Miami Weekend Trip with Conner

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I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss having a car. Being within walking distance of so many things and a quick $2.75 subway ride is great. BUT, when I was living in Chicago I basically lived out of my car. I drove everywhere – to shoots, to meetings downtown, to the grocery store, to drive throughs (miss those 😢), three blocks down the road to UPS (lazy). I miss it! 

When Hyundai reached out about this trip to Miami to experience the newest member of the fam, The 2020 Hyundai Venue, I was so excited! Although I’ve become quite the experienced subway rider, I’m ready to start looking at options for post-NYC life. 

I loved driving the Venue around in the beautiful Miami sunshine ☀️ It’s the perfect size car for zipping around busy cities ~ plus, I love the sleek design and all of its modern tech! It’s a small SUV (perfect size for me) that caters to a busy city lifestyle. I love how they’re calling it “small in size; big on Personality” 🙋🏼‍♀️ feels on brand. I chose this bright white color to drive around in all weekend.

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My outfit:

A few of my favorite features of the Hyundai Venue:

  • It’s so cute and sporty looking.
  • It’s easy to zip around in and easy to park! 
  • It has so many high-tech features like: Blind spot collision warning, Apple CarPlay, an 8 inch touch screen display with a rearview camera, and steering wheel audio controls.
  • MyHyundai App allows you to remote start, remote lock/unlock, and even has a car-finder feature!

And let’s talk about the monumental life event that happened last weekend ~ Conner’s first big press trip as my photographer 😂♥️ You guys know it’s usually Alicia or John shooting my pics. They’re typically my go-to travel buddies for big trips. It’s always been really important for me to separate personal life / work, and Con’s on the same page. But ~ since Alicia was busy and this trip was on a weekend that didn’t interfere with his work, I got to bring him along to test out his skills 🤳🏼 Plus, I hate being away from him! We had a crash course on the plane: angles, good side/bad side, BTS, and a personal fave, patience 🙇🏼‍♂️ 

If you were following along with #ConOnTheCam though, he blew it out of the water. And as usual, we had so much fun together and cracked up the whole time. Loved all the encouragement on IG, I think y’all hyped him up haha.

We had time to explore town in the car and found some awesome spots. We walked around the Wynwood Walls district and thought it was SO awesome. The entire warehouse district of Wynwood is covered in street art and graffiti on the warehouse walls. It’s so colorful!! We had to leave for our flight the afternoon we went here, but we could’ve spent hours in this area! 

Other Miami recs from the weekend:

Our Hotel: Mandarin Oriental

Coffee: Panther Coffee

Brunch: The Edition Hotel (next to the pool)

Lunch: TOCO Tacos 

Lunch/Dinner: Bayak for margs and ceviche  

Nightlife: Gramps

Thank you to Hyundai for sponsoring this trip!!

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Reminiscing on 2019

I’ve spent the last 8 days at home relaxing and it’s given me a lot of time to look back on the last 12 months of my life. 2019 holds one of the happiest days of my life (our 10/24 engagement!), but even aside from the engagement bliss, I’ve loved everything about this year. 

In 2019 I’ve felt more balanced with life and work than I ever have before ~ and I believe that has SO MUCH to do with your overall happiness. I ended 2018 and started 2019 with a pretty big reality check that I couldn’t keep living life at 100 mph. Long story short (but if you want the long story, read about it here) I realized that no amount of success or achievement can truly make you happy. A healthy balance is the key (like most things in life), but the hard part is finding that balance. 

That reality check set me up for one of the best years I’ve ever had. This year I learned there’s no point in working your butt off if you’re aren’t able to take a step back from it all and enjoy the life you’ve made for yourself every once in a while. Life will pass you by pretty quickly if you don’t take the time to admire it as often as possible. 

I did some reflecting on the last year and read through everything I wrote about on my blog this year. I NEVER go back and read old blog posts, so this was a fun trip down memory. I rounded up some of my most read and most important posts from the year (in my opinion) and wanted to share them here.

1. I moved to New York towards the end of 2018, and then official moved out of my Chicago apartment in the middle of 2019. I loved every minute of making this little nest in the clouds feel like a home:

2. Then, spent the rest of the year organized every inch of it:

3. I started eating much healthier:

4. I really slowed down & took a step back. I started going to bed earlier and stopped working like a crazy person until 1 AM:

5. I focused on my mental health:

6. And my faith:

7. Fell in love with NYC. Really experienced NYC & marked 1 year any:

8. Traveled to Italy for the first time & took an awesome trip to Turks & Caicos with my work wife:

9. I got engaged to the love of my life! 

I’m so thankful for each experience, person, and lesson this year brought me. I’ve loved reading every message you guys have sent my way, even if I can’t respond to every single one. I love your feedback and sharing these moments with you. And even though a lot of us have never met, you all feel like close friends 🙂 

I spent a lot of time with my family and made a point to get on the phone with long distance friends as often as I could. Con and I cooked a lot at home this year which I personally thing created so much more balance (and saved money!). I had the chance to partner with so many of the brands I love and help share their mission with the world. Sometimes life is bitter and sometimes it’s sweet, but this one was a sweet one for sure. I can’t wait to spend 2020 planning our wedding day and officially becoming a wife in September. Life is good!

A few other most-read posts from 2019:

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The Custom Gift Your Man Will Love

A couple weeks ago I flew Alicia to New York to do our engagement pictures. Even though she and I have done hundreds of photoshoots together, we both admitted we were a little nervous for these 😅 These photos mark the start of the rest of me & Conner’s life together and I know they’re something we’ll hold on to forever! After some outfit planning, location scouting, and a few mimosas ~ Con, Leash, and I headed out to shoot around the city.

I wanted to do a mix of both casual and formal shots, but definitely knew I wanted a round with Con in a tux because well… 😍

The timing couldn’t have been more ideal when BALANI Custom Clothiers reached out about working together to make Conner a custom tux. He was fitted for this midnight blue tux just in time for our shoots. Balani was founded in Chicago, where they began by serving a small group of dedicated clients. 14 cities and 56 years later, they’ve successfully established themselves as one of the top tailors in the world. Con’s has always had a great eye for style and is super particular about finding pieces that are well suited for his height and build, so I knew he’d love this custom experience.

We met with Brandon, Balani’s NYC custom clothier, to design the details. Conner knew he wanted a midnight blue colored tux with black details, but wasn’t sure about style or fabric options. Brandon guided us through the entire process ~ helping to select the interior, exterior, and every little personalized detail. It was so fun picking out the fabric colors together. BALANI customized the inside of the jacket with Conner A. Hempel and even monogrammed his initials onto the cuffs of his custom-made shirts.

The BALANI team began designing that day, and a few weeks later we went in for a fitting to see the finished product. It fit like a glove and he looked so handsome! The midnight blue fabric we chose looked amazing against the black lapels. It’s amazing how much of a difference a custom piece makes. Not only did it look awesome, but I could tell he felt so comfortable in it.

The Details

The Tuxedo: A one-button, wool and silk blend fabric in midnight blue, with black satin peak lapels.

The Shoes: Magnanni ~ carried by BALANI

The Cufflinks: sterling silver knots by BALANI

My dress: Mac Duggal Tiered Gown

Think your boyfriend/husband would love his own custom suit? I’m partnering with BALANI to offer $250 off your first suit purchase when you book an appointment ~ just mention code: OLIVIA [offer expires 1/30/2020].

Thank you to Balani Custom Clothiers for partnering with me on this post!

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