Goodbye London, hello Oxford!

Back in April, a couple friends and I spent a day venturing out of the city of London to check out Oxford. My friends are huge Harry Potter fans (I’ve only watched the movies and barely made it through half of the first book. Judge away!), so visiting Christ Church was like hitting the jackpot for them! For those of you who don’t know (like me), the scenery and buildings were inspired by some of the corridors of Christ Church. Some of the movie scenes were filmed here!

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As a fan of unique architecture, the textures on every face of the walls and edges of this building were really incredible! No two rooms were the same, but the theme translated so beautifully between all of them.

For all the Harry Potter fans reading, you will recognize the room in the next set of photos right away. This is the dining hallfrom the movies, which actually still functions as a dining hall today. Sadly, the people in the photos in the frames don’t watch you as you walk by. They’re not animated (thank goodness, because that would be suuuper creepy in real life). ;)

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This really isn’t a blog-worthy outfit photo at all (had to wear comfy clothes for the 2 hour commute from the downtown of London to Oxford), but I wanted to show the perspective of how big this building really is. My friend and I are standing on ledges in the main grass area. Fun fact: this area is not open to the public. There’s a security guard whose job is to stand at the edge of the center sidewalk to scold people who try to enter.

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If you ever get a chance to visit Oxford, I highly recommend stopping by Christ Church for a few hours. Even if you’re not a Harry Potter fan, this building is stunning and such a treat to wander through.
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Typical London tourist: Big Ben, St. Paul’s, and… Bunnychow?

Taking my sweet, sweet time to edit photos from London means that I’m crying less on the inside about the fact that this vacation ended as quickly as it did. One of our days was spent doing nothing but the typical touristy things. We visited the Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and managed to run into the Real Street Food Festival after running from one part of the city to another. Who could say no to yummy street eats between sight seeing?

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Looking at the photo set from this day makes me realize that I need to get back into the habit of taking more photos. There were only a few key frames at each of the touristy locations and none of us were in them! Haha oops. I swear we visited these places! The day was filled with so much walking and being to busy taking in the sights and sounds to remember to whip out the camera at all opportunities.

The coolest part of this day was running into the Real Street Food Festival. It just so happened that this food festival was happening on the weekend we were in London (perfect for us foodies!) and we divided and conquered all the booths to get a taste of everything that caught our eyes.

Our favourite food truck? Bunnychow. I may be a little biased from the name… will not confirm or deny. haha

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The packaging of their food is absolutely genius! A gutted bread bowl stuffed with chicken chili (pictured above) came conveniently boxed for easy toting around the festival. When we found somewhere to sit, lifting the tab made the sides of the box pop open and display the food so beautifully! I really want to high-five whoever came up with this packaging because I couldn’t stop fawning over it.

The bunnychow itself was incredible! So many flavours packed into the stuffing of a bread bowl. Who would’ve guessed? If you’re ever in London, I highly recommend trying to chase down this food truck. You won’t regret it!

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Traveling with accessories: keeping them organized (& tangle free!)

It’s been a crazy last few of weeks, let me tell ya! A handful of friends and I usually meet up around the springtime every year to catch up and hang out. Our usual thing is going to Coachella, but there was a bit of a wrench thrown into this year’s plans. As life would have it, we all ended up having some sort of personal/work hurdles to deal with and ended up ditching our annual Coachella tradition for something else. Instead, we decided to meet up in England!

Before getting too much into the trip itself, I wanted to share this really cool accessory that was introduced to me through the February POPSUGAR Must Have box (I know, I’m a teeny bit behind on the box reviews but you can check on the January one here) which is now going to be a staple for any future packing!

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Whenever I’m packing for a trip, I try to be as efficient as possible with outfits. This usually means packing basics that can be remixed more than once so that my entire closet doesn’t end up in a backpack. With all the basics in tow, accessories become my way of dazzling up outfits. Unfortunately, I’ve had a few accidents in past travels where I’d put all the necklaces and rings into one pouch and have to end up spending the first 30 minutes on a trip untangling the clump of chains. That’s where this gorjana brooks jewelry roll came in handy!

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I couldn’t seem to find this jewelry roll on the company’s website itself, but there seems to be a handful of Ebay listings for it. This pouch has three different zippered compartments, which is perfect for keeping accessories organized. It was nice to be able to have a dedicated pocket for each of the necklaces, which meant that I didn’t have to worry about any chain untangling while unpacking. To be honest, I packed a bit lighter on the accessories front this time around, but there was definitely enough space to fit a couple watches in with the rings as well.

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The selection of items in the February POPSUGAR box was phenomenal! I should probably get around to writing that review, eh?
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