Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend. Today is exciting, because I’m recapping my graduation trip to New Orleans!

NOLA, new orleans, road trip So for today’s post, I wanted to share the overall trip details. I will mix in a few pictures as I go. My dad came home to visit from China for my pharmacy school graduation, so we decided to take a trip to New Orleans. We drove from Arkansas, and it took around 8 hours.

We stayed in New Orleans for 4 nights which was just about the perfect amount of time to see New Orleans. Note: New Orleans is HOT. Just prepare by packing some extra changes of clothes. Also, if you have naturally curly hair like me…don’t plan on straightening it. ;)

We stayed in the French Quarter, which I highly recommend. This will put you right in the middle of the hustle & bustle of New Orleans. Parking is quite expensive (and can be hard to find), so I would suggest planning on walking most of the time.

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(St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square)

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(Horse drawn carriage, Jackson Square)

Getting around seemed pretty simple by using Google Maps. I’m not the best at directions, but my phone really helped me get where I was going. Since we went during the week, it was pretty calm and not too packed. I was told by multiple people though that the weekends get crazy. I have no doubt about that!

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(street signs in the French Quarter)

I loved that everything was so “French”. It truly felt like I was in Europe for most of the time. I loved the one way streets and bright houses/buildings in the French Quarter. I also loved looking at the cool street names like “Dauphine”.

New Orleans is full of history. From the architecture to the music, there is something for everyone in New Orleans. If you follow me on any form of social media, you know I’m pretty obsessed with the weather. I was very interested to drive down through the ninth ward to see where Hurricane Katrina came ashore in 2005. It has been rebuilt for the most part, but I was able to see why the hurricane was so devastating.

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(water tower in the ninth ward)

Also, I’m having a blog relaunch giveaway here. GOOD LUCK!

XO,

Rebekah

Happy Tuesday y’all! I just got back from Dallas this last weekend & I wanted to recap the trip for you. My BFF, Ricci, and I decided we needed to get out of town. You know, one of those times when you just need to get away from it all? Yeah…that.

I had texted her probably like a month ago and said, “I need this chair at IKEA!” She quickly replied, “Okay, let’s plan a Dallas trip.” If you live anywhere in Arkansas, you will quickly learn that there is ZERO good shopping here. The closest is definitely Dallas, and it doesn’t hurt that it happens to be my favorite city in the whole world. (if you’ve been reading here, you know that!)

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*I severely failed in the picture taking area this trip…just try to follow along ;)*

We discussed where we would stay for a while based on what we wanted to do in Dallas. Since IKEA was the whole reason for this trip, we decided to stay at the Westin Stonebriar in Frisco. OKAY, best decision ever. I have stayed here a few times before, and it never disappoints! Our room was HUGE and super comfortable. It was also amazing to have a sliding door that we could open each morning & let the fresh air in! I highly recommend this hotel!!!

When we first arrived around 9pm on Friday night, we of course hit up the Cheesecake Factory at Stonebriar Centre. We are total basic white girls and we are not ashamed of it at all! I got the cherry cheesecake which is completely different than my usual turtle. I liked it because it wasn’t as rich as the turtle. The cherry made it pretty tart!

After an amazing night’s sleep, we got up the next morning & headed for the Dry Bar at Northpark. First of all, I love blowouts. If you’ve never had a blowout at the Dry Bar, go ahead and put it at the top of your list right now.

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When you go to the Dry Bar, you can choose from a menu of various hairstyles. I chose the “Cosmopolitan” per the usual. I seriously always feel sorry for my stylist, because I have SO much hair and it’s super tangly. She was a trooper though & I loved the result! I also picked up two products that I hadn’t tried: “Southern Belle” volumizing mousse & the NEW “Mr. Incredible” leave-in conditioner. I haven’t used the mousse yet, but I will tomorrow, because it will be raining! The leave-in conditioner totally helped me be able to brush out my tangles better…just be sure to only spray on the ends and not on the roots! No one likes greasy hair ;)

After that, we headed out into the mall to get our shop on. Let’s all be honest…that was the entire purpose of this trip in the first place. Because Dillard’s has a monopoly on Arkansas, we have no access to Nordstrom except online. I’m totally not complaining, but there’s something about an actual store that gets my little shopping heart all excited.

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We did some major damage at the MAC counter. We had the most fabulous makeup artist, Aubrey, who taught us some fab contouring tips. I’m going to recap all of my beauty products I got later in the week, so stay tuned.

After shopping, we might have possibly gone back to the hotel to take a nap…OOPS. We are pretty much old at this point, so we needed our beauty sleep. Saturday night, we decided to head to Studio Movie Grill & see the new movie How To Be Single. Ricci had already seen it, but I think she felt it was her duty to go with me because I really wanted to see it! STOP EVERYTHING…this was the best movie I have seen in a while. Rebel Wilson is hilarious and I loved that it had several different story lines. I’m totally buying this when it comes out.

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Super casual outfit details: Red tank, Torrid // Necklace, Kendra Scott // Wristlet, Henri Bendel // Leopard Flats, old (similar)

*Insert rant here* I get a little bit tired of people thinking that because I am single must mean that I’m unhappy. This could not be further from the truth. I have been in college for YEARS now, and I have no desire to be in a relationship at this point. But guess what? That doesn’t mean I am lonely or sad at all. I have the BEST friends in the entire world. I also have more than enough work to keep me occupied as I am about to graduate pharmacy school. Moral of this story? I am HAPPY with my life just like it is :) *END RANT*

After the movies we headed back to the hotel and got a good night’s sleep. Sunday, we headed to IKEA! Finally, right? I had been wanting the Tobias chair, so I picked it up plus a couple of other items. When I finally get around to putting it together, I will show you on Instagram! We grabbed some Mi Cocina (my fave) on the way out of town.

Now that I look at this post, I want to apologize for the lack of pictures! BUT HELLO, we were having way too much fun. Oh by the way, I’ve succumb to the peer pressure & I’m now on snapchat (rebekaheliz) SO ADD ME! Also be sure to check out Ricci’s trip recap HERE, because I’m sure I missed something.

SERIOUSLY, had an amazing weekend shopping and getting away from all of the drama in Arkansas! What are your favorite places to go on road trips with your BFF?

Hi y’all! I hope you have had a great weekend. It’s totally been snowy the past few days, so I thought I would share a total wanderlust post featuring 4 perfect road trip destinations for you & your BFF’s. Also, let’s just forget I used the term “road trip,” because driving is SO not the fastest way to get to some of these places.

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The best part? They all have warm, sunshine-y weather on the horizon!

Quick note: I would like to start a series of posts under the category of “Wanderlust.” What’s interesting is that I must’ve missed the vocab lesson on the fact that there was a word for the desire to travel the world. So, here’s to me learning what “wanderlust” means & a series of posts that are either on my #bucketlist or my checked off bucket list!

{Marfa, Texas}

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You can thank the lovely Courtney Kerr for putting this on my radar. She visits Marfa in her show, Courtney Loves Dallas, and takes pictures here with her BFF’s. There is a free-standing Prada store in this tiny little town in Texas. A. PRADA. Of course, it’s only a museum but who are we kidding? Talk about every girl’s dream. My bloggy BFF Ricci & I want to go to Marfa ASAP.

{Charleston, South Carolina}

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To me, there is nothing I love more than a good dose of southern, laid back culture in a city filled with history. There are so many adorable houses I want to look at, as well as great shopping/spas. And who really wants to take their boyfriend/husband shopping with them? No one. So, send the boys off to golf while you and your BFF do some retail therapy! And get a facial (and massage) while you’re at it.

If anyone is from Charleston or has visited, let me know in the comments which spa is your favorite.

{Malibu, California}

I have never been to California! Until my recent Vegas trip, I had never really even been close. There’s something about that Pacific Ocean that has my name all over it. I think it would be so much fun to get in a convertible and drive down the Pacific Coast Highway with no plans and nowhere to be. A little part of just freaked out about that last sentence with the “no plans” business, but maybe we all need to let down our hair every once in a while.

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and the splurge…

{Nevis, West Indies}

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*all images are linked to original owner by clicking directly on the picture*

Hi paradise, nice to meet you. Ok I know, this is a total dream location & you can’t exactly get there by a “road trip.” It’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime vacations that I can only dream about. But what fun is it to not dream? I only know of one person who has ever been here, but apparently the water really is THAT clear. And look at those blue skies? Talk about gorgeous. I’m pretty sure even if I was only able to spend 24 hours in Nevis, it would totally be worth it. What do you think?

If you want to check out more of my #bucketlist destinations, I have pinned some to my Pinterest that you can check out here! I have also started a #bucketlist here on my blog so check that out, too!

Thanks for reading,

Rebekah

PS: if you would like to do a guest post featuring a wonderful place you’ve traveled or want to travel, email me at rebekahelizblog@gmail.com & we can schedule it! I absolutely love getting to know my readers & what they like. Can’t wait to see what’s on your #bucketlist.