Taj Mahal / Final Wonder of the World

On Alexandra: white maxi dress | On me: printed purple maxi dress

Twelve years and 85,000 miles later, we finally made it our final Wonder of the World, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. My family and I have officially traveled to all 7 new Wonders of the World + 1 Ancient Wonder (see our photo collage here on my Tumblr). I am so incredibly thankful to have had the opportunity to travel the world with my family. I can not even come close to fully expressing my gratitude in words. But I will forever cherish the memories I have made with my family over the years.

Seeing the Taj Mahal was such an incredible experience. The Taj Mahal is absolutely breathtaking in person and was much larger than I originally imagined in my head. We arrived just before sunset and got to enjoy a gorgeous evening (though I’ve heard sunrise at the Taj Mahal is equally beautiful)!

On Alexandra: white maxi dress | horn necklace (linked similar)

xoxo,

Mackenzie

p.s. I shared a short video of our trip on my Tumblr if you wanna check it out 🙂

Agra Fort

On Alexandra: white midi dress (on sale!) | brown sandals (linked similar)

Happy Monday! I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas. It’s been so nice to be home with my family (and to have some warm weather here in Texas).

After three nights in Delhi, we headed to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. Though the Taj Mahal is definitely the most noted destination in Agra, the Agra Fort is definitely something not to be missed! We enjoyed walking around the grounds of the gorgeous fort. I was really glad that we had a guide for this little day trip as there were a ton of things to learn about the Agra Fort (also known as the Agra Red Fort). If you are in Agra and want to visit something cool along with the Taj Mahal, the Agra Fort is a must-see.

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white crop top | floral skirt (linked in another pattern + on sale!!) | coin necklace | lace up sandal

Thank you so much for checking out my blog!

xoxo,

Mackenzie

Henna

For our first day exploring New Delhi, we started by enjoying lunch with one of my college professors (that teaches at Ole Miss, but is originally from India). He took us to one of his favorite local restaurants, and we really enjoyed trying a variety of Indian dishes. It was awesome to get to spend time in India with one of my college professors!

After our eventful lunch, we headed to the India Gate. The India Gate, a gorgeous monument located in New Delhi, was such a wonderful late afternoon visit. There was tons of street food and good people watching. Allie and I couldn’t resist getting street henna done, which was a really unique experience. We also found it really amusing that locals wanted to take pictures with us during our time at the India Gate. This was something we also experienced during our time traveling in China back when I was in middle school! Pretty funny!

white midi skirt (linked similar) | chambray button down (linked similar) | lace up sandals

For our day exploring New Delhi, I wore a white midi skirt paired with a denim top and lace up sandals. In India, they are quite conservative with their attire, so I felt very comfortable with my knees and shoulders covered. Allie wore a long skirt and sleeved top as well!

Stay tuned for more pics from our most recent adventure 🙂

xoxo,

Mackenzie

Dubai

Dubai has been my dream destination for as long as I can remember. My family has traveled to Dubai a few times before me, so I was beyond excited to finally get to visit for my very first time this past week. We only spent ten hours in Dubai, so unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to do all the things on our Dubai bucket lists (like sky diving and indoor skiing). With the few hours we had to spare, we decided to venture to the gorgeous Dubai Miracle Garden, the ‘World’s Largest Vertical Garden’.

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After visiting the Miracle Garden, we went to the Dubai Butterfly Garden. It was so cool to see so many butterflies and snap some awesome photos. The Dubai Butterfly Garden is right next to the Miracle Garden, so it was a very convenient, spur-of-the-moment adventure.

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Dubai was everything I imagined it would be! Though we didn’t get to spend a whole lot of time in Dubai, it was still an amazing day trip. I hope that I will get to go back in the future! We are currently in Delhi, but next stop- Agra!

xoxo,

Mackenzie

Optoma NuForce Bluetooth Wireless Earphones Review

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Happy Friday! I recently found out that I’ll be heading off to Dubai & India in just a few weeks for winter break! While I absolutely love traveling and seeing the world, I can’t deny that ten hours plane flights aren’t very fun. During my time on long flights, I love to watch movies and listen to music since I struggle with sleeping on planes. When Optoma reached out to me about sending me a pair of their NuForce BE6i Wireless Bluetooth earphones, I figured now would be the perfect time to test them out and see if they would be something I could take on my upcoming trip. After trying them out for the past fews day, I can confidently say that these earphones will be the perfect must-haves for my upcoming trip.

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When I am not traveling, I pretty much live in the Library on my college campus. It can be really helpful to play music while you’re cramming for exams and finals [I personally love to listen to study music/alpha waves]. In the past, I have always just used the earphones that came with my iPhone. While they were sufficient, I always got annoyed with the fact that they were always in a tangled mess at the bottom of my backpack.

I really like that these NuForce BE6i earphones are wireless. So cheers to no more tangled cords (score!). They are also Bluetooth, and I found it VERY easy to synch them up with my phone in less than a minute. The Bluetooth capabilities are fantastic, and I found that I could still hear my music if I walked downstairs in my house without my phone. I’ve been dying to get my hands on the iPhone 7 (mostly because of the amazing camera/lens, let’s be real). When I upgrade at some point over the next year, I know these earphones will be perfect because the iPhone 7 does not come with a headphone jack. So for those with the iPhone 7, these earphones are a great pick if you are looking for wireless ones.

Now let’s talk about the sound, the important thing here. I really love listening to music, whether I am on camous, relaxing in my room, or on the go. For me, sound is important when it comes to earphones. During my first use of these earphones, I noticed a huge, huge difference in the quality of the sound compared to my Apple earphones. Another thing I enjoyed about these earphones is the fact that they come in different size silicon ear tips. In the past, I have always been frustrated with earbuds being too big to fit in my ears. So for these, I use the smallest size silicon ear tips, and they fit perfectly! So that is a small perk that makes a huge difference for me.

NuForce bluetooth wireless headphones review

NuForce bluetooth wireless headphones review

These earphones also come with a nice carrying case, which is something I really like. It’s very sturdy, so it keeps the earphones protected when you’re on the go. I also like that there’s a little key ring on the side, so you can clip them to the inside of your purse or onto your backpack for accessibility.

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Because these earphones are Bluetooth, they have to be charged, which is kind of a downside for me. However, the charge does last eight hours, which is impressive, in my opinion. I also like that I can easily charge them plugged into my laptop. The charging cord is a perfect length and is easy to store in the case


Overall summary of the Optoma NuForce Bluetooth Wireless earphones:

I honestly have been really enjoying these earphones (a lot more than I expected, to be completely honest). They are very comfortable, durable, sleek and convenient. I find them to be incredibly high quality, and I also really like the sound that they produce. These earphones really fit my needs and lifestyle, so for me, they are a great thing to have for both school and travel. I know that I will definitely be getting a ton of use out of these, and I can’t wait to use them on my upcoming trip!

PROS:

  • Fantastic sound quality
  • Very comfortable to wear/very lightweight
  • Wireless
  • Fantastic bluetooth capabilities- great range (98+ feet), easy to connect
  • Battery life (8 hours)
  • Nice carrying case
  • Includes different sizes of silicon earphone tips
  • Sleek design/I really enjoy the rose gold detailing
  • Overall, very high quality
  • Earphones are magnetic, so they connect to each other for easy storage

CONS:

  • They have to be charged
  • Not the best for working out. I tried to run in these & found them slipping out of my ear a little. However, NuForce does make Bluetooth Wireless earphones that are more targeted for working out (the NuForce BE Sport3). My pair is specifically for more ‘lifestyle’ use, so these may not be the best fit if you are searching for earphones to use when working out.
  • A little on the pricy side ($129). Though still more affordable than other wireless earphones on the market.

I hope you guys enjoyed this review! If you are looking for a great new pair of wireless earphones, I would highly recommend the NuForce BE6i Wireless Bluetooth earphones. I have been loving them lately!

xoxo,

Mackenzie

* Thank you Optoma for sending me these amazing wireless earphones to test out! Though I was sent this product for free to test out, all opinions are 100% my own*

Weekend at Wake

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This weekend, I finally got to fly to North Carolina and visit my little sister. Alexandra is a sophomore at Wake Forest, and I am so happy I finally got to visit her for a few days. It was such a perfect weekend together, and I wanted to share a few photos.

I hope you are having a happy Monday!

xoxo,

Mackenzie


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San Francisco Brewery Tour

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Look I’m a cactus!”

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suede bodysuit | cold shoulder sweater (linked similar) | printed skirt (linked similar pattern) | black booties

Taylor and I met back in 5th or 6th grade (I can’t even remember because that seems so long ago), and we have been besties ever since. Taylor is one of those rare-gem kind of friends, always making me laugh and always having my back (and always putting up with me- even through my very scary middle school emo phase). It’s been such a blessing to have her in the Bay Area with me this summer. We’ve had so much fun exploring the city, trying new foods, and taking road trips. This past Saturday, our last Saturday together this summer (inserts crying face emoji), we took the train to the city to go on a brewery tour! A brewery tour was an idea that never crossed my mind, but when Taylor suggested it a few weeks, I though ‘why not? Yolo’.

Though I am not a huge beer fan myself, it was so interesting to see the beer making process. We toured the Anchor Brewing Company factory that recently celebrated their 120 year anniversary. We sampled several different beers and made some good memories. For our little outing, I wore a suede bodysuit, cold shoulder sweater, and printed skater skirt. All paired with my favorite black booties, of course. My outfit choice wasn’t exactly the smartest idea because it was freezing in the city, but luckily we were inside for the tour. I really love the bodysuit trend, surprisingly enough. It’s definitely out of my comfort zone, especially with this specific one being a little scandy. I’ve always been self conscious of my chest, but I’ve been trying to branch out this year and dive into plunging necklines. It’s always fun to try out new trends and experiment a little with fashion! I think this outfit would be perfect for a night out, especially paired with a leather jacket. Taylor rocked a bodysuit as well. All in all, it was a fun trip to SF. If you ever are in the Bay Area, brewery tours are a must do!

xoxo,

Mackenzie

 

 

Day Trip to Monterey

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floral tunic (linked another pattern) | black booties

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Happy Monday! My dad flew into San Francisco this past Saturday to visit me/help me move out of my apartment. We took a short day trip to Monterey and Carmel, my dad’s favorite part of California. In Carmel, we explored the adorable town and checked out pretty much every single art gallery. After a lunch in Carmel, we headed to Monterey to check out the Dali exhibit. Salvador Dali is my very favorite artist, so it was amazing to see some of his original pieces in person.

For the trip, I wore my new favorite floral tunic (linked a similar pattern) paired with edgy, black booties. The weather here in California is just gorgeous all year. I am not sure how I am going to handle the Texas heat when I return home this weekend!

xoxo,

Mackenzie