Monday, October 28, 2013


Blazer: J.Crew Factory | Jeans: American Eagle | Scarf: Urban Outfitters (old) | Boots: Lucky Brand (old)

Fall has finally hit the UK! Although the trees are not as pretty as my hometown in New England, at least they are changing and falling. The colors are inspiring me to get out my fall-colored pieces, such as my caramel blazer. I bought this blazer at the J.Crew outlet store right before I came to London, and I'm so glad I did. The color is perfect for fall and winter. Plus, a blazer is a great piece to wear as a jacket on a mild fall day. I'm wearing my caramel blazer over a black t-shirt, but you could also pair it with a button down, silk top or sweater for any occasion.

Now the only thing missing from my fall in the UK is apple cider donuts and pumpkin beer with a sugar-rim. These might be two of the very few downsides of being in London during the fall. I guess I'm willing to give them up. 

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Instagrammy Sunday

 Mid-week pick-me-up.
 Fashion exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
 Victoria and Albert Museum
 Victoria and Albert Museum
Ballet in the theatre wing of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Instagrammy Sunday is back! This has been my first weekend in London for a while since we've been traveling so much. It was nice spending time doing fun things in London for a change. This weekend we visited the Victoria and Albert Museum. It was huge. There are six never-ending floors of artifacts from all over the world. I didn't expect the museum to be so big! Needless to say we did not make it through the entire place. We basically only went through the wings that were interesting to us a.k.a fashion and theatre. On Saturday we explored Camden market. It's one of my favorites so far, and I'll have some pictures up here later in the week. Otherwise the weekend was fun yet relaxing, and I got some much-needed sleep in my own bed (not in a hostel ha!).
Hope you all had a great weekend!
Happy Sunday!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A Weekend in Dublin

Not too shabby of a hostel view.
Dublin nightlife. I felt like I was Rose dancing with Jack on the bottom decks of the Titanic.

The most delicious brunch place.

We had to visit the oldest pub in Dublin before leaving for the airport!

This past weekend my friends and I traveled to Dublin for one night. Traveling is unbelievably easy to do from London, and we're taking full advantage. The trip was exciting because we got to see friends with home, too. Overall the city of Dublin was pretty small but so fun. The people there are so happy and carefree, perhaps that was because we were in pubs for the most part ha! 

We visited the Guinness factory, Dublin Castle and St. Patrick's Cathedral. They were all fun, but I liked the little cafes and pubs the most. The one night we spent in Dublin we went to a pub called Oliver St. John Gogarty's. I felt like I was in the Titanic scene where Jack and Rose are dancing on the lower decks of the ship. We also went to this adorable cafe called Queen of Tarts and ate delicious scones and pancakes. Overall, Dublin was a great city. Next stop, Copenhagen in two weeks!

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Photo Diary: The Amalfi Coast

Capri, Italy
Capri, Italy -- Waving at the little statue on the rock!
Capri, Italy
Capri, Italy
Hiked to the top!

Positano, Italy

Positano, Italy

Ordering the sandwich that changed my life.

The sandwich that changed my life.
The best gelato we had in Italy--tiramisu and after eight.

Highlight of my trip--swimming in the Mediterranean!
Photo by: Chelsea Abdalla

Positano, Italy
Photo by: Chelsea Abdalla
Friends in Positano, Italy
Photo by: Chelsea Abdalla
Leaving Positano.

The ruins of Pompeii


The last few days of our Italy trip we spent in the Amalfi Coast. The cliff towns along the coast are amazing, and I'd go back in a heartbeat, preferably when it's sunny out though. It pretty much rained throughout the entire trip except when we toured Pompeii on the last day. Every time the sun shined through the clouds even a little bit, we were on the beach collecting sea glass and swimming.

My favorite stop on the trip was Positano. The town is set on a cliff with stunning views of the ocean. There are tons of cute shops and places to eat. I had the best sandwich I've had in my life and the best gelato in Positano, so I'd gladly go back. The beach was also filled with sea glass! I brought home a handful of green, blue and white pieces--it's addicting looking for it amongst the rocks.

Our trip to Italy was definitely one to remember full of ups and downs. We had a few laughs at the airport thinking of them all at the end of our trip. Italy certainly treated us well, but we're happy to be back in London.

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This weekend's trip is to Dublin--stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Photo Diary: A Couple Days In Rome

The Vatican.
 Trevi Fountain.
 Spanish Steps.

Last week I was lucky enough to get to spend five days in Italy for my Fall Break. I've never been before, so I didn't know what to expect! The country is beautiful, and the food is so fresh. I don't even like tomatoes, and I still went crazy over the bruschetta. The first two days we spent in Rome seeing the Colosseum, Vatican, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. Our flight arrived at 9:00am Wednesday morning, so we were exhausted after being up since 2:00am. Needless to say, we we weren't huge fans of Rome at first. But, after a little while of exploring the side streets and restaurants, the city grew on us.  Also, just an FYI, throughout the entire trip I lived out of one backpack for five days. I had to mention it because I'm so impressed with myself since I always overpack. But this is also why my outfits are extremely basic hehe.

One of the first things I quickly learned about Italy is that it is basically a free for all. I'm convinced the only rule they have is not to go on a pub crawl, as our hostel explained to us. The cab drivers are crazy, and street performers are constantly trying to get your money. But amidst this chaos, my friends and I began to appreciate it for its own beauty. The first part of our trip was certainly an adventure we won't forget.

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Stay tuned for photos from the Amalfi Coast!
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