Traveling through Europe in Photos

I spent two weeks this summer traipsing around Europe. From Italy, we visited Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and France. What a whirlwind!

We chose to travel by bus and train only, (with the exception of one ferry ride to Croatia) because it would allow us to chat with people and see the countryside go by. We met some interesting people along the way, a German PhD candidate studying dams and waterways in Amsterdam, a Frenchman who used to work on movie sets in Hollywood, and an Austrian brandy maker in traditional lederhosen, just to name a few.

Right before the trip, Anthony surprised me with an early birthday gift. A Polaroid Instax Mini 8 to use on our adventure. It was such a sweet and thoughtful gift and we defiantly got good use out of it during the two weeks on the road.

I also brought along my Cannon and switched between that and my phone to snap some photos along the way.

These pictures are just from my Cannon, though. I’d like to post some phone shots later.

Sunsets in Zadar, Croatia are the best.

How we spent our 5th wedding anniversary.
Swimming under waterfalls in Krka National Park.

Enjoying Salzburg, Austria. We constantly had a pretzel or sausage in hand the entire time.


Notre Dame in Paris.


French kids.

Eating a Nutella crepe in front of Notre Dame and a Paris ferris wheel.

Brussels buildings.


The French countryside.

A few things I noticed after coming home and looking through my photos:

1.I really would like to improve in my street photography skills. I find myself feeling embarrassed or a little slow when snapping the one in a million moment of a stranger. Does anyone else get self conscious when they try to take on street photography?

2. I need more candid photos of Anthony. He turns completely goofy whenever he notices the camera pointed on him. I love that, but often I want to catch the sweet or serious or amusing moment right before. I should work on my quick draw camera skills.

3. I’m much more comfortable with my phone. It’s much easier to pull out my pocket, less bulky, and less noticeable. When I do take a good shot with my camera, it surpasses the quality of my phone photos. Still, the sheer number of phone shots I took this trip doubled my camera. I want to be more comfortable and quick with my camera.

Does anyone else feel this way when taking photos? Any advice?




Honeymooning in Northern Michigan

Spending our honeymoon in northern Michigan this past summer was such a great decision that it became almost hard for us to leave when we had to head back home to the Big Apple. Not only is it always a joy for us to be able to swim in a lake that’s like the ocean (unsalted), but this particular area of Michigan holds so many of our cherished memories as Scott’s family has owned a cottage up there for over thirty years!Processed with VSCO with a6 presetBecause it had already been 6 years since our last trip to the cottage, we made sure to soak up every second of our time back up North. I’ll be real and tell you that we spent the majority of it either at the lake or a local brewery, but then again, what are vacations for if they don’t also involve some form of leisure activity for an extended period of time? ;) To give you an idea of what our week was like, here are some of my favorite memories from our time up North:Processed with VSCO with m6 preset

Petoskey Stone

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Scott wandering around some sand dunes in Petoskey State Park

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Private beach by the Cottage


Locals enjoying the last bit of summer from Petoskey Pierhead Lighthouse

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Views of Walloon Lake from lunch at Barrel Back

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Michigan Beach Park in Charlevoix

Sunset view from Bay Shore Michigan

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetTo sum it all up, our honeymoon was nothing short of amazing and we are already waiting for the next opportunity we get to head back. Also, just a quick shout out to my mother-in-law for creating this sweet surprise (pictured above); she even included some goodies for our dog, Baxley!




Hashtag Project in Rome

It seems everybody has a signature hashtag. Entire cities have a go-to hashtag that can be used with your Instagram photo when you visit. OSS has used the hashtag #adventuresomewhere for past adventures and meet-ups and #30photosaseason to push us and others creatively to step outside our photographic boundaries.

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Groggy-eyed mornings


Since moving to the Eternal City my life has turned into one big whirlwind. Like any big city, there is rarely a down moment or a place of stillness in the hustle and bustle.

I started searching for the fleeting #quietmomentinrome as I explored my new surroundings to remind myself that beyond the Colosseum and the tables littered in wine bottles, people live here permanently and are able to find a place of solitude in the city that hasn’t slept in over 2,000 years.



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A nun practices for Sunday mass

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Places to reflect



A horse grazing with St. Peter’s in the distance

Help me find a #quietmomentinrome on your next visit. I’d love to see what you come up with.




Summer in New York City

From hot dogs, parks, and ice cream to beaches, bubbles, and sunsets; New York City in the summer time is no doubt one of the most entertaining places to be. Even if you don’t live here and are only visiting for some time, you can bet that there’s always something to look forward to at any point during the week (rain or shine)! To keep up-to-date on current events going on, I always make sure to pick up the latest issue of  New York’s TimeOut weekly magazine (you must definitely give it a look too if you haven’t yet).

Since moving here over a year ago, this was the first summer that Scott and I were able to enjoy in the city from start to finish, and I must say that it was jam-packed with mostly outdoor activities…so much that I forgot to apply sunscreen one day and got a terrible sunburn! But I’ll save that story for another day. Instead, I’m just going to share with you a round-up of some of our favorite places, eats, and things to see from this past summer.

  • Views of Coney Island Beach on a hot summer day
  • Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs and eating contest
  • Frozen yogurt from Culture (aka: my most favorite place to grab some)

Now that it’s the first day of fall (woohoo!), I can only imagine and cannot wait to see what this next season in the city will bring. What are you looking forward to most about this fall?




Hiatus Post

We’ll be honest, and we know most of you can agree with this feeling, but life just got in the way this past year for the both of us. We’ve neglected this blog more and more. Good intentions kept us saying things like, “we should blog about that!” but it never happened. Over and over. Something had to change.

This month we got together (over FaceTime) and had a heart to heart; we have not taken our blog seriously since for way too long. We asked ourselves “why?” when it used to be such a source of inspiration and a creative outlet. Talking things over, we realized that we have grown but the blog hadn’t grown with us. Time has gotten away, as it always seems to, and the time for dreaming up new recipes and DIY-ing is few and far between.

So it’s time. Time for an overhaul, revamp, rebirth…whatever you want to call it.

We’ve decided to refocus our goals for this blog. After some brainstorming we came up with a list of where we hope to see OSS go in the future. The list included more photography, more collaborations, and reaching out to readers.

The overarching goal is to still have a place to showcase creativity and experiment artistically, but content is going to evolve, as we have in the past two years. It’s not to say you may not see the occasional mixtape or snail mail post, but we are really hoping to get more focused on what we love and what drives our artistic passions.

Be patient. We hope to not only grow and change content, but to make adjustments to the OSS layout.

This is really exciting for both of us, and we are feeling inspired by this change. Tell us what you think. Have you ever found your blog standing still as you grew as a blogger? How did you handle the change?