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

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Serifos Greece

 I'm slowly getting caught up with my vacation photos and thought I would share with you my first stop on my Greece trip, Serifos. Serifos is a very small island in Greece and definitely not the most popular vacation island in Greece. However, Shawn and I really wanted to stayed at COCO-MAT Eco Residences Hotel in Serifos and we truly felt like we were on a deserted island. I will make sure to updated you with some more photos of our hotel if you didn't catch some already on my Instagram-@syd.hoff

Shawn and I decided to explore the small island of Serifos and climbed all the way to the top of this adorable little town. I would highly suggest climbing to the top because the views were absolutely breathtaking. 

-Sydney Hoffman

Friday, August 4, 2017

Shein Bathing Suits

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If you follow me on Instagram -@syd.hoff you will know I've been wearing a ton of Shein bathing suits. I love these swimsuits because they are super cheap. I only wear pieces of clothing once or twice, so I hate to spend a fortune on clothing. Their prices are ridiculously amazing. Shein also has the biggest selection (you could honestly spend hours on the site) and not to mention the most fun, hilarious prints! I was getting a lot of questions as to where I purchased my swimsuits so I made sure to link some for you guys. 

I was also receiving a ton of questions about the Shein website in general so I wanted to let you in on some things I've learned. Shein takes a bit longer to ship items, compared to most companies. To be safe I would give yourself a month (sometimes a little less) for something to arrive. ALWAYS read reviews for each item. I always like to give my honest review for each item because it really helps you with what size to order. Not everything fits the same so it's super helpful to read reviews. I'm a small for the most part and I usually order smalls, but it's been great to read when everyone says it fits big or super small. My sunflower bathing suit for example I bought in a medium because everyone said it fit really short. Considering I'm a tall lady I was so happy I ordered medium instead of small because the medium fit perfectly. I may write a full blogpost on the website, but I just wanted to give you guys a heads up on a few things before ordering.

-Sydney Hoffman

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Cottage Ice Cream

I was at the cottage last week and went into town about 3 times to get ice cream. Part of the cottage experience is heading into the adorable cottage towns and eating all the yummy blue bubblegum Kawartha Dairy ice cream.

Top: Shein || Shorts: Zara || Hat: AE || 

-Sydney Hoffman