Can't Forget It{aly)

On this wonderful little blog about an American girl in Paris, I found a neat project called "Can't Forget It{lay}." Yes, it caught my eye because I'm certain my heart lies in the European culture, under the Tuscan, with a giant bowl of pasta. 

On Making Magique, Haleigh, was contacted and asked to film her entire trip to Italy and create a finished video to share with the world. Did I mention the company paid for it all? Oh. Silly me. Well that was the deal! Her exact words were "all expense paid trip to Italy plus cash and prizes." In exchange for her video of the trip! Where do I sign up!?


And then watch some of the amazing videos they've got!

SPAIN!

Remember when I bought that spontaneous flight to Brazil... Well I'm back at the spontaneous spending friends. I bought my flight to Spain today! I have to admit the purchase of this flight was just slightly more premeditated than my ticket to Brazil. I've known that my brother will be studying abroad in Spain this summer and naturally, the traveling soul that I am, I knew I had to visit him. Oh, and it's his 21st birthday and he will be in a country without a legal drinking age... the irony! I'm excited to visit and celebrate his birthday though!


This time around, I will be traveling with my roommate, Erin, and we're really excited to see a lot of Spain. You may remember that I did an illustration for my Brazil trip... this time around I depicted our travels within Spain. We fly into Madrid to stay for a day or two, then take a train to stay in beautiful Barcelona for a few days, and then we meet up with my brother in Malaga for his b-day celebrations. Next, we visit Seville for a day (maybe two because I've heard its gorgeous), then head back to Madrid for the flight home. I have never traveled in such a nomadic way when going abroad. My previous experiences include; studying abroad in Italy, in which our trips were planned by other people for the most part, and Brazil of course, where I stayed with a friend and was in Rio for almost all of the trip. I'm really excited to get a different, less planned, travel method under my belt; all the while sipping sangria, eating chocolate covered churros, followed by a wonderful Spanish guitarist. Hey. A girl can dream.

The Cristo! Rio De Janeiro {Part 3}

























On our very last day we packed in anything and everything we could! Of course we had to start our day at Cafeina, with fresh OJ, fresh papaya, bread, cheese, turkey, and honey & jam! And then we spent the rest of the day venturing up to the Cristo. WOW. Words can't describe how amazing that statue is – and the view of Rio was spectacular!! At 130 feet tall, the Cristo is a religious icon for Christianity as well as a cultural icon for Brazil. His open arms represent peace, but originally the plan was to have a globe in one hand and a cross in other. At the bottom of the statue, there was a beautiful little chapel. Photos were not permitted, but I will tell you, it was small yet wonderful!

I had to end with one of my favorite snacks (while in Brazil) from BB Launches, a little Suco Bar on Joe's street. Pastel de carne, somewhat like a beef empanada, but there's a small surprise in it... half of a hard boiled egg! Call me crazy, but they're delicious and I guess you'll just have to try for yourself! Oh yeah, and of course I couldn't leave with out fresh acai and granola.

Brazil, I miss you dearly!

Rio De Janeiro {Part 2}






















The adventures continued, from late nights at Vellosa Bar, to the steps of Santa Teresa, and one of my favorites: hang gliding! We really packed in a lot in our 10-day trip. Joe's friend, Brad (an american also working in Brazil), was a wonderful asset to our trip. He spoke Portuguese very well, and was willing to talk for Catie and I (major relief!) and hung out with us for most of the trip while Joe was working. Like I said, one of my favorite adventures was hang gliding; the first series of photos. Our guide, Paulo, was a peach. He let us each have an almost 35-minute ride (usually 15-20 minutes)! We were up in the mountains and clouds, looking down upon the beach and the gorgeous houses with their own fancy pools. We also landed on the beach!

Another must-see in Rio, that we did was the tiled steps of Santa Teresa. They were truly amazing! Selaron, the artist, was actually sitting on the steps painting that day! He claims they will never be finished; he is always adding and editing, like a true artist! 
*Note the Michael Jackson, Guns & Roses, and Bob Marley tiles. YUP-– my favorite ones!

Oh, and that mouth-watering sandwich, lunch at Cafeina of course!
{what? I told you we love that little spot! Oh, and we almost always sat at the same table}

Rio De Janeiro













These photos are from the first few days after Buzios, in Rio. With Joe working most of the day, Catie and I explored the beaches and the town. I was loving the grainy sand, the crashing waves, and the fresh coconuts. On Joe's street, we started just about every day with a coffee from Cafeina and then leisurely went about our day from there, in true vacation style. It wasn't too hard to get around knowing only a few words in Portuguese. It was a beautiful language and would like to learn more of it one day! The last few photos, are from our dinner at "Garota de Ipanem" ((translation The Girl from Ipanema)). A famous little spot, where the song was written by Vinicius de MoraesIt was by far one of my favorite authentic Brazilian meals! The steak cooked on a hot plate that sat at your table and was accompanied with rice, beans, and a flour-like crispy dish that you coated your steak with.

Beautiful Búzios

Our very first day in Brazil, we landed in Rio de Janeiro around 9:30 am. We were picked up at the airport shortly after, and arrived at Joe's apartment to meet his friend Brad. Brad decided the best thing for us to do on our first day is check out a local Cafe (it soon became Catie and mine's favorite breakfast spot) and take us up to see an amazing view of the city from Pão de Açúcar, in English it's known as Sugarloaf Mountain. 
Some photos from our view:









Our first weekend in Brazil, was spent at a beautiful house in Búzios with some of Joe's co-workers and friends! Words cannot explain how wonderful the beaches were and how charming the house was we rented... some photos from the weekend:




















embalagem para Brasil

Woot woot! This time tomorrow, I will be on my flight to Brazil :)
((hopefully sleeping for most of it, fingers crossed))

The past few days have been a whirl-wind of packing and prepping, but mostly packing and re-packing. Sunday evening, I attempted to start and this is how I left it...

 Last night around 8 my room looked more like this...

and finally by midnight I am almost there... 

Welp - time to get back to packing! Can't wait to share the photos and stories in a few weeks!

Bring on the sunshine, the beaches, adventures, and whatever else may come our way!

Check List {TGIF}

I haven't posted in forever... mostly because work and life in general have been incredibly busy! Don't get me wrong, it makes me so happy! I've always been a go-go-go type of person and adding things to my long list of to-do's only makes me smile!

Recently I was in Vegas with two of my best friends from home! VEGAS! Wow. Too much fun.  Much needed sun. Time with friends. Fancy drinks. Ohhhh it was just a much needed vacation overall!

Here's a sneak peek of some the adventures we had:

LMFAO {Friday}
DJ Tiesto {Saturday} 
Pool Parties.... all day every day
Big winner at the slot machines {Sami}A whole post of Vegas will follow soon... most likely next week but it will come!
Anywho- it's friday and apparently I was feelin a bit spendy aaaand [drum roll please] I bought a ticket to Bonnaroo!!! Yay! Y
eah... even after my expensive Vegas trip :/ hmm... here you say 'Jackie are you nuts!?' My first music festival though, I had to jump at the opportunity! Oh gosh – and a friend offered a few open hotel rooms for the derby this weekend, so on a whim, I'm headed to Kentucky for the races!!! Woo!! Hence I've decided that 2012 is my check list year... Working and finally having the money and freedom to make big girl decisions about how I spend it may end badly in the future when it boils down to 'how much did you save for retirement' – I say oh well [for now]!! So as I reach for my pen and paper my check list begins, and already I can check off Veags, the Kentucky Derby, and Bonnaroo, all in one year!! Soooo.... more posts to come!! 
So in true southern spirit:

HAPPY FRIDAY YA'LL :)

Poconos

This weekend, a friend invited Erin and I to his mountain house in the Poconos. The lift tickets for friday were cheaper because of an annual event called The Cardboard Classic. Hosted by the local PA radio station, WMMR, it was quite the escapade! Teams or groups of people carefully planned and crafted huge structures out of cardboard. They had to be decently sturdy because that whole team rode the sled-like structures down the toboggan hill – it was a lot of fun to watch and I wish we got to craft something up really quick and try it out, but you had to have previously entered. After the festivities, we got to ski for a few hours. I haven't skied in almost 4 years... the advice I was given held true... "It's like riding a bike." Once I got my ski legs back it was like riding a bike; I remembered the turns, the stops, etc. I was a little slow though! The rest of the weekend was dedicated to food, beer, games, and fun with friends! Just a wonderful way to start out the month of March :) Check out a few instagrams from the weekend!

This toilet made it successfully down the hill...

this on the other hand... toppled at the end!


Part Two: Candi Cane

West Side Market involved a little more of an adventure, which included a strange stuffed animal I came across in my mom's car... why she had "Candi Cane" I will never know! And yes, these are child-ish things to do... but quite fun! Everyone needs to let their inner child out on occasion!!! Enjoyyy!

Meet Candi Cane via her adventurous West Side Market trip:




1. Meg & Candi Cane - they have similar eyes
2. Candi thoroughly enjoys candy.. duh!
3. Brother Michael decides to be-friend Candi
4. Candi says hello to her cousin Michelle!
5. Candi enjoys a clementine sample from the market
6. Can you spy Candi making a few more friends?


Happy Holidays <3 Candi Cane

NYC Recap

We had the perfect weather for our New York trip! As soon as we landed, my VS team and I were out and about... first to Times Square and then to a meeting with the New York design team! It was so cool to see the other office and meet everyone on the other end. We were filled in on ideas and inspiration for Holiday 2012. Yep! That's right! I've learned in the working world we plan ahead... far ahead! At Victoria's Secret we follow trends, research trends, and create them! It's amazing to see that side of it! We then set out to window shop for inspiration! 

My favorite spread of windows was the Bergdorf Goodman department store... WOW. They so incredibly detailed and unique! Not only were the windows inspirational, but so was the decor indoors! These are some of my favorite windows...

{Chandelier indoor}





I also got to stay the night and was able to see Rockefeller Plaza all lit up with Christmas decor and the Saks Fifth Avenue windows and light show... AMAZING!






I am so incredibly thankful I got to go on this spontaneous little adventure with my design team!! It was so much fun and I am truly lucky to work with some awesome people.

Fall time fun

This past weekend was a whirl-wind of fun adventures... a friend from college visited me this weekend, Kelsey! Another friend from UD, Courtney, came over to hang out with us and we had wonderful conversations over lots of wine... we nearly forgot to go out! Saturday we bopped around and ended up at tail-gate that Courtney's boyfriend (also a friend from UD!) put together! It was a lot fun! Kelsey and I had to leave early in time to make it to (co-worker/friend) Krysti's thanksgiving dinner! YUM :) Nothing like a pre-thanksgiving feast with friends! 
Oh and I cannot forget to mention the addition of her lovely blog button to my page — CHECK IT OUT! She's pretty inspired ;)

Oh my... and on Sunday I almost bought a puppy... until I took a step back and decided to think on what a huge responsibility that would be for me right now... still thinking. But right now I'm thinking might have to go back for Dori's precious little face... eek!

A wonderful B-day

My birthday was this past Tuesday and I turned to 23 :) 
So many people made it so special... I really, REALLY appreciate my friends and family!!

Co-workers decorated my desk and the whole VS Creative Marketing Team sent me flowers (that are now on my desk, making me smile all day long). Friends came out for margaritas and fun after work. My roommate, Erin, surprised me with a blender and we finally got to try the infamous Margi-daiquiri-screw-alotta-on-the-beach!!!! Ha. Yes I am the type to get super excited for standard kitchen appliances! My mom sent me wonderful little gifts and I got good wishes and pretty cards from family members!!

Thanks to everyone who made 23 feel extra special! Xo

flowers

VS angel-style birthdayyy

And now that it is Friday... my birthday celebrations continue... YAY! All 5 of my college roommates are coming to town to celebrate :) We will also celebrate Sarah's 23rd birthday on the 13th! So many fun adventures lie ahead of me for the weekend.. and it's almost time to leave work! 


Ps. It's 11.11.11 — supposed to be a lucky day... make a wish!
Happy Friday All!!!

Spontaneity is healthy

Last tuesday Erin heard that Matt Nathanson would be in town at Newport Music Hall :) He is one of my favorite artists and has been since high school when he opened for O.A.R. Naturally when Erin mentioned it casually in conversation, I freaked out and rushed to finish my work so I could get out early and not miss a thing!! Vanessa Carlton opened for him and all together... it was amazing! It was totally spontaneous and I have wanted to see him in concert since... forever!! It made for quite a memorable little adventure!! Hence... on this dreary tuesday morning, a week later, I'm wishing I had something similar to look forward to after work today!

Eee!! He was so great up there jamming with his guitar!!!! :)