Archive for the ‘TRAVEL’ Category

Honolulu Penthouse

April 22nd, 2016

Now that I’m back at work, vacation is definitely still on the brain.  We had such a great time on Oahu and Maui.  Today, I’m dreaming of this perfect penthouse in Honolulu.  How amazing are these views?

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Hawaii Recap

April 18th, 2016

Hello! We are back from a very fun vacation.  I’m so glad we took a much needed break.  My in-laws live on Oahu, so we headed to Honolulu last Friday for ten days of beach (and a little Maui in between).  We started off with a bang by swimming in a shark cage first thing Saturday morning.



Definitely something to do at least once.  There were around 15 sharks in the 10 to 12 foot range swarming the cage.  It is nothing shy of a Christmas miracle that I didn’t puke on that boat.  It was so turbulent they cancelled the group that was waiting to go after us.  After that, we made a stop at our favorite shrimp bus, Giovanni’s:


It is an Oahu must.  Their garlic shrimp is one of the greatest meals I’ve ever had. We snuck in one last visit yesterday before heading to the airport. The goal of this trip was to do more things we had never done before, so Monday we went on a sunset dinner cruise.




Another thing I would highly recommend doing at least once in Hawaii.  The food was fantastic and the ride had great views of the city (without having to go into Waikiki). On Tuesday we all headed to Maui.  We had never been and I think it’s officially my favorite island.  We rode bikes down the volcano (26 miles!), had an amazing dinner at Mama’s Fish House and managed a few snorkeling trips.




If you’ve never been to Hawaii, add it to your list.  It’s worth every bit of hype.

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Grace Hotel, Santorini

March 28th, 2016

With a vacation on the horizon, I have travel on the brain.  I went to Greece my semester abroad but never made it to Santorini.  After discovering the Grace Hotel, it has moved higher up the list.  How dreamy is that pool?

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So, when are we going?!

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Hawaii Packing List

March 8th, 2016

Shop: top, sunscreen, camera, shoes, hat, sunnies, shorts, one piece, sandals

We are headed on vacation in a few weeks and the word “Hawaii” is the only thing getting me through these morning protein shakes.  With Oahu and Maui on the horizon, I’m thinking I’d like to add a few things to my travel bag.  Is anyone else traveling soon? What are your beach must haves?

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9/11 Memorial Museum

September 10th, 2014

On the eve of September 11, I’m going to show my pictures from the Memorial Museum.  To say this was well done is a complete understatement.  The attention to architectural detail and symbolism is unmatched.  Prepare to be very moved and emotional.  Next time you go to NYC, put this on your list.  It is a must-see.  We were there for three hours and could have stayed much longer.

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This was the last column that stood during the entire removal.  It stood as a symbol of hope and housed various departments and inspirational messages.

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There’s a large electronic board that displays the countless amounts of missing person flyers that were placed around the city. So sad to think of so many that were hoping their loved ones would turn up.

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The above is a photo of the slurry wall, the piece that held the Hudson River out of the foundation of the Towers.  There was major concern that the collapse of the towers would compromise this and cause flooding to the site.  It never failed.

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There are several places where twisted and warped support beams are hung.  It’s amazing how damaged and destroyed these strong steel columns were. They looked like crushed paper clips.

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This was SO beautiful.  An artist had the same number of people that perished each individually watercolor a 12×12 square blue.  This was all the direction they had.  It was meant to show that though we all know what blue is, we all see it differently, but can come together as one strong vision.  It was stunning.  A perfect tribute.

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There is a large portion of the museum (that is tucked in a deceiving corner) that recounts the actual day.  You are not allowed to take photos in here (and for good reason).  It is completely overwhelming and emotional.  The amount of things recovered and displayed is unbelievable.  Notes people threw from the top.  Shoes.  Uniforms.  They also had lots of destroyed emergency vehicles (like the firetruck shown above).  One thing that surprised me was the amount of plane wreckage.  That was really interesting to see.

As you walk through, you can re-watch all the news footage of the day.  There’s also a room for each plane, in which you can listen to the 911 calls as well as calls people made to their spouses from the plane.  One from flight 93 played an attendant’s message to her husband.  I was so struck by her courage.  She was very calm until the end.  She started apologizing and saying all she wanted was to see him again.  I broke down at that part and started walking through this section of the museum a little faster.  It was almost too much.

I remember that day vividly.  I went to chapel at my Christian University and a friend turned around and said a plane had hit the World Trade Center.  I remember immeditately thinking of something small like a Cessna.  Chapel was quickly dismissed and we went to the student center in time to see the second plane hit.  I remember how terrified I felt.  I went to call my parents to which my dad picked up the phone and quickly said, “Kate, it’s okay I’m not in New York today.” He was supposed to go for a meeting but ended up not.  I had no idea.

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Freedom Tower is beautiful and the biggest thing you’ve ever seen in person.  I’m glad they decided to rebuild rather than leave it empty.  It’s a great show of strength.

Thirteen years later, I still can’t believe that happened.  I’m so thankful for everyone who serves our country so selflessly.  It is truly a sacrifice.

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New York In A Snap

September 8th, 2014

We got home around 8:00 last night and I was tired.  I’m planning a full recap of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, but for now, here’s the weekend in a snap.  We came, we shopped, we ate.  It was perfect.

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I love New York.

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Summer Travels

April 7th, 2014

I should have counted how many times people asked if Tim and I “had any fun summer trips planned” this weekend. We are known for traveling as much as humanly possible. One trip we always take is to the gulf beaches of sunny Florida. My parents have  a home near Seaside and it is heaven.  I love landing in this quaint little beach town, spending the week riding bikes, reading and generally celebrating my lazy tendencies. It’s always the most relaxing trip of the summer, and usually comes after a long stint of work travels. Rosemary Beach is the next town over from Seaside, and it’s design is one to be desired.

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It’s almost like Europe and America got together to have a summer love child.

If you’ve never been to the gulf beaches, you are missing out my friend.

I’m working on a beach house design now, and this shot is by far by favorite inspiration:

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If you need a good beach design blog to follow, House of Turquoise is my favorite. I don’t know how she does it, but Erin has breath taking new images every week.  Add her to your bookmarks!

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How to Travel Last Minute

February 6th, 2014

Timothy is turning 30 and we are obsessed with traveling.

So why not go somewhere we’ve both never been?

After much brainstorming and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, we were set.


For starters, there is a direct flight from Denver.  Plane tickets this time of year are fairly cheap.  Sure, it’s winter, but we live in Colorado.  We’re not amateurs.

From there we did our homework, starting with a travel consultation with the lovely Aspiring Kennedy. Lauren will do a thirty minute Skype session for $35.  I talked to Lauren for our last overseas trip and her advice was fantastic.  We missed crazy museum lines, knew the perfect trains to take and great places to eat.  If you’re planning a major trip, I highly recommend soliciting Aspiring Kennedy for advice.

From there, Tim (who really should be a travel agent) is continuing to carefully comb his Frommer’s guide to Iceland, while I search the internet for appropriate Icelandic gear.

Scarf | Boots | Jacket | Hat | Frommer’s Guide | Aspiring Kennedy Travel Session

What do you think? Would you hop a plane to Iceland, or do you think we’re crazy?

I’m pumped.

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Air Travel

November 27th, 2013

In honor of the busiest travel day of the year, I’m re-posting my personal thoughts and general rules on travel.  I posted this in June, when I had at that point accumulated 24,000 miles and been on 29 flights for 2013.  Now, I’m not sure what the current total is.

I’m taking tomorrow and Friday off on the blog.  Thanksgiving will include documenting a Christmas wreath tutorial with my mom, so stay tuned!

Enjoy, and happy Thanksgiving!

1.  Always carry on.  Who has time to wait for their bag? Not to mention at DIA I’m pretty sure they’re on island time.  If your flight gets delayed for any reason, you are also free to change plans without any worries of your luggage.

2. Park generally in the same place.  Most flights I’m arriving in the 6am arena, to which I don’t even notice I’m at the airport until I’m in the security line. Changing up my parking pattern could be disastrous upon return.

3. When in the security line, do not stand ridiculously close to the person in front of you.  This will not help you get through any faster.  I have an enormously large personal space bubble, and this drives me insane.  If your hot McDonald’s breath is on my neck, you’re too close.

4. Always have your toiletry items in a convenient compartment for the conveyor belt. Don’t add 5min to the people’s time behind you as you scavenge for your less than 4oz items. Also, I hate you Osama Bin Laden for this.  Sometimes I just want my normal size moisturizer.  I blame you for my travel breakouts.

5. Do not undress for the scanner.  I stand behind so many people that I think seriously consider removing their shirt.  Easy, killer.  You can even keep your giant Michael Kohrs watch on, along with most jewelry.

6.  You do not need 7 bins for your carry-on’s.  You can put your shoes, iPad, and toiletry bag in one bin.  I promise.  It’s okay.

7. When you’re through the conveyor belt process, do not loiter in the middle of the walk way.  In general, don’t loiter in any fashion, and maybe pay attention to those around you.

8. Don’t get a filet of fish to take on the plane and smell the entire cabin with McDonald’s grease.  Some of us have extreme air sickness and said smell only increases the likelihood that I will vomit on you.

9.  When walking down the aisle to your seat, be aware of the position of your carry-on.  I get body checked by backpacks on a constant basis. Also, if you are over the age of 12 and not a male, a backpack should not be your carry-on of choice. Unless you have a baby, then you get a hall pass.

10.  When in flight, if your trip is less than 3 hours in length, the carrier typically does not have fresh food items.  This includes sandwiches and the beloved cheese tray.  I sat next to a man once that was DEVASTATED he could not get the cheese tray on a 7am flight to Dallas.  He then purchased two orders of chips and salsa, ate them at rapid speed, and began to yell “I’M GOING TO BE SICK!” as the ride got turbulent.  I laughed out loud, and am still telling this story 9 months later.

11. If the person behind you is stuck in between two very large people, throw them a bone and don’t recline your seat.

12.  If you have the middle seat, you have all rights to the arm rests.  You’re welcome.

13.  I don’t really believe in neck pillows (unless it’s an overseas flight).  If you must have one, I don’t think it’s intended use is for walking around the airport, the plane or in society with it around your neck.  This is a personal favorite of my sister’s.

14. Don’t be rude to elderly people on your flight or in the airport.  I see this one all the time and it breaks my heart.  I hate to break it to you rude guy in the security line, but one day, you too will be the elderly man that doesn’t understand the scanner.

15. Always thank your flight attendant.  They are there to serve you and put up with difficult behavior.

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My morning routine now consists of shower, then coffee and blogging.

I try to post mine by 7am mountain time, and then check my favorites over a Keurig delight.

My list of daily reads is pretty extensive, but if you need a few tips here and there, these are my go-to’s.

When planning a major trip overseas, stalk Aspiring Kennedy.

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Lauren’s blog is easy to read and full of travel gold.  She will give you great short-cuts and tips, along with extensive recommendations of restaurants and lodging.

My husband surprised me with five days in Paris last year (good job, right?) and my first order of business was an email to Aspiring Kennedy. Within a few hours we had dinner reservations, a day at Versailles booked and back door museum tips all ready to go.  She now offers travel consultations via Skype starting at $35 for a 30 minute session.

Check here.  You will have a perfectly planned trip and new friend by the end.

If you need a cute weekend outfit or easy dessert recipe, Helena of A Diary of Lovely is your girl.

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Tim is not a dessert eater, except when Tiramisu is involved.  Helena posted this recipe and I gave it a whirl.


It was so simple and now my favorite Tiramisu recipe.  I’ve tried several, and this was so fluffy and flavorful., not to mention Mr. “I don’t eat dessert” loved it.  Win.

I also got these adorable earrings from one of her outfit posts.  Add Helena to your read list and hide your debit card.

Finally, my art collection has grown extensively.  If you haven’t checked out Stephanie Creekmur, Made By Girl, Michelle Han and Gray Malin, well, you’re missing out. Gray Malin currently has a holiday sale going with prints starting at $99.  That is a steal.  Run, don’t walk.

*Header image via Made By Girl.  Print sold here.

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