Saturday, October 31, 2015

Sew Cute Abroad: Weekend Recap 7 Part I

My friend Sarah and I decided to take a last minute student trip to Bath and Stonehenge. We went through the same group that I went to Oxford and the Harry Potter studios. It's an easy way to do trips! Basically you pay one price for all the transportation, tickets, and tours that are included in each trip. 

For this trip we got to visit the city of Bath, United Kingdom then we made a second stop to see Stonehenge. In this post I will tell you all about my trip in Bath! Be sure to check back for part II to see my pictures from Stonehenge. 

While in Bath I fell in love with the architecture and small town feel. Although the city is large it was super cute and had a small community feel. It was amazing to get out of London for the day. There was a lot of grass and lots of puppies walking around!

Bath is famous for this bridge that is modeled after a bridge in Florence. The architecture style of Bath is described as Georgian. It was really cool because all of the buildings were made out of a certain limestone. This limestone is only from Bath and gives the city its signature yellow tone color. 

Another major landmark of Bath is the Abbey Church. Apparently there has been a church in this same spot for hundreds of years. It's amazing to see a city as old as Bath because there is nothing that old in the United States!

In the church there were 20 or so huge stain glass windows. They had so much detail and beautiful colors. 

For lunch we ate at Sally Lunn's which is a restaurant only in Bath. Sally Lunn's has a signature bun which is only made in Bath and has a secret recipe. I got mine with cinnamon butter but they had other sweet and savory toppings. It was delicious! If your in Bath it's a must see because it's so unique to the city!

Have you traveled to Bath before? Let me know in the comments! 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Italy Adventures: Florence

Cio everyone! Today I am telling you all of my adventures in the amazing city of Florence. Our trip to Florence was about two full days long but we had a solid half day to explore the city when we first arrived. Our adventures in Florence mainly included shopping (mainly for leather and bags), browsing boutiques, seeing major works of art, and exploring the historical city. Here are a few pictures from my trip to Florence!

The famous bridge in Florence is a spot you don't want to miss! There are some cute shops around the area (lots of jewelry stores very high end but fun to look in the windows!). We would always get gelato nearby and walk to the bridge to enjoy the views. It was the perfect way to enjoy some yummy treats. 

All of the street signs in Florence are altered in some way. Our tour guide from our free tour was saying that an artist went around changing all of them! Some of them are hilarious like this one! 

A lot of girls from my sorority and school had gone to Florence to study abroad and they gave AMAZING recommendations for food and activities! My two favorite places we went were La Milkeria for waffles (mine had fresh fruit and Nutella!) and Gusta Pizza for the most amazing pizza on this planet! After my Italy trip is over I will be creating a post with all of my favorite shops, restaurants, and things to do so be on the lookout. 

For lunch one day we went to a restaurant that our AirBNB host recommended. It was around the corner from our apartment which was also great! I got gnocchi and it was arguably the best gnocchi I've ever tasted EVER. It was to die for and you could tell it was homemade. The restaurant was super small but we could see the chef cooking in the back (yes one chef!). He came out and asked us how our food was so naturally we took a picture with him! He was adorable. 


The AMAZING Gusta Pizza! A must see in Florence! Or must eat I should say.. Vivoli was by far the best gelato I had in Italy. I got the pineapple and strawberry and they were TO DIE FOR! But my friends got other flavors and they were equally delicious. 

Well that was my Florence adventure! I loved the city and I highly recommend it to anyone who is traveling to Italy or Europe! 
Have you been to Florence? Let me know your favorite things about it in the comments! 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sew Cute Abroad: Chanel Mademoiselle Prive Exhibit Review

Before I left London for my long break I was able to catch the Chanel Mademoiselle Prive exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery in London. I had high expectations for this exhibit and I think they fell a little flat. The exhibit was mainly focusing on the only fine jewelry collection that Chanel ever created. Which is cool, but I thought it was going to focus on her career as a whole. But, I mean it was Chanel so it was still very cool. However, I think the Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibit was a better see. 

None the less, the exhibit featured many interesting things about Chanel, her inspiration, and parts of her personal life. One of the best parts of the exhibit was the couture room where you saw a collection especially created for the exhibit by Karl Lagerfeld. Again, the collection was centered around Chanel's only fine jewelry line. 

Here are some pictures to let you inside of the exhibit.... 

Here are some of the pieces that represent things Chanel was inspired by..... 

This was my favorite jewelry piece from the collection Karl Lagerfeld did inspired by Chanel's original collection. Also, I am a huge fan of Lilly Collin's style. 

Have you been to the exhibit? What did you think? 
Let me know in the comments!