An American In: Budapest

A week ago today, I found myself in the capital of Hungary, awash with art, design, history, and plenty of wine.

When you work as an editor at a travel and fashion magazine, this kind of things happens from time to time. One minute you're wearing fleece and writing on your laptop in London, the next minute you're taking a helicopter ride in Monte Carlo or strolling through an abandoned palace in Central Europe. NBD.

My journey to Budapest came to be by way of SUITCASE and Mr & Mrs Smith. We ventured to the amazing Brody House–a hotel and membership club that is basically the epicenter of arts and culture in Budapest. We tasted wines, swam in thermal baths, drank cocktails with local rock stars, and saw the glorious Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra.

An American In: Budapast | secondfloorflat.com
An American In: Budapast | secondfloorflat.com

Aside from the fact that it's the furthest east I've ever been, I can say without doubt that Budapest is one of the most magical cities I've ever visited. There's something about it that has a mystical feeling that draws you in and leaves you with a thirst for more.

Budapest? I'll be back.

 

For more of my travels and day-to-day sights in London, follow me on Instagram.

For more Budapest, check out my coverage in SUITCASE Magazine.

Want to go to there? Book a room at Brody House on Mr & Mrs Smith.


Good Reads: The Best Links This Week

Off this weekend to celebrate the holidays in Georgia and I CAN'T WAIT. I've got family coming back with me to London before we ring in the new year in Amsterdam, so aside from a quick check-in, the next time I write will be 2014.

Have a lovely holiday filled with gluttony followed by regrets, holiday music, and Home Alone.

Happy holidays!

ZARA Wool Coat / Second Floor Flat

Possibly the cutest gif ever

The trip to Monte Carlo really got me into a wine mode, so I've been drinking Plein Sud and pretending that I'm still in France.

Wes Anderson's new video for Prada is my everything. 

Feeling super inspired by this Italian-bred, Paris-based fashion consultant. (Backyard Bill)

This blue El Cosmico jumpsuit just went straight to the top of my wishlist. 


An American In: Monte Carlo

'Scuse the lack of blogging. I started doing some work with SUITCASE Magazine a few weeks ago and that, combined with my other writing projects, has been keeping me busy as haaell. But in the best of ways!

I was lucky enough to travel with SUITCASE earlier this week over to Monte Carlo for an extended weekend tasting some of the finest foods and reviewing some of the fanciest hotels that this tiny quarter in the Principality of Moncao has to offer. Photographer friend Bridget came along and we spent the entire few days thinking, who are we?

My photo diary is up SUITCASE, and a full review is coming next week. In case you missed anything on Instagram or Twitter, here are a few outtakes: 

 

An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat
An American in Monte Carlo - Second Floor Flat

Good Reads: The Best Links This Week

The gods have smiled upon me this holiday season and granted me with a quick trip to Monte Carlo. Yep, you read that right.

I'll be in Monte Carlo for the start of the week, acting like the fanciest person ever. Don't worry - full recap to come.

In the meantime, enjoy these links while you eat 99 candy canes.

Maddie on Things / Second Floor Flat

Maddie's excited for the holidays, too! (Maddie on Things)

Sally Singer's new concept for Vogue.com is a good one. Entitled Scripted Content, each month Vogue's cover girl (or boy) will star in a scripted, close-to-life short film. So far Jessica Chastain and Kate Winslet (double swoon) have participated. 

One Bottle's Journey - featuring Sprout & Pea and Ricksby!

This story reminds me so much of my childhood spent at my grandparents lake house in the North Georgia mountains. (Paragraph)

Adam Driver and Justin Timberlake's duet for Inside Llewyn Davis.  Please, Mr. Kennedy. (Refinery29)

A dancing dog

Idris Elba just went up a ton of points in my book after this interview on Morning Edition. (NPR)

and finally

Looking through photos of my trip earlier this year to South Africa, where I was lucky enough to visit the Nelson Mandela capture site. RIP, you great man.