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travels abroad: fashion inspiration

this is the fourth post in my travel series leading up to my upcoming trip to Paris and London. See part 1, part 2, and part 3.

To say I am constantly thinking about what I’ll be wearing in Paris and London is an understatement. Every single blog I find on the subject tells me: black, black, black. Which, okay I get, and I’ll try to adhere to for the most part, but I’ll likely have to sneak some color in here and there.

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Have any Paris or London fashion inspiration or tips for me?

travels abroad:: a travel journal

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Lately, I’ve been longing to write more and more, which frankly is new to me. I would write and journal growing up and through high school occasionally, but not since. I’m embracing this urge with open arms, especially with my big trip coming up, so I’ve been on the hunt for a travel journal that suits me.

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TRAVEL JOURNAL INSPIRATION: Design Love Fest /// Rifle Paper Co. /// A Beautiful Mess /// Linneas Box /// Pie N’ the Sky

There are a lot of options out there: DIY, notebooks, boxes, scrapbooks, pocketbooks, etc, but I do have a pretty specific design esthetic I’m looking for. The whole “travel theme” that is celebrated through travel-specific journals doesn’t especially appeal to me. I’m looking for something clean, bright, and happy (my typical design mandates across all things, I’m pretty predictable, huh?).

Travel JournalUltimately, I went a little untraditional, and bought these pocket notebooks from Rifle Paper Co. I really loved that there were two, and I could separate the cities. I was also drawn to their size for multiple reasons. Most obvious is convenience. Since they’re so tiny, I can stick them in the smallest of bags and take out at any point to scribble in. I’m also drawn to the idea of keeping them out in the future to read from time to time. Maybe it’s all in my head, but something about them being so small gives me hope that it wouldn’t be so daunting to do so.

A side note worth mentioning: I totally would have gone with the Rifle Paper Co. Travel Journal above, but I’m just not a Forest Green girl. Anna revealed this new design for the Spring line, which had it been out in time for my trip, I would have snagged in a heartbeat. Just another reason to travel more once it’s released ;)

Have you ever kept a travel journal? Did you make or buy? My biggest question is-do you ever go back and read it??

You can catch up on my Travel Abroad series as I prepare for my dream trip to Paris and London here and here.

travels abroad::lust list

Last week, I introduced a new travel series on SoSo leading up to my trip to Europe at the end of February. An intended Wednesday series that had to be modified this week as a result of Atlanta’s own Snowmageddon. I’ll be resuming next Wed again : ) 

I am still in utter shock that I am even going to be in London and Paris in three short weeks, so let’s just say, there are quite a few pieces missing from my pack list. Not only am I lusting on the below, most of them are pretty essential to my travels.

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1:: Starlet Umbrella by 2PennyBlue /// 2:: Mrs. Maxi Skirt by Bel and Beau /// 3:: Michael Michael Kors Gold Tote via Maple and West /// 4:: Pixie Pant by J.Crew /// 5:: Kate Spade Gramercy Grand Bracelet Watch via Nordstrom /// 6:: Triple C Universal Charger by J.Crew /// 7:: Fleece Leggings by Shopbop /// 8:: Faux Leather Weekender by Forever 21

As you can see, the list isn’t exactly short, but it’s manageable. There are a few things I’m totally torn about.

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the bag:: When we arrive in London, we are literally high tailing it to our lovely host’s house to drop off our big bags, pack a weekender, then high tail it again to catch our train to Paris. That being said, I want a good bag that can (hopefully) be all of these three things: my carry-on, a weekender, my day to day bag. The third qualification is a huge stretch because every carry-on/weekender is too large to carry around the cities all day, but I can’t just use a clutch either because I want to bring my DSLR. I’m trying to avoid buying two bags, but I’m considering the Forever 21 alternative above because it is significantly cheaper than most options and leaves room in my budget to buy an additional day bag. But then, I need to find a day bag. Suggestions? Tips?

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fleece leggings and tights:: I can’t for the life of me find a pair with great reviews. Of tights or leggings. Every single pair I find has awful reviews (not worth the money, pilling, easily tears, etc). Does anyone have a good resource for a quality pair? I’m happy to pay for a good pair, I know they will be life saver, but I am very wary to spend money on legggings and tights that won’t last past the trip.

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pixie pants:: I’m such a J.Crew Factory junkie, so I found the pixie pants alternative-the gigi pant. They are already $40 cheaper (and from what I’ve heard, almost the exact same with the except of zipper placement), but the saver in me wants to wait until J.Crew Factory has one of their amazing sales. I’m starting to cut it close though….

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and as for that Bel and Beau skirt…:: You know that one outfit you always dream of, whether it’s a dress or a skirt or the perfect pair of jeans, but you can never seem to find it? You picture it in your head, but you’re not really sure it exists? I have been day dreaming about what I would wear in Paris, and I had a gorgeous blue-as-the-ocean floor length skirt prancing around my head. Then, I discovered Bel and Beau. The Mrs. Skirt is without fault the most radiant skirt of my dreams. Minus the price tag. I know it theory it is definitely affordable, but considering the price I’ll be paying for even a latte in Paris, I’m hesitant to take this plunge. But it’s so beautiful…..

Desperate for advice and tips over here from all of you well-traveled folks. Any advice is welcomed with very very open arms ; )

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Unlike the seemlingly rest of my college cohorts, I never made the right of passage study abroad trip nor the post-grad back packing through Europe excursion. My family trips as a kid were limited to the shores of Alabama, Florida, and South Carolina with the exception of one (terrible.awful.dont.ever.do.it) road trip to New York. Needless to say, I have never been abroad. And frankly, I didn’t think I would get the opportunity to head on a European vacation of my own for years to come. But this blog post is a happy blog post because this girl is heading to London and Paris in 30 days!

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One of my closest and best friends (the beautiful lady who’s engagement party I shared last year) is living in London for a year. With the cost of hotel/hostel eliminated, this really was an opportunity I couldn’t not take. Danielle (another best friend/perma roomie/soul mate/travel buddy) and I are flying to LHR at the end of February, jumping on a train to Paris for the weekend, then spending a week in London. Words can barely begin to describe my excitement. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to travel to such beautiful places, and I count my lucky stars daily.

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To prepare for the trip and help countdown the days until adventure, I’m starting a little weekly mini-series on Wednesdays. Get ready for travel themed lust lists, packing essentials, European inspiration, and most importantly, lots and lots of questions from me (what should I pack, where should I go??).

au revoir!

UPDATE: Catch up on the Travels Abroad Series

ONE-lust list TWO-travel journal THREE-fashion inspiration

photos above: 1/2/3/4&5/6

Apple Pickin’ in North Georgia

IMG_0900 IMG_0901 IMG_0904 IMG_0927 IMG_0937 IMG_0956 Apple picking in the Fall. Cliche right? So completely cliche and so perfectly Fall that I had to do it. Remember, I like Fall this year! I dragged J an hour and a half north of Atlanta (or two hours if you ask him) to Elijay, GA. We landed at B.J. Reece Orchards, and despite the trek and the cliche, I am so happy we did.

There were more apple trees than I could count, and even better there was a piglet (okay, a giant hog) and a longhorn and a farmers market and amazing cider that had a “please take one” sign even though I took three (shhh!).

I have to add a couple Instagram/iPhone pics on here too because they are some of my favorites of the day.

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What Fall cliches have y’all been doing this season? I’d love to squeeze in more before the holidays hit!

(I lost my head in) San Francisco Part Two

My favorite thing about San Francisco is how one minute you are swept up in the beautiful buildings and gorgeous architecture of the city, and thirty minutes later you can be looking at this…

063Breathtaking huh? The day after wine country, we had a brunch reservation at another amazing restaurant, Nopa. After we ate, we explored the city, checking out the Painted Ladies (hello Full House!), sampling beers at Southern Pacific Brewery, scarfing down Bi-Rite salted caramel ice cream in Mission, eating sushi perfection in Potrero Hill, and ending the night at a movie at the Sundance Kabuki Theater.

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The next day was my birthday! Sarah made me a lovely brunch of eggs and avocado toast. We picked up coffee and headed to her favorite hiking trail, Steep Ravine Trail. This hike made the trip. The views were unlike anything I have ever seen. It was surreal to be in such a beautiful place.  263 269282292

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///This is my current desktop background, although I have been getting a bit lost in it///

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After we had gotten enough of the gorgeous view (okay, that didn’t happen, we were starving), we headed to a charming little town, Sausalito. We grabbed lunch at Bar Bocce and had the most amazing crab pizza I will ever eat (drooling again). The night ended over a great dinner at Bar Tartine. Tuesday was our last day sadly. Sarah had work, so Danielle and I forged our own path and went to the Ferry Building for breakfast by the Bay Bridge before our long and depressing flight home.

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We kept saying over and over how this was one of the happiest weekends of our life, and no doubt, it was. It’s not even that it was the city in particular, it was the people and the exploring and the scenery didn’t hurt :)

Have y’all been to San Francisco? What’s the best trip you have ever been on?