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! πŸ˜‰

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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! 

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!

Two years!

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Guess what today is?!

You don’t know? Well, that’s OK. I didn’t know until two seconds ago when I got the notification from WordPress! It’s all good.

I’ve been blogging for two years! Whaaaaat! Yep. Apparently on May 7, 2015 I wrote my very first post and Studio Josie had begun. Though I don’t use this blog as much as I’d like, I love love love writing and sharing things on here with you guys. I hope you all like what I share, too!

Hopefully I continue to write and share pieces of my life with you all. It’s pretty fun!

Anyways, before I got the notification, this post was called “Spring.” I think I’ll just continue from where I left off, and I’ll meet you at the end… πŸ™‚

After an endless winter, spring is finally here! I know it won’t last long, so I’ll enjoy it while we have it.

I love flowers, and where I live spring comes with a plethora of them. My favorites are hydrangeas and lilacs, but it’s impossible to choose because they are just so pretty.

All of a sudden, they all came out from hiding and decided to say, “hi.” Dear flowers, please stay forever!

Here are some photos I just took of these lovely lilacs in my backyard…

And now for a little playlist I made in honor of spring finally arriving:

Oh hey! Nice to see you again.

So yeah. TWO YEARS! Hooray!

This was just a quick little post for today. I SWEAR the New York photos will be up soon. You know, I never seem to procrastinate for school-related things, but when I need to upload photos on my computer that already has 1,000,000,000,000 photos, making it insanely laggy, I get a little lazy. THIS WEEK, though. They will be up this week! I pinkie promise.

I’m trying to think if I’ve got anything else to share with you. Hm. Oh – I saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on Friday! So good. Chris Pratt, I LOVE YOU.

What else? OH! I’m currently binging two shows: Parenthood and Ugly Betty. Lauren Graham is the BEST. She’ll always be Lorelai Gilmore in my heart, but I’m loving Sarah Braverman, too. πŸ™‚

I’ve been meaning to watch Ugly Betty FOREVER. America Ferrera is probably in my top five favorite actress/celebrity type people list. She is so insanely awesome! AND HER NEW-ISH HAIR. I want it so bad. Why can’t I pull it off as well as she can? 😦

If you haven’t seen Superstore please go watch it now. PLEASE! If you liked the Office, you will looooove Superstore. Season two just ended so now you have time to catch up! Go do it! Now! Ugh why did I just remind myself that I have to wait all summer for season three?! Nooooo!!!

Alright, I’m starting to sound crazy. Happy Two Year Anniversary to Studio Josie! Yay! Have a great week everyone!!

 

 

Vermont photos & happy Friday!

Hey guys! It’s been foreeeeeever since I’ve written on here. A whole MONTH. So, not foreeeeeever.. but you know what I mean. I’ve been a) super busy and b) lacking post ideas! BUT I just remembered I never showed my Vermont photos with you! I went a few weeks ago with my friend and her family, and it was, as always, soooo much fun! I went last summer and the summer before, so this was the first time I had been in winter! It didn’t snow as much as I thought it would, which was surprising but also great cause we didn’t get trapped up there in a blizzard! Here are some of my favorite iPhone photos I took while up there…

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You know you’re in Vermont when THIS is the gas station ice cream selection… I mean, COME ON. It’s basically the entire factory in that freezer! They even have my favorite flavor, The Tonight Dough!

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It was super late when we got there the first night, but the snow looked soooo pretty the next morning!

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I just had to take a photo of this house. It was right in downtown Stowe, and ALL the houses and shops just looked so beautiful!

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We went sledding that day and it was awesome!! I love sledding, and this hill was just the best. Plus, it wasn’t too crowded, and people started to show up just as we left!

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After sledding, we went to the general store, Stowe Mercantile! I LOVE it there. There are so many samples which I aaaalways help myself to. πŸ˜‰ (If you go, you NEED to sample these corn nugget things… they’re AMAZING!!!) The jams are really yummy as well.

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Really wish I had gotten these cute succulent salt and pepper shakers! I am obsessed with them!!

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The penny candy I got! They have the best selection. My favorites are the nonpareils, candy rocks, those raspberry and blackberry things, and chocolate cookie dough bites!

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How cute would it be if you bought some of these letters and wrote out a word or something on your wall?! I love them. They remind me of Fixer Upper!

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That night we went to one of my favorite pizza places PIECASSO! We always go when we’re up in Vermont. It is deliiiiiicious. We got pineapple pizza (my favorite… why do people hate it!?!?!) and cheese! Oh – and garlic knots which are pictured above. Those are the best!

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Love these! They’re right in the main waiting area next to the mini arcade. We have gone to the arcade every time and it is so much fun because we win stuff every time! Haha! The first time we won bouncy balls, this time I won TWO stuffed animals, and my friend Emma won HEADPHONES! They were super cheap and basically broke on the ride back… but come on…who ever wins at those games?!

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Pretty lights outside!

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Laughing moon chocolate factory! We stopped there on the way home. I got some kind of chocolate almond bark and it was so, so, so good!

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Gorgeous sunset on the ride back!

I didn’t take too, too many photos this trip, but these were some of my favorites! Hope you enjoyed seeing them. I’m gonna be sharing my March playlist really soon… it’s a good month for music! Happy Friday, guys! Hope you all have a great weekend.

2017, resolutions, links, & some snow

Hi guys!! HAPPY 2017! Yay!

I’m really excited for this year and I hope it brings a lot of good things πŸ™‚

Do you guys have any resolutions? I have a few… the first is the same as last year: write in my journal everyday. I *somewhat* did that successfully, but not really? I wrote in it at least 3-4 times a week, and for the first 4 months I did it everyday. So I’m pretty proud that I did that. πŸ˜‰

My new ones for this year were to 1) write more on here, 2) take more photos, and 3) read more!Β I’ve been using Elise Joy’s goal tracker and it’s awesome.

I am always really busy with school, but this year I’m really gonna try to write atΒ least once a week, whether it be some weekend links or a playlist!

Speaking of links, here are some of my faves from this week!

Chocolate yogurt ombre popsicles… YES PLEASE! Need to make these!

Mandy Moore’s award show dress… so so so cute!

Geo slice night lights… LOVE these. Super pretty.

Michelle Obama’s final speech… ugh. I’m gonna miss her soooooo much!!

Ed Sheeran’s two new singles… He’s back yayyyy! I’ve missed him!

Today we got a buncha show and I took out my camera to get a few photos…

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Hope you guys liked those photos and that you all had a good first week of 2017!

Happy Saturday, guys!!