{Weekend Snaps}

This weekend was incredible. We had two rare, sunny Amsterdam days in a row!! Here’s a bit about what we were up to:

+Friday night date night – we went out for Chinese 🙂
+Saturday we grabbed a coffee and walked to Museumplein and people watched
+Admired the leaves that have started to fall and the trees changing colors
+Enjoyed a relaxing al fresco lunch while we soaked up the sun
+Finally bought bikes – we’re officially Dutchies!
+Tried a new pizza joint (it was yummmy)
+Rode to the windmill brewery for a couple beers (more on that in another post!)
+Counted our blessings as we marveled at the fact that we live in Amsterdam (holy crap)!

{Nice, France} Part II

On our last day in France we decided we were going to get up early and spend allll day at the beach, just laying in the sun and enjoying the view. Unfortunately, when we woke up it was raining! I was pretty bummed out, but this day actually ended up being one of the most fun. We had already walked around Nice quite a bit, so the pressure was off, we just chilled and strolled, skipped rocks on the Mediterranean, took a ridiculous amount of pictures, stopped for long lunch dates, ice cream dates, mojito dates… You get the idea 🙂 Anyhow, sometimes it’s nice when things don’t go as planned – this trip was a huge testament to that!

{Photos © Liz Denfeld}

Dress: Laundry by Shelli Segal, Sandals and Hat: Urban Outfitters

{Antibes, France}

Antibes is a charming little city between Nice and Cannes. It’s got everything from whimsical, winding cobblestone streets and fun open-air markets to outlandish multi-million dollar yachts in it’s port. We were surprised how much we fell in love with it! We spent one morning just walking around, dreaming about what it might feel like to be able to hop on one of the giant yachts and sail to the Caribbean. We lunched outside and ended our meal with an over-the-top ice cream sundae. It was a perfect morning, indeed.

{Photos © Liz Denfeld}

{Nice, France}

We’re back from our long weekend in the south of France. I took sooo many photos and I am planning on sharing them with you throughout the whole week! 

First up, Nice, which actually ended up being our favorite of the three cities we visited. So, the evening we arrived we ran into quite a few hiccups. Do you remember Nicole’s travel tips from her guest post? One of them really came in handy – Be Flexible. She was so right. Things go wrong… Very, very wrong. I could go on and on and tell you our long, drawn out sob-story, but I’ll spare you and give you the gist: airline left our luggage behind in Paris (we packed in one bag – everything was in there) and the rental car company “lost” our reservation. So we were left without bags and a car. The car wouldn’t have been so bad if we weren’t staying out in the French countryside – about 40 minutes from Nice. But these kind of adventures are what traveling is all about, and why I’m so thankful to get to experience them with Corey. Sure, they can be extremely stressful and sometimes tempers flare (I’m not perfect), but they teach you so much about communication and problem solving with your significant other. And the good news is, we came out of five days of taking buses and trains around the south of France stronger and closer than when we arrived in Nice. And we still love each other 🙂 

So, Nice… Oh, Nice. It really stole my heart. The water is clear, the architecture is what you dream up when you think of France, and they have beach clubs along their stoney shores (yes, you heard right, there’s no sand in Nice, just rocks!) where you can pay a day fee and you get a lounger and an umbrella – oh, and a nice ‘lil view of the Mediterranean. No big deal. It was my idea of heaven. Cocktails and delicious fresh crab right at my fingertips. Didn’t even have to step away from my lounge chair or take my eyes off the turquoise waters in front of me. Take me back, please!

After a long day by the sea, we decided to wander aimlessly and see what the town of Nice had to offer. We stumbled upon hundreds of steps that lead you high above the city, where we watched the sun set. It was breathtakingly beautiful. 

We then headed into the “old town” for dinner. We sat outside and shared a bottle of the most delicious white wine and chatted about how much fun we were having – and how badly we needed this vacation. It’s been a crazy few months, and it was so great to be able to truly relax, feel the sun and salty seawater on our skin – and most importantly really connect (and even though I missed Henry – it was nice to have it just be us two).

Hope you’re not sick of Nice because we headed back there on our last day – so I’ve got more photos to show you in a couple days! Tomorrow – Antibes!

{Photos © Liz Denfeld}

Paris with Sarah Tucker

Truth be told, the night before I was supposed to fly to Paris to meet Sarah, I sort of panicked. Was this crazy? Not only had I never met her before, but I was flying to another country to do so! I’m pretty sure my friends and family thought I was nuts, but I decided to stick with the plan…

… and I couldn’t be happier that I did! Sarah is so unbelievably sweet and fun. We had such a great day chatting for hours (and I mean hours) while we sipped cappuccinos and indulged in cheesy crepes along sidewalk cafes. It was like we’d known each other for years. 

After a long lunch we headed up to the Sacre Coeur, a site I didn’t get the chance to see on my last visit. It sits atop a big hill in Montmarte and it is seriously magical, especially at sunset. I highly recommend you don’t miss out on it if you’re ever in Paris! 

{Photos © Liz Denfeld}

Saturday Snaps

We had such a great night on Saturday. I was still feeling a bit crummy, but I pulled myself together for a special night. Our friends were in town from Southern California and we won’t be seeing them again until Christmas, so we wanted to show them a good time!

We started the evening at Noble Rot for wine, appetizers and an incredible view & sunset from their rooftop. We then headed to the new Hopworks Bike Bar in North Portland for some local brews and happy hour. Good times with good friends. What more could we ask for? 

{Photos © Liz Denfeld}

Date Night: Meriwether’s

Hi There! How was your weekend? Ours was fun-filled, eventful and a bit exhausting! Friday night Corey and I headed to Meriwether’s for a nice long dinner al fresco. We had always heard great things about their back patio, but had never actually been. It was so incredibly beautiful! It was like a little garden oasis in the middle of the city. 

The food was mouth-watering amazing. We loved everything we ate, but we especially loved our appetizers that came in small portions so we could try a few different things. We had the risotto fritters (incredible!), what they called tomato ricotta toast, which was basically bruschetta and absolutely delectable, and the tuna empanadas, which were also amazing but didn’t blow me away like the others. Our entrees were good, but didn’t compare to the appetizers, and the dessert (chocolate-chip banana bread pudding) was supper yummy but could’ve used a bit more caramel sauce! Overall we were really happy with our dinner, especially the ambiance of the serene back patio on a nice summer night. In the winter, when the patio is closed, I would stick with the happy hour!

P.S. Sorry for the not-so-stellar photos. I forgot my camera so these were all taken on my iphone!

I Heart Tablescapes

A chic tablescape is one of those simple things in life that provides me inexplicable joy. I could look at pretty table settings for hours on end. They can be simple or grandiose, set for 2 or 20, it doesn’t matter. I want to have a dinner party just so I can set my table! Here are some that I’m loving today…