Hi! My name is Brooke and I started this blog in June 2016 to track the beautiful road trip that I took with my now husband, Rasmus, from my fabulous guest house apartment on a friend’s estate in Northern California’s Atherton to my hometown on the New Jersey coast, Rumson, for our bohemian garden wedding.
In January 2017 I made the intercontinental move to Norway and I absolutely love it.
In 2013 I earned my bachelor’s degree from Columbia University‘s Barnard College in NYC. Majoring in art history with a focus on visual arts, with minors in both architecture and environmental science (and nearly earning a third minor in anthropology!). I have taken additional courses in the arts and writing from several other institutions such as Yale University, RISD, and Mt. Holyoke College.
I am passionate about arts: from fine arts, to design/sustainability, to architecture. As a sophomore at Columbia I did an internship with Two Trees Real Estate Development, where I was intern to the Director of Affairs and Director of the DUMBO Arts Festival. As a rising senior at Columbia, I spent the summer in Berlin, Germany working as a research and writing assistant at Texte Zur Kunst, one of Germany’s leading art publications.
Prior to university I went to preparatory school at the Ranney School, and then graduated with my high school degree from the Peddie School in 2008 (my favorite class here was a senior seminar taught by author and writer in residence Paul Watkins called “The Great Explorers”!).
My love for writing and traveling are two things I must accredit to my mother: a doctor of literature, a many times published literary critic and poet, and tenured professor. Some of my funniest stories, and biggest intellectual inspirations come from traveling around the world with her going to university lectures and conferences. My “techy” internet side and admiration for event planning comes from my father, a technology and business entrepreneur.
Photography and street style became a true interest of mine when I first met Bill Cunningham as a child. He first published a photo of me in the New York Times Sunday Style section when I was 14 at an event I helped fundraise for as a junior member of the Monmouth County Historical Association. As a student in Manhattan, and member of several museums, I was able to spend quite a bit of time with him at events over the years. Every Friday during college, I would walk through central park to Bergdorf Goodman to look at the latest fashion; Bill would always be on the corner snapping away!
As a former World Cup modern pentathlete, competitor in the Collegiate National Triathlon, and Junior Olympic Track and Field athlete I also have a passion for fitness and competing. I grew up riding horses since the age of two, and excelled through the upper jumper levels competing around the American A-circuit at shows like WEF, Sonoma, and Monmouth. From 2013-2016 I worked as a semi-professional rider, and also trained my own ex-racehorse as a jumper. I became an avid volunteer in the equestrian community as a young teenager and I still am to this day. My love for animals spurred my passion for the outdoors. Today I compete in fitness competitions, triathlons, and I am still an active horseback rider in Europe.
Combining my passion for the arts with my interests in business and technology I have gained experience in corporate and small scale sales, marketing, business development, and business operations as well as worked as a consultant and collaborator/brand ambassador for several publications, brands, and startups in NY, CA, and Europe.
Rasmus is an academic and linguist, soccer hobbyist, adventurer and loving husband who was born and raised in Ålesund, Norway. He studied English and Education at the University of Oslo through the Master’s level, and has a long list of accomplishments.