Photo Inspiration: Napa Valley

Today I leave on my west coast trip to Napa, San Francisco and Santa Cruz. I’ll share a few pics here while I’m away, but you can see more trip details by following me on Instagram. In the meantime, I’m feeling very inspired by the lush landscapes of Napa Valley, and can’t wait for the first stop on our itinerary!photo inspiration: NapaValley

Blouse / Shoes / Skirt / Clutch / Necklace

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says

This week’s photo challenge is The Sign Says. In a world full of signage telling us what to do or what not to do (no parking, do not enter, yield), it’s nice to come across a more uplifting message.

Storefront, New York City

sign says 1

Martha Stewart Headquarters, New York

sign says 2

Perot Museum of Science and Nature, Dallas

sign says 3

But the occasional negative sign is fun too:

Marais, Paris

sign says 4

all images: julee dyer

Summer Trip: Napa

I’ve been in full-on vacation planning mode the past few days. In less than two weeks, I’m heading out on what has been dubbed a ‘wine and culinary adventure’ with my great friend, Tara. The trip includes stops in Napa, San Francisco and Santa Cruz, but planning the Napa portion has been my focus this week. I can’t wait! Here are a few spots on our itinerary:

travelplanning: napa itinerary

The French Laundry / Oakville Grocery / Silver Oak / Kara’s Cupcakes / Hotel Yountville / Cakebread

Belize, the Beach and the Barrier Reef

Belize - Island

Of all the stops along our cruise, my favorite was Belize. We took a catamaran out to the Belize Barrier Reef, where we boarded a half submersible boat and viewed the sea life of  one of the largest reefs in the world. After the tour, we were transported to a tiny private island where J+J, still exhausted from the previous day’s beach excursion, were content to lounge in the shade and play Angry Birds.

belize - tour of barrier reef

belize - tour of barrier reef

belize - barrier reef

Belize barrier reef tour







belize tour

My Favorite Vacation Photos: At The Beach

honduras - beach

My favorite photos from our recent vacation were definitely those taken at the beach in Roatan, Honduras. It was Jason and Jenna’s first trip to the beach and seeing the sheer joy on their faces as they jumped in the waves and played in the sand was pretty awesome. Jenna didn’t even mind the 200 or so photos I snapped of her. Ok, I may have gone a little overboard on the photos … but can you blame me?

honduras - beach

honduras - beach

honduras - beach

honduras - beach

honduras - beach

honduras - beach

honduras - beach

honduras - beach

A Few Scenes from Our Cruise

cruise - the sea

We returned from a week-long vacation yesterday, and I spent the day transitioning back to reality … which mostly means doing laundry and catching up on work. This trip was Jason and Jenna’s first time visiting the beach, something I’ve looked forward to for years. And while any family vacation has its share of stressful moments (like the time Jason got into the pool and started screaming that his legs were on fire, or the time I went in search of my husband and son with the fear that they had been quarantined due to illness, or the time Jason asked – in a crowded elevator – if this was the deck he threw up on), overall it was a trip full of wonderful memories. My favorite moments were definitely seeing J+J play on the beach, and I’m having the best time today going through the photos and seeing their excited faces as they splash in the waves. I’ll share some of the beach pics later this week, but in the meantime, here are my favorite photos taken on the ship, Mariner of the Seas.

cruise - ship windows


cruise - window

cruise - windows

Minimalist Vacation Packing

We’re heading out on vacation soon, and I have to admit, I love packing. I’m a minimalist at heart, so the exercise of coordinating great outfits while taking the least amount of clothes is a fun challenge. This year, we’re going on a cruise and will be stopping at a few beaches along the way. Sounds easy, right? A swimsuit and sandals should do the trick, but … there are also formal dinners and the ever-present chance of rain in the Caribbean. So, in my usual minimalist way, I’m sticking with mostly neutrals in white, gold and navy. Here is my minimal packing wish list:

cruise packing wish list

Sources: Hat / Emergency Kit / Tote / Swimsuit / Kaftan / Jacket / Sandals / Passport Cover / Scarf / Swim Cover-up

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

This week’s photo challenge theme is Silhouette, so I thought I would share a couple of pictures from our trip to Disneyland last year. We stayed at the Grand Californian and had an amazing view of the nightly World of Color show at Disney California Adventure. The show makes for some pretty dramatic silhouettes: