foodie break: brunch at @thehamiltondc

Though I can hardly believe it, January 31st marked one year since Sean and I tied the knot. And what a crazy year it’s been! With the past twelve months rushing by in chaotic fashion, we knew we wanted to spend our anniversary relaxing and ideally someplace away from home. So, after debating a few close-by destinations, we packed up the car and headed two hours south to Washington, DC for a weekend getaway in the nation’s capitol. Since I went to college in the district and lived there again briefly after graduating, we had zero things that we needed or wanted to see. Instead, we focused all of our attention on our meals for the weekend,… View Post

lucerne, switzerland for the (lazy) first-timer

After we kicked off our grand girls getaway in Geneva, we were off to spend the next few days après-sking in Verbier and pretzel-eating in Bern. For most of our trip, I was playing tour guide for my Mom and Mari, since I’ve been fortunate enough to visit the first three stops on our itinerary before. Though I was happy to revisit some of my favorite Swiss cities, we wanted to add at least one place into our itinerary that was new for all of us. Luckily, in Switzerland, we had no shortage of beautiful cities to choose from. After talking it through with Amy, who would be joining us for this leg of our trip,… View Post

foodie break // the best of notting hill

Next month, the hubs and I will mark a year and a half of living in London. This by no means makes us an expert in… well, anything… but we have spent a fair amount of our time here eating… and eating and eating. And considering the fact that pregnancy kept me from drinking for about 50% of our UK expat life, trying new restaurants, especially for brunch and lunch, has become one of our favorite weekend date activities. Our first home was right on the line between Bayswater and Notting Hill — an area that is very fairly brushed off as being all families and expats. This, combined with the touristy allure of Portobello… View Post

the lazy baby has arrived!

This weekend, one week before my official due date, Jeff and I walked out of our flat and slowly walked to the hospital, not quite believing that my water had broken and this was happening. 16 hours later, at 2:02 PM GMT, we welcomed a 7 lbs. 7 oz. Margot Louise to the world. Two weeks before my official due date, the hubs and I met up with friends and their one-year-old for brunch. I was feeling more than a little overwhelmed by our pre-baby to do list, and it seemed like I had a million things to do before he or she arrived — even though the hubs assured me that this wasn’t the… View Post

a lazy girl’s guide to 48 hours in geneva

When one of my best friends in the world, Amy, moved from New York City to Geneva for a new job, I started plotting ways I could make the trek across the Atlantic and meet her in Switzerland. After almost a year and a half of waiting, the stars finally aligned with a two-part ultimate reason for bringing me to Geneva. Reason #1. With my 30th birthday looming on the horizon, my mom wanted to throw me a birthday party. I kindly declined, but suggested a different idea: what if we planned a mother/daughter birthday getaway to see Amy in Switzerland? (This plan worked.) Reason #2. It was Amy’s year to choose the location of… View Post