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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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The best of Vietnam, via Instagram

It's no secret that I fell in love with Vietnam: the food, the friendly people, the ever-changing landscape (and ever-reducing sunshine) as I crept from south to north on the back of a motorcycle, on a bus, on an overnight train. It's a...
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The seeing comes before the writing

I always seem to be going on “my last big trip.” Nice was supposed to be six months of French and fun. Australia was a chance for international work experience. And then, well, Southeast Asia was so close and cheap that I couldn’t pass it up. My...
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Postcard from the Promenade Plantée

The first color that comes to mind when I think of Paris: neutral. Is that even a color? I think of gray skies, beige buildings, cream shutters, brown cobblestones. The nuances of gray skies in Paris can be astounding, from dark and foreboding to...
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