Whenever I go somewhere new I always try to scout out fun places to go, see and take pictures. When in London, I found this super cute place for a some tea and eat some sweets and I had to go! The background was perfect and I would have taken even more pictures if I hadn’t just walked around for a few hours of media visits and had fresh makeup on!
Anyway, I’m sharing how I get ideas for places to take cute pictures and find the perfect backgrounds!
Pinterest : My first stop! I always look up the city and surrounding areas and do about 10 different searches, from cool food places, to instagram walls and new attractions, Pinterest has it all!
Instagram : Use hashtags and search for places, and when you find a place to visit go to their instagram page to get a feel for the vibe before you go!
Facebook : The fun videos for more popular cities always have unique places to visit! Usually pages like Buzzfeed have the best videos!
Archives : Whenever you see a cool place you want to visit, save it, you never know when you may have a chance to go and explore!
Explore : Walking or driving around is how you find the cutest places in my opinion! That is how I used to find where to take all of my pictures for Instagram! Especially in a new place, walk around and find a cute wall or little shop for fun pictures!
Ask a Local : They live there and know the coolest spots, it’s always better to make a new friend along the way too!
JumpSuit : Berkley Elleven, (similar), Asos, Forever 21
So the reason I said this is a throwback is because I wore this almost exact outfit a year or two ago when I went to California. I obviously like to save this maxi for fun occasions! I paired it with a white top that I tied last time and this time I added some bright turquoise earrings and a light pink cross body. I really never wear my hair up for blog posts but this day was a bit hot after all the walking around geneva!
Switzerland was never high on my list of places to travel. I always heard it was beautiful but I wanted to visit Paris, Rome, Italy and Greece before I started venturing to new places. When I heard that the study abroad was going I thought hmm, still worth a try and I submitted the application. I was super excited when I was accepted and the whole trip was beyond amazing!
Geneva was truly gorgeous, clear water, mountains in the background, nice locals and amazing food. We walked all around the city and while we were there the pope even came! I tried to see him but there was a conflict with our media visits.
BACK TO THE MAXI! I love a good yellow especially one that brightens up my skin tone! The jean jacket made the look a little more casual and neutral along with the pony hair which I think made the look a little better for the daytime. Also these sweet earrings went well with the bright yellow without over doing it!
Jean Jacket : H&M // Maxi Skirt : Zara (similar) (similar) // White Crop : Asos// Earrings : (similar) (similar)
I had the most amazing time in London and our group had a truly amazing tour guide! I wanted to share a short list of a few of the things I decided to do as well as a few of the recommendations from our tour guide!
The London Eye : There is a champagne tasting you can sign up for while you are on the giant ferris wheel like attraction, so fun and amazing views!
Carnaby Street : This is where these pictures were taken! It’s so colorful, filled with great restaurants and lots of shopping!
The West End / The Globe Theatre : You have to see a show whether it be a broadway like showcase or a Shakespearean play at the famous theatre!
Harrod’s : We went to this huge designer department store and went to had tea and sweets! Despite the designer prices, a tiny tea pot was only 5 pounds and was super yummy!
Peggy Porschen : Super cute and pink filled place for a sweet! (Blog Post to come)
Ballie Ballerson : A ball pit bar! We had so much fun here, it’s like your a kid all over again! Definitely a must do, it was one of the best parts of my trip!
Take a tour : hit the typical tourist attractions like seeing Big Ben, The London Bridge and Buckingham Palace one day to make sure to also hit all the basics! We actually took a boat tour and it was so lovely!
Don’t forget to do the basic things like pictures in the (smelly) telephone booths and ride at the top of a double decker bus!
Top : Asos // Denim Skirt : (similar) (similar)
One of my favorite parts of summer are the clothes. Shocker right? But seriously, I love getting dressed up, or mostly down if we’re being honest because of the hot weather. While the heat is not really my friend and I honestly hate getting sweaty or having to put my hair up, I love the idea of tanning by a pool or drinking a sweet, cold drink. Summer is the time for me to catch up on all the things I did not have time to do during the year; reading a book, going to church and seeing my friends are more fun since I have more time. For all of the activities I have to have a go-to summer look.
My summer look is simple : a tank or tee + denim shorts + sandals + fun accessories. I am a sucker for a white tee and denim and I say that a lot but it’s so true! I just think it looks great on everyone! Sandals are easy to slip on and I like to match them with my outfit. I usually keep it simple and easy and throw on pieces I know will “breathe”. I get super annoyed when I get sweaty too easily so I try to plan wisely.
Texas heat is seriously killer. Like cook an egg on the sidewalk killer. So I dress my outfit up with accessories. My main goal for an outfit is always the focal piece. Well since I cannot always wear a cute pair of jeans or a top with lots of ruffles I go for the accessories. This scarf is seriously my favorite! I love wearing it because of the bright colors and it makes my hair look super cute when I don’t have time to do it. Another way to dress it up are fun earrings! Fun earrings and plain pieces are a great combo!
Top : Buddy Love // Shorts : Levis // Shoes : Steve Madden (similar) // Scarf : Zara