As most of y’all know, last weekend Akash & I had a staycation in Downtown Dallas and we had so much fun eating our hearts out & exploring around the city. Needless to say we left the trip with happy bellies & happy hearts. 🙂 I’ve gotten quite a few requests to share everything that we did in Downtown for any of you who happen to be visiting anytime soon, or even if you’re from the area but need suggestions of things to do on your day off! So without further ado, here’s our little itinerary from a three day weekend in Dallas!
Okay, so I know that I’m a little late to the party with my “farewell to 2016” posts, but I seriously can’t help myself! I’ve spent the past few days seeing endless “favorite moments” posts for the year/year in reviews, and it got me thinking about all the exciting things that have happened this past year. It’s definitely been a year of growing up & learning more about myself, but I do think that I’ve had a lot of experiences this past year that have shaped me as a person.
Kicked off the year with a trip to Oklahoma.
Started my blog.
I know I’ve mentioned this so many times, but I truly cannot even begin to express how much I love blogging. I’ve thought about starting a Youtube channel for style for years and years (I’m proud to admit I watched makeup & fashion videos on Youtube years and years ago- before it was cool.) But for some reason, I could never bring myself to do it- mainly because I was embarrassed, let’s be honest. But I’m seriously so incredibly happy I decided to just bite the bullet and start my website. It’s blossomed into such an amazing creative outlet for me, and it’s been so much fun watching it grow. Looking forward to everything 2017 has to bring for Styled by Summer!!
Visited New York City for the second time with my best friend.
Two weeks before spring break, my friend Melody sent me a text asking if there was any way I would want to take a trip to NYC with her for spring break & stay with her brother in the Big Apple. Two weeks later we found ourselves on a plane to New York! It was my first time really ever taking a trip without my family, and it was an incredible experience. We wandered the city for 4 days- the majority of it was spent eating our hearts out at Insta-worthy places. We love you, New York!
Took a trip to Mexico.
Definitely one of my absolute favorite moments of the year! My boyfriend Akash and I spent an amazing 5 days in Mexico,
I turned 20 this year! Can’t wait to see what else is in store this decade of my life.
Visited Chicago with my mom.
This girls’ trip with my momma goes down in the books as one of my all time favorite trips! It was so nice to take a trip with just the two of us & explore the city with no itineraries- just me, my mama, and the windy city! Chicago was so good to us, & we got to see and do so many cool things in the city. I’m hoping to do a lot more traveling in this next year.
Saw my baby brother get his driver’s license.
Such a sweet moment- the day my brother got his license, I had to go to work after going with him to the DPS. When I got home from work, my baby brother took me to a restaurant to treat me for dinner & thank me for all the rides I’ve given him. I’ve realized that the older I get, the more I appreciate him (and the more patience I have for him.) I love you, little brother! I can’t wait to see what you accomplish in the next few years 🙂
Started my junior year of college.
I can’t believe I graduate in less than a year… *cries* Safe to say I’m definitely enjoying the time I have left at Texas A&M.
Celebrated our first anniversary.
It’s crazy to think that Akash and I have known each other since middle school & have been best friends for going on 4 years now. So lucky to call this hunk mine 🙂
Earned my Aggie Ring!
I have a whole blog post on this special special day! For sure one of my favorite days of my life so far. Now I have this little piece of Aggie gold to call mine forever & ever.
Visited Oklahoma with my boyfriend’s family.
Ended the year with a full circle back in Oklahoma at Akash’s dad’s cabins in Broken Bow! Hopefully this will continue as an annual trip- we’ve had so much fun the past two times we’ve visited!
This year’s definitely been full of ups and downs (some really low downs) but I’m happy to say we’ve all made it out alive. I’m excited to start this new chapter- so many daunting but exciting things are coming up in this past year. 2016 took me to New York City, Broken Bow, Chicago, Austin, Mexico, Houston, and Waco- one of my biggest goals for the next year is to do a ton of traveling. Whether that means international or just in Texas cities, I’m hoping 2017 will bring me lots of new adventures & great memories. Happy (belated) new year, you guys!! Here’s to an amazing 2017.
Last week I spent a super relaxing few days in Oklahoma with my boyfriend and his family. We stayed at my boyfriend’s dad’s cabins up in the Beaver’s Bend surroundings, in the Broken Bow area- check them out here!! For those of y’all in the Oklahoma/Texas area, iff you ever find yourself wanting to take a little vacay, I highly recommend checking out these awesome cabins!
Anyway, we had so much fun on our little 4 day trip & I really wanted to share some of our photos with all of you! Akash took some of these pictures- if any of you have photography needs, be sure to check out his work here & here; he takes all of my photos, and does an amazing job 🙂 Thanks, baby!
Akash’s dad built a beautiful pond next to his properties- we spent one morning just exploring the area, and taking a nice walk around it. Last year we went fishing here, too!
We stayed in the Hilltop Honey Cove- amazing cabin, so much room!
Our second day on the trip it was super foggy- but it made for some really awesome photos!
We also stopped by the Hochatown State Park. It had a huge lake, and we spent one afternoon just by the shore finding seashells, skipping rocks, and playing frisbee- it was so nice to get some fresh air & just hang out. Akash took this photo by the water- so pretty!!
I hope all of you enjoyed seeing the pictures from our little trip! It was so nice to have a little getaway from real life, but now I’m back to work. Two more weeks until I head back to school, so I’m definitely going to be savoring my time here in Dallas for the next several days.
I can NOT believe how cold it is outside right now! I feel like just yesterday it was 70 degrees out and I was wearing a t-shirt and shorts, and now I’m all bundled up in 80 layers and 50 blankets.
I’ve been on the hunt for a big cozy sweater, and last night I found a TON at Target, and get this- they’re all 40% off! Most of the ones I found were all under $20, which is perfect if you’re looking to stock up on some comfy sweaters to stay cozy this winter. I personally hate being cold- I would much rather be hot than cold any day- so you’ll definitely find me bundled up in my thickest sweaters for the next month.
I’ve also been loving tassels lately- tassel earrings are my fave, and I decided to work them into my wardrobe with some other tasseled pieces as well- the crossbody bag & my boots!
This outfit is seriously so comfortable & cozy. I ran around town today for hours running errands and I was as comfortable as can be. 🙂
I hope all of you are staying warm!! I can’t believe Christmas is already only a few days away- how are y’all doing on Christmas shopping? Let me know, thanks so much for stopping by!
Coat Old Navy | Bodysuit H&M | Jeans Topshop | Necklace Kendra Scott | Heels JustFab
Happy Friday!! Thought I’d throw a little fun print into the mix of 99% winter-toned outfits! I’ve had these heels for the longest time and never really knew how to style them. I believe I bought them two spring seasons ago, and they’ve only gotten to come out to play maybe once.
I love playing with elements from other seasons into the current one- it keeps things fun & fresh. I kept the whole outfit besides the shoes more neutral, so the shoes grab all of the focus. I’m definitely going to be repeating this outfit throughout the spring, too- don’t judge me!
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