Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April so Far

Saturday, April 22, 2017

florida bound!

We're off to Florida today and I couldn't be more pleased. With starting clinic this month, treating patients has been my top priority. And it feels like things have gotten a little off balance with managing my personal life. So I'm looking forward to enjoying a much needed week off from dental school. Per usual, I'm making the best of a little time off with a vacation. We've been putting this Florida trip off for so long because it's a pricey one, but are finally doing it and will be crossing several big adventures off the bucket list, including visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (total potterhead here). After Orlando, it's off to Miami and then onward to enjoy the Florida Keys. Looking forward to a relaxing, but adventure packed week. Feel free to follow along on instagram
florida bound

Sunday, April 16, 2017

monastery on a mountain

Happy Easter! 
 Since I'm spending my easter weekend locked away studying at my desk, I thought it would be a good time to finally share this European Adventure. I've been on a virtual tour though Europe this weekend with posts from France, Italy, and now Spain. And if you're a regular around here, it will come as no surprise that I managed to find a mountain top to visit while in Europe.  
Part of the reason I've always loved hiking is because it's a transcendent experience for me, the top of a mountain has always been where I feel closest to HIM. So imagine my surprise and genuine gratitude when we stumbled upon Montserrat in Spain, most known for being home of the "black madonna" and linked to the "holy grail". I can't think of a better time to share this experience than Easter Sunday, so here goes...

Friday, April 14, 2017

ciao cinque terre

After landing in Milan, Cinque Terre was our first official stop on our European Adventure. And I was immediately kicking myself for not having gotten here sooner. Because this wasn't my first trip to Italy, nor was it my second. It was my third and I have no idea what took me so long. But thankfully, it was my little sisters first trip to Italy, and Europe in general which gave me a whole new perspective with seeing this place through her eyes. 
I actually was a little worried that it wouldn't be the picturesque place I dreamed because we were visiting during winter,  just a few days after Christmas actually. But the fact that it was Christmas actually made Cinque Terre more magical as all the towns were lit up with festive holiday lights and nativity scenes. 
Cinque Teerre = 5 lands
It's made up of 5 villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Cornelia, Manaroloa, and Riomagggiore. While Vernazza is probably the most well known town (that view!), I think that you can't visit one without seeing the others. The villages are small enough that you can easily do them all in a single day, especially if you go by train that passes through each of the towns.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

a charming town in France

If you took a survey asking people where they would most like to visit in Europe, the majority would say France, particularly Paris. And I was the same way, until I was actually there that is. While I have fond memories of Paris....climbing the stairs of the Eiffel Tower, visiting Mona Lisa at the Louvre, touring Versailles, I decided Paris and France in general were not for me.
st paul du vance
The people and my interactions there made me never want to step foot into France again. So when my Europe trip with my sister rolled around, I was not exactly happy that our itinerary included several stops through France. But when we visited the charming little town of St. Paul du Vance, this place has completely changed my mind. France is redeemed in my eyes and I can now completely understand why it is the most visited country in Europe.
st paul du vance
the gorgeous town on a hilltop coming into view in the early morning light 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

march moments

We're getting a bit into April, so if you can't tell, 
I'm a little behind with my blogging. I even thought about skipping my March monthly recap. But March was the best month I've had in a long time. And I would be remise if I didn't take the time to document it. 
life lately march

Friday, April 7, 2017

that's one mammoth cave!

Crossing another national park off our list thanks to a recent Southern Road Trip. After visiting Nashville in Tennessee, we headed through Kentucky and had to make a stop at Mammoth Cave National Park...the longest cave system in the world. 
Each national park visit gets more and more unique and this one involved lots of tight spaces and spelunking. Good thing we're not claustrophobic! We hiked both above ground and underground, but the obvious highlight was touring through the caves. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

end of spending freeze

After having not bought any clothes for 3 months, I finally broke my spending freeze in a really big way. In March, all the winter gear was on sale so I took advantage of that to stock my closet with this very pricey item on discount of course. Also, picked up a few fun things that will work for the Spring weather. 

Full Length Coat Original $289 + 40% off + $17 in rewards = $156
Seeing as I spend half my year in Boston, I've been wanting a full length coat for a while now, but didn't want to spend a ton. I finally found just what I was looking for and at the right price too. Coats like this stick around for years and was definitely worth investing in. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

day trip diaries: Nashville

Tom and I took the quickest Southern Road Trip during my spring break, we ended up passing through Tennessee with exactly 24hours spent in Nashville. To be honest, I thought Nashville might be lost on us since we aren't exactly country music fans. We could care less about cowboy hats and the grand ole opry. But as it turns out, Nashville is more hipster than it is cowboy. And we couldn't get enough of our time here. 
Had we known how much we would fall in love with this town, we definitely would have planned to spend more time there, but we made the most of the 24 hours we did get. Managed to visit Nashville's most popular areas...the Gulch, 5th street, the District. 
Loved every aspect of music city!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

5 best photos

Linking up with some lovelies today to share our 5 best photos. I thought this would be a fun, but difficult challenge...choosing just five pics. But once I sat down and really thought about what matters most to me and what experiences have been most impactful, it was really easy to chose. 
I think most women will probably choose a wedding photo, but the pic above is one of my all time favorites with my husband Tom {even though you can't see our faces ha!} It was taken during this trip, and it really does speak 1000 words. It's reflective of the relationship I want us to always have, one based around exploring our sense of adventure together. I never want things to grow stagnant or too comfortable. And while no marriage is perfect, after almost 10 years together, we're still surprising and challenging each other. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

spots & stripes

I’ve finally broken my spending freeze and this spotted tee was my very first purchase. To be honest, I’m normally not a t-shirt kind of girl, so the fact that I deemed this tee worthy enough to break a 3 month long no-spending spree is symbolic of just how much I love it.
I’ve been hoping to infuse a bit more casual into my wardrobe. I find that I'm always s focused on buying all the nice things and then realize I don’t own the basics. But I feel like this tee creates a casual look without making me feel like a slob. It definitely worked out perfectly for a casual morning of brunching and shopping.

Can’t wait to see how versatile this will be with styling it for spring and summer weather.

Monday, March 20, 2017

wonder of the world: chichen itza

With traveling to Mexico, there was absolutely no way that we were going to miss out on visiting Chichen Itza. NONE. It's a modern wonder of the world for goodness sake. It's also a UNESCO world heritage site. So if that's not a clue to how spectacular this place is, then maybe you're just not paying enough attention. But, with this being such a popular site to visit, I thought I'd share a few of our tips for managing everything, especially since we visited on our own. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

3 months without buying clothes

I've seen others do this...3 months, 6 months, even a year (a little excessive I think) without buying clothes. I have to be honest and admit that I didn't necessarily set out to do this, but once a month or so had gone by, I found myself asking is it worth breaking my no-spend streak for this {insert ridiculous over-the-top girly ruffled glittery skirt that I don't need}? And while this whole process didn't exactly start out intentionally, I wanted to jot down a few life lessons I learned. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

why we skipped the resort stay in Mexico?

When we started telling friends and family that we were headed to Mexico, so many people asked us what resort are you staying at. Everyone seems to fly into Cancun and stay at a resort, so people naturally assumed that we were doing the same. And then I would promptly inform them that no we aren’t staying in a resort, we’re road tripping around Mexico and figuring it out from there. And while we got lots of crazy eyebrow raises, I know that this was the best way for us to travel through Mexico. 
We travel to step outside our comfort zones, to challenge ourselves, and to see a world beyond our own.
And a resort would have been the death of all that. It was definitely nerve-racking and scary to take this on, but it was perfect and wonderful and I don’t regret a thing. So I felt like I had to share our reasoning for why we chose to skip the resort stay in Mexico.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

engagement gift for ele


 If you're a regular around here and you don't know Ele, then you're missing out because she is my kindred. Ironically, we've never met in person, but we've connected over the fact that we are in similar life situations. Like me and my husband, she lives apart from her significant other while they both pursue their dreams at different medical schools. I feel that I know better than anyone how hard it can be to make a relationship work over so many miles. There's a whole new set of rules. But you commit yourself anyway and you support your SO in their dreams while pursing your own. It's kind of a lot. So the fact that they have managed to keep their relationship alive and thriving with all the distance is a testament of their love. So Ele's recent engagement truly deserves to be celebrated. And I love to support love, so I couldn't resist mailing off a care package to the bride-to-be to say congratulations.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Vibrant Valladolid

While visiting the Yucatan in Mexico, we spent the majority of our time along the coast soaking in those crystal blue waters. But we also took the time to go more inland in order to visit some of the larger Maya Ruins. And while we were there, we made the cute city of Valladolid our home base.
This city surprised us and turned out to be a total show stopper. We had initially planned it just to be a place to rest our heads at night, but each day we found ourselves making excuses to spend as much time as possible exploring this city.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

it's still winter

With what seemed to be an unusually mild winter, I may have gotten ahead of myself with jumping right into Spring. But this recent hike was a very big reminder that it's still winter. The days may be getting longer and the plants are getting a little greener, but March seems to have greeted us with a cold snap. And the temps are still requiring cold weather gear, as in ridiculously warm full-length coats ha! Cold or not, I can never resist a chance for a good hike, especially one that involves getting to witness the seasons transition. So while, yes it is still technically winter, Spring is sprouting through. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

farewell to february

You wouldn't know it from all of my happy go lucky shares lately, but this past month has been incredibly rough. How can such a short month be filled with so much stress and turmoil? So to say that I was happy to see February come to an end would be an understatement, but even with all the stress and all the late nights and all the tears, there were some really beautiful moments in February. And I'm thankful to these for helping me to hold things together during the low points. So here's just a few of those good moments worth sharing....
like my little white dog in the cutest little red coat
Lots of late nights practicing dentistry (in my pajamas of course! May as well be comfortable right?:) 
Plus cozy winter study sessions with my favorites = candles + coffee  
#studyessentials 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

a week of wear: vol 1

It's funny that this little space initially started out as a style blog because I didn't share a single outfit of the day last month. And it's looking like this month will be the same. I assure you that I haven't been running around naked, but there are two big reasons why I haven't been sharing OOTD's lately.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Climbing Coba

Yep, we climbed this! 
Still can't believe we followed in the path of thousands before us by climbing the tallest Maya pyramid in the Yucatan of Mexico. 
climbing coba maya ruins
Figured that it was a good time to warm things up around this little space by sharing more on our time in Mexico. It was the quickest trip, but we managed to explore several sets of Maya Ruins. While Coba is the least popular of all the ruins we visitied, it was also a favorite of ours, so I thought I'd start the recaps here. 
climbing coba maya ruins
Coba truly was a city and the paths we walk there today are the original scabe (white roads) that the Maya people followed. Most of the complex has yet to be excavated, which adds to the wonder of this gorgeous place. Because what you can see there just scratches the surface of the world that was once here. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

husband's birthday in a box!

The hardest part about being in a long distance relationship isn't that we miss out on daily dinners or morning kisses goodbye. It's missing out on the special occasions…that's what I hate most. Yesterday was my husband's birthday and I couldn't be there to celebrate him. And while I am thankful that I will get a chance to see him this weekend, there is nothing like being celebrated on your actual day. So I sent Tom this "birthday in a box" filled with a few small gifts and treats. 
birthday in a box

Thursday, February 16, 2017

central park in the winter

I like to think of myself as a relatively well-traveled person, but I had never been to Central Park. Hard to believe it I know. I've been to New York more times than I can count, but when I lived up North, I didn't appreciate it fully. Now that I don't live so close, I'm realizing there are too many iconic NY spots that people travel the world to see, yet I've been up the street and didn't bother. So I desperately need to remedy this starting with Central Park. 
I was hesitant to visit during our Valentine's Day weekend because well it's winter time. I figured everything would be dead and no one would be out. And that's not the way I wanted to remember the famous Central Park. But we ventured there anyway and so glad that we did because Central Park is stunning in the winter.
 The park is just as lively as ever during winter time with children sledding, couples skating, and an army of snow men greeting you at every turn. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

a rainy day at MoMa

Rainy days are my all time favorite! 
So when I woke up to the pitter-pattering of lots and lots of rain on our last day in New York, I was one happy girl. The snow and hail from the night before had mellowed into a rainy day, which made it a perfect time for a museum visit. And since we visited a fine arts museum last Valentine's day (here), we figured we would see some modern art this time around. 
a rainy day at moma
While we're not normally the biggest fans of modern art, MoMa is so well done. It's massive with six floors and each floor is organized into a time period/style of art. Plus, MoMa features quite a few of the modern classics with artists like Van Gough, Dali, and Picasso. Add in a few Jackson Polluck's and a little bit of Andy Warhol, and you've got yourself a fun date for a rainy afternoon. 
rainy day at Moma

Monday, February 13, 2017

My NYC Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day Eve!
 Unfortunately, I won’t get to see my Valentine on the actual day, but we more than made up for it by celebrating a little early this past weekend. We gave each other the best gift possible for Valentine's Day by spending a bit of time together in New York. 
new york valentine's day what to do
Thanks to all the snow storms that hit the northeast last week, we were worried that this Valentine’s Day wouldn’t happen for us. With living 700 miles apart, the plan was for us to fly into New York separately and meet up for the weekend. But things were looking pretty grim. We both had lots of delays and complications, but somehow both made it to New York safely late Friday night early Saturday morning.
winter central park

Sunday, February 12, 2017

101 in 1001: Update #1

Popping in and linking up with some fabulous ladies to share a little update on my 101 in 1001 list. This is the first time that I've really scrutinized my progress since I made this list way back in September. Let's just say, I've got some work to do. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

when jasmine finds Aladdin

this Jasmine has found her Aladdin! 
Celebrating a special occasion with a broadway show seems to be our thing (here & here). So gifting each other tickets to Aladdin while in New York for Valentine's Day totally fit us.The unlikely story of two people from very different worlds coming together and falling in love....sounds all too familiar. So we had to see this show! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

a Year of Free Flights

With the husband and I being in a long distance marriage, every time we see each other, it requires a flight. Add in the fact that we love to travel together and the flights really add up. In fact, I did the math and Tom and I took $5000 worth of flights in 2016. But that's not what we spent.
how to get cheap flights

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Winter Love Letters

Dear Winter,
I'm falling in love with you. It's true that our relationship hasn't always been the greatest. Well, things are different this time around. I'm sorry that I haven't always appreciated you, but now I'm realizing how truly beautiful you are.