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European Inspiration

Hi PARISH friends!

Happy Thursday! We are so excited to finally share some photos from our shopping trip in Europe! Ashley and I picked up so many ideas and were absolutely inspired by the intentional details throughout Belgium, France, and England! We were so humbled by the experiences we had and the places we visited! We cant wait to show you all of our purchases… but they are currently on a big container sailing the open seas! Stay tuned for a fun “our container has arrived” announcement! :)

We started our European adventure in the beautiful city of Brussels, Belgium. We arrived and immediately went exploring! The city and the people were completely enchanting, and we quickly learned that no one was in a hurry to do anything!! If you know Ashley and me, you know we are always on the go and can’t sit still for very long! After our very first dinner in Belgium (which lasted about 3 hours), we knew we were in for some change! Thankfully, we welcomed the break and learned to slow down and just enjoy ourselves (an idea we are trying to enforce over here!)

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Ashley and I are rarely left speechless… however, when we stumbled into this stunning church (Notre Dame du Sablon in Brussels), we were so emotionally overwhelmed and just stared in awestruck wonder!! This was such an incredible experience that definitely started our trip off on the right foot! Its amazing to think that this structure took over 2 centuries to complete!

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We also explored some beautiful gardens and courtyards! Many of the antique dealers that we purchased from actually operated their business out of their homes! This gave us such a good chance to get to know people on a personal level! We made lots of new friends! (How perfect are those beautiful planters?!)

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We explored the city of Antwerp and learned the history of this fabulous statue! It is rumored that hundreds of years ago, a giant terrorized the city. In this “David and Goliath” type tale, a young boy cut off the hand of the giant and saved the people in the city. This statue is of the young boy throwing the hand of the giant- thus the name “Antwerp” is translated to mean “City of the throwed hand.” We were fascinated!!

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While we were in Belgium, our sweet guide surprised us with a trip to Axel Vervoordt’s castle home! He is such a talented designer… and his castle property definitely did not disappoint! Even his horses were stunning!

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We stayed at multiple hotels throughout Europe, but a sweet bed and breakfast in Belgium took the cake for us! We slept with the doors open at night and woke up to this beautiful countryside! It was so picturesque- literally bunnies were playing in the fields!! Heaven!

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From there, we headed briefly through France and then to England! This is of the beautiful coast of the English Channel! Brighton Beach was filled with such an eclectic crowd of people and incredible views!

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As we explored through all of Europe, Ashley and I experienced “Charm overload” and loved every minute! I think we were constantly snapping photos of storefronts that spoke to us!! This green storefront is a Pet Shoppe… take note petco. THIS is how its done :)

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This is the Royal Crescent- an area of luxury condos! We were told that if you live in England, this is THE address to have! The building overlooks a beautiful park with a killer view!

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Can I just say that after coming back, I’m mildly obsessed with the idea of having a blue door?! We saw about 500 different shades of blue doors, each one perfection in its own way! This one in the Cotswolds was my favorite! Everything about this house is pretty great in fact!

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The charming streets in England were to die for!! Strategically placed flower boxes, chalkboard signs, and beautiful storefronts filled this beautiful country!

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We visited an incredible warehouse in Belgium that was actually attached to the owners home- how gorgeous is this entry? We can’t wait to show you the inside!! Let’s just say I’m still dreaming about it!

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One of our favorite parts of the small cities we visited were the cozy alleyways in between buildings. This one is so sweet! Boxwoods, mossy cobblestones, and wood beams… doesn’t get much sweeter, folks!

I hope you all enjoyed our little photo recap! For more pictures, checkout our Instagrams using #AFGIDdoesEurope. I think we took about a thousand pictures, so more to come! Stay tuned for a fun announcement regarding our container’s arrival with all of our purchases!! We can’t wait!

Until next time,

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Cherio, Au Revoir, see you all when we return!

Hi PARISH friends!!

As everyone celebrates Independence Day, Ashley and I will be heading out on our European shopping adventure! We are so excited and wanted to share all of our fun plans with you!!

We will be landing in the beautiful city of Brussels, and from there will travel to Sussex, London, Wiltshire, Cotswolds, Lille, and Tongeren (just to name a few cities!) We have a couple of fabulous guides that will be translating and directing us to some shops along the way! Oh how I wish I had taken a French class in college… My high school Latin has yet to serve me any purpose! Maybe one day… :)

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Brussels, Belgium

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Lille, France

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London, England

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Sussex, England

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Tongeren

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We will be scouring through flea markets, antique stores, and warehouses looking for the perfect pieces for our clients and for PARISH! Ashley and I will be instagram-ing pictures of our finds along the way!

We have lots of travel time and very long flights ahead of us, so today Ashley and I are sharing our favorite travel essentials!!

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  1. Water! (No one likes a thirsty shopper…)
  2. Lip Balm (Rosebud Salve is one of our favorites!)
  3. Lilly Pulitzer Traveler Pant (Ladies, go buy these pants NOW! They are the best skinnies on earth… and called “the traveler” for a reason!)
  4. A great bag- I love a classic tote from Kate Spade…or Tory Burch… or Chanel. :)
  5. Comfortable black wedges- Jessica Simpson nailed it with these!
  6. Cute flats… for when those comfy wedges fail you. My favorite pair from Steve Madden is slim enough to fit in my purse!
  7. A Fab scarf! If you can rock an Hermes scarf, then by all means do- but a sleek polka dot will work for this girl!
  8. Granola bars- It is rare, if ever, that Ashley and I sit down for lunch…so snacks on the go are essential!
  9. Tylenol PM- obviously. We’re planning to get some good napping in on the plane. This might be Ashley’s first nap since the kiddos were born :)
  10. Books and Magazines- Rarely do we get a sec to kick back and read! We’re planning to read in between naps! :) I’m psyched to start Elizabeth Smart’s new book and sift through a pile of magazines!

Wish us luck and keep up with our European adventure by using #AFGIDdoesEurope! We will see you all very soon!

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…BABY, YOU’RE A FIREWORK!!

Happy Tuesday PARISH friends!

I hope everyone is getting excited about the Holiday weekend coming up!! I know everyone here at AGID and PARISH are counting down the days! I for one am super excited because I am going to be making my way to the beach to spend time with family and friends that I haven’t seen in weeks!! (Hurry up Thursday…!! ) and then Ashley and Jessica are beyond anxious for the weekend because they are going to be setting off on their European Vaca!! They are going to be shopping for treasures all over Europe for our clients as well as PARISH….. (but more to come on Thursday!!!)

As some of you may already know, I am a major planner, so I have been trying to get my grocery lists together as well as all my bags packed for over a week now! I thought it would be fun to do a round up of some of our favorite cocktails, sweet treats, and outfit inspirations that are all things Patriotic! My husband is a HUGE fan of the 4th of July… (I think this is  probably his favorite holiday of the whole year!!) so we will be making a few of the recipes below as well as the cocktails for my family while we enjoy fireworks on Friday!!

Enjoy!!

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Red White and Blue Sangria

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4th of July Fruity Ice Drink

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Spiked Raspberry Lemonade

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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Patriotic Whoopie Pies

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Pretzel Sparklers

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4th of July Popsicles

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Claire from The Chic Scribe

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Sarah from Classy Girls Wear Pearls

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Blair from Atlantic-Pacific

I hope that everyone enjoyed our 4th of July picks and that they give you some inspiration for the Holiday weekend!! Don’t forget to check back with us later in the week to hear ALL about Ashley and Jessica’s trip to Europe!! We will be spilling details about where all they will be traveling to and some of their favorite travel essentials!!

Have a great day!!

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