January 27, 2017

GREECE | LEFKADA ONE

These first 27 days of 2017…

Don’t think I need to explain why this here blog has been the least of my worries but if you’re wondering it’s been a Six Flag ride of pros n’ cons that goes something like-
Pros:  late night dance parties, celebrations of love, news of being an aunt twice this Summer
Cons: friend and family drama, 3k worth of vandalism on my car, crazy politicianS

Break’s over and most issues have been resolved so lets jump back in where I left off.  Thinking it’s about time to wrap up our Greece trip~

After Santorini it was Lefkada time! We had to fly back to Athens, rent a car then drive 5 hours to the only island in Greece you can get to by car. At first I wasn’t too keen on all that driving but after getting a killer BMW and being able to see all the terrain, I’m glad we did it.

Got my babe, map and money-lets go!

Through a friend’s recommendation we stayed in a beautiful villa that was private and had the sweetest hosts that gave us all the recommendations.  It was close to a market and had a private pool though we weren’t able to use it because the weather was never great when we were at the villa.  Definitely grateful for the nice weather we had in Santorini and Athens but it still sucked we couldn’t do everything we planned in Lefkada due to thunderstorms.

Dress with a view! Picked up this cotton dress in Santorini, planning to use as a fancy cover-up come Summer.

However, we didn’t let that stop us!

Packed up the car each day and set out on adventures. One day we went to find a waterfall and hike a trail and on the way into the trail head we passed through hundreds, maybe thousands, of olive trees. Some looked decades old!

After several stops for olive tree gazing we made it to the trail  head and were greeted by this huge bonsai looking tree-

Quick climb up the big bonsai then the real climb.  It wasn’t raining at the time but had right before so the water was nuts. There were bridges down leaving us to climb through a few feet of water with other visitors, most French or Italian men, that were daring me to go first!  OH HELL NO, YOU GO! But we did it and while it was pretty scary we didn’t have any missteps and made it to the fall.

Nidri Waterfalls | Lefkada, Greece

I took a ton of photos but they all kinda look gross because the water was so muddy. YooHoo water is what I kept calling it.  The ferns and moss were real pretty though.

Dustin was (always is, actually) so patient with all my “stawwwp! need to grab a pic of that, and that, and that, oh and that!” Like these silly looking Greek sunflowers we saw off a windy road~ all petals everything.

One of the rainy days while driving around to find a dry spot we were starving and spotted a restaurant that seemed legit.  After parking I spotted these lamb and harassed them for a few then went in and had the best meal of the trip.

Greek food was… repetitive … so it was really a matter of who did it best. Can’t beat olives from trees you parked by and fish soup that was caught just over the cliff side. Also those fried zucchini things were bomb. Little fact, my favorite food is french fries and in Greece they did’em right! Hand cut, salty, crispy-potato perfection.

The staff at Greco Levante were so kind. We were two of maybe six people dining likely due to weather and the time of day so the chef wasn’t that busy and took the time to come over and sell Dustin on the soup and make us laugh with his silly sarcasm and jokes.

Soft pinks and cacti, they know the way to an American girls heart.

Another day venturing out when it was nicer we stopped back at Greco’s olive oil stand for more olive oil. Can’t remember what we paid but it was a steal. We gifted two and kept one bottle for ourselves which we save for special occasions or to let a friend try real olive oil.

Greco Levante | Lefkada, Greece

This last photo was such a moment. We stopped to get some photos of the rolling hills and in the corner of the frame I spot this unicorn! Ok, it’s a regular horse but still! It was a sweet lil surprise!

Packed a lot in the three days we were there so there’s two more posts coming, beach day and city day!

~~Happy chilly Friday from ATL~~

December 25, 2016

ALL THE FALL THINGS + HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Since I’ve seen countless posts like this, I find comfort in knowing we aren’t the only goobs out in an apple orchards and tree farms, dressed in inappropriate clothing to get that “perfect pic” for a holiday card or blog post…

See our go at it below:

Back in earlier Fall a group of twelve of us went up to North Georgia for a day of BBQ eating and apple picking at B.J. Reece Orchards.

Stetson, Lou & Grey top, Madewell skinnies, DV shoes, Ray-Ban shades

Slaw (Sarah Lawrence)  was an apple pickin’ pro! Way more focused than, ahem… ME.

A must visit for anyone around the Atlanta area. And if you’re into it, there’s a nearby mini golf course and swimming pig race (Google it!)

Our friends found this romantic little spot and we couldn’t help but get some photos.

Dawwww

After sweating our bums off we hung out in the market and enjoyed shade and apple flavored everything.

Our haul and a curious Flynny.

Had more than we knew what to do with so I opted to just cook them all and use for various recipes. Started with skinning them, then dicing into small cubes, melted some butter and added vanilla extract, rosemary and a pinch of salt and later used in hand pies  and a cobbler-all turned out so yummy!

Onto cutting down our Christmas tree!

Brixton hat, Madewell sweater + bandana, Anthro shirt, vintage Coach bag

This year we did things a little differently.  With buying a house and all the expenses that come with that, including furnishing it which I’m so excited to soon share, we had pretty much broken the bank.  So even though our tree wasn’t going to have gifts under it and to be honest, we both aren’t the biggest Christmas lovers, we still wanted to at least give our new home a proper tree.  Google led us to a cute little farm in Marietta called Coker Farms. They had these beautiful bluish green trees I had never seen before called Carolina blue spruce.

We went with the unique one, duh! You can’t see it in this photo but our tree has these beautiful yellow flowers(?) and little brown acorn looking things. We left it minimal with white lights only so the tree itself could steal the show, no ornaments necessary!

We didn’t send out a Christmas card with our picture on it but if we had, we would have used this one. Sometimes offering to take a photo for a stranger in return for them snapping one for you, turns out pretty dang good!

Good job stud!

Merry Everything to All! Enjoy the day hanging with friends, family and pets!

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November 29, 2016

GREECE | SANTORINI TWO

It’s the second part to our stay in Santorini! We were there for a total of three nights, spending each night in a different Airbnb. Here’s the second night’s cave home:

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Don’t be fooled, that door is very short! I know because I knocked my head on it two different times. In case you’re wondering, yes I was warned and yes it hurt!

This spot was really interesting. We only had the bottom half which wasn’t much from the outside (compared to night one’s upgrade!) but the interior, specifically the “disco room” as our porter called it, was hip as hell!

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After we got settled in we went to grab some breakfast and do some more exploring.

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Stetson hat, vintage Coach bag, Anthropologie jumper, Bussola sandals

Then we loaded up on SPF and headed to Jojo’s down at Black Beach.

Jojo’s vibes were everything I ever invisioned of from a Greek beachside hangout-all the rattan, neutrals, driftwood,various swimming pool options, beer on tap, hanging chairs and on and on!

We had been told that if you ate at their restaurant, the regular chairs are free so we grabbed a a quick lunch and headed down to the beach and found a set literally ON the beach. Perfection.

Bussola sandals

Black beach for a reason!

While we bobbed in the salty Mediterranean we scooped up colorful stones to bring home. This collection grew and grew during the trip. So glad I thought to grab stones along the way (thought it’s nothing new, been obsessed with rocks my whole life!) because I recently made a terrarium and used a few handfuls from Greece which made it even more special! *See Instagram for the finished product.

Stetson hats, Target bathing suit, FP cover up, Bussola sandals

So I know I just said Jojo’s was everything I dreamed of but Wet Stories (yea, terrible name…) was a minimalist’s beach dream, those cacti, HEART EYES!

my current phone wallpaper

After a day on the beach, it was winery + sunset time! We changed back into our clothes and headed to a winery that was recommended, Santos, but they were randomly closed and so we mapped it over to Venetsanos Winery.

It was CRAZY WINDY, like blowing off the food on our plates windy.  Several people sitting around us had their wine glasses blown right off the table! We figured out that if we set the glasses in between the two plates and pushed them it, it anchored them down. It was a real struggle though especially not wearing the appropriate amount of clothes.. but the delicious treats, setting sun, Greek wine and spending time with my “bb” was glorious!

During the chaos of the wind shattering glasses and the terrible service-they threw away our food and Dustin’s wine while we were getting sunset pics- we connected with two ladies from the states, Cat (NYC) and Lara (currently London). They were so fun and leaving around the time we were and asked where we were going and we said, “FIRA!” and they were all “that’s where we’re staying, we love it!” and since they were going to call a cab we offered to give them a lift,  When we arrived they suggested we hit up Tropical for cheap drinks and fun music. DONE!

Many drinks and making additional friends later, we all needed some FOOD. Brick oven pizza it was! So glad we were able to connect with fun folks!

Onto the last full day~aka Dustin’s 30th~aka third Airbnb cave home:

This lil spot was so bright and open, I loved it but Dustin and I both agreed, nothing beats that first spot!

After our final settling in we went to have another Greek breakfast feast. I got really into Greek yogurt with seasonal fruit and honey. Tasted so much better there!

If you’re wondering if the moving around so much in such little time was annoying, well, it was and wasn’t. We were thankful to get legit Oia cave homes in such short notice but it would have been nice to leave hanging clothes up rather then hand carrying them to the next spot. But on another hand, getting three different experiences was also rad. So, if you’re up for it, do it! If you are more than happy with one sleeping environment, steer clear and book far in advance.

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I for real didn’t make the sky that blue! au naturale!

Salt Optics frames, Free People dress

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Santorini has a reputation for having lots of cats everywhere but if you saw in my Athens post, they also had a ton of cats hanging around. So it’s safe to say, Greek cats aren’t afraid to chill wherever they dang well please! Wait, that’s all cats…

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To celebrate Dustin’s 30th we wanted to do something adventurous. We spoke with our host and she suggested a sunset cruise on a catamaran, yes please! That didn’t set sail till 2pm so we had time to kill which meant walking more stairs to see different angles of our hillside hood.

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All aboard the catamaran!

The cruise included dinner and ALL YOU CAN DRINK. It was about $280usd and so so so so worth it. The food was prepared on the boat and was a top meal on the entire trip-ridic good.

“Dustin, what are we doing for your 30th birthday?!”

That’s Amoudi Bay where we walked the 300 steps and road donkeys. We sailed all around the islands and saw so many different layers of volcanic eruptions and erosion. The boat stopped at three different beaches-anchored out in water-and let us jump off and explore around. In addition we stopped at a “hot spring” that wasn’t hot at all. We laughed and joked around with other tourists about how lukewarm (at best) it was. The Mediterranean is cold y’all!

Salt Optics frames, FP cover up, H&M top

Buzzed and salty, we had a bit of fun posing in front of the setting sun :)

Confession, I totally flooded the bathroom and let someone else take the blame. Oops! After getting in a final swim I went to shower off in the cabin and for whatever reason the water wasn’t draining but I figured it was some button outside the shower so I went about my way and got cleaned off. When I got out of said flooded shower all the water went into the bathroom area, panicked I started pressing buttons and flipping switches. Nothing worked.  So I dried off and fled. I was drunk (hello, all you can drink..) and was in fight or flight and I chose flight! A women we had befriended was walking in after me and I said “gosh, someone flooded the place!” and after her trip to the bathroom she told one of the boat folks and they got it figured out. Yea I’m a jerk for not fessing up but everything in there was waterproof so no damage was done and now I have a funny story to tell :P

Man, what a couple of three days.  To say Santorini has magical powers would be an understand. At the time of this trip we were in between homes, staying at friend’s places and living out of suitcases. Our marriage was suffering because of it and this trip was just what we both needed!

Can you believe there’s ANOTHER leg of this trip? I’m having so much fun reliving it!