Tea Time at the Fortnum and Mason

You can always spot me having a spot of tea! In honor of the anniversary of my return from studying abroad in London and Queen Elizabeth’s birthday a few days ago, I thought I’d share the unpublished  Diamond Jubilee Afternoon Tea experience I had at the Fortnum and Mason. If it’s any reflection on how […]

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A Tea Fit For Royalty at the Palace Hotel

Since I was a little girl, I had this fascination with going to high tea. My mother used to take me to a local favorite called the English Rose Garden, where we would get all dolled up and indulge in delectable finger sandwiches and confections on a doily covered table. Since the teahouse closed down, […]

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The Lady in Lavender

Tiny towns, hidden treasures. My hometown delights in the beauty of each season. February turns the Stanislaus County into a pink paradise with its endless orchards of blossoms. May and June are when one can pick plump blueberries directly under the toasty sun. And July, July is the lovely Lavender season. Whenever I’m on spring […]

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Library Lookbook: California State Library

A library touched by Midas. A labyrinth of literature, filled with rich wall murals and cozy leather chairs to gape at them from. It was as if this The California State Library did not even belong in California, but in the belly of an ancient pyramid. “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a […]

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Fashion From the Fourth

How did I celebrate my Independence this Fourth of July? In the most poetic way possible: I left Britain for America, and am still trying to figure out how to be emotionally independent from Britain, where my heart still resides (study abroad withdrawals, are quite real). With that being said, I do love America with […]

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Jumpsuit Up!

We are living in the twenty-first century my friends. This is the era of technology and social equality, that equality including women’s rights. Yes, I am talking about a call for equivalent pay in the work force, but also the right to wear clothes that are less conventionally feminine. The “who’s wearing the pants” saying […]

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Ravishing Roses

There’s something hopelessly captivating about roses. Unlike most flowers like the daisy or sunflower that is opened up for all to see, a rose is filled with layers of mystery. These layers of mystery seem to protect its center, a chamber of identity that it only reveals under certain levels of light. If a rose […]

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Clothes and Clotted Cream: An Afternoon at the Cafe

Imagine walking into a café that looks like the ballroom of a monarch’s palace. One that’s shimmer not only comes from the chandeliers on the ceiling, but the ceiling themselves, walls, columns too? There is gold everywhere in the Baroque fashion with Medieval stained glass windows. Let’s not forget neoclassical carvings reminiscent of the Elgin […]

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Keeping it Krisheik: Jordan Part 3

Sheik: “an Arab chief, ruler, or prince”(ss) –Merriam Webster Dictionary Krisheik: A fashionable trendsetter who travelled to the Arabic country of Jordan, and was called a Jordanian princess by her friends while wearing a headscarf. Another day in Jordan evoked all of my senses. I should have known it to be true the second I […]

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Coffee With a Side of Cognition

Studying for finals while studying abroad in London is like the carriage in Cinderella turning back into a pumpkin. One minute, you’re staring at a photography exhibit for Julia Margaret Cameron at the Victorian and Albert Museum, and the next your computer screen, creating an outline for your British History essays. The reality is, studying […]

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