Category Archives: travels

our trip to jamaica.

Christopher and I just got back from a whirlwind trip down to Jamaica.

IMG_0671IMG_0672We were only there for three days, but it was so perfect. This was the first vacation we’ve taken together since our honeymoon 3 1/2 years ago – we resolved to never going that long without getting away together again! Even escaping for two nights makes such a big difference. IMG_0670We stayed in Montego Bay, which is a touristy part of the island. Our hotel was an all-inclusive, which I highly recommend for a short trip. Since we were there for only a few days, we probably wouldn’t have ventured too far outside of our resort anyway, and being at an all-inclusive meant we could just stay put and soak in all of the amenities. IMG_0676The breakfast at the hotel was delicious – fresh watermelon juice, nova, scrambled eggs and SO MUCH FRUIT. The abundance of fruit and vegetables was incredible. Everywhere we went, another delivery of fresh fruit or vegetables was making its way into the kitchen. They also had a juice bar at our hotel where we could get fresh squeezed juice from morning to night – I had so much cucumber melon juice and I’m still dreaming about it. IMG_0640The view from our balcony! Each morning, we had room service deliver us hot coffee carafes and read the paper overlooking the ocean. It. was. heaven. IMG_0677One night, we got dressed up for dinner at the hotel. We didn’t end up sitting down until almost 9 p.m. – those bars are hopping!IMG_0673IMG_0674IMG_0675From the second we got on the plane at JFK, everyone was incredibly accomodating and helpful – they kept asking us if we were having a good time and if we needed anything! The Montego Bay airport was a breeze, check-in was a breeze, everything was so easy and quick – we were sitting on the beach four hours after we took off. Our hotel even had amazing entertainment each  night, so we spent our nights dancing to the steel drum bands and meeting other families from around the world. Our days were obviously spent drifting along the lazy river 🙂

We had such an incredible time and returned so rested and ready to tackle the rest of this winter. We can’t wait to go back – the culture, the food, the SUN! It was such a blast.


packing for a work trip.

I’m heading to Florida for a six-whole-day work trip. This trip has been tough to plan for – I feel like it has been so hard to find any clothing inspiration that is actually work APPROPRIATE. So many blogs and magazine articles feature “work” outfits that are completely out of place – which is kind of weird, because almost every girl I know works.  I’ve found a lot of sequins and crop tops in my search for work clothes.

So I put together this little list, which will hopefully help ME in future tear-filled trips to Nordstrom, and maybe help you too. Because we’re all in this workplace clothing twilight zone thing together, and I KNOW none of us wants to resort to wearing rayon pants and a poly blend Express pocket tee.

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When traveling for work, especially for anything sponsored/hosted by your employer: you. never. know. who. will. be. on. the. plane.

I took this photo last week (and it makes me laugh so hard because my face looks like a Batman villain) on our way home from Miami.

On the left, what I *think* I look like while traveling. On the right, what I *actually* look like. IMG_7079Don’t be me. Be the gal on the left. Skinny pants (not leggings, DANIELLE). Cute flats. Jacket. Roomy top.  Pack a wrap and a good book. And try not to make a googly eyed Batman villain face in front of your coworkers.

During the Day
Almost everywhere I travel for work is FREEZING. I am always distracted by the mind numbing cold of hotel convention centers and spend about 15% of my time seeking a) a wrap b) a steaming cup of coffee and c) a pair of pants. But as my mom says: “You can’t wear black pants every single day, Danielle.” So I’m packing three solid color shifty dresses for the daytime, as well as a pair of Theory black pants my mom scored at Nordstrom Rack for ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS. Theory pants. $100. Nordstrom Rack.

Casual Dinner
I don’t really wear jeans to work anymore, so now that I’m out of that habit…I have a tough time wearing jeans off-duty as well. I just scooped these up and plan on pairing them with silk blouses, wrap sweaters, and flats at night.

The Work Trip MVPs
Here are the things I try to never, ever forget on a work trip – things that may not always be front of mind (laptop? charger? ID?), but what I’m always so, so happy I packed:

  • A mini-flat iron, because the normal sized ones can’t grab the little baby hairs that ARE ALWAYS A DAY RUINER
  • An everyday necklace – CJ got me a necklace from here for Christmas and I love it so very much that I woke up this morning clutching it in my little hands
  • Black platform pumps, because obviously
  • A fancy pair of flats, to make you feel fancy when you feel like you could collapse at any moment
  • Layering tees
  • An bottle of neutral nail polish, in case of emergency
  • Tylenol
  • A small bag with a shoulder strap, because you won’t want to carry your laptop bag to dinner
  • Yoga pants and a workout top you wouldn’t be embarrassed to be seen in, just in case you can squeeze in a 30 minute workout. Good for the body, yes, but excellent for your exhausted brain
  • Slippers and a candle: two staples my mom always travels with that really make a difference, especially on long trips
  • Wraps, wraps, wraps. I’m packing two for this trip, and I feel like that is light. A black, cream, and patterned is usually the way I roll

We’re soaking in the last few minutes of this weekend (before CJ heads to work in an hour) and then getting ready for his 28th BIRTHDAY THIS TUESDAY!!! Grab the streamers, pull out the birthday crown, we are going to TOWN. On a Tuesday.

Happy Sunday! xo


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booked it.

Chris and I are spending Fourth of July in Nantucket this year!!!!

I. cannot. wait. Lobster, East Coast beaches, lobster, puppies, LOBSTER!!

And maybe a Bloody Mary or two (or three!).

Oh my goodness I am so excited. Both of our families do big summer trips (complete with long homemade dinners, sitting outside, playing games, and talking the night away) and they are the highlight of my whole year (shhh – don’t tell Christmas!).

Can’t wait for:

Puppies on the beach.IMG_7016 Lobster, mentioned previously, and in my heart all day everyday.IMG_7024Selfies on the ferry. Also complete with new friend to the right of CJD.IMG_7025The brewery.

Also this is my favorite photo of us, ever. Sunburnt and happy.


day trippin.

If you follow me on instagram, you may have gathered that we jumped ship this weekend. CJ and I were all. packed. out. by Saturday and decided to take a short little day trip. We grabbed a couple of bagels, googled “best place to see fall foliage near NYC”, and per Google’s instructions, headed north.

Escaping? Highly recommend.

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this summer.

Today marks the third weekend Chris and I have been in New York together this summer.

Our summer travels, briefly: Miami,  Denver, Lunenberg, Chicago (photo by Brian Hatton),  Nantucket, and finally, NYC.

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We’re going out to CT, going on the boat, and probably having a beverage or two.

I know I said summer was over, but what’s one last go around for old time’s sake?

See you Monday. xo


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On Friday, Chris and I took a very (delayed) flight to Denver, CO to watch my brother graduate from college. The flight ended up taking off around 11 p.m., so Chris and I stumbled into our hotel in Colorado around 2 a.m. And up again at 7 for graduation! This is what that looks like, folks.


We had such a great time celebrating my brother (graduating! a new job! a new apartment downtown! so fancy!) and spending time with that side of the family.

This handsome guy and I, before graduation. I just love him in his suit and shades. Sigh.IMG_6420 IMG_6427 IMG_6426 IMG_6434 IMG_6450Thanks for an amazing weekend, Denver!! We like you yes ok!

where we’ve been.

We’ve been all around the city (and Hoboken!) lately. Here are a few pictures from our iPhones along the way.

Sometimes, the subways can be pretty.

IMG_1809 I haven’t found a way to not miss this girl.IMG_5013 Dreaming of Kauai. I love winter, but this one seems long and un-Hawaii like.IMG_5011I found this pretty building. Can someone tell me what it is? If you tell me it is a place of employment I will kill you. Tell me it’s where the President works.
IMG_5007After 3 1/2 years of trying, I finally cracked the Babycakes cookie. They are perfect.

I’ve had them for breakfast everyday this week. Shh.
IMG_4998 Kait and I were working on a new project. We work best when we lay things out in a public space and obstruct traffic.IMG_4986Here’s a hint on where that new project might be going. It has nothing to do with the muppet.
IMG_1715I bought a new dress.IMG_4977Muppet. Someone please come wash our dog.
IMG_4963 Did I show you this? My guy.IMG_4950 New York, at 5 a.m.IMG_4949 IMG_4948 Chris took me and this whack shirt out to dinner. Seriously- what is that shirt? What was I thinking?IMG_1822 IMG_1821 New York, from Hoboken. Sigh.IMG_1813I wanted to show you that we got a KNIFE RACK. Makes a girl feel DANGEROUS.
What a shot to leave you on. But really, isn’t that so cool? It makes me feel like a schmancy cook.

Who eats cookies for dinner.



Chris and I had an incredible honeymoon in Kona and Kauai. We spent six days on the Big Island, and then hopped a flight to Kauai for the last four days. We spent most of our time soaking in the sun, taking long walks, snorkeling, eating, and drinking. And then we did a helicopter tour.  To Jurassic Park.


Amazing, unbelievable meal at Merriman’s in Waimea. LIFE CHANGING kalua pork quesadillas. 



sweet honeymoon message at Roy’s (ohmygod the butterfish)



said fish. oh my sweet god.



 little fifties diner in hilo



view from our hotel room in Kauai…



helicopter tour (!)


turns out the rhino was for looking and not for climbing.


It was wonderful. By the end of the two weeks we were both anxious to get back to married normal life. Which turns out to look a lot like unmarried normal life. With more rings.


we’re backkkk!

Hawaii. Is. Rough.

The food, the neighborhoods, the views. Just a really terrible place to honeymoon/vacation/be.

We just touched down after being in the air/in LAX for the past 24 hours. Tomorrow I’ll be back in full swing…but here are a few pictures in the meantime…




I don’t even know where to start with the updates! Did you hear we’ve been busy?




Here are a few pictures from our weekend in Miami for my bridal luncheon and birthday. So much fun. xo

I think the top take-aways are:

1. Sandy loves to take self-portraits

2. I got those beautiful shoes.

3. I ate that entire bowl of Danielle friendly squid ink pasta.

4. We had the best time.

5. Sandy loves to take self-portraits.

I miss my family already. Don’t you wish you could just teleport everyone you love to the same square block so you all could cuddle and drink coffee together all day long? Sigh.




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