Monday, October 28, 2013

Bow Details

I've always been a person who likes to dress simply. My style incorporates a lot of classic colors with small details, colorful accents or jewels that make an outfit really pop! Bows are one of those details... I love how cute and girly bow details are without being over the top. I even played field hockey for three years in leather gloves with bows on them... thats how versatile the detail really is. I've put together some bow accessories and accents that I love and think are perfect to incorporate into a simple outfit to add a little preppy and girly flair. 

Have a great day! xox

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Weekend Wishes

After a long week of traveling there is nothing better to get back home and take some time to relax... with my family!! I am so excited to have my Mom and Dad in my city and will be meeting up with them later today to spend some time with them. It will be over two months since I've seen them and can't wait.

Here are some weekend links that I thought I'd leave you with...

Have you read And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini, its a must read!

When I have the time to watch a movie I do like seeing romantic comedies but this proposal {it's real} is better than any of those... Its so cute its not even funny! A couple people at school were talking about it and I couldn't help but watch the whole thing its that adorable. 

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! xox

Thursday, October 24, 2013


Mixing neutrals is perfect... black and camel is a perfect combination for 
beautiful outfits and also for serene spaces! 

Have a great day! xox

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Travel Essentials

Studying abroad naturally involves a lot of traveling. I've been to Oslo, Norway... Malmö and Lund, Sweden... Munich, Germany... Prague, Czech Republic... Vienna, Austria... and of course Copenhagen in the time I've been here so far and am going back to Munich to Basel, Switzerland and to Spain and Morocco soon too! I used to be {maybe slightly still am} an over packer. I always pack extra options; anyone who knows me knows that I like to change multiple times a day from school clothes to comfy clothes and then if I go out again back to school clothes.  Traveling certainly forces me to narrow down my options and ever since I got the worlds tiniest suitcase for weekend traveling I have forced myself to narrow down. 

In terms of the carry on, however, I've learned early that less is more. I can't stand carrying around a huge bag filled with stuff through the airport. When I came to Copenhagen I had an enormous backpack filled with clothes {just in case the airline left my bags} and my computer, iPad and blanket and other odds and ends and just couldn't wait to unload it! I have narrowed the list of essentials down considerably and they all fit into my Longchamp or my Louis Vuitton Neverfull {I didn't bring it to CPH because I didn't want the rain to ruin it} when I went to Vienna, Prague and Munich I brought a fairly empty backpack and that gave me extra space for souvenirs too. 

I keep small goodies in one of my many cosmetic cases {gum, earbuds, eye mask, cards, Chapstick, chargers, socks} and then I have the rest of my essentials {passport, wallet, iPhone, iPad} and I always tuck a scarf into my bag somewhere to layer over my sweater. I started wearing a big black cashmere sweater that is almost like a shawl to keep me warm on the flights and my mom and sister got me the best blanket ever so I always make space for that as well! I keep my iPad loaded with books and online magazines and then I journal on there as well. Pretty simple! 

What are some of your go-to packing essentials? xox

Monday, October 21, 2013

Monday's Motivation

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! 

I was talking with one of my professors the other day about being present. She always gives us a five minute break during class and everyone darts their hand into their bags and pulls their phone out to catch up on social media, friend and family messages and game playing. No one is present anymore... dinners are intercepted by texts and calls, homework can't be done without Facebook in the background and instead of reading a book everyone goes online for hours. Even students in the classroom are constantly on their phones texting and emailing... to me that is the most disrespectful thing {how people can sit in the front row and be okay texting is beyond me}. 

I've learned over the course of studying abroad so far that the times that I am exploring and seeing new things are the times that I enjoy the most. Why? Because I am present completely, I don't have wifi to connect me to the outside world so I have no distractions. I've realized that it is important to take time to be 100% present and immersed into something... those are the experiences that are the most memorable and valuable! 

Have a great Monday! 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Weekend Wishes

I'm so happy to say that midterms week is officially over! It will be a busy next two weeks for me {traveling and family time} but I am so happy to be able to destress from exams and essays for a bit. I have a lot of fun things planned for the weekend... dinners with friends, trips to Tivoli and even a breakfast out will keep me going. I also want to spend some time doing homework and getting ahead for these next two weeks so I can be as present as possible in exploration and adventure. 

Here are a few quick links for the weekend...

Copenhagen isn't so keep on Halloween but they might be if they decorated pumpkins like these!

Now this recipe looks absolutely amazing... even though I miss Thanksgiving :( I might have to make it anyways.  

I had a conversation with a couple of girls in my Health Care Strategies course about counting steps {since traveling means walking EVERYWHERE} and I'm really considering putting this on my Christmas list. Have any of you heard about or have the UP by Jawbone band? 

Hope you have a great weekend! xox

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fur Vests for Fall

As the fall weather creeps up I've been noticing more and more Danish women wearing fabulous furs throughout the city. Fur coats, scarves, and fur lined sweaters are extremely popular. One of my favorite fall fur pieces is the vest. I love how it can be paired with any kind of outfit, from dresses and skirts for going out to button downs and silk shirts for day and even flannels as weekend wear! My mom has some fabulous fur vests and when I was home over winter break last year I may have borrowed a couple of them for different events. Not only do they add an element of sophistication to an outfit but the extra layer helps keep warm! 

The look above is absolutely amazing... love the combo. 

Perfectly paired with flannels for weekend below! 

Of course the classic button down and fur vest is perfect for running around for the day! 

Have a great day! xox

Monday, October 14, 2013

Make the Most of It

It's hard to believe that October is flying by so quickly. Yesterday marked the half way point for my semester abroad and I'm still in shock that I've been living in Copenhagen for that long already! I've learned so much in my time abroad so far. One of the main things that I have realized is how important it is to live in the moment. You have to appreciate everything that comes your way and learn from every experience. 

After two months of living "The Danish Life" I've realized that the Danes are present in the moment for the most part... In the USA everyone is always looking towards the future. Jobs are meant to serve as jumping off points for something better, social climbing is a daily event and the concept of a bucket list is something everyone always strives to. Don't get me wrong I am sure that these same things do happen in Denmark to some extent, but overall it seems to me like the Danes are happy with what they have. They appreciate their job that they've had forever, they stay in the same apartment their whole lives and really make it home, instead of asking for a bonus at their jobs each year they ask for additional vacation time to explore the world with their families and friends. 

 Clearly there is a reason why the Danes are voted the happiest people and I'm pretty sure the fact that they are appreciative and content with what they have is a huge part of it. I've also realized that the Danes go into everything with little to no expectation rather they try to remain present and enjoy every situation to the fullest. My experience abroad has been very much about this... I came to Denmark with no expectations of what it would be like. I knew little about the country and barely anything about the lifestyle. Even when traveling around to other countries, I've just gone in to each trip with no expectations and try and soak up as much as I can and remain as present as possible. I have to say, this is the way to go and is certainly going to be the outlook I am going to take for the rest of the trip! 

Have a wonderful day! 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Weekend Wishes

Happy Friday everyone!

I hope that you all had a great week. I am excited for this weekend... it's Culture Night in Copenhagen tonight and hundreds of cultural places are open including libraries, churches, museums and just about every other music or food related place that CPH has to offer. I bought my ticket this morning and instead of closing at 5 PM everything stays open until at least 12 and even some events will stay open until 5 AM! I am excited to see some places that I haven't been to already like the zoo and some castles. It is great because you only pay for one ticket and they you have access to free public transportation and entrance into all of the places that you want to go. 

I'm going to be honest, I will probably do more exploring tonight than I have all week. This week was such a lazy week for me, for some reason I wasn't my usual Type A self and motivation was a big problem. I actually took one or two naps after school this week (for any of you that know me... this is a huge no, no... I don't take naps). I even spent a ton of time relaxing in my bed, reading my book or reading blogs. I'm even writing this post in the comfort of my cozy bed... Haha

I thought it was only fitting that I found some fabulous breakfast in bed photos. If I didn't have 8:30 classes to get to every day this week I would have undoubtedly been enjoying my breakfast in bed. Perhaps tomorrow will be one of those days! 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. 

Love this!! 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fall Layers

It's officially fall time here in Copenhagen. 

I went away this past week to Munich for Oktoberfest, Vienna and Prague and the weather was so cold. Mornings were in the 30s and it never got warmer than 50 the whole time we were away but the trip was amazing! I have a ton of pictures and stories here if you want a week recap. 

I expected to come home and find Copenhagen to be in winter mode but it has been so much nicer here weather wise. Yesterday I layered too much and was roasting on my bike ride to school. I even went on a run in the park with shorts and was still warm in the sun which is amazing. I have really enjoyed being able to put together simple fall layers and be completely comfortable and cozy. I love being able to wear button downs and sweaters together with a simple scarf, vest or jacket! 

So perfect! 

Have a wonderful day! xox

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Monday's Motivation

Happy Monday! 

Have you ever been in a situation where mindset is everything?

I truly believe that having the right mindset in situations no matter how grim they could be changes everything. There is always a positive that can come out of any situation... always. I've always been one to try and see the positive, you will certainly catch me complaining along the way (haha) but at the end of every situation I always look for the moral of the story. 

Just wanted to send along this as a reminder for the week... I'm trying to keep it in mind as well with some pretty amusing experiences going on all of which require tweaking of mindset in order to focus distinctly on the positive! 

Have a great day!