new york city views & a life update

What I’m Wearing: Palm Ivy Bodysuit, Reformation Fisher Pant, Charlotte Stone Morley Creme Heels, Will & Bear Harvey Hat

What Porter’s Wearing: Striped Linen Shirt (similar), DL1961 Russell Slim Straight Jeans

This weekend we spent some time at the Arlo Nomad in NYC and even though the rooms were a little dizzying at times, it gave us the chance to sit back for a second and catch up on the long list of things we’d been meaning to talk about, but life had gotten in the way of.

One thing having been a long distance couple is great for is communication, and I think the years we spent living in separate countries has made us pretty unstoppable in that department. I love that Porter and I can talk about any and everything and (even though it’s not always a good thing) that were both pretty opinionated. No matter how random the topic, we both establish opinions quickly and can talk in depth for hours about anything the other person has dug up. Recent topics of conversation include: the likelihood that Atlantis is actually Santorini, reasons why the first Chinese emperor’s tomb has rivers of liquid Mercury, books we read as kids that definitely should have been turned into movies, and any and everything Google X is currently working on. I know, pretty nerdy stuff for the most part, but if life is about finding someone who finds interesting everything that you find interesting, we’ve pretty much hit the nail on the head.

Something we did get to talking about though, that’s a bit more relevant to this platform, was the imagined lifestyle of bloggers from the outside looking in versus our reality. We’ve loved getting so much feedback recently on our blog posts and photos and videos, and a lot of that feedback tends to lead us back to this topic. It’s continuously interesting to us, and absolutely understandable, how people often look at bloggers or “instagrammers” and think that they must all be these tremendously extroverted outgoing people, who jump from here to there socializing with any and everyone. That might be the case for some or even many, but for Porter and I, and from what I can gather from many of the blogs that I follow, at least, the reality in this field can be just the opposite of that (which I’m so grateful for!).


Daily life for us is a lot of behind the scenes work, a lot of time spent on laptops editing and writing, and a lot of days spent wandering around just the two of us, taking our time to capture a place exactly as we see it, and dreaming up lots of future plans and ideas. I’m more introverted than he is, so I love the fact that I can express myself outwardly, while still leading a more private day-to-day existence. I think part of what continuously attracts us to learning more about and growing from what we’ve learned on this platform has been that it allows us to have that balance between a quiet private life and some sort of outward positive impact (we hope).


That explanation was a little wordy, but I guess what I really mean is that this trip to NYC and our time in both London and Greece gave us a strong glimpse of what’s up ahead for us, and got us both even more excited and more determined to make this lifestyle the path we walk. It’s not hard to figure out what things you love, but it can be hard to figure out what field allows you to incorporate all of those things. Even on harder days, I’m overwhelmingly appreciative that we’ve found something that strikes that balance between outward and inward that we find creatively stimulating & motivating.

Thank you for following along & thank you for being here! Hope you enjoy the pics!


Anna Lisa & Porter

*Thank you to the Arlo Nomad for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts & opinions remain our own


  1. Kim says:

    I feel like bloggers are almost always introverted, which is why we are behind computer screens! At least, I know that Dan and I can be pretty introverted and keep to ourselves! Anyways, I love your photography. Keep up the great work!

    Simply Lovebirds

  2. Cool blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
    A design like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make my blog jump out.

    Please let me know where you got your theme.

  3. Bort says:

    Cool. Gr8 pictures. lave youre astetic.

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