Monday, January 21, 2019

Honeymoon to Antigua

After a few months of settling into this new life with my hubby, I am so excited to finally share about the amazing experiences we had on our Honeymoon trip to Antigua with you as the official Mr. and Mrs.!  When you picture a tropical honeymoon getaway in your mind, you probably are imagining perfect weather, bright-blue turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, and sun-kissed tans - well let me tell you, Antigua delivered all of this and more, giving us the BEST week of our lives with everything I could have ever imagined!

We relaxed in honeymoon bliss and perfection for over ten days at the all-inclusive, luxurious Galley Bay Resort and Spa and Sandals Grande Antigua. Each of them were beyond anything we could have dreamed of in a luxurious, relaxing, resort - from the exquisite food and cool island drinks, to breath-taking views and spacious rooms...everything was a dream!

Now, about our stay - we began this wonderful adventure by catching a flight first thing in the morning after our wedding. With boarding passes to Antigua in hand and just a few hours of travel in front of us, we headed out and arrived that afternoon to the first destination of the trip - Galley Bay Resort and Spa.

Talk about natural beauty - the vibrant skies and tropical landscape alone took our breath away.  We were greeted by the most welcoming staff with cool towels and sparking champagne - all to refresh us from our long trip to paradise! We rode in across the island and along the bay through a long line of tall palm trees, and it then opened up into a gorgeous resort right on the edge of the glittering ocean, topped with a picturesque sail boat floating just offshore.

While waiting for concierge to drop off our luggage, we strolled around our little slice of the island to get a quick peek and enjoy some sun, then grabbed a quick bite for lunch and headed to our room for a long-overdue nap (weddings can really wear you out!). As we walked into our room, I imagined something really nice - but, I was BLOWN away by the fabulous luxury that is the Gauguin Suite!  Along with a waterfall shower and matching robes in our island-themed room, we had a private plunge pool tucked away in a delightful courtyard setting with sun loungers for total relaxation. Plus, the high ceilings, spacious bedroom, full kitchen, and fresh fruit were icing on the cake! I couldn't believe this was our home away from home for a week, so help settle in, we hopped into our warm robes and enjoyed snacks and drinks as the Edwards!

As you would expect when in paradise, we had 4-course, 5-star meals sun up to sun down, sipped on unlimited drinks, snorkeled with the marine life, and jumped on jet-skis, boats, and kayaks to explore the the various coves around our peninsula. (Fun fact: Our resort was next-door neighbors with Giorgio Armani's home, which I must say was incredible.)
Some of our favorite things during our stay at Galley Bay included relaxing by the waterfall pool, snorkeling around the bay, and candlelight dinners each night on the beach!

We were sad to pack up our bags to leave the first resort but we hailed a cab and headed through the city to our next stop, Sandals Grande Antigua.

As we concluded our first stay, we were escorted via a personal golf cart to the check-out, only to be greeted again with cool towels and champagne as we prepared to head to our next honeymoon oasis. After a short drive and stop-off in the downtown area of St. John's, we arrived and were welcomed into our first Sandals resort, and let me tell was stunning! Everything was bigger and better - from the lobby, to the chandeliers, to the pools, and more! The resort had unlimited experiences, which included 11 restaurants, 5 swimming pools, land sports, evening entertainment, scuba diving, and more! We spent another week here enjoying each other as husband and wife!

Our room was a beach front suite with all the bells and whistles! The bathroom alone was incredible!!
We also enjoyed hanging out with friends playing pool volleyball, going out to incredible dinners and laughing at our karaoke skills!

As we think back on this amazing adventure, we were so happy that we chose to stay at two different made our honeymoon feel like an endless getaway, and it allowed us to have different experiences and meet many new friends!  After getting the full experience at both resorts, we both agree that we liked Galley Bay more than Sandals and would absolutely recommend booking a room at the resort if you're considering a trip to Antigua. Galley Bay offered a more luxurious and personalized experience, whereas Sandals was much busier, loud, and the food paled in comparison to Galley Bay.

In summary, our honeymoon was everything we could have ever dreamed of, and we would go back to Antigua in a heartbeat!  It was hands-down the most beautiful place I have ever been, and I know I am the luckiest wife in the world. A big thank you to my husband for spoiling us to the perfect, most romantic honeymoon!

XOXO, Azlinn

Friday, April 27, 2018

Two-Piece Set

So this week is off to another busy one, of course! I think it is just this time of year, anyone else feel that way? Well I met with the seamstress who will be altering my wedding gown, and I was SO excited to put it back on since I ordered it back in October! I will be sharing about my wedding gown shopping experience on a blog soon, so stay tuned for that! It may or may not have some extra sparkle to it... I am a glam girl after all!

So, for two-piece sets...they are definitely one of the biggest trends for spring and summer! I have found some really cute ones lately that I am carrying in my store @shopazlinnhope and that I am buying online for the honeymoon! All of you all loved this pink set I posted so much so that I wanted to share where to buy it since I had so many ask! I am now on LIKE TO KNOW IT where you can easily SHOP my outfits from head to toe! All you do is follow the link, add to cart, and check out! Let me know if you have any questions on where to find it and I can personally send you the link! Happy shopping, easily with me on the Like to Know it app! Shop this look through this link below (just click picture below)!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Travel Comfortably and Cute

Ladies, I know those alarms are always set super early when we start traveling...and the last thing we think about after packing and preparing for everything is the outfit we have to put on before we walk out the door. If it is a long road trip or jet setting to an amazing destination, we want to feel comfortable! So if you are anything like me I am obsessed with a good jumpsuit and this one sold at @shopazlinnhope I am living in! It is soft, comfortable, and SO CUTE! I could see this worn with mules, tennies, flip flops, or wedges. Throw on a cute cardigan or denim jacket to make a fun and easy outfit to wear as your traveling! Let me know if you have any questions on where to buy this because I promise you will want one! It comes in a fabulous camel color that looks great with cheetah and heather gray that is great with black or snake skin shoes!

Also available in gray!!!


Thursday, March 22, 2018

How to Make White Jeans Look Flattering

I love wearing white jeans in the spring to brighten up outfits from dark fall and winter colors! I am loving this trend of high-low tops that flow in the wind, so fun! This trend is so easy to wear and I personally feel like it elongates everything making me feel slimmer and taller! I also think these tops look great with skinny white jeans because sometimes white jeans are not easy to flatter! And I must say this is my new favorite color to wear, Periwinkle! This color is very close to the color of the year this year and it really speaks for its self! I love the way this color looks on the white jeans and I plan on buying more of this high-low trend from Azlinn Hope Yes, I try to buy my clothes from my clothing line or I would probably keep everything and not have the inventory for my customers to shop...but I am buying this outfit and bag!! Anyway, you can shop my look on the Instagram page @shopazlinnhope linked here! 

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions on what else to pair with white jeans!