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: The Magic Behind Maui

Maui brings me back to my 8-year-old self, when I danced under the sun while searching for shells alongside my sister. It was magical. Maui was my happy place, my heart, my home away from home. The island met me year after year, mid-summer, with my big Greek family. Maui was bliss. All of us would wake before sunrise to search for seashells. We’d find dozens of them tucked between…. Read more

Travel Diary: Boards + Bliss in Maui

I had no plans of being in Maui right now. But when my 11-year-old brother pulled a sweet sales pitch on me Sunday night, I was sold. Who can say no to paradise + savvy siblings? So, my husband and I packed our beachside staples [along with our work], for a quick few days away. Maui is right where we’re meant to be. I even did a little happy dance on…. Read more