summer in paris.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

eiffel tower

i finished weeding through the rest of the photos from paris over the long weekend. i can't seem to form sentences to go along with any of it, but i figure it's best that way. paris is difficult to describe in words. this overwhelming sadness came over me when it was time to leave, and that same emotion crept up when describing how much we enjoyed our stay. not because vacation was over, but because i felt this very real connection to paris, as cliché and saccharine as it sounds. have you ever visited a place and felt like it just fits?

louvre museum

and with that, summer in paris….

jardin des tuileries
the marais, paris
love locks bridge
love locks bridge

l'as du fallafel in the marais did not disappoint (thanks marissa!).

l'as du fallafel paris
louvre museum
jardin des tuileries

patrick blanc's vertical garden.

patrick blanc's vertical garden, paris
seine river, paris
saint germain des pres
seine river, paris
jardin des tuileries
saint germain des pres
eiffel tower
saint germain des pres

a lot of great memories were made this summer (paris and otherwise) and i hope the same is true for you as well.

jardin du luxembourg, paris.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

jardin du luxembourg

we stayed in the 6th arrondissement, just a short walk away from the beautiful luxembourg gardens. rather, a short walk to poilâne for apple turnovers on the way to the gardens. paris is quiet, empty almost, during the month of august. the trade-off being that a lot of stores and restaurants we wanted to visit were rightfully closed.
jardin du luxembourg


jardin du luxembourg

soon after breakfast we journeyed north to montmarte. i didn't bring my camera along on the hike to sacré cœur, though it's forever etched in my brain. 

jardin du luxembourg

by mid-afternoon we'd stop by a nearby cafe for lunch and a cafe crème, then continue to wander to the next destination on the must-see list.
jardin du luxembourg

admittedly the must-see list was filled with mostly eating or shopping of some sort.

jardin du luxembourg
jardin du luxembourg

what's your favorite place in paris?

a short stay in london.

Monday, August 25, 2014

clock tower london

as beautiful as it was, i admit london was a bit tarnished by a lost luggage fiasco that kept us in our hotel room on hold for what felt like the majority of our stay. that being said, we hit the high points like true tourists before catching the eurostar to paris the following evening. 

london queen's guard

we stayed at the brown's hotel, located in the heart of mayfair, best known for high-end shopping and the famous savile row. there are not enough kind words to say about the brown's hotel, from the courteous staff to the meticulously clean (and gorgeous) rooms. 

the brown's hotel

i admit i didn't realize how spread out london really is, and given our short time frame we didn't get a chance to truly explore all the nooks and crannies. so with that, cue the highlight reel!

mayfair london

palace of westminster….

palace of westminster
palace of westminster

the london eye…

london eye

borough market…

borough market london

i would compare borough market to a classier version of smorgasburg. tons of great food choices in a beautiful location.  

borough market london

we went around lunchtime and opted for traditional fish and chips at fish!, and then sauntered around the rest of the market for fresh fruit and the most amazing green olives i've ever tried. 

borough market london
borough market london
borough market london
borough market london

buckingham palace… check.

buckingham palace london
green park london
buckingham palace london
buckingham palace london

we stopped in ottolenghi in notting hill for lunch day two and walked away with fresh tomato basil flatbread and blackcurrant mini meringues. 

ottolenghi london

after lunch we strolled around notting hill a bit more and explored the cute shops tucked away amongst gorgeous town homes-- toast being a personal favorite.

toast notting hill
notting hill london

hope to see you again soon, london!

ps: my friend kayla took some amazing photos of her recent trip to london as well.

photo of the brown's hotel by jane anderson. ottolenghi photo by keiko oikawa.

children, furry and human.

Monday, August 11, 2014

the daily muse

i snuck in the bedroom the other day and took some photos of this guy snoozing away, the late afternoon light hitting his face just so. ed and i will celebrate six years of marriage this coming october, and the inevitable question (you know the one) has been creeping in for the past couple of years. i remember this mom i met a few years back who assured me that the second i hit thirty my uterus would start speaking to me. as if thirty was a magic number to wake up and say-- babies, babies, babies! she was partially right, and i did turn thirty this year, but my mind set still isn't necessarily baby-centric.

the daily muse

that's normal, right? rather, who's to define normal? either way, when asked when we plan to have children my response is always the same-- oh, we have a furry child at home. he's pretty cool.

potty trained too.

pack your lunch.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

avocado on toast

i'm in a food rut. rather, i'm in a pack your lunch rut. i bring my lunch to work every day in an effort to save cash, eat healthy, get pats on the back. but seriously, the lack of quick lunch options in midtown (sans meat) is lacking-- pizza, falafel, pizza, falafel. hence the bringing of the lunch. oh wait, dishes! dishes is pretty good.

i've made a habit of stocking the office fridge on monday with food for the week so i'm not schlepping tupperware containers to and fro every day. this method leaves me eating the same thing every day until i run out, usually around thursday.

pbj
pita and hummus
pbj
pita and hummus
every
single
day

avocado and tomatoes on toast is my go-to dinner when ed is working late or out of town. someone needs to come up with a lunch spot that only makes fresh avocado toast to-go. i'd give them all my money and leave the lunch box at home.

pack your lunch ideas? hit me.

amagansett.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

hamptons beach house

ed and i escaped to amagansett a few weeks ago (just like last year) to stretch our country legs and get knocked down by pre-hurricane waves. ok, mostly just myself and small children were taken down by the waves but just go with it.

amagansett

we shared a beach house with friends complete with cool breezes, an outdoor shower, and a sandy path leading directly to the beach.

amagansett

the food scene in the hamptons is ever changing (and mostly fantastic) but i'm certain that grilling fresh fish in the backyard and beach picnics surpass all restaurant establishments. 

townline bbq
amagansett

that being said, a few standing favorites include ruschmeyer's in montauk (it's a young crowd but the food is so fresh), coffee and muffins at jack'stownline BBQ, and ice cream from scoop du jour in east hampton.

amagansett

in the afternoon we'd warm up from the icy cold water and drive into east hampton for coffee and window shopping.

ruschmeyer's in montauk

and real-estate snooping! admiring gorgeous hamptons homes from afar is half the fun.

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