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This is my first post in two weeks. That is the longest time I have ever gone without posting since I started this blog some 10 years ago and I apologize for the absence. It’s not that I think anyone is sitting around with bated breath waiting for my posts, but I pride myself on putting out content as consistently as I can.

It has always been very difficult for me to talk about the negative aspects of my life. Even when it comes to my family and friends, I would rather listen or give advice than share. However, after sharing my issues with anxiety and receiving such an outpouring of support from all of you, I feel comfortable being more open about issues that I know we all face at one point or another.

The reason for my absence is a combination of multiple factors. I spent the first week of this month exploring Tokyo on my own. It was my first ever real solo trip to a new country and it was a wonderful experience. I cannot put into words how truly eye opening it was but I hope to try in an upcoming blog post. The other factor in my absence was that when I got back from Japan, Sam and I were (and still are) essentially homeless. We’re currently crashing at a friend’s house with all of our belongings tucked away in storage. This has been a more challenging situation than we ever expected.  To say it has been difficult would be an understatement. It became clear right away to both of us that it was of utmost importance that we put our work aside and focus our energy on strengthening our partnership. Since Sam and I are the only two people in this blog “team”, focusing on our relationship meant the blog took a back seat. Hence the lack of posts.

Sam and I are still looking for a new home. We are still feeling a bit displaced. But above all else we are committed to focusing on our relationship. When I succeed, he succeeds. When he succeeds, I succeed (quote taken from Chris Rock’s new Netflix special which I highly recommend you watch #notsponsored). We are a team. We are determined to face our challenges as one. With that said, we celebrated our 13th anniversary yesterday and we’re looking forward to celebrating as many years together as life allows.

Wearing: Skirt – Zara, top – Zara, shoes – Amélie Pichard, sunglasses – Elizabeth and James, earrings – Céline, bag – Stripe

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  • February 16, 2018 - 8:08 AM
  • February 16, 2018 - 8:24 AM

    Natali - CONGRATULATIONS on your anniversary and for sticking through highs and lows like true team! I’m wishing you all the love of this world and that you will soon find a new home too.
    I’m looking fw to your Tokyo posts too! :)

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  • February 16, 2018 - 9:18 AM

    Sabina Hosta - How lovely! Such pretty details and the photos are stunning! And I hope you will soon find your new home!ReplyCancel

  • February 16, 2018 - 9:48 AM

    Olivia - I loved my solo trip to Tokyo as well and am looking forward to your sharings! Beautiful post, and congratulations on your anniversary.ReplyCancel

  • February 16, 2018 - 11:21 AM

    Kristina - Due to the fact that I have moved four times in the last 9 years I know that it is hard to not have a home. So I wish you a lot of luck to find the perfect house for you! The photos are beautiful as usual.
    ♡Kristina
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  • February 17, 2018 - 6:43 AM

    Courtney - Gorgeous look. I love the outfit.
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Never underestimate the power of a pretty blouse.

I’m currently on a work trip in Tokyo.  It’s my first time ever traveling to another country completely alone. I intend to eat and shop my way through Tokyo. Although I do wish Sam was here to share in this experience, I’m excited for the challenge of exploring a new place all by myself. Follow along on Insta ~ @LateAfternoon, and let me know if you’ve been to Tokyo and have some tips to share.

Wearing : Top – Alice and Olivia, jeans – Levi’s, boots – Chinese Laundry, bag – Chanel

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I feel like yellow is one of those colors that people are weary of wearing. It’s true that it can be a difficult shade to pull off but just like finding the perfect red lipstick, it’s all about finding the right variation of yellow that works for you. My skin has orange undertones so I always stay away from warm, orange based hues. A good way to offset some more bright primary yellows is with some cooler blues or greys.

Yellow also takes me back to the sun drenched wheat fields in Provence where Sam and I spent days enjoying a laissez faire type of life. It was the same wheat fields and region that my favorite painter Van Gogh drew inspiration for his paintings The Bedroom and Yellow house. When ever in doubt about pairing a color it never hurts to look at some of your favorite fine artists to see how they paired certain colors together.

Wearing: Sweater – Rag & Bone, pants – Elizabeth and James, shoes – Chinese Laundry, bag – Saint Laurent, sunglasses – Prada, bracelet – David Yurman

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Tangerine season is in full swing so I spent a day in the kitchen whipping up a few new recipes to take advantage of the season. Today I’m sharing a recipe for my Sparkling Tangerine Whiskey Sours. I’m not usually a fan of whiskey but this twist on a classic has me reconsidering my position. This cocktail is refreshing, light, and perfect for Sunday Brunch. The recipe below serves 4.

Ingredients:

1 cup good whiskey

1 cup fresh tangerine juice

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

1 cup Prosecco

2 tbsp honey

1/3 cup water

Fresh lavender for garnish

Directions:
Begin by making the simple syrup. Combine the water and honey in a small pan over low heat, simmer until the honey dissolves. Let cool. Juice the tangerines and lemon.  In a pitcher or cocktail shaker combine the simple syrup, whiskey and fresh juices. Stir together and pour over glasses filled with ice. Add a splash of Prosecco and garnish with a little bit of fresh lavender. Serve and enjoy!

 

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My love for pink is unwavering and this suit from Ganni is no exception.  As many of you know, Sam and I have spent the better part of last year battling with our insane landlords. Out nightmare is almost over, we are currently in the process of moving out. To avoid rushing into another unpleasant situation we’ve decided to put everything into storage so we can take our time deciding what we want next. The hardest part of all this is having to decide what to put in storage vs. what to keep while we are essentially homeless. This little number is staying with me, but I have a persistent urge to let everything else go. I dream of throwing caution to the wind and starting everything over from scratch. The freedom of starting over is scary yet infectious. If nothing else this will be a great lesson in learning the difference between the things I need and the things I think I need.

Wearing: Blazer and Pants – Ganni, top – Private Party, shoes – Chinese Laundry, bag – FLYNN, watch – Movado

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