OKC by the Districts: The Plaza

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Hello fellow Okies! Can I get a hip-hip-hooray for the beautiful spring weather we've had this week? It has me wanting to play hookie and patio hop...can ya blame me? Last month I started a new series called OKC by the Districts where I pick a district and share all of my favorite spots...basically a roadmap for how to spend a day in that area! You can view my post on Midtown here.

Today we're heading to The Plaza! The Plaza is located on NW 16th Street between Classen and Penn. It is home to galleries, studios, retail shops and some amazing local restaurants. It is very quirky, eclectic and artsy. It is super walkable since it's only a few blocks wide and on one main street. The only downfalls of The Plaza are the parking (very limited) and the neighboring areas (some are a bit rundown). However, they have a lot of fun events like the monthly Live on the Plaza! art walk and the Plaza Festival. I love that there is a "Little Free Library" where you can borrow and/or exchange books to read!

If we're being honest, I'm not the biggest art gallery fan in general, but I LOVE good food and the Plaza has some of my absolute favorite restaurants in town! As I put this post together I realized all I really do in the Plaza is eat. There are so many stores and shops that I haven't been into, yet. I need to make it happen soon!

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Green & Gold with Roma Designer Jewelry

Blogger Amanda's OK shares how to pair green and gold
Green Eyelet Blouse c/o SheIn | Similar Button Fly Jeans | Gold Necklace c/o Roma, use code AMANDASOK20 for 20% off | Gold Earrings c/o Roma, use code AMANDASOK20 for 20% off | Block Heels
Green and gold were my high school's colors - Go Lions!! I went to a small private school in Texas and we had to wear uniforms so believe me when I say I was forced to wear a LOT of green and gold in my life. I wore it so much I kind of burnt myself out on it. When Saint Patricks Day would roll around each year, I'd always realize just how little green I had in my closet.

Eleven years later and I'm finally OK with wearing green and gold again! This outfit made the perfect St. Paddy's Day look yesterday, but I think it could easily be worn year round, so I had to share it a day later! I am usually a silver or rose gold kinda gal, but sometimes classic yellow gold is the best option. I can't help but think of a pot o' gold at the end of a rainbow when I see this gorgeous Gold Vermeil Fancy Filigree Necklace from Roma Designer Jewelry against my green blouse. I love that it has matching earrings, too!
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My Go-To Skin Brightening Serum

Blogger Amanda Martin shares her secret to bright and radiant skin

Raise your hand if you're a summer girl who loves to lounge in the sun 🙋🏼‍♀️ I am all about that my mermaid life and would happily soak up the sun for hours on end, but those warm, happy rays can be so harmful to the skin. I live for a good golden glow, don't get me wrong, but thanks to too many hours by the water (and not enough sunscreen), my face is now sprinkled with dark spots and melasma that I am constantly trying to hide and/or get rid of.

If you follow me on Instagram stories, you've probably seen me talk about different techniques I've used to combat the issue recently. IPL laser treatments and chemical peels have really helped, but  professional treatments like those can get costly quick and aren't something I want to do on a regular basis because they aren't exactly painless! My every day skin brightening solution is a good vitamin C serum and Heladerm's has become my go-to.
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AOK Guide to Crested Butte

AOK Guide to Crested Butte, Colorado

Hi, friends! I just got back from a quick trip to Crested Butte, Colorado, and it was basically like being in a real life snow globe! I'm kind of over winter at the moment, but if winter in Oklahoma was half as beautiful as it is in Crested Butte, I'd be OK with it lasting a little longer.

Crested Butte is a ski town so most people visit in the winter specifically to ski/snowboard. I don't know how to ski or snowboard (I know, I know!!) so I can't attest to that, but I heard the "pow" was fantastic while we were there. We visited the first weekend in March with some friends and stayed with family, so our trip was more of a relax and hangout type of trip. It was much needed and so much fun! I wasn't ready for it to be over (I wish we would have stayed two-ish days longer so I could have learned to snowboard)! I rounded up a few of the things we did / places we stopped at below. I really want to visit Crested Butte again in the summer to do more outdoor activities (like hiking).... I'm sure it is absolutely fabulous.

Apologies in advance for the lack of quality food and drinks photos - since we were with friends I wasn't in full-on travel blogger mode and chose to enjoy myself > taking photos non-stop. 
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