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Thursday, December 20

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| earrings: Zara | choker: H&M | lip: LORAC Pro Matte Lip Color in Cabernet (review here!) | t-shirt: Forever 21 | skirt: Old Navy | booties: Tony Bianco via Nordstrom |


I'll make this quick because I am minutes away from heading home for the holidays! Well, sort of. We're spending Christmas this year in Southern California for baby's first Christmas! I do feel like I was just there, but I'm also not complaining about it at all. It's been a festive few weeks that absolutely flew by!!

I thought I'd take a break from recapping my #Pribattical with a good, old-fashioned outfit. 

This suede mini-skirt, which originally appeared on my Fall wishlist, was one of my favorite pieces of the season. I wore it earlier to a pumpkin patch in a way that was super girly, so it was fun to try it out on the other end of the spectrum. I've also worn it with my favorite red sweater and LOVED the colors together. I think I have talked about these booties a lot but I have been wearing them constantly - really, they were one of three pairs of shoes I had with me in November and even still, I'm packing them for Christmas! 

This outfit was a perfect for a concert, and that's exactly where I wore it: to see CHVRCHES at the Ryman in October, which was an amazing show! I'd been dying to see them for years now (that's where the post title is from!) 

Happy holidays, everyone! Wishing you nothing but all things merry and bright over the next week. 

photos by Adriane Smith Creative

#Pribattical Phase 2: FINLAND

Monday, December 17

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When we last left our heroine...

I was hugging my brother and sister goodbye and hopping on a plane in Mumbai, India, to travel to Helsinki, Finland. Well, because a) I am dumb and b) I had booked a mega itinerary with all my travel from Mumbai for the rest of my trip; I didn't realize until I landed in London for what I thought would be a normal layover that I wasn't leaving for Finland until the next morning.

After a flurry of panic and texting Art frantically (and the emotional rollercoaster of thinking we might have one fun night in London together, but he didn't arrive until then next morning) I did what I had to do - hopped on the tube after booking a room on HotelTonight, stopped by my hotel, and headed straight to Dishoom. There's a bonus rec for you! I'll be honest, it was an extra few hundred dollars I wasn't planning to spend, but it was also a surprise trip to London.

So, we finally made it to Finland the next day. Though Art & I were there for just under a week, it went by super quickly because we were in transit. Overnight in Helsinki, to Joensuu by train (Finnish trains! Yeah buddy!!) the next day to meet up with Leena ^^ my mom's sweet cousin-friend, who then drove us to Nurmes the next day (where she is also from.) I kept marveling at the absolute trek it is to get from India to my mom's hometown. And also, I know this is sappy, but my mom's family really are the kindest, most generous, sweetest people.

It was really special to get to introduce Art to my cute grandparents, as well as have some QT with them (normally I am sharing them with 6+ people that look like me.) I was totally entranced hearing stories I had never heard before, like that my grandparents met at a dance in the 50's (!!! I mean!) my Ukki was driving a motorcycle (!) and they were doing a dance called the jumping jenka? And I always love getting to spend time at the family farm (top picture) that I've visited since I was little, but as I've grown, has become one of my favorite places.

All the Finns were commenting on how "unseasonably warm!" it was for them, but it was plenty cold for us, thanks, and therefore, cozy! I mean I know hygge was invented by the Danes but it feels like it was reallyyyy invented by the Finns. I didn't have nearly enough time to teach Art about all the finer things of Finland, but I did my best to pack it all in: we enjoyed lots of coffee times, saunas, very early sunsets ;) Jean Sibelius, smoked fish, Moomi, Marimekko, Arabia & Iitala, and about two Finnish words per day.

Then we had a bang-up time in Helsinki to bookend our trip, walking around a super festive Helsinki downtown, trying Georgian food for the first time (I obviously made many jokes about "Georgian food? Peaches and biscuits?! Nbd!") and spending alllll my money at the Marimekko factory store. Our very last night ended out at a karaoke bar with my cousin Otto which was one of the BEST memories of my entire trip. That was followed by a TON of Burger King (Finnish people love Burger King?) at the airport the next morning before starting the trek to the Bay Area, just in time for Thanksgiving.

This has been Phase 2 of my #pribattical, Phase 3, coming soon! 

#Pribattical Phase 1: INDIA

Tuesday, December 11

Okayyy I'm going to attempt to recap my #Pribattical travels in November over a few blog posts. What was #Pribattical, and where all did I go? Check out this post! 

This is more of a travel diary and not an exhaustive travel guide to India (I could literally do a separate post about every city we visited) but I am sharing some details about what we did, where we stayed, as well as restaurant/bar recommendations, mostly because those can be really hard to find in another country! I kinda wish I had been able to find more resources when planning for this trip (though, we managed just fine :), so hopefully this is helpful to someone.

Please, if you have any specific questions about travel to India or anything I didn't cover here, just let me know, I'm so happy to answer anything!

I'm going to try not to make this post SO LONG, but I will note that this was the biggest chunk of my trip.
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MUMBAI (or, BOMBAY?) //
Looking back, still a high point (though not necessarily a highlight) of my entire month was walking into my hotel room in Mumbai, after the long trip to India. Which - by the way - was not nearly as bad as I remembered from my childhood! I had braced myself for the longest test of wills imaginable, but it was totally fine. Guess I'm growing up ;) still my room was such an RELIEF after flights & airports, and a dreamy oasis of sleep...so much so that I slept and slept and slept foreverrr (waiting for Carina & Amir to arrive) and then totally screwed myself for the next night. Like I'd never traveled to India before!

Mumbai was initially, a long layover, as the best point of entry into the country, as well as a jet-lag recovery stop. But as a massive city, it was also a fantastic way to jump headfirst back into India. Literally, stepping out of the airport I was hit with a wave of sights, sounds, smells, and HUMIDITY, that felt super nostalgic. Like I had a very stupid emotional moment that second night by myself when I walked outside and was like, oh my goodness I'm in India!!!

We stayed at the Taj Lands End, which was perfect, highly recommend, in the *~hip~* neighborhood of Bandra, also great for walking along the coast and into "Jogger's Park" and even exploring some nearby historic sights. A highlight of this part of the trip for me was going to Toto's, apparently a Mumbai institution, an auto body shop themed bar (vintage Beetle on a jack? check. bartenders in coveralls? check.) where they exclusively played American classic rock - such a trip when you're across the world.

More recommendations in Bombay if you need them: The Bombay Canteen (this feels like a hip "Bombay cafe" you would go to in another country), Pali Bhavan ("Indian Maggiano's), Smoke House Deli (ironically we only wanted idlis & dosas, etc. [Indian breakfast] but the hip stuff was all Western breakfast! This place was cute and yummy!) we actually loved the House of Nomad bar IN the Taj Lands End, and be sure to go to Toto's (the bar!)
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GOA //
I mentioned this already but I have had my heart set on Goa since a bait-and-switch stop there in 2004 (thanks, Dad!) I've always dreamed of going back for the ultimate Goa vacation, so I knew when I started planning this trip that Goa would be a big chunk of it!

Goa is India's equivalent to Hawaii or the Caribbean in the states. From the research I did beforehand, South Goa may be known for more beautiful beaches (I mean...they are all beautiful) but is a bit more slow-paced and old school, whereas North Goa is more hip, with better restaurants, and more catered to younger people. We stayed at the W at Vagator Beach, and loved every minute of it. It's probably the most beautiful hotel I've ever stayed at in my life; we took advantage of the hotel restaurants, and all the amenities (pools! tents! beach access!) and really loved the friendly staff that we got to know throughout the week.

While we had some larger aspirations of day excursions to South Goa or a spice farm, we ended up being so content with pool/beach/pool time, and adventuring locally, straight out the front door of the W. One of the best days in Goa was walking to nearby Chapora Beach, which we learned is a fisherman's beach, and then hiking around the cape back to Vagator Beach (this link might explain best what I'm talking about?) it was totally secluded and SO beautiful (second picture down in this post!) On our last day in Goa, we ventured to nearby Ashwem Beach for the day and rented a few chairs & umbrellas. We DID make it to the Vegas strip of Goa, Baga Beach, one night, but it wasn't really our vibe ("Guys, I'm a little Baga-ed out." - Amir after spending on hour in Baga, haha.)

Goa recommendations: Like I said, we took advantage of dining at the W, and before you discredit me: Carina, who I trust with my life when it comes to foodie-food because she is a bougie peanut, said, when it comes to fine dining in India, the best restaurants are all at hotels (I'm NOT saying you can't find good food outside of a hotel, but just don't feel bad about eating a hotel restaurant. And do be careful with street food.) We had breakfast every day as well as a couple great dinners (Goan Fish Thali ftw!) at Kitchen Table at the W, and we absolutely loved our dinner at Spice Traders. Oh and tbh we ordered a lot of food poolside. Carina really wanted to visit La Plage beach club but it wasn't open for the season yet! Also, check out the Anjuna Market for loads of shopping, right on Anjuna Beach (we could have easily stayed there all day.) Finally Chapora Fort is a nice hike and an amazing place to watch the sunset/sunrise.
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So by the time we got to Jaipur, we had really hit our India stride. I think Carina and Amir would agree that this was our favorite part of the trip - we LOVED Jaipur. I have to take a second and give a shout-out to my travel buds, my brother and sister, we had the BEST time together. It was seriously the perfect little crew - Carina kept us eating at good places (y'all should see her with her phone, she is so handy!) and Amir never said no to an adventure of any kind (except clubbing in Baga.)

Ok so - Jaipur, located in Rajasthan ("the sun state" because of the lovely weather year round, seriously, what a relief it was) is a city with so much gorgeous history. I'm not like, a historian, but for whatever reason, there was a long royal dynasty of Maharajas & Maharanis that were huge patrons of the arts - textiles, photography, architecture etc. Jaipur is especially known for block printing and blue pottery. And of course, the amazing pink architecture everywhere (Jaipur is known as the Pink City.)

For something like 1,000 Rupees (about $14) we bought two day passes that gave us access to so many sights: Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal (the cake looking one above), the City Palace (that included a small art museum), and a lot more that we didn't even get to. We even debated a day trip to nearby Jodhpur ("the blue city"), but ultimately decided against it, as there was so so much to see in Jaipur. Though I was kinda kicking myself about it after Priyanka & Nick got married in Jodhpur shortly after.

I kept joking that "Jaipur IS India" but really, I think it gives you the most sterotypical Disneyland India feel - for example, this is where we saw people riding on elephants, monkeys chattering around, a snake charmer !! And the beautiful palaces, forts, walls, etc. that we saw. It was incredible. After being surrounded by that city wall all week, we decided to spend our last day in Jaipur hiking it, which may have been our best day in India. It was a steep hike (though the weather was tolerable!) but SO worth it for the sweeping views in every direction. Such a cool way to explore the city.

Oh yeah - we stayed at the Fairmont Jaipur, and while it is a beautiful hotel and the ceremonial entrance/exit can't be beat, we didn't find it to have the best service. Oh, and it is a bit of a drive from most of the sights so something to consider.

Jaipur recommendations: Carina dragged us to the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing which was actually awesome. They also have a network of shops (also called Anokhi) where everything is made by local artisans that they employ, it's beautiful stuff (the pants I'm wearing above!) and you can feel really good about shopping there. We also LOVED Bar Palladio (blue place above) and The Palladio Cafe, gorgeous spaces and great food if you want a break from Indian food. We had the best last hurrah dinner at Bar Palladio and the cutest old waiter who insisted on taking a bunch of pictures for us!


From Jaipur, we traveled back to Mumbai, stayed overnight, and I started my journey to Helsinki the next morning (which ended up being a whole separate adventure -- more to come!)

Also! All these photos were taken by either myself, Amir, or Carina (mostly them, thanks guys!) We're not professional photographers and these are fresh off an iPhone with no filters.

Please just write me in the comments if you have any specific questions about anything!

Phase 2 of my #Pribattical coming soon. If you want to check out the itinerary of my trip, it's right here. And if you're just here for the outfits and not travel rambles/phone pics, more of that coming too.

Brocade Holiday

Friday, December 7

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| necklaces: Silver & Stone Chattanooga | blouse: swapped! (but I think this is exactly it!) | shorts: Topshop | tights: H&M | booties: Nordstrom | lip: Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit in Video Vixen (the perfect vampy lip for $5!)


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So far my holiday spirit is feeling a bit off this year - I left Nashville and real life behind on Halloween (for the entire month), and when I returned, BAM - it's Christmas! 

In an effort to jumpstart myself into the holiday season, and if I'm being honest, wear all of the fun things in my closet that I missed while I was living out of a suitcase; I put together a little "holiday capsule" that's displayed on my clothing rack. It basically consists of any velvet item in my closet, along with any other luxe fabric (metallic pants!) and Christmas colors (red sweater & green pants!) I haven't been sharing a daily #ootd but I've been having a lot of fun with it! Maybe I can round up some outfit photos later.

My brocade shorts had to be included in my holiday capsule! Mine are originally from Topshop a few years ago, but I was really pleasantly surprised at how many options I found available now. Dressy shorts could be a very trendy option for any holiday fêtes on your calendar this year (I love that red pair in the widget!)

I really do think I wore this entire outfit somewhere this Fall but...I apologize, it's been a while now. I also lived in these booties for the past month!

Speaking of a jumpstart into the holiday spirit:

I made this "best christmas" playlist last year if you need it - it has the classics you actually want to listen to (no "Baby It's Cold Outside" in sight!) as well as newer holiday bops. In my very humble opinion, a good Christmas pop song or album should sound much like pop you would listen to year-round...swap in the word "Christmas" or "presents" or "tree" or "light" for "baby." Justin Bieber's Christmas album from 2011 is really hard to top, the Beach Boys Christmas album is an all time favorite of mine, and Sia's is also REALLY great.

Tonight is our annual office holiday party, and this year we're headed to a barcade that has been decorated for the season (temporarily re-named Reindeer Games.) With things a bit more casual this year - my boss bought our team matching sweaters to wear so I will be so COMFY as I enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres. Not mad about it! 

I'm Baaaack!

Tuesday, December 4

What's up everybody, I'm officially BACK to real life after being off the grid for the month of November, on my sabbatical from work. Full details of my itinerary here.

I definitely want to do a more detailed breakdown by location, because, as you can imagine, I have loads of photos and stories to share; but for now, I just wanted to share a few quick highlights from the last month. I say quick, and this post is already longer than intended.
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1 | Bird's eye view of the Amer Fort from the old Jaipur city walls
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2 | A day spent exploring in Goa, India
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3 | Helsinki, Finland, getting in the holiday spirit!
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4 | Family time over Thanksgiving weekend in the Bay - including the most beautiful Saturday in the city
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5 | Just hanging around with my nephew, Milo. He loves holding his Paci and his Christmas tree!
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6 | Ending the month on a high note, lol

Hope you all had a great month and start to the holiday season! I'll be back soon with more to share. xo

Field of Plenty

Sunday, November 25

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| lip: ColourPop Lippie Stix in Lumiere | necklaces: Homegrown Silver & Stone in Chattanooga | bralette: Forever21 | dress: Vinnie Louise in Nashville {this one is really similar!} | booties: Rag & Bone | 


Maxi dresses are one trend I have all but avoided - they always feel too long for me, even if they're the right length! But I am v v v into a 70's style floral maxi dress. Maybe it's the musical theater in me, because it really feels like wearing a dramatic costume and I'm here for it. Calling it a "maxi dress" feels wrong, but, let's call a spade a spade.

I inherited this one from my Mom, straight out of 1979, and I had a dark floral maxi on my Fall wishlist. I struggled to find the perfect one to fit the vibe I was going for, maybe a little witchy, must be worn with booties, then I saw this one on Instagram at a local boutique. I always find something (or somethingS) I like at Vinnie Louise, so I try to stay away!

I wanted this look and shoot to feel very Fall, but, as I'm posting these and it's officially the Christmas season (hello) this dress actually translates nicely!

Also hiiiii from the Bay Area as I'm wrapping up the last week of my sabbatical. I was here for Thanksgiving, and will split the last week between LA & San Diego with my two older brothers. This month went by quickly, as I knew it would, and really felt more like a long vacation than anything else (but I suppose that's what it IS, not sure what else I thought it would feel like.) The difference between a vacation and this sabbatical is that I have convinced myself it is totally fine to have some downtime and not be maximizing THE ENTIRE TIME like I normally do on vacation. I have lots to share so stay tuned for that :D

I don't need another floral maxi dress, as I actually picked up another one in India that I wore on Thanksgiving, but I'm kinda obsessed with that Opening Ceremony one in the widget.

Oh - this title is a nod to Settler's of Catan, which we have been playing a LOT of over the past few days. I hope you all had a wonderful, cozy Thanksgiving with your loved ones, it's my favorite holiday!

Adriane & I spent a day shooting before I left for sabbatical, both for blog lewks & to catalog her new jewelry, all for sale now! You can see it in some of these pictures. And it would make a lovely Christmas present! We shot these in a field just outside her studio. 

It's the Thrill of the Fight

Wednesday, November 14

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| lipstick: Urban Decay Vice in Temper | necklace: H&M | sweater top: thredUP via Christine | skirt: J.Crew Factory | heels: Zara | 


500 points for anyone who can tell me where the title of this post comes from!

I'm sorry to sound like a broken record but all my fashion inspo lately comes straight from my 5 Things I'm Excited to Wear for Fall "wishlist" but at least I'm like predictable shopping with a plan!

This print satisfies my "new animal print" category. Have you ever seen a full-sized tiger print?! But really, quirky or not, patterned skirts have been one of my favorite things to buy and wear ever since I realized I liked fashion. The silhouettes and waistlines and prints have changed, but my love of skirts has not. I found this one at J.Crew Factory for a total steal. That's one of those places where they practically give things away if you catch them on the right day.

I hope it does not look like I am wearing a black t-shirt because honey, this is cashmere. "Sweater tops" (as I always call them but not sure what the proper name is) or just, short sleeved sweaters, are an absolutely essential transition piece! Even if you're into full-blown Fall, they are a much more festive and cozier option to layer with. More sweater tops here.

Also! Tbh! These shoes are amazing and very Blair Waldorf but they are surprisingly, even with a block heel, very uncomfortable and I can only wear them for a few hours at a time. I'm kinda obsessed with their nautical cousins that I've included in the widget.


P.S. This post is pre-scheduled because I'm on sabbatical right now. If all is going to plan...today I'm traveling from India to Finland. Full itinerary here and real-time updates on insta/Twitter!

photos by Adriane Smith Creative
She is just so creative, y'all. Check out her photography & hand-made jewelry!