22 October 2014
Germany's Winter Train
One of the things at the top of my list to see in Germany is the scenic train ride from Innsbruck to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. I know this starts in Austria, but it then makes its way through the German Alps and it looks like the Hogwarts Express. Really, any red train making it's way through snow capped mountains is on my list of must see destinations. Has anyone ridden this route?
Berchtesgaden National Park
Can you say B-E-A-utiful? Alpine farming at its most traditional finest. With hiking trails for everyone's skill level this well preserved national park is easily on my list.
Okay, does this one even need a disclaimer? I mean, I'm not even a beer drinker and Oktoberfest appeals to me.
Or Christkindlesmarkt, is on the very tip top of my Germany Wander Wishlist. With more than 180 christmas market stands featuring traditional toys and treats that are sure to bring out the Christmas spirit in anyone.
And not far behind the Christmas market, Rothenburg. Located on the Tauber River, this fairy tale like town embodies the perfect picture of what you would imagine medieval Germany to look like. Wander livestock, medieval stonework, overpriced shopping - what more could you ask for?
A photographer's dream, the Black Forest is a beautiful wooded wonderland straight out of a Grimm brother's fairytale. I'm big on photogenic landscapes and would love to explore this dense forest.
13 October 2014
Fuzzy Gray Sweater $14.67 / Red Square Studs $21.27 / Long Sleeve Turtle Neck $14.90
Gold Bangle $17.97 / Navy Dress $24.99 / Green Midi Skirt $29.90 / Black Mesh Insert Skirt $15.17
The only thing better than going shopping, is going shopping and not coming home feeling broke and guilty. Am I right? Even this weekend, I found this beautiful coat over the weekend in Seattle and I fell in love but felt SO guilty about spending that much money and really - it's not that much. I think I'm just so used to thrift store prices that when I go into real brick and mortar name brand stores I'm just blown away.
Autumn and Winter fashion is great because everything is all about layering and mixing and matching patterns and textures. I love how versatile all these pieces are and they all just have that really nice comfortable look to them. I can totally see myself lounging around the house in this dress with some leggings and fuzzy socks. Or sipping hot cocoa in that fuzzy sweater? Bliss.
It's not quite gotten into Washington's cold season yet, today was pretty warm about 65 but I know it'll be here soon and I can't wait. I spent the weekend helping my little sister shop for a homecoming dress (she picked this) and hunting for the perfect pumpkin at our favorite pumpkin farm. We always go to a cute little farm near our house and drink apple cider and try to navigate our way through their Alice in Wonderland themed corn maze. Then we trek out into their pumpkin field until we find the perfect one. I always pick my pumpkin based on the stem - what about you guys? Hope you all had a great weekend!
15 September 2014
It's my personal opinion that there are two types of people in this world. People who don't have any interest in traveling and people whose entire existence revolve around traveling. Can you guess which one I am? The one thing I have always known with resounding certainty is that I want to travel. I'm never sure what I want to be when I "grow up" or where I want to live and what I want to major in but I've always known I need to travel. Not want - need. I know that if I don't, I will regret it until the day I die.
A couple of months ago I had my proverbial quarter life crisis mixed in with some existential meltdowns and I came to the conclusion that I needed to stop living in the future. Someday I will travel, someday it will happen. Instead I decided to take charge of my own life and make it happen. Granted, my actual departure is still a year off, I know now that it's happening. It's really happening.
Right now, my daily activities pretty much consist of working one of my three jobs and sleeping. That about sums it up. This weekend was a rarity for me, in that I took three days off in a row. But, I needed some down time and I really missed seeing my family. So, now that my little staycation is out of the way I'm going back to the grind of working 60 hour work weeks and putting almost all of my extra money into my savings account.
Once I'm a little closer to my end goal I plan on doing a post on exactly how I managed to save up enough money to do what I'm doing - which I guess I should tell you about now. Next October I am leaving to backpack Europe for a year. And that's just the beginning. After that I plan on coming home to apply for my Visa so that I can teach English abroad somewhere. The location for that is still pending (I have my eyes on Turkey or Indonesia).
So, hopefully that explains my inactivity over the past couple of months but my plans are to keep updating with occasional beauty and fashion related post but also to include travel related posts. I want to document every moment of my life and share it with all of you and I plan on doing just that! Once I have something worth sharing. I set up a Go Fund Me campaign in case you feel compelled to donate to the cause for which I would be SO grateful. I hope you all are having a great afternoon. By the time you read this, it will be Monday so - Happy Monday. And here's to following your dreams and fire in the blood.
14 September 2014
That we, in the vast expanse of space
Something about the finality of a sunset or the death of a star
Or the vulnerability that comes with loss
And there’s something to be said about the way,
Light reflects off the water or
The way the world sounds when it sleeps
Moments that makes you pause
That steal the breath from your lungs,
The words from your lips
And you become lost within yourself
To just be
A speck of stardust in this universe filled with
stars and moons and skeletons.
25 August 2014
Plaid Sheer Pleated Skirt $19.98Remember that Summer that I pretty much put blogging on pause? My bad. I guess I've had a LOT going on. I have so many posts pretty much ready to go with unedited pictures just patiently waiting for my attention. Hopefully Fall will have different things in store for me. Speaking of Fall - we are getting so. close. I can't wait. I hope Summer doesn't hang around too long this year. Last year it seemed like it stretched all the way into October and had to drag myself around every day in tank tops and loose clothing just praying that the heat would end soon.
Crescent Moon Velvet Choker $2.99
Black and White Plaid Coat $17.54
Lightning Bolt Necklace $10.95
Oversized Studded Tote $31.47
These are a few of the items I've been watching on eBay lately and I'm thinking I'm really going to need that skirt and the moon choker here once colder months roll around. Speaking of buying things on eBay, I've recently discovered that I, what I am dubbing, "sleep shop". I started randomly receiving packages and being like 'wtf I did NOT order this, however I like it so I'll keep it'. Then I was looking at my eBay purchase history the other day and I saw that I have been waking up in the middle of the night and buying shit on eBay and not remembering ANY of it. WTF. That's probably my brains payback for not letting myself really spend money on myself. A notion that seems to have completely gone out the window these past few weeks.
I hope you all are enjoying the end of your Summer. It seems like we're creeping up on that back to school rush that I really love. I don't know what it is but this is about that time of year when the light in the afternoon is really golden and everything starts to smell a little different. Like cranberries and cinnamon and gingerbread. I know. I have a problem.