Monday, May 20th, 2019

FOUR GLORIOUS NIGHTS IN COPENHAGEN

The last leg of our honeymoon adventures included four glorious nights in beautiful Denmark.  Oh how we loved strolling the rainy streets of Copenhagen, stopping for Danish coffees and enjoying the best meals in Copenhagen’s up and coming hip food scene.  I cannot say enough good things about our time here. 

Day 1 : We flew in from Finland which was only about 3 hours of travel and reached Copenhagen at 8pm.  We checked into our hotel, Guldsmeden (@guldsmedenhotels) and were greeted by the nicest concierge who directed us to a quaint French restaurant around the corner from our hotel called Les Trois Cochons.  We took it easy and enjoyed wine in the cozy hotel common area.  The decor is Bali / bohemian inspired and I just loved every inch of it.  Complete with an outdoor meeting room greenhouse and two airstreams.  I truly loved the hotel experience. Guldsmeden is a small Danish boutique / sustainable hotel chain. It was so nice and cozy for a great price and right in the middle of so many good restaurants and shops.  It was easy to catch a cab out front and also a short walking distance to Tivoli Gardens.

Day 2 : We started the day with breakfast at Acacia (@acacia_kbh), a place I scouted on IG before our trip.  The waffles were ridiculous and the decor was beautiful!  Next we took off for Nyhavn canal.  It was a bit rainy but we stumbled upon the coolest shopping area.  We went into Magasin Du Nord, a department store with a killer supermarket on the lower level.  We stocked up on teas and instant coffees and wished we could take everything else home with us, lol.  We took a break from the rain at our hotel and checked out Halifax Burger (@halifaxburger). They have city inspired burgers and vegetarian options, so good! They were also on a list of sustainable restaurants given to us by the hotel.  That night we went to Tivoli Gardens which was super fun and a Copenhagen must! It was still rainy so it wasn’t crowded, nice to not have to wait in line for the rides.  For dinner that night we went to Spuntino which was a favorite of the whole trip.  Insane appetizer spread and amazing pizza!

Day 3: We started the morning at Bowl Market (@bowlmarketcph), açaí + porridge bowl spot (owned by an American who we chatted with for awhile).  It’s a quick order at the counter type of place, small and cozy still.  I feel like I don’t need to keep saying the food was excellent, etc…literally everywhere we went the food was amazing and the decor and cozy factor was off the charts, this is what the Danish are best known for after all! It was another rainy day but we had acquired umbrellas at this point. We walked the streets of jesper brochmands jadd, a really cute shopping area with lots of boutiques and popular coffee shops. Here is where you could find Danish handmade items and art.  We stopped for vegan hot chocolate at chocolat (as the name insinuates it’s all gourmet chocolates).  If you walk to the end of the shopping streets you will come to Assistens Cemetery, where Hans Christian Andersen is buried.  The rain and grey skies gave it such a beautifully eerie vibe.  We took our mid-day break at coffee collective, which seems to be very popular and came as the most recommended coffee from the locals we talked to.  For dinner, we walked to the Meatpacking district and tried Warpigs. This was Hunters favorite meal of the trip, it was a crazy Bar-b-q place.  It is huge inside with communal picnic tables, order at the window with a ton of great beers on tap.  Not much that was vegetarian friendly but the experience was really fun.  The Meatpacking area has a TON of restaurant options. 

Day 4: We had breakfast at Hyggestund, which I pretty much waited the whole trip for, haha! After discovering them on instagram during our initial planning, I knew we had to check it out. Waffles and the place is completely PINK inside. I died. Cozy factor times a million, we could’ve eaten here everyday.  We took a taxi back to Nyhavn and decided to do a canal tour.  I am nervous when it comes to boats but this was slow, steady and great.  Lots of fun facts as you pass interesting buildings, the palace and you also can see the famous Little Mermaid statue from the water. After our tour we walked to the National Museum of Denmark, a wealth of Danish history and culture. So, so fun to read about the history. The have a great gift shop where we got a couple books.  There were a few clothing boutiques near there plus a good amount of designers stores, H&M, etc. Hunter parked it at a bar while I did some shopping. That night we went to a local fish market by the hotel.  We had to wake up at 4am for our flight back home and I was nowhere near ready to go! 

We kept saying we can’t even imagine how beautiful Denmark must be in Spring and Summer, considering we LOVED it even though it was cold and rained everyday.  We didn’t mind the cold or rain one bit, after getting umbrellas we were good to go. Plus we had just been in -20 in Finland so 30’s and 40’s didn’t feel so bad after that, ha. Copenhagen is one of the most biked cities in the world, I mean the amount of bikers was crazy! That’s really the only thing we missed out on due to the rain (you totally could still bike in the rain though, if you’re braver than me! The bikes lanes were just soooo busy it scared me!) I felt like there was design inspiration at every corner.  We didn’t have one bad meal or experience. Everyone was so nice and accommodating.  We learned a lot from talking to locals and the coffee shops and restaurants we went to.  I cannot wait to go back again soon! 

Hope you enjoy reliving these moments with me this week, now to let the photos do the talking… 

Write in the comments if you have any questions about traveling to Copenhagen and I will try to respond / post them on IG

XO

 

(above – greenhouse room at the hotel, below- Bali boho inspired decor in the common area)

(I loved the emphasis on recycling and sustainability at the hotel. They have these cute newspapers with a bunch of information on them and a map of sustainable establishments around CPH)

(above + below – Breakfast at Acacia)

(Tivoli Gardens)

(Breakfast at Bowl Market)

(Cemetary)

(Halifax Burgers)

(Chocolat for Vegan Hot Chocolate!)

(Above + Below – dinner at Spuntino)

(Breakfast at Hyggestund)

(Most of these are from walking Nyhavn + also taking a canal tour)

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Sunday, April 28th, 2019

SUNSHINE YELLOW FAVORITES

 

Fendi glasses // Free People Dress // Stuad Bag // Raye (via Revolve) Shoes

I have been so into yellow lately, something I never thought I would say.  It’s just so bright and happy and has been popping up everywhere lately.  I got this Free People dress recently and wore it for Easter, the eyelet detail and buttery hue is so good. I linked some more of my favorite yellow finds below!

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Monday, April 22nd, 2019

SUSTAINABLE IDEAS IN HONOR OF EARTH DAY

Happy Earth Day!

I thought I would share some of my favorite products in honor of Earth Day and a commitment to live more consciously for the good of the environment. Let’s start with the basics real quick.  What exactly is sustainability?  In short, sustainability means not harming the environment or depleting natural resources and thereby supporting long term ecological balance. Switching over to more sustainable practices can be difficult in the beginning but it just makes sense.  It can improve health and save money, who doesn’t want that?!  I am by no means an expert on this topic and I’m certainly not here to preach as I still have a lot to learn and change.  After thinking about the waste we create and seeing the incredible way of life in Denmark, it really got us thinking about making some changes this year.  Can you imagine if we all just made tiny changes, it would make a huge impact. Some of the easiest things for me have been reducing plastic… bringing my bags to the store, I bought a few from Baggu, they have the cutest prints and fold up so compactly. I always keep one in my purse and one in my car. The patterns are so bright and fun that I never mind using them.  Also, silicone baggies and straws reduces so much waste and saves a lot of money overtime. I made a round up of some of my favorite products and a few suggestions we’ve been doing at home…

Baggu – cutest reusable bags ever 

Stashers – High quality (& cute!) silicone reusable baggies, they come in a number of sizes (bringing them to the grocery store to fill with bulk food)

Water Bottle – Bringing your own water bottle with you everyone is one of the easiest ways to cut down on waste, Yeti ramblers are the absolute best and keep your drink cold all da, I swear this is one of my best purchases to date!

To go Coffee Cups – I love these collapsable mugs. Bringing your own cup to your local coffee joint is another easy way, even Starbucks has reusable cups! 

Straws – Depending on your preference, silicone or metal

Microfiber Cloths – to cut down on paper towel usage 

Reusable Travel Flatware

Food Storage Jars – for buying in bulk 

Reef Safe Sunscreen 

“Keep it kind, keep it clean, keep it wild, keep it green”

XO

 

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Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

THE STUDIO IN BLOOM

I love designing in the Spring when everything is in bloom! I draw so much inspiration from nature and flowers of the season.  I have been working on a new collection and am so excited about the 20+ new designs we are adding this month.  I wanted to give you a sneak peek here, but they will all be hitting the shop by next week. 

XO

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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

LAPLAND FINLAND + A STAY AT KAKSLAUTTANEN ARCTIC IGLOO RESORT


I don’t even know where to start with how INSANE our trip to Finland and Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort was for part II of our honeymoon last month!  I basically planned the entire trip around the igloo hotel…when we were considering options for our trip I remembered seeing this beautiful resort on instagram months ago.  I did some research and found Finland climbing travel charts. Domino even just posted that it won the happiest country for the second year in a row! 

I really cannot say enough good things about Kakslauttanen and Finland in general.  The staff and accommodations were incredible. They were helpful through our lost baggage and booking activities a few weeks before we left.  The food was great with plenty of vegetarian options. They offer a traditional Finnish breakfast buffet and nightly specials for dinner.  There is a pick up and bag carrying service for when you don’t want to brave the cold.  Someone will even bring fire wood and start your fireplace in your cabin each night!  We choose to stay in the Kelo-glass igloos and I couldn’t have been happier.  The cabin was huge and beautiful (they actually sleep 6+ people). The bathrooms have a sauna in them. Nothing can beat sleeping in a heated glass igloo while falling asleep to the beautiful Arctic sky (and northern lights if you’re lucky!).  We both agreed that 3-4 days here is just enough.  At least at this time of year, with it being 30 below zero some days and only getting about 5 hours of daylight there is not a ton to do after your daily activity.  Plus everything is pretty pricey, we definitely spent the most on this leg of our trip.  It was easy to stop over here from our other destinations. The airport is Ivalo and it’s the smallest airport I’ve ever seen, lol.  You have to fly through Helsinki (Finland’s capital) but it’s just an hour or so flight from there.  It was about two hours from Oslo to Helsinki and then Helsinki to Copenhagen. Kakslauttanen will arrange pick up for you at the airport or you can book a taxi.  It’s about a 30-45 drive from Ivalo and costs about 70 euros.  There are some very small hotels around the airport so if you fly in late at night I would recommend staying there just to sleep and heading to the resort in the morning.  Ivalo reminded me of a sleepy little mountain town, there are a ton of snow activities you could book there (our snowmobiling tour actually left from here). This would be a way to experience the area for a fraction of the cost if staying at the igloo is not an option. 

On our first day we went on a dog sledding adventure, which was so much fun.  Hunter was the driver and I rode in the sled to take photos, of course.  The sun sets around 3pm this time of year so it was pretty much back to the cabin to hang out.  It’s so beyond freezing that one outdoor activity a day was plenty, haha.  We choose to walk to dinner each night which meant bundling up in all the layers before heading out. Our cabin was about a 5-7 minute walk from the main lodge.  We drank Glogg (mulled wine) every night and it was so perfect!  Day two we went on a 4 hour snowmobile tour with a private guide, we stopped off at a reindeer farm and were absolutely FREEZING by the end of the ride. But OMG it was so beautiful riding through the forest and stopping at a look out on top of the mountain where we could see Russia just 30 km in the distance.  Our eyelashes were icicles by the end of each day (as seen in my selfie below). The sunset and sunrise (at about 10am) colors against the snow were so incredible. The rest of the time we just wondered around snapping photos and taking in the sites.  

Truly a breathtaking winter wonderland!

There are a lot of photos with this post but it was too hard to choose favorites…

XO

 

 













 

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