Happy Wednesday y’all. I know it’s been a while! Life has been so busy. I was lucky enough to have last weekend off and as you may remember, we were supposed to go to Chicago for a BFF weekend! Well…pretty much a blizzard happened. Jenn, Ricci, and I were frantically trying to figure out what to do. Since we are from different parts of the country, it didn’t end up working out for all of us to change our flight. However, my bloggy BFF Ricci and I were able to get our flights changed to SEATTLE! That’s right, home of Grey’s Anatomy AND Fifty Shades, we got to visit a new state and a whole new part of the US. Here’s my weekend getaway recap.

Where We Stayed

I only had about 24 hours to choose a hotel, and I have to admit I think I did a great job. We knew where most of our activities were going to be, so we chose to stay at The Thompson in downtown Seattle near Pike Place Market.

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Also, there’s a really cool place to relax on the rooftop. Be sure to check out the amazing views of downtown!

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Where We Ate

Remember in Sleepless in Seattle when Tom Hanks is sitting on a bar stool getting advice? That’s right, we had our first lunch at this very location, The Athenian, in Pike Place Market.

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We had some of the BEST pizza I’ve ever tasted from Pagliacci Pizza. I recommend the Caesar Salad, too. If you know me, you know I had to find some Mexican food in Seattle. We had some yummy chips & salsa at Mexico Cantina while shopping.

Where We Played Tourist

We kept hearing many people talk about the underground tours around Seattle. We decided to try out the tour in Pioneer Square. WOW…I never knew there was so much interesting history about Seattle. Long story short, they had pipes made out of wood that caused the entire city to be filled with sewage which caused toilets to often explode. The city was actually built a story up on top of the existing city (after the big fire which wiped out town in 1889) which created today’s underground tour location! Do yourself a favor and google the history…it’ll blow your mind!

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We saw the prettiest mural outside of Casco Antiguo. The bright colors give me life!

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If you are visiting Pike Place Market, we got to see the Gum Wall. That’s right…it’s an entire wall covered in chewed gum. While some may find it gross, I find it totally Seattle.

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We then got to experience the very FIRST Starbucks in the Pike Place Market. I got to try out the new Cherry Mocha while being totally basic and visiting this epic landmark!

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SPACE.NEEDLE. Pretty much enough said, right? It’s the most iconic building in Seattle, and it gave me all kinds of feels. You know, like the intro to Grey’s and the skyline on Fifty Shades. We went all the way to the top. Even though there was a lot of construction going on, it was beautiful to look out across the Puget Sound and see the incredible Mt. Rainier.

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The Columbia Center also has a sky deck with amazing views. We headed to the 73rd floor to look out across Seattle at dark. One of my favorite parts? Seeing the Ferris Wheel in all its lighted glory.

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Where We Shopped

I know that Nordstrom probably isn’t exciting to most of you, but we don’t have Nordstrom in Arkansas. Every time I get the chance to shop it, I jump at it! I (of course) bought a couple of pair of shoes. I snagged these tennies and these Birkenstocks. It’s always a good time to stock up on beauty products when visiting Nordy’s. I will share all of my purchases with you soon ;) Did you know that Nordstrom was founded in Seattle?!

We also HAD to get blowouts because it’s become somewhat of a tradition. I found a lovely location online and booked appointments at SWINK. I highly recommend this salon to get a fierce blowout that can even withstand the Seattle humidity!

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After lots of primping and shopping, we had to see the new Fifty Shades installment. I’m not going to go into much detail here, but trust me…it’s by far the BEST one yet. GO SEE IT.

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Outfit details: Floral tee // Lace kimono // Jeans // Leopard flats // Crossbody, sold out (similar) // Necklace // Lipstick // Nail Polish

I had a BLAST on my weekend getaway. I really tried to be more “in the moment” on this trip and I think I succeeded. Have you been to Seattle?

XO,

Rebekah

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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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.