Sunday, July 20, 2014

One Year Anniversary

(Anniversary trip to the Italian Riviera, photo by super talented Maria Lamb of Anthem Photography)

WOW!! It's been one year since our wedding and we have done SO much, it's been an absolute insane and memorable year. Here's a little recap:

Married July 20th, you can check out our wedding photos here and our engagement story here! Or head over to Huffington Post where our engagement photo has been featured today, July 20th! 

In our first year as a blissful Mr. & Mrs. we have done so much!!! From moving half way across the world to traveling between several different countries, a total over 30, 000 miles on airplane, boat, car, and foot. We've swam in the mediterranean, learned to cook diverse cuisines, walked the paths of Vincent Van Gogh, marveled at the works of Davinici, michealangelo and picasso, drank wine in the South of France, created new holiday traditions, slept on the floors of strangers homes, made new friends, created a new community, and through all of this have remained and grown into the best of friends. 
Our life has been adventurous but not glamourous, busy yet minimal, tough and laid back all at the same time. If your first year of marriage is any taste to what the rest of your life together will hold, I am in for many more years of an adventurous and fabulous life. We're thankful for every day we have with each other and are adamant on spending it to the fullest, for what ever that means on that particular day.

Here's a fast recap in photos:

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

July Update

I've been on planes and exploring other countries and not updating you here! How rude! ;) last week my handsome husband and I were in Italy so I could style an editorial with Maria Lamb of Anthem Photography! We made sure to have some fun as an early anniversary present to ourselves (July 20th will be here soon)! Above is a sneak peek from Maria of our mini anniversary shoot we were able to squeeze in before saying goodbye!
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This week I was in Dublin! Having walked most of the city, my favorite part was the HUGE mackelmore concert we attended Thursday might! And tomorrow morning one of my Portland beauties and I leave for an island off of Spain! We barely have 24 hours to get everything together, so it's time to pack light and get plenty of beauty sleep! Travel is definitely exhausting, but it has become a way of life for me, and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon. I've got this down!! So from one Global nomad to all of you- be excited for the photos and travel tips that will be on here soon!!
Cheers to the weekend!
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Friday, July 4, 2014

Our AirBnb rental house in the South of France


At this moment we are in Italy making our way through the Italian Riviera, I thought I would finally post about our favorite vacation rental experience from last month in France before sharing about Italy!! Ever since our Hawaiian Honeymoon, we've been hooked on the idea of renting out an entire space that allows us to cook our own meals for the fraction of the cost of renting out a single room in a hotel. It's all about budget traveling in our life!! The South of France was a great opportunity to experience AirBnb again. Our host was kind, welcoming, and made us breakfast every morning. We had the entire top half of her house to ourselves, with our own giant bathroom, choice of bedrooms, and peace and quiet. The rest of the house was great for lounging and resting, and if we wanted to, we could have access to cooking in her kitchen. Enjoy the photos of our little French haven and be sure to check the specs after the photos of how we managed a french vacation as a student couple on a tight budget.
We paid only $45 a night to feel at "home" and get a true, cultural experience in France. Our accommodation and travel costs were under budget! A cost effective way to travel to the South of France is via London to Paris by coach, then Paris to Montpellier. It's a great way to get to see the beautiful french countryside AND avoid the busy, time consuming airports.  I highly recommend everyone visit France at least once in their lifetime!!
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