Wednesday, July 22, 2015

London Day Trips

As mentioned in a previous post my family is going to London for family vacation in a few weeks. We are going to be there for 10 days which gives us time to explore the city but also consider a few day trips outside of the city. We already have a day trip to Paris set, so if we do another one it would only be one other trip. The problem is, is that there are so many cool places to go and see in England that it is hard choosing where to else to go! I wanted to share the top three places in the running in hopes that will help to make a decision! My brother and I already threw Stonehenge out the window, I would like to see it eventually, we do not want to waste a day looking at a bunch of ancient rocks in a field when we could be exploring someplace cool.
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1. Bath

I feel like Bath is a fairly popular day trip to people visiting London. The thing to do in Bath is to go and see the Roman Baths, which I mean if you've seen pictures of them they are gorgeous. Some other fun things is there is also a Jane Austen Museum, which I am totally down for. I have a quick funny story: I watched the BBC Pride & Prejudice a few weeks ago, the one with Colin Firth. During the part where the house keeper is showing Elizabeth around Pemberly, well I couldn't help but wonder what the heck happened to those portraits of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. Apparently there's one at the Jane Austen Museum. Also, another random movie fact about Bath if you've seen Les Mis this might look familiar.


2. Oxford

I've actually already been to Oxford but I feel in love with the place when I visited. The town of Oxford is adorable and the university is stunning, like seriously the prettiest school I have ever seen in my life. But, when I went I was there for only half a day and it seems like the majority of my time there was spent getting lunch at freaking Pizza Hut! So I would seriously love to go back and explore some. There's tons of cool things to do in Oxford too! We toured the university a little bit but we didn't take a tour of Christ Church or anything. For those who aren't aware on the Christ Church tour you get to see the dining hall that the Great Hall in Harry Potter was based off of! This is also the location of were Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland, two of my favorite things!! As far as a few other cool things in Oxford, there is The Eagle & Child pub. This pub was a favorite of CS Lewis and Tolkien! There is also the covered market, which is really fun to explore. It's just what it sounds--a covered market. I briefly walk through here when I was previously in Oxford, but would love to spend some more time here. You can also do "British-y" things like punting down the river. Oxford is just a cool place that I would love to revisit!

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3. Brighton

The first time I saw a picture of Brighton it was love at first sight. Just browse through these and I think you will understand. As far as things to do in Brighton, I think we would spend most of the time just exploring the town as it seems like there are tons of fun little shops and restaurants. I would also like to see the beach and the pier and such. Brighton just looks like such an adorable and fun place, but no one else in my family seems to be feeling it, so we'll see...

So those are kind of the top places we are thinking of going to if we decide to do another day trip! Now onto deciding where to go for tea, which is literally another ordeal as the list of places to get tea in London is endless....

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda

Friday, July 17, 2015

Warby Parker


I recently got a new pair of glasses and it's safe to say I am super excited about them! I have been eyeing Warby Parker glasses for ages and am now a proud owner of my very own pair!

If you don't know what Warby Parker is it is primarily an online glasses company, which sounds a bit iffy at first right? Typically when buying a pair of glasses you want to try them on, so you know they look good on your face. Well, Warby Parker actually has a trial session where you pick out five of your favorite frames that they'll ship to you to try on for free. Yes, free.

So, Warby Parker does explain how their whole system works on their website. But ordering glasses online, for those who've never done before is a bit foreign and nerve wracking. I thought I would share about my experience with ordering my glasses and hopefully make anyone considering ordering a pair more comfortable.

As previously mentioned, Warby Parker does have an at-home try on program where you can pick five pairs of your favorite frames to try on with no cost. So obviously I took advantage of this.


Everything all came nicely packaged in this box. They also came with a return label, so after 5 days you can just stick that on the box and drop it off at the post office.


So these are all the frames that I picked out to try one. For those curious about what frame are shown in the picture, started at the top going clockwise:


Note: the trial glasses they send are fairly cheap quality but that's because you are just trying them on to see how the frames fit your face.

After you find your favorite pair you can go back on the website and order them! You just send in a picture of your prescription as well as give them your pupillary distance measurements. They have a tool on their website where you can measure you pupillary distance. But I was too nervous I'd mess it up, so just went to an optician and got my measurements there.

Real quick before I "reveal" my glasses, the other great thing about this brand is that a pair of prescription glasses are only $95. Which if you wear glasses you'll know that is a really good deal, that's like a couple hundred dollars less than a pair of designer sunglasses!

Also, when you check out they'll ask you if you want high index lenses for an extra $30. Which I guess allows people with higher prescriptions have thinner frames. I did not choose this option, they actually emailed me about it again because my prescription in my left eye is slightly stronger, but I still said no. So, I would say if you have no idea what that is you probably don't really need to worry about it.

So, the glasses I ended up going with:


Are the Ainsworth! These were actually my favorite when I was picking out my 5 frames to try-on, but I didn't really expect for them to be my favorites when trying them on! I have these in the walnut tortoise color, which I am in love with. The runners-up were the Finch was a close second and I also really like the shape of the Greenleaf, but the whiskey tortoise color was too dark against my skin tone, pale people problems.

I am really happy with my experience with the company. Overall I think Warby Parker is a really awesome company and I noticed that they are really willing to help you with your purchase. So, if you have any more specific questions I wouldn't hesitate to contact someone at Warby Parker about it! Hopefully this helped clarify how the process works!

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Bethany Beach


A couple weeks ago, for Father's Day, I went up to Bethany Beach, DE with my family. It was great to just chill out with the fam for a weekend.

Bethany Beach is a place I grew up at, I have been going my entire life. My Dad's family has owned a beach house there since the 60's--so I basically grew up going to Bethany Beach.

My Grandma recently passed away last fall, thus leaving the house to my Dad and his sister. Which is kind of exciting (not the fact my Grandma died... lol), because now we can do whatever we want to the house! The house is so dated and I just want to go all out and completely remodel everything, which obviously is going to take some time.

Anyways this post is not going to be about redecorating the beach house. Instead I wanted to talk about some of my favorite things to do there when we go! Since I have been going there for the past 20 years of my life, I figured I am a fairly qualified person to give some recommendations. So, if you ever find yourself in a tiny little beach town in Delaware called Bethany Beach you will know what to do!


Fisher's Popcorn
I am actually not the biggest popcorn fan, but there is an exception for everything. We have to stop by Fisher's overtime we are in town. If you go get their caramel corn and only their caramel corn. There is literally no caramel corn like Fisher's around. Even their motto is "Ours just tastes better!" It is so true.

Bethany Beach Bakery
When I was little I used to go here every morning with my Dad to pick up donuts for breakfast. While, we no longer go every morning we are in town--as I can no longer allow myself to eat donuts multiple days in a row. It still is a family favorite place to pick up donuts. Note: If you go, you must go early because they do run out of donuts.

Grotto Pizza
Grotto's is a local chain with good pizza. Enough said.

Bethany Beach Books
I am a sucker for independent bookstores and this one I have been going to all my life. It's an awesome little bookstore to browse around for a good beach read. I actually love this place and have looked forward to going here ever since I was little.

Japanesque
Japanesque is a cute little Japanese store in the middle of Bethany. They have tons of fun imported Asian things and my favorite when I was little, an entire corner decked out in Hello Kitty gear.

Fish Tales 
I used to love going here as a kid because, again, they had an entire Hello Kitty section as well as a really awesome toy section in the back. But more recently I have enjoyed going here because I have discovered they carry a lot of "preppy" brands. For example they have Vineyard Vines, Southern Proper, Southern Tide, Krass & Co, Sloane Ranger, & Lilly Pulitzer stationary type things.


Those are just a few of my favorite places to visit when I go to Bethany! Bethany Beach will always have a special place in my heart, as a grew up there. My family loves it because it's a quiet little family friendly beach town, it isn't "party city" at all like many East Coast beaches are known for.

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Travel Cable Cozy

Whenever I go anywhere I always struggle with how to pack all my electronic cables and things. In this modern age, whenever we travel we have to bring all of our electronic things. With that comes all of the chargers and other various cables that go with them. Then if you are going abroad, then you also have to worry about how to pack all your converters and plug adapters too!

Well, I stumbled across this DIY on Pinterest for a cute little pouch to store and organize all of that extra electronic junk and I decided to give it a go!

So this particular DIY does involve quite a bit of sewing and my sewing knowledge is very limited, like I honestly have no clue what I am doing. My knowledge is limited to the few times my mom has helped me on a few random projects in the past. But this time, I did this 100% on my own and I somehow managed and ended up with this super cute cable organizer!


I did do a few things differently with my travel case. In the tutorial they used a belt hook as a clasp for their case. To be more cost effective, I decided to sew on a button and some ribbon that I had lying around the house.


This pouch is great because the elastic bits are great to organize all of your cords and things and then there is a pouch at the bottom that you can throw plugs, converters, and adapters into! The pouch is detachable too, so you can throw it into your purse and bring it with you if needed!


I am really happy with the way it turned out! It is nowhere near perfect, but considering I have no clue what I am doing when it comes to sewing, it looks pretty good!

I realize this post does not make it look like I have no clue how to sew, but I promise you I don't know what I am doing! I don't even know how to thread the sewing machine!

Now that I've actually made something on my own, I am all of a sudden inspired to make other things! Scallop skirt might be next on my list, but clothing might be a little too advanced for my skill level or lack thereof.

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda



Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Georgetown

Near the beginning of summer I went to Georgetown with my friend, Bria. She came to visit and we had a grand ole time in Georgetown. I honestly love Georgetown and if you are ever in DC you must pay a visit to Georgetown, living in a townhouse there would honestly be a dream. It's a great place to just wander around, either through shops or just exploring the neighborhood.
Anyways, I thought I would share some of our adventures from the day!


We got there around noon and decided we better eat lunch! We stumbled across this cute little place called Kafe Leopold and decided to give it a go. We split an appetizer of crostini and then we both ordered a trio of tea sandwiches for our meal.

After eating we explored the city! We started off with walking down M Street and did some browsing in all of the shops, like Paper-Source, Urban Outfitters, Madewell, Jack Wills, and of course Anthropologie and J. Crew! Neither of us bought anything but it was just fun to browse! Then we wandered down by the canal and made our way up to the neighborhood!


We stumbled across the cutest mint green moped while we were looking for a lunch place!


I of course had to take her to Georgetown Cupcakes, as she has never been before! We both got a lavender earl grey teacake and a peanut butter fudge! I had been wanting to try the lavender earl grey teacake for ages, and was super excited that I finally went in May when they had it! It was delicious and I am actually obsessed. We then went to enjoy our cakes by the canal. We both considered eating them in the shop for the sole reason that we could've taken perfect Instagram pictures on the marble tables they had in there. But in the end we decided the canal would be a more enjoyable location.


We actually spent a good amount of time wandering up and down the canal because it is so pretty!!




Can I please live here?!


Both of us were in major need of a coffee fix so we stopped by Baked & Wired to satisfy that. That was my first time at Baked & Wired, I've been dying to go. I am super pumped to go back and sample one of their cupcakes, as I've heard multiple times that they are better than Georgetown Cupcakes!


We then wandered up into the neighborhood for a bit! Um, I must live here!

So I had one small "goal" for the day and that was to get a new profile picture for Facebook, as I've had the same one for over a year. Facebook profile pictures are always a struggle as I usually hate the majority of pictures taken of me and I am not the least bit comfortable in front of a camera. But here are my favorite pictures from the little shoot.




Outfit Details: J. Crew Factory Shorts // J. Crew Factory Tee (old similar here, & here) // Target Sandals (old similar here)


Thanks for reading!
xox,
Amanda

Monday, July 6, 2015

Planning for London!


So I am going to London in August and I am starting to get super excited! With the trip getting closer and closer I have been doing some research on things I want to do during my stay!

This will actually be my second time visiting London. I went during my senior year of high school on a school trip. I was in the marching band in high school and we were invited to march in the London New Years Day Parade (see here). While that trip was a blast, when you are in a foreign country on a trip with 120 other people you kind of have to stick to the itinerary and you don't have much of a choice in your activities.

Places I am excited to not have to go back to:

Tower of London
So the Tower of London is a cool place and you should definitely go if you have never been. But, I'm kind of taking the been there done that approach. I don't really have a need to see the crown jewels again. I also found the White Tower kind of underwhelming, I mean was just a bunch of armoury.

Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace is another place that is cool, I mean the building is 500 years old and King Henry VIII lived here. But I was also just kind of underwhelmed by it, but I'm not super interested in the whole Tudor Era either.

Globe Theatre
This is the place I am super excited to not revisit. I only recommend Globe Theatre if you are super into Shakespeare. Otherwise I would say pass. I mean it's not even the original theatre, it's just a replica.

As far as the places I am excited to visit, the list could go on. But to just list off a few: Westminster Abbey, Liberty of London, Chruchill War Rooms, V&A Museum, etc. For now I thought I would share what I have been using to do research on things to do. So my dad has just about every travel book on London out there and I have tried reading them, but I just find them to be bland and unorganized. 

So I have turned to the wonderful world of the internet. I recently found this list of the Top 10 Best Travel Websites. So far I have really enjoyed Afar, GoopTravel + Leisure, and Conde Nast Traveler. These places offer a good range of places to visit, as well as recommending more off the beaten path kind of places. Quick note for some reason several of these websites have lists of bookstores to visit while in London, which I am a sucker for, and currently I have like at least 5 bookstores I want to go to...... Oops.

I also really like reading blogs to get recommendations on places to visit while traveling. I like using blogs to research because there is a more personal aspect to it, as opposed to reading some travel book written by whomever. It's nice knowing there are real people who have gone to these places and enjoyed them.

Blogs I have been enjoying:

Rosie is a blogger who actually is currently living in London. While it seems like she is constantly traveling, she also consistently posts about cool places to see/eat at in London.

Lauren is an American blogger who also currently resides in London. She actually has travel guides that are really helpful and cool posts like what British souvenirs to buy!

Brooke is a travel blogger, so she has a ton of travel tips and tons of posts on the best things to do in various places.

I also ordered this city guide to London by Cereal Magazine. This guide recommends, again, a lot of lesser known/less touristy places. Also the aesthetic of this guide, I die (see below).

*insert heart eye emoji*

I realize this post was all over the place, but I just had a lot of stuff I wanted to talk about!

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Liberty of London for Nordstrom

PSA there is currently a Liberty of London pop-up shop at Nordstrom. I am obsessed with Liberty's florals and am dying over this pop-up shop. The collection is available online and in select Nordstrom stores, one of them being a Nordstrom by me! While everything is not in my price range in the slightest, I do enjoy looking at it and dreaming of being able to afford it.

For those of you who do not know what Liberty is, it is a department store in London that is known for their array of floral fabrics and designs. This line is super exciting too because it isn't just an exclusive limited edition line of stuff, it is actual items that they sell at the store in London!


suitcase // birdhouse // pajamas // teacup and saucer // teapot // flats // watch

Everything is so adorable! The collection is here until August 2, so check it out while you can!

Thanks for reading!!
xox,
Amanda

Friday, July 3, 2015

Introduction.


I figured as I begin this blogging adventure I should properly introduce myself.

So to start off with the basics:
My name is Amanda, I am 20 years old, and about to enter my junior year of college and I am currently majoring in fashion merchandising.

So, my blog name is Wanderlust & Wardrobes. I'm not sure how I feel about the name, but who knew coming up with a blog name would be so difficult. The name originated because two of my main interests are fashion and travel.

I figured there is no better way to introduce myself than to share some fun/random facts about myself, so here goes:

I love to read and just love books in general.

While I get itchings to visit specific places from time to time (currently it's Italy), my ultimate dream destination is Switzerland.

I am a follower of Christ.

I am a huge fan of old movies--some favorites include Funny Face, Meet Me In St Louis, Sound of Music, Singing In the Rain, An American In Paris, etc.

With that being said, I love vintage things and am obsessed with the 1940's and 1950's.

If I were not majoring in fashion merchandising I would probably be doing something in the realm of political science/history/geography.

I really enjoy baking, but could never do it as a profession.

One of my favorite Bible verses would have to be Proverbs 31:25.

I'm a self proclaimed foodie.

So, those are just a few really random facts about myself that I'm sure everyone was just dying to know (sarcasm).

On this blog you will find fashion things, travel things, various things from the list above, random things that go through my mind, etc.

While the idea of blogging is something that is a bit scary, I've been doing this thing recently where I have been making myself do the things I am afraid of. So we'll see how this goes.

Thank you so much for reading!!
xox,
Amanda