Showing posts with label Personal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Personal. Show all posts

Thursday, July 3, 2014

I said Oui in Paris

After 5 days in 3 countries, our Europe trip was beginning to feel like a whirlwind. We were excited to arrive in Paris and have a relaxing week-long visit.  It was our second time in this beautiful city so we knew where we wanted to go, what to see and of course, what to eat! What I didn't know was that the love of my life was planning on asking me to marry him.

It happened at the top of the dome at Sacré-Cœur in Montmartre. I wasn't thrilled about climbing 300 steps up a narrow spiral staircase to get to the top but the view at this high point was well worth the dizziness! The Paris skyline was half lit with rays of the sun after a rain shower and we couldn't help but stand there for a half hour admiring its beauty. It was then he pulled out a small notebook from his coat pocket. Reading his words on the past, present and future in the setting of an 100 year old basilica made my eyes water and before I knew it, he was on his knees! It was a blur from there (literally, since I couldn't see!) and after I said yes I apparently repeatedly asked if that just happened. 

We continued on to Barcelona after Paris and spent the rest of our vacation enjoying our new "status" and getting used to saying fiancé (first time he said it I heard Beyoncé!). Surely it'll take awhile since we've been girlfriend/boyfriend for nearly a decade! While we have talked about marriage over the past couple of years, our focus was always on education and career development. This year marked a new milestone with his graduation and my acceptance into a post-graduate program and we're so thrilled to have a third reason to celebrate! I couldn't have dreamed of a better proposal and cannot wait to celebrate our 10 year anniversary next year with a summer wedding!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

We'll always have Paris

Paris has been and always will be one of my favorite European cities. It was the 4th stop on our vacation and the place I was most excited for. We were lucky to stay at a beautifully decorated apartment in the city courtesy of my work where we had the chance to experience a bit of Parisian life. The cafés and shops were amazing as always but we spent most of our time walking through neighborhoods and along the Seine, soaking in all of Paris' magic. And yes, it was just as beautiful in the rain! Some highlights from our time in Paris included a picnic for two and bike ride by the Eiffel tower, an afternoon of sweet indulgence at Ladurée, a dream bag purchase at the original Chanel store at 31 Rue Cambon, and a surprise marriage proposal from my long-time boyfriend! I'll leave the proposal story for a post of its own :)

Starting with London

Jon and I started our 3-week Euro-US trip in London, a city we can't help but visit again and again. As familiar as I feel about certain areas of the city, I love getting lost and exploring new neighborhoods. This stop gave us the opportunity to catch-up with an old friend who moved to the city last year and also to relax and adjust to the timezone. We took leisurely walks all around the city and on our second day, we stumbled upon a small place called the Regency Café and had the most amazing classic English breakfast, complete with black pudding! And that's what I love most about London: there are endless restaurant, shops and sites to discover. This only means we'll have to make London the pit-stop for every Europe trip!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

New York, New York

New York City is a place I can never get tired of visiting. I'm fortunate to have been able to make my visits to the big apple an annual occurrence in the past few years. This year, I got a snowy surprise upon arrival. It was so cold I couldn't feel my face but was it ever beautiful! I had a chance to walk through Central Park and witness it being transformed into a winter wonderland overnight. Coupled with visits to Ladurée and Bergdorf Cafe, this visit also satisfied my cravings... for now! I was also lucky that this trip coincided with New York Fashion Week so I got to check out a few things and join in on the fun. More posts coming up soon!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Home Office

The corner of our apartment where the Christmas tree once lived was looking awfully empty after the holidays. To fill the void, we put in a new desk and setup a small home office! The simple yet elegant desk was a bargain find from Target and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. I've been spending a lot of time in my new favourite spot in the apartment. Whether it's work or light reading, this bright and airy corner is perfect for a little me-time and gets me inspired for more creativity!

The details:
You've asked so here they are!

Desk (Threshold Basic Desk) from Target
Pig bookends (Gold, set of 2) from CB2
Hello "Heart of Gold" Print from SS Print Shop
Branch jewelry holder from West Elm
Gold Lip tea cup and saucer from Lofty Living
Faux-fur rug (White) from Ikea
Trash bin and drawer organizers from Daiso