May 20, 2015

best of airbnb

One of the things we love most about traveling is experiencing what life is like in another part of the world, which is why we are big fans of AirBnB. What better way to immerse yourself in another culture and “live like a local” than to rent an apartment for a few days? We’ve stayed in AirBnB rentals in New York City, Palm Springs, Spain, even Portland, and have loved every experience. Here, we’ve scouted out a few gorgeous rentals that we’d love to visit.

New York
New York Luxury Apartment, 5 minutes to Times Square. $130 per night.

Austin
Austin Sparrow House, with ample outdoor space located in the heart of 78704 between South Congress and South Lamar. $249 per night.

Germany
Heidelberg Refurbished Room, 15 minutes to city center. $52 per night.

Palm Springs
Palm Springs Newly Renovated Mid Century Modern Home, with beautiful mountain views. $350 per night.

Do you typically rent through AirBnB when you travel, or do you like to stay in hotels? Any gems (or horror stories) we should be aware of?

xKelsey&Natalie

March 18, 2015

travel bug

3 Destinations I'm Dreaming AboutAbout this time every year, I get bit by the travel bug. The holiday season has long come and gone, and summer seems so far away – I need an adventure to get me through the next few (rainy) months. These are a few destinations I’m dreaming about lately. Tell me, where is your wanderlust taking you this spring?

miami-beachDESTINATION: MIAMI, FLORIDA

Ever since I watched Chef (I cannot shut up about this movie!), I’ve been dying to visit Miami. The vibrant food and music scene in Little Havana and the sandy shores of South Beach are beckoning me away for a long weekend.

Where I’d stay: The Thompson Hotel.

What I’d do: Sunbathe poolside or on the white sand beaches. Shop on Lincoln Road. Grab drinks at The Broken Shaker.

What I’d eat: A Cubano at Versailles. Tacos at Taquiza.

positanoDESTINATION: POSITANO, ITALY

Positano is at the tippy top of my travel lust list at the moment as far as relaxing, do-nothing vacations go. Meandering the city streets and stuffing myself full of seafood and pasta sounds like the ideal week-long escape.

Where I’d stay: Hotel Conca d’Oro.

What I’d do: Charter a boat to Capri and the Blue Grotto. Read on the beach.

Where I’d eat: Oysters and champagne at Le Sirenuse. Whatever is fresh at La Tagliata.

big-surDESTINATION: BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA

85 miles of stunning, rugged scenery between Carmel and San Simeon just begging to be seen. I’d start the day slowly with hot coffee before lacing up my hiking shoes to explore the jagged coastline along Highway 1.

Where I’d stay: The Big Sur Lodge.

What I’d do: Hike. Drive the coastline, including a stop at McWay Falls (pictured above).

Where I’d eat: Coffee and pastries at Big Sur Bakery. Lunch at Sierra Mar.

Image credits: Pinterest, StyleBlazer, What Katie Ate, Savannah Cox.

xNatalie

February 26, 2015

portland map

archies-press

Have you seen these graphic map prints from Archie’s Press? As far as city reference guides go, this one of Portland is pretty spot on (and really puts into perspective just how small the city is!). Per the Archie’s Press website, “The original sketch came from a question many visitors and recent immigrants ask: ‘What’s North Portland?'” As a native Portlander, I’m a little ashamed to admit I’ve often wondered the same thing.

You can buy the prints online at Urban Outfittersvarious retailers or directly from Archie’s Press at Etsy. Which is your favorite?

xNatalie

February 12, 2015

my new obsession

TWELFTH AVENUETWELFTH AVENUETWELFTH AVENUETWELFTH AVENUEShirt: Rails. Denim: J Brand. Boots: Madewell (sold out, but similar here and here). Bag: A.P.C. (similar). Watch: Burberry.

Remember that button down I was coveting last month? Well, I was able to nab one for 50% off from a little boutique in Hood River, and now I want about a million more. They are the softest shirts and drape oh so beautifully. I was debating with my girlfriends in the shop about whether or not the fabric was appropriate for summer, and they think it absolutely transitions, particularly since we don’t get sweltering heat here in the Pacific Northwest.

Speaking of Hood River, have you ever been there? It’s an adorable waterfront town about an hour outside of Portland in the Columbia River Gorge. Although it’s well known for outdoor sporting activities, there are plenty of breweries, wineries, cafés and boutiques to keep busy with, as well as some stunningly beautiful scenery. Earlier this month, a group of us girls went for the day to celebrate Kelsey’s birthday. Here are some of the places we visited in case you’re planning a trip and looking for ideas:

– Coffees and pastries at Pine Street Bakery
– Shopping on Oak Street
– Wine tasting at Cerulean
– Lunch and beers at Pfriem Brewery

xNatalie

December 31, 2014

2014 in review

As 2014 comes to an end, I can’t help but get sentimental over everything that has happened in the last year. 2014 was the year that Phil and I bought our first home together, celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary, and made some major life decisions together. I turned 28 this year, which felt oddly significant in a way no other birthday has before. Perhaps because it happened right at the beginning of my first solo trip abroad, a life-changing experience that I will not soon forget. It has not been the easiest year, by any means, but it has been a year full of love, learning, and friendship. I hope you’ve had a wonderful 2014 and are ringing in 2015 with bubbles and laughter! Thank you for reading this blog and for being a part of my life. In case you’re interested, here is a look back at some of my favorite posts from the last year:

One of my first posts in 2014 was this trendspotting post, highlighting the short-strap crossybody mini bag trend. Stylish and functional, a theme we saw over and over again in fashion this year.

I have a secret obsession with book recommendations, so our Reading List series is one of my favorites. This post from July included two of my absolute must-reads from 2014, Beautiful Ruins and The Light Between Oceans (soon to be made into a movie!).

I don’t consider myself much of a fashionista, but I had so much fun shooting this outfit post back in the summer.

Back in October, I shared about my experience traveling alone for the first time in my life in this post. That trip was all sorts of challenging and wonderful. Here’s to more solo travel in 2015!

Oh yes, the food. Once again, there were plenty of recipe posts to choose from, but I think the winner for me in 2014 was this coffee cake. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Also, did you notice? – Our blog got a makeover! Hope you like the new design and functionality, including the updated archives, categories, and about section.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

xNatalie