Beach Grunge OOTD!

grungetitle.jpg

Hello loves! Hope you all are doing well this fine day. Time for another OOTD, yay! I missed putting together outfits for your guys so much. I think my last OOTD was posted before I left for London. Wow, that was so long ago but nonetheless I think you all will enjoy this one! This outfit is great for the upcoming school year since it’s very casual but also has “fancier” elements. You could always make small changes and variations to this style so it can be worn on a night out as well. So without further ado, let’s jump into this 90’s inspired beach grunge OOTD!

grunge9.jpg

grunge12.jpg

IMG_5783.PNG

As you guys may or may not know, I absolutely love an all black outfit. Black clothing in general seems to work very well for me and I love wearing it, especially in the fall! I bought these distressed black jeans months ago and I can’t stop wearing them. Even though it’s the summertime, I take the chance to wear them whenever I can. They match with absolutely any time and look fabulous with any shoe. I’d love to get a pair of these in white as well since they fit so great. I bought these jeans at Melrose in the O.C. and they are from the brand Just Black.

grunge4.jpg

IMG_5786.PNG

grunge1.jpg

I threw on a simple black t-shirt to go with the black pants. In order to make the denim stand out, an all black look seemed the best way to go. I got this t-shirt a while back at Nordstrom and I love the scoop neck style of it! This denim jacket has been another staple of mine for the summer. It served me well in Europe on the chillier days while still being light and airy with the sporadic distressed rips. The giant pockets at the front and with the sleeves unrolled, it gives a very 90’s look, which I’m always a fan of. Rolling up the sleeves is perfect as well if I want an even edgier look. I got this slightly oversized denim jacket at a store called Owl Fish, which is a very affordable shop with a great selection!

grunge5.jpg

grunge6.jpg

grunge7.jpg

grunge8.jpg

To continue with the 90’s grunge, I decided to throw on a plain black velvet choker (I bought it at a random store in the mall, but you can find these types of chokers anywhere). I’ve been loving the choker trend lately and all the different styles they come in. They look just amazing on everybody and a great way to punk up a look. Another great trend that’s been happening lately is the dad hat or baseball hat style. It’s been super hard for me to find just the right one, but luckily the Vans US Open of Surfing had my back! I’ve attended the US Open for the past few years now and I always make sure to stop in the Vans shop. They sell tons of Vans march including shoes, apparel, accessories, and more. This year I found a gorgeous little pink hat and I love the pop of color it gives to this outfit. It radiates a feminine and playful vibe without taking away from the edginess. That’s my perfect outfit combo: cute, beachy, and dangerous!

grunge16.jpg

grunge17.jpg

Lastly, to tie up the look I threw on these nude strappy sandals. They have a very slight heel and I love how they can be kept casual in a look like this but also played up with a dress or a romper. While being super easy to walk in, they definitely need some breaking in to get past that blister phase. You all know what I’m talking about when you’re dealing with new shoes, lol. I bought these at a shoe store called Reflection. This lovely nude color combined with the pink, black, and denim texture is something I’m obsessed with lately. It’s so easy to put together and they compliment each other extremely well. On my hands I have a few dainty rings and a marble ring for a little extra something. Combining a modern look with styles from the 90’s is definitely something I’m into right now, and I hope you guys love it too! Let me know what you think of this OOTD, I love chatting with you guys! xx

Advertisements

My Travel Journal: Paris, France

Hey everyone! So sorry it’s taken me a little bit to get another travel post up. The third destination I’m writing about is France! Specifically, Paris. I took so many photos in Paris, it’s unbelievable! Picking out the best ones to use and editing them took a lot of time. But finally, I have completed that task and I’m coming at you with my French experience! We took the Eurail from Germany to France, and those travel days on the train were always super long and very tiring. Our first impression of Paris was interesting. I always imagined Paris specifically as very romantic and elegant. However the street to our hotel was quite the opposite. It was a bit seedy I’ll admit, but I was so tired from the train ride I just wanted to make it to the hotel regardless of the road to get there. Although it was a little sketchy, I still felt safe in my large group of friends and my amazing professors who guided us the entire trip.

Another impression I had was of the amount of smoke in the air. Every single place we went, including our walk to the hotel, everyone was smoking. Even when I went to bed every night, I could smell smoke coming into our hotel room. It definitely was a negative about Paris, but it’s a part of the culture so I’m glad I got to experience it. The hotel room ended up being breathtaking with a large bathroom and lots of space for my roommate and I. The beds were comfortable and it was probably the cleanest place we stayed during our whole adventure abroad. I missed that hotel throughout the rest of the trip to say the least. When we finally dropped off our luggage at the hotel, we all went out to find some food and see a very special place: Notre Dame! Notre Dame ended up being right across the river from our hotel and is insanely gorgeous in person. I regret that I didn’t get a chance to go inside, but grateful I got to see such a beautiful piece of history and art from the outside.

36.jpg

3.jpg

1.jpg

4.jpg

35.jpg

5.jpg

2.jpg

Endless Art: Pompidou Center, Musee d’Orsay, and Musee du Louvre

The museums we visited in Paris were some places I will never forget. I have so much to say about each of them but I’ll try to shorten it down for the good of all my readers. Pompidou Center was a very industrial looking building with an escalator going from top to bottom at the very front and visible to the people. David Hockney was having a show there and after seeing it, I am so incredibly in love with his work. I bought one of his books before I left the museum and I will treasure it forever. That was probably the show that had the biggest impact on my from Pompidou and the fact that you could see all of Paris as you ascended to the top floor.

6.jpg

7.jpg

12.jpg

9.jpg

10.jpg

Musee d’Orsay was probably one of my favorite museums on the entire trip! It was originally an old train station and now it is a breathtaking museum! Exploring that museum with beautiful views and pieces from the masters themselves, it was quite the unforgettable experience. Simply the architecture itself had me stunned and I would love to revisit it some day. Looking at some of Monet’s most famous paintings were some of my favorite moments from this particular venue. Although I have seen a lot of Monets at the MFA in Boston, seeing his work is still so inspiring for me.

22.jpg

23.jpg

21.jpg

20.jpg

19.jpg

29.jpg

28.jpg

26.jpg

27.jpg

34.jpg

24.jpg

33.jpg

30.jpg

32.jpg

The Louvre of course was another beautiful excursion. The classic giant glass triangle is iconic to the Louvre and something I loved seeing (and taking cheesy tourist pictures with). This museum is absolutely huge and there’s no way you could go through it in one day, or maybe even in one year! Napoleon’s apartment is located inside the Louvre, so we got to take a tour of that. I have never seen such a lavish place filled with gold from top to bottom. Not to mention, seeing amazing paintings like Liberty Leading the People (and of course I freaked out at this because COLDPLAY), Winged Victory, and yes of course, even the Mona Lisa (which was more like a sea of excited people with selfie sticks plus the Mona Lisa). All the marble inside of the Louvre was absolutely gorgeous and it’s another place I will have to go back and explore more!

VSCO Cam-3.jpg

VSCO Cam-5.jpg

VSCO Cam-4-2.jpg

37.jpg

VSCO Cam-6.jpg

VSCO Cam-1-6.jpg

VSCO Cam-1-5.jpg

The Eiffel Tower, Old Paris, Versailles, and the Arc de Triomphe

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most lovely things I have ever seen in my life, and I’ve seen a lot of beautiful artwork and places. We went to the tower at night and ended up missing it sparkle by a few seconds. So we ended up waiting about an hour for it to shimmer again and boy, was it worth it! It was bright and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. It was a moment I wish everyone could experience. Old Paris was way up on a hill with a beautiful building at the very top. This was the area where all the impressionist painters hung out, which completely and utterly brought out the art nerd in me. We visited Picasso’s old studio here, so of course I had to touch the doorknob in hopes that some of his artistic genius would rub off on me. The light coming through the trees on the cobblestone pathways of Old Paris were some of the most calming and breathtaking sights I’ve ever seen. Here we also had a super fun group dinner where I tried the dreaded escargot; I was actually shocked I got myself to try it since I was eating vegetarian the whole trip, but it actually wasn’t bad! Next, Versaille is a mile long palace which housed monarchs such as Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI of France. They lived in the extreme luxury of the Palace of Versailles while the citizens of France were starving, thus leading to the French Revolution. I must say though, the palace is indescribable on the inside: so many rooms filled with art and endless gold. Bright colors surrounded these monarchs always; I couldn’t imagine living in a place so extravagant. The land behind Versaille is extensive with forests, paths, large ponds, and perfectly manicured shrubs. After the walk through the palace and its land, I got some delicious macarons which came in adorable packaging. The last little location I’d like to share is the Arc de Triomphe. We didn’t spend much time here, but it is another iconic monument in Paris, and was lovely to see in person! I didn’t know you could stand on top of it, but apparently that is a thing! *Also I apologize for any blurry photos. Most of the time I did not take my Nikon because it weighed on my shoulders after walking around for hours.

VSCO Cam-2.jpg

17.jpg

15.jpg

VSCO Cam-2-3.jpg

VSCO Cam-3-3.jpg

VSCO Cam-2-4.jpg

VSCO Cam-3-4.jpg

VSCO Cam-1-3.jpg

VSCO Cam-1-2.jpg

VSCO Cam-2-2.jpg

VSCO Cam-4.jpg

VSCO Cam-2-1.jpg

VSCO Cam-1-1.jpg

VSCO Cam-3-2 copy.jpg

VSCO Cam-3-1.jpg

VSCO Cam-1-7.jpg

VSCO Cam-1-4.jpg

Extra Photos & Final Thoughts

The food in Paris was definitely not the worst on the whole trip. I tried an egg and cheese crepe, which I am regretting not getting a banana and Nutella crepe now that I’m home, but that particular day I needed something a little more substantial. I had some great pasta at a group lunch as well and even an ice cream cone made in the shape of a rose! How flippin’ cute is that! Some even came with a little macaron on top!

One of my favorite things about France was the language. I felt very comfortable trying to speak whatever French I knew (which is very, very little) and it made the experience even better to try and participate in an entirely new culture. When it comes to art, not only did we see classic pieces of art here, but also contemporary pieces which were just as stunning!

VSCO Cam-1.jpg

13.jpg

VSCO Cam-4-3.jpg

14.jpg

Overall, I very much enjoyed my time in Paris. From little moments like crazy thunderstorms and heavy rain during class lectures in our small hotel room to the extravagance of Versailles and the Louvre, I loved it all. Although, I believe Paris is a bit over romanticized; I say this because it is still a hustling and bustling city with lots of dirt, smoke, and people just like any other large city in the world. But that doesn’t mean I enjoyed it any less! I no doubt will be back to France one day and I would recommend every single place I visited if you are going there yourself! Thank you France for all you taught and showed me; taking part in your history brought so many joyous moments to me and I won’t ever forget it. Here’s to you Paris with your escargot, appreciation of art, and a little bit of my heart xx

Life Update: My Final Year of College! 

Hey guys! Hope you all are feeling fantastic and your summers have been full of fun! I have had one of the most amazing summers of my life and I truly feel blessed to have been able to see and do all that I did within these last few months. Every summer before I start my next year of school, I write a little life update of my feelings and thoughts. I think it’ll be cool for me (and maybe my children?) to look back on and hopefully you enjoy reading it.

So coming back from Europe I had a ton to look forward to. Granted I did feel a little lonely after leaving my group of 19 who I traveled with for a month and jumping back into life in the US took a few days of getting used to. However I feel I took full advantage of my ability to go abroad and I wouldn’t have changed it for the world. Coming back I had a Graphic Design internship lined up in my city back home. It counts for college credit, but I probably would’ve had one lined up regardless for the good experience alone. I’m actually headed into my last week of internship next week as I’m writing this and I’m so glad I interned where I did! It allowed me to take a peek into the professional world of Graphic Design and it is definitely a potential career route for me. It’s a lot of work, but something I love to do and want to get even better at!

Another exciting thing about the summer was getting my first apartment! After Europe I prepared to move in and did just that! I bought furniture from Ikea and have been bringing small loads of clothing and miscellaneous items to San Diego from my hometown in little trips. It has been very fun getting settled into my apartment that is close to my school as well as grocery stores and restaurants. It is a quaint little place and my roommates could not be more perfect for me! I would love to do a room tour for you guys when I’m completely settled in. I did a short post about my apartment here, if you’d like to know a little more about that.

But this summer is also my last summer as a college student, which is crazy to write because it was just yesterday I moved into my freshman year dorm. But even weirder is my sister will be doing just that in a few weeks, so I truly must be getting old! This upcoming school year is going to be a good one for me I think. It’s definitely going to be difficult with the Graphic Design portfolio review that my school holds annually. It is a tremendous amount of work with hours of dedication required, but oddly I’m super excited about it! Art and graphic design are my passions so I’m more than happy to put that time in. I’m hoping this year will really make me grow as a graphic designer in ways I haven’t before. But I also have some very fun classes laced into the harder ones, including Yoga and Surfing! Since my school is right on the coast, the surfing class is pretty popular and most people surf on the regular. I want to take this year to keep experiencing new things. I saw and learned a ton in Europe, and I want to continue that into my normal life. Lately, I have been trying to say yes to everything and even though oftentimes it can be hard, I absolutely don’t regret it. Usually I am terrified of making mistakes, but recently I’ve been trying to let go of that fear and tell myself that once in a while it’s okay to make a mistake, as long as something good and beneficial will come out of it. Obviously I don’t seek out to make a mistake, but if opportunities come with risks, I don’t want to be afraid anymore.

So I’m jumping into next year with both feet and hoping it is the best year yet for myself and those close to me, including all of you! As for my plans after college, they’re honestly still a bit up in the air. Grad school is definitely an option and would be beneficial to my future, but a gap year is also in the back of my mind. Some sort of steady job would be nice to have lined up for after my graduation (cross your fingers!) I could definitely see myself living in Los Angeles after college, since I’m familiar with the area and it is such a creative place. I’ve also developed a great love for San Diego and could see myself there as well, but somewhere more in the heart of the city. I’d also like to do more traveling in the near future (Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, etc.) , but we’ll just have to play that one by ear.

Thanks so much for reading everyone, and I’ll keep you updated if anything big pops up in my life! If you’re graduated from college, what was your plan? If you’re in college, what do you want to do once you graduate? I’d love to know! Have a beautiful day! xx

CLOSET SALE: Selling My Clothes on Poshmark! 

Hello lovelies! Got some exciting news for you! After I got back from Europe, I decided to do a little clearing of my closet. It was getting full from old clothes I wasn’t wearing anymore and I’ve been curious about clothing apps for a while. Specifically ones where you could buy as well as sell. I did a bit of research and was initially ready to use Depop, but decided to go with Poshmark. As opposed to Depop, Poshmark supplies the seller with a shipping label so you do not have to buy it yourself. I thought that was pretty cool, but unfortunately Poshmark does take a percentage of your sales. So I suppose either way you are going to lose a bit of money whether you are buying shipping labels when using Depop or giving a percentage to the app. But at least they are being helpful through the buying and selling process!

So if you all are curious about anything I’m selling, please feel free to check out my closet! Just search my name, @sageolivia and browse through what I have to offer! I am selling extremely well made pieces and some brand new items for VERY cheap! Everything must go, so please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or deals! Here are a few samples from my closet below. Happy shopping!!

The Body Shop: Aloe Toner

Hello everyone! Thought I would take a little break from the travel posts and write one focused on beauty. After all, this is a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blog! Recently I stopped into the Body Shop with a friend and as we were perusing what they had to offer, I stumbled upon this little bottle of toner. My recent skin routine has been to use Cetaphil as a cleanser and La Mer to heal my skin from acne scarring and redness. That has been working super well, but once I saw this aloe based toner, I had to give it a try!

aloe1.jpg

The last time I used a toner was probably at the end of high school/beginning of college. I had my Proactiv days, and they carried a toner in their three step system. Proactiv did not end up being the cure for my acne, however I do believe it could work well for other types of skin. The reason I wanted to try this toner from the Body Shop though, is because it is made out of aloe. Growing up in sunny Southern California, sunburns are not unfamiliar to us, and some can be quite painful. Aloe is the normal fix for sunburns and I know how effective it is, so I knew a face product with aloe had to contain some healing properties. It is made specifically to bring down redness, which I still have some remaining redness from my battles with acne and acne scarring.

aloe2.jpg

This also works to remove traces of makeup, so after I wash my face and use this I feel extra clean! I can guarantee this will make you feel soothed and refreshed even after a hectic day of work or school! I do wish it came in a bigger bottle, because I can definitely see myself running out of this quickly. If you want a cheaper alternative for a toner, you can also head over to Target or any drug store and try Witch Hazel. I have used this as a toner as well and is very refreshing and effective.

Thanks for reading guys, and I’ve really been enjoying your comments on my travel posts. It’s so fun for me to see where you all are living and what cultures you come from. It really does amaze me how tools like blogging can bring people together, even if they’re thousands of miles away! Have a lovely day everyone! xx

My Travel Journal: Kassel, Germany 

Guten Tag lovelies! As you can tell from the title, the second country in My Travel Journal is Germany! As opposed to London where we stayed for five days, we only stayed two full days in Germany. The main reason this country was on the list for Euroterm was because of Documenta 14. This is an art exhibition that took place in two separate countries with contemporary art as its focus. To be completely real with you guys, I was a little afraid to go to Germany. Maybe afraid isn’t quite the right word…maybe knowing its history threw me off a bit? Anyways, I now know these feelings were completely irrelevant because Germany is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! The environment, the people, the architecture, the art; it was all amazing to experience and I can’t wait to share this post with you all!

Travel Days and Perfect Color

VSCO Cam-2-2.jpg

VSCO Cam-1-2.jpg

VSCO Cam-2-1.jpg

VSCO Cam-1-3.jpg

VSCO Cam-1-5.jpg

VSCO Cam-1-4.jpg

In order to get from London to Germany, we took the Chunnel through the Eurail system. The Chunnel goes under the English Channel, which separates the south of England from the north of France. This was quite the long train ride, but incredibly stunning. The views to Germany were filled with lush forests and cloud banks resting gently on the top branches. Completely different from the hustle and bustle of the heart of London, but beautiful in its own way. Our journey included a stop in Brussels, Belgium (which has chocolate I still crave today) to Frankfurt, Germany, then finally to the little city of Kassel.

Since Kassel wasn’t a huge tourist destination, it was very quaint and very authentically German. Germany had some of the most unique and lovely architecture I have ever seen.  The bright colors on some major buildings had me wishing America would step up our game when it comes to choosing colors in cities. This gorgeous old church was the view from our hotel room and it was so refreshing to wake up to something that beautiful each morning.

Being Safe is Scary

VSCO Cam-3-3.jpg

VSCO Cam-2.jpg

VSCO Cam-3.jpg

VSCO Cam-3-1.jpg

VSCO Cam-1.jpg

VSCO Cam-1-1.jpg

Documenta 14 was quite interesting. Usually when I attend art exhibitions or go to museums, I am blown away by the art that is presented. However to be honest, I wasn’t super impressed with Documenta. One thing I learned from this trip was that it’s okay to question anything. Normally when I walk into museums I think, “Wow, this artist is amazing and what they stand for is totally right.” But now, I’ve learned that its okay to ask questions, to not agree with the artist, or not be the biggest fan of a collection. Art exists to bring happiness to people, to spread a message, or make a statement. Sometimes it may not accomplish any of those things to you personally, but what I realized is that its awesome to experience the good and the bad in order to form an educated opinion about something. And that goes for anything, not just art alone. I wanted to throw in a few photos of pieces that caught my eye though, since there were definitely a few things that I loved, for example the Parthenon of Books and a room full of bright pink and blue lights!

Small Finds and Big Memories

VSCO Cam-1-6.jpg

VSCO Cam-1-9.jpg

VSCO Cam-3-2.jpg

VSCO Cam-2-5.jpg

VSCO Cam-1-7.jpg

VSCO Cam-1-8.jpg

Simply walking around Germany was a delight in itself. Everything was so green and fresh and perfect for strolls. As for the food, I ate vegetarian, so I didn’t get a chance to try the bratwurst or classic German food, but I heard they were delicious! They sold loads of carbs like sandwiches and pastries, so I tried to expand my food options when I could. I’m a huge fan of bread, but I got a little tired of mozzarella and tomato sandwiches and pizza after a while, as delicious as they were. One of my favorite food items from Germany was their ice cream. Man, the Germans love their ice cream! And I don’t blame them, it is so darn delicious over there and I wish I could have it everyday!

Kassel, Germany is the perfect place to visit if you want to go somewhere very different yet so quaint and lovely. It was one of my favorite countries to walk around in simply because every corner of it is pleasing to the eye. It was a nice little break between London and the major city planned for after Germany. It’s good to wind down once in a while and enjoy some down time. Germany, you are so lovely and definitely not what I was expecting. Thank you for changing my perspectives and teaching me something new, especially when it comes to art which I love so much.

Hope you all enjoyed this post and the photos! If you’ve been to Germany, what city did you visit and what was your favorite part about it? I’d love to know! Until next time, have an amazing day! xx

My Travel Journal: London, England

Hi loves! It’s been way too long since I’ve gotten the chance to sit down and write. Traveling for the last month has been seriously life changing, so I hope you can forgive my lack of blog posts. Don’t worry though, I have some exciting things coming! Just to give a quick preview, I went on a month long Europe trip (called Euroterm) which was planned through the Art and Design program of my school. It was a group of 19 with two of my art professors (who were amazing the entire trip). Since I went to five different countries, I would love to dedicate a separate post for each one. They were all so unique in their own way, so I have tons to say and many photos to share of them. So without further ado, let me jump into the very first place I visited: London!

Words cannot describe just how I excited I was for London. Since I was a kid, for some reason I have had this fascination with England and have wanted to visit for years. My favorite band is from London and the entire culture itself seemed so exciting and slightly different from my own. Over the years I have had some pretty bad anxiety when it comes to planes and flying in general. The long flight time (9.5 hours there, 11 hours back) had me pretty nervous. The anticipation of it though, was definitely worse than the actual flight itself. The plane was a double decker, and surprisingly because it is larger than most planes, there was barely any turbulence and the take off/landing was very smooth. Getting over that fear during this moment and throughout the trip was a big deal for me and I couldn’t be happier that I am no longer a nervous flyer! Besides, it was 100% worth the things I was going to see in London.

Big Ben, Parliament, the London Eye, and Westminster Abbey

IMG_3496.JPG

IMG_3497.JPG

17.jpg

18.jpg

19.jpg

16.jpg

Day 1 of London we went straight to Big Ben and Parliament, which completely blew my mind. Big Ben is so much bigger in person than I ever imagined and the architecture is simply stunning. The gold accents on the entire building really caught my eye as well. The London Eye is even larger than Big Ben, especially when you’re standing at the very bottom and looking up. We also went to Westminster Abbey, which is seriously the most beautiful cathedral I have ever been in. The extremely high ceilings and the endless details in the architecture absolutely took my breath away. When the choir sung during the church service, their voices filled the entire place. It was a moment I’ll never forget.

Braving the Underground

13.jpg

Public transit was another aspect of London that was very foreign for me. Being from Southern California, I am used to driving myself wherever I need to go, but London has a different system. The London Underground or the Tube was a very convenient way to get from place to place and an absolute crazy experience with masses of people trying to get to their destinations. I have a very hard time navigating in general, so this was a little tricky for me. But luckily I had a great group of people to lead and guide me.

Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, and Tower Bridge

3.jpg

4.jpg

5.jpg

7.jpg

8.jpg

9.jpg

27.jpg

Buckingham Palace was one of my favorite places in London as well. The sheer size of it was incredible but simply the fact that it is someone’s home is insane. I couldn’t ever imagine living somewhere so grand. Fun Fact, the Queen was home while we were there! I wonder if she was hanging out with her many corgis? Trafalgar Square has some great memories as well. As a group we all grabbed a quick lunch and sat in the shade in the square to take a break between destinations. Sitting with my cucumber sandwich from Pret A Manger and taking in the beauty of Trafalgar Square is a kind of little moment I live for. Tower Bridge was a lovely sight after walking around near the Tower of London. We didn’t walk across it, but if I were to go back, I would definitely take a tour of the Tower of London and walk along the bridge.

Tate Modern and Art Museum Adventures

22.jpg

IMG_3836.JPG

20.jpg

26.jpg

25.jpg

23.jpg

24.jpg

Since this trip was put together by the Art Department and the fact that I was taking the Contemporary Art class in Europe, we went to SO MANY museums. And when I say so many, I mean 20 to be exact. One of my favorite things in the world to do is go to art museums, which is one reason why this trip was so darn perfect for me. Tate Modern was one of the first museums we visited. The enormous turbine room had me awestruck and some of the pieces there gave me experiences I didn’t think were possible. Before this museum, I wasn’t a huge fan of audio or video works. However, with the combination of large spaces and perfect audio, I was absolutely blown away. Tate Modern was the start of contemporary art pieces growing on me. Other museums we visited include Tate Britain and the British Museum. It was planned for us to see the Saatchi Collection, but unfortunately Michael Kors had it rented out and it was not open to the public (thanks Michael!) But regardless, I’m still so lucky to have gone to these museums and take in all that I could. Even though our visits were focused on contemporary art, classic pieces from Picasso and Mondrian still captured my full attention.

Some Architecture and Little Thoughts

21.jpg

2.jpg6.jpg1.jpg12.jpg11.jpg14.jpg10.jpg15.jpg

I took so many photos of London, it took so long choosing ones perfect for this post! There were some photos I just had to share, even if they weren’t of anything specific. One of my favorite parts about London and this trip in general was being able to walk for hours and just take in the sights and the culture. London’s architecture constantly had my attention, so I thought I’d include these specific photos. The red phone booths, double decker busses, the details of the buildings and the scale of some of the cathedrals were indescribable. Through it all we also managed to find quaint little neighborhoods with colorful houses and cute plants.

Lastly, I just wanted to mention how lucky I was to have been able to take this trip. I am so grateful to my family and the people who made it possible. It has been my dream to go to these foreign yet beautiful places and I definitely couldn’t have done it alone. I realize that I am so blessed and I truly tried to take in every single moment and every single day. I feel I made the most of this adventure, learned a ton, and allowed myself to change because of it. Each destination had its lessons and I’m thankful for each one of them. Thanks so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I loved taking them. Look forward to the next country’s post soon! A little teaser, we had to take the Chunnel to get there, can you guess where we went? Have an amazing day everyone!