Fire Eyes

After quite the stressful situation in noticing the travel agent spelt my name wrong on my ticket the night before I left and the longest customs line I have ever seen at Heathrow I finally arrived at my sister-in-laws flat. It is an absolutely perfect and beautiful day here in London! I spent the morning resting and am now ready to go enjoy the sunshine and cool temps. I actually was really smart about my London packing and only brought a carry-on. I know, I know, I was impressed too! I am meeting my husband in Geneva this weekend he will bring my “Big” Paris bag so I didn’t have to lug it all over London! Isn’t he a gem? In my London suitcase are outfits like this one. Simple, functional, and comfortable. However, one thing I completely mis-read was the London weather. It is quite chilly here and all I brought were shorts and a dress! Even thought this Madwell blazer is one of my favorite things in my closet it definitely isn’t enough to keep me warm the next few days. So with that being said, off to COS I go (one of my favorite London stores)! No, but literally, I am heading to COS right after I post this! See you on the flip side!

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outfit details //  Madewell Lycee blazer, Forever21 T-shirt, Frame denim shorts, Steve Madden Gladiator sandals, ZeroUV sunnies (designer version)

Summer of Adventure Begins

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Wow! How does time fly so fast? This weekend is the weekend I am off to my summer of adventure. I have not started packing, running errands, or anything else I was suppose to do. Typical. Much to the dismay of my sweet husband I am last minute and totally type B. However I have this feeling that everything will fall into place as it should. I am not putting any pressures or stresses on this trip as I want to take it day by day and really live the experience.

To be honest the question I get the most is – what will you do with the blog? And to that I say, I don’t know. I have thought about it quite a lot and am leaning more towards making the blog a little diary. A place to unwind and jot down my thoughts. I don’t think it will be as fashion centered (unless I find a photographer) but more photos of my wanderings around Paris. To be frank, I struggle with the feeling that I really don’t want to work when I am over there. I have seen time and time again people who go abroad and the entire time they are concerned if they are meeting with the right brands, taking the right instagrams, and concerned with getting a post up. I truly feel they miss the beauty of the trip. In a world of oversharing (I am so guilty of this) I am looking forward to unplugging, unwinding, and really living. It has been a while since I have done that and I can’t tell you how ready I am! I plan to get lost in the streets with just my camera and me. I want to dine alone. I want to travel alone. I want to wander endlessly and not stress about any outside influences (ie. did I do a blog post). I want to soak in every ounce of this experience. So I hope you all come along for the journey, whatever that might be, as I am sure this will be a really great growing period and I always love your feedback (positive or negative).

Another reason I am taking this trip day by day with no pressures (or agenda to “grow my blog”) is because it is something I have literally wanted to do since I was little. I was reminded of this the other night when a dear friends mom (who was like my second mom growing up) wrote me a message saying how proud she was of me. That she still remembers even at the tender age of 12 me telling her, with complete conviction and confidence, that I was “going to live in Paris one day.” And while this trip may be short (I have to get back for a family trip to Nantucket in August) it is a chance for me to live out one of my dreams. And I think that is so much more important to grasp and appreciate.

I leave tomorrow morning and I am full of emotions. I am proud of myself for doing this, I am nervous something will go wrong with my school (like I didn’t sign up correctly), I am sad to leave my husband and my dog, I am anxious to just get it started, and mostly I am excited. Excited to: grow as a person, make life memories that I can pass on to my kids one day,  learn another language (or as much as I can), be pushed out of my comfort zone, and to know that I am finally getting to live a dream. Au revoir!


photography by Meredith Braden

Microdermabrasion with Skintastic

I have already explained how much I have been keeping up on my skincare routine as of late. It is easy to start a routine but hard to maintain it. At least for me. I start diets, workouts, beauty regimes, etc. but maintaining it after two or three weeks is the challenge. However, I made a pact to myself that I would take my microdermabrasion seriously. I wouldn’t miss a treatment and I would go right on time. The hardest part of starting a routine is the lack of immediate results. I am a “now, now, now,” type of person so if I start a diet and don’t lose weight right away I get annoyed and usually stop. Not that I am a quitter I just tell myself that there are other ways to achieve my desired result. But there never are. There are never shortcuts. You must put in the time, commitment, and dedication. That is why I told myself there wasn’t going to be any slacking when it came to my microderm.

However, there didn’t need to be a come to Jesus talk with myself, after the first treatment I could see massive results. I was beyond excited for my second treatment as I knew the results would be even better. I scheduled my appointment with Karen (who I am semi-obsessed with) at Skintastic and I waited for the day to come. My skin from the last treatment was still glowing but I wanted even moreeee. My second treatment included the microderm, a little acid peel, and a touch or two of photofacial laser. This was all Karen’s concoction to give me the ultimate glowing skin. And it worked! She is seriously talented!

The microderm has me feeling very confident as I posted a photo from my iphone with no make-up. Did you hear me? My IPHONE with NO MAKE-UP!!! I feel brave! Literally the only thing I have on my skin is sunscreen! Can you believe it? I am so smitten with the results that I don’t know if I ever want to stop going! I have one more treatment scheduled when I return in August which I am already look forward to! But first, Paris!

For more information on Microdermabrasion or other treatments visit Skintastic

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