Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tea at the Westgate Hotel

There's really nothing better than a good sunday tea with one of your best ladies.  You get to dress up, surround yourself with fancy furniture and chandeliers, drink tea and eat cakes while gossiping away to your hearts content.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Yosemite Falls and Other Wonders

I hope you like trees. And sunshine. And waterfalls. 

Because this post is chock full of all of those things because, well, Yosemite is full of all of those things. I'll stop talking now and let the photos do it for me. 

Bridal Veil Falls

Sunday, April 24, 2016

A Mariposa Birthday

I've had the absolute best birthday in living memory. I spent it in Mariposa, California, a town just outside Yosemite National Park. 

I fell for it immediately. A six and a half hour drive from home and many bathroom breaks later, we arrived at our home for the weekend, with the sunlight still streaming in, no less!

We drank in the views and couldn't believe our luck.

The house was gorgeous, the furniture rustic and the views outstanding.

Since we arrived as the sun was going down, and headed to bed early, we were awake equally early and ready for our morning beverage as we admired the view.

Coffee, wine..whatever. Both make the day start off quite well.

With a cabin so cozy, it was hard to tear ourselves away. Besides a short breakfast trip to town, we spent most of our time enjoying our good fortune.

In town we found this inn that makes me want to move in immediately. And poppies galore!

At the Chocolate Soup we met the most debonair of cats.

And were envious of their decorating skills.

On the way home I HAD to stop by Marisposas' coffee roastery!

The aroma of roasting coffee completely made my day. Such a perfect place for coffee addicts. I left with the Southern Pecan and 49er beans...and now I wish I had more hours in the day to brew them.

What to do after a hard day of exploring? Pop in the Jacuzzi with a bottle of wine of course!

I have to say, 27 is off to quite the start!

What'd you do to celebrate 27? And have you ever been to Yosemite? I'm new to it and would love to hear where you've been!


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Maine, A Winter Fairytale

We woke up in the center of Boston to find it covered in a blanket of snow. From the warmth of our covers the city was quiet and beautiful and timeless. 

After finally forcing myself from bed with the thought of coffee (Robin is much more graceful and less sluggish than I am in the mornings) we wrapped up in all of our layers and headed off on a roadtrip to Maine! 

I was going to get to see Robin's new home! After seeing the charm of her last home in Japan, I could not WAIT!

What I saw when we arrived was a snow-covered fairytale.

Ha, yes, fairytales can involve snow shoveling! Especially when you look that adorable. 

Her new place was everything I hoped it would be, a quaint little cottage house behind a historic manor. Set up above a vineyard with a view of the water. 

I mean, are you kidding me?! This place is just the cutest!

On a side note, these boots turned out to be perfect for snow. Much better than my rookie mistake wearing my water seeking suede ones in Colorado. oops.

The inside just screamed cozy, welcoming cottage with a beach vibe. 

Honestly, any place that can have a beach vibe while being surrounded by snow is a winner in my book. 


If I could afford to be here all summer, my husband would be quite lonely from June to September because this is where you'd find me.

I think she's going to be extremely happy here.

With a view like this, I think I might be able to get onboard with actual seasons, don't you?

Remember I said she lived behind a historic manor? Yeah, I wouldn't mind living here either.

Daybreak Manor// VS coat-UGG boots-Express Jeans-Iman bag

Although, we could have stayed there forever planning furniture arrangements and mornings on that dream porch, hunger eventually won out and forced us into town. 

This little place called Sarah's Cafe was just the ticket for some hot soup and an obligatory Maine lobster roll. 

We spent the rest of the quickly fading daylight hours getting lost in some rather fantastic antique stores before heading back to Boston and it's lovely fireside wine service and the siren call of sleep.

The town in Maine that these pictures were taken in was Wiscasset, in case any of you were wondering.

I absolutely fell in love and cannot wait to go back again!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Boston Adventures

I recently was lucky enough to find myself in Boston with my lovely lady, Robin and I immediately fell in love with the city despite a rather nasty cold.

Of course, when on a girls only trip, it's perfectly acceptable to have cupcakes for breakfast.

We found ourselves at Georgetown cupcake and somehow magically were able to snag the only table in the place. This place is completely worth the visit but if I were you, I wouldn't plan on eating inside unless it's during non peak hours.

Can we take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous these were? Almost too pretty to eat....but not quite!

Boston is such a perfect city for wandering around on foot. We walked among all the high end shops; Gucci, Prada, Armani, Tiffanys...and ogled all the beauties that we can't afford.

Even the rain couldn't deter us from enjoying everything around us.

We were out until long after the sun dipped down below the horizon, and Boston was even more beautiful in the night.

Once the rain started to turn to snow, we knew it was time to head back and warm up by the fire with some wine. But we had one last stop, the Michal Negrin store. I wish it had been open,but at least I finally got to see the dress I'd heard so much about!

We may or may not have made just a few tiny purchases before we made our way back to the Boston Park Plaza Hotel (which was stunning btw!)

That night we fell asleep exhausted from a long, wonderful day of catching up, sight seeing and shopping. A girl simply couldn't ask for more.

Have you guys been to Boston? What did I miss? Can't wait to go back!