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Postcards from Europe 2013

Happy #TBT! I thought I’d do a fun little #ThrowbackThursday post series recapping the Eurotrip I took last summer. I am heading to Europe again in exactly 1 month so I thought this would be a fun way to countdown the weeks ’til I leave. Check back every Thursday this month for a new post!

LONDON – DAY 1

After graduation last year, I headed to Belgium to meet up with my boyfriend. We headed to London the day after I arrived–I was dying to return after I had studied abroad there in 2011. We took the train from Brussels to St. Pancras International and arrived in London at nighttime. We got a little bit lost on the way to the hotel and were so relieved to finally find it–too bad our room turned out to be equivalent to the size of a shoe box, stuffy with no window, and had paper-thin walls. We got out of there quickly to grab some dinner in Chinatown.

Obligatory red telephone booth picture on our way to Chinatown. Even after studying abroad, London telephone booth photos never get old.

Dinner turned out to be meh–I can’t tell you the name of the place because I didn’t think it was noteworthy enough to write down, but I’m sure I could pick it out if I found myself back in Chinatown.

LONDON – DAY 2

The next morning we headed to Borough Market for lunch. I had only been there briefly during a weekday back when I studied abroad so I wanted to check out the scene on a weekend. We snacked on delicacies like quail eggs, wild boar sausage (pictured below), and a pretty crappy shaved ice, but it was worth it for the experience.

We then wandered over to Tate Modern, across the Millenium Bridge, and over to St. Paul’s Cathedral. Warning: couple-y pictures coming up…

Silhouettes. So indie.

This ain’t Paris.

My forearm and Lukasz’s one calf look so developed. We must be doing something right.

Then, we took a walk down memory lane and headed to South Kensington, where I lived and studied while I was abroad. I was filled to the brim with feelings of nostalgia–it wasn’t the same without my study abroad buddies! The places we used to frequent just felt empty.

Home is whenever I’m with you.

 The coolest place to be–before, during, and after class.

So, all these feels definitely called for some intense retail therapy (not pictured) and eating in Chinatown again, but at Leong’s Legend this time around. We had been to Leong’s Legend in 2011 and remembered how good it was, so we had to go back! I’d go so far as to say it’s the best Taiwanese food in London, but it’s the only Taiwanese place I’ve been to…

Pardon my bottle of eye drops, but the feels were too strong that day and the food looked so good I was practically crying–well, that, and allergies.

LONDON – DAY 3

Day 3 was spent heading to Camden Town and Old Spitalfields Market–two of my favorite places in London. Everything felt exactly the same–I just wish I still lived a tube ride away from each of them.

Cheers to you, London–until we meet again!

flashes of color

See, I promised you I would get off my balcony and into the wilderness–ha, I kid, this is actually my front yard.

I love how the color in this dress seems to pop and bring the whole thing to life.  It was that bright bit of color I needed to lighten up my Monday–ha, as if a piece of clothing has the power to dictate the course of my day.  In retrospect, I guess it did.  Monday went by slow, but a lot easier than expected.

The light, flowy fabric of this dress left me feeling free and comfortable all day and was perfect for the warm weather.  Summer is definitely heating up around here, so I’ll definitely be wearing a lot more dresses–I love a good dress that is simple, clean, and makes you instantly feel put-together.

I also love the casual feel of this dress–it’s perfect for a day out in the sun.  It’s pretty functional–I kept thinking to myself that it would be a great swimsuit cover-up.  However, since I wasn’t headed for the beach today, I dressed it up with gray socks and neutral wedges that can easily take this look from daytime to a brisk summer night.

Dress: matix
(click here for another interesting colorblock style)

Turquoise Clutch: purchased at London’s Spitalfields Market
(similar here and here)

Sunglasses: Cole Haan
(similar here in tortoiseshell–under $50!)

Knee-High Grey Socks: Target
(similar look here)

Wedges: purchased at a random shop in France
(see the more dramatic Jeffrey Campbell style look here)