Have you ever dreamed of a visiting a far off land your whole life? You romanticize it and imagine it being this wondrous place that even photos don’t do it justice. But, when you actually visit said place, it isn’t what you expected at all? It’s even better.

London has been on my mind for over a decade now. I used to watch videos about the UK and listen to their beautiful accents and dream of visiting one day. Well, that day finally arrived! I was lucky enough to travel over the pond and see it in all it’s glory. I have never fallen in love with a place so quickly! Endless streets of color and the kindest people. Around every corner is a photo worthy moment so my camera was out at all times! During trips I try not to viewing everything through a lens but this time was extremely hard to put the camera down, haha!

Dress: Zara

While visiting, I of course had to visit all the popular tourist attractions. That included: Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, and seeing Big Ben. Sadly, Big Ben was under construction so all I was able to see what the hands of the clock… Maybe next time.

 

 

One of my favorite spots in London is this lovely cake cafe called, “Peggy Porschen Cakes.” I’m not going to lie, I was most excited for the exterior of this shop. The floral detailing all around the door and the beautiful pastels colors were memorizing. But, the moment I took a bite of their “strawberry champagne cake” I was in heaven. Their pastries are literally to die for! They are all made from scratch and you can definitely tell. I had their summer tea as well and if you love fruity teas, I would definitely recommend.

When visiting, prepare for a 20 minute queue but the wait is worth it and goes by quickly!

Tee: Zara

Skirt: Zara

Handbag: Zara

Boots: EXPRESS

As I said before, London is something else. I am so glad it is everything I imagined it would be and better! I wish I could have stayed longer to visit everywhere I wanted to but I couldn’t so another trip is much needed! One of my favorite quotes is:

” When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life” – Samuel Johnson. 

Dress: Forever 21

Boots: Forever 21

Handbag: Forver21

 

 

 

 

Traveling is what I live for. It is the addiction I can not crack. Always wanting to pack a suitcase and jet set off too an unfamiliar country and experience all it has to offer. There is so much beauty in this world and so much culture and I believe you learn more while traveling and interacting with people from these countries than you would in a classroom. And once you get a taste of it, you don’t want to stop.

One of my favorite aspects of traveling is also how it benefits my blog. Being able to shoot in new and different locations is so much fun. I am always trying to keep my content new and on trend so visiting countries with century old buildings sure makes for one great photo! I love creating moments but I also love capturing them as well.

Recently I traveled to Panama. I didn’t know what to expect so before any trip, I take to instagram and search the location i’ll be staying at to figure out the best spots to hit. My favorite area of Panama was this little city area called, ‘Casco Viejo.’ All my photos below are taken there. This is considered the historic district in Panama. Streets of endless colored buildings and vendors by the seaside selling handmade crafts. Beautiful and relaxing. I’d definitely recommend you visiting here sometime in your life!

After blogging for a little over 2 years, I have learned what makes for a great shot. I can look at a building or a whatever I wish to photograph and know right away if the photo will come out as beautiful as it looks in person.

Here are so easy hacks for knowing where to shoot!

#1 Lighting

Anyone who is even the littlest familiar with photography knows that lighting probably plays one of the, if not the most important role. When setting up your shot you have to make sure the lighting is just right. Too sunny will lead to an overexposed and fuzzy photo that will not look very high quality. Too dark, well… that kind of speaks for itself. I have learned that overcast normally gives me the best images to work with. This way, the sun doesn’t drain or highlight anything in the photo too much. So if your weather app tells you it will be ‘party cloudy’ pull out your cameras friends!

#2 Angles

Angles are really can do the most for any photo. You hear so many people say, “Oh this is my bad angle!” Well, that is true. One angle will have a photo looking like a 3 year old took it will make you location not anything special. You switch your angle up a little bit, you are now looking like a high end model who is in the most elite locations. Getting low to the ground and shooting pointing up is always my go to. Gets everything in shot and more to look at. I am not a professional photographer by any means so here a link to some easy angle tips!

#3 Filters 

Now, I’m not gonna lie… Filters truly save the day. Especially in the blogging community when everyone wants a aesthetically cohesive theme. I can not tell you the times I am unhappy with a photo and I think I have nothing to work with but then I go onto Lightroom and add my preset to it and it makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. Photos transform into works of art and really emphasis the beauty in the photo. So I definitely recommend downloading a filter app. If you are a beginner editor, VSCO and Snapseed are great and easy to use. Lightroom is a bit more advanced and pricier but the best in my opinion.

I hope you all enjoyed this little post about my love for traveling and my little tips to get that instagram worthy shot! Traveling is something I believe everyone needs to do at one point in their life. You can’t expect to grow if you are stuck in the same state or country your entire life. Catch the next flight out and explore all the world has to offer.

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Best,

Lauren xx

“Paris was a universe: whole and entire unto herself, hollowed and fashioned by history; so she seemed in this age of Napoleon III with her towering buildings, her massive cathedrals, her grand boulevards and ancient winding medieval streets–as vast and indestructible as nature itself. All was embraced by her, by her volatile and enchanted populace thronging the galleries, the theaters, the cafes, giving birth over and over to genius and sanctity, philosophy and war, frivolity and the finest art; so it seemed that if all the world outside her were to sink into darkness, what was fine, what was beautiful, what was essential might there still come to its finest flower. Even the majestic trees that graced and sheltered her streets were attuned to her–and the waters of the Seine, contained and beautiful as they wound through her heart; so that the earth on that spot, so shaped by blood and consciousness, had ceased to be the earth and had become Paris.” 

– Anne Rice

Crop Top: Zara || Skort: ZARA || Sandals: FOREVER 21

My entire life I have always dreamed about traveling outside of the US. To finally explore different cultures and learn about the vast history of these cities and just gain more perspective.

Well, this past year I finally got myself a passport and decided I am 22 years old and I’m not getting any younger so I might as well explore the world before I have any real responsibilities. So I started thinking, where would be my first adventure? Rome? Barcelona? Ireland? So many beautiful countries and now with my little blue book, they were all at the palm of my hand.

Paris is a magical place you have always heard stories about. “The City of Love”, “The City of Lights”.

I remember watching one of my favorite movies, “Midnight in Paris” and thinking to myself, is it really like that? Endless streets of beautiful buildings that are hundreds of years old, Palaces filled with gold and unbelievable gardens, and of course, the delicious pastries.

So I knew Paris had to be my first stop and let me tell you, any movie you have seen, any picture you have looked at, or any story you have heard does not live up to the beauty Paris. This city was absolutely breathtaking, it almost didn’t feel real! I was only there for a short amount of time but I already know I want to visit again and again!

Top: Forever21  || Denim Skirt: Forever21 || Sandals: Forever21

I love every aspect of Paris but I think if I had to choose my favorite day of sight-seeing, it had to be exploring the Chateau De Versailles. I couldn’t believe there was a time when kings and queens would call this place their home. Huge doesn’t even describe the size of this Palace. I loved walking through each room and learning about the history of each. My favorite had to be “The Hall of mirrors.” My god, was that beautiful. If you are traveling to Paris anytime soon, make sure to add this to your list of places to visit.

FYI: If you plan to visit the Chateau De Versailles, make sure you get there very early in the day because I arrived around 3 pm and the line to get in was about a 2 hour wait. (Also, buy your tickets ahead of time!!)

You also can’t visit Paris without seeing the Arc De Triomphe!! A very touristy spot but it is worth the crowds. I unfortunately was not able to climb to the top of it because I got there too late but I know next time I visit, that will be on my to-do list. I heard the view is amazing.

Paris for me, was the perfect start to my adventures! Traveling is really one of my top passions and I can not wait to visit more amazing cultures that help me grow into a more well-rounded person (sounds kind of lame but it is true, haha!)

Paris will always have a special place in my heart. 

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I spend this Fourth of July weekend lounged out on a beach attempting to get a bronzed tan and trying my hardest not to turn into a lobster instead. I absolutely love the beach. No matter what is going on in your life whether that be stress from you job, family issues, boyfriend problems; once you set yourself on the sand, all of that disappears and all you can hear is the sound of the ocean. I just love it!

Everything I am wearing can be purchased at Forever 21. I would leave links but they are all sold out online, but I’m sure they still have these products in their stores.

 

 

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Pictures from my trip to Las Vegas!

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I stayed at the MGM Grand and it was such a wonderful stay (:

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The Venetian for dinner & drinks!

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You know what they say… What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas (; That may be true, but not when it comes to pictures! This was my first time visiting Las Vegas (finally turned 21) I decided I needed to experience it and it was amazing! The weather was perfect and there is something to do here 24/7. Vegas literally never sleeps. I gambled, explored, drank some margaritas, tanned, and danced! If you haven’t visited Vegas yet, I highly recomend it. Just don’t loose all your money (;