Greetings from Chicago!!! We took a much needed week off from work this week to visit and eat our way through the beautiful and fun city of Chicago! It’s a bit chillier here but we love experiencing the different seasons and seeing a change in weather and Fall colors. I brought my favorite new coat that I’ve been searching for and I finally found this great fitting camel coat from Topshop at Nordstrom! I’m in love with the gorgeous camel color and how it compliments so many of my closet staples like a simple jean look or my favorite Fall sweater dresses! I love finding so many versatile Fall staples from Nordstrom and having so many lovely layering options.
I’m finally putting together a travel diary from our amazing trip to Tuscany! We had been to a few parts of this region before but it was the first time we had time to drive around and just explore the beautiful scenery. I highly recommend renting a car if you travel to Tuscany! One of the highlights was staying at the incredible La Foce for part of the trip while photographing a wedding there. The landscape and architecture were simply amazing and we felt so fortunate to have called it “work”. Another favorite part of Tuscany were when we found the endless sunflower fields right at sunset and just in time to catch the perfect golden light. From rows and rows on, it was an incredible sight to see and capture.
Finally another favorite part of our trip was of course – all of the delicious Italian meals we ate. We tried a local pasta called pici and it was delicious. We had pici at one of our favorite restaurants in Italy called Osteria Acuacheta where you also have to get the bistecca floretina steak. The waiters will bring out a large, raw chunk of meat to show you what you will be eating and then it’s cooked to perfection. Our whole steak dinner with pasta, wine, and dessert for 5 people was under $100. And did I mention we ate a lot of gelato?! At least one serving per day was essential ;).
Here are some photos with related outfit links from our trip. If you want to see the exact location of the shot, head over to my Instagram where I geotagged each photo.
I am turning 1 year older today and as I do every year, I take today to look back on all that has happened before today. This past year has been truly incredible – from enjoying all of the wonderful moments with my amazing husband, traveling to so many incredible places (like the beautiful La Foce in Tuscany), finding a more fulfilling work/life balance and reaching so many goals for my dream of an online shop. I feel like we’ve done so much in such a short time, but it also feels like so much time has passed and there is still yet so much to do. I consider myself an endless dreamer – always envisioning that there’s more ahead. Maybe I’m overambitious, an overachiever as you might say. I like the road more difficult to travel and at this old age (really don’t ask how old), I’m surprised I’m not tired. I feel blessed everyday that I have so many opportunities and blessings in my life. I am very excited for what this year will bring and hope for strength to live everyday to the fullest and without regret. Thanks to everyone who continue to support my blog and believe in me!
I wanted to share these images today because I remember feeling so incredibly lucky the day we arrived at La Foce in Tuscany. We were in awe of what a beautiful place it was and how blessed our jobs of destination wedding photographers had taken us here. Even though my hubs is one heck of a photographer, I feel like these photos don’t even do this place justice. From the scenery to the landscaping to the estate itself, everything was stunning and straight out of a movie. The wedding, couple and guests were amazing and we can’t wait to share those images on our wedding photography site. We had some downtime after the wedding and I got to twirl around the grounds in one of my favorite new maxi dresses from Morning Lavender. I loved this dress so much that I kept both navu and white versions of the dress AND paid my amazing tailor to alter them to fit me perfectly. I raised the shoulders a bit to bring the overall length to my petite height and added a snap button on the front to keep cleavage to a minimum. I am just obsessed with the flowiness of the dress plus the billowy sleeves, gold buttons and gorgeous floral print.
One of my travel goals has always been to visit the amazing lavender fields in Provence! I have this obsession with lavender (as you can tell by my boutique name Morning Lavender), and the husband obliged and let us take a day trip to the south of France in search for this stunning scenery. We took the 3 hour train ride from Paris to Avignon, rented a car, passed through the charming town of Gordes and ended up in Sault 1 hour later where the lavender was endless and the sun was just about the set. It smelled heavenly everywhere and after you got over the fact that there were just as many bees as there were lavender, you realized how lucky you are to experience such a beautiful place. Renting a car in the countryside allowed us to see so much more of Provence and we fell in love with the charm and simplicity of the region. I’d love to go back sometime and see more of the gorgeous countryside!
After the sun had set, the hubs took out his drone and we were able to get a drone selfie :). It’s hard to travel together and trust a non-professional/stranger with our gear so sometimes we have to resort to drones for the perfect shots. We couldn’t pass up this opportunity to get a romantic photo together :).
I just love how comfy and chic off-the-shoulder culotte jumpsuit is! It’s perfect for traveling because it’s lightweight and you can dress it up or down. I wore my mules for a bit but switched out to cute tortoise sandals when we walked around a bit more. I love hanging out by the Seine River in Paris. The light was just magical towards sunset and we just sat by the river and enjoyed the beautiful weather and ambiance.
I hope you are enjoying all of our travel posts! More on the way!
Bonjour from Paris! I fell in love with this lemon midi skirt for our Morning Lavender boutique and I knew I had to pack it for our trip to Paris! I just LOVE the lemon print and the flare shape of this skirt. Plus it comes in XS so it fits us petite gals quite well :). One of our favorite things to do in Paris is just to walk around and take in all of the beautiful sights (and we may or may not have been playing PokemonGo as well). I wore this skirt walking around the beautiful Tuileries Garden in Paris and got so many compliments. It was the perfect feminine skirt for such a romantic city!
I’m blogging again from Italy and again from the beautiful Grand Hotel A Villa Feltrinelli. The scene was so breathtaking and I knew I had to wear this fabulous floral maxi shorts jumpsuit from my boutique Morning Lavender for dinner one evening. I just love how flowy and comfortable this jumpsuit is and it was perfect on the dock, overlooking Lake Garda. Besides being the perfect outfit seaside, I also think it makes a great wedding guest outfit that really stands out! This dress was a part of our #CBLxML collection and sold out the first time. We just restocked it so make sure to get your hands on one this time!
Thanks to my hubs for the amazing photography as usual!
When packing for our Eurotrip, I knew I wanted to bring some of my favorite feminine pieces as we are visiting some of the most romantic, picturesque spots in Europe. After Tuscany, we traveled to Lake Garda in Northern Italy. The area is stunning with lake and mountain views and our resort Villa Feltrinelli was out of this world. I will be sharing more about the hotel in a later post but for now I wanted to share this pretty black and white look that stands out with the gorgeous colorful backdrop of the hotel. I love the fullness of white tulle skirt and I love that whenever I wear a tulle skirt, I just feel extra feminine. It’s just a great way to make a statement anywhere you go!
Ciao from Italy again! The hubs and I are still on our summer Eurotrip and thanks to our wifi hotspot, I’ve been able to document our adventures on the blog, Instagram and Snapchat (lacenlocks)! One of the best decisions we made so far on this trip was renting a car for our stay in beautiful Tuscany! With the car, we are able to see most of the gorgeous landscape and stop for spontaneous photos when stumbling upon breathtaking spots like this cypress tree road. For our travel, I knew I had to pack this lovely off the shoulder floral maxi dress which screamed summer with it’s bright yellow color, pretty floral pattern and trending off the shoulder style. I love how the dress stands out among the trees and how easy it is to wear for day or night. Traveling fashion for me is all about comfortability and versatility while still looking cute! Also it helps to bring non-bulky items, especially when traveling for an extended period of time! Hope you are enjoying our posts – more to come!
It’s time of the year when the hubs and I start traveling quite a bit for wedding photography shoots. We can’t complain – we love to travel and the fact that we get to do it together and for work makes it even more special. Whenever we go for a wedding destination shoot, we add on a few more days for ourselves. I’m not sure how we fit it all in with our businesses and busy schedules, but we try to make the most of every moment and opportunity. I must admit it gets a bit tiring to take photos for the blog everywhere after shooting countless hours for a wedding a day before, but when I see these images captured by Jason, I know it’s all worth it and thankful to have these beautiful memories to look back on! So stay tuned for more travel diaries this summer!
I’m finally getting to post a little recap of our recent trip to one of our favorite U.S. cities – San Francisco. We have family and friends in the city so it makes it an extra special place to visit for us. Jason and I are big fans of walking cities and we love that San Francisco has so much to offer every time we go. I’ve been to SF countless times before but we decided to go to some new places this time and found the views to be pretty stunning. With A LOT of encouragement from the hubs, I conquered my fears and managed to get some amazing photos from the swing at Kirby Cove. It’s a little bit of a hike, but a very easy/paved hike (and I’m not a hiker) down to the beach.
Photo of us by Kevin Ho
For incredible views of the Golden Gate, we headed to Hawk Hill. This is also in Sausalito and you can drive pretty far up and it’s a short walk from the parking lot. I love that you can see the Golden Gate and the wildlife on the other side. It’s a beautiful spot to catch the sunset! My husband did an amazing job (as usual) of capturing the beauty of the moment: