utah & colorado: the essentials

telluride - utah packingTomorrow Dina and I leave for an adventure out west, first spending a few days in Moab, Utah and then heading on to Telluride, Colorado where we will meet up with friends for the week.  I’ve never been to either and like all travel, I’m super excited to explore another part of the world.  Coming off of the photography workshop I took last weekend (more on that later!), I look forward to all of the epic scenery nature has to offer.  Our time in Moab includes sleeping on a ranch, romantic dinners, hiking, and exploring the red rocks in the surrounding national parks.  While in Telluride, it’s about snowboarding/skiing, lodges, the spa, cozy dinners, quality time with friends and checking out the town.  Since the two legs of our trip are completely different in not only activity but temperature too, I was thoughtful when packing to ensure that most items in my suitcase would cross function.  Everything goes from day to night with just the switch of a shoe.  I didn’t want to overpack and needed to be strategic and efficient when deciding what to bring.  When going on a long trip, the best way to optimize space in your bag is by editing down items that can all work together.  Choosing a color story or sticking with a foundation of basics in black, grey or denim will allow for easy outfit making!  And when you’re on vacation and constantly on the go, getting dressed should be a no brainer.  Better to spend the time with your head up, taking notice to what’s going on around you!  With that said, here’s a snapshot of a few essentials, along with this fur vest, chambray shirt, silk cami and black blazer for layering.

I can’t wait to come back with so much goodness to share with you from the trip.  In the meantime, follow along on instagram since I will be posting along the journey as we go!

Have a fantastic weekend and week ahead!  xx jenny

Shop Itplaid shirt // leggings // ski hat // polarized sunnies // overalls // cozy boots // sporty sweats // versatile sweatshirt // furry cardigan // down jacket // hiking sneakers

travel: LA

los ángelesHello and happy friday!  Tomorrow we head out to LA to visit Dina’s family.  New York City is home and definitely has my heart, but every time out west, LA pulls on its strings.  We’ve fantasized about moving there, landing in Malibu and enjoying year-round beach life in a house like David & Yolanda Foster’s (shameless Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reference).  But we’d settle for a little surf shack too.  Until then, escaping this brutal winter of polar-vortexing for a bit will suffice.  For the next five days, follow me on instagram where instead of posting photos like this, they should hopefully look somewhat like above.  Happy weekend!  xx jenny

photo via pinterest

what’s your magic?

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There aren’t many experiences in life that bring you real magic.  The kind that makes your heart explode and mind expand in unimaginable ways, allowing emotions to run pure, wild and free.  Euphoria.  This week my best friend brought new life into the world when she gave birth to her sweet son, Jonah Mason.  That was magic.  Walking down the aisle into my wife’s arms to vow our life together in front of everyone that mattered to us.  That was magic too.  And then there was India.  Yesterday after reading A House in the Hills where the feature was on a trip to Cinque Terre, Italy – I began to take (as Sarah put it), “a stroll down travel memory lane” too.  India is an assault on your senses – both good and bad.  It rocks your world without asking, propelling you towards a spiritual journey that brings a 360 degree perspective to your own life.  It takes you so far outside your comfort zone,  there is no choice left but to dive inward and explore the thoughts, questions and obstacles that cross your mind.  An inner challenge between everything you thought you knew, but didn’t.  You become acutely aware of the smallness of your existence and come to understand the grandness of the world.  Time has stood still in India.  Traditions that have been diluted in other countries continue steady and strong.  Culture is woven into all aspects of living.  From dress to food to lifestyle – it remains a rich country, with deep sustaining roots.  Out of all places I’ve been in my life – India has left a permanent mark and changed me forever.  There was me before I went.  And there is me now.  Here’s a peek into some of our photos from the trip.

I hope you too find a little magic this weekend.  xx jenny

* I dedicate this post to my best friend Mika and her husband Ryan who experienced real magic this week.  Welcome to the world, baby Jonah!

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viva espana!

Dina and I vacationed in Barcelona back in 2009 and fell in love with the city and country. We loved it so much that we discussed buying a second home there rationalizing “it’s just a little bit further than California, why not?” (Don’t worry Mom, that fantasy was short lived.)  One of the aspects that I truly identified with was their fashion sense. A relaxed bohemian style with an edge, it felt relatable and just my speed. The women were beautiful, confident and chic but not in a forced way. I loved it! While shopping one day we found the most amazing retail store called Massimo Dutti and both could not get enough of it. It reminded me of Zara (my favorite store) so no surprise that they are owned by the same parent company, Inditex.  Like the GAP in the States and H&M in Europe, there was one on every corner. We went into all of them saying to each other “this one may have something different than the last – we can’t miss out.” I’m ecstatic to tell you all that this Spanish gem has arrived in NYC. It opened this past October (the store is on Fifth between 55th and 56th) and today I paid it my first visit.

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It was everything I remembered so I stacked up on some great sweaters (that were on sale) and super cute spring pants. I had to share this news because if you’re like me and appreciate this expression of style (a more refined Zara), the price points are fantastic!  And for all you boys out there – you’re in luck! They carry Mens. Go check it out and tell me what you think. Happy shopping!!!! A few things I picked up today:

Screen Shot 2013-01-19 at 3.25.48 PMFrom left to right: White Sweater (in store only), $69.90 (sale price), Pleated Palazzo Trousers, $98.50, Fantasy Swan Sweater w/ Twisted Yarn, $49.90 (sale price), Trousers, $89.90 (in store only)

More of my favorites from Massimo Dutti:

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