Saturday, 31 January 2015

CAPE COZY

I've always loved the "cape" look, but thought it would look too overwhelming on my petite 5'2 frame. However, with the cape being popular this winter in London, I thought," Well, no harm in trying the look out,right?" And I am so glad I did!

This cozy cape has become one of my winter favorites. Since it's not socially acceptable to wear robes or blankets around in public ( what's up with that, right?), this is the next best thing. It's kept me warm and cozy, no matter what the weather might be here!




Jeans: Old by VINCE
Heels: OFFICE
Cape: Camden Lock Market
Bag: Gifted by L's Family
I wore this out to a a casual dinner with friends last weekend and I know this cape will get lots of love throughout this winter!
Have you all bought a cape sweater this winter? Would love to hear suggestions on where to get another!

Xoxo,
Karen

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

HOME INSPIRATION

The search for the perfect flat is over! This past weekend, L and I moved into our first home together: a cozy, newly-renovated, 2 bedroom flat in London. Saturday and Sunday were dedicated to moving in, unpacking, and getting settled. The neighborhood is lovely with lots of greenery and a private garden for the residents. Pictures to come soon, of course!

So excited for our new place!
Now that we're all moved in, the fun begins... decorating! I've been taking on the process slowly, making sure I know what I want before I start impulse buying (but everyone needs a silver tiger statue, right?). We've decided to start with the living room as it's the most important room to both of us. I'm leaning towards neutral, soothing shades of black, white, grey, and light blue. Pinterest has sure been a great help in getting ideas; here's what I'm currently loving:

                        Clockwise L to R:      1) http://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/stylizimo-blog
                                                        2) Centsationalgirl.com
                                                        3) http://www.pinterest.com/pin/441493569692055223/
                                                        4) https://m.flickr.com/photos/rnvl/8587708586/

Pottery Barn has been one of my favorite places to shop for home goods; I swoon every time I'm browsing online or in store. My favorites this season:

All items found at PotteryBarn.com
I'll definitely be pinning more items for inspiration as I decorate our flat!
You can see everything I'm loving on Pinterest here

Until next time!
Xoxo,
Karen
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Saturday, 24 January 2015

MADRID: LA VIDA ESPANOLA

There is no place like Madrid. Rich in culture, history, and delicious tapas, this city is one of my favorites. I've been able to spend a good amount of time in Madrid these past few years, with study abroad and trips back to visit friends. There is so much to do and see (and eat!) in Madrid, so here are my top picks:

1. Mercado de San Miguel
- If food is what you're after, be sure to check out the best market in Madrid! Mercado de San Miguel is a vibrant place where Spaniards meet for fresh tapas, drinks, and socializing. The options are endless so get ready to eat!




2. Plaza Mayor
- Once you've had enough to eat, take a wander down to the Plaza Mayor. Just a 5 minute walk from the market, it's a great place to people watch and take in the Spanish way of life. It's especially beautiful during Christmas. 



3. Real Madrid
- When in Madrid, there's no way you can miss catching a Real Madrid game! I've gone to see RM play in Madrid three times and now I root for them as my "team." If you can, go to a game in the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu stadium and see why football is a huge part of Spanish life! 



¡Hala Madrid!
4. Parque Del Retiro
- Once a park for the Spanish royal family, Parque Del Retiro reminds me a little of the Spanish version of Versailles. Words don't do this place justice so I'll let the pictures do the talking!

Palace of Crystal 




As you can see, Madrid is a must if you're in Europe. Besides the places listed above, there are many more: the Royal Palace, Plaza del Sol, Plaza de Cibeles, and the world-famous Prado Museum. Feel free to send me any questions on more things to see and do in Spain's capital!

Xoxo,
Karen
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Sunday, 18 January 2015

BREAKFAST ON THE GO

We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Though I always knew this,  I'd often skip breakfast in high school and college. These days, breakfast is essential for me. Without it, I'm not ready for the busy day in front of me.

Time is of the essence in the mornings, so here's the quick and easy breakfast I've been having:

The Chia Co 
I found this brand at my local Whole Foods and love it! The company believes in natural foods with no processing or artificial flavoring. Each packet has fiber and protein that keeps me full until lunch.
You can have it hot like traditional oatmeal or like how I prefer it:

I refrigerate the cooked oats overnight and in the morning, you have a healthy & delicious chia pudding!  

Paired with some tea, this breakfast is the perfect way to start my morning. Enjoy!

Xoxo,
Karen
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Saturday, 17 January 2015

London Love: South Kensington

Exploring new places is something I love to do. There's nothing that makes me feel happier than contentedly wandering with no particular rush. You never know what you might find; whether that's a Parisian coffee shop with amazing croissants or an art installation in a trendy part of town.

In this series, " London Love", I'll be sharing the things I love most about certain areas... starting with one of my favorites: South Kensington!

It's easy to get to this area from any part of London, just hop on the Picadilly, District, or Circle lines!

South Kensington at Christmas time! Grab a hot chocolate and go enjoy the decorations!


The Natural History Museum has a beautiful ice rink with a view, perfect for a date night!
Once you've seen all you want in the Natural History Museum, stop by the Victoria &Albert Museum where you can have lunch in this amazing room


Dream homes *swoon*


As you can probably tell, South Kensington is the perfect place to grab brunch with girlfriends on the weekend or spend a day at the countless museums available. Along with being quaint, this area of London is in no shortage of pastry shops, cafes, and bars. Happy exploring!

Xoxo,
Karen

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Saturday, 10 January 2015

CLOSET ADDITIONS












 Since moving to London, I've loved observing the variety of fashion that is available  here.  Finally added some pieces to my closet that have become staples. Whatever your style, it's  guaranteed that you'll find a store that fits your taste!

Xoxo,
Karen
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A NEW YEAR

Oh, how time has flown. 2014 seems to have passed with a blink of an eye. Undoubtedly, 2014 was one of the best years of my life and definitely one of the most exciting! Most New Year's Eves, as the clock ticks closer and closer to the anticipated time of midnight, I'm filled with conflicting emotions: nostalgia for the past year coming to a close, excitement for what a new year may bring, and gratefulness for all the blessings I've encountered. 

However, ringing in 2015 was particularly special as I celebrated it in my new home of London. I wanted this New Year's to be a memorable one so L and I bought tickets to a " Vintage New Year's Eve" party where we danced the night away. As the clock rang midnight, I felt an overwhelming sense of peace about my move to London. I was, and am, exactly where I'm meant to be.

So, here's to a new year. Gone are the long lists of resolutions that I hope to achieve. This year I just want to cherish the life I'm living here; to take full advantage of being in one of the world's most amazing cities and to always remember I've been given an opportunity of a lifetime.



Xoxo,
Karen 

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