Swingin' From Trees

Jul 24, 2014

Hey guys! I haven't posted since I have been in Cyprus, and I couldn't wait to do so! After traveling 15 hours and switching two flights I finally made it! It's been a whirlwind of fun and catching up since I got back so I am really excited to update everyone as the days go on. I will hold off on updates until then, just know that the photos and updates will be worth the wait! These photos were taken prior to my departure, and I just got a chance to post them.

I haven't really had wifi so my instagram and blog will be slightly delayed, but I will do the best that I can to update whenever I find possible. I'm not really trying to focus on being as connected as I usually am, but I do think it's fun to share when I can! I hope everyone is having a fabulous week, I am spending the weekend in my Grandmother's village for a small celebration they are having. I am so excited to spend a weekend there again considering it's been over 10 years since I have done so. I look forward to doing a lot of hiking up the mountains as well as exploring with my camera! Stay tuned friends! xo

Details: Pants // AE , Shirt & Sandals // Urban Outfitters 
Rings // Vintage , Bracelet // Courtesy of  Studdly

One Rompin' Lady

Jul 21, 2014

Today marks the day that I leave for my trip! I am extremely ready to go, and so ready to see my family. This is an outfit I've worn a few times this Summer. I can't get over how fun and easy rompers are. You literally slip it on, and the details just do all the work. It's a fun way to dress up a boring day, and there's so many ways to accessorize.

Also , can we talk about these bracelets for a minute? I am in love! They're so fun and unique, all handmade with personal touches put into each one. I really love the braided friendship bracelet that is woven into the leather. These are definitely two pieces I am bringing on my trip and I can't wait to show them off. Go check out the Studdly shop & favorite it on etsy, they're always adding new designs!

Anyhoo, my mind is racing because of my trip in a few hours. I will keep you guys posted on my travels as time goes on. I can't wait to share my adventures with you guys. I am truly excited for this trip, and I can't wait to see how much I learn along the way. Stay tuned!

Details : Romper // Courtesy of Marshalls , Mocs // Courtesy of Minnetonka 
Bracelets // Courtesy of Studdly Braclets , Rings // Vintage , Headband // AE

Pineapple Love

Jul 18, 2014

You know when you get a bathing suit and you just wish that you could wear it all the time as a shirt? Yeah, that's happening right now for me. I am IN LOVE with this pineapple print top from Aerie.As I mentioned in my previous post with Aerie, I really love how they promote real women in their website and their photos. Self image is so important to women and young girls nowadays, so it's amazing to see a company who represents such a great moral standpoint.

One of my favorite parts of being a blogger is definitely being able to work with brands I truly stand by and believe in. It's really cool when you've been a fan and customer of a certain company for a long time and you actually get the chance to work with them in promoting something you truly believe in. I really think that Aerie stands for many things I believe in myself, and I am proud to wear their items because they represent confident young women! We are all different shapes and sizes and there is nothing more beautiful than accepting your own perfect imperfections.

I received an Aerie gift card as part of my relationship with the Quality Blue Community. All opinions expressed are my own. 

The Beauty In Wanderlust

Jul 15, 2014

For as long as I can remember my parents have always instilled traveling in my heart and soul. Being a first generation Greek American is something I have always been extremely proud of. My parents both moved here in their twenties, both not knowing the language, and both extremely ready for a new life. I spent a few of my younger years in Cyprus with my family, so Europe always felt like home to me. I have never been afraid of branching outside of my comfort zone, and one of the best trips I have had to date was my backpacking trip when I finished college in 2009.

This post comes at a perfect time considering I am leaving for the motherland (Cyprus) next week, and I can't wait to do some more exploring on my own.

Traveling is something that can be instilled in you as a young child. I remember my parents telling me about all the places they had seen, and how they grew up and it all enticed me. I wanted to travel the world (and still do). It's something I yearn for. I love learning about cultures, traditions, and new places. I thank my parents for allowing me to explore at a young age. Spending some of my younger years in another country taught me so much more than they will ever know.
What makes me appreciate them the most is how they've always let me follow my heart. I have always been impulsive, sometimes irrational in how I plan things or when I decide I want to do things. They've never told me I shouldn't. They've always motivated me to see what I want to see and enjoy any kind of traveling I can now that I'm young. I am so appreciative of having that support from a young age because I don't know if I would love traveling as much if I hadn't.
I owe my parents so much, but most importantly I owe them for molding me into a person who is tolerant of others. A person who wants to learn about culture, and different customs in different countries. A person who isn't satisfied with being mediocre. They have brought me up with passion, and adventure in my soul.
Is there something you feel you learned because of your parents? Has traveling always been a part of your life, if so how has it changed you?
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