carmel valley ranch

i was lucky to spend my birthday weekend at the beautiful carmel valley ranch in carmel valley, california.  the property was spectacular, and the staff was welcoming and lovely. i sadly didn’t get a shot of our room before our things exploded all over it, so let’s start with the view from our balcony.

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one of the property’s many hiking trails

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vineyard

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the sunrise from our balcony

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amazing outdoor tub

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our room’s two-way fireplace

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pumpkin pancakes.  the hotel’s food so absolutely delicious.

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huevos rancheros

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just in: classic black pumps

how long do your shoes last?  i mean the ones that you actually wear, not the ones that are reserved for weddings or nights where the main activity is sitting at a restaurant.  i have a pair that are over 5 years old, though i was admittedly precious with them the first few years i wore them.  some others make it 1-2 years tops.

i try to extend my shoes’ lives by buying good quality and spending time with my cobbler, but sometimes that is not enough.  i bought these manolos with the hope they would be forever pieces, but 2.5 years later the suede was scuffed up beyond repair and my feet slipped out so often that i began tripping.  the manolos were meant to replace these, which lasted about 2 years.

clearly i haven’t learned my lesson with the black suede, because i picked up these sergio rossi classic pumps on super sale.  i hope they don’t stretch as much, and that my next post on classic black pumps is more than 2.5 years after this one.

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dubrovnik

the impetus for this trip to croatia was largely to see dubrovnik.  i had heard so much about this magical city, and yes, even though it was crowded and sometimes hot, it was just as magical as people have described.  the cliffs, the red roofs, the winding stone streets, the shining diamond of the ocean…i still see it all in my dreams.  there are very few places that i feel the urge to revisit, but dubrovnik is certainly on that list.

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split and hvar, croatia

the upside of being incredibly delinquent in posting vacation photos is that you get to relive the memories of sun, sand, and the most impossibly blue and clear water while it is freezing and dark outside.  croatia has been on my list for years, and it exceeded my expectations.

these photos were taken in split and hvar.  although they look similar, each place had its own unique feel.  i would totally recommend trying to go to each for those of you considering a euro trip.

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paris snapshots 1

i’m finally getting around to loading some of my vacation pictures from august.  every time i go back, i am in awe of paris’s unspeakable beauty.  i still dream of being able to live there one day, even if its only for a few months.

i stayed at the hotel thoumieux.  i can’t believe it has been 5 years since my first post about this place.

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pistachio cake

i am going through a big pistachio phase lately.  ice cream, cookies, pie, and cake….i want it all covered in pistachios.  i tried this amazing recipe from smitten kitchen, and the cake turned out to be a decadent breakfast.

hey, the strawberries make it healthy, okay?

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