OOTD: College Year 2 {Part 3}

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Happy Sunday,

I just got back from brunch with Dennis downtown. We went to my new favorite place: the South End!! The restaurant was called Stephi’s on Tremont. I had Eggs Benedict with avocado and we split a CINNAMON BUN. You know I’ve been on the hunt for Boston’s best cinnamon roll. To be honest, I have not found it yet, though Stephis‘ was definitely a step in the right direction. I think my next stop will be Flour since I’ve heard sooooo much about it.

Since my last post, about a week ago, I’ve been so busy with school. I had my first test this week which was kind of a rodeo to say the least. I’ve been desperately trying to get my ducks in a row. Really the whole week was a blur preparing for that test.

But anyway, this is my outfit from Friday night’s dinner with Robyn and Michelle! I’ve been dying to wear this vintage suede jacket. I tried to not mix metals with this outfit so you can see that the zipper matches the details on the jacket. I loved the extra details added with the clutch, and I kept the shoes minimal but matching with these new mule sandals I purchased from ASOS. They’re faux-suede which I felt was probably acceptable to pair with another color suede since it’s so small? Idk I liked it so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ . Since the jacket was pretty bulky, I tried to keep the top minimal so as to not distract from the major pieces.

Sorry for the word-vomit. On to the outfit!

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see? the zipper matches lol

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Jacket: Aldo

Top: Zara

Skirt: MiH

Shoes: Truffle Collection (via ASOS)

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

What do you think? Know where I can find a good cinnamon roll? Let me know in the comments🙂

T

OOTD: College Year 2 {Part 2}

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Hieeeee,

This morning Francine and I went to Cambridge to have brunch. In deciding where to go I told her that all I needed was a good cinnamon roll. She knew the perfect place!! Alden & Harlow’s the name; in Harvard Square. Lovely setting… kind of rustic mixed with industrial that reminds me of Minneapolis a bit. The skillet roll that came out looked so lovely… perfect for Instagram. I realize that’s probably the most annoying sentence ever but oh well! I’m gonna be honest, I took like 50 aerial shots of the food before I got the one I posted. Francine and I joked about how stupid it was, even the people next to us were giving us major side-eye, kinda like the “suspicious dog” from the Simpsons. Apparently the restaurant’s menu is meant as shareables, so we shared three additional dishes that were corn pancakes, maple-glazed pork on cheesy grits and eggs on quinoa. I forget the names now but I HIGHLY recommend the restaurant as a whole. Stellar. I wish we had more restaurants like that close to my campus!!

Anyway, here’s the outfit I wore. You may recall from my last post that I talked about some guy on campus wearing green loafers and Lennon-style sunnies. The significance of that blurb is that the sight of him kind of jolted my existence (dramatic, I know). His outfit was so cool and he looked so original that I questioned literally everything I do. Why do I dress the way I do? Do I dress for me or for others? How do I feel when I wear these clothes? Am I doing activities because I enjoy them or because they look good on a resume? The last question has been especially important to me recently because I’ve tried to re-orient my life in such a way as it is perfectly crafted from my own heart and spirit and not for some other reason. I want my personality and being to be reflected in the way I live my life. I had noticed that my style was slowly slipping into the normcore trends and, as stylish as they may be, I couldn’t stand it! It wasn’t me. Frankly, I realized I was only picking them out because I wanted to blend in. I wanted to impress those around me. But I wasn’t impressing myself and that’s the most important part. I didn’t feel like myself when I wore, say, a choker. I actually kind of like chokers but it’s just not entirely my style (which has yet to be defined. As of right now it has many facets). So anyway, this guy in the loafers basically inspired me to start living the way I want to live instead of just dreaming about it.

This outfit deviates from most of my posts because of the color. I don’t normally wear lots of color even though I wish I did. I love this dress, even though I recognize that it’s not the most flattering for my body shape but hey, next to nothing flatters my body shape. I loved the sleeves and the colors go with anything! I had just purchased these oversized sunnies and am OBSESSED. I love pale/pastel pinks and I felt like they kind of fit the retro theme. It seemed very summer/fall transition to me, given that it was like 80ºF today. This outfit, though it may not be perfect, is a fairly good representation of where I want to start heading in terms of expressing my personality.

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Sunnies: SEE eyewear

Dress: H&M

Bag: Louise et Cie

Shoes: Forever 21

Lipgloss: NYX butter gloss

OOTD: College Year 2 Edition {Part 1}

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Hi,

Two words: Party. Hair.

Gotta bounce off to barre (sheds tear) so this will be a quick post.

Also, Im trying to find the guy with the Lennon sunnies and the green loafers on campus. If you know who he is, let me know right away cause I need his friendship & guidance.
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Sunnies: Westward Leaning

Top: STAY (Scandinavian Esthetics)

Shorts: Leifsdottir

Sandals: Eurosoft

xoxo,

T

OOTD: Summer 16 Edition {Parts 14 & 15} + Dragonfruit smoothie recipe

Hey everyone!!

I know it’s been sooo long since I last posted. I actually had to open a new tab to go to my page and see when it was that I had last posted (over a month ago…) and it just saddens me to read it. I talked about how sad I was to start packing to go home, and how I was going swimming that day…. Which, by the way, turned into cliff jumping. CLIFF JUMPING. Into a FJORD. What?! Those are the best kinds of days though. The ones full of spontaneity and adventure. And I was with nearly all of my best friends (minus two) and we were accompanied by these random Norwegian men. And then we finished our day by grilling pølse and eating hjerte vafler while tanning on the beach.

Here was my outfit from that day. Not super practical, I am aware.

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Sunnies: Mr. Boho

Top: Zara

Skirt: Sanctuary

Bag: Longchamp

Shoes: Eurosoft


One of my last days there, maybe August 3, we went to the Astrup-Fearnley museum which was SO cool. I’m not usually a fan of abstract, contemporary art but it really jolted my perspective. Here was my outfit🙂 I had just purchased the top and culottes for DIRT CHEAP. Like, they are real suede culottes for the equivalent of $17. My British friend George absolutely hated them but I figured, A) this is a steal, and B) I kinda love them… and therefore I will wear them (I kinda find that empowering… to ignore every external force and do what feels right). But yeah the outfit just kinda came together on its own… the shoes are very European in trend and luckily matched the top perfectly.

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This was one of my BFFs Adelaide. Isn’t she so cool? I’m still so obsessed with her outfit

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Necklace: J.Crew

Top: Mango

Culottes: Bik Bok

Shoes: Gaimo


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Another super hip BFF, Tori


On a completely unrelated note, I’m back at school now. The short amount of time between getting home and going back to school was relatively normal. Although, by the time I got back most of my friends were going back to school already so I didn’t get to see many people. Regardless, I quickly slipped into that zone of comfort where it is difficult to climb out of. Still can’t decide whether being comfortable is a good thing or not. I was quickly uprooted but I didn’t find the transition to school to be that difficult. It was nice to see everyone again, almost as if we never left. But I assume it was just because, since I was bouncing around all summer, I never got the chance to really settle and wallow about missing someone or something.

Our room has a kitchenette so we are constantly making things, mostly smoothies. Check out this dragonfruit smoothie bowl I made the other day!! Here’s the recipe…super easy.

Dragonfruit Smoothie Bowl

1 full Dragonfruit

5 Strawberries

A handful of ice cubes

1-1.15 cups of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

A big spoonful of Vanilla Greek Yogurt

1 squirt Honey

Toppings: Almond Butter, Raw Cocoa Nibs, Goji Berries, Pumpkin & Flax Granola

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That’s about all I have. Until next time🙂

T

OOTD: Summer 16 Edition {Parts 13 & 14}

Hieeeeeee!

I’m beginning the arduous and anxiety-inducing process of packing up the last 6 weeks of my life to bring back to the States. I specifically recall my mother telling me at the airport, “Now Taylor, don’t purchase much while you’re over there”. I definitely kept this in mind, but you know that I can find justifications for just about any purchase, as much as I would like not to…

So I’m scared of the weight of my suitcase, and also scared of how everything is even going to fit in the first place. But this is probably the least of my emotionally-relevant concerns. I have to say goodbye to this wonderful place that I’ve called home for the summer! And even worse, I have to say goodbye to the lifelong relationships I’ve formed in the short time I’ve been here. This isn’t like college where most of these people are from the US. Some of my friends here live all over the world and I may not see them again, or at least for a very long time. Thank goodness for social media (one of the only times you’ll hear me say that). But I guess, such is life. Or, so it goes, as Kurt Vonnegut would say.

Speaking of Mr. Vonnegut, another of his quotes is terribly relevant here. It goes, “I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and to exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is'”. This is a very important message that I’ve tried to channel this entire summer. There is such a stark contrast between the anxiety I feel when cramming for a test in the dark corner of a library in a place that can, at times, feel more like an enclosure than a blissful college campus and the liberation/serenity that comes from standing on top of huge mountains gazing at the world’s most incredible views or dancing and laughing with people from every corner of the earth. (Excuse the run-on sentence please, there was too much to say.) My point is this: I’ve tried with every bone in my body to relish every breath of the fresh Norwegian air and let the laughter warm me like champagne and to hold on to these moments, so that they may carry me gracefully back into college life where I’ll need them most.

Today I’m going swimming… which I don’t actually enjoy doing that much but I figured that I probably need to cross that off my bucket list. I should be studying for finals cause I haven’t really done much work for my class at all but I feel like those can wait?! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahah:/

On to the most recent outfits. The first is a very plain outfit, but comfortable, that I wore to visit Ekebergparken for my art class to admire the sculptures. I don’t really have more to say about it because it was a last-minute, no-effort look since I was lazy.

The next outfit I wore on one of the few lovely days to go shopping and cute-café-hunting with my roommate. It actually had spaghetti-straps but I tucked them in since they were bothering me and it looked cuter showing a little shoulda🙂. The shoes are terribly beat up since I’ve worn them out so much but I love the olive green mixed with the browns and gold tones. The necklace I added was simple-enough to compliment (as opposed to overshadow) the ruffle and the lipstick choice was also a warm tone to fit that theme. My makeup was meant to be dewy to go with the shoes and match, again, the warm, sun-kissed feel of the outfit as a whole. So basically I put more thought into this outfit over the other one lol.

Part 13: Ekebergparken

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Top: ASOS

Pants: J.Crew

Sneaks: Puma

Part 14: Shopping

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Dress: H&M

Necklace: J.Crew

Shoes: Chloé

Sunnies: LeSpecs

Bag: Longchamp

I am not sure yet if I will be able to post this week, so this may have to suffice until I get home. I tried not to get too “in the feels” but yeah.

TTYL and xoxo,

T

 

OOTDs: Summer 16 Edition {Parts 8, 9, 10, 11, 12}

I’m tired of writing so I’m not gonna fluff this up too much. I just wrote my life update so that has everything you need to know. On with the many missed OOTDs!

Part 8 07.03.16

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Jacket: J.Crew

Pants: Zara

Shoes: Puma

Part 9: Oscarshall Palace tour

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Sunnies: LeSpec

Pull-over: J.Crew

Maxi skirt: Vintage

Part 10: National Gallery Day

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Top: Weekday

Shorts: Leifsdottir

Shoes: Eurosoft

Part 11: Mathallen Food Market

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Top: Carlings

Skirt: Sanctuary

Shoes: Gaimo

Part 12: Gothenburg

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Top: Zara

Skirt: Gina Tricot

Shoes: Eurosoft

 

xoxo, T

Life Update 07.25.16

Hey everyone!

So much has happened since I last posted. Much like college, this program has really sped up connections and the process of settling in. So on the topic of friends and all, there’s not much to say other than I’ve met some of the most incredible people here. I will do a quick recap of the festivities.

The first weekend I was here I climbed the Besseggen Ridge in the Jotunheimen mountains. It was literally a 12 mile hike that lasted nearly 7 hours and, mind you, this was my first hike ever (basically…) Except for the night before, where at 11 PM, two friends and I decided to climb a mountain nearby. I was like, “oh no biggie, this’ll take max 30 minutes”. Wrong. It took nearly 2 hours. I was in a full body sweat and there was a part where I had a vertical climb next to what could have been a small glacier? Not sure but it was probably a good precursor to the next day’s monster of a hike. In short, I saw reindeer and waterfalls and views that brought tears to my eyes and I bonded with people from all around the world and ate Norwegian Kit-Kats as my legs dangled off a cliff.

The next weekend I went to Bergen. We made many stops along the way, one of which was a small coastal village in a fjord. This would have been cute except for the fact that, on my morning run, I was literally attacked by seagulls. I must have done something to ruffle their feathers (haha… I’m sorry) but they followed me (and one seagull in particular) for a good fifteen minutes, screaming, and kept making dive bombs for my head, while simultaneously dropping fecal matter around me from every direction which made me feel like I was in a war zone. I have never sprinted so hard in my life. The seagull found me again, thirty minutes later, and I have reason to believe that I survived the attack by a narrow margin. Bergen itself was amazing. Unfortunately/fortunately I had seen many of the things we did already, but I suppose it was nice to revisit them. I went antiquing and museum-hopping and cafe-sitting and the culture was so incredible. I actually purchased a 100 year old Norwegian oil painting from the antique shop that I basically paid a kidney and a lung for but #soworthit. I saw the Munch and Astrup exhibits along with the Norwegian National Romanticism sections within a handful of KODE museums. This was obviously extra special for me since I’m studying all of it:). I also met the designer of a famous menswear boutique and we had a lovely conversation, but yeah that’s a story for a different time…

And finally, as for this past weekend… it was multi-fold. First we went to a boat party on Wednesday. This was good, wholesome fun; Bonding with others from the program and I also got to know some locals🙂. Then my roommate and I went on a double date. Then we traveled to Gothenburg (Göteborg) and this was the fun part. It’s such a beautiful city that reminds me of both Spain and Italy, and also a hint of Boston in the suburbs. They have millions of cute cafes and boutiques, yet the locals tell me it’s so boring. Either way, this was probably the most ratchet week/weekend of my life. We went out partying (in some form or other…) 4 nights in a row. I don’t know about you but that’s like, 3 times too many. Every night we slept maximum 3.5 hours, I would say. One night I even got 30 minutes of sleep. That being said, it was also one of the best weekends of my life. There’s something about traveling independently, watching plans come to fruition and exploring a new city on your own time. There wasn’t much in the way of tourist attractions, and we had little time to do museums and such, so we basically just partied. And let me tell you: Europeans go hard. They stay out till way past the risen sun (hence why sleeping was minimal) and I don’t even understand how I made it to class today. It was so much fun. One night we went clubbing with 4 wonderful Norwegian boys and it felt like New Year’s Eve with sparklers and confetti and laughter and dancing. I had to stop to either pinch myself or soak it all in. It was like a slow-motion, real-life Great Gatsby scene.

But anyway… fast forward through the ratchet-ness and now I’m back. Sitting in my bed both thankful that it’s all over and sad that it ended. You may notice that I only listed weekends… Yes, a lot happened in between. I don’t even remember them right now but it probably involved lots of food (per my Instagram) and lots of museums. Anyway, enough word-fluff, on with some relevant photos!

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Gothenburg

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OOTD: Summer 16 Edition {Part 7}

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Hello everyone!

I know it’s been so long since I’ve last posted. I’ve seriously been so busy and frankly I haven’t really gotten internet until yesterday. I’m in Europe now and I couldn’t be more thrilled! It’s rained a lot but overall the culture and city is phenomenal.

I’ve had an unfortunate amount of work to do but (don’t tell anyone) I haven’t been doing it. I’m more concerned with getting settled and making my way around the city, exploring, shopping, and eating my way through it. I’ve eaten quite a few vaffels and kebabs, and I’ve stashed peanut butter in my room without utensils. So it’s safe to assume that I’m straight drinking the peanut butter.

Public transportation is super easy to use, and I’ve actually found that everything is very walkable (even though at times it seems like sooooo much walking). The culture is very laid-back, and it’s so easy to find something to do… whether that be going on a hike, visiting the lakes nearby, visiting the free museums and art galleries, finding a cute cafe, going to the markets in the suburbs, going to the movies…etc. The nightlife is a bit off, but I think we’re managing🙂 I actually (side bar) just got back from watching the Germany v. Italy soccer game at a public viewing in a park downtown. Unfortunately it was so rainy and cold that I headed back. But fun, nevertheless!

That wasn’t important. What is important is the fashion. The fashion here is incredible non-chalant and practically minimalist. Every article of clothing is a neutral or a pastel shade so that they all match or create a complimentary color palette, so everyone is fashionable and put-together no matter what they throw on. I realized upon coming here that I brought all the wrong stuff and nothing is trendy and it bothers me. Unfortunately I’ve spent a hefty sum at the local stores…

I got the long coat for roughly 30 American dollars a few days ago and literally have not taken it off since. It pulls every outfit together, matches everything and is perfect for this slightly chilly weather. I am trying to buy things that I think I’ll need, and therefore this was purchased because my only other coat options were a quilted J.Crew jacket, denim jacket or a puffer jacket. None of those quite fit the bill. So, alas, more excuses to go shopping.

Even though I’ve been inundated with work and drama (lol), last night I had a ball. The program had a huge party and seriously I haven’t had so much fun in a while. So much dancing with cool people, and then we had to walk back in the cold since the metro had stopped but it was fine because I was in good company. Plus, we got to roam the beautiful city in the moonlight. We had to ask the locals for directions. That was one of those rare times when I really felt like, “this is living”. I know that sounds cheesy but those moments are so hard to come by nowadays. I mean, where everything seems so perfect and fun and there isn’t a huge weight on your shoulders. When these are the moments you dream about even if they’ve never happened yet.

Anyway, enough blabber. I’m loving the European life and here’s my attempt at an adaptation of their style mixed with mine combined with the fact that I have severely limited resources (thank you, 50 pound weight limit on my suitcase…).

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Coat: Moda Only

Sweater: Banana Republic

Scarf: Zara

Sneakers: Puma

Sunnies: Mr. Boho

Bag: Longchamp

xoxo, T

OOTD: Summer 16 Edition {Part 6}+music

Hi again!

Given that this post comes very shortly after my “post-vacation” post, there is not a whole lot to say. Well, that’s actually kind of a lie. I have millions of things to say. But it’s all about choosing what’s really pertinent.

I’m leaving again soon. I can barely begin to explain how it feels. (Warning: The following written portion is heavier than usual). It’s worse than leaving for college, since this time I know absolutely no one and it’s a different country. I’m torn between a feeling of excitement for new adventures and of mourning for the missed time at home and the people I love most. I also feel I have unfinished business here… but I think I’d rather leave ends loose and have something to ponder (as backward as that may seem).

Yet again, packing is a nightmare. But this really is nothing new and no longer something particularly riveting to write about… now it’s mainly redundant!

I also started listening to the Beatles due to our in-depth Beatles tour in Liverpool. I wish I could say I was one of those Beatle babies… as in, a child who rolled out of the womb with such an affinity for the band that it had memorized every word to every album in its primal and fresh state of infancy. I did grow up with them; my whole family was obsessed. And sure, I did hear the songs playing occasionally. But I had a few well-intentioned reasons for avoiding them. The first being that music meant nothing to me up until high school. I actually felt weird for not ever listening to anything (this may partially explain why I kind of disliked the band so much). But then I must have gone through a rough time or something, and it escalated to the point where I couldn’t ever be not listening to music. I leaned (and still do lean) more heavily on the alternative/rock end of bands such as The Killers, Keane, Secondhand Serenade and Panic! at the Disco, among many others. The second reason (another can of worms that I will briefly glaze over), is that I was scared I’d become obsessed with them, and it turns out that my fears were coming to life. These types of obsessions stress me out a ton. However, I think I am forever changed. So I went through my iTunes library of over 2,000 songs and hand-selected over 600 to delete to make space and reflect this new world I am entering. Many of which are silly pop songs or movie soundtracks like West Side Story (including Beyonce, One Direction, Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Phoenix, indie rockers, – no disrespect to any of them, though).

But on to the outfits.

The first outfit was a 5-minute, running-out-the-door-type of outfit. I knew I wanted to wear my new espadrille wedges, I just grabbed the shorts and then found a top that was fun and relatively form-fitting. No rhyme or reason here but I liked the way it turned out.

The second outfit was more planned. It was very chilly outside, so I opted to wear the new sweater I had purchased, and I needed some fun, summery pants (of which I have very few). It was either the stripes or white jeans and I picked the former, liking the look of them with the sweater. The Repetto flats are a fave, plus they matched the stripes. My mom actually protested the sunnies as there was no pink in my outfit to match them. But life is too short to match everything perfectly and frankly, as Polyvore has begun to show me, some of the best outfit combinations are those that are initially unexpected.

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Top: ASOS

Shorts: J.Crew

Espadrilles: Gaimo

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Sunnies: ASOS

Sweater: Rhodina

Pants: Zara

Flats: Repetto

Purse: Louis Vuitton

xoxo, T

OOTD: Summer 16 Edition {part 5}

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Hey everyone!

If you follow my Instagram, you may know that I spent the last couple of weeks in Europe. We traveled around the British Isles and let me tell you: quite the culture shock! I had been to London before and it didn’t seem that different to me than, say, New York. (Other than, of course, the architecture and accent thing). But this time was so much different. The city seemed cleaner and prettier and smaller than I remember. I think that happens as we age: the world becomes less big and less scary and we begin to appreciate smaller things more.

By this, of course, I mean food, fashion and interpersonal behavior🙂. I didn’t have my computer so I could not blog about my outfits and such (which explains why all of my Instagrams happened to be of food lol). Even though my sensitive stomach protested, I naively took up the attitude of When in Rome! Naturally this did not go well for me. It seemed that every location we visited (notably: Ireland) specialized in some form of beverage so I tried all of those, but the ones that really got me were the traditional dishes in Scotland. I was told that “haggis, neeps and tatties” was a very-Scottish dish so I gave it a go. (Let’s just keep it PG for those that are faint-of-stomach and define it with the words “sheep’s pluck”). It actually wasn’t that bad… dare I even say slightly appetizing, but I couldn’t manage to put mind over matter and eat more than a quarter of it. Hours later, naturally, I was curled up in the fetal position begging for more ginger ale. This was met with little surprise. From this experience I learned to maybe go only so far as variations of what I’ve eaten before? Idk but that’s certainly no fun at all. Therefore, in Ireland, when I got the “Full Irish Breakfast” I ate everything aside from the black pudding (white pudding mixed with Pig’s Blood).

Here are a few relevant photos from the trip in the way of food, fun and fashion. Also before I proceed, I think it’s worth mentioning that I have just figured out Polyvore and am completely obsessed. Toss me a follow (bee-and-reed) for my outfit creations🙂 Some have recently been posted to Instagram. In fact, this is shifting my view of the direction I want to send my blog so stay tuned for updates on that.

PS: I also, at one point, said I would do a college series. I have since lost interest in doing this, especially since the last time I publicly advertised a college-related blog post I was met with ridicule (well-intentioned, I think, but a bit disheartening nonetheless).

Anyway, hope you enjoy these trip photos! Email me or comment below with any questions. Unfortunately this is not all-encompassing but I put in only those that seemed relevant to my blog.

Food

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Traditional Scottish Meal

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Tea Time

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Fashion

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Irish Wool

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Scottish styles

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Outfits – Daytime and Dinner

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Sandals: Eurosoft

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Pants and Jacket: J.Crew // Sunnies: Westward Leaning

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Heels: Lulu’s

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Sweater: J.Crew

 

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Sunnies: Derek Lam // Dress: Diane Von Furstenberg

 

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Earrings: J.Crew // Bracelet: the Silver Seahorse

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Rain Jacket: J.Crew // Rainboots: J.Crew

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Shawl: scottish cashmere // Cardigan: Tory Burch // Sunnies: Gucci

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Scarf: Zara // Skirt: Sanctuary // Sandals: Chloe

xoxo, T