5.29.2013

summer sandals.

 when i was planning for our trip to greece i was really looking forward to buying authentic greek leather sandals. i found information on the famous stavros melissinos "the poet" sandal shop in athens but when we visited, i was dispointed. after trying on five different pairs, all of the sandals seemed clunky and awkward. the shop was full of other american tourists searching for their perfect sandal. h gently reminded that i didn't HAVE to buy sandals in athens... so i left the shop empty handed and i decided to search for my perfect pair when i returned home. luckily piperlime is having a huge sale! here are my favorites:
which ones are your favorite?
xo, 
jillian


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5.28.2013

athens snapshots.

Athens was a beautiful mess - ancient ruins next to modern street art, mixed with lots of graffiti everywhere. The city had pockets of european areas - the Plaka was bustling with cafes, shops and tourists, while other areas needed a little TLC. I am happy we visited the capital city and crossed a few things off the bucket list-- a trip to the Parthenon, ancient ruins of the Agora and the stunning modern Acropolis Museum. It was quite the adventure but I don't think we'll return until the economy picks up a little. h played photographer again with the serious camera and took some beautiful photographs:

We visited the major sites on our first night in the city - it was two hours before closing and there were barely any other tourists, which made our visit very relaxing.I was impressed with the large amount of trees that surrounded the city.The girls on the Porch of the Caraytis on the Erechtheion temple were my favorite:I am a sucker for street art, its amazing what people can create in unexpected places.But it was disappointing to see so much spray paint and graffiti on the streets in one of the world's oldest cities.My favorite city scenes: pretty clay tile roofs with tons of unexpected gorgeous flowing flowers and the Roman mosaic tiles in the National Gardens.Have you visited Athens? Did you like the city?
xo, 
Jillian
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5.27.2013

uncommon goods $50 gift card giveaway!

happy memorial day! summer is right around the corner and that means fathers day will be here soon! Uncommon Goods is an online marketplace with a huge selection of quirky and creative items, including great gifts for father’s day. Uncommon Goods has gift ideas for the new dad, sports fan, cyclist, grillmaster and beer lovers. my dad falls under the outdoorsy/beer lover category and i found a few things i think he would love::


ballpark blueprints - travel chef bbq set - beer making kit - tube wringer (this is PERFECT for my dad!) - bad dog tumblers

while h isn’t a father yet...he just celebrated his birthday and he would LOVE Uncommon Goods corporate mission - they strive to make sustainability a part of every decision they make. The company sells environmentally friendly products and engages customers with their Better to Give Program, with every purchase you make, UncommonGoods donates $1 to the non-profit of your choice. to learn more about the company's mission, click here.

grow your own terrarium kit - on the rocks set - optimism/pessimist glasses - titanium multi-tool collar stays - vintage type key cufflink
Uncommon Goods is offering one lucky cornflake dreams reader a $50 gift card so you can pick out your favorite gift! the winner will be chosen on monday, june 3 and announced on the cornflake dreams facebook page! best of luck, sign up below.

xo,
jillian

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5.22.2013

santorini snapshots.

h was quite the photographer on our trip to Greece - he took over 500 photos on our paparazzi camera (canon EOS rebel T3i digital SLR). While I focused on the really important photo-opps with my iPhone -- the food, unique doors, couple-shots and photos of the photographer! Santorini was a beautiful island and I found myself staring at the ocean smiling quite a few times :) Santorini lived up to all of my Sisterhood of the traveling pants dreams (yes I went there) and I would absolutely visit again. Thankfully h took lots of pretty photos so I can re-visit anytime I want:










This was my favorite spot on the island - a church with a pretty bell tower. 




Athens is up next week! 
xo, 
Jillian
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5.20.2013

santorini sneak peek.

Happy monday! I am back from Greece - we had a fantastic time and I am so grateful to my friends for guest posting while I was out of the country. Here's a little peek of our first day in Santorini (aka heaven). The views were absolutely breath-taking:
When we arrived in Santorini we were lucky enough to be upgraded to the executive suite at our hotel for a small charge - we got a LOT more space and a balcony... not a bad way to start the trip. We quickly became acquainted with the island and wandered through the winding walled paths of the caldera. 

Around every corner there was a new surprise and LOTS of bright white and blues...
and beautiful flowers and doorways to more ocean views.
Just when you thought it couldn't get any prettier...

I miss it already. 
Stop by this week - I promise to share more Greece tidbits and photos - opa!
xo, 
Jillian
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5.08.2013

travel finds: street art.

One of my favorite things about traveling to another country is seeing different art and architecture. I love wandering around and getting a little lost --what better way to explore and discover interesting street art and graffiti! h and I saw the most interesting street art in Istanbul, Turkey:

What is your favorite thing about traveling? 
(I also love trying new food!)
xo, 
Jillian
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5.07.2013

may houzz board.

our trip is just around the corner (THANK YOU for all of your trip tips!) my may houzz board is full of greece inspired picks with LOTS of nautical and blue and white -- here's a peek:
see the rest of my greece inspired picks here. opa!

xo, 
jillian

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5.01.2013

judging by its cover.

i love the great gatsby... i adore the glamour and fashion of 1920's and in my book LDC (that's leonardo dicapiro) can do no wrong. needless to say i am looking forward to the release of the new film. my book club girls and i have decided we will read the book and see the movie together later this month. EEP! too bad i can't find my copy! sooo what better time to buy a new one... now i just have to decide WHICH cover art i like best::

[hardcover gold pattern $16 - green $13 - girl $11 - red car fumes $14] these are my favorites!

[blue $4 - modern $7 - orange $9]

which one is your favorite? 
pssst: see even more cover art here.

xo, 
jillian

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