SLS BahaMar Travel Guide

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SLS BahaMar Travel Guide and Review

Hey my Frapp Friends!! As most of you know, my husband Mark was diagnosed with Cancer (Hodgkin Lymphoma) at the beginning of the year. It’s been a super scary, stressful, and unexpectedly tough year so far.

That all being said, when Mark successfully beat cancer in August, we knew it was time to live in the moment and take an unforgettable vacation with the friends that have been there for us the most throughout this rough year.

As we thought of where we wanted to go, the first place we thought of was the Baha Mar. We went and stayed at the Grand Hyatt (west tower I believe- the blue rooms…East tower has red decor rooms) there last year for their pre-grand opening and it was simply beautiful and so relaxing. The Bahamas are the perfect place to escape to for a quick flight from Florida and some rest and relaxation by crystal blue sea shores, sun shine and good times.

The Baha Mar is made up of three Resorts. The Rosewood, The Grand Hyatt, and the SLS. This time we stayed at the SLS. The best way to describe the atmosphere is an excluded place of luxury where design meets Key West, Retro Miami, and Disney’s boardwalk. Everything is colorful, bright and beautiful. They’ve got a swim up bar in one pool, a cliff to jump off complete with grotto in another pool, a colorfully chill swimming pool at the SLS, and the ultimate chic party pool at the Privilege Pool.

Although I do believe the ocean view rooms from the Hyatt hotel are better than the SLS views (purely because of its height and being in the center of the properties), I can NOT say enough AMAZING things about the experience and staff at the SLS. We worked with Jason to reserve our Privilege Pool party Pergola, had the pleasure of meeting Kimberly at the check in who upgraded us upon our stay for our unique celebration, and Toynell and Lamont at the concierge were graciously wonderful. They sent us and the other couples we brought to stay champagne, wine, and macaroons. They were so kind to do so.

Let’s talk food. By far our best experience and uniquely pleasant meal was at Cleo at the SLS. It is Mediterranean style cuisine with a unique modern flare. The servers also brought us complimentary strawberries and champagne there to kick off celebrating Mark beating cancer and the food was exquisite! I’d also highly recommend Katsuya for some out of this world sushi. It was so good and I’m not a big sushi person either. Definitely order the yellowtail Himachi with the ponzu glaze and jalapeno on top and the cooked crab role. Soooo yummy! Whatever you do, skip 3 Tides located below the Hyatt side. The service was pretty awful and the fish for all 8 of us was way overcooked. They didn’t seem to want to make it right either and took so long to bring out the next bottle of wine that we ended up cancelling it as we were ready to bolt out of there.

Ok y’all they have food trucks on the beach too and they are so tasty! The Pink taco food truck is good tex mex, the Poke food shack is a must (where I’m sitting in the first photo of this post), the sliders food truck was also tasty, but by far my favorite was the BBQ food truck. So good! They also have a gourmet hot dog food truck called the Sandy dog but we ran out of time (and meals) to try that one! Prices on these trucks are also reasonable.

Back to the good stuff. Let’s talk parties. Bond was overcrowded, and just mediocre. Where you want to spend your money is at the Privilege Pool party. It goes by a different food and beverage minimum (which due to pricing you’ll have no problem meeting), depending on what you want to reserve (two loungers, day bed, day bed with loungers, corner pergola or cabana). We had 6 people and the corner pergola was perfect for just that. The music was great, service was top notch, and honestly we had the most fun we’ve had in a while. SPOILER ALERT. At one point they bring out smoke machines and a ton of champagne-like water guns and just start spraying it at whoever wants a sip. Usually this sort of thing is not our thing, but we honestly had the best time. Whats better than champagne and sunshine? Just saying.

We’re so thankful we were able to make this trip happen for such a significant life accomplishment. We’re super grateful for the friends who were able to make it there to celebrate with us and can’t thank all of the people at The SLS that made everything so special for us. A trip we will never forget and we plan to make it back hopefully once a year. That’s how much we honestly love it, and by the way no this was not sponsored, although I wish it was!! Haha.


*Shop all of the outfits I wore on this trip by clicking HERE*


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Charming Charleston

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Charming in Charleston SC

So we took a couples trip for Mark and I's third Wedding anniversary to my absolute Favorite city, Charleston (click here for some inspo to start your travel plans)!! This town is so full of charm and unique character with every corner you turn. You can spend a whole day just strolling around the city by foot or rent a beach cruiser and soak up all the historical sights. From blooming window boxes to vibrant shutters, and intricately detailed buildings and churches, it sure is picturesque.

We got so lucky and found this Uber driver who was a history teacher and knew everything about the town so we had him take us around and just outside of Charleston to stunning plantation homes for a couple hours. The trip was magical as always and I can't wait to go back.

If food and shopping are your things, you also came to the right place. On King street their are so many retail stores and boutique's that are just pure gems! The food is absolutely to die for. I don't think I have ever had a bad meal here!

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In light of my love for this city, I'm sharing my recommendations of things to do, eat, shop and see in Charleston!

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STROLL

Stroll down South of Broad Street onto streets like Bay and onto Battery next to the water, which will begin your journey winding around to Atlantic, Tradd and Church...pretty much every side street down here is worth turning down, which is why you could spend a day by foot or on bikes discovering hidden gems of dreamy, enchanted southern homes with a story to tell. The pretty colored Georgian styled "Rainbow Row" homes are on Bay street. The "Calhoun Mansion" (scenes of the notebook filmed here!!) is on Meeting Street. Also Be sure to check out the "Two Meeting Street Inn". If this doesn't just make you smile all day then I don't know what will. Wear comfortable shoes!!

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Whisk Away In Style To Newport RI

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He said let's get out of this town...In style with #Delsey Luggage

We seriously had the best time in Newport! We didn't want to come home. The weather was such a nice change from Florida. I highly recommend going in late August or early September, (We went Labor Day weekend) although I am sure it is quite a sight to see in Autumn with the leaves all changing. Our temps were in the high 60's with sunshine, and apparently we went the last weekend before things start slowing down because of school starting back up and weather drastically cooling down (therefore certain restaurant patios close down).

Can I just first say how much we loved traveling with our Delsey Luggage?!

1. Their luxe interiors, with specially designed pockets and compartments make packing so organized and easy. I love it because even after TSA handles my luggage, everything is still neat and tidy in place when I arrive--making it ultimately easy to find what I am looking for to dress in.

2. The hard shell also helps keep my breakables safe and clothes dry. Mark even traveled home with some valuable red wine in his luggage this trip and everything survived (thank God! Red wine in luggage is quite the risk).

3. I didn't even mention yet, the stylish, Parisian Chic exterior of my White Chatelet hard shell spinner, and the Masculine, durable, light-weight design of my husband's Black Bastille Lite expandable spinner. The nice thing about the exterior design besides the style, is there is a TSA approved lock built into the exterior of both, and mine comes with a brake lock (similar to that of one on a stroller or cart), so while traveling in busy airport shuttles or trains, the luggage will not roll away from me.

4. Delsey now makes, practical and stylish covers to protect the exterior when you travel (I know many of you were wondering how I keep mine so clean)! It's super easy to use. Currently, they are showing out of stock, so I've linked a similar one I have here for you. :)

I've partnered with DELSEY to extend to you 25% off your purchase of $50 or more, so you can whisk away to your dream vacay spot in style and practicality. Just use code WHOISVICTORIATAYLOR25 while shopping for your Delsey Luggage Here.

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**Where to stay in Newport RI**

I highly recommend staying at the Chanler, for a truly unique and romantic experience. The rooms are all of periodic design, Including Renaissance (Where we stayed), Louis XVI room which is of french neoclassical design, Old World English Tudor style room, Georgian Estate room styled of the late 18th century, even a Gothic room, and more.

I chose our room (Renaissance) because it looked more Victorian to me than anything and I am a sucker for chandeliers, private balconies with ocean views, and fireplaces. This room was equipped with all, including three chandeliers, an old world Hollywood Glamour style vanity for getting ready, and an amazing jet tub. I have to say the neoclassical french designed Louis XVI room would have been pretty incredible though too. Needless to say we had a truly wonderful time here being whisked away into another time period. I'm not going to lie, I felt like a Queen or one of the Vanderbilts enjoying the amenities of this fabulous hotel property and accommodations for the weekend. And if you know your history, thats not a bad place to feel like you're in! Pretty much lived in a daydream all weekend!

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**Top 3 things to do in Newport RI**

1. The MANSIONS!! OMG, these homes are absolutely incredible. The words I'm using don't even do them justice. It's just indescribable to see how these prominent families lived back in the day. We toured, in this order, The Marble house (Made of all stunning marble), Rosecliff (my personal fave-parts of The Great Gatsby were filmed here!!), and The Breakers (One of the many extravagant homes of the Vanderbilt Family). There are many others, however these are the top three and honestly after you tour three of them (opt for the self guided tour with headphones), it all starts to become a blur, because each is of similar periodic design, and so over-the-top spectacular. I was overly ambitious (per usual), and bought a pass to tour 5--we made it to 3. I recommend buying your tickets ahead of time by clicking here, as the lines (especially outside of the Breakers), can get quite long, and if you have tickets already, you by-pass that line.

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2. The Cliff Walk!! This was my husbands favorite, and I can't lie, was a pretty amazing experience. If you visit around the time of year we did (early September), the weather is in the 60's and gorgeous, making this walk so serene and comfortable. Parts of it are paved and parts are treacherous rocks and dirt paths. For this reason, I recommend being in good health, and wearing the proper shoes. It stretches 3 and a half miles long and you will get to see some pretty amazing ocean views and the most STUNNING homes. There is a bathroom/rest stop a long the way which is nice. We chose to stop every now and then to take in the sights along the rocky roads that were more secluded and naturally beautiful.

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3. Private Charter The Temma with Antique Yacht!! This was such a wonderful experience and a great way to take in the gorgeous views and sights that Newport has to offer. It's a whole other perspective getting to see everything from the water, as well as the beautiful sail boats all around us. Antique Yacht is affordable, costing us just under $300 for this almost 2 hour trip!! It's run by husband and wife Greg and Alana, who couldn't be nicer. They are so down to earth and flexible to cater to what you are looking for in a charter. You can stream music from your smartphone straight to the Temma, or sit back and relax to one of their playlists while they delight you with beautiful views and champagne! We chose to purchase our champagne (and Rosé) prior and brought it on board, however we did add the oyster plate and cheese plate to our adventure. It was truly relaxing and unforgettable. If you missed my instagram stories on this one, I pretty much thought I was living life like a movie that day! :) Visit their site here to book an unforgettable customized experience.

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**Below, I am providing all outfit details from our adventurous weekend in Newport RI**

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TRAVEL ENSEMBLE

CLIFF WALK ENSEMBLE

MANSION and PRIVATE CHARTER ENSEMBLE

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Cincinnati Bound Like A Boss

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Gotta go to work work work work work

It's National Sales Meeting time! Time to revamp and recharge to crush it the rest of this year! I'm looking forward to seeing all of my sales colleagues but at the same time these meetings can be EXXHHAAAUUSSTTIINNGGG!!! Luckily for me, my outfit is giving me some extra confidence and charm to go to Ohio, and return even smarter and more empowered to keep crushing it.

I found these pants on such a steal at NY&Co by the way! They are stretchy and comfy which is a definite plus for sitting in meetings all day. Linking several colors for you below.

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Grandy Hyatt Baha Mar Resort Review

The Baha Mar Resort #BahamasBound

Ok, so the best way I can describe this fabulous resort is with a lot of adjectives. It's a lot of amazingness all combined into one resort! It's Las Vegas, Meets Key West, Retro, Chic, Modern Glam, with a Slight Disney's Boardwalk vibe.

It is pretty much awesome! The rooms kind of reminded me a little of a nautical Kessler Collection hotel, with Glamorous detailed white head boards and Navy walls with gold/brass accents. The Bathrooms had all of your modern amenities, with fabulous "getting ready" lighting and gorgeous floor to ceiling Carrara Marble. The views from our balcony were of the gorgeous property and crystal blue ocean!

There are several pools located throughout the property on different levels (including roof top pools at the adjoined SLS), rain waterfall pool cabanas (Incredible), a huge, modern casino decked out with unique crystal chandeliers, and soon to be about 20 restaurants on property. Even the coffee shop was adorable and reminded me of a french café. You have to also check out the Taco food truck if you go! It's like a bright pink pineapple or something and is adorable. Plus the food is really good and the margaritas won't hurt either!

We mainly enjoyed the resort's secluded beach area, and pool with a full grato fish aquarium inside, while sipping tasty frozen Piña Coladas (Ask for an extra shot on top...you'll thank me later!).

The only downfall when we visited was that not all of the restaurants were open yet and not all of the rooms were finished. For that reason I believe they are still expanding their staff and figuring things out. The customer service at the restaurants and bars could have definitely been better and faster. I'm sure once they have their grand opening, everything will be in tip top shape! It was a nice getaway and my husband and I plan to go back frequently since its such a short flight from Florida!

PS-They are also adding real Flamingos to parts of the resort! How cute is that?!

**Plan your stay by clicking here**

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Presidents Club Trip

Out of Office in #BeccaSwim

I loooove a classic staple piece, especially when traveling. This slimming black swimsuit by Rebecca Virtue, which I found at Everything but water, was one of my staple pieces this trip. It's figure flattering and a one piece with a twist. The back is totally trending with the clean line cut outs. Modern and classic all in one piece is a win win for me! You can shop my outfit details below!

Happy Shopping and Traveling!

What You Need In Your Summer Vacay Travel Bag

1. A Durable, Practical cutting edge and Stylish Suitcase to put it all in- Meet the Delsey Chatelet Hardside Spinner Collection. Equipped with a TSA Approved Lock, Functional and Luxe Interior Space and Wheel Lock technology so your luggage doesn't run off without you. Also Very Easy to clean with a simple cloth and water. I Would invest in a luggage cover like this one (Under $25!) though to keep yours in tip top shape.

2. A tropical statement necklace like these faves. Statement Made.

3. The BEST smelling, long lasting, packable sized Deodorant. Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant is my absolute Fave.

4. A Bad (You know what) Waterproof Travel Pouch for your Cell Phone, ID, Chapstick, and the necessities like this cute "Trouble Maker" Graphic one by Milly.

5. Hats to protect your face from the aging sun. Go casual with this Vineyard Vines Baseball Cap or Tropical Chic with this Henri Bendel Floppy Hat or Out Of Office Statement Hat. When in doubt, pack all three.

6. While protecting your face from the sun, do yourself a favor and snag this gorgeous UPF 50+  Swim Tunic Cover Up or similar styles by Cabana Life to protect your hot bod.

7. Colorful Lace Up Sandals that steel the show and say I'm here for the beach {and coconut cocktails}. Linked Here are my favorites of the Season. Option 1, Option 2, Option 3. And more...

8. A Personalized Straw Beach Tote to get you to all of those fabulous Beaches and places you're going. {My Favorites linked Below}

9. The BEST Color Rich SPF Chapstick Ever, Sugar Fresh in Ruby.

10. Last but not least, a slimming, show stopping black bikini-monokini. My favorites here. Option 1 and Option 2.

And Some Extra Goods Here... :)

Bendel Bliss

In Rose Hall, Montego Bay Jamaica #BendelGirl

No Filters necessary. Just hashtags for pure beauty and bliss in my Bendel Girl Accessories. We are heading from Spring to Summer before we know it and these are two accessories you need in your upcoming Summer Vacay travel bag! The Bag comes in three colors and seriously how cute are the tassels on the bag and pom-poms on the hat?! The bright colors went so well in the tropical environment. I was soaking up the sun and compliments on this outfit the whole day. Now that's a vacation! PS my cover up is also under $25 and I'm also linking this adorable scalloped monokini below (comes with detachable straps for more top support and I'm wearing a size M) :)

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Blush Pink Vacay Dress and Rose Gold Accessories

My favorites #SpringStyle

We all need a vacay every now and then, and of course a super cute dress to go along with it. Linking this exact dress Here, Here, and Here as well as my entire outfit details (including my Favorite New rose Gold Accessories from Kendra Scott), below.

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A Sunny Life with Cabana Life Style

Stylish UPF 50+ Apparel for the Ultimate Beach Goddess #CabanaLife

Living the sunny life in this stylish swim cover-up while staying protected from the sun...WHAT?! So it's truly a win, win! This is from now on an essential for me in my travel bag for all of my tropical vacays (and who am I kidding, my weekly activities here in Florida). Talk about being chic and practical. These prints are all classy, nautical and block 98% of UV rays. I hope you all will take a second to check out the company's story and read about its founders, Melissa and Alyssa (Click Here). Their story is incredible and a great example of solution based thinking or simply put, turning lemons into lemonade. They are now the leading sun protective apparel company and it's no surprise. As someone who used to work in Dermatology, remains close friends with many clinicians in the field, and has experienced the scare of skin cancer through my immediate family, it's something that should be taken very much to heart. You have one body and one life. So why don't you keep living a fun, fashionable life, while protecting it with Cabana Life?! Includes Womens, Mens, and Children's fashion.

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Crazy For Coconuts In Jamaica

Featuring Isabella Rose Swim #SwimStyle

We had so much fun soaking up some sun in Jamaica for a little R and R. It's sooo hot though so it was super hard and important to stay hydrated. I actually love Coconut water and its supposed to not only be good for hydrating you but is supposedly additionally good for the heart according to the Jamaicans! They sell them everywhere around the town of Montego Bay. I loved flouncing around in this whimsically, romantic, ruffled off the shoulder swimsuit. The bottoms offer moderate to full coverage (which I prefer) and fit true to size. I wore a small bottom and a medium top, so I sized down one in the top so it wouldn't be too loose around. It also comes with optional straps to tie halter style, which is nice if you are bustier up top.

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Throwback to Our Hawaiian Honeymoon

We were lucky enough to enjoy an INCREDIBLE stay at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua in Maui. We purchased the honeymoon package (click here for deets) which included a bottle of champagne and a Cabana rental for a day that you choose. Make sure you reserve yours in advanced (we booked before arriving to the resort) as they fill up fast. Enjoy some RnR with outstanding service and gorgeous views. Click Here for more Info on this gorgeous resort.

The Black Sand Beach, Pa'iloa Beach, (Click here for more) on the Road to Hana in Maui was incredible to see! Renting an open air jeep while in town is a must for the places you'll go. Stop at a local convenience store or gas station and pick up the CD guided tour for the road to Hana to play while driving, and so you don't miss any hidden spots you may want to see!

Another Stop on the Road to Hana were these lush gardens called "The Garden of Eden" (Click here for more info). In the back of this photo you can see the huge rock that was used in filming Jurassic Park, and to say this place is stunning, is simply an understatement! So beautiful!

Click here to plan your stay at The Ritz Carlton Kapalua. Seriously this resort has the best service (are you surprised?!), most beautiful well maintained grounds, complete with a private beach and tasty cocktails and I think the best, most Pinterest like Breakfast Buffet EVER- The waffles are to die for and the set up is soo cute! The Honeymoon package we picked (click here for all package offers) also included breakfast in their Terrace restaurant for two daily. Trust me, it's so worth it especially even if you are not a morning person (Like me), because of the time change of 6 hours coming in from the east coast, your body will be waking up and ready to go at like 5 AM so you will suddenly be a morning person wanting breakfast before your exciting adventures begin!

DO NOT waist your time with any other Luau while in Maui. We did an additional one in Honolulu that was a complete tourist trap with awful food and wayyy too long. Let me tell you people. This one is legitimate, high class, amazing quality, traditional food of a Hawaiian Luau. It is very authentic from your seating arrangements to the food, and to the performance and show. Not to mention the cocktails were delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves while at the Old Lahaina Luau (Click here for details and to reserve your experience).

This may have been my FAVORITE thing that we did on our trip. We went out on this amazing 40 foot Catamaran through Sail Trilogy with a small group and were treated to fresh fruit, Moms Cinnamon Buns, coffee and juice upon arrival. After sailing around a bit you have the choice to either snorkel or snuba the Molokini Crater. This was INCREDIBLE! We did the Snuba, which is a cross between snorkel and scuba and is what made me want to get certified to dive now. SO many beautiful fish and Honu (sea turtle). After that, you get back on the boat and they literally serve you an authentic home made Hawaiian lunch and treat you to beer, cocktails and champagne. It was five stars, first class, period. An incredible experience we will never forget. Click here to learn more and make your reservations at Sail Trilogy.

Dining with a view at the St. Regis in Princeville Kauai was incredible! This resort is a must see, but I wish I could say more for their service unfortunately.

This is a photo of the stunning "Cathedrals" in Kauai on the Napali Coast. We booked a small-next best thing to private as their were only five of us total-boat ride up the coast. The Napali Coast was used in many movies as a filming location such as Jurassic Park and the Pirates of the Caribbean. This day was so much fun as you also get to go into sea caves and drive right under waterfalls! Pretty incredible but may be too adventurous for some...You will get wet! Click Here to book the Napali Coast Experience.

Visit The Gorgeous Twin Falls, properly known as Wailua Falls. They are Massive, the photo doesn't do it justice, and you can drive up to a lookout area to see them, so not much hiking/walking needed for this one, if it is not your thing.

So of course while in Kauai, we had to go to see the Queens Bath, which you can also swim in at your own risk! Despite what this photo shows, Queens Bath is launched up high in the mountain and is quite the slippery, rocky hike to get there. I obviously being the city girl that I am, had no idea (Stairs anyone?!?!) and came dressed in bikini (check), cute romper (check), and Tory Burch sandals (check). NOT a good idea (NO SERIOUSLY, don't wear sandals!!!). Actually about 80 something people have died either on their journey or I guess from getting in during bad weather and being carried over board down into the rocky ocean below (YIKES!!). So if I haven't completely scared you away now, this place was truly incredible and a site that you can not miss if you are willing to just wear the appropriate shoes to make the hike. If the weather is calm there are many people in it, which is so cool. Quite incredible and worth my stressful, slippery hike to make it to the Glorious Queens Bath (Click here for a great action video of this place). Found on You Tube.

Aloha! #FollowingTheFrapps

To say Hawaii is beautiful is just simply an understatement. With the beautiful blue skies, ocean breeze and clear blue water and the friendly people..it's just so much more. It was so special to be able to visit Kauai, Oahu, and Maui on our honeymoon two years ago now! Time really does fly. In the spirit of romance for the month of February, I decided we should take a trip down memory lane to the lush landscape, beautiful black sand beaches, and roaring waterfalls in this magical place. And well since I love fashion, of course I'm sharing some of my favorite bikini and products from this trip! Aloha for now...

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Celebrating 2 Years of Marriage

Will absolutely NEVER forget this moment as it was right after we did our first look. I can still feel the crisp air (as it was a sunny 65 degree day in GA), Mark's hand on my back, and the connection between our locked eyes. I can still feel the on-looking gaze and the love from our bridal party, family and strangers passing by, and remember the feeling of relief as I was with my soon to be Husband and then excitement that we were about to become one. I remember in this moment feeling like the prettiest and luckiest girl in the world.

Fun Fact: This is also actually the first thing I opened my eyes to the next morning. Mark (as usual) had woken up right before me and picked up his phone. Our photographer posted on Instagram this photo and I woke up to him reaching around me and putting it right in my face. We were both in awe of it! It is my favorite photo from the entire day and I loved that moment!

My Bridesmaids kept me calm and on schedule the whole time getting ready! We listened to Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake while getting ready of course ;)

Fun Fact: My Dress was made in Italy of Italian Silk, Weighed close to 35 lbs and had over 1,000 Swarovski Crystals and Little Pearls On it. It was the dress I had always dreamed of and the final one I put on that my Mother started crying when I came out in. I knew then that it was the one. Being able to afford my dream dress all by myself was a liberating (and overwhelming) feeling.

Looooved my Wedding Gift... He knows me too well ;)

The anticipation and nerves leading up to the first look were incredible! We chose to do a first look for not only time purposes, but because we knew we would both go into the ceremony and reception much more happy and relaxed and would be able to enjoy more moments without feeling so rushed right after the ceremony. I'm so glad we did this!

Smitten by his Bride :)

Forsyth Park has this beautiful fountain that I absolutely fell in Love with the first time I visited Savannah. It's so Romantic.

Smitten by his Wedding Gift ... :)

Fun Fact: I had my mothers veil wrapped around my bouquet as my something old (& Special) :)

Ok, So what is with the "Two Reflections Into One" On our Ceremony Programs? It was sort of the theme of our wedding and a modern spin on the Wedding phrase "Two Become One". It's no secret I am obsessed with Justin Timberlake. My favorite song of his in the whole world has got to be Mirrors though and this phrase "Two reflections into one" is in the song. The lyrics are so beautiful and exactly how I feel about my husband and our relationship.

Never ever see my dad cry, but boy he sure did on my Wedding Day walking me down that Aisle. A feeling I will never forget :)

The feeling of OMGEEE we just did it!!! Now what?!? Lol... start walking!

One of the vivid moments I remember at our Wedding was right after the ceremony leaving the church, a trolley drove by and everyone was clapping and congratulating us. It was so special to feel the love from even strangers on our special day.

Seeing the Vision Come together for the first time at our reception...Priceless. I worked sooo hard on it!

Mark's face seeing the cake...Lol Stunned

Fun Fact: First time I saw this ballroom was on a friend's bachelorette party and I started crying. I knew I had to be married here as it felt like something out of the great gatsby and beauty & the beast (2 of my favorite movies). Seeing it on our Wedding Day like this was a dream come true.

We shared a little dance before it was time to start the Party!

We did Koozies and Champagne as our favors and our hashtag was #fabfrapps

Can you tell I love Pearls? ;) Fun Fact : Each tier of the cake was a different flavor and so delicious, and the bottom tier of the cake was designed to look like the train of my dress. Tammy did an Incredible job!

So We took dance lessons at Arthur Murray for weeks leading up to the big day. Mark was still nervous and thoroughly talked into the whole thing...I on the other hand am Loving it if you can't tell! Lol

No Lie...He almost choked me on the fork and got cake on my nose...I guess not everything goes perfect which is what makes it so great.

So I spoke earlier about the song "Mirrors" and lyric "Two Reflections Into One" being sort of the theme of our wedding. Well, for our "Exit" or "Finale" we played that "Final" song "Mirrors" and everyone was circled around us. At the break in the song where Justin belts out "Oooooooohhh" we had our wedding planners launch confetti all over us! It was a surprise to everyone but Mark and I and was truly unforgettable!

And They Lived Happily Ever After...

PARTY TIME BLOOPERS!!!

We did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Team-Mates + Soul-Mates #TwoReflectionsIntoOne

Wow! I can't believe that today marks 2 years of Marriage. I know two years is nothing in the grand scheme of things, but nevertheless I believe today is a day to celebrate for my Husband and I. We met in college and have been together a little over 8 years and I am so blessed to have called him my husband for the past 2 of those years. We tied the knot in Savannah Georgia on this day and it was absolutely a magical day. Looking back at all the photos is so much fun because although there are still special moments and parts that I remember so vividly in my mind, as if I could almost place myself in the exact moment, there are also parts that were a blissful blur. This brought back so many great memories, and also created new ones, as I seem to notice different things/moments in these photos each time I see them. I'm sharing some photos many of you have seen and some never before seen ones too! Hope you enjoy! It truly was such a special day that I will never forget. Happy Anniversary Babe!

To Watch the 4 Minute Highlight Reel of Our Special Day Click Here or copy and paste into your browser the link Below:

http://lifeshighlights.net/jessica-marks-savannah-georgia-wedding-film/

Shop The Wedding Day Details:

Amalia Cararra Wedding Dress // Eve Of Milady Veil // RTR Earrings //  Kate Spade Shoes // David Yurman Gift // Reception held at Mansion On Forsyth Park // Ceremony Held at Wesley Monumental UMC // Corey and Abbie Conroy Photography // Life's Highlights Viedography // Posh Petals and Pearls Wedding Planner // Low Country Confection Cakes // Amy Harvey Designs Florals // Confetti Cannons // Hair & Make-Up Beyond Beautiful By Heather // Swarovski Champage Toasting Flutes // The Buzzcatz Wedding Band //

Escape to Asheville In Style

Cozy In Crimson Plaid at the #GrandBohemianAsheville

Hi My loves! Happy Friday! It has officially been my first full week back to work at my medical job since the Holidays, and boy am I exhausted! There have been so many exciting things going on in life lately, like getting into the Like to Know It Program to make life way easier for you all to shop my Instagram Feed Directly, exciting progress on our house and more final decisions to be made, friends weddings and baby showers, starting the year all over again at work, planning for the Presidents club trip, and traveling with my husband to celebrate our upcoming 2 year Wedding Anniversary. Needless to say, I am going to keep today's post short and sweet. I hope you all have had an amazing week and Cheers to the weekend!

Shop My Outfit Details from our Trip to Asheville NC here:

Chic Wish Plaid Dress // Elan Swing Dress // Merona Ebony Black Tights // UR Tech Faux Leather Gloves // Stuart Weitzman OTK Boots // Black Beanie // YSL Lip Gloss Stain //

Luxe in Asheville

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Escape to Luxurious Rustic Glam at The Bohemian #LuxuryTravel

My Husband and I decided to take a pre-wedding anniversary trip to Asheville, NC as our anniversary is around the corner. We were hoping to see one more snowfall of the season before heading back to Florida, and we definitely got snow and so much more! While planning the trip, it was only natural that we stay at The Grand Bohemian Asheville as I am a huge fan of the style and luxury of the Kessler Autograph Collection Hotels. We got married at one of their properties (The Mansion) in Savannah, so it was only fitting to celebrate our anniversary at another one of their fabulous hotels (It definitely didn't disappoint). Asheville is such a fun little town with sights to see like the Biltmore and unique local breweries to relax at, and lots of fun little shops and gourmet restaurants. We had a great time and it gave me an excuse to enjoy more sweater weather like this cute and cozy one I'm wearing in the pictures. It's Stylish with the cold shoulder details, and glam with little sparkles in the fabric, making it the perfect combo. Its quite warm and cozy as well and is on MAJOR SALE! I would recommend sizing down one as it already has an oversized fit. I am wearing an XS and would typically wear a size Small. I've linked this one and several other similar ones below, as well as one of my favorite pair of faux leather leggings of the season (Under $30!).

Shop My Outfit Details here:

Sequin Cold Shoulder Sweater // Similar Cold Shoulder Sweater // Similar Cold Shoulder Turtleneck // Faux Leather Leggings // Trench Coat // Stuart Weitzman Lowland Over The Knee Boot // Jcrew gloves //

Snowflakes That Stay On My Nose And Eyelashes At The Biltmore

Silver White Winters... #MyFavoriteTrenchCoat

My Husband and I decided we would take a lovely trip to Georgia and Asheville NC for our upcoming Wedding Anniversary, in hopes that we would get to relax and see some more snow! Well, we definitely got to see some snow! We had so much fun exploring the Biltmore Villages and all of the fine, unique shops and restaurants that Asheville has to offer. We had a wonderful time and look forward to going back!

Trip Recommendations/Itinerary Here:

Tupelo Honey Cafe (Most amazing Biscuits and Brunch) // The Social Lounge (Great Cocktails- Try the Thalia Cocktail-It won't disappoint!) // Wicked Weed Brewery (Great beer Selection and Appetizers in a cozy atmosphere with outdoor fire pit) // Omni Grove Park Inn Dining at Vue 1913 (Gorgeous sunset and views of the Blueridge Mountains with an Art Deco Feel) // The Edison Craft Ales and Kitchen (In The Omni also with a more relaxed, industrial vibe. Decked out in Edison Bulbs and Fireplaces with the most amazing Grilled Cheese and Tomato Bisque Soup Ever) // French Broad Chocolate Lounge (Order Champagne, The Liquid Milk Chocolate--what they are known for, and The Chocolate Cake. Try The Liquid Chocolate alone, but then pour it over your chocolate cake and I am telling you, you are in Chocolate Heaven!!) // The Biltmore Estate // Stay at The Grand Bohemian (Charming, great service, luxurious rooms, and cozy yet elegant lobby and restaurant with a huge fire place)

It's Christmas Time In The {Windy} City

Soon It Will Be Christmas Day #ChicagoAtChristmas

Christmas is only a few days away, yet its still in the 80s here in Florida! My Husband and I had had enough of this heat wave and decided to go from one extreme to the opposite to get our feel of Christmas. Yup, thats right..we left sunny Florida to head to the Windy City of Chicago to get in the Christmas spirit and Burrrrrr was it cold! But it was also beautiful and full of such holiday cheer everywhere we went. You can refer to my last blog post for all details of our trip, help with planning, where to stay, eat, holiday activities etc. We truly had a blast but unfortunately I caught a little cold. This Florida girl apparently can't handle too much Winter. Despite catching a cold, I was still able to stay bundled up, cute and cozy, and it was so nice to shop for some Winter clothes! We definitely got into the Christmas Spirit, so mission Accomplished! And PS- How incredible are these views from our Brunch at CITE at the top of the Lake Point Tower?!

Shop My Outfit Details Here:

Kate Spade Bow Coat // BP Faux Leather Leggings (Just under $30!) // Aqua Cashmere Grey Sweater (40%off now!!) // Loft Layering Tee Shirt // Ugg Bailey Bow Boots // Kate Spade Beanie (Similar-I grabbed mine from the Orlando Outlet) // UR Tech Leather Gloves in Black // Kate Spade Bag (Similar-Snagged mine at a steal at the Outlet) //

 

Christmas Time In Chicago

Literally #Frozen {But In The Best Way}

Chicago is magical this time of year! Even just leaving the airport, it's truly a Winter Wonderland, decked to the nine's with Christmas lights on all of the tree's, pops of red and green on every light post and store front, and Crystal Icicles and Snowflakes Dripping from Roof tops and on Tree's. It was so beautiful! My Husband and I wanted to get away to escape the Florida heat and be put in the Christmas Spirit. That surely happened in this city! We had some help planning our trip by Tulia Travel (Luxury Travel Agency) as it was going to be a short and sweet weekend so we wanted to fit in as much holiday cheer as possible before heading home to Florida. I highly recommend Julia from Tulia Travel (Also on Instagram click Here) for your luxury travel needs, and I have my friend to thank for recommending her! She did a wonderful job adding that extra Christmas Sparkle and surprise to everything we did!

Here's a list of some fun Holiday things to see & Do, and some amazing restaurants:

1. Stay at The Waldorf Astoria (They have in room fireplaces-Soo Romantic, pretty views, modern and luxurious amenities, a gorgeous lobby and is a great location in Downtown Chicago)

2. Eat a Casual Late Night Bite at Lux Bar (We got in Late Friday and thoroughly enjoyed this charming place with great service and high quality bites-Only a five minute Uber from Hotel. Highly Recommend the Cheeseburger, Sliders and Truffle Fries)

3. Enjoy The Charming, Snowy Village of Winnetka for Local Coffee Shops like Pete's, and Christmasy Shopping and Decor (Where Home Alone was Filmed, so of course had to see the town and Home Alone House)

4. Stroll Through Millennium Park after shopping on Michigan Ave (Aka Magnificent Mile) to Ice Skate, Hear Carolers and See the beautiful real Christmas Tree Decorated and the Famous "Bean"

5. Eat an AMAZING Italian Dinner at RPM Italian (Part owners are Giulianna Rancic and Husband of E!News. Extensive Wine List, and Classic Italian Dishes with Modern Twists. I had The Spaghetti and Meatball and it was to die for!!)

6. Sunday Brunch at CITE for Amazing Views from the 70th floor of the Lake Point Tower (Quiet and luxurious Atmosphere with Stunning City Views)

7. Signature Room at the Top of the Hancock for Beautiful City Views as well and Tasty Martini's

8. Winter Wonderfest At Navy Pier (Indoor Ice Skating and carnival Rides)

9. Christmas Around The World A Holiday of Lights at The Museum

10. Get Your Party On at Hubbard Inn (Fun Atmosphere, Trendy Drinks, Each Floor has a different set up and musical Vibe, and overall Great DJ Hit Music)

Shop My Outfit Details Here:

***Layering Up in this Windy City is a MUST! I'm linking all garments worn so you wont Freeze Also...

Kate Spade Red Bow Coat // Kate Spade Winking Beanie // Kate Spade Similar Red Coat Option // Spanx Faux Leather Leggings (So worth the $98!) // Merona Target Fleece Leggings (Under $20! Worn Underneath Spanx Leggings) // Fuzzy Warm Socks // Nordstrom BP Red Sweater // Red Sweater Option 2 // Target Layering Thermal Long Sleeve Black Shirt // Bloomingdales UR Black Tech Compatable Leather Gloves (A Life Saver and On Sale Now!) // Ugg Bailey Tall Bow Boots // ILY Mix Scarf (Code whoisvictoriataylor at checkout for 20% off yours!) // Armani Lip Maestro Velvet Lip Color414 Mad Red Blood // Marks Plaid Shirt: Vineyard Vines Caroler Plaid Tucker Shirt// Marks Sweater: Vineyard Vines Pulllover // Kate Spade Bag (Similar-I snagged mine at the Outlet Mall) // Keychain Poof (Similar to my Kate Spade one) //

Leaf Peeping In Gorgeous Greenwich

Fall Foliage In Fashion #LeafPeeping

I'm so excited to finally share with you all our "Leaf Peeping" journey from Massachusetts to Connecticut! I was seriously so excited to break out some fun cold weather fall fashion and take in the beauty and different scenery while traveling with my husband. I've been so so busy with work and life (you know how it goes) since returning home from our trip, so I apologize to my readers for the delay! Greenwich, CT is gorgeous and the homes are just absolutely insanely stunning!! We saw some beautiful fall foliage along our adventures, and despite my husband's best advice to not wear heeled boots all day, I just simply could not resist! What's a Florida girl to do when temps fall below the 50s and the leaves match the color and essence of my Fall wardrobe? Ummm yeah...you rock it and look fabulous doing so, while by the end of the day your enjoyable stroll turns into a slight limp back to the car. All completely WORTH IT by the way! I'm linking exact matches for my day in Greenwich style {Including my Gorgeous, Bergdorf SW exclusive Velvet OTK Boots}, as well as many affordable dupes to my designer boots! Hope this inspires you to plan a fun, and of course fashionable fall foliage trip!

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MinkPink Striped Dress // Lulus Striped Dress Option // Lulus Pink Trench Coat // Floppy Hat // Bergdorf Stuart Weitzman Velvet OTK Boots // Asos Velvet OTK Boot Option // Public Desire Velvet OTK Boot Option // Nordstrom Suede OTK option

Let's Escape To The Cape

Fall In Cape Cod at The Chatham Bars Inn #EscapeToTheCape

My Husband and I had such a great time during our trip through Massachusetts and Connecticut! It sure felt like fall with the vivid colors and cool temps. The Chatham area of Cape Cod was so charming and picturesque with cute fall festivals, charming storefronts and gorgeous trees and florals lining the main street. We also had some great seafood! It was about a 3 and a half hour trip from the city of Boston to Chatham so I wanted to dress comfy for the car ride but also look cute for the arrival in this new town we were exploring. My Aqua Brand Shirt (Seriously Under $50 and so cozy), and Cashmere striped scarf, found exclusively at Bloomingdales, were so soft and perfect for the quaint town. There was some rain off and on while we were there which made my Hunter Boots perfect for the occasion, and not to mention the gorgeous Chatham Bars Inn had some pretty beautiful shades of pink and burgundy flowers that matched my attire beautifully. Isn't it great when things fall into place like that?

Shop My Outfit Details Here:

Bloomingdales Aqua Grey Sweater // Bloomingdales Cashmere Scarf // JBrand Denim // Hunter Boots // Versona Hat // Similar Ted Baker Burgundy Hat // Fashionphile Prada Bag // Fashionphile Prada Bag 2