beautiful { S a n t o r i n i , G r e e c e }

I recently planned and went on vacation of my dreams! After about eight years of wanting to go, few days after New Years I decided to finally just book it. After all, what was I waiting for? I am so glad I did. My guy and I were joined by two other couples for the most beautiful trip of my life, to Santroini, Greece! 

You, like myself, must have seen pictures on the internet. Let me assure you, it is everything you have seen in the photos and more! The views and surroundings were seriously out of this world. After going outside the first morning, I could not believe that the place existed and that I was finally there. In no particular order, below are some of my favorites from the trip:

1. Hike from Oia to Fira

2. Sunset sail with swimming and a delicious meal prepared right on the boat

4.  Greek Night at Dimitris Taverna in Kamari Beach

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5. Yogurt and Honey with Walnuts

6. Views

7. Beautiful Oia

8. Food

We had such a great time that I already can't wait to go back. I mean can you blame me? A must for anyones bucket list! I will dream of Santorini until I am back there again...

Theo and Beau <3

Today, I want to share with you one of my favorite Instagram accounts. Theo is a rescued puppy  who is the best of friends with Beau, the cutest little toddler from California. Everyday they nap, cuddle, and their mom posts pictures of them on Instagram! The page now has 435K followers! Perhaps you already seen the heart melting pictures of Theo and Beau, but if you haven't, happy melting!

There are many, many more photos that can be found here! And actually there is a book out now titled, Naptime with Theo and Beau. Hope you fell in love with Theo and Beau like I did.

Happy Monday! xo

Checking in...

I know it has been awhile since I posted here. Life has been getting in the way of things. Are you following me on Instagram?  I do update there a lot more frequently. Well, the most exciting news of 2014 thus far is that I got engaged and will be getting married this September!

There has been so much planning! So many details to work out. But it has been a very exiting last few months. I found my dress recently and feel that I can relax a bit. Are you married? Any planning advise and ideas welcome!

I am designing still. Mostly working on custom orders. Just finished this beauty that will be shipping to Quatar shortly. Pretty, right?

I love this color composition: ivory tones, gold accents and pearls! Will be adding more items to the Showroom in the near future and hopefully writing here a little more frequently. Till next time! xox

recent travels...

Below is a photo from my latest trip.  

Vladivostok, Russia

Vladivostok, Russia

I just got back from spending two weeks in Russia with a few days spent in China. It was a much needed break full of family, homemade food, rest, fun, and adventures. I always get so nervous about being disconnected from my everyday world, cell phone, internet, ect. But after a few days, I always realize it is just what I need. 

I dream of more vacation days...so much to see...not enough time...

Fall mode...full speed...

I don't know about you, but the minute September 1st hits it is full Fall mode here. Over the weekend I made Butternut Squash soup, got my first pumpkin coffee from Dunkin Donuts, and purchased a fabulous black leather jacket for fall (couldn't pass up the Labor Day deals!)! Did you take advantage of any sales?  

Oh and today I wanted to share my latest piece. Beautiful isn't it? This iPhone 5 case is encrusted with rich golds. purples, and aurora borealis. I am loving all the different elements that went into it. Glitz, glam, and plenty gorgeous. 

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{Take Me Away} : Lake Como, Italy

I daydream a lot! Mostly about traveling the world and visiting the picturesque images I keep seeing on Pinterest and Instagram. So starting today, I will be sharing the places and most captivating images that make me want to quit everything I am doing and just set off to travel the world. Wouldn't that be nice?

Today, I start with Lake Como, Itatly! I have never been to Italy and it is my #2 travel destination. There are so many beautiful places to see and visit there. Plus, all the delicious food to eat! Yesterday, I was talking to a friend that has travelled many of the cities and was sharing his wonderful experiences. I cannot wait till the day I can do the same!

Enjoy: 

Here I found some great ideas for Top Things to do on Lake Como Vacation!  Sounds like a wonderful time, doesn't it?

Recent Photo Snaps

It has been oh so long since I have posted anything! I have been letting life happen but promise to share more fabulous things going forward. I am on Instagram, so make sure to find me there (anya_elegantlyuntamed), as I post quite frequently. Below are a few snapshots from the last few months... 

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I have been enjoying the summer guiltlessly and it has been fabulous!  Hope you are too! xo

Lug Bags

Travel season is upon me and I am all about organized travel. I have been shopping around for various bags recently and came upon Lug Bags. Have you heard of them? 

Aren't they so fun? I think the variety of the colors is making me very excited about the warm weather. Don't you love all the compartments? Cell phone pockets are must for easy access to my blinged out phone. Check out their website for a ton more choices! They have a lllot! I love the pink wheelie at the top. Which one is your favorite?

Weekend Brunch Recipe Ideas

Hooray for Friday! This week flew by. Gosh, I just love when that happens! Do you have fun plans? Saturday will be busy. We are driving to Canada for half of a day and then hurrying back here for a birthday dinner for a good friend of mine and hopefully a night out! 

Last weekend, I hosted a brunch for a few of my favs and tried some delicious new recipes that I wanted to share with you, just in case you need some new ideas! 

I alwasy worry about not having enough food; so there is always a ton of food. Below was last weekend's spread...

Yum, right? Everything was delish! 


Menu was:

Tomato-Beet Salad

Overnight French Toast

Frittata with Asparagus & Radishes

Fruit and Muffins

 

Check out the links. The Tomato-Beet Salad by Martha Stewart was propbably the biggest hit. 

Happy weekend! xo

For The Luv of GOLD

Kind of excited for this weeks installment of the golden delights. Mainly because I purchased #3 last night! I fell in love with it as soon as it came out few months back. Can't wait for it to get here :) 

1. Yosi Samra The Crackled Flat, $43.95

2. Hollywood Tray, $49

3. Gold Lips Print, $28

4. Metallic Versace Underwired Bikini, $420

5. CC Skye Mercy Spike Bracelet in Gold, $185

Brownstone Love

Lately, I have been really obsessed with brownstones. Not quite sure why but I am really digging the style and wish I lived in one. Sadly, there none where I live; so I collect pictures on Pinterest for my imaginary someday brownstone. Cray, cray, right?

I am drawn to the grand elegance of Victorian homes. The ornate moldings, marble fireplaces, floor to ceiling windows, high ceilings, all just pull a string. Do you know what I mean? As I was browsing around online, I found the most beautiful home that was brought back to life. It has a great balance between modern and past. 

Here it is...

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Gorgeous, right? If I had to pick one favorite feature (so hard!), it would have to be the doors that lead out into the garden from the kitchen. What is yours? To find out more about the actual renovation, please read the article here.

Below are some other fab spaces I really like. If you like what you see, you can find more on my pinterest page here.

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