August 14, 2018

Best Hot Chocolate in Bruges, Belgium

Old Chocolate House Brugges

How much do you love hot chocolate?

I'm not usually crazy about it, myself. When I think of it, I usually picture packets of powder with stale marshmallows swirled into some hot water... unappetizing to say the least.

However, I recently came across a place while traveling that was a whole other experience. I'm talking about The Old Chocolate House in Bruges, Belgium! It's a must if you're planning on passing through this quaint little town. So much so that I had to make sure it had its own blog post!

We walked by on the street it on the street a few times before recognizing it. It's not much to look at from the outside, but don't let that fool you... it's what's inside that counts!

Old Chocolate House Bruges Belgium

When we walked in, we saw a very traditional-looking chocolate shop. You'd completely miss the little twisty staircase to the right if you weren't looking for it. We ventured up to the second floor, and there were two rooms decked out with dark wood, vintage table clothes, and gorgeous stained glass windows. It seemed busy, and I was slightly disappointed that the seats by the window were taken (we snagged a couple shots there at the end of our visit though!)

Old Chocolate House Bruges belgium

A handsome and busy-seeming waiter greeted us and handed us menus. I was overwhelmed at the selection... I never knew there were so many different kinds of chocolate! I decided on the Single Origin "Madagascar" chocolate, which was 67% cacao. Matt went even more decadent with the Death by Chocolate, topped with Oreos, M&M's, and marshmallows (holy...)

The waiter brought out a bowl of hot milk and a side of Madagascar chocolate chips that I was to whisk in... I could add as much or as little as I pleased. They brought Matt his hot chocolate in a little teapot, which he poured over a cup full of the treats that came as a part of it.

One other cute thing about this place... they actually bring you a side of brownies as an "appetizer." They were so rich and delicious, and brownies are my fave. But unfortunately, I couldn't finish them!

Old Chocolate House Bruges Belgium

Okay, I hope that I've sold you guys on this place. It was truly an amazing experience and I hope you get to come here one day!

Old Chocolate House Bruges Belgium

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August 07, 2018

What's in My Suitcase- Travel Must-Haves!

Travel is a pretty much universally loved activity. Seriously, have you ever heard someone say they don't like to travel? It's like saying you don't like pizza or birthday cake. The feeling of hitting that road or stepping onto that plane to a destination unknown feels like freedom. Once you've been bitten by the travel bug, it's kind of hard to get un-bit πŸ˜Š

The only thing is, traveling seems to involve more and more prep work the older you get. In college, for example, I used to literally haul my entire life around in a minivan- which consisted of about nine boxes of stuff. If I was going on a weekend trip, I'd just throw a couple clothes in a backpack and skedaddle!

Now things are a bit more... complicated. There are skincare routines to consider. My hair impossibly frizzy if I don't at least run a flat-iron through it. I NEED my eyeliner or there will be hell to pay. Etc.

What's been helping me in the past few years is having specific routines and an already typed-out list to follow, as well as keeping a separate cache of "travel stuff" all in one place. I'd like to share with you some of the things that have helped me feel less overwhelmed when packing!

Packing cubes

I finally tried out some packing cubes this year, and they're a game changer. See, I'm the kind of woman whose suitcase looks like a hurricane swirled through town the second I open it. And seriously, what do you do with all that dirty underwear anyway? In case you're wondering, I found the answer. They're called laundry pouches and they're wonderful.

Besides keeping your dirty laundry separate, packing cubes also keep all your other clothes separate, manageable, and easy to find. Blessed be!


August 03, 2018

Channie on the Block

Urban Outfitters Jumpsuit

Okay, folks so here it is.

My first style post in over three years.

And how do I feel about that... cool, I guess?

Actually, I do have a few thoughts on the matter that I'd like to share...


July 27, 2018

Life Moments ++

Omg, is there anything better than room service??


What up, beauties?  Life has sure been an adventure recently, and I just wanted to share a few snaps. I've been going through some of my old posts... I miss blogging so much!

But sometimes I feel like so many things are happening all the time. By the time you are done processing those things, you're onto something else and all the rest is forgotten. No time to document or share. Not to mention doing all those things in between work and home life.

Sometimes I wonder... how did I do it all before? I used to plan and post at least 3x per week in between teaching students, playing shows, and making records. Did I just have more time? More organizational skillz? More motivation?

Anyway... just wanted to share a moment of honesty 😊 Hope all is well with you... click through to see some of my photos from the past couple of weeks!


July 24, 2018

Quick Guide to Bruges, Belgium

Bruges Belgium

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Ever heard of a little place called Bruges? If not, you need to be in the loop, and I'm going to help you get there! As some of you may know, Matt and I took a recent vacation to Europe and I've been spamming Instagram with my pics ever since! Bruges was one of the stops on our little Euro-tour, and I was absolutely charmed. Simply put, it's a town that is like a medieval fairy tale come to life.


July 18, 2018

Essential Beach Checklist

coney island

Aaah, the smell of suntan lotion and sea spray. It's official... Beach season has arrived! In fact, going to the beach has always been one of my very favorite activities. To me, it's the most peaceful thing in the world to lay back on that blanket and listen to the waves crash and the seagulls fly by.


July 13, 2018

Rhode Island Beach Day 2018

Wait a minute, could this be what I think it is? Could this be a... regular blog update?? Golly gee, I never would've guessed! πŸ˜‰Anyway, I went to visit my family last week for the 4th of July, and we ended up going to the beach πŸŒŠ


July 09, 2018

Quick Guide to Paris France

Eiffel Tower Paris France

For me, going to Paris was the trip of a lifetime. I've spent countless hours dreaming about the cafes I would visit, the pastries I would eat, and the days I would spend aimlessly walking around those beautiful streets. Not to mention visiting cool monuments and dozens of museums that you could spend a literal lifetime exploring. This city has got it all, and I feel so lucky that I got to visit this past spring!

However, Paris can be a little overwhelming to navigate for the first time. I wanted to put together a super basic guide for anyone looking to take a trip here and is not sure where to start.


June 25, 2018

Lately ++

Hey all! Just a few updates telling everyone what's been going on in my world...

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