Surprise! I am not in America!


Surprise everyone… I am in Europe! Brendon has been working to piece together an itinerary for our trip for the past few weeks with my BF Jennifer (from Cabo), because she recently began a new travel service company! I have been working so much that I had no idea what was going on … Where we were going or what the plan was. Here is the plan: We are visiting Switzerland, Italy and… Surprise… France!

Here is how we are going to do this thing! I know you can look on a million different travel blogs and find beautiful pictures, details, and descriptions of everything… So I am not going to post about each day of my trip and what I did… What I want to share with you are the hits. Over the week, I am going to share with you my favorite foods from each country, the fashion trends I saw and anticipate coming to us next, the things we did for fun in each place and my favorite part of each country. Message me if you want me to change or add to any of these upcoming posts, or if there is anything specific you want me to include. Here are my three pieces of quick international travel advice – spoken from the most annoying person in the TSA security line (that’s me y’all)!

1) I do want you to know my humble-brag when it comes to travel, which is my sweet packing skills.  I managed to fit eight dresses/Jumpsuits/rompers, two pairs of pants, four shirts, one workout outfit, three pairs of pajamas, one sweater wrap, one swimsuit and swim cover, two pairs of sunglasses, four sandals, two wedges and one pair of running shoes in my bag… along with jewelry, makeup, Hair supplies, shower supplies, and a blanket into… Drum Roll – one 21” carry on and a mini leather backpack. Maybe, not so humble… just a regular brag.Europe1.02

2) Random tangent – When you travel internationally, forget about bringing your hair tools. They are useless. I tried to plug my curling iron into the adaptor thing and it did not warm up past 72 degrees… useless. I purchased a cheap European curling iron for €30 (overpriced) the first day we arrived and it is working fine. Cannot wait to have that thing sitting in my cabinet for the next few years only to be thrown away, so I can eventually buy another one the next time I travel abroad. Maybe I will take it to Croatia when I visit Jennifer in October (yeah… she is going for two months to live with a family and – SEW CURTAINS … OMG who are you? I want your life).

3) The jet lag is for real! I am having major anxiety about being away from work, my friends and a few key people I talk to on a regular basis. So that mixed with the time change and my diagnosed insomnia has been tough. I did not sleep on the red eye flight. The first night I slept three hours. Woke up at two in the morning and worked until 6:00 am on my computer. I am confident Jessica my CEO eye-rolled because she gave me specific instructions to “turn off my email and take a vacation.”  She is a great boss and friend… sometimes I am a bad with instructions. 😉

This is my first ‘vacation’ I have taken since 2012’s – honeymoon to Mexico. Whenever I travel home to Seattle or even to family trips, I always sneak in phone calls, meetings and campus visits. This is going to be tough to unplug! Thank you for reading! Seriously, let me know what you want to hear about!  PS Enjoy the first taste of pics!




  1. May 9, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    Super cute! Love your style. What camera do you use when you travel?

    • May 9, 2016 / 2:06 pm

      Thanks!! I use a Canon EOS Rebel T5 and sometimes a prime lens. I also play around with the contrast a lot while editing.

      • May 11, 2016 / 6:35 am

        Do you use Photoshop or Lightroom? Thanks for sharing!

        • May 11, 2016 / 9:44 am

          I use Photoshop! Thanks for commenting!

  2. Chelsie
    May 9, 2016 / 7:49 pm

    OMG!! I’m so excited for you. Major kudos to Jennifer for what is going to be an amazing trip. I can’t wait to catch up and hear all out it. Croatia…seriously – get out. Note: your packing skills have improved over the years and are impressive.
    Most importantly though have the best time and listen and relax/unplug. Tell Brendon hi hi…chat soon!! Call me when you’re back state side and just for fun I’ll leave you a few more voicemails. Xoxo 😘

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