Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hi readers! The past two days in Florence have been amazing days full of walking and pizza. Yesterday, we explored the Duomo and all that entails. It is actually a really great deal, you pay 10 euros for a ticket that let's you climb the dome, go to the Duomo museum, go into the baptistery, climb the bell tower and go into the crypt. Sadly, we didn't get to everything- we only did the cathedral, crypt, bell tower, and baptistery, but it was definitely worth the ten euros. Going into the Duomo itself is amazing because it is so beautifully decorated and is an architectural feat. I would recommend going during the week instead of the weekend because it's not as crowded. From there we went into the crypt where you can see remains of previous churches and buildings on this same site. It was very cool to see how this church has grown and how Florence has developed through history. 

Then, we went to the baptistery. The most famous part of the baptistery is the carved doors, but they are currently being cleaned and restored. However don't let this discourage you because the interior ceiling mosaics are some of the most stunning mosaics I have ever seen! Definitely worth the ten euro ticket. 

Finally from here, we climbed the baptistery. I would really recommend doing this even over climbing the done because the lines are shorter and you get the same views that you would get from the dome, but the dome is in your pictures. A little word to the wise, there is no elevator, you walk to the top using the original stairs. It is a little squishy but doable. The faint of heart might want to skip going all the way to the top because the last flight required us to cling to the walls as we slid past people. This is also not for people unwilling to climb the 414 steps it takes to get to the top. On the other hand, coming from someone terrified of heights, this was an unforgettable experience and the views were amazing. 

Other than the Duomo, yesterday we just chilled, napped, people watched and ate pizza. We did try something new at dinner though called coccoli. Basically it's pizza dough prepared like beignets but with salt instead of sugar and served with prosciutto and cheese. It was absolutely marvelous.

Today, Jill and I decided to be part of team early bird aka wake up at the butt crack of dawn, forget yesterday was daylight savings so only get five hours of sleep, and go to the Academia to see Michelangelo's David. It was all worth it though, because we didn't have to wait in line for tickets and the museum wasn't busy at all! The David of course was amazing, but the rest of the museum was a little disappointing. It was a lot of beautiful medieval art, but it was like the museum was trying to make sure David wasn't overshadowed by any of the other are. Obviously a must see for the David, but not a three hour affair.

From the Academia, we decided to cross the river and walk up to the Basilica San Miniato al Monte. It was quite a long walk and up a steep hill with a lot of stairs so definitely not for the faint of heart, but the view from the top of the hill over the city was fantastic. It was absolutely breathtaking! After our walk, we were very ready for pizza lunch, which lead to siesta and some work time before a lovely dinner. Tomorrow,we are going to Sienna and then Pisa and finally to Seville on Tuesday! XO

Just some of the delicious pizza I have eaten while here. 

Florence Part 2 Day 1- Plane Delays and Pizza

Friday, March 28, 2014

Hello readers and happy Friday! I hope you have gad a good week and are having a great day so far. Today was my first day in Florence for my second break! But man, was it a struggle to get here! Our flight was supposed to leave Heathrow yesterday at 3 pm. Plans ended up changing dramatically though, because either a truck ran into our plane or our plane ran into a truck! Instead, we got to spend 4 more hours in the airport before flying to Bologna, taking a bus to the Florence airport, then taking a cab to our air bnb flat. All in all, it was a long day full of adventures.
Our first plane with a truck wedged under it
Sadly, last night we didn't get in until 2 am so this morning, we slept in. Then we wandered over to the Duomo for pizza and a view of the cathedral. We continued to wander around the old city center shopping and eating gelato until it was time for siesta aka nap time! Then we ventured out again for a nice relaxing dinner (I had gnocchi with tomato sauce and mozzarella and a cannoli for dessert!).
Jill and I enjoying our afternoon gelato!  
Our view from our cafe at dinner 
View of the river as we tried to find someplace to eat :) 
Tomorrow, we have even more fun adventures planned- we are going to take the train on a day trip to Sienna! I am very excited because I love Sienna and it will be fun to explore a different area. I am already so excited for this vacation! We are going to be in Florence until Tuesday when we are flying to Seville, Spain. We are ending the week in Granada before flying home on Sunday. It is going to be so fun to explore new places and I've never been to Spain! More to come in the next couple of days and I will take more pictures tomorrow! XO

Announcements and Veronese

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hello all! I am sorry I haven't blogged in a little while! I have one announcement before I tell you about this amazing art exhibit I went to last week. I know this has been mainly a fashion/ style blog up until now, and that isn't going to change. However, I am going to start writing about a couple of different other topics as well. Right now, but wardrobe isn't very interesting or blog worthy because you have probably seen all of the outfits and different combinations that I brought with me to London. Because of that, the outfit posts are going to be on hold until I get home in May. Then they will be back in full force, don't worry. In the meantime, I am going to keep blogging about my European adventures and other fun things I feel like talking about. So stick with me and enjoy the ride :) 
I am a huge art fanatic and every time we go to an art exhibit or see something, I go into complete fan girl mode! So to get in my weekly art cravings, I visited the National Gallery last week and saw the Veronese special exhibit. Now gong in, I had no idea who Veronese was or what he was famous for other than painting in the late 1500s. I just decided to go because I love that period of time for art and I like discovering new artists (or at least new to me). So I went in with pretty low expectations. However, I was completely blown away. This exhibit had FIFTY of Veronese best known works from altar pieces to portraits to mythological scenes. Some of the groups of paintings hadn't ever been seen together or it had been at least 200 years. The exhibit had an amazing variety of painting subjects and was presented so beautifully. Normally, I pay for the audio guide, but it gets a little monotonous. This audio guide though, was interesting and had featured speakers specializing in art, theatre, costume, literature, and more. All in all, this was a phenomenal exhibit and you should definitely visit it if you are in London any time from now until June 15. If you aren't going to make the exhibit and you are interested in art, check out the National Gallery's feature page on Veronese and some of his work.

Switching gears, I am leaving for my second spring break today and returning to Florence then heading to Seville and Granada. There will definitely be lots and other fun things to read about in the days to come, so make sure you come back and check it out! XO 

Baking Day!

Friday, March 21, 2014

As you probably have noticed, I have been craving comfort food lately and have been going to great lengths to find it. This morning, I decided to make my own comfort food and make cinnamon rolls from scratch! The recipe is courtesy of my mother courtesy of the Pioneer Woman. I hadn't ever cooked with yeast by myself before and was a little hesitant because the recipe seemed difficult. However, it really wasn't that challenging and turned out fabulously! I am going to be enjoying breakfast for the rest of this week :) Check out the recipe on my mom's blog here!   What are your favorite types of comfort food? XO

Southern Fest

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

So this past weekend I was feeling a little homesick or at least missing some of my southern food, especially ribs and biscuits. Sadly, I didn't find any biscuits, but my friend Jordan from Worrellwind Adventures, and I did manage to find some ribs! I wasn't able to finish all of mine, the ribs definitely won that battle :) but it was wonderful to have a little taste of home here in London! XO 

Madewell Spring Collection and St. Patrick's Day

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! I hope your St. Patrick's Day has been wonderful and fun filled! Other than how much green is in your wardrobe, you might also be starting to think about summer/ spring clothes, I know I definitely am! Well, look no further. Madewell just released their spring catalog and it looks amazing! The model is Erin Wasson in Malta and the photos themselves are beautiful. Enjoy the new catalog and the rest of your Monday! XO 

What's on my night stand...

Sunday, March 16, 2014

So what's on my night stand right now? Technically, it's my kindle library on my iPad, but let's not get picky :) I am normally reading a couple different things so I have options depending on my mood. Currently, it's two of my favorites, Little Women by Louise May Alcott and The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le CarrĂ©. What are you reading right now? Any suggestions? XO 

Stonehenge and Bath

Friday, March 14, 2014

Stonehenge was appropriately fogging when we arrived

Who knew that sheep love Stonehenge too?!

Roman Baths and the Bath Cathedral in the back

I was very tempted to take a dip in the warm waters :)
Glasses: The View on Elm, Vest: J. Crew, Cardigan: J. Crew, Shirt: Madewell, Jeans: JBrand, Boots: Vera Wang, Bag: Longchamp, Jewelry: Kate Spade, JewelMint, The View on Elm, Baublebar, Charm and Chain

Hello all! Yesterday was our day trip to Stonehenge and Bath and man was it fun! We started with the two hour car trip to Stonehenge, which I was asleep for the entirety of :) Upon arrival, Stonehenge was appropriately fogging and majestic. It was very cool to see a stone formation that we still don't understand how it was constructed. I was so impressed with the magnitude of this sight! Sheep are also apparently very impressed with Stonehenge as well because there were quite a few of them. They were also willing to pose for pictures! From Stonehenge, we made our way to the city of Bath where we toured the Roman Baths. The Baths were very cool although, I'm not sure how clean that spring water was! However, we did get to try the spring water, which is supposed to have healing properties so maybe it will cure my cold! From the Baths,  I explored the Cathedral right next door, which was beautiful. We then wandered around Bath for a little while before beginning our trek home. This was a fabulous day trip and definitely doable if you are visiting London! Today was slightly more laid back with a trip to Borough Market for more homemade pasta,  Southwark Cathedral, and checking out the Botticelli at the National Gallery! Of course, I also made time for nap time :) I don't know what kind of adventures await me tomorrow, but hopefully it is as sunny and beautiful as it was today! XO 

Fried Chicken and The Monument

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Happy Wednesday! It's been a rather quiet week here in London because I have been under the weather for most of the week :( However, tomorrow, the adventures will begin again because we are going on a day trip to Bath! Anyways...yesterday, I was really craving some good comfort food so my friend and I went for fried chicken. I know, why in the world would I eat fried chicken when all of London is available? But we went to a pub right around the corner where Helena Bonham Carter supposedly hangs out. And let me tell you, the fried chicken was delicious! Then today, we climbed The Monument which was 311 steps of scary, spiral stairs, but it was definitely worth it for the fabulous views from the top! Hope y'all are having wonderful week so far :) XO

Sunglasses: The View on Elm, Pearls: J.Crew, Necklace: Kate Spade, but similar here, Shirt: originally Anthropologie, but similar here, Cardigan: J.Crew, Bag: Cambridge Satchel, Vest: J. Crew

Weekend Update

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Delicious Organic Lemonade

Goat cheese and pesto salad with arugula, tomatoes, grapes, and apples

Chocolate raw cake

Columbia Street Flower Market

We bought some flowers for the house! 

The most amazing burger from The Frenchie

Wow has this weekend been fun and eventful! As you know, I went to Borough Market on Friday. Saturday, I wasn't feeling so great, so I went to a cafe for 4+ hours. It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon and I had a delicious salad as well as a piece of chocolate raw cake. Now I had never heard of chocolate raw cake, but it was one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten. The chocolate part was insanely rich and similar to a thick mouse in consistency. I don't really know what was in the base, but I am pretty sure it had coconut and molasses. Either way it was a delicious and relaxing afternoon. 
Today, I went on another adventure. We started at the Columbia Road Flower Market, where we bought some beautiful tulips for the house. From the flower market, we walked to Brick Lane, which was a 10-15 minute walk away. At Brick Lane, I had a delicious duck burger from The Frenchie. I am not a huge duck fan, but this was a must have if you go to Brick Lane or another Frenchie truck. From Brick Lane, we took the tube to Camden Town and explored the Camden Markets a little bit before returning home.
All in all, it has been a wonderful weekend with some delicious food :) Until next time XO

Borough Market Adventures

Saturday, March 8, 2014

I found a lovely Italian stall for my lunch.

One of the many entrances to Borough Market.

One of the amazing fruit stands- everything looked so good!

Good morning! My week has been so busy and I've had a little cold so I haven't been able to post :( However I'm back now! I hope y'all have had a wonderful week and start to your weekend! Yesterday, to start off my weekend, I decided to go on an adventure to Borough Market. I was even able to convince some people to come with me. I was expecting a really big farmers market, something delicious, but low key, but this was way more! There were permanent stands, lots of restaurants/ take-away places and almost every type of food you could think of. Of course I gravitated toward the Italian markets so I had an Italian panini for lunch and picked up some homemade gnocchi for dinner this week! Then I had a free sample of some baklava and it was absolutely amazing! We just wandered around the market for a while and then I picked up some focaccia on the way out. The market seems like an awesome place to hang out when it's not so busy, they even had a little cafe area where you could sit down. For more info on the market, go here, and definitely put this on your to-do-list when coming to London! XO 

Oscar's dresses and afternoon tea

Monday, March 3, 2014

Lupita Nyong'o

Julia Roberts

Cate Blanchett

Sandra Bullock
Hello fabulous readers! I hope y'all got to watch the Oscars last night! Sadly, I did not because the award show didn't start till one am here, which is a little past my bed time when I have class the next morning! Anyways, here were a couple of my favorite dresses! I would love to hear who you thought looked best or just general opinions so be sure to comment or email me :) Otherwise, Today was fun- we went to the Tate Modern, which isn't my cup of tea, but was an interesting experience. Then I went to Chamomile Cafe for a huge pot of a tea and a delicious slice of lemon cheesecake. It was the perfect compliment to studying for class and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon! Hope all is well with y'all and I would love to hear from you! XO 

P.S. I forgot to tell you about my birthday bag! So it is a Cambridge Satchel, which are amazing if you don't already know about them. Check out their website here. I got mine embossed with my initials and sadly they are very hard to see in a picture :( However, I did get mine on clearance because it apparently has a scratch on it that I can't even see! Perfect birthday present :) 

Coat: Topshop, Top: J.CrewBag: Cambridge Satchel, Jeans: JBrand, Boots: Frye

Weekend in Paris

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Raft of the Medusa by Theodore Gericault

Louvre and the Pyramid 

The Eiffel Tour 


Escargot and Fries 
Hello all!! My weekend in Paris was amazing! Yesterday, we got off to a slow start, but then I went to the Louvre and spent a long time there. I hadn't done any research and I couldn't remember what was there other than the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. So my plan was to just wander around and enjoy. However, the first room I went into had a sketch of The Raft of Medusa by Theodore Gericault, which is one of my favorite paintings. I didn't even realize the Louvre had the original painting, so I basically went on a man hunt for this painting. I was the biggest art nerd and completely loved every second of it! From the Louvre, we wandered through the Tuileries Gardens and then up the Champs-Elysees to the Laduree store! I mean what is going to Paris without macaroons?! We then made our way back to our flat and ate a local cafe for dinner. They had escargot on the menu and I had to order it. I love snails and I was in Paris so win-win situation.  They were probably some of the best escargot that I have ever had :) All in all, it was a fabulous weekend, but I am looking forward to spending time in London for a little while! XO 
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