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This dance crew from New Zealand is jaw dropping amazing in JB’s new music video!!

I am out of control excited for the Gilmore Girls revival. I need it like I need air.

DIY pun-kins just in time for Halloween

What a gorgeous living room!

Lord help me. It’s fall and all I want to do is bake.

There seems to be a lot of bad press about Texas right now and I’m totally embarrassed to call it home. I might jump on the bandwagon of the new Norwegian usage of Texas = crazy.

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PSA! Tom Felton is Louis Leonowens

I watched Anna and the King last week and thought, “wait a second… I’d know that smirk anywhere!”

Tom Felton IS Louis Leonowens. but I think we all remember him as our favorite Slytherin.

Knowing it was baby Draco in Anna and the King made the movie *that* much better.

I also never appreciated how cool it is that the movie is based on real events and real story line. I got interested and look up more of its history.

  • The real king’s face was half paralyzed.
  • Anna taught the King’s 64 (!!!) children
  • After Anna wrote her novel about her experiences the king wrote she “has supplied by her invention that which is deficient in her memory.”

I think this story will continue to be popular regardless of the accuracy, or lack of.  Maybe because we are all suckers for a good story with a little love involved :)

annnnnd because i couldn’t resist…

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Instagram vs Reality

I love a good insta and will go to lengthy measures to achieve one. Such strategies include:

  • Hi stranger, can you please take a photo of me?
  • No sister, I need at least 40 more shots from various angles.
  • Oh there’s a fee to enter this building with great architecture that I need for a sweet insta? No problemo.

I live in a very uncool time and would like to blame today’s youths.

As in love with insta as I am sometimes I think “wait why isn’t my life like that?” which is so depressing. Say it with me now, comparison is the thief of joy. there is a wide gap between what we see and what is really happening when someone takes an insta. I swoon over other people’s insta lives (and their great outfits) as much as the next person, and it’s important to remember that they too probably looked like a little foolish trying to achieve a good selfie

Example A: Pulling up the jeans and hoping the people behind me would move out of the frame. didn’t happen. and yes this is the time I paid around 40 danish kroner just to go inside for this insta. IMG_5305IMG_5338

Example B: I wanted to try a Buzzfeed and friend’s suggestion at The Breakfast Club.

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How in the world did that guy’s breakfast end up so pretty?!

Example C: I made my sister switch seats with me because I wanted more pink in the photo (after at least 15 pictures) but ended up going with the very first photo she took of meIMG_6179IMG_6152

More examples because we’ve all been there!

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Copenhagen Travel

In the words of Beyonce: I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly.

No lie, two streets over from our airbnb was Copenhagen’s top rated brunch place Mad & Kaffe. We called it Mad Cafe and our airbnb host thought it was hilarious. we got jokes people! but seriously, one thing i never joke about is food. check it:
IMG_5629We went there twice and no regrets. We stayed in Kobenhavn which is the foodie hipster area and was about a 20 minute walk from the city centre, however if we dared to it was only an 8 to 10 minute bike ride. These bikes were cutesy like this one:IMG_5428They were clunky with impossibly high seats that in fact did not lower to wear I could sit and easily get on and off.  I think it’s because everyone in Copenhagen (and possibly all of Denmark) are tall, blonde, and beautiful with great clothing. The bikes we used were called GoBikes, electric bikes with GPS, and our host gave us his account so there were free to use. Seriously he was the best, more on that later. I almost got myself and others killed because I’ve only ever ridden my bike for leisure around my neighborhood, never in a city and never on the road with tons of other bikers. Copenhagen is known for being a great bike city for a reason, it’s the fastest way!

Now on to the adventures. First up Christiansborg Palace.
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check this tapestry out!
check this tapestry out!
This sofa looks beautiful and uncomfortable. I need it.
This sofa is beautiful and uncomfortable. I need it.
Mr. Tumnus? That you?
Mr. Tumnus? That you?
Tell me this isn't Belle's library come to life!
Tell me this isn’t Belle’s library come to life!
Went and saw the original
Went and saw the original. sup.

IMG_5272I had heard this pastry was a must to try. I can’t remember what it’s real name is but translated it’s “director’s snail” and the best place to get one is from Lagkagehuset bakery. We walked right past one and made Natasha stop in to get one to share.  because that’s what sisters are for, right? :)IMG_5270IMG_5342We went on a free walking tour and Natasha was picked to be a physical representation of one of the islands that was “small and not much to look at” baha I think everyone’s faces here accurately describes the awkwardness IMG_5350My peeps. We found ourselves in a bit of a pickle when it came to do our laundry and our host was out of town. We had to connect the washer to the sink for water (and various other steps) and we could-not-figure-it-out. I’ve known some places in Europe have this set up (I mean both washer and the pictured bathroom set up) in theory but I’ve never seen one in real life. I wasn’t bothered with the shower just being there next to the toilet and next to the washer, it was definitely more cozy. IMG_5358IMG_5354It took us over an hour to figure this out. Embarrassing I know. Also, one of the settings on the washer was “5 shirts”. why would anyone waste a load on 5 shirts??? Baffled.

A note on dryers. Most people in Europe don’t have them. They think we are crazy for using them because it’s a huge energy waste. I agree. Specifically for Texans where it’s hot most of the year and if you put your clothes outside in the summer they will most likely be dry in 5 minutes. and you just saved an hour’s worth of money. the weird/sad thing is this idea has never occurred to most people in the states because it’s never mentioned. ok off my soap box. or should I say detergent box?

Me: are your jeans going to bleed?

Sister: No

Me: Are you sure?

Sister: yes

End result: They bled and all our whites were turned a blueish gray. AND clean! huzzah! IMG_5362Read about Dyrehaven in a New York times article and luckily it was just down the street from where we were staying! we tried the recommended potato open faced sandwich and the eggs benedict, so yum!IMG_5452Tivoli! I get why all the reviews said to visit at night now. All around are lights and light display/shows in the gardens that would have been sooo pretty once lit up! There were tons in the weeping willows that I know would have been beautiful! So take it from a nonbeliever and go at night. IMG_5437IMG_5464Natasha went on all the rides and I went around taking photos of the cool plants :)IMG_5280

Go to "Whoopie" and understand life.
Go to “Whoopie” and understand life.
canal tour, so lovely
canal tour, so lovely
the national library, the Black Diamond. appropriately named don't ya think?
the national library, the Black Diamond. appropriately named don’t ya think?

On our last day we went on a tour to a few castles outside the city, but my favorite was the viking museum because we got to dress up :) !IMG_5484IMG_5492

I'm told this is the traditional Viking pose
I’m told this is the traditional Viking pose
mandatory apple pic
mandatory apple pic
The Macbeth castle!
The Macbeth castle!

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Last but not least… lolz just kidding the Little Mermaid statue is rated 2nd most disappointing landmark/statue/thing to see in Copenhagen. IMG_5416

Copenhagen Roundup:

Copenhagen is full of beautiful people and they all speak English! They are all so nice

Our man, Frederik is bomb and the best airbnb host of my life. He got us in to Tivoli for free, packed us snacks for our day tour, and left us parfaits for our plane ride. andddd he didn’t hate us completely when he found out Natasha’s pesto from Italy had somehow leaked through into his coffee table. We love you!! *also the wifi was the best we had on the trip and we are forever grateful for that, we made great headway on Happy Endings <- so funny! we had never watched it and all three seasons are out!

It’s way easy to get around if you are a fearless individual on a too tall bike. I was game a couple of times but mostly I didn’t mind walking because I didn’t block traffic or have major anxiety.

People are so chill here. I get why Copenhagen is ranked the happiest place in the world to live.

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Have a Beautiful Weekend

The weather has been so beautiful it feels like I’m not in Texas! I’m going to spend as much time as possible outdoors. I did just grease up the ol’ rollerblades…

To the links!

This song is made for the end of summer

For all of you looking for a little escape in nature

I love it when people actually believe the Onion. This time they did something different, or the same, and people are taking notice.

I’ve been following Sarah’s blog for seven years and she announced she recently got married! I love when people create meaningful moments without all the crazy hoopla :)

If it’s not a dry cut, you’re not touching my hair.

These flats are so sweet (and out of stock!)

Caffeinated peanut butter?? That’s a thing?

 

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Book Review: Rising Strong

Brene Brown is a bad ass bitch. I can say that about a PhD professor and Oprah’s new bestie right? If you haven’t heard about my girl Brene you have been living under a rock. Her TedTalk went viral, The Power of Vulnerability and it’s a life changer. Quickly after she wrote The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly and another TedTalk: Listening to Shame.  She’s from Houston and is a huge deal in the yoga community (and everywhere else, hello she’s friends with Oprah!). We are always referencing her and I even used some of her insights when I taught a public speaking class. Anywhooo on to her newest book!

I went up to Austin for a signing because the Houston event was sold out. I got such a great seat! FullSizeRender (1)
I promise all those seats were filled after. Brene is a great story teller and I left inspired! After I finished the book I felt a little bummed though. You know when all the good bits were in the trailer? That’s how I felt happened at the signing, she was too good at speaking that without her the book fell flat and I wanted to watch her TEDTalk instead. I was too bored.

The two main ideas/takeaways I got from Rising Strong are

  1. “The irony is that we attempt to disown our difficult stories to appear more whole or more acceptable, but our wholeness- even our wholeheartedness- actually depends on the integration of all of our experiences, including the fall”. You can see why Oprah loves this girl.
  2. “I assumed that people weren’t doing their best so I judged them and constantly fought being disappointed, which was easier than setting boundaries.” AHA moment! The whole idea that people are actually doing the best they can. That changes everything doesn’t it?

I looked up some of the reviews on GoodReads and some people mentioned they liked her other books more than Rising Strong and how this one felt more self help.  I haven’t read her other books so I can’t say personally but I want to agree.

Official rating: 3/5

Looking for more book recs? I just discovered this great blog and am in love!

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Poland Travel- Warsaw and Krakow

There is so much I could say about Poland but I think I’ll stick to the golden rule:

In lieu, here are some pics!IMG_5056

Our airbnb was bomb! Hostels were dirt cheap but for $35/night you could get an entire apartment!IMG_5063IMG_5067

Marie Curie's home!
Marie Curie’s home!

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A Polish love story. and a fierce bag.

Memorial for the Jewish community
Memorial for the Jewish community
Natasha on our bike tour
Natasha on our bike tour

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We went to Auschwitz and I took loads of photos but feel weirdly uncomfortable sharing them. Maybe because you can’t really capture the feeling of the place on an iphone? It was the strangest day, we had been having the coldest, windiest, rainiest weather during our time in Poland and then out of no where a perfect day.  And by some weird twist of fate we visited on 9/11.

"Work Sets You Free"
“Work Sets You Free”

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The flag symbolizes all prisoners by using the colors and stripes from their uniforms
The flag symbolizes all prisoners by using the colors and stripes from their uniforms
The bottom floor was used for sleeping as well as the other two bunk levels
The bottom floor was used for sleeping as well as the other two bunk levels

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to end things on a better note, on our last night in poland we found the best restaurant near us and had plum crumble for dessert!IMG_5208

Summary: skip Warsaw if you can and spend two days in Krakow. I think the weather had a large part to why I didn’t have a great time but honestly if I had been traveling by myself at that point in my journey I would have gone somewhere else.

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Bits & Pieces: London Travel Part II

Guys it’s been for-ev-er and I am back from holiday. Blogging was kinda impossible with all the sketch wifi but now i’m back in the land of the free wifi and the blog is back in business!  Here is the lowdown!

Entrance to one of the oldest remaining operating theatres
Entrance to one of the oldest remaining operating theatres
Boom!! Rachel and I shut this place down! No really, they asked us to leave.
Boom!! Rachel and I shut this place down! No really, they asked us to leave.
They discovered the operating theatre after many years, it was in an attic above a church! Oh, England.
They discovered the operating theatre after many years, it was in an attic above a church! Oh, England.
Ok seriously this is just messed up. RIP your lady bits.
Ok seriously this is just messed up. RIP your lady bits.
We also went to the Hunterian Museum which was the freakiest and coolest place I have ever been and it was free! Not for the faint of heart!! You need to find half faces and other unseemly preserved body parts preserved in jars cool. Something my sister did not and she refused to go :)
Ben Franklin's house! While interesting not as cool as I thought it would be. Still love you, Ben!
Ben Franklin’s house! While interesting not as cool as I thought it would be. Still love you, Ben!
Ah Camden Town, one of my top three favorite places in london and the birthplace of punk!
Ah Camden Town, one of my top three favorite places in london and the birthplace of punk!
Had taken only a few steps out of the tube station. #norules
Had taken only a few steps out of the tube station. #norules

Camden Market has the best offerings foodwise. Get your grub on and try everything! I would be happy if mac and cheese were what the U.S. were actually known for as opposed to our actual reputation.

Have never felt so proud #murica
Have never felt so proud #murica
helllllooooooo
helllllooooooo
Neal's Yard!
Neal’s Yard!

I didn’t end up eating anything in Camden (I know, cray) but I did head over to Neal’s Yard to try out a Buzzfeed suggestion. Intersting fact: a Monty Python filmaker lived here! Maybe explains the color scheme?

HomeSlice. Honestly one of the most delicious slices of my life
HomeSlice. Honestly one of the most delicious slices of my life
Kew Gardens!!
Kew Gardens!!

Kew Gardens is amazing. Using the actual definition of the word. I spent many hours there and there was no way of me seeing everything in one day, and I even used the little railroad cart that took you around. Scientists and other workers in Kew do research for medicine and even create face and body products sold in the UK. I had bought one the day before so it was pretty cool being there! I think Kew Gardens is also a big art in Elizabeth Gilbert’s book “The Signature of All Things”- on my to read list!

I think I saw this on pinterest..
I think I saw this on pinterest..
How crazy is this tree?! It's called a Monkey Puzzle
How crazy is this tree?! It’s called a Monkey Puzzle
Walking around the tree tops! <3
Walking around the tree tops! <3

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Bricklane is known for its street art and the best place for curry. you can barter with the people trying to get you to eat at their restaurants over the price. If you take an art tour, it’s going to be in this neighborhood. People like to say Camden is the hipster part but I think it’s because they haven’t been to Bricklane. See for yourself! IMG_5039IMG_5038

Tried another Buzzfeed suggestion, a ton of people were there getting the same as me. I rate it a 5/10
Tried another Buzzfeed suggestion, a ton of people were there getting the same as me. I rate it a 5/10
Have been hearing about this place for a long time!
Have been hearing about this place for a long time!
The menu!
The menu!

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And thus ends part II. London you will always have my heart!

If you want more London, this blog is fabulous!

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