What I Wore | Theme Park Attire

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I just got back from a trip to Universal Studios Orlando with a bunch of friends for a birthday celebration and on the plane ride back I started thinking…

“I wonder if anyone else overpacked for a trip to a theme park like I did?”

I had the HARDEST time trying to pack for this trip. First of all, I was just so excited to go that I just wanted to get there ASAP! But when I actually sat down to think about what I should pack, I struggled. What would be the best theme park attire? Do I want to go super casual with gym shorts and tennis shoes? Do I want to look somewhat decent and wear a pair of chino shorts and a cute top? Do I wear tennis shoes the whole time? Should I wear flip flops? What if I want to ride a water ride? Do I need to pack extra outfits? What if we go out to dinner and I need something fancy?

Yeah, that was overwhelming. It was even overwhelming to type up – I totally don’t want to have to relive that again. So that was all going through my mind while I was packing for this trip. And it wasn’t even a long trip! Just a quick 4 day/long weekend! I didn’t want to be ‘that girl’ and show up with 3 big bags and overpack – which I ultimately ended up doing!

SO ANYWAYS! On the plane trip back, I thought about what I though would be the best things for someone to pack when they know they are traveling to a theme park. I wanted to make sure that everything that was packed could fit into your carry-on luggage so that you have ONE suitcase & your purse/backpack.

There are 2 ways you can go with this – Casual & Super Casual. I ended up packing both styles and cramming it all into my suitcase (this is not recommended). Check out the different styles below…

Casual

Do you want to be casual but still look polished. Maybe you have reservations at a restaurant later on and need an outfit which is multi-functional (again, is that even a word?) This is what you should pack!

Shorts

I would pack 1 pair of jean shorts (they just really go with everything) and 2 pairs of “chino” shorts. Pack a functional work like khaki, navy blue, white or black. That way they can mix and match with the shirts you pack.

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Shirts

If you can stick with a shirt with sleeves. Tank tops are fun and all but if you have fair skin like me, sunburn can hurt any trip. I would consider packing a comfy & soft white tee, a striped tee and then a fun colored or print top.

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Shoes

Stick to whatever is comfortable for you. If you are comfy in your fav pair of jacks, go with that (although you may risk losing them on a roller coaster). I would say wear a pair of white sneakers – like the adidas stan smiths below, or a strappy sandal that has a back.

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Super Casual

So if you want to be super comfortable and relaxed or maybe you are enjoying the FULL park and want to experience EVERY ride or maybe it is just super hot outside and you want to stay cool, then this is what you need to pack.

Shorts

A great pair of gym shorts can go a long way. With this “style” you want comfort. I would pack a could pairs of gym shorts in neutral colors. I literally live in my black nike running shorts. They are comfy, dry fast (water rides, duh!) and basically match with any t-shirt. Alternative: If you don’t wear shorts, think about a pair of capri leggings or yoga pants. Remember, comfort is key.

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Shirts

Everyone loves a great t-shirt. I got a bunch of Harry Potter t-shirts from Target the week before I went on my trip but literally any shirt will do. Stick to the basics if you want to be functional but any shirt will do.

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Shoes

Tennis Shoes. Tennis Shoes. Tennis Shoes. You do a lot of walking. Like really. A lot. You don’t want to get an blisters or sore feet. Also, bring more than 1 pair. If you go on a water ride, they will get wet and you can’t guarantee that those shoes will dry before the next morning.

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What I Wore:

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(ignore my squinty eyes – the sun was crazy this day! oh yes, this is a Harry Potter graphic tee)

Shirt: Target | Shorts: Nike | Shoes: Nike | Hat: Nike

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(I wore this outfit on the plane down since we went straight to the park when we arrived.)

Shirt: Target | Overalls: Target | Shoes: Converse | Fanny Pack: Disney Special Edition | Shades: The Loft

 

P.S. I would have more outfit pictures but I did not take my cell phone into the park.

DISCLAIMER: Universal Studios now does not let you bring your cell phone or any other valuables onto roller coasters so it is just easier to leave it in the hotel room rather than having to rent a locker every time you want to hop on a ride.

 

 

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5 Tips to Sleep Better

5 Tips to Sleep Better

Do you struggle with insomnia? Do you have a hard time falling asleep at night? Do you just want to figure out how to sleep better at night? 

Some nights I just have the hardest time falling asleep (and staying asleep). If you don’t have this problem… let me just tell you one thing – IT STINKS! For those of you who share this problem… you know how I feel. After some time dealing with this issue, I knew I had to find a way to make it stop.

There are MANY different ways you can go about dealing with “insomnia.” I was looking for a route of alternative medicine so I did not go consult a “medical doctor” for help on this. Instead, I looked for ways that I could improve my sleeping habits myself from home.

This is what I learned…

Tip #1 Cleanse Before Bed

Now this cleanse isn’t like your typical juice cleanse. The cleanse I am talking about is a technology cleanse. Turn off the TV, stop watching Netflix, put the phone down and get away from technology for 1 hour before you want to fall asleep. This will help you clear your mind and also calm your eyes before bed.

Tip #2 Sleep in Specific Clothes

There is a reason why they make pajamas. Yeah it may be to make more money off us pajama lovers but in all seriousness (is that even a word?), you should always wear BED SPECIFIC clothes when you are going to sleep. Quit wearing the same t-shirts and shorts that you may wear working out, or the yoga pants you wear to Target. Your sub-conscious recognizes that these are “sleep clothes” and you will struggle more when trying to sleep. I always have pajama sets or nightgowns for bedtime. These are something that I would not wear anywhere else but bed. Try it out and see what you think.

Here are some pajama options for you:

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Tip #3 Essential Oils

Essential oils are BIG right now and I am loving it. I use essential oils for my daily health and recovering from cancer but one of the best things I use essential oils for is sleeping. Now let me first say that I am not an expert in essential oils but I know what works for me. The one essential oil I love for bedtime is Lavender. I either put a couple drops on a cotton ball and place it near my pillow or I put a drop on my finger and rub on my forehead. The scent of lavender is supposedly calming and helps you relax.

Tip #4 Take a Bath

Literally one of the most calming things I do at night is taking a bath. I love taking baths! I mean why wouldn’t everyone?! Next time you are having trouble falling asleep, make yourself a nice warm bath and relax. You can listen to some calming music, add some soothing bubble bath or put in a couple drops of the lavender essential oil. 

Tip #5 Meditate

Meditation is one thing that I am trying very hard to incorporate into my daily routine. I meditate sometimes but I am trying to get myself to do it every night. Meditation is not only good for your daily health but it is also good when trying to relax.

 

I hope these tips help you sleep better or even just help you relax! Take a couple of these tips and try them out. Let me know if you have an questions! 

If you would like to check out some more tips like this, check out my latest lifestyle posts here!

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All White with a Splash of Yellow

I am a big fan of wearing all white (and all black too)! Depending on how I feel in the morning, these two options are basically my go-to wardrobe. But during the summertime, all white is my go-to.

My favorite thing to do when going monochromatic is to mix in a splash of color somewhere. I like mixing in some bright jewelry, a fun handbag or a crazy pair of shoes.

This weeks post is all about wearing all white with a splash of yellow on my feet. Check it out below!

Peplum + Fringe

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Top | Old Navy   Jeans | American Eagle   Jewels | Target   Shoes | Just Fab

 

Eyelet + Floral

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Shirt | Old Navy   Shorts | Target   Shoes | Kate Spade New York

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ASK KD | Maternity Style

Q: What maternity pieces can I buy now that can transition with my growing belly?

A: I would suggest that you invest one or two basic dresses in a material with a lot of stretch. This will allow you to wear them at various stages in your pregnancy. Also, a neutral color will work for any occasion and any season. These dresses are also easy to change up with accessories. Another great piece would be an open cardigan. Whether you are pregnant in the summer or winter, you always need a classic cardigan. Check out some options below…

Bodycon Dress

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Maxi Dress

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Shirt Dress

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Open Cardigan

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TRAVEL | Blowing Rock, NC

I might be a little biased but I LOVE Blowing Rock. I love the town… I love the weather… I just love everything about it. There is so much to do there – for a small, mountain town – and everything is just so beautiful. If you ever have the chance to go… GO!

I thought I would make a little “travel guide” for anyone planning on going out to western North Carolina. Here are some things to do, eats and treats or my favorite hiking trails. Check them out below!

Things To Do

Hike Golf Camp
Go on a picnic Drive the parkway Go to Tweetsie
People Watch on Main St. Shop at Local Boutiques Go to the Outlets

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Hiking Trails

Rough Ridge Bass Lake Price Lake
Grandfather Mountain Mose Cone Manor Flat Top Fire Tower

 The hiking trails up here are seriously amazing. You have so many options – beginner to extreme expert – and there are so many different views that you can witness. You can take a hike around a lake or climb to the top of Grandfather Mountain.

Check out some of the hikes that I have gone on myself below…

 

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Price Lake

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Blue Ridge Parkway
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Eats & Treats

Bistro Roca Canyons Foggy Rock Sunny Rock
Mellow Mushroom Storie Street Grille The Town Tavern Woodlands 
Southern Comforts  Twigs  The Best Cellar  Kilwin’s*

* Kilwin’s is ice cream, chocolates & other candies! My go-to spot for something sweet!

There are so many options in Blowing Rock. You can have a casual dinner outside overlooking the Blue Ridge Parkway or have a fancy 3 course meal. (Sorry I don’t have more pictures of places I have dined at!)

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Storie Street Grill

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One great thing about Blowing Rock is that it neighbors Boone – the town where I went to college. These 2 towns are only 20 minutes apart so if you want to drive a bit, there is so much more that you can explore.

If you have any questions or need help planning a vacation to Blowing Rock… let me know! You can email me at kerri@kerridice.com

 

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Homemade Beauty Treatments From Your Kitchen

Repurposing kitchen essentials for your beauty routine is not a new idea but it has been making a comeback. Beauty “recipes” are HUGE right now – coffee scrub, yogurt masks. There are SO MANY “recipes” that you can find online – like Pinterest – right now. The DIY phenomenon is taking beauty by storm. Check out these homemade beauty treatments and see if this route is right for you…

Homemade Beauty Treatments From Your Kitchen

Baking Soda

This kitchen essential is best known for making cakes rise, but according the 100’s of pins on Pinterest, it also works great as a teeth whitener.

DIY Recipe:

Teeth Whitener – 1/4 cup of baking soda + lemon juice from 1/2 of a lemon – Apply this mixture to a cotton ball or Q-tip – Leave on for no more than 1 minute – Brush teeth to remove

Other Uses: If you mix baking soda with warm water, you can apply this mixture like an exfoliator after you shower and it acts as an blackhead remover for those with oily skin. If you want to use baking soda for a face mask, mix baking soda (1/2 tsp) with lemon juice (1/2 tsp) and honey (1 tbsp)

Activated Charcoal

Activated Charcoal is used to absorb toxins, like when someone has a drug overdose. This is a tough product to use though. WARNING: this charcoal powder leaves black dust EVERYWHERE. It can be extremely messy so make sure you are prepared for that.

DIY Recipe:

Teeth whitener – brush teeth with charcoal, leave on for 2-5 minutes then rinse

Face Mask – 1 tsp activated charcoal (about 2 or 3 capsules) + 1 tsp aloe vera gel  + 1 tsp water

WARNING: this face mask makes a MESS! If you already have dry skin, this will probably not help you.

Other Uses: There are many products like shampoos or mud masks that use activated charcoal. Instead of creating your own DIY project, I would suggest just buying a product. Here are some examples: Sheamoisture Detox Shampoo | Peter Thomas Roth Mud Cleansing Gel

Coconut Oil

According to the internet, we should all replace every hair, face and body product with jars of coconut oil. I use coconut oil while cooking ALL THE TIME. I also started incorporating coconut oil into my beauty regimen because it is a natural moisturizer.

DIY Recipe:

Body Butter – 1 cup of coconut oil + 1 tsp of Vitamin E oil + a few drops of an essential oil

Hair Mask – 2 tsp of coconut oil + 2 tsp of olive oil + 1 tsp of honey + 1 large egg

Other Uses: There are literally so many other uses of coconut oil that you can incorporate into your beauty regimen. You can make homemade sunscreen, lip balm, body scrub, makeup remover, stretch marks or sunburn relief. Check out my Pinterest board for more ideas!

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ASK KD | Summer Date

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Q: What Should I Wear on a Summer Date?

A: Summer dates can be tricky. You don’t know what the weather will do, you don’t know all the plans of the date and it is just hard to prepare for. All in all, you want to create a good balance with your outfit. Be bold but be true to yourself. When choosing your look, focus on reflecting your best self rather than trying to impress something. Ultimately, just be confident in whatever you choose.

Here are some ideas for your next date…

… dinner & a movie? think about layering

… rooftop bar? be relaxed in a fun tank, paid of jeans & fun heels

… art gallery? opt for a sexy slip dress with practical shoes

… picnic in the park? stay comfy with a button down, a-line skirt & a pair of flats

 

Date Accessories You Shouldn’t Leave Your Place Without:
  • a mirror
  • go-to tinted chapstick
  • a saddlebag
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