Day 1

 

So this was my second time going to England and France. The first time I went I was 15 and was traveling with my high school. I was super excited about going a second time. There were a lot of things I got to do and places to see on my first trip because my teachers gave us lots of freedom to explore so I already had an idea of what I wanted to visit again and what I didn’t need to see.

I booked my flight pretty last minute. I would say I booked the trip about 50 days before my departure date. Flights dropped all the way down to $554. I was originally going to buy tickets around July 4th when tickets were $684, then stuff happened and didn’t look like the trip would happen. In October, the trip looked like it could happen again so when I looked at flights they all seemed to be around $804. My friend and I kept an eye on the prices and even at one point they went all the way up to $1000. One day I got a text from my friend telling me that prices dropped. Funny thing is that I spoke to someone from the UK and they told me that $684 was a lot and I could find something cheaper and I thought they were crazy when they said that. Look how lucky I ended up getting?

This post is already getting a little too wordy.

Soooooo I booked a flight for 10:30 at night thinking that the flight would be less crowded. I was completely wrong. The flight was very packed and at one point I felt like the couple next to me were literally cuddling on top of me.

The airline was kind enough to give us earphones, eye masks, and ear buds.

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They gave us this dinner

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I did a lot of reading and did not get any sleep

img_4183When I got off the flight I met my best friend, Holly in Heathrow airport. Holly flew from a different airport than me. We planned to take an uber to London, but we had issues getting it because neither one of us could use data so we ended up going back inside to try the Heathrow Express. Unfortunately, the Heathrow Express wasn’t working for a few days so we had to ask a worker and he said to take the tube. We got onto a very packed train. We had to switch trains twice and drag our luggage up lots of staircases. We pretty much screamed tourist. It took us about 2 1/2 hours to get to our hotel. We probably looked insane when we walked into the lobby because we were hungry and so tired from our ridiculous journey on the train.

We stayed at the CitizenM hotel, which is right across the street from the Tower of London. It is right above the Tower Hill tube station.

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I took the room pictures the day we left the hotel.

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Holly and I were starving at this point and neither one of us ate breakfast so we planned to walk to Borough Market. It was 3:30pm at this point so we had to move quickly if we wanted to get there before it closed at 5pm. As I mentioned before neither one of us had data so we took pictures of the directions. We knew it was on the other side of the bridge so we walked over the London Bridge. We thought we saw the market so we started to walk toward it and completely forgot about our directions. We were so wrong. So completely wrong. I laugh now but at the time I think my stomach wanted to punch me.

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This is where we ended up. I can’t remember what is the name of it. By this point we knew we wouldn’t make it to Borough Market in time so we did the only thing we knew best to do and we grabbed some Starbucks.img_4189

While drinking our Starbucks we were trying to figure out how we could get to our next destination. We bought tickets for ice skating at Somerset House. Neither one of us wanted to get on the tube again so we figured we would walk there. Walking was definitely a good idea because we got to see a lot of cool stuff and even stumbled upon this unknown church ;).

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Hello beautiful Somerset House!

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We ate at Tom’s Kitchen.

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They gave me warm milk with my tea. I have never had that happen at a restaurant.

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So Somerset House has tents surrounding the ice rink. One of the tents had a bar that had lots of couches and tables to sit at. Holly and I had a little bit of time before our ice skating time so we bought a cup of mulled wine to try because neither of us had ever had it. Sadly, neither of us were a fan which was a bummer because I have read so many blog posts with positive reviews about mulled wine. It looks like I will have to stick to regular wine.

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And then it was ice skating time! 🙂IMG_4195.JPG

 

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Smoothie Professional

I know it’s been a few weeks since the holidays but man it is hard getting back into the schedule life again. I have a new planner that I have been writing all my to do’s in so *fingers crossed* everything goes according to schedule. In addition, I wrote everything in pencil so that the planner looks a little neater than my last few.

Anyways it’s the morning so time for breakfast.

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Doesn’t look tasty but it is!

I have been on a smoothie kick for the past week. I use to suck at making smoothies, which you would think would be the easiest thing to make, right? I could never get them to taste like the ones you get at juice bars or restaurants. Fortunately, I have been making the same smoothie for the past week that I have absolutely loved.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of strawberry yogurt
  • some almond milk
  • bunch of frozen strawberries
  • 2 or 3 cubes of pineapple

Thats all I need to put in the blender to make it tasty! I guess I never realized less can be better when it comes to smoothies. I also add 2 tsp of flax seeds to the smoothie if I remember too. The only reason I am adding flax seed is because the one in my fridge is about to expire.

I should probably end this post at this point so I don’t end up typing 1,000 words on all the different crappy smoothies I have made.

Happy Monday! It won’t be a bad day because the Bachelor is on tonight. I would have looked terrible on every date that was shown last week. I cringe just imagining going on some of these dates that are on the show.

 

 

 

 

 

Traveling with a Carry On

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Back story: In 2013, I went to the Republic of Ireland for about 2 months with my school. I went to 4 different cities. I packed all my clothes in a huge duffel bag type suitcase. The duffel bag was incapable of standing up unless I was holding the handle and it was extremely heavy so I ended up having to pay a heavy baggage fee. The suitcase hurt to pull even if it was just for a block. Every time we traveled to a new city I dreaded it. I had to carry the suitcase up and down lots of stairs because we stayed in historical buildings that didn’t have elevators. I pretty much looked ridiculous anytime I was carrying my suitcase around especially if it involved cobblestone streets. I promised myself I would never pack a large suitcase again.

Before I explain how I packed my suitcase I have to mention that I did check the suitcase and I used the expander zipper when packing. Both airlines I flew with did not charge me for one checked baggage.

What did I bring as my carry on?

A North Face backpack that you would use for hiking or large textbooks.

How long was my trip?

8 days

What season was it?

Winter

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Everything that went in the suitcase:

  • 7 pairs of leggings
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 2 pairs of pajamas
  • 8 undies
  • a bunch of bralettes
  • 1 NYE dress
  • 1 pair of nude tights
  • 10 hot packets
  • 1 curling iron
  • 1 flat iron
  • 1 pair of sparkly gold flats
  • 1 pair of knee high suede boots
  • 2 pairs of tall socks
  • 5 pairs of ankle socks
  • 1 green vest
  • 2 flannels
  • 6 tank tops
  • 1 long-sleeve shirt
  • 1 short-sleeve shirt
  • 1 black satchel
  • 2 pairs of gloves

How did I keep everything condensed in the suitcase?

Large zip-loc bags for clothes. I put all my socks in the knee-high boots.

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Did I use everything I packed?

No. I never wore the flats

Did I throw away anything I packed?

Yes. 2 undies, 2 pairs of socks, 2 sets of pajamas, and 1 tank top

Why did I throw them away?

Anything I threw away was old or had a hole in it. The pajamas should have been thrown away a long time ago. They had holes and stains. The tank top that had a hole I wore on NYE during the day with a sweater. The hole was in the armpit so no one would notice and I didn’t wear it all day because I had to change into my NYE dress in the evening. I really liked that tank top but it really needed to go. My mom let me take any of her old socks that had holes.

What did you pack in your carry on?

  • a pair of Steve Madden sneakers
  • 1 nook
  • North Face fleece jacket
  • 1 adapter
  • all of my chargers
  • 1 digital camera
  • 1 bag of make up
  • 1 bag of all the stuff you need for the shower(soap, deodorant, etc.)
  • 1 slice of bread and 1 justin almond butter packet
  • 1 portable charger
  • 1 pair of eyeglasses
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • phone
  • 1 scarf and hat
  • 1 hairbrush
  • 1 pair of fleece socks for my Hunter boots
  • 1 lint roller

My passport and wallet stayed in my hand.

What did you wear on the plane?

  • flannel
  • tank top
  • leggings
  • sweater
  • coat
  • pair of socks( I threw them away too)
  • Bralette
  • Hunter boots

Did you bring jewelry?

Whatever jewelry I wore on the plane is what I wore during the whole trip.

What did I like about packing in a carry on?

It was easy to carry around. I had to switch hotels, take the eurostar, and travel on the tube with my suitcase. It also prevented me from buying stupid things that I would regret later on buying.

What were some negatives of packing in a small suitcase?

Obviously, I couldn’t pack extra stuff so I quickly became sick of having to wear the same hat, sweater, and scarf. I had to make sure every outfit I wore could also be worn at night. Luckily, I didn’t spill anything on myself because if I did then I would be s*** out of luck. All of my outfits had to coordinate with the color black so that everything matched.  All of my shirts had to be long because I wore leggings almost everyday. I packed leggings because they took up less room than jeans.

Would I pack like this again?

Yes. I would change things, but I definitely liked the ease that having a small suitcase gave me.

Is there anything I wish I did or didn’t pack?

I wish I packed warmer shoes. I shouldn’t have packed the hunter boots or the flats. The hunter boots were too bulky for this type of trip and it didn’t rain enough for them to be necessary. I would have liked to have more jewelry with me.I definitely needed a warmer scarf.

Wow! That was a long post. 🙂

Friday Lessons

I haven’t done one of these posts in awhile. Soooooo….here are five things I learned this week.

  1. Don’t get a facial on an empty stomach because you won’t enjoy when they wrap you in a warm blanket burrito because your stomach will be pissed at you the whole time
  2. Sometimes being lazy during the weekend and taking lots of naps is all you need to feel better
  3. Matte lipstick and purple eye shadow do not always mix well together
  4. Sometimes that cartilage piercing is just not meant to be reopened
  5. Comfortable shoes are some of the best things you can buy for yourself

Winnie

Is this not the cutest booty you have ever seen?

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Meet Winnie!

I am typing today feeling a bit crappy. I flew home from my trip and right before I got on the plane I felt my throat getting a bit dry and weird. By the time I got off the plane, my throat felt swollen and dry. My ears felt funny and my voice had a dry, hoarse like quality to it. Luckily, its perfect time for me to feel like crap (weird statement? probably) because I am writing this during the weekend so no work and school. I am not really feeling any jet lag, but I think that has to do with waking up coughing a bunch. Anyway since I am getting back to normal life again I thought I would talk about some of my new posts that I will have on the blog in the next few weeks.

-I will do tons of posts on my trip to Europe

-I will go into detail how I packed everything in a carry-on suitcase

-Mention some of the books I have enjoyed reading lately

– Write some Friday lesson posts

-Of course! I will write my things that are making me happy post, which are usually my favorite to write

 

 

 

Resolutions? Not for Me

It’s time for everyone to make their New Year’s resolution lists! Just don’t count me in. 🙂

I have some plans for this year but i’ll just keep them in my mind, no need to write a list. I am currently away traveling. How exciting, right?! I love traveling! I feel like I am already starting the year on a high. I will have tons of pictures to show you when I get back. I thought today I would make a list of the highs of 2016. The list can be something I can look back at and remember all of the nice moments I had in 2016. Just like many others in the world I had some lows in 2016, but I do not want to post any negative things.

2016

  1. I traveled to Disney World in January. Some entertaining moments came out of that trip.
  2. I switched jobs, which made my schedule way easier.
  3. I finished the one class I was taking in the spring, which led to me enrolling in a full-time degree program.  Another degree!
  4. I tried a barre class for the first time. I was absolutely awful at that.
  5. Fell in love with kettlebell classes
  6. Visited my siblings in California
  7. Rented a beach house with friends. Fell in love with paddle boarding.
  8. Had too much fun laughing at a happy hour on July 4th
  9. Saw Aladdin on broadway. After the show we got a behind the scenes tour. I STOOD ON A BROADWAY STAGE!
  10. Went ice skating with friends in Central Park
  11. Painted pottery.
  12. Went to Hershey park with Holly
  13. Experienced my first wine tasting in Charlottesville, Va
  14. Ended the year in Europe
  15. Tried my first paint and wine class
  16. Dressed as Daisy Duck for Halloween
  17. Finished my first semester for my second degree
  18. Saw Amy schumer’s comedy tour with my sister
  19. Drove along the Pacific Coast Highway, which means I also drove in LA so lets hope I never have to do that again. haha
  20. Hiked in Malibu
  21. Got a new puppy, Charlie

I am sure there are many other great things that happened in 2016, but these are the ones that immediately stuck out.

Have a great day!

 

New Year, Same Me

 

It’s New Year’s weekend! I tend to see myself as an easily excitable person. Holidays, friend’s birthdays, and weddings make me very excited. I find myself thinking of cute decorations, presents to give, and picking out what I should wear; However, when its comes to New Year’s Eve I am never that excited. I have been fortunate to spend it with friends and family in some great places. During my childhood, I would have a sleepover at my friend, Melissa’s while the grown ups partied downstairs. Melissa and I would have a blast with all of our other friends. Once, I became an adult I realized a lot of planning goes into the festivities but it never becomes as great as we assume it will be. We tend to have high expectations. As a kid, I just wanted to be around friends singing and dancing to whatever new song Britney Spears was signing on the radio. Now it seems like New Year’s Eve celebrating is all about finding the perfect location, outfit, and date. Soooooo….a few years ago I stopped treating it as this grand night with huge expectations. Now I choose to spend NYE doing something I enjoy, whether it is dancing with friends or watching a movie. This year, I will be ringing in 2017 with one of my close friends.

The point of this very ridiculous paragraph is that NYE doesn’t have to be the best night ever with perfect instagram posts and the best date. Enjoy the night! You can have many other amazing nights that do not have to be on December 31st. Don’t stress about the New Year celebrations. See you next year! 😉

How Do You Not Overpack?

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Wishing I could be drinking this hot chocolate right now. The main goal of today is to finish packing for my trip because I hate packing and I also don’t want to wait until the last possible day to pack  because we all know that leads to overpacking. I am so excited for my trip! 🙂

Have a happy Monday!