Category Archives: Travel

Neon Diamond

It’s been years since I was in Paris, and I was so excited to go back, even if only for a few quick days. We stayed at Le Maison Champs Elysees which was beautifully designed by Martin Margiela. It was the perfect lead into heading south to Barcelona through the weekend.


Travel time!


I just found out I’m going to be heading over to Europe at the end of the month… starting with Paris! It has been so long since I’ve been, I can’t wait! Our second stop is Barcelona, where I have actually never been. Is it bad that I am kind of excited for the Fall-like weather I am spying in their forecasts? I’m also dreaming already of stopping into Lauderee and wine and cheese plates…


I couldn’t be more excited. I just need to figure out what to pack!

New York in Pictures

A few snaps from my recent whirlwind trip to the lovely, lovely NYC.


NYC here I come!


With so much going on this week, I’ll be lucky if I make it out with my head on straight. Saturday is D’s birthday, and I’m on the 6:35am flight out Sunday morning to NYC. Luckily, the big plans for his birthday this year involve cold beer, flotation devices and sunshine on the Sandy River. I’m so excited. I found him the best present this year thanks to a tip from Miss Sara, and went on a secret mission to get it. I can’t wait until I give it to him so I can show you all the photos!

I also have a bachelorette party to plan with some dear friends for the Saturday I get back. If anyone knows of a fun place to get party supplies in NYC, please let me know! I’d love some fun unique stuff to bring back for the occasion. That goes for any fun places that you love in the big apple, as this trip will be a little looser than some in the past and I might be able to explore a bit more. Fire away with some of your favorite spots I should check out!

So time to start packing, get the camera ready, and find an air pump! SO much to do!


Shanghai Markets

My favorite thing about traveling is the city markets. You get to walk around and learn  little bit more about the place, as well as find goodies way better than any store! In Shanghai there were multiple markets focused on different things. The Antique Market great for little things and random antiques (that may or may not have actually been antique). The Night Market had all kinds of odd little clothing/beauty items including and entire booth for nail polish, that were new and cheap (anyone say sparkle hair accessories as far as the eye can see?). We also found a very “locals only” Bird and Insect Market. They had everything from baby turtles, to chinchillas, to bright colorful birds, to black squirrels. Yes, Black Squirrels.

It also started POURING the day we went to the two outdoor markets. Thank goodness for hotel umbrellas!

Another tradition I have started is that when I travel now, I always try to pick up a bracelet from wherever I am. The one I picked up in China (which took forever to find!) is second from the bottom. It has a dragon and a phoenix both swirling towards the middle and has a really cool twisted technique on the back. I love having my own little modern charm bracelet riding around with me every day! (In the photo you can also see ones from Philly, Dallas, Chicago and my dress-finding mission with the girls in Seattle!)

Shanghai through Color

I have heard Shanghai called the “City of Color,” but until this recent trip I had no idea to what degree that really was. It was incredible in every little corner.

Philly :: Part Two (Art!)

So I loved he Philadelphia Museum of art so much I had to do a separate entry, just on it. Being a huge Duchamp and Dada fan, I don’t know how I was oblivious to the fact that they have an entire room devoted to Duchamp…. and another to Cy Twombly… And a bunch of Jasper Johns… and Pollock… and the list keeps going.

Needless to say, I was stoked to be there and went into completely-in-awe-of-the-greats-mode and probably freaked out my coworkers (like when I went to the MoMa in NYC for the first time). Luckily neither of them were there when I got all emotional when I laid eyes on the “Nude Descending A Staircase” by Duchamp. I think I just got so overwhelmed in the room, surrounded by pieces I admired so much, yet thought I would never be able to see in my life. Yup, I got all teary about it.