Of the moment // 5.19.17

Of the moment // 5.19.17

One of the reasons why I blog is simply to have the space to write: getting things “on paper” helps me to process my feelings and organize my thoughts. I also love having a record of my life over the past few years: a place that holds all of my stories, my photos, the ups and downs of travel. But sometimes, I also just want to remember and share the little things that brought me day-to-day joy. Every Friday, I’ll give you a peek into the book I currently can’t put down, a great restaurant discovery, a fun new product or an inspiring quote: a few things that I think you might enjoy before we all take off into the glory that is the weekend! 

Gertie the Pug

New York City: a couple of opportunities coming up to hear my actual voice instead of just reading what I write! First up, I’ll be speaking on a panel this Monday (May 22) all about how to travel more–obviously from the perspective that you don’t have to quit your job or radically change your life to work more trips into your lifestyle. And in a few weeks, I’m going to host my first C’est Christine +Gertie reader meetup in Brooklyn! It should be a super chill time to have a drink, snuggle a pug and chat about travel and life in New York City–and I’d love to see a few of you there (hint hint: you might not get another chance in NYC!).

Pacific Ocean


Currently reading Britt-Marie Was Here: it’s by the same author of A Man Called Ove, and it has a similar feel-good vibe. It makes you especially sympathetic to the older, grumpier people in your life.


A bit of a disclaimer: I work with the team at Gimlet Creative that produced this podcast for Virgin Atlantic, and my current guilty pleasure is The Challenge on MTV. And The Venture is all about people who forged a new path in business, and the most recent episode is my favorite so far: it’s all about Jon Murray, the founder of the Real World (and basically the creator of reality TV as we know it). It’s an interesting look into how the industry started (and kind of makes me feel less guilty about loving The Challenge).

Christine Amorose in Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia


For the past few summers, I’ve had one dress from Bridge & Burn that is my go-to in basically all situations (see: 2014, 2015, 2016). They’re all super comfortable and casual with flat sandals, but easy to dress up with some lipstick and wedges. This new chambray dress is no exception: I’ve been packing it on just about every weekend trip that I’ve taken lately. I feel like I can jazz it up with a chunky necklace and colorful shoes, but it’s also perfect for a hectic day of sightseeing.

Gertie the Pug


“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” -Bob Marley

This weekend is our wedding party! I’m so excited to have all of our best friends in town and to celebrate our marriage with plenty of whiskey and tacos. 

  • Kristen

    The author of A Man Called Ove is one of my favorites, and I just finished his most recent called Beartown. It is RADICALLY different from Ove and Britt-Marie (definitely not a feel-good) but it was stunningly good and one of my favorite reads of the year. Cannot recommend more highly.

  • Rama

    You’re leaving NYC?! Where are you moving?!?! For some reason I feel like it’ll be California…

  • gracesface

    seconded!!! i’m like on the edge of my seat here…

  • Briel79

    Yes, will CA be welcoming you back soon?! Can’t wait to hear the news!

  • Gillian @ That’s G

    I love that you love The Challenge! Has been one of my biggest guilty pleasures since the dawn of time…I’m shockingly very into Champs v. Pros – Lolo Jones needs to take a chill pill. She always struck me as a little too intense for her own good, and now, thanks to Jon Murray & co., that suspicion has been confirmed!

  • Maren Hurley

    I hope the meet up is in July! I’m thrilled to see where y’all will head to next.

  • Caroline Eubanks

    The Challenge is also my guilty pleasure 🙂

  • camorose

    Ohhhhh NOTED. Thank you!

  • camorose

    Haha my husband was into the Challenge so I just started watching this season but I am HOOKED!

  • camorose

    It will be on June 15! 🙁

  • camorose

    Haha yay I’m glad it’s not just me!

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