The second country on our trip was Vietnam and I think I can easily say that this was the most unique spot we visited and probably my favorite. Hanoi was loud, chaotic, hot and enchanting in a way I’d never experienced. Even crossing the street was a whole new experience. If you’ve never had Vietnamese food, I highly recommend it. Pho is one of our favorites and getting to eat it street side in its birthplace was incredible. Oh, and the coffee — it’s like dessert. We spent our nights at the beer corner, sipping local brews and eating peanuts from chairs meant for toddlers and watched in amazement as the police came by and the bar staff quickly whisked everyone off their chairs and onto the sidewalk to not break any rules. As soon as the police were gone, chairs went back into the street and the night continued.
We took a 2-day trip to HaLong Bay, one of the new seven natural wonders of the world, where we cruised around the stunning limestone karsts, explored in kayaks and hiked. If you’re in Vietnam, this beautiful spot is definitely worth a visit!
One of best things about returning from a long trip is coming home to your home and especially your own bed! I’ve also managed to come down with a bit of a sore throat and cough. I guess all of the traveling and weird sleep schedules finally got the best of me. While I’m trying hard to get back into work mode, all I can really think about is cozying up on my bed or even our couch (which was featured on West Elm’s Instagram earlier this week!).
Thinking about curling up for a nap has also got me thinking about pillows. Now that things have settled down a bit, I’m hoping to finish up the last few things in the house — one of those being a new bed, bedding and accent pillows for the living room and bedroom. Our bedroom has a bright and colorful rug from Lulu & Georgia so I don’t want to go too crazy, but I think adding some texture and pops of color will be fun on mostly white bedding! As for the couch, I’m not really sure yet, I’ll probably get a selection and bring them home to see them in action. Either way, pillows are the perfect way to update your home on a budget. Which ones are your favorites? Which ones are your favorites?
P.S. On a totally different note, I lost my glasses while we were in Asia and just ordered these on Sunday, what do you think?! Geek chic, right?