Thursday, September 30, 2010

...its called ART

I spent the day at the Tate Modern and was blown away by the amazing, and thought provoking artwork. Exploring the various museums in London is a great way to escape the overcast rainy weather, it not only provides a warm shelter but also an inexpensive educational experience (most museums in London such as the Tate are free). Art has always fascinated me, and I have learned to appreciate different artistic forms through art classes in high school and university as well as by exploring art houses with my mom. The picture of me standing next the large abstract expressionist artwork was painted by my favorite artist Jackson Pollock, if you haven't heard of him spend some time researching him and his method because he is amazing! Better yet, if you happen to be close to a museum that houses one of his paintings take a trip to visit and pay attention to his use of movement and color (if reading and art are not your thing then netflix Pollock).

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What to wear for a night out in London

Its cold and rainy in London so dressing for a night out can be a little tricky-you want to look pretty and stylish but don't want to spend the whole night shivering in a skimpy dress! for a night out with my flatmates I decided it best to pair a gold ethnic inspired black sheath dress with thick black tights and black booties. The tights add warmth and the the booties help dress the outfit down so I don't look over the top for a night out at the club and the local pub.

Black tights from topshop in London
Freepeople dress from Willows

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Original Wellington

Most people are aware of my obsession with Hunter Wellington boots, now that the weather in London has turned cold and rainy my Wellingtons have once again resurfaced in my wardrobe. The other day I was walking around central London and turned a corner and found a pub named after the Duke of Wellington. The first Duke of Wellington commissioned the first pair of Hunter boots because he needed a boot that would be suitable to wear for war as well as appropriate to wear under pants during dinner and other social occasions- i bet the Duke didn't realize that he was such a fashionista or that he had started a fashion trend! Unlike the Duke, I do not wear my boots to war, I do however wear them over my skinny jeans and if I am feeling really daring I even wear them at night with my sparkly dresses!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Tower Bridge and Tower of London

On Sunday I spent the day exploring the Tower of London as well as walking across Tower Bridge. I am not normally the type of person who enjoys visiting tourist attractions, however I am fascinated by English history so for me seeing the tower was a must. It was fascinating to be in a place that has been the backdrop for so many historical events, the tower was beautiful but it was slightly eerie to be standing and walking around in a place that had been the spot of so many brutal murders. I was also fascinated to learn that the tower still serves as residences for officials of the British military, it was funny to see the laundry of the officers and their families hanging from a clothing line in one of the tower courtyards.

Chinatown, London

On Saturday I spent a few hours walking around central London and found Chinatown. The entire street was so busy, with hundreds of people walking around and red double-decker buses and black caps speeding down the streets. I was happy to find a really nice restaurant with delicious vegetarian fired noodles!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

London Calling

This time next week I will have just arrived in London! I cant believe that I am about to embark on such an amazing adventure, I cant wait to see what this year has in store for me!

Travel with style

The packing situation for London was a NIGHTMARE! Only being able to take two suitcases for an entire year meant having to seriously edit things down. Luckily for me, I had the help of my friend Janna (who is an amazing stylist); she spent a few hours helping me put outfits together and eliminating clothes and shoes that weren't "necessary". I now have two suitcases full of amazing outfits!