AMSTERDAM!

So here I am in a 5am Uber ride to the airport headed to Amsterdam nauseous from lack of sleep and I thought to myself, “wow, I’m really blessed.” That I get to travel throughout Europe is something I do not take for granted. If you had known what the beginning of the year was like for me you would be shocked at where I am right now. I will share with you what really propelled my transformation soon but for now here’s a little of our first day in Amsterdam. I’m learning everyday to be grateful for the blessing God sends us…    The flight to Amsterdam is so quick from London. 1 hour to be exact. As soon as we landed we headed to Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam. You guys…this hotel is so dreamy and quaint. It was this quirky yet classic vibe and service that upholds to a 5 star without feeling stuffy. Also the toiletries are all from Le Labo, I meann…I’ve actually never been to a hotel with such high end and trendy toiletries #goals. Our room wasn’t ready yet so we checked our bags and started exploring. The hotel is basically in the heart of everything. We are right next to Nine Streets which is iconic Amsterdam. We basically could walk to anywhere we wanted to go.

Wearing: & Other Stories dress

First of all, the first thing I noticed is how chill people from here are. London is such a big city always hustling and bustling it was a nice change of pace to see how the Dutch live. It feels much colder here I think it may be because it’s near water because the temperature actually wasn’t much different from London but it felt much colder. And everyone says London rains a lot but Amsterdam has the WEIRDEST weather I’ve ever experienced. Maybe it’s the time of year but it would just start raining out of NOWHERE and then stop. It happened all day while we were walking it was sunny and then literally in a blink of an eye rain and then BAM, it stops. We just embraced getting rained on (well tried to at least). The weather says its supposed to rain every day we’re here but I’m hoping it will at least be on and off like today. Poor Emily, my little California girl, she’s doing a good job bracing the cold and rain but she’s definitely feeling her first real cold weather, it’s kind of funny to watch. She lost her glove today and was so confident just wearing one glove because at least one hand could be warm!

We were so hungry so we ended up at Ree7 a cute little brunch spot right down the street from the hotel. I know I keep saying food was good everywhere but we haven’t eaten anywhere bad so far thank God. The pancakes were probably some of the best pancakes I’ve ever had, no lie!After brunch we walked around a bit then headed back to the hotel to check in. Our room is adorable, I’ll be vlogging about this trip so you’ll see it soon. I’ve been feeling so exhausted all day. It’s been one stop since I arrived to London and I feel like some virus is trying to infiltrate my body so we took time to rest in the afternoon.But then we were STARVING again and torn because we didn’t want to leave the cozy hotel room to brace the wind, cold and rain that awaited us outside. But hunger one and I we headed to De Reiger for dinner. The food was…you guessed it! YUMMAYYY. I had a very healthy dinner so we decided we deserved dessert. Emily found a place called Winkle that was known for their Apple Pie so we walked a few blocks over to indulge.

Ok so after everything, this was the most underwhelming place we’ve been. The apple pie was good but it didn’t exactly blow me away and felt more like an apple cake then a pie, at least the kind of apple pie I’m used to. It was almost like deep dish apple pie. It was good, but left me a bit underwhelmed.

Of course it started raining on our way back and Emily decided she didn’t want to use the GPS so here we are navigating Amsterdam in the dark our first time ever being there. But Emily did good and got us back in one piece!

I’m not looking forward to the rain tomorrow but also learning to embrace everything lately so I know we’ll make the best of the day regardless.

xx

Wearing: Little Mistress cardigan, Missguided coat, HM dress, Ego boots, Thacker backpack

London Bridge and The Best Place So Far

On Emily’s last full day in London we basically braved it on the rainiest day since I’ve been here. I’ve lucked out and only got caught once in the rain since being here but today was a very wet drizzly day.

First we headed to see the London bridge and ended up at the cutest spot for brunch, Blueprint Cafe, with a view of the bridge. This time I learned my lesson and made a reservation and of course it wasn’t event packed! They gave us a nice seat with the perfect view and the food was so good. It was definitely a place with a more upscale feel. The Shad Thames area where the restaurant was located was so quaint, it reminded me of Dumbo Brooklyn and the apartments on the waterfront in Charlestown Boston. The cute little streets seriously looked like a movie set.  After brunch we headed to Buckingham Palace to have tea with the queen… I wish! In fact we really wanted to do high tea at one of the fancy spots but didn’t realize it’s so expensive! 75 pounds each for high tea?! Maybe another time Felicia. The construction was killing the vibe of the palace. It’s crazy how much construction is going on in London around the historical building. I don’t like it!

Then we went to the BEST Place ever! I felt like I had transported into the 1920’s when we walking into The Ned! It had a glorious atmosphere with live brass music and flappers that put on a performance and danced! They served high tea and had a restaurant in the back. And don’t get me started on the most beautiful bathroom I’ve seen in a hotel!We ended up having lite bites at the restaurant and enjoying the views. This by far was my favorite place so far in London. I want to come back decked out and have tea with my gloves and big hat!

We called it an early night but not before heading to Wafflemeister and getting some waffles topped with whipped cream chocolate and strawberries!

Currently forcing myself to sleep “early” cause we’re heading to Amsterdam in the morning!

Yay!

Xx

EMILY IS HERE!

Emily is here! Emily is here! My trip to London has been back to back visitors but I love it. My boo Emily is here and we are exploring different parts of the city and taking pictures along the way. Fun fact: Emily was my first friend in LA, we roomed together during a blogger trip to Magic in Los Angeles and 5 years later she’s one of my closest friends in LA.

On her first day we tried to see Big Ben just to realize it’s under construction. BOOO. How did I not know this? I’m literally walking around the area looking for it then I notice, “Oh, it’s behind all that construction!” I hope they finish it soon because it’s really an eye sore. Then we headed to the Nasty Gal X Boohoo Preview event which was walking distance away. It was nice and kind of odd to go to a blogger event in London. People seemed more into it then they do in LA and everyone’s style was just. on. point!

After we drooled at the pieces (seriously when did Boohoo get that cute?!) We headed to Oxford Circus (I know I know again) and did some shopping. We also grabbed a drink at Duck & Waffle to end the night. The Duck & Stormy drink if my fav!

The next day we said we would wake up early but I’m still so jet lagged that 11am feels like it’s the butt crack of dawn. I strugggllle in the mornings. It’s not even that big of a time difference, I don’t even understand why. We headed to Shorditch, I actually keep ending up there even though it’s not that close to me but I think I got it down to the best rout on the train. We wanted to go vintage shopping and heard there were good shops on Brick Lane so off to Shorditch we went.

We ended up being hungry so we made a pit stop to Ozone Coffee Roasters (thanks again YELP!) and had the most delicious food and drinks. Emily got a vanilla latte and I tried it and it was SOO GOOD. I don’t even like coffee so that’s saying a lot. I stuck to my tea, which they served extra fresh. Lemon ginger tea to be exact with actually fresh lemon and ginger seeped in a clear tea pot. This place is a must go to!

   After almost getting hit my cars multiple times trying to take pictures in the street finally headed to The Vintage Market on Brick Lane. THIS PLACE IS AMAZING. I used to love Beacon’s Closet in Willamsburg NY before they got all mainstream on me. It was my go to for vintage and thrifted clothes. I would shop there for hours. The Vintage Market brought me way back to my vintage days, it was such a dream with amazingly curated vintage pieces. I actually ended up realizing I’m not into vintage as I used to be but the little girl inside of me was soooo giddy in this place.

After trolling around some more we went back to my place to relax and then headed out later that night to meet my friend. Ok this is the second time I tried to go out in London on a Friday and got burned guys! Everywhere was packed and if you didn’t have a reservation they turned you away. This Brits go in. After being turned away by a bunch of places we found an Indian tapas restaurant called Dishoom that would seat us! After waiting about a half hour we were seated and the FOOD WAS SO GOOD. (Thanks again Yelp) I promise Yelp is not sponsoring this, they just win. After a few drinks and lots laughs we decided to bring are granny bums home. It was so nice catching up with my childhood friend who we met up with. I haven’t seen her in a while and we both happen to be staying in London these next months so I’m happy I have a familiar face from home to hang with while I’m here.

It’c currently 2:20 am and I’m writing a blog post, I’m so cool guys. But seriously, I’m embracing every part of this journey, so far London has been a blast. Emily is here one more day then we will spend the rest of her visit in Amsterdam, we’ve both never been so I’m sure I will have some entertaining stories.

xx

Look 1: Lasula Jacket

Look 2: Bershka Sweater, H&M Pants, Thacker backpack

A Trip To The Grocery Store

So it’s funny how you can go to an English speaking country and feel like such a foreigner. Sometimes I don’t even want to talk so people won’t know I’ve infiltrated their country. After Sunita left, I decided to go grocery shopping so I could cook some food for myself. There are a bunch of small local grocery stores around me but I was on the hunt for the big one. I found the Sainsbury’s near me and it was only a 10 minute walk. After dragging myself up to finally go, I made the walk and this time I got a better look at my neighborhood.

I already knew my area was cute with local pubs and cafes but I didn’t walk beyond the tube station because I was with Sunita and didn’t want to subject her to walking around my neighborhood. Turns out my neighborhood is even cuter then I imaged! There are SO many more places to eat then I realized and more cute little cafes, banks (that I was actually looking for!) and the exact thing I needed, a large grocery store.

As I walked by all the sites admiring all the shop windows I reach the Sainsbury’s. I wanted to get a shopping cart but saw that they were chained. I watched a women take one so then I tried and nothing. It wouldn’t budge. A man comes over, I thought he worked there but turns out he was getting a cart, and I asked him to help me, so he tries and nothing. Then he says, “Did you put money in?” I look at him like “Oh shit” then I realized it cost one pound to take a cart…. Fail.

I went in to get change then realized the shopping baskets were free so I just took the path of least resistance and grabbed one. I don’t know why but I loved the set up of the grocery store it just seemed like everything was healthy and fresh (might be my bias since American food is so processed but it definitely just felt better for some reason) It’s also interesting that they have very few American brands in store, I mean why would they they are AMERICAN brands after all but I liked that I didn’t see all our crazy brands out there. And the ready made frozen food section was so tiny. They definitely aren’t eating a bunch of meals out of boxes, which I love.

They do have a ready made food section but its freshly prepared food in the fridge not frozen in boxes. My mom was super health conscious growing up, both my parents were vegetarian with the exception of certain fish. So I grew up eating like a vegetarian. I probably only ate meat once or twice a week. So I really appreciate when I can find healthy foods and fresh produce in the grocery store. After I got everything I needed, I checked out and the women asked me a question that I totally didn’t understand and I looked like a lost puppy (I still don’t really know what she asked) and then she instantly knew I was an intruder! lol

Overall I made it out alive to my first trip to the grocerry store. I made the most delicious meal that tasted SOOOOO amazing and I’m telling you I think its because they don’t put as much crap in their food as we do, everything taste sooo fresh. I’ll be sharing the recipe real soon!

xx

A Duck and A Waffle

Yesterday I said bye to Sunita as she caught her flight back to New York. It was so fun having her here to explore the city and shop! I thought I would be overwhelmed having a guest so soon after arriving to London but it actually gave me the perfect chance to get used to a new city with company! I think if I was alone in this beginning stage of my journey I would have been very lonely and homesick.

On her last day we went shopping….again. I wonder if I’ll ever tire from shopping here. And then we headed to Picadilly Circus and listened to a street performer while the sun set. One YELP search later and we were having dinner at Duck & Waffle in Picadilly Circus. This place is so so good guys!  We had the Duck and Waffle (of course), Duck burger and Brussels sprouts. Everything was ridiculously good. I love using YELP to find places to eat especially when I’m in a new city. I seriously don’t know how I found places to eat before.

We talked for hours and 4 drinks later (I had the “Duck and Stormy” cocktail which was sooooo good) we headed to a spot near by called Caffe Concerto that had the most amazing looking pastries in the window. I realized I hadn’t eaten any sweets since being here which is totally out of character for me. One apple crumble later and a coffee and a tea, we closed down the place and headed home.

I had so much fun while Sunita was here and it was nice cause she didn’t really want to do any touristy things. Emily is coming tomorrow and I know she’s going to want to do all the touristy things so it really balanced itself out! We also have a trip to Amsterdam planned so I’m very excited for that!! Stay tuned!

Wearing: Missguided coat, Bershka sweatshirt