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My absolute favorite way to see Copenhagen City Center is to simply park (either car or bike) near the Strøget and just walk the streets.  It is the quickest way for me to feel refreshed and revived.  Since our family has all been sick the last few days and I actually spent last Friday through Monday cooped up in the house, a trip in town was what the doctor ordered… errr, I’m not sure which doctor that is (perhaps love?  retail?)  Either way, I was feeling a little crazy indoors, so even with the temps near freezing, Jack and I went on a little date around town for a few hours while the kids were in school.  Yep, we were playing hooky from work… just the two of us… and the camera, of course.  (It’s a little like having my own personal paparazzi!)

Tulips are everywhere right now, so a stop by the florist was in order, but the rest of the time, we just popped in and out of whatever shop we fancied…

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Places Visited::  Flower Shop near Magasin, Strøget, Illum, Birger Christensen, COS, Cafe Norden, Angulus, Riccos, Georg Jensen, Louis Vuitton

Outfit:: Jacket: Forever 21, Top: Malene Birger, Jeans: Zara, Bag: Burberry, Bracelets: Valentino & Massimo Dutti, Shoes: New Balance (so comfy for walking around town!) Earrings: Chanel, Necklace: Similar here

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There are a million and one reasons why people travel around the world.  Some go in search of themselves, some go looking for meaning and purpose, while others want to answer life’s great questions.  I figured out long ago that all those reasons are valid ones for travel, but what I really want is to satisfy my curiosity and discover something I didn’t know before.

I don’t travel to escape, but rather to discover.  The journey may look the same.  We all buy tickets, sit in cramped quarters, and get accosted in security, but the way we interact with everything happening around us is infinitely different when we aren’t looking for some greater meaning to our existence, but rather to enjoy existence however it comes in that very moment.

Perhaps this makes me a hedonist traveler?  (A name for my next blog?  Yes!)  But what I’m looking for is something beautiful, in people, in things, in places, and, being the now self proclaimed hedonist that I am, I want to bring a souvenir home with me.  You won’t find me in the cheesy tourist shops that are filled with cheap trinkets that won’t last more than a month and have the name of the city blazoned across the front (though my husband’s affection for city mugs requires a visit to Starbucks in every city and my daughter’s key chain collection brings us precariously close to the tourist traps.)  But instead, I will be found scouring the city from one end to the other, in search of something truly beautiful and unique.

And when I find it, as I did in Still House in the East Village of NYC, I will beg the proprietor to please, please, please let me take a photo or two (for my fellow hedonist travelers sake!) and I will be on the look out for something truly wonderful that will remind me of the things that I loved most about New York.  Here at Still House was the glorious intersection of Scandinavian, Japanese, European, and NY Designers, all perfectly curated and displayed as if a photo shoot could spontaneously occur at any given moment and perfection would result…

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I will soon share some of my favorite souvenirs, but Still House has a well stocked Webshop that offers worldwide shipping.  Yay!  They also have an equally beautiful blog that is very inspiring as well.

 

Photos:: Tina Fussell

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Copenhagen in January

by Tina on January 28, 2015

in Copenhagen, Denmark, photography

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Danes will always tell you that the worst months to visit Copenhagen are January and February, but while I might agree that the weather is not ideal for spending the day at the beach or having a picnic in the park, there is still so much beauty to found in the city.  The days are dark and cloudy, but there are moments of light that draw the heart in.  If you can love the city in January, you can love it all year long… and I absolutely love it!  I especially love when the snow sneaks in or I find a bike, still well in use during the winter months, resting somewhere in anticipation of it’s next ride…

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Find these and more Copenhagen in January favorites on my Instagram.

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Traveling Mama Best iPhone 6 Cases

There are SO many ways that the internet and all the technology that has followed has changed the way that we travel, but the iPhone is certainly one of my very favorites!  It simplifies travel in so many ways!  Last week we upgraded to the new iPhone 6 and while my husband was busy trying to figure out all the new functions and such, I was busy trying to find a new cover.  I have my priorities!

Oddly enough, though, I found it incredibly difficult to find covers for these newly updated phones.  I realize that functionality is important, but I’m kind of in this whole thing for a cute case, too.

These are my favorites for the best iPhone 6 Cases out there, but don’t worry.  If you have a earlier model, many of these come in several sizes, so be sure to click through if you see something you like!

1.  Hello Nut Case

2.  I Woke Up Like This

3. By Malene Birger

4. Zazzle 

5. Natalie Liao

6. Organic Saturation

7.  Kate Spade

8. Compass At Society 6

9.  Kate Spade 

10.  Michael Kors Pocket Phone Case

11. Eat Well, Travel Often

12. CaseMate Brilliance

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Menu :: A Danish Design Company

by Tina on January 26, 2015

in Decor

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I hope you all had a wonderful weekend?  We spent our days snuggled under blankets, watching snow drift down peacefully, while trying to rest up since the kids were under the weather.  It also gave us time to chat more about some of the projects we want to do around the house.  (Laying on the couch, staring at the newly painted black wall has that affect on people!)

Right now we have a few things on our list that must be done and a couple others that we would like to do.  We need some new chairs for the dining room and our landlord had a new powder room installed while we were away that needs knobs and holders installed.  We have been having a lot of fun looking into possibilities for each thing on our list and Menu, a Danish design company, has so many great options for every room of the house.

Not only are their catalogs full of beautiful images that inspire beauty throughout the home, each piece is carefully and meticulously designed and created with the same pride that has kept this company going for more than 35 years.  With a philosophy of soft minimalism and high quality design, it is hard not to want one of each and every thing they offer!

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Do you have a long wish list already, too?  Menu products are available worldwide, so take a peek at their website to find out more about these gorgeous items and more!

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