A day in Athens…

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Ok… back to travel posts!  Here are some snaps from our day in Athens.  

I will start by saying that going to Athens was initially, the most important part of our cruise.  I had these grandiose visions of Athens in all of its white, shining, godly, historical, glory, but what I encountered was nothing like I'd expected.  Because, as I've mentioned, we did very little planning going into this adventure (as with most of our (mis)adventures)), I really, truly, thought I'd wake up, look outside and see a hill covered in white houses with blue shutters.  

Not the case.  Apparently, that's only in the Greek Isles.  What I did see, was a hill covered in buildings covered in graffiti, which was cool, but definitely not what I'd bargained for.  The ship docked outside of Athens proper, so we had to wander around and then take a train up to the Acropolis.  

I kid you not, there were about 5,000 people on the Acropolis at 9 AM on a TUESDAY in the off season.  It was insane.  Now, when you look at these photos, you're probably going to think "What a liar.  There is no one there!" but my camera has amazing zoom and I sat and waited for my shots. 

When we got down from the hill, we wandered around, did some shopping (and ended up with about 20 different evil eye souvenirs… meant to bring luck…) and then my gyro dripped grease all over my beautiful leather bag, so I'm not totally convinced that the talismans work… but what can I say?  C'est la vie! 

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The day I inadvertently became an ice princess…

Monday, October 27, 2014
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Well, tout le monde… it's finally happened.  The unfortunate pixie cut of 2011 has completely grown out and I can actually style my hair.  Because I am recovering (oh, please, right?) from vacation AND because our shower only has one temperature (lukewarm) and the heat hasn't kicked on just yet, I opted not to take a shower after work the other night.  That meant that I had to get up early to shower in the morning and invariably became distracted by emails and coffee and packing lunch and forgot to dry my hair.  

Since it is flu season, I really didn't want to go out with wet hair, so I put it into a quick low side braid and topped it off with a hat that I crocheted last week and thought nothing more of it.  However, upon walking in to work, a 3-year old pointed at me and, with wide eyes, said "Mommy… it's ELSA!!!"

I thought it was pretty cute and moved on with my day, but by the time I got home in the evening, no less than 8 different children had told me or whispered under their breaths to their parents that I looked like the ice queen in the flesh!  

… guess I know what I'm going to be for Halloween!  

Today's makeup was applied using this wonderful brush set and coral lipstick from Born Pretty! 

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Travel surprises…

Sunday, October 26, 2014
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Bonjour, tout le monde!  I have to give ya'll a giagantic thank you/merci/danke for sticking with me after completely disappearing for a week and then being all over the place (literally and figuratively!).  I'm trying to get outfit posts and travel posts and giveaways up all at the same time, so things may be a tad disjointed around here for the next week or so!  Anyway, enough of that!  On to Croatia! 

I have to say that Croatia has probably been the biggest surprise for me during my time in Europe and our day in Dubrovnik was my favourite day of the cruise!  I will admit (with my head hanging low) that I really never thought about Croatia.  In my mind, it was a Slavic country that was still war torn from the end of last century and that's about all I really knew/cared to know/thought of it.  Boy, was I surprised to wake up, wander out of our windowless interior cabin and see what was outside!  

Dubrovnik was AMAZING!  Beautiful, old architecture, white marble streets, shimmering ocean, and a vast marina greeted me!  While yes, I did to a tidbit of planning for the cruise (note: when SB and I travel, we usually focus on getting ourselves somewhere, planning a place to sleep, and then figuring out what to do once we're there and settled), and knew that I wanted to walk on "the wall" (because I looked Dubrovnik up on Pinterest before leaving), I had no clue how amazing it would be!  The views were breathtaking.  

If you ever visit Dubrovnik and only have a short time to spend there, I highly recommend changing some money, walking the wall (they only take Kuna), grabbing some ice cream and doing some people watching!  

Already been to Dubrovnik?  What did you do?  What did you like?  What did I miss? 

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: Harry Potter house ring giveaway…

Friday, October 24, 2014

It's Friday, Friday… post a new giveaway on Friday!  Well, tout le monde, this week for your #freebiefriday, I solemnly swear that I'm up to no good!  

My birthday was last week and because my pals were all busy and I was feeling lazy after a week of travel, I didn't end up having the Harry Potter-themed party I had initially planned on having (though I did spend the day in my Ravenclaw ring, Ravenclaw scarf, with my Luna Lovegood wand and having an HP movie marathon all day).  Because I didn't end up having the party, my pal at NiqueGeek and I have decided to throw a virtual HP party!  That means that one lucky reader will win a custom Harry Potter house ring of their choice!  Even if you're not a Hogwarts dork like me, these rings still look chic with everyday outfits! Check out how I wore mine in Venice last week!  

Felix Felicis, ya'll! 

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Enjoy the views…

Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Remember how I told you a few weeks ago that my all-black outfit made me feel like a total BAMF?  I've done it again!  I felt like the absolute chicest tourist in all of Venice in this simple outfit and I kinda, sorta think it shows in this photograph (also, Soldier Boy was feeling nice and relaxed and actually happy to take outfit photos while wandering around the city, so that may have a little something to do with this, as well). 

I would love to drone on and on about Venice, but I think I gave ya'll a pretty good update on my impression of the city a few days back.  Please sit back, relax, and enjoy another photo montage of a morning of wandering the city, and afternoon of getting settled on the cruise ship, some fabulous views of the city as we sailed away, and a quick pic of how I turned my day outfit into a night outfit! 

(my nails match the water in the canal!!!)

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