Monday, November 22, 2010
While in Italy I became a little obsessed with the doors of peoples houses. I know it seems a little weird, but all of the houses were so beautifully constructed and the doors were so interesting to look at. I just couldn't stop my self from taking pictures of doors!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
One of the oddest things about our holiday in Turkey was the overabundance of stray cats and dogs. According to a Turkish friend of mine, many visitors from the main cities in Turkey (such as Istanbul) come to the Mediterranean side of the country during summer months. While there they purchase kittens and puppies to play with over their months long summer holiday; when their vacation is over they then abandon the animals on the streets. Because of this, there are hundreds of stray cats and dogs roaming the streets of Turkey. My flatmate and I found this really upsetting, at one point we found a three or four week old kitten who was extremely skinny and obviously starving for food and affection. She followed us around town for a few hours and I had to work really hard to convince my flatmate that we couldn't take her and sneak her past customs and bring her back to England. Luckily a local man took pity on the kitten and promised to keep her and take care of her.
Monday, November 15, 2010
My flatmate and I took a spur of the moment holiday to Turkey during our school reading break this past week. We booked the trip three days before we left, because it was so last minute I was left scrambling trying to find clothing that could be worn in warm weather. I left ALL of my summer clothing/shoes back in America so we had to do a mad dash through my wardrobe to find clothing that would work well in the warm climate. I ended up making due with two sleeveless day dresses (worn in town with a cardigan to be respectful of their culture), one pair of leggings, and a pair wedge nude colored sandals. My favorite clothing item for the holiday turned out to be a blue oversized men's style sleep shirt that I was able to convert into a coverup for the beach/pool (thank goodness I over packed for London and brought a bikini with me!!!!) that also doubled as tunic worn belted with white skinny jeans during the day. Holiday packing can be a little stressful, however with the amount of traveling I have been doing lately I have learned that it is best to pack lightly and to bring things that can be worn during the day and dressed up for night.
Friday, November 5, 2010
As everyone knows I am a little obsessive about fashion, and living in London has proven to be a fashion feast for my eyes! The British have an amazing innate sense of style and I am constantly entertained by people watching. I love to see how my mates and random people on the street put their outfits together. One of the reasons why I love fashion so much here, is because there is a freedom of expression that we don't seem to have at home, everyone wears whatever they feel like wearing and there seems to be no judgement from others. For example one of my classmates wore a sparkly dress to lecture with black combat boots, black tights and a fur jacket and no one acted as if wearing a party dress and fur coat to lecture was out of the normal-perhaps thats because that is the norm in London. One of the major trends in London right now is military chic. Military chic can be worn a number of different ways, I prefer to incorporate military style in my outfits in a soft utility way. For example, paring short tie-up combat boots, with tights and a floral dress with a belted cardigan, or wearing my green cargo trousers with high heels and a soft tailored blouse . If you are a little tense about this trend, then try to incorporate it in your outfit by simply altering an item of clothing that you already have. I changed the buttons on one of my favorite camel jackets to vintage military buttons-thus embracing the trend without looking overtly trendy. How will you embrace military chic this Autumn?