Travel Diary: Bliss on Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan is pure bliss. My mind is calm + my heart is happy — like every time I return home.  My family and I are rooted in Holland for the week; a small lake town that’s one of the happiest places in the country [literally, it’s been rated]. Growing up, I took its beauty for granted. But now, coming back, I realize there’s no place more peaceful than this….. Read more

Travel Diary: Café + Croissants

Parisians know how to brew a strong cup of joe. Somehow, even black coffee tastes better than a vanilla latte ever would in America. I wish a French barista could serve me a hot cup every morning. Charming cafés line the streets of Paris, as if to remind us to take a break from a busy day. There are no drive-throughs or to-go cups. Instead, the city encourages you to…. Read more

Paris Doesn’t Play Beer Pong

I had this childhood dream of meeting my future husband in Paris. It would be by chance, of course, under the Eiffel Tower. Straight out of a romantic comedy.  In reality, I met my husband in an equally romantic way — at a college party that smelled of booze and bad cologne, starring my man playing a serious game of beer pong. If only Kate Hudson knew the role she could…. Read more

Travel Diary: Playing Dress-Up in St. Barths

Vacations are reserved for rest, relaxation… and rocking a pair of Lennon-inspired sunnies. At least, that’s what St. Barths did to me. An itch for playing dress-up landed me in a look straight from a sixties music video. If only I could take all the credit…  Really, it was a few friends who pushed me to rock this look. The best part? I learned it only takes a couple of…. Read more

Travel Diary: St. Barths in the New Year

I’ve been home from St. Barths for more than a week now, and still feel jet lagged. Maybe I’m in a saltwater coma. Is there such a thing? This marked my first trip to anywhere in the Caribbean. St. Barths was the perfect mix of simplicity and spontaneity. It’s got sandy beaches and the nicest people you’ll ever meet. It was crowded, though, with people visiting from all over the…. Read more