It’s bonus day, dudes. I’m serving up not one, but two Ten Things lists today. Hauling ourselves all over creation for the last couple of weeks has really got me thinking about travel and what it all means. Why do we travel, are there more noble reasons for traveling than others, how to be good at it, and on and on. So today, two lists: what I love about traveling and what I loathe about traveling. Let’s do it.
Ten Things I Love about Traveling
Experiencing a new culture.
Being out of my comfort zone.
Trying and learning bits of a new language.
Observing locals doing everyday things.
Seeing sights I’ve only ever seen in photos.
Finding things that are off the beaten path.
The reality check it provides – the world is more than just you and where you live.
Meeting people who are kind to travelers.
Trying something new and loving it.
Taking tons of photos.
Ten Things I Don’t Love about Traveling
The language barrier, when it presents a problem.
Taking a chance on a new food when it ends up being gross.
Sometimes feeling like I’m imposing myself on another culture.
The whole money exchange thing.
Lack of cell phone abroad.
Looking like a tourist.
What about you? What do you love about a new place, and what always bums you out? I’d love to know. xoxo
I was going to try to make myself some fancy new luggage tags for all of the traveling that we’ve been doing, but I was recently in the Target dollar aisle and found these beauts:
I mean, come on. I could spend a few hours knocking my head against the wall trying to make and sew a pattern for new luggage tags, or I could get these for a dollar each and paint them. Option B won out. Duh. So if you hurry, I think you can still find these guys at Target! If you grab some, this is maybe the easiest DIY ever.
- blank luggage tags
- craft paint
- washi tape
- hole punch
Make Time: 20 Minutes
Punch holes in washi tape to create a mask for the polka dots. Stick to the back of the luggage tag and smooth them down to ensure that no paint seeps through.
Paint each of the polka dots and remove the tape before the paint dries.
Set the tags aside for a few minutes while the polka dots dry. When you can touch them without any paint coming off on your fingers, tape a diagonal line across the top of the luggage tag. I chose to put mine at random angles, but you may want to measure more specifically.
Paint a block of color above the tape. Remove the tape before the paint dries.
Allow all paint to dry thoroughly and insert your information in the other side of the luggage tag. Pop these babies on your suitcases and cross your fingers that your luggage doesn’t get lost anyway! Doing any traveling any time soon? I’d love to know where you’re headed! xoxo
Surprise! We snuck off to Brussels & Amsterdam! You guys, the more I travel the more I love to travel. It’s such an amazing thing to live in a world where we can decide to go experience another culture and have the means to do it. Planes and trains and cars make the world so small and accessible. I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately, and I’m so glad to have a partner in crime like Mr. Lovely who’s always up for an adventure.
The last couple of days we’ve wandered tiny neighborhoods and streets for miles, stopping here and there for a local beer or a special treat. Europe is magical. I’ll do full posts with our favorite recommendations soon.
So it’s been a whirlwind, but we’re heading back to Paris today to eat more croissants. Because why wouldn’t you? xoxo
My very favorites of the last few days have been chocolat chaud and croissants on a drizzly morning, a trip to the most wonderful flea market, spotting all of the beautiful hidden doors, and a perfect picnic watching the sun set behind the Eiffel Tower.
We have been on little side trips to Brussels and Amsterdam for the last couple of days — updates coming soon! My heart and my head are full of love and inspiration, and I’m so grateful for this chance to be traveling. I’m also so grateful for you following along. Cheers! xoxo
Note! Yes, I know peony season is pretty much over. I wrote this post a few weeks ago and it somehow got shoved to the end of the line! But it’s too pretty not to share. So don’t be scared to substitute some other blooms for peonies — open roses or something similar would do the trick.
I think of peonies as an extra special treat. They’re always so expensive, and they have such a specific season that they’ve become this elusive flower in my head. I think this is literally only the second time I’ve had peonies in my home, ever. Suffice it to say, this was a splurge at the flower market. But they were just too good to pass up! The pink and blush petals against the yellow at their centers is maybe one of the prettiest combinations ever. So I snapped up a bunch — go big or go home, right?
- approximately 10 peony blooms
- medium bowl
- washi tape
Make Time: 10 Minutes
Start by taping a grid across the top of your bowl. Don’t let the tape trail too far over the ends. Carefully add water to the bowl.
Trim excess greenery off of a peony stem, and cut the stem down at an angle until it’s the right height for your bowl. Insert into one of the openings on the tape grid.
Continue in the same fashion until all of your blooms are included. It may take a little shuffling at the end — I rearranged a couple of my peonies so that they’d sit better in the bowl.
I put them on my desk and, I kid you not, they were so gorgeous they were almost distracting. Like, I just wanted to sit back and enjoy the fact that I had peonies on my desk instead of getting any work done. It was such a special treat! I think it’s safe to say that peonies are my very favorite flower these days. (Me and the rest of the world!) xoxo
I would call myself a realistic dreamer. I have wild fancies but I also keep my feet on the ground, which I think is kind of a good combo. But no matter how firmly my feet are planted, it never stops me from daydreaming. I can get pretty lost in a thought, and I think that’s okay. Here are ten things that I often catch myself daydreaming about.
1. Saying the exact right thing during a confrontation (usually after the fact).
2. Playing with my niece and nephew.
3. Living in a foreign country.
4. My future with Mr. Lovely.
5. Punching rude people.
6. Doing perfect pirouettes.
7. Important conversations — thinking about what I would say.
8. Meeting people I admire.
10. Friends and family in happy circumstances.
Some of them are a little on the angry side — I have a secret desire to be a little more aggressive and stand up for myself. Ha! But most of them are just your standard, lovely, daydreamy things. I’d love to hear yours! Am I weird? Have you ever daydreamed a whole conversation with another person? xoxo
Just a few bits and pieces of Paris so far. (I’ll definitely do a recommendations post when we’re back!) We’ve been wandering through this most perfect city with big grins on our faces. This place surely can’t be real.
I’m never coming back. (More photos on our Instagrams, here and here.) xoxo
I’m secretly a hippie on the inside. (And maybe also a little bit on the outside.) I love feeling the sun on my shoulders, and singing Joni Mitchell songs, and running around barefoot. So what better way for a hippie to hang on to the summer than with a DIY flower crown? I can’t think of one.
I love this little crown because it’s made of feverfew and mint. Feverfew looks like little tiny daisies, but it’s also used as an herbal treatment for headaches. Did you know that? I didn’t until I brought some home to make the crown! I thought it would be cool to add some sprigs of mint so that it would smell extra good when I wore it. Good choice, me.
- one bunch of feverfew or similar small flowers
- a few sprigs of fresh mint
- floral wire
- floral tape
Make Time: 30 Minutes
Start by creating a crown of floral wire large enough to fit your head. I wrapped mine around twice and twisted the ends around itself to secure.
Make a bunch of mini-bouquets. Snip off a few feverfew flowers and wrap them tightly with the floral tape. Make about 15 of these; half with a sprig of mint included, and half without. (Too much greenery will overwhelm the crown.)
One by one, tape the bouquets to the wire. Wrap floral tape tightly around the bouquet and the wire, securing them together. Work your way around the crown in this fashion until all of the wire is covered. You may need a few extra bouquets if you like a fuller look.
Ensure that all of the flowers are secure and put on your crown! I loved running around in the sunshine wearing this thing. They’d be particularly adorable on a bunch of little flower girls at a summer wedding. Would you wear one? xoxo
Two years ago today, I woke up without any butterflies in my stomach. I wasn’t nervous or stressed or anything but just happy. That’s how I remember that day.
I remember not caring if my hair was out of place, or if photos took a little longer than anticipated, or if I didn’t finish my glass of champagne. I remember sitting with Mr. Lovely in the church while a choir of our friends sang to us. I remember being ushered around here and there because we were just in a fog of happy. I remember driving from the church to the reception in my dad’s ’57 Chevy, just me and my new husband, and people honking and yelling congrats through their rolled-down windows. I remember the last dance of the evening, to The Boy I’m Gonna Marry, looking around on the dance floor and seeing all of the people that we love, just having so much fun. I remember it all so clearly, and I hope I do forever.
I love you honey, and I know we’re only on year two, but I don’t know how it could possibly get any better. xoxo
Update: Giveaway now closed! Check my Instagram feed to find out if you’re the winner! Big thanks to Printstagram, and to all who entered. xoxo
In honor of today, and the fact that we’re in Paris, and the fact that I’m going to be Instagramming up a storm, the fine folks at Printstagram are giving away a set of their square prints to one of you lucky lovelies! You’ll have the chance to win some of your very own Instagram photos, printed and sent to your doorstep. I ordered some of my own prints last year and they’re still taped and framed up all over my house. Even though digital photography is great, there’s still something so perfect about holding a photo in your hand.
Here’s all you have to do to enter. Head over to the Printstagram page and peek at all of the other cool products they have. Also make sure you’re following me on Instagram, because I’ll reveal the winner on my feed next week. Then just head back here and leave a comment to let us know you’ve entered the giveaway!
The giveaway will end Monday, August 26th at 6 pm PST and winner will be announced via Instagram on August 27th; giveaway open to U.S. residents only.
I’m so grateful that Printstagram is helping us celebrate today! I can’t wait to share photos of our travels with you, so be sure to follow along. xoxo
Check it out.
P.S. I gave my mom one of their calendars for Christmas last year, and literally every time I see her she tells me how much she loves it.
I wish I could tell you how perfect our last few days in NYC have been. There are about 4 weeks out of the year in New York that have amazing weather, and I think we accidentally hit one of them. It almost felt like fall. Or spring. Blue skies, a little breeze, sun that’s not too not — I mean, we hit the jackpot. And so we’ve been doing a lot of wandering.
We came to town with no other plans than to spend as much time with our friends as possible. No touristy stuff — we just wanted to have a few days kind of just like they used to be. See a show, meet a friend, grab a drink. Ya know. The good stuff. So that’s what we’ve been doing.
We hit some of our very faves, and it kind of feels like we never left. We went for a walk on the High Line (which, by the way, is one of my favorite things to recommend to visitors). We grabbed lunch at Chelsea Market (there’s crepes and meat pies and everything in between), and split a bunch of Schmackary’s cookies. We wandered for hours through Soho and the West Village and Central Park, stopping on a park bench or at a coffee shop when we needed a breather. We saw friends perform in their Broadway shows and grinned from ear to ear. And we met up with so many of our favorite people my heart is full to bursting.
Being back is always kind of strange — for the first few hours there’s an adjustment. But this place will always also feel like home to me, and I’m grateful for that. We leave tonight on a red eye to Paris, and while I’m so excited for the next part of our adventure, I’m definitely a little downhearted to be leaving all of our best pals. These NYC friends of ours truly feel like family. And I suppose the great thing about family is that you know they’ll always be part of your life, no matter where they are. xoxo
P.S. If you want, keep following our travels on Instagram — here’s mine and here’s Mr. Lovely’s. We’re a couple of shutterbugs.