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Seeing (Some of) London in One Day on a Budget

1:04 AM
London is one of the cities to which I would like to return. Last year, when we got to travel to England, we spent a full day in London and to be honest, it wasn't even enough after walking over 30,000 steps! This is why it would be great to return!

Everyone knows that London is not a cheap European capital and coming here, you will need to consider your budget. But there is a way to experience London on a budget. Hotels in London, like in many other capitals during the hot season, are quite pricey. This is why we made our decision to stay in Greenwich. Our hotel wasn't bad and we were close to the train station. This is what I love about Europe - you can get anywhere you want by public transportation. The other thing that we learned while there is that you can go cashless in London. Just use your credit card, even in the metro system, so long as you have a wifi chip. Compared to Germany, where it's quite hard to find a place to pay with your credit card, London was with the times.

Our first stop was in the Belgravia neighborhood to grab a sweet breakfast at Peggy Porschen Cakes. I loved their coffee and cake. It's a nice way to start your morning before all the insta bloggers come. Afterward, we walked around and enjoyed the architecture and shops in the neighborhood. Moving on from getting a taste of Belgravia, we decided to continue walking towards Westminster, where we were planning to see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. Since we were in London in August, it was quite hot that day and it was already overcrowded 1 hour prior to the show. I couldn't handle the heat, and we decided to stop at some restaurant to get a real breakfast.

Later we walked all the way to Westminster Abbey, but it was Sunday, and we didn't realize that it could be closed to the public. Sadly, we didn't get our chance to see it. We also didn't get to see a Big Ben due to it being under repair.

I was a bit disappointed, yet still glad that we had more time to see other neighborhoods of London like Covent Garden (where we stopped to check out Neal's Yard), Maida Vale (where we got to enjoy ice cream while walking along the canal that locals call Little Venice), Kensington (to have a lunch at the Churchill Arms pub), Notting Hill (for instaworthy spots from where we continued on Portobello Road to check out the Antique Market).  Unfortunately, we were late to check out other neighborhoods and flea markets, but catching one of the last vendors made our trip worth it! We bought a vintage travel case that works perfectly for our living room decoration. I truly hope we can go back to London and see more. Have you been to London already? Share your favorite restaurants, cafes, and museums that I should visit next time.

Valentine's Day Outfit Idea

12:24 AM

Valentine's Day is a perfect day to remind yourself and your other half why your relationship is so special. Normally, we have dinners on weekends where we can cuddle while watching TV and sipping on wine. I find it is very relaxing and romantic. We are quite a weird couple because we normally don't celebrate our anniversaries, but on Valentine's day, we try to go out of town. It is the best way to have a day for just you two.

If you are looking for what to do and wear for Valentine's day, you are at the right place. I thought to make this year a bit different and instead of pink or red colors, I chose something more refreshing. I decided to choose green. If you are not big of a fan of pinkish shades, I definitely suggest you pick the colors that suit you most. Not every woman looks good in red, don't you agree? Since it is a bit chilly over here, I picked this green sweater from Lulus along with wide legged cropped jeans. Omg, these jeans are extremely comfy and I wear them almost every day. For shoes, I chose my new high boots from Zara that I purchased during their winter sale. To match up with my green sweater, I decided to bring my green knitted bag from Topshop. Finally, I'm wearing my Reserved blazer. 

I found some alternative pieces that you can try yourself:
Green Sweater | Topshop

Hepburn High Jeans | Shopbop

High Boots | Nordstromrack

Claire Clutch | Topshop

Rag & Bone | Shopbop

Double Breasted Blazer | Topshop

Animal Prints are Finally in My Closet

10:36 AM
Hi, guys! If you know me well, I gave several interviews where I was asked what I would never wear, and my answer was an animal print. I always found them vulgar and tasteless. Every time I saw a woman in animal print, I thought, "Yikes, it looks so weird." Well, I think the problem was that animal printed clothes were styled wrongly or made from the wrong fabric. 

Last year, designers decided to bring us so many animal prints that I reconsidered my resistance. Also, when I visited Paris Fashion Week, I saw how carefully animal printed pieces were worn in order to not disturb the eyes. So, I gave it a try! The first thing I purchased was a brown mini denim skirt with animal print. I tried it, and it didn't look so bad when I combined it with a black hoodie and a black blazer. Later, I saw a denim jacket on sale at Topshop. I thought again, why not?!

When we traveled to Malta before Christmas, we got to enjoy warm weather, and I thought it would a great reason to style my new jacket. I knew right away that the only way to style it was to create a monochrome look or to mix with only 2-3 other colors. I wore one of my favorite cotton T-shirts from Bershka (find a similar one here) along with my Zara trousers that I purchased back in summer. To give some extra chicness, I added my new Topshop animal printed jacket that completed my entire outfit. For me, the main rules with animal printed garments are to stay a bit low and not mix two different prints together. The less you have, the better it looks. If you agree or disagree, please share your thoughts in the comments below. Don't forget to shop a similar look here:

The Boxy Crew | Shopbop

Silmon Miller | Shopbop

Slalom Earrings | Shopbop

Toba Pants | Shopbop

The scandal sunglasses | Shopbop

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