SICILY, Italy: Scooting Around Favignana

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While living in Europe, so many places were easily accessible by plane, car, or train. I normally shy away from plane travel, as I am a fearful flyer, but there was one trip I could not miss and that was one that was in celebration of a dear friend’s 50th birthday. The trip’s location was Sicily, Italy; Trapani to be exact. So, aboard the plane I hopped and off to Sicily we flew for 4 super fun days with the girls to celebrate a milestone birthday and wonderful friendship!

One of the coolest experiences we had while we were there was the trip over to the island of Favignana. We ferried from Trapani and then a group of us rented scooters to explore the island on. If I am being honest, I was pretty nervous and sure I would wreck the thing, but I also didn’t want to miss out on what was sure to be an only-in-Italy experience.

I am so, so glad I chose to climb on that scooter despite my fear! We were gifted with some of the most gorgeous and picturesque landscapes and glimpses of the water, we got to see so much more of the island than we might have on foot, and we made tons of lifetime memories.

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Train Travel in a Denim Dress

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Gap dress, H&M sweater (old), Sam Edelman booties, Goorin Bros. hat

While in Durango, I wore this denim Gap A-line dress on repeat. I bought it on sale sometime last year and never wore it – now I have no idea why! This dress is so versatile and able to be styled so many ways. It was still a little chilly in Durango in March, so I wore fleece lined tights and a sweater underneath the dress, but I cannot wait to style it for summer! I think it will look great with sneakers or even sandals and a light sweater. Be on the lookout for this dress, again – I am confident it will reappear. 😉

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A Story About A Cloche

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Goorin Bros. cloche, Wallis dress from Nordstrom Rack dress, Miz Mooz shoes, James Avery charms, Ted Baker watch, Dana Buchanan bag.

Back when we lived in California, we took a trip down to San Diego, where we discovered Goorin Bros. hats. On that trip, I picked up a classic black cloche and have been enamored by the style ever since.

Prior to stepping foot into Goorin Bros. for the first time, I am not sure I had ever seen a cloche. To be honest, the only hats I owned prior to discovering Goorin Bros. were one-size-fits-all hats I found at discount stores. There is nothing wrong with that, but wow, what a difference it made when a hat was actually fitted!

I love hats, but honestly, I wasn’t particularly interested in or even shopping for a hat the day that I discovered the cloche. Jason and I were in the Gaslamp Quarter shopping around, when he decided he would pass some time in the “hat shop,” while I was looking around in other shops. When I was done looking around, I met him in Goorin Bros., where he was trying on hats. I figured I would pass the time by trying some on myself, so I tried a few and wasn’t really finding anything that suited me. Then, I decided to put on this black, bell shaped hat. I fell in love, never mind that I had no idea what I would pair it with at the time, or that I wasn’t even sure I owned anything that I could pair it with. Regardless of all that, I still wore the hat out of the shop and down the street to dinner.

That was almost 3 years ago and 4 cloches ago. What can I say? When I find a good thing, I like it in a variety of colors. 😉 The latest is one that brings to mind a robin’s eggs and springtime. I recently wore it to a birthday breakfast shared with my family – fashion and family, two of my very favorite things.

What is your favorite style hat? Tell me in the comments below!

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Durango: Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

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When Jason and I found out that we were moving to Colorado for a few years, one of the first things I told him was that I really wanted to take a trip to Durango. At the time that we found out about the move, we had no idea we would be adding Miss Addison to our family.

When I was about 8, my Dad took our family on a vacation to Colorado. We spent a day or two in Durango and while there, we rode the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Train. I have such great memories of that trip to Colorado with my family. Now that I am older, I understand just how much money it must have cost for us to take this trip when our family did not have the extra money for a vacation. I am so thankful that my parents thought it was important to make memories like this and take trips together. Now that my Dad is no longer with us, all I have are memories like these that I cherish.

When we knew Addison was joining our family, we decided to wait to take this trip until she could enjoy it with us. She will be 2 at the end of this month, and this was absolutely the perfect time for her! She has been really into trains for the past few months and loves to see “choo choos.” She was mesmerized by the train and once she went out to the viewing deck, she did not want to come back inside, despite the fact that it was quite brisk the morning of our journey.

The Durango railroad arrived in Durango in August 1881 and within a year, construction began on a line to connect Durango to Silverton. Once the line was complete, passengers along with freight were moved between the locations. The railroad was always promoted as a scenic route for passengers, but the line was constructed for the purpose of hauling mine ores in gold and silver from the San Juan Mountains. An estimated $300 million in metals have been transported on this line. (Durango Train)

Once we arrived back in Durango, we ate an early dinner at Steamworks Brewing Company. We started our meal with their cheese curds with jalapeños and a green chile dipping sauce – so good! I ordered their curry salmon that was baked in a banana leaf and Jason ordered the delicious fish tacos. We finished out our meal with a caramel apple skillet “Spent Grain” cookie.

 

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Cheyenne Style

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Old Navy cardigan (thrifted), H&M sweater, Target tank, Silver jeans (from high school), Tony Lama boots, Liebeskind bag, Target hat & turquoise beaded necklace, James Avery butterfly necklace, Ted Baker watch. 

A couple of weekends ago, we visited Wyoming for the first time. We’ve been living in Colorado for over two years now and this was the first time we have been up north. We really, really enjoyed Wyoming.

Cheyenne is a city with a small town feel and a lot of gorgeous open space. We spent some time taking in the sights, visited Downtown Cheyenne and enjoyed the charming and unique shops, found a few delicious spots for food, took in the college rodeo, and just really enjoyed time together making memories and experiencing new things together.

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Addison’s First Haircut

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When we started planning for our Walt Disney World trip, I discovered that the Harmony Barber Shop was an actual working salon and that it was possible to make an appointment for a child’s first haircut. Miss Addy was in definite need of a cut months before our trip, but we decided that we would push it off so that she could get her first cut at Disney.

The Harmony Barber Shop was so great and the stylist that cut Addison’s hair was so patient and quick! Addy had a little spinner toy that she was given to keep her content during the cut and honestly, she was not even bothered by the fact that her hair was being cut.

It was a definite once in a lifetime experience and these photographs are some of my very favorites that I’ve ever taken. I hope one day Addy loves and cherishes them as much as I do.

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City Eats: Primrose Bakery, London

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If you know me, you know I really like cupcakes. While we lived in Germany, however, there weren’t too many places you could even find a cupcake. So, when I stumbled upon Primrose Bakery in London while planning our trip there, I was so excited!

This place was so fun and the cupcakes were absolutely delicious! The bakery felt cozy, funky, and eclectic all at once, and those are absolutely my favorite types of places. It took us so long to decide, but my sister and I finally decided on an Earl Grey cupcake and a salted caramel cupcake. I still can’t believe we only got two!

If you’re ever in London, have a cupcake (or two) at Primrose Bakery, you won’t be disappointed.

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