Portsmouth and Mother Clucker!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Vest: Anthropologie, Sweater: J.Crew, Shirt: J.Crew this is the closest I could find, Glasses: The View on Elm, Necklace: Charm and Chain, Jeans: JBrand, Watch: Michael Kors

Good morning and happy Monday! This weekend was eventful if anything with a day trip and lots of studying. This week is going to be very busy with packing and studying for finals and it is sadly still wintery here. Anyways, Saturday we took a day trip to Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. This was definitely the day of transportation. We started with a train to Portsmouth from London. Then, we took a ferry to the Isle of Wight. Once we arrived on the island, we took two different buses to reach the far side of the Island. Then, we hiked to the edge of this class to see some beautiful views. Finally, once we had taken our buses back to the harbor, we took a tram to get back to the ferry. It was a busy day to say the least, but the views were beautiful and it was nice to get out of the city for a day. This day trip was definitely not for people weary of public transportation and be prepared to sit for a large part of the day. In other news, yesterday McKenzie and I went to Mother Clucker. No, I'm not cleverly cursing you out, this is the name of a food truck near Brick Lane. I saw it walking around early in the semester, but hadn't had the chance to check it out until yesterday. Basically, it was delicious and magical. They make tea-brined fried chicken strips, cajun fries, and mac and cheese. A must see if coming to London, they are open every day, but Monday for lunch. Also, the portions are huge, I only managed to eat half of mine! Check it out if you have the chance when you are in London! The count down continues as I now only have 4 days until I am back in the States! Have a great start to your week! XO

Pale Pink T-Strap Heels

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Necklace: Charm and Chain, Glasses: The View on Elm, Shirt: J.Crew, Jeans: JBrand, Shoes: Zara 

Happy Thursday everyone! My time is quickly coming to a close, so I am trying to squeeze in everything else I want to do before I leave! Today, on my to do list was to go check out the Zara and see if they had anything cute and possibly on sale before I went home. Lo and behold, I walk in and these fabulous shoes are sitting right there, in my size, AND on sale!! Something in the wonderful fashion universe was sending me a sign and telling me it was meant to be. So I tried them on to make sure they fit and then marched up to the counter and paid. To say I am excited would be a little bit of an understatement- I grinned all the way to the tube stop. More To Do List items to mark off this weekend and maybe I'll have to wear the chance to wear these awesome shoes! XO 

London Film Museum

Monday, April 21, 2014

Hello! Today was quiet, yet fun-filled at the same time.  I didn't do much this morning because it was raining and cold and I had homework. However, this afternoon, we had an outing to the London Film Museum, which is currently featuring the Bond in Motion exhibit. This exhibit is the largest official collection of James Bond vehicles. You might not know this about me, but I am a huge James Bond fan. So basically we went into the museum and I fangirled for a solid thirty minutes. Anyways, it was fabulous and a must see if you have the chance when you are in London. After the Film Museum, we went to a new show called Privacy at the Donmar. This show was amazing and thought provoking, and if you have the chance you should definitely go. I am not going to say anything more because I don't want to give anything away and it was fun to go into a show with no preconceived notions. That is all for today, and probably until Thursday or Friday because this week is going to be CRAZY getting ready for finals next week. So have a wonderful week and see you soon! XO
Goldfinger's Rolls Royce in Goldfinger

Vesper and Bond's passports from Casino Royale 

The original Aston Martin

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hello! So the lovely Jordan of Worrellwind Adventures nominated me for a Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! She's super sweet like that :) So thank you so much Jordan!! 

Anyways, here are the rules...
- Link to the blogger who nominated you and say thanks.
- Nominate blogs that you find a joy to read.
- Link to the nominees and tell them about the nomination.
- Include the award logo in your blog post.
- Answer the ten questions listed below. 

Alright so let's get started :)

1. What's your favorite color? 
Ok, so my favorite color in general is purple, has been since I was 4 years old. It is also conveniently my birth stone. However, my favorite colors to wear are navy and pink, not necessarily together. I also really enjoy blue and green in general, but my favorite is definitely purple especially that deep eggplant purple or lavender. 

2. What is your favorite animal?
My favorite animal is a camel. I have loved camels for years because they are awesome and roam the desert doing cool things. Then I rode a camel, and as terrifying as that was, they are still so majestic and awesome! 

3. What is your favorite nonalcoholic drink?
My favorite drink in general, alcoholic or not, is tea. I am obsessed with tea. I drink hot tea (Earl Grey) like no bodies business and I could always go for a big glass of sweet tea! 

4. Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter?
At this point, probably Twitter because I have just recently joined the Twitter band wagon. I am annoyed with Facebook at the moment and Twitter is such a great way to get quick news or article headlines. 

5. What is your favorite pattern?
Ugh, how do I decide?! Clothing wise, definitely plaid, I am obsessed with flannel. But I also really love anything polka dotted or cheetah print! Also, my mom just recently introduced me to toile for decorating so I'm obsessed with that right now too! 

6. Do you prefer getting or giving presents?
I mean, if we are being completely honest, I love getting presents. But I also really love giving gifts that are personal and mean something. This year for Christmas, we gave my mom a portrait of my sister and I, and it was so nice to do something for someone else and make someone else happy. So I love both :) 

7. What is your favorite number?
My favorite number is 24 because it is my birthday, but also fits in with a lot of my OCD tendencies like it is even and 2,3 and 4 all go into it evenly. Also it's pretty. 

8. What is your favorite day of the week?
Unlike everyone else, I really love Mondays. It is like a clean slate every week to start off on the right foot and be very productive and to just have a great week. I always feel like I get more done on Monday then any other days. On Mondays, there are endless possibilities for what the week will hold.

9. What is your favorite flower?
I love hydrangeas. We had hydrangeas growing up and they are just so beautiful! I am also a fan of lilies and peonies.  

10. What is your passion? 
My passions are fashion and art history. Obviously I like fashion because I have a fashion blog and I like nice clothes, but I am also very interested in design and marketing as well as how fashion and women are portrayed in the media and what that is doing to our society. On the other side, I love art! I am very interesting in learning about art and artists and seeing the art in museums. Art is such an interesting reflection of the society it is created in and artists are such interesting people. 

And here are my five nominations! 

This is a fashion blog?! Back with outfit posts and patterns and pink!!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hi!! So I've kind of been slacking with the semester winding down and finals and papers and all other types of insanity, but I'm going to try and pick up my game starting today! So outfit post! Woo! Plus, the lovely Jordan of Worrellwind Adventures nominated me for a Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award, so expect that later this week! In other news, I went to a show at the Royal Court yesterday and dinner before. We went to dinner at a place called Cote Brasserie, which was this lovely French restaurant. It was so nice to have dinner at a real restaurant and just relax for a little while! Then we went to the show called Birdland and low and behold, who was the lead, but the fabulous Andrew Scott of Sherlock. As you can imagine, I fangirled for a majority of the play :) It was such an exciting Wednesday night, which I hope is a good sign for the rest of this insanely long weekend! XO

Sunglasses: The View on Elm, Vest: J.Crew, Sweater: J.Crew, Shirt: J.Crew, similar here in red, Necklace: Baublebar, I don't know if they still sell it, but Baublebar is awesome in general so go there :), Purse: Cambridge Satchel, Jeans: JBrand, Shoes: Topshop, similar, but not exactly the same

Go read this now!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

So after my mom tried to convince me to read this book for years, I finally sat down and read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I have no idea why it took me so long to read, but sometimes book just sit on my bookshelf for years before I get around to them. Anyways, I started the book in the airport last Sunday, and couldn't put it down! It is written in letters, which is very interesting, the dialogue is engaging and smart, and the characters are lovable. Basically, this is a great read and I would highly recommend it! So go download it on your kindle or find it at the library. Have you read anything good lately you would recommend? I am looking for a new book :) XO

The Perfect Pizza

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

After visiting Italy twice already this semester, I should be an expert on pizza. But what makes the perfect pizza? Is it the crust? The cheese? Here is my guide on the perfect pizza after going on a pizza adventure through Italy.

Let's start with crust. I love crust and I am definitely a carb girl so having a good crust is important to me. Italian pizza normally includes a thin crust under the actual pizza and then a bigger, delicious crust on the outside. I think the key to this is having the part under the cheese and everything be thin, but thick enough to support your pizza. Then the outside crust should be big enough to enjoy, but not quite deep-dish size. If that makes sense :) 

Ok sauce. I was one of those weird children who didn't like a lot of normal food and one of the foods on the no list was tomato sauce. So I'm not a huge fan. But when tomato sauce was homemade twenty minutes ago with fresh tomatoes, I try and make an exception :) My rule is, if the pizza is going to be homemade, then sauce is good, but you don't want so much it over takes the pizza. Otherwise, I am a no sauce/ light sauce kind of girl! 

Cheese is pretty vital to a pizza and it is definitely something that can be messed up. Personally I like a mix of cheese, preferably Parmesan and mozzarella. This mix is made even better when it is fresh, buffalo mozzarella. But that is a little picky :) so as long as you have a good mix and not too much cheese, but enough to cover the pizza. 

At home, I always get Hawaiian pizza, which is pineapple and ham. However, that isn't really an option in Italy. I think that with a real, good quality pizza (basically all of the pizza in Italy) you don't even need toppings. Sometimes margarita pizzas are just the way to go. On the other hand, instead of pepperoni, they use spicy salami, which is very good and I would definitely recommend that. So lots of options depending on your mood.
Hopefully this didn't make you too hungry or you can at least find some good pizza wherever you are. If you have any thoughts on the perfect pizza or great places to eat pizza, I would love to hear about them! XO 


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Garden path to Alhambra

In Alhambra

 Hello all! Sorry I have been incognito, but Granada sadly did not have wifi and the house wifi broke :( who knew that going without wifi unexpectedly for four days could be so challenging! Clearly I need to unplug a little bit :) Anyways, Granada was a beautiful little town and Alhambra was stunning as expected. Other than Alhambra and the Granada Cathedral, we didn't do a lot because we were busy relaxing, eating, and packing. This was beautiful trip and it was fun to visit a new country (Spain)! I must say though, I definitely prefer Italy as a vacation destination. More this week on the best type of Italian pizza and a must read book if the wifi permits it. So stay tuned! XO 

The Rain in Spain continues in Seville

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hello from Spain! That saying from My Fair Lady, "The rain in Spain falls mainly in the plain", is definitely true for Seville because it rained all last night and for a good part of today. Although it stopped us from going out this morning, we braved the weather during a sunning moment this afternoon and made it to the Alcazar Palace and Gardens. This is such an interesting complex because it has three different types of unique architecture that are still able to mesh together and create a beautiful palace that is still used by the royal family. After exploring the palace and the gardens and fighting to stay ahead of the rain, we had a relaxing afternoon siesta and paella for dinner! Tomorrow, it is off to Granada for more Spanish adventures! XO
View of the Palace Facade

The Gardens 
The Maidens' Courtyard

Another view of the Cathedral and Bell Tower from yesterday

Paella for dinner 

Siena, Pisa, and finally Seville

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hello from Spain! Oh my gosh do I have so much to tell y'all! And now that I finally have working internet and a power cord, I have time to blog and post pictures to my heart's content, yay! So down to business, recap of the past three days and man have I been busy...
Monday, we took the train from Florence to Siena for a nice relaxing day trip exploring the town. I had been to Siena once before eight years ago and I remember absolutely loving it, the second time around was even better! We walked from the train station to the Piazza del Campo, the main square. It was kind of a long walk and definitely not for the faint of heart, but a great way to see beautiful Siena and some great views of the Tuscan country side. Now the Piazza del Campo is the most famous square in Siena because it is where the famous Siena horse races take place! It is also a beautiful square in itself and a great place to hang out. We had pizza (obviously) for lunch before wandering over to one of Siena's great churches, Catedral de Siena. I must say, this was one of the most beautiful churches I have ever visited. It was gaudy and over the top, but it all worked so well together and made an absolutely stunning cathedral. From here, we wandered back to the train station and made our way back to Florence for our last dinner in Italy and packing.
Catedral de Siena
Hanging out in Piazza del Campo
Last pizza in Italy :( 
Because we were flying out of Pisa instead of Florence (apparently the Florence airport is not very popular because it is very difficult to find flights), we decided to make a day trip of it and take the train to Pisa in the morning, visit the tower and the Cathedral, before heading to the airport. The morning went really well. We took the train to Pisa and then walked from the train station to the Leaning Tower and the Cathedral. These are two very interesting sights, but once you have seen them, you are kind of done. Anyways, we took our tourist pictures, had pasta and cannolis for lunch, and then made our way to the airport. Sadly, we once again had plane trouble and had to wait in the very small Pisa airport for seven hours before we could board the plane. However, we finally made it to Spain safe and sound! 
Last meal in Italy! 

Pisa Cathedral with the Leaning Tower in the background
Today was day one in Seville, and my first day in Spain ever. It is kind of weird that I have visited a lot of obscure countries, but never Spain. It has already been very different from what I expected. Seville in general doesn't really feel like a European city. This might be because it isn't a huge city or maybe it's just Spain, but either way, it is different and a new adventure to be conquered. This morning we just took it easy, because we got in so late last night. Once we eventually got our acts together and left the flat, we wandered over to the city center to visit Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede de Sevilla aka the Seville Cathedral. Ok, I have been to a lot of churches, but this was by far the biggest church I have ever been to. It puts most other churches I have seen to shame. When the Spanish built it, they were not kidding about trying to be the best Catholic Monarchs. The Cathedral is amazing and a must see in Seville. Sadly, the main altar was being repaired so we weren't able to see it. However, there is so much else to see inside the church, that it was ok- they even have a Goya painting! After exploring the church, we climbed the bell tower for some amazing views of Seville. From here we went to lunch and then a long, relaxing siesta. Siesta was invented in Spain for a reason and they definitely take it seriously! Ironically, we had Mexican, not Spanish, food for dinner and then back to the flat to relax.
Tomorrow is going to be a quiet day because it is supposed to storm here. Instead of braving the weather, I think we are all going to take some time to ourselves and work on papers and homework assignments before exploring the Seville Palace in the afternoon! XO
View of Seville from the bell tower

In the Orange Courtyard outside the Cathedral

Part of the Cathedral and the Bell Tower

Rooftop of the Cathedral- pretty massive right?! 

A quick look inside the Cathedral despite the construction

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