seattle great wheel

I came home to Seattle this weekend for a friend’s wedding and managed to get in some family time visiting all my favorite spots in Seattle – including the glorious flower stands in Pike Place Market- and then took a twirl on the new ‘Great Wheel’ (like the London Eye) which sits on a pier overlooking Puget Sound. When I first saw they were building this I thought it was an annoying tourist attraction. But after riding it, it really won me over.  If you visit Seattle, you have should really go on it! It gives beautiful views of both the city in one direction and the sound in the other and you’re on it for a full 20 minutes. We loved it.

*i’m wearing an ALL SAINTS dress

travel diary: costa rica part 1

I just returned from my trip to Costa Rica, and we had the best time. A complete adventure from start to finish, which was right up my wanderlusting alley. Costa Rica is such a lush and beautiful country, with an exotic jungle landscape that runs right into the Pacific ocean surf. If you haven’t been there, you really need to go. We hiked to a secret waterfall, played in the ocean for days on end, read books while listening to afternoon rainfall, caught every sunset and ate delicious fresh seafood and plenty of tropical fruit. Wish I was still there….

tropical getaway

clockwise from top left: Madewell racerback tank, Baublebar drop earrings, Free People shift dress, OPI nail polish in ‘Tropical Punch’ and ‘Flower-to-Flower’, Westward Leaning sunglasses, Madewell tote bag and bracelets, J. Crew bikini, Madewell yellow sandals, J. Crew panama hat, Michael Kors shark tooth necklace

On Monday I am leaving on a tropical getaway to Costa Rica with 3 of my best girlfriends for 10 days. I couldn’t be more excited for our little adventure. We will be spending most of our time in the beach town of Esterillos Este on the Central Pacific Coast and then venturing out from there. I cannot wait for long days spent at the beach, surf lessons, fresh mangoes, tropical flowers, dining alfresco and hikes deep into the jungle.

Above is a little bit of what is inspiring my packing list. Packing for a tropical getaway is kind of tons of fun. As I’m thinking about what I will want to wear, I’m sort of imagining that I’ll be living in a Free People catalog for 10 days. They’re always so dreamy and romantic and seem to instill serious Wanderlust in me. Bring on the sunscreen and bug spray and let the wandering begin…

Images are from the March 2010 Elle magazine spread photographed in Costa Rica.