Sequins and Sea Breezes: Only Just A Dream

Only Just A Dream

5/05/2014


If you follow me on Instagram or if you read my blog regularly you know I went to Universal Studios this weekend for Mardi Gras while everyone else was celebrating Derby Day. It was an absolutely horrible day; cloudy, rainy, and pretty chilly considering it's Florida in May but we made the best of it any way. I was kinda hoping that since it was such crappy weather that maybe there wouldn't be as many people in the park but the weather definitely didn't seem to scare people away! A little tip: usually if it looks like it's going to rain at any second the parks aren't as busy and the ride waits are much shorter. None of us had ridden Despicable Me yet but unfortunately that had a 60 minute wait so we skipped it and went straight to Rip, Ride & Rock It which claimed to have a 50 minute wait. Still WAY longer than I would usually wait for any ride (what can I say, living in Florida I'm pretty spoiled when it comes to riding these rides) but we decided to give it a shot any way. If you've ever been to a theme park you know you can get some of the best people watching ever so waiting in line for a ride may be boring but you can find ways to keep you entertained.

{I'm sorry but I think Bumblebee is the cutest! / The longest wait ever - Rip, Ride & Rock It}

So after about 30 minutes we realized the 50 minute wait time estimate was WAY off but at that point you've already waited for so long it seems like a waste to leave so we waited it out...for another HOUR (Dear Universal, please look at a clock every once in awhile and update your wait times. Thank you!) but at least we got to ride front row! I'm not going to lie, those cute little videos they play while you're waiting start to turn REALLY annoying after you've heard them 300 times. 

{Waiting to get on Transformers / Me and the boys on The Simpsons ride / Hanging out with some fun cars}

For getting there as late as we did (and wasting an hour and a half in line) we actually managed to get to do a lot of things which I'm happy about! And we definitely made the best of it being cold and rainy (cold is a relative term for me, it was in the 60's which in my opinion is freezing!) but I'm pretty sure the shots of Fireball (shout out to my adorable best friend for getting us some free shots because the bartender was in love with her, and her last name!) and wine definitely helped make the cold more bearable. 

{Wine? Yes please! (Don't judge me for my lack of makeup and my hair being a hot mess) / Fireball...round 2 maybe? / Last round of Fireball for the night!}

{If you watch The Simpsons you'll appreciate this / Our "romantic" photo / Catching beads during the parade / Group shot completely soaked}

Ok now on to the REAL reason we went to Universal for the day - Nelly! I was obsessed with Nelly in high school so I was more than excited to see him in concert and he didn't didn't disappoint. He played a lot of his old hits "Country Grammar", "Air Force Ones", "Just A Dream", etc as well as some new stuff including "Cruise" which surprised me since he's only in part of the song and Florida Georgia Line wasn't there to perform with him. Of course it started POURING during the concert so we got soaked but we had amazing "seats" and it totally brought me back to my high school days so it was definitely worth it!

{Yeah, that's Nelly behind us! / Various shots of Nelly}

Hope everyone had an amazing weekend as well! I'm going to continue my Nelly-fest by jamming to him all day, especially since he didn't play Dilemma! :) 

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  1. You had an amazing day!! xx

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    1. It was definitely awesome! Hope you had a great weekend! :)

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  2. From the pictures, it looks like it was a fun day!
    -Hannah
    sweeterthanserenity.blogspot.com

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    1. It definitely was! Hope you had a great weekend Hannah!

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  3. ah going to the parks is such a fun way to spend the weekend if you ask me! love it. what i didn't love? that weather saturday! it was terrible and then some. ugh. you're a trooper though!

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    1. I know, I wish they weren't so expensive! I need to just get a season pass LOL! The weather was horrible but at least Sunday made up for it! Hope you had an awesome weekend!

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  4. That looks like an amazing weekend, minus the ugly weather.
    -Beth
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    1. It definitely was Beth! Hope you had a fabulous weekend!

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  5. I so wish I still lived in Florida so I could go to Universal all the time - those rides, especially at Islands of Adventure are the best!! Now your song pick from Friday totally makes sense haha!! Glad you guys had a great time at the concert!!

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    1. It's gotten SO expensive and they no longer do the one day FL resident rate but it's still so much fun! IOA definitely has the best rides! Haha yup, that's why my song pick for Friday was Nelly :)

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  6. Looks like so much fun! Don't you love when bartenders like someone in your group and gives you free stuff? ;)

    xo Kylie
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    1. Haha oh definitely! I never complain about free! :)

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  7. Gross weather! You're crazy to ride the rip, ride and rock it roller coaster!! That thing scares me to death! Love The Simpsons though! How's the new Harry Potter park coming along?

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    1. Haha rode it front row too! So much fun!! I still felt like The Simspons ride was Back to the Future LOL! That whole area is awesome though! Harry Potter is coming along amazing! Diagon Alley is scheduled to be opening VERY soon! :)

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  8. gross weather :( but it still looks amazing!! and nelllllyyyyy!!!!!!!

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    1. The weather was horrible but seeing Nelly was totally worth it Kristen! :)

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  9. I visited Universal when I was about 12 and it looks like so much has changed since then but still so much fun, terrific photos!

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    1. It's changes SO much even in just the past few years! All great changes though! Thanks Sam!

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  10. How fun, I can't wait to visit these places once we move there! I saw Nelly years ago :)

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    1. Ohh jealous! That was my first time seeing him in concert and it wasn't quite the same as when I was obsessed with him as a teenager but still fun! :) You're moving to FL??

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  11. Ahhh I'm so jealous! I wish I lived closer and could visit Universal all the time! We are actually heading to Panama on Friday. I can't wait! I hope the weather looks up for us.

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    1. It's supposed to be really nice out the rest of the week and the weekend so I hope the weather holds up for you too! :) It's unlike FL to be that crappy of weather in May so most likely you'll be good! :) Have fun!!!

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  12. So glad you had fun despite the crap weather! Universal Mardi Gras is always a good time!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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    1. Definitely! Wish you guys would have been there with us!

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  13. You are SO lucky! I'm so jealous! I've always wanted to go there, it looks like you had a great time! I'm used to horrible weather over here! I really like your blog! I'm glad that I found it! It would be nice if you could stop by my blog sometime too (I'm from England) as I post my outfits, personal style, likes and much more :) :)

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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    1. It's a lot of fun! If you're ever over here you should definitely check it out! :) I'll definitely be sure to check your blog out! I've been to London a few times and I LOVE it! :)

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  14. Looks like you had a ton of fun in spite of the cold and rainy weather. Love Universal.

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    1. Me too Lindsay! And it was definitely a blast! Hope you had an amazing weekend!

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  15. looks like sooo much fun!! despite the weather!
    stop by! im hosting a great giveaway (and the rafflecopter thingy is working now!). xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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    1. It definitely was a lot of fun! I'm glad I went! I'll be sure to stop by again! :) I was wondering what the deal was with it earlier!!

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  16. UM! Super jealous, this looks so fun! What a fabulous trip!

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    1. Thanks Rachel! Hope you had a great weekend! :)

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  17. YESSS to Nelly. Hah glad it was fun - I'm jealous. I loved the Halloween Horror Nights that Universal puts on when we went a few years ago. Scariest/most fun night ever. And the wine helped then, too :)

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    1. I absolutely love HHN! I went last year for the first time in a few years and had so much fun! I feel like it used to be scarier but it's still awesome! I think wine helps everything :)

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  18. Wait is that a guest appearance of your man??? Oh I'm so excited!!! I mean let's be honest theme parks are the best excuse to drink right? I love me some Nelly! Mark was talking to me the other day about him being there we definitely should have gone!

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    1. Haha he just might have made an appearance! :) Theme parks are absolutely the best excuse to drink! You guys totally should have came, it was so much fun and he did so many great older songs (and a few covers!). It was awesome! Hope you had a fabulous weekend girlie! <3

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  19. Bummer about the weather but it still looks like it was a great weekend! We had a few too many shots of Fireball on Saturday here - woof. My grandparents used to live in Orlando so we would visit every year but I've never been to Universal which is crazy! We were strictly Disney people!

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    1. Haha really? I'm totally the opposite, I go to Universal way more often than I go to Disney! I haven't been to Disney in like 4 years! You guys should definitely try Universal sometime! Hope you had an awesome weekend! :)

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  20. Ok when I first read this post I was just so jealous you were at Universal--LOVE that place. And looks like you had a blast. BUT, then I saw you got to see Nelly (total celeb crush from back in the day) and I am just dying inside ha :) Was it a great concert? Glad you had a great weekend.

    Tori
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    1. Haha omg mine too Tori!! It was such a good concert! He played a bunch of his old hits and some new things and did some covers too! Loved it!! :)

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  21. Looks like a fun weekend! When we went to Busch Gardens a few weeks ago, the weather wasn't the best, but there were still SO many people there! The busiest I had ever seen it -- typical, haha.
    Happy Monday!
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    1. Really?! I feel like Busch Gardens usually isn't super busy and even when it is the park is big enough where it doesn't feel super crowded. I love BG! It's still one of my fav parks in FL! <3

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  22. I went here when I was about nine or so. Then a few laters I lived in Florida for about 6 months in the pan handle. But have not been back since. Would like to though!

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
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    1. If you're ever back down here you should definitely go! It's changed so much!

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  23. You've really nice blog! :) Super photos! :)

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    1. It definitely was! Hope you had a great weekend! :)

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  25. How fun! I love that place, and especially Nelly ;)

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    1. Me too! Nelly was awesome!! :) Hope you had a great weekend!

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  26. What a fun trip!! Bummer about the colder weather, but at least the lines were shorter! :)

    Maggie
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    1. Of course Sunday was gorgeous but it was still fun! Thanks Maggie!

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  27. I hope you made it to Harry Potter world!

    xo,
    Al
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    1. Sadly I didn't go this time! :( We only went to Universal and we went late afternoon so we didn't make it over to IOA but we got to see what they were working on at the Universal side for Diagon Alley!

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  28. Aw, Universal Studios is SO much fun!! Love these pictures! :)
    xo TJ

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    1. Thanks TJ! I know, I love Universal! I love all theme parks! :)

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  29. Stop it! I am obsessed with Nelly too! He is one of my all time favorite artists! xo

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  30. I am SO jealous!! I have not been back in ages and all your pictures are making me want to plan a trip soon :)

    Kendall
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  31. Looks like you had a great time, even if the weather wasn't so great!

    Nikki
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  32. looks like so much fun!
    great photos!

    <3
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  33. Looks like you guys had so much fun!

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