must say my mother is a saint for taking all those pictures of me. We both love the beach so we decided the first day we arrived we would check out South Beach. I fell in love with the lifeguard stands there. Each stand was comprised of different neon colors, and they made the perfect backdrop for pictures.

The first thing that I noticed about Miami is that it’s near impossible to find parking, and on top of that you have to pay to park everywhere. We probably drove around for a good hour before we found a parking spot. The beach was very busy which I was expecting, but I loved the energy it gave off. Miami is definitely a very lively place to be. There is so much to see and do. One thing I didn’t like about the beach was that there was a lot of seaweed that washed up ashore. However, once you actually got a few feet out into the ocean it was clean. I think going to South Beach at least once is a must while in Miami.

My swimsuit is from last summer, and it’s from Asos. If you guys follow me on Instagram you know I buy all my swimsuits from there. I think their suits are reasonably priced, and made with good quality materials. I used to avoid wearing yellow because I thought that I couldn’t pull a color like that off. Now it’s one of my favorite colors to wear. What I love about this swimsuit is that it’s off the shoulders, and it has a beautiful floral print to it.  I always worry about off the shoulder things staying in place, but I had absolutely no issues with this suit. I will link a few very similar swimsuits for you guys below.

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July this past Wednesday. Thank you all for reading. There is much more to come from my Miami trip so stay tuned!

xoxo

~Tanja~

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High Waisted Floral Off Shoulder Bathing Suit

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Flamingo Wall

Happy Sunday everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I am taking a break from packing to write a quick blog post. I leave for Miami tomorrow, and I have to get up at 4am! I really need to get my butt to bed, but I procrastinated on the packing and last-minute shopping. I am flying into Fort Lauderdale and renting a car from the airport. It was much cheaper to fly into Fort Lauderdale, and it’s only a 40 minute drive to Miami. Stay tuned this week and follow my Instagram stories. I won’t be writing any blog posts until I return. I’m so excited and can’t wait to share all the outfits I have put together, and all the places we will be visiting. I love combing my two biggest passions of fashion and travel.

The flamingo rum club is a bar located in Chicago. I didn’t actually go inside, I just fell in love with their flamingo wall! I chose to wear white lace shorts and a long sleeve pink shirt, with my favorite nude heels. I saw some other people taking pictures there too, and they were all wearing pink as well, it was awesome! It can be very tricky to get good pictures at this location. You have to literally stand in the middle of the road to get the perfect shot, which is not very safe. Instead, have the person taking the pictures go across the street to get the entire wall in the shot. I can’t wait to go back to Chicago and explore more art murals! Thanks for reading. See you all next week 🙂

xoxo

~Tanja~

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Eden’s

This gorgeous palm leaf wall comprises one of the exterior walls of a restaurant in Chicago called Eden. This restaurant is right outside the city of Chicago. At first I thought it was weird to have a restaurant in the middle of nowhere, but it’s actually kind of genius! It’s minutes from the city and there is free parking. I think it’s a nice way for those who live in the city to escape from all the hustle and bustle. We didn’t actually have time to eat at the restaurant, but I have read reviews and seen pictures of the food and it looks phenomenal. I will definitely be headed back to Eden for dinner one of these days.

Some may think it’s overkill to wear a palm leaf print against a palm leaf wall, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love the way the two came together. You can’t tell from the pictures, but I was having a serious wardrobe malfunction with this dress. I changes from my first outfit into this maxi dress in the car, and ended up ripping the side zipper on the dress. I had to pose a certain way and at certain angles because one side of the dress was completely open. It was pretty embarrassing, but my mom and I got a good laugh out of it. The dress was about twelve dollars from Marshalls so I guess you get what you pay for. It served it’s purpose for the photo shoot.

I can’t believe how hot and humid it was outside today. I actually had to work today, and I also work tomorrow, but just that short distance from the hospital to the parking lot was awful in scrubs. Days like these should be spent at the pool or lake. I feel like it always rains on my days off, and it’s really nice out when I work. I hope you guys are having a wonderful weekend and staying cool. Thank you for reading.

xoxo

~Tanja~

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Damen Avenue

It’s no secret that I love a good art mural, and Chicago has no shortage of them. I saw this wall with multi colored hearts that I fell in love with. To my disappointment, that wall no longer exists on Damen Avenue. I’m not going to lie, I was very disappointed. We just drove an hour and a half to take pictures of a mural that no longer existed. That’s the thing about murals, they are not always permanent. Thankfully, we found three other great murals all on Damen Avenue.

Parking was a big pain in the butt as always. It took us a good half an hour to find a spot to park, and of course we had to pay for parking. Does anyone have any tips and tricks on parking in Chicago? Once we discovered that the mural I wanted was no longer there, we walked along Damen Avenue, and found a beautiful jungle mural on the side of a restaurant called Urban Belly. It was a bit tricky getting pictures at this location as people were eating outside right in front of the mural.

The plan was to change outfits with each mural, but with the parking situation and no privacy to change, I scratched that plan and decided to keep the same outfit for all three murals. The next mural we stumbled upon was one of two coyotes facing away from each other. This was my favorite mural by far. I loved all the bright colors and patterns on it. This one was created by the artist Tony Passero, and it sits at the 606 trail entrance.

The last art mural we stopped at was a series of three love murals. I love the classic black and white ones, but the brightly colored one was great too. These were created by a local artist named Matthew Hoffman. He is also behind the you are beautiful artwork. I love that his work is so uplifting and positive. We could definitely use more kind words in today’s world.

The outfit I have had for a few years now, and I have never had the guts to wear it. It’s definitely a showstopper. It may look like a dress, but it’s actually a romper. What I love about rompers is that they are so easy to wear . You just throw it on, and you are ready to go! This one was a bit tricky as it is low-cut. I paired it with a black lace bralette, which I thought went nicely with the long lace sleeves.  The best part of this romper is that it has pockets!

I am writing this blog post feeling pretty crappy. I have had a horrible migraine all day and the worst fatigue of my life. Just sitting here writing this is taking a lot out of me. I have literally been resting all day and have gotten nothing done. Sometimes we need those days to let our bodies recover. I hope you are all feeling well. Thank you guys for reading, and I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

xoxo

~Tanja~

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Ringling Museum

If you are visiting Sarasota make sure to add the Ringling Museum to your bucket list. This location served as the winter home of John Ringling and his wife Mable. They traveled all over Europe, and Venice had a very special place in their hearts, as was evident by the beautiful architecture of the Museum. You can walk through the grounds for free!  There is only a cost if you want to go inside to see the circus collection. We chose to stick to the grounds, and we were not disappointed.

The gardens contained some of the most beautiful and unique plants and flowers I have ever seen. There is a stunning eucalyptus tree, and if you have never seen one of these they are stunning. They look like they have been splattered in tons of different paints. As the different layers of bark start to peel back, they reveal these brilliant colors. There is also a beautiful garden filled with statues and red roses which is a must see if you go.

The mansion that John stayed at is at the opposite end of the entrance, and that was personally my favorite stop along the way. The mansion is right on the water which makes for some stunning views. The workers there were so friendly and knowledgeable about any questions we had. There were also statues of all the animals that comprise the Chinese Zodiac. I was born in the year of the monkey and Carla the year of the goat.

Our last stop was outside the Museum of Art which to me looked like a giant pink palace. I was in love with the architecture and all the sculptures. I felt like I was transported to Venice inside this place. This would be a beautiful location for engagement or senior pictures. I love the way the photos turned out at this location. The dress I wore I have had for a few years, and I never had an occasion to wear it to. It was perfect for this photo shoot.  I would love to go back and check out the inside of the museum. I highly recommend this place next time you guys find yourselves in Florida. Thank you for reading! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

xoxo

~Tanja~

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Ulele

One of my favorite places we went out to eat in Tampa would have to be Ulele. What I love about this place is that it has a rich history behind it. They serve native inspired food and drinks. Ulele was a Native American princess who lived in the 1500s. At this time the Spanish were exploring the area of Florida. The tribe captured three of the Spanish men. Among the three men that were captured was Juan Ortiz. Juan was set to be killed.  Feeling sorry for the man, Ulele threw herself onto the man in order to save his life. Ulele’s father agreed to spare the man’s life. For this reason she is referred to as Florida’s version of Pocahontas. This story was told to us by our waiter who was awesome by the way! All the staff there were fantastic.

When we arrived, we found that there was complimentary parking, which was a real treat for us, as parking can be a challenge in Florida. I do recommend making a reservation as this is a very popular restaurant. While we waited for our table, we checked out the outside of the restaurant which was stunning. There were two beautiful bronze statues of Ulele. There were a variety of fairytale sculptures scattered throughout the courtyard of the restaurant as well. They included; Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, The There Little Pigs, Humpty Dumpty, & the mouse from Hickory Dickory Dock. All of these sculptures were restored as they were in pretty bad shape. The sculptures are beautiful and add such a great touch to the restaurant. The interior of the restaurant had countless pieces of artwork as well. The restaurant overall is very visually pleasing.

What I loved about their menu is that all of their gluten free items were marked clearly, so it was easy for me to order. We started our meal out with the okra appetizer. If you have never had okra before I highly recommend it ! I had the fire roasted chicken for my entrée, and Carla had the steak and potatoes. For dessert we had the flourless chocolate torte, which was very rich so perfect for sharing. Carla also ordered the Ring of Fire which is one of their popular drinks. We had a great dining experience, and I would highly recommend the place if you are visiting the Tampa area. I hope you all have a great memorial day weekend. Thank you for reading.

xoxo

~Tanja~

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