Wednesday, June 22, 2011

guest post {lifestyle maven}

hola, from miami folks!

i'm so, so, so, excited to share my first guest blogger with you all - cailen from lifestyle maven. i've been following cailen since the beginning of the year and instantly fell in love with her blog. i can't get enough of her delicious (and healthy!) recipe's and her fabulous lifestyle - not to mention she is a fellow jersey girl herself!! her life is just fascianating that i had to have her be a part of a pocket full of chuckles - she is an interior designer, an author, and recently launched a new product! you're an inspiration - thank you again, cailen!


hi there...or should i say bonjour!  i'm cailen, the blogger behind lifestyle maven, a guide to being simply fabulous. 

first off, let me say a big thank you to erica for asking be to do a guest post on her lovely blog.  i'm completely flattered.  she requested i write about a favorite summer vacation, so obviously many wonderful memories fluttered through my mind...sunny weeks down the jersey shore, quiet august days in maine, a romantic getaway to nantucket...but, the one that stuck was more than a vacation, it was a life-changing experience - my month and a half in france.

following my junior year of college, i attended a month-long study abroad program in paris.  i studied art history, architecture; the history of paris while living with a french family in the 17th arrondissement.  upon completion of the program, my now-fiancé, my sister and parents ventured over, and we traveled around france for another 2 weeks.  it.  was.  fabulous.  (i think the pictures speak for themselves : )

the artists of montmartre (near the famous moulin rouge)
parisians LOVE their bread.  they carry it around like an accessory everywhere they go.
pont neuf (a.k.a. bridge nine) at night.  isn't she lovely?!
a little street in chartres, a nearby city.

wine tasting in beaune, a quaint town in know, like the wine : )

craig; me taking in the vineyard view
dining on the patio of our chateau-hotel in the loire valley
i hope you've enjoyed this mini-vaca as much as i've enjoyed reminiscing about it.  travel is such a magical thing - it changes you (if you're open to it), allowing you to glimpse the world in a new and wonderful way.

i hope you'll stop by my blog sometime and enjoy some simply fabulous tips, techniques and recipes to cultivate health; unearth happiness.



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