Budapest, Hungary was a city I never knew too much about. But in 2014 when George Ezra’s “Budapest” song hit the radio waves, I found myself singing about it ALL THE TIME. So I decided to do some research and found myself in awe of the photos of the city and settled on planning a trip to the city during the Christmas season. And let me tell you, I’m SO glad I did. Budapest isn’t a city you traditionally hear as much about when it comes to Europe travel, but it was one of the most incredible cities I’ve ever visited. In fact, my mom and I agree that it’s one of the top three places either of us have ever traveled!

Want to learn more about the city? To get you started, here are 10 things you might not know about Budapest.

Read these 10 interesting things you might not know about Budapest!

  1. Budapest has the oldest underground train system in mainland Europe, which opened in 1896.
  2. The city used to be split into two, “Buda” on one side of the Danube River and “Pest” on the other.
  3. The famous escape artist, Harry Houdini, was born in Budapest.
  4. Budapest has the highest number of thermal baths in the world, and the largest medicinal bath in Europe, Szechenyi.
  5. The citizens of Budapest took the “Holy Right Hand” inscription on St. Stephen’s Basilica literally and mummified the right hand of the first Christian King of Hungary (who died in 1038), which can be seen in a shrine in the church.
  6. Star Wars’ Yoda speaks using Hungarian syntax, thanks to a Hungarian technician working on the films per George Lucas’ direction to give Yoda a more exotic sound to his speech.
  7. The country doesn’t use the Euro, but rather, the Forint, which is available in denominations of 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, and 20,000.
  8. The Rubik’s Cube was invented in Budapest in the 1970s.
  9. In 2002, Budapest was added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites.
  10.  Several big movies were filmed in Budapest, including: The Raven, The Debt, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Munich, and Spy.


Have you visited Budapest? If not, it’s a must-visit location! You can read more about the city in my Adventures in Budapest post, and about the best hotel I’ve ever stayed in, Aria Hotel Budapest!

Setbacks are never fun to deal with, especially if you’re confident that something will happen and it falls through.  But as we all know, life doesn’t always go according to plan. A couple weeks ago I experienced this when I ran into a setback that I knew was a possibility, but was thinking wouldn’t happen.

Rather than spend a lot of time being bummed out, I transitioned to a more positive and actionable mindset to handle the situation. 

Check out these 4 ways to deal with setbacks.

Step Back and Reflect

An initial wave of disappointment is inevitable. But rather than letting it consume you, step back and reflect. Determine why it is that resulted in your setback, if you can. And remember, everything happens for a reason.

Stay Positive

Negativity doesn’t get you anywhere. When I encounter a setback, I like to focus on the positive, whether in the specific situation or reminding myself of my other accomplishments and how far I’ve come. It’s all about your mindset!

Determine a Plan (B)

Once your mind is in a better place about the setback, determine a plan – plan b, that is. So the first one didn’t go as expected. What can you do differently this time? Keep in in mind that “a minor setback paves the way for a major comeback.” So while the original plan didn’t work out, this new one could be even bigger and better.

Focus on the Future

After establishing your new plan, focus on it, and the future. Surround yourself with positive, supportive people. Know that great things are ahead for you if you set your goals and continue to reach for them!
Tell me, how do you deal with setbacks?

My July Stitch Fix arrived on Friday afternoon and I couldn’t wait to open it up, despite taking a peek (as usual), when I saw it was on it’s way. This month, I requested some fun summer pieces that are versatile to rock at work or casually on the weekends. Check out what my stylist sent below and help me decide what to keep and send back!


Pixley Dinora Lattice Strap Blouse ($54)

I received a similar top in a Fix a year or two ago and can say the quality is definitely great. I’m not totally sure about this one because of the color (it’s very bright and I’m not very tan), but it is a nice summer option!


Collective Concepts Alissa Dress ($78)

This dress is an example of a great versatile piece (obviously with a blazer for work). I love the colors and the style is unlike any other dress I have hanging in my closet.


See U Soon Marahie Cut Out Back Top ($48)

I don’t have too many “fancy” tanks, so this was a nice option my stylist sent. The pattern is a little crazy though.

See-U-Soon-Marahie-Cut-Out Back-Top

41Hawthorn Denly Peplum Knit Top (58)

I was excited for this one because it looked like a great work top option, but it didn’t end up fitting quite the way I’d hoped.


Seychelles Interrogate Wedge Sandal ($110)

My stylist sent these after seeing a similar pair I pinned to my style board on Pinterest and they seem to pair well with a lot of different outfits!


So there you have it, my July Fix! Do you see any things you love or totally hate? Let me know what you think I should keep and/or send back!