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TrendyCurvy Travels: New Orleans Essence Fest

July 12, 2019

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This is one of those travel recap posts where I don’t even know where to begin because it was such a great trip. So, I will just dive right in. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I visited The Big Easy last week for Essence Festival. Essence Festival is a huge event that brings about 500,000 people to the city of New Orleans every 4th of July weekend. It was highlighted in the movie Girls Trip and it celebrates black culture, music and of course food! I went to my first Essence Festival two years ago and I have been so excited to go back. So here are all of the details of my latest trip. Enjoy!

Where I Stayed

My first time in New Orleans, I stayed on Bourbon Street. While it was fun and exciting, it was also…a lot! So this time around, I decided to rent a house. My sister and some friends came so it seemed like the perfect option for us all to be under one roof. It was the best decision. The house was absolutely gorgeous. It was the perfect blend of New Orleans old charm mixed with modern details. This historic home was built in the 1890s and a lot of those older details that you can’t find anywhere else have been preserved. However, it had features like a top of the line, modern kitchen, surround sound throughout the entire home including the backyard and rain head steam shower. Plus, it had a private pool that was so needed in the sweltering humidity.

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TrendyCurvy Travels: Honolulu

June 23, 2019

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I’ve just recently gotten back from a heavenly vacation to Honolulu to celebrate my 32nd birthday. It was everything I wanted and more. It was beautiful, luxurious and self-indulging. As always, here’s a full recap of my trip that includes everything from what I wore, to where I stayed and what activities I did. Hope you enjoy following along my trip!

Even from the plane you can see the beauty of these islands. Hawaii is just breathtaking and absolute paradise.

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TrendyCurvy Travels: Maui

December 21, 2018

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Outfit details: Top and Pants from Astra Signature

So I’m finally getting around to posting about my recent trip to Maui. It was my first time in Hawaii and it was nothing short of amazing. Maui is an absolute dream and seven days wasn’t enough time to explore all of the beauty of this island. Before we get into the details, I have to give a huge thank you to Alaska Airlines for the flight. Alaska Airlines has become one my favorite airlines to travel seeing as though they go to all of my favorite destinations including San Francisco, New York and my new favorite, Maui. Their service, hospitality and ease of booking make traveling a lot less stressful.

Where I stayed: Wailea

I am the hotel research queen (self proclaimed of course). I don’t splurge on much but when it comes to vacations and getaways, I like to stay where I can get a bit of luxury and an experience all in one. I look at getting out of town as an escape/reset from everyday life so the hotels need to provide me with just that. With that being said, it seemed like there were two main tourist areas on the island. One is Wailea and the other Lahaina. I couldn’t make up my mind as to which location to stay at, so I split the trip in half so that I could experience both. One resort stood out the most to me for the first half and that was the Wailea Beach Resort.

As soon as you step foot on this property, you are instantly put into vacation mode. You are greeted with smiling faces that offer you leis and guava juice while you check in. The open air lobby is absolutely STUNNING and perfectly captures the Hawaiian landscape.

The Room & Amenities

The rooms are equally as beautiful. I opted for an ocean view room because all I wanted to look at all day was the ocean while I was there. The room we received was on the ground level so it included an extended lanai and a great view of the Serenity pool.

The Serenity pool is a breathtaking adults-only infinity pool that is the epitome of relaxation. You have a front row seat to the ocean and it has the most beautiful sunsets!

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TrendyCurvy Travels: Napa

November 18, 2018

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I’m just coming to the end of my travels up to the Bay Area. I got to spend a few up in Napa for the first time and had a great time. As always, I wanted to share my experiences and give you all of the details about my travels. So without further adieu, let’s get into it!

Where I Stayed

Napa is marked with many luxury options for lodging. There are actually several different areas within Napa Valley that you can stay, each with their own unique offerings. I narrowed my search down to either staying in downtown Napa or a neighboring town called Yountville. From what I gathered, Yountville is where many of the wineries are with some hotels having views of the vineyards. It also seemed to be more laid back and on the quieter side. Downtown Napa was said to be more happening, being closer to “nightlife” (and I use that term very loosely), as well as tasting rooms and restaurants. Since it was my first time, I decided to go with the latter option to be in the heart of Napa.

After reviewing many different locations, I decided to book a room at the Archer Hotel. I cannot say enough about this hotel. It is beautifully designed and decorated, centrally located, and has great customer service.

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When I envisioned a place to stay in Napa, I thought of a cozy, yet modern room with a fireplace to sip wine and unwind at night. This had all of that and more. Everything from the dreamy canopy bed, to the oversized balcony, to the huge soaking tub just fit what I was looking for perfectly.

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