I’m finally getting around to sorting and sharing pictures from my trip to Venice in August. I got to go for work (!) and it was the best experience. Even though it was just for the weekend, I managed to see quite a bit of the city, and get the full Venitian experience at the Vanity Fair Venice Film Festival Party (talk about work perks!) A water taxi came to pick us up for the party, we got in wearing our long dresses and tuxes, and the boat carried us along the lit canal. I felt like I was in a James Bond film – it was the most glamorous experience! I have been thinking about Venice and Italy non-stop since I left —  I can’t wait to go back.

I’m Back!

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Wow, it’s been ages since I’ve blogged! I really did not mean to be gone for so long and had every intent to schedule posts and work on my blog while we were away on vacation. We just got back from an amazing trip to Michigan and Chicago for a wedding and to see some very good friends and family. We only get back to the U.S. a few times a year and it was so nice to unplug; we spent every moment with people that we love that we wish we could see more often. I didn’t open up my computer screen once and it honestly was just the break that I needed. It’s always bittersweet to return back to London, but we’re excited about getting back into our routine and enjoying the home we’ve created here. Here are some pictures, snapped on my iPhone, from the trip. I hope you enjoy! xo


london{Cutest London coffee shop.}

paris{Traveling light for a spontaneous day trip to Paris.}

gio{My nephew, Gio, exploring London.}

shelf{Slowly decorating the flat – lots of built in shelves mean lots of fun styling.}

paris view{The view from our Parisian hotel room.}

herbs{Hostess present from my sister-in-law: a start to our herb garden.}

orangery{High tea at The Orangery at Kensington Palace.}

I wasn’t expecting to take so much time off blogging but between the move and getting settled in, and having my sister-in-law and baby nephew visit, life has been packed and blogging has taken a back seat. We’re finally moved into our new place and while I’m missing my sis and nephew {we had a blast exploring London and Paris!} I’m slowly getting back into my normal routine. I wanted to share a few pictures of what my time off has looked like: travel, family, unpacking + getting settled, and loving Springtime in London.

P.S. Can you believe we moved to London one year ago? Time flies!


The Weekend

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Processed with VSCOcam with m3 preset{We took the train up to Cambridge on Saturday and it was so fun! It’s such a beautiful city. Really recommend The Varsity for rooftop drinks and beautiful views.}

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This weekend has been so refreshing and just what I needed. We planned a spontaneous trip up to Cambridge on Saturday and it was so fun to explore a new part of England and get outside London. We celebrated Easter with friends {and missed our families!} and we’re thankful that the UK loves their holidays and we have one more day before we have to go back to work. :)

How was your weekend?

Hello + Catch Up

Hello hello! I wasn’t anticipating taking so much time off blogging, but time with family is precious these days, it was honestly so refreshing to be unplugged and spend some quality time with our family and friends. I’m still with my family in DC {I have one more week with them!} but I thought I’d pop in for a quick update.

From left to right: our trip has been a whirlwind of flights: we flew from London to Paris, Paris to Washington DC, DC to Los Angeles, and I flew back to DC to spend some extra time with my family. Whew! It’s been a blast, though. :) The top right picture I snapped in Paris — could it get more gorgeous than that? Our Christmas and New Years were quiet with family {gorgeous Malibu sunsets and a trip to Santa Barbara to see an orchestra concert included!} I got a special little {Chanel} gift and I will share more soon!

How were your Christmases and New Years celebrations? So excited for 2014 — thanks so much for following along!