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05.29.15

TRAVELING TO BERLIN / PART 1

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hey guys! happy friday. the last stop on my european trip was berlin. i was there for about 2 weeks, and my two friends jen and jesse each spent a week with me there. we rented this apartment (see here) in kreuzberg and wandered around eating, drinking and all sorts of other things. this is part 1 of 2 of what we did while in berlin!

we were used to walking a lot or taking ubers in amsterdam, so when we got to berlin and realized it’s actually very big and ubers aren’t really available, we decided to take the train a lot. i really loved the train there, so easy and quick. definitely try it. berlin is interesting and very hard to explain actually. i wouldn’t say it’s a picturesque location, but it has a “cool” vibe almost everywhere we went. graffiti all over the streets, but gorgeous white interiors and minimalist decor. it’s full of contrast like that! it has a huge design focus, and you will always see people stylishly working on their laptops in the trendy cafes. and just wait till the next post when i talk about how i saw over 100 people naked!

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05.28.15

TRAVEL / CHAMPAGNE FRANCE

i have visited paris (here and more recently here) and the south of france (here), but have never ventured to the champagne area! after a few days in paris, we took a short 45 minute train ride to reims. an adorable town that i had no idea about!

the train station sits conveniently right near the town. it felt like we walked onto a movie set! i can’t believe people really live in these charming little places. we had a guide from the champagne tourism office who took us around everywhere and showed us the sights. in all of the cabins on international air france flights they serve free champagne, so they wanted us to see the origin of where they get their champagne. let’s just say we weren’t complaining about that.

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05.26.15

HOW TO PACK!

hey guys! i got a lot of comments asking if i could do a packing post from my trip, so i decided to choose berlin. it was my last stop and the most fresh in my mind. berlin has a very sporty style overall and lacks a lot of color. the people look so chic and put together, but always in a very simple way. tennis shoes everywhere since there is so much walking. long black coats, nice materials, functional but beautiful…let me show you what i would pack (and a lot of these items i did have with me!)

shop above: rimowa bag (the smoothest rolling suitcase), A.P.C. backpack.

shop above:  hansel from basel socks, pons for daytime comfort, white vans that go with almost everything, a pair of fancier sandals from loeffler randall, and the perfect black ankle boots from sam edelman for night outfits.

an interesting white top from zara, a striped shirt from A.P.C., solid color linen t-shirts from j.crew are my favorite, a grey sweatshirt from madewell for comfy days, a button up pink shirt for a more refined look, and a fun graphic sweatshirt.

shop above:  dress up or down this black dress from club monoco, head to the museums in this black jumper with a cool back, eat all you want in those elastic band wide leg trousers from cos, and a pair of black skinny jeans from joe’s always comes in handy.

shop above:  you will see oversized cardigans everywhere in berlin, a black sporty coat for colder days, my favorite low rise thongs from hanky panky, and a nice bra from cosabella. a kate spade dotted scarf for layering, aesop (very) hydrating face moisturizer and hand cream, the best bobbi pins from ban.do, a crossbody clutch i wore the whole time from loeffler randall, and a mophie that kept my phone charged up always. 

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05.26.15

LIFE HACKS PRINTABLE / 03

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Since we all seem to have caught travel fever lately, we thought it would be cool to design a printable packing list for you guys. I feel it will make getting ready and packing even more exciting! What is your dream destination? I want to fly away… -stephanie

You can download the printable packing lists in 2 different colors, right here.

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05.21.15

TULIP FIELDS

one of my favorite memories of my trip was definitely visiting the keukenhof garden and tulip fields. we took an uber about an hour outside of amsterdam and had an amazing experience. i felt so happy that we were visiting at the perfect time of year!

i couldn’t believe how many beautiful flowers were all in one place! it was by far the prettiest park i had ever seen. it costs 16 euros to get in, and you can just wander around the grounds (which are quite big.) i took an embarrassing amount of photos, i must admit.

but we also had our eyes on the tulip fields we saw when we were driving in to the gardens. about a 1 mile walk away we were able to go walk through the rows and rows of tulips. (see here for the ideal times of the year to see them in full bloom!)

we sat in the dirt rows and talked and laughed through the flowers. it was a memory i will never forget and perfect friend time. you have to try to go if you can!!

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