san sebastian + marrakech | travelogue

Back in January, Trent joined me after a work trip and we met in Europe for our first overseas trip together. We each picked a place to visit: he picked San Sebastian, Spain and I picked Marrakech in Morocco. The two couldn't be more opposite, and uniquely beautiful in their own ways.

San Sebastian is known for having the most Michelin stars per capita (a lot of world-class chefs come out of here), and their beautiful scenery located in the bay. We enjoyed both the high-end and low-end food scenes, with dinner at Narru one night and strolling the streets another eating all the delicious Pintxo's (see below). We even rented a car one day and drove along the coast down to Bilbao to check out the Guggenheim, I highly suggest it. Photos below of San Sebastian, and all it's (delicious) charm! 

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Pintxo's (prounounced "pincho") are a glorious thing in San Sebastian. Every bar and restaurant sets up hundreds of different little sliced baguettes topped with all the delicious toppings you could think of, and you just grab them off the bar and load up a plate for, like, $2 euros each. On Sunday, we just munched our way through the old town and enjoyed the people watching in the town plazas and church steps.

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A view of the bay from from hiking up to the top of Monte Urgall, and a view from our Airbnb terrace of La Concha Beach.

View from the top of the opposite side of the bay, which we drove up to Monte Igueldo in time for sunset one night.

And after an early flight, we arrived Marrakech the next morning. My heart couldn't stop smiling ever since we stepped foot in this magical place. We decided to stay at a Riad, which is a traditional Moroccon house or palace of about 10 rooms. The grounds are beautifully kept with a full wait staff at our beck and call. Our breakfast was waiting for us each morning by the pool, and our happy hour on the rooftop each evening. This was by far my favorite part of the trip, I highly suggest anyone look into a Riad if you visit. We chose to stay at Riad de Tarabel after reading their rave reviews on Mr and Mrs Smith. And I'm NOT really sorry about the slew of photos I couldn't decide between posting below... ;) 

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We were staying right in the heart of the Medina (a souk market full of Moroccan rugs, antiques, pillows and spices) and enjoyed getting lost in the winding streets. One of the sweet surprises was this Secret Garden in the heart of it all. We enjoyed a delicious lunch at the highly recommended Nomad with views over the market and couldn't believe the flavors we were tasting. Again, just the COLORS surrounding us were incredbile!

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We stopped in to see the tile work and majestic palace hotel La Mamounia on our way to the Jardin Majorelle.

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We enjoyed some fantastic dinners per our host's recommendation. We asked for one with a traditional Moroccan experience and he sent us to La Maison Arabe for an exquisite dinner poolside with live music, just dripping in authenticity. The other he sent us to for a bit more "lively" scene, Darna Comptoir.  It was very dark and candlelit, and the live entertainment (belly dancers!) started at 10 pm around the whole restaurant. A fantastic way to end our last night in Marrakech. 

Next up, we were off to Paris early in the morning to catch our final flight home. We only had one night on the first end in Paris, and one night on the back end but I wanted to make the most of it by showing Trent around one of my favorite cities. On our first night there, I took him to Bonhomie for a fantastic farm-to-table style dinner. On our last and final night of the trip, we waited patiently for a table at the popular Pink Mama and had a drink in their speakeasy No Entry (through the basement and meat refrigerator!) to pass the time.  Yes it was Italian on our last night in Paris, BUT THAT BURRATTA and pizza and all the delicious things we ordered were insane. I'm telling you. Look it up next time you're there, you'll be thanking me!

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Posted on June 8, 2018 and filed under TRAVEL.

june 2018 | desktop calendar

It's the most wonderful time of the year... peony season! I have to control myself from buying more EVERY time I walk into the store. Not a bad problem to have! Anyway, click to enlarge, download and enjoy! 

Posted on June 1, 2018 and filed under CALENDARS.

alysun + darien | eastern oregon autumn wedding

After Alysun + Darien's winter engagement shoot last January where we almost froze to death, their autumn wedding in eastern Oregon in October was a very welcome change in scenery and seasonal colors. All of the trees were alive with fall colors, and Alysun looked stunning in her fitted wedding dress. And how cute is their sweet pup as the Dog of Honor?? This day was so full of love and celebration that I felt it all over again as I put this post together. Congrats Alysun + Darien! 

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Posted on May 9, 2018 and filed under WEDDING.

may 2018 | desktop calendar

I feel like I've been praying for the days to get longer and now that it's finally happening, I want it to sloooowwww down! Anyways,  here's a lovely May desktop to welcome the summer months for ya :) Click to enlarge and enjoy. 

Posted on April 30, 2018 and filed under CALENDARS.

march 18 | desktop calendar

I think I say it every year, but I can't believe it's already March! I'm beyond thankful to start seeing some springtime blooms popping up and adding some color to our lives. This photo is from last year when I took Swoon Floral Design's springtime floral workshop and it got me so in the mood for spring. Click to enlarge, download and enjoy! 

Posted on February 28, 2018 and filed under CALENDARS.

santorini + athens | greece travelogue

Last September, my dad, sister + her boyfriend joined me in Greece (one of my DREAM destinations!) after my factory visit to Israel. I grew up buying Greece calendars, and my eyes could not believe what I was finally seeing right in front of me. It was everything I've ever dreamed of.

We started our journey on the island of Santorini and rented an AirBnB and car to see as much as we could. Santorini is known for their show-stopping sunsets, and they did not disappoint! We made sure to plan ahead and catch the views from some incredible restaurants, listed below each picture. Our favorite beach was Perissa, where you can rent beach chairs for $7 euros and swim in the Agean Sea. Though we stayed in Pyrgos with the house towards one end of the island, we enjoyed spending our time in Fira and Oia. 

We ended our trip in Athens and I'm so glad we saved some time to spend here. It's home of the Parthenon and Acropolis, with a fantastic museum across the street giving you a solid refresher on the Olympic games and their importance to the Greeks and their Gods. We did a Bike Tour around the city using the company Athens by Bike and it was a great way to get a lay of the land and make notes of parts we wanted to get back to. I was blown away by how cute and European the city felt with all the restaurants spilling into the streets. We had a fantastic dinner at both Psarra and Ama Lachei that were absolutely lovely with their atmospheres.

Our time was incredible and the perfect end to the summer months. Check below the photos for specific recommendations on what to see! 

 View of Oia

View of Oia

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 View of Fira

View of Fira

 Dad and I, Hike to the Akrotiri Lighthouse

Dad and I, Hike to the Akrotiri Lighthouse

 View of Oia

View of Oia

 Ali + Wyatt in front our our AirBnB

Ali + Wyatt in front our our AirBnB

 View from Santo Wines, a must for sunset! Make a reservation for a good table with a view.

View from Santo Wines, a must for sunset! Make a reservation for a good table with a view.

 Our last meal in Fira, joined by friends who were also visiting. Sunset below is from our table at  Rastoni's . It was the perfect place to see the view.

Our last meal in Fira, joined by friends who were also visiting. Sunset below is from our table at Rastoni's. It was the perfect place to see the view.

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 Visiting the Parthenon at the top of Acropolis

Visiting the Parthenon at the top of Acropolis

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 Dinner at Ama Lachei, a tapas style restaurant in a garden setting

Dinner at Ama Lachei, a tapas style restaurant in a garden setting

 And that's a wrap, cheers to a great trip! 

And that's a wrap, cheers to a great trip! 

Posted on February 22, 2018 and filed under TRAVEL.