I am a huge fan of the Danes and all the Nordic countries. For years I have admired their sense of style. I could easily move to almost any part of Europe especially one of the Nordic countries and not think twice. Life is too short to think anything has to be permanent. Maybe it is my wishful thinking. The Danish aesthetic is one the main reasons I wanted to explore Copenhagen. I did just that with one of my best gal pals, Donna (the one that makes me laugh like no other:) We hit the streets blazing!
Illums Bolighus is the first stop! Every Danish designer and more under one roof will sweep you off your feet. It is a place to escape and find inspiration. Give yourself ample time to wander the floors. There is so much to grab your attention. Illums Bolighus is located in the heart of Copenhagen, delivering you a shopping experience that you will not forget!
The Coffee Collective has a vibe that will keep you hanging out. The coffee is creamy, smooth, and served with a smile! I love the warm moody tones of the space created through the use the dark wood, soft lighting, Nordic blue walls, and lit candles. A perfect place to take a break!
Night At The Museum
The Ny Carlesberg Glyptotek is a highlight. An absolute stunning art museum housing an impressive collection of ancient and modern art in a beautiful architectural building. In the middle of the four winged museum is a Winter Garden that creates an oasis with overflowing tropical plants. It is an unexpected gem. On this particular evening was a special one night performance by Danish Designer, Henrik Vibskov. “Please analyze, volumize, moisturize me” was a human installation that was part of Copenhagen’s Light Festival. A spectacular performance that gave us the opportunity to wonder the museum. It was a night at the museum indeed!
Vinbodegaen is a charming wine bar offering an extensive selection of wines by the glass listed on a chalk board. It is a locals place to linger and sip in a traditional cafe setting.
Tight serves up local Danish cuisine in a wonderful old charming space with exposed stone walls, wooden beams, and candle lit tables. One might walk by this restaurant do to its casual entrance. Lovely meal, lovely service, and word of advice, always carry a bit of the local currency so you can tip!
Spring is in full bloom at the new Converse retail store connected to the new Converse global headquarters at 1 Lovejoy Wharf in Boston. The minimal, clean, and hip space is stunning with sunlight streaming through the large glass windows. Very cool! It is well laid out showcasing kicks in pastel colors, track suits, and basics of t-shirts , sweatpants and joggers. You can head to the Blank Canvas to customize your sneakers or t-shirts. Converse welcomes you to engage with the products and get creative. One of my favorite reasons to head to Converse is to play at the Blank Canvas. I have designed my son’s past two birthday gifts at the old Newbury Street location with a unique customized t-shirt. Unfortunately the printer is currently under repair. But I did get to explore the new space and products. There is also a nod to the Boston Celtics with NBA x Converse Franchise Collection with Chuck 70 high tops paying tribute to local heroes. The TD Garden is a stone’s throw away. So be sure to pick yourself up a pair of screen printed leprechauns and clovers for some good Boston luck . After visiting the store, take a stroll along the waterside and enjoy a panoramic view of the Zakim Bridge. Converse could not have asked for a more stunning urban environment.
I love the new home of Converse. Sorry to say farewell to Newbury Street. The one downside to the new location is that there is no parking so I highly suggest public transportation. At the moment the Converse store is more of a destination with not a lot around it. But hang tight knowing Boston is exploding with new neighborhoods everyday. Plan your outing on a spring or summer day so you can stroll along the waterfront and take full advantage of the waterfront setting. Maybe head to the North End for lunch. There is cafe at Lovejoy Wharf so be sure to grab a coffee or whatever you fancy to get you to your next stop.
How about planning your next Easter weekend skiing in Vermont at Sugarbush? In fact just go now and embrace spring’s slow awakening. Sugarbush is a fun low key mountain for the whole family. At the moment it’s offering great spring conditions. Think lighter gear and sunglasses for your picnic table lunch. March historically delivers the New England mountains with fresh powder and this year it absolutely stands true. Mother Nature extended the spring skiing for all to enjoy. The days are longer, weather is warmer, the snow is spring corn, crowds are light, and restaurant reservations are easy to score. Perfect! Squeezing in one more weekend on the mountain must be done. The weekend couldn’t be easier to plan!
We kicked off the weekend at Tracks. A pre planned reward after a three-hour mini road trip from Boston. Tracks offers casual dining with top-notch food made from locally sourced ingredients. The cocktails are delicious and the food strikes a fine balance between fine dining and pub favorites. You can enjoy a game of pool, play shuffle board, or pick a family board game while you wait for your meal. Tracks is located in The Pitcher Inn. The Pitcher Inn is a beautiful and quentessional New England Inn located in the center of Warren.
Spring skiing at Sugarbush on a holiday weekend is all about the fun! The vibe is soaking up a bluebird day (fingers crossed this is a constant) and deciding when you should take some turns. Start your morning off at the base with with a fresh creamy pour of coffee from Nomad’s. When you are ready for breakfast then stroll over to Skinny Pancake for a sweet or savory crepe. For lunch take your pick from Rumbles Kitchen, Castlerock Pub or the Wunder Bar. End the day with your friends sipping apre drinks and listening to live music on the outdoor terrace at Rumble’s Kitchen with a panoramic view of the moutains.
A weekend would not be complete without dining at Flatbread Pizza. They only take reservations in person on that day starting at 4:00 with no exception. Head to the restaurant around 3:30 to line up with other Flatbread lovers to secure yourselves a table for the evening. Enjoy a glass of wine or a local brew to help pass the time. It is worth it! The flatbread pizza is one of best that you will experience. They have perfected a simple salad that you will crave for days. The flatbread pizzas are baked in a wood fired, stone hearth oven and will win over your taste buds. If you have any room left for the tempting desserts like Grandma’s chocolate chip brownie sundae or the homemade warm apple pie are worth exploring. You should arrive a bit early before your seating so you can enjoy the outdoor fire and take in the beauty of the valley! The atmosphere is part of the charm.
Sugarbush on Easter is one of our favorite places to spend the holiday. There is a lovely Easter morning service on the mountain. All are welcome including tired children with bead head and dressed in ski gear ready for the Easter egg hunt that follows the service. You can enjoy a brunch at Rumble’s Kitchen or swing by the Warren Store for breakfast sandwiches and tasty bake goods. The rest of the afternoon is skiing with a half time waffle break. Wrap up the day at Castlerock Pub for some nachos.
The Warren Store is a country store offering something for everyone. It is one stop shopping in the picturesque village of Warren. You can load up on all your apre provisions and souvenirs at the same time. The deli offers tasty breakfast items, yummy sandwiches, and healthy side salads. No need to cook if you visit the Warren Store. Grab your newspaper, coffee, croissant, and sit outside to listen to the brook that runs below the store. A great place on a Sunday morning to hang with the locals. A must visit on your way out-of-town!
Disregard the current weather on the East coast! Here is something that rain, snow, or sunshine can’t prevent this accessory from being sported! Hats are not just an after thought. They are the final touch of style that you choose carefully. Melin, a company from Southern California is delivering style, function, and cool as hell hats. This find goes to my 10-year-old son who was hunting for a flat bill hat. Melin is innovative and hitting every detail. The Amphibian, the hat that my son decided with conviction was his to own is designed with the same attention to detail as one might compare to a sports car’s interior. It is ready to perform! The materials are a combination of neoprene, perforated tech suede, a moisture wicking lining, and the list goes on. One may say over kill and too pricey for a hat. But you could say the same over a fancy scarf (cough, Burberry). The Amphibian will float and stand up to any elements with no sign of wear and tear. This hat line doesn’t disappoint. isostilo is totally digging Melin and you should check it out.
Found at Blueline Surf & Paddle Co. and modeled by Aleisi, who is rocking The Amphibian 24/7 except to school with the fear of loosing it.
Copenhagen is seriously a cool city! I am envious of those that have it easily accessible. We hit the streets running and I can share with you that design in every sense just lives and breathes in this city!
SKT. PETRI Hotel is centrally located and a five-minute walk from the metro. It has a lovely lobby filled with natural light, green plants, and plenty of large lounge areas to sip a drink. The restaurant looked nice but we didn’t try it due to all the options outside the hotel. Limited time means hit the streets and explore. Walk out the revolving door and the city is awaiting.
Coffee is my thing. You could say an addiction. Democratic Coffee is a lovely spot to pop into anytime of day. It is conveniently located next to SKT. PETRI. Democratic Coffee serves one of the best almond croissants (damn good) in Copenhagen and pours a delicious, smooth roasted coffee. It is located in the newly renovated Hovedbibliotek.
Copenhagen is a playful city that draws you in immediately. It has stunning architecture, cobbled streets, canals, colorful buildings, a royal castle, green space, and museums. Really what else could you ask for?! The city is filled with the Scandinavian aesthetic that I love (and the reason Copenhagen has been on my list). So much to offer with culture, shops, restaurants, and city activities. I did not even scratch the surface!
Paludan Bog & Cafe is a vibrant bookstore/cafe that has set the bar high for delivering a vibrant and cozy eatery serving from morning till late evening. One will be hard press to walk right in and sit down but it is worth the short wait. The restaurant offers tasty food and a lengthy beverage list. The environment is welcoming and the prices are reasonable. It is the perfect marriage of academia and a neighborhood hot spot in the heart of the city.
Drinks and Dinner:
Illum is one of Copenhagen’s best rooftop hot spots offering multiple restaurants, bars, and stunning views of the city. Live music, a bottle of red wine and large basket of fries was how we girls enjoyed it!
A week in Montana just makes you desire more time and more exploring. Winter time is the only time that I have experienced this beautiful state but summer is now on my bucket list while driving an airstream. Big Sky has a blue sky that is indescribable. It has an ever-changing light that draws your attention back to the natural landscape that is truly majestic. Mother Nature has been very kind to Montana. Experiencing the magic from an elevation of 7,500 feet at the base to over 11,000 feet at the top of the mountain you are quickly made aware that one can not tackle this mountain at Big Sky in one week. You feel small in comparison to the grandeur of the mountains and the wildlife that make it their home. We did are best with the spring like temperatures and fresh pow pow that delivered. Here are some highlights from a week of skiing in Big Sky!
Home for a week
Local pour over coffee for your morning pleasure
Coffee morning nook
Morning Mountain Views
End of the day smores
We rented a home for the week through Big Sky Vacation Rentals. A perfect solution for two families. The house was fully equipped with all the amenities including an outdoor fireplace for s’mores, hot tub, and a foosball table for some tournaments. Every morning started with a fresh coffee sipped over the first rays of sunlight awakening Lone Peak.
Coffee break with a hell of a view!
Taking in the Mother Nature
All day long
Madison base to chill and take in the vibe
Time to break for lunch
Interior of Everett’s with killer views!
Lunch at Everett’s 8800
Meet Boomer, He is ready to serve the mountain
Big Sky instructor circle time
Happy and in his element!
A little help from Papa
Heading to higher elevation
Cocoa and a lounger on top of the mountain is pretty amazing
Cheers to a great vacation
Plan your day
Skiing was the goal! 6 days straight of rising and taking hold of the day was achieved. Bluebird days and some fresh powder to keep it fresh. A week filled with fresh air, beautiful landscape, and family fun.
Big Sky has a fun and growing downtown center. Everything one needs is a short drive from the ski area. One can grocery shop at Hungry Moose, sip a coffee at Compass Cafe or Caliber Coffee, pizza at Ousel & Spur Pizza Co. or take in a movie at Lone Peak Cinema. All your skiing requirements including rentals and gear can be taken care of at Grizzly Outfitters. My favorite shop to buy souvenirs and other Montana inspired merchandise can be found at Montana Supply. They have expanded into a new larger space shared with Compass Cafe. What a nice concept (shopping and sipping coffee, perfect!). Montana Supply is offering even more crafted accessories and clothing from local artists. The space is industrial and rugged. It complements the outdoor nature of the store. It is one stop shopping offering stylish garments and accessories for men and woman. The shop is so well curated that you want to make a lifestyle change and move to Montana!
Taking in the local scene
Kayla Seaman, Northwest Montana Miss Pro Rodeo Queen
Miss Pro Rodeo Queen
Skijoring in Big Sky
We had perfect timing to catch the showdown!
One of the most surprising events that was happening in Big Sky’s town center on way out-of-town was the National Skijoring Event. Skijoring is a winter sport that combines skiing and horseback riding. A horse and rider pair up to pull a skier or snowboarder at a fast speed around a track with obstacles and jumps along their path. A team can take home a purse of up to $2,000 and the champion takes home a belt buckle as a trophy. This is a highly respected sport and professional athletes come from all over the country. It is a spectacular event that draws crowds from all over Montana. There was a special guest supporting the event, Miss Kayla Seaman, Northwest Montana Miss Rodeo Queen. While I was snapping pictures of the event, my isostilo partner met Kayla. Kayla is your all American sweetheart with a big smile and proudly wearing her NWMT Miss Rodeo hat. She is equally sweet, smart, engaging and in a brief interaction a young woman who is a role model. You can find Kayla on instagram or Facebook. This event was the icing on the cake.
I can’t end the post without mentioning two other eating establishments to check out. The Horn & Cantle delivers an authentic inspired Montana menu in a beautiful ranch setting. They also offer a saloon with live music and an outdoor wood burning fireplace for the full ranch effect. The other restaurant is the Gallatin River House Grill. It is your down and dirty barbecue filled with large tables, a bar, arcade games, a stage for live music, and incredible view of the mountains. The best in Montana!
A total errand day! Getting ready for a weekend in Vermont along with some Easter bunny duties. The sun was shining and the weather had me in a pickle. I questioned the temperature would reach high 50’s but it is spring and I was optimistic. I went with layers. Super easy to peel off as the day warmed up. I have been committed to breaking out some old goodies from my closet and yesterday was the perfect day to for a spring friendly knit sweater. The sweater was the piece and the rest was easy. Paired with a current denim style that has a fuller leg, a stripe top (stripes always in style), white kicks, and finished off the outfit with an on trend piece, a cloth bag. I went with a denim on denim look but could have easily gone with a trench jacket.
The ANNELORE sweater was from the good old days when Louis Boston was on Newbury Street. I loved this store for their curated selection of merchandise. They were hunters of upcoming brands along with bold designers like Dries Van Noten. Each floor was beautifully arranged. It was a place to explore and a paradise for fashion mavens.