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Exploration Post: Charleston, SC + our stay at Luxury Hotel Suites @ 493 King

Charleston will forever be one of my FAVORITE cities to explore. From the fine dining to the random celebrity run-ins, it’s my own little heaven.

We stayed at Luxury Hotel Suites @ 493 King. The hotel was RIGHT OFF KING STREET. So as soon as we walked out we were immediately immersed in the city. The suites collectively sleep 52 people in eight luxury condominium suites. All eight suites are professionally decorated and designed, have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living area, and include a full kitchen and laundry room with top of the line appliances and luxury finishes.

“Guests will feel the warmth of southern hospitality met with an extravagant space as soon as they check in.”

Huge thank you to Eli’s Table on 129 Meeting St for treating us to a four course meal! We also got to try their FAMOUS shrimp + grits rated #1 by Huffington Post. Make your reservation now because this is THE place to be. (sample pictures below.)

The next day, our next sweet treats were donuts at Glazed Gourmet on 481 King Street. 

It’s real! The ingredients are natural. Their glaze, fillings and pastries are homemade (or grown in a herb garden). The dough is also made in-house. They don’t use any frozen or pre-made dough. There are no preservatives, or any other random additives. No food coloring and no artificial flavorings!

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT CHARLESTON: Travel + Leisure Magazine names Charleston | SC “Best City in the U.S.” and #2 “Best City in the World!”. Charleston-North Charleston ranks 4th on Forbes “Best mid-size U.S. metro for Jobs in 2017” with a 3.2% job growth rate last year and 17.6% since 2011. According to data from The Brookings Institution, Charleston is one of only four of the nation’s 100 largest metro areas achieving inclusive economic growth (including metro growth, prosperity, and inclusion) that benefits a majority of workers of all races and ethnicities. Charleston ranks #4 Most Fun Places to Live in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report.

GUEST POST: A Fashionista’s Travel Guide to France


France is the land of numerous natural beauties, charming canals and mesmerising vineyards, but it’s also the country of high-end fashion and elevated style. With its boutique hotels, luxurious stores and fashion shows, France is a true haven for even the most avid of fashionistas.

The Glamour of Cannes
Cannes is the city that will leave any fashionista breathless with its posh vibe, out-of-this-world location and all the popular attractions. Located on the French Riviera, Cannes will delight you with its azure sea, and if you want to experience it in style, then cruising on a luxurious yacht like a real movie star is a must.
To explore the fashion side of this glamorous city, you should head to Rue d’Antibes, Cannes’ famous shopping street where you can have all the shopping you can take. Since this street doesn’t lack popularity or style, get ready to lighten your wallet. However, if you happen to visit Cannes at the end of June, you’ll be in for a treat because this is when all the fancy stores place the sale signs in their windows. If you ever get tired of shopping, stop by the Jean Luc Pele for delicious macaroons. When it comes to accommodation, at the OKKO hotel, you can enjoy the stylish atmosphere of minimalism, while at the boutique Five Seas Hotel, you’ll be inspired by the artistic design.


The High-End Principality of Monaco
While visiting the dreamy Cote d’Azur, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to explore the high-end streets of Monaco. Although Monaco is a sovereign city-state, it certainly has that recognisably stylish French vibe. Even popular models, including Kendall Jenner, Hadid sisters and Hailey Baldwin, have recognised Monaco as a fashionistas’ gem. Despite its small size, Monaco is rich in luxury, glamour and refined taste. Make sure to visit Monte Carlo, Monaco’s largest quartier, where you can stroll down the Carré D’Or and indulge yourself in posh boutiques. At the Fontvieille Shopping Centre, you can find trendy French designs at affordable prices. The mall overlooks the harbour, so when you need a break from shopping, you can dine with an amazing view. In the evening, savour a superb meal at the Horizon, a popular restaurant with one of the most beautiful rooftops in the area. Not only will you have an opportunity to have a taste of delicious Mediterranean specialties, but you’ll also be able to see France, Italy and Monaco from your own table.


Paris, the City of Romance and Fashion
Your classy fashionista experience wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the fashion capital, the romantic city of Paris. The unique and elevated Parisian style, vibrant streets dotted with posh boutiques and classy restaurants with seductive aromas of freshly baked croissants are every fashionista’s dream. No matter what your style, age, size or budget are, you’re bound to find everything you need in the City of Lights. A stroll along the famous shopping streets of Rue Saint-Honore and Rue Faubourg Saint-Honore will take you to the forever-popular boutiques od Hermes, Balenciaga and Chanel. The boutique Hotel du Ministere is located nearby, which makes it a perfect accommodation option if you want to have the city’s hot spots within reach.
The finest of the finest is located at the Golden triangle of Champ Elysees, Avenue George V and Avenue Montaigne where divine fashion temples await you, including Dolce & Gabbana, Pucci, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Dior. There are even numerous offers for authentic Paris city tours that will charm any fashionista, such as the “Covered Passages, Secret Shopping” tour that will take you to the hidden Les Passages Couverts, an area of elegant architecture, stylish boutiques and exquisite wine, which might have passed unnoticed otherwise.


French high-end fashion, luxurious hotels and restaurants, and vibrant shopping streets are a true posh haven for fashionistas all over the world. So, pack your bags (lightly) and open up your wallet because you’re about to have the most luxurious experience in your life.

About the Author
Marie Nieves is a student and a blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. She is an avid lover of photography interested in fashion and regular author on High Style Life. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

Exploration Post: Abbeville, SC

I’ll be honest. I didn’t expect to come back from Abbeville as inspired as I am. I couldn’t wait to get back home and start on this article. This town may be small, but the memories I brought back were anything but mini. I’ve never brought my mom on one of my explorations before, so I brought her + we met up w/ my friend Janae who just happens to be a local 🙂

It’s rare to go someplace you’ve never been and feel more at home than ever. Everywhere I ventured came with new experiences. HUGE thank you to Renee Smith of the Belmont Inn. I’d also like to thank William Savitz of the Village Grill along with his wife Molly. The Belmont provided us with a complementary stay for my article + the Village Grill gave us a complementary meal. They also did everything they could to give us the best experience possible <3

The history of the Belmont Inn screams from every nook and cranny. I was exploring + I found a large scrapbook. It held pictures of the Belmont Inn’s grand opening in NINETEEN EIGHTY FOUR. Why is this hidden gem the perfect place? Because instead of wiping away all the history, the owners kept it updated. You’ll find antiques all over the inn. From typewriters to a gorgeous sleek black piano casually piecing the space together. It’s the cleanest + classiest place. Renee + everyone along with her made sure our stay was exceptional.

“Currently, the Inn has 25 remodeled rooms. Enjoy the dining room, serving freshly prepared food in a casual elegant atmosphere; and the “Tinker’s Alley,” serving a bar menu and libations, now open for business. The Inn also has ample meeting space for corporate retreats, meetings, and seminars, as well as wedding receptions, class, and family reunions. The Belmont Inn offers a perfect getaway for your corporate clients and family with comfortable rooms, meeting space, and exceptional food. Our room was stunning. Drapes swept over the blue walls, christened by the sun. The furniture was perfectly placed from the brown oak desk to the couches by the window. Our view was like no other, staring right out into the square.”

the belmont inn scrapbook

For dinner, we headed out to the Village Grill (110 Trinity Street Abbeville, SC 29620) I discovered this place during my Abbeville research. They’re most popular for their homemade food + incredible service. It was Friday night + packed. Even so, the wait was only 10-15 minutes! We were led into a lovely waiting room covered in love seats. The couple across from us told us all the desserts were to DIE for. They also advised us to check out the specials! As a vegetarian, I was excited to see what options would be available.

A few minutes before our names were called, one of the workers came in to take the trash to the back. As the couple was describing the desserts the lady exasperatingly fell to the ground, expressing how amazing the food was. Y’all it was HILARIOUS + she was so sweet. We later found out she was the owner’s wife Molly!

First we all ordered a house salad. It came with iceberg + leaf lettuce topped with grated Monterey Jack cheese, diced tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, chopped eggs, bacon and almond slivers. My mom also ordered a Ruben sandwich. It was a thin sliced spiced beef brisket topped with swiss cheese and sauerkraut, with spicy mustard and mayo. Served on grilled rye. Janae ordered the Blackened Chicken Fettuccine. The fettuccine was tossed in a rich parmesan cream sauce with cajun spiced chicken, baby spinach and mushrooms. All together I had the salad + an order of their SUPER CRISPY FRIES they were so good. BTW I know some of you guys are vegetarians like me, I asked for no bacon on my salad + it was no problem 🙂

I actually got to sit with Molly for a few minutes! She makes the desserts with REAL marshmallows + graham crackers. Also, I thought it was neat that she never buys cookies, like most restaurants do. When asking what I should order, she said “Each pallet is different, so go with your craving.” Point is, you can’t go wrong 😉

janae <3

For dessert my mom got the cheesecake with raspberry sauce + I ordered the turtle cheesecake. The pecans + caramel/chocolate on the top of my cheesecake made the whole cake extra delicious! *insert heart eyes* lol. I can HONESTLY say it was the best cheesecake I’ve ever had.

Saturday was just as exceptional. Breakfast was SO good. It’s continental + they have all your favorites from oatmeal to fresh orange juice. Literally everything is fresh + the coffee is home brewed. Most of the items are in the breakfast room 24/7, which totally helped my midnight cravings haha! During breakfast I ran into a lady named Beck. I remember her so well because I recall her being incredibly sweet. I believe she said she was the inn’s event planner. Also, I thought it was neat that she was a teacher for over THIRTY years. Every employee in that hotel is so down to earth + truly care about their town + it’s history.

After breakfast I decided to do some thrift shopping. There’s a Goodwill only 20 minutes from the Belmont Inn. On my way out, Renee told me there was live music in the square that night at this place called Natty’s on Trinity! It’s right across from the Village Grill.

I heard the music AS SOON as I pulled onto the street. It was love at first sight. As soon as I walked into Natty’s everything hit me at once. Words nor pictures can do Natty’s justice. I was consumed with positive vibes as creativity poured out of every being around me. Fortunately, we got there just in time for the band to start. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard real music that strong. They bled their hearts out on the stage + I felt every emotion + every pluck. To my left, there was a table covered in food + art supplies. A notebook left open, displayed these INCREDIBLE drawings. I wanted to take a picture but I refrained out of respect for the artist.

In the back of the building there was a table set for chess, which I shamelessly destroyed my mom in. Across from that table there were a set of stairs that led to a loft. You could see the entire restaurant from up there. In the corner was a stand with every record you’ve ever wanted. Like I said, as much as I try words can’t do it justice. Lucky for you guys, I took pictures 😉 Natty’s also has open mic, trivia, karaoke, and more! If you’d like more details on events happening, feel free to call at (864) 366-6288.

Overall, I had an amazing trip. As usual thank you guys for reading + supporting 🙂 see you on my next adventure. xo, mikayla

“When you’re traveling, you are what you are, right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.”
— William Least Heat-Moon

my uncle: wide receiver for the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS.

In honor of the Super Bowl today, I thought I’d do a little bragging 😉 My family are the most important people in my life. Ever since I was a little girl, with my purple Tamagotchi hanging from my backpack, they’ve always encouraged me to be the BEST I can be. It’s been stressed that I can do ANYTHING I put my mind to as long as I put God first. So, the way I see it is I owe them everything + I wanted to do a special article for my uncle: STANLEY MORGAN.

He lives in Tennessee but he & my aunt come to visit as much as they can. I can remember Stanley coming to see my grandma, hands full of football cards. He’d save the best ones for my brother, inked with his signature. School & grades were always  the base of our conversations. I always admired the way he’d focus on us, especially with all the amazing things he’s experienced. Although right now he’s too sick to travel long distances, he stays in touch with us as much as possible.

My dad would tell us stories of how he would watch all the games and meet all the coaches. They’d let him run out with the team & how he got to meet some of the greats. My dad ended up playing football in high school, his entire family fell in love with the sport.

NFL.com notes him as one of the most underrated players of all-time.

“For a long time Morgan was one of the most feared deep threats in football, averaging 19.4 yards per catch for his career. Slot guys today don’t record single catches of 19 yards let alone average that much. His numbers compare favorably with Pro Football Hall of Famers Lynn Swann and John Stallworth. But because he wasn’t flying around in January like those two, he’s not in Canton where he should be.”

Although he played from 1997-1989, he’s still remembered today as one of the best players of all time. Therefore, in 2007 he was inducted into the Patriots Hall Of Fame.

“He hauled in 534 career reception, a franchise record that stood for 17 years. He remains the franchise record holder with 10,352 receiving yards and 67 touchdowns. His career average of 19.2 yards per catch still stands as an NFL record for those with more than 500 career receptions. Morgan also holds the single season receiving record for touchdowns (12 in 1979) and yards (1,491 in 1986). A four-time Pro Bowl honoree, he also was a fine punt returner, ranking among the career leaders in Patriots history. In 2007, Morgan was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame.”

Even today, Patriot fans are OUTRAGED that Stanley isn’t in the NFL Hall of Fame. The reason he isn’t is because he was humble. He didn’t put focus on getting famous and putting his brand out there. Stanley put everything into the game and his team. As of today, Patriot fans everywhere are fighting to get him admitted. With his talent compared to his stats, the best things are worth waiting for.

thanks for reading guys, next blog post will be an exploration post so stay tuned!! also, make sure to follow me on instagram for faster blog updates @_mikaylahunt_ <3

xo, mikayla

I’M BACK! with a new clothing line :-)

MY APOLOGIES FAMILY. I took a month off to put together something I’ve been dreaming about doing for a very long time. After many long nights & stressful mornings, I finally launched my new line ‘Cinnamon Gray’ on January 29th! *insert heart emoji* haha, I’m absolutely ecstatic to start this journey. I’ve been taking care of myself mentally + physically in anticipation for the new year. Reading more books, working on my relationship with God, eating healthy breakfasts, & coming up with more blog posts ideas for you guys! There’s been some rocky roads along the way, but I can’t express how thankful I am to have you guys with me. If you have any ideas or a topic you’d like me to write about don’t be afraid to let me know! This is a new year for fresh inspiration + I absolutely crave it. Make sure to follow my line on Instagram @cinnamongray! Check it out & tell me what you think! It means the world that you guys have supported me this far. I’m thinking weekly blog posts ? we’ll be in touch 😉 xo, mikayla

“we are all broken, that’s how the lights get in.” -ernest hemingway

5 Ways to Be Blissfully Happy

I feel like I’ve been the worst mood lately. You know it’s bad when you constantly wake up aggravated, haha. I put together a list of stuff I’ve been doing to get myself back on track. Kind of a self-help thing. Hopefully it helps you guys as much as it helps me!


  1. Start doing new things. It seems pretty basic but I’ve found so much relief in exploration. Whether it’s trying a new recipe or discovering a cute little coffee shop. GET OUT OF YOUR EVERYDAY ROUTINE. “The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” -Anna Quindlen
  2. Take care of yourself. Buy a new face mask. Get your nails done. As odd as it may sound, it’s so easy to forget the little things. Which brings me to number three-
  3. Appreciate the little things. Whether it’s food, movies (no matter how sappy), animals, or even those favorite pair of fuzzy socks! “Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you are supposed to.” -Susan Cain, Quiet
  4. Forgive. As much as I hate to admit, I have the hardest time showing forgiveness. Until, I realized that if I keep carrying that burden with me, I’m never going to be able to accomplish my goals. It SUCKS, but showing a forgiving spirit in all things totally helps. People are horrible, but it doesn’t mean you have to sink to their level. Before you know it you’ll end up being the one gasping for air. “When you forgive, you heal. When you let go, you grow.”
    MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC. You’d be surprised how much your fav album picks up your mood on a gloomy day. If you want my advice: curl up with a good book or that essay you haven’t finished. It’s the little things 🙂 “You only hear the music, When your heart begins to break.” -My Chemical Romance
  5. The best for last: FRIENDS! I don’t know what I would do in a world without my closest pals. Having incredible people in your life means everything. Especially when you feel like you have nothing.

Thanks for reading guys! see you soon, xo <3 enjoy the poetry except below.

“I think I must’ve been
a traveller of some sort in
some past life I cannot recall.
Because my blood boils and
and my mind drifts,
I yearn to leave this place,
and every place I’ve ever been.I cannot stay.
My soul does not let me.
That can be the only reason as to
why I feel so trapped in your arms,
or caged by this city, stuck in this
maze of people and buildings that
are getting too old.”

my wake up call.

Hey guys, thank you as always for checking out my blog <3

There’s something that’s been bothering me for a while now, and I feel like I should speak out because it’s affecting my relationship with you guys. I feel like it’s affecting how I transpose my feelings into blog posts.

There’s been a lot of people pressuring me to start making more money whether it’s covering events or selling space on my blog, whatever. Lately I’ve felt like I need to push myself harder to make more money, and in the process I’m forgetting why I started this blog in the first place. I love talking to you guys and hearing all about how you enjoy my posts. I love the experiences and adventures I get to go on & I thank God everyday that I’m able to do something I love. I’m so thankful for my close friends and family who’ve supported me in more ways than one. I’m still in awe of how far I’ve come and I owe you guys my best self.

The other night, I was applying for a blogging job online and I haven’t felt that overloaded since I was in high school. They needed essay after essay and research after research. My head was pounding, and I literally felt sick to my stomach because I’d built up so much stress. So, TO EVERYONE PUSHING ME TO BECOME SOMETHING I’M NOT, starting today I’m gonna try and remember why I started blogging in the first place.

Jordan Fisher once told me that, “If you do the things you love, money will come. Focus on your own happiness.” Currently craving the passion to find new fashion statements, defend animal rights, look up amazing art, create new experiences, and try to find meaning in writing again. find myself again <3

xo, mikayla

“The more we associate experiences with cash value, the more we think that money is what we need to live. And the more we associate money with life, the more we convince ourselves that we’re too poor to buy our own freedom.” -Rolf Potts

I GOT SIGNED BY AN AGENCY!!

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“Hi Mikayla,

We are happy to say we have discussed at the agency your application and we would like to take you on to our agency.

We would like to take you on to our bloggers section.

Tom will be your agent so feel free to put ” For bookings, tom@thebloggeragency.net “ on your social’s.

I am the Director and would like to personally welcome you to The Blogger Agency.
Welcome To The Blogger Agency- Mikayla!

Many Thanks,

Lois
Staffing Director”

Officially the coolest email I have every recieved. FIRST OFF, The Blogger Agency represents models, actors, actresses, kids, animals, and of course: bloggers. I applied months ago, not expecting a response. Honestly, I was feeling down at the time and business was slow. The reason I became a blogger is so I can do volunteer bible work, teaching people about God. of course, I also love what I do 🙂 What the Blogger Agency does is connect brands with social media influencers like me. Such as Google, Pandora, Yahoo, Tumblr, ModCloth, etc. As a full-time blogger, getting jobs can be extremely difficult. The Blogger Agency makes sure you’re connected with the best of the best!

Anyway, when I got this email I had no idea how to react. I grabbed my things and took myself on a date to the Cheesecake Factory. After an entire plate of crab cakes and strange looks from the waiters, I came to a conclusion that I was proud of myself. In this business, everything is unpredictable. Which is actually a huge reason I love it, but this was more than that. My own personal accomplishment.

“I’m not sure what I’ll do, but- well, I want to go places and see people. I want my mind to grow. I want to live where things happen on a big scale.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald

shoutout to everyone who’s been with me through this incredible journey 🙂 shoutout to coffee + netflix for all the late night support. shoutout to everyone who kept me company while i was in the hospital. i don’t wanna say names but you guys know who you are. shoutout to everyone who helped me with the endless photoshoots and events and makeup i love you guys endlessly. shoutout to the advice givers, the attitude forgivers, and of course my familyyy. for all the love and support no matter how annoying 😉

“As long as your words survive, then you lived and you mattered and you changed the world and I cannot remember your name.” -Neil Gaiman

 

 

Vlogging: starting my new youtube channel <3

I’m SO EXCITED to start this new adventure with you guys!! I’ve already finished editing my first video which I’ll upload soon. I had the GREATEST time filming it with my friends. Make sure to subscribe! You can click here to be directed straight to it. Thanks so much! (enjoy this quote by oscar wilde) 🙂

“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”

I’m going on tour?? // how to be truly happy :-)

One city after the next, hotel to hotel, getting to meet your fans all over America. The Jam Tour (also known as the Social Jam Tour) seemed like everything I wanted. It actually WAS everything I wanted. Especially getting to meet you guys. I’ve had the privilege of meeting some of you randomly in North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina. As much as I wanna travel to every city and every state FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE, I can’t. I was emailing back and forth with the tour manager, Ann, who’s the sweetest woman. This opportunity was everything I’d dreamed of. The Jam Tour has featured stars such as: Taylor Caniff who now has his OWN tour, Sammy Wilk who now spends his weekends with the Kardashians, and LohAnthony who starred on Jimmy Kimmel. The tour was created for young people who got their start on social media whether they’re singing, dancing, or maybe it’s just their presence. Starting in October they’re hitting Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Chicago, Nashville the list keeps going.

As Ann asked me what cities I was interested in, my mind wandered to what I was ACTUALLY interested in. There’s so many goals I have, like teaching people about the bible. Traveling with my friends and my family. Getting to truly know myself. You get what you put into, so if I knew I wasn’t gonna put 100% into this tour then it wouldn’t be fair to myself to invest in it. As a new graduate I need to take time to expose & explore the world around me right now. It still sucks to see my friends I met online go on tour & getting to do all this cool stuff. Honestly, it was an honor to even be considered. But for future notice, if any of you guys ever wanna check it out I’ll put the link here.

I kinda just wanted to share my real life example for anyone who may be going through the same thing. Even though I don’t plan on spending my entire life in the same place, I know that the time will come but now’s just not that time. There’s gonna be so many things trying to distract you from what you want to do. ONLY YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IN LIFE. All this awesome stuff is gonna happen but if it’s doesn’t go along with what you see in your life & your future, you can’t go along with it. You were blessed with the opportunity to do what ever you put your mind to. I needed someone to tell me that, so hopefully I can be that person for someone else. You are amazing & you are truly one of a kind. It sucks doing life, but it sucks a little less to have things & people in your life that make you genuinely happy.

“YOU ARE NOT STUCK.” -unknown