Saturday, January 31, 2015

London Part II (Borough Market)

Ahh! I have been so excited to share this post with you because it was hands down one of my favorite places I went while I was traveling through Europe. Borough Market in London is a food lover's dream. So many fresh vegetables and fruits to pick through and juices being freshly squeezed right before your eyes. We ended up finding this gem on our last days in London, which was sad because there were so many things I wanted to try! In the end, we snacked our way through the market binging on cheese, various honeys, homemade fudge and breads. We couldn't get enough of it and were sad, but overjoyed that we had found it right before we had to leave for Amsterdam. In London everything is closed on Christmas (including many restaurants & even their transportation systems!). I am happy Londoners get the day off to completely spend it with their loved ones, but it was something us Americans were not used to. We embraced this change that was brought our way and decided to buy all the essentials we needed to cook us a Christmas dinner in London straight from this wonderful market! It was the perfect end to our time here and next time I will be sure to stop here every day for lunch & some of my favorite mulled wine! 
xo, j.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Germany

I've been thinking about all of the amazing places I have been so far and I feel so fortunate to have been able to do this with my best friend. Out of all the cities and sceneries I have seen thus far, nothing was more beautiful than this view from the Neuschwanstein Castle. It is known as the "sleeping beauty" castle and that alone made us excited to visit! We hiked up to the castle, which took about 45 minutes but it was well worth it. We then ventured off to other pathways to get a better view of the castle as a whole. So happy we did this because it led us to a gorgeous view of the snowy mountains, a lake shimmering from the sky above, and the tiny town below us. We stayed in the city of Munich, which was fun to see, but I enjoyed the countryside of Germany much more. Hope your holidays were wonderful! 
Xo, j 











Bonjour from Paris!


My first days in Paris were relaxing and filled with lots of leisure! We walked the streets, went into any cute shops we saw, and ate yummy pastries (best chocolate croissants & I don't even like chocolate usually). We toured the the Palace of Versailles that had a lovely garden. Anyone could spend endless hours here, as we did! In the midst of our busy days, we managed some time for Laduree known for their macaroons, a classical ballet at the Opera house, visiting the love lock bridge (I managed to accidentally drop our locks into the bottom of the Seine River- not my best shining moment), and staring outside of our Parisian hotel for it's beautiful pink sunrises. The Eiffel Tower was all that I dreamed it would be since I was a little girl and even more beautiful in person. Can't wait to return some day to eat and explore more of Paris! Au Revoir for now, MUAH! 
Xo, j 



Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Bruges, Belgium

Bruges in Belgium was nothing short of a fairytale to me. It's small town charm and hidden streets in between each canal was something I couldn't resist. I found the perfect street waffles, tasted multiple kinds of chocolate, and sipped on Belgian style ales through out my days. To me, there is nothing better than exploring unknown cities and eating your way through the streets. I cannot wait to come back here and venture out into the city of Bruges a little more! It's beautiful! 
Xo, j. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

London

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Ahh! I'm in London! I can't believe that I'm finally here after two years of planning this trip to Europe. London in a way feels just like home. There are great restaurants on every corner, a plethora of things to do, and a city-like feel that puts me at ease. Not to mention... They also speak English (but better). Our first day we explored the city and all of the adorable streets we stumbled upon. Eventually, we did all of the tourist attractions, but my favorite was the Kensington palace. It was in a beautiful park that was filled with trees and greenery everywhere you turned, but the real reason I was in love was because I was in the palace where the classy Kate Middelton lived.
My two favorite places in London thus far is Bea's of Bloomsburry where we had afternoon tea and The Modern Pantry for breakfast. I picked afternoon tea at this small boutique in particular because it was affordable, which is hard to do in London. It includes a whole pot of tea from many different varieties and mini desserts/finger sandwiches to accompany it for nineteen pounds (which is 30 US dollars). It's very small and quaint- just the way I like it. 
Also, check out The Modern Pantry for healthier breakfast options and be prepared to venture out into small cobble stone streets that you may get lost in. But, it's worth it if you're in for an adventure! 





Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Favorites!

1)

The Little Market has appealed to me mostly because their co-founder is Lauren Conrad; one of my favorite style icons out there! She is the epitome of a classy girl with picture perfect Pinterest ideas. I absolutely love these two bags above and am trying to put money aside to save up for one. Having the perfect satchel is essential to my wardrobe and for anyone who is always on the go. These products are handmade from artisans who live in India that get paid to work for this company; by purchasing their works of art you are helping them provide for their families in many ways. 
Ps... Isn't Lauren's new bob the cutest on her?!
2)
With all of life's curve balls and monotonous weekly schedule of a college student, sometimes I just want to pack up and enjoy a quick getaway. This week got me reminiscing over Los Olivos. A quiet, little town within the Santa Ynez Valley. I stopped there this pass summer on my way home from Northern California and I instantly wanted to go back. I cannot stop thinking about the winery and tasting room called Sarloos & Sons. They serve a flight of wine with mini cupcake pairings... Just pinch me! The wines pair perfectly with each cupcake and make for a unique tasting compared to the expected cheese & olive accompaniment (although, I do love those too). You. Have. To. Stop. By.
3)
  These three gals (KatJules, & Julia) are my daily go-to fashion bloggers. I just love them and their style! They have simple and classic pieces, but each put their own flare into their daily outfit choices. I wish I could just shop their closets and never have to pay for a single item - that would be a dream come true...don't ya think? (Click on their names to view their sites!)
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