Integrating Gold Accents Into the Home

Want to know how to successfully integrate gold accents into your home?  My next article on Furniture Fashion shows you just how to do it.  You'll get five beautiful examples of how designers have managed to add some gold glimmer into their homes.  It's such a great idea for fall.  To read the full article, click the link below.
Integrating Gold Accents Into the Home 
Gold Accents

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15 of My Favorite Travel Photos from Around Europe

I've had the priviledge to travel to so many places in the past two years. Living in Europe has been a dream and I've been living my dream traveling to places like the Icelandic countryside to forests in Germany to the ancient city of Pompeii, each destiniation filling a new place in my heart and driving my love for travel.  Below is a compilation of 15 of my favorite travel photos that I've taken around Europe.  It's an accumulation of the past two years.  I've also loved seeing the evolution of my photography I'm always striving to learn something new.

A Gondola Ride in Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy
Timber Framed Houses in Colmar, France
Colmar, France
The Bone Church in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
The Bone Church
Sheep in the Icelandic Countryside
Iceland sheep
Frozen Hot Chocolate at the Chocolate Museum in Cologne, Germany
frozen hot chocolate
Vintage Train Ride to Soller, Mallorca
Soller, Mallorca
Christmas Market in Regensburg, Germany
Germany Christmas Market
The Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic
The Charles Bridge
Sunset Over Icelandic Soil
Iceland sunset
Tapas in Madrid, Spain
Tapas in Madrid
A Walk Through the Woods in Heidelberg, Germany
German Forrest
The Cliffs of Capri, Italy
Capri, Italy
Bikes and Canals in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival in Germany
Ludwigsberg, Germany
Solo Travel in the Ancient City of Pompeii, Italy
Ruins of Pompeii

Curious about the stories behind each photo?  You can find the related posts here:

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5 Cities You Should Visit in Bavaria

5 Cities You Should Visit in Bavaria


This is such a lovely city. It sits right on the Danube River and has the most wonderful shopping and restaurants. It is a midieval city, largely untouched by WWII. It's also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I love this city because I could walk for hours shopping along the cobble stone streets or heading to all the fun local bars at night. Other things to do in Regensburg include attending their Christmas Market spread around the city, porting on a river cruise on the Danube, and attending various flea markets they have throughout the year. This is a city I never tire of and always look forward to visiting.

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5 Cities You Should Visit in Bavaria
Despite Nurnberg's sordid past (and I always have it in the back of my mind when I visit), it is a flourishing city and and a very historical one at that.  It's the second largest city in Bavaria and has a lot to offer. It's a midieval city so the views are stunning, though unlike Regensburg, much of the city center was destroyed during WWII.  This is a great city to do a tour of and learn about its history.  I often come here when I am attending one of the two big flea markets they have each year or for the famous Christkindlesmarkt.  The Christmas market is stunning but make sure you go on a weekday as the weekends and even week nights can be very crowded and overwhelming.  Make sure you try the Nurnberger brats and lebkuchen (ginberbread).  Okay maybe you can skip the lebkuchen.
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5 Cities You Should Visit in Bavaria

If you only visit one of these cities on my list in Bavaria, make sure it's Munich.  It's the largest city in Bavaria and there is so much to do!  It's another city that was damaged by WWII.  Munich has come a long way and is fast growing.  Many of the things to do in Munich are spread all over the city.  My personal recommendations of things to do in Munich are visit the Nymphenburg Palace as pictured above, the Munich Residenz, see the town hall or the Marienplatz, definitately go for a night of food and drinks at the famous Hofbrauhaus, and of course make an appearance at Oktoberfest.  If you can take a short drive a little outside of the city, you can visit Dachau Concentration Camp.

 If you'd like to read more posts about Munich click below:
Nymphenburg Palace | Oktoberfest Through Instagram | Oktoberfest | Munich Residenz: Lavish Interiors | Munich Residenz: German Rococo Furniture
5 Cities You Should Visit in Bavaria
I've described this town as "The Most Bavarian  of Towns" and if you ever visit I think you'll see why.  Garmisch is a beautiful mountainous area.  It's a photographer's dream.  There really is a lot to do there for the outdoor enthusiast.  I've even written a 10 Things to Do in Garmisch list.  This town is known for their slopes and you can enjoy a wide variety of winter sports from skiiing to snowboarding.  All the restaurants in Garmisch are adorable and deliscious.  They have a few awesome antique shops there and almost every storefront and home looks like the one above.  Also, it is one hour from Munich and in close proximity to other amazing places like The Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau Castle, Linderhof Palace, the Partnach Gorge, and it's only a short drive to Austria!

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5 Cities You Should Visit in Bavaria

Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber
All the above mentioned cities in Bavaria are lovely, but Rothenburg is a dream. It's romantic and festive and midieval and a perpetual Christmas town. It's part of the Romantic Road and is a fortified city. Though I dubbed Garmisch "The Most Bavarian of Towns," Rothenburg might be even more so and it was hailed "the most German of German towns.". The image above has been painted and photographed by many. This town is wonderful to visit any time of year, but you should definitely plan to go during their Christmas Market. It's magical! While there you can tour the inside of the old wall, shop for christmas decorations and food, and visit the Criminal Museum.

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If you are looking to get a good taste of Bavaria, these 5 cities are a great place to start.  Have you been to Bavaria?

Link Goodies # 10

link goodies #10
1) I know I've talked about this before but I absolutely love Oh Joy's collection for Target and now
she has her Fall line out.   Her collections are so cool and affordable!
2) Can these ridiculously expensive beauties just find their way under the Xmas tree? 
3) This one-pot red wine pasta recipe from A Beautiful Mess looks amazing.  Not to mention cleanup is a breeze.
4) Love hot chocolate? Here are the best places in the world to get it.  Looks like I'll be making a trip to Munich soon. 
5) Here's an adorable and weird video of a porcupine enjoying some mini pumpkins.  
6) Do you know what the difference between i.e. and e.g. are?
7) So excited for season 4 of Portlandia.  Now you can watch it all on Netflix.
Freelance Writing 
8) Here are 6 great tools to use as a Freelancer.  I use PayPal for everything.

9) Looking to get away from it all?  I mean really away? Here are 20 of the world's most remote homes, structures, and towns.
10) Have you ever had a birthday or been to a birthday in Germany?  Here are 7 things that happen when you spend your birthday in Germany.  No wonder I got weird looks when I told a German happy birthday the day before their actual birthday, even though I was at their birthday party.  Weird right?  It's also bad luck.