Lausanne

Okay, back to my Europe trip! I know I am so behind on this, but I still want to document the amazing time I had so I am going to continue with writing about the cities I visited on my solo trip this summer.

After spending a day in Geneva, I took the train up to Lausanne. It’s this very cute little city that’s also on Lake Geneva and has some beautiful views! I spent two days here and really enjoyed just relaxing and walking around. The city is super hilly (oh my gosh I thought I was going to die walking up the hills) and full of cute little shops and cafes. Reading Fahrenheit 451 in Parc de Montbenon which was literally right behind my Airbnb. It has a beautiful view of the Lake ๐Ÿ™‚ I ended up leaving the book in a park when I finished it because I don’t have room for extra things in my pack! Sure hoping someone else picked it up and was able to enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚

Beautiful latte art at The Sleepy Bear. I can’t get over how cute the little bear is! Oh and also their croissants were delicious! 10/10 would recommend.

I can’t get over the fact that there is a guy literally climbing the flagpole in this picture! I saw this on a ferry ride to the Lavaux vineyards which are actually a UNESCO world heritage site on the coast of Lake Geneva. So beautiful!ย 

Inside a little coffee shop that I went to before I took the train to Interlaken. I am in looove with the outfit the girl on the right is wearing! The barista here was Greek and so funny and talkative which I actually really appreciated since I was traveling alone.ย This is the building across from my Airbnb. How gorgeous is it?!! I love the pink and it’s style made me think of Paris ๐Ÿ™‚On my second day in Lausanne I went down to the Ouchy-Olympique Park by the lake and read my book. I couldn’t get over how lovely the weather was or how BLUE the water was! Now I know why everyone wants to live in Switzerland ๐Ÿ˜Ž

The view from the ferry I took from Lausanne to Lavaux. So picturesque! When I was on this ferry I met a nice man named Yousef from Morocco. After the boat ride, we walked around for a few hours and had such deep intense conversations. I don’t think I’ll ever forget him!

The view outside my airbnb. I had my own balcony where I ate dinner and FaceTimed my mom. I loved this place!

Ain’t that the truth?! ๐Ÿ˜‰

My view from where I sat reading at the Ouchy-Olympique park.

Lausanne was a beautiful city and I cannot wait to go back one day!

Geneva, Switzerland

Hello! I am currently in Switzerland and oh my gosh it is BEAUTIFUL here! I’m pretty sure every magic kingdom in every fairytale ever is based on Switzerland because it’s so stinking cute! I flew into Geneva and spent one day there exploring and even got to see a friend who’s in grad school there. Geneva is really cool because it’s such an international city and there’s lots of different cultures all mixed together ๐Ÿ™‚ Here are some photos from the trip!

The view of Lake Geneva from the top of the Ferris wheel ๐Ÿ™‚

First stop: the farmer’s market โ˜บ๏ธ

A panoramic view of Old Town. My friend and I went to an outdoor jazz concert and this was right behind the park we were in!

The flower clock ๐Ÿ’

Coffee from my Airbnb host. I don’t know what kind it was but it tasted delicious!

The Rhรดne river. It is so clear and blue ๐Ÿ˜

Birdie, a super cute coffee shop in Old Town.

Lunchtime Reading: June 12

  1. Use this international travel checklist before your next trip. (CN Traveler)
  2. 27 surreal places everyone should visit at least once in their lives. (Buzzfeed)
  3. I just got this Khiel’s face mask and it is so amazing! Perfect for summer ๐Ÿ™‚
  4. How to travel better, smarter, easier. (Into the Gloss)
  5. Why every working woman needs a button up bodysuit, and how to style one. (The Work Edit)
  6. What to bring if you’re going backpacking in Europe. (The Savvy Backpacker)
  7. This mocha protein smoothie recipe looks good. Can’t wait to try it! (Paleo Peach)
  8. My summer essentials: these shoes, this tee,ย and this beach towel.
  9. Nine behaviors that can ruin a relationship. (The Everygirl)
  10. How to protect your hair from heat styling. (The Zoe Report)

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My Summer 2018 Bucket List

I saw The Everygirl make a summer bucket list and I loved it so much I decided to make my own ๐Ÿ™‚ So here’s what I want to do this summer!

  1. Go to a Nats baseball game
  2. Visit a Peony farm
  3. Host a farewell brunch with friends
  4. Watch the sunrise from the steps of the Lincoln
  5. Move out of Washington DC
  6. Cruise around Venice in a Gondola
  7. Go to the opera in Vienna
  8. Swim in a natural body of water
  9. Attend an outdoor concert
  10. Canoe around Lake Bled in Slovenia
  11. Go paragliding in Switzerland
  12. Drink coffee in Vienna
  13. Move to San Diego

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Lunchtime Reading: May 14

  1. 10 different types of Americans you’ll meet in Paris. (The Local)
  2. How to stop picking at your skin once and for all. (Into the Gloss)
  3. The Everygirl’s summer bucket list. I kinda want to make my own now!
  4. I just ordered this bath bomb and this body scrub from Sol de Janiero. Can’t wait to try them out! ๐Ÿ™‚
  5. 97 things you can do like a French girl. (The Cut)
  6. Alternatively, why I don’t want to dress like a French girl. (also from The Cut)
  7. How Glossier became so popular. Interesting read! (Business Insider)
  8. 45 travel movies that will give you serious wanderlust! (CN Traveler)
  9. How to style the colorful crewneck sweaters we all have in our closets. (The Work Edit)
  10. Wellness has a diversity problem. These women are changing that. (Fast Company)

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Lunchtime Reading: May 9

  1. This article about your coffee addiction by decade made me LOL. (The New Yorker)
  2. Love love love this pump up playlist! (A Girl In Progress)
  3. 25 Mother’s Day gift ideas that are under $100. (The Everygirl)
  4. If you’re in need of the perfect outfit for Monday meetings, this is for you. (The Work Edit)
  5. The best French spots in New York City. (The Everygirl)
  6. If you have a layover in any of these cities, take advantage of the free city tours they offer! (CN Traveler)
  7. Just gotย  Dr. Jart’s Cicapair color correcting treatment and I love it!
  8. What you should wear if you’re looking for a first-class upgrade. (Travel+Leisure)
  9. 10 things you can do to look nice that take minimal effort. (The Everygirl)
  10. Planning the perfect spring dinner party. (District of Chic)

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Vacation: What Iโ€™m Wearing to Ireland

My dad and I are going to Ireland in a few weeks and I am sooo excited! Neither of us have been before so it will be a new adventure for us both ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I’m going to try to fit everything into a carry-on, so it’s important that I pack wisely! Here are a few of the items I plan on bringing with me:

Madewell roadtripper jeans ($75)

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Michael Kors peasant blouseย ($48)

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Kate Spade nylon tote ($158)

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Mountain Hardwear down jacket ($125)ย ย 

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Vionic ballet flat ($120)

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Karen Kane faux wrap dress ($108)

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Caslon long sleeve scoop neck tee ($25)

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Free People waffle knit Kennedy scarf ($48)

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Keen voyageur hiking boots ($125)

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Lunchtime Reading: April 25

Just booked my summer travel plans! In addition to visiting Ireland with my father in May, I will be doing a solo trip to Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia, and Austria. I can’t wait! In honor of the upcoming adventures, today’s lunchtime reading will be travel themed! ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. This tank topย from Travel Smith is one of my must-haves for traveling! It’s got a nice weight, it’s not see-through, and it has the perfect neckline!
  2. 14 places that are most affected by climate change– visit them now before they’re gone! (CN Traveler)
  3. I haaaave to visit this little restaurant in the Alps while I’m in Switzerland– it’s literally on the side of a mountain! (Travel+Leisure)
  4. 39 things to do before you leave for a trip– this is a must read! (The Art of Manliness)
  5. How to look fresh after a long haul flight. (The City Sidewalks)
  6. Check out these 22 European villages that belong in a fairytale book! I’m thinking of visiting Bled, Gruyeres, and Hallstatt this summer. (Travel+Leisure)
  7. A nifty guide for all my fellow ladiesย traveling solo! (A Girl In Progress)
  8. The 10 best rooftop bars in the world. They all look gorgeous…I just can’t believe Marina Bay Sands in Singapore isn’t on there! (CN Traveler)
  9. I know it’s not the holidays, but I love all the travel-related gifts Belle posted in this holiday gift guide! (The Work Edit)
  10. This is probably my number one travel beauty essential! I love that it’s multipurpose, and also the packaging is so cute ๐Ÿ™‚

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Lunchtime Reading: April 4

  1. An amazing office-ready capsule wardrobe. (The Everygirl)
  2. 10 little ways to make your bedroom feel like a luxury hotel room. (Real Simple)
  3. I just ordered this sports bra from Lulu and I can’t wait to try it out!
  4. The art of the cubicle overhaul. (Babes Who Hustle)
  5. When I’m having a hard time staying motivated, this poem keeps me going!
  6. How to create a good home management binder. (Organize Home Life)
  7. A work-friendly nail color for spring. I love it! (The Work Edit)
  8. If you’re looking for a way to make your closet look more organized and cohesive, I highly recommend these hangers.
  9. Car accessories that will make your life easier– especially if you’re a mom! (Barefoot Blonde)
  10. This expat has some great advice for her fellow travelers! (Hitha on the Go)

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Lunchtime Reading: April 2

  1. Loving all of these tech backgrounds for the month of April! I have the rooftops one on my work laptop. (The Everygirl)
  2. I ordered this shirt for my friend who loves The Office, and I can’t wait to give it to her for her birthday!
  3. Obsessed with the lace skirt trend. This article shows a few varieties at different price points. (The Work Edit)
  4. The Taj Mahal is putting a time limit on visits. (CN Traveler)
  5. 6 tips for self-care that aren’t a face mask. (Girl’s Night In)
  6. 14 spring cleaning do’s and don’t’s. (Refinery 29)
  7. Here are 5 unglamorous beauty essentials for air travel. (Into the Gloss)
  8. Whether you’re single or married, these tips on becoming a better homemaker are super useful! (Young Wife’s Guide)
  9. This maxi dress finally came in the mail and I loooove it! So comfy and flattering!
  10. Still haven’t planned your summer vacation? Check out the perfect adventure-filled vacation to British Columbia. (Travel+Leisure)

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