June 2012

Packing for a stylish summer in Europe

Even though I travel with a backpack, I hate looking like a backpacker—and nowhere more so than Europe, particularly among the effortlessly chic women in France. When I’m in a cosmopolitan city or a ritzy beach destination, I strive to not even look like a traveler: I want to blend in as a local (albeit […]

June 29, 2012 Continue reading…

Postcard from a Paris sunset

When I think of my favorite sunsets, I usually think of beaches: the sky swirling into an endless variety of colors over Gili Trawangan or the beaches of Maui. Cities usually block out all the good sky, and concrete isn’t nearly as brilliantly reflective as saltwater. But on my last trip to Paris, Nevin and […]

June 28, 2012 Continue reading…

Sailing Croatia with Busabout

Kelsey and I first discussed a trip to Croatia right after finishing college: I’m not sure why we were so obsessed with it, but it definitely stuck. We finally decided to make it happen in 2012, committing on a Christmas catch-up phone call. However, this was Kelsey’s first trip to Europe, and we were both […]

June 27, 2012 Continue reading…

Trying too hard to achieve effortless chic: personal style in Paris

Darn it, I muttered to myself as I straightened my hair in the tiny Parisian apartment. I forgot my smoothing cream. I had gone straightener-less for three months in Southeast Asia, embracing the laid-back backpacker culture and relative anonymity. However, I slipped right back into my Western habits, expectations, standards as I tried to prove […]

June 25, 2012 Continue reading…

8 little things to love about Zagreb

I’m not sure what I expected from Zagreb. The formerly communist capital of Croatia is located inland, a far cry from the unspoiled natural beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park or the thousands of islands dotting the Adriatic Sea. Even though it was sweltering hot without a coastal breeze in sight, I fell in love […]

June 22, 2012 Continue reading…

Postcard from Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes is one of those places where you hope you’re not going to be underwhelmed: so many people recommend it and so many absolutely amazing photos exist. Luckily, the Croatian national park is just as stunning in real life as you would hope. The water is impossibly clear, ranging from turquoise to azure to […]

June 21, 2012 Continue reading…

Once a Francophile, always a Francophile?

I felt a shiver of trepidation as I stepped off the plane at Charles de Gaulle: my passport pages are filled with European stamps, but this was the first time I’d anticipated the thunk of the stamp with pages also covered in stamps from Australia, New Zealand, Asia. France is both familiar and foreign to […]

June 20, 2012 Continue reading…