27 February 2013

The Facebook

According to some people (heard via the pharmacist) the reason people in the NY region are all sick is because of the mold from Superstorm Sandy. This is as good a reason as any to blame yet another round of infected sinuses that started out as a stuffy nose last night and is now a swollen-face-can't-breathe-head-pounding kind of situation. So in lieu of an outfit post, which wasn't that interesting anyway, I'm going to tell you that a few weeks ago I finally figured out how to make a Facebook page! Yea, I know I'm late to the bandwagon but here it is!

25 February 2013

Outside in the most beautiful places

Here are some of the most beautiful things I saw while I was in Iceland.
Snowy coastline
The reflections of rock formations in a glacial lagoon
Glacier run-off, clean enough to drink right off the ice
Liquid gold sunset
Waterfalls
Candy skies
Winter in a glacial lagoon
Sunsets that last for hours
Flora
Þingvellir

Hot springs in the distance
Ponies with long pale lashes
Winter flowers
Laugarfjall hill, geysers
Strange blue waters at The Blue Lagoon

24 February 2013

Thursday stripes

Interrupting the beautiful Icelandic landscapes and bar scenes to show you what I wore on Thursday for work. It was frigid, and actually colder than all our time in Iceland so I layered up with a vintage striped dress and a thrift store blouse with swiss dots. I never thought I'd ever find a flattering dress with horizontal stripes covering it, but there it was hanging on a rack in vintage store with an $8 price tag. Can't beat that. Anyway, I'm watching the Academy Awards and eating raviolis, so here are the pictures!
vintage dress (a similar one here)
thrifted Gap top
H&M 200 den tights
Steve Madden booties
vintage jewelry

21 February 2013

Last Day in Iceland

On our last day we woke up early, packed our bags and said sjáumst to Reykjavik and boarded a bus for the mystical Blue Lagoon. Since its on the way to Keflavik Airport, there is a special bus transfer that drops you off there and then you float around in the water for awhile, then catch another bus to your plane.
Walking through the canyons of crazy rock formations to the entrance.
All of us with the clay mask on our faces.

Cute times!
Back on the airport bus driving through moss covered landscape. Goodbye until next time, Iceland!

20 February 2013

Day 3: Iceland

Day three was a late start after a long night of drinking and dancing and we had the whole morning to sleep in, eat breakfast and pick up some souvenirs. Around noon Jon picked us up in the super jeep for another day of Icelandic adventure.
Our first stop was down by the harbor near the boats and concert hall.

I saw a rainbow everyday in Iceland. I missed the picturesque ones that appeared near waterfalls or mountains, but this one appeared as we were driving out of the city but I felt lucky to get it anyway.
Drinks to toast with if we should see the Northern Lights later that night.
Þingvellir, where the settlers would come together and where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are drifting apart.

We were driving along and I had sort of dozed off when Jon pulled the van over and said we were going to get some water. He meant that we were literally going to get water from a spring into this lake. Here he's pointing out where we are, and where the glacier the water comes from is.

Getting the best water I've ever tasted.
Photobomb with some beautiful landscape

And then we met the Icelandic ponies! So so damn cute, with stubby legs and long eyelashes. I wanted to take him home, even if we did have to name him Bitey.
At Gullfoss
Then we went to Geysir (more on that later!) and to get a snack but the window of the car had broken. Luckily its a Ford like Rich's Bronco (which Jon and Rich talked about extensively) and Rich just pulled off the door panel and fixed it by the glow of a teeny flash light.
One of my favorite parts of the trip is one that I have absolutely no pictures of. We went to a spa with steam baths and hot pools heated with natural hot springs. It was amazing, sitting in a steam bath, getting in a hot tub, going back to a sauna and all outdoors on a freezing early February night. It didn't even feel cold after the steam baths. It was even raining while we were lounging in the hot tub. But, no pictures because it was dark and wet and didn't want to risk my camera or phone.
Finally it was time for dinner, and as usual I was too hungry to take a picture of my food. What can you do? I was having such a good time. But here's everyone hanging out in the restaurant.
The plan was to go see Northern Lights after a late dinner but since it was raining and not likely to clear up, we took all our beers back to Reykjavik and went out drinking.
Famous late night food trucks
The last stop, lamb hot dogs at 3:30am.

17 February 2013

Day 2: Iceland

On the second day of Iceland (inset 12 Days of Christmas tune) we met Jon, who's name is pronounced "Yohn" our tour guide. He pulled up in front of our hotel in a bright red van on monster truck wheels that will be referred to as "the super jeep." We all climbed in covered in layers with backpacks filled with snacks and extra clothes for long day of exploring the countryside along the coast south of Reykjavik.
The most important thing you should know about Iceland is that the weather changes about every five minutes. The pictures are all from a single day, but it could have been 5 or more with the sky's dramatic mood swings.
Our first stop was to the black sand beaches, which were mostly covered with a thin layer of snow. We took a short walk around in a little blizzard looking at the tiny icebergs being tossed in the waves along the rocky coastline.
Many of the fields nearing Thórsmörk were covered in ash from the volcanic activity of Eyjafjallajökull in 2010.

After a long drive along the coast we arrived at a small restaurant where we ate traditional "kjotsupa" or Icelandic meat soup.

Outside the restaurant there were cute dogs running around near all the huge super jeeps. Here is a little pooch who has no fear of big tires.
Here is a peek at our big red van ready to take us to the glaciers.
Leaving the paved road that would take you all the way around the country onto a volcanic ash track.
Rich and Dave stretching out for the glacier walk.
So when we signed up for a glacier walk we were in a very American mindset. We might go out on a glacier and shuffle around at the edge, maybe scoot around some lower bits of ice. Were we in for a surprise.

Hiking on bright blue glacial ice with the help of some metal cramp on's.

Hey there!.
Exploring an ice cave with Linds.
Hey Rich!
After the hike we went to see glacial waterfalls.
Iceland Day 2
Dave R after getting close to the water
Once again driving off the paved road we saw beautiful mountains with water running down the sides. Most of the group dozed off for a little while.
Jon stopped the car to let air out of the tires and while almost everyone napped, Rich and I got out and watched the sun start to set over the mountains.

Our super jeep in the remains of a dried up glacial lagoon. If it were the summer, we'd be parked in a blue lake. It looks like a spaceship on another planet in winter though.
Dave R in the distance taking a picture of the huge glacial tongue.If you look closely you can see the wall of blue ice peeking out from under the snow. 
On a nerdy note, they filmed Game of Thrones in Iceland, and this is exactly how I picture the land north of the Wall in Westeros.
After this the sun went down and we saw just one more waterfall at dusk. The pictures are still living in Rich's camera though, so hopefully I can share them soon. It was a sleepy ride back to Reykjavik where we had a huge dinner followed by a long night of drinking and dancing at Dillon's (a rock bar in the city). I have a few pictures of that I'll show you soon.
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