The Ultimate London Bucket List

Hey everyone! In case you didn’t know, I’m going to study abroad in London for one month this summer and I am so excited, especially because this is my first time out of the country.

I’m definitely a detail orientated person and I love to plan. Last summer when my boyfriend and I went to New York, I spent weeks making a list of things to do. While we didn’t accomplish everything on that list, it was a great road map for what to do on our trip!

So, of course, I’m already planning ahead for London. I thought I’d share my list because I’ve literally had to look at 100+ Pinterest posts to get all of these items in one place.

So if you’re a college aged person looking for the best things to do in London, this list is for you. It’s really extensive and obviously even in a month I won’t be able to get everything done, but it’s great to have tons of options!

I will be updating this list periodically – sign up for my newsletter to find out when I update it!

Food:

  • Franco Manca – sourdough pizza
  • Beigel Bake – salt beef bagel
  • Cafe Helen – shawarma
  • Monty’s deli – reuben special
  • Herman ze German – hot dog
  • Smack Deli – lobster roll
  • Pieminister – mothership
  • Fryer’s Delight – fish and chips
  • Temple of Seitan (vegan food)
  • The Diner
  • The Fish and Chip Shop
  • Nando’s
  • Gourmet Burger Kitchen
  • Grill My Cheese
  • Club Mexicana
  • Mother Clucker
  • Bleecker St. Burger
  • Honest Burger

Desserts:

  • Milk Train
  • Bread Ahead – doughnuts
  • Udderlicious – ice cream
  • Molly Bakes – milkshakes
  • Nosteagia – bubble waffles
  • Wafflemeister
  • Gelupo – gelato
  • The Sloane Brothers – froyo
  • Cereal Killer Cafe
  • Chin Chin Labs – Nitro ice cream
  • Milo and Hectors – ice cream sandwiches
  • Blu Top – ice cream sandwiches
  • Bears Ice Cream
  • Dum Dum Donutterie – the ice cream crone
  • Rock My Bowl – smoothie bowls
  • Chin Chin Ice Cream – nitro ice cream
  • Maitre Choux – Eclairs

Coffee:

  • Ziferblat
  • Holborn Grind
  • Caffe Nero
  • Monmouth
  • Ali Baba – juice
  • Pitch Coffee
  • White Mulberries
  • Hej Coffee
  • Bean About Town
  • MUD
  • 2 Love Tea and Coffee House
  • Department of Coffee

Tea:

  • Brown’s Hotel
  • Claridge’s
  • The Ritz
  • The Dorchester
  • The Savoy
  • Four Seasons Park Lane

Drinks:

  • The Social – Hip-Hop Karaoke
  • Drink, Shop, and Do
  • Gordon’s Wine Bar
  • Cider Tap

Things to do/ Places to see:

  • Columbia Road Flower Market
  • Do the Fulham Palace park run
  • Watch a movie at the Coronet Cinema
  • Walk The King’s Road
  • St. James Park (free)
  • Morden Hall Park (free)
  • Richmond Park (free)
  • http://www.secretcinema.org/
  • Camden beach
  • Walk around Southbank
  • Hampstead Heath
  • The Photographer’s Gallery
  • Parliament Hill for best views of London
  • Go to Aqua Shard and have a drink for a good view
  • University of Greenwich
  • St. Martin’s Window
  • Brixton Windmill
  • SkyGarden (book a few weeks in advance) – Walkie Talkie
  • Shakespeare’s Garden
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Phone Booth Dominos
  • Sugar House Studios (photo backdrop)
  • Big Ben and House of Parliament
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Victoria and Albert Museum – Knightsbridge (free)
  • St Dunstan in the East
  • Marble Arch
  • King’s Cross (Platform 9 ¾)
  • London Eye at night (book online for cheaper tix)
  • Emirates airlines
  • Shoreditch
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour ($43~)
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
  • Abbey Road
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Millenium Bridge
  • Hyde Park
  • Banksy art hunt

Shopping:

  • Daunt Books
  • Spend a day shopping on Oxford, Bond, Regent and Carnaby Streets
  • Fortnum and Mason
  • Harrods
  • One New Change (go to top floor)
  • Knightsbridge
  • St. Christopher’s Place

Markets:

  • Borough Market
  • Brick Lane Market (Sunday)
  • Portobello Market (Saturday)
  • Camden Market
  • Old Spitalfields Market
  • Greenwich Market
  • Covent Garden Market
  • Maltby Street Market
  • Borough Market
  • Brixton Village / Market
  • Picadilly Circus (at night)
  • Leadenhall Market

London Pass:

Now, not everyone needs to read this part. My program comes with the London Pass for three days. The items below are the ones that I am interested in but there are a ton more options to choose from. You can check out their site here. The one’s listed with FT after are fast track entry attractions – which means you get to skip the line. I will more than likely update this list closer to my trip with the locations that are near each other clumped together.

  • London Bridge Experience (FT)
  • Tower Bridge Exhibition (FT)
  • Tower of London (FT)
  • Kew Gardens (FT)
  • Hampton Court Palace (Ft)
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Windsor Castle
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • ArcelorMittal Orbit (London Pass Benefits: Free Entry to The Orbit & free hot drink at The Podium & Kitchen and visit the popular Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford. Browse high street to high end brands and enjoy up to 20% discount with a VIP card pick up at concierge)
  • Handel and Hendrix
  • Science Museum (3D IMAX film)
  • Wembley Stadium Tour
  • Wimbledon Tour Experience
  • Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
  • The Monument (climb it?)
  • The Queen’s Gallery
  • Charles Dickens Museum
  • Beefeater Gin Distillery Tour (free G&T)
  • Curzon Chelsea, Mayfair, Soho, and Bloomsberg (free movie ticket before 5pm)
  • 15% off at Wafflemeister, Things British,
  • East India Company (free gift with 10 pound purchase)
  • Beatles Store (free gift when you spend 5 pounds)
  • Museum of London
  • Tate Modern (espresso bar, slide)
  • The British Museum
  • National Gallery (free audiobook)
  • Museum of Brands, Advertising, and Packaging
  • Chislehurst Caves
  • Pollock’s Toy Museum
  • Jewel Tower
  • London Motor Museum
  • Cartoon Museum
  • Queens Ice and Bowling (free bowling)
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DIY Floral Letter

Hey guys! So I was poking around on Etsy last week and found one of those floral letters that people use for decor in their rooms or as sorority letters. I couldn’t believe how much they were charging for them! The prices were like $40+ for most of them. So, I decided to see if I could make one myself. I went over to a Michael’s craft store and managed to get everything I needed for just about $12! Here are my tips to get your supplies for cheap:

  1. Join the Michaels Rewards program!
  2. Check RetailMeNot for coupons (there’s a coupon on there like 90% of the time)
  3. Use multiple coupons at once! I used a 40% off one item coupon as well as a coupon for 25% off my entire purchase. This saved me a ton off my total purchase.
  4. Shop the flowers that are on sale!

Make sure that you purchase flowers that go well together!

This is the full list of the items you’ll need:

  1. A canvas or wood letter
  2. Enough flowers to cover the letter
  3. Hot glue gun
  4. Scissors

Okay so let’s get this tutorial on the road.

First, start with a large blank letter like this one:

Next, cut the stems off of the flowers you picked!

                              

Next, take the big flowers and cut the stem all the way off to the base of the flower. Put them on the letter to see how you’d like them to look.

Now, it’s time to get out a glue gun. Personally I got mine on clearance at Target after Christmas. For some reason it was considered a seasonal item so I got it for like $4.

Glue the large flowers on!

Last, take the smaller flowers and glue them into the crevices to bring the whole look together. Ta-dah! All done. See, easy! You can do this tutorial in less than a half hour. It will look so cute hanging in your room!

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Tampa Bay Coffee: The Ultimate Guide

For those of you who don’t know me, I love coffee. I’m all about throwing down copious amount of cash for a great latte that isn’t from Starbucks. So, living in the Tampa Bay are has been great for me because there are so many options to choose from! However, when I first got to school, it was difficult to figure out all the different coffee places. So, I started working on a guide of places I’ve been and places I want to go to. I thought I’d share this with you all. I’ve also linked each places Instagram account so you can check them out and show them some love! Also, this guide wouldn’t have been possible without one of my favorite Instagram accounts, Tampa Brews, so check them out as well.

Places I’ve been and love:

Felicitous (USF)

Felicitous is my favorite coffee shop in the entire world. There is no place like it. I’m so lucky that I live less than 5 minutes away from their main location. I’m so proud of the fact they are doing well enough that they were able to open a second location. They always are putting new art on the walls from local artists and have the best music playing in there. They’re comfy on the inside and cute on the outside (and pupper friendly!). Personally, they make this “fit frappe” which is just espresso and whey protein but it’s my go to drink there. They sell a ton of snacks and also have a huge coffee + tea menu. The employees are friendly and always try to get to know you. What can I say, I just love Felicitous.

Foundation (Tampa Heights)

Foundation is another one of my favorite places to go. Their indoor and outdoor seating areas are so cute and quiet. Perfect for getting some studying done or catching up with a friend. If you go to Foundation and don’t order iced cold brew, you’re missing out. They also have really good bakery items and most of them are vegan or gluten free!

Buddy Brew (Hyde Park)

Ohhhh Buddy Brew, how I love you. In case you can’t tell from my photos, I am in love with their lattes. If you don’t buy a vanilla latte at Buddy Brew, you might as well not go. Just kidding. All of their coffee is perfect and their stores are beautiful. They have multiple locations but the Hyde Park one has become my favorite! They also sell merchandise. I wouldn’t mind having one of their shirts, if anyone wants to buy me one (just kidding… or am I?).

Caffeine (Downtown TPA)

I’ve only been here once but I really enjoyed it! I bought an iced orange cold brew and it was definitely interesting and different. I liked it a lot. It’s really close to downtown so I would recommend stopping over here next time you’re in the city. Their coffee is a little bit cheaper than most other places, so that’s good to note too. They’re also dog friendly!

Oxford Exchange (Downtown TPA)

Okay so technically Oxford Exchange (OE) isn’t a coffee shop. However, it does have a Buddy Brew inside and you can walk around this beautiful building with an amazing coffee in hand. They have a really cute store inside with books and small gifts, a Warby Parker glasses section, and of course, the restaurant section of the store. If you’re stopping in for a coffee, make sure you take some time to walk around and enjoy this place! Refer to my Buddy Brew review for more details about the coffee.

Chocolate Pi (Soho)

So I’ve never actually had coffee here BUT I’ve heard it’s amazing. What I did get was two of the best cupcakes I’ve ever eaten. So if you’re in for a sweet treat and some coffee, head over to Chocolate Pi.

The Attic (Downtown TPA)

The Attic is such a cute location. I forgot to take a photo of the view, but you can see most of downtown Tampa from their balcony area! They’re also a bar and they often do open mic nights.

Mojo Books & Records (USF)

Mojo is perfect for grabbing coffee with a friend and then spending hours getting lost shopping for vinyl records and books. The staff is extremely friendly and I love the atmosphere here.

The Blind Tiger (Ybor)

The Blind Tiger is a great place to grab some coffee if you’re in Ybor. They have really good affogato, which I love. They have a large menu and I know that I’ll definitely be a repeat customer. While you’re there, check out Revolve, the cutest thrift store in Tampa!

 

Places I’ve been not in Tampa but in Tampa Bay Area:

Intermezzo (St. Pete)

I checked out Intermezzo after visiting the St. Pete Indie Market and I’m glad I did. Their latte was to die for. The location is beautiful and very relaxed. The employees are super friendly and want to help you, so if you’re not sure what to get, ask them! They’re also a bar at night, if you’re into that.

Bandit (St. Pete)

Bandit is hands down the most beautiful coffee shop I have ever seen. Their coffee is strong and flavorful. Their employees are cool and super nice. The minimalist design is amazing and perfect for your Instagram.

Buttermilk Provisions (Wesley Chapel)

Went to Buttermilk for the coffee, stayed for the donuts. They serve Buddy Brew coffee so it’s hard to go wrong. Where they are absolutely winning is with their donuts. They have gluten free donuts but you wouldn’t know it. They’re baked instead of friend and amazing. The only downside is that the location makes it filled with rich Wesley Chapel moms. But it’s worth it, so go next time you’re in the area.

Kahwa (Sarasota)

Not much to say, Kahwa is simply good coffee and a nice place to stop for a quick chat with a friend.

Lelu (Siesta Key)

The perfect pick me up after a long day at the beach is a coffee from Lelu. There’s a lot of cute boutiques in the surrounding area as well!

 

Places I still need to go to:

Jet City Espresso

The Lab Coffee

Spaddy’s Coffee Co

DI Coffee Bar

Concord Coffee

Mountaineer Coffee

Urban Bungalow

The Vine

Degaje

Ginger Beard Coffee

Datz Dough

Daily Eats

Indpendent Bar

Victory Coffee

Piquant

The Grind Coffee Bar

The Bricks

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First Post + Giveaway!

Well, I did it! It took me three weeks of crying and tearing my hair out but this blog is finally up.

I put “Start a blog” on my New Year’s Resolutions and am so excited to check it off. This has been something I’ve been thinking about doing for almost a year now.

Honestly if it weren’t for my internship with CollegeFashionista and all of the inspiring women I’ve met because of it, I don’t know if I ever would have done this. But my internship gave me the resources to interact with so many smart women bloggers who inspired me to finally do it.

I want to give back to all of the people that are interested in following my blog. I need your support but I don’t have much to offer right now besides my articles. So, I’m going to do a giveaway!

If you subscribe to my newsletter before Friday April 7th, you will be entered to win everything pictured. The winner will be announced on Saturday April 8th.

The items included are:

  • Laneige – Water Bank Soothing Gel Mask
  • Missha Time Revolution – The First Treatment Essence
  • Laneige – BB Cushion (sample)
  • Sinful Colors – Nail Polish
  • Stowaway – Creme Lipstick Trio
  • Revlon – Eye Liner
  • Neutrogena – Hydro Boost Lip Shine
  • Maybelline – Blush (104)
  • Covergirl – Colorlicious Lipstick
  • Madam C.J. Walker – Brassica Seed Oil
  • Clinique – Moisturizing Gel
  • Skin Fix – Body Butter

I hope you all are as excited to see my blog grow as I am!

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How to Visit Miami on a College Budget

Going to college in Florida has its perks. One is that I don’t have to pay a lot of money to go on a really cool spring break vacation. The past two years, I’ve gone to Miami for a few days over spring break. One thing that I noticed when trying to find places to eat/shop/drink coffee/etc., is that it seemed as every blog was aimed at an audience that was much older and had much more money than me.

So, here is my post of all of the places I’ve been in the Miami area and the prices at each place! For those of you who are on a college budget like me, this post will save you a ton of time and research.

Most of the places I mention are in Wynwood – I would highly recommend finding an AirBNB in this location! I stayed for one night for $75 and was within walking distance (less than a mile) to everything in Wynwood and the Design District. I also went to South Beach area but honestly, a lot of the places there are out of my price range for eating, shopping, etc. You should still visit, just don’t plan on spending all of your time there (unless you want to)!

BONUS: If you use my link for AirBNB, you get $20 off your stay of $75 or more!

Where to Eat

Ms Cheezious (MiMo District) – Grilled Mackin’ Melt $7
Somehow I forgot to take a photo of this amazing sandwhich. But pretty much it’s mac and cheese on some good bread and you need it in your life.

Morgan’s Restaurant (Wynwood) – Raspberry Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast $14
This place is amazing. It’s a super cute brunch spot and it has the best french toast I’ve ever eaten. However, this was a little out of my price range, so my boyfriend and I split it.

Shake Shack (Miami Beach – Lincoln Road) – Single ShackBurger + Fries $8.54
Literally everything here is good and you just can’t go wrong with Shake Shack. We ate here twice in two days. Oops.

La Palma (West Miami) – Churros and Chocolate $4
First, a warning: the employees here may not speak English. This is fine! I just wanted to let you know that you may have to communicate by pointing unless you know some Spanish like me. This place is 24 hours and is authentic Cuban food.

Mi Rinconcito Mexicano (Little Havana) – Nachitos, 3 Chicken Tacos, 3 Beef Tacos, Glass of Jarritos $25ish
Authentic Mexican food. So cheap and so good.

Masa Taqueria (Coconut Grove) – Carne Asada Tacos $7.95
I still dream about these tacos. Just get them.

Where to Get Coffee + Dessert

Panther Coffee (Multiple locations) – Iced Vanilla Latte $5.50
This place is so cute and their espresso is amazing. The staff was super friendly too.

Dr. Smood (Wynwood) – Iced Latte $6.15
Their coffee was so good that I didn’t even need flavoring, which I usually do. They also sell a lot of healthy food and juice! This place is really cute inside. The only downside – their coffee is a little more expensive than what I usually pay.

The Salty Donut (Wynwood) – Nutella donut and Guava + Cheese donut $5.50
My boyfriend and I got one each since these donuts run about $3 each. Some are less and some are more. They make them fresh every morning and each has a distinct flavor. The Guava + Cheese was my favorite out of the two we got. The inside and outside of this store has a really nice aesthetic.

Fireman Derek’s World Famous Pies (Wynwood) – Famous Key Lime Pie and Cookies & Cream Pie $6
I’m not normally a fan of Key Lime pie but this was amazing! The Cookies & Cream definitely won my heart and made me wish I could afford to throw down $30 on a pie to bring home. If you go anywhere in Wynwood, go here.

Where to Go

Haulover Beach – Free
This is a nude beach! There are a lot of old people here. I’d say 90% of the people at this beach are nude. However, if you want to be free and get a good tan, this is the place to go.

Miami Beach – Free (parking will cost you an arm and a leg if you don’t Uber here)
This beach is nice. Nothing crazy but the sand is clean and this isn’t much of a spring break spot so you can walk around and enjoy your time. The hotels along the beach are really cool to look at too.

Wynwood Walls (Wynwood) – Free
Wynwood Walls is perfect for anyone who appreciates art. It’s also perfect for Instagrammers because every backdrop looks good. Make sure you where a solid black or white outfit for all the photos you’ll be taking!

Coco Walk (Coconut Grove) – Free (shopping + food area)
This is a really cute area that has both great restaurants. It’s a really relaxing place to hang out if you have an extra day!

Where to Shop

Collins Ave./Ocean Drive
This is the South Beach/Art Deco Area! I didn’t spend a ton of time here but they have stores like: DASH (yes, the Kardashian’s store), Mango, Urban Outfitters, and Zara.

Lincoln Rd.
This is one of the main shopping streets in Miami. You will see a ton of rich foreign people with thousands of dollars worth of shopping bags walking around. You will cry a little bit. Here are some places you can actually afford: Aldo, American Apparel, AEO, Anthropologie, Express, Forever21, H&M, LUSH, Madewell, Ulta, and Victoria’s Secret.

Mimo Market (Wynwood)
This store was so cute that I just had to give it a special mention! Check out the photos I posted of some of their products. Those espadrilles are perfect.

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BootayBag Because #UnderMatters

I’m so thrilled to announce my collaboration with BootayBag, a subscription service for all cute underwear lovers (aka all of us)!

For only $12, which is pretty much three lattes at Starbucks, you get two pairs of cute undies delivered right to your door for free. Both pairs will be tailored to your style and you’re pretty much guaranteed to fall in love with every pair.

 

The packaging is so cute (not to mention perfect for your next Instagram post) that I was almost afraid to rip it open. I received one thong and one pair of cheeky panties. Both were really cute and lacy and had cute designs.


You can tell that BootayBag cares about it’s products, the detailing is obvious in their underwear. Honestly, I think they’re giving Aerie and Victoria’s Secret a run for their money.

BootayBag is changing the monthly subscription game. Not only is this a brilliant idea, they’ve created a culture around making women feel beautiful. They are a philanthropic based company that donates money to the Melanoma Foundation. How can you help? When you get your BootayBag (don’t lie, you’re already thinking about it), post a photo of it on your Instagram and hashtag #undermatters and BootayBag will donate $1!

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