Monday, February 23, 2015

Chateau de Chambord.



Chateau de Chambord was the most elegantly imposing palace we visited during our time in Europe. Much of the palace lies empty and bare, devoid of the excess of gilded furniture and crystal chandeliers seen in most of the palaces we visited (though I did, of course, snap a photo of one sweet little floral canopied bed, below).

Instead, the beauty of Chambord lies in its stonework and architecture, rumored to have been worked on by da Vinci himself! I loved the delicate twist of the stone staircases throughout the building, centered around the staircase of ALL staircases, a double helix that spirals up through the middle of the palace (last photo).



Country home to generations of kings, beginning with Francis I in the 16th century, this palace was definitely my favorite of the three we visited on our Loire Valley chateau day. Next stop, Chateau de Cheverny, which remains occupied by descendants of the original owners to this day!

See all of our chateau visits here.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Valentine's Day 2015.



Valentine's Day was simple this year....it fell over an extra long weekend for us, so we originally had grand plans to travel, but somehow after a fall filled with trips and last year's Valentine's holiday to London, we couldn't quite muster up the energy to plan anything extravagant.

So instead, we celebrated by sleeping in until noon, curled into each other as the cool morning air filtered in through our open window, and then treating ourselves to 90-minute full body massages at a neighborhood spot just a few minutes walk away...

And then there was lunch at one of our favorite little Italian cafes (carbonara for me, cream and truffles for him), and then back under the covers with cuddling and dozing and Boyhood (...which we unfortunately cannot recommend). Dinner was at a new (to us) Indian restaurant, where we enjoyed some of the best Chicken Makhani I've ever tasted, cozy and warm as the snow blew sideways just outside.

Sometime in between were a few little presents--a balloon and a book for me, this smile-inducing toiletry bag for him, and he's getting a print framed for me that I have been meaning to get to (which is really just the nicest, because isn't getting things framed somehow just the biggest hassle?!).

...and most excited about these ombre long stem roses, the best I've ever received. Thank you, love, for the best day!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Wedding Pretty: Woodland fantasy.


And my love of all things wedding continues...

This woodsy themed inspiration shoot featuring my friend Summer Bellessa of The Girls with Glasses takes my breath away. Very different from my own style, yet so compelling to me...

Perhaps it's that fantastic bouquet that looks as if it were just casually pulled together from perfectly curated forest brush...or maybe it's the unexpected combination of feathers, tulle, and fur...or it might be the fulfillment of the Disney fantasy we all have of prancing through the woods, twirling around in tulle, and befriending baby deer (right? or is that just me? guys?)...

Whatever it is, enjoy this ethereal eye candy, shot by Breanne Johnson of Red Poppy Photo.



Some extra inspiration...

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Versailles.



Our visit to Versailles was a dream come true, with enough gilded doors and glittering chandeliers and painted ceilings to last me a lifetime...

And so intrigued by all who lived and loved here, the kings, queens, and everyone in between...surely a lover must have slipped through these doors on his way to meet his lady, and perhaps a tiny prince took his first steps down that black and white marble hallway, and just imagine the nights spent in that floral canopy bed...



More lovely palace visits here.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Just a few days in Paris...



Forever in love with Paris...revisited this city a bit ago, this time with my love. The last time I was here I was in college, frolicking around the city with 12 other art history loving girls (and one long-suffering guy) as part of a seminar on 19th century Parisian culture...we visited museums and met with antique dealers and even received a private tour of Hermès. This time, just me and him, was more relaxed and simple, not to mention (though it goes without saying) romantic...



I will always be enchanted by walls of pretty tea canisters (Nina's and Mariage Frères) and shelves of pink Repetto pointe shoes...not to mention the perfect sidewalk cafes lining every street...



Until next time, Paris!

P.S. A few friends have been surprised to discover that we're back in DC, so just thought I'd clarify--we're back and have been since early January! I'm just woefully behind on blogging, as usual. For current updates, feel free to check my insta, where I am busily overgramming away!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Hotel Pretty: One night at the Chateau du Boisrenault.



A new happy place, where I hope to return again and again...the Chateau du Boisrenault, in the Loire Valley, just a picturesque countryside drive south of Paris. Once a family home, now a B&B, the chateau was full of dusty charm and quirk, both particularly embodied in our host, the lovely Florence. Our sweet little room was the perfect match for my hungry eyes, which met with fanciful vignettes wherever they swept...yellow tufted velvet, dried roses on the mantel, hand-painted flowers on the armoire, and can you even handle that canopy bed...



We had grand plans to rise early and continue on our travels, but instead decided to spend a leisurely morning exploring the rooms, so charmed were we by the 19th century chateau. Petit déjeuner awaited us when we arrived downstairs, with a basket of bread and hot chocolate for two. And, of course, entirely delighted by a vase of flowers that reminded me of a Dutch still life...



And then just a few more of the exterior...the view overlooking the green field beyond, and those perfect pastel roses...



See all of our chateau visits here.
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