This past weekend, I was blessed with the opportunity to compete in Tucson, Arizona at the University of Arizona. Now, as a lot of you know, Ohio’s weather has been a little less than ideal these past few weeks and you can imagine I was overly ecstatic to get to Arizona’s 90 degree weather! We left super early Friday morning and flew for a total of 5 hours to make it across the country. My absolute favorite part about flying to the west side of the country is flying over mountains! Ohio is so flat and flying for track is really the only time I have seen mountains in real life.
Arizona is also super fun because of all the cacti! One of my Uber drivers told me that Arizona is a hub for water cacti and this is really the only place that you will find them. So I made sure to get my fair share of pictures. However, Arizona also has tons of palm trees too which I wasn’t expecting. Usually when I think of palm trees, I think of the tropical areas, but I guess they just really like the warmth lol.
After the meet was over, the University of Arizona held a banquet to honor all of the athletes and reward the teams that had won. Of course I had to take this opportunity to share what I wore with you all!
For this banquet, I chose to wear a super light an airy maxi skirt with a huge side slit. This type of skirt is perfect for warmer days (or extremely hot in Arizona’s case) because you can still have air flow to keep you cool and you are covered up enough to look appropriate for dinner. I paired this skirt with a simple bodysuit and some of my favorite black sandals from Target to bring it all together.
The hotel we stayed at was very unique compared to the typical Marriott we usually stay in. We stayed in the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel and it had a combination of rooms inside the main building, rooms you could walk straight outside to which had backyards, a restaurant and a separate ballroom area. In the open backyards they had orange, lemon, and grapefruit trees you could pick fruit from! The hotel even offered a service to help you pick the fruit if you couldn’t reach yourself.
Arizona was so beautiful and the weather was amazing. I can’t wait to be able to come back and visit this little desert paradise again. Until next time!