Cosmetic Bags – I heart you!

Cosmetic-BagsMarc Jacobs lemon custard (on sale!) // Stella McCartney Leopard // Marimekko Tarha Taimi (on sale!) // Traveling Chic (on sale!) // Vera Bradley Plum Crazy // Marni Floral Print // Tory Burch Flamingo Taryn (25% right now with Friends & Fans Sale!) // Forever 21 Glittered (Under $10) // Etro

I ♥ cosmetic bags! I definitely have way too many of them, but what’s the harm in a little window shopping!:) Especially when there are so many adorable ones out there right now.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

xo, Jenny

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A Weekend in NYC

Mike had a business trip in NY back in March so we decided to make a weekend out of it with two of our wonderful friends, Trisha and Justin. This isn’t the first time I’ve done a NYC post (see here), but I couldn’t resist another one! There is just so much to do and see there!

Chelsea-MarketWe started our morning by picking up coffees at Chelsea Market and then headed out for a walk on the High Line (a cool public park built on an historic freight rail line).

McSorleys

The boys wanted to make a stop at McSorley’s Old Ale House to warm ourselves up with a few pints! McSorley’s is said to be the oldest pub in NYC. The pub is small, but the atmosphere is great. They only serve two types of beer: light and dark. The beers are served in half-pints so you get two glasses every time you order one beer. Our Irish server (see above) definitely had some skills–check out the 12 beers he’s carrying!:)

Comedy-Club

We got tickets to the Comedy Cellar’s 10pm show, so we made reservations at Mario Batali’s Otto Enoteca Pizzeria for dinner. Such great pizza! After we stuffed ourselves silly we had an evening laughing it up. Apparently Matt Damon was at the comedy club–he must have been using his Jason Bourne skills to get by me undetected!:) From there we headed out to The Back Room speakeasy where they serve champagne and gin in tea cups!

Shake-ShackAfter a (late) night out on the town we hit up Shake Shack for lunch. Have you been? It may just be heaven on earth as far as fast food joints go! We actually went to Shake Shack twice over the weekend. Oops!

Central-ParkNo trip to NYC is complete without a stop in Central Park!

What a great weekend! New York, we love you!

Happy Travels! – Jenny

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Feeling Artsy

I have only bought one piece of art while traveling, so I am by no means an expert on this subject. Nevertheless, I thought I would share the walk away method I used because buying art on a trip is a stressful and potentially expensive decision that needs to be made very quickly.

Here is how the method worked for me. I was studying in Rome and took a weekend trip to Positano, Italy. Along the beach there was a man painting beautiful watercolors. He happened to have a few from his collection for sale. I instantly fell in love with his paintings; the colors were so happy and the paintings captured the dreaminess of the place (like this one below).

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I inquired about the price and it was somewhat out of my budget. I was a broke law student at the time, so I said thanks and walked away. I had lunch with my boyfriend Mike and couldn’t stop talking about the painting, so he suggested that I do a walk by again and see if I still loved it as much.

I approached the Italian painter, Pasquale, again and had the brilliant idea to try to negotiate the price down. Well, for any of you trying to negotiate with an Italian, I can assure you, it is a lost cause. Somewhere between my low-balling the price and his explaining that his painting was not only one of a kind, but was painted on homemade paper, the price actually went up! And so, I had to tell him that I couldn’t afford it.

I walked away again and found myself still debating whether I should buy it. Right before we were to head back to Rome, I still had the painting on my mind. I ran down to the beach to see if he was still there… and he was! In the end, I shelled out the money to take the beautiful painting home as my souvenir and couldn’t be happier that I did! Every time I look at the painting I am reminded of the charming town where Mike and I spent an amazing weekend!

And so, if you can’t decide whether you should buy a piece of art that caught your eye, I think you should try the walk away method. Go to lunch, go do something else, sleep on it if you have time, and if you can’t stop thinking about it by that time, it just may be the perfect thing for you.

In case you are curious what my painting looks like, here is a picture of it framed and hanging on our wall (sorry about the glare!).

Here is another one of Pasquale’s paintings of the Positano cliffside.

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Happy Travels!

-Jenny

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Happy Earth Day!

cherry-blossomsIt is no surprise that traveling is not very eco-conscious, but there are so many little things you can do when you travel to help reduce your own carbon footprint. Here are just a few:

  1. Select a hotel that is close to shopping, restaurants, and the sights you want to visit. This way you are more likely to walk rather than take a cab (plus walking around a city helps you get a real feel for the place you are visiting).
  2. Use the train when possible. Train travel isn’t readily available in the US, but it definitely is if you are traveling around Europe and it is far more environmentally friendly than air travel!
  3. Think about the 3 R’s when you are on the road. Reuse the bath towels in your hotel, recycle as much as possible, and conserve water and electricity the same as you would at home.
  4. Power down your home when you are away. Don’t forget to adjust your thermostat and unplug your appliances before you leave.
  5. Eat and buy locally. It is always more fun to try out the local specialties, so do a little research before you go to know what your options are.

If you can, get outside and enjoy the day!

Happy Travels! -Jenny

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What to Pack: Puerto Morelos

Puerto MorelosMichael Kors maxi dress // Fringe Bikini // Wedge Sandal // Havaianas Flip Flops // Tory Burch Nora Bucket Tote // Rachel Zoe Straw Sun Hat // Karen Walker Sunnies // Topshop snood // Sun Bum Sunscreen // Essie Nail Polish // Olympus waterproof camera

My Cousin is getting married in Puerto Morelos, Mexico this weekend, so I’m off to some fun in the sun with my fam! Puerto Morelos is said to be a beautiful and peaceful seaside village about 20 miles from Cancun. Hopefully I’ll come back with a tan and some travel tips for you any of you heading to the Cancun area. We plan to visit the Chichen Itza Mayan ruins, go snorkeling and zip-lining, and hit up the local cantinas. If you have an recommendations, please send them my way–I would love to hear from you!

Happy Travels!

xo

Vernazza, Italy

It was snowing today in Minnesota. Yes, even this far north it is pretty crazy to get snow in April. Needless to say, I’ve been snooping around the internet dreaming of places I’d rather be.

:: Vernazza, Italy ::

One of the most magical places I have visited is Vernazza, Italy, an old fishing village in Cinque Terre. This charming little town has beautiful, candy-colored buildings lining a sparkly ocean side. This region of Italy is famous for their pesto and it is to die for. Trust. Also, focaccia bread originates from here and I swear it is the most pillow-y, salty, melt-in-your-mouth bread you will ever try! I literally ate it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

I was so happy to discover that Vernazza, Italy was ranked #18 in the New York Times 46 Places to Go in 2013. Apparently the residents of this magical town are restoring the village (a freak mudslide destroyed much of the town in October 2011) and have enlisted Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Rogers (best known for the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Lloyd’s building and Millennium Dome in London, and the European Court of Human Rights building in Strasbourg) to help with the restoration and design. As far as I know, the projects have already commenced.

:: An aerial view of the picturesque town ::

:: A view of the vineyards and craggy hillside from my hotel in Vernazza, Italy ::

Happy Travels!!

xo