Friday, June 29, 2012

The English Countryside

The English countryside is the most staggeringly beautiful place.

Picturesque villages with enchanting Tudor houses, 
peacocks right outside your bedroom door, 
green meadows with bunnies hopping around, 
a whistling creek right around the corner,
 fresh flowers on your bedroom sill and
 a view to a kill. 

We enjoyed two beautiful days in this enchanted place 
and made a mental note that a city girl can be a country girl.

 Wearing: Anthropology dress, Pixie Shoes, Vintage earrings bought in Portobello, Forever 21 jacket. Prada sunglasses

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Cheerio London

All decked out in neon, we strolled London one last time.
Through the perfectly lined houses of Kensigton, 
through the Beattle Store,
through 212B Baker Street, the famous residence of Sherlock Holmes, 
 we admired all that London history has to offer.

And then we said goodbye to this beautiful city that has captured our heart. 
We decided that we must return very soon not just to visit our dearest friends 
but because you just can't do everything you want in only one trip. 
No matter how many days you stay.

New adventures await us soon 
as we are now on the train to Norfolk!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

High Tea

Ever since London, I have become obsessed with anything "tea" related: 
Garden parties, royal parties, 
hats in sorbet colours, flamboyant fascinators, floral tea dresses, 
cupcakes and cookies, teacups and tea pots, 
and living in a tea infused world.

After having afternoon tea at Dean's Townhouse right near Oxford Circus, 
 I knew that I was meant to bring British high tea to my real world. 
On a quest of finding beautiful tea shops in our city, 
I discovered lovely places waiting to be explored. 
 So I swore that I will make this summer one great big tea party.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Portobello Shopping

A trip to London is no trip without a visit to the famous Portobello Market.
 Or this is what the experts say.
 What we found was an over-hyped, overpriced, and over-picked mixture of stalls and shops of antiques, vintage and retro clothes, cute boutiques and cheap but overpriced fashion thrills.

Still we managed to find beauty in the unexpected.
A beautiful vintage pair of earrings for a reasonable price, the yummiest quiche and salad at Gail's Bakery, 
 pastel coloured buildings, vintage tea sets, and just strolling around on a sunny afternoon.

It's not that Portobello isn't worth a visit, nor that you really can't find a great deal, 
it's just that like any Londoner would tell you, 
Portobello has become a tourist trap.
And so we fell right in!

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Game of Court

 A new day, a new adventure filled with sunshine
 cause once glitter has arrived, 
all the gloominess went Goodbye.

Armed with our London Day Pass, 
we did all the touristy must haves: 
Thames River Cruise, Tower of London, London Bridge Experience, 
St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Shakespeare's Globe and many others.

But the highlight of the day was playing the game of court at Kensington Palace.  
After strolling through the Late Princess's Diana headquarters 
and admiring the beautifully illustrated wallpaper of her apartments, 
we joined in on a royal card game. 
 A game where ambition is to discreetly take the reigns of command, 
where the back passages of the palace are the real corridors to power 
and where the one that slinks into court entirely unnoticed,
 is the most powerful of them all.

 With that said we had our cake and ate it too,
 but not before delighting our French appetite with some moules and frites 
right before stepping in to see murder and deceit in Chicago.
A trip around the world could it be? 
You'll just have to wait and see!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Sprinke Glitter over Britain

 After too much pampering, 
too much drinking and a bad hangover from the Hen's Party
it was time to sprinkle glitter over London.

We soon realized that winter still loomed here,
deeply regretted not having packed any wool coats
yet had to do with my floral spring jackets.
 We walked Oxford Street, 
where Primark, Topshop and Selfridges were major shopping destination, 
and basked at the beautiful window displays for the Queen's Jubilee.

We walked down London Bridge or Tower Bridge, 
the two confused us quite a bit, 
we gawked at Big Ben, 
what else can one do in its magnificent presence, 
we found our first British Pub 
and tried their famous fish and chips 
and swore that we will enjoy every minute of our British adventure.

Cause we still have four more days to go!