Friday favorites 4.7.17

04/07/2017 26 Comments

Happy Friday!!

This week started off with a bang since it was my birthday on Monday and I happened to be in the Bahamas with my family. Thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday, I feel so lucky to have this space to connect with all of you!

So my favorites this week are somewhat birthday/Bahamas related:

My Birthday

My birthday is always a favorite since I believe in celebrating birthdays to the fullest. I started Monday by watching the sunrise on the beach with my mom and it set the tone for a beautiful day. I’m so thankful I was able to spend the day with a drink in my hand, on the beach, toes in the water, with my loved ones in one of my favorite places in the world. I couldn’t think of a better scenario 🙂

In case you missed it, I wrote a 20 things about me post because personally I like those types of posts and I wanted to share more about myself with you all!

Bahamas

What can I say about the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas that hasn’t already been said before?! It’s the ultimate beach vacation destination. I was lucky enough to experience The Cove at Atlantis three years ago and couldn’t wait to get back. This time around was just as fun and relaxing! I will have a full travel diary on Monday recaping all the details from my trip including my YOU HAVE TO DO IT Rose Island day trip.

Bella Vita Sandals

Vacations call for new shoes right?! These Bella Vita Sandals were so comfy and well made that I never had to worry about the long walks around the Atlantis Resort. How cute is that fringe tassel!? I got them in beige suede because they went with several different outfits (working on packing light for my trips ;-)). Now the better weather needs to come to New York asap so I can keep wearing my new favorite shoes.
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Banana Bread Muffins

These Banana bread muffins by Chocolate Covered Katie were a yummy and an easy breakfast all week! My cousin had made them the week before as muffins and they were delicious. They made for a healthy and cost effective breakfast on this trip to leave room for more cocktails ;-). I’m happy she introduced me to Chocolate Covered Katie, I can’t wait to make more recipes!

How I Built This: Kendra Scott

Ok so you’ve heard me go on and on about the podcast How I Built This but I get more inspired with each entrepreneur I listen too. I’ve been a huge fan of Kendra Scott’s jewelry for a few years now and I couldn’t wait to listen to how she started it all. Her story was really inspiring because she started this company all on her own with little experience in retail.

A few of my favorite pieces of her’s are the Elle earrings which are really elegant and I usually only wear them for special occasions.

The Dani earrings are smaller and are great for  an every day look.

I wear one of these necklaces every day too.

Black/White Elise Pendant

  

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Rayne Necklace

I’m sad vacation’s over but happy it’s the weekend! See you on Monday 🙂

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Cupcake N Dreams

New Yorker blogging about travel and lifestyle things that make me happy!

26 Comments

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    Meranda@Fairytalesandfitness

    04/07/2017

    That’s great that you got to be on vacation during your Birthday! I really enjoy Atlantic too. Is so beautiful!

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      04/07/2017

      Thank you Meranda! Isn’t it just the best vacation spot?!

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    Biana

    04/07/2017

    I am so happy that you had a wonderful time on vacation – how could you not for your birthday in paradise! I love how i built this but haven’t heard the KS one yet!! Have a great weekend girl!

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      04/07/2017

      Thanks Biana! I also have you to thank for getting me hooked on How I Built This, definitely check out the KS one!

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    Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    04/07/2017

    Spending your birthday in the Bahamas sounds fabulous! The Cove is amazing glad you had a great day

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      04/07/2017

      Thank you so much Deborah!

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    MCM Mama

    04/07/2017

    Happy birthday!

    Those sandals look awesome! Were they really comfortable for walking? I need some cute new shoes for the summer…

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      04/07/2017

      Yes!! They are actual pretty flat (the height comes from the platform), they didn’t rub anywhere due to the soft suede material and had a nice cushion on the bottom! Thank you MCM Mama!

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    Kimberly G

    04/07/2017

    Happy belated birthday to a fellow Aries! (My bday was 4/1) It’s awesome that you got to spend your birthday in the Bahamas – what fun!

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      04/07/2017

      Thanks Kimberly!! Always love meeting other Aries 🙂 Happy Birthday to you too!!

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    Kelsey @ So Much Life

    04/07/2017

    Oh my gosh!! First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Glad to hear it was such a special one! Sitting on the beach in the Bahamas and watching the sunrise sounds like the PERFECT way to kick off your 29th birthday!

    I’ve listened to How I Built This in the past, but not recently. I need to go listen to that Kendra Scott episode…she’s one of my favorite entrepreneurs!

    Happy Friday, Amanda!!

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      04/07/2017

      Thank you so much Kelsey! I tried to get all I could out of the day lol. The KS episode was really inspiring to me so I highly recommend checking it out 🙂 I hope you have a fabulous weekend!!

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    Monica | Nourish & Fete

    04/07/2017

    Those pictures look amazing – makes me wish I were someplace warm and sunny right now, instead of cool, gray Brussels! Happy birthday, way to celebrate in style! I have not listened to the How I Built This podcast but it sounds really interesting – can’t wait to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      04/07/2017

      Thank you so much Monica! Brussels is still on my list of places to visit 🙂 There are so many good episodes from different entrepreneurs on the HIBT Podcast!

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    Bri @ My Life As...

    04/07/2017

    Happy belated birthday!! Looks like you celebrated the perfect way!

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      04/15/2017

      Thank you so much Bri!

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    Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate

    04/07/2017

    Happy Birthday Week!! I’m popping over from H54F. A birthday in the Bahamas, I’m not sure it gets much better than that! 🙂 Your pictures have me wanting to pack right now! lol. Wishing you a lovely upcoming weekend! – Brenda // ChattingOverChocolate.com

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      04/15/2017

      Thank you Brenda! Hope you are having a great weekend 🙂

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    Alaina @ The Simple Peach

    04/07/2017

    Celebrating birthdays on vacation are the BEST! Those sandals are so cute. Love the tassel.

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      04/15/2017

      I think I have to celebrate this way every year! Thanks for stopping by Alaina!

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    Amy Cotton

    04/07/2017

    Oh my goodness I would love to go to the Bahamas! So fun and pretty!!! Also, my sister-in-law just told me about that podcast series and I can’t wait to listen to it! Have a great weekend!!

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      04/15/2017

      Thanks Amy, hope you are having a great weekend!

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    ShootingStarsMag

    04/07/2017

    Happy Belated Birthday! It sounds like you had a great day and that’s awesome you were in the Bahamas for it!

    -Lauren

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      04/15/2017

      Thank you Lauren!! Enjoy your weekend!

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    Katherine

    04/07/2017

    Sounds like such a fun birthday, Happy Birthday girl! 🙂

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      Cupcake N Dreams

      04/15/2017

      Thank you so much Katherine!

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