As I cozy up in the Carolinas for the remainder of the Holidays a little feeling of nostalgia is creeping in. Last year at this time I was celebrating Oui We being a year old. I never in a million years would have dreamed of all of the beautiful experiences - love and dreams - that would be realized as the Earth and stars and moons, this blog and I all grew a year older.
Hold your iPhone though (that's what everyone at my house is doing right now) - I promise this won't be too sappy.
I mean, to maintain some Christmas sanity I'm live tweeting my family holiday time, for example:
Just had to set a house rule that no one in the family is allowed to use tinder at the dinner table. #holidaze
Yep that's real.
So on one of the busiest travel days of the year today's post is a recap of my favorite #ouiweadventures of 2014.
I'll have my faves in fashion coming later this week as everyone starts thinking about getting dolled up for New Year's Eve!
So here we go, a round up in no particular order.
“Look at that sea, girls–all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn’t enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.” Spending my last days on the Mediterranean with one of my very best friends Christine wrapped up those 3 months in the sweetest way. The little moments out by the sea are simply the best, and a true reminder of letting the little things go. I don't think I've ever found a happier place.
On a weekend trip to Tarifa we spent the morning in a little beach community that was full of VW vans and surfer kids. Total boho hippie vibe, and of course I was ready to move right in.
It was at about this point in my travels that my eyes grew a little teary.... truly Valencia had the most fantastic views. Across the cove from this spot, eating paella and drinking sangria, there were little caves lining the mountainside, with villas looking down over the water. I wanted to swim straight across to the boats on the other side and join them.
It was a Friday, my baby sister Chelle was flying in from Paris and I absolutely couldn't wait to see her. I'd been pulling quite a few 10-15 hour work days finishing up the book and it was beyond perfect to have time with her.
"Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky..." and nothing could have prepared me for the experience of sitting on top of the rock.... on top of the world.
The architecture of the Alahambra: from the baths to the monastery, to the gardens, pools, and the fortress and then, of course, the palace... it took a full day of wandering to see it. The canopies, archways and arabesques, and the detailing in the calligraphy, as I took it in, the depth of it was clear. No one could forget this place.
Meanwhile stateside one of my favorite festivals of the whole year is Hangout Festival. Enjoying music (and your best people) in a hammock or on a beach blanket versus in a mud pit behind a sea of folding chairs is how to do a festival right. And if you follow on insta, you know how much fun my crew had that weekend.
Getting invited to MAGIC, the largest contemporary fashion trade show anywhere made for an out of this world three days in Vegas. Including designer appointments, trend hunting, speaking on panels and lots of running the floor in heels it was a whirlwind of a fantastic time.
Next we'll jet up to NY: first for the Billy Reid Men's Fall/Winter Show, which took place at the brilliantly gorgeous Refectory at the Highline Hotel.
And then... Cue a Jay-Z song. All bundled up and channeling a NYC snowdrift in a pastel pimp coat. My New York girls showing me the ropes of NYFW which I absolutely liken to the hoopla of what New Orleans is like during Jazz Fest.
On my way home from Spain I took a quick little detour with Hailee to Magic Kingdom. After 14 hours of travel, a long night of girl time catch up over a few too many whiskeys – at 7:15 a.m. we were the first kids at the park that day.
And lastly, one of the most fantastic experiences of my time in Spain happened in my final week there. The Feria de la Virgen de la Cruz which I found to be so much like Mardi Gras. Daily parades, all night dancing in the streets, food and cocktails on every corner... a whole community coming together to celebrate.
So there we have it! I hope you've enjoyed it all as much as I have. Thank you all so much for following along this year. It means so much to me to know you're there!
Now back to the regularly scheduled mimosas. (Dad, that's for you.)