I’m excited to share part 2 of my trip to Iceland (you can see part 1 here)! On my third day in Iceland, I woke up absolutely exhausted. The night before, I’d been out til 2AM chasing the Northern Lights (worth it), and only managed to get a couple hours of sleep before I had to be up to do the Golden Circle tour. The Golden Circle took us to Thingvellir Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, Strokkur Geyser, Skalholt church, and finally Hellisheidarvirkjun geothermal power plant. It was an absolute packed day, but one of the best ways to see a big chunk of Iceland.
I’m a bit of a spoiled brat being from Montana, so geysers, waterfalls, and national parks are sort of par for my vacation course. But no matter, seeing the unique beauty of Iceland was something I’ll remember for the rest of my life. It’s such a different landscape and environment from what I’m used to, and I feel so lucky that I got to see it.
That being said, if I could redo it all, truthfully, I’d rent a car. When you think about it, the population of Iceland is so small that naturally the roads are pretty desolate, but still easily drivable and in great shape. Doing a tour is interesting and fun, and I loved my tour guide Fin, but I would have loved the freedom to stop more on my accord and spend more time certain places and less in others.
I’d love to know, have any of you been to Iceland? What was your favorite part?
Singin’ in the Rain is one of my all time favorite movies, and what better movie to start out what is sure to be a rainy spring than a movie whose most famous scene is a fantastic dance number while it pours?
I always forget just how fantastic this movie is until I rewatch it. The acting is phenomenal, the dance numbers make me want to run out and sign up for tap, the comedic timing is perfect, and don’t even get me started on the costumes. Although this movie was made in 1952, it takes place at the end of the 1920s, when the film industry went from the silent era to talkies.
And if you want a fantastical hyper-realized version of what 20s fashion looks like, this is a good place to go. T-strap shoes, drop waists, luxe materials, and of course, flapper fringe. There were so many amazing costumes in this movie, I had a hard time narrowing down my favorites, so for your viewing pleasure, enjoy the scores of photos below!
I bought this top from Piperlime after the holidays thinking it would be a great way to dress up skirts and to wear over dresses, but honestly, I hadn’t given how to wear it to work too much thought. Enter: simplifying it with a pair of jeans and a classic blazer.
Luckily, I could, in theory, get away with wearing a t-shirt and jeans every day to the office if I really wanted to, but I love to add a bit more thought to my outfits even on the most casual of days. I love that this blazer is long enough to cover my bum, and that the jeweled neckline of this blouse means I don’t have to think too hard about accessorizing!
I’m so excited to share a few pictures of my trip from Iceland now that I’ve had a chance to go through them all! When I arrived early last Monday morning, my hotel room wasn’t ready yet, but luckily I had booked a trip to the infamous Blue Lagoon for the afternoon where I could relax, enjoy the geothermal warm waters, and drink a glass of prosecco. Later that night, I enjoyed a delicious dinner at The Fish Company in Reykjavik. If you ever have a chance to go to Reykjavik, you have to try the Taste of Iceland menu at The Fish Company, it was hands down the best meal I’ve ever had in my life.
I was pretty jet lagged day one, so I ended up in bed early, which was great because it gave me a chance to get up a bit early and get to know the city a bit. The great thing about Reykjavik is that it’s a really walkable area, and even if you don’t understand the street names, it’s pretty difficult to get lost. And although a lot of things didn’t open until 11 or 12 the weather was beautiful and it was fun to wander from street to street, to take a walk along the harbor, and to go to the city center and check out The Pond which is full of ducks, geese, and swan in the winter.
One of my favorite parts about Reykjavik was the architecture and the public art. What can I say, I am my father’s daughter and as I’ve been getting old I’ve been learning to appreciate the fine design aspect of foreign buildings and beautiful signage.
I finished my second day in Iceland by heading out of the city to chase the Northern Lights. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get any pictures, but it was an incredible experience that I suggest anyone take advantage of if they get the chance.
I can’t wait to share days 3 and 4 of my Iceland experience later this week!
When I was perusing my In The Land of Cocktails book looking for inspiration I stumbled upon a recipe for the Elizabeth Taylor. A citrus vodka based cocktail made to match the color of Ms. Taylor’s eyes.
Well, I didn’t exactly have any citrus vodka sitting around, but I did have a whole bottle of the Marilyn Monroe strawberry vodka sitting on my bar cart, and thought, hmmmm, why not give that a try to see what it taste like?
Hence, the Gentlemen Prefer Blonds was born. It’s just like the Elizabeth Taylor, only better, because seriously, how could it not be with Strawberry vodka added?
Gentlemen Prefer Blonds (makes 2):
3 oz strawberry vodka
1 oz triple sec
1 oz blue curaçao
1 oz lemon juice
2 oz cranberry juice
Place all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
Pour into a generous martini glass and serve immediately!