Minimalist Holiday Gift Guide

    December 10, 2017

    With Christmas just 15 days away, I want to share my minimalist holiday gift guide!

    All of these items were hand-selected by your truly because of their simplicity, usefulness, or timeless design. You guys can shop this entire holiday gift guide online. AND several items are available to order via Amazon Prime – thank goodness for 2 day shipping!

    O N E

    Firewood Candle from H&M Home – $6

    T W O

    Lambswool Scarf by Kerry Woollen Mills of Ireland – $40

    T H R E E

    Black Tapered Candlesticks from H&M Home – $10

    F O U R

    Heima Cast Iron Candlestick Holder by Normann Copenhagen – $55

    F I V E

    Black Pepper and Ginger Hand Cream by Aromas Artesanales de Antigua – $12

    S I X

    Organic Hyaluronic Acid Serum by Asterwood Naturals – $16

    S E V E N

    Black Mercer Watch from Rosefield – $109

    E I G H T

    Paper Christmas Ornaments from H&M Home – $6

    N I N E

    2018 A5 Personal Calendar by Design Letters – $25

    T E N

    Smokey Charcoal Vase from H&M Home – $35

    Happy holidays and happy shopping!

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    Moving to Hamburg Germany

    December 8, 2017
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    10 days ’til takeoff!

    Even though everything is in order, all the preparations have been made, and I’m 98% packed, I still haven’t fully wrapped my head around the fact that I’m leaving my home country indefinitely. We will be moving to Hamburg Germany – at least in the beginning. We’ll spend the holidays with Sven’s family and then stay there for a few weeks while we figure out our true plan. Sven has been applying for jobs all around Europe. So far it looks like Sweden, Switzerland, and Germany are all possibilities!

    This season of life has certainly challenged me to let go of my “fear of the unknown”!

    It can feel a little overwhelming to not fully know what our plans will be. It’s not always easy to say, “I don’t exactly know where we’ll be going,” when people ask for the details. But with uncertainty comes excitement. And I’m excited that I get to live my life with the person who makes me feel the most complete. I have a feeling that I’ll carry that sense of completion no matter where we end up – be it Hamburg or Tel Aviv 😉 nothing’s off-limits with Sven.

    As of today however, we are moving to Hamburg Germany. I’ll be making a short stop in Lisbon Portugal along the way, and I’m excited to explore one more beautiful city. From there it’s all about family and the holidays! I can’t wait to visit a few Christmas markets after the jetlag has left me! 🙂

    The photos above where taken during our summer visit to Hamburg.

    I can’t wait to see how it looks with the beautiful Christmas lights!

    If you’re thinking about visiting Hamburg, check out this list of “25 Best Things To Do In Hamburg Germany”
    Talk soon,

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    December’s Personal Updates

    December 7, 2017
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    After taking a long break from blogging, I finally feel ready to pick up where I left off and share some personal updates!

    Since my last post, so many exciting changes have occurred – above are just a few of the highlights.

    Back in November, Sven came down from Washington D.C. for a few weeks. It was the first time since June that we have been together for more than 3 days! Although we were really busy, we still took a little bit of time to enjoy a few final brunches together in the flat where we’ve lived. It’s always been a favorite of ours. But honestly, who doesn’t enjoy relaxing in their pjs and eating yummy things? 😛

    Our going away party.

    My family and friends gathered together at my parents home for a going away party. I would be lying if I said I didn’t cry that night. It’s so hard to say goodbye to everyone, but I’m very thankful to have so much support and love from so many people! I’m also thankful that I got to hug everyone one last time since it will be a while before we’re together again.

    Work, the holidays, and packing.

    Towards the end of November, I had my final week of work at Davis. It was hard to say goodbye to all of my co-workers and I’m going to miss all of the creative and hands-on design and engineering work I did while I was there! But I’m excited to see how my career develops once we move. Then we jumped back into celebration mode and gathered at my parents home again to enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday and Sven’s brother’s birthday (he was in the country from Canada). Once the celebrations were over, it was time to begin packing up my flat and getting everything ready for the big move. I ended up selling/giving away a lot of my stuff. In fact, all of my belongings are sailing across the ocean now in a large parcel! They will arrive it Rotterdam a week after I arrive and then will be shipped to us in Germany. Both my mom and sister Emily came to help me move since Sven had already gone back to D.C. I couldn’t have done it without them!

    Shipping my belongings to Europe.

    I’ve received a lot of personal messages about the logistics of moving to Europe, so in a later post, I’m going to share more information about my full moving experience. A company called UPakWeShip has sponsored my move. They have been amazingly helpful throughout the whole process. And trust me. Moving to the opposite side of the world can be very stressful, so it’s nice to feel like my belongings are in good hands. 🙂

    Becoming an aunt – my most exciting update!

    On November 28th, I became an aunt! My oldest sister Jessica gave birth to a healthy baby girl. I have to be honest. As soon as I held her I couldn’t hold back the tears. She is just so beautiful, perfect, and tiny. They named her Darcy Noelle, and I’m so proud to call her my niece! I’m also very excited for my sister and her husband. It’s an amazing thing to see their family grow, and I’m thankful that I was still in the US when she came. I’ll get to spend a little more time with her before I fly out on the 18th!

    Right now, those are all the personal updates I have to share. It has been a super eventful month!

    I’m going to be making the blog a much bigger focus in my life since it has been growing over the last year and half. Stay tuned for more posts and updates! Sven and I have plans to expand the travel portion of my blog and have even been planning a project together! But I wont ruin the surprise. 😉


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    November Updates: Exciting Things To Come

    November 9, 2017
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    It has been a while since I’ve posted so I thought I would share some November updates. Boy – have I been busy!

    There is so much commotion going on in my life right now, and it’s not going to get any calmer for a while.

    But that’s ok. I’ve been working hard to embrace the ebb and flow of life during this busy season. Until we’ve officially made our move, I might not be sharing many post. Quite frankly, I just have too much going on right now.

    It’s wild how quickly the days have been passing. I’m still working full time, and Sven has still been living in Washington D.C. On top of my 45 hour work weeks, I’ve been busy every evening getting prepared for the move. Because of how expensive international shipping is, Sven and I have decided to sell most of my stuff. I’ll only be shipping a relatively small amount of things. The rest is being sold, donated, or passed along to friends and family.

    Saying goodbye to most of my belongings isn’t easy. But it’s a whole lot easier than saying goodbye to my family and friends! That is, hands-down, the most anxiety inducing thing I’m dealing with. Thankfully it’s not goodbye forever, and thanks to modern conveniences, it’s a lot easier to stay connected. Even from across the ocean.

    I’m grateful to say that the feelings of stress I’ve experienced have been massively outweighed by the amount of love and support I’ve been receiving from the people near and dear to me. It’s stressful to move halfway around the world, but I feel (mostly) calm about it knowing that I’m not doing it alone. For starters, I have Sven by my side every step of the way. And also, my family and friends have been here for me too. <3

    Tonight, Sven is heading my way on the train and will be in town for the next few weeks! After he arrives, we’ll be fitting in as much time as possible with the people we love. This weekend alone, we have dinner parties planned three nights in a row! How wonderful is that!? Next weekend, we’ll be gathering together with so many family and friends. My parents are hosting a big going away party for us – an “Auf Wiedersehen Rebecca and Sven” party. I’m looking forward to that gathering so much! THEN, the following week is the Thanksgiving Holiday. Sven’s brother is even coming to town to spend the holiday with us and my family.

    After that, Sven will go back to D.C. to finish his work and I will prepare to move out of my flat. In December, I’ll be living with my parents for the first few weeks before I fly out to meet Sven in Germany (he’s flying a few days before me from D.C.). During those weeks at my parents, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my older sister has her baby! She is due to have a sweet baby girl on December 16th and I just can’t wait to meet that little one! My flight is on the 18th. It could be a very close call if the baby decides to be late, and there’s a chance that I won’t get to meet her before I go if she is late! That would be so heart breaking to me. Hopefully she comes right on time. 🙂

    Once we’re in Germany, it will be time to start preparing for the Christmas Holiday! I’m looking forward to visiting a few Christmas markets with Sven’s mother. I will also get to meet the many of his extended family… eek! So many things to look forward to! And lastly, we have some travel planned for the end of December. Can you guess where we’re going?

    Sven and I will be bringing in the New Year in Greece!

    We’ve booked a large home in Athens and will be going with a large group of Sven’s close friends. I certainty have a lot to be thankful for. Those are all the November updates I have for now!


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    We’re Moving To Europe!

    October 24, 2017
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    This is a post that I’ve been wanting to share for quite some time! And now, it’s finally time to announce our big news – and no, we’re not having a baby. We heard that there were some speculations. 😉

    In December, Sven and I will be moving to Europe!

    We’ll be heading to Hamburg, Germany – the city where Sven grew up – just in time to celebrate the Holidays with his family. I know that he’s so excited to go home, and I’m excited that he is taking me with him!

    It was a huge decision to make, and every day has been somewhat of an emotional roller coaster. Funny enough, I feel like I’m still standing in line waiting to get on the ride! There is still so much to do between now and December, and the anticipation has been building for a while now. I don’t think it will begin to feel completely real until things are set into motion though! For the past few weeks, I’ve been slowly inching my way forward, trying to take care of all the little things one has to take care of before moving halfway around the world. But in spite of all the stresses that come with such a wild event, I’ve never felt more sure of anything in my entire life because I didn’t make this decision alone. I made it with my best friend.

    The most difficult part of this change, hands down, will be the distance between my family and friends. For the past few months, I’ve been spending every chance I get with the people I love – squeezing in as much time as possible before we have an ocean between us.

    To be completely honest, I don’t think the reality of this change has completely set in. This morning, I woke up and went to work like I would any other day. After work, I came home and spent the evening in my flat like I would any other night. But in exactly eight weeks from this very moment, I’ll be starting an entirely new chapter in my life. Thankfully I have Sven as my co-author 🙂   

    More updates to follow…


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    Three Healthy and Satisfying Salad Recipes

    October 22, 2017
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    I’ve been eating a lot of salads lately for several reasons. Salads can be a beautiful combination of fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients that are healthy and easy to assemble for one person.

    These are a few of the reasons why I love them so much. But salads can get super boring and unsatisfying really fast. Especially if you’re eating the same thing over and over again. That’s why it’s so important to be creative with your salad making game. I thought I would share a few of my favorite arugula based salad recipes. I‘ve been trying a range of combinations and they have all been so delicious!

    When it comes to making a good salad, the first thing to remember is that we eat with our eyes too. Take an extra minute to make your salad look beautiful and appealing. The more colors you can have on a plate, the better. Or maybe you like eating you dinner from your favorite dish. I like eating my food from a white plate because I find that it makes the food look the most appealing. There is nothing to compete with the color, form, or texture of the food when you are eating from the most simplistic dishes.

    Blackberry Fig Arugula Salad

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    Blackberry Fig Arugula Salad


    Sliced Figs
    Raw Sunflower Seeds
    Chopped Pecans
    Balsamic Vinegar

    Peach Coconut Arugula Salad

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    Peach Coconut Arugula Salad


    Sliced Peaches
    Dried Coconut Shavings
    Sliced Almonds
    Chia Seeds
    Balsamic Vinegar

    Plumcot Almond Arugula Salad

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    Plumcot Almond Arugula Salad


    Sliced Plumcots
    Sliced Almonds
    Raw Sunflower Seeds
    Balsamic Vinegar

    I hope that you guys like these recipes. If you like these types of “healthy and beautiful food” posts, leave me a comments and tell me about the types of salads you like to eat! 🙂 I’m always searching for new combinations!



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    Coffee Date With My Love: Washington DC

    October 18, 2017
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    If you’re on the hunt for the perfect spot for a D.C. patio coffee date and happen to be near Dupont Circle, be sure to check out Lil’B Coffee & Eatery.

    This little café this reminded me of one Sven and I visited while we were in Copenhagen. It’s set on a broad street lined with clean, mostly white buildings. Little black bistro tables are scattered around the fence-enclosed patio, and there are a few plants growing near by. To me, there is something calming about such an uncomplicated aesthetic. It’s like a breath of fresh air for your eyes.

    Our taste buds liked the coffee too! Sven and I are both (mostly) lactose free, so we opted for cappuccino made with almond milk – sehr gut!

    Lil’B Coffee & Eatery

    1515 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC

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    Washington DC Brunch Club: Le Diplomate

    October 16, 2017
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    Brunch is perhaps my favorite meal of the day. And Sunday brunch is hands-down my favorite meal of the week. No matter if we’re brunching out or at home, Sven and I always take weekend brunch as a serious matter 😉

    I spent the weekend with Sven again in DC. Every trip I’ve made so far to see him has felt like proper holidays even though they’ve all been short.

    On Sunday morning, we walked through the Dupont Circle Farmers Market (which is held every Sunday) before heading to our favorite Washington DC brunch spot, Le Diplomate. The walk to the restaurant is nice and I enjoy strolling by the rows of pretty houses which line Q and R street. There’s something about the slightly unkept patio gardens and shady sidewalks that make these streets so charming.

    Anyways, Le Diplomate might be one of DC’s finest brunch options (if you’re into French food). But really. Who isn’t into French food?

    We decided to go for one of our tried and true favorites – Duck Sarladaises, along with something entirely new – Salmon Carpaccio. Both were delicious. However, Sven wanted me to tell you all that the Duck Sarladaises we had on this particular Sunday didn’t quite live up to his memory of the Sarladaises we had during our previous visit. I’m only including this details so I can tease him for his pedanticness later 😛 

    So if you’re ever in Washington DC, be sure to stop by Le Diplomate

    1601 Fourteenth Street Washington DC

    I’ll share my outfit details in a later post – goodnight!

    Four Thoughts On Mindfulness

    October 11, 2017
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    Most of the time, the content I share on this blog doesn’t go far beyond what you can gain from face-value. But lately, I’ve been focusing a lot less on painting a pretty picture of my life. The season of life I’m in right now is full of change, and even though it’s all positive and exciting change, it’s still emotionally draining. In order to stay afloat, I’ve tried to shift my focus in ways that will help me better navigate the wild mix of events we have on our horizon.

    Today, I wanted to share these four thoughts on mindfulness with you guys. Hopefully this little list of reminders will bring some calmness to your life if you’re feeling spread thin. These are just a few things I’ve tried to remember in times when I’m feeling overwhelmed, stressed, tired, or anxious.

    M I N D F U L N E S S

    None of these statements are revolutionary by any means, and perhaps that’s what makes them so easy to forget.

    O N E

    There’s nothing wrong with saying “no”.

    Saying “no” sounds so simple; after all, it’s only two letters. But actually saying “no” can be quite difficult – especially if it’s to someone really important to you. If you’re feeling overloaded, don’t forget that it’s ok to dish out a few “no’s”. It won’t always be easy, and sure, there’s always going to be that one friend/family member who will try to guilt-trip you into changing your mind. Simply ask for a little extra understanding and hopefully the people in your life will be able to adjust their expectations. 

    T W O

    Accomplishing “everything” doesn’t always create a sense of accomplishment.

    I think that it’s human nature to try to accomplish as much as we possibly can in a single day. And even if it’s possible to cross off every nagging item on your “to-do list” in the span of 12 hours, the feeling of sheer exhaustion you might experience after all is finished could completely overshadow any sense of accomplishment you might experience. The reality is that there will always be more “to-do’s” to add to the list. Don’t forget to relax a little while enjoying what you’ve already accomplished before moving on to the next thing. 

    T H R E E

    Expressing how you feel does not make you weak or demanding.

    Of all the items on this list, this might be the hardest one to remember. So I’ll say it again. Expressing how you feel does not make you weak or demanding. I think we live in a time where we are expected to be easy-going and breezy about everything, including our feelings. But the truth is that everyone has feelings that need to be vocalized and understood. Another truth is that we often make mistakes without even realizing it. I know this is true because I myself do it all the time. Sometimes, the unintentional mistakes we make lead to the hurt feelings of the people around us. And sometimes, we’re on the other side of that equation. Misunderstandings can create a lot of relational stress, but open communication is the easiest way to prevent this from happening. So go ahead. Speak about your feelings. They don’t make you weak or demanding – they make you relatable. They make you human.

    F O U R

    It’s ok to have nothing to show.

    We live in a time when it seems as if every single day should be orchestrated as a picture-perfect event. Don’t believe me? Hop onto Instagram and you’ll quickly see what I’m taking about. I of all people would know considering my involvement in the perfectly curated world of social media and “lifestyle blogging”. But some days, I have absolutely nothing to show (at least with the rest of the world) and I’m completely ok with that. In fact, I’ve learned to embrace those day. There is absolutely nothing wrong with spending an entire Saturday stretched out on the sofa in your most unbecoming sweats – dirty dishes in the sink, laundry in the hallway still waiting to be washed, Netflix streaming in the background, and absolutely no one to impress. 



    Dreaming About Cozy Weather, Sweaters & Cafés

    October 11, 2017
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    Not even this mid-October heat wave can keep me from dreaming about cozy weather.

    It still doesn’t quite feel like fall yet thanks to this miserably hot and humid weather we’ve been experiencing. But I’ve still had sweaters, layers, all black outfits, and coffee dates on my mind.

    Above are a few of my favorite pins from Pinterest. If you haven’t already, check out some of my Pinterest boards. I’ve been trying to keep them better organized since Pinterest got rid of the “like” feature. This has helped me a lot when searching for inspiration, and I like the fact that I’ve become more intentional with the information I collect. Like most bloggers/designers, Pinterest is one of my main sources for inspiration. Lately I’ve been spending a lot more time “dreaming about” stuff than I have been creating content. And that’s ok. For me, creativity and motivation seems to come and go in waves.

    To be completely honest, life has been so jam-packed that I haven’t been dedicating much time to my personal creative development. But that’s ok too. At some point or another, when things calm down a little, I’ll circle back around and find myself in a whole new creative space. But until then, this blog (and my personal creative time) will be the first department to take a cut as I adjust the way I budget my time.

    Pretty soon, I’ll be sharing some very exciting updates. Sven and I have some news to announce which is the main reason why my focus hasn’t really been much on the blog. But until then, you guys will just have to wait!

    That’s all I have to share for tonight.