Dreamy Bavarian Countryside

Bavarian countryside

After leaving Vienna and spending a few days in Munich, we drove west through Bavaria. It was complete sensory overload for me. We saw dogs and horses playing together in a field of flowers. And women in dirndls! I kind of kept it together at first and then this girl rode by on a PONY and I freaked out. It’s the most storybook setting I’ve seen. Of course I ‘grammed the whole thing.

Bavaria horses

Horses greeting us. Hello.

girl riding a pony Bavaria

 Said girl trotting by on a pony.

Bavaria view from above

The view from above, including the childhood home of King Ludwig II of Bavaria.

Neuschwanstein Castle

When Ludwig grew up, he had this castle built. It’s Disney’s inspiration for the Magic Kingdom.

Neuschwanstein castle towers

We hiked up to the top!

Neuschwanstein castle Bavaria

 Neuschwanstein Castle overlooking the city.

Black Forest

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 Joie Kamari JacketClare Vivier Messenger Bag, Line sweater (similar), Helmut Lang Asymmetrical Wrap SkirtRay-Ban Clubmaster sunglassesJoie Torres Sandals

Before I left for vacation, I knew I needed a new pair of sandals. My one criteria — I wanted them to feel Grecian. Isn’t that all you need in a perfect summer sandal?? Never mind that my trip is to Germany.

Anyway, I found them. And although they take about 5 minutes to put on (to Chris’s dismay every time I say I’m ready to head out and just need to put my shoes on), it’s totally worth it. They’re lace-up and delicate and wrap around the ankles. That totally fits the bill in my book!

Me and Chris and my sandals have been very happy together wandering through Bavaria and the Black Forest. (More pics to come — it’s unreal here.)

Footwear-wise, there were many other worthy competitors, too. I’m going to try not to buy any more but I won’t make myself any promises. They’re in the “shop the post” section below.

Vienna Layers

D.Ra sweater vertical

Smiling horizontal

Vienna D.Ra vertical

Vienna

D.Ra sweater, Gap boyfriend jeans, Loeffler Randall sandals, Ray-Ban Clubmaster sunglassesClare Vivier Messenger Bag

I only brought one bag with me to Europe but it has most definitely been the right choice. If I were to do a “what’s in my bag” post it would be the the purse equivalent of a clown car. Yesterday I packed my wallet, sunglasses, a sweater, long-sleeve tee for Chris, dried kiwi snacks (mmm, can’t forget those), cell, charger and umbrella. And you know what? We used them all!

Packing light hasn’t been an option. So far when we’ve left the hotel, we haven’t come back until night. Tired but happy.

Tomorrow, on the other hand, I’m looking forward to just sleeping in for awhile. Of course I always want to soak up as much I can on vacations, but there’s also no substitute for plain R&R. Hope your Memorial Day travels (or staycations) treated you well.

Summer Palace

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Clover Canyon Painted Metal Dress detail

Clover Canyon Painted Metal Dress 2

Joie Torres Sandals

Schloss Schoenbrunn Palace

Clover Canyon Painted Metal Dress, Joie Torres SandalsRay-Ban Clubmaster sunglassesClare Vivier Messenger Bag

This dress has saved me so far in Vienna! I brought way too many warm clothes and not enough for 80-something degree weather. I’ll be putting it to good use while I’m here.

These shots were taken in front of the Schloss Schoenbrunn (Summer Palace), one of the must-see attractions. The gardens were incredible but I’ll admit one of my personal highlights was the apple strudel (apfelstrudel) demonstration, which happens every hour on the hour. So touristy but SO yummy! Time will tell whether I attempt to re-create the magic at home, but either way I came home with the recipe (psst, right this way).

More photos of the city to come, but in the meantime have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

Berlin Bound

white tee, white boyfriend jeans

mural

white and pale pink outfit

delicate gold jewelry

Clare Vivier Messenger Bag, J. Crew linen tee, H&M linen blazer, Sweet & Spark bangles (c/o), Manolo Blahnik heels, Ray-Ban Clubmaster sunglasses

Today I head out for Austria and Germany! Can’t wait. Bags are (nearly) packed, reading material has been purchased and snacks are in tow. All done…last night. So much for weekend prep. Last-minute packing habits die hard. In any case, I’m now ready to eat Bavarian pastries and see some castles! Have any recs for Vienna, Munich, Bavaria area or Berlin? Do share.

Auf Wiedersehen for now!

P.S. One thing I did accomplish this weekend is raise a glass to my friend Katie, who just launched a stylish new parenting site for cool moms. Have you said “hello” to Mother, yet? It’s inspiring for the non-mamas too. My favorite piece so far — this beautiful story.

Photos by Krystal Bick

Trouser Pant

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Joie trousers (also love these springy ones), Line sweater (similar), Asos cross-back cami, pendant from Prague (thanks to my friend Alice!), Manolo Blahnik heels, Ray-Ban Clubmaster sunglassesClare Vivier Messenger Bag

I spent Saturday night in sweats this weekend, and it was fantastic. Some friends and I had a middle school style hangout, complete with nail-painting and cookie-baking. It was just like old times! Only everyone was better looking, and we drank wine. Hooray for adulthood.

This was my Sunday outfit. I met a friend for a fancy coffee (fancy coffee dates are the best), and then did a little window shopping at Jeremy’s, one of my favorite boutiques in San Francisco. I didn’t end up buying anything this time, but my black pumps were a Jeremy’s score from a few weekends back.

Beige Leather

chic neutrals

chic neutrals

chic neutrals

chic neutrals

chic neutrals

Everlane Silk Point Collar blouse (c/o), Joie Kamari Jacket, Clare Vivier Messenger Bag, AG legging jeans, Loeffer Randall sandals, Sweet & Spark bangles (c/o), Ray-Ban Clubmaster sunglasses

Lots of love for a crisp palette. Nice and fresh for summer!

So it goes without saying that this jacket was an impulse buy (does anyone really plan to buy a off-white leather blazer?). It may sound like an improbable purchase, but it’s already been such a great investment, especially since I’ve had so many tonal pieces to go with it.

I wore a version of this outfit to work last week, and then I wore it again this weekend! The sure sign of a new go-to. You can never have too many neutrals.

Fresh Start

Everlane silk point collar shirt

Everlane silk point collar shirt

Everlane silk point collar shirt

Everlane silk point collar shirt

Everlane silk point collar shirt (c/o), Clare Vivier messenger bag, Blank jeans, Nine West pumps (c/o), Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses, Zara jacket, J. Crew belt

Serious closet-cleaning sessions are always a mix of joy and heartache. Although I like to think my shopping habits have improved over time, my style’s always changing and I’m constantly amazed by the number of “like, but not love” or at times, perplexing, pieces in my wardrobe at any given time. I now have a renewed laser focus on buying items I either love or need (or hopefully both, at the same time)!

With the help of some trusted “yays” and “nays” from Krystal and Alicia last week, I went through just about every item of clothing I own and cut my closet down to size. Highlights included giving them a glimpse of the trusty ol’ ugly ’80s Xmas sweater (it stays!), a faux fur fair isle crossbody bag (yeah…I dunno), and a pair of turquoise pleated palazzo pants that look like the love child of Hammer pants and Princess Jasmine’s britches. (They are in mint condition so if anyone wants them…)

The result — four bags of clothes, packed up and ready to go! And a clean and reorganized wardrobe rack that Alicia rearranged and whipped into shape in probably under 5 minutes. That girl does not mess around.

Angular

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DKNY dress (also a fan of this one), Mackage jacket, KORS Michael Kors booties, 3.1 Phillip Lim clutch (other colors here), Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses, bracelets thanks to Samantha Wills

Generally speaking, there should not be crossover in what you wear to work, Vegas(!!) and the beach. (Unless you work in Vegas on a fake hotel beach.) That being said, in the past 3 weeks I’ve worn this dress to ALL of the above. And I gotta say I felt pretty appropriate at each! The clean shape with asymmetrical cut makes it. About as versatile as it gets.