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Girl’s Guide to Surviving Monaco

the beautiful Monte Carlo Casino

High rollers. Complete decadence. Yachts on yachts on yachts. Champagne flowing like a waterfall.

These are just a few things that come to mind when talking about Monaco, the teeny tiny country that is just a short train ride away from Nice, France. One of my closest friends Yasmine and I took a long weekend in the French Riviera this spring, and ended up with a rather thrilling yet slightly terrifying night out in the capitol of opulence.

my stress face as I gently touch a Porsche, expecting the alarm to go off, hahah Read More »

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Rosé-ing Our Way Through South of France

loving my pistachio ice cream in Antibes

Hello, hello!

Today we’re going to break down one of my favorite places that I’ve traveled to this year – SOUTH OF FRANCE, darling! Doesn’t it just exude elegance and grace? Trust me, the actual place does too.

drool worthy tiny beaches dot this beautiful coast

long distance soul sister <3

I met up with one of my closest friends, Yasmine, who actually lives in London (file under: the main reason I’m always running onto a plane to get to this city). South of France was perfect for our extended weekend girls trip – incredible food, crisp rosé, amazing sights, charming little towns just a short train ride away, and a wild night out in Monaco (oh man, Monaco gets its own whole post for being so damn extra).

loved this magical carousel 

Our main hub was in Nice, France, just two blocks from the waterfront in the cutest airbnb. Let me start by talking about this water – dear lord, I’ve never seen anything so incredibly blue. South of France is also called Cote d’Azure (Blue Coast in French) because I mean… lets just say I was beyond blown away by this water’s color. It did not look real, but so is! Read More »

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Castle Wedding in Ireland

strolling the tiny streets of Dublin

Back in the spring, I was lucky enough to get to attend my friends’ wedding in Ireland. It was my first time in the Emerald Isle, and it was the perfect backdrop for Courtneyann and Joe’s fairytale dreams to come true.

Most of the trip was spent doing wedding festivities – Courtneyann’s birthday and hen party (bach party) were both two days before the wedding, so it was basically a flurry of a few days spent laughing, crying, and dancing the night(s) away. April and I got to come on this trip together, and after the wedding we drove across the whole country to take in the Cliffs of Moher before having to head back to our little New York life.

so much joy that day <3

Destination weddings can be tough to pull off, but this one was so beyond perfectly executed, it was a dream for all involved. The guest list was under 30 people, so it was truly only the nearest and dearest souls spending such a precious few days together, from Dublin to two nights in a storybook castle on Waterford Island. Read More »

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Cuba with Surf Yoga Beer

best Cuba crew ever <3

Cuba has been on the top top top of my list for travels for as long as I can remember. There’s so many drawing factors – the time travel-y feel as the country is basically frozen in the 1960s, the stunning landscapes, the kind hearted, wonderful locals… and the mojitos, obvs. 😉

In front of one of Havana’s beautiful fountains

There’s an amazing company called Surf Yoga Beer based out of New York, created by Mantas Zvintas, that specializes in fitness retreats around the world – but they’re not your usual kind of detox/yoga/massage/juice cleanse kind of retreat (which are great in their own way). SYB focuses on adventuring and truly living to the absolute fullest on these retreats, combining daily fitness with massive amounts of daytime exploring and incredible nights out drinking and dancing. I mean, damn, our days were jam packed and we all slept probably only 4 hours a night but it was the best long weekend in Cuba I could imagine! I’ve been on the email list for a long time, but my schedule hadn’t allowed me to take any retreats with SYB… until I got the email about Cuba for end of March. I booked it the moment I saw it. #noragrets

tree pose-ing with Mantas at Baños de San Juan

Traveling to Cuba for us Americans only became possible on direct flights very recently, and I had been considering just going on my own because I had been dying to go for so long. It was such a relief at the time to get the email about the SYB trip to Cuba, because I wasn’t completely sold on doing it alone. I love solo travel but sometimes I prefer being with a group/guide – not on a slow, guided tour that drives me a little crazy, but a group adventure and/or a learning experience.

living to the fullest out here

Going forward though, now that I’ve been, I would totally go back to Cuba on my own. Seriously the people are some of the loveliest locals ever, and even though there’s hardly any wifi capability, it is totally do-able on your own! But going for the first time with such an awesome group of people – and now all new NYC friends – was an unforgettable experience 🙂 So! Lets get to it… Read More »

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Colorado Stole My Heart <3

happiest scamp ever to be at the top of a mountain

last run of the day = perfect light

A few weeks ago I went on my very first ski/snowboard trip with my best friend Ashley, her husband and his best friends. Ugh, I can’t even express how wonderful the weekend was. I expected to have a great weekend because every weekend I spend with Ash is magical (long distance friendship makes any time you spend together the best ever), but this one was just extra magic, extra fun.

my ride or die for 9 years

Originally we thought we would do a day on the bunny slopes, and then a day exploring town, but after our first day I was so into it I couldn’t imagine skipping out on the second day. Skiing isn’t easy for me – I fall a LOT (so many bruises) but it didn’t matter, I still loved being out there. Read More »

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Kitten-esque in Las Vegas

views of mountains behind this little sparkly city really get me

Hello, hello!

I spent a week escaping winter in New York by visiting my girlfriend who lives out in Las Vegas in January. The weather is high in the 60s, low in the 40s, which is my favorite kind of cosy sweater weather – not like the snow coat weather back home, blegh.

There is obviously so much to see and do in Las Vegas, but especially with having a friend who lives out there, I wanted to share a few of my favorites kitten-y things to do, from coffee shops to my favorite hotels to insider secrets. 🙂

sharing my croissant with Monaaaa <3 Read More »

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London Photo Diary + A Year In Review

gates of Buckingham Palace

By now its probably no secret how much I love London, so it probably won’t surprise you to hear that I’m heading there yet again (!!) in a week – after having just returned from that beautiful city three weeks ago. I just cannot stay away.

I’ll be in my heart-home for just three days, to celebrate New Years Eve there. I actually rang in this past NYE in London too; I was with my friend Yasmine and her family at the Savoy Hotel. It was such a beautiful evening. Later we traipsed over to a house party where I hung out in the kitchen with new friends while sipping champagne out of a mug, all while still in my ball gown, til 7am. What a night! Very excited to start and end the year in the same city with my same friends.

We will get to that review of this year at the end of the post, but first I want to share some photos from this past trip to London. There is no place where I feel more… right… than this city. Something about it, man. Its my place. I know that I will live there someday, hopefully sooner rather than later.

roses and beautiful houses in Brixton

Charlotte Street Hotel being all sorts of lovely in this light Read More »

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Reykjavik and Roadtrips: Iceland Part 2

taking in the spectacular view at Þingvellir National Park

Iceland is a lot of driving. They don’t have any trains there, so you basically have the option of spending a ton of money to sit on a bus and take a tour, or you can do some planning ahead and do self tours with a rental car. This is what I went for, except for the northern lights, which I’ll get to at the end!

Reykjavik is the biggest city in Iceland, but even it itself has such a lovely small town feel. It’s a great base from which to explore some parts of the country. Someday when I go to Iceland in the summer, I would love to have a camper and drive it around the ring road, exploring the entire country. But for now, in late fall/winter, smaller trips based out of Reykjavik is what I decided to stick with.

always making cat friends

Instead of going the hotel route, I booked us an entire apt Airbnb for our four nights there, ensuring we had a kitchen to ourselves. This was vital because food is SO EXPENSIVE in Iceland. No really, it’s crazy. That awesome lobster soup in Grindavik? Twenty bucks. Lobster soup in Reykjavik? Almost thirty. An entree at any of the lovely restaurants? Upwards of fifty dollars. So what we did was we went grocery shopping, loaded up and only spent about $50 total on that, and made breakfast and dinner at home and packed sandwiches for the road for when we would go exploring. My mum is an amazing cook and having that Airbnb really helped save us money in that department, and it was such a lovely apartment too. It was just beside Hallgrimskirkja, the massive church, on a quiet little street and only a few minutes walk to the cute main street Laugavegur in Reykjavik. Perfect.

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The Blue Lagoon, a Fishing Village and Glamping Under the Stars: Iceland Part 1

Iceland was such a crazy and beautiful experience – seriously unlike anything I’ve ever seen in the world. It’s been on my list forever, especially because one of my best friends has been twice now and of course its an amazing place to see the Northern Lights (more on that coming in the next post!). Originally when booking this trip, I was looking for flights to London, but as always, whenever I travel to Europe I try to make more than one destination out of it. So when I saw Iceland Air was doing stopovers – and the flight from New York, to Iceland for several days, to London for a few days, and back to New York came out to only $500 (seriously amazing!) I booked myself and my mum flights immediately. This was back in August, so about 3 months prior to the travel. The price was on point!

The flight from New York to Iceland is quite quick, about 4.5 hours. This also means that we landed in iceland at 7am their time – 2am our time. This also means I got barely any sleep, (I dozed for maybe about half an hour) and the jet lag was going to set in harrrrrd. Even with as much as I travel, I’m horrible at handling jet lag when it happens to me. If I manage to get a few hours of sleep on a red eye and have a bed waiting for me for a couple more hours of sleep at my destination, then I’m fine but when its a situation where I’m landing in the middle of the night my time I just know that first day will be tough. So I try to plan accordingly.

the landscape around Grindavik is all mossy lava fields, seriously like another planet

I booked us a room in an Airbnb in Grindavik, the cutest little fishing town on the south coast. It’s only about twenty minutes from the airport instead of 45 minutes like Reykjavik, and the magical Blue Lagoon is located just on the edge of town. What better way to fight jet lag than with a spa day at one of the most gorgeous geothermal pools in the world?! Read More »

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Rediscovering Warsaw

Beautiful Warsaw by night

Over the summer I spent time visiting the country I am from – Poland. I was born in Florida, but my entire family is Polish, I grew up speaking the language, and have visited countless times (lately going twice a year, for Christmas and also during the summer).

Usually my visits are mostly spent with family, either in the suburbs just outside Warsaw or in my grandmother’s tiny town two hours from the city. People always ask me what Poland is like, and I don’t have much to say, since usually my time there is spent in my families homes rather than exploring the country. I did actually explore the country extensively on my own as a teenager, but since that was pretty much a decade ago the memories aren’t as clear.

image-1-jpg-3while walking around Warsaw – wish I could have around that record player I found in an antique shop home!

beautiful, peaceful bridge in Lazienki Park. I sat here and relaxed for a while, watching the ducks splash around

While I did spend time with my grandmother during this trip, I also spent some days staying in Old Town in Warsaw with my mum and they were pretty incredible. I feel like I discovered – or rediscovered, actually – this amazing city that I never cared much about before. Well, that certainly has changed! Here are some highlights of the summer days spent in the beautiful Warsaw 🙂 Read More »

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