lifestyle, travel

Small Town Big Beach

The motto, “Small town, big beach”, suits Gulf Shores, Alabama perfectly! ¬†The town is perfectly balanced in family friendly restaurants and adorable and colorful beach houses lining the shore, only about 50 feet from the Ocean. ¬†But if you’re looking for something a little more commercial there’s also plenty of things to do other than the beach!

If you’re looking for a fun place to spend time with your family and get an awesome meal, visit The Hangout! ¬†The surfer themed restaurant has a gigantic sand pit, live music, and an hourly foam party. ¬†There are plenty of photo opportunities and interactive experiences such as a “wish wall”, where you are able to write down a wish and place it into a slot on the wall, and a large collection of toys such as vintage PEZ machines and Rubber Duckies. I can assure you, it is a memorable experience for people of all ages. ¬†I was excited to jump into the gigantic pit of foam and have a blast with my family. ¬†Surprisingly, the fun doesn’t stop there! ¬†Visiting The Hangout is a dining experience! A DJ plays music while an MC encourages people to dance on the tables of the restaurant! ¬†When a storm blew in, the DJ was quick on his feet and began playing songs such as “It’s raining men” to lighten the mood. ¬†Overall, my experience at The Hangout was absolutely awesome, not to mention their adorable apparel in the gift shop! ¬†If you ever find yourself in Gulf Shores, Alabama, make sure to check out The Hangout!!Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

Gulf Shores is home to plenty of adventures such as parasailing and the adorable Dauphin Island, located about an hour away from Gulf Shores. ¬†Dauphin Island is home to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, a museum/aquarium devoted to the preservation of sea life, and a military base from the Civil War. ¬†It takes a ferry ride to get to the island, but in my opinion, it’s totally worth it! ¬†It was definitely one of the hilights of my trip.

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If you’re looking for a great beach trip that’s fun for the entire family, visit Gulf Shores, Alabama! ¬†From great restaurants to exciting activities to white sand beaches, Gulf Shores is a great place to be!

 

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Fashion, Reviews

Abella Eyewear

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Use Code: PRESLEYREDD for 30% off your ENTIRE order!

Hey everyone! ¬†If you’re like me, you are constantly on the search for a new deal. ¬†This summer, I wanted to find some cute new sunnies. ¬†Recently, I’ve seen ad after ad on Instagram¬†for Abella Eyewear,¬†an eyewear company founded in 2018. ¬†The first ever ad I saw for this company was their request for Brand Ambassadors. ¬†After reviewing the benefits, I was thrilled to see the deals I would receive! ¬†After being accepted into the ambassador program, I was told that if I simply posted a shoutout of the Abella Eyewear website on my Instagram story, I would receive a pair of free sunglasses (shipping not included). ¬†Of course, I accepted this offer and quickly followed the instructions. ¬†Only minutes later, I received a coupon for a free pair of sunglasses. ¬†Though the styles were limited, I was excited about the reward that I’d received. ¬†I quickly decided on the style, “Astley”¬†in Pink and Gold. ¬†After receiving an order conformation email, I was informed that the order would go through a “processing time” of 3-5 days. ¬†I did not question this at first, however, after 15 days without my order being shipped, I became weary of the legitimacy of the website. ¬†I emailed the company several times in which they responded,

“Thank you for reaching out to us and we¬†value your feedback.¬†We source our shades from a number of high-quality distribution partners and orders are shipped directly from them. This means shipping times can vary”.

I’m not sure why this was the site’s reasoning because on the About Us page, the owners clearly state that, “all inventory is managed and distributed from Jacksonville, Florida”. ¬†Thankfully, after several emails back and forth with customer service, my order was prioritized and finally shipped. ¬†On May 27, almost a month after their order, my sunglasses arrived.

Though the shipping time was brutal, I would like to add that the sunglasses are GREAT quality.  They came in a nice case and a soft drawstring bag and seem to be well made.  I am satisfied with the sunglasses, and I will be looking forward to wearing them on beach trips and other summer endeavors.  However, DO NOT purchase a pair unless you have plenty of time to wait on their arrival.  I am very thankful for the customer service team at Abella Eyewear as well as the quality products that they produce, but their shipping time is something to be improved upon.

*UPDATE: in an email¬†received 06/06/18, the company stated that they are decreasing their shipping time. “We’ve moved our stock to the USA. This means instead of shipping some items direct from factory, we now have the capabilities to do what most large brands do. We’ll be storing pallets of products in Jacksonville for quick shipment to our customers in the USA and Canada. If you live outside of North America, we have plans in the pipes so stay tuned”.¬†Hopefully there is some accuracy to this claim because if so, I see the product becoming VERY successful! ¬†Hopefully this further convinces you to purchase a pair!

If you are interested in purchasing a pair of these adorable sunnies for yourself, use my code: PRESLEYREDD for 50% off of your entire order!

Use Code: PRESLEYREDD for 30% off!

This is a great deal, I can assure you!

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Check out Abella Eyewear HERE!

If you’re interested in the Sunglasses above, click HERE!¬†(the color is Pink and Gold)

Enjoy your sun-filled summer! – PresleyRedd

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Christianity, lifestyle

My Life in a Picture

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Over the past year and a half, photography has become an almost essential part of my life. ¬†I love to go out with friends and take photos of and with them. ¬†I don’t know where I’d be or what I would be doing if I did not have photography in my life.

While living in Montana, I earned an appreciation for the beauty of nature due to my close proximity to it. ¬†One of my best friends introduced me to photography the beginning of my sophomore year when she decided that we should go out one weekend and take “fall portraits” of each other. ¬†I agreed because I not only loved being in front of the camera, I wanted to know what it was like to take photos myself. ¬†My love of photography as well as a lifelong friendship developed the very first time I went out for those portraits. ¬†After that day, my friend and I went out every weekend we had free to take pictures. ¬†It was amazing‚ÄĒa golden era in my life, and a development of an exciting hobby.

Montana had immense opportunity for photography.  A close proximity to Yellowstone National Park as well as unique rock formations, rivers, and colorful fields filled with flowers made photography easy and fun, whatever the subject happened to be.

When I moved away this past year, I thought that it would be difficult to continue the hobby in an area with not nearly as many interesting choices in scenery.  Thankfully, I was wrong.  God blessed me with friends who love to go out on the weekends to take photos, and areas close to home that make for gorgeous subjects.  I am also beyond thankful that I am able to look at things in a new perspective to make a seemingly boring subject into something beautiful.

Finding the beauty in a seemingly ‘boring’ or unappealing subject is not only important in the eyes of a photographer, ¬†it is also crucial for everyday life. ¬†Looking at things in a new perspective can put a positive spin on almost anything. ¬†For example, if I had looked at moving from Montana as an adventure rather than a hardship, I would have saved myself so much grief and been in a much better mindset. ¬†I am so excited to be in this new chapter of life filled with joy and excitement.

 

Throughout your week, try to look at daily hardships in a new light.  Capture the beauty of a moment in a happy thought.  Stay joyful and live life fulfilling your passions while using the talents that God has given you.

Turn your Unappealing Hardships into a Beautiful Picture with a simple change in perspective.

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lifestyle

The Joys of Relaxation

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The past nine days for me have been less than exciting.  Though I enjoyed every minute of Thanksgiving with my loving family and getting an early start Thursday night in preparation for Black Friday shopping with my mom, my week was pleasantly relaxing.

Typically, my immediate family travels to Georgia to spend Thanksgiving with aunts, uncles, grandmothers, grandfathers, and distant cousins twice removed whom I’ve never seen in my life. ¬†Thanksgiving dinner in Georgia is compelling in its own special way. It is, however, anything but mellow. ¬†Waking up at six in the morning to prepare enough food for a small army of starving relatives has its own hidden perks, such as spending quality time with my grandmother and learning little tricks around the kitchen while watching the Macy’s Day Parade. ¬†But, spending Thanksgiving at home was a nice change of pace.

This year, I slept entirely through the Macy’s Day Parade and did not have to worry about helping in the kitchen. ¬†This year, my family decided to go out to dinner for Thanksgiving in order to prevent a mass of dirty dishes and leftover food. ¬†It was spectacular. ¬†After an amazing dinner without¬†any further cleanup, my mom and I went Black Friday Shopping at 9 PM on a Thursday. ¬†Though there weren’t any ‘out of this world’ deals, spending quality time with my mom made for an exciting outing.

My the days prior to Thanksgiving were spent taking photos and spending time with friends I love dearly. ¬†It was such a blessing to be able to spend time with the people I do not typically see during this week of the year. ¬†I am so grateful that I was able to spend Thanksgiving at home this year, though I’m already ready for the manic Thanksgiving that Georgia has in store for next year!

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Fashion

1 Pair of Overalls 4 Ways

Overalls are the perfect piece to transfer fashionably in to the cooler months of Fall and Winter.  In my opinion, they are a chic and comfortable way to spice up any outfit.  Here are four of my favorite looks styled with overalls:

Outfit #1

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For this look, I paired my black denim overalls with a crochet sweater from Free People and a thin black choker.  I love this look for a cooler day when a light sweater suits the weather perfectly.  For this particular look, I would wear a pair of ankle boots or Classic Checkered Vans.

Outfit #2

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For this look, I decided to pair my overalls with a cropped graphic tee from Forever 21.  Though this top is no longer for sale on the Forever 21 website, this top and this top provide similar, raw cut looks.  With this look, I would again pair my Classic Checkered Vans.

Outfit #3

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For this look, I wanted to take  a more feminine approach; I decided that a floral print tee was the perfect fit.  A look like this is flirty and feminine, but also cool and edgy.  This is a great look for the beginning of fall before the weather begins to cool drastically, and the end of winter when the weather becomes warmer.  This style would be great paired with strappy sandals or white converse for a casual look.

Outfit #4

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This outfit is the simplest of them all.  I took a plain white tee from H&M, and spruced up the look with a colorful plaid shirt.  with a pair of combat boots or sneakers and a messy pony-tail, this look is ready to hit the town! (get my watch HERE)

Author’s Note: I hope that you enjoyed this post! Let these looks inspire you to be bold and creative with your fashion choices. ¬†Spend your time taking chances and doing what makes you happy, and live fruitfully. ¬†Go throughout your week fearlessly and confidently, for you are worth it.

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