When in Miami…

I’M IN MIAMI!!!

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Even though I come from a military family and have been to just about every place you could imagine, I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO MIAMI! Crazy, right?! I’ve spent the majority of my life in the Sunshine State, and I have never experienced being in Miami until now.

This was the perfect way to kick off the summer.

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Little Havana (Havana being the capital of Cuba) was a place filled with such rich culture, food, and music. My friends and I walked around the little neighborhood and of course we had a “quick” photoshoot while we were there!

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Who doesn’t love vintage cars and candid photos?!

Fun fact: we were pretending to like one another in the second photo. Then in the midst of making fun of each other, we just started laughing.

Mockery = Laughter

#FriendGoals

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I think it’s safe to say I had a huge obsession with walls while in Miami.

What do you think?

Wynwood Art District

I’d like to thank our Uber driver and my roommate for recommending us to take a mini adventure to this beautiful area! The wall obsession CONTINUES.

 

Okay. Can we take a moment? These photos were taken with my friend Ericka’s IPHONE! Whoever has the iPhone 7, the “portrait” setting on the camera changes lives. It’s so nice! (Hint hint to my parents) Check out the photos all of us took on this same wall:

 

Did someone say music festival?!

My photography skills were pretty solid during our little vacation! The highlight of the trip was being able to spend our nights at Bayfront Park attending a three day music festival. Even though there were 40,000 people there it was such a fun and CRAZY experience with my best friends.


 

Don’t worry, Miami. We’ll be back!

Until next time,

Aa

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25 Facts About Me Tag!

Get to know Aa

Besides my About Me page and other posts, the blogging world doesn’t know too much about me! I decided to do the 25 facts about me tag to see what I could come up with. Here you go!

  1. In a world where anything is possible, I plan on becoming a mix of a high fashion magazine editor, actress, model, and even a public spokes figure! (A girl can dream, right?)
  2. I have a Yorkshire Terrier named Bella. I’m trying to convince my parents to let her live with me, or to let me get a turtle, or a bunny… Screen Shot 2017-02-07 at 9.04.03 AM.png
  3. I am the youngest in my family, and I only have one older sister.
  4. As a little girl, I did Jazz, gymnastics, ballet, Tae-Kwon-Do, soccer, cheerleading, and volleyball.
  5. I am absolutely terrified of anything that crawls. (besides children)
  6. I’m bad at math… like really bad.
  7. I’ve been to five different places outside of the U.S: Korea, , Japan, London, and Paris.
  8. I have really bad sinus problems, and I’m sure it annoys everyone around me. If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me “Do you need a tissue?! Are you sick?” I’d be living the dream.
  9. 13532754_1188281001204037_8539513204241956340_n.jpgMy favorite animal is a Giraffe.
  10. If I had to eat from three places for the rest of my life, it would be Chickfila, Chipotle, and Tropical Smoothie.
  11. I love frozen yogurt.
  12. I truly believe pineapples do go on pizza (My friends HATE it!)
  13. Cookies and cream ice cream will always be better than chocolate chip.
  14. I have two scars on my body: one on my stomach (surgery within my first few days of birth) and the other on my hand (I sucked on my hand in the womb and it left my skin a little discolored. Can you believe that?!)
  15. I like watching scary movies even though I have nightmares right when I get home.
  16. I’ve had over 20 pets. (It’s not my fault hamsters and fish are so fragile! Nobody gave me the heads up!!)
  17. Law and Order SVU and Prison Break will keep me in my room all day. (Oh yeah, gossip girl too!)
  18. I hate pain. My tolerance is very low and yes, I still cry when I have to get shots. I’ve never even broken a bone in my body!
  19. I hate arguing with people, or hearing people bicker.
  20. My sister taught me how to ride a bike without training wheels when I was little within 10 minutes. #SisterPower
  21. I talk to myself a lot, regardless of where I am.
  22. I play ocean noises when I go to bed.
  23. I put ice cubes in my cereal. (DO NOT JUDGE. Try it first!)
  24. I hate spicy foods.
  25. Quoting movies, and TV shows are one of my many talents.

Thanks for reading up a little bit about me. Tell me about you!

-Aa

 

Photo Documentary of the World’s Largest Tailgate: Florida Georiga Football Game!

Florida Georgia is more than a game. For my family, it’s somewhat of a reunion! We always have an amazing time, and make memories. Each year brings new people, and so much laughter. Enjoy my photo diary.

If you’re not a gator, then you’re gator bait!

The Parental’s

My parents always get a great spot to tailgate every year! My dad cooks for everyone, and my mom and I as usual, just sit around and look pretty.

 

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“The boys are back!” (High School Musical reference)                                                                           Best friends since high school, and we all got back together for the weekend!

Go Gators!

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Okay, funny story how we met the young lad in the middle. It was like a high school bash/get together when we first started high school! For some reason he came up to all of us, and when he told us he was a gator fan and wanted to go to UF, we all went bananas and went to Steak n’ Shake right after! 3 years later, he came to watch us graduate and invited us to hang out with his family for tailgate! Oh yeah, this is Kyle. Say hello to him everyone!

IMG_5331.jpgReagan and I got tired of standing around so of course, we turned the car on and sat in the A.C. – sad isn’t it?! (And if you look to your right, you’ll see my mom’s first selfie.)

World’s largest Tailgate! 


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Experiencing this game in the stadium is an electrifying, upbeat memory that I look forward to doing each year. From chanting for our team, to jumping up in excitement, college football has a special place in my heart! (Even if I have to ask what’s going on during every play.)

Thanks for reading!

GO GATORS.

-Aa

 

Once a knight, always a knight: Homecoming Football Game!

College is full of surprises! Like the time I forgot we had an essay to write, or the time I thought I had $25 on my account, but I actually had $5. Or even From meeting new people, living on your own, and adventuring outside of your comfort zone. I have even reached the midway point of the school year yet, and I can say that I’m having the best time of my life! Here’s a little photo documentary of this years Homecoming Football Game.

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Who could resist Pipers cute little face? (She looks so excited, right?!)

Thanks for bringing her Eric. Tailgate is only exciting when there’s puppies!

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A little bit of Aaliyah, Karina, and Alexa! Or as we like to say: AKA

 

 

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Our favorite guys are in the best fraternity here, so TKE it or leave it!

 

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Some of the best people I’ve met in my life! My girls are the best, and I couldn’t ask for a better group of smart, bubbly, outgoing people to surround myself with.

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Even though we didn’t win the game (Okay, I’ll admit it was pretty close) it was a great time and another list of memories I’ll cherish forever. The Adventures of Aa are endless, so don’t worry!

Go Knights

-Aa

The Aa Lister Turns 18! Happy Birthday To Me | What was I doing on 9/11/2001?

“From birth to age eighteen, a girl needs good parents. From eighteen to thirty-five, she needs good looks. From thirty-five to fifty-five, she needs a good personality. From fifty-five on, she needs good cash.” -Sophie Tucker

My first blog post not only a year older, but as an actual adult! Happy Birthday to me. I’m so excited to see what this year bring me! I’m not sure what I want to do specifically for my birthday, but I do hope to go to Disney sometime this year, and go on my first cruise! (That’s a hint for my mom and dad.) I can’t wait to keep accomplishing my goals, and dreams. I can’t believe how fast I’ve grown up! I think we all remember some of our favorite memories as children, and wish we could go back to them.

So happy that my girls could help me bring in my “New Year” last night! They made sure to check their clocks for 12:00, and when the time did come, they had their phone lights in my face and would not stop screaming! Some other people joined in around us to, and I was even convinced to dance in the middle of a circle BY MYSELF ! (I’m not sure how well my dance moves were – considering I only have about 3 of them, but it was pretty cool!) My parents also came in town and surprised my yesterday and traveled just to see me. I think it’s safe to say I am one happy girl.

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At the age of 18, I can say I’ve already accomplished things in life my 8 year old self would’ve never thought I could do. I’ve met amazing people, traveled the world, and I’ve gained so much more confidence in myself as I’ve grown up over the years. I am so blessed for everything and everyone I have come across in life, because I have learned so much about myself.

 What I was doing on 9/11: For me, the day of my birthday was normal until September 11th, 2001. I always get gasps, and “Oh, I’m sorry” whenever I tell people what day my birthday is. I assume it’s because they relate it to me possibly being born on the exact day of the event, or possibly the fact that it’s unfourtunate. I’m sure this day was normal for every American, until 2001 considering so many lives were lost, and the hearts of thousands – shattered. I love my birthday, but countless times do I take time to think of how many people will no longer set foot on this Earth with their families – and it breaks my heart. Since 2001, standing up for a moment of silence at school or attending memorial assembly’s have been routine – and at the same time, I would be carrying balloons, cupcakes, and a pink fuzzy birthday tiara would be on my head simultaneously.

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That morning at kinder care ( I was 3) on September 11th, 2001, my dad dropped me off in the cutest outfit I owned to make me feel like the most important thing alive. My older sister was in middle school at the time, and was already gone at school. My dad told me he was planning on coming back by lunch time to bring cupcakes to celebrate with my class. My mother was currently serving in the U.S. Army, so she was already at work. After a few hours while my dad was home, he saw the planes hit Twin Towers on the news and immediately called my mom and then proceeded to pick up my sisters and I from school. Considering I was too young to understand, from there all I knew was that “something very bad happened somewhere.” We watched the news and eventually got a hold of my mother who said she wouldn’t be able to come home tonight. Eventually, a few days later I still had my birthday party at kinder care.


Today, now that I understand 9/11, I hope you take today to do your research. Maybe watch the news from that day, take a moment of silence, a prayer, or even learn about someone who has passed. Thank a police officer, a firefighter, or do an act of kindness today. We should always be grateful for the life we live, because no day is promised. Of course everyone wants to feel special on their birthday, I can attest to that! But, not all of today is about me. Happy birthday to The Aa Lister herself. God bless America – and every life that has been lost.

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“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.”
—President Obama

Moving into my first apartment!

Long time no see! The process of moving in on my own and getting ready for college has been so crazy. Although I still have a few finishing touches I plan to add, I wanted to welcome you all into my humble abode.

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Black bed comforter: Ross | Gold and White Pillows: Bealls Outlet Giraffe: (Diego) is from the San Diego Zoo! | Tiger Painting: DD’s | Wall Lights: Bealls Outlet

I plan on adding a whole lot more pink (my favorite color) to the room, especially on my bed! But, until then I still like the black and gold look. The pillows totally helped. Looking at Roomspiration on Pinterest gave me great ideas for whenever I want to add something new to my place!

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On my little dresser I have my graduation tassel, a frame from my friends, a little vase with flowers, and a photo album of all my high school memories on the bottom! (The whole vase ensemble is from the dollar tree! Cute, right?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not too much excitement in my bathroom, except for these two things! This gorgeous shower curtain from Big Lots (What?!), and  a friend of mine gave me this monogram towel as a graduation present.

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This bulletin board is from my aunt as a move-in gift! My initial letters are from Big Lots, and I plan on filling this board with all of my memories! I absolutely love bulliten boards and making collages so this is a staple piece in my room.

My favorite view! This little window allows me to see the pool from my apartment, and of course some natural lighting for when it’s time to get all glammed up! On the side of each wall, I hung four photos of friends, places I’ve traveled, and some of my favorite quotes! Many of the photos are from my Life Quotes/Tips board on my Pinterest page. I’m huge on quotes and love them to stay motivated.

The frames are from the dollar store, and the fur blanket on my chair is from Target!

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White “A” Box: Gift | Makeup Mirror (does light up): Ulta | Acrylic Makeup Containers: Target | Brush Holders: Dollar Tree

One of the places I spend most of my time, of course! I know my makeup (..uh I meant homework) station will keep growing and growing as time passes and I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated. My Makeup Organization board on Pinterest helps me figure out what to buy/put on my mini vanity area!

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The Aa List Clothing Line! (I wish.) My closet is a great size compared to most “college living” situations and I am so happy because who knows what I would do with myself if I had a tiny closet! Although my shoes are scattered all over the floor, I try to keep my clothes organized by: Jeans, dresses, jackets, and shirts. Fashion and makeup are a girls best friend after all.

Yay for a mini room tour!

Until next time.

Love,

Aa

Photo Documentary: Paris

Second stop of the Europe trip was every little girls dream: Paris, France! After looking at pictures, videos, and seeing France in movies and magazines, we finally set foot on their soil. It was everything I imagined it would be! Amazing people, culture, and of course the food.

By the time we arrived and went to a downtown area, we were surrounded by music, artists, people, and just pure beautiful French culture. There were so many people around! Of course, with my favorite coloring being pink I saw this beautiful blush colored building a mile away! We didn’t get the change to eat here, but this café was so adorable!

Not a single photo I take will compare to the breathtaking beauty of this palace. Since about to years ago when I learned about the Palace of Versailles in history class, I’ve been obsessed with this whole entire place. From the building, to the gardens, and the hall of mirrors.


Top photo:  Ok, get this. The Mcdonal’s in France sells macaroons! I thought it was interesting and I was shoked considering the McCafe’s here in America consist of different coffe and smoothie drinks. They had so many diverse French pastries in Paris and they had a great deal on their Macarrons, and since I never had them before I made sure I stocked up for the way home!

Bottom Photo: What’s traveling if you’re not trying new foods?! I love to watch travel hannels and see people devour new, and weird looking foods from other cultures. So a few of my friends and I decided to chow down on… snails! It looked gross – really gross now that I think about it, but it tasted like little juicy pieces of chicken!

Right photo: The Starbucks’ in France were just as busy as they were back home! But yet again, their café products were way cooler than ours! I forgot what it’s called, but in the photo I got a mango smoothie. (Something like that) The Barista was native to the area and was talking to us about our visit! When he began to write my name on the cup, he said “Well while your here, I’ll spell your name the way you would as if you’d been here all your live. Viola Lea!”

img_3474Another “landmark” I couldn’t wait to see! The hundreds of thousands love locks on the bridge.

“Attention everyone, we are looking at THE Eiffel Tower!” – Overly excited Aaliyah (me)

After a while, the tower has thousands of little white lights that twinkle for about 5-10 minutes. This is something we didn’t know until we turned around after this photo taken with all of my beautiful friends. The left photo does not have any sparkling lights, and the right does! It was so beautiful, and truly the trip of a lifetime for all of us.

Bon Voyage!

  • Aa