Friday, December 11, 2020

Christmas 2020

My outfit:

Dress // Boots {old Tory Burch} similar here 

Shane's outfit:

Lawson's outfit:

Hello and welcome back! 

I know 2020 has not turned out to be quite like we expected  but I hope this post and these photos can be a bit of a distraction from the chaos. 

I am truly hoping and praying that you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

xo, Alina

Photos by: Jillian Lee Photo

Friday, November 13, 2020

Disney with Melia Orlando Celebration


Happy Friday!! 

Today I am sharing our recent trip to Orlando and a bit about our stay with Melia Orlando Celebration a suite hotel in Celebration, Florida. A few months ago they reached out to me to offer us to stay with them for a few days. We had not done Disney with Lawson so I thought this would be perfect opportunity to see Disney and Magic Kingdom. 

We had an amazing experience during our stay at Melia Orlando Celebration They are taking every precaution possible for COVID-19 and ensuring all guests are as safe as possible. They ask each guest to take their temperatures upon arrival in the lobby, all guests and employees are to wear a mask while in the lobby area and all rooms have been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. We felt extremely comfortable during our stay. 

We stayed in a one bedroom suite overlooking the pool, which was really nice. I have shared some photos of the room above. We loved that the bedroom and living room were separate. That allowed Shane and I to still enjoy our evenings in the living room and on the balcony after Lawson had gone to bed. 

We LOVED their pool! They had so many games and activities at the pool to entertain children and adults. There was a great little put put golf area that both Shane and Lawson loved. There is ping pong, soccer goals and a large connect four game. They also have a projector and screen that they play movies on at the pool. 

One of the best features of the hotel is their location in relation to Disney and the parks. It took us less than 15 minutes to get to Magic Kingdom and park in the parking lot. We went to Disney Springs one evening and that was very close. I believe it was only one exit away. Our last night of our stay we went about 20 mins north to eat and play at Dave & Busters. Lawson really enjoyed that and we got to watch the Gator game on their big televisions. 

They have a restaurant on property, the 360 American Bistro where we ate a few times during our stay. Friday night we got pizza and dessert from there and both items were delicious. If you go try the lava cake! The surrounding area to the hotel has TONS of restaurants. Sunday before we left we stopped at Maple Street Biscuit Company for breakfast and it was delicious. I highly recommend it! There mocha maple latte was to die for. 

We had such a nice time and great experience with Melia Orlando Celebration I would highly recommend it as an off property Disney hotel. The size of the rooms was so nice for a family and we would definitely consider staying there when we make the trip to Orlando in the future. 

Melia Orlando Celebration has offered to giveaway a two night stay to one of my followers! I will be hosting this giveaway on Instagram so check out my page for that. 

Thanks for stopping by!

xo, Alina

Friday, October 30, 2020

Girls Trip- Saugatuk, Michigan

{Downtown Saugatuk}

{Modales Winery}

{Dinner at Coast 236} 

{Fenn Valley Winery}

{Our cute cabin}

{This Floridian made that fire!}

{Corner Bar}

{Orchard in Indiana}

{Stocking up on the essentials}

{Crane's Orchard for brunch}

Dress {I had the turtleneck remove by the tailor} // Boots // Sunglasses 

Hello hello! It's been a minute since I published a blog post. Yikes. Worst blogger ever lol. 

I am back today with a glimpse into the recent trip I made with my best girlfriends to Saugatuck, Michigan. My best friend Morgan found us the cabin and all the places we went to during our stay. We like to do the MOST on trips and we really packed it in on this one. 


We arrived Friday afternoon, driving in from Chicago. I flew in from Fort. Myers to Chicago and then met up with everyone for the drive. The drive was relatively easy once we were out of the city. The hardest part for us was getting out of the Budget parking garage in the city. I can't get into it but trust me... we looked like freaks who couldn't drive. When we arrived we headed to our cabin to drop our bags and then out for lunch. Our first meal was at The Butler overlooking the waterway and it was a great welcome meal. Later that evening we headed out for dinner and we went to Coast 236. They must have seen us coming because they stuck us at a table that was secluded from everyone else. I am sure everyone else at the establishment was thankful because we are quite the rowdy bunch. After dinner we headed to The Annex for some live piano. After a few drinks there we headed to The Corner Bar. This was more of a local's type place but we enjoyed it. After that we went back to the cabin to make a fire and continue the festivities there. 


For brunch we headed to Crane's Orchard in Fennville. It was the most adorable place! Beautiful scenery outside and very cute inside with all the old timey trinkets and newspaper cut outs. We enjoyed a fabulous meal, tried their Cider which was delicious and bought one of their homemade pies. Next, we headed to Fenn Valley Winery which was also beautiful. I highly recommend you DON'T try the Party Sangria. Just trust me. We sat outside there for awhile too and it was amazing. They had a pergola over looking the orchard and we loved the scenery. After that we headed to Modales Winery which was also a favorite. They had tractor rides going on which we were a bit too cold for. We mostly drank cider there as well. It's so yummy on a crisp Fall day. When we were done there we decided to go back to downtown Saugatuck. We stopped at Wick's and Wally's for drinks and did some shopping in the local shops. The local shops had some really unique items. One of my favorite things to do on vacation is get a nice buzz going and go shopping. I am who I am. LOL. Once we had terrorize all the shops and bars downtown we decided to head back to our cabin to start a fire and get in the hot tub. 


We headed out for brunch to Pumpernickels and it was delicious. We sat outside which was cold but it was great people watching. Lots of dogs and cute kids walking by throughout our meal. We did a bit more shopping in the downtown area before heading back to Chicago. On our way back to Chicago we stopped at an orchard in Indiana where we bought apple butter, pumpkin pie, hot cider and more. It was mostly outside and they had some live music going. We hung out there for awhile and stretched out legs before getting back into the city. 

We had the most amazing time and I kept saying we have to come back every year. The town was SO cute especially during this time of the year. Their season is more in the summer so it was slower but that was nice for us especially because we were a larger group. 

Here is a link to the cabin we stayed in. 

If you have any questions about the trip please let me know! I also have some highlights save on my IG @alinamsmith 

Thanks for stopping by,

xo, Alina


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Sunday Sunset

We went to the beach for sunset this past week to let Lawson run off a little steam and I had Shane take a few photos of us. I don't take enough photos of Lawson and I need to be better about it. 

I got a ton of comments about my dress. I recently bought it {on sale} at J. Crew. I got an XS but I definitely could have taken the XXS. It's cotton, breathable and I love the color. I've been straying away from synthetic materials in clothing and buying mostly cotton. Lawson's outfit is old but all from Target. I pretty much get all his clothing there because when it gets dirty or stained I don't mind. 

We are so blessed to live in Florida and be able to pop over to the beach whenever we want. When the beaches were closed during the lock down that is all I wanted to do. Now that it is back open I appreciate it so much and won't take it for granted again. 

xo, Alina