October 24, 2016


Remember that time I went to Greece and never posted about it? Well I’m fixing that because I’m finally getting around to recapping our trip! Starting with our first day, or half day rather, in Athens~

We landed around noonish and with buying a train pass, waiting for train, riding train while falling asleep in public, walking to hotel we didn’t arrive until about 3 or 4 and immediately took a nap but first looked out our small hotel porch to see this:


We kept saying how this style reminded us of cruise ships, you see it? Very common around all the parts of Greece we went to. I was fond of the colors of this particular building.

For this leg of the trip we didn’t splurge on our room by any means, but instead got something cheap and close to everything.  The Airotel Parthenon was close to everything but I will say, it looked nicer online, ha! Our room smelled of sulfur and it overall felt dirty but the lobby and breakfast that was included was very nice. I wouldn’t say don’t stay there because we were able to walk to all we did and the staff was great but beware, you get what you pay for.


After our power nap we got up and went to get some spiked coffees with no real plan just going where details led us like “pretty flowers! lets walk this way” stopping at the cutest outdoor cafe.

Greek iced coffee with Bailey’s ~ fun energy!


Went a little nuts snapping photos of this cafe, but I was so in love!



I climbed inside a tree to get this pic! Screams Europe right?!



We did a lot of walking from the start, had to pick up some fuel from a street vendor.

This day was very short so after coffee and snacks we hightailed it to Mars Hill to catch the sun setting on the entire city and view of the Parthenon atop Acropolis. You can’t tell from this photo but it was very windy up there and we had to be extra careful walking around all the slippery marble.


I was squealing with delight over the rosy gold glow, it was like Joshua Tree in the sense of it just kept getting better and better!


Ray-Bans, Anthro top, vintage Coach bag, Old Navy sandals and Free People shorts


Some of these were taken with my little Rebel but this last one Dustin took on his phone and I was very impressed! The following day we switched over to the Acropolis side but first getting a different view of it was extra cool.

Once it got dark I stuck with just using Snapchat so no more photos from day .5 but the fun didn’t stop after Mars Hill. Next destination was the historic neighborhood, Plaka. This is where you can do it all -shop, drink, have fish eat the dead skin off your feet, watch street performers, eat, shop some more.  A friend here in Atlanta that’s from Thessaloniki who helped me big time with the trip recommended a spot for dinner he and his family go to every time they are in Athens, Thanasis Kebab.  He said “it’s nothing fancy but I love it” and I would agree, it wasn’t the fanciest but we sat on a cobblestone street lined with other restaurants and lots of foot traffic and enjoyed some Greek beer with the traditional plates and loved it!  We attempted to stay out as long as possible to battle jet lag but that night was pretty brutal for me. Having never traveled with such a big time difference, 7 hours ahead, I laid wide awake most of that night being envious of Dustin soundly sleeping like it was no different.


Have no fear, I totally rallied the next day! Check back tomorrow to see post two from Athens!

October 12, 2016


It’s been a minute since I blogged about fashion but since Fall has made a quick appearance this week in Atlanta I’m thinking of how this year’s Fall/Winter wardrobe’s going to go.

Off the bat I can say, denim, DUH. Always include denim, as well as wools and leathers. But this year’s specific vibes are a little different. More sporty as I’m loving hightop sneakers, little tomboy, but most importantly: functional.  Since I’ve gotten my closet down to what some would call capsule wardrobe size and others would say “sparse” I want to remain intentional about what I bring in for the upcoming seasons.

Few weeks back while attending a Frye event at Ponce City Market I popped into the Madewell to check out the change over from Summer to Fall.  I said to Dustin “I could wear every single piece!” which I’m pretty certain scared him because he knows it’s pricey :P So in love with the new roll outs, here are my favorites from the current lookbook:


After wearing this length in a jumpsuit from Anthro, I’m curious to try on this style of jean. Could be fun with ankle boots.


Never been a lover of pink but this blush tone has been inspiring photos lately so I’m down to try in my clothing mix.


Give me all the stripes, especially in black and white.


In Europe the Adidas comeback was strong and it’s appearing to have made it’s way here as well. Since I already have several pairs of white sneakers, I’m into this reverse black with white style.


Haven’t stopped wearing white since Labor Day came and went, and don’t plan to! Winter whites for the win.


I like all these pieces individually and especially admire the layering, said it in seasons past, but I feel like I’m finally getting the hang of layering. Love this idea with a long sleeve dress.


Picking up 70s vibes here and am so ok with it! Been rocking a bandana myself a lot lately too.


If mixed differently, these items could be basic but this outfit is anything but. It’s pretty much everything I described in the opening paragraph: sporty, tomboy, functional.


My favorite sweater last year came from Madewell. Now they’re making sweater skirts, yes!


Again, had a very similar jacket to this last year too and am still crazy about it! Not complaining they’re bringing back great pieces with some alterations to them.

These may seem pretty casual to you and you might not be jumping for joy thinking about trying them on and adding to your wardrobe like I am, but Madewell brand gets me. If they get you as well then lets go shopping! Now through 10/14 Shopbop is having their Main Event Sale to help get you ready for cold weather and they have a great selection of Madewell as well as loads of other brands! See all details here.

September 29, 2016


This was the shortest part of the trip but maybe my favorite, this place is MAGICAL. Everyone needs to get out there and see the Joshua Tree National Park!


Our original plan for Saturday was to get up and enjoy the pool a bit then head back to Los Feliz for a lunch Court had planned. After chatting it up with Aleksandra, we both got really excited about the possibility of seeing Joshua Tree.  Ultimately decided it was worth skipping the luncheon and making the trek out to the real deal desert. We knew it was too hot to go out there during peak heat hours so we killed time on the Palm Springs strip. IT WAS A JOKE.  Felt like we were in Orlando or somewhere even cheesier.  Silly souvenir shops and overall not good shopping.  Best thing we found were the sunglasses in these photos, pretty stoked on these especially for $6, but still we both wish we would have skipped that and spent time around Joshua Tree’s strip instead. Live and learn!



Steson hat, cheapo shades, Free People X Trunk Ltd. shirt

When we got to the entrance it was the perfect lighting.  But there was a line to get in I mean, who would have thought at 6pm…. By the time we got in I was in “we’re missing premo light!!!” panic mode. For real, acting like a crazy person.  In my defense, it was so dreamy and I knew if I didn’t get hyped up I could lose the chance to get some great shots but I could have kept it a little more chill.  As mentioned in the last post, sometimes you just gotta enjoy life and not worry with photos but occasionally that thought goes out the dang window and I’m a weirdo.  That day, I was in that form.  Unfortunately, Court had to deal with it but turned it around with her amazing positivity and all was good!

She got me to step back and think “this is beautiful and I need to enjoy and capture what I can with the time we have” while learning that for the next time, get there with a lot of timing to explore and choose what location is most photogenic.  So take it from our hiccup, the place is gigantic and there are so many different areas and rock formations. We pulled over at the first pretty looking spot and I hit the ground running (literally.)






This dude scared us half to death! What looks like a rock in the desert, may not be a rock, watch where you step!

This dude scared us half to death! What looks like a rock in the desert, may not be a rock, watch where you step or sit!




I really do have this thing with plants <3

I’ll never forget the first time I saw one of these wacky plants back in 2007.  In route to Las Vegas on a buddy pass I got trapped in Phoenix and had to rent a car and drive to Vegas. Though it was annoying I was immediately thankful because the ride was so scenic! Tall-as-houses cacti and joshua trees. I was in love and been infatuated with cactuses ever since.


The lighting changed so much, kinda crazy that all these pics were taken in about an hour. The skies turned from gold to pink to a faded blue then got all kinds of MORE BEAUTIFUL like above. I’d love to take Dustin back and go camping (maybe glamping…) for a few days and get a longer experience. Thankful for the time we did get!

NEXT UP: some Greece, finally..

Happy almost weekend!