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.}

Processed with VSCOcam with a5 preset{Perfect morning: mags in bed.}

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!


Postcards from Portugal Part II

 Our last two days in Portugal were a bit more relaxing and less touristy than our first two days. We spent all day Saturday biking along Portugal’s gorgeous west coast, it was absolutely breathtaking. We stopped for lunch on the water at a delicious seafood restaurant where we both tried delicious traditional Portuguese dishes recommended by our waiter. We flew out Sunday afternoon, but Matt snuck in an early golf game and insisted that I spend the morning at the spa — I didn’t argue. :)
Portugal was incredible — friendly people, amazing food, and {obviously^^} gorgeous scenery. It’s definitely a perfect place for a relaxed vacation away from everything, we hope to be back again someday! 
Part one here.
Our trip to Paris here.

Postcards from Portugal Part I

I wanted to share some pictures from our Portugal trip: these are from our first two days. We stayed in Cascais, which is on the west coast of Portugal and it’s absolutely stunning. Our first day we just explored the beaches and walked to Cascais’ city center. The walk was one of my favorite memories from our trip — it seemed like every corner we turned was a gorgeous beach or huge, old castle. On our second day we took the train to Lisbon, stopping at the Jerónimos Monastery in Belém (it’s gorgeous!) and to try a pastel de nata, a traditional Portuguese tart that originated in Belém. We headed to Lisbon and spent the whole day exploring the gorgeous streets, restaurants, churches, and city views. I have lots more pictures to share, so stay tuned!