London Travel Guide

Ever since I started watching Made in Chelsea five years ago, I instantly became obsessed with the luxurious British culture that was portrayed on the show. I really didn't think that making a trip to London was in the cards anytime soon, but when Sean said we could go anywhere to celebrate our two year anniversary, that dream of mine soon became a reality. Originally we had planned on going to New York or Montreal, but when we figured out that London really was an option, we decided to book a spontaneous trip overseas less than a month before our departure.

From 'Made in Chelsea' travel guides, to recommendations by bloggers, to some googling and Pinteresting of my own, I really feel as though we maximized our week long vacation as best as we could. Before we left, I made a list of all the places that I thought would be fun to visit, and even I was impressed with how much we were able to cross off of the list.

5 Ways to Shop on a Budget

Ever since I started blogging, I noticed that the amount of money I was spending on clothes was gradually growing bigger by the month. Since I unfortunately don't have infinite funds to spend on shopping sprees, I really have to make wise choices and maximize my purchases when it comes to crafting my wardrobe. Lately, what has really worked for me has been to do large hauls from less expensive stores, like H&M and Forever 21, and to pair them with one or two designer accessories. Before I went to London, I decided to do my first Forever 21 haul in order to save the majority of my spending money for the trip. I ended up finding five outfits and a pair of shoes for less than $250! This was an impressive moment for me, as I used to try on piles of clothes there and never come out with anything I was happy with. 

Shopping at big stores like Forever 21 used to be so exhausting to me. As a result of the anxiety that came with a place like that, it was really not on my shopping radar until recently. This brings me to my first tip for shopping on a budget, which is:

1. Be Prepared

What I did this time that I hadn't done in the past was to browse online and on their Instagram page before I even stepped foot in the store. This way, I knew exactly which items I was looking for without having to wander aimlessly. It's nice to have options, but when there are simply too many, you need to have a plan. I definitely would have overlooked this dress had I not saved a screenshot of it on my phone for two reasons: 1. It looked much better in the picture than it did hanging on the rack, and 2. It was squished onto a rack of dresses in a tiny corner of a huge store.

Adult-ish

The last few years have been huge for me when it comes to developing my emotional and psychological maturity. As someone whose interests lay closest to those of a thirteen year old girl, it can sometimes be confusing to know which qualities to let go of and which ones I should hold on to. Though I definitely don't think there's anything wrong with my Disney Princess obsession, or being the only person over 11 on the playground with my cousins, I think it's important to find balance between acting like a kid, while also having a good grasp on adult responsibilities and behaviour.

With that being said, what do you call yourself when you feel like you're getting a hang of the whole 'adulting' thing, but still have a closet full of stuffed toys? What do you call yourself when you're not a teenager anymore, but you're still not sure what it means to be in your mid-twenties? When I saw this t-shirt, I knew exactly how to describe this current stage of life: adult-ish.

Expect the Unexpected

Over the last few years, I've become more and more infatuated with the idea that good things happen when you least expect them to. Though it may sound cliché, when I think about this concept in terms of my own life occurrences, it is simply far too true to deny. I love the idea of living life without expectations, and it's something I'm continuously training myself to do on a regular basis.

When Sean and I worked on the second half of this photoshoot (click here if you missed the first half) with Elvira Glawatzki and Jess Jiang, we had our own hopes and expectations to deal with. We had planned on shooting at three different locations, but only ended up being able to shoot at one of the places we had planned.

Spread the Joiy

I was so excited when I received an invite to attend the Joiy luncheon at Wish Restaurant last week. Before then, I had never heard of Joiy wine, but I was instantly blown away by the beautiful, robin's egg blue packaging the second I looked them up. The event could not have been held in a better setting. Wish has always reminded me of a rustic, British cottage, with an atmosphere that is casual, yet cute. The venue, which was already a favourite of mine, truly showcased the fun-loving, bohemian feel of the Joiy brand.

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