When I met the F Family, I had just returned home from over 20 hours in airports and air travel. I couldn’t hear out of both ears and I had the worst congestion ever. Normally, I wouldn’t schedule a session immediately after returning from vacation (especially one with a 7 hour time difference), but we had already rescheduled once due to the weather and I didn’t want to push it back any further. Plus, I knew it couldn’t have been easy for Damaris and Oliver to rally the troops in the car (along with the snacks, toys, change of clothes, etc…) and head out to our session in Ringwood Manor. So cancelling was definitely out the question. Luckily, they made my job that day a piece of cake! I rallied up enough energy to keep up with their three adorable boys , captured their family in action and then returned home to crash at the sight of my bed for 12 hours straight! Damaris, Oliver and O.M.D: thank you for being patient with your sick and jet-lagged photographer and for allowing me the pleasure to hang out with your beautiful family that day! You guys are awesome!
Even though I’m the absolute worst when it comes to sending snail mail, I’m like a kid on Christmas morning when I receive a pretty package in the mail. This week was a particulary good mail week because I received a sparkly one courtesy of my good friend Katrina of Pugly Pixel, who wanted to share her gorgeous vintage sequin collection with some of her blog friends. She even indulged my special request for “blue” ones and it arrived all wrapped up with those special touches that make “Pixel Mail” the absolute best….thanks Katrina! And you can get in on the bling action too, click here to download a free sample of her “Razzle Dazzle Dizzle” sequin clusters – perfect for sprucing up your blog and photos!
This week I also received my subscription of Travel & Leisure featuring my absolute favorite Greek destination on the cover: Santorini! It won this year’s award for the “Best Overall Island” and “Best European Island” and I couldn’t agree more! The issue couldn’t have come at a more perfect time as I will soon start recapping the Santorini portion of the trip. So in case you don’t want to take my word for how breathtaking this island really is, now you have Travel & Leisure’s stamp of approval too!
So the new season of Sons of Anarchy is around the corner and I’m so excited! Who knew that I would be such a fan of leather and biker dudes, especially since you won’t catch me anywhere near a motorcycle when I’m home. But when I’m on vacation, it’s a completely different story. It’s become a tradition of sorts to rent a moped (granted a moped is not a Harley, but close enough!) so we can explore our island vacation destination at our leisure and it’s something I look forward to doing on every trip. Kleber does the driving, I just sit back and enjoy the warm sun and breeze. Even though there are always touristic attractions to see, it’s nice to explore the remote locations off the beaten path and get a more holistic sense of the island, its people and culture. In Mykonos, we rented a 4-wheeler (we couldn’t rent a moped without a motorcycle license) and drove to the highest point of the island where we were able to watch the sunset all to ourselves, as well as explore life outside of the buzzing town center. As the sun sets on this portion of our trip, I leave you with these last images from our time in Mykonos.