Thursday, August 14, 2014

Doors of Europe

I don't know when my interest in doors began. It feels like it was always there. I started a Pinterest board devoted to doors quite a while ago, but I think my attraction to doors was well established before Pinterest was born.

This summer while traveling in Europe I couldn't help but snap several photos of doors. From the size, to the hardware and the shape, one cannot escape these impressive portals and their grand accessories! Enjoy...

Had to snap at least one stationery shop! Gorgeous iron topper.

Some doors are hard to find because of the ivy.

Look at that gorgeous carved wood lion's head! Amazing.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Color Palette: Sunrise/Sunset

On July 1, 2014 at roughly 6:30 in the evening, Matthew and I lifted off from JFK International, on Aer Lingus, and headed to Ireland. Here in the US the sun was still rather high in the sky, but it was preparing for its evening ritual of setting in the west. The interesting thing about flying to Ireland at that time of day, is that the sky doesn't actually become completely dark. So as we were saying goodnight to our sun, heading east toward northern Europe, it was a virtual race to see who would make it to Ireland first... our flight or the sun? It was the sun, of course, who was waiting for us when we landed at Shannon International. But along the way, I captured this photo from my window on the plane. It was a magical sky. I just had to pull a color palette from it. How could I not? I hope you enjoy it.

The wing of the plane is the sweeping black shape on the lower left. Luckily the window was quite clean! 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

What I Wore: Walking Around Europe

Lavender in Provence
My husband and I spent a little more than three weeks traveling Europe this summer. It was a wonderful "second honeymoon" if you will. We stayed in Ireland, France, Italy, Austria, (drove through Lichtenstein on our way to) Switzerland and then back to Italy for our flight home. As you can imagine there was a lot of walking. The majority of the time, I wore a cotton skirt, a basic t-shirt and a cardigan tied around my shoulders. But what shoe does one wear to offer comfort and a bit of cute? Tretorn sneakers, of course! Seksti Mesh in oyster gray to be exact. Sneakers and a skirt equals a perfect combination for summer walks on cobblestone sidewalks and paths. Though ballet flats or summer sandals look cute with cotton skirts, they're just not supportive enough for hours (and I mean many hours!) of walking.  These mesh Tretorns were so comfortable, I ordered a second pair, in blue, when I returned from holiday. I think they will go nicely into Autumn when paired with denim or colorful ankle pants. What do you think?

Check out my "Skirt and Sneakers" board on Pinterest for more cute looks.
Happy Travels!