scenes from our vaca

Orlando was amazing.  It was just what I needed; simple & different than the norm.  I desperately needed a change of scenery for a while.  We stayed at a fabulous resort and enjoyed being a part of the Independent Jewelers Organization show that was taking place at the same time.  Brandon’s parents are jewelers and own a store in Beaufort, so we were able to help them “work” while in Orlando.  This work meant spending a day in the buying room, looking at amazing jewelry on Sunday & picking out new items for their store.  (You can imagine how much I loved that!)  We were also able to pick out wedding bands …well, I did at least.

Brandon’s parents took us to Universal Studios on Monday, which meant I finally was able to see the “Harry Potter World.”  It was really a neat thing to experience!  Also, while in Orlando, I had my FIRST spa day.  I’ve never splurged on a facial, surprisingly, and seemed to have picked a good place to start.  The facial I had was a dream –and now, I’m addicted!  I’ve already been scoping out the menus at the different spas in Charleston.  Local gals –got any great recommendations?

Ok…here are a handful of iPhone pics from the trip:

OPI Affair in Times Square Manicure — First trip to Nordstrom!  (lots of firsts)

On the left is a display of some of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry! I got to hold it, too.  — Pool at our resort is on the right.
Brandon brought back the shirt around the waist  — “It’s soo fluffy!!” (Please tell me you recognize this quote!)
Laying out at the pool in between spa treatments  — Brandon and I were getting dizzy on the carousal!

Thank you all for your votes in that wedding contest.  I’ve decided to surrender!  I hate asking people for favors more than anything & felt ridiculous posting it over and over on Facebook/Twitter/Blogger.  We gave it a good go at it, but the other finalists seem to have some secret that I’m unaware of & could rack up thousands of votes in a few short days.  I’ve got a wonderful photographer picked out in Charleston & couldn’t be happier with our vendor choices so far!

Also– check the blog tomorrow for something exciting!



  1. February 23, 2012 / 3:08 am

    Oh my gosh your first trip to Nordstrom… Monumental!!

  2. February 23, 2012 / 3:29 am

    Great pics! The Harry Potter castle looks so magical!

  3. February 23, 2012 / 3:46 am

    I'm thinking about going to Harry Potter world in March with my little sister! I can't believe you've never been to Nordstrom!!!

  4. February 23, 2012 / 5:02 am

    what a great vacation. i have been wanting a facial for a while…I guess I will just have to go for it!

  5. February 23, 2012 / 12:31 pm

    What colour polish are you wearing on your toes? It's lovely. x

  6. February 23, 2012 / 12:52 pm

    What a fun trip! I bet you got to see/try on some fabulous jewelry while you were there. I would love to go to Harry Potter world! Glad you got some time to relax. 🙂

  7. February 23, 2012 / 1:15 pm

    Glad you enjoyed your trip and managed to find time to relax and pamper yourself!

  8. February 23, 2012 / 1:47 pm

    Aww I love Despicable Me!!

  9. February 23, 2012 / 2:04 pm

    voted! Love the pics!

  10. February 23, 2012 / 2:40 pm

    YOUR FIRST TRIP TO NORDSTROM?!!! did you die? i loveeee that place!

    ps- ill be in charleston this weekend, wonder if ill run in to you again? seems to happen every time haha!

  11. February 23, 2012 / 3:01 pm

    loving all the pictures!!! That's really neat that they had Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry there!!

  12. February 23, 2012 / 6:55 pm

    Looks like a great trip! Jealous you got to lay out! 🙂 Which photographer did you decide on? We've only got 3 things booked so far and our photographer (Juliet Elizabeth) is one of them! 🙂

  13. February 23, 2012 / 7:15 pm

    Looks like y'all had an amazing trip! Love your pics girl! xoxo

  14. February 23, 2012 / 7:58 pm

    "It's so fluffy" is by far my favorite part of Despicable Me! Such a cute movie! 🙂

    And my husband and I want to go to Harry Potter World so bad! And I've never had a facial either. I want one so badly! Looks like you had a fun trip! 🙂

  15. February 24, 2012 / 3:50 pm

    That's crazy – I was in Orlando at the SAME time and at Harry Potter world the SAME day as you!!! Looks like you had a blast!

  16. February 29, 2012 / 6:08 am

    what an amazing getaway!! looks like y'all had the best time!! do i spy a LV neverfull? i'm asking for one for our anniversary — do you prefer the neverfull or the speedy…i can't decide!! xoxo

  17. March 1, 2012 / 12:05 am

    Sounds fantastic! First trip to Nordstrom?? I can't believe that, it is my most favorite store in the world. Do they not have them on the east coast?

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