Friday, September 19, 2014

far, far away

Dress: Isabel Marant, last seen here (similar style here); Boots: Isabel Marant; Sunglasses: Target; Watch: Daniel Wellington; Bracelet: Gorjana

What I loved, and probably what fascinated me most about our trip, were the moments that left us feeling worlds away from home. When we landed in Cappadocia, I knew we'd be in for exactly that. Cappadocia is smack dab in the middle of Turkey and drastically different from Istanbul -- where Istanbul is a sprawling, bustling and loud city, almost bursting at the seams with activity, Cappadocia is much more remote with an austere, surreal beauty to it. The valley is sprinkled with volcanic peaks, a lot of which were originally homes, town centers and temples years ago -- you can even spot an occasional window or doorway while hiking around. It's as if you're wandering through an expansive ghost town of cave dwellings. 

Heather and I decided to trek out on our own for an afternoon hike and ultimately ended up battling a steep climb at the end. With me in ankle boots and her in sandal slides no less, we were certainly happy to see the view once we got up top. Absolutely breathtaking and oh, so worth it. 

More to come on Cappadocia (and the rest of our trip) next week in my three-part Turkey travel series. Stay tuned! 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

whirling

Dress: Saint Laurent borrowed from The RealReal; Shoes: Valentino (thinking about getting this pair); Wallet: Emerson Fry; Sunglasses: Target; Lips: Stila "Beso"; Watch: Daniel Wellington

As I'm writing this, we're getting ready for our final night in Istanbul. Almost three weeks, four bags between us and countless flights later, we've hopped all over Turkey and I'm so sad to see it end. We've been planning this trip for what feels like forever now and I'm actually quite proud of everything we managed to fit in -- and yet, I still feel like we only really got a small taste of everything Turkey has to offer. There's so much more I'd love to experience and see and do here -- which of course, is all the more reason for a return trip. 

When we were initially planning out a rough itinerary for the trip, one of my first must-sees was a whirling dervish performance, which I'm happy to report we squeezed in! It was a wildly dizzying (but enchanting) experience -- highly recommend if you're traveling through the area. 

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