I was inspired by one of my favorite bloggers, Cupcakes and Cashmere, this morning to create a list of things that I want to do or accomplish this summer. Without further ado, here is mine: 1. Attend a calligraphy class. … Continue reading
One of the many glorious perks of living and studying in Paris is the amount of vacation we have. They have the work hard-play hard balance down. At the moment, we are on les vacances d’hiver, aka it’s time for our … Continue reading
I’ve read about this English sensation for ages. They’ve been around by 2006, when friends Victoria Jossel and Romy Lewis began selling cupcakes from their homes. A smash hit, they moved to a Primrose Hill commercial kitchen, and after a … Continue reading
“I want candy!” That’s all you can think when you walk into Sweet Tayloula, the sweet new addition to Royal Leamington Spa. Co-founders, as well as mother and daughter, Louise & Tayla had been making sweet bouquets and cake pops … Continue reading
To celebrate the start of The Ashes, today’s blog post is about the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 England versus Australia match that the Englishman and I attended. My first and only cricket match thus far, the experience was quite a … Continue reading
It’s officially wedding season! The Englishman and I had the absolute pleasure of attending the nuptials of the gorgeous Philippa and dashing James. In the weeks leading up to the ceremony, I was told it would be a very traditional … Continue reading
I just love the Royal Couple.
I just watched an interview before they got married, and they seem so happy together. Will looks to be such a sweet guy, and Kate, oh man, don’t even get me started. I would loveee to have coffee with her some day! Kate Middleton is one of my style crushes along with Kate Hudson. It must be said that her pregnancy style is by far the most stunning out of all of the starlets that are expecting little ones. Elegant and classic, as always.
To my favorite royal couple, happy second anniversary! So looking forward to the royal baby in a few months!
The birthplace of Shakespeare
So, this week’s blog posts are all about England, since I cannot wait to be back in the land of the Spice Girls, Harrod’s, Harry Potter, Kate Middleton, and, of course, my Englishman! We visited the picturesque town of Stratford-upon-Avon after Christmas (hence the decorations in some pictures); I absolutely loved it!
Apart from the town’s obvious claim to fame, there are plenty of things to see. Stratford is small, walkable, and full of sights and monuments to discover, some of which include the pub that has been serving ale since 1594 (!!!), a fabulous Peter Rabbit store, and the Royal Shakespeare Company Theater. The theater’s nearby river area looks like a scene in a J.M.W. Turner painting. Being there is a surreal experience, almost as if you were transported back to Olde England. Surrounded by English people and their gorgeous accents with a pint in hand, overlooking the river, and with the best company a girl could ask for, my experience in Stratford was exceptional, to say the least.
Located in Warwickshire county, Stratford-upon-Avon is on the River Avon, 22 miles southeast of Birmingham and 8 miles southwest of Warwick.
How to get here
The train from London to Stratford takes about two hours from either London Marleybone or Euston stations. You can find more details on the UK National Rail website. If you’re planning a trip to the Midlands, make sure to check out Blenheim Palace, the Cotswolds and Warwick Castle, all of which are in the surrounding counties of Oxfordshire, Worcestershire, and Gloucestershire. For more information on Stratford, visit the official city tourist guide.
Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre
The Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre has a fabulous Spring and Summer 2013 season that includes: Hamlet, The Icebook, The Winter’s Tale, The Empress, As You Like It, A World My Masters, Titus Andronicus, All’s Well That Ends Well, Candide, and Antony and Cleopatra. After the show, head over to the Dirty Duck pub, grab a pint, and mingle with the actors.
This place is awesome.
On our last trip to London, we spent a wonderful evening at the ping pong bar Bounce. The Englishman (aka tennis table extraordinaire) read great reviews about it, and it’s true: Bounce is fantastic.
The principle in itself is genius: ping pong + a bar + a restaurant. This is a recipe for a fabulous evening all around. When we went, there was a 30th birthday being celebrated. What a perfect place to host it! You can have a pint with your friends, play some table tennis, and then once everyone has worked up an appetite, head over to the tables for a delicious meal.
Founded by entrepreneurs Adam Breeden and Dov Penzik, this concept has been very successful. Here’s how it works: you can make a reservation for groups of 6+; otherwise, just walk in and write your name on the list. Any of the 16 tables can be reserved for half hour slots at £10 during off peak hours or £13 during peak times. You may even get lucky and have a chance to play on the Olympic 2012 Table and World Championship Table (see below).
For those that are waiting or just enjoying the ambiance, you can get a pint or a cocktail from the bar. It’s a win-win situation for everyone. We had such a fun night out there, so I highly recommend Bounce to Londoners and London-goers alike.
Make sure to check out Bounce next time you’re in London.
Who can resist a perfect Burberry piece?
London Fashion Week has just wrapped up, and browsing through the collections, I was mesmerized by the twists that Burberry has put on their trademark item, the trench. The varieties of color, fabric, and texture really made the collection stand out. I would absolutely love to stop by the Regent Street store and pick up any one of these classic models!
Tomorrow, I’ll be writing about London’s hottest new concept bar. Hint: it’s fast!
121 Regent St, London W1S 4TB
All images courtesy of Vogue.co.uk
One more week until I turn a quarter century old!
I’ll be celebrating the big day across the Channel, so to go along with my growing excitement, I’ll be writing some England-centered blog posts this week! Today’s post is about a fabulous boba “lab,” Bubbleology, that the handsome Englishman and I stumbled upon while walking from the tube station to the amazing Portobello Road Market.
Notting Hill is one of my favorite London boroughs that I’ve explored. It’s a shabby-chic neighborhood – well, it’s heavier on the chic but with quite a bit of character! Bubbleology fits right in. It’s fun, bright, and quirky. It’s hard to say no to boba, so we enjoyed an apple green tea there before heading off to the market.
Here’s the scoop on how Bubbleology came to be: Founder “Professor A” discovered boba tea during his stay in NYC and completely fell in love with it. Upon his return to London, he realized that the English capital was lacking boba. He went off to Taiwan to do further research on the subject, found an Australian business partner, and the first Bubbleology cafe, or lab, opened April 2011 in London’s Soho. Today, there are four locations throughout the city.
FYI: Boba = chewy tapioca balls. This Taiwanese invention of the 80s has turned into a worldwide sensation, as you can see, but the principle is quite simple. You put little tapioca balls in with different flavored fruit or “milk” teas, add a big straw so you can slurp up the boba balls, and voilà, your boba, or bubble, tea is ready. It’s delicious and addictive!
45 Pembridge Rd