Tusks and Tails

Style, Travel, + Lifestyle

If you know me, you know traveling is my favorite thing.  I look at it just as I would paying my bills, it's something I will always spend money on and I need it.  Over the last year traveling has been very different, but Pack Up + Go gave me a great travel experience right in my city of Philadelphia with one of my closest friends Jimmy! 

Pack Up + Go is a surprise travel agency.  First starts by you answering a short quiz on personally interests. (Examples; staycation, road trip, outdoors, plane, trains etc.) You will set a destination, a budget, and a timeframe along with favorite types of food, activities, and just the basics on how you like to personally travel.  The best part is everything is a complete surprise until your about to leave for your trip!  

The morning of our staycation I received a fun envelope with an itinerary for the weekend. To start we had check-in instructions for the Kimpton Hotel Palomar, we were welcomed with a bottle of wine and desserts waiting in the room. Kimpton Hotels are all over the world not just Philly.  If you ever get a chance to stay in one, do it, each location is so unique and beautiful! In our itinerary we were given our plans for dinner at Parc, a charming french bistro that Jimmy has never been too. (Parc is already one of my favorite restaurants in Philly, their french onion soup is to die for!) Along with tickets to a walking food tour for the next day. We explored different food stops in the city included a Philly Cheesesteak of course and ended at the famous Reading Terminal Market. 

Overall Pack Up + Go put together a perfect weekend for us based off the questions I answered before the trip.  I would highly recommend their service. Would be perfect to surprise a significant other, girls trips or even a solo trip to explore a new city! Thank you for a wonderful weekend, check out my Instagram for a fun reel from the weekend!


With fall approaching I have the perfect drink to have fireside camping with friends or even indoors! The marshmallows I'm using are infused with bourbon but you can use any kind you like.  Below I'm sharing an easy fun fall drink.


1.5 oz Coopers' Craft Bourbon 

1 oz Campari

1 oz Sweet Vermouth

Graham Crackers



First I melted chocolate and crushed up a few graham crackers.  I dipped the rim of the mug into the chocolate and then immediately into the crushed graham crackers to garnish the rim.  Next I mixed to together all my liquids and poured into glass over ice.  Lastly I torched a few marshmallows until crispy on the outside and garnished the drink.  Enjoy!

Must be 21 to drink - Coopers' Craft 

I used to always decorate with photos I have taken or of me with people.  Don't get me wrong I still have photos up from travels through Europe but lately I have been loving and wanting to put art work on my walls.  I found these two prints from Desenio that I am obsessed with! 

Since moving into our apartment last fall I haven't done much with the walls in the bedroom.  I wanted to add in some modern minimal styled art pieces to pull it all together.  I gravitate towards neutral colors for everything, from clothes or decor.  I knew I wanted to stay in that color family so I searched their easy website by typing in neutrals first.  The ones I chose were Abstract Lines and Shapes and the other print is Beige Art Poster.  I decided to put them both into white frames so a sleeker look! 

You can use code TUSKSANDTAILS at this link for 25% off your purchase until September 3rd, enjoy! #deseniopartner

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pantene. All opinions are 100% mine.

Women have more days where they don't wash their hair than when they do. Having longer thick curly hair I have always only washed my hair 1-2 times a week.  Trust me it's a process haha, then after 2 days of clean hair I usually just wear my hair in a bun until its washed again.  A recent study showed that 71% of women cannot keep great hair days in between washes, can you relate?  I am so excited to have found the new Pantene Waterless Collection. It has helped me style my hair as if it was right after a fresh wash. Now we all can officially #BanTheBun! 

When banning my bun I start by using the Pantene Never Tell Dry Shampoo Spray.  It's filled with Pro-Vitamin B5 and wild mint, it's also paraben-free and sulfate-free !  The mint gives your hair a fresh start with tapioca that absorbs excess oil as you apply to your scalp and roots.  I apply it all over my scalp and rub it in with my fingers then proceed to brush through the rest of my hair.  I then move onto using the Pantene Mist Behaving Dry Conditioner Mist!  I've never used a dry conditioner before but now I'm obsessed.  The conditioner mist helps with detangling, frizzy hair and controlling fly aways.  To use, you simply spray at the ends of your hair and brush out.  This product is also paraben and sulfate free.  Plus, it's made with Pro-Vitamin B5, Omega-9, aloe and jojoba oil, leaving your hair nourished for a full 24 hours! 

Lastly, I want to talk about the Pantene Curl Affair Curl Reshaping cream. If your hair is curly that tends to frizz easily, this product is perfect for you. Trust me a little bit goes along way. This is pumped with anti-frizz hydration that works to block humidity, keeps your curls smooth all day and defines curls with no crunch. Another nice thing is you can use this product multiple days in a row between washing! I twist or scrunch it into my dry hair for a more polished look, you can even use this to apply to damp/wet hair!

Pick up the new Pantene Waterless Collection now at Walmart! 
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pantene. All opinions are 100% mine.

Even if you can't travel far, a little weekend away to have a change of scenery is perfect to recharge.  Located about an hour outside of Philly in Galloway, NJ is The Seaview Hotel! If you don't know where Galloway is, don't worry, I didn't either. Turns out that it's right up the street from Atlantic City, but much quieter! When you enter inside the newly renovated hotel, you're greeted by a stylish lobby decorated with tufted sofas, a marble bar, and a roaring fireplace.  We arrived on a Friday night after work and were ushered into our suite (which was bigger than our apartment haha) with champagne, chocolates and treats for Buddy! 

After we got Buddy settled in, we kicked off our stay at one of the hotel restaurants, Coastal Grille.  Josh and I both ordered the clam chowder along with some items to share. Don't sleep on that soup, it was excellent! The Seaview Salad was amazing. It's filled with scallops, grilled shrimp, avocado, hard-boiled egg, crispy bacon, blue cheese and a lemon vinaigrette.  One thing Coastal Grille is known for is their "Monday Night Special." This includes their famous burger and fries, paired with a shot of White Cap Whiskey from Little Water Distillery and a cold Double IPA from Hidden Sands Beer! This is available every Monday night from 5-10pm. 

Saturday morning we woke up and took Buddy on a long walk around the premises.  The Seaview Hotel is massive and has a golf course on site along with a walking trail. Buddy loved being out of the city and roaming through nature.  After our walk, we returned to our room for breakfast in bed room service! We had fresh squeezed orange juice, grapefruit juice, champagne, eggs, bacon and chocolate chip pancakes. Buddy had some bacon too and was in heaven! As I mentioned earlier, our room was bigger than our apartment, for real. If you watch the Seaview highlight on my Instagram, I have a room tour you can check out! When you walk in, there was a foyer with a coat closet and a long hallway to the right. That's where there was a wet bar and a powder room.  At both ends of the hallway there were double doors leading into another room.  Inside of there was an enormous living space to hang out in with a wall-mounted flatscreen TV.  It also served as a dining area and had a desk for workspace.  The bedroom was its own vibe with bay windows and a table and chairs set up.  I sipped my morning coffee there looking out to the water in the distance.  Our bedroom had a HUGE bathroom with a walk-in closet and dressing area as well as a marble shower and separate tub. 

After eating breakfast and hanging out with Buddy for a bit, we went to check out the indoor pool.  It was heated and we had the entire place to ourselves!  With the indoor pool being so nice, I want to come back in the summer and use the outdoor pool.  Later on, we drove over to the beach for sunset since the hotel is only about a 10 minute drive to the coast.  It was FREEZING out, but so worth it!  I feel so relaxed and at peace when I'm on the beach or near water, anyone else? 

On the way back to the hotel from the beach we got a fun surprise.  Our friends from New Jersey were watching my Instagram Stories during our stay and thought the hotel looked so cute that they booked a room for themselves! Even the 1 bedroom standard guest rooms were so charming! We all met in the lobby for dinner and drinks to end the night. 

Sunday mornings at The Seaview Hotel is the place to be.  They put on a lavish champagne brunch that was voted among the "100 Best Brunch Spots in America" by OpenTable.  The spread was filled with salads, fruits, seafood, a carving station, an omelette station, along with a waffle station. They also had a dessert section to satisfy your sweet tooth.  You could say we lived like royalty during our stay!  Overall our experience at Seaview Hotel was exceptional. I really can't say enough good things!  Everybody who worked at The Seaview was by far the nicest hotel staff I've ever met and were so welcoming to Buddy.  I would recommend anyone who wants a weekend getaway or is planning a trip to the beach to stay here. I know we will be back with Buddy during the summer to enjoy The Seaview in the warmer months!  

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