Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! After returning from vacation, it’s been a bit of a struggle to get back into my regular routine, but I’m more or less back on track now. If I sleep in ridiculously late tomorrow, I should be back to full power. In other news, I’m attending my friend’s son’s 1st birthday party on Saturday, and I still can’t quite believe I’m at the point in my life where I can say things like that! What are you up to this weekend? Here are a few fun links to entertain you until you rush off into the sunset.

Friday Favorites

1. Here are five compelling books to read this spring, including one so steamy that it supposedly makes 50 Shades look like the Bible. (Cup of Jo)

2. Guys, I want to visit Charleston soooo bad. This travel guide is only intensifying my desire to book a flight out there ASAP. The food alone seems like it would be worth the plane ticket! (The Stripe)

3. Ladies with layered hair, say hello to the simplest styling trick ever. It’ll work on any hair texture, too. (The Beauty Department)

4. Key lime pie in ice cream form? Be still, my heart! I desperately need a KitchenAid stand mixer just so I can make this recipe. (A Beautiful Mess)

5. When it comes to packing, I am definitely not a minimalist, but the “snowball method” sounds intriguing. Are you a checked bag or a carry-on only kind of girl? (Refinery29)

Have a fabulous weekend!

♥ Mil

Get Pinspired: 2016 All-American Travel Inspiration

This year, both Mil and I are trying to save money, which can cramp one’s travel plans. Rather than bemoan the absence of an exotic trip on this year’s agenda, I’ve set my sights on a few stateside destinations. There are so many unbelievable places to see across the country, some of which are woefully overlooked. Here’s my shortlist of must-visit American destinations for 2016.
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Oneonta Gorge Oregon The Emerald Canyon American Road Trip

Oneonta Gorge is located in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. It’s close enough to Portland to make for a great add-on adventure to a visit to the city.

 

Grand Canyon Arizona American Road Trip

It seems like every year I pitch a trip to the Grand Canyon to Nick, but we never make a trip happen. This picture of Horseshoe Bend is enough to push me to recommit.

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conde naste biltmore estate asheville north carolina american roadtrip

Asheville, North Carolina is home to one of the few American castles: Biltmore Estate. It’s basically as close to Downton Abbey as I may get this year, and I’m more than ok with that!

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Charleston South Carolina American Road trip

Mil and I have been talking for a while about taking a trip to Charleston, South Carolina. She would fit right in amongst the historic homes and classic southern belles!

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Santa Fe New Mexico American Road Trip

The Southwest has some unbelievable geology. So much red rock! Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument reminds me a bit of Cappadocia in Turkey – otherworldly.

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New Orleans Louisiana American Road Trip

The French Quarter in New Orleans is probably on everyone’s bucket list, so no surprise here. As you know, I’m not a drinker so I’ll probably be avoiding Mardi Gras season.

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What are your 2016 travel plans? Local road trips or long distance adventures? If you’re looking for travel inspiration, I suggest you check out our “Take me Away” Pinterest board with these ideas and more.

XOXO,
Jules

Girlfriend Getaways

 

Once it was confirmed that Jules was moving back to Seattle, one of the things we were most excited about was all of the glorious vacations we would be able to take together. No more struggling to find a destination that was equidistant for both of us! No more suffering through boring cross-country flights by ourselves! Basically, all our dreams were going to come true. We immediately shifted into trip-planning mode and came up with our top picks for weekend getaways to sprinkle throughout the year – here’s what made our short list. (All domestic destinations. We’re not Rockefellers!)

San Diego, California

 

Less than a three-hour flight from Seattle is the laid-back, beachside paradise of San Diego. From surfing (or if we’re feeling lazy, sunbathing) in La Jolla to museum-hopping in Balboa Park, there’s no shortage of fun ways to fill a weekend. Plus, there are cute boutiques galore if a shopping mood should strike (it usually does).

Austin, Texas

Austin collage

Sources: Afar, Fathom

 

Like Seattle, Austin boasts a killer music scene – at some point we really want to cross Austin City Limits and South by Southwest off our music festival bucket list! But it’s also got year-round sunshine and amazing BBQ, which is more than enough to lure us there for a long weekend.

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston collage

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4

 

In terms of pure picturesque charm, Charleston is off the charts. Voted the top city to visit in the U.S. for the fourth year running, it’s heaven for foodies, history buffs and anyone who appreciates being surrounded by beauty (that’s us)! And oh yes, we can get our beach fix there too. Fun fact: Charleston is where Jules got engaged!

Do you travel with your friends? What’s your favorite destination for a girls’ trip?

♥ Mil

 

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