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Monday, April 24, 2017

Spring Uniform: Stripes & Denim

The number of times I've worn some sort of stripes and denim combo is countless... We could safely say that this look is one of very few that truly never go out of style, which is why it makes the perfect spring uniform for when you want to look effortlessly chic.

Chanel wallet on chain (similar)
Clic Clac rose gold sunglasses (similar)
Moorea Seal bar hoop earrings (c/o)
IPKN Twinkle Lips "Glow Red" lip stain 

I've been living in this striped top and boyfriend jeans (size down) from AG almost everyday for the past couple weeks -- once I get off work, I change into this uniform right away (anyone else guilty of this extreme level of outfit repeating?!). I even wore this whole outfit, head to toe, three times on my recent trip to Washington D.C. I love classic pieces because those are the ones I find myself reaching for time and time again, but I also want my look to seem current. AG modernizes the silhouettes by adding bell sleeves to the top and frayed hems on these straight-leg jeans -- both styles are so on trend yet wearable beyond this season.

For my birthday (thank you all for the well wishes!), I treated myself to these red Gucci loafer mules (half size up), and they're totally worth the splurge! I find myself slipping into them for every occasion as they're just so easy and comfy to wear.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

[My Birthday!] Afternoon Tea @ sketch - London

Today's my birthday! In celebration of getting to turn another year older, I thought I'd post these pretty pink pictures from when I had afternoon tea at Sketch in London a few weeks ago.

Sketch was even lovelier than I expected! What's not to love about being surrounded by pink velour, scones and clotted cream (my weakness), and artwork by David Shrigley? There was also a live string trio playing renditions of classics like "At Last" by Etta James.

We did the rosé afternoon tea set, and while the baked goods seem like small bites initially, I was so full afterwards! The set starts with caviar and a quail egg. You get a selection of two teas, a tiered cake stand of pastries, finger sandwiches (with refills, though I didn't opt to), warm scone and clotted cream, and a slice of cake.

And, of course, make sure to check out bathroom!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Striped Bell-Sleeve Top

Chicwish bell sleeve striped top
Bell-sleeves are having a major moment -- add them on a timeless stripe pattern, and you've got a classic yet modern top. Sleeve details give just a touch of drama to an otherwise simple look.

Seven Dials London England
striped bell sleeve top
Tod's Double T tassel crossbody bag
bow mules
spring trends outfit inspo bell sleeve mules
bell sleeve top spring trends
Chicwish bell sleeve top
Chicwish bell-sleeve striped top (c/o)
Moorea Seal hoop earrings (c/o)
Zara bow mules (smilar here & here)

I wore this outfit while exploring the charming neighborhoods of Seven Dials and Carnaby Street in London. Everything was so picturesque! I did a lot of walking, so I was surprised by how comfortable these mules were. I thought they would be loose or slide off, but all my mules have stayed put and are so convenient to slide into -- I hope the trend never goes away, because I've invested in quite a few pairs...!

I just got back from Washington D.C. and Baltimore, MD. Thank you to everyone who gave awesome recommendations! I had such a fun time and have lots of posts to share soon. For now, you can see more photos from my trip on my Instagram: @heyprettything_.

Anyway, my birthday is this Thursday (yep... on 4/20 heh) so it should be a fun week! Have a wonderful Monday!

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

My Picks: Shopbop 25% Off Sale [Under $100!]

I didn't think I'd feature the Shopbop sale since 20-25% off an item that's hundreds/thousands of dollars can still be steep. However, I logged on last night and was pleasantly surprised by all the chic items under $100, so I wanted to do a round-up! That being said, I always stock up on J Brand jeans and Ancient Greek Sandals during this time because the pieces I want from them usually don't go on sale.

I snagged a few things below. You can probably guess which ones, since I've been so obsessed with bell-sleeves and fringe earrings. ;) 

Happy shopping!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Harry Potter Studio Tour in London

Harry Potter Studio Tour London
A couple weekends ago, I traveled to London with Virgin Atlantic (see my London travel guide here), and one of the activities they planned for us was the Harry Potter Studio Tour!

If you've been a long-time reader of my blog, you may know that my first trip with my Husband - back when he was still my boyfriend - was to Harry Potter World in Orlando (throwback post!). Then, he had never read the books or even watched the movies, but he loved how passionate I got about Harry Potter haha. That's how I knew he was a keeper (of the snitch of my heart ;) okay, I'll stop with the HP puns). On our honeymoon, our last destination was London, and we visited King's Cross Station to see the homage to Platform 9 3/4. By then, Husband had at least watched all the movies (and he loved Snape, so, yeah he's the one... always).

I came up with Harry and company, as I was reading the books as they were coming out. You can imagine my excitement when I got to visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour where literally all the magic happened!

How to Get There
Waterloo tube station
how to get to Harry Potter Studio Tour London
The Harry Potter Studio Tour is about an hour out of the city. We stayed near the Waterloo tube station, so we took the tube to Euston, then transferred to a train and got off at Watford Junction. From there, we took a taxi to the Studio.

There is also a shuttle bus service for £2.50 that leaves every 15 minutes from the station. Just know that it's cash only. Also, you have to have your Studio Tour ticket before boarding, so if you're buying your ticket there, you won't be able to use the shuttle.

Great Hall
Great Hall Hogwarts Harry Potter Studio Tour London
Great Hall Harry Potter Studio Tour London
The tour is grouped, so you have a set amount of time in each section. You don't really need to rush though, because overall, you have about 3-4 hours to get through the tour, but it is important to keep time in mind because you could get totally lost in the details and then not be able to spend as much time elsewhere.

The first section, of course, is the Great Hall! I could imagine all the incredible feasts there... roast beef, pork chops, butterbeer... Then there's the Sorting Hat, which I wish would just tell me I'm not actually the muggle that I am... Btw, have you taken the Sorting Hat quiz on Pottermore? What house are you? I'll tell you mine if you tell me yours. ;)

travel guide Harry Potter Studio Tour London
Goblet of Fire Harry Potter Studio Tour London
Gryffindor common room Harry Potter Studio Tour London
Snape Potions class Harry Potter Studio Tour London
I'm not going to share too many photos - first, because there are just too many details, and second, I don't want to spoil everything for you if you're able to go. But here are some sights into Hogwarts: the Goblet of Fire, wigs that all the cast members wore, the Gryffindor common room, Griffin stairwell, Snape in Potions class, and SO. MUCH. MORE. If you're a Harry Potter fan, you will totally dork out.

As you can see, the area is pretty crowded. I'd often wait for people to finish viewing something and then get a closer look, which is typical in tours. We went at 9am, which I would recommend if you want slightly smaller crowds. By the time we left at noon, the lines were so long! If you can, go on a weekday as well.

Hogwarts Express
Hogwarts Express Harry Potter Studio Tour London
There is always that slight hope that gripping the handle of the luggage cart will transport me to Hogwarts, but alas, everyday I'm mugglin'. ;) You can tour the inside of Hogwarts Express as well.

Diagon Alley
Diagon Alley Harry Potter Studio Tour
We were early in exploring the Diagon Alley section, and luckily, they let us in as media so we were able to get it all to ourselves! I wish I could have gone inside Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes.

Hogwarts Harry Potter Studio Tour
Finally, the Tour concludes at this huge replica of Hogwarts. In the films, all the overhead shots of the school were taken from here! The details are so meticulous -- in one corridor, there are four plaques on the wall representing the different houses, and I had to duck down to see inside it! This is really quite an epic way to end the day.

Last note, we did the tour on our own because I like to take my time and go at my own pace, but I may recommend purchasing an audio tour guide or going with a tour group, because they're able to expand on so many more fascinating details.

A huge thank you to Virgin Atlantic for making this tour happen and for giving me the opportunity to be at Hogwarts! ...Even if I had to return to my muggle world after. :) See the rest of my London posts here.