12 October 2018

Princess Eugenie's Wedding

I just love a royal wedding, don't you? Today Princess Eugenie, granddaughter of the Queen and daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York, married Jack Brooksbank. The wedding took place at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, the same venue where Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan were married earlier this year. The bride's dress was by British designer Peter Pilotto and she wore a stunning emerald-embellished tiara loaned to her by the Queen. 

My favorite element of the entire wedding was the florals, designed by London-based celebrity florist Rob Van Helden. The seasonal display featured roses, hydrangeas, dahlias, berries, and liquid amber trees in a fall-inspired color palette. Fall is my favorite season, and these florals will go down as some of my all-time favorites. So rich and natural and autumnal- just love, love, love! It was wonderful to see Princess Eugenie have her moment to shine today. (And she really did shine!) Here are my favorite photos from this very beautiful and memorable royal wedding...

10 October 2018

Isle of Skye + Scottish Highlands Tour

The one part of our Scotland trip that I haven't blogged about until now is the time we spent touring the beautiful Highlands and the Isle of Skye. When I was initially planning this trip, I knew I wanted to visit these two areas but wasn't sure about the best way to reach them. Though we've enjoyed many road trips in the U.S., neither my husband nor I really felt comfortable renting a car and driving on the other side of the road for the first time on this trip. We love traveling by train, so that was the first option I considered. Although there are good routes to take around Scotland, I was still left unsure about how we'd get to some of the more remote sites without a car.

Randomly while scanning Pinterest one day, I stumbled across a specific tour of the Highlands and Skye that caught my eye. The itinerary covered every site I hoped to see in just three days, plus it included a scenic ride on The Jacobite, the steam train famously shown crossing over Glenfinnan Viaduct in the Harry Potter films. It was also super convenient for us, round-trip from Edinburgh, and based just a short walk from our hotel. After the last couple group tours we went on, we'd decided they weren't our cup of tea. But since this one seemed like such a perfect fit for what we were looking for this trip, we decided to give it a chance. Looking back, I feel so thankful that we did.

03 October 2018

October Mood

Suddenly, fall has arrived. It hit me this morning as I drove across town for a hair appointment and a brisk wind swirled an assortment of fallen leaves across the pavement in front of my car. The still-saturated asphalt had that unique first-rain-of-the-season smell. I rolled down my window and breathed it in. I've been in a major funk these past couple weeks, but in this moment as I slowly exhaled, I felt hopeful and invigorated. As Anne of Green Gables famously declared, "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."

28 September 2018

Fashion Friday: Mansur Gavriel Fall 2018

Truthfully, I hesitated to publish a post about fashion on a day like today. After following the national news so closely this week, my heart just feels heavy. Fashion is so often associated with frivolity, and I don't want to disrespect or in any way diminish the seriousness of this moment. Yet since the beginning of time, beauty and art have served as a balm for weary souls. And I truly do believe that in these challenging times, one of the most important things we can do as a society is to celebrate our commonalities and seek connection with each other. Fashion, music, art, little everyday moments- these things not only have the power to connect us but also to lift our collective spirit.

24 September 2018

Packing for Scotland

As the popular saying goes, "In Scotland, there's no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes." Our recent trip confirmed this because although we had a fabulous time, we ended up wearing totally wrong clothes for the weather most days.

Typically, you can count on Scotland being rainy almost all of the time. Thankfully, it's usually more of a misty, drizzly sort of rain, rather than the pouring, ruin-your-day kind. But of course we managed to visit the Isle of Skye, usually known as the "Isle of Mist," during an unprecedented heat wave, with highs in the 90s! The best approach to packing for Scotland is to bring layers that mix and match easily. I put together this packing checklist based on my experience, the items I was glad I brought and the ones I wish I had.


07 September 2018

Fashion Friday: Sézane Pre-Fall

Today I want to share about a little French brand I love called Sézane. Founded in 2013 by Morgane Sézalory, the brand evolved out of a one-woman business selling rare vintage clothing on eBay. Sézalory's perfectly curated finds soon attracted Parisian designers who bought up her pieces as inspiration for their collections at major fashion houses. Today, Sézane has grown beyond selling vintage items in favor of releasing limited-edition collections of Sézalory's own designs. (Which sell out quickly!) As if there weren't already enough reasons to love Sézane, I also have to mention that the brand is thoughtful and transparent about their manufacturing processes and commitment to sustainability, something that's become important to me over the past few years.