Thursday, October 21, 2010

FUN day.

Monday was horrid for a bit due to class. No worries, life goes on. But Tuesday made up for it. Because.....


Julie and I met this WONDERFUL girl, Rachel, (from Boston. All hail Boston.) She is a LOT like us and very like minded in many ways. She doesn't go out and party all the time for one. FINALLY found another one of us. ( Do you know how much alcohol costs here??) We'd rather shop for ourselves and friends than spend money on (expensive!) drinks and spend evenings with CRAZY drunks. I would know they are crazy due to very interesting late night rides on the tube. ewwwwww. Anyway, she's cool.


Rachel and I have tuesdays off, so we have deemed Tuesdays "FUN day". And to start off fun day, we traveled to the financial district and studied architecture. (ok so we do a little homework on fun day. no biggie.) Then it got really fun. We found TK Maxx (Yes, that is our TJ Maxx) and other decently priced stores and bought stuff!!! This was my first actual shopping trip. I finally was able to shop fo MYSELF. (on something other than groceries). 
I found incredible black "pirate" boots, gray skinnies, chocolate snake skin heels, and a s'marvelous blazer. WOOOO!!

Lloyds of London
more Lloyds

This building is my favorite! I don't know what it is though

The "Egg" aka Mayor of London building

This is our I'm-so-excited faces!

More Egg

Lloyds. This makes me think of Charlie Chaplin's "Metropolis".
I AM??!
Strutting TK Maxx's leopard print hats. oh yeah.

Then the day got even better because Julie and I went to see Then Phantom of the Opera. It was exquisite!!!!!! I can't wait to see it again sometime. They were very strict about "NO pictures!" but I grapped a couple. : )

Here's my Grace Kelly dress!! Thanks mom! I've gotten a lot of compliments on it.

The beautiful theater
This is the auction scene. That's the gorgeous chandelier under the white sheets!
Met another AIU fashion student, Sara. We both gasped through the entire production. Magical it was!
Raising the chandelier. That was my favorite part
Here's a closer look at the dress!
FUN day was such a success. I can't wait for MORE! 

Here be meh skinnies and pirate boots. The buckles jingle a bit when  I walk. More like strut :)
I LOVE FUN day. My hat's off to it. Speaking of that, Julie and I have to find superb hats for when we go hear Marie Antoinette speak! Yes, unbeknownst to most, she still lives and goes on speaking tours. And still dresses in fashion from her day and tells people what it was like living during that time. Or maybe it's a really good look-alike..Not sure.

Have a splendid week!!!


GUESS WHO I GET TO MEET ON SATURDAY??????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KANDEE JOHNSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(favorite make-up artist, and inspirational speaker)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Who knew Wales was so beautiful

I can't express how much fun I am having. No words would EVER give you an idea. !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Guess what? I went to Wales this weekend. I know, it's CRAZY!!! Here are some pictures:

Alright blogger is being snooty today and not uploading correctly. So, here is the link to my Facebook album of Wales. WALES.

Wales was a hilarious blast! I hiked, walked, swam, climbed, and skipped through the whole adventure and couldn't be more pleased with the money I spent. It was all worth it. I must say, jumping off a cliff here is much more daunting than jumping off a cliff back home. I don't know why, it just is. The 40ish foot cliff I jumped off, made me heart leap as I plummeted to the ice cold water below. Worth it? YES.

At a glance:

1. Played King of the Rock in the ocean.
2. Took an early morning walk and felt like Elizabeth Bennet. 
3. Craved coffee. (NO Jon, I do NOT want instant. The nerve!)
4. Dreamed about coffee. (Craving it, perhaps?)
5. Had two cups of coffee Sunday morning. (It was probably not good coffee, but to me it was DElish)
6. Attempted to surf. (again, ATTEMPTED to surf)
7. Hiked 4.3 miles of the coast. (MAJESTIC)
8. Had "real" food. (It wasn't college-student-living-in-the-big-city food)
9. Sewed in a VERY loud room amidst drunks. (I love homework on vacations).
10. Sewed for three hours on the train. (That's dedication and talent. hehe.)
11. Visited a gothic style church in the TINY village. It was so beautiful.
12. Thanked God so many times for His blessings.
13. the end.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

2nd week accomplished

2nd Week in London video

I posted a video on youtube about my second week...Click on the link above and it will take you to it.

I'm going to Wales this weekend!!!! I am so so so so stoked. I get to jump off their cliffs into the ocean and bike and hike in the countryside and take night walks on the beach. SOOOO awesome. I'm told it's supposed to drop into the 30s while we're there!! Finally some really cold weather. 

The production of The Mousetrap is tonight! It's a murder mystery that contains a surprising twist at the end, and at the end of every performance,  the actors ask that the audience never reveals the secret to others. Isn't that stinkin' cool?!

Julie and I are a bit homesick. :( I call mine Niksick. ha. But honestly it's hardest late at night and when we first get up in the morning. Probably because we're at home and it's not super homey in this place. Grrrrr. I DISLIKE being even a little homesick. And we both have been sick this week so that makes it harder. Prayers are appreciated! (We're doing better now)

Since my video cut off the first part where I talk about visiting Bath, I should give the details. (see previous post for the pictures). It's the most romantic, charming, beautiful city I have ever seen or imagined. I needed a Jane Austen costume as I strolled through the quaint streets and shops. I wanted ever so badly to stumble across a film set and jump in as one of the extras. I'd do it for free!! But alas, I did not see any. I did however get to view ten of Princess Di's dresses at the Museum of Fashion and they were exquisite! I admire her a lot so that was special. And this weekend I'm visiting her home country! Wooooooooo. The grass there was the greenest I have ever seen. And the shops were adorable because they're in old squeaky buildings with large windows and cracking paint. Gorgeous!! My dream wedding would be in Bath, and the reception would be at the Ball Room in the Fashion Museum. It was HUGE and had intricate crown molding on the ceiling and quite large chandeliers. We'd all be very dressed up and then we would dance like they do in Jane Austen's books. Wouldn't that be enchanting??!!!

I need to get ready for class now. Peace out lovely people!


This is what happens when one has little sunlight exposure. I'm getting very pale!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

It's happening in Bath

I probably have 37 stories for you now since my last post. Geez, a LOT has happened.

Nutshell version: I visited Liberty!! (Julie and I didn't feel well so we were only in it for a few minutes. I can't WAIT to to go back!), I saw Saville Row!!!!!!!! (BIG whoop for that!..It was on my MUST see list, and as Tony was our guide, I've got to go back because that man speed walks everywhere), Julie and I took a day trip to BATH!!  (I wish I could fly everyone over there for my wedding some would be the best spot for it), and a bunch of other stuff happened...I'll recount it all in a post, hopefully tomorrow.

This is why I'm here!

Lettuce never looked so beautiful. It caught my eye while shopping at Whole Foods. 

I was so tempted to yank the red coat off her shoulders and run for it. I really want it! The ruffle is ohmygoshsogorgeous.

Picidilly Circus...sitting at the Eros statue, taking in the sights

I can't remember what Tony said this is now, it used to be a Duke's home. There a wings on the left and right of this front piece that are very long. I can't imagine saying "Yes and this is my city house. I'll take you to my country house in the fall.." 

Saville Row!!!!!!! (Where the most expensive and well tailored men's suits are hand crafted. It's world-renowned.  J. Bond certainly had a few of his suits made here :) 

Home to Apple Records..The Beetles record label. I think Tony said this is where they had there last show..on the roof!!

Can you see Julie's fur vest?! (standing next to me) She's so proud of it and LOVES it :) 

Thanks, V, for all you've done for us

The shops made my heart melt

I think Richard Anderson's shop set up was my favorite. Chandelier! 

Carnaby Street. Home to more cig smoke than one should ever breath in. Dis.Gust.Ing. And there's Liberty's pink windows on the background!

all smiles from me

Julie and I loved the lights displayed here...that's my secret shot of it. I'm getting very practiced in this skill. No one saw me!

People watching in Paddington Station. I want to go back and take a shot of the station. No wonder Paddington Bear got lost in it!! It's GINORMOUS.

Here's my Bath trip:

beautiful colour!

welcome to Bath


This was the most beautiful sight!!!! (Ok it's a picture. ha)

These girls were having the best history class outing ever

This lady was singing "Time To Say Goodbye" as we walked into the courtyard. Timeless!

Here is the big bath!

These are the original pieces that led to 

Julie and I sat here for over an hour, just basking in the sight.

Then who should I see but a fellow UA mate, Mattie Quinn!! CuhRazy!! (Nik made the good point that my hair looks fiery red, but trust me, it looks pretty natural)

Like our cell phones??! So DO WE! 

The Priest blessed us and this is how you say hello (hand up).  No, I haven't shrunk and gained fifty pounds...though this picture looks like it. I blame it on the Indian tourist man who looked like he DID NOT know how to handle technology.

I wondered what it was like to bath as a Roman in those days...I think this sums it up.

More of the ruins

This is the ball room at the Bath Fashion museum. This reminds me of Beauty and the Beast

Pride and Prejudice, baby!

My poor dance pose.

Of course Gywneth P. wore this dress to an event. Gorg!

Dear Mary Quant and her adorable designs

My latest craze is leather with evening wear. It's also very trendy but oh well. Leather, silk, and lace were meant to be friends

Everyone remember when J.Lo wore this Versace show stopper? Here 'tis.

I picked up a corset and bustle!! They're also the trend over's what everyone is wearing. :)


This is my Little Women moment. Remember when Jo bumped against that old lady's dress and it went woosh! 

It's crazy that they had my wedding gown here on display! :)

LOVE the menswear inspiration

Letter to Princess Di on the letter wall--"My best friend Clara and I followed every bit of footage shown in Australia from our teenage years. We are now best friends at 45. We designed our wedding dresses like Diana's and both rang each other  and cried for days when she died. Such a beautiful lady!"

I imagined myself looking out that window in a "Pride and Prejudice"  dress. sigh.

I love the train stations!