Poppy fields

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The other day my mom and I decided to go for a morning bike ride around town.  My parents recently purchased two new schwinn bikes for our beach house and I was itching to take them for a cruise.  It was a beautiful warm sunny morning and my mom and I had the best time exploring little side streets and looking at all the pretty houses in town.  There is one neighborhood in town that is my absolute favorite.  On a whim we decided to pull off and cruise through and that was when we stumbled upon two beautiful fields of wild flowers; one poppies, and the other a mix of wild flowers.

Of course we had to pull over and snap a few photos.  I wasn’t exactly in a cute outfit to snap photos, so we decided to come back later in the afternoon to shoot.  The fields were so breathtaking and you could even see the ocean in the background.  It was so funny because while my mom and I were snapping photos several people had stopped to take some pics too!

Because it was a hot day I decided to keep my outfit light, breezy and fuss free. I threw on one of my favorite easy summer dresses and a hat to block the scorching sun.  I then threw on a pair of white sunnies to give the look a vintage feel.  I couldn’t help but feel like I was channeling my inner Julia Engel during this shoot 😉  Her recent photos in all of the beautiful flower fields in France have me swooning.

Anyways, so glad I stumbled upon these beautiful wild flower patches.  I am hopping to hit some sunflower fields in August sometime. Isn’t Summer just the best?!

xo,
H

Morocco Trip Recap

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One of the weekends in March a group of friends and I booked a trip to Morocco through a tour agency called Discover Excursions.  It was such a cool and unique experience to be able to travel to Africa while studying abroad in Spain.  It was definitely a haul to get there but so worth it.

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**Also a little note on dress attire.  We were told to dress modestly due to the fact that most Moroccan people are Muslim and Muslim people dress a certain way for modesty.  While we did not have to cover our hair or faces we were asked to wear pants or skirts that covers our knees and shirts that covered our shoulders. So I ended up wearing a stripped tunic and jeans one day and slowly pants and a t shirt another day because it was pretty warm for the beginning of March.

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The first day we drove about an hour to Chefchauen, or as many commonly refer to it as, “the blue city”.  We had this adorable old man who was a native of the city give us a little tour before we headed to lunch.  We ate in this very cool restaurant that had amazing decor.  The food was delicious too. After that we had a couple hours of free time before we had to get back on the bus and head to the hotel.  My friends and I explored and popped in and out of all of the little shops.  We also took too many pictures to count.  There was just a pretty location to shoot around every corner.  My friends also needed up getting henna which is super popular in Morocco. The store owners were very aggressive sales people but we were told that we had to bargain down the prices.  I bought a couple of cool postcards and then a really cool hand made stripped wool throw.

We headed back to the hotel where were had a few hours to kill before dinner.  Because we were told not to leave the premise of the hotel (being out in Morocco alone as a tourist is not the safest thing) my friends and I just hung out in our hotel rooms.  After we had dinner there was a little party in the ballroom that the tour put on and then we headed to bed.

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The next day we drove to Asilah.  We walked around the old city, walked along the beach and then shopped some more.  We then had lunch and arrived at the beach in Tangier where we would be riding camels.  It was a short camel ride but man was it hard to stay on!  I don’t know how people ride camels for an extended period of time.  It was a very cool experience and one I will always remember.  We then had to drive back to catch our ferry back to Spain.

Morocco was such a beautiful country, so different from anywhere I had visited in my life.  I learned a lot about the people and customs and culture.  It gave me a taste of what Northern Africa is like and I would definitely love to visit again at some point.

Thanks for reading!

xo,
H

 

Doors of Morocco

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Let me start this off by saying that I have a thing for pretty doors. I don’t know what it is about them, but pretty doors are just so aesthetically pleasing.  If you scroll through my instagram you may find a door or two (or three 😉  But Morocco was the mecca of pretty doors.  Around every corner was a unique blue door, the shades and embellishments endless. So here is a little roundup of just a few of the many photos I snapped during my weekend trip to Morocco while I was studying abroad this spring.

Doors also have a symbolic meaning.  There are countless saying about doors. For example when one door shuts another door opens.  Opening new doors is a metaphor for new adventure and opportunity.  This trip was definitely about opening new doors and experiencing life and all it has to offer. Just another reason that I am drawn to them I guess 😉

I am actually redoing my bedroom at home right now and hope to incorporate one of these photos in a gallery wall I am planning to do.

Does anyone else have an obsession with unique and fancy doors or am I the only one?!

xo,
H

Peek into my Week

Sorry this post is getting up a day late! It was just such a beautiful day yesterday that I had to spend it outside!

Monday:
With the weather being pretty miserable my mom and I ran a bunch of errands.  We have a couple of crafty projects we are working on so we headed to Hobby Lobby.  Since we were over in that neck of the woods I couldnt resist stopping at Christmas Tree shops.  I found a few great deals including super cute wine classes that say “instant mermaid, just add wine”, I mean can it get any more perfect?! I also found some affordable frames for a gallery wall I am working on for my room down at the shore. You can always count on Christmas Tree shops haha

Tuesday:
Because it rained all day, I spent the whole day making photo books with pictures from my semester abroad.  Lets just say I had some technical difficulties and just the whole process of selecting the photos, laying them out, adjusting them and adding text can take a while (then I became a bit obsessive and had to force myself to stop adjusting everything haha) I made one for myself and one for my parents as a gift.  I ended up making them on Walgreens. I have made them on CVS in the past, but one of my friends made a really cute using Walgreens so I decided to give it a try.  Guys! They came out so cute! I am obsessed and I know that I will find myself flipping through this book for years to come.

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Wednesday:
The sun finally reappeared!! Praise the lord! I was finally able to work out in the sunshine, repot some plants and make these really cool stepping stones the garden down at the beach.  Because my dad and brother were gone for the night, my mom and I then decided to have a girls night and walked down to my favorite Mexican restaurant in town called Sayulita. Oh how I missed that place while I was abroad.  I ordered the Sangria (because I was missing Spain a little) and a lobster truffle taco and shared the delicious guac and chips with my mom.  To say I was stuffed was an understatement.  But of course your girl couldn’t leave without a doggie bag of churros con chocolate for later 😉

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Thursday:
My mom and I headed down to the beach to get our house ready for my girls weekend! We cleaned, did laundry and tidied up the house so it would be in tip top shape for when my fairf friends arrived!  I also clipped these beautiful peonies from our garden! How stunning!?

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Friday:
I finished up prepping for my girls weekend and then headed down to the shore.  I made this adorable cake for to celebrate two of my girl friends’ 21st birthday.  Does anyone else love decorating cakes as much as I do.  When my friends saw the cake they joked that my kids are going to have the best birthday cakes some day haha

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Saturday:
My friends arrived Saturday afternoon.  They were coming from Mass, Long Island, Connecticut and Jersey.  It was so good to see all of them after a long 6 months apart.  But the nicest thing is we picked up right where we left off as if no time had passed.  We spent the day laying in the sun at the beach just chatting and then had a cute little photo shoot at the beach after dinner when the sun was setting. It was a fun day full of lots of food, beach and laughs.

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Sunday:
We woke up had breakfast and then most of my friends hit the road by noon so that they wouldn’t hit the weekend traffic.  I then went on a nice bike ride around town and relaxed the rest of the day.  The weekend was a blast but boy was I wiped by the end of it!

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and is off to a good start of the week!

Random Wanderings

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My friends and I had a bunch of time to kill before our tour began so we decided to just wander around the nearby white washed city.  Nerja actually really reminded me of Greece.  Most of the buildings were white with blue accents.  While we were exploring we found a dirt road that we assumed led to the ocean.  We figured what the heck, lets check it out.  And OMG it was quite the adventure that brought us to the most beautiful cliff ledge.  You could not access the beach without scaling down a steep path and considering the clothing we were wearing we decided against that.  However the views from the cliff overlooking the ocean were stunning.  There were also these gorgeous wildflowers blooming everywhere.  So my friends and I proceeded to do what any other group of girls would do; have a little photoshoot 😉

I decided to set the mood with a little music from my phone.  Because I was in such a good mood I proceeded to sing along (very badly) until my roommate threatened to push me off the cliff if I didn’t stop haha.  We were laughing so hard.  It was one of my favorite memories of the trip and it just goes to show you that sometimes you just have to let yourself get lost.  You don’t always have to have plans, because just seeing what a place has to offer allows you to really experience it.  And you never know what you will stumble upon!

Thanks for reading!

xo,
H

Peek into my Week

Long time no talk! I feel like all I have been writing are Abroad recaps and while they are so fun and I love doing them I don’t really get to share my day to day with you all.  So I reinstating my series Peek into my week so that you can get a little glimpse into my life!
Monday:
This past Monday was Memorial day.  I was supposed to work at the beach but the day was a wash due to horrible storms so our boss said we didn’t have to go in.  I lost out on a days pay but I didn’t mind that much because it was so nice to cozy up on the couch with blankets and binge watch Homeland with my dad (has anyone else seen it?!) before we had to head back home for the week.

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My mom, Aunt and I met up with one of my cousins who we hadn’t seen since Christmas to grab some breakfast.  She goes to school out in Arizona so it always nice to catch up.  After breakfast my mom and I ran a bunch of errands because it was a rainy day (surprise, surprise…when is this weather going to clear up??) However, there was a break in the rain so we snapped a few photos down by the  boat house in town.

Wednesday:
I spent all day in pajamas (don’t worry I put on a fresh pair when I woke up haha)  It was another crappy day (the northeast just can’t seem to catch a break) so I spent the day working on blog posts and cleaning my room. Fun stuff I know.  But sometimes you just need those lazy lounge days.

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Thursday:
I met up with my bestie who just got home from Spain.  Although we were able to get together and do a few trip abroad (London and Paris) I hadn’t seen her since March so it was so fun to catch up. She is also living in Boston for the summer to work in a hospital so it was nice to get together before works starts for her.  That night I also met up with there rest of my high school friends for an ice cream date and to watch the bachelorette.  We went to a local farm where they make homemade ice cream.  I had a scoop of cow pies which is peanut butter ice cream with cookie dough and chocolate chips. Yummy! European gelato will always have my heart but there is nothing like fresh homemade ice cream.   Nights like those are what summer is all about.

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Friday:
I attended a fundraiser golf tournament for my little cousin who has a rare health disorder.  It is so special to see all these people come together to show their support.  It was a fun day and luckily the weather held up for us.  After that my family and I headed down to the shore for the weekend.

Saturday:
I worked at the beach.  It rained for a majority of the morning (do I live in Seattle, cause all it does it rain here!) and the beach as dead until the end of my shift when the sun finally decided to come out.

Sunday:
I worked again and the beach was a ghost town again due to the fact that it was cold, windy and an afternoon storm was supposed to hit.  Hopefully the summer turns arounds soon. I am getting pretty sick of this weather!

It was a pretty relaxing week.  Work hasn’t started full time yet and we haven’t moved down to the beach yet for good so I have been trying to get all of my projects done in these few weeks I am home.  I hope everyone is off to a great Monday!

xo,
H

 

 

 

 

Winter Break day trips: Nerja

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Views from the Balcony of Europe, the furthest southern most point in Europe!

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A cave house on the beach, swoon!

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Talk about door goals.  I may or may not have begged my mom to change our door at the beach to look like this!

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Any hotel that looks like this has be planning a trip back in the future!

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While we were down in the South of Spain for winter break my friends and I decided to make the most of our time and do day trips to surrounding cities.  I had heard from others that nerja was a beautiful town also on the Costa del Sol that was only an hour bus ride away.  There is not a ton to do in Nerja in terms of places to go and things to see but we wanted to see the caves and the the balcony of Europe. We researched and found out you could take the public bus for only 8 euros round trip! Music to our ears! We woke up early and caught the bus to Nerja.

We wanted to see the Cuevos de Nerja, a cave of stalagmite beauty.  We saw the line that said there was a guided tour and being the broke college students we are, decided we would find the caves without a tour guide.  We began walking on this very steep rocky path up the side of this mountain.  Let me just set the scene for you a little.  While I had dressed semi practical, my two friends on the other hand had decided to wear cute dresses for the day; not the most conducive outfit for hiking.  I kept complaining and second guessing whether we were actually going the right way when we discovered a map along the trail.  That was when we learned we were no where near the caves and instead on the free trails of the property.  So we turned around and cautiously headed back down the mountain with our tails between our legs defeated that we had to shell out money haha.  What we also didn’t know was that there were a limited number of spots for the caves tours.  When we went to go buy our tickets we were told that there was only one time slot later in the day still available! So make sure you buy them online!

We had some time to kill so we wandered around the town (Post about our wanderings here!) and eating lunch.  We then made our way back to the caves, took the tour, and then after some bus schedule snafus, headed back into the main town to see the Balcony of Europe, which is the furthest southern point of Europe.  The little town was so cute and the views were breathtaking! It just made me so excited for all of our European beach trips to come.  We then caught the bus back to Malaga where we then had to get ready for an overnight bus back to Madrid (yayyy…..)

It was such a great trip and was both relaxing and adventurous! Thanks for reading!  As always if any of you have any questions feel free to email me!! I would love to answer your questions!

xo,
H