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11.01.17

ISRAEL TRAVEL GUIDE

Israel travel guide | designlovefest

we went to israel back in august and had THE BEST TIME. i’ve been really wanting to share our favorite spots with you guys, so here we go! i was going for a work trip but was luckily able to bring justin along with me! it was only a 6 day trip which felt short but we packed a lot in! to be honest, i hadn’t really had israel at the top of my travel list, but when the opportunity came up i definitely was excited. i think those trips usually end up being some of the better ones. less build up and more surprises. and it ended up being so cool!

the food was incredible, i felt very inspired by the decor and things we saw, the bar scene was really fun, we felt safe, it felt hip and lively. i loved how people would be singing and smiling at restaurants in tel aviv with full confidence and happiness. i could see myself living in tel aviv for a while for sure!

TRAVEL PLANS

we flew into tel aviv, rented a car, drove to jerusalem for 3 days and 2 nights (which we felt was a good amount of time), drove to the dead sea, and then drove to tel aviv for 4 days and 3 nights.

we rented a car for this trip, and we were glad that we did. we wouldn’t really have needed it if we were just doing jerusalem and tel aviv. but it made it a lot easier for us to do those two plus the dead sea on our own timing. i don’t think i would have liked doing the dead sea in a group tour. it’s pretty easy to drive (except it’s a bit tricky when you are in jerusalem, but not too bad) so i would recommend it!

our jetlag was pretty intense. try to avoid those afternoon naps and stay on their sleep schedule. it’s pretty hard but the naps messed us up for days! also, everyone said it was too hot to go at that time of year, but it was fine. yes, hot in the afternoons but the evenings were wonderful.

Israel travel guide | designlovefest
Israel travel guide | designlovefest

above: we were staying at mamilla hotel, we checked in and i loved the patterned rugs in the lobby! the hotel was very comfortable, stylish, accommodating and so close to the old city making the location perfect if you only have a few days there. i also heard this hotel is nice.

Israel travel guide | designlovefest
Israel travel guide | designlovefest
Israel travel guide | designlovefest
Israel travel guide | designlovefest

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09.21.17

TRAVELING THROUGH ITALY FAVORITES

my boyfriend and i have been planning this big trip through italy for many many months now and it’s coming to an end very soon. i wanted to give you 25 of our very favorite things to do, eat, drink and see…along with some tips about traveling through italy. it’s been so memorable and i’m so happy we decided to just go for it!

thank you to my friends who gave me recommendations and i hope this list helps plan your next trip. it can be kinda stressful planning a longer trip (we did 1 month) but it’s so incredible to immerse yourself into a culture.

we started with 5 days in rome…

1. roscioli was one of our top favorite meals in rome. make a reservation at la salumeria (it’s busy!) and order la gricia pasta and the burrata with sun dried cherry tomatoes. the cheese and meat plates are also insanely good.

2. forno campo de’ fiori is an awesome little bakery in a popular square. grab a few slices (wish i could try them all! my favorite was the ham) and a beer and enjoy on the street while people watching. cheap price and amazing taste.

3. meridionale is a cozy little restaurant with eclectic decor and good food. i also really enjoyed walking around that neighborhood. please get the squash pie with melted fontina. so unique!

NOW TRAVEL: ROME >> POSITANO

it’s a little tricky to get to positano but not too bad. we knew that the pricy part of our trip was going to be in the south of italy. there’s so much tourism there and it feels like all the prices just go way up for hotels, food, and transportation. but it’s worth seeing for sure, so you gotta just let that part go. we chose 2 nights in positano and 2 nights in capri and ended up extending capri by two more days. it was definitely the right amount of time for us.

we took a train from rome to naples and then got a private car to drive us to the hotel. our hotel was gonna charge like 150 euros for the drive (around 1.5 hours) but we used this recommended driver that charged us 120 and she was really great. it’s gonna be your most expensive transportation probably. the roads are very windy with extreme cliffs, i am not sure i would recommend driving it yourself. but that’s just me.

you can email info@amalficoastdestination.com and they wrote me back immediately. tell them what time you want to be picked up from the train and they handle it all from there.

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07.17.17

TODOS SANTOS TRAVEL GUIDE

todos santos! what an adorable place to visit. we took a short little 4 days, 3 nights trip and loved it! here’s everything we did and a few tips along the way…

you fly into the los cabos airport, rent a car and drive about an hour and fifteen minutes to todos santos. it’s an easy drive, pretty much just one road all the way there through the desert. i would say renting a car is a must. i barely saw any taxis around and i hear it’s pretty outrageous in price to get a taxi from the airport. plus you want a car to easily jump around to all the close by restaurants. everything is fairly close by, but not really walkable in the heat from the hotel we stayed at.

i just love that handsome guy!

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01.26.17

STOCKHOLM TRAVEL GUIDE + WIN THIS TRIP FOR TWO!

Stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

get ready for one of those loooooong full of details travel posts i love putting together! this time we have stockholm to explore, what we ate, where we shopped, and drank, and the sights we saw. visit stockholm and Scandanavian airlines have put together an amazing contest to WIN A TRIP FOR TWO to stockholm and basically do exactly what we did. stay at the same hotel, get cool travel tips, free flights…you gotta enter! read how to enter right here.

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stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
 
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

getting to stockholm is a trek from LA, but Scandanavian airlines now has a non-stop flight that cuts 5 hours out of your travel day. that was a TREAT. we flew economy plus and i was able to stretch out and sleep almost the whole flight which was ideal. they also have a great lounge in stockholm if you are chronically early for flights like me and have some time to kill.

when we arrived we checked into the haymarket by scandic hotel and WOW WOW WOW. so many beautiful art deco details everywhere. it felt like i had walked into the grand budapest hotel from the wes anderson movie. just so much thought went into all of the design.

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

we loved the bar, loved the breakfast buffet, loved the pink restaurant greta’s. really, it was all amazing. the location is in more of an expensive, shopping area…but if that’s not your thing uber and the subway is easily available. and the city is pretty walkable too!

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
 
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

greta’s, you were SPECIAL.

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
 
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

gamla stan is stockholm’s old town. pretty touristy, but also has picturesque streets and is worth checking out. the hairy pig deli was a great non-touristy feeling bar there.

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

i liked walking around in södermalm and vasastan neighborhoods the most. vasastan feels more residential but is calm and adorable. södermalm is more hip and lively with creative energy. shops on every corner. it sort of feels like williamsburg in NY or silver lake in LA.

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

brandstation for quirky cool interior decor!

ginkgo, a pretty cactus/plant store!

art
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

actually one of my favorite things on the trip was exploring the amazing subway art and finding the cool stations! just look…

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

the subway stations pictured above: Kungsträdgården, Stadion, Mörby Centrum, and T-Centralen, Brunkebergstunneln.

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

the sun goes down very early in the winter (around 3pm!) so one evening we headed to moderna museet to wander around looking at art. loved seeing matisse and discovering a new artist i fell in love with, moki cherry and her incredible banners. such gorgeous colors!

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

we also went to the fotografiska, the photography museum, and loved it! definitely a must see.

eat
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

here are a few of my favorite FOOD spots…

greasy spoon was our first breakfast there. a good lookin diner with a killer eggs benedict. and love that neon egg!

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

vina, a cozy little spot, perfect for a date. and my all time favorite soup from the trip!

babette, we had amazing wine and LOVED our white pizza!

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

vete katten, the bakery right by our hotel. pretty pastries, a great place to have tea with a friend.

woodstockholm, the restaurant was super cute. intimate. experimental food. they were projecting a video of julia child on the wall. i honestly didn’t love my meal, but the wine was right up my alley.

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

• my favorite lunch spot was barobao. a delicious vietnamese meal with a great interior!

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

fabrique is another bakery with lots of eye candy! love this hip street in södermalm (there are many fabrique in stockholm, this one is located on a street called Götgatan). 

nytorget 6. we met a few friends there for lunch and got the burger. YUM!

meatballs for the people we stumbled in here, quite jetlagged on our first night and had meatballs on top of mashed potatoes and were quite happy about it. plus the rustic wooden tables with classic scandanavian touches.

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

the hairy pig deli in gamla stan (the old town). we ducked in here one cold and windy day for a drink and a hot cheese sandwich. this spot is beyond charming.

drink
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

drop coffee in södermalm, two thumbs up.

svartengrens was a great, lively bar and dinner spot.

bar hommage. loved this spot! and DEFinitely get the cauliflower in the brown butter. it was out of this world.

indigo was a fun trendy spot in södermalm. more of a younger crowd, but fun!

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

the hotel bar at haymarket is actually reallllly good. we got the famous “far far away” drink that was served in a unique way.

stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

our last day we met up with hanna and visit stockholm and explored and ate the whole day. then we celebrated my birthday until lateeeee. we only got about two hours of sleep, but it was worth it. such a fun trip with so many memories!!

win
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest
stockholm travel guide | designlovefest

don’t forget to enter for a chance to win your own trip to stockholm! it’s a BIG GIVEAWAY we’re hosting with Scandinavian Airlines, Visit Stockholm and Visit Sweden with a prize including 2 round trip airline tickets from LAX to stockholm, a 4 night hotel stay in the amaaazzinggg haymarket hotel! you have to enter, stockholm is so amazing!! (full terms and conditions of the “Stockholm Like a Local Contest” found here). as part of the prize, the winner will also receive two Stockholm kits containing: Jacket from Stutterheim Raincoats (obsessed with their coats!), head phones from Urban EarsSpotify gift card, wristwatch from TID watches and a hat and a scarf from Filippa K. And, a personal Stockholm guide written by Hanna Stefansson.

10.26.16

BRI’S TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

travel essentials | designlovefest

something i take pretty seriously is being prepared, especially when i travel. i have a list of items that i bring with me on the plane so i can stay hydrated, stress free, and comfortable. knowing exactly what i’m going to bring and having a ritual of sorts is really helpful in maintaining some sort of control over my crazy travel schedule.

i’ve been really open on my blog about the fact that i deal with anxiety on a pretty regular basis. i’m able to manage it successfully most of the time but there are circumstances, like travel, that increase my anxiety and stress level (a lot). i’ve wanted to manage it as naturally as possible through therapy, breathing exercises, etc. and one thing i’ve found that is really helpful to me are products from a brand called Rescue. they are made from a mixture of flower remedies and are all natural and non-habit forming which is really important to me. they offer a variety of products but i personally think the rescue remedy spray and the pastilles work best for me.

travel essentials | designlovefest
travel essentials | designlovefest
travel essentials | designlovefest

i originally heard about Rescue from a mom friend of mine who used the products to calm everyone in the family down during stressful situations and she recommended i give it a try. stress is inevitable so i always have something on hand to help me manage it so it doesn’t become debilitating and keep me from being able to live my life. have you ever tried Rescue products? do you get stressed when you travel? what are you tips and tricks to trying to stay calm? i’d love to know.

travel essentials | designlovefest
travel essentials | designlovefest

and here are a few of my other travel favorites: bkr water bottle, socks, mophie charger, yokoo scarf, caudalie beauty elixer spray and moisturizeraēsop hand sanitizer (smells so good!), bose noise cancelling headphones (these are an investment but i’ve used bose headphones for years and bring them with me on every trip), the cutest ban.do phone case, aēsop hand cream, passport cover, clear pouch, lip balm, and my essential oil roll on. to check stores that stock Rescue products around you, click here. i also purchase on amazon! 

travel essentials | designlovefest
travel essentials | designlovefest

(this post was created in partnership with Rescue, a company i personally support). 

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