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IVF Heartbreak, Take Seven + A Moroccan Escape

Earlier this month we found out that our seventh and final IVF attempt had failed. There were lots of tears and a great deal of heartbreak, but also, in so many ways, just a sense of relief. I felt relieved to finally be able to end the hormones and get my health (and in so many ways, life) back. The past two years have been devastating for us—it is time to close the door and start a new chapter. We are reading up on adoption and are hopeful it’s in our future. Being that I’m American, Simon is British, and we live in Denmark, the adoption process may be extra complicated for us, but we will find a way. Tomorrow, we’re off to Marrakech for five days of much needed relaxation. Morocco is such a magical place and I can’t wait to get lost with the man I love (Simon, you really are the most wonderful thing) in one of my favorite cities. I’ve also booked a February trip to India with my dear friend Jane (and have my January trip to Japan), so despite not being pregnant, I have many things to look forward to and be grateful for. Thank you, sweet readers, for all your support throughout our infertility journey. I know in my heart Simon and I will grow our family someday and it will be everything we ever could have imagined. Somehow, this new path seems it was meant to be. Love, Katie READ POST

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just wanted to take a moment to wish you all a “Happy Thanksgiving!” Simon, Alfred, and I will be celebrating at home here in Denmark tonight and I look forward to FaceTiming with my family in California. This year, I’m feeling incredibly thankful for my ridiculously funny and thoughtful husband, our chubby pug, and all the friends and family who have supported us through the year’s highs and lows. Thank you to all of you, dear readers, as well—you’ve lifted me up more than you could ever imagine. Sending so much love to you and yours this Thanksgiving. I hope you’ll treat yourself to extra mashed potatoes! Love, Katie READ POST

Officine Universelle Buly 1803, Paris

Another Paris boutique I look forward to visiting this week? Officine Universelle Buly. Though the French beauty brand was technically founded in 1803, its rebirth occurred just three years ago–the mastermind of husband and wife team Victoire de Taillac and Ramdane Touhami (also the man behind Cire Trudon). Touhami recently quipped to the New York Times that luxury is “calligraphy, fine food, beautiful décor, authentic details and working with artisans.” He added that it has “one foot in the past and one foot in the future.” I couldn’t agree more. With its striking packaging and beautifully decorated boutiques, the brand has quickly won fans worldwide (and makes for the loveliest gifts!). They’ve recently opened a second Paris location nearby our hotel in the Marais that I look forward to checking out. Below, explore more of the Officine Universelle Buly chicness which you can shop online at Bergdorf Goodman and Net-A-Porter. We depart for Paris early tomorrow morning, and as always, you can follow my adventures on instagram. READ POST

A Bloomsbury Flat by Beata Heuman

As part of The New British Style collaboration between Farrow & Ball and House & Garden, London-based interior designer Beata Heauman made over the bedroom of editor Emily Senior. The result? This charming space brimming with color and whimsy. I’m crazy about the Charleston House inspired wardrobe, Hugo Guinness artwork, Bridie Hall greek decoupage, and that darling ruffled chair skirt. The marbleized velvet cushion on the chair is Beata’s own design and can be purchased here. It’s also available as a wallpaper (saved to my “dream home” file!). Explore more of the inspiring space below. READ POST

IVF Heartbreak, Take Four

I hope everyone had a nice Labor Day weekend. Sadly, ours was one of heartache. In early August, Simon and I decided that we were ready to restart fertility treatment. Three months had passed since my miscarriage and I was feeling emotionally and physically ready to begin again. IVF is, as I’ve mentioned before, far more affordable in Denmark than it is in the States, so though we’d previously planned to take a longer break, while we’re living abroad I wanted to keep the ball rolling. So, last month we did a fresh round of IVF (the shots, the acupuncture, the whole shebang). READ POST