L É G R A N D

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If you find yourself in Salt Lake City, The Grand America is the only way to go! This hotel is by far the best the salty city has to offer!

Chase and I have always loved staying at The Grand! You can find us here after a Jazz game, sleeping in, getting Sunday Brunch, enjoying the spa and maybe a couples massage, and then hitting the pool! (They have indoor & outdoor so they’ve got you covered no matter the season!) We also love to people watch in the grand lobby. There’s often weddings, corporate events, cute ladies out for tea, and nba teams staying at the hotel which makes for an enjoyable time while waiting for your car! The lobby often has live music being played ranging from bands to harp, and there’s always an enormous bouquets of flowers who’s aroma fills the room!

The Grand life with Chloé was a little different but just as magical and luxurious as ever before! We made a stop to the in house toy store and just about died! Everything from the store, to the toys, to the window displays were to die for! The Grand America’s toy store is New York status if you know what I mean! We definitely got a few new toys for Chloé!

All three of us Allens enjoyed our vibrant, spacious room, the delicious room service menu, and a cheerful staff helping us with whatever we needed!

It truly was a staycation to remember! <3

If you’re wanting to go on a couples getaway, family trip, or treat yourself to a little me time, then The Grand is for you! Hoping to see you there ASAP! xx

C H L O É I N T H E C I T Y

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First trip as a family of three officially in the books! We took Chloé James to the city, it’s one of our very favorite places! Nothing really compares to New York City!

When booking this trip, Chase and I thought carefully about what we’d be doing and where we’d be staying in the city with a 2 month old baby girl! (We didn’t want her getting sick or too hot!) We found the PERFECT hotel to stay at though, the Intercontinental Barclay! It’s right on the line of being in mid town & the upper east side, so CLEAN! Our room was spacious and big! Much bigger than any room we’ve ever stayed in while in the city! (It was really clean and smelled amazing too!) The Intercontinental Barclay had a beautiful, spacious lobby with food right off to the side, a continental breakfast with all the options, and an enormous crystal chandelier that Chloé James loved to gaze at! (It was so cute!) The staff was incredibly helpful and so so kind! They always said hello to Chloé, helped us with our bags & stroller, and even got the elevator for us! (Talk about going the extra mile!) This hotel is also dog friendly! We thought about bringing PG with us but ultimately opted out considering it was our first time flying and traveling with a baby!

I’m not even going to lie to you guys.. I miss their bathroom! It was so beautiful! It had the prettiest sink, marble countertops, the cutest subway tile, and a mirror perfectly lit to get glammed up! #TakeMeBack! If you’re wanting to visit the city, Chase & I both highly recommend this hotel! Between the incredible staff, perfect location, and spacious suite, it was a 10/10 for us Happily Ever Allens!

Seeing Chloé in the city was honestly the cutest thing ever! You don’t see many babies in New York, so everyone who saw her lit up and smiled! She brought joy to so many New Yorkers! Chloé enjoyed Central Park, soho, the Brooklyn bridge, cab rides, lots of naps, and of course her stay at the Intercontinental Barclay! She also brought some zzz’s to the city that never sleeps! Poor baby girl was so tired! She’s little enough that she can snooze anywhere right now so Chase & I lucked out!

Where should we go next?! Drop a comment below!

Thanks for looking in our first trip as a family of 3! <3 If you want our full NYC HACKS & TRAVEL GUIDE, click HERE! We have previous blog post that we still swear by! xx

C H L O É J A M E S

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The newest member to our “Happily Ever Allen” is finally making her debut! World, meet Chloé James Allen <3 born on 6/6/19, weighing 6 pounds 9 ounces. Chase, PG, & I are so in love with her. Our hearts have grown so much since our little angel decided to join us! <3

I have so much to say and don’t think any of it will come out right. The lack of sleep + mom brain I now have has done me in hahaa! So bare with me on this post and all future posts for the rest of my life! (;

Everyday since Chloé James has been born has been different! Some days are wonderful, others you just want to cry. Being a new baby in this world is so so hard. And being a new parent and figuring out daily life is hard too. It’s like putting together a puzzle that changes everyday and you don’t know what the picture is. Good news though, everyday you at least get one piece of the puzzle solved. <3 It might be different than the previous day, but whatever works today is what we go for!

Chloé was beyond fussy from week 2-6! She’d cry all day, and so would I. The last little while it’s gotten better! Much better! (Thank the dear heavens!) She’s starting to coo and smile, she recognized her daddy, her puppy, and I. She LOVES eating. She would nurse all day if I let her! (And somedays, that’s exactly what we do!) She loves watching Puppy Dog Pals on Disney Jr, loves trees and the outside world, loves getting out of the house, loves her swing, loves her nursery (she stares at everything!) and loves to stare at the TV which we call “the big black square!” She learned how to fake cry at 2 weeks old which is honestly the funniest thing in the world! She’s a great sleeper and only wakes up to eat! (Right now it’s about 3-6 times a night.) Her absolute favorite thing though is being held. She LOVES to be held! (You can’t put her down for anything!) I love that she loves to be held.. I get to stare and cuddle her all day long! <3 She’s been out a little bit, most recently to the swimming pool with her cousin Cruz who is just 3 weeks apart from her! She also has her very first trip coming up in 2 weeks and she’s very excited for that!

Chlo has her own look! She has her daddy’s eyes (spitting image) and my lips!.. Other than that she definitely looks like her own little person! (She kind of looks like my little brother, I need to get a good picture of them together so you guys can see!)

Having Chloé was incredible guys.. I was so worried I wouldn’t know what to do, or that I wouldn’t bond with her right away, and that I wouldn’t be a good mom.. but the second I held her, all my doubts, worries, and fears completely washed away. There’s nothing like holding your child for the first time and looking into their eyes. I don’t know what heaven is like, but to me, being able to hold and see Chloé was it. <3 Pure bliss.

3 weeks leading up to Chloé’s due date, our doctors advised me to be induced. And ASAP! You see, her head was extremely low.. hanging out in the birthing canal! I hadn’t had a single contraction (or even experienced Braxton Hicks,) and I was barely dialated, so I really didn’t want to be induced! I kept hoping my body would go into labor naturally, and didn’t schedule the induction. 1 week before Chloé’s due date it was the same story. Low head, no contractions or braxton hicks, and barely dilated to a 2. My doctor again advised me to schedule the induction, so I listened to the professional and got in on the calendar!

The night before my induction date, guess what happened? That’s right. CONTRACTIONS HAPPENED! And man they are a BEAST! (Women who give birth unmedicated, I salute you!) I won’t lie, I was a little upset I was having contractions! I felt like I finally had made a plan, and things were NOT going to plan! (It drove me crazy!)

I called the nurses about 100 times that night trying to come in. BUT, you don’t get to stay at the hospital unless you’re dilated to a 5. And I was only at a 2 24 hours ago…. there was no possible way I’d be staying.. I just knew I’d get sent home! So I waited it out.. as long as I possibly could.. I took a shower, I bugged Chase all night, a FaceTimed my sister in law, I googled how to stop contractions, I took PG on a walk, I finished packing, I jumped around to help with pain, I crawled around on the floor…. and then a nurse called from the hospital saying my doctor was there and that I could come in! YAAYY!

We got to the hospital, and I kid you not my contractions stopped. HOW EVEN?! A nurse checked to see how far I was dilated and I had gone 1 more centimeter since my last doctors appointment, which means PROGRESS! <3 They took us to our delivery room and I got my epidural (which was absolutely wonderful) and pitocin to help speed things along! For the first little while I was laying on my back which I never do because it’s soo uncomfortable to me! After a few hours of being on my back with hardly any progress, I asked chase to come help me onto my side! I immediately felt better and within an hour was dilated to a 10 + 5! (The nurse was a little wigged out to how I made so much progress in so little time!)

Our nurse told us it was time to push, and after pushing maybe 3 times, she told me to stop and ran to get the doctor! (The nurse thought she was going to slip right out! Don’t worry, she didn’t!) After about 10 more minutes of pushing, our little angel was here. Alive and well and overall perfect. <3 We honestly hadn’t decided on a name for her yet.. we had a handful of names we liked! (Lennon, Millie, Navy, etc.) Chloé was in the bunch as well! The second I looked at her, I thought she looked like a Chloé. Chases favorite name was Navy, so I didn’t tell him because I honestly didn’t want to sway him! She’s both of ours, and I wanted us both to be involved equally with naming her! An hour after she was born our doctor said we probably needed to pick a name, so I asked Chase what he thought. He said she looks like a Chloé and I was SO RELIEVED because I thought the exact same thing!

We stayed at the hospital for 3 days and 2 nights! (All 3 of us!) We wanted to leave the very next day but Chloé needed one more doctors check up, and her pediatrician is closed on the weekends so we stayed! Chloé was a CHAMP! She passed all of her tests, latched the second she touched my skin, and didn’t lose any weight which was amazing! She slept 24/7 in the hospital and had lots of family and friends around her 24/7! It was the best. I love having our loved ones close!

Coming home was the best thing ever. I hate hospitals.. and I’m such a home body! Those first few days at home with her and Chase were some of the happiest days I’ve ever experienced.

Life with Miss Chloé James has been a dream come true for Chase & I. Every day is a new adventure and we can’t wait to experience everything thats in store for us Happily Ever Allens! <3

Thanks for stopping by guys! <3 Y’all are the best!

P.s. below is some of our favorite baby items/must haves! Just click on a pic to shop an item! <3

N U R S E R E’

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Interior Designer // Crib // Large Dresser + Changer // Small Dresser // Painting // Wood Shelves // Circle Mirror // Woven Light // Mobile // Framed Magnet Boards w/ Quotes // Owlet Baby Monitor // Modern Rocker // Rug // Laundry Basket // Pom Basket Set // Crib Animals // Pink Quote // Drawer Organizers // Plant Pot // Aromatherapy Humidifier // Garbage // Bows // Rainbow Print // Rainbow // Hippo 

Hey MTV welcome to our CRIB! (Baby Crib that is!) <3 Guys.. My heart is BURSTING right now! I’ve been so excited to share this post with you! Putting baby girls nursery together has been pure magic. Her room has turned into the heart of our home and I wouldn’t want it any other way! <3

Chase and I had the best time together setting up baby girls nursery! Week by week, with every piece that went up, our little one felt closer to being here. It was crazy getting everything built and put into place knowing that soon baby girl would be dwelling here. It was kind of a surreal process! We will always cherish these memories of us working on her nursery together and can barely believe that baby girl is almost here! (Any day now.. just waiting on YOU baby girl!) 

With some help from our amazing interior designer, Lexi Laycock, we decided to go with a light and airy feel in the nursery, accompanied by some fun color pops, and a little bit of class! I feel like the nursery has a few different vibes going on in it which is perfect for baby girl! With a diverse nursery like this, we’ll have the option to tweek the room to fit her personality and needs more once we get to know her! (And I love that! If we do end up changing her room, we’ll update pictures on this post!) 

When Chase and I moved into our house this passed November, we definitely invested in a handful of pieces! But with baby girls nursery, we SCORED and were able to find some amazing deals/sales on all of these pieces making the entire room incredibly affordable! For instance, this furniture set is sold at multiple stores, and you can always find them on a deal! And the trendy gold mirror and wooden shelves were each under $35.00 from target! The woven light we also  scored on sale, same with the beautiful work of wall art

Some little touches we added and love about her nursery are the drawer organizers, the live plant + pot, and the modern rocker! It made her room feel custom, fresh, and clean! <3 Everything you could hope for in a room!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing this journey with us loves! You guys are the best and WE LOVE YOU!

If you guys have any Moma tips for me, please leave a comment below! Being a first time mom, I need all the help + tips I can get! (And in all the categories!) 

P.s. below you can shop some of our favorite things we’ve ordered for our baby girl! (Including items from the nursery!) Simply click on a pic to view & shop the item! xx

B E B E L E’ S E X E

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Baby Allen is a GIRL!!!! <3 Chase and I are so excited to bring this little angel into the world! I don’t know how or why but it gets that much better once you know what you’re having! 

Chase and I had our family over over for our baby’s gender reveal and it was so much fun!

Chases brother Travis and his fiancé Charles took charge and handled every detail from food to decor, to coming with me to to the ultrasound and planning the reveal for everyone, including us! (THANK YOU TRAV & CHARLES!!!! We love you!)

I’ve been feeling kinda sick still, (pregnancy is tough guys) so I’m going to keep the post short n sweet and add some videos! First is the ultrasound where you can see baby girl perfectly, and the other is our gender reveal! ENJOY LOVES! xx  

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Also, a huge shout out to my friend Natalie Mckell! She recently had a baby boy and has been my go to while being pregnant! She helped me find a doctor, helped me find prenatals to take, is always answering my pregnancy questions, and made some beautiful floral arrangements for the gender reveal and overall makes me feel like a million bucks! I love this girl! THANK YOU NAT for being such a good friend! ILYSM! 

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Also, I couldn’t have a shin dig w/ out these puppies! Cupcakes from the sweet tooth fairy! They’re my absolute favorite! <3 (I ate three that night!) Safe to say baby girl is a sugar-holic just like her moma!

Also, for outfit details, Pink Dress + Turtle Neck is from Soel Boutique! (In store!) Sweater dress is from Free People! And all baby girls clothes are from The Baby Cubby! We went shopping for her the day after we found out she was a girl! The Baby Cubby is the cutest baby store, and we honestly couldn’t wait to start getting some cute baby clothes!!!!  

Thank you all for your love and support! WE LOVE YOU! xx|HEA

S I M C I D E R

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Large Candle // Small Candle // Reed Diffuser // Eat Beautiful Book // Summer Friday’s Mask // Cutting Board // Knit Blanket // Copper Cups // Chanel Perfume

With fall and Thanksgiving among us + Chase & I settling into our new home, it was time to bring Autumn indoors with Thymes Fragrances! Their Simmered Cider line is warm & welcoming! (Not to mention, beautiful!) Just what we needed to spice up our new home! Our new puppy PG approved too! 

This delicious aroma fills our home with a blend of freshly pressed apples, mulled with crushed clove and cardamom, and hints of bourbon while the stunning rose gold vessels play up the Autumn scene!

Our home has hints of rose gold, copper, and gold through out it, so these candles + this diffuser have been the perfect decoration to add to our growing collection of home decor! I’ve been bundling them in the center of our kitchen table on a cute cutting board, as well as placing them in the corner of our family room for a cozy looking vibe! And truth be told, I wish these photos were scratch and sniff so you could smell this Simmered Cider scent! It’s more heavenly than imaginable! 

If you’re on the hunt for an Autumn aroma or looking to spice up your home, I highly recommend Thymes Fragrances Simmered Cider line! <3 Simply click on a pic to shop the line! xx

B E’ B E’

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Guys, WE MADE DIS! <3 Baby Allen coming early June! We could not be more excited!!!! 

We had our first doctors appointment yesterday and everything went great! The doctor told us we’re 9 weeks along and all looks well! We were able to see the heartbeat which was absolutely incredible! Chase even started tearing up a bit, he’s already the best dad!

Truth be told, Chase has been ready to be a dad since the day we met! It was me that needed more time! I’ve always been terrified of giving birth and all the pain/complications that may come along with it, but this past year they’ve all faded away and I’ve felt strong and SO READY to start this journey! 

I’ve been pretty sick the last 2 months, but I can’t complain! I know so many women who have it 100 times worse than I do! So I’m extremely grateful and counting my blessings! (Also, shout out to all you working moms! I work from home and have been struggling SO BAD! I have a whole new appreciation for working women + moms. You ladies are the real MVPs!) 

My diet has changed so much in the last two months! I used to love eating healthy foods like spinach, avocado, broccoli, berries, and fish! Now I’m living off of sugared cereal and gluten free pizza! That’s about all that sounds good/doesn’t make me gag! I’m hoping in a couple weeks once we’re out of the first trimester, things start getting back to normal! 

Aside from my diet completely changing, some of the biggest challenges/changes I’ve experienced are constantly being tired/not sleeping well at night, and being “backed up.” It takes me days on end before I’m able to go to the bathroom! It’s awful. Nothing makes me feel more sick! TMI I know, but I wanted to share this in case anyone has some tips or tricks for me! If you do, PLZ SEND EM MY WAY!!!! <3 

 

We’ve had a lot of questions asking if this was planned and the answer is, kind of! We wanted to start trying this October, so we were truly over the moon when we found out! It was such a happy day! Neither of us really believed our eyes! We took 3 preganacy tests before we believed we’re actually pregnant! I always thought I’d tell Chase in a really cute and creative way that we’re pregnant, but it just didn’t turn out that way! Same with our family! We wanted to tell them all in a cute way, but it just didn’t happen! (SORRY FAM!) 

We’ve also been asked if we think it’s a boy or a girl! If we could choose, we’d love a boy first, but I have a hunch it’s a girl! And honestly, either way, we will be so so happy! Just hoping the baby is healthy, nothing else matters! We have names picked out for both genders, but we’ve been referring to the baby as “squish” and “chickie nug.” <3

 

Taking these pictures at the beach and visiting the doctor yesterday made everything feel so REAL. There’s been so much love felt, especially in these moments!  

 

So little “squish,” here’s to YOU! We are so excited to be your mommy and daddy! You are already SO LOVED and we can’t wait to meet you!  

xx| Mum & Dad

B U R R O W

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Couch // Light (similar) // Coffee Table (similar // Rug (similar) // Coffe Table Book

Ever since we started building our home,  we’ve been on the hunt for the best furniture we can possibly find! (We’re officially all things house obsessed!)  

We scored when we found this beautiful modern couch from Burrow! We ordered this couch recently and it was shipped to our house in no time! Our Burrow was easy to set up, it’s comfortable, durable, and dang affordable! (They also offer financing on it through affirm!)

The thing we love very most about Burrows couches is you can easily switch the chaise to either end of the couch, and add or takeaway pieces! We haven’t found many couches like this on the market! You always have to select which side the chaise is on, but not with Burrow! This is perfect for us while we’re in the transitional stage of building and adding to our home collection!

We went with their Chaise King Sofa model and highly recommend it! In fact, we’re thibking about adding an arm chair and ottoman to complete the collection! 

Burrows come in a handful of sizes and shades, and there’s a few different options to tweek them to your ideal perfection! (Like the color of the legs, height on arm rests, etc!) We are excited to play around with this couch in our new home and see which way will look and fit best! 

Thanks for tuning in guys! Now, excuse us while we get our Netflix and chill on! xx

P.s. You can shop items we love for home down below! (Some of these we have already purchased! Any guesses on which ones?!) Simply click on a picture to shop an item! 

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Star Bag // Red Backpack // Black Booties // Red Boots // Combat Boots // Yellow Corduroy Jacket // Yellow Corduroy Skirt // White Tee // Black Denim Jumpsuit // Leopard Top // Jeans // Black Belt

HEY FAM! xx LONG TIME NO SEE EH?! I’m so glad to be back blogging again <3 it’s been a hot minute! I’ve been sick for nearly a month with heaven knows what.. some strange cold that I can’t kick but it’s starting to clear up finally! Shout out to my immune system for finally pulling through! (;

ANYWAYS, I’m not here to tell you about my nasty cold or give you excuses as to why I’ve been mia on the blog. I’m here to talk about NYFW!

NYFW is truly the most wonderful time of the year! It’s magic! You go to the city and see the prettiest clothes that will be coming out soon, you see your friends, your favorite designer, your favorite fashion bloggers on Instagram, your favorite model, even your favorite celebrity! EVERYONE’S THERE ALL TOGETHER AND ITS CRAZY! Especially for a small town country girl like me! It will never stop blowing my mind! (I remember last year passing Gigi Hadid as well as Aimee Song from Song of Style just walking down the street! Only in NY!)

You eat the best food, have access to the best shopping, hit the coolest events and parties, you watch the city start to turn gold with the leaves changing, you see the coolest trends and styles all over the runways and street, and experience a culture like no where else. Or at least like no where I’ve been before! 

If you haven’t been and have the opportunity sometime, GO! I promise, there’s nothing like it! And if you’re a first timer, I have a New York Travel Guide HERE! It goes over places to stay, discounts, where to eat, and MORE!  

Kk let’s get back to Fashion Week! This year I packed some outfits that were a more forward/stylish than my regular everyday wear, but not too far off! I love to dress casual and comfortable no matter the occasion! It’s just me! I did however spice up my accessories! My bags and shoes from Botkier were for sure the hottest items I sported! Good accessories are EVERYTHING! They can make or break an outfit, and they can make or break your time in the city!

In the city, once you’re out for the day you’re out! You can’t run back to your car and grab something, and you don’t want to lug around a duffel bag or suitcase all day. Finding a good bag for your things and good shoes for walking miles on end is a nessecity in the city! For me in the past they’ve been difficult to find, but it was easy with Botkier! Their entire line is fashionable, functionable, affordable, and versatile! PERFECT FOR NYFW!

It rained the entire time we were in the city, and honestly not one bag or shoe was ruined! The rain didn’t leak through my bag or shoes either, A SCORE! (Your accessories could never!) 

Below I’ve rounded up some of my favorite items from Botkier! (Including my bags & shoes pictured above!) Simply click on a picture to shop an item! 

Thanks for stopping by guys! It’s good to be back! xx

P.s. If you guys have any questions about the city, traveling, or anything AT ALL, leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you! xx

S O. U T

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Cream Romper // Colorful Striped Dress // Gingham Dress // Navy Blue Dress // Graphic Tee // Denim Shorts // Bandana // Red + Pink Tassle Earrings // Blue + Green Tassle Earrings // Necklace // Sandals // Scalloped Espadrilles // Converse // Green Handbag // Mini Backpack // Wooden Bag // Self Tanner

Your personal guide to southern Utah is HERE! <3 We’re letting you know the best places to stay, where to find the best grub, what to pack, what activities to do, and all the other goods you need to know!  ENJOY GUYS! xx

Stay: Our favorite places to stay are Entrada, Inn on the Cliff, Sports Village, or Las Palmas! Entrada is our favorite, but it’s also the priciest! We recommend Entrada for a special occasion or romantic getaway! For something family & budget friendly we recommend Sports Village or Las Palmas!  

Eat: There’s definitely more chains in this area than most, but a few of the locally owned spots are beyond drool worthy! Our favorites are Anasazi Grill, the restaurant at The Inn on the Cliff, Pizza + Pasta Factory, Poncho Leftys, Freddy’s, Croshaw Pies, & 25 Main!

Pack: Light, airy, & comfy clothing is the only way to go in Southern Utah! It’s so dang hot, you have to dress accordingly! I did some shopping before we left at Vici Collection and got everything for my trip from clothes to accessories from their store! Everything was under $50.00, and I used my discount code BRIT20 to get 20% off my entire purchase! Vici had some super cute graphic tees and light weight tee shirts, tons of beautiful airy dresses, swim cover ups, rompers, denim shorts, sandals, the whole she-bang! 10/10 would recommend checking Vici Collection out before you head of town/need a new outfit for something! <3 We also recommend packing sunscreen, a swimsuit, & some hiking clothes & shoes! 

Play: Southern Utah Is jam packed with activities, but you have to get outdoors! Our favorite things to do are hike at Zions, (angels landing is our favorite hike) visit Dixie rock, (get to the beautiful red rock with no hiking at all) golf, (our favorite courses are Coral Canyon, Entrada, and Sandhallow) visit Pine Valley, Snow Canyon state park, visit Towne Square Park, (splash pad & carousel for kids) swim/boat, (local pool or Sandhallow) Helicopter rides over Zion, Veyo pool, & play pickle ball or tennis! (There are courts everywhere!)

Need to know(s): If you stay at any of the resorts listed above, you’ll be about an hour and a half out of Las Vegas! If you want to shop, go straight to Vegas! Southern Utah has horrible shopping.  

Usually Southern Utah is fairly warm in the winter, but it’s been getting snow the last few years! If you want to hit the outdoor stuff, go before December!  

There’s a billion more things to do here (especially when it comes to hiking) but in this post we wanted to give you everything. Not just the hikes! However, if you’re wanting a full blown hiking experience, we recommend staying in Zion and looking up some of the hikes to see what’s best for you/your family! 

If you guys have any questions about vacationing in Southern Utah, shoot us an email! Or if you have something to add to this list that you love, leave a comment below! We’d love to add to this list! <3 

We hope you all enjoyed this post! Thanks for the love guys! xx

 

 

H A W A I I’ G U I D E

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Click on a pic to shop the items pictured above! xx

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Island life is the life for me! <3 After visiting Oahu for 2 weeks, I can honestly say I’d move there in a heartbeat. Hawaii was heaven on earth!

I’ve received countless questions about Hawaii, so I’ve put together a guide to the island based on our 14 day experience! We’re talking food, beaches, places to stay, activities, flights, what to pack, etc! ENJOY FOLKS! (Also anything with a “**” by it is a MUST in our book!)

This was both Chase & my first time on the island, and for newbies I’d say we fooping ROCKED Hawaii’s world! We looked into EVERYTHING before heading out to the island which made our trip a total breeze! Since we’ve done all the googling and “testing out”, all you have to do to is take our word for it! xx

FOOD

We’re BIG into food, (eating is basically our favorite part of everyday life..) so obviously we’re starting here!

The places we recommend to you are:

**Roy’s Beach House (American cuisine)

Seven Brothers (burgers + salads)

Crispy Grindz (Açaí bowls)

Kahuku Farms (Vegan + local + organic)

Shaloha (Israeli)

**Waialua Bakery (bread & desserts made fresh in house)

Elephant truck (Thai + vegan)

Ai Love Nalo (vegan)

Norios (steak + sushi)

Hi BBQ (real bbq)

**Uncle Woodys Truck (bbq corn)

Kua Aina (sandwich + burger + salads)

Banzai Sushi Bar (seafood + sushi)

We loved most everything we ate on the island except for one place, Kualoa Ranch. It was awful and extremely overpriced! Don’t eat here!

GLUTEN FREE** Our list is a bit limited. I’m allergic to shrimp, and I’m also a celiac! (A GLUTARD!) In Utah there are tons of gluten free alternatives, but in Hawaii we didn’t find many unless it was a chain restaurant! All of these places listed above had meat for Chase, and gluten free options for me! (Not necessarily bread or buns, but enough of an option where I felt full!)

As far as grocery shopping goes, you’re going to want to hit Costco or Safeway in the city! They have the most options and the cheapest prices! If your shopping at Food Land (aka not in the city,) snag a locals phone number or ask if you can enter your own phone number for a discount! (It actually helps quite a bit!)

STAY

Finding a place to stay took us some time! You can either stay in the city, (Honolulu/Waikiki) or the country! (Literally everywhere else.) After deciding where you’d like to be your options are 1. book a hotel (if it’s nice it’ll be pricey) or 2. use Airbnb, VRBO, or Home Away!

We wanted to stay at Turtle Bay, (country side, NORTH SHORE) but didn’t want to pay $400.00 a night + resort fees! We found a condo at Turtle Bay through VRBO that was only $90.00 a night and really cute! (I’ll link it HERE! If you can find it on VRBO, it’s cheaper than this linked price!) We love staying at nice resorts, but we also love saving money! Staying at this condo at Turtle Bay was the perfect option for us! We really did love this place and definitely will book it again!

TIP: when booking anything through Airbnb, VRBO, or Home Away, make sure you’ve read through all the details. Sometimes they don’t have air-conditioning, they might require you to bring your own toiletries/towels, & you might need to pre arrange a time to get the key if they have one. I know this sounds like a lot, but it’s not! TRUST ME!!!! If I can handle this, anyone can!

Side note: we were extremely glad we stayed on the North Shore! It was by far our favorite part of the whole island! We visited the entire island while there, and wouldn’t of had it any other way!

ACTIVITIES

We did so much while we were in Hawaii! Our days were jam packed for the most part! My absolute favorite days though we’re the ones where we did nothing. Just eat, lay on the beach, and play in the water! If you're wanting a chill vacation, give yourself a few days where nothing is planned! In my opinion, they always end up being the best days!

Aside from chillin, we recommend THESE:

**Helicopter Ride at Paradise Helicopters

**Hikes (Crouching Lion, Lulumahu falls, Waimea falls, Kuliouou ridge trail, and sunset pillbox!)

Surfing

Shopping (local shops at Haleiwa or the Ala Moana mall)

Paddle boarding (we rented ours in Haleiwa)

**Snorkeling (We liked Hanauma Bay & Turtle Bay! They had the prettiest fish! You can rent gear at both of these places or get your own on amazon for super cheap!)

Pearl Harbor

Luau + Night show at PCC! (we don’t recommend a full day there. However, the Luau & night show were incredible!)

A few activities we didn’t do but would love to try next time are Shark diving, horse back riding, swimming with wild dolphins (west side) and Zip lining! They have tons of places that offer these!

The only activity we don’t recommend is visiting Kualoa Ranch! (Aka Jurassic Park!) The views are insanely beautiful, but it’s expensive! (We’d rather book a helicopter tour over it than a tour through it!) If you drive up to Kualoa Ranch, you can honestly see it’s gorgeous view without paying their hefty fees.

BEACHES

Simply put, some beaches are better than others! Here were our favorites!

**Kawela bay (beautiful, somewhat private feeling beach! Pirates of the Caribbean, hunger games, and soul surfer were filmed there!)

Waimea (incredibly big waves and the best beach to watch surfers!)

**Lanikai (softest sand ever)

Sunset (chill & somewhat touristy)

Castles (calm waves for beginning surfers, also has sea turtles swimming around)

Waikiki (firework show on Friday nights)

Banzai pipeline (great to spot surfers)

This is going to sound crazy but the only beach we didn’t love was Turtle Bay! Great for snorkeling, but if you want a beach day, it’s not the prettiest view!

CAR RENTAL/UBER

The most cost efficient way to rent a car is through Turo! (It’s like Airbnb but for a car!) You can get a car for $20.00 a day! A STEAL! If your staying in the city, Uber is wonderful and cost efficient as well! The north shore doesn’t really have Uber, so if you’re staying there (or anywhere other than the city) we recommend renting a car!

If you rent a car through a company like Budget, Hertz, etc. try booking it online before arriving! It will be cheaper and a much quicker process!

FLIGHTS

This can be one of the cheapest or most expensive parts of your trip depending on how you do it! If you’re flexible on dates, you can always find cheap(er) flights! Also, if you can handle a red eye, that’s also going to give you a cheaper flight as well!

I got our flights for $265.00 round trip! SO AFFORDABLE! I follow a few people on Instagram who find cheap flights and watch the deals they post! (I feel like every big city in the world has an Instagram for this! The one I follow for Utah is @FlightsFromHome!)

After finding a cheap flight, I look it up on google flights, and then get on Hopper to see when I should purchase it! Flight prices can move up an down on a day to day basis, and Hopper tells you when to purchase at the best price!

Allssoo, I recently discovered one other way to fly for cheap and it’s kind of amazing! You need good credit to do it, and will need to apply for & use certain credit cards, but if done right, you can virtually get free flights! (Or international flights under $100.00!)

PACKING

Packing for Hawaii is a piece of cake! It’s the complete opposite of New York where you bring your entire closet! You can get away with bringing just a carry on to Hawaii, you really don’t need much!

Here are our essentials:

Sun screen (30+, the sun is strong in Hawaii!)

Bug Spray

Comfortable shoes

Good sandals or flip flops

A light jacket for the evening

Swim suits

Swim suits

More swim suits

That’s it!

Aside from the basics (tooth brush, tooth paste, etc.) this is literally all you need! We didn’t wash our hair much, didn’t get dressed often, and didn’t need everything we though we would! These were the essentials!

Ladies, if you like to air dry your hair, it was a little hard to get it air dried all the way! (It’s pretty humid there!) I was very grateful I packed my hairdryer! It’s not necessary, but I’m glad I had it!

Chase & I packed some “nicer” outfits for dates/nice dinners and we only busted them out one time. Everything gets wet, everything gets sandy.. keep your nice clothes at home!

TIPS + ADVICE

I have some local friends who have grown up on the island, and they kindly shared this knowledge with me prior to coming. It was useful to me, and I hope it can be useful to you as well!

Support local everything if possible (ex: farmers market over a grocery store)

Be respectful to locals (this might be your vacation destination, but it is someone else’s HOME)

Pick up after yourself (don’t you dare litter)

Note, there are homeless people (do what you will. Be kind, help if you have a good feeling. Go with your gut.)

There are “locals only” spots, be respectful to these areas

There are hitch hikers (once again, go with your gut!)

Aight.. I think that’s everything! If you made it to the end of this post, CON FREAKIN GRATS! That was a LOONNGG ONE! I hope you reward yourself by booking a trip to Hawaii!!!! (Seriously, Nike that shiz & just do it!!!!)

Obviously I’m not from the island and have so much to learn about it still.. BUT, if you have any questions for me about anything leave a comment below!

Thank you so much for reading guys! Love you all so so much! xx

 P.s. for more of our Hawaii pictures, check out this post HERE! (And this little one here!) 

S O L E O H A’

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Yellow Sandals // Red Mules // Tan Fringe Heels // Teal Flats // Nude Wedges // Cognac Bag // Straw Beach Tote // Sun Hat

SOLEOHA beautiful people! Soleoha is basically “Aloha” but when you’re Sole Society obsessed! (; Today I’m SOO excited to share my fashion travel guide for the tropics, starting with the real MVPs, Sole Society shoes!

I kid you not, I’ve worn a pair of Sole Society’s shoes ERRE SINGLE DAY here! (They work with everything and are so dang cute!) If you aren’t familiar with Sole Society, let me give you the run down! Sole Society is a footwear company that produces trendy, fashion forward, high quality, and affordable shoes + accessories! I’ve shopped with them for years! You can find them online on their website Solesociety.Com!

Before heading out the the Hawaiian islands, I knew my swim + shoe game needed to be on point! Swim for obvious reasons, but shoes were just as important to me! There’s a lot of walking to be done here, and I knew my feet would be killing me if I wasn’t wearing supportive sandals! I also wanted shoes that wouldn’t hurt when sand got into them. Sometimes the sand can get caught between your skin and your shoe, and after a few rubs it can cut your skin up! These shoes handled the walking & sand like champions! I give them a 10/10 for function, durability, and over all look!

I snagged a couple of colorful pairs to wear to the beach, a few neutral pairs to wear around town, and a heel to wear out on a date with Chase! They were beyond perfect! I also ordered a beach bag, a carry on for my flight, and a hat to help keep the sun off of my face! Everything I wore received compliments all day long! (It was kinda cute actually hahaa!)

Out of all the things I packed on this tropical trip, these shoes were by far the most important! (Ok, sunscreen, then shoes!) If you’re headed out on a holiday, or doing anything that involves a lot of walking I HIGHLY recommend shopping for shoes at Sole Society! We spend a lot of time in our shoes everyday, so to me, it’s a no brainer to invest in a few good pairs! Don’t let your shoes hold you back, run freely with Sole Society! <3

Thanks for stopping by today lovelies! Love you all!

P.s. I’ll be doing a swimsuit guide + Hawaii travel guide later this week! Stay tuned loves! xx

N O R D Y S

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Favorite Outfit: Theory Coat + Chasmere Sweater + Rag And Bone Jeans  

 

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The cutest high top <3  

 

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The best boots for rain + snow  

 

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Hello loves! <3 Yesterday I had the opportunity to take over Nordstrom Fashion Places Instagram stories and had a blast shopping! (And running around the store in pajamas.. oops!)  

I know it was hard to see my outfits because of the video filters, and I apologize for that! (I just loovvee vintage looking videos!) SO, to help you see my picks, ABOVE are a few photos I snapped to see the clothes better and BELOW I have rounded up everything I picked out from the store! ( I also added some of my beauty must haves that I get from Nordstrom!)  

Just a refresher from what I said yesterday 1. You can order anything from Nordstrom online and pick up in store or have someone bring it to your car, 2. If you sign up for a Nordstrom credit card, you will receive a $40.00 gift card to Nordstrom, and 3. Nordstrom has free shipping and free returns! Truly the best, especially during the holidays! 

Happy shopping loves! xx  

P U M P K I N P A T C H

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Dress // Boots // Hat // Necklace // Earrings // Pumpkin Patch // Photog: Gabe Johnson

Sup Witches! xx I’m creepin it real today cause October is finally here! Time to get out and have a spooktacular time with the goblins you love! And to make it easy for you, I’ve compiled the most festive list of things to do in Utah for you + your family! Sit tight, it’s about to get spooky! (; 

For the older Witches:  

 

Witches Night Out at Gardner Village (Good food, dancing, amazing people watching, and all around fun. Dress up plz.)

Sundance Moonlight lift ride & zip line

Oktoberfest in Snowbird

Fear Factory haunted house in SLC (my favorite.)

Nightmare on 13th haunted house in SLC

Frightmares at Lagoon (kid friendly.)

Haunted Zombie runs (5k-half marathon! Also kid friendly.) 

Odyssey’s Thriller performance (one of my favorite shows to watch! Dance performance. Kid friendly but kind of pricey.) 

The Howl dance at Utah State University! **Only if you’re single or with a group of friends. 

Ghost Tours in Ogden

Theater Flicks: IT & Flatliners

Netflix Flicks: Sleepy Hallow, Stranger Things, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, The Corpse Bride, Children of the Corn, and a million other freaky scary ones if you dare. 

 

For The Witch with little Witches:  

 

Cornabellys at Thanksgiving Point. (They have TONS of stuff to do for all ages! Corn mazes, haunted corn mazes, different levels of haunted houses, food, concerts, dances, etc. All family friendly!) 

Kuwahara Farms Pumpkin Patch in Draper (pictured above!)  

Boo at The Zoo (trick or treat at Hogle Zoo!) 

Hee Haw Farms hayrides, animals, and pony rides 

Heber Creeper Halloween train ride through the canyon (Or a family drive through the canyon!)

Halloween cruise on the Provo river

Park City’s Howl-O-Ween parade + Ghost tours

Witchapalooza at Gardner Village 

Haunted Zombie runs (5k-half marathon!) 

Visiting the library or Barnes and Noble to find new Halloween Books (One of my favorite things to do!) 

Pumpkin Carving & Bobbing for Apples

 

For the Witch who likes to cook up a good brew: 

 

Trader Joe’s gluten free pumpkin pancake mix is LIFE! (Add nestle milk chocolate chips for maximum taste bud enjoyment.)  

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin cream cheese roll

Pumpkin Pie

Caramel Apples

Crockpot soups in a pumpkin bread bowl (found at Maceys grocery store.) 

Popcorn & Rice balls  

Apple cider  

 

For the Witch who likes to Travel:  

 

Disneyland’s Trick or Treat! (This has been on my bucket list for years.. Disneyland at Halloween is the ULTIMATE!) Tickets are still available to majority of Disneyland’s Halloween festivities! 

 

For the Witch who likes to stay home:

 

Harry Potter movie marathon (The goat. Chase and I do this every October. There’s also a million amazing Halloween movies. Scary and NOT scary! Check Netflix, Redbox, and your neighbors personal collection Hahaa!)

Learning Michael Jacksons “Thriller” dance! (It comes in handy, I swear.) 

Painting and carving pumpkins  

Hand making your Halloween costume/online shopping for your costume. (Including this Dress! I got it from Vici Collection and am totally wearing it as a GO-GO dancer costume to a party this year!) 

Collecting fall leaves

Getting a new fall scented Candle (glade candles from the grocery store are surprisingly amazing and have wonderful fall scents! If you want higher end, I recommend Yankee Candle!) 

Starbucks pumpkin spice latte and search Halloween memes (nothing will make you feel Witcher Hahaa.)  

  

Please feel free to add to my list by leaving a comment below! (Even if you’re out of state!) I want everyone to have the most SPOOKTACULAR October ever! xx Bye little BOOS!   

T H E E X P E' R I E N C E

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Dress // Heels // Handbag // Necklace // Earrings // Photog: Ty French

I'm feeling a little sad putting together todays post ): this is my fourth and final fashion week look! Aka no more beautiful New York pictures! I hope you all have enjoyed them as much as I have! 

For those of you sending dm's/emails about my fashion week looks, they are all from Vici Collection! (Including this dress!) If you like their clothing as much as I do, take advantage of my discount code! Enter "BRIT20" at checkout! <3  

Ok, let's get into fashion week! (Finally!!!!) I received hundreds of questions regarding NYFW, so here are your answers! 

Fashion Week happens twice a year in NYC. Once in February, and once in September! All the designers are showing their upcoming seasons collection! (So the looks you saw on my ig stories will all be arriving spring & summer 2018!)  

Fashion Week isn't exactly something you can buy your way into.. you have to be invited. There are certain events and shows you can purchase tickets to attend, but the big ones are invite only! It's considered an honor to attend Fashion Week, and an even bigger honor to sit front row! You can find your favorite blogger, actor, reality tv star, singer, or model sitting in these seats! 

Chase and I were invited to a handful of shows, but tried to pick and choose our best ones! Fashion Week used to be held at one location, (when it was sponsored by Mercedes Benz) but now every designer/show/event/presentation gets their own venue.. making it impossible to attend everything!.. Especially with the city traffic/trying to find your way around!) 

We attended the Banana Republic show, the Leanne Marshall Show, the Jarel Zhang show, the Negris Lebrum show, the Uncommon James & Chinese Laundry presentation, the Veronica Beard presentation, a private Lulus event, and a private NYFW dinner. All of the lines were INCREDIBLE! Seriously.. I wanted to buy everything I saw! 

The trends I noticed most for SS18 were yellows, flowy dresses, bold stripes, straw bags, and one shoulder cut outs! Obviously there's a million more, but these were the ones I saw at every show! (So if you are already shopping for warmer weather, any of these are a shoe-in!) 

I got asked what my favorite thing about fashion week was.. and for me this year it wasn't the shows!... I REALLY enjoyed the Fashion Week dinner I attended! There were a bunch of amazing influencers there and it was so cool to chat about work, where we're at, what we do, what our goals our, and Fashion Week! Honestly, it was a night I'll never forget!

For shows, my favorite was Leanne Marshall! Their designs were jaw dropping.. Leanne Marshalls runway show was in a venue that had multiple runways. (Kind of like the old Mercedes Benz Fashion Week tents!) It also held some of the sponsors for fashion week such as Tresseme & E News! The sponsor booths are fun place to go hang out while waiting for other shows! You can have your hair done, take cool pictures, meet other people on the industry, and more! This space felt the most like my previous Fashion Week experience so I loved it! It felt familiar and like home! 

We've been asked if we're planning on attending Fashion Week this February, and I'm not sure yet! We would LOVE TO obviously, but we're not positive just yet!  

Another question I got asked a lot was when are the looks open to the public. And the answer is RIGHT NOW! There's an app called NYFW that anyone can download and right after a show the looks are uploaded to the app for the public to see! You can search by designer, time, or trend! (I'm not positive but I think it works the same way for London Washion Week which is happening RIGHT NOW! So if you want to see the Tommy Show.. it's there!) 

I know I'm leaving a bunch of you questions unanswered.. (sorry guys!) So if I skipped yours, leave a comment below and I'll answer back!  

Thanks for tuning in to our NYFW experience! Until next time! xx

T O P O F T H E R O C K

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Her Top // Her Jeans // Her Heels // Her Bag // Her Sunglasses // Her Necklace // His Tee // His Jeans // His Boots // His Shades // His Watch // Photog: Ty French

Feeling on top of the world at "Top of the Rock!" We took breaks inbetween the shows, meetings, and events to play tourist in the city! 

Top of the Rock, (on top of the Rockefeller center) was one of our favorite attractions! It's so high up, has the prettiest views, and you can see the Empire State Building perfectly from it! This is something we'll be going to every time we're in NYC from here on out! 

Some other touristy things we did and LOVED were the Brooklyn Bridge, Dumbo, Central Park, 9/11 Memorial, Empire State Building, Jimmy Fallon, Soho, the Highline, Hudson river, flatiron building, the Met, Wicked on Broadway, Yankee Stadium, and 5th Ave! We recommend visiting these places if you're headed to the city! 

We used City Pass to get discount attraction tickets and saved a couple hundred dollars! City Pass also got us through lines quickly on majority of the things we did! (Check out City Pass HERE!) We also found cheap broadway tickets on an app called Tickets Today, and cheap Yankees tickets as well on the Yankee Stadium app! We recommend these discount apps/tickets, they were AMAZING for us!  

Aside from Top of the Rock and the shows during fashion week, our favorite thing to do in the city was EAT! We pigged out HARD and are missing the food in the city already! Our favorite places to grab grub were Mighty Quins Bbq, STK, Black Tap Burgers & Shakes, By Chloe, The Smith, Shake Shack, and Laduree for sweets/dessert! (We suggest not going to chains while you're in the city! There's so much good food to try!.. We didn't even get half way through our list of places to eat!) 

For transportation we used Uber & the subway! Uber drivers are cheaper, nicer, and better drivers than Cabbies! (Taxi drivers.) The subway is 100% the way to travel though.. it's going to be the cheapest & quickest way to any destination! We used Google Maps to help us navigate through the city. Just hit "transit" or "subway" after you've entered in your destination!  

We stayed at Arlo Hotel (Nomad location) and it was incredible! Reasonably priced for the area we were in, (it's on 5th avenue and two blocks away from the Empire State Building) our room was clean and new compared to all the other hotels we looked at, it had incredible views, and the nicest staff! Seriously, we made friends with half the staff there! Arlo has another hotel located in Soho that looks extremely similar and is priced a bit better if you're not wanting to stay in midtown! 

Our photographer in NYC was non other than the incredible Ty French! Ty took our formals when we got married and we both LOVE his work! He shoots everything from commercial, to fashion, to weddings! He's also available for travel! We both love his style and recommend him as a photographer for ANYTHING! (Love you, Ty!)

Before we sign off, we just wanted to let you know you can see more of our trip & shop our outfits below! And if you're shopping the pink wrap top from Vici Collection, get it for 20% off with code BRIT20 at checkout! Hoping you all have the best day! xx 

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Our bedroom view at Arlo Hotel! 

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Laduree treats <3

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Gershwin theatre!  (Wicked)

 

 

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At the Memorial <3  

 

Brooklyn Bridge     

Brooklyn Bridge  

 

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Amazing food & company at STK!  

 

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Empire State Building <3

 

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Soho <3  

 

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Black tap shakes! Cotton candy (strawberry shake,) and Brooklyn Blackout! (Chocolate shake.)  

 

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Flatiron building <3  

 

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Yankees Game!  

 

Uber vibes.     

Uber vibes.  

 

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Subway mania. (Grand central train station.) 

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See anything you'd like!  

 

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