Arizona: part two

In part one, we left off at the Grand Canyon. After that amazing sunset, it took us about five hours to drive back to Phoenix, meaning we arrived at around one a.m. I was SO tired but it was SO worth it!

The next day we slept in and went swimming for a little while in the morning. We were planning on going to the Odysea Aquarium, but since it was Saturday it was crazy busy and there was zero parking. We decided instead to go to the Heard Museum, which was something I was so looking forward to.

The exhibit going on at the time was Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. (Unfortunately, TODAY is the last day of the exhibit there, but I think it’s a traveling exhibit so it will be at other locations.)

In sixth or seventh grade I was told to do a book report on someone I knew nothing about. (AKA – not a first lady. I had done Jackie O., Eleanor Roosevelt, AND Michelle Obama in past years!) I found a book in my school’s library about Frida Kahlo and I recognized the name and face. I knew my mom was a big fan of her but I really didn’t know too much about her.

The book was a cheap, middle school-age biography with a little information about her personal life, but it didn’t go into great detail. Nevertheless I learned so much about her and I wanted to learn even more. I thought her story was just fascinating and I was in love with her work. I was so glad I branched out and chose someone new to write about!

Before we left for Arizona I was researching some museums and events I wanted to check out while there and I came across the Heard Museum. It’s primarily an American Indian Art Museum, but the Frida and Diego exhibit had been apparently been a huge hit so I had to put it on my Arizona to-do/to-go-to list!

Tons of Kahlo’s pieces were on display and it was so surreal to see all of them. I had only seen one of her real pieces at MoMA in New York, so this exhibit was so awesome. It had Rivera’s work as well and many photographs taken by Kahlo’s father, too.

This was of the coolest things in this exhibit. Designers researched Kahlo’s style in great detail and made replicas of her clothes. I thought they were actually her real clothes before they mentioned they were replicas! So much detail is put into those outfits and they’re all so beautiful. I LOVE the flower crowns, too!


My aunt and I stumbled upon a tour group and decided to join it. The tour guide was super helpful. She explained the interpreted meanings of many of the pieces and I went home with so much more knowledge about Kahlo’s life!

 They really need to make a year-round Frida Kahlo museum. This exhibit was absolutely amazing. It’s definitely in my top three favorite museums I’ve ever been to. (I think it just beats the First Ladies exhibit in D.C. 🙂 ) The gift shop was crazy awesome, too. (That’s always a plus!) I now appreciate Frida Kahlo’s work so much more knowing how much pain she went through throughout her life.

After the Heard, we went out for lunch at the Cafe at Phoenix Public Market. Other than it being super loud in there, the menu was great and the desserts looked gorgeous. I got the AB&J (Almond butter and jelly) and WOW was that good! It was just the right portion and the flavors were perfect together. I would totally eat that again.


After lunch, we went to SNOH Ice Shavery. It’s kind of like ice cream, but it’s kind of like shaved ice. It’s super weird but super yummy. They have boba and other drinks there too, but I was curious to try the “ice cream,” or whatever you want to call it! I chose one of the ones on the menu that was already created, but you can create your own too. The base was taro (that’s the purple in the photo) and it was so good. I had never tried taro before but it was really interesting and it doesn’t taste anything like it looks. (LOL, I don’t even know what purple is supposed to taste like. Grape?!) It was topped with condensed milk, almond cookies, and almond pudding. I would totally recommend this place if you want to try something new!

After that, we went to Changing Hands which is a local bookstore. I love bookstores and I so wish we had a Changing Hands on the East Coast. I got myself a copy of The Catcher in the Rye and had a lot of fun looking at all the books and little knick knacks and accessories they had there. It’s the perfect place for gifts!

When we left the bookstore, it was POURING. As we drove into Phoenix it began to settle down and really wasn’t raining too much when we got back. We went swimming again (it really was a daily activity for us!) and enjoyed the rest of the night.

The next day, we checked out the Arizona Science Center. It had a lot of cool activities and hands-on exhibits and I really enjoyed it there! Science is not my favorite – or best – subject, so the phrase “science center” never excites me. Whenever I go to one, though, I end up having a great time and learning a lot. Science IS cool, but it only interests me when I’m able to see it in action rather than sitting in a desk at school!

We were hungry after we left so we stopped for froyo on the way back. See the little hint of pink froyo? That’s mixed berry, AKA: me trying to be healthy. TBH, there’s no coming back from sprinkles, heath bar, oreos, AND butterfingers, so that decision was pointless.

That night, I think we swam again. I also witnessed the SECOND prettiest sunset on this trip! (First being the Grand Canyon, and nothing will ever top that!) I love the silhouette palm trees in these photos.

So there is part two of my trip to Arizona! There will most likely be two more parts… I have to decide how I want to split the trip up.

Happy Labor Day and Monday! Have a great week.

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A Day at the Fair

A Day at the Fair

Every year I look forward to my town’s fair. This year I went on Friday and it was so much fun. I’ve gone every year of my life and I hope I never miss a year. I love seeing my friends from school, stuffing myself with endless amounts of fair food, riding the creaky carnival rides, and photographing it all along the way. Although I left with a headache, sunburn, AND heartburn, it was totally worth it. 😉 (Oh, and here’s my fair post from two years ago #cringe. LOL.) 

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day: 






Happy September! I hope you’re all having a great long weekend and enjoyed these photos. 

An August Playlist

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I am at work on the upcoming Arizona trip post(s) but while I have a minute I figured I’d share my August playlist with you all. I haven’t shared a playlist in quite a while and I feel it’s time for a new one! (Although if you’re following me on  Spotify, I am quite active and you can see all my playlists there all in one place!)

This month has been craaaaazy. I got back from Arizona on the fourth and went to two weeks of camp after my return. I also had to finish (AKA start) my summer homework for my AP Government class. I had a bunch of school events to attend as well, and long story short the end of August was crazy stressful and busy!

Slowly but surely things started to calm down. I started school on the 29th, and I’m now a sophomore in high school! I am really excited for the year. It feels so good to not be a freshman anymore, haha! I’m taking some really cool classes and am so ready for a (hopefully) great year!

OK, back to the playlist. This month I triiiiiied to add one song a day, but that’s just now how music works for me. Once I discover one artist or song, I discover a million others that same day and it’s too stressful to add them all or to wait until the next day to add them. So, instead of having 31 songs, this playlist only has eighteen.

As you may have noticed, I’ve got a pretty random taste in music. Sometimes I hear a song in a commercial or somehow rediscover it  (An example being: Potential Breakup Song and Under Pressure…) and then become obsessed. SO, don’t mind the randomness. (That’s basically what this blog is though, right?!)

I am SO excited about Beck’s new single, and his upcoming album! AHHH! I’ve also been loving The Smiths, and made another playlist just dedicated to them. Grizzly Bear has a new album which I listened to a few times and enjoyed a lot, too.

And yes, the song Despacito is on this playlist as well. To be perfectly honest I don’t really know why because during the entire month of August, I never listened to this song all the way through. I just like the chorus and thought it was catchy, and it’s on the top charts so I figured I’d add a little bit of pop to this mix! But never mind, I don’t need to explain myself! LOL. 😉

That’s about all for now, but one, if not more of my Arizona posts should be up this weekend. I hope you all have a great rest of the week and a wonderful start to September. Let me know – what song have you been loving lately?!

My trip to Arizona: part one

My trip to Arizona: part one

This summer (and year, for that matter) has really put me out of my comfort zone for a few reasons. Towards the end of July, my brother and I took a trip out to visit our family in Arizona… alone! Yup, no parents.

I have always loved traveling but I had never traveled alone before this trip. The idea of it never really scared me, but once it actually became a reality the nerves took over juuuust a little. I’m happy to say that I made it there and back and my first trip traveling alone was a success and so much fun!

I took about a million photos so I decided to not do a giant post and instead separate them into a few different ones! This post will be our first few days and the Grand Canyon.

We headed to Boston and our flight got delayed because of rain and it left at around 10pm. I just love this colored glass at the Boston airport!

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The plane ride was about four and a half hours so we got to Phoenix at around one AM. I (thankully) was able to sleep and wasn’t cursed with too much jet lag! We flew on JetBlue so there were TVs… unfortunately I did not ask where the headphone jack was on the way there but I later found out they’re right under the armrest, so pro tip for anyone who is looking for it next time you’re on the plane! 😉

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As I mentioned above we were staying with family which was so nice!! The first day we slept and just hung out and swam in the pool. Then at night we headed down to Chase Field to see a Diamondbacks game. They were playing the Atlanta Braves and, sadly, lost. I learned a lot about baseball… like, a lot! I played softball for a whole season years ago and still didn’t know the rules of the game! I also had about a million mini-heart attacks because we were right in the strike zone for the lefties and seeing those balls above my head was so scary. Thankfully, I made it back alive to tell you the story. 

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The next day we went down to Scottsdale Fashion Square for some shopping (mostly window shopping, actually!) That was a lot of fun because I don’t go to malls too often AND it was air conditioned. I mean, that’s kind of a must for any place in Arizona because it is SO HOT there!

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Boba tea! This was some sorta watermelon strawberry blend. I can’t remember, but it was good!

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We swam a LOT. Almost every day! Mostly in the early morning or late afternoon so it was a little cooler. I loved swimming at night because we could watch the sunset! Oh – we also heard AND saw an owl! More on that later…

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The next day we headed up to the Grand Canyon. We drove about two hours up to Prescott and stayed overnight there. The scenery changed so much as we headed up towards the Canyon! It felt like we were in a totally different state.

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Prescott was a super touristy town but it was really nice to walk around and check out all the fun gift shops and art stores. For dinner we ate at the restaurant right next to our hotel called The Barley Hound that was delicious. This salad was just part of our meal and it was spinach, beets, candied pistachios, and goat cheese which is my favorite! I could eat this salad every day.

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This is where we stayed, Hotel Vendome. I had never stayed in a hotel quite like this one. You could totally tell it was pretty historic from the claw foot tubs to the pull chain toilets but it was so nice. I would totally stay there again if I ever go to Prescott again! Plus it’s in the middle of the downtown area of Prescott and right next to The Barley Hound and another nice cafe that we went for breakfast the next morning.

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The next day we drove another two hours up to the Canyon! I have been to Arizona a few times before but had never been to Grand Canyon. I was so excited to visit my first national park, and this one totally did not disappoint. Seriously – we had the best experience ever!

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OMG a photo of me?! On my blog?! This is a historic moment. I rarely post photos of myself but oddly enough this post has two. TWO! Give me some credit for that, ok?!

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How amazing is that? If you haven’t seen the Canyon, you must go. I feel soooo lucky I got to experience it. It’s seriously the coolest thing ever.

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 Soooo by the way, guys, I baaaaasically hiked the Grand Canyon.

Well… maybe half a mile of it. My cousin, brother, and I hiked just a little bit of the first trail. Was I sweating my butt off by the time we got back up??? You know it. But honestly it would be soooo cool to go down there and actually hike and camp there. On my bucket list! Someday…

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OK, so right as we were getting ready to leave, a thunderstorm starting to come in faster from the other side of the canyon. (SO COOL, RIGHT?!) We had seen the clouds and heard some thunder a bit earlier that day, but it didn’t really seem like it was going to pass over us. Well, IT DID! We were planning on taking sunset photos but we weren’t sure if the clouds would clear up. We drove around and stopped at various points but found the absolute PERFECT place to stop. As soon as we got there the rain started to slow down and the sun began to set.

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And, BOOM. Basically the most perfect sunset ever. The weather that day was crazy and I basically experienced it all: hot & sunny, cold & rainy! It was kind of hard to capture the amazing-ness of it, so these photos will have to do.

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Oh, yeah. THERE WAS ALSO A DOUBLE RAINBOW. AHHHH!! 

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When you realize you made it out of the Grand Canyon without falling in… #yaasssss #iDidIt #proud 

LOL. So there’s part one of my Arizona trip! More to come this week. I had the best time ever and am super excited to share more. Happy Friday! 

The last few weeks in photos and words

I’m fiiiiiiinally sharing a ton of photos from the last few weeks! My summer has been pretty busy and I found some time to sit down and import all these photos onto my computer and post them on here for you all to see!

Oh, one more thing! I updated the look of my site a bit! I hope you like it. I was getting quite tired of the last look. I hope to switch to my own self-hosted site someday, but for now this will do. 🙂

Let’s start at the beginning of the summer…

Just a few days after I ended school, my mom, brother, and I took a trip to Upstate New York to visit one of my mom’s friends who has a house up there. I had only ever been to the city, so going upstate was so nice. It is beautiful!!

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I mean… come on!! Also, here’s a little photo tip: if you’re taking a photo through the car window and there’s a little bit of a glare, you can hide it by using one of the effects in the app A Color Story.  (There are probably other apps that have these effects, but this one is my absolute favorite!) This photo had a horrible glare, but now you can’t even tell it was ever there!

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We took an unexpected trip to Woodstock, NY later that day. I had never been and I totally want to go back… there is so much to do! These aqua benches make me love it even more.

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For dinner we went to a restaurant called Shindig. It was super cute and my sandwich was delicious! I can’t remember what it was called… something with veggies in the title! 🙂

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LOOK AT THAT TILE! So pretty.

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On the ride back we saw a deer! Well, the night before we saw multiple deer BUT this one just stopped and kind of stared at our car for a while. The photo is sorta blurry, but isn’t it so cute?!?!

That little trip was a great start to my summer and I had a BLAST! Here is a little assortment of random photos from the next few weeks…

Mmmmm. Farmer’s market strawberries!

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Six Flags!

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Beach day! It was Fourth of July weekend so it was crazy busy. We got shaved ice afterwards, too. Mine was peach and blueberry!

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Fourth of July! One of my all-time favorite holidays.

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Strawberry shortcake!

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We went to Whole Foods and I found the mochi bar! AHH! I had seen it all over the internet and it was amazing. I just love mochi.

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The hydrangeas are finally blooming. These are my favorite flower!

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We celebrated my brother’s birthday last Saturday. We got pizza at Pepe’s and saw a basketball game that night. Happy birthday, Milo!

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The next day my mom and I went to the antique store. I got a new vintage camera to add to my collection and I am so excited!

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I’ve been at camp for the last two weeks but I keep myself busy when I get home by doing crafts! Weaving and embroidery have been my thing lately.

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Made this one for my cousin!

Ahhhh. It feels SO GOOD to finally get all of these photos up. Next Monday I leave for a trip I am super excited about! Follow my Instagram so you can see just where I’ll be going! Can’t wait to share more of my adventures with you all… have a great week.

Summer is here!



Hi guys!

It’s been a while! A month, to be exact. Last time I wrote on here was May 20 and today is June 20.

BUT I HAVE AN EXCUSE!
(Sorry for the screaming, I just feel like that should be in all caps!)

The past month of June I’ve been preparing for finals. I’ve been way too busy with studying to have the time to write on here. But today was my last day of school which means SUMMER! Yay! I am so so so so excited for this summer. I’ve got a buncha stuff planned and I cannot wait to take photos and videos to share on here!

This post is gonna be kinda all over the place. Let me start by telling you about my freshman year of high school which I just completed! (WHAT?!?!?) I know a lot of people hate high school and school in general, but I’m being 100% honest when I say I loved high school this year! I mean, I’ve always really enjoyed school in general, but high school in particular has been great. Maybe that’s just because I’m only a freshman and it wasn’t too hard for me, but if every year is like this year I am not gonna want to leave! (Just kidding – I’ll probably definitely want to leave.) Nevertheless, I am so looking forward to the next three years.

One craaaazy thing happened to me at school this year: I STARTED TO LIKE MATH. Yeah. This is coming from the girl who used to despiiiiiise math. Not even kidding when I say I used to cry over math homework. Yeah. It was bad. Math is probably my favorite subject now, next to art and English. I think the reason was because I had the BEST teacher. I hope I like it next year as much as I did this year! Just saying to anyone who currently hates math now, don’t get caught up in hating it so much. Try as hard as you can because once everything clicks it feels so so good! Really.

To conclude my little talk about school I wanna talk about my friends! I have the best friends and I could not have survived the year without them. I think I’m gonna do a post towards the end of summer with tips for high school, but I’ll do one portion of it now…

I know some people have trouble making friends/don’t want to make friends, but in high school you will not always have every class with a friend! I certainly didn’t. In fact, my math class was the first class I went to on my first day of school, and there was ONE kid from my old school. ONE! I was super shy in the beginning, of course, but you can’t always expect that people will talk to you first. I met one of my close friends in math class just by asking for help on a problem. Seriously, a little conversation goes a loooong way. In all my classes besides math, I probably had about 3 friends that I knew; no best friends in ANY of my classes until second semester!

I totally understand the not wanting to make friends situation. I was like that in the beginning of the year, too. It’s pretty scary to think that your group of friends may all branch out and go their separate ways in high school. I know that some people totally stop talking after they make new friends, but making new friends does NOT mean you’re going to lose your old friends! OK, OK, OK. I’m gonna stop now because I’d like to have at least a little more to talk about in a future post about school! I’m also gonna stop because IT’S SUMMER and I should not even be mentioning the word “school!”

Okay, next on the agenda…
SUMMER PLAYLIST!!! YASSS!!!!
I got way too excited about that.
But come on, who doesn’t love a PLAYLIST?!?!?

 

My personal “song of the summer” is the first song, Big Wave by Jenny And Johnny. Have I mentioned I LOVE Jenny Lewis? Like, a lot. Her music is so so great.

All of these songs are perfect for a pool party, while you’re eating a popsicle on the front porch, or while the wind is blowing through your hair in the car. Basically, it’s PERFECT FOR SUMMER. Pretty proud of this one. Last year’s playlist was great, too. Also, OMG. Look at the difference in the playlists. Here is the playlist from two years ago and here is the playlist from last summer. Two years ago it was literally all pop music. My taste has changed a LOT!! I still love a good catchy pop song, but I’ve discovered much better music over the last two years (in my opinion).

Anyways, to wrap that up, all of these songs just remind me of summer. Most of them have a nostalgic feel to them which y’all know I love, but some are just upbeat and happy summer tunes! Let me know if you give it a listen and what your “song of the summer” is!

Okay, finally! LINKS! Here are some of my favorite things I’ve seen this week….

Julie Blackmon’s photography. She makes those simply beautiful moments look… well, beautiful!

This could not be more accurate.

This cute yellow typewriter.

It’s sold out, but this swimsuit is gorgeous.

These s’mores pops look delicious!!

Fleet Foxes and Lorde came out with new albums last week! Yay!

Chelsea Handler posted this on her Instagram and it had me dyyyyying! So funny!

Two of my favorite celebrities in one picture.

Awww, Parks and Rec reunion! #parksforlife

Superstore and This Is Us just announced their fall premiere dates and I couldn’t be more excited. Summer is the best but the one thing I hate is that all my favorite shows are on vacation! That’s what Netflix is for though, right?!

Speaking of Netflix, this is SO COOL.

Obsessed with this article about film color palettes.

Alright that was a LOT. I hope you guys enjoyed this post. I’m so excited for the next few weeks. I can’t wait to share more fun posts with you guys! Happy Summer! Have a great day 😀

A Day in New York City

HI guys! Okay, okay. I know I said I would put New York post up LAST week, but hey. It’s up now, so that’s all that matters! 

So yeah! For my birthday I was just dying to go to New York City again because I love it there so much. We weren’t able to stay overnight or anything like we did last year, (see those posts here and here) so we just went for the day. I’m so excited to share my photos with you! I didn’t really take many with my camera and so all of these are from my iPhone and edited with A Color Story. (my favorite editing app!) 

From the recent trips I’ve taken into the city, I’ve noticed it can be pretty tedious to have to a) take out your camera from your bag every time you want to take a photo or b) stop right in the middle of the sidewalk to take one. I’m sure there are better ways to utilize my camera around the city but I think I just need to practice! 

We left the house a little later than planned but got to the New Haven Train Station by around 8:30-9ish. Oh! Do you guys like my new shoes? Not really new now but I got them for my birthday and I love them! Here is the link to the style they are… I can’t seem to find the same color! I’m sure they’re somewhere on the internet, though. 

On the train! It was probably about an hour and a half or two hours to get there.

Grand Central Station! It’s so pretty there. And busy. VERY busy. 

Our first stop was the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). I had never been there and it had been on my bucket list for forever! They were CRAZY busy though. It probably would’ve been better to go on another day or earlier, but it was still really cool to see everything. Here are some of my favorite pieces we saw: 

From there we took the subway up to Greenwich Village where we spent most of the day. 

We were all pretty hungry after that so we went to Joe’s Pizza for lunch! It’s been on my bucket list for a while as well and let me tell you it did NOT disappoint. Probably the best pizza I’ve ever had and I’m not exaggerating! You have to try it. Oh – AND it was in the Spider Man movie so that makes it 100x cooler. 

Coincidentally, ANOTHER place on my bucket list was literally right next to Joe’s! I’ve seen Popbar over the Internet and it always looked so delicious. 

Yummm! I got pistachio with chocolate and more pistachio nuts on top. 

From there we walked around Greenwich Village a bit and found Washington Square Park! I was looking forward to seeing the pretty fountain in the center but sadly it wasn’t running 😦 but that’s okay. I know I’ll be back to see it! The flowers were also just starting to bloom and it was so pretty.

So after that we kinda just walked around and enjoyed The Village! I love it there. All of New York has so much to do but the village is so awesome and there are so many cool places! We stumbled upon a CREPE restaurant. I LOOOVE crepes so much. I’ve taught myself to make them, but you can’t go wrong with getting one off the streets of New York, right?! Mine had Nutella and strawberries and it was so so good. 

Then we visited Socketbit which is a little Swedish candy shop that (I keep saying this oh my god!) has been on my bucket list forever! I’m serious about this one. It’s so cute and colorful in there (well, the candy is!) and I loved it so much. 

After that we walked around for a while and found a spot to eat dinner. Then we took a cab (My first cab in NYC!! It’s nothing special. I prefer the subway. Haha.) back to Grand Central. It was a super fun day in New York and I can’t wait to visit again. Hope you guys enjoyed these photos – sorry it took so long to get them up! 

Happy Saturday!