Monday, 30 March 2015

DREAMING OF WARMER DAYS

I'm dreaming of all things summer these days. Winter has gone on far too long and now I want some sun! Beach waves and fruity drinks are calling my name. We don't have a beach vacation planned until September ( Mexico yipee!), but I'm hoping to sneak a weekend trip in before then ;)

Swimwear is one of my favorite things to shop for, though I rarely wear it. I've got my eye on a few things so far:

Suits from Triangl & MIKOH
I'm loving the bright colors and designs on these suits above. How fun is that orange, pink, and yellow one? Perfect for Mexico, I'm thinking!

Where do you all like to find swimwear?

Xoxo,
Karen
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

SKIN SAVES

One thing I must do every night is wash my face before bed. I can't go to sleep without having a clean face and my sensitive skin thanks me! I rarely change my routine and am a big believer that less is more. Today, I'm sharing my skin must-haves that I've been using for years!

Facewash: My dermatologist from home recommended this product to me when I was in high school and I've been using it ever since! It's never made me break out and it's unscented and chemical free. There's a foaming cleanser ( which I use) for oily skin and a creamier one for dry skin.
Find it here
Moisturizer: The one I use is also by CeraVe. I really like this brand because it's simple and does the job. My skin has been more dry since moving to London and this moisturizer has kept it hydrated!
Find it here
Mud Mask 3x a week: Lee brought me back a little treat when he was in Iceland 3 weeks ago. The Blue Lagoon of Iceland has nutrient-rich mud that does wonders for the skin! I usually slap this on 3x/ week and it's like a mini trip to the spa! Can't recommend this more!
Find it here
Spot Treatment: Since my skin is so sensitive, it breaks out when I'm stressed out or when there's a change in environment. I've been using this treatment from Acne.org for the past 2 years and it is amazing!
Find it here
As you can see, I have a very basic routine that works for me. These products are great and simple!
What are your skin saviors? 

Xoxo
Karen 
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Monday, 23 March 2015

WEEKEND IN PRAGUE

Going to Prague has been one of the top things on my travel list. This weekend, Lee and I took a flight out there Friday after work for a little weekend getaway. I love exploring new places together and am so glad that he loves traveling as much as I do! Here's what our weekend consisted of:

Friday night: Lee and I took a 9 p.m flight after work and killed some time in the airport in the best way....

Saturday: We woke up, had breakfast, and planned out our day. We stayed at a lovely place, the Hotel Ametyst Prague; the staff were super helpful and nice and the free breakfast was delicious! Our first stop was into the old town city center:
We climbed the the clock tower in the Old Town City Hall and man, that view was incredible:



After exploring the city center, we took a wander towards Prague Castle. It was gorgeous out so we walked by the river:

How gorgeous is Prague Castle?
We found the cutest little restaurant with river views for lunch and relaxed. It was so nice to just sit and enjoy the view with no rush:
Prague has this traditional pastry called Trdelnik that was amazing. Everywhere we went, people were selling them and it smelled heavenly. It's basically baked sweet dough that's filled with cream, jelly, or nutella.


Dinner was at the Bellevue Restaurant.  I can't recommend this place more; every course we had was equally delicious and amazing! No pictures of dinner were taken, but I had to take one of dessert of course :)
Almost too pretty to eat... almost
We headed back Sunday morning and got home around noon!
Hope everyone had a great weekend :)

xoxo,
Karen
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Friday, 20 March 2015

STAYING IN TOUCH WHILE ABROAD


One of the things that most concerned me when I was moving abroad was how I would stay in touch with family and friends. With life being so hectic most the time, I knew that if I wanted to keep my valuable relationships, I would have to put in the work. Moving from home is never easy, whether you're moving a state away or an ocean away!
Today, I'm sharing some tips on staying in touch while being abroad:
1) Commit time to talk with your loved ones- I usually set Sunday night as my time to skype or call my friends and family. With a 5 hour difference between home and London, I have to make sure that I put aside time to maintain and build my relationships

2) Take full advantage of technology- Thank goodness for iphones because they are such a lifesaver when it comes to keeping in touch. Facetime has been my go-to these days; with nearly everyone having an iphone, it's super easy to call someone anytime!

3) Don't Forget Snail Mail- I love coming home to a piece of mail, especially when it's written on cute stationary! It's so nice to read through old letters and reminisce. I haven't been too good about sending hand-written cards, but it's one of my goals this year.

4) Have A Blog- Blogging is one of the best ways that I've been able to keep in touch with my friends. Since we aren't always able to share the spontaneous moments in life when they happen, I try to include these details when I write my posts. Having a blog also allows friends and family to read at their leisure. This way, they feel like they actually know what's happening in your life!

Putting in the effort to stay in contact with your loved ones is so important. I know that no matter the distance, my best friends and I will always pick up where we left off. I guess that's a sign of true friendship!
Hope these little tips helped all of you living away from home!
Have a great weekend, everyone :)

xoxo
Karen
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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

BLACK AND WHITE





Dress: Banana Republic
I wore this outfit out for Lee's 28th birthday dinner. I love how girly and fun it is! It's a great investment because I can wear it in the Winter and Spring/Summer. The back has a cute triangle cut-out and the fabric is great quality!

Xoxo
Karen

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Monday, 16 March 2015

MANTLE PINSPIRATION

have to admit, this whole "house decorating" thing has been a slow process for us. We've got all the basic furniture now and decor, but our poor mantle is still needing some love. It's my project for this month and I needed some inspiration, so of course I turned to Pinterest! Seriously, what would we do without it? Here are some of my favorites:
I love the idea of a gallery wall above the mantle; it's different and creative and you can switch up the pictures depending on season! 

Gahhh, this greenery is making me swoon. I love how it adds a garden feel to the room and instantly makes it feel cozier! 

Simple and elegant, just how I like it. I think we'll probably do something like this because it's easy and no fuss. I need to go find some candles now! I'm also loving the flower in the actual fireplace.

I've seen the framed fireplace more and more and can't decide if I like the look or not. I don't think it'd work in our flat, but I've seen it done really well in other homes! 

How have you guys decorated your mantles? I'd love any tips or ideas! 

Xoxo,
Karen 
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Friday, 13 March 2015

FIVE ON FRIDAY!

don't know about you, but I'm SO glad it's finally Friday. This week was crazy at work, I didn't get home most nights until about 8! I'm ready for a restful and fun Friday. This weekend is especially fun because our first guests are coming to visit! Lee's friend, Chris and his girlfriend are staying with us for the weekend... which brings me to my first thing on this week's Five on Friday:

1) The Guest Bedroom- We finally got some bedding for the spare bedroom and I'm loving how cozy the colors are! I can't wait to host friends and family throughout the years and hope they love this room!

2) Belated Birthday- Since Lee and I were both away this past weekend, we didn't get to celebrate his birthday on the actual day. Saturday, I'm taking him out to a new restaurant that we haven't been to before. I hope he likes it and isn't this place so beautiful?

3) Dinner Outfit- I picked up this little number a couple of weeks ago and have been dying to wear it. Banana Republic is my place, perfect for petite people! I love the ruffly bottom and how girly it is:

4) Coffee Desserts- I saw this on Buzzfeed this week and already can't wait for summer to make theses popsicles! Nom nom

5) Ed Sheeran- Loving this song a lot lately. It's so relaxing and sweet, Enjoy!

Hope you all have a great weekend!!

Xoxo
Karen
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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

ROME: PART TWO

Hey lovely readers! Today, I'm sharing part two of my trip to Rome this past weekend; the last two days of the trip were the best :) If you missed part one, it's the previous post!
Saturday 
We slept in and headed out around noon. After breakfast, we decided to walk to the Vatican taking the scenic route by the Tiber River. It was another gorgeous day, and we stopped for pictures, of course!


We got to the Vatican and walked around, but didn't go in. I've got to say, it's an incredibly impressive building! I was secretly hoping we'd get a glimpse of the Pope, but sadly, he was nowhere to be seen.
Heyyyy Popeee!

After the Vatican, we stopped by the Altare della Patria. It's a monument honoring Victor Emmanuel, the first king of unified Italy. From a distance, it's already impressive, but up close, it's truly amazing!


We ended Thursday with dinner out and some gelato hehe

The most beautiful sight I ever did see
Sunday
Our last day in Rome we went to the Colosseum! I think no matter how many times I'll see this place, it'll always take my breath away. I remember seeing it for the first time 7 years ago and how surreal it was; it was the exact same feeling this time!


And a stop to the Roman Forum before we left
That view though....

Rome was such a fun trip and I'd go back in a heartbeat. I'm so thankful for this little getaway, hopefully I'll be back again soon!

Xoxo,
Karen
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Monday, 9 March 2015

ROME: PART ONE

Oh Rome, what a perfect city in every way! If you didn't see my last post, I was in Rome this past weekend with my friend, Gemma; we had an amazing girls weekend full of eating, wine-drinking, shopping, and wandering Roman streets.
Here's a little recap of our first two days!* warning* this post is picture heavy :)
Thursday
We got there around 6 pm and checked in at our Airbnb apartment located in the Trastevere neighborhood. It was an adorable little apartment with a great balcony:

This apartment was perfect for two people. It was so nice to wake up every morning and watch as Rome began its day :)
We went to dinner that night at a local restaurant. Nothing crazy Thursday night because we were tired after traveling:

-The salad turned out to be not so tasty, but the meatballs were amazing! Gemma's pasta was also delicious :)

Friday
We were out the door by 10 a.m for a full day of exploring Rome! We couldn't have asked for better weather.
First stop was the Pantheon! This incredible building was built in A.D 127 by emperor Hadrian and was a temple to the gods. It's in the middle of a busy square and so well preserved. It amazes me how a building that old has survived history so well!




Next up, we wandered over to the Spanish Steps for some gelato and people watching. The steps are one of my favorite places in Rome. It's incredibly relaxing and a great place to take in the city. Be prepared to see couples making out like it's a competition hehe.


My Gelato: Hazelnut, Chocolate chip, coffee


The Pantheon and Spanish Steps were our two main " tourist" stops on Friday. We did a lot of wandering around as we pleased; after all, isn't that what vacation is for? Here are some other pics from Thursday & Friday:


Found this secret garden hidden off a side street!
The first two days were exactly what we needed: relaxing and fun!
Part Two coming on Wednesday!

Xoxo,
Karen
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