Category: Travel

This winter, my husband and I have been so thankful to escape the cold weather and live for a few weeks in sunny Florida. (He has a work-from-home- [or anywhere with WiFi] -job, and I have nice coworkers & bosses!) We have been staying with my husband’s family, who spend each winter on Sanibel Island.

This past week, us girls went to lunch with a local friend at Wisteria Tea Room in Fort Myers, Florida.

We had a lot of fun and enjoyed our time so much that I thought I would do a quick review and share some photos from the experience for anyone who might visit the area!

Wisteria Tea Room History

Continue Reading … Wisteria Tea Room – Must Visit in Fort Myers, Florida


Hello, and welcome to my second installment of experiences and photos from our recent Vermont summer trip! For a more proper introduction to this mini-series, be sure to check out East Coast Excursions – Part 1: Woodstock, VT.

If you arrived at this post via the link at the end of the aforementioned, thanks for reading!

‘All work and no play…’ Well, I’m sure you could finish that age-old adage. Besides ‘making Jack a dull boy’, a lack of appropriately-balanced recreation is linked to elevated stress levels, which may, in turn, present other negative effects as well… (why do I feel like I am typing out the thesis for a high-school term paper?!)

My point? Ah yes, my point: though our purpose of the trip was to volunteer, we were able to take some time off to enjoy the hidden gems that a Vermont summer has to offer.

While many people view the Green Mountain State as one primarily oriented around winter sports, if you happen upon the option to visit Vermont in the summer, here are some activities that you don’t want to miss! Continue Reading … East Coast Excursions – Part 2: Summer Things To Do In VT


“Traveling: it leaves you speechless, and then turns you into a storyteller.” Or, blogger. 🙂

As alluded to in previous posts, my husband and I, along with his family, voyaged East last month to spend some time volunteering. We stayed in a remote city of Vermont, called Ludlow, which has a population of approximately 800.

This required a drive anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half in order to find residents.

Some of these homes were nestled so deeply into the side of a mountain that, even in a versatile SUV with 4-wheel drive, we almost could not reach them! It was not a good commute for the faint-of-heart, though, it was extremely beautiful, serene, and rewarding.

At the start and conclusion of our volunteering week, we scheduled some time to do a bit of sightseeing. For the first installment of this East Coast Excursions series, I wanted to share some highlights from our first day, which was spent in a quaint village named Woodstock, Vermont.

Continue Reading … East Coast Excursions – Part 1: Woodstock, Vermont


California is my favorite state. If at any time you catch me daydreaming, my mind has likely wandered to the Southern-most region of the West Coast. I had the pleasure to visit and explore Los Angeles last October and fell in love with the comfortable mix of an upbeat, modern city and the relaxed, carefree beach scene.

Then, this past April, Max and I were able to spend a week in San Diego to celebrate our second wedding anniversary.*  We loved every aspect of this location, from the perfectly seasonable weather to the indescribably beautiful ocean regions and the gorgeous city architecture; I just could not get enough of the wonderful San Diego.

Something else that Max and I really appreciated on this trip was the abundance of unique restaurants and cafes. No matter which meal we needed to eat, there was no lack of delicious options to try! So, if you are planning a trip to San Diego, pondering a visit to the West Coast, or you just like to look at photos of delicious food, here are our recommendations for great places to eat in San Diego!

Continue Reading … Eating Our Way Through San Diego


This past weekend, my husband and I traveled to New York City to do some touring and exploring with his family.

For me, as soon as a trip or vacation is booked, two vital aspects of travel revolve around my mind constantly until departure: what to do and what to wear at the destination. Our extended weekend itinerary was pretty much set, thanks to my mother-in-law’s love to travel and plan, so that left me with one major task: plan my outfits.

How to dress to tour New York City is an inquiry that, in itself, cannot be answered simply; it raises other questions such as, “how do I dress comfortably and stylishly at the same time?” I didn’t want my clothing choices to identify me in the crowds as a tourist, but walking upwards of 10 miles a day would just not be feasible in most of the shoes in my wardrobe. Since we had a lot packed into our schedule each day, I needed to look appropriate and respectable at places like the Metropolitan Museum of Art or nice restaurants for dinner, but I didn’t want to stand out as being overdressed while walking home through Central Park or Times Square. The forecasted weather was HOT, and sitting in a muggy subway and trudging down people-packed streets in the glaring sun also posed another topic of concern: how to dress comfortably, stylishly, and modestly while remaining cool and composed?

Here are two outfits I wore to New York City, and a few tips and ideas to put together your own perfect travel wardrobe!

Continue Reading … What To Wear to New York City

Fashion Travel

California had always been near the top of my travel bucket-list, so when my husband informed me that he had to go to a workshop just outside of Los Angeles, I was beyond thrilled. Of course, this was primarily a business trip (and we had to use our own vacation days to go), but we agreed to take an extra day at the end of the workshop to do some sight-seeing. Our words were: “Who knows when we will be able to visit California again?” (irony, as we vacationed in San Diego about six months later for our second anniversary). Since California has SO much to offer (it is, of course, the third largest state in the US), it may be difficult overwhelming to create an itinerary for your trip; there is just so much to see, so much land to cover! How would one even know where to begin?! Thankfully, we are graced with the presence of the internet, and along with that comes the experience of other travelers in your shoes. Whether you are trying to cover California coast-to-coast, travel on a budget, or just take a short trip out to So-Cal*, here is how I would recommend spending your day in Los Angeles. (Click on any of the photos below to see them full size!)

*The locals informed us that So-Cal means “southern California”, not “So Californian!” as I mistakenly thought. (Hence, the phrase “Ooh, that’s So-Cal!” does not describe a cute, flirty tank top, but refers to a location. Oops. Blame it on my city-girl/East coast upbringing.”

Continue Reading … Los Angeles in One Day