Montego Bay, Jamaica

My hubby and I just came back from a tropical paradise vacation in Montego Bay, Jamaica!!! Neither of us had ever been to the island and neither of us had ever taken time away from the Wisconsin winter to visit the beach… so we thought what better time than the present?! It was worth every penny.

We stayed at an all inclusive resort, Sunscape Splash. This was perfect for us because it was on the lower end of the budget but was a serious bang for our buck. It was an incredible resort for a four night trip.

Our first morning waking up in Montego Bay we decided we needed a little adventure. We booked a taxi from our resort to The Hip Strip, which was an adventure indeed. The Hip Strip is a busy street filled with shops, vendors, food, and tours. This was the perfect souvenir stop and we had fun experiencing the hubbub of downtown.

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Toward the end of The Hip Strip is Margaritaville. This place was a blast! The view was incredible, the drinks were yummy, and the energy was unreal even in the mid-morning. While it was a bit on the touristy side, my husband and I were able to find a little spot all to ourselves to enjoy our surroundings. The water was a gorgeous aqua color when the sun came out and the view of the mountains instantly stole my heart.

Another adventure, and definitely the stand out of our trip, was an excursion to Chukka Good Hope. This was unlike anything either of us had ever experienced. First of all, the ride there was an experience in and of itself. We had a bus driver who pointed out sights throughout the two hour trip to Falmouth all the while playing Bob Marley and making me slightly nervous driving up through the mountains on tiny unpaved roads. I don’t know about you, but I love learning the ins and outs of an area I visit so this was a highlight of the trip for one. Once we got to Good Hope, that’s when the real fun began. It was one flat rate to build your own adventure throughout the day. We opted for dune buggies, floating down the Martha Brae river, a tour of the estate, lunch, and rum tasting. My personal favorite was the estate tour because of the view. I’ve never been to a jungle, mountain-filled area so this blew my mind.

 

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It was such a great trip. We really needed some time away and everything about our time in Jamaica was just easy. Along with these few adventures, we definitely spent a fair amount of time soaking up the sun at the resort with tropical drinks in our hands. It was nice to get out and have some fun but also sit back and relax.

We decided that some day we will go back to Jamaica to check out Negril and Ocho Rios, since those areas seem to offer different things. Prior to our trip we had heard mixed reviews about Montego Bay, but our trip was amazing. Not a single complaint. So if you are looking for some adventure with beautiful surroundings I would highly recommend a trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica!!!

Bella Woven Wedge

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So I know these weren’t included in my summer shoes wishlist, but they are the perfect warm weather wedge that I recently purchased and just had to share.

I love the versatility, comfortability, and the low price is on point. They are easy to dress up or dress down, come in several summer colors… and have I mentioned that they are comfortable?! Check them out by clicking here if you are interested in checking them out, XOXO!

Argentinian Sauvignon Blanc

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As you can tell by the photo above, I have certainly been enjoying this warm weather :).

Last night I tried another white that matched perfectly with the sunshine. The back label describes this wine as having “bright aromas of fresh pink grapefruit that mingle with floral notes” and I fully agree. It has a nice amount of mineral balance and the finish is so yummy that you just have to try it for yourself!

Until next wine, XOXO.

Springy Pink Lips

Lately I have found myself reaching for really hydrating, pinky lip shades and think it has something do to with the spring season. Something about a soft and shiny pink lip screams warm weather and sunshine! Here are a few favorites I have been loving, XOXO.

 

Milani – Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss, “Sweet Grapefruit”

Used alone, this is a lightly pigmented and sheer gloss. I also use it on top of other matte lipsticks to get a larger lip effect. The scent is very sweet, like cupcakes.

Beauty For Real – See The Light Illuminating Lip Gloss, “Kiss Me”

This gloss includes a light on the wand and a mirror on the tube for easy application. It has a minty scent and subtle shimmer that is really flattering.

Almay – Smart Shade Lipbutter, “Berry Light/Medium”

Probably my favorite of all! I actually used this on my wedding day because of the lightweight formula and buildable qualities. It’s really comfortable on the lips and has a yummy vanilla scent.

The Starlite Lounge – La Crosse, WI

This weekend my husband, his sister, and I took a mini road trip to La Crosse to visit my sister-in-law and her boyfriend. We spent the majority of our time walking around downtown trying out different bars and restaurants.

My favorite stop was The Starlite Lounge. You have to check out their website to get the full effect. It was like walking back in time to just about the cutest martini bar ever straight up out of the 1970’s. They even offer a weekend happy hour so the drinks were both cute and cheap!

It was a super fun weekend filled with great company, perfect weather, and yummy drinks. I would definitely recommend making this stop if you ever get the chance, XOXO.

Spring Nail Polish

Who else is beyond ready for sunshine, flowers, and warm weather?! I have been itching to bring back some really pretty nail polish options to match the upcoming season.

Here are a few spring favorites from my own personal collection… XOXO

Wet n Wild Megalast – “On a Trip”

Essie – “Absolutely Shore”

Essie Luxeffects – “A Cut Above”

Trust Fund Beauty – “Elegantly Wasted”

OPI – “I Think In Pink”

Chilean Unoaked Chardonnay

Those who know me best know that I love a regular glass (bottle) of wine. Recently I’ve wanted to learn more about wine and try as many new ones as I can get my hands on! My mom got me a really nice wine book for my birthday this past year and I have been using it to guide my adventure in becoming more knowledgeable about wine.

Yesterday was one of the first warm weather days of the new year in my area and I celebrated by breaking out this baby…

…it was the perfect warm weather treat! Very light, crisp, and full of yummy apple flavors. Not heavy or buttery at all because it is unoaked. Overall I think this is a really nice, reasonably priced option for spring and summer, which is when I like to enjoy whites the most.

Stay tuned for more information on the book I have been using and more reviews on the new wines I start to try! XOXO