But First... Coffee

Even if you barely know me, you have probably recognized that I can't live without my coffee! A cup of coffee is essential to my morning routine. More often than not, it finds its way into my afternoon routine too! I am constantly on the go and sometimes need a pick-me-up, so I'm always on the lookout for a new place to stop. There's something about coffee shops: the ambiance, the yummy smells, and the cute decor that is worthy of a photo op - makes it more than just a cup of coffee. It's all about the experience! Whether I'm running around and wanting to grab a quick latte, looking for a cozy place to get some work done or meeting some friends - these top three coffee shop picks of mine are perfect. 

But First... Coffee

Main Street Bistro & Bakery: 

316 S. Main Street, Grapevine TX

Let's start with my favorite. I'm a frequent flyer at this place because it's so convenient and they have the yummiest selection of coffees and bakery items. The coffee shop/bakery is also attached to the bistro, where you can get a fancy little breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I love the hometown feel of it and plan on keeping them in business! (This is our favorite quick date place!)

RE:defined Coffee House

220 N. Main Street, Grapevine TX

Talk about a cozy atmosphere... I want to live in this place! The big comfy couches, urban light fixture and private nook with velvet walls provide the perfect place to meet up with friends, or even sit back and relax after a long day. One of my favorite things to order on a warm day is the iced mocha and I might even top it off with an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie! 

Roots Coffee House

9101 Hwy. 26 Suite 101, North Richland Hills, TX

If you're looking for that perfect latte pic to snap, this is your place! Not only do they make coffees that look pretty to drink, all or their ingredients are locally made, including coffee beans, honey, chocolate, and more. (I recommend the local honey vanilla latte). The light, trendy atmosphere along with the quality of foo dan drink makes your stop worth the while. 

Whether you're a coffee addict like me or just want to find a new place to hang out, check these three places out and let me know if you love them as much as I do. Also, I'm always up for more recommendations, or just another excuse to drink more coffee! :)



Look Inside My Beach Bag

As we are officially saying goodbye to Spring and hello to Summer, I can’t stop anticipating the beach days! I’ll be off on a vacay to Florida soon, which means I’ll be needing a big beach bag full of goodies to last me a day in the sun. Here are my essential items that you know I can’t go to the beach without! 

Straw Tote

Not only are straw totes a huge trend right now, they are the best beach bags! You don’t have to worry about it getting covered in sand or a little wet. This straw tote will hold a rolled up beach towel and has a slip pocket on the inside too, which is convenient for lipstick, sunglasses, jewelry, or other small knick knacks! 

Cover-up Dress

Cover-ups are a must when walking to and from the beach, especially if you are walking through your hotel or resort. I’m a fan of these lightweight, easy to slip on and off cover-up dresses. I love a neutral cover up because it will compliment your suits and look adorable with that straw tote!


There’s no way you’ll be soaking up sun without some sunnies! Sunglasses are a must have, and of course they’ve got to be cute. I love sticking to a classic black or tortoise shell, but sometimes I prefer a more fun pair especially for vacation! Plus, this light pink color will go with any color swim suit.

Slip-on Sandals

Slip-on sandals are the best kind of shoes to wear at the beach because they’re so easy and current. I love the feminine touch with the ruffle detail on these! You can pair them back with any swim suit and slip them back on for your night out to dinner!

Straw Hat

Nobody loves a sunglasses tan line… But you know what fixes that? A big straw hat! Not only are they great to have while laying out, they are so perfect to wear with a sundress for a day of shopping.

Statement Earrings

Who says just because you’re at the beach you can’t look glamorous? I’m taking the full opportunity to spice up my swim suit with some fun statement earrings! I love the flower shape of these and white goes with everything. 

Beach Towel

Whether it’s just for the pic or not, these round beach towels are so much fun to have! They give you more lay out space and are super soft!

Water Bottle

Water probably won’t be the only thing you’re drinking at the beach! I definitely can’t go without it though, and this water bottle is fun and easy to throw in your bag. 

As you get ready to take off on summer vacation, I hope this saves you a little bit of time when wondering what essentials to pack! Here’s to safe travels and a happy summer!