November 29, 2016

GREECE | SANTORINI ONE

Could it be? Could it really be my Santorini post I’ve been promising?! Why yes it is!

Prepare yourself folks, lots of stupidly pretty scenery ahead~

But, before you’re blown away, lets first start with Dustin and I getting there. That was a scary situation lemme tell you- the flight from Athens to Santorini was garbage!  We flew through Ellinair. They left 50 minutes late for a flight that was only supposed to take 45 minutes and the landing was scary af.  Also, forewarning, the Santorini airport is comically small and very dirty but don’t let that discourage you because there is magic outside of that one crummy spot. As far as airlines to use while avoiding Ellinair, we’d recommend Ryanair based on what others used that we met along the way!

As far as transportation we didn’t really have a set plan, after all this entire trip was last minute. So we visited the Hertz to just see about prices versus taking the bus and taxi’n around and the cost seemed fair ~$375 total usd for the entirety of our stay in Santorini, about 3.5 days so opted for the cutest option available:

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Convertible Fiat!

While it had zero “get up” as Dustin would call it, it was blast riding through the windy roads  with the top down and Greek music turned up loud! Turns out it was definitely the best decision for being mobile because the other alternatives were dirt bikes or ATVS both of which were slow and annoying as crap to get behind plus they don’t have coverage for the chilly nights/dust/blazing sun or much storage. We saw a lot of miserable looking couples who probably regretted it but if you were to rent for just short distances that’d be fun, just not idea for zipping all over the island in our opinions.  In addition we heard the taxi’s were very pricey.  So, adorable little convertible is a win!

Because the trip was last minute I had a hard time finding Airbnbs that were for all three nights. Instead I went with the same rental company but three different cave homes. When we arrived into the town we were staying in, Oia, the porter showed us to the home and it was amazing, like so amazing I was confused because it wasn’t what I booked, it was way better!  I thought, ‘did he show us to someone else’s mansion by accident? Should I say something?’ And then after the grand tour he said “you were upgraded to this home because there was a cancellation and this was going to sit empty anyways.”

UM, HELL YES:

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This thing could have slept 7 adults comfortably! It was huge. Joked about calling up our friends and telling’em “hey come over, we have so much extra room!”

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I had to take a few to run around and admire all the decor and furnishings, squealing around every corner!

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After I admired every square inch, we got changed for an adventure.

We knew we wanted to hit up Amoudi Bay’s cliff jumping and restaurants overlooking the water, however, I asked if we could have one chill day because my knees were killing me from all the Athens adventuring.   Somehow (still not sure about this one) there was miscommunication and we ended up starting the journey down the 300 stairs…

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These are not the Amoudi steps but right before I realized there was no turning back we snapped a pic of pre-sweaty me. Took a hot second to get a pic where my hat wasn’t trying to blow off and my cover-up wasn’t over my head but we got it! The shoes I’m wearing here were bought our last night in Athens and worn every single second there after until they got so gross here in the states they’re waiting for a cleaning. LOVE THEM SO MUCH! These are the ones from the previous post I mentioned I tried to track down to store away for the future but they were all gone.

Bussola, please remake the Nashville gladiators!
Thanks,
Nashville’s #1 fan

Instead of getting bent out of shape about needing some lounging and instead getting an intense workout, I made the most of it and got silly on Snap and also joked with passerbyers who were barely making it back up!

After making it down the stairs you then walk through the strip of restaurants then down and around the island to the other side.  Not sure if it was the time of year but it was insanely windy!

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We set our stuff behind a rock, got in the chilly water and swam to the above island that has the cliff everyone jumps off. Swim was a breeze, if you can handle swimming against a current, but I will say getting up that thing wasn’t the easiest. There are a few path options but the easiest wasn’t the rope people were using it was actually the pure rock path.

Couple things to note: water is always cold so a rash guard would definitely come in handy, bring water shoes or something like that for the sharp rocks, we loved having our dry bag within our regular bag, point  your toes when entering water-otherwise it hurts the arches of your feet and lastly: DO IT! 

I jumped off twice and was good but my fellow water baby hubs wanted to get in a few more so I watched from the other island and documented.

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photo by friend made over drinks, Nicole Sweet

After all the stairs, swimming and jumping it was snack time!

We went down to one of the water front joints and ordered some of the octopus and some drinks.

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This is how the octopus comes out. First they hang it in the sun and let it dry out then they marinate and throw on the grill. Very good! During our time at Amoudi Fish Tavern we met two friendly Americans, Nicole and Lawrence. She’s a photographer and he’s a pro basketball trainer. We chatted and hung with them for about an hour and later invited up to hang. With the crappy service and Oia being confusing it sadly didn’t happen but it was fun visiting while we did.

While walking down all the steps we saw a few people riding donkeys back up and then saw them chilling around the bottom and put two-and-two together, they were for rent! These guys were brilliant. 5 euros each got you back to the top! You and your achy knees could rest while listening to the jingle bells and watch your man pretend to be a Greek cowboy! Best money spent on the whole trip.

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After donkey ride it was back to the cave!

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Hit up a local market along the way, picked up some regular and spicy olives and margarita ingredients. We danced and goofed off and hung out in just about everywhere, except that “jacuzzi” which was just cold fresh water ha!

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Just like in Athens, with the changing colors of the sun, the bright white buildings changed shades with every minute of the sunset.

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Judge away, I did! Even though I thought he looked sexy staring off into the Mediterranean Sea. This is not typical but he does enjoy the occasional foreign smoke.

Glad I’ll never have to forget this moment :)

If you’ve ever done any looking into Santorini you’ve probably heard of the epic sunsets. Well, lemme tell you, it’s no myth! People are intense about catching them front row too. The first night we watched with a crowd right outside of our home getting more creative with spots the following nights. Here’s two snap shots from Dustin’s phone:

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After sun was down it was back to playing in our cave mansion!

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Just look at the view from the couch!

For real, all the above wasn’t even in a full day! We really know how to pack it in on trips :)

Up next: Rest of Santorini!

November 22, 2016

WEAR 17

Meet the newest addition to my wardrobe I’ll be living in all year long:

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These Madewell overalls are the perfect combo of “aw, cute overalls!” and “hey girl hey” if ya know what I mean. *if not, basically cute and fitted giving off a slight sexy vibe ;)  Also, you’ll never believe where this shirt is from…………TARGET! It’s part of the Who What Wear line they currently have in store. Saw on a women at the camera rental shop had to ask and then had to own.

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Speaking of new, these Bussola kicks are also recently acquired. I got obsessed with this brand in Greece and reached out to the company. They no longer had the shoes I was searching to buy a second pair of but asked if I’d be interested in trying out a Fall style. I opted for these to add a classy black bootie into my mix. Definitely wear-out-of-the-box capability since they are instantly comfortable just like my sandals were.

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As you can tell, Atlanta’s in full Fall colors mode. We’ve been in a bad drought and have had lots of wildfires going on in North Georgia but the weather has really been fantastic. Well, minus the smoke on some windy days. It’s been nuts seeing smoke off in the distance like we’re in California, it’s just not something we’re used to.

Enough about weather, lets talk about BLACK FRIDAY/CYBER MONDAY and all the sales that are in swing and soon to be full swing! Shopbop is one of my favorite online retailers and starting today their Buy More, Save More  event is on! Lots of great gift, trend and style guides can be found on their landing page. Happy shopping!

*see all sale details here

November 15, 2016

ANNIVERSARY DATE

Our Greece trip (you know, the one I still haven’t fully posted about…) was a celebration combo of Dustin’s 30th and our 1-year wedding anniversary.  Since we went big in September and Halloween fell on a Monday, we kept our anniversary plans simple with hanging around Inman Park on that Sunday.

Starting at Beetlecat for oysters, but first, photos!

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Surprisingly, neither of us had tried it out since it’s January opening but every time I walked or biked by I knew the inside held some unique decor details along with it’s menu offerings.

Stepping in to either entrance, the top (here) or the submarine den downstairs is like walking onto the set of Life Aquatic! Wes Anderson vibes for sure in the best and trendiest way.

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With the help of our awesome server we got four different type of oysters from different states.  We really liked that Beetlecat’s menu gives in depth flavor descriptions on each type just like you’d find at a brewery or winery, ie “crisp, robust, earthy.”  Decided when it was too late but moving forward we’d like to get out of the habit of eating them on crackers with all the fixins (well, at least at legit spots!) and really try to pick up on natural flavors. May have to work up to just eating them straight raw but start with eating out of shell and then chasing with cracker and hot sauce..? We shall see!

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Brixton hat, Anthro dress + necklace, Dolce Vita boots, vintage Coach bag

I adore that my puzzle piece tattoo made an appearance in this post because it’s something that Dustin and I got together on our first Valentine’s Day. We knew very quickly we completed each other and made one another whole, to commemorate our affection we got matching puzzle pieces down the street from my loft.  Love this little reminder!

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Conquered! Look how pretty they are. In the past I’ve collected my fair share of oyster shells on shores but I let these go, much to Dustin’s surprise I’m sure!

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Thankful for this guy’s company over the last 381 days. They say “the first year’s the hardest” and we chose not to believe but ya know what, we get it. I would like to give Dustin and I credit because, call me bias, but even with all the hurtles (family stuff, buying a house and all the crap that comes with that, etc etc) we did dang good and are stronger together!  Reread the card he gave me last night and teared up. I found a good one yall! Love you “D Dog” “Double D” “Babe” “Diddy” :P <3

Santorini p.1 is next! *or is it?! Jk jk.