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    Our First Trip to Portland: Food, the Outdoors, and the Best Bookstore

    Fact: when there’s a three-day weekend you better believe I’m gonna take advantage of it. This last Veteran’s Day weekend we took our first trip to Portland. Knowing Portland is a foodie haven, I was pretty excited. Eating is one of my favorite things to do when traveling, and Portland did not disappoint! Food The town we live in has zero as far as good restaurants go. And while I like to cook, sometimes I just want to have a good meal or snack out. And Portland has both, in spades. Blue Star Donuts: a large selection! yeast and cake donuts Caramelization process. I didn’t get this particular donut, but…

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    Pumpkin Picking in the Country

    One of my favorite fall activities is pumpkin picking. Sort of funny when you consider we pick pumpkins not to eat, but to use as decoration. My parents took us when we were little, and since me and my husband live in a rural area, we go each year. One of the advantages to living in the middle of nowhere is how close we are to so many farms. One of the farms not too far away from us grows pumpkins available for you-pick every year. We really lucked out last weekend when we went. The weather was gorgeous. Not something I can often say living in the Pacific Northwest.…

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    Apple Picking in Sedro-Woolley

    Apple picking. Is there anything that says autumn more than apple picking? (maybe pumpkin spiced everything?) For the past few years we’ve gone apple picking in Sedro-Woolley. The apple farm we go to, Jones Creek, is actually quite far from the town of Sedro-Woolley. The farm backs up to a small mountain and is easy to spot because of its red barn. There are so many apple trees at this farm, and they grow many different varieties. I’m not sure how many acres of apple trees there are, but there were 10+ rows of apple trees, and those rows were looooong. See? Such long rows! We brought a five-gallon bucket…

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  • Fashion,  Travel

    My First Trip to Primark

    There are so many Primark hauls on youtube. A lot of the British youtubers I watch have done at least one. Even Safiya Nygaard has done one! And it makes sense. Primark is a very cheap retailer that has a lot of current/trendy clothes. For 60-80 pounds you can get a lot. So I was curious. What was Primark like? Were their clothes any good? Our Primark Trip The only problem is the Primark stores that are in the US are on the East coast. (And currently there are no plans for West coast stores, and they don’t sell online. When I was in London I popped into one of…

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    The Last London Post: Tower of London, British Museum, and St. Paul’s

    Yes, all good things must come to an end. This is the last UK trip post for our trip to England. I did not want to leave, but we had to get back to life sometime. Our last week in London was quite the whirlwind. Aside from some serious shopping (look for some fashion posts featuring pieces I bought!), we saw some of the major sites. First off was the Tower of London. The Tower is a tourist favorite, and for good reason. Architecturally it is really cool. Then there’s the beefeater tour, the crows, and the shear amount of history. And did I mention the architecture? Got to love…

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    Feeling Royal at Hampton Court Palace

    I knew when we went to England that we were going to go to Hampton Court Palace. I love Tudor history and Hampton Court was an important Tudor palace. Its also just an hour train ride from central London, so I knew it would work with our schedule. Even though the train ride there and back was sweltering, I was pretty excited when we arrived. Massive. And this is only one portion (the Tudor) of the palace. When do I move in? The first part we saw was King Henry VIII’s kitchens. They are huge. I mean, they had to be. When you’re cooking for a whole court you need…

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    London: V&A Museum and Hyde Park

    One of the things I was most excited to see in London was the V&A museum (Victorian and Albert Museum). Why? Because they have a good historical clothing collection. One of my obsessions since I was a child is historical clothing. For me historical clothing is dress-up for grown-ups, except people actually wore these clothes. And the historical dresses at the V&A museum are the real deal! Mid 19th century. The gathering and the ruffles on this dress are b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l! And there’s a good chance this dress was hand-sewn! Regency gown. And, no, as far as I know this isn’t a child’s dress, but an adult’s. Crazy! Can you imagine…

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    Our First Day in London: Westminster Abbey and Parliament

    After the Cotswolds, we hit the ground running when we arrived in London. On our first day we tackles two heavy-hitters: Westminster Abbey and Parliament. Unfortunately, you’re not allowed to take pictures in most parts of Westminster and Parliament, so i took pictures of what I could. Luckily, we prepurchased our tickets to Westminster, so we didn’t have to wait in the long line. No matter how many abbeys/cathedrals I visit, I never get tired of seeing what the gargoyles look like. Westminster didn’t disappoint. It always cracks me up how disturbing some of them look. The detailed carvings over the north entrance are mind boggling, especially when you remember…

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  • Beauty,  Travel

    Going Crazy in London at Boots

    I watch a lot of British youtubers. I can’t get enough. So you can imagine how I writhe in envy every-time I watch one of their Boots hauls. If you don’t know what Boots is, its a British chain of drugstores that stock AWESOME beauty and makeup products. Where I live in America, drugstores are kinda meh. Poorly lit, poorly stocked, not great prices; that’s been my experience with drugstores. But Boots is different. So, so different. The bigger stores like the one in Piccadilly Circus has everything. High-end makeup and skincare, drugstore makeup and skincare, bath and body products, as well as the usual drugstore offerings (medicine, dietary stuff,…

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    Walking in Shakespeare’s Footsteps in Stratford-Upon-Avon

    I knew I couldn’t go to England without visiting Stratford-Upon-Avon. I have a masters degree in literature so to say I’m a Shakespeare fangirl is an understatement. I remember reading his plays during summer vacation as a teenager, watching the Leonardo DiCaprio film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet (still the best in my opinion, sorry Franco Zeffirelli), and writing soooo many papers in college and grad school. Needless to say I wanted to see everything we possibly could in a day. And we did. We bought the triple Shakespeare ticket that included his mother’s farm, Anne Hathaway’s cottage, and his birthplace. We also bought tickets to see King Lear preformed…

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