the colors of lyme regis, dorset // a photo essay

This past weekend, feeling a bit stifled from the recent London heatwave, we made a last-minute decision and hightailed it for the coast. We booked ourselves into a little cottage in a village called Piddletrenthide, situated just outside of Dorchester in the county of Dorset. Naturally, that’s really romanticizing the cottage experience — that part ended up being kind of a letdown, which was really a lesson in why last-minute trips here can be tough. Everything was booked! We made the most of it, though, and relocated for our last night to the South Lodge Hotel in West Sussex — because nabbing a Sunday night res is far easier than Friday or Saturday, who would…

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the lazy girls’ guide to @RueBaRue

As we get older — and, we’d like to think, wiser — we’ve learned to prioritize when it comes to travel-planning. Once we’ve settled on a destination, we spend our pre-trip time wisely: finding the perfect hotel (or villa or chalet or château, we’re not picky), picking out a dream destination-specific wardrobe that we probably can’t afford, and figuring out what and where to eat and drink our days away. Us in Paris, not climbing the steps of Sacré-Cœur. This means, though, that we very rarely plan to do anything particularly tourtisty. If we find ourselves standing in front of a monument or walking past an important building? Sure, let’s snap that pic! But going…

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foodie break // the lazy girl’s guide to london eats

SO, now that I’ve told you all my fave London eats around Notting Hill (so far), I figure it’s only fair that I widen the search a little bit. As expected, we’ve stayed in our little neighborhood bubble quite a bit over the past year and a half. But there’s obviously tons more to see — and eat! — around this fine city. Clearly, this is by no means a comprehensive list. This is basically just a random assortment of places we’ve liked. These are also places that, if you’re exploring central London, are never too far away. As always, if you have additional recommendations, sharing is caring. I’m always on the look out for…

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expat life // an american pregnancy in london

While I’ve shared plenty about my travel experiences while pregnant, I haven’t written too much about my actual pregnancy. Mainly because, well, this is a travel blog, and pregnancy isn’t particularly travel-related. My experiences with pregnancy in London, however, has been greatly influenced by my life as an American expat. Pregnancy, especially for first-timers, is already a learning experience. Doing it in a new country — with different resources and without the same support network you’d have at home — adds a whole new layer of “WTF am I DOING?” SO, with fellow Americans in mind, I thought maybe a quick round-up of things I learned over the past 10+ months, from the start of…

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weekend warriors // christmas in the cotswolds

Back in July, I declared Christmas to be my first real pregnancy craving. I don’t know if it’s because we never really had a summer in London, but I was more than ready to unpack my coziest sweaters — er… cosiest jumpers, if I’m tryna fit in around here — and fast forward to December. Because I don’t have a time machine, the hubs indulged me with the next best thing: planning beaucoup de festivities. We agreed on a date night in Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland (it’s weird! go on a Monday!), booked tickets to Handel’s Messiah at Royal Albert Hall (hard pass, go to one of the Carols by Candlelight concerts instead), and reserved…

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