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Hey there.

Welcome to Quarter-Life Living, my outlet to help others bring style and sophistication to their twenty-something homes. Everyone deserves to love where they live, no matter the square footage.

REYKJAVIK

July kicked off with another grand adventure for Jonas and me. We headed across the pond to Iceland and the Faroe Islands with our friends, Adam and Becca. While the 4 of us spent most of our time galavanting around the island, searching for waterfalls, puffins, and affordable food, we also got to spend some time in Reykjavik.

Reykjavik as a European capital isn't big - approximately 125,000 people call it home - but it still has plenty to offer. One of the things I immediately noticed was an urban-eclectic vibe at many restaurants, cafes, and stores. Each place had its own twist, but many fused retro and ultra-modern pieces, giving me flashbacks of my favorite city: Berlin.

After exploring for a while, we stumbled upon an artsy decor store called Hrim. While many of their products were too quirky for my taste, I still found.... ohh..... about a HUNDRED pieces I loved.

Once we were both done with window shopping, we set off to find a spot for dinner. I loved Iceland, but holy guacamole is it expensive. We were nervous we would even be able to find a restaurant that wasn't $50 per person for a basic entree that would be <$15 in the US. Thankfully, after some meandering, we found Vínyl.

Not only did Vínyl have a cool atmosphere, where patrons could freely change the music by swapping in a new record from the extensive collection, but their food was the bomb dot com. I loved their assortment of vintage chairs, paired with modern features like this brass and orb light fixture, but I was also super absorbed in my flavorful and beautiful meal. Check it outttt:

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I JUST now realized Jonas had grabbed the veggie burger and bottom bun out of the 2nd picture, so it kind of just looks like a sad, open-faced sandwich (I was clearly mesmerized by how tasty everything looked). It's probably what I get for always making him wait patiently as I photograph our food before letting him dig in. Afterwards, we of course had a "TREAT YOSELF" session and got fancy chocolates - pistachio + rose, and mango + basil +cognac.

It was a great finish to an incredible trip! Now our next big trip to plan: OUR HONEYMOON!

AQUAMARINE

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