Posts Tagged travel

palm springs, pt. 1

I’ve spent the last few days in sunny Palm Springs California at the Ace Hotel. We’ve been daydreaming about going for ages and maybe that’s why it felt a little surreal to actually be there. I took a little over 200 photos and I still can’t quite believe I was really there.

It’s hard to pick just a few but I’ve narrowed down these of our patio suite and the pool areas. There are two salt water pools, by the way, both with amazing views of the San Jacinto mountains. Lovely!

ace hotel

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vacation packing

Vacation time is almost here! These are a few of the things that are coming along with me: Night Sky notebooks from Field Notes, Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, and The Moonstone. I’ve been watching this version of Cheerful Weather for the Wedding regularly this summer and I’m excited to see what the book (a novella from 1935) is like. The Field Notes have constellations visible during the summer printed on their backs.

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portland: japanese garden

Remember when I went to Portland a month or so ago? One day during the trip Joel and I met up with our friends, Liz and Andre, at the Japanese Garden. I just realized that I never posted the photos I took that day.

Quite by accident, we were there at the ideal time for the cherry blossoms. It couldn’t be more perfect! Here is a belatedly look at the garden, the second best thing to being there again.

Japanese Garden -Portland

Japanese Garden -Portland

Japanese Garden -Portland

Japanese Garden -Portland

If I lived in Portland I would want to live in this garden. If you’re in the area I hope you’ll pay them a visit sometime.

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portland: easter at the coast

It’s funny to think that just about this time last week we were picnicking on giant on rocks, looking out at the Oregon coast, and watching the seagulls, but we were. After church on Easter Sunday we loaded up in Joel’s sister’s car with goodies and siblings and a dog in tow and head west to the Oregon coast. It was a brilliant day!

Joel at the Oregon Coast

The Oregon Coast

The Oregon Coast

There was much to explore and see. I hadn’t been to the ocean in years and year and it was rather wonderful an unreal to be so close to the Pacific, once again.
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portland: odds, ends, instagrams

We managed all kinds of adventures and explorations while in Portland last week. Here’s a handful in no particular order:

One day we met up with two friends from college (Jon & Liz) and had delicious things on biscuits at Pine State and then best coffee of our trip at Barista. We Texans approve of biscuits.



We also approve of boots.

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portland: hotel deluxe and case study coffee

The first half of our trip revolved around the Hotel deLuxe, where we stayed, and Case Study Coffee a short walk away, where we worked. The hotel is from the 1920s and has been updated with an old Hollywood glamour. Our room looked like something out of a wonderful old movie and the rest of the building was gorgeously gilt and art deco.

Hotel deLuxe

Hotel deLuxe

Hotel deLuxe

I took a lot of photos of the lobby because it is just so pretty.

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on the road

It got really quiet around here the last week or so because Joel, Cors, and I packed up and stealthily road tripped to West Virginia to surprise my mom for her birthday. The surprise was so successful and we had a wonderful time with my family. It was so nice to see them all and to be with my mom on her birthday for the first time in ages. So fun!

It’s a two day drive from Austin to WV and today we’ll drive the last stretch home.




We drove through five states, Memphis, and Nashville. The photos above are from in and around those cities.

weekly loves: this and that

This year is shaping up to be one full of travels. England is on the list for later in the year and I’ve already started collecting places I want to go. I haven’t been to the UK in about ten years so if there any suggestions you might have, do tell.

Maybe it’s the travel bug, but this week’s collection of things I love is just a bit European:

weekly loves

1) Traditional Portuguese Embroidery Design  2) Lady Mary

3) Peanut Butter & Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies  4) Grown Up Hot Chocolate

5) Verona, Italy  6) Antique Bath

weekend instagrams

So that was a crazy, busy weekend. I’m dragging a little bit today. It might have something to do with all the travel and busyness. Friday we left our house at 4:30am, flew to Austin, had lunch with a friend (We house and dog sat for her while we were in town.), I had an interview, then we went out for barbecue, came back and collapsed.

Saturday we were up early. Went to our first showing and then went down to SoCo and stopped at a crepe truck for a late breakfast. Then back in the car and looked at lots of other places. We managed to fit a coffee stop in there and then we went to the last place and it was perfect! Yay, new home! That night we met a few friends and their dog for dinner.

Austin Instagrams

1) Coffee from Progress  2) Signage on SoCo  3) Crepe truck!  4) Desert flowers

Sunday morning we were up early again (4am) to fly home. College friends picked us up from the airport and then we picked up another friend who stayed with Cors while we were gone (Thanks, Laura!!) and we all went out for lunch. Phew! What a good and tiring weekend.

home again

We’re back from a really, truly great week in New York. It’s always a little odd coming back from vacation, but this return has the added oddity of our upcoming move to Austin, Texas next month. Have I written about that here yet? I can’t remember.

Last Wednesday I got  up at 5am and finished my last garment for the semester. I turned it in and then we boarded a plane to New York. Such a whirlwind way to start a trip. It’s kind of nice to come back to no homework, just lots of preparations to see to for the move. I’m excited about Austin.

The Ace Hotel, NY

A stenciled phrase from our room at The Ace

This week is probably going to feel like a week-long rumination on New York. I really hope it doesn’t bore you too much. I love reliving things in photos and I have something like 200+ photos to edit. It was a great time!