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London Calling: Travel Photo Miniseries Part 1

25 Aug

After about a week back home, I’ve finally finished going through all of my photos, editing, deleting, and choosing only the most worthy ones to share with you! I’m going to share pictures and travel tips from each of the cities we’ve visited each week for the next seven weeks. Today we are starting with London, enjoy!

Beautiful statue right outside of Buckingham Palace: This is a must-visit place for any first time visitors. Snapping a shot outside of Buckingham Palace is one of the quintessential tourist activities. 

View of the London Eye from Westminster Bridge: The entire pier around the bridge is surrounded by child-friendly fun, including a London Aquarium and the Namco Funscape.

Aerial view from the London Eye: The iconic ferris wheel is quite pricy at £37 per person, but it’s a great way to see an aerial view of London’s most famous sights.

Giant jack fruit at a stall in China Town: There were a ton of delicious asian restaurants and grocery stores with exciting foreign snacks

Apple Market in Covent Garden: About two dozen artisans set up shop in these rows of stalls within the larger covent garden market. I got a few cute dresses at Joy, a cute, quirky women’s clothing store in Covent Garden itself.

Cute scrabble board at Canteen, a quirky British restaurant: Convent Garden is full of interesting shops and restaurants, like this one.

Beautiful storm drain in the streets of London: I wish that storm drains in America were this pretty! The multiple materials and sweet flower design make the drain as pretty as it is practical.

Sandwiches and tea at the Pret-a-Portea: This is one of London’s most inventive high teas. It’s a special feature of the Berkeley Hotel (apparently it’s pronounced Barkely, which I learned after embarrassingly mispronouncing the name a half dozen times).

Three tiers of mouth watering desserts: Even thought the gourmet sandwiches and tiny spoons of savory deliciousness were surprisingly even more delicious than the desserts, the intricacy and creativity of the desserts was incredible.

More beautiful desserts!

Our super cute to go boxes: And because even sweet lovers like my family and I couldn’t finish off all of the beautiful desserts…some chic to go boxes to take the rest of our goodies home

A sweet storefront in Notting Hill: I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of this store front in honor of my blog!

The ArcelorMittal Orbit Observation Tower: This dual platform tower is London’s largest piece of public art. This gorgeous fusion of sculpture and architecture was constructed to allow views to see the entirety of Olympic Park.

Amazing tea selection at Fortum and Mason: The packaging of everything from rare teas in colorful tins to crab in glass jars was almost as amazing as the incredible array of food in this gourmet paradise.

The incredible Fortum and Mason ceiling decorations: The colorful animal and music cut outs rain down from the top floor all the way to the bottom.

Colorful street celebration in a narrow walking street: The colorful bunting, swarms of people, and inflatable globe capture the spirit and excitement of the entire city of Olympic hosts.

Sweet bathtub set up in Liberty London: London’s most fashionable place to shop is also home to some of the most beautiful advertising displays.

My little sister riding a giant giraffe in Harrods: Harrods is one of the most expensive stores in this already expensive city, and while buying things might be out of your budget, stop by anyways to look around this amazing department that has everything anyone could ever want or need.

Incredible danishes in the Harrod’s Food Hall: While most things in Harrods cost a fortune, most people can afford to enjoy a bit of luxury with an exotic nibble from the extensive market.

Quite possibly my favorite photo of London: This city captures the essence of the city and the fact that it involves the entire city, not the athletes and the Olympic planning committee, to put on an event of this magnitude.

Final Valentine’s Day Round-Up: Crafts

11 Feb

Over the past few weeks I have been getting excited for Valentine’s Day by sharing cute cards and tasty treats from around the web, and now it is time for my last round up of Valentine’s Day inspiration: sweet crafts that you can make to decorate for Valentine’s Day or give as last-minute gifts. I compiled these lists to show off some of the incredible talents of some of my favorite bloggers, and to hopefully inspire you to take advantage of this amazing holiday to share your love with whomever you want (your boyfriend, your family, your girlfriends, your dog and most importantly yourself.)

Sure you can dread the approaching holiday like an impending plague, or you can seize the moment to unleash your creativity and brighten someone’s day. Here is a round up of crafts that you can make for anyone anyone in your life. The great thing about this holiday is that there is no pressure to give anyone (except maybe your significant other) anything, but you have the ability to give to anyone you so desire. I have been making various crafts for the people in my life, but I can’t share them yet because the people who I made them for are some of my most loyal followers, so you will just have to wait to see those!

For yourself: Dress up a plain wall with a heart-shaped photo collage of people and things that make you smile

From I Heart Living Small Tumblr (no diy explanation...just use your own photos and glue)

For your nature-loving sister: Heart Terrarium for her house to remind her that even if you don’t talk to each other daily, you still love her

From Love + Cupcakes

For your daughters or nieces: Cute as a Button Earrings that they can show off to their friends at school

From The Anderson Crew

For your sentimental boyfriend: Love Card Deck to show him all the reasons you love him

From DIYIYD

For your favorite coworker: Rainbow Hearts Garland to brighten up her cubicle

From Momtastic

For your travel-loving Dad: make your own Hand Painted Globe by decorating a thrift store globe

From Sow Kinness. Gather Love Tumblr (no diy explanation...just use your own photos and glue)

For your tea-loving Mom: Heart-Shaped Tea Bags that you can fill with her favorite tea blend

From Funkytime