the land of ice

I'm BAAAACKKK. Did you sugar plums miss me? Were you bawling over your computer, highly anticipating this post? Tears trinkling down your face as you sob, "Leexyyyyy, whereeee arttt thouuuu"?

No, you say. No? NO?! NOOOO?! *Dramatic cries. Thunderous screaming. Maybe some hyperventilation for good measure. Like a storm. Then I calm down. Like the calm... after the storm? (Okay, I know it's all about the "calm before the storm." But I think the "calm after the storm" is equally sufficient and realistic and anyways, that's besides the point.)*

Oh, right. Silly me. You probably forgot I was gone. You probably didn't even realize. Why? Because I still posted! Because I planned it all out! Because I CARE! Don't you say that I don't take CARE of you! (That's my dad's favourite line. He utilizes it whenever he performs godly tasks for me. Most recently? He smuggled three chocolate chip cookies from his conference in a napkin and stuffed it in his pocket and gave 'em to me for the plane ride. He's a saint. I love him.)

Anyways. I thought I'd divulge a handful of the, um, 1200+ photos I took over the past week. Iceland was a really beautiful place. Different from what I expected. (No, I didn't picture it as, well, a land of ice. NO, NOT AT ALL, DON'T BE LUDICROUS.) (Okay, FINE. But my sister and I bonded over this likeliness in thinking. I AM NOT A WACKO. Or maybe, we both are. You know. Genes and things.) It was a really beautiful place - very vast. There's something like 3 people for every 1 square kilometer. There's something about the vastness and beauty and just... THEREness (?) of nature that just screams, "dude. you're just an insignificant human being on this gigantic planet." I don't mean that in a bitter way. In fact, quite the contrary. I almost like this feeling. Yes, it makes me feel small and worthless and hey-you'll-die-one-day-but-nature-will-still-be-there (or so I freaking hope. hear that people? love the earth!). But there's also something about this feeling of insignificance that ignites thoughts of, "DUDE. You are so insignificant! Your actions don't have a huge impact on the world! Therefore, DO WHAT YOU WANT." It's a little marvelous.

Right now, I'm kind of in a limbo of anticipation. I have no idea what the next year will bring. But I guess a lot of moments of this trip sparked thoughts of, "ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE."

I swear, kids, my head is always up in the clouds.

Where do you see yourself one year from now?

Oh, and here are some of the many, many, many pictures from Iceland. We got to go do a lot of fun and crazy and memorable and beautiful things. My mom books a lot of tours when we travel (i.e. every possible time slot). She is anal like that. I hope you enjoy. I was going to commentate these photos, but I realize that I'll probably start sharing stories about how I tried to smuggle pretty poisonous sea urchins home with a six-year-old girl or how I secretly attempted to send my horse off the path for a wilder ride... so I think I won't. If you have inquiries and things, send them this way. There were many marvelous "this is like a postcard" moments. xxx merry days and stuff.

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sojourned in style said...

I scrolled through all that and I like! I had the stereotype that it would be completely covered in ice, but all I see is gorgeous summer scenery, way to break the generalizing barrier. I must say you were supremely outfitted on your journey the jacket has a pattern created by colour gods.

Mrs. April said...

Lordy that looks like a great time. And why was I not invited along?! BECAUSE I AM NOT FAMILY?! How dare you. Think of everything we've been through!! *cries*

Sarah said...

Looks like you had an awesome vacation! I especially like that cool knitting project and the special picture of you with the headlamp in a cave (?). Gorgeous photos, I'm off to go look at the rest of 'em that weren't in the main post.

derek said...

looks so amazing!!! i'm completely envious!!!!
seems like you had an amazing time!!!

Vivi said...

Wow. The scenic views of Iceland just took my breath away. Glad you and your family had a safe trip out there and also a great time. I love your sister's style, by the way.

Anywho, to answer your question - I honestly don't know where I see myself one year from now. My only hope is that it's not in the same position I am in at this moment.

Hello Naka said...

awh i love the knitting photo you and your sister looj so happy with each other and i would love to go on loads of tours XD maybe not for all of the holiday though XD

Deidra said...

WHAT ON EARTH is that dude doing in the background of the cave picture? It makes me lul. What a photobomb!

Hazelnut said...

So that's what Iceland looks like...hmmm... I have to say, I was expecting to see more ice. LOL. The place looks terrific! Love the photo of you and your sister where you guys were sitting on the grass. :)

The GUILTY HYENA said...

Mother nature is just too glorious!! The fresh air and hot-springs!!

Feeling the sibling love! it's great to share moments such as this with like minded sisters. :)

Anonymous said...

So many beautiful photos! It looks like an amazing place! I think Iceland would be such an adventure :) That geyser seems so cool, and the cave picture looks so scary! I don't think I would be very good at spelunking because I am a scaredy-cat. But you guys look so cute as always and I'm glad you had a great time!

Bonnie said...

Your dad sounds hilarious. "Don't say I don't care about you!" after he smuggles chocolate chip cookies for me. I wish that mine would steal awesome baked goods for me!!

I am so unbelievably jealous of your trip. You look gorgeous. The scenery is beautiful. JEALOUS, I say.

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Anna said...

Wow, that looks so amazing! Gah, I'm jealous. The scenery looks so incredible!

Hmm..well I see myself taking a trip to Europe in a year as a graduation present. Other than that, probably just at home, getting ready for college.

Kristie Was Here said...

Wow! Just. Wow. Simply magnificent. looks like you and the sis had a grand time. Thanks for sharing through pics. So glad there were many "this is like a postcard" moments :) Definitely the sign of a good trip.

And, one year from now I hope to be smiling more, having grand adventures and taking even more pictures than my camera happy hands can handle.... I'm looking forward to it!

Angelica Ng said...

Ahhh! Beautiful landscapes, with gorgeous models! XD You two girls look so stylish. And I love how you started your post off. lol always fun to read.


Oh to Be a Muse said...

all i see are two very fashionable sisters who are in a very beautiful place! gah, i love you guys! and now i might even want to visit Iceland. :)

Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

WAO, these photos are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!


maphi said...

i love these pictures , you two look so happy awww its so cute !!

and im not sure if my eyes are failing me or not but are you two twins ????

i always thought she was your younger sister ( i dont know why )



@Deidra hahahhahah lolz, that's my DAD. I know. He's consuming his GARDENING glove that he brought caving. It basically makes the picture. That man kills me!

@Maphi aha, no, we're simply siblings. She's the young 'un. We've gotten a lot of "Are you two twins?" though...

lasophia said...

Those pics look unreal! So beautiful. I may have to honeymoon there after I have a baby and get married. I got it all twisted girl! haha. Maybe you can design my flower girl dresses. I'd like ronald mcdonald ones please!


jess said...

Wow! Iceland looks so stunning.

Sabina said...

What amazing, happy, radiant photos. I love the ones were you guys are running or smiling beautifully at the camera. It really makes you feel like you were there. And wow, Iceland is beautiful and so are you.

Stephi Dee said...

How jealous am I? Very. It's so weird because I've been planning a (imaginary) trip to Iceland for like, a month!

And even better, I always try to ride my horses off the path! I want to just gallop away and go on hour long adventures.

What was your favorite part of the trip?

Girl about town.... said...

Looking fabulous as always!

Glad you had a good trip! It looks beautiful.

Girl about Town XxX

roxanne said...

when i think about myself one year from now, the possibilities seem so endless that it makes my head spin. i just hope that i manage to make a decision about which direction to go in by the time it shows up, hah.

lexy!! i just saw your stylelikeu addiction confession post! we have so much to talk about because that's where i work (and i actually work on a feature called 'addictions,' oddly enough, among other features, which you should check out)!! it's so sweet to hear your kind words about the site - have you ever seen shelby scudder's closet? not as spot on with you as rachel trachtenberg is, but her use of color and and sense of humor remind me of you a bit..

M. Ersa Adiprasetya said...

iceland is a nice place to visit! great photos lexy... i really love it!

M. Ersa Adiprasetya said...

iceland is a nice place to visit! great photos lexy... i really love it!

KyandiiCandy said...

WooW ICELAnd! that's amazinGG! love your photos! and you look amazing like always! =D x

agent 0017 said...

These are beautiful! my uncle was just in iceland as well, and i was so jealous! i absolutely loveee the first one...and poisonous sea urchins? must've been a pretty awesome trip :)

Jen said...

Oh my gosh you went to Iceland!!! Me is so jealous.
Glad you had a good time!!! Great pictures!!!

Paolina of Calur Villade said...

holy dingle berries! you went to Iceland. and it seriously inst all ice? weird. so does that mean Greenland inst all green? my mind is blown!But anyway you look like you had a lot of fun. and are you and your sister twins? just wondering :)You both look very alike.


FashionJazz said...

These picture so stunning babe! Wow, u look amazing : )

melindaaa said...

you are so cute and reading your blog is so entertainingg. i just may be addicted. hahaa. can we be friends? k thanks!

Shoe said...

Three things: 1) These pictures are really beautiful 2) Your jacket is ten kinds of awesome and 3) I REALLY want to hear this sea urchin story!

Nieke said...

This pictures are absolutely beautiful! Plus I love all your colery outfits popping out everywhere. Amazing!


Ruta, Look Ugly in a Photograph said...

WOW!!!!! Iceland looks amazing!!!! I so want to go now. I think I have to add it to my top 5 places to visit. It looks incredibly gorgeous. Ahhh, you look like you had an incredible time!

I love tours! Although I do like exploring on my own as well. Anyways, love love everything about this post.


My goodness!! That is God's country for sure! BEAUTIFUL! Kiah

Rachel said...

oh girl, I am SO jealous of all you got to do in pretty Iceland. I was there in April, for just a day and I went to the Blue Lagoon (AMAZING, amirite?) but you did so much! Your photos are beautiful and reminding me that I never ever posted any of mine. oops, bad blogger! Anyhow, I'd love to hear more about your experiences there. My stop there was pretty unplanned but it ended up being one of the coolest parts of my trip and I can't wait to go back!