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A Travel Guide to Santorini and Mykonos, Greece

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Last summer my boyfriend and I decided to go on a whim and take a trip to Greece. I am Greek, so I have always naturally felt a desire to go to my home country where I practice so much of the culture here at home in Minnesota. Being Greek is something I’ve always been intrigued in knowing more about the history- the arts, astrology, and many impactful political leaders and decisions that originated in early centuries of Greece. Not only does Greece offer a rich history, but the landscapes and monuments are absolutely breathtaking. Much of my family still resides in a small part of Sparta, Greece called Rafina. For our trip we decided to explore the beautiful islands of Santorini and Mykonos. Since tickets directly into Greece are fairly expensive, we decided to look into other countries we could fly into and then take a smaller plane actually into Greece, allowing us to see another part of the world. We decided on a $500 ticket into Copenhagen, Denmark. We only spent one night here, call it an overnight layover, but we were able to explore some amazing landmarks here before setting off to our $200 ticket into Santorini (direct flights range from $1,200-$2,000), saving quite a chunk of change. We mostly stayed in resorts that were all inclusive, so we didn’t have to pay for food. I’m only sharing this because I feel like most people think paying the crazy amount for the ticket is the only way to make it to Greece, and that’s not the case! I want everyone to be able to see this beautiful country.

We first spent 4 days in Santorini, exploring beaches, eating pasta and hiking the landscape. It was super hot, which was quite the shift from our Minnesota native weather. We stayed on the lower point of the island, which I do not recommend, because the whole “city” is in the north, Oía. We had to rent a car to drive all the way up there, about a 45-minute drive, and not to mention all the crazy roads and drivers which was a little scary, but thank God Cole was driving and not me… When we got to the main part of the city and it was honestly breathtaking. When we turned the corner and saw all the buildings, we were speechless. As we ascended into the city, stopping a few times along the way, we were literally taking everything in we saw. When we got the top of the island, we did a hike down to Ammoudi Bay which was a popular spot. When we got to the bottom the view looking up was incredible, as we hiked a little deeper on the surrounding land and found a place where people were cliff jumping. We luckily had brought swimsuits in our backpacks and turned into a spontaneous adventure! It was honestly a mutual highlight of the trip. We then preceded to hike back up the trail and witnessed the most spectacular sunset we’ve ever seen. The sun seemed to melt into the ocean as it set and a harmonious applaud followed by hundreds of people watching. We stayed around our resort the next days and explored the lower end of the island where we stumbled upon, in my opinion, the coolest part of Santorini. The next day we went on a catamaran around that same bay and went to the famous “Red Beach”. We enjoyed scuba diving, tanning in the sun and swimming in volcanic mud. In Ancient Greek mythology there once was a city called “Atlantis” when then one of the most powerful earthquakes erupted and ultimately sank the city and wiping out the population. This then turned into the “Lost City of Atlantis”, which I’m all sure you’ve at least have heard of. That’s the same volcano we got to swim around. The mud is said to be sacred and healing. The city now that surrounds the hole in the island is called Akrotiri, and that’s where we spent our night overlooking the ocean where they claim the city is sunk under and enjoying my favorite Greek dish “Pastitsio”. Santorini will always have the most special place in my heart, I’ve honestly never felt more comfort and peace in my life.

Then, we hopped on a ferry that was more like a cruise ship to the next island, Mykonos. Mykonos had a completely different vibe and feel to it. It was very fast pace and the city didn’t really come to life until night. Like seriously, people don’t eat dinner until 8 or 9PM, that’s about my bed time. Mykonos is also known for its beautiful beaches. We went to 4 beaches in one day, renting a four-wheeler and exploring the entire island. We ended our adventure at a “hidden beach” that’s known as the most beautiful and private since there are so many tourists, thankfully our concierge told us about it! I think that’s my biggest tip about visiting a new country is to ask the locals for the best places to go and eat! Mykonos was where we said goodbye to our week long adventure. It was really hard for me to leave, I honestly felt like I belonged there and to experience my culture first handed was a surreal experience. I also wasn’t looking forward to the 15 hours of traveling to get back home either. This trip was one I will cherish for the rest of my life.

My First New York Fashion Week and NYC Travel Guide

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I have been dreaming of going to New York Fashion Week since I can remember. I’ve never been to New York either, so when I was considering going to NYFW there was so many exciting things to look forward to. As a Minnesota native, I always have felt restricted from fashion statements I always wanted to try or things I wanted to wear, but being able to go to one of the most trendy and fashion forward cities I was so excited! I honestly never thought I would ever be able to make it here, so this weekend was a complete dream come true.

Here are some photos from the weekend and some recommendations at the bottom, enjoy!

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This was my look for the first show. I tried to wear something comfortable and trendy, so I added this belt to a sweater dress. I also love the patterned tights to add something fun and different to a solid color outfit.

I thought I would share a list of recommendations for brunch, dinners, drinks and things to do! So here ya go :)

  • Vivi Bubble Tea

  • byCHOLE

  • Pietro Nolita (all pink)

  • Bluestone Lane (brunch)

  • Cafe Henrie

  • La Mercerie (so adorable)

  • Monarch Rooftop

  • NoMo Soho

  • Rolf’s German Restaurant

  • The James New York- NoMad

  • La Esquina

  • Rosie’s

  • Momofuku (ramen)

  • Jacks Wife Frieda

  • Babbo

  • Public Hotel (drinks- fun to go out)

  • Ainsworth- hot white guys, rich

  • Cookie Dough confections

  • Ottos tacos

  • Clinton Hall Beer Garden

  • Conrad NY

  • Pizza Beach

  • Beauty and Essex

  • Loosies Kitchen/Lounge

  • Sadelle’s (Breakfast)

  • ABCV

  • Butchers Daughter

  • Jacobs Pickles

  • Mr. Chow

  • Cecconis

  • Highline (Soho)

  • Magnolia (bakery)

  • Mala Testa Trattoria

  • Sullivans Bakery

  • Chelsea Markets

  • Freemans Restaurant

  • 1803NYC (brunch)

  • Old Rose

  • Sweet Chick

  • Haven Rooftop (Times Square)

Things to see:

  • Flatiron Building

  • Brooklyn Bridge

  • Times Square

  • Top of the Rock

  • Paris Arches

  • Glossier

  • Top of the Rock

  • 9/11 Monument

  • Grand Central Station

  • Oculus- World Trade Center

Holiday Gift Guide

LifestyleKrista Brumm3 Comments
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Hey guys! I know this is coming at you a little late, but I want to make sure you are able to find the perfect gifts you’ll need for Christmas this year (even if it’s last minute)! I have two lists- a “For Her” list of things that would be perfect for girlfriends, friends, moms, sister-in-laws, then I have a “For Him”, which was highly requested for those lucky boyfriends or even dads and brothers. Pour yourself some coffee and turn on your Christmas music- let’s get started!

FOR HER list:

  1. Lounge Set- Cole actually got this for me, and I may have already opened it (then wrapped it back up), but it’s amazing, and who does'n’t love being cozy and looking extra AF?

  2. Personalized Map- This is such a personal and thoughtful gift to give for someone who went on a special trip, or just their home city/state!

  3. Robe- This is great for getting ready or for out of the shower- transition to bed. I think this would be a great gift for a mother/mother-in-law along with a spa gift card!

  4. Blanket- I LOVE being cozy and warm… like all the time… so this is a perfect gift for the cuddle-y girl!

  5. Gucci Belt- Literally these belts have taken over Instagram. This is a perfect for the trendy gal in your life!

    Stocking Stuffers:

  6. Eye Mask- Have you ever slept with one of these on? It’s a GAME CHANGER!!!

  7. Perfume-If you know her favorite scent or perfume this is a great gift to restock her collection, but if you don’t know I wouldn’t “surprise” her with a fragrance.

  8. Candle- Such an easy and universal gift! Anthropologie candles are 30% off right now… what?!

  9. Glossier Products- Ok… these are amazing. I actually just ordered some thing, so I haven’t used them but I’ve heard nothing but the best things about them.

  10. Eye Roller- This is also a great self-care, beauty product that she will love (and use everyday)!

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Duke Cannon set

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Here are a list of things FOR HIM

  1. Daniel Wellington Watch- I actually got Cole this watch for our anniversary, and he loves it! He wears it all the time. I think this is the universal gift for all guys. DW is also an amazing company- you can actually use my discount for 15% off your purchase! Code: krista15

  2. Duke Cannon Grooming- First of all, this is an amazing brand that donates 10% of its sales to veterans. This is perfect for the guy in your life who likes to groom, but wants to use manly products that are high quality. They have the best branding that he will love Code: krista15

  3. Sports Jersey- Last year I randomly got Cole a jersey, and he wears it almost every Sunday! I think these are a great gift the sports lover will actually wear, and think about you every game day :)

  4. Boots- This is Cole’s gift this year, and I think guys like to look nicer than we think. This is a perfect gift for someone who may not want to splurge on themselves, or just needs a new pair! I’ve linked a Nordstrom pair, but you could also try this website we found.

  5. Yeti Cooler- Minnesota people love coolers, idk. We go to cabins a lot in the summer and this is one of the best brands for anything outdoors! Dad/brother/boyfriend/husband would love and use throughout the year!

    Stocking Stuffers:

  6. Monogram DOF Glass- For the sophisticated drinker- such a cute and personalized gift to give!

  7. Cologne- Again, if you don’t know his scent I would skip this one, unless you know he would absolutely love it!

  8. Wallet/Money Clip- This is a great new trend that guys are loving- a simplistic way to carry your cards/cash!

  9. Apple AirPods- Never even tried these because I hate how these feel in my ears, but I have heard raving reviews about them and see people using them all the time! Ditch those impossible cords to untangle.

  10. Canada Goose Beanie- A little pricey, but I think it could be a nice gift to give if the person wouldn’t buy it for himself. maybe this would be the main gift, and you could get cheaper gloves or something small to pair and elevate your gift!

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Sports Jersey

 
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Yeti Cooler

 
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Cologne | Stocking Stuffer

 
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Apple AirPods | Stocking Stuffer

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Duke Cannon Grooming

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Boots

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Wallet/Money Clip | Stocking Stuffer

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DISCLAIMER* More important than giving gifts, I hope you enjoy time with loved ones and give meaningful gifts! I know bloggers go crazy with all our gift guides, but these are merely suggestions, and while some are luxury items, others were chosen for more reasonable price points. Also, doing a secret Santa gift with larger families are a great way to ensure everyone gets a present, and no ones breaking the bank! I love picking out gifts, but more so writing and picking out cards for people and I know my dad still has a few saved. God bless you all and your beautiful families this holiday season! Warm wishes xo -Krista