Photo Credit to the very talented Chaq Daniel (@oneshotcd)
I don’t care what anyone says, I love floral patterns. It’s possible I love them a little too much. If I was the early 90s, there’s a 60-80% chance I would have a floral-pattern couch or drapes… or both. Once, in college, before I really started to understand fashion and what works, I wore a floral dress to a party and a guy told me I looked like a couch. My immediate reaction was a big non-sarcastic “Thank you!” It took me a solid couple of minute before I realized it was not a compliment.
Luckily for me, I grew into my fashion sense and can embrace my love for floral patterns in a stylish way. Privacy Please kills the game when it comes to feminine floral patterns. This Brisco Dress is one of my all-time favorites and a spring/summer go-to item the second it gets warm enough. It pairs perfectly with my round straw bag, which is cruelty-free! I can’t even begin to tell you how long I searched for a top notch, vegan straw bag. Most straw bags have got some sneaky leather somewhere on them, usually the straps, but not this one! Credit goes to Mama Kath for this one. AND it’s only $67 – what a steal.
One of the things I want to do more of is travel. So when my friend Kelly and I were talking about Memorial Day plans, we quickly starting thinking about taking advantage of the holiday and heading to Europe. After we found a reasonably priced ticket to Munich, there wasn’t much holding us back!
Below is an overview of our trip by day. If you’re planning a trip to either Munich or Vienna, or you’re just curious, this post is for YOU:
Day 1 We spent the first real day in Munich doing a LOT of walking and getting a feel for the city, walking around and exploring. I highly suggest making Marienplatz your starting point for getting to know the city as well. (There’s a cute market close by here called, Viktualienmarkt, which I stumbled upon that I recommend.)
Our main destination, however, was the Munich Residence, which is the biggest inner-city palace in Germany and was the seat of residence/government to the Bavarian rulers for over 400 years. It truly is a sight to be seen and I recommend putting it on your shortlist.
We walked a TON so we carved out time for a mid-day regroup/siesta session before heading to Museum Brandhorst, a modern art museum. We ended the day drinking steins and people watching in Marienplatz.
Day 2 In the morning we headed to St. Peter’s Church and climbed 14 flights of stairs (!) up the tower. It was a HIKE, but we had seriously incredible views of the city that made it totally worth it. Pro tip: get there right when it opens and beat the crowds for the climb. Kelly and I did (by accident!) and it was such a blessing – we flew up and didn’t realize how lucky we were. By the time we were heading down, a bottleneck formed on the narrow stairs, which made the experience more difficult for those just starting.
In the afternoon, Kelly and I hopped on a train to Lenggries and went PARAGLIDING. I’m a big baby and was seriously concerned if I’d have the courage to do it, but the instructors were AMAZING and I was able to get off the ground. I’m so happy I did because this was easily a highlight of the trip. Seeing Germany from 2000 ft. up is absolutely breathtaking. I had a big smile plastered on my face the entire time. I can’t recommend this experience enough.
Day 3 This day was jammed packed, trying to squeeze in all Munich had to offer before heading to Vienna. In the morning, we headed to the “Siegestor,” the triumphial arch/victory gate built for the Bavarian army.
We had breakfast at one of the cutest restaurants ever – Café Queen 43, before heading into the famous Englischer Garten (English Gardens). Pro tip: if you head towards the Haus der Kunst Museum, you can find people surfing (!) on a standing wave on the Eisbach, a man-made river that runs through the English Garden.
After a quick siesta (notice a theme?), we headed to the Hofbräuhaus, a very popular beir garten in Munich, for a stein. This place was AWESOME and out of all the pretzels I ordered in Germany, my favorite was the one I ate here (see picture of aforementioned pretzel below).
We spent most of the morning on a train to Vienna, and arrived around 2pm. Our AirBnB in Vienna was PERFECT. It was in a very hip, very vegan-friendly part of the city. I couldn’t believe that right across the street there was a pizza shop that served vegan cheese and a dairy-free ice cream shop called “veganista.” It also happened to be a stones throw away from MuseumsQuartier, which is overflowing with museums, cafes, restaurants and bars, so we were able to drop our bags and have an afternoon.
While it was SO hard to decide which museums/places to see (there are seriously so many), we hit up Kunsthistorisches Museum because it was close by and we both like #art. In the evening we headed to 25 Hours Hotel for a rooftop view of the city and a killer sunset.
The next day got up early and headed to Schönbrunn Palace, Austria’s most frequently visited tourist attraction and a Cultural World Heritage Site. The massive 1,441-room Baroque palace served as the imperial summer residence for the Habsburgs between 1569 and 1918. Even though it’s a little out of the way, it’s worth the trip – trust me. Because it’s so popular, there’s typically an hour + wait time to view the palace, but that gives you time to explore the gardens, which are breathtaking.
After the Palace, we explored the city a little more, walking through Volksgarten (a beautiful public park) while on our way to shop to in the first district (near Stephansplatz). I had a lot of people tell me to hold the trip shopping until Vienna and I’m SO glad I listened.
We had such big day that we lost track of time and shopped a little too long. But, we just couldn’t end our one full day in Vienna without at least trying to go to the State Opera House. After a very quick turn around and DASHING to the theater, we found out there were only 2 open seats left to see Samson and Delilah. What are the odds of that happening? It was a sign!
In the morning, we headed to the train station to store our bags since we had to check out of our AirBnB early, then spent the rest of the day doing last-minute gift shopping before taking the train back to Munich. We paid a little extra to have assigned seating on the train, which paid off on the trip back. Once we arrived in Munich, we headed to our hotel near the airport, which was the perfect way to close out the trip.
This season, I’m stocking up on summer staples and this Limonada Ruffle Mini Dress is topping my list of favorites. I can already tell I’ll be wearing it nonstop as the days get warmer. It’s so fun and flowy – I had the best time shooting in it. Because the print gave me serious Florida vibes, I paired the dress with a straw bag tote and cork wedge sandals to keep the tropical theme going.
A few months ago my friend Blake created IGiveCoolGifts, and it’s been voted the best gift guide on Internet.* I love this site because I genuinely think a fun or thoughtful (bonus points for both!) gift goes a long way.
If this is your first time hearing about IGiveCoolGifts, I suggest you sit down, buckle up, and get ready to fall into a black hole exploring the site. Do you like Netflix? Check out the binge watcher section. Do you eat food? You’re gonna want to explore the foodie section then. Do you have a mom? Mother’s day is coming up (May 13th!) and – don’t worry – there’s a gift guide for that.
I love this site because it’s so easy. Blake’s already curated some of the coolest items the web has to offer to give as a present. Or, maybe just buy for yourself – I won’t tell. 🙂
I’m back from my weekender on the Eastern Shore with Dex feeling refreshed and ready to carpe the diem (seize the carpe). On Saturday night, Dex and I went to the Stars Restaurant at the Inn at Perry Cabin for dinner, which is located in St. Michael’s. For those of you that may not be from DC or Maryland, the Inn at Perry Cabin is stunning and a good portion of the movie Wedding Crashers was filmed there. (Think: “The painting was a gift, Todd.”)
To dinner, I wore a this LIKELY dress that I’m low-key obsessed with. The cut and shape are making it my new favorite desk-to-drinks option. (Here, we see it shining in the “drinks” department.) The dress color is perfect for spring. It’s technically called “Twilight Mist,” but I’m calling it lilac because that’s extra, even for me. I got the dress from Bloomingdales for $168, but because I love it so much I just ordered it again in a “English Manor.” I got smart this time though and snagged it on sale at Neiman Marcus for only $100. Bloomies has way more color/size options, but NM is obviously cheaper – so whichever works for you! For reference, I’m wearing a size 4. I sized up after reading the reviews and am so happy I did! It definitely runs small.
To stay warm, I also have on this oversized duster coat from Missguided. I’m wearing the nude color, but, again, I fell in love and stocked up on a variety colors. The fit is just too good. Plus, each duster is only $34 (!) and Missguided frequently runs large discounts. As I write this, everything on the site is 50% off with the code: gobabe.