Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Tea Time at Sketch







"It's always tea time." - The Mad Hatter

The bubblegum pink room you've notoriously seen on Instagram, filled with tea cups and framed doodles on the walls. Welcome to Sketch, the most theatric dining experience you'll find in London. After reading Vogue rave about Sketch as the poshest spot in town, I quickly made my way to high tea within my first two weeks in London. The pink room, also known as the Gallery, is the place for tea if you find yourself in central London. Upon walking in, you'll be emerged into a pink velvet paradise full of strange drawings and technicolor pastries waiting to be sampled. After settling into my seashell-esque chair, I sipped on a raspberry bellini while my table awaited our tea and treats to arrive. The edible options ranged from smoked salmon sandwiches to strawberry tarts and of course scones, complete with clotted cream and jam. An afternoon of good tea and even better company made me realize that Londoners are doing life right, especially at Sketch. 

PS - A trip to the bathroom (or loo as I should say) will make you feel as though you've walked onto a science fiction film set, with space pods and fisheye mirrors perfect for selfies. 








Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Notting Hill









Greetings from across the pond! I'm officially four weeks into my summer in London and finding my rhythm of work and play. When I'm not interning or attending classes, I've been exploring my new backyard. Thanks to the Tube, anywhere in London is only a short ride away! One of the first neighborhoods I decided to explore on a sunny afternoon was Notting Hill. Known for its flowers, markets and famous blue door, this neighborhood is a gorgeous backdrop of foliage and English architecture. After a stop by 280 Notting Hill Gate to gaze upon the spot Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant fell in love, I took a visit to Biscuiteers, a biscuit boutique. This shop is a sugar coated dream. With treats too beautiful to eat and the smell of freshly baked cookies, it took all the self control in the world not to buy everything. If you're looking to take a flower-filled walk, go get lost in this fairytale neighborhood. 




Sunday, May 14, 2017

London Calling


London is calling, and here I go! Excited to share that I will be spending the summer in London, England studying and interning alongside other students from the University of Missouri. Having never been out of the country before, I'm excited and jittery all in one! I hope to experience as much as possible during my time abroad, including traveling across Europe to explore other major cities. If you have any travel tips, London recommendations, or study abroad advice feel free to leave a comment! Adventure awaits this summer and I can't wait to get exploring.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

His and Her Belts Feat. FH Wadsworth






Flowers are blooming, sleeves are getting shorter, and spring has officially sprung! With skirts and shorts reemerging from my closet for the spring season, I have been on the hunt for statement-making pieces to help style my neutral colored wardrobe. As a fan of classic and preppy pieces, these ribbon belts from FH Wadsworth are perfect for adding a pop of color to springtime looks.

Meet Mason! My boyfriend and one of my favorite people to help me with my blog. Mason, similar to myself, has an appreciation for preppy style and a polished look. These ribbon belts are perfect for both men and women and we sported ours on Easter morning. Mason opted for the Gibson style while I went with the Kingfisher.

Thank you to FH Wadsworth for sponsoring this post.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Review: #OleGlow by Ole Henriksen


As someone who struggles with oily skin, controlling the unwanted shine in my t-zone has been an ongoing battle. After cycling through multiple drugstore face washes and toners, I decided to give the Balance collection by Ole Henriksen a go. Consisting of a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer this collection promises to mattify skin and unclog pores without stripping or irritating skin. One mention of oil control and I was in. After using this skin routine for over a month, I can honestly say it has made a difference to my skin.

As far as my everyday routine for class, I tend to skip the face makeup and stick to mascara in order to let my skin breath. While my skin feels healthier without any foundation, I feel more aware of the oil and blemishes occurring in my t-zone. I started using the Balance collection in the mornings to see if I could diminish the amount of oil on my skin throughout the school day. A quick wash with the Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser and a swipe of Balance Force Oil Control Toner and I was ready for the day. Being skeptical at first, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this product combination truly did keep my skin matte and oil free throughout the day. As I continued to use these products throughout the month, I also found an improvement with blemishes thanks to the salicylic acid within the ingredients. The products also include neem seed oil, eucalyptus, and rosehip fruit extract to help balance skin and diminish oil. I don't usually find myself reaching for a moisturizer in my skin routine, but did enjoy using the Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator before applying face makeup to control shine and increase the wear of my makeup.

Overall, I recommend this product to anyone looking to diminish oil from their skin while seeking to maintain a healthy glow. This range of products has proven a great addition to my morning skin routine and helps my skin glow instead of shine.

Thank you to Ole Henriksen for providing me with these products to share my thoughts on.

Friday, April 28, 2017

City of Stars





Straight out of La La Land, the "it" print of the moment seen on everything from clothing to bags is stars. I LOVE this trend! This print has overthrown stripes and polka dots by offering a more statement-making option within the world of prints. This celestial shape is certainly having its moment, and this affordable dress makes me feel like Emma Stone dancing through the streets of LA. 

Dress: Forever 21
Necklace: Kendra Scott
Wedges: Target

Friday, March 31, 2017

Trending: Bell Bottoms




Style is kicking it old school this spring with the "flare" of bell bottoms resurfacing in the fashion world. My friend Lidia embodies bohemian casual by sporting a pair of Anthropologie bell bottoms with a cheeky tee for her day out.

After years of skinny cut pants, it's refreshing to see a change in the opposite direction. Bell bottoms, exuding a laid-back vibe reminiscent of the '70s, are perfect for spring and summer when the sun begins to shine and we can finally shed our sweaters for shorter sleeves.

With graphic tees also being big at the moment, worded tees are a great way to express personality when opting for a laid-back look.

If you're in the market for a good pair of flares, my recommendation is Show Me Your Mumu's denim section. The store currently carries a variety of flares in different washes and patterns.

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