I had the pleasure of traveling quite a bit over break. I apologize for the delay, however I needed a solid week of regrouping. After an amazing Christmas with my family, I headed to Montreal to meet seven other girls to have an incredible weekend. I had never been to Montreal, so I was excited to dive into the French culture. It was a quick trip, but it was filled with shopping, exquisite food (for the most part), laughter, LOTS of snow, and memories that we will never forget even if we tried. I got there after the other girls because I flew in, and they drove from Vermont. Therefore, finding them downtown was an adventure within itself. After hiking through downtown Montreal with snow, and the -20 degree wind chill, I finally found them in the cutest little restaurant. Of course the first order of business was eating. And the next? Shopping.
We all were a little taken back by how cold it actually was, so we were struggling on the thought of what in the world we were going to wear that night. I ended up purchasing a big furry coat from Forever 21 to keep me warm in the -20 weather. After shopping, we headed to the hotel to relax and freshen up; it had already been a long day. After some deliberation, we all decided that we would all take a power nap, and then get ready for a nice dinner. We first went in a restaurant that had great reviews online, however when we walked in, there wasn't a soul sat at any of the tables. So we walked right out and continued the search. (HA). We ended up at the cutest restaurant with an attractive aesthetic, which made us believe the food would measure up. Joke was on us! The service was terrible and the food wasn't anything special for the amount that we paid, however we made the most of the situation by laughing our way through it. We all tried something new, and got a workout from laughing, so I would say the experience was still a success.
The view from our hotel was perfection.
My sweet cousin Mariah. Lord knows where I would be without her. She kept me laughing throughout the whole trip. I couldn't be more thankful for her being placed in my life not only as my cousin, but my bestie for life. (Sappy moment, I'm done now).
That night we hit the town, and of course we had to snap some pictures before we headed out. I was extremely impressed by Montreal's nightlife. I will definitely be going back during warmer months to experience the city then as well.
Jacket: Forever 21
Bodysuit: Charlotte Russe
Pants: TJ Maxx
Shoes: Lola Shoetique
Like I always say, you don't have to spend a fortune to look and feel good. Yes, quality over quantity. However, sometimes if you search hard enough, you can find quality pieces at super affordable prices. I bought the pants the day before I left for Montreal, so they could very well still be in stores.
The next day a HUGE brunch was in order. We went to the most amazing restaurant called Universel Déjeuner & Grillades. The food was delicious, and the slick atmosphere added to the experience. If you ever find yourself in Montreal, I highly recommend this restaurant. Almost all of us ordered something different, and everyone was pleased. And that is a hard duty to fulfill for a group of eight. I ordered the french toast, and Mariah ordered a crepe. Both were delicious!
After a great weekend in an extreme version of a "winter wonderland", we all headed back to Vermont. My cousin Mariah is from Vermont, along with all of the other girls that went to Montreal, so I went back to VT so I could have a day to visit with family I don't get to see as often as I'd like. The very next day, I woke up, packed, and my aunt dropped me off at the Rutland train station to head to Manhattan, New York. As you all know, my sister lives in Brooklyn, so I travel to the city often. And I have always wanted to spend New Years in the city so my girlfriend Emily and I thought this was the perfect time to do so!
Unfortunately, by the time I got to New York, I was exhausted. All the traveling I had been doing finally caught up to me and my body was catching the worst of it. Therefore, photo shoots were the least of my worries. I usually am snapping pictures all throughout the city, and posting my outfit details every day. However, this trip I spent most of my time sleeping in, and eating that delicious New York City Pizza. We enjoyed the nightlife and tried new restaurants, but the huge winter storm kept me inside until Emily forced me to go out. Haha! So sadly, these are a couple of pictures I was able to snap after the insane blizzard hit the city! I'm glad to say I spent New Years in Manhattan. It was quite the experience, but I think I'll be bringing in 2019, somewhere that's sunny and 75!
I'm Emma Kay
A girl from Kentucky with high hopes and big dreams. I love all things fashion, travel, and long sessions of retail therapy.