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A Day in the Life | Chicago, IL

Chicago City Street View | Travel Guide

Chicago is a city with heart and stamina and art and incredibly deep and miserable winters and incredibly bright and wonderful people. No breaks. They all run together. It’s a city that’s already proven itself, and whose skyline is known the world over (I know this because I grew up in Chicago’s farming suburbs, and travel has resulted in people from every corner of the earth talking about the incredible buildings in my home city). Chicago doesn’t ask for permission. It’s a city of immigrants and farm kids and people who believe in doing and building and striving and putting in the hours. It’s a home to art and to science and to an aggressive (and hilarious) sense of humor.

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Austin Texas | Interview with Danny Trejo + Alexander Hiers

Between Shots ATX | Danny Trejo, Alexander Hiers

A couple of weeks ago, we shared a Day in the Life travel guide featuring our recent trip to Austin, Texas. In the guide, we mentioned our friend, Danny Trejo, who we met on the roadtrip a few years ago. While in Austin, we caught up with Danny & had the pleasure of adventuring around the city with him & his Between Shots podcast cohost, Alexander Hiers. Since they have the pulse of all things Austin, we wanted to ask them for more insights on this vibrant city.

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A Day in the Life | Austin, Texas

Austin Texas Travel Guide | Simon & Ruby

A Day in the Life || Austin, Texas

My travel day started at 3AM. This afforded me two major things:
1. A full first day in Austin
2. A very snoozy flight, followed by a lot of coffee.

Thankfully, Austin lends itself to both very delicious coffee and varied options for travelers who desperately want to throw themselves into the local flavor but who also probably need a nap. To throw myself into the local flavor, I called Danny, who I met two years ago while on the road trip for Simon and Ruby.

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Out West with Samantha Ruble of Go French Yourself // Moab, Utah

Moab, Utah | Travel Diary

This summer I was lucky enough to hop on the back of my BF’s BMW motorcycle and travel 6,500 miles across The Pacific Northwest making this my longest adventure yet. He took me to places I had been dreaming about since I was little. I am still not even half-way done with the travel diaries because there was just simply so much. And I need more time in the day. I really hope to get them all completed over the Thanksgiving holiday as I will be in Houston for one week and will have lots of down time. In the mean-time though— I am so excited to be sharing my favorite places from the awfully BIG adventure with you over here on The Simon and Ruby blog. These were the destinations that captured my attention and sparked my imagination.

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Out West with Samantha Ruble of Go French Yourself // Pt. 2

Out West Travel Guide | Montana

This summer I was lucky enough to hop on the back of my BF’s BMW motorcycle and travel 6,500 miles across The Pacific Northwest making this my longest adventure yet. He took me to places I had been dreaming about since I was little. I am still not even half-way done with the travel diaries because there was just simply so much. And I need more time in the day. I really hope to get them all completed over the Thanksgiving holiday as I will be in Houston for one week and will have lots of down time. In the mean-time though— I am so excited to be sharing my favorite places from the awfully BIG adventure with you over here on The Simon and Ruby blog. These were the destinations that captured my attention and sparked my imagination.

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OPEN // Studio Notes

We play a road trip game called “I’m about that.” Laura and I played it on the way to Atlanta market this year, and it’s a new winner. It’s the easiest game — you say, “I’m about” and then you fill it in with anything. ANYTHING.

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Out West with Samantha Ruble of Go French Yourself // Pt. 1

Travel Diary | On the Road with Samantha Ruble

This summer I was lucky enough to hop on the back of my BF’s BMW motorcycle and travel 6,500 miles across The Pacific Northwest making this my longest adventure yet. He took me to places I had been dreaming about since I was little. I am still not even half-way done with the travel diaries because there was just simply so much. And I need more time in the day. I really hope to get them all completed over the Thanksgiving holiday as I will be in Houston for one week and will have lots of down time. In the mean-time though— I am so excited to be sharing my favorite places from the awfully BIG adventure with you over here on The Simon and Ruby blog. These were the destinations that captured my attention and sparked my imagination.

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SIREN PT. 3 // #SROntheRoad Travel Diary

“Fortu, shall we sail there together
And see from the sides
Quite new rocks show their faces—new haunts
Where the siren abides?
Shall we sail round and round them, close over
The rocks, though unseen,
That ruffle the grey glassy water
To glorious green?
Then scramble from splinter to splinter,
Reach land and explore,
On the largest, the strange square black turret
With never a door,
Just a loop to admit the quick lizards;
Then, stand there and hear
The birds’ quiet singing, that tells us
What life is, so clear!
The secret they sang to Ulysses, When, ages ago,
He heard and he knew this life’s secret, I hear and I know!”
– John Keats

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SIREN PT. 2 // #SROntheRoad Travel Diary

Siren Inspired Style Lookbook | California Coast | Simon & Ruby

Her allure is enough to bring a vessel to the shallows. She’s enough to bring a man to his knees. A temptress, she’s divine yet dangerous and the subject of every bold myth and warning. Her love is a charm, but, loudly, it’s hailed as a deathtrap at worst and at best as a distraction.

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SIREN PT. 1 // #SROntheRoad Travel Diary

“I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.
I do not think that they will sing to me. 
I have seen them riding seaward on the waves 
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
When the wind blows the water white and black.
We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us…” 
– T.S. Eliot

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