10 Best Girls Weekend Adventures

As the saying goes: Girls just wanna have fun. And when the squad gets together for these girls’ weekend getaways, we promise it’ll be a trip to remember (or maybe you wont remember too much.)

 

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No. 1 – Miami

This past cold winter months had us dreaming of a tropical getaway, and what better spot is more perfect than the sunny, cultural and playful streets of Miami. During the day, gather your girls and treat yourselves to massages and facials at the iconic Spa at Viceroy, or perhaps Lapis Spa, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Of course, the sun will be blazing in Miami so get your bikini body ready because everyone’s by the water. Go to the beach, head to Hyde Beach’s “Swim Club Saturday” for a pool party with hot DJ’s. Want to go shopping? Walk down Lincoln Road for a little more than just that as you see all kinds of eye candy and experience the South Beach vibe. If you’re art enthusiasts, head to Wynwood for the most creative street art ever seen in one place. There you’ll also explore restaurants, local beer breweries and some of the best urban cultural bars and music. When the sun goes down, end your day the best way you know how – on you’re A game, dancing – either at Wall, Bâoli, Mynt or LIV.

 

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No. 2 – San Francisco

You’ll find San Francisco one of the world’s most scenic cities—the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Chinatown,  steep hills, World’s curviest street, foodie heaven and, of course, fog.  San Francisco ranked so well with girlfriends for three reasons: great restaurantsworld-class wine, and pedestrian-friendly streets. Hayes Street is known for its chic shops and cafés, while Mission is lined with cool bars and shps. You can take guided walking tours, such as Gourmet Walks’ tours out of the Embarcadero. For a wine lovers’ happy hour, check out Claudine French Eatery & Wine Bar, where special vintages are showcased daily, on tap, for just $1 an ounce. And for a meal to remember, call ahead to reserve a table at Wilson & Wilson, a detective-agency-themed bar with a three-drink tasting menu. Take a sexy private pole-dancing class or try a high-energy workout at the House of Air, a trampoline-filled playground that offers workout classes, open jumping time, and even trampoline dodgeball.

 

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 No. 3 – New York City

With an endless amount of things to do, great restaurants, and sightseeing options, it’s hard to know where to start when planning a trip to NYC. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite spots in the city for a weekend with the girls. Making a reservation at the Gansevoort Hotel near Union Square serves as a good starting point as you plan your trip to the city that never sleeps. You can’t go wrong with starting off at a property with close proximity to the High Line as well as Chelsea. Not to mention the rooftop pool where you can take in the city views while enjoying a cocktail. If you want something different, try That Bachelorette Show and spend the night dancing while bachelors compete for your vote until only one remains at this interactive spoof of ABC’s The Bachelorette. Once the bachelor is selected, the rest of the men are up for grabs. Want a little serenity after the loud noises of the city? NYC has got that too. Central park is known for it’s countless number of trails, acres of green space, and several famed attractions.

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No. 4 – Nashville

Music City has exploded recently as one of America’s bachelorette party capitals. And it’s not hard to see why. Besides the fact that it’s the land of live bands, Nashville has refined its honky tonk roots with brand-new boutique hotel openings, creative cocktail bars, and more. The just-opened Thompson is making waves thanks to its Nashville-inspired design and cooler-than-thou vibe.  At night, locals crowd the rooftop bar for craft beers and amazing city views. Big boozers will make a beeline for Broadway, but we’d recommend exploring off-the-beaten-path haunts like Pinewood Social, a sprawling bar-restaurant-bowling alley blend. Nashville’s Honky Tonk Party Express is a roofless bus equipped with large built-in bar, coolers, and a VIP bartender. There is also a sound system and LED dance floor.

 

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 No. 5 – Savannah, GA

This Georgia city filled with historic squares and parks gets high marks for being like the ideal party girl—fun-loving, but polite enough that she never spills her drink. If your dream ladies-night-out is spent on a massage table, The Westin in the Savannah River Street District offers monthly spa evenings, where it stays open late and offers discounts on treatments. No girls’ weekend or bachelorette party is complete without a boozy brunch. Just keep in mind that alcohol isn’t served until 12:30 p.m. on Sundays (it is served beginning at 7 a.m. on all other days). B. Matthew’s is located on Bay Street near the river and serves a delicious Southern brunch in a charming setting. What to order: Fried green tomato benedict or Bay Street scramble.

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No. 6 – San Diego

Only on a girlfriends’ getaway can you risk booking a stay at a pink hotel. La Valencia, the 1920s-era hotel in La Jolla that once regularly hosted Cary Grant. It’s walking distance from some of the city’s hottest restaurants like Nine-Ten and Herringbone. In this fitness-loving town, you can also take beginning surfing classes from the chicks-only operator Surf Diva. The best times to visit San Diego, are spring break and the not-so-chilly New Year’s Eve. Must Do’s: 1. Browse the Little Italy Farmers’ Market 2. Take a brewery tour at one of San Diego’s many craft breweries 3. Stroll through Balboa Park. 4. Take the La Jolla Wine Tour and relax while getting the full taste of San Diego. You can even take part of your tour on a tractor!

 

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No. 7 – Chicago

Between its awesome shopping scene and killer foodie scene, the Windy City is a perfect girls’ weekend destination. Browse Bucktown and Wicker Park for indie boutiques. When hunger strikes, nosh on a roasted beet Ruben sandwich with a vanilla milkshake at the retro-cool Spinning J pie and soda spot. For happy hour, don’t miss The Ladies’ Room, a tiny cocktail bar in Logan Square . Then crash at The Robey, a brand new boutique hotel in Wicker Park or the W Riverside with a cool bar and happening scene. Also stroll to the Navy Pier to see what cool events are happening that weekend. Everest serves up elegant and, frankly, sexy French food in downtown Chicago. While it is certainly expensive, it will also be one of the most glorious meals you’ll ever eat.

 

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No. 8 – Charleston

There’s no better place for a dose of Southern charm than Charleston. This South Carolina classic has all the trappings of a girls’ getaway: cool boutiques on King Street, yummy restaurants and charming hotels. Make Zero George Street your home base—housed within five historic 19th-century buildings,  features shady courtyards, wide verandas for sipping tea, and even a test kitchen for on-site cooking classes. And speaking of food, you won’t be at a loss of options in this town. Hit The Grocery for fresh farm-to-table fare, Butcher & Bee lunch deli for the pulled squash BBQ sandwich with pickled cole slaw, and McCrady’s, Sean Brock’s new 22-seat, tasting menu-only concept, for when you can’t get a reservation at his forever-packed Husk. For a laid-back atmosphere and excellent cocktails made by some pretty handsome people, head to The Belmont.

 

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No.9 – Las Vegas

If you and your crew subscribe to the “go hard or go home” mentality, then Sin City is the place to go. Huge clubs with resident world famous DJ’s, booze-infused pool scenes, glitzy casinos—all the ingredients to a weekend of regret. When you’re not recovering, go to the Neon Museum for awesome selfies, a two-acre “boneyard” of Vegas’s iconic signs, catch a show at the Bellagio or Wynn, or flex that plastic at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, The Boulevard or Miracle Mile. Then head up to one of the rooftop bars for sunset views of the strip (our favorite is the Skyfall Lounge on the 64th floor of the Delano hotel).

 

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No. 10 – New Orleans

In the land of beignets, po-boys and kicked-up cajun cuisine, a weekend in the Big Easy is all about eating and drinking and well deserved hangovers. Start the pig fest with the creole-inspired brunch (hellooo 25 cent martinis!) at Commander’s Palace. And we can’t leave out classics like Cafe Du Monde’s famous deep-fried pastry, and Bevi Seafood Co.’s peacemaker po-boy full of fried shrimp, swiss cheese and roast beef gravy with a side of seafood gumbo. New places worth checking out include Josephine Estelle, an Italian osteria at the just-opened Ace Hotel (where you should be staying) and Kenton’s, a chic southern eatery that features a whiskey-based menu (our favorite: crispy grits with country ham and bourbon aioli). Couchon serves fantastic Cajun-style seafood for your New Orleans bachelorette party? Be sure to make a reso at this trendy spot—it fills up fast!

Pinterest Top Wedding Trends of 2017

If you are getting married soon, or just a girl with a bit of wedding fever you definitely have a Pinterest account and maybe even your very own story board on there too. This year has brought us some beautiful new wedding crazes that are perfect for the Boho princess in you. Now if your wedding is taking place in 2017 you don’t have to spend hours of time looking for the hottest trends because we found them for you!

  1. Greenery

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2. Fairytale

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3. Personalized Drink Stations

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4. Boho Chic Flower Hair

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5. Pops of Bright Flowers

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6. High Hanging Flowers and Lights

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Words that mean something totally different when you’re single vs. in a relationship

 

Mom:

What it means when you’re single: The person who most frequently asks “Have you met anyone yet?”

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What it means in a relationship: “When will you become one?” The question that every person who knows about your relationship will ask.

Shaving:

What it means when you’re single: Something that you no longer do, because who cares?

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What it means in a relationship: The act of removing your hair so that you look more desirable to your S.O. and so that he doesn’t suspect that you’re a real human being with hair.

Married:

What it means when you’re single: Day dreams of celebs you wish to marry.

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What it means in a relationship: A derogatory way your friends refer to you and your boo.

Brunch:

What it means when you’re single: A group of girls getting together to drink unlimited amounts of mimosas and/or Bloody Marys, and then stumbling into their Ubers early in the afternoon.

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What it means in a relationship: Trying very hard to stay at a low buzz while making an effort to impress your S.O.’s family.

Getting Ready For a Date:

What it means when you’re single: Head to toe shaving/waxing, moisturizing, blow drying, plucking, LBD, heels, make up, the fifth circle of hell.

What it means in a relationship: Throw on the first outfit you see lying around and run out the door.

Fighting:

What it means when you’re single: An argument between you and yourself about whether or not you should order a pizza for you.

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What it means in a relationship: Mainly consists of arguing over a bunch of little things and bullshit, usually ends in hot make up sex.

Weekend:

What it means when you’re single: Sleeping until 4PM, and then making zero effort to move for the rest of the day, because you have no one to answer to.

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What it means in a relationship: 6 hour long trips to Ikea together.

Wine:

What it means when you’re single: Your best friend.

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What it means in a relationship: Usually a romantic drink shared over dinner between couples.

Netflix and Chill:

What it means when you’re single: Body pillow cuddles, a bottle of wine, a pizza to the face, and whatever you feel like watching, even if you have seen it a hundred times; with no judgment.

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What it means in a relationship: Cuddling with your S.O. while you watch tv and movies together. Cue in lots of make out sessions and sex.

Engaged:

What it means when you’re single: Very into something. Entertained. Enthralled.

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What it means in a relationship: Something you, your friends, and family are all waiting for you to be.

Valentine’s Day:

What it means when you’re single: Getting very excited for February 15th; clearance on all chocolate and stuffed animals! So winning.

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What it means in a relationship: Your guy will be spending lots of money on flowers, chocolate, dinner, and romance all in hope of getting laid.. and maybe trying something new.

Club:

What it means when you’re single: Loud but great music. Dressing in slutty clothing with lots of cleavage in hopes of getting free drinks from some grimy dude on the dance floor, then laughing about it with your crew.

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What it means in a relationship: Book club? Country club? Golf club?

Single:

What it means when you’re single: Crying about Forever Alone, or living your life the way you want when you want!

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What it means in a relationship: “Babe, do you have an singles in your wallet? I’m a dollar short”

Why to Use A Travel Agent!

In 2017 people seem to think that travel agents are becoming obsolete when this could not be more inaccurate. For a few years there was a decrease in the use of travel agents, but in recent years they have come flocking back to us, when they realized all of the positives that we bring to the travel experience! These are just a few reasons why booking through a travel agent is the best way to go.

One of the major reasons why travel agents are essential is because we have the knowledge on the subject that you can’t trust anywhere else. Most of the time, our information comes from first hand We have traveled the world, visited multiple hotels in the cities, tried food from the best restaurant in each place to the yummiest holes in the wall, and we do it all for you, and to be selfish for us also.

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The most precious thing you have is time so why waste it by looking at multiple websites. Well, you don’t have to, that is exactly what we are here for. You tell us what you’re looking for and the budget, we will find the perfect place for you.

So now that we have saved you a lot of time and energy, we are going to do even more for you and get you some freebies. As travel agents we have access to many special amenities that you would never be able to receive through booking online such as free breakfast, welcome, upgrades amenities, food and beverage or spa credits included, and even early check in and late check-out for your convenience!

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As an industry, we are essential to people that travel often, especially when going to places with extreme weather conditions or possible terrorism. When booking online if there is a problem you are usually stuck on hold for hours at a time on their generic hotline. We would never leave you abandoned; your travel agent will be at your beck and call 24/7 and will solve your problems for you!

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As travel agents we are always up to date on all of the rules in the industry, so we are able to cut through the clutter and produce the best results for you!

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The internet can be extremely misleading, the pictures are usually very touched and/or outdated, and they cannot always be trusted. As your travel agent our job is to know what is going on at the properties, maintenance, construction etc.. that you would not know from booking online.

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We can create incredible once in a lifetime experiences for you through the contacts and relationships that we have made throughout the years, and you will never find access to these. Some examples; dinner in one of the towers of The Great Wall of China, having a bazaar set up for you personally in Morocco, elephant rides through the jungle complete with champagne, just to name a few. These are the type of experiences that will last you a lifetime.

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Planning your own vacation is like getting a tattoo, little mistakes can make all the difference. Remember, the internet is for looking, travel agents are for booking!

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Jamaica!

 

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Recently BTK had a great experience in testing the waters for you and hitting up Jamaica for a bachelorette party, these are some of our tips on how to make it the perfect vacation! And don’t forget to try the Jerk Chicken, it’s a must to get a real taste of the island.

Do: Pack lots of sunscreen, as someone of European descent I have learned firsthand how harsh the Caribbean sun can be, trust me, my sun burns and peeling are the realest testament to this. Plus they charge $25 for it in the hotel, and it may be even more painful than the burn to pay those prices!

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Don’t: Forget to set up transfers ahead of time, when you land in Montego Bay there are many people trying to fight for your attention and cab service. They may overcharge you, or try to rip you off so be careful. (BTK can totally set this up for you)

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Do: Stay in an all-inclusive hotel while you are visiting, the bill can definitely add up when you are doing nothing but drinking, eating, and bumming it out on the beach. This is the best way to make sure you stay within your budget, if you are traveling on one!

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Don’t: Wander around the city without knowing where you are going, while Montego Bay is a pretty touristy area you don’t want to end up in the wrong part of town. Speak to your agent or concierge to figure out what the ideal place is for you to visit.

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Do: Send your bachelor/bachelorette gear to the hotel ahead of time. We spoke to the concierge and many hotels are more than willing to help decorate the room ahead of time so when you arrive you are already in the spirit!

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Don’t: Expect premium liquor if you are staying in an all-inclusive though, the best brands they had at our hotel were Skyy vodka, and Smirnoff (unless you pay extra for the premium drinks). As a result of this, pace yourself, and drink lots and lots of water. The hot sun + shitty alcohol can be headache inducing.

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Do: Try to spend more time than just a weekend there. While it is great for people on the east coast to pop in for a quick weekend getaway, this is so not the case for everyone, and even as Miami natives we were so sad to leave after what felt like the fastest weekend of our lives. Try to take advantage of your travel days and make the most of your weekend.

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Don’t: Come empty handed. Being in the Caribbean, the weather is incredibly bipolar, one second will be the hottest sun you have ever felt and within 30 seconds you can be stuck in wind and rain so have a backup plan. Our suggestion would be to bring some card games that can easily be made into drinking games, for example; Cards Against Humanity, Taboo, Bachelorette games, etc. It will distract you from the weather and give you the ultimate bonding experience! (at least it did for us)

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Do: Make sure you have an incredible time, and take lots of pictures because the view of the beach on one side and mountains on the other is to die for! It is something spectacular, and impossible to get sick of.

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The Best Destinations for Millennial’s in 2017

By: Michelle L.

Costa Rica: This beautiful little country is the perfect place for the adventurer in you. This land has been basically untouched and still holds its natural beauty; surrounded by beaches, waterfalls, greenery, and the incredible scenery of the volcanoes will leave you in awe. While the country itself is impressive, all of the activities that you can do make it even more worthwhile; zip lining while taking in the view of the rainforest? You can do that here! Visiting the places where Jurassic Park was filmed? You can do that here. Hiking the volcanoes near the city of La Fortuna? Check! That is just the beginning of it, so whether you are doing some crazy activity, or being lazy on the beach in San Jose you will be truly living the Pura Vida!

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Greece: Did Lena’s adventures in Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants make you absolutely fall in love with Greece? Because it did for me, I’m pretty sure it is the exact reason why I went for the first time. If you are looking for a good excuse to visit Europe take advantage of their declining economy and go while it is cheap. The adorable blue and white painted houses in Santorini that you have seen so many pictures of are even better in person. Dancing all day and night at the beach clubs that litter the island of Mykonos, or even Crete; the largest island which has pretty cheap nightlife, restaurant, and hotels!

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Hungary: While you are stopping in Europe we would definitely recommend taking a few days to explore this beautiful country; mainly Budapest. There is so much to see here in terms of culture, there are both sides to visit, Buda and Pest. They have the St. Stephens Basilica, the Jewish quarter, Parliament, and so many more things to see and do. When you’re done with all the sightseeing head over to 7 District for beer that is cheaper than water, and bar hopping non-stop all night!

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Colombia: This vibrant country has so much to offer. If you are looking for a big city, you have it waiting for you in Bogota, it is perched high in the mountains and has beautiful views of everything surrounding it. Get on the chivas in famed wild city of Cartagena, you can enjoy shots of aguardiente while you all drunkenly sing together; and what an experience it is. Wake up the next day and take a boat over to the islands surrounding and sleep off that hangover while getting tan, it’s a win-win! Medellin is one of the most up and coming places in the world and known as the “City of Eternal Spring” for its year round weather. It is not to be missed, as well as the nature, the city, and museums are worth visiting, plus flashbacks to Vinny Chase’s movie on Entourage!

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USA: With 50 states; there is absolutely something for everyone to do here. You can smoke a blunt and visit Red Rocks Amphitheatre in the state of Colorado, and then visit every craft brewery you can find along the way. Visiting many of the national parks that The United States has to offer; including one of the most epic sights in the world, The Grand Canyon at sunset, one of the most surreal views I have ever seen. If you’re looking for less mountains and nature, but a lot more partying you can hit up Miami or Sin City (Vegas) to get your fill of 24 hours of debauchery. Beach? We have you covered, the golden coast of California has delicious food, cities, views, and of course, celebrities! America may be a young country but we have a vast history that you can explore in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Texas to name a few. This can continue on and on because there is so much to offer!

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Are you dating or is it something else?

 

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Dating is an art. It’s okay if you are just starting your dating life and don’t know the rules but if you are dating a lazy ass who doesn’t give a shit about your stuff, makes you feel unappreciated and doesn’t treat you the same way you do, you might have to bitch slap him out of your life cause you are NOT dating! Here are some guidelines to help you:

1. “NETFLIX AND CHILL” ISN’T A DATE.  – If this is the basis of your daily life with him, it’s not dating. Hanging out and getting food delivered is stuff singles do every day. He should be more proactive, making fun plans, taking you out in public, to nice places and making an effort to do the things you like and fun stuff for both.

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2. IF HE IS NOT ANSWERING YOU FAST, HUGE RED FLAG!No matter which form of communication you guys are using, if he is always “BUSY” something smells FISHY! If he is serious about you, he will always make the time to see you and answer your messages.

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3. COMING OVER ONLY LATE AT NIGHT ISN’T ROMANTIC. So he says he is thinking about  you at 2 a.m. on a Saturday night after he’s been drinking with his buddies and wants to see you last minute, WRONG! You are not  Walgreens or a 24-hour drive-thru. Booty calls are signs of disrespect in  most cases, so stand your ground, let his call go to voicemail and chill. He ain’t worth it!

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4. DO YOU FEEL APPRECIATED? Dating should be an olympic sport. It is way to complicated and dumbasses just make it worst. If he does not make you feel like the Queen you are, get rid of his lazy ass and keep looking for Mr. Right. Assholes are a dime a dozen so you can always pick a new one, but don’t settle unless he is making you feel special, appreciated and beautiful!

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5. LIFE IS SHORT AND THEN YOU ARE 40 – Do you really have time to waste on a non-caring, obnoxious, self absorbed, narcissist that makes you feel like shit often? YOU DON”T! .When you meet the right guy who is truly into you, he’ll make you feel excited  every day and you shouldn’t expect anything less.

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6. IF SEX IS ALL IT’S ABOUT, YOU ARE NOT DATING!  Good sex is awesome! It makes you feel good about yourself, it’s like you are in cloud 9 for days and is great for your mental and physical health. But if that is the only serious part of your relationship, go work out and kick the shit out of him instead. You can always hook up on Tinder if you are so inclined, but don’t convince yourself it is something serious because the sex is great. You need him to be there for you in every way!

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7. WHAT HE DOES WHEN YOU ARE DATING IS WHAT HE WILL DO WHEN HE IS YOUR BOYFRIEND – People are the way they are and won’t change, so if there are things you don’t like, deal breakers , when you are dating, get out now! Whatever these issues are, they will probably only get worse, not better. He won’t become generous, attentive or romantic overnight. What you see is most probably what you get!

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8. IF HE REALLY LISTENS TO YOU, THERE IS A CHANCE . Most guys will say whatever necessary to get into your pants and agree to anything you have to say. Pay attention to wether he is really listening to you and being responsive to your needs and requests. This will set the tone for your relationship and to you feeling like you are partners, in every sense of the word. Listening is a sign of respect and when they don’t listen run like the road runner, as fast as you can cause he ain’t worth it.

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CONCLUSION – Relationships are hard and they require work from both sides. We have discussed red flags and attitudes you should be aware of to be able to decide if he is really into you. There are much better things you could be doing with your time than dating a guy that can’t seem to figure you out. But also understand you have to do your part, treat them the way you expect to be treated. Keep your expectations low but real, decide what the deal breakers are and stick to them.

Big wedding or eloping? Which one is for you?

By: The anti-social bride (special guest)

Ladies, its time we look at this whole big wedding cliché a little bit deeper. The wedding industry is huge, milking the dreams of wide-eyed brides hoping to create “the perfect day”, a day where their lives will change forever, they will be the center of attention and marry Prince Charming.

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Cute, but the reality is that the minute you mention wedding, all types of vendors will automatically say “CA-CHING!! in their minds and add 40% to their regular prices (except BTK, of course). The cost of a wedding nowadays ($26,645 average) is hard to come by for many couples who have to ask for help from their families or max out their credit cards. And lets talk about the “wedding hangover” which happens right after the event, when you realize that 6 months to a year’s planning goes out the window in 10 hours. Also, the lingering bills that remain after are really hard to swallow. Therefore, I , as an equal opportunity provocateur,  wanted to give you food for thought, to analyze your upcoming nuptials and make an educated decision to best suit your goals, expectations and dreams.

BIG WEDDING

Pros

Everybody can come to celebrate with you, including family and friends that you haven’t seen for a while

It’s your dream come true and it’s your day and you want it bad

You will have a corny but sweet wedding album which nobody will ever look at after. (except your kids, who will think you look funny)

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Wedding Gifts!!!!!

You get to dress up in a beautiful dress and feel like a princess

You can do a cool dad-daughter dance

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You can make out in front of grandma and your crazy aunt

You will probably loose weight from stress and trying to fit into your dress

You can go wild in your bachelorette (planned by BTK, of course!)

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Cons

Everybody can come, even the ones you might not really want there

You have to pose for wedding pics which can really suck and can be really corny

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It will take 6 months to 1 year to plan for most brides and it is an overwhelming experience, sooooo many details

You will become a bridezilla and hurt everyone around you

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Wedding Hangover – its over in 8-10 hours after so much work and then the bills

You will need at least 2  assistants to pee while wearing your wedding dress.

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ELOPING

Pros

It will be very romantic (unless you do Vegas drive thru wedding with an Elvis officiant)

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It’s an adventure with your new partner in life and crime

You can find a really unique location that is perfect for both

You save a ton of cash so you can have an awesome honeymoon or put a down payment on your new house.

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You will have a really cool story for the rest of your lives (unless you get divorced)

Won’t have to deal with a psycho wedding planner

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Only the couple and maybe the really close friends and family will be there

Your bridesmaids wont hate you for making them wear a lime green ill-fitting dress

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No wedding hangover, except a real hangover if you really partied the elopement away!

You wont need help to pee while wearing your puffy wedding dress

You wont get sued because of the all out brawl for the bouquet

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Cons

Not everyone will be able to share your most important day

You won’t have a wedding cake fight with your significant other

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You wont have your big day being the center of attention

A wedding dress might be a bit much so you don’t get to feel like a princess

Family and friends might resent you at first (they will get over it in a year or two)

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You will get few wedding gifts

Conclusion

This is really a very personal decision. There is no right or wrong answer, just what is right for you. Don’t be afraid to go your own way. Make it your perfect day and not the wedding planners. This is the start of your new life together, so make it great for both of you. A big wedding is HUGE (use Trump pronunciation please) stress and has created more than a few break-ups and tension in normally loving couples. Whatever you decide, always remember why you are getting married, to be with the one you love, and that’s all that matters!

Tips for planning your bachelorette from a very frustrated Miami bride!

 

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So your wedding is in the horizon and you are ready to begin the festivities with a kickass bachelorette. Your best friend just happens to be an event planner and is gladly helping you put the event together. And suddenly BOOM!!!!! Reality hits and your frustration level goes through the roof because everything starts to unravel.

Here is what happened:

Maid of Honor is Missing in Action – My maid of honor did not offer to help plan my bachelorette. I reached out delicately but nothing. Neither did anyone else so I ended up planning it myself!

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TIP – Find the right person to help you if you can, even if it’s not the maid of honor. It is way cooler when somebody helps and you are just along for the ride!

New Orleans, here we come, or not! – I started planning the bachelorette 7 months before wanting to go to Nola. We put together a great package including air and hotel for $500 / person, a great deal for the perfect bach party. First problem was nobody wanted to commit so early so we didn’t buy the tickets or reserve the hotel. Getting a head count was impossible so by the time people finally agreed, prices had gone way up and it didn’t fit anybody’s budget. Plan B – Miami

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TIP – Get a firm headcount and agreeable budget for all invited, Make sure they understand it is your wish come true and give them sufficient time to plan it and pay for it.

 

It’s MY WEDDING people! – Even though a lot of my friends are married, have babies, etc., I expected them to be present for me, the same way I was for them. This includes both in time and in money, regarding the budget. The reality is that real life interferes. There are 100’s of reasons why somebody might not be able to participate or spend the amount required to do things my way.

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TIP – Be realistic and set your expectations low. Make sure the people that you really want there are present by including them in the decisions as to place and budget. Pray the rest will follow but be prepared that they wont, even if you were there for them.

ZIKA – Believe it or not, the Zika virus caused 2 of my BFF’s not to be able to come to my party because they were pregnant. I completely understand but I really wanted them there. Zika is real and it might make some people rethink if your party and even your wedding are worth the risk.

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TIP – This is a no brainer. Sometimes things we can’t control happen. If not Zika, it could be a hurricane or something else. Include them in your thought process because shit happens!

 

The Budget – The most important thing to understand is that pricing for the party or the wedding is always based on a number of people. If that number changes, so does the pricing.

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TIP – Explain that from the beginning and make sure everyone understands it so they can commit. Always suggest people add 20% to the budget for variables.

 

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Some real thoughts from the Bride….

My dream bachelorette party might not be feasible due to budget, time and other factors for my bridesmaids. It is sad to have to adjust my wishes to their budgets and time constraints but it’s just the way it is!

Please try to give me at least your best effort as far as scheduling and budget issues. Make sure you treat me the same way I treated you or the way you would expect to be treated in the future.

If nobody helped me with the bachelorette, I wont even think of planning a bridal shower or anything else. Too much on my plate!

I feel alone. I expected more help and sisterhood but it never happened!

Make up your mind ladies and commit. It’s the only way we can get the budget under control and plan a successful party.

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CONCLUSION – Things went very differently from what I expected. I really wanted New Orleans and ended up in Miami. Not everyone I wanted will make it. I thought I could count on my close friends but I couldn’t so I ended up doing most of the work myself. I don’t mean to bitch but I needed some loving and I didn’t get it! I hope not to turn into a bridezilla before the wedding!

40 things I’ve done by 25!

By Michelle L. (London)

When I was a little girl I thought that 25 was so old, that I would have my shit completely together by this age and have everything in life figured out; the perfect job, the best husband, and 2 kids with a white picket fence.. around my ginormous castle!

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Turns out real life gets in the way and things don’t always turn out the way that we expect them to, but that’s okay because real life can be so much better than any expectations we may have for ourselves.

Not that the original fantasy doesn’t sound nice, but I don’t think that I would have been able to do half the things that I have done in my life had I fulfilled that and these experiences are a huge part of what has made me, well, me.

1)Drank the biggest glass of beer, and ate a fuckton of Bavarian pretzels, with thousands of people at Oktoberfest in Munich.

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2) Traveled to over 50 countries, and 6 continents.

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3) Went skydiving in Fiji, and landed right on the beach

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4) Spent a stupid amount of money and bought myself a pair of Jimmy Choo’s.. Because why not?
5) Beat Cancer… Twice.

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6) Traveled for over 15 music festivals around the world

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7) Ate dinner at the Great Wall of China
8) Spent time interning in VIP services in Las Vegas, right out of high school
9) Dropped out of college, and started my own company (with lots of my parents help, of course)

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10) Safarid in Africa, got chased by an elephant and am still here to tell the tale!

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11) Woke up at 5am to see the sunrise at the Taj Mahal

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12) Moved to London completely alone for a bit.

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13) Partied until the sun came up in Ibiza

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14) Stayed out until 6 a.m. with British soldiers we met in a bar… because YOLO? (Yes, we hate this word with a burning passion too, but how else do we describe a night like that?)
15) Jumped over the Royal Box at Wimbeldon Semi-finals, almost getting arrested just to meet Drake.
16) Spent my 21st birthday with my best friends doing 2 a days in Vegas for the weekend.

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17) Fell in love, got my heartbroken, and guess what, I survived
18) Experienced one of the most religious ceremonies during Shiva month in Varnassi, it was so spiritual.
19) Witnessed the most incredible view of the sun setting over the Grand Canyon

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20) Got a tattoo while completely blackout drunk, and don’t regret it for one second
21) Won a free trip to India, and took my family!

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22) Took a cooking class in Tuscany, where we drank way too much wine, laughed for hours, and learned how to make pasta from scratch, how Italian of us.
23) Worked on a political campaign and loved it.
24) Went bungee jumping off one of the highest bridges in the world in Rotorua, New Zealand.

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25) Volunteered in a village in the mountains of Fiji which consisted of no running water, mixing concrete with my feet, housing made of tin, poop, and wood, ramen noodles for days, showers in a river, teaching English to locals, and it changed my life.

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26) Read over 150 books, and have so many to go
27) Traveled on my own to Amsterdam on 4/20, met locals and participated in local protests against the government, and it was empowering.

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28) Spent New Years dancing the night away on a cruise in Rio De Jainero.

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29) Got covered in nasty green slime for Nickelodeon!
30) Ate Kentucky Fried Chicken in Kentucky… Because how could I not?
31) Missed a flight and instead rented a car and spent hours singing at the top of our lungs as we road tripped all night.
32) Played with Kangaroos and Koalas in Australia
33) Visited concentration camps, with a holocaust survivor and got to hear first-hand stories.

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34) Dyed my hair blue and purple, it slightly resembled ‘My Little Pony’ but I fucking loved it, and rocked it.

35) Binge watched like 10 seasons of a show in like a week

36) Went to three football games in 3 different cities, and 2 states, in 2 days!

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37) Learned how to be alone, whether it’s going to the local bar for a beer, the movies, or just reading a book in the sun, I have found the importance of enjoying your own company. Just because you’re alone doesn’t mean it has to be lonely!

38) Left a note, and a prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, and got to experience all of the holiness spending a Shabbat there.

39) Slept in a Bedouin tent in the desert, under the stars, it was beautiful.

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40) Stayed up for a full 24 hours during Miami Music Week; started with an a pool party, then went to Ultra until closing, after partied at Wall (where I smoked with some of my favorite DJ’s until closing), watched the sunrise while driving to famed Space in downtown, and ended the morning with waffles and chocolate chip pancakes at Flashback diner.

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I realize now that at 25, I have done a lot of shit, and even though none of it has to do with getting married, or even bringing me anywhere close to it I have learned far more about myself than I ever thought I would. It is okay to not have everything together by now, because I see that most 50 year olds still have no idea what they’re doing with their lives.

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I still have a long way to go, but I am definitely enjoying the path to it, all of it; the good, the bad, and the ugly. Especially with a great support system of family, friends, and loved ones!

So instead of worrying about that guy that broke your heart, saving every penny you’ve ever earned, or spending your life in that 9-5, take a step back and really look at your life and see if you’re on the path that you want to be. Do something just for yourself (we recommend travel of course, but to each their own), because making you happy is the most important thing at the end of the day!