What I Wore to Moscow, Russia's Bolshoi Theatre for a Swan Lake Performance

Dress c/o* (On sale!) | Pumps | Belt | Bracelet c/o* (On sale!) | Necklace (Similar) The Bolshoi is a historic theatre in Moscow that opened in 1856. (Pictures of it are at the end of this post.) One of the most famous ballet performances to see at the Bolshoi is Swan Lake. This is because Swan Lake was composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, who is a famous Russian composer, and it originally premiered at the Bolshoi in 1877. My… Read more »

Standard’s Carry on Backpack Review

My husband and I travel A LOT. We both have different ideas of what makes a good piece of luggage, though. So, when I had the opportunity to check out Standard’s Carry-on backpack, I thought it would be a good idea to have both of us try it out and really give a thorough review of this carry-on luggage! This may not mean much to those of you who don’t know him personally…but my husband is also the pickiest, most… Read more »

8 Things Solo Traveling Taught Me

Guest Post by Rachel O’Conner There’s traveling—and then there’s traveling alone. Every person, and especially every woman, should experience a solo journey at least once in their life. There are freedoms, challenges, and surprises that simply don’t occur when you’re with friends and family. You don’t have familiar people to lean on, so you have to puzzle-solve yourself. If you’re really up for the challenge, try a solo trip abroad, perhaps in a country where you’re not familiar with the… Read more »

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This is a great time of year to head to New Orleans – the temps are nearly perfect for walking and exploring, and you won’t have the crowds from Mardi Gras or Jazz Fest. 4 days in New Orleans is plenty of time to get a good feel of the city at a relaxed pace. I’m sharing how we spent our 4 days here and a few tips for planning your New Orleans itinerary. Plus, I’ll share some suggestions if… Read more »

Femme Luxe Review

I recently had the opportunity to try 4 different pieces of clothing from online retailer Femme Luxe. I was rather skeptical at first, the website seemed a little sketchy. However, I’ve had great luck ordering from some overseas companies who have rather “sketchy” websites. So, I decided to give it a go! This post will be my honest opinion of the clothing pieces I received – but please note, I have only worn each item of clothing for a short… Read more »

*The $100 ModCloth gift card giveaway is at the end of the post. Swimsuit season is not too far away! For the last 5 years, this polka dot, high-waisted bikini has been my favorite swimsuit. It’s incredibly comfortable, it’s cute and it’s held up remarkably well! It’s an Esther Williams bikini I bought from ModCloth more than 5 years ago, along with this giant sun hat. I had initially been deterred by the high price tag, but it more than… Read more »

7 Things To Know Before Floating in the Dead Sea

Floating in the Dead Sea is one of the highlights of my trip to Israel. Heck, it’s one of the cooler experiences of my life. Because the Dead Sea has such a high salt concentration, you literally float in it. It’s incredible! I read a lot of different articles on it before I went, but it still didn’t prepare me for it. I think it’s the closest I’ll ever get to weightlessness! Before you embark on this adventure, though, there… Read more »

Displate Metal Posters

Remember when my husband and I bought a house…and then went to live in Russia? Goodness, that feels like a lifetime ago. (If you missed all that commotion, click here.) We’ve been living in Russia since August…but we’ve still had a house in the United States that we intend to permanently move into at some point. For anyone new here, we have been moving here, there and everywhere for the last 6 years. We had given up nearly everything we… Read more »

4 Tips for Shopping Ethical Fashion on a Budget

You might already know the tried-and-true shopping tricks of buying all your clothes in one predetermined color scheme or buying last year’s fashions on sale at the turn of the season. However, when you add the ethical element card to the mix, getting nice-looking clothes at a reasonable price, that also doesn’t harm anything or anyone, gets trickier. You really have to think about your purchases and know how to shop. Fortunately, ethical shopping can be done and right in… Read more »

Styling a Tweed Dress for Spring

Dress c/o* | Coat c/o* | Bag | Wedges (Similar) | Sunglasses (Similar) | Tights | Earrings Tweed is one of those fabrics I always picture wearing in colder months. However, there’s no reason you can’t wear your tweed in spring! This tweed dress is actually a perfect transition piece from the chilly winter months to beautiful sunshiny days of spring and early summer. It is great with a pair of tights and heels or pair it with some black… Read more »

Kedumim Square

Tel Aviv is one of the most interesting cities I have ever visited. I’ve been traveling nearly nonstop for the last 5 years, so I’m now getting to be one of those annoying people who is always comparing places to other places I’ve been. “Oooh, this feels so much like Tokyo! Doesn’t this little cafe remind you of that one in Buenos Aires? I’m getting some serious Sydney vibes here!” And then whoever is near me will likely want to… Read more »

What I Wore to Explore Tel Aviv, Israel

Dress (Similar here) | Sneakers | Bag | Sunglasses (Similar) | Earrings | Watch c/o* I know my last post about my trip to Israel painted it in a bit of a negative light. However, that was just one day of the trip. My time spent exploring Tel Aviv was relaxing and beautiful. It also included a lot of walking! We stayed at the Sheraton hotel and then meandered along the cost to Old Jaffa and spent the day exploring… Read more »

*Thank you to Sarah for writing this post and Friday’s post for Have Clothes, Will Travel. I really appreciate it! I’m currently driving 3 hours north in Wisconsin to visit my grandparents, so I am very grateful to have someone picking up my blogging slack these last few days (again). Enjoy Sarah’s posts! Guest Post by Sarah Saker When it comes to Las Vegas and its many festivities, you get a little bit of everything. You have swimming pools, shopping,… Read more »

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*Thank you to Sarah for writing this post and Monday’s post for Have Clothes, Will Travel. I really appreciate it! I’m currently on a plane on my way back to the United States! I’m really excited to be heading home to visit family. I will also be driving 3 hours north in Wisconsin to visit my grandparents this Monday, so I am very grateful to have someone picking up my blogging slack these next few days (again). Enjoy Sarah’s posts!… Read more »

The Western Wall

I’ve experienced boring tours, tours with rude guides and tours that just aren’t all that organized. However, the “Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Bethlehem, & More Group Tour” has taken the cake as the worst tour I have ever done in my life. It was a complete disaster from start to finish. This type of tour is meant for someone who has VERY limited time in Israel but still wants to try to see the highlights. (Hi, that’s me!) In order for… Read more »

The Perfect, Vintage-Inspired Dress for Spring

Dress c/o* | Cardigan | Keds | Necklace | Earrings | Sunglasses (Similar) I’m taking a little break from heavy sweaters, coats and boots to feature the most perfect, vintage-inspired dress for spring! Thanks to my little weekend getaway to Tel Aviv, Israel…I was actually able to experience some amazing, spring weather. It was glorious! The trip to Tel Aviv itself was a cool, yet complicated experience to say the least, though. Some parts were amazing, while others will go… Read more »

7 Spring Break Destinations in the South

*Thank you to Janelica for helping me out with this guest post today! I’m currently in Israel exploring with Tourist Israel! You can follow along in my InstaStories, here. Guest post by Janelica Johnson Spring break season is finally here and you’ll want to get your itinerary together sooner than later to lock in the best hotel and flight deals, buy tickets to local events and start shopping for vacation. Many regions in the southern part of the United States… Read more »

Siberian Banya

Experiencing a Russian Banya should be at the top of your travel itinerary for Russia, especially if you’re visiting during winter! For this post, I’ll explain what a banya is, what to expect when visiting one and share some funny videos and photos from our experience! (I’m jumping into a frozen lake in one video, haha.) Enjoy! *This experience is highlighting Put-in Tours’ “Moscow Day Tour to Sergiev Posad with Banya & Dinner.” We did this when my brother-in-law, Ryan,… Read more »

Comfy, Cosy & Chic Outfit

Sweater c/o* | Boots | Jeans | Bag | Necklace | Earrings | Sunglasses Golly, would you look at that…an outfit post! It’s been a while. This is mainly due to me wanting to start showing spring outfits, but not yet having spring weather. It is COLD and snowy in Russia. Shocking, right? So, I’m still featuring comfy, cozy, winter outfits. However, this sweater is not nearly as warm as I thought it was going to be. If I wear… Read more »

25 Dazzling Photos of Moscow, Russia During Winter

Moscow, Russia during the winter is really a sight to behold! Calling it a “winter wonderland” is a bit of an understatement. I am continually amazed by the beauty of this city after a fresh snowfall. (I would also venture to say, that visiting Russia during the winter is an even more magical experience than visiting during summer!) The majority of these photos are from central Moscow, and I didn’t include a ton of Red Square photos this time…because that… Read more »

Tombs of the Kings in Paphos

Guest Post by Kateryna Makarenko Cyprus is a small Mediterranean island with a heaven-like climate. It is full of historical and natural attractions, located in the northeastern part of the Mediterranean Sea. The magnificent nature, beaches, alluring white sands, and pure azure sea waters, the most sophisticated entertainments, numerous tourist sights, concealing a long history — a mysterious island combines all of this and even more into a perfect mixture of something for everyone. Because of the merging of Turkish… Read more »

The Museum of Cosmonautics - Is it Worth Adding to Your Moscow Itinerary?

When it comes to must-visit places in Moscow, Russia, the Museum of Cosmonautics generally doesn’t make the same lists as The Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral or the Bolshoi Theatre…however, does that mean it’s not worth adding to your Moscow itinerary? This post will explain! What is the Museum of Cosmonautics? The Museum of Cosmonautics is a museum dedicated to space exploration. It charts the history of the Russian space race and famous Russian astronauts and has an impressive variety of… Read more »

Out of This World Dress

Dress c/o* | Cardigan c/o* | Boots | Bag | Belt | Sunglasses (Similar) There were many different things I wanted to be when I grew up and astronomer was among my list of dream professions at 6 years old. I loved looking at the stars and learning the constellations. Turns out, though, there’s a bit more to being an astronomer than that…and I’m terrible at science. So, being an astronomer never really worked out. However, a dress with a… Read more »

How to Spend 2 Days in St. Petersburg During the Winter

Visiting St. Petersburg, Russia in wintertime is a magical experience. You just have to be sure to bring some VERY warm clothes and adjust your itinerary accordingly. Certain famous attractions, like the Peterhof fountains, will be drained…and taking a canal ride? Yeah, that’s not happening. But don’t let that deter you – the beautiful, winter wonderland more than makes up for it, and perhaps you could replace that canal ride with a horse-drawn sleigh ride? (Yes, please!) Now, two days… Read more »

The Top 5 Cathedrals Worth Seeing in St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia has an impressive amount of beautiful buildings to visit! We’ve already covered some of the awe-inspiring palaces. Now, this list will be for its jaw-dropping cathedrals. If you have the time, I hope you visit all the cathedrals in St. Petersburg! However, if you’re on a time crunch in St. Petersburg, like we were, this list will help you determine the highlights – plus, it is possible to visit them in two days or less. The Top… Read more »

What to Know Before Touring the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia

The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia is home to more than 1 million works of art and nearly 3 million exhibits in total. It’s actually the 2nd largest art museum in the world! (#1 is the Louvre.) The Hermitage is an absolute must-visit on your trip to St. Petersburg. This post will give a little background on it, as well as how to really make the most of your tour there! Brief History of the State Hermitage Museum… Read more »

Byron Lars Dress - 5 Tips for Shopping on Anthropologie

Dress (Sold out. Similar options here & here) | Boots (Similar) | Tights After years of only window shopping on Anthropologie, this last year I finally took the plunge and did some real shopping on their site…and I haven’t looked back since! The reason I would only window shop on Anthropologie and never buy, was because the prices would give me major sticker shock. However, there are some ways around those big price tags, and I learned a few other… Read more »