Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fall is Coming


FALL is coming and I'm so excited about it. I'm holiday obsessed and anytime I get to celebrate or theme something I'm going ALL over it. I'm slowly getting my fall decor organized and fall wardrobe of course. If you head over to my Instagram @syd.hoff you will definitely see my summer gram has quickly turned into fall everything!!

Blouse: Shein || Jeans: Bluenotes: Shoes || Winners ||

-Sydney Hoffman

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Fall Wish List

Fall Wishlist

Fall is arriving and I've collected some pieces I'll be ordering from Shein for the colder weather.


Yellow top
27 CAD - shein.com


Long sleeve top
30 CAD - shein.com


Graphic sweatshirt
13 CAD - shein.com


Long sleeve top
27 CAD - shein.com


White crop top
9.72 CAD - shein.com


Block heel shoes
58 CAD - shein.com



-Sydney Hoffman

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

If you follow me on social media or my Instagram stories @syd.hoff then you will know I'm a huge fan of Harry Potter. When I was in Orlando this past August I got to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios and I was BEYOND excited. 


There are two Harry Potter parks in Universal Studios with a Hogwarts Express train that connects both. The first park we visited was the newer park - Diagon Alley. I truly got a little teary eyed when I walked through "London" and through the broken brick wall into Diagon Alley.



Waiting in line for the Escape from the Gringotts ride.

So many adorable shops to buy merchandise.


I bought so many treats.







When we were ready to head to the next park, we hopped on Hogwarts Express to Hogsmeade and it truly felt like I was heading to Hogwarts! It was an actual running train and every little detail was perfect.


HOGWARTS!!


Butterbeer was absolutely delicious. It was like drinking butterscotch ice cream!!









I know I mentioned this above, but every detail was so beyond perfect and spot on with the movies and books. I spent hours looking through every individual store. I bought so many sweets and merchandise and loved every minute of it.

-Sydney Hoffman
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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Walt Disney World


I FINALLY made it to the happiest place on earth. I've been wanting to go to Walt Disney World for as long as I can remember. Walking into Magic Kingdom and seeing the castle for the first time was honestly a little emotional. I was the giddiest little 25 year old girl and everything exceeded my expectations. It's truly a fake world and everything is beautiful...even the garbage cans.

One Piece: Urban Outfitters || Sneakers: Converse || 


Crop Top: Urban Outfitters || Sneakers: Converse ||








I ended up visiting all four theme parks...Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Universal Studios and Animal Kingdom. Magic Kingdom was obviously my favourite park with the giant castle, Beauty & The Beast and Little Mermaid sections. Epcot was a surprising favourite for me as I didn't know a whole lot about that park. Epcot recreates the most famous parts of different countries and it's absolutely remarkable. The photo below was taken in "Venice" and it truly felt like I was in Italy!

Shorts: Levi's || Sneakers: Converse || 


I completely understand why families go to Walt Disney World, especially if they stay in the Disney Park resorts. I ended up staying at the Magic Kingdom Lodge and it was so convenient and easy to go from park to park. Each hotel has a bus stop with a station to each park. Every 15 minutes or so a bus will roll up displaying the park it's heading to and off you go. It was so nice to not worry about extra travel fees or trying to figure out how to get from one place to the next. Walt Disney World is truly a dream and if you are a little kid at heart like me, you will absolutely love it!!


-Sydney Hoffman

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Santorini Greece - Chromata Hotel


I'm not even sure where to begin!! Santorini was absolutely BEAUTIFUL. It was exactly how you would expect it to look and it did not disappoint. I will be completely honest though, if it wasn't for our amazing hotel at Chromata Santorini we may not have had as good of a time as we did. 


Chromata Santorini is located in Imerovigil which is a more quiet, romantic section of Santorini. It is about a 20 minute taxi ride from Oia, which is the most popular spot in Santorini. We heard Oia is the most beautiful spot in Santorini and don't get me wrong it is absolutely stunning, especially those sunsets. However, I was so thrilled with Imerovigil mainly because Chromata hotel was located in the most perfect, beautiful spot. I believe we were at one of the highest points and it was absolutely, ridiculously gorgeous from every angle. You really felt like you were on top of the world. We had the best of both worlds with views. Insane beautiful blue water, volcano, cliffs and clusters of tiny white buildings all surrounding us.


The most photographed part of Chromata are these stairs that lead to the rooms and pool. 




While we were in Santorini Shawn was celebrating his birthday. We wanted to have an unforgettable dinner, so we started doing a ton of research into what would be the perfect spot to eat at. We were very close to booking a super expensive reservation, when we realized our own hotel has dinner by the pool every evening. I'm so glad we ended up staying at Chromata because it was absolutely magical. Only two or three tables are available and we reserved a table right at the corner overlooking everything. Just as we sat down for dinner the sun was setting and it was probably one of the best nights ever. We enjoyed some red wine and seafood pasta with the most delicious dessert. We were spoiled and as you can see from the photos the view was ridiculous.






The second most photographed part in Chromata would have to be the infinity pool. There are only a handful of infinity pools in Santorini and because we were so high up, you truly looked like you are about to fall off the edge. The one thing I would warn you about however is to make sure you grab a lounge chair pretty early in the morning because the spots do fill up fast. Although it is a smaller hotel before you know it, it's 11am and all the chairs are gone. Once you have a chair though, you will not want to leave ever. Shawn and I drank numerous glasses of rosé while tanning, swimming and lounging. 




One of my favourite things about Chromata which I think every hotel should have, was the free breakfast. However, it wasn't just buffet style or limited breakfast options, you could pick whatever you wanted on a huge menu for breakfast. I went all out for our first breakfast. Two orders of pancakes, two omelettes, assortment of croissants, orange juice, coffee, two orders of greek yogurt, two bowls of mixed fruit, basket of bread. It was all included and they delivered it to your door. You had the option of sitting by the pool restaurant, but with our view and patio we always ordered breakfast to our room. 




We were so impressed with Chromata and having the greatest time at our hotel we almost forget about exploring the rest of Santorini. Oia is a huge tourist spot, so we knew we had to explore the town for the day. Oia again is just like the photos...absolutely stunning with blue roofs and tiny white buildings. However, it was just a little too touristy for me. Shawn and I were so spoiled in Imerovigil which was very quiet, we instantly got annoyed with the crowds and how commercial that section was. There is a huge strip along Oia that has all high end designer stores. Some people would love that, but my favourite part of shopping in areas like that is finding the independent/family run stores and buying fun nick nacks. Besides the crowds I would 100% still suggest visiting. There are quieter sections around Oia and you will never see a more beautiful sunset!!






The last breakfast and the last day at the pool. It was so sad to leave Santorini, but I know I will be back again one day! 


Shawn and I took a ferry from island to island which was super easy, but you can also fly into Santorini as well!

If you have any questions for me regarding the trip, please let me know and comment anything under this post!

-Sydney Hoffman