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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lifestyle

Live for the NOW

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Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a fantastic few weeks! ¬†For a while now I’ve been stressed about the future‚ÄĒwhere will I go to college? what will I do when I get there? what’s the plan after that?!

As a high school student, I am constantly pressured to make life altering decisions that I am much to indecisive to commit to. ¬†As an eighth grader I was told to choose a “career path” that enforced elective classes that would prepare a student for their college major. ¬†How and why does a school system expect kids to know the outline of their life at fourteen years old?!

We are put under so much pressure to decide our future, but I think its high time that we live for the now. ¬†Living in the moment is an easy way to impact your mental state. ¬†Now, I’m not saying to completely block out the future. ¬†Consider how your decisions now will impact your life later, but if you have the chance to spend time with people you love, or go do things you won’t always have the opportunity to do, please go out and do it! ¬†Youth is fleeting and the cacoon of high school doesn’t last forever.

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. ¬†Fools stand on their island of opportunities¬†and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒHenry David Thoreau

Enjoy doing what you love with people you love, and stress will melt away. ¬†Live for the now, and don’t stress too hard for the future, everything always seems to work itself out.

Spend your week enjoying the little things, and find sunshine in every day life.  Take a moment to slow down in this already fast paced world.  Sit and ponder and laugh and love.  Life is short, keep a steady pace and enjoy the simple things before life gets in the way.

P.S. if you see a colorful wall, don’t be afraid to go and take pictures in front of it‚ÄĒit’s the little things that radiate joy.

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Fashion

Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone!

I hope you had a fun-filled night.  I spent my Halloween at a murder mystery themed party with some great friends!  We were all assigned characters and had to arrive to the party in our costumes and in character.  It was the perfect event for a bunch of theatre kids.

My costume was a mermaid, and I was so excited to go all out. ¬†I made it my goal to find a ¬†modest yet obvious mermaid top, and I had to be extremely creative. ¬†I decided to rather than make a shell bra, to paint one onto a solid black t-shirt. ¬†I was so proud of how it came out! ¬†For my skirt, I had originally intended to order something online‚ÄĒunfortunately, my order was due to come in on Wednesday, the day AFTER I needed it! ¬†So, I went to Walmart and found the most “scale-like” fabric I could, and with my Mom’s help, a fabulous skirt was constructed!

For my makeup, I used blues and purples from pallates I have collected over the years, and used fishnet tights to give my face a scaly look. ¬†I combined teal, purple, and navy eyeshadow on my cheekbones and eyelids to give off the perfect “under the sea” look. ¬†My absolute favorite part was the shimmery pale blue eyeshadow that I used for hi lighter! Overall, the look came together quite nicely!

As I said earlier, I hope you all had a great Halloween and rest of your week‚ÄĒand don’t forget, Christmas season starts tomorrow!!

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Christianity, Fashion

My 2017 October Favorites

Its Fall y’all! I’m so thrilled that we are in the midst of my favorite time of the year. ¬†Halloween and Thanksgiving, the vibrant color of Autumn leaves, the crisp air in the morning, how could you not love the season filled with color and beauty? ¬†October is one of my favorite months of the year, so I thought I would give you some insight on my “fall favorites” this October.

Comfy Sweaters

It’s finally the time of year for cozy sweaters. ¬†Who doesn’t love something comfy and stylish? ¬†Fall is the beginning of “sweater weather” and I am always prepared! ¬†This sweater came from H&M and is my absolute favorite. ¬†It has held up nicely for the past three years, and is a great and stylish way to stay warm all Fall and Winter long. ¬†(you can purchase a similar sweater¬†HERE)

Hot Drinks

The cooler Autumn weather makes hot drinks so much more desirable. ¬†Lately, I have been drinking a lot of coffee with International Delight’s White Chocolate Mocha Creamer. ¬†I love the way it makes my coffee taste‚ÄĒit reminds me of something that I would buy at a coffee shop. ¬†I also love Chai Tea this time of year. ¬†The spices remind me of the crisp air and bright colors that fall includes.

Psalm 55:22

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October personally gives me so much to be grateful for.  Psalms are a beautiful expression of messages to God, and this one is so powerful.  God is bigger than the issues you are facing; he will never give you a task you are incapable of doing.  Pray for guidance and you will receive it.  You are never alone when you have Jesus in your heart.

Neutral Nail Polish

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Also sported above in my coffee photo, light pink nail polish is one of my favorite looks this season. ¬†Although people tend to go darker in the fall, I love to go for a more neutral tone. ¬†My favorite polish color right now is OPI’s “Bubble Bath“. ¬†Also, for those of you wondering, my rings are part of a set from Forever 21. ¬†They always have the cutest rings for the greatest price! ¬†Get a similar set¬†HERE!

I hope everyone has a great week. Make sure to check back every Monday for a new post!

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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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2017 Homecoming

I wanted a date.

I wanted a boy holding sign with a clich√© slogan to ask me to homecoming. ¬†And I’ll be honest, I was slightly upset when this wasn’t the way that things transpired.

Where I live, homecoming is one of the biggest events of the year. ¬†People dress up all week for spirit days, and end the week with a football game in which every person in the community attends, followed by the first “school dance” of the year.

Thankfully, I decided to participate in every event: the spirit days, the football game, and even the dance. ¬†Instead of going with a date, I decided to go with one of my good friends, and I’m so glad that I did. ¬†I spent the night dancing (poorly) with my friends, and not worrying about what anyone thought. ¬†And honestly, it was one of the greatest nights of my High School experience. ¬†Looking back, I am so grateful that I decided to spend my night at the homecoming dance rather than missing out because I didn’t have a date. ¬†I regret not going to more events like it at my previous high school! I am so thankful for the amazing friends and music that made my night so incredible.

So, if there is ever a time in your life where you feel that you “need a date” to have a good time, I am here to tell you that it is not true. ¬†Don’t miss out on an experience for something like that, you will regret it later. ¬†Instead, go places, see things, and spend time with the people who you love. ¬†Oh, and dance like there’s nobody watching!

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Throughout the week, spend your days filled with self confidence and love. ¬†Do what you love, and don’t worry about what others say as tempting as it may be. ¬†Authenticity is a rarity these days. ¬†Be confident and be yourself without worrying about what others think, it will make you so much happier, I promise.

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