Pops of Color in Seaside, FL

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Is it just me or did y'all also feel like spring break ended in the blink of an eye? Seriously, it just seemed like yesterday I was getting all so excited for this trip to Florida, and now here I am back at school again. (I actually have an exam today...eek!)

You might remember from my latest post for under $50 swimwear that I went on a family trip to South Walton, FL for spring break. I was ecstatic to see my family again, especially because I got the chance to celebrate my sister's 18th birthday with her and have the absolute pleasure of taking her senior photos on the beach.
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7 Flattering Swimsuit Trends for 2017 Under $50

Hello from Destin, Florida! What a crazy few days it's been! With a 10-hour road trip ride from Houston, TX to Destin, FL, all-day rain, and consistent chilly weather, it's been an unexpected few days. Nonetheless, spending time with my family has been an absolute blast and I'm already trying my best to get the thought of leaving them at the end of this week out of my head.

7 Flattering Swimsuit Trends for 2017 Under $50

In honor of my spring break, I thought it'd be a fun idea to share some of my favorite swimsuit trends of the season with some notes of what to look for according to your body type and more! Plus, all of these picks are under $50, so you can try something new without breaking the bank. Let's get browsing, shall we?

Packing a Carry-On for a 5-Day Cold Weather Trip

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I'm no stranger to overpacking. In fact, I've had multiple carry-ons tear at the seams on me. For this reason, I made it a goal this year to do my absolute best to pack minimally....starting with my first travel endeavors to the Pacific Northwest for an extended weekend trip this past February. Keep scrolling for some of my favorite cold-weather packing secrets and where I'm headed off to next week!

A Girlfriend Getaway Guide to Austin, Texas

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My friends and I agree that Austin is a place that will get in your blood and stay with you forever. I sure do feel grateful to call it "home" for my four years of college. This past winter break, I had the pleasure of taking one of my dearest friends from New York named Steffi around the city. We had an absolute blast and I couldn't wait to share about the trip with all of you. As a local, I had a really difficult time choosing just a few places to see in a few days. After some careful planning, we decided on the places below! If you're coming into town for a few days and need some recommendations for what to do/see/eat and where to stay/shop on your visit, I hope this small girlfriend getaway guide to Austin helps you!

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First off, Steffi and I decided to use Airbnb to book Casa Kenwood's Artistic & Airy Studio Apartment, a New-York style flat located a mile east of South Congress Street. We had the entire apartment to ourselves and it was incredibly spacious. was perfect for our trip with ample room, all the amenities, and fun, eclectic quirks that made it feel very Austin. Funny story is that this apartment fits six people. With just the two of us, we had plenty of room to spread out! We adored this apartment so much, we ordered dinner in one night just to enjoy the space. Plus, the oasis of a backyard was just jaw-dropping. We booked the room for $100/night through Airbnb, so it was a steal.

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The dreamy blue door to our oasis!

I say if you're on the fence about using Airbnb and you've never tried it before, give it a go! I highly recommend starting off with a space like this that most hotels can't offer. I love Airbnb and couldn't recommend it enough if you're willing to try something new. If you're interested in booking your first Airbnb, you can get your first booking for $35 off! More pictures of our place below!

A Look Back on 2016 + What's to Come in 2017

Wow, 2017! Here we are! Lots of changes happen with each passing year, and I feel grateful to be able to document it all on The Bella Insider even after all these years. As you might know, this blog is almost six years old (say whattt?!) but it's been about one year since re-launching as a college lifestyle blog with exciting, colorful content surrounding the craziness of my college years. 

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Since the beginning of 2016, y'all have built a social community of over 4K+, established a monthly readership of over 10K+, and created an overwhelmingly positive group on The Bella Insider that gets me excited to create content weekly. I can't thank you enough for continuing to push me both technically and creatively on this blog. It is exactly the kind of outlet I need to encourage me to be a role model in my community, continue to pursue my challenging major, and be excited about things happening outside the 40 acres of my college campus. From documenting my time living alone this summer to amazing opportunities to work with Teen Vogue Magazine and even my favorite Texas grocery chain H-E-B, I am so glad to have all of you here on this journey with me.