The London Diaries: London Fashion Week

5 words.

Best last minute decision ever.

Missy and I decided the night before that we were going to spontaneously snag one of the remaining few tickets to London Fashion Weekend.

#wheninlondon amiright?

It was a super long day and we were EXHAUSTED after it was all over, but for a girl whose loved fashion since the day she could talk.. it was kind of heaven on earth.

(Plus we got to sit front row at the fashion show which was reason enough to go.)

I mean you can’t go to one of the top fashion capitals and not experience at least a slice of the fashion world…right?

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The London Diaries: Stonehenge

IMG_1494.jpgDSC_0233DSC_0505DSC_0495DSC_0491DSC_0474DSC_0479DSC_0481If you think about it, It’s a pretty strange concept that although we have advanced to incredible measures in our society over the span of history, there are still some phenomenons that we simply do not have a complete explanation for.

We are so used to knowing all of the answers, or being able to easily access those answers, that it’s hard to fathom that there are wonders of the world that we can’t say we have 100% full understanding of.

There are endless theories about Stonehenge, but we can’t necessarily say with a complete surety that we know exactly why these huge rocks were arranged in the way that they were, in the location that they are. And although it may be frustrating to accept the notion that we don’t have all of the answers (and honestly, we may never), it’s pretty cool that people in the past have left us with real life mysteries to unfold and arrange together pieces of the puzzle as time evolves. DSC_0498

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The London Diaries: Edinburgh, Scotland

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It’s  weird to say, but the most persistent thought that I had while in Edinburgh was “Scotland is exactly what I imagined it to be”.

Let me explain.

You know how a lot of the time when you visit new places, you think it to be a certain way, but in reality it ends up being completely different from what you imagined? Well this was not the case for me with Edinburgh, in fact, it was pretty funny to me how similar it was to how I imagined.

Which was totally fine because I imagined it to be amazing… and it was!

Cobblestone walkways, bagpipes, pubs, Loch Ness monster references, plaid everything, shops selling kilts, it was all there.

I realize that a lot of this has to do with the fact that Edinburgh is  a tourist town, and for the most part we spent most of our time hanging out in these high traffic tourist areas, so of course they capitalize on much of the traditional things that Scotland is known for.

But I just found it funny that what I assumed would be my own stereotypical expectation of Edinburgh ended up being super similar to the reality. All in all, Edinburgh was a ton of fun and it was pretty hard to say goodbye to this rad town we had gotten to explore for a few days.

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The London Diaries: Buckingham Palace and Windsor Palace

We hear so much about the posh side of Great Britain that, after being in the country for over a couple of weeks and having not yet gone, I was pretty eager to finally get to see these notorious estates that Britain is known for.

I don’t think that I have ever felt so inferior and small than when I was walking the gold encrusted grounds of Buckingham Palace. I felt like if I were to look at something for too long I would soil it with my peasant eyes. I remember repeatedly gawking at the fact that people actually live like this, and how I could never imagine myself waking up in an estate worth 5 billion dollars. BILLION. This place was so grand and lavish and, to be honest, a bit over the top in my opinion. Still, I can’t deny the fact that it was absolutely stunning.

As you can imagine, you can’t take pictures inside the palace, which was a bummer because it truly was unreal. But we were still able to take fun pictures here and there on the grounds of these gorgeous castles.

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The London Diaries: Stourhead

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Okay, okay… I realize that I have been back from my study abroad for, oh, 5 months now and yes I STILL have not blogged everything… but hey, better late than never, right?

(And this place was way too gorgeous not to post about.)

On one of our day trips we went to Stourhead gardens. I honestly didn’t know much about the place except that parts of the Kierra Knightley Pride and Prejudice were filmed here.

So basically all I needed to know in order for me to become ecstatic.

DSC_0139I was blown away by how breathtaking this place was. The weather was perfect, which is pretty rare in England, and the workers kept telling us how lucky we were to get to see the gardens on such a beautiful day. DSC_0140DSC_0198This place is where the scene was filmed where Mr. Darcy tells Elizabeth that he loves her and asks for her hand in marriage, but she rejects him.

To this day, I still have not watched that scene without swooning at Mr. Darcy’s adoration for her, while simultaneously internally fist pumping at Lizzy’s response.

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The London Diaries: Brighton

Our first Saturday here we decided to take a train down to Brighton. It was a super last minute decision but it was honestly so worth it. Brighton is beautiful. It’s a cute and quirky small town full of shops and markets. On top of that you have the gorgeous seashore and pier.

I loved everything about the town…except the birds.

I have never really had a fear of birds until I came to Brighton. We were warned beforehand that the birds were extremely aggressive, but I didn’t think it would be that bad.

Oh, how it was.

The seagulls would basically circle the pier searching for food. And when someone would accidentally drop some of their food, or when some kid would throw them some to eat… it was war. The birds would swarm in on the food like it was a million bucks. I have never seen birds act so insane.

I started getting really paranoid of these birds whenever I would eat because as soon as you would pull out food they would start moving towards you.

Also, this little girl  next to us got her sandwich stolen right off of her plate by a bird, and so that didn’t help my anxiety either.

Besides the seagull situation, I loved Brighton so much. It was so fun to walk around the small town for a day. I would definitely consider going back… if I ever work up the courage to face those psycho birds again, that is.
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The London Diaries: Tower Bridge, Graffiti walls, and Borough Market

In one of our classes, we are required to take walks around the city that spotlight different parts of London.

It’s so rad.

We get graded on going out and seeing the incredible city that we already love. It’s cool to get to see different parts of London that we probably wouldn’t get to see if we were just visiting for a few weeks. We already get to see the tourist-y places like Big Ben and Oxford Circus just by being here, but on top of that we also are getting to know the lesser known places like certain neighborhoods and back alleys.

Okay “back alleys” is not the right word, but you get the idea.

On this particular day we saw the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Southwark Cathedral, and St. Paul’s. While going from sight to sight we saw gorgeous sceneries and some stunning architecture.

Basically a 19 year old girl with a camera’s dream.

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Borough Market

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