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DRESS: Diane von Furstenberg / LEATHER JACKET: Nour Hammour c/o / SHOES: Frye /  LIPSTICK: Stila ‘Fiery’ / COAT: Topshop (on sale!) / A’s JACKET: Haus of Jr. / ROSIE’S DRESS: Alice and Ames / THEIR BOOTS: Hunter (colors pink sand and pale air force)

We were driving around Kyoto and we were giving the kids a car nap and they had just fallen asleep. I jokingly said, “I wish there was a shrine we could just park right in front of and keep the babies asleep while we step outside” ..knowing that all the ones we had been to had parking garages down the street and that was not likely. We plugged in the next shrine so we could be in the area when they woke up and sure enough there was parking right in front of the shrine!!! Like if David moved the camera any more to the right he would have gotten our car in frame haha. Anyways – we had a lot of fun exploring the gates that were decorated with blossoms outside the Takenaka Shrine. It really was such a sight to see and so incredibly beautiful. Here are 12 things before I head to bed…

  1. Atticus has loved saying “okay?” after everything he says. David and I love all of the versions in which he does this.
  2. Rosie found a word and its “stop!” haha. Do I say stop too much or does she just have a big brother 17 months older?!
  3. The kids have been playing so well together. Atticus loves to make sure Rosie has her bottle and always wants to give her shoulder rides or carry her in the baby carrier. And they love to play hide and seek together. But of course they are still tormenting each other in between too 😉
  4. The girls walking around in their kimonos couldn’t look any more beautiful!!! I love all of the prints, their amazing hair styles (they all have braids!), and they just look stunning – especially next to the sakura! These girls in the photo above were so sweet and took a pic with us.
  5. You know you have been busy when you haven’t watched Netflix in weeks. When we get home after exploring we work all night and then we are too tired to watch anything. Which says a lot because I have been dying to watch Big Little Lies and there is a new episode of Homeland.
  6. I absolutely love this dress so much. It does have a weird slit on the side at the top – I can’t explain it and tried figuring out 100 times if I was putting it on wrong and I could be. But I just pinned the slit closed and plan to sew it shut.
  7. I have a girl’s trip with my mom and sisters booked for DC and I am really excited to see them.
  8. This is one of the first trips that I have really felt like I have this travel thing down to a T. Every time we travel there are the things that happen where you’re like “okay well now I know for next time” and I have had enough of those happen to just have things run really well. It has honestly been so perfect.
  9. Atticus bowing at the shrines is the cutest thing, ever.
  10. We bought kimonos today to take home with us and I am excited about them.
  11. I do not like the green tea ice cream that is everywhere around here! Eek. I wish I did, it looks so pretty ha.
  12. Love me a good Cup of Noodles. I mean, if you were ever a broke college student then you have to be a big Top Ramen/Cup of Noodles fan right?! Lived off that stuff.

Can’t wait to share our itinerary with you guys because I spent countless hours planning and researching!!! xoxoxo

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  1. Ok I know this is a long shot but any chance you can tell me how to put This dress on?! I recently purchased from Nordstrom and I seriously cannot figure it out! Thanks in advance- I hope to wear it in Shanghai 🙂

  2. this place and pictures are beautiful!! david’s photography is top notch!

  3. Would you consider a meet-up in DC??? Would so love to see you!!!!

  4. I recently discovered your blog and are impressed. I am so much enjoying your trip to Japan. The photos are stunning and so full of life, and you candid way of describing your impressions makes it personal and engaging.


    1. That is such a nice compliment, thank you!! I really appreciate that 🙂

  5. I’m so happy to see all of these pictures from Japan. Atticus and Rosie look so big in all of them! They’re such beautiful children. Can’t wait to see more.

  6. Would loooove to see a post a mile long about nr 8🙊😄 really need som good advice😊

  7. Hey Amber,

    I just totally fell in love with these pictures! I love your dress and hairstyle, the flowers, Atticus and Rosie playing and the beatiful shrine! Just everything 🙂
    I have to read “to kill a mockingbird” in school right now and was wondering if Atticus is named by the father in the book?

    Love from Germany
    Pauline <3

  8. My 20-month-old (Savannah) says “K” after anything she asks for. She’ll say “oatmeal” (or something) and I’ll say “ok, you want some oatmeal?” “K”. Too cute! Love how kids learn to copy everything. Except she said crap in context the other day after dropping something.

    1. No way?! That is so adorable!! It really is so funny how easy kids pick on things they hear, both bad and good haha! 🙂 Thanks for reading!! xo

  9. These photos are so beautiful, what an amazing trip! Can’t wait for our girls trip xo

  10. You must read Memoirs of a Geisha if you haven’t already! I loved that book, and seeing the girls in kimono brought me back! 💛 The pictures are soo beautiful! Your family is cute and happy 🙂 I love seeing those kids and ESP love the occasional davey and mom selfie! Safe and happy travels to y’all

    1. I definitely need to! I have heard such good things about it. And thank you so much!! I am so happy you like the post 🙂 xo

  11. Please do a meet up in DC! or even just a fun event. Go to the botanical Gardens it is my favorite place in DC. The air force memorial is a beautiful view of dc also

  12. i live in DC! you’ll love it. definitely spend a day in georgetown. have fun!!

  13. Oh man- can’t wait to plagiarize your itinerary! You are too sweet to share with us!!!

  14. I can’t want for you too post some more since we are going there in 2 weeks !

  15. Omg, the shrine is absolutely gorgeous! I cannot believe you were lucky enough to find parking right outside. I am going to Japan in 3 weeks myself, and can’t wait to see your itinerary!

  16. Looks like you are having so much fun in Kyoto and Tokyo!!! I remember seeing all those shrines and its so surreal once you see them, they are so beautiful!! Rosie and Atticus look like they are getting SO BIG!!!! I can’t even believe it-it seems like yesterday when A was born!!!! Anyways, love seeing all the pictures and glad to see you having fun!!! xoxoxoxo

  17. Girls trip to DC?!! Hello I have to come say hi. Also- top places you MUST see in DC: The Renwick. The Hirshorn (get tickets on Mondays at noon the week before to see the Kusana exhibit). Shopping and Dolcezza (gelato) at City Center. The National Gallery of Art- led light tunnel that connects the east and west wing… even if you don’t spend time in the museum just go there to experience this. its amaze. Dinner at Rose’s Luxury. (no reservations, get in line early).

    1. YES!! I may do a meet up and would love to meet you! And thank you SO much for the suggestions! Writing these all down now!!! Way too excited now! xoxo

    1. Thank you Syd!! You are too nice! They have been so fun this trip, I love seeing them together 🙂

  18. Omg big little lies is amazing ! And Atticus carrying Rosie made my life lol !

  19. Yes – I would also love to read a post on your planning for family trips! We have two girls the same age apart, only a little younger than A and Ro 🙂


    1. I totally know what you mean! It was never on the top of my list but we are loving it so much!!

  20. Your blog change where you have to press “continue reading” and then it takes you back up to the very top of the post is driving me nuts! I had to let you know. Beautiful photos! 🙂

  21. All your photos of this trip look amazing!
    Will you do a post all about how you plan out these big trips? My husband and I really want to do a long European trip (a little like the ones you’ve done in the past) but neither of us know where to start. I’d really appreciate any advice since you have so much experience.

    xo – Ana Luiza

  22. Wow, these photos are amazing!!! Japan looks so extremely cool!! Love the deep red lipstick! Your kiddos are so cute and I bet aside from being worn out are having a blast! Your DVF dress is beautiful, ouch on the price though!! It looks amazing on you. I love maxi dresses of any sort! Love all your Japan posts on IG and on your blog …God Bless!! You and David are so cute too!! Love how he’s your photographer! 🙂

  23. These are all so gorgeous but I love the pics of Rosie and Atticus in the stroller hugging and laughing. Nothing makes my heart burst more than seeing my babies loving on and laughing with each other. 🙂 Looks like such a wonderful trip! I would love to read a post about the things you did this time that you had learned in the past that you think has helped make everything run so smoothly! Safe travels.

  24. Love your posts! We are doing our first baby-free trip to Japan next week, very nervous to leave my son but so excited! When will you be sharing your itinerary since I’m knee deep in planning at the moment and would love to go to the places you recommend?? Thanks!

  25. I love you and your beautiful family. You are such an inspiration for me. Seeing your photos, reading your blog make me smile and encourage me to follow my dreams. Thank you for being with me/us. Wishing you all the best. Always be happy with your lovely family. Lots of love from Istanbul <3

  26. The cherry blossoms are so pretty all in bloom! Just gorgeous.
    And your hair is amazing, as usual! Can you give me any tips as to how you grew out your bangs so quickly?? I have some stubborn short layers that I’ve been trying to grow out for what seems like YEARS with little to no progress 🙂 Thanks!


    1. Aww thank you!! They are at such fun ages and love playing together now, it makes me happy!

  27. Hey amber!
    I’m Japanese and I am so so so glad to see you enjoying Japan! I live in Australia now so I can’t go see the cherry blossoms this year, but seeing it on your Insta made me go back to Japan so bad! I’m going back next month, but i think they’ll all be gone soon, sadly. I hope they’re there all year round!haha anyways, I have a question. I see you are traveling just by your selves but are you struggling in any way becaude of the language barrier?? I know a lot of Japanese (except in Tokyo) can’t speak English fluently and I always get so worried about all the travelers who come to Japan. I hope everything is alright… 🙂 next time when you’re in Japan, I wanna take you guys around! & plz do a meet up someday x love you and your family so so much you are my role model❤️😍

  28. I work in DC!!! Please please please do a meet up! It would be a dream to meet y’all xoxo

  29. I always enjoy your 12 things. 🙂 Japan is just looking so amazing! My friends are leaving for Japan today and all these pictures are making me extra jealous. haha. Love your dress too. Enjoy the rest of your trip!


    1. Right?! Bottle obsessed haha! And thank you!! Glad you like it 🙂

    1. I am looking forward to it!!! I may need to get some suggestions from you 🙂