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“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you are going to mess it up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up… So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” – Marilyn Monroe

Winter is Coming!

Thanksgiving is over already (I can’t believe it!), everyone is putting up the holiday decorations, and it’s definitely getting colder outside. While I didn’t do any post-Thanksgiving shopping this year (but have you seen the J.Crew sale?!), there are a few things on my (winter is coming) wish list!

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Sweater / Scarf / Coat / Earrings / Jeans / Duffel Bag
Sweater Dress / Hat / Gloves / Sweater / Flats / Necklace

Back to Paris

Once I knew I was spending a good bit of time in London, I also knew I couldn’t be so close to Paris and not just make a quick visit back (these photos from my previous Paris trip are still one of my favorite things). So as a reward after finishing finals, I took a day trip to Paris via train, got in around 10am, had a croissant and espresso, walked for a bit, then stopped for fromage et un verre de rosé, and wandered around some of my favorite spots (see them in this previous post). I also visited an area that was new to me – Montmartre – and was able to enjoy Palais Royal (below) for the first time (it was being renovated the last time I was there). Before getting back on the train to head back to London, I stopped in Angelina on Rue de Rivoli for their famous hot chocolate. It was an absolutely glorious day.

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The Cotswolds

If you are not already familiar with the area (a lot of bloggers have been there recently, it seems!), the Cotswolds is an area in south central England stretching from Stratford-upon-Avon to Bath. I knew it was an area I wanted to explore and I was lucky to get out there on a couple different occasions while in England. First, on a Sunday, I took a bus tour out to four villages with a friend from school (thanks to Merritt for the idea!) – we visited Bibury, Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water, and Stow-on-the-Wold.

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Bibury, Gloucestershire

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Summer in London

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know I spent most of my summer living in London. I was there for school (studying International Law at King’s College London), but did manage to have an amazing time exploring as much of the city as possible. Thankfully, I was done with class each day at 2:30 and then would immediately head out – there are too many places I loved to list them all, but I thought I would highlight a few of my very favorite spots! I did have the chance to get out of London and visit the Cotswolds, Oxford, Bath, and Paris – but will share more about those stops later!

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Winter Skincare

Taking care of your skin in harsh winter weather is not always easy, but with most of the East Coast currently in the middle of storm Jonas, I thought I’d share some of my favorite winter skincare products! Specifically, I had to share more about my latest find – Alchimie Forever. I’ve known of the brand and its DC founder, Ada Polla, for years. Besides the fact this beauty brand is based in DC, I’ve always admired their focus on healthy, youthful skin. But I just recently tried their best-selling brightening moisture mask, which is perfect for winter weather – and instantly, my skin felt super hydrated and smooth. I’m also obsessed with anything that can help decrease redness and brighten my skin (so I can wear less makeup), and this product definitely did the trick. If you haven’t tried any of their products, this is a great one to start with! Find other Alchimie Forever best-sellers here.

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Alchimie Forever Brightening Moisture Mask, Smashbox Primer, Alchimie Forever Lightening Serum
Peter Thomas Roth Complexion Correction Pads, BareMinerals Blemish Therapy
Kate Somerville Intensive Exfoliating Treatment, Kate Somerville Acne Treatment
Dr. Dennis Gross Glow Pads, Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion