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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 May 10, 2019 and filed under TRAVEL, DESTINATION.

puerto vallarta christmas

I mentioned this on my instagram post a few days before Christmas that this year, my family was trying something new for the holiday. As my mother had passed away 3 years ago on January 3rd, it always makes the holidays quite painful for us. So we opted to skip out of town and fly somewhere ON CHRISTMAS! It was such a bizarre feeling to fly that morning, but everyone was so cheery and humming all the tunes. We decided on Puerto Vallarta and had a very delicious and beautiful sunset dinner on the beach at La Palapa Cocina. We stayed in an AirBnB in the Zona Romantica which was very walkable to everything. Keep scrolling down to see how we spent our week down there! I couldn’t believe how packed the beach was with locals celebrating Christmas Day.

One day we took a taxi out to Los Arcos beach which was about a 20 min cab ride. We found a guy there who took us out on his boat to snorkel around these beautiful coves and explore the colorful fish. I felt lucky we had our own boat instead of joining a bigger tour boat so we could swim around as we pleased and left when we were ready. Playa Mismaloya was a fun beach to spend the afternoon at.

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Another day we signed up for a Bikes + Bites Taco Tour. It was a little further up north which was fun to explore another neighborhood called 5 Deciembre. We biked around to several different taco stands and learned what each of them specializes in and enjoyed tacos Al Pastor, Carne Asada, and Carnitas to name a few. We walked through the local fish market and ended enjoying a cerveza on the beach with the crew. Highly recommend this tour!

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Dinner on the beach night 2 when Wyatt joined us at El Dorado followed by another amazing sunset.

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For our final night, we had booked a cooking class at a private villa through AirBnB experiences (have any of you tried those?) at the top of this hill with breathtaking views. I couldn’t believe how far up the hill we kept driving! We were greeted with margaritas made with the owner’s tequila and learned how to make authentic guacamole, pork tostadas, chicken enchiladas and salsa w/ tomatillo. It was a great way to close out our vacation and get an authentic experience. I always love traveling with my family, it is such a gift to get that time together. I wonder where we’ll go next :)

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Posted on May 6, 2019 and filed under TRAVEL, DESTINATION.

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 May 6, 2019 and filed under TRAVEL, DESTINATION.

jessica + brett | lake tahoe wedding

Remember when my college roommate called me up and asked me to do her engagement and wedding day photos? Well she brought her A game with planning her wedding, and it just happened to turn into her own wedding planning business (go Jess!) Lake Tahoe provided a dreamy backdrop for this bohemian wedding where Jess made the napkins and table cloths out of shibori fabric herself, and ended the night with flower crowns for every bridesmaid and dancing into the night. This wedding will be one I remember for a lifetime, you just have to scroll down to see the tables and decor for yourself. Congrats Jessica + Brett! 

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Location: Lake Tahoe

Wedding Design: Engaged Life 

Wedding Planning: A Reve Events

Florals: A Floral Affair

Rentals: Camelot Party Rentals

Stationary: Parkside Prints

Bar Cart: Petite Street Bistro

Catering: As You Wish

Posted on August 8, 2018 and filed under DESTINATION, WEDDING.