Life is a Journey

Currently: April

April 6, 2017

It feels like forever since I last blogged! With my travels last week and then having to come back to the real world and get back into the swing of things at work, it seems like I’ve been running around nonstop for the past two weeks. But I’m back and so, so excited for spring and everything the warmer temperatures have to offer–aka finally getting to wear dresses and open toed shoes, as well as trips to the shore!

Reading // A Dangerous Age by Kelly Killoren, a former member of the reality show The Real Housewives of New York. The book reminded me a lot of Sex & the City, following four friends in their 40s who all live in Manhattan–one wants to be a reality television star, one appears to be struggling with her drug usage, one’s marriage seems to be screeching to a halt, and the fourth is in a creative/career-rut. While it’s not going to win any literary awards, A Dangerous Age is a fun read with interesting characters. I read it on my Kindle while we were traveling last week and I really enjoyed every page.

Unpacking // my suitcase that I dragged around Europe, including our five story walk-up in Paris. Granted it’s a carry-on (go me for fitting everything I needed in so little space!), but I have been lazy about putting away the last of my socks and leggings. Am I the only one who hates unpacking after coming back from a vacation?? It just makes me so sad to face to face the fact that I’m officially back to real life!

Buying // too many beauty products lately. It always seems like all of my makeup and other toiletries run out at the exact same time! I just picked up more concealer, eye masks, face masks, a Clairisonic replacement brush, and makeup setting spray last night and it was definitely not a pretty sight for my credit card.

Sleeping // like a baby this week due to this terrible little thing called jet lag. It’s always worse for me to go west than eat, so I’ve been struggling to stay up past 9:30 for the past few nights.

Daydreaming // about my next vacation–maybe a beach getaway or a girls’ weekend? We’ll just have to wait and see! What trips do y’all have planned that your really looking forward to this year?

Craving // all of the sweet and savory treats I ate while in Paris and London. Instead I’m back to my normal green smoothies for breakfast and snacking on clementines, which actually aren’t too bad!

What are y’all up to this month?

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  • Looks like Paris was a success! Can’t wait to read your blog about it. Where are you going next?

    • Paris was absolutely gorgeous while we were there! I’ll be spending the weekend up in the Catskills in a few weeks for Matt’s birthday, which I’m really looking forward to since I love a good lazy weekend!

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    Yay, I’m happy you’re back and I bet you are thinking about all the fun memories you made in beautiful Paris! I feel you girl, I’m suffering from jet leg and we were only in a three hour time difference, ha ha. Cannot wait to hear about your adventures and see more pictures!

    • It took me almost half the week to get used to the time change, which felt like so long!! And I’m so excited to share pictures from my trip!

  • Violette

    I’m super happy you like Paris! I hope you had an amazing stay and can’t wait to read about it 🙂

    • I absolutely love Paris! This was my fifth time visiting the city and I fall more in love with every visit!

  • Rach

    Welcome back! I bet it was an adjustment to come back to reality! I already love the photos I’m seeing! Give yourself a day or so to relax and unwind. Hopefully that you get back on schedule!

    • Coming back to reality after vacation is always so tough! Luckily I’m great at being lazy, which has included lots of face masks and Lush bath bombs!

  • Rachel

    Welcome back! I’m super impressed that you packed everything in a carry on for a European trip — there is no way I could ever do that, I’m such an overpacker! Unpacking when you get home from vacation is seriously the worse…I completely understand!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

    • I am such an overpacked too, so it was a really big deal that I was able to fit everything in my carry-on! I’ve definitely packed a week’s worth of clothes for a weekend trip before!

  • Aditi Oberoi Malhotra

    Welcome back, babe!! Looks you had an awesome time in Paris. The shots are beautiful!!
    Adi xx

    • Awww thank you!! I’m so excited to share more of my pictures with y’all!

  • Katie Schubert

    Pretty photos! Can’t wait to see/hear more! xo

    Katie | Willow and White

  • Welcome back, girl! I’m sure you had the best time traveling Europe, I can imagine how difficult it must be to get back into the daily grind. That book sounds quite interesting and realistic too, much like Sex & the City. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a great rest of the week!



    • It was such a fun book to read! I’ve been recommending it to all of my friends in the hopes that I’ll have at least one person to read it with!

  • Very nice travel photos!
    IG @grace_njio

  • Shauna C

    What gorgeous photos! Looks like an amazing trip. And I didn’t know Kelly wrote a book! I’ll have to check it out…have a great weekend!


    • It was such a fun book to read! I actually didn’t realize who wrote it until I saw her picture at the end of the book and I put two and two together!

  • Hope you had a lovely trip, can’t wait to hear more about it!! And I’m same with you when it comes to unpacking hahah, I hate it, quite the metaphor to unpack it! Xx

    • Thank you so much! And unpacking is such a bore!

  • Love this poost! I’ve never heard of that book, thanks for sharing! And as for me, I also hate unpacking, it’s like facing reality and I hate to accept that I’m actually back to routine!! Hope you have a great weekend girl!

    Brooks | Live. Laugh. Love. & Make Up

    • Unpacking is the absolute worst!! I finally motivated myself to finally get it done since I was in New York this past weekend but it was still the worst!

  • Great photos, looks like a fun time! I definitely am dreaming about another vacation too, I miss traveling!

    • I’m really looking forward to my next vacation!

  • Love those bright nails. And ain’t nothing wrong with a clementine snack 😉

    • Thank you! I actually wasn’t sure if I liked my nail polish at first since it was so bright, but the color really grew on me!

  • These pictures make me wanna go to Europe so badly! I hate unpacking too, I’m currently on a month long trip so when I get back I will have a lot of unpacking to do… I’m already dreading it!


    Tamara –

    • A month long trip sound like so much fun!! But I can’t even imagine how much unpacking you’ll have!

  • Welcome back from Europe. Now I’m craving French food and Paris too:) Jet lag is such a downer. I’m traveling to Alabama next month, and I’m already dreading the jet lag. Will take me several weeks to get over it. I’m curious about the Clairisonic brush. Is it worth the money?

    • I absolutely love my Clarisonic and would recommend it for everyone!! I will say that the replacement brush I just bought is a little too rough on my skin (I bought the acne-prone brush), so I might buy one for sensitive skin instead!

  • Yana Kasekamp

    Your photos are stunning and make me want to travel! 🙂

  • Love your shot of the V&A museum, Courtney! I’ve just unpacked from our Italy trip and I agree, it can feel a bit sad!

    • Thanks! I’m so jealous of your trip to Italy!!

  • Laura

    Looks beautiful, I love how everything is blossomed in spring x

    Pink Frenzy

    • Me too!!! I’m loving all of the blooms that are popping up everywhere you look!

  • Jetlag is the absolute worse and I hate unpacking too hehe. Glad to see you back here on the blog!


    • Jetlag is the worst! I was a walking zombie for a full three days!

  • I’m with you. I’m aways dreaming of my next vacation xo


    the way to my Hart

  • Courtney that picture of you in Paris is so adorable!

    My Vogue Style |

  • I love your photos, they are all so gorgeous, Paris is really stunning! I hope April will be another great month for you!

    – Gretch of GG Memochou

  • Lovely photos love that pic of you in Paris.

    Gemma x

  • I hope you had the most incredible time in Paris! I can relate to hating unpacking after travelling haha, though make sure you track down some of those sweet treats locally that you enjoyed in Paris! 😉

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • Welcome home! I’ve been loving your Paris photos on Instagram 🙂
    xo Annie
    New England Romance

  • Love the update, doll! I am the same way about unpacking. I just am so bad about it. Denial the trip is over, haha.

  • Oooh- girlfriend, I hate unpacking! It’s the worst. So take your time, haha.

    Love these shots from your trip- swooning over the gorgeous architecture!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Merel van Poorten

    These pictures are amazing!! <3

    X Merel

  • Merel van Poorten

    I hate unpacking!! I feel you..

    X Merel

  • Yes, unpacking is the worst! Great photos you got here.

    Jessica |

  • What a great post 🙂 I always crave the beautiful food I enjoy whilst abroad that’s for sure. Unpacking- I’m useless, sometime the suitcase remains unpacked for a week 😉

    Laura xo

  • Yiotou_La

    Unpacking is the worst, I just leave my suitcase there and I unpack 1-2 things a day haha. It’s a nightmare! xx


  • well hope you are settling in well and looking forward to some fab updates!
    kisses from the sandpit ❤︎

  • Nikki Living-Life

    I dream of Paris 🙂 Love your pics. Yes, there is no place for dieting when traveling. I think I miss the food the most when I get back from a vacation. Happy Easter.


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