A trip to Japan

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Last month, Matt and I were presented with the opportunity of a lifetime to go to Japan on an ‘inspiration trip.’ We were selected to join a small group of creative influencers as part of UGG Australia‘s Creative Council. You can read more about that here and watch a little video that UGG Australia’s team helped us create.

Nearly a month has passed since our return, and I am only now just pulling my thoughts together about the trip. We had been talking about taking a trip to Japan for years but the circumstances were just never right. When the stars aligned, we knew we had to dive in.

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Travel is magic and this trip was very much so. It was my first time in Asia (Matt had traveled to Asia when he was younger) and I was so incredibly thrilled to allow myself to take it all in. Japan is a country for all of your senses, and it’s very easy to get overwhelmed, feel like you did not plan enough/are not doing enough/eating enough/and don’t have enough time. Keyword here being ‘enough.’ Although the country is small, it is incredibly varied and we knew that with 10 days to play with, we would only get a taste of what Japan was all about. As a disclaimer, I want to say that this is certainly not an all-inclusive guide to Japan. Rather, I’d like to share with you some of our impressions and highlights, as well as our recommendations for planning a trip to Japan.


Tokyo, Kyoto, and Nara

We focused our time on the top to cities on most people’s itineraries: Tokyo and Kyoto, and left ourselves a day for a short side trip to Nara. If I were to do the trip over, I would probably still focus on these three cities with one caveat: Tokyo is intense. I’ve been to a lot of big cities (Moscow, Buenos Aires, Rome, New York, London) but nothing and I mean nothing compared to Tokyo. It was vast unlike anything I had ever seen. Crossing the street, I felt like a tiny pixel on a screen. My Western senses were challenged daily (for example: often, businesses could be found on a random, unmarked alley or on the 6th floor of a building). Before you go, I would highly recommend negotiating a cell phone plan that will allow you to utilize Google Maps as you’re walking around (note: you will still get lost).


What I loved about our itinerary was how diverse it was. One day, we’d be shopping the depachikas (massive department stores filled with shops, restaurants, and gourmet food) and stopping into a coffee shop and the next we’d be popping in and out of temples, or petting wild deer in a park. We chose to stay at a traditional ryokan one night in Kyoto where we were served a multi-course Japanese breakfast and dinner, wore yukatas, and took a traditional pre-dinner bath.


In Nara, we saw the largest bronze Buddah in the world, meandered through temples and gardens, fed wild deer, and ended our evening at an izakaya (bar with food) where we first tried a Japanese spice called sancho (it makes your tongue literally tingle).


When I said that my Western senses were challenged, I meant it: I ate at restaurants in department stores, enjoyed clean bathrooms in train stations, left my iPhone in a hotel lobby in the morning and then got it back in the evening, and ate desserts made out of beans.

Sushi, izakayas, kaiseki, ramen, mate, soba

While after spending a week in Italy, I was ready for some Thai food and a cheeseburger, I found myself overwhelmed by the food selection in Japan in the very best of ways. Of course, sushi was on the menu (raw fish is often served as part of your meal, regardless of what you are eating), but there were also plenty of noodles, chicken, beef, pickled vegetables, black sesame ice cream, a spectrum of tea and coffee, and desserts that are eaten first with your eyes, and then with your mouth.


By far, our most intriguing meals were those that involved ingredients we had never heard of. At lunch recently, a friend mentioned that the golden rule of restaurant food is that everything on your plate should be edible. Interestingly enough, I noticed a number of occasions when things on my plate in Japan were served to intrigue your other senses; for example, a cherry leaf was placed over several slices of raw fish; our waitress told us to smell it first, set it aside, and then eat our fish. At the same restaurant, we slurped down our dashi (the broth served with soba noodles) from a giant block of ice.


We sampled a lot of cold tofu topped with green onion and crispy baby sardines and Kaiseki, or Japanese haute cuisine, which features a progression of dishes that all highlight seasonal ingredients and often turned lunch into an event. Everything from simply steamed vegetables to rice dishes seemed to have that certain ‘wow’ factor.

The Japanese are some of the most food-centric people I know, and it shows in the amount of food options their country offers. From standing ramen joints where you essentially ‘order’ your bowl of noodles from a coin-opp machine to izakayas (where bar food is taken to the next level), there is no shortage of destinations for every budget. A tip a number of friends and readers shared with us early on was to frequent department store basements which are filled with a myriad of food stands, grocery stores that sell sushi, and anything and everything fried on a stick. For vegetarians, soba is a great choice for dinner or lunch and can be enjoyed hot or cold.

Of course Japan is famous for its tea, but we found a number of equally-impressive coffee spots in some of the unlikeliest places (including a beautiful little coffee shop tucked into a neighborhood and a local chain in a train station that served pour-over coffee).


What we learned

When we first began planning our trip, we were overwhelmed by options. Thankfully, we had great recommendations from both friends and readers. Here are our top tips for planning a trip to Japan, and enjoying your time there.


1. Skip the 4 am tuna auction. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE will tell you to get up at the crack of dawn and try to catch the tuna auction at the largest fish market in the world. Only a few people get in, and frankly, you’re better off getting some extra shut-eye and just browsing the market after 9. If you’re dying for your breakfast sushi fix, there are plenty of options at the market. We hit Sushi Daiwa and happened to catch the Hairy Bikers filming.

2. Download Google Maps to your phone. You’ll still get lost, but having GPS on your phone will help you tremendously.

3. Buy a JR rail pass, before you go. The circle line in Tokyo is serviced by JR and you can also use this pass to travel between numerous cities. We used it to get from Tokyo to Kyoto, from Kyoto to Nara, and also from Tokyo to the airport. You’ll need to buy it outside of Japan and validate it when you first use it. Remember: once you validate, the clock starts ticking on your pass, so make sure you plan your travels accordingly.

4. Get cash from a post office. Heidi and Wayne shared this great piece of advice with us. It’s strangely very difficult to find ATMs that accept foreign cards in Japan, but the post office is the best place to go if you need some cash.

5. Reserve popular restaurants in advance. If you’re trying to get into a great restaurant, it’s best to make a reservation. The easiest way to do this is to have your hotel call ahead.

6. Don’t fear the English menu. I’ve been trained to avoid any place that has a ‘tourist’ or English menu but in Japan, most good restaurants tend to have English menus, so there’s no need to feel like you’re falling prey to a tourist trap.

7. Whiskey is expensive. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the exchange rate so you don’t find yourself getting a $50 glass of whiskey (unless, of course, you’re looking for a $50 glass of whiskey).

8. Buy goodies. Japan is a shopper’s dream. We spent a lot of time at Loft, where we stocked up on washi tape and all sorts of knick knacks, and we also purchased quite a bit of tea, mate, and traditional Japanese sweets from gourmet shops in the Ginza department store basements in Tokyo.

9. Wear comfortable shoes. You’re going to do a lot of walking so make sure you’ve got a comfy set of shoes. Matt lived in his UGG Reeftons, which were perfect for slipping on and off between temple visits.

10. Don’t get too overwhelmed. Sometimes, you just want to eat a stack of pancakes and wander without worrying about how many temples you can hit in one day. Let yourself get a little lost, don’t be too hard on yourself if you wander away from your itinerary, and make sure you focus on a few priorities, whatever they may be.

11. Don’t be alarmed…when schoolchildren stop you to interview you. There are no fewer than twenty photos of Matt and I with groups of schoolchildren floating around Japanese classrooms, I’m sure.


Tempra Matsu: This family-owned restaurant was one of the best meals we had in Kyoto. It’s worth hopping in a cab and getting their kaiseki menu.

Izakaya Maru: A modern izakaya experience in Tokyo where we sampled wagyu beef and other tasty delicacies. Highly recommended.

Gogyo: There are a few locations of this restaurant in Japan and you must go for the burnt miso ramen. – See more at: http://www.turntablekitchen.com/2013/07/turntable-kitchen-city-guide-tokyo-and-kyoto/#sthash.NVHuQCv4.dpuf

Granbell Hotel: This was a fantastic base and a great introduction to Tokyo. Centrally located, clean and modern with free breakfast to boot.

Loft: There are a few locations of this can’t miss store. It’s probably where we spent most of our money. We stocked up on kitchen supplies, washi tape, and Moomin objects.

Kitahara Soba in Nara: A wonderful little spot for lunch on the walk between the Isuien Garden and Tōdai-ji . Try the local specialty: soda made of persimmon vinegar.

Oku: A fabulous restaurant in the Gion region of Kyoto. We went for dinner and enjoyed a kaiseki menu.

Omotesando Koffee: The first time we tried coming to this tiny little outpost in the Omotesando district of Tokyo, we wandered for what felt like hours. It’s a lesson in perseverence that we finally found this place and it was well-worth it for the fabulous coffee, serene setting and out of control cubed canales.

Ogawa Coffee in Kyoto: This is a local chain that we discovered in the Kyoto train station (right below our hotel) and we were impressed by how good it was. Pourovers, latte art, and a variety of roasts to choose from. Grab a coffee and a pastry before hopping on the train to Nara.

Bill’s (for western breakfast): There is nothing wrong with satisfying a craving for a stack of pancakes in Japan. This is Australian chef’s Bill Granger’s spot and it’s where you go when you want a filling (not cheap) Western breakfast. Every table around us ordered the ricotta hotcakes with honeycomb butter (and with good reason). The location is lovely.

Sushi Daiwa: This is where we enjoyed our official ‘sushi breakfast.’ There are a number of sushi spots in the Tsukiji Market, the most well-reviewed of which is Sushi Dai.

Hiiragiya Ryokan: If you’re looking to experience ryokan living, we recommend this ryokan, one of the oldest in Kyoto. Be sure to read up on ryokan living before you go, and come hungry/ adventurous.

Hotel Granvia Kyoto: After spending a night at a ryokan, we relocated to more modern digs. Located in the massive Kyoto Station, this hotel was a great base for exploring Kyoto, as well as taking day trips. When we came back from Nara in the evening, it was awesome to just walk upstairs from the train to our hotel room.

Shopping in Ginza: Department stores in Ginza featured some of the best basement shopping. We picked up sweets, teas, and other delectable treats.

Wandering Harajuku/Omotesando: Hands down, this was our favorite area to explore in Tokyo. Tons of restaurants, cafes, shops, and incredible people watching.

Philosopher’s Walk in Kyoto: Walking along this beautiful path, popping in and out of temples, and making stops to eat green tea and black sesame soft serve was one of my favorite experiences.

Big Love Records: Another hard-to-find spot (located upstairs in what looks like a residential building), this record shop is definitely a place to visit if you’re a music/vinyl enthusiast. We didn’t walk away empty-handed.

Another highlight was definitely having a sushi dinner at Sushi Sei with my Tokyo-based colleague. Afterwards, she took us to nearby Bar’s Bar for drinks and I must say it was really nice to have a Japanese friend order and translate everything for us.

You can check out more photos by visiting our Facebook page.

This post is a collaboration with the Creative Council by UGG Australia.

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A Trip to Barcelona

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heeeeeeellllooooo barcelona! and cue the flu. it must of been the recycled air on the airplane because the flu that thankfully decided to give me a few days off in paris was back in action the second we got to spain. so while we saw a LOT while we were here, i am sure there are things we missed because i was under the covers with the chills.

ps a couple of friends have told me to put vicks vapor rub on my feet and wear socks before going to sleep to get rid of a wicked cold. arian finally found a pharmacy that had it and within 24 hours my cold was 90% better. a miracle in a jar. i just wish i had found it earlier!



follow the map so you can mark down some of our favorite barcelona spots…


now, onto our adventures. basically 100 people warned me that we were in danger of getting robbed in barcelona. i considered rocking a fanny pack, but decided i would just be careful with my messenger bag. we never experienced anything sketchy and never felt unsafe the whole time and luckily went home with our passports and credit cards. i am sure there are areas where this is happening, but don’t be afraid if you go, okay? just watch your purse (you will notice all the ladies have their purses in the front of their body and never to the back) and guys keep your wallet in your shirt pocket instead. you’ll be fine if you’re smart about it.


we rented an apartment in the born district from airbnb (see the listing here.) it was $198 a night and we were told it was a cool area to stay in. we pulled up and i felt like i was dropped into another century. the buildings all had a very gothic feeling to them. our host met us, warned us about the pick pockets, and offered us a beer at his gallery downstairs. the place was a lot bigger than our apartment in paris and definitely felt more lived in as well. it had a lot of charm. the giant windows and the courtyard full of plants were pretty wonderful.



without sounding like a divA, i always say that renting an apartment is really nice for about 4 or 5 days…and by the 6th or 7th day your towels are dirty, the place is a mess from all the luggage and i’m missing a hotel room. sometimes it’s nice to book a few nights in a hotel and a few in an apartment so you can experience both!


the location was perfect. we walked a TON of places and always felt like there was something to do within a few minutes of us. our first night we ate at a fancier tapas place called 7 portes. arian recently started eating fish after being a vegetarian for 9 years, so he has been excited about trying new seafood dishes these days. we ordered the paella and sangria and WOW was it good. we were definitely in spain.




we also cooked in the apartment a few days…


on fridays they have a brunch at a little spot called picnic down the street from our apartment. it was our favorite breakfast, we both got the huevos rancheros. another great brunch spot was milk for the berry smoothies and salmon benedict. i wish i was feeling better because their bloody marys looked legit too.


it is difficult to get on the spanish schedule, i gotta say. we would wake up hungry and want to eat breakfast at 10 and NOTHING was open. places open at 11 or 12 here and then also take a break in the middle of the day. they also stay up super late. we found it hard to adjust and one morning got in a big fight because we were so grumpy from walking around looking for food. we found something eventually and made up. turns out we both aren’t very nice when we are hungry.


outfit above details: madewell skirt, splendid sweater, ugg australia wedges


something i loved going to was the picasso museum. it’s 11 euros (only 6 if you are under age 29)and you can see a wide variety of picassos paintings and read all about his life. i was so impressed by his talent at such a young age and his journey of exploring different mediums and styles. you have to go!


(and yes, that’s just a wig. i was sick and over taking care of my appearance. ha) over the weekend we decided to rent bikes (green bikes is cheap!) and go to  sagrada familia, gaudí famous work of art. he was working on this church and never got to finish it because he was hit by a tram and died. someone told me he became so obsessed with segrada familia and it took two days to actually identify his body because he appeared homeless. the detail of this building really will blow your mind. we turned the corner on our bikes and bam, there it was. i remember gasping when i saw it because it really is remarkable.



arian had fun jumping off all of the slanted walls…(boys)



next stop, park güell. the craziest park i have ever been to in my life. it feels like it’s straight out of alice and wonderland or something. more of gaudí’s masterpieces live here (they said he hated straight lines and it really shows) everything is winding, curvy, and detailed. we sat and enjoyed the sunshine and the fantastic view of the city. this park is a MUST see.


we walked down near the beach because a few guys recommended this seafood spot called can mano. guys would come in from off the street and play songs for you at the table with so much energy you just had to smile. they served the fish very simple (oil, salt, whole fish with all the bones), you can get a bottle of wine for a couple euros, and dine with the locals.


the next morning we went to the market. we had heard the markets in barcelona are a great place to wander around and experience the fresh local food. la boqueria is the main one that is supposed to be incredible. we just walked to santa caterina (we heard it was less crowded/touristy there too)around the corner from us and it was still a treat. we had potato omelets with tomato bread (a common food there) and just admired all of the the produce and amazing juices.




my friend elizabeth told me that i HAD TO rent a car and take it to dali’s house in a small fisherman’s town called cadaqués. if you want to go inside his house, make sure to make a reservation a day or two before…we didn’t and weren’t able to go inside. but even if you can’t go in, it’s worth the trip! it was about a two hour drive, we took one wrong turn and got in a hilarious old married couple fight about it, we were lost for about 30 minutes and then got back on track. (i am the worst backseat driver.) we drove through the countryside which was misty and peaceful…a nice break from walking around constantly! the road was really small and actually a little scary once you approach the town. it’s winding on a cliff, the views are epic, but you sort of feel like you might die also. however, i’m a chicken. and then you see it. a town full of white buildings all clustered together and glowing at the bottom of the hill on the water…it felt surreal!




once we made it there, we b-lined for the cafes along the boardwalk. (we picked the one with the most people) this was our most memorable spanish meal. tapas has always been my favorite way to eat, sharing little bites. i’m not sure i’ll ever have shrimp that was better than that that. we spent some time admiring the water and walking around taking pictures. a day i will never forget.

outfit above details: splendid romper, ugg australia black wedges, clare vivier messenger bag, vintage hat (similar here)


our last night we wanted to have a little fun. i finally started feeling better and i wanted to hear some live music and not be in bed by 9 for once. first stop was la champagneria! one of my blogshop students told me if i didn’t go here i was crazy, so i took her advice. talk about a unique experience. you can only order one drink here: champagne! it’s about 0.90 euros per glass and you have to order it with tapas (they range from 1-3 euros each, so super cheap!) there are no seats in this place so you just have to push yourself to the bar, point to what you want to eat and get your champagne. they have bacon hamburgers, chorizo, and these spicy green chilis that i fell in love with. if you want a great experience, you go here.


and we ended our trip with a jazzy night of live music at cafe royale in the barrio gótico neighborhood. it was a romantic evening, we sat and looked through old photos and videos on my phone when we first met and talked about how excited we were to get home to see our cats. this whole trip definitely bonded us closer together. you don’t realize how disconnected you can get from each other when life gets busy. this was a much needed break from reality in a beautiful country.

i hope you check out some of these spots if you ever visit barcelona!

(all photos by designlovefest & modshift. video by modshift. map illustration by asia pietrzyk this post is a collaboration with the creative council by UGG Australia.. – see our paris post here and here)

Design Love Fest

Travel Etiquette: Asia

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Last year we were fortunate enough to bring you guys footage from our travels to Brazil and Angola. This year, in collaboration with Creative Council we are happy to announce that the next of our Travel Etiquette series will be in Asia. This would mark our first time in Asia. The only question left is, in what country should we make this magic happen. After much contemplating, we have narrowed it down to 7 cities/countries and have decided to leave you guys with the arduous task of deciding for us.

Travel Etiquette is a travel-focused initiative created to inspire conversation amongst people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and genders to discuss travel and what you discover through your own personal lens. When we started Travel Etiquette, the idea was to open ourselves to the outside world and gain new experiences and inspiration that would hopefully inspire others to do the same. Brazil and Africa went well but this time around we have a lot more insight and know how to make this feat that much greater. For this trip, the plan is to head out to one or possibly two of the places listed on a 2 week trip, have a ton of fun, eat plenty of food and meet some cool people, all while simultaneously staying in and out of trouble and grabbing as much footage as possible.

We chose these places for a number of reasons, they are on our combined bucketlist, they are for the most part economically friendly and they all seem like great places to capture wonderful, unique content.

So please help us out and give us your opinion on where we should continue  our Travel Etiquette series, it would be greatly appreciated.

Also, if you know of any good people in the places listed who would be willing to help us out as we navigate through unfamiliar lands, please let us know.  Shoot an email to info@streetetiquette.com, with Travel Etiquette as the subject.


Vote here








This post is a collaboration with the Creative Council by UGG Australia.
More about the project here

Style Etiquette

A Trip to Paris

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man, where do i even begin? paris is always the city that makes me feel the most inspired, the most awestruck, the most wide-eyed, the most happy. each time i have visited has been very different, but also very the same. we were a part of the creative council team for this trip…which allowed us to wander around, explore and film/document the whole thing and then share our favorite spots withyou. i really love a brand that is open to change, open for exploration and of course allows creative freedom.


let’s start with this little gem of an apartment, shall we? it’s small but they maximized the space and fixed it up real nice. it’s in the perfect spot in le marais on rue de rosiers…tons of cafes, bars and shops right below us.


renting an apartment you just never know what you are going to get….i was pleasantly surprised that for under $180 a night we could stay here and it felt like a hotel! clean, safe, beautiful views, a skylight, nice appliances & bathroom. it was a total score.


i met arian on our front doorstep (i was coming from london and him from LA) paris always feels a little like a fairytale when you get there, but waiting for your guy to come around the corner with his luggage somehow felt extra fairytale-like. with him being jet lagged we decided to just eat ravioli and enjoy the rain from our comfy room and do the whole tourist thing the next day.


use this map to bookmark some of our spots from our trip! thanks so much for creating it, asia!

paris-map 5

our first morning we slept in and then walked to café charlot for eggs benedict and a cafe creme. this café is very cute (and has free wifi which is always a plus when traveling abroad for those of you that go through instagram withdrawals.)

cafecharlot 6

we decided to go to this street rue montorgueil (where my friend jordan took us when i visited with jenlast year!) to pick up some flowers for the apartment, cheese & cornichons, and of course a baguette for a picnic on  Île Saint-Louis later in the afternoon. we also had to stop by one of the most delicious patisseries, maison collet, to get a few chocolate eclairs for dessert. the sun was shining and it was beautiful.


we headed towards the river for our picnic, but it started to rain so we just ducked inside of the restaurants on the saint-louis island and shared a bottle of wine and a goat cheese salad. they always say the waiters are rude in france…generally i would say if you at least attempt french and you’re polite then they are pretty nice to you. the guy at this restaurant was an exception, he hated us from the start. you just have to laugh it off though.

we strolled back to our apartment to rest from all the walking around (and the wine.)


i was excited to take arian that evening to one of my favorite restaurants in paris, le refuge des fondues in montmartre (remember this post?) where the wine is served in baby bottles and you eat endless amounts of cheese. we met angela there and it was pretty packed (go early!) but we managed to get the last couple seats in the place. this is the spot where you have to climb on the tables to get to your seat, so get comfortable with eating community style…elbows to elbows. next door there is a little hole in the wall bar where we ended up meeting some of the locals and dancing to french music (you have to watch the video for this, it’s pretty funny.)


and the metro home…right under our apartment is the famous falafel place, L’As du Fallafel, that we kept hearing about. so even though we were stuffed from fondue we decided to split a falafal sandwich to see what all the hype was about (this place had a line out the door almost all day) we aren’t huge falafel people, but this was impressive. quick, cheap and delicious. it was a good night.


the next morning we really wanted to go to merci for “dipping eggs” as arian calls them at their cafe & tea room. they also have a salted butter there that i think about all the time and admittedly put in my purse if i don’t finish the whole thing. we have a lot of happy memories at this cafe, so it was nice to go back together. if you don’t know about merci, it’s incredible. (a commenter just told me they have a new online store that ships to this US! thanks for the heads up.) they have a store in addition to the cafe that is filled with all sorts of greatness. (most of it, i can’t afford, but hey) if you are able to, splurge on the bed linens (or at least the pillow cases!) and have a look upstairs at all the amazing tapes and journals. i would buy all my dishes there if i could too. last time i was here i was shopping next to sarah jessica parker which obviously made me feel like i was in a sex and the city episode and that her russian lova was just around the corner. i picked up a few treats and we were on our way.


i have been to paris a couple of times, so i was cool with skipping the louvre and the eiffel tower…although it’s still nice to watch it light up from afar! but we did decide to go to the Musée d’Orsay because arian wanted to check out an exhibit they had on demons at the time (it’s called compromise) and i wanted to see the post-impressionist paintings. it’s awesome how different arian and i are when it comes to art…i love bright, large brushstrokes, more abstract & graphic art. he loves intricate, dark, and scary paintings. men are from mars


a little worn out from the museum we were starving and decided to take the metro to bastille for pasta. a little note about the metro: it’s amazing here. i always feel like i know exactly where i am going, the lines are clear and easy to navigate…it’s the best. we dined at a spot called pause cafe and oh my gosh it was the most memorable meal i had in paris.


i got the linguini pasta with pesto and arian got the penne with marinera. cooked to perfection, a bread basket, a glass of wine, people watching on the sidewalk…i couldn’t stop smiling.


that evening we decided to just walk around our alleyways and look for an easy spot to eat. after a while you get tired of looking at your phone map, always navigating…you just want to wander. we found a little place that was open late and got french onion soup and blonde beers and headed home. we ended up just watching movie trailers on my laptop in bed (one of my favorite things to do)and then magically remembered that we never ate our chocolate eclairs in the fridge, so that was definitely a highlight. our last night in paris was full of laughing and simple joys.


we heard about a restaurant called breakfast in america around the corner, where they serve diner style food like they do in the states. we love breakfast the most, and while i am fine with how the french do it, a chocolate croissant and a coffee…arian was craving the full shabang. you can get pancakes, waffles, and eggs any style here. he was also pretty stoked about the bottomless cup of jo you can get here because he was a little fed up with the tiny coffees they serve in europe. ha.


i got too cocky with our flight info and didn’t double check it till the afternoon. i realized i read the arrival time in spain instead of the departure time from paris AND it was at an airport that i had never been to before. what? i am usually pretty good about this stuff! i blamed it on the cold medicine, we packed lightning fast, we ran and found a cab, and we somehow made it right on time for our flight to spain.

paris, you will always be my #1. thanks for following along on our journey…


all photos by designlovefest & modshift. paris video by modshiftmap illustration by asia pietrzyk. this post is a collaboration with the creative council by UGG Australia.

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Remix: Paper Doll x UGG Australia

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creative-council-logo-black_croppedpink-wedges-slower1Karen Walker “Super Duper Strength” Sunglasses / J.Crew Blouse / Clover Canyon Shorts (c/o) / HRH Necklace / UGG Australia Lucianna Wedges and Straw Mini Flap Bag (c/o) / J.Crew, H&M and Misc. Bracelets

I am so excited to finally bring back the Paper Doll series and with the Creative Council by UGG Australiano less. My first remix is all about my take on festival style at Coachella. I decided to add in a touch of Palm Springs luxe and make my outfits a bit more polished instead of just opting for jean shorts of some kind. I centered my outfits around these cute, and comfy I might add, Lucianna Wedges. My first outfit I styled around the pink wedges and made it playful and bright. My second outfit (below) I used the black wedges to give the outfit a darker, sophisticated and glam feel. These were so fun to create and I have the talented Joy Jacobs to thank for snapping these photos. Here is the full, still layout if you would like to look at each individual image without me dancing around. :)


And now here is my take on styling up the black Lucianna wedges. I hope you enjoy these as much as I had making them! Xo


Karen Walker “Super Duper Strength” Sunglasses / Rebecca Taylor Blouse (c/o) / French Connection “Sable Striped” Shorts / HRH Necklace / UGG Australia Lucianna Wedges andAlia Clutch (c/o) /F21 Denim Vest / J.Crew Bangle / Coach Watch


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 This post is a collaboration with the Creative Council by UGG Australia.

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