The Pursuit of Happiness

Happy Friday Loves!
Big News! This lazy introvert actually made plans this weekend… that involves other people. YAY! I’m attending a picnic in DUMBO tomorrow and I’m actually really excited because what could be better than rosé and some great city views? It’s also been a while since I posted a new NYC Diaries and since DUMBO is one of my favorite areas, one might be in the near future!
It’s hard going on vacation when you have trust issues and you’re impatient.
As many of you know (and are probably tired of hearing), last month I vacationed in Miami. But, what you may not know, is why I was down there. My mom is the most amazing person I know and for the past 30 years, she’s been one of the hardest and best workers at Citibank. Now, I may be biased because I’m her child, but seriously though, my mom is amazing. And she finally got the recognition she deserves. I remember I was at work a few months back and she called me crying with tears of joy because she had won the Citi Star Leadership in Excellence Award, which included a trip to Miami! I’ve never been more proud.
During our time in Miami, we were surrounded by fellow Citibank winners and their guests and everyone was so positive, welcoming and happy that it was infectious. The hotel & Citibank staff made our time incredibly memorable and easy-going. We pretty much didn’t have to lift a finger to do anything and while that’s nice and all, these two high-strung New Yorkers had a hard time loosening up…. Let me take you back to the first day we arrived…
When we arrived at the hotel, we were greeted by applause and cheers and high-fives. And as the winners momentarily basked in their congratulations, the hotel staff began unloading our luggages from the bus and preparing to take them up to our rooms. Well, they must not have realized that they were messing with a bus full of New Yorkers because the minute everyone got off the bus and made it through the welcome committee, they ran to grab their bags and the hotel staff ran after everyone with promises that they would take care of it and told them not to worry. In case you were wondering, my mother was one of those people running after our bags. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed harder than seeing everyone run around and being chased down. And to make things funnier, the minute we got in our room, my mother wanted to go back downstairs and watch her bag be brought up.
The minute our bags were brought up, we quickly changed, and I could not wait to throw this dress on. I’ve worn it so many times already and it’s been my go-to dress this season. We then went to go explore the grounds, which let me tell you, the Fontainebleau is so big, I’m pretty sure we didn’t see everything. But, the minute we laid eyes on those palm trees, the pool with it’s crowd of people actually *gasp* relaxing and felt that ocean breeze, all of our worries just slipped away.
To be honest, I’m not sure what the point of that story was. I think I’m just trying to convey that one, my mother and I are very high strung individuals and it takes a lot for us to relax and two, I love Miami so much and not because I’m this big party girl bouncing around Ocean Drive, but because it was the first time in a long time where I felt truly happy, truly carefree and truly relaxed. Listen, I used to not be one to spend money on experiences, this was the first vacation we’ve had in a long time, but I’ve caught the travel bug and now I just want to pack my bags and go and if you leave with anything here today, it’s that you don’t need another off the shoulder top or summer wedges, save your money and go on a trip because in the long run, it’ll be great for your peace of mind and life’s just too short.
Outfit Details
Dress: Free People (on sale & available in black!). Shoes: Tory Burch. Bag: Banana Republic. Sunnies: Express.
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