Archives for category: Good Places

I’ve been planning an extravagant vacation in my head all weekend, dreaming up possibilities to see the world! So I’ve been obsessing over the website Airbnb, typing in far away places and looking at the kinds of places I could stay. It’s really an upgraded couch-surfing service, people will post amazing vacation rentals at affordable prices from all over the world (and if you want to go even cheaper, you can rent a private room and meet some local hosts!) And even if you can’t drop everything and head to the other side of the globe, it’s fun to see some cool architecture in far away places.  Here are some of the deals I’ve found today..

This home in Costa Rica can accommodate 5 people for $80/night!

A room in a ridiculously hip loft in San Fransisco, $80/night.

Luminous flat in PARIS! $89/night.

A room in a modern Berlin loft, $68/night.

An apartment with character in London, $103/night.

A house in Budapest, $50/night (Looks like I’m going to Hungary!)

(Don’t you want to go?)



Wouldn’t you love to see these houses?

(via notestoself)

Excited for a date night this weekend with the husband! (It’s been TWO months already?!)

(pic via vi.sualize)

“3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage = a trip of a lifetime.” This is Move (instigating some serious wanderlust), watch Learn and Eat here.


I’ve been on vacation at my parents’ house this weekend, doing some summery things with my nephews before the start of the semester: walking dogs, going swimming, backyard camping, taking naps on the couch, reading a book, watching cartoons, drinking loads of sweet tea, and riding bikes. Be home soon!

(photo via honestlywtf)

I’d like to go back one day soon..

An ingenious idea: Abbey Road Webcam. (I think if this was on your commute every day, you’d be seriously annoyed!)

So it’s been a hell of a week, and I’m so glad it’s over! I got in tune with my deepest, darkest self while trying to study for exams, so when it was all over, I thought of a few things to instantly cheer me up (like this adorable puppy):

Thrifting. I haven’t been in so long, I’m excited to hit up the stores this weekend! (Looking for an old mirror in particular to experiment with this chalkboard-spraypaint I bought a few weeks back…)

Swimming and sun-tanning! I love these vintage-style bikinis, I’m looking for one to take on my honeymoon. (This one’s from Anthropologie)

The library. So I can go and check out books that have absolutely nothing to do with what I’m studying in school and finally relax on a Sunday afternoon.

Birthdays. Some of my favorite people have birthdays in May, and if were with them, I might make them these cake batter pancakes (yumm).

Summer. Because the time has finally come to wear shorts and be married : )

(pics via pinterest)

I hope everyone had a restful and blessed weekend, celebrating the death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ! The church that I went to in Albuquerque really did celebrate in a big way: we sang along with a full band (complete with choir), watched as people lined up to be baptized, and at the end, had a party as dozens of giant balloons fell from the sky! The Spirit was surely present, and I look forward to celebrating the resurrection all year long.

(pictures via Mars Hill)

I’m not gonna lie, it was a rough week. I felt like I was falling so behind with school and wedding plans, that alas, on Wednesday I actually fell. A bum ankle made running to class (after I overslept from sheer exhaustion) this morning a little more difficult. With that being said, I’m getting the vacation bug almost every day,  so here’s some places I’d rather be.

Paris. This video makes me want to learn French! It’s so cute. Barcelona, London, and Beijing here.


Seclusion. Off the coast of Iceland. Also, Bjork’s house! Another gorgeous shot here and  I think it was even featured on Cribs..

Outdoors. The weather is gorgeous and I think a camping trip is definitely in order. Soon.

Rome. Just for a visit : )

Bed. I already feel like I’m there.

Amsterdam. I’ll bring my bike along!

Denmark. So I can eat these delicious pastries.

Anywhere. I would go wherever this door led.

Japan. This has to be amazing!

Someplace along these lines,  because June could not get here any sooner!

(all images from pinterest)

I’ve been spending countless hours trying to plan our upcoming honeymoon (soon! soon!) and have been daydreaming about it ever since. We’ll do a bit of traveling around California to satisfy our love of the city and the country, so here’s some pictures of some places we’ll be!

It’s going to be gorgeous. I can’t wait.

So.. I’ve been wanting to post a few projects that I’ve done around my new(ish) house, but I’ve been so busy that I’ve had no time (and this has resulted in a backyard that looks like a junkyard!) So these are some pictures of an old, very small, and very ghetto apartment I once had (you’d never guess that we had to run to our car to avoid the creepers outside!)

These are some old window shutters I bought from the Boys and Girls Club thrift store, removed the hardware, and repainted. I still use this as my headboard! (Cost: $12 +paint)

I wish I had a “before” picture of this desk, because it was a mess. But look what some paint and new knobs can do! (Cost: $20 desk, $10 accessories + paint)

Bedroom in total. All furniture from various yard sales and in dire need of some revamping (I just can’t bring myself to reupholster that great yellow chair!)

I made these shelves out of plastic-wood scraps and some hefty wrapping paper. Probably one of my favorite projects so far! (Cost: $1 a piece shelves, $6 wrapping paper, $.25 a piece shelf hardware + paint)

For tea. And cute teacups. (Cost: $3 + paint)

Old coffee table (complete with water stains) and a house number address holder, spray painted. (Cost: $10 table, free hardware, it was my parent’s + paint)

Living room in total. We had a very unruly futon for a couch! I made the pictures on the wall by painting cabinet doors modge-podging some pretty paper to it. The sticks to the right were probably the most expensive things is this room. Pier One. $20.

So there you have it! Hope to upload pictures of my new place soon.

Today I’m introducing my newest and very favorite website, Pinterest. It’s like making your own inspiration board of fashion, design, music, whatever, and sharing it with everyone else on the site. You need to be a member in order to “pin,” (it takes an email and some time) but it’s worth the wait!

Here’s some cool stuff that caught my eye today:

Gorgeous room.

Old fashioned in Grand Central Station.

Is the weekend here yet?

I’ve got to make these apple sandwiches.

Wedding detail love.

Reference to Starbucks “less is more” label!


I’ve been awful at keeping up with posting, even with extra time on my hands! (And I won’t blame the slow internet or having to share a computer, even though I want to.) But I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas! I know I did, made it home just in time to enjoy Christmas Eve. It’s been a busy week though, I had two tasks:

One, to find a wedding dress. (Failed. Where does one look for these?)

Two, to adopt a dog! (My fiance gave me permission to pick out my own Christmas present!) DONE! We picked out a real cutie today and we’ll pick him up tomorrow. SO excited! (Pictures soon)

I think we’ve mostly agreed on a name, but I want to see what you think! Vote on our final choices:

So for now, I’m just enjoying being trapped in my warm house watching the snow! I’ll be home soon.. more posts to come!

I’m in Austin y’all!

Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving everyone!

This weekend I took the longest trip I’ve ever probably ever taken driving from New Mexico to Georgia to visit a dear friend of mine! Even with a dead iPod, having to wake up at 4:30 AM, and traveling with older folks, the trip was definitely worth it, especially when the forests here still have a little color in their trees.

A few weeks ago, my Mom and I had the privilege of doing an architectural tour around Albuquerque, NM. We saw everything from an ultra-modern bachelor pad to a mortuary , but my favorite was the Hotel Parq Central. It was built in the 1920’s as a hospital for rail road workers and then later became a public hospital.  It may seem like a creepy idea, and there are plenty of  suspicions and stories from patients who were in the hospital as children, but today, the building has been completely restored as a boutique hotel. I was given a personal tour of the building and even met the architect as and far as I can tell, the designers have done an excellent job making the building bright and beautiful, and definitely a  place that you would want to stay.


There is definitely an ultra-modern feel to the design but you can see vintage accents through the furniture, designed specifically for the hotel by Hickory.

There is even the “Apothecary” lounge that is open to the public for drinks. (Still not too creepy, I promise!) You can’t see them very well from this picture, but my favorite part of this room was the lights above the bar. They are all mismatched pieces of glass, they almost look antique.

Good place to go after a long day..

By emmalynsullivan via designismine.