Europe is always a good idea

We’re off to Europe today for 18 days and hitting up 5 major cities. It’s always been my dream to travel Europe, however the reality seemed so far off in the distance because of cost. As you know, we started saving for a down payment, but then Jon got a new job and I got accepted into grad school. Basically, the worst position to be in to a buy a place.

We both really wanted to go to Tomorrowland; Jon for the music and me for the experience. So that got us talking about doing a big Europe trip. Plus, if I got into grad school, this would my last summer to travel somewhere far for the next three years. When tickets to Tomorrowland fell through (we had three people trying to buy for us ’cause we were at Winter Camp, but still no luck), we decided to wait until I heard about grad school. The day I received my acceptance letter, we purchased two one-way tickets to Paris. From there, we planned the rest of our trip.

First, we compiled a list of major cities we wanted to visit. To maximize our travel, we chose cities based on location. For example, we decided against Spain and Greece because it was out of the way; I would still love to visit Greece one day. Another factor that influenced our decision was that our landlord, who lives in Europe, offered us accommodation in Austria and Croatia. Jon wanted to travel for two weeks, while I wanted to travel for three; we settled on two and half weeks. So with everything in mind, we narrowed it down to 5 cities: Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Premantura (Croatia), and Berlin. Then flying home from Frankfurt.

I really wanted to visit Rome, but it would have compromised our entire trip, so we eliminated it from the list. Instead, we’ll do a separate trip in the future and travel all of Italy: Rome, Milan, Florence, and Venice. We also want to travel England, Ireland, and Scotland eventually in life.

To save time, we’re flying to every location, except Frankfurt. We’ll be taking a four hour train ride from Berlin to Frankfurt on our last day. Although taking the train is usually cheaper, you can lose an entire day in your trip, and since our time is already limited, we wanted to make the most of our travel. Two hour flight versus eighteen hours on a train? You decide. We also saved up enough money so that we could travel relatively comfortably, but to keep the trip low maintenance, we’re going to be backpacking, which means I’m leaving my makeup bag at home.

This is a pretty big trip for us. Traveling Europe is expensive, so having the funds to do so, I think, is a pretty big deal. Especially, when we could or “should” be spending it on other things. But life is all about experiences and opportunities, and this one came at the right time. Will elaborate more in another post when I get back.

Unfortunately, I will be taking another break. However, if I find time to blog, I will definitely update you guys. I’ll leave you with some of my favourite photographs of Paris by 8 Rue Caffarelli.

C.

On social media


Talula lace shirt; J Brand jeggings; Levi’s denim jacket; Daniel Wellington classic watch; L.L.Bean hunter’s tote bag; Aldo sandals

I pretty much live online, so when I decided to take a break from Twitter and Instagram in May, it seemed uncharacteristic of me. There was so much going on at the time that I decided to remove myself from social media until I sorted out my life. Plus, I was so preoccupied with my own life that I couldn’t be bothered to keep up with other people’s lives.

At first, I wondered how I would keep myself busy while I stood in line at the bank or grocery store or what I would do when I first woke up in the morning or before I got to bed. To my surprise, life felt completely normal. It was refreshing to eat by myself at a restaurant and not constantly be staring down at my phone.

I honestly loved not checking my social media apps so much that I’m actually reluctant to return. Granted, there are a lot of interesting things on Twitter and there’s a lot of inspiration on Instagram. But after a while, the content on food, travel, fashion, restaurants, yoga, fitness, celebrities, quotes, and so forth, it all gets old. I guess you can say I’m bored of it.

The only thing I care to update now is this blog. I still check Facebook daily, mainly because people still send me messages. There may come a time when I decide to return, but for now, I’m perfectly content not knowing what’s going on with everyone else’s life and simply focusing on what’s going on with mine.

C.

Life was beginning over again with summer

Jon and I got back late last night after spending the weekend at our friend’s family cabin. Last year, the weather was quite windy and the lake was choppy, thus it was very cold. I barely touched the water and mostly hung out on the back deck. This year, however, we had amazing weather both Saturday and Sunday. The weekend basically consisted of lazing around on the party float, sun baking, sea-dooing (which was so much fun), tubing (also a lot of fun), watching the game, sipping on cold drinks, and watching the sun set while sitting around the fire with some of the most awesome friends. In other words, a perfect summer weekend.

I’m a city girl at heart, but I have a lot of country soul in me. When I’m out in the country, I’m at peace. It’s where life is less about doing and more about being. Being still. Being quiet. Being present. As you know, life has been so crazy these past few months, so this weekend was exactly what I needed to escape my troubles. For three days, life was easy. I didn’t have to bother with phone calls or emails. I wore no makeup. I repeated outfits. I didn’t take any showers. Instead, I slept in, lost track of time, and forgot all my responsibilities.

Until next year.

C.

You’re so fresh to death & sick as cancer

- Lana Del Rey, Blue Jeans

TNA shirt; 7 For All Mankind jeans; Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses; Daniel Wellington classic watch; L.L.Bean hunter’s tote bag; Birkenstock sandals

I’m seriously so over talking about work and school. What else is new with life?

My hair is growing out nicely. I normally don’t slick it back this neatly, but when I do, it makes me feel totally fresh. Plus, the dark sunglasses and strong eyebrows make me look a little androgynous, which I really like.

Last May, we broke our lease in an effort to save more money, and when we moved, our intention was to rent for another year and buy a place this summer. We did follow through with setting aside the money we saved on rent, but instead of putting it towards a down payment, we’re going traveling instead (more details to come). In addition to Jon’s new job, me quitting my job, and then eventually paying for grad school, our financial situation is constantly changing. Thus, we’re in no position to commit to a mortgage any time soon, and we’re okay with that.

We renewed our lease at the end of May, which means we’ll be here for at least one more year. We the studio and we love living in Inglewood, so we’re in no hurry to move. Plus, we live right by the River Walk, where Jon and I spent a lot of time walking and biking, especially to watch the geese and their goslings in East Village.

I finally caught up on all my favourite TV shows. New seasons of Mad Men and Game of Thrones began airing in April, so we watched that weekly until it ended. Also watched House of Cards S2 (I heart you, Claire), Sons of Anarchy S4, Brooklyn Nine-Nine S1, and Orange is the New Black S2. Currently rewatching S6 of Sex and the City because it’s a classic.

Lastly, our social life is picking up now that it’s summer. It’s been so good to see friends again, especially those I haven’t seen in like, half a year because of school. So before grad school starts, I plan to make the most of summer. Here go hell come.

C.

Funemployment


Zara shirt; J Brand jeggings; Daniel Wellington classic watch; Gucci crossbody bag; Replay ballet flats

Well, that’s the last of my password-protected posts. Basically, I quit my job, and I’ve been recovering from burnout since. I’m also currently unemployed.

This is my first big break in eight years. All throughout high school, I worked a part-time job on the weekends, and during the summers, I worked two jobs. In university, I didn’t work ’cause I always took a full course load, however I always worked during the summers. After I graduated, I took a two week break to travel to Boston and New York with my sister, but started work right after that. Quit that job after a month, and then I was briefly unemployed for three weeks. I eventually landed my dream job, and I’ve been there for the past four years.

My parents taught me to work hard for what I want, and at a young age, I always wanted to live on my own, pay for my own education, and travel the world. While they still helped me out here and there, I’ve been more or less financially independent since I moved out at 18. Hence, I’ve always had to work to pay my own way for everything.

Being unemployed is totally out of my comfort zone, but I’m trying to remind myself that it’s only temporary. I’m been working crazy hard for the past several years, so instead of worrying so much right now, I’m going to take full advantage of this little break before everything starts up again. In the grand spectrum of life, this time period will be just a dot compared to the long career I have ahead of me.

Just when Jon started his new job, I decided to quit mine. To say these past three months have been insanely stressful would be a huge understatement. We’re still on the mend, but things are looking up.

C.