My India obsession continues with this stunning apartment belonging to decorator Marie-Anne Oudejan published in AD magazine. The suite is located in Jaipur’s hotel Narain Niwas Palace and its striking blue and red palette feels both fresh and classic. Marie-Anne is the designer behind my beloved Bar Palladio and Caffe Paladio. Clearly, her home is as chic as her commercial endeavors. I don’t know about you, but I would happily move in. READ POST
These photographs by Charles Fréger of Jaipur’s painted elephants won my heart. The talented French photographer visited India in 2013 to capture the magic of the annual elephant festival in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The elephants and their riders compete for the best decorated pair, adorning themselves in colorful costumes and body paint. In recent years, the festival has come under scrutiny by animal welfare groups due to safety concerns regarding the paint. Hopefully a safe alternative has been found and the beautiful elephants are happy and healthy. The festival will be held March 12, 2017 and details can be found here. READ POST
If you share my India obsession and enjoyed my posts on the stunning Bar Palladio and Caffé Palladio, this one’s for you. The newly refurbished Sujan Rajmahal Palace is what my India dreams are made of. Originally built in 1729 for the royal family of Jaipur, the palace has hosted a variety of famous guests throughout its storied history, among them the Queen of England and Jackie Kennedy. From the vibrant Mughal motif wallpapers to the staff’s punchy pink turbans, no detail was overlooked. Adding the Rajamahal Palace to the top of my travel wish list.
India continues to top my travel wish list and Jaipur’s new Caffé Palladio has me more eager than ever to book a ticket. A sister property of the nearby (and equally chic) Bar Palladio, the new cafe serves mouth-watering cuisine in a whimsical peachy-pink setting. I would give my right arm to have those hand-painted murals (birds, blooms, and butterflies!) in my own home. Caffé Palladio has been added to my bucket list.
Hi friends. Yesterday, Simon and I got news that our first IVF cycle was unsuccessful. Needless to say, we are heartbroken. We had been so optimistic throughout the two week wait and were truly devastated when we got the call. The silver lining is that we have two frozen embryos from the first cycle, so our next attempt will be a frozen embryo transfer (no injections this time around). I’m trying to keep my chin up, but as you can imagine, it’s hard. At Simon’s encouragement, I booked a quick trip to Lisbon to distract myself from the bad news (#traveltherapy). I fly out tomorrow morning and am really looking forward to a bit of sunshine. Please let me know if you have any suggestions as to what I must see/do in Lisbon. I’ve never been to Portugal, but have heard wonderful things (feel free to follow along on instagram). Thank you again for all of your encouragement throughout our fertility struggles. Your kind comments and emails have given me such hope.
Happy New Year, friends! I hope you’ve all recovered from last night’s bubbly. We spent the evening with our favorite Danish neighbors. The festivities commenced with a viewing of Queen Margrethe II’s televised speech (tradition dictates you drink every time she mumbles, drops her eyeglasses, or loses a cue card…bless her heart), followed by a beautiful three course take-out meal from Restaurant Cofoco. After a hilarious game of charades, we concluded the night marveling over the fireworks display from the balcony. Danes love to party and certainly know how to ring in the New Year with style.
2016 was a wild adventure and, while there were plenty of good times, I’m glad to see it go. The highlights in short: we moved from Chicago to Copenhagen and found our dream apartment, I celebrated my 30th birthday with my dear friend Jane in Vienna, traveled with my mom to Berlin and Paris, made a summer escape to Milan and Lake Como with Simon, and made solo trips to Stockholm, Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Marrakech. We also celebrated one year of marriage in Paris, made multiple trips to London to see family, underwent fertility treatment, and built an amazing network of international friends here in Denmark.
In 2017, I hope to slow down a bit. Perhaps I’ll be pregnant and spend time nesting. I haven’t set strict resolutions, my hope is to simply be mindful, be patient, and be grateful. I hope to hold more dinner parties, blog more often (let me know what kind of posts you’d like to see!), read more books, and perhaps explore another country or two. If I am so lucky to become a mother, that would be the greatest gift of all.
What were the highlights of your 2016? Any resolutions you care to share? Wishing you all a happy, healthy 2017 full of friendship, love, and inspiration. Cheers to new beginnings!