My Favorite Things in London

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If you had asked me two years ago if I would lead the life I currently lead, I wouldn’t have even been able to imagine the possibility and would have laughed at the thought. I was just a (fabulous if I dare say) girl in NYC, working 6-7 days a week, meeting girlfriends for trips to the beach and subconsciously trying not to focus on all the bad dates and constant worry I would be alone forever (haha) when I met Dragan at a rooftop bar for 3 minutes, not recognizing that moment would change my path forever. Then, several months later, making the conscious decision to take another path and move to Europe and marry this man. Voilà and here I am, and I’ve been so lucky to travel to my favorite place on a regular basis. In fact, I had never been to London when I met Dragan, but I had always dreamed of it, often speaking in a British accent for days on end and to my friends’ chagrin. 🙂

Now, I go to London often, and while I am no expert, I wanted to share my favorite things thus far. Continue reading “My Favorite Things in London”

Casual looks as Spring makes its Way into Switzerland

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This week has been truly fantastic! Dragan and I went to London for a night (blog to come) and the weather was fantastic and, we were lucky enough to return home to lovely Spring weather here too! This has come just in time for me as I feel Winter had finally begun to wear me down. Continue reading “Casual looks as Spring makes its Way into Switzerland”

Video from Dubai

Hi everyone! I know I wrote two posts already on Dubai, and I showered praises on the city, which I still do, of course, and I wanted to show this video of us in front of the Burj Khalifa, and tell the one sort of unfortunate experience!

I loved visiting, but it IS still an Islamic country, and so you really need to be respectful….don’t make out in public, don’t ever give the middle finger, don’t dress trashy….etc. Although I don’t like being told what to do, I don’t mind those things, but the hypocrisy is, in my opinion, that there is a lot of prostitution in Dubai. I feel like prostitution should be frowned upon as severely as making out in public……right???
And once again, as in Monaco, I was mistaken for a prostitute! What the HECK! I’m guessing it’s because I’m very blonde, I usually wear red lipstick, and although in the US, I look like a typical blonde girl from the South, in Europe, I seem to have a Russian prostitute look!
So, we finished dinner downtown and we were going to walk around and walk over to the Burj Khalifa. We walked down to the Main Street from the restaurant and Dragan decided he should use the restroom so he ran back up to the restaurant, which was located in a très chic hôtel. Here’s where I can be a little dumb. Having lived alone in NYC for so long, I often think of myself invincible (I only get scared at night if I’m in the country) so I said I wanted to stand on the corner and keep looking around. So. I’m standing on a busy road…..on the corner…..by myself…..at 10pm in Dubai…..idiot.
Then a Range Rover pulls up with an Emirate in the driver seat. He rolls down the window, and I kid you not, says, “hello lady. Are you looking for someone to go to the hotel with? Would you like to go with me?”. Here I became nervous, because although Dubai is liberal, the Emirates can do whatever they want (from what I hear) and if a woman gets raped, SHE can go to prison. What to do……what to do……
So I said, “Oh. Thank you very much for that offer sir. I’m an American and waiting for my husband who is coming right back. Thank you again!”. He smiled, nodded and drove off and I walked myself quickly (very quickly!) straight back up to the hotel where said man was pulling up…..and stood by the doorman and stared straight ahead waiting for Dragan to walk out!!!
From what I’m told, I get mistaken as a prostitute when I’m dressed up nicely because here in Europe and in Dubai I guess, Russian prostitutes make a lot a lot a lot of money and are very well presented, and often you can’t pick them out. I am so naive!!!!

So that is my one story that made me think, “Sarah…..just remember, when traveling, to remember where you are in the world”.

Then we walked to the Burj Khalifa and shot this little video……enjoy!!!

Visiting Dubai……Part II

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I’ve been trying to think of how I could describe my first trip to Dubai. Before going, I felt nervous, yet excited, but mostly uncertain, as I couldn’t comprehend what it would be like actually going to that part of the world. I will start by saying I Loved it 100%, I felt very safe, and was absolutely surprised at how familiar it felt.

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Dubai Part 1

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We arrived in Dubai late Thursday night and it has been fantastic as the moment we stepped into the hotel, we have been treated like royalty. I guess this is the way in Dubai, as service is unparalleled. Checking in at 2am, we were brought fresh passion fruit juice and hand towels as we waited in the lobby and had a staff of 4 looking after us. Our first day, we were quite lazy and spent the day sleeping in then lounging at he beach. The only unfortunate event is that there is a sandstorm this weekend. Dubai has a sandstorm once or twice a year as the season changes, and it is disappointing as we can’t see too much. We are here for Work though, and it is warm,so I can’t complain too much.

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Last night we went to a dinner party at a house belonging to an associate of Dragan’s, and wow, it was a treat. They have a villa on Palm Dubai with a pool and their own private beach, and it was laid back and exquisite at the same time. I met some great girls, and three were from Geneva…..small world……and I was able to wear my red Hervé Léger dress that I’ve been waiting to wear for a year. We were overdressed but I didn’t care. 🙂

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Today we are taking it easy again as there was a fire last night in Dubai that makes us not want to go to the Marina. I believe we are going to Atlantis now and we have dinner with more people tonight. I hope the sand clears some so we can get some more experiences and pictures to share with you all! For those who are wondering, Dubai is super safe, and did you know, only local consist of only 11% of Dubai’s population. The rest are expatriates. It’s crazy! It feels a bit like Miami, mixed with Las Vegas, mixes with Disney World, and you lack for nothing. Follow me on Instagram for updated pics!! ❤️❤️❤️

Valentine’s Day is Coming!

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Hey Everyone! Dad—Be warned–This is a Girly post. 🙂 Most women are thinking about Valentine’s Day that is coming this weekend, be it negatively or positively. I remember being single in NYC for so long, and dreading the day I knew I wouldn’t be getting any flowers…….. but in a sense, I loved that time. Continue reading “Valentine’s Day is Coming!”

Getting Organized

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Hey everyone! I hope you are having a great day and feeling fantastic as we sail into the middle of our week.
I’m a pretty organized person, but I tend to keep track of it all in my head, so I wanted to get a planner to help me keep track on PAPER. Paper…….that illusive object we hardly ever use anymore, as we hold everything we need in our smartphone……but that I find suits my mind much more. I find it soothing to write things in paper and I enjoy pretty patterns and beautifully colored pens. I really enjoy browsing through luxe paper stores, as I appreciate the attention to detail as well as the effort to making ordinary things beautiful! After some searching, I have found the perfect planner and they come from Erin Condren.

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Although she offers many products, I chose to buy a Life Planner on her website I cannot begin to explain how wonderful these organizers are to own!!! Packed with all you need as well as an array of additions such as stickers and extra notepads, personalized monograms, gift cards and inspirational quotes. I LOVE it!
I love how pretty it is and how excited I feel to pull it out in public, as I customized mine with a wedding photo on the back, as well as sitting down to plan over a cup of coffee! I’m enamored with writing in my notepad with as it is lined with flowers and has my name on across the top, and I can’t express how freeing it feels to be organized and have all my notes, addresses, events and plans in one spot!

Check out Erin Condren! You will feel so special when it arrives at your door in stunning packaging, I promise you won’t regret it!

Let me know if you have one already or if you like the different patterns on her website! Shop Here!

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LIVE SIMPLY. DREAM BIG. BE GREATFUL. GIVE LOVE. LAUGH LOTS.

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I hope you enjoy the rest of your day! Thanks for stopping by!

 

Dressing for the Cold…Snow Day 2

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Yesterday was full of snow, and we definitely made the most of it! I’m glad I was able to pull out my full ski gear for a few hours of romping around in Divonne. We decided to stay in the area as the roads were still bad and it was still snowing all day, so we took Jasper up to the chateau to play! I love going to the chateau b/c we typically have the place to ourselves and we can always get a hot chocolate inside if it gets too cold. I love that the hotel doesn’t mind us taking advantage of the stunning grounds. Continue reading “Dressing for the Cold…Snow Day 2”