Malaysia 2017

10 Thoughts on Malaysia! 

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The Petronas Towers in Malaysia

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The first traditional dish I had in Malaysia

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The view from inside the Petronas Towers

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The Petronas Towers mainly deal with the oil and gas business!

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This Malaysian beer was so light and so yummy it went great with the food from the food stalls

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A traditional dish called dim sum!

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Local fruit from a Malaysian farm that absolutely smells disgusting but tastes pretty good!

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One of the many delish food stalls on the street.

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Fried Frogs !!

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Real Coconut water!

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The Batu Caves are a great geological gem!

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One of my favorite caves to hike through!

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Their were many shrines and temples within the Caves.

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This golden statue was absolutely gigantic and this picture doesn’t do it justice!

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The stairs were absolutely killer to climb though!

1.) Malaysian hospitality was great! I had so much fun hanging out with the locals and seeing the non touristy part of Malaysia!

2.) It was so HUMID!! I thought my hair would never recover from the frizz.

3.) If you don’t like spicy food nor seafood then you might not survive in Malaysia. Most of their traditional and unique local foods mainly consist of one or the other and sometimes both components!

4.) I had an amazing time hiking and spelunking through the Batu Caves! It was honestly my favorite thing to do in Malaysia! The caves were a tad bit hot but overall I would highly recommend doing that if you’re ever in the area! Also, there were baby monkeys!!

5.) I didn’t have time to visit a shrine while there and that is probably the one thing I regret from that trip!

6.) The time change definitely caught up with me here and I was dead for most of the nights haha

7.) There was a really nice bar on the top floor of our hotel and it even had a pool! We would go up there and have a drink and watch the Petronas Towers light up while we relaxed from a long day!

8.) While my dad was conducting business throughout the days I was mainly either by myself or with a local who showed me around!

9.) Next time I travel like this I definitely want to try staying at an Airbnb! 🙂

10.) Finally, I would just suggest at looking outside of your comfort zone to find fun things to do! You might even surprise yourself! I know I did when I decided Malaysia was one of my favorite places to visit while traveling this summer! 🙂

Dubai (2017)

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An aquarium inside a Mall?! I think yes!

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My first time at Shake Shack and my first time in Dubai!

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The view from the world’s tallest tower

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Dubai had one of the best skylines I had ever seen!

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At Ski Dubai in the Burj Khalifa Mall

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Who knew you could ski in the middle of the desert in Dubai with over 100 degree weather?!

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The Burj Khalifa Tower aka the world’s tallest tower aka the one from Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

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Seriously in love with this dress from Hazel and Olive Boutique in TX 🙂

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Afternoon tea with some friends! It was way too hot to take this picture outside!

I recently went on a tour and traveled to three countries and my first stop was Dubai! I absolutely fell in love with this place and had such an amazing time! I have always loved traveling ad seeing all the different cultures that I actually considered being an Anthropology Major!

My first day there I knew it would be hot but when we walked to have lunch literally right across the street from our hotel, I was absolutely covered in sweat! I couldn’t believe how hot it was and it was only 106 degrees there which is not the record high for a normal day!! We soon realized why we also never saw anyone walking around during the day because everyone does everything at night! The nightlife here was absolutely insane and I even almost was able to see the local Dubai prince at the Burj Khalifa Mall.

After spending two and a half days here while I was on my tour I really wish I could have stayed longer and gotten to experience more of the local side of things! Also, the fact that inside the Dubai Mall there was a massive aquarium AND a full size skating rink was absolutely insane. Not to mention a full blown freaking Ski Resort in a separate mall!! If you told me a few years ago that I would be skiing in a 120 degree desert in Dubai, I would think you were insane!

All in all I would have to say I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Dubai and hopefully one day I can go back and maybe even see Abu Dhabi while I’m in the area! 😉

P.S. Gotta say a special thx to Hazel and Olive Boutique for the two awesome dresses I’m seen pictured in above!

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5 Inexpensive Father’s Day Gifts

So this year I wanted to go all out for Father’s Day and I initially had some trouble finding ideas so, like everything else I looked online and came up with my very own list of last minute gifts. These will be easy to quickly pic up and get for low prices so that you won’t break the bank! So, Happy Father’s Day to all you rad dad’s 🙂

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1.) If your dad likes to cook as much as mine then he would love this barbecue how to! There’s even instructions on how to roast an entire pig! (My dad has been thinking about trying this out for a party so this was perfect for him!) You can easily get this on Amazon or pick it up in store at Barnes and Noble.

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2.) I’ve found out that every dad has his own brand of cologne or shirt that they wear all the time so maybe upgrade their favorite shirt with a new one! Tommy Bahama is definitely the way to go in my opinion! You can either get it from their website or I know Nordstroms sells it within their store and they will price match it so you can get the best deal possible!

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3.) For the dad that likes to cook, I suggest finding something at Williams and Sonoma like the grill set pictured above. Any guy would love to grill veggies or even meats on these high heat no-stick steel grill pans! Easy to clean and easy to cook with you just can’t go wrong with it! Williams and Sonoma is even having a sale of 20% off cookware for a limited time so try to snag some soon if you’re considering this!

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4.) I recently heard about Skyroam from an online travel blogger and she gave it great reviews so I figured I would try it out myself too! For the dad who loves to travel abroad, Skyroam offers easy portable wifi services wherever in the world you may be!

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5.) My favorite kind of gifts to give are gag gifts that will make you laugh and create special memories with your loved ones so, this Father’s Day mug is perfect! “Best Farter, I mean Father” mug is such a cute idea to give and will surely make your dad laugh when he opens it. You can easily pick it up in store or online at Walmart as well as on Amazon and etsy!

Common Grounds

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P.S. you can find my Mumu dress at Show Me Your Mumu and its even on sale! 😉

5 Summer Must Haves

Here are some fab products that are perfect for you to try out during the summer! Now that I’m home for the summer and school is over it’s time to relax and that means stocking up on all the products that make me feel great. For starters, one product I can’t live without is my Bath and Body Works Stress Relief Lotion. The Eucalyptus Spearmint smell instantly relaxes me and everyone I know who has tried it loves this product as well!

The next product I’ve recently tried has rapidly become more and more popular and trendy and that would be face masks! After coming home from a long day at school or work I would sit down, put on my face mask, and binge watch my current Netflix obsession. Tony Moly is my favorite face mask brand at the moment and they cater to all facial needs! Whether it be to illuminate your skin, brighten it, or to cleanse your pores they have a mask for just about anything!

I’ve also recently tried the up and coming trend of whitening your teeth with a charcoal toothbrush! Free People sell them and that’s where I originally bought my first one but if you want a drugstore buy then Target sells the toothpaste for pretty cheap online!

The next essential on my list is something I always keep under my sink at home! Lavender smelling Bath Salts are a must when I take my night time baths and I especially love the brand Evolution which you can totally buy online at Walmart. 😉

Last but not least, I always have my handy dandy planner on me! I love Rifle Paper Co. for their beautiful floral planners that are just big enough to fit my crazy schedule but not too big where it won’t easily fit into my purse/backpack. A relative of mine always jokes that I live in the 90’s because everything is online or can be put in your phone to remind you. But I would much rather see it on paper and hold it in my hands!

I hope you enjoy these 5 products if you choose to try them out! Comment below if maybe you see some that you already use! I hope everyone has a relaxing Sumer!

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The End of an Era

Well, I finally took the plunge and went blonde!! No longer am I a bored brunette but say hello to a blonde one! After having the crazy year that I’ve had I decided to do something a little drastic and change things up a bit. Thanks to my AMAZING hair stylist Lyndi who always works her magic on me, I was able to finally go blonde and now I never want to look back! I also wanted to take this chance to model my NEW Free People Jeans that I recently purchased and absolutely LOVE them!! I hope everyone is having a great and relaxing summer so far.

Stirr

So, for Mother’s Day I decided to book a reservation with the fam bam to a restaurant in Dallas called Stirr, and I absolutely LOVED it!! The food there was amazing and the ambience was perfect. My family and I actually know the Chef who prepared the menu for the restaurant and that’s how we first heard about it! We hadn’t yet tried his new place so I figured Mother’s Day brunch would be the best time to book a reservation and they did not disappoint! Chef Chad always prepares the best food for us and I couldn’t complain about anything, but I believe he is currently working at a new Dallas restaurant called Abacus. Anyways, I highly recommend that if you are ever in the Dallas area you should definitely enjoy Stirr’s  lunch menu or check out their bar scene at night!

Curtsy Photoshoot

Wow I would just like to give a HUGE thank you to the Curtsy team for this beautiful photoshoot and for allowing us to spread the word! Curtsy is a great app that anyone can download and it gives you the option of either buying/renting your fave dresses for low prices, and just in time for formal season! Use the discount code MADELINE15 for 15% off your curtsy purchase! It was such a joy to be able to end my freshman year on such a fun note.

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Spelunking 101: Devils Den National Park, AR

One word that best describes me is definitely spontaneous. So when a friend randomly asks if you would like to go exploring some caves with them over the weekend, well the answer is always (heck) yes! If anyone knows me personally, they know that I have hardly any experience with things like hiking or camping or being outdoors for extended periods of time and this might come to them as a surprise that I actually had so much fun my first time spelunking!

A friend of mine texted and had asked if my roommates and I would like to go with him to check out some cool caves and without any outside help, map, nor guide, we set out alone in search of some rocks to climb on. What’s ironic is that as soon as we get to the site it says that all caves were supposedly closed due to the bats that inhabit them have a nasty case of a disease called “white nose” or something to that affect. (This did not deter us and in fact we fearlessly came into close contact with said diseased bats.)

I would definitely recommend spelunking to everyone and even for those who don’t get out like I do. It’s definitely rewarding all the climbing involved as well as the part where you almost die because your balance is as terrible as mine. The one thing I would do differently and recommend for you to do is actually have someone who is experienced with the caves you’re going to and has spelunkers before because there were times when I thought a search team might of had to help us out in case we got stuck 200 feet below the ground.

 

Happy Spelunking!

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