Friday, December 4, 2015

Travel: London, England


London! My absolute favorite city in the world. I assume those who know me quite well could go on complaining about how much I talk about wanting to move to London and how much in love I am with this city. One day! These pictures are from my Spring trip to Europe this year, which I took with my boyfriend after we graduated University. This was Zach's first visit to Europe and my only shot to make him fall in love the way I had when I first set my eyes upon English soil. I am not sure if it is London's vibrant and long history that attracts me or the fact that I have English ancestors, or that I just love tea and biscuits, but London is quite magical in my mind. I have probably mentioned this before on the blog, but I have a very strong interest in all things Tudor England. Visiting London brings the stories I have read between pages to something real and tangible. 

Who wouldn't want to take a selfie at the Tower of London, right?! This was our first stop. And I could see a light start to glow in Zach's eyes. Finally he understood what I was always babbling on about. How could something so old still be here today? (In America, old is not quite... so old!) You can hear the echoes of past lives bounce off the walls and see the eyes of ghosts staring down from the windows. A queen of England lost her head at this very spot. Two young princes were lost in the tower, never to be seen again. Mystery, intrigue and deception can be found around every corner. It is like living in a fictional story only to learn that what you thought could not be true actually is! 

Hampton Court is my favorite royal palace. When I first visited Hampton Court with my mother in 2008 the sky was crystal blue. The weather was warm and comfortable and all the flowers in the garden were in bloom. We enjoyed a lovely lunch next to the gardens and spent hours roaming the halls of this prestigious palace. While this time around we weren't so lucky to get some sun, the same magical essence still hung in the air. Once again, this goes back to my loving of the Tudors, and all the stories of Henry VIII popped up before my eyes. This was especially true when I saw a man dressed as the king himself and giving tours of the castle! What a fun place this must be to work, I would consider this a dream job!

On the right here was the hostel Zach and I stayed in. We had a private room and the breakfast was on point. If you are looking for a hostel to stay in while visiting London, definitely check out Palmer's Lodge: Swiss Cottage! 

Coat: Burberry
Dress: Free People
Tight: H&M
Boots: J Shoes
Backpack: Fjallraven Kanken

Of course I need to sneak in one outfit photo! It is so important to stay comfy when walking around a large city. Zach and I were reaching over 20,000 steps daily. While I believe comfort is number one, being fashionable is still number two! I find jeans uncomfortable so I packed quite a few pairs of tights to wear with skirts and dresses. 

Lastly, we had to make a stop at...

Harry Potter Studios!!! I wish I could fully explain how exciting this adventure was on our last day in the city. I've read all the books, seen all the movies and I even have a deathly hallows sticker on my car. Needless to say, I am a huge Harry Potter fan. As you can see we  got to view Hogwarts castle, go aboard Hogwarts Express and, my favorite, see a ton of costuming used during the films. We also got to go to 4 Privet Drive, drink butterbeer and walk down Diagon Alley. Basically, I was in heaven. Anyone visiting London who loves Harry Potter must go here! You will need to book your tickets in advance however, you will not be allowed to buy them at the studio. 

Well, I hope you enjoyed this little visit to London! Have you ever been? I would love to hear about any cool places you visited!


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Apple Picking

Cardigan- Ralph Lauren
Dress- Umgee
Tights- H&M
Socks- Mum's sock drawer!
Boots- J Shoes
Necklace- Fleamarket in Hollywood

Hello hello hello! Sorry for the little break there, have been having a few computer problems... and I've been addicted to reading more than normal. The good news is I found a job! And one I am pretty excited about. I'll tell you more about after this Saturday (my first day!). The bad news is that I am scared I will not have any time to read books with a full work week coming up and have hence been binge reading five different books. Especially into Gone with the Wind right now... only 300 pages left! 

Any who, went apple picking over the weekend with my boyfriend and his family! I had never been to an apple orchard before... who knew they were so magical! It was also only $15 for a full basket and I swear we got around 40 apples for that price. After roaming the random rows of various apples, from Macintosh to Granny Smith, we stopped by the farms country store and picked up some freshly squeezed apple cider. 

As if they day could not become more full of apple and fall perfectness, we came home and made apple pie from scratch! It was such a fun day, I will definitely heading back to the orchard next fall as well! 

I wanted to be comfy since I assumed this adventure required quite a bit of walking, which it did. I was glad to have worn my favorite pair of boots and loose tunic/dress (tunic for me, dress for people of a normal height!). As the weather gets colder I get more excited about wearing cardigans and jackets. This new sweater I found at a thrift shop and it has really cool elbow patches to match it's already pretty awesome plaid pattern! 

Pictures courtesy of Zach  


Thursday, October 29, 2015

DIY: Halloween Spider Web Skirt

Hello mates! To take my mind off life I have been cleaning, baking and now crafting. Luckily for you guys this means another DIY post! This is a really simple and cute DIY that takes about a half hour. It is perfect for any last minute costumes you might need for the big Halloween weekend coming up. Whether you were invited to an awesome party only yesterday or just love to be festive (I'm one of those) this a great little project for you! AND the best part, it's all temporary! And the skirt can be taken back to normal without ruining it at all! If you would like to make this a permanent design, use fabric glue or a hot glue gun instead of safety pins.

Here are the materials you will need:

1. Black circle skirt (or white or orange!)
2. Some white yarn
3. Fake spiders
4. Tape measure
5. Scissors
6. Safety Pins

Step One: Take the yarn and measure it out to the height of the skirt. Then add about four inches to that measurement.

Step Two: Cut out eight of these strings. If they vary in length a bit that is okay! It will only make it look more spooky!

Step Three: Attach ropes to the inside waist band of the skirt with the safety pin. 
*Note, you can make a loop with the yarn and safety pin through that for a stronger hold

Step Four: Once you have attached the strings at even intervals around the skirt it should look something like the picture the above. (Oh hello there, that's my bedroom!) You will then take your measuring tape and measure the circumference of the skirt, as shown below. You will want to take that measurement and multiple by two. Then cut more yarn with this new measurement.
For example, my circumference was thirty inches. I then cut a sixty inch string.
*Note, remember that you can always cut off at the end if you need to, but not having enough is a pain! Add a few inches for a security blanket. 

Step Five: Take your long string and, using safety pins underneath, attach at vertical intervals. Allow slack between columns to create the spider web look. 

Step Six: Repeat step five lower down, as shown above. 
*Note, you can create three layers but I decided to keep it simple and only use two!

Step Seven: Take your fake spiders and slide safety pin there there underside, then attach to skirt. I found these colorful spiders at the craft store on sale, but if you can only find the black ones, use spray paint to make them more festive! 

Step Eight: Attach spiders randomly around the skirt. Use as many or as little of them as you like! Then head out the door on Halloween wearing your adorable Halloween skirt!

If you have any questions about this DIY please post them in the comments section below or click the contact button at the top of your screen.

Happy Halloween!


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I Will Always Love You

Hair Bow: Kaelahbee's Etsy Shop
Scarf: Urban Outfitters
Shirt: Zara
Pinafore: Modcloth
Tights: H&M
Boots: Frye Company

I'm just going to leave these pictures here today.

I took them on Sunday, but I am late posting them as I had a rather tragic event in my life. One of my dogs was killed, in a most gruesome way. I am trying to cope with her death, but shock is still in my heart and my mind. People often forget that pets are more than just animals, but a part of the family. My sweet Jenny was the nicest dog you could ever have, and the hole she has left in my heart is aching. Any thoughts or prayers for her would be greatly appreciated. 

"Goodbye may seem forever. Farewell is like the end, but in my heart is the memory and there you will always be."
-Walt Disney