Spend a Weekend at Darien Lake!

This post is sponsored by Pepsi and Darien Lake Theme Park Resort. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

We all know that life can get a little (or a lot!) hectic sometimes. Work, school, chores, kids, pets, significant others, family…as “adults” we have a lot to deal with. But while people have a lot of responsibilities to handle on a day to day basis, is it so wrong to want to throw a little bit of fun into the mix?

My life has been pretty busy lately, and I am SO grateful for the wonderful folks at Darien Lake Theme Park Resort. Recently, myself and a few of my favorite humans spent the weekend at Darien Lake, and this could not have come at a better time. Technically on paper, we are considered to be adults, but thanks to this amazing experience, we definitely felt like kids again!

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Darien Lake had provided myself and my friends with cabins for the weekend, as well as some killer swag.

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Some of us looked better in the tees than others…

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The Cabin

So I’ll be honest, I’ve never been that big of a camper. The whole staying in a tent and possibly getting eaten by bears thing never sounded appealing to me. But this…THIS I absolutely can get used to.

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Guys, you don’t understand. The cabins at Darien Lake are incredible. Like, I would stay here every weekend if I could.

First of all, they have air conditioning AND heat. It was a little bit chilly the weekend that we were there, and it was so warm and toasty inside the cabin after we turned the heater on. Definitely a great way to warm up on a cold night. Second of all, they have super comfy mattresses…like a real bed inside a real house type of mattress. So much better than a sleeping bag inside of a leaky tent. Third of all, and the most important, a bathroom, shower, electricity, and running water. Seriously!! It’s glamping at its finest, and I couldn’t have been more excited.

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As you can see from my super awesome (not!) cell phone pic below, each cabin has their own picnic table, fire pit, and charcoal grill. We were most excited about building a fire in the pit in the evening and roasting up some marshmallows for smores….

How toasty do you like your marshmallows? I like to light mine on fire. Yep, I’m THAT girl.

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The Food

Speaking of food…isn’t amusement park food the best?! Obviously, we scarfed down all of the yummy things that we could find.  From chicken fingers and fries to cotton candy and pizza, we actually ate everything.

Not pictured: the ice cream that I ate so fast that I totally forgot to take a photo of until it was too late.

Sorry not sorry.

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The Games

I would like to think that I am good at games, but I’m not good at games.  Like, at all. I’m actually pretty terrible. But I have so much fun playing them!

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I attempted to win this insanely adorable troll creature, but alas, luck was not on my side. She still looked cute with my outfit, though, so hello perfect photo op!

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The Rides

As I had mentioned in my first post, Darien Lake is a ride lover’s paradise! My personal favorite is the ferris wheel.

Why?

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Check out the view from the top…so beautiful!

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And of course, roller coasters are always the fan favorite. My friends’ absolute favorite coaster in the park is the Boomerang.

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This intense ride shoots you forward AND backward…talk about a thrill, right?

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And speaking of thrill….oh dear.

Have you guys seen this one?

This is the RedHawk. This bad boy brings you up 180 feet off the ground, and once you pull the rip cord, you soar through the air like its namesake.  I was WAY too chicken to do this one, but my friends said that it was an amazing experience!

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I found my favorite form of excitement by riding the pretty ponies on the Merry Go Round 🙂

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The Fun

Well, we only had one casualty of the weekend…

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Just kidding! He’s totally fine…or is he?

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One of my favorite parts of the weekend was the Ignite the Night Colorblast laser light show! The is a nightly laser show that includes pyrotechnics, fireworks, music, and multi-colored laser effects.  It was so beautiful!

 

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And of course, the boys had WAY too much fun with their glow swords. Want to see a grown man act like a child? Give him a light up sword…bonus points if the sword also makes noise (these did!)

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The Friends

I’m sure everybody says this, but I actually mean this next statement with my whole heart: My friends are the greatest friends in the entire world.

Not to sound sappy, but this weekend was actually so incredible because of the people I was with.  I’ve been blessed with incredible friends who know how to have a great time no matter what we are doing.

My final tip for having the best time at Darien Lake is to bring a group of your besties with you. Sure the park is a blast on its own, but it will be even better if you have your people with you.

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BONUS: The Views

While walking back to our cabins to relax before the light show, we had to stop and marvel at the beauty of the actual Darien Lake. The sunlight, the slight fog, the reflection of the roller coaster in the water…I’ve never seen anything like it.

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I just wanted to give a gigantic THANK YOU to Darien Lake Theme Park Resort and Pepsi for this opportunity. My friends and I had so much fun! And just a reminder, visit http://www.darienlake.com/pepsi and buy one full price admission & get one free when you use code PEPSI. Offer ends June 25th, so take advantage of this ASAP!

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Photos by Ryan Kell & Nicholas Robson

The Victory Gardens Spring Pop-Up

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Photos by Ryan Kell

A few weeks ago I had wrote a post about the Oxford Pennant Pop-Up…and it’s finally open!

With the help of Fern Croft, the entire store has been transformed into a beautiful wonderland full of succulents, air plants, ferns, moss, and everything in between.  Everywhere you look, there is something new to explore…it is totally magical!  And, a fun fact, all of these plants are for sale.  I picked up a lovely wooden air planter which looks perfect in my office…and I haven’t killed the air plant yet, which is a miracle!

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Among the beautiful flora, Oxford Pennant is also selling carefully hand-picked items that are incredibly unique and a gardener’s dream…watering cans, hanging planters, gardening gloves, etc. But for those of us who were not blessed with that green thumb, they also sell pieces that are perfect for us fashionable folks…sunglasses, Oxford Pennant tees, and my personal favorite, these “Stay Lucky” and “Raise Hell” cuff bracelets.  So cute!

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I wish that I had a magnetic wall in my house so I could fill them with these magnetic air planters! Don’t these look like little pineapples?

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You are also able to purchase their pennants as well, which you could previously only purchase on their website.  I pretty much wanted to take every single one home with me.

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Thank you so much Oxford for letting me have a sneak peek before the doors opened…the store looks amazing!

If you are local in the WNY area, or if you want to take a trip in to town to check this out, you can find their pop-up at 43 W. Tupper in Buffalo.  The Victory Gardens is open from 12-8pm Monday-Saturday until July 3rd.  Get in before it’s gone!

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Say Hello to Summer with Pepsi and Darien Lake!

This post is sponsored by Pepsi and Darien Lake Theme Park Resort. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Summer is right around the corner! Can you feel it? The sun is finally shining, the birds are singing, and I’m starting to break out my warm weather wardrobe (say that three times fast!)

These rising temperatures have me itching to finally get out of the house and go on some adventures. Yes, laying on a beach all day may be enticing, but I’m craving something a little bit more action-packed! But where can I go that hosts the perfect mixture of relaxation and excitement?

Darien Lake Theme Park Resort, of course!

First of all, you know how amazing the rides are at Darien Lake, right? They have six unique coasters, from the backwards Boomerang to the lightning fast Ride of Steel. Also, have you seen the super intense RedHawk and Slingshot? Totally perfect for those of you who are adrenaline junkies!

Now you say, but Lindsay, where does the relaxation part come in?

Well, how about my absolute favorite lazy river in the Splashtown Waterpark! Or cuddle up to your favorite person and watch the nightly Ignite the Night Colorblast laser show (definitely a must-see!) There are even Hotel and Cabin rentals available to raise your Darien Lake trip to the next level!

Now you can’t wait for your trip to Darien Lake, right? And thanks to Pepsi, you can take advantage of this incredible BOGO offer. Visit http://www.darienlake.com/pepsi and buy one full price admission & get one free when you use code PEPSI!

Thanks Pepsi and Darien Lake for this great offer…my friends and I will see you soon!

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Photos by Ryan Kell

Oxford Pennant Spring Pop-Up

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Okay, so I have a confession to make.

I’m kind of, sorta, completely, utterly obsessed with Oxford Pennant.  Seriously, this past year, EVERYONE received Oxford pennants from me as gifts.  Best. Ever.

Last year, Oxford created a pop-up shop called The Victory Gardens in December.  I actually wrote a blog post about it which you can find HERE.

For those of you who were able to attend their Holiday pop-up, you remember how incredible it was, right?  Such amazing pieces that were perfect for anyone on your gift list.

But hold up.  Next weekend, Oxford is REOPENING THE VICTORY GARDENS! *cue the heavenly music*  Their Spring pop-up grand re-opening is Saturday, May 20th from 6-9:30pm, and will be running through July 3rd.  I have a little bit of insider intel, and from what I hear, the shop is going to look absolutely beautiful!

Hope to see you there!

Buffalo State Runway 10

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This is the BIG YEAR for Buffalo State’s Runway Fashion Show!  Ten years is a huge milestone, and they are pulling out all of the stops for this one.

This year’s show is going to be held in the Sports Arena, a gigantic leap from their “smaller” shows of the past, and I’m so excited to see the designs this year.  Each year, the students have to design around a specific theme.  This year’s theme is Remember/Imagine.  This theme empowers the fashion students, both current and past, to remember where they’ve been and imagine what the future of fashion holds.  If you are curious about last year’s show, you can check out my post about Runway 9 HERE.

This year the Buffalo Blogging Network is the official sponsor of the Press Pit, and I am so thrilled to be working with the Runway 10 team!  We will have a bunch of bloggers from our network in the audience covering the show, so make sure to check out social media for a peek at the amazing designs!

Tickets are still available on their website, so make sure to get yours today and join us for a night of fun and fashion!

Locations: The Event

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People.  This is exciting.

A few weeks ago, I attended a pop-up creative party that was held at a local super artistic Airbnb in the city.  Local photographers and models were hanging out, listening to music provided by an awesome DJ and taking some killer photos.  The collaborations and connections that happened during this event were insane, and the vibe throughout the entire place was electric.

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This party sparked the creation of Locations.co, the brainchild of local photographers Brandon Lua, Ryan Kell, and Alexis Bandera.  According to their Facebook page, Locations is a new and exciting collaborative experience coming to Buffalo where models, photographers, stylists, and creatives of every industry are invited to mix, share, and bare witness to live photo shoots in unique settings.  Nothing like this has been done in Buffalo before, so this has been getting a LOT of attention.

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Their first event is being held at MES Lounge on April 9th.  Tickets can be purchased on their Eventbrite page and early bird pricing is on now through April 1st.  If you are planning on attending, definitely take advantage of that!

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I’m honored to be involved in such a groundbreaking event.  Follow the Locations Instagram account for updates.  We hope to see you there!

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Buffalo Black Book Magic Release Party

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It’s no shock to any of you that I go to a lot of events…and by a lot I mean a metric shit ton. You’ve seen me post about everything from art festivals to fashion shows to store openings.  I always say that if there is an event, any kind of event at all, GO TO IT!  It doesn’t matter if it might not seem of interest to you in that moment. Just go.  You never know who you will meet!  I’ve met some of the best people and really networked my ass off this way.

If there is one event in the city that you should definitely attend, it’s absolutely the upcoming Buffalo Black Book release party!  You might remember that I posted about the last party in September, and it was one of the most fun events that I’ve been to.  It also was the very first time that I connected with Elizabeth, the creator of the BBB.  Just a reminder that you can read her Nickel City Gritty interview HERE!

This party is celebrating the recent launch of their second issue Magic (still available to purchase on their website).  This issue is brilliant, and full of some of my favorite people!  If you are in Buffalo, near Buffalo, or just feel like coming to Buffalo for the weekend, join me at Hydraulic Hearth this Saturday to celebrate Elizabeth and Buffalo Black Book.  It’s going to be an awesome party!

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