Where we’ve been…

It’s been a crazy year. And I don’t mean that in the sense of ooo yea “crazy.” I mean it’s been nonstop, full British assimilation.

Anyways… I’m in Dubrovnik and it’s thundering and pouring and there is not much else to do on a beach vaca when you can’t be on the beach. So. I’m blogging. We’re blogging – I put Madison to work. 🙂

We’re using this time to catch you up, because it’s been AMAZING having visitors taking us on their adventures around London and enjoying weekend trips on our own time. Since we’ve been able to see so much in such a short time, we obviously have a lot of advice and a lot of opinions, so we’re creating a city guide for each place we’ve traveled. You know – so when someone asks, we can pretentiously send them a link to my blog. We hope it’s helpful, but at this point tbh it’s so we don’t forget everything we’ve done. We’re getting older! And the memory is not as good as it used to be.

Right. So – to catch you up — been in London since February. Traveled. Now writing about our adventures. Come visit before you miss the opportunity to stay on a (very comfy) air mattress in Notting Hill with bottomless full english breakfasts and rosè! Cheers, mate.

xx

Victoria & Madison

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2015: #Blessed

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Turkish Coffee in… you guessed it! Turkey!

There’s no other way to say it. 2015 was #blessed. This past year I was well traveled, grew my business, spent a ton of time with family and friends and in general was the kind of nonstop lifestyle that you all know I do. #Boom. Weekend Warriors. Work Hard / Play Hard. The kind of pace where every time you call your grandma the first thing she asks is “Where are you Now??”

Before I started this post in my head I was planning to count every day that I traveled in 2015. Then I opened my email inbox to try and figure it out. Got overwhelmed. Signed up for Mailstrom. Deleted 75% of my inbox. Started feeling accomplished, until I realized I deleted all my flight email confirmations. So… I’ll list of the places I traveled to from memory (yea, I’m that good):

USA:  New Hampshire, Boston, Philly, Miami (the weekend in winter that Al Roker flew there to report the unseasonable cold weather), Rhode Island (6x), New York City (5x), Hoboken, Hilton Head (a certain little sister got hitched hutched!), Savannah, Charleston, The Hamptons, Charlotte (2x), Phoenix, Los Angeles (2x), San Francisco (2x), Napa Valley, Atlanta, Orlando, Virginia (countless wine trips)

INTERNATIONAL: PARIS (3x- soooo #blessed), Istanbul, Southern France (Nice, Antibes, Aix-en-Provence, Cordes sur Ciel, Bordeaux, Dordogne and Urrugne), Spain (to visit Baby G in San Sebastian), London, Bahamas

The point is I spent a lot of time on airplanes in 2015 and while I didn’t love that part, I LOVED spending time in so many different places. Here’s a short list of some of the amazing experiences I encountered both in DC and on the road:

  1. Walked my sister and two best friends down the aisle
  2. Discovered an intense obsession with pho (and later in the year, ramen)
  3. Celebrated a year of marriage
  4. Learned to paddle board and had ripped abs for a week
  5. Helped launch YouTube Kids in the US and UK and YouTube Music in LA at the coolest party I’ve ever been to, never mind helped plan
  6. Doubled the Anchor team (welcome aboard, Cait!)
  7. Created the most epic bubble scene with Madison via crashing our mini cooper into a car wash
  8. Tried a lot of wine (self explanatory)
  9. Read a lot of books, 3 of which made me cry
  10. Got really into Orphan Black
  11. Partied with Madison for his 30th
  12. Was in 4 major cities in 5 days (Paris to NYC to SF to DC) – also relevant: plane caught on fire- compensation pending
  13. Went to Asia (Istanbul counts!!)
  14. Almost maintained a consistent tan throughout the year
  15. Did a blind wine tasting in Paris and guessed 0 of the wines correctly
  16. Tried sea urchin and octopus again (didn’t learn from last year)
  17. Bought a cosmetics travel bag that remains packed all year long that goes from closet to luggage to hotel and back
  18. At one point I ate so many tacos people started thinking my Instagram was a taco blog
  19. Got my first blowout at DryBar which led to a lot of other blowouts
  20. Shucked my first oyster (about time, right!?)

All I have to say is it’s truly a wonderful life. Looking forward to what adventures 2016 will bring, especially as Madison and I make the move to London in January! Follow along: #madisonandvictoria

xoxo,

V

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Borough Adventures

View of ManhattanThis past NYC trip we hit up Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. We started the trip off on a great note with beer, burgers and a Pats win. We hung out at Bill’s Burger Bar downtown for most of Saturday since it was pouring out, and then Kristin and Amanda met us for dinner. Loved my burger, nachos were okay, and wings were good, but ask for less sauce. All in all, they have a great beer menu and a lot of space for accommodating large groups which was convenient considering we combined about 4 different friend groups for dinner.

PATS GAME

When I wasn’t exploring Astoria or Brooklyn Heights, I was working from the hotel – a familiar spot as Madison was posted up at the downtown Marriott for a good month when at LivingSocial. We had dinner plans every night with friends, and it was so nice just relaxing and hanging out at Sarah and Pete’s for some good homemade Italian. Seriously – everything was homemade – the Gatti’s have a pasta maker which we were really excited to try out.  We decided on whole wheat bucatini while snacking on some delicious charcuterie and a spicy Chianti.

20140114_184020 (1)Sarah’s adorable Village apartment takes advantage of vertical storage space, and she whips that stool around, to reach the cooking supplies she can’t grab on her tip toes. So cute.

Charcuterie

The pasta was really easy to make, but while we waited, we snacked on tomatoes and burrata, with charcuterie from Murray’s and Faicco’s – a new favorite.

Pasta Dough

The dough, rising. Not very… appetizing looking. Keep scrolling. 🙂

Pasta dough

To make the pasta, you break it up into little chunks to feed it into the machine.

Pasta Maker

 

The KitchenAid extension snaps right on, and the pasta comes out continuously. When it’s the right length, you swing the slicer over and boom. Pasta!

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The fresh pasta cooks in about 5 minutes, which felt like forever as we were smelling the homemade sauce simmering next to our pasta nests.

Homemade Pasta

 

So delicious – thanks to Sarah and Pete! I think I know what purchase will follow our KitchenAid mixer. 🙂

Brooklyn

Great to be in NY and see so many friends! I’m sure we’ll be back soon…

L’apartement

Can you believe Madison and I have been living together for almost 3 1/2 years!? It’s hard to believe, and our little Dupont apartment has come a long way. I’d like to invite you all to a quick tour of the apartment (took the photos around Christmas) – enjoy!

The Living Room

Bright Living Room

Couch with View

Le petit couch

View from bedroom

The Bedroom/Office

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Oh hi Dumbledore! How much do you love my new comforter? I feel like Mrs Claus. 🙂 (Little secret… I buy all comforters and blankets to fit a king size bed because I’m hoping one day soon we can move on from our full size bed. ) 🙂

The rest of the apartment is too messy to share, so you will just have to come visit and see for yourself.

-V