Valentine’s Hangover

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{Skirt: h&m; Shirt: f21; Boots: Hunters}

Eating only cookies and candy with a side of a dirty dr. pepper makes you feel not so great the day after. So who wants to be my Valentine next year? and make ourselves sick off of sweets and a double side order of DDP? I’ll even let you chose the chick flick!

blue is my favorite.

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Dress: Modbe; Shoes: Steve Maddens; Necklace: some daily deals website.

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Honestly, this summer was the summer of purchasing J.Crew knock-off statement necklaces for like $12. and I definitely don’t feel bad about it. It was also the summer I realized that half my closet is blue or white, and this dress is no exception. What can I say? blue is my favorite. I honesty try to add in more color but I’m just drawn to more of the neutral colors. I mostly leave the pops of color for accessories, but sometimes I get crazy and wear my bright red skirt.

First Day of School

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Pants & Top: J. Crew; Shoes: Steve Madden

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well we are officially in our 2nd week of school and let me tell you the transition back was a little rough. yikes. but I am so happy to be back at school and not having people yell at me about school uniforms. gotta love those summer jobs!  also can I just throw it out there that i love J. Crews student discount – thanks to that sucker I got this snazzy back to school outfit.

now if the weather would get out of the 80′s that would be cool too, literally. but I will probably be eating those words in about a couple months when it starts snowing. but you know what? you win some and you lose some.

Happy 4th!

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{Top: Gap, Skirt: h&m, Shoes: Sperry’s}

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{Top: Target, Pants: Old Navy, Shoes: Sperry’s}

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^^the woahs of taking pictures on the sand!^^

4th of July is my favorite holiday ever for many reasons:

1. It is our Nations Birthday. Go USA!

2. It consists of fireworks, parades, and BBQ’s all some of my favorite things.

3. Every other year we come to the beach for the week — my favorite place ever!

4. I love the color combo of red, white, and blue — im very patriotic, you see.

5. It’s close to my birthday! So me and the USA can celebrate together.

To express my excitement for this ever so fabulous holiday I wore some 4th of July inspired outfits!

 

the perfect beach outfit.

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{Tank: c/o Skip N’ Whistle, Shirt: j. crew, Shorts: h&m}

Since coming back from London I have been taking it easy, like real easy, before I have to start my 40 hour a week job – the reason why I came home for the summer. After traveling around Europe for 7 weeks my body was in need of some major TLC. I’ve been going to yoga with mi madre several times a week – who has turned into the real yogi! – to stretch and strengthen my muscles. Now if I could just talk my way into getting a massage – that would be the cherry on top.

Now my family is at the beach for our annual week at the beach for the forth of july – which is absolutely my favoritest holiday!! – and I have just been lounging around at the beach taking advantage of the beautiful weather we have been having – which is not normal for the Oregon Coast, despite the fact that it is July!

I have been doing this all while sporting the perfect summer tank I got from Skip N’ Whistle. Seriously guys, I’m like obsessed with it. Don’t worry I haven’t worn it everyday since I’ve gotten it but it has showed up quite frequently in the last week! Since the Oregon Coast can get quite windy throwing on a plaid button up over my top has been the perfect way to stay comfortable and to keep my oh so pale skin from getting extremely burnt!

Cheers!

#acrossthepond2013: The Theatre

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I have returned from my study aboard in London and I totally failed at blogging while over there… classic. But I would love to share with you some of my favorite things from across the pond. If you follow me on Instagram I did keep that updated at least  How else was my mother going to see that I was still alive?!

//Disclaimer! This is Part 1 of my #acrossthepond2013 review of my study abroad and this one is all about the theatre! I’m no expert but I am an admirer of the theatre and this is a partial glimpse into my experience. and im gonna be honest with you… its lengthy! but you might just enjoy it! //

I am extremely grateful that I was able to study abroad and live in London for 7 week, it was truly a life changing experience. I was over there on a theatre study aboard and let me tell you there is no other place on earth that is as saturated with such incredible, high quality theatre as London is. Even though I haven’t experienced much Broadway theatre I think I can still say that London is truly the capitol of amazing theatre. In London, theatre is everywhere and it is so affordable! Its insane and because of this I was able to see 32 shows! I was insanely spoiled and I have only been home a week and I am already going through withdrawals!

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I was lucky enough to see every show that was showing at the National Theatre, which for those of you who do not know is a theatre located on SouthBank right on the water, which turned out to be one of my favorite places to spend my time in London! the National had 5 shows playing in their 3 theaters. I saw an amazing production of Othello, which was set in modern day and when my friend and I went to get day of tickets it was all sold out except for 5 pound standing tickets. For those in the know, Shakespeare liked to make his plays long, but let me tell you it was so worth it! Absolutely incredible (which is how I describe most shows I saw in London!).

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Another favorite of mine that I saw at the National was Children of the Sun, the acting was so beautiful and was so realistic. All the actors were on a equal playing field and there was no one outshining the other, which was a big part as to why this production was so insanely incredible. At intermission I was so in love with the production I went and bought the script for my sister (who is a drama teacher!).

We were able to take a tour of the National – so I got to the backstage and set of a show I was seeing later that night. It’s funny and also comforting how every backstage smells the same!

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The National produces so many amazing shows like War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. We were able to see both of these shows but they had moved to the West End. The Curious Incident was definietly my favorite nonshakespeare play that we saw.It was absolutely incredible! The technical aspect was mind-blowing. The whole play was portrayed through Christophers eyes, who is autistic, and his thoughts and how he viewed and experienced things. Such a amazing story and was so beautifully done. set was very minimal and so the other characters acted as set pieces, for example, when He came in the door they would act as the door and the counter he would set his stuff on and would move with him as he walked across the stage as he did the actions. The whole stage and back drop was a screen that looked like graph paper that he would draw on and write equations on. Anyways, it was absolutely incredible – probably a little life changing. There is talk of bring the show to Broadway, so if any of you americans can make it to New York and see it, DO IT!

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I also went and saw Peter and Alice, which was amazing and stars Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw. It is the story about the real life Alice and Peter who the books were modeled after and how it has affected their lives and dealing with growing up and how they dealt with Neverland wonderland and the imagination of it all.  The whole run was sold out and so we woke up at 4:40 in morning to wait in line for day of tickets that went on sale at 10:30. They only sell 10 seat tickets and 18 standing tickets for 10 pounds! When we got there at 5:50 there were already about 6 people there and you can buy max of 2 tickets so we got standing. The guy who was first in line got there at 3AM! It was definitely worth it!

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We saw The Audience, which is about the Queen and the private meetings she has with all her Prime minsters. Helen Mirren played the Queen and she was absolutely fabulous! The costume and wigs changes in that movie were amazing. Many of them happened on stage and you didn’t even notice half the time because they were so fast and flawless!!

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^^Hangin’ with my main man Hamlet^^

Now for Shakespeare. Oh Shakespeare, you are so hard to understand sometimes. Before this study abroad the only experience I had with Shakespeare was in my Ap Lit class back in high school when we read Hamlet, which was my favorite Shakespeare up until going to London. I probably saw some of the best Shakespeare I will ever seen while I was in London.

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The shows at the globe are like magic! It is sure an experience to stand right against the stage and have the actors right there. I was able to see three shows there: The Tempest, A Midsummer Nights Dream, and Taming of the Shrew. The Globe ended up to be my other favorite places to go and see some grade A theatre. To get the full experience of Shakespeares Globe you need to get the best seat in the house, which is front and center in the yard. To acquire this seat you only need to pay 5 pounds for a ticket and get in the queue about 2 hours before the show starts and it is so worth it!

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At the globe when you are the ones leaning against the stage the actors like to interact with you. For example, when I went to see Taming of the Shrew, water was thrown on me and then was brought out a couple of tissues out by one of the actors. When we went to go see The Tempest, Caliban burped right in my friends face. Its all part of the true Globe experience and it is the greatest thing ever. Who needs to sit when you can stand for 3 hours?  No one, buying a seat is not worth it!

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My favorite production of Shakespeare I saw was in Stratford-Upon-Avon at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), which was also where Shakespeare was born and grew up. The first night there we saw As You Like It and the acting and the interpretation of the production were both mesmerizing and Orlando was pretty easy on the eyes as well. I’m still so obsessed with this play.  SO good! With this production they added in music and actually wrote some music for the show and had a blue grass band on stage as well as having some of the actors play instruments as well. It was amazing. The costumes were fabulous and wanted everyones clothes. The shows was over 3 hours long but with the music, amazing performance from the actors, and the sense of joy they created on stage I was totally absorbed in the world they created and it was over too soon. Rosalind and Orlando definitely became my favorite Shakespearean couple. You can say I’m a little obsessed.

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Last but not least my favorite musical was Once – so incredible and the music! Don’t even get my started. Every actor played an instrument and also acted as the band/orchestra, which made it seem like you weren’t watching a musical. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good musical but it was kind of refreshing to not have one show stopping number after another, but instead be totally be entranced by the story and how amazing these actors were also being able to play instruments as well!

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^^Pre-show entertainment and actual bar!^^

Sorry for nerding out on you and if what I said does not make much sense… well if only you could have just been there with me to experience all this amazing theatre!

I don’t understand how some people can go to London and not see a single show! I will definitely be making my way back again someday.

Cheers!

Notre Dame

My favorite piece of architecture in Paris was Notre Dame. I fell completely in love. Maybe because we walked by it everyday but Notre Dame is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. Being here in Europe has made me fall so in love with Cathedrals and their beauty and granduer.  You can’t even take in and comprehend all of its detail and overall beauty.

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^I loved this man painting the cathedral! ^

I miss walking by this everyday!

The Eiffel Tower

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I’ve been in Europe for a little over two weeks already! Time has gone by so fast and I feel like I have been here for a lot long than I really have. Our flight got in 6:30am on the morning of April 29th and then we hit the ground running by doing all the classic London stuff and by the end of the day I had been up for about 48 hours. I was an absolute zombie but I didn’t get jet lag because of it! The next morning we took the Eurostar to Paris and I have never felt so helpless entering a country where I had no idea what they were saying. Thankfully my mom knows a good amount of French to help us get around.

I had my robin egg blue trench coat with me and I never felt so out of place in the sea of black…whoops! Didn’t really think that one through. haha But our first stop in Paris was the Eiffel Tower and it was incredible and the view from the top was absolutely breathtaking!

I love Paris and can’t wait to go back one day. I miss it so much!

Stay tuned for more Paris pictures and then some fun London photos!

a graduation.

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{blouse: f21; skirt: the limited; shoes: miz mooz; sunnies: target}

Note to you all that I’m sorry I’m not sorry but this little blog of mine is going to turn into a little bit of a travel journal of my time aboard in London town where I will share my daily travels and outfits of course.

I hope you tag a long with me during this exciting time.

But as I am on way to London as you read this, here is one last traditional outfit post of the outfit I wore to my sisters college graduation!  3 down, 1 to go. I hope I make it through! haha

So proud of that girl and all that she has accomplished! She is going to be the best drama teacher any school has ever seen!

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Rock and Roll. or thumbs up, which ever you prefer.

Peace out America. See you in 7 weeks.

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