Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Ski Ya Later

Coat: Perfect Moment  Turtleneck: J.Crew Pants: Topshop Boots: La Montelliana Ear Warmer: Moncler Watch: Kiel James Patrick Glasses: Gucci  Gloves: Hestra
(Outfit 2) Sweater: APC Pants: Lysse 
Kiel: Sweater: Connolly Turtleneck: LL Bean Ski Hat: Ralph Lauren Gloves: Hestra 
(Outfit 2) Sweater: Vintage Pants: Ralph Lauren Boots: LL Bean

A couple weekends ago Kiel, Harry, and I flew to Utah for a winter getaway at the Montage Deer Valley with Veuve Clicquot. It was my first ski trip on the West Coast and I was surprised at how easy the flight was. This time of year I usually want to head some place warm but this trip gave me a whole new appreciation for Winter. The resort and Utah were gorgeous. It was the kind of trip winter dreams are made of. We went skiing, snow shoeing, and enjoyed fondue on top of a mountain. The meals were amazing and the weather was just warm enough to enjoy all of the activities at hand. 
After a couple of runs down the mountain we took a ski break in the Veuve Clicquot yurt which is decked out in the most fabulous rustic lodge decor. The yurt serves champagne by the bottle, and a sampling of light appetizers every day from 12-4 during the ski season. It was the best way to relax! I can also never say no to Champagne. 

While we were out enjoying the resort activities, Harry spent time with his Aunt Kalin. It was amazing that she was able to come with us on this trip. She was a huge help and we were so appreciative. The winter weather can be tricky with a baby. I can’t wait to get Harry in ski lessons as soon as he is old enough. There is nothing cuter than little kids all bundled up in their snow gear! I would happily spend the day with him on the bunny slopes. (On a side note — The resort also offers a baby sitting service for guests who want to get spa treatments, a quiet dinner alone, or like us -- to enjoy a day of skiing. It was very kid friendly and family oriented for those interested in staying there.)

        Special thank you to Veuve Clicquot and Montage Deer Valley for this amazing trip!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Winter Montage

Sweater: Ralph Lauren Pants: Frame Boots: Sigerson Morrison (similar)Bag: Ralph Lauren c/o Glasses: Gucci (similar) Socks: Kiel James Patrick  Hat: Ralph Lauren c/o 
Harry's Hat: The Beaufort Bonnet Company c/o 

Location: Montage Deer Valley  -- Park City, Utah (More on our stay in an upcoming post) 

Special thank you to Veuve Clicquot and Montage Deer Valley for this amazing trip! 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Family Vacation

Jacket: Ralph Lauren c/o Sweater: Erlum Alpaca c/o Jeans: AG (similar)  Bag: Mansur Gavriel (Worn with this outfit but not shown -- my most used bag) Shoes: Ralph Lauren Belt: Gucci (old, similar)  Faux Fur Stole: Tuckernuck  (I've been wearing this over all of my coats) Bracelet: Van Cleef & Arpels Ring: Kiel James Patrick 
Kiel; Coat: Hudson Bay (vintage) Sweater: Kiel James Patrick Jeans: Levi's Shoes: Gucci
Harry: Bear Bunting: Carter's

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Neuschwanstein Travel Diary

Coat: Patagonia Sweater: J.Crew Pants: Boots: Sigerson Morrison (0ld, recently bought this similar style) Hat: Anthropologie Bag: J.Crew (updated versionGlasses: Karen Walker
Kiel: Sweater: Ralph Lauren (Vintage), Pants: Ralph Lauren, Shoes: Gucci, Hat: Kiel had hand-knit for him

I'm not much of a planner. I mostly create rough outlines and fill in the details as I go. For me life is so much more interesting that way. Trying to adhere to a schedule can be stressful, especially on vacation. I like to leave room for the unexpected. 

Kiel and I planned a 10 day trip to Switzerland, Germany, and Austria less than two weeks before we left. We always go on a getaway for  New Year's, and the Christmas season this year (2015) was especially hectic for our company. Our friends Kat and Jeremy joined us and we rented a car to drive to each destination on our itinerary -- Lucerne, Switzerland; Fusson, Germany; Munich, Germany; Halstatt, Austria; and Kitzb├╝hel, Austria. The plan was to stay in each location for roughly two days (there was no itinerary beyond that).We were packing a lot into very little time. By now I'm used to it! 

I was most excited for our stop to Fusson for its' proximity to Neuschwanstein castle. The castle had been on my bucket list for years. Due to our very last minute planning all of the hotels in Fusson were completely booked and the closest hotel we could find near the castle was in Ettal, Germany. We booked our two night stay at the Hotel Blaue Gums. At $89 a night it was very affordable. Our room was clean and cozy but very tiny. We were hardly in our room so it wasn't an issue for us. The town of Ettal itself was gorgeous! It's completely surrounded by mountains on all sides and the beautiful Abbey was the focal point of the town. We had a stunning view of it from our hotel (3rd picture in this post). At night it was lovely to hear the bells from the Abbey ringing. One would think it would be annoying but it was a welcome sound.

On the first night of our stay we ate at the hotel restaurant (it wasn't my favorite meal), and we bundled up after dinner to explore the small town and catch a closer glimpse of the Abbey.  It was just as beautiful up close. Fun fact about the Abbey is that the monks have been brewing beer there since 1609. Vistors of Ettal can tour the brewery and brewery museum  The brewery was closed that night but Kiel couldn't resist trying the beer which is served across the street from the Abbey. 400 years is a long time to perfect their brew! He enjoyed every sip.

The following morning we left early to visit Neuschwanstein.  The 45 minute drive to the castle from Ettal was gorgeous. We stopped several times along the way to take pictures of the mountains. On one of our stops we were parked on top of a hillside just as a fleet of air balloons decided to fly over us. At the same time this beautiful instrumental music could be heard playing in the distance. It was a magical moment that felt entirely surreal.

When we arrived to the castle I was initially disappointed. When you first drive up it is very much a tourist trap and you can hardly see the castle. There are a few different parking lots, souvenir shops, restaurants, and a ticket sales booth to neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castle. In retrospect I should have expected this, it's one of the most popular castles in the world. We parked our car and got in line to buy tickets only to find out all of the tours that day were completely booked. The lesson learned is always buy your tickets well in advance. As I mentioned the castle itself cannot be seen from the ground. The only way to get to it is to take a shuttle bus (plan ahead for this), a romantic horse drawn carriage, or plan to walk uphill on a path through the forest for 30 minutes. Make sure to wear really comfortable shoes. We walked up to the castle and the view was everything I hoped it would be -- straight out of a fairytale. 

I really appreciated the comfortable clothes I was wearing. We made it to the castle and bridge behind the castle for another vantage point before deciding to climb the mountains for an even better view. The pictures in this post are from our journey up the mountain. It was one of the best decisions we ever made, even if we weren't prepared for it. Kiel was wearing loafers lol. The view from the top was absolutely stunning. We could see everything -- a birds eye view of the castle, the mountain range, lake, and the land seemed endless. We climbed for what seemed like hours until we reached the top of the peak. At the point it was a little scary as it was getting steep but the trails to the top were well worn. We encountered a handful of hikers during our journey. The crowds were completely left behind at the castle and we basically had the mountain and in a way Neuschwanstein to ourselves. It was one of my favorite life experiences to date. We took our time getting down.

For dinner we decided to head to Fusson which is only 6 minutes away. I wanted to at the very least catch a glimpse of the town even if we only had a couple of hours. We spent a good portion of our time there trying to  park. Almost every space was reserved for people who lived in the town. Ultimately Kiel and I got out of the car to find a good place to eat while Jeremy and Kat got the car situated. We managed to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. Fusson reminded me of a village in a Disney movie. The town was still decorated for Christmas and the lights made for a romantic evening. I can't remember where we ate that night but I did enjoy the meal. Hopefully we return there someday, two hours was not enough time.

The following morning we packed up our car to head to Munich to celebrate New Year's (that was the plan but also a whole other story).  Before we left we did manage to tour another one of King Ludwig's castles, Linderhof Palace, right outside of Ettal. As this castle is not quite as busy we managed to get out tickets without having to buy them ahead of time. I strongly feel like everything works out the way it is meant to be -- planned or unplanned. 

See my post from Halstatt here

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Dotting Through the Streets

Coat: APC (love this one as well) Dress: Ganni Heels: L.K. Bennett Bag: Mansur Gavriel c/o M'oda 'Operandi  Bracelets: Kiel James Patrick, Van Cleef & Arpels Glasses: Miu Miu (similar)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Forever Love

Dress: Anthropologie (the look for less ) Shoes: LK Bennett c/o (old, also love these and these) Bag: Kate Spade c/o Bracelet: Kiel James Patrick Earrings: Kiel James Patrick