ARRIVED IN PARADISE…

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The view from our room at the Valamar Dubrovnik President hotel

Good morning from sunny Croatia!  I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am to be here (and to be alive), after such a horrible experience on the plane yesterday.  I am not trying to be over-dramatic, but I literally thought our plane was going down.  The flight seemed to be fine, a little turbulence here and there, nothing out of the ordinary.  All of a sudden the plane drops (I don’t know how far it dropped) and it looks like we are about to nose-dive from the sky.  Everything happened in slow motion.  I have an image stuck in my mind of what I saw at that moment, and that will unfortunately stay with me forever.  Austin and I remember seeing our tea in mid-air, the lights flickered off, and everyone was screaming.  I screamed for my life… and in that moment I thought to myself ”I’m going to die”.  It was one of the worst experiences I’ve ever went through.  After it happened the pilot explained it was just very bad turbulence and that it was over, but that couldn’t help me stop bawling crying the whole rest of the way.  All I could do was hold Austin’s hand and pray that everything was going to be okay.  I’m naturally very uneasy when it comes to flying so this will not make it any easier the next time I have to board a plane.  But I’m so happy we landed safely!!  Thank you God.

Our day quickly turned from a nightmare to a dream when we arrived here at the hotel.  We’re staying at the Valamar Dubrovnik President hotel, which is located on the western side of the Babin Kuk peninsula in Dubrovnik.  We were greeted with a glass of ice cold champagne and cold hand towels.  When we checked in, the reception has informed us that our room had been double-upgraded.  The room and the hotel itself is absolutely stunning and I can’t wait to spend the next three days here.  Here’s to Croatia!  Talk soon <3

VERSAILLES PART 1

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Wearing: dress from Amuse Society // shoes from Din Sko [HERE] // Strathberry bag [HERE]

Greetings from Paris!

Yesterday was unforgettable… I’ll remember it for the rest of my life!  We visited Chateau de Versailles, located just a quick 30 minutes outside of Paris.  After a full tour of the inside of the palace, we had lunch at Angelina and then made our way to the beautiful gardens.  We spent the whole afternoon there, rowing in the water and walking through the maze-like forest.  I couldn’t believe how well-manicured all of the greenery was!  I’ve never seen anything like it.  I have tons of photos from Versailles, but those will come in a later post!

Right now we’re headed to the Louvre, Luxembourg gardens, and the Eiffel Tower.  I’m trying to squeeze in a little visit to Ladureé while we’re at it 😉  I think I’ve gained 5-7 pounds on this trip haha.

AFTERNOON TEA AT THE PENINSULA PARIS

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Afternoon Tea at The Lobby, Peninsula Paris Hotel

So, I’m in love with Paris.  But you expected that, right?  Today I really felt the magic that everyone seems to boast about when they talk about Paris.  I mean, how could you not love it?  Let’s start with the architecture.  There isn’t one bad-looking building that I’ve seen thus far.  There’s buildings with such minute detail and elegance… there’s even buildings that look like half of it was dipped in gold.  It’s just gorgeous, and yeah you can see pictures, but the real understanding of Parisian beauty happens when you actually get to experience it in real life.  Then,  there’s the language.  I think French is the prettiest-sounding language to listen to.  Next, the picture-perfect fountains and gardens that everyone hangs out at in the middle of the day.  There was legit people laying on chairs and catching some Z’s today at like 1 pm.  Why do I love that so much? Last but certainly not least, the bougie afternoon tea at the Peninsula Paris Hotel.

I’m not exaggerating when I say we felt like royalty sitting on the terrace nibbling from our two selections of afternoon tea and sipping on glasses of Laurent-Perrier rosé champagne.  Some of my favorites, if I had to pick any, were the salmon finger sandwiches, the banana and chocolate whipped cream cupcake, and the waffle with strawberry jam and chocolate hazelnut sauce.  If you saw my Snapchat, you’ll know that everything tasted as good as it looks.  Austin and I were in afternoon tea heaven!  If it wasn’t the beautiful sounds of the piano playing that put everything over the top, it was definitely the impeccable service.  I will definitely make it a necessity to come here on my future trips to Paris.

Follow me on Snapchat to see more of our Parisian adventures! (hannamonty)

STOP TELEPHONIN’ ME

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Alexander Wang pants [HERE] // Zara crop top // Strathberry bag [HERE]

Two words: these pants.  I got them a few weeks ago in New York, and they are easily one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe at the moment!  They are the perfect pair of dress pants (wide leg, long, and high waisted) and I know I’ll get so much use of them.  For this look I paired it with a simple black crop top and heels for our dinner date last night at Gaucho steakhouse in London.

Travel update: we are now in Paris!  We took the train from London and I have to say it was so easy and an overall great experience.  I really recommend traveling on the Eurostar train if you’re going from London to Paris or vice versa.  I slept the majority of the time and only woke up to eat and work a bit on the computer!

Tomorrow we’re waking up early, grabbing breakfast, and exploring this beautiful city.  If it’s HALF as beautiful as it is at night I will be a very happy girl.  We have afternoon tea scheduled at the Peninsula hotel tomorrow too, so it should be a nice and relaxing day here in Paris.  Talk soon my loves!

LSPACE X GORJANA

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bikini by LSPACE X Gorjana [HERE] // Gorjana bracelets [HERE] // Gorjana bikini top necklace [HERE] // Gorjana mermaid earrings [HERE]

Today marks the first day of summer!  My all-time favorite season.  I wanted to show you guys the new bikini I got that I cannot wait to wear in Croatia next week!  It honestly fits like a glove… I need to get more tops like this because it really pushes my boobs together and that’s an extremely RARE occasion.  I wish I could show you how it looks on but that will have to wait until I get to Croatia.  It’s a little hard to see in the photo, but it’s a pretty light gold color with floral detailing.  It goes perfectly with Gorjana’s beachy accessories.  Both brands teamed up to create the perfect summer capsule collection 🙂

CAMDEN MARKET IN CAMDEN TOWN

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Well, Camden Market was truly something!  Located only a couple miles away from our hotel, Camden Town felt like a whole other world with it’s signature food stands and endless jewelry and fashion boutiques.  This is the place where you find out-of-the-ordinary cool shit that you can’t get anywhere else.  I wish I was in more of a shopping mood, but I still managed to get my hands on a pair of cute sunglasses for 10 pounds 🙂

Things You’ll Find Here:

jewelry, vintage clothing, cool band tees, trinkets, belts, leather goods

Food:

you can find specialties from a bunch of different countries from all over the world!

MUST TRY:

the Dutch pancakes!!! 10 mini pancakes for 3.50

Helpful Tip:

Keep your friends close but your personal belongings closer

Things to Know:

Every shop owner STARES you down when you’re shopping.  Kinda uncomfortable, but I’m sure they have dealt with a lot of theft in such a busy and crowded market!

THE LONDON EYE

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Wearing: jacket from Zara // jeans from Seven Jeans For All Mankind // Saint Laurent belt // BCBG tank // Ray Ban sunnies // Meli Melo backpack [HERE]

If the sun doesn’t come out in London, take matters into your own hands and BE the sun! Hehe just kidding, but really, I felt like I stuck out like a sore thumb in this bright yellow jacket on the gloomy streets of London. Why must it be so cold here?!  Unfortunately I was in weather denial when I was packing for this trip.  If you take a look inside my suitcase(s), all you’ll find are dresses, skirts, and crop tops.  Like did I think I was going to Mexico??  Come on Hanna.  You know it’s bad when you can’t find anything to wear ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE TRIP haha.

I’m so happy I got this cute yellow jacket from Zara yesterday though.  It matches my newly blonde locks 🙂  Right now the jet lag is hitting us pretty hard but we’re gunna be strong and fight it off with everything we got (cough cough, double espresso please!).  Tonight’s plans are dinner and possibly a bar/club afterwards?!  xx

TOUCHDOWN IN LONDON TOWN

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Weeeee’re hereeee!

Luckily we had such an easy flight from LAX to LHR, and we are finally settled in our hotel across from Hyde Park.  We spent half of the day exploring this area of London, which just so happens to be home to the world-famous Harrod’s store!  They literally have EVERYTHING you could think of.  It’s the department store of department stores.  I wanted to get these adorable Harrod’s tea cups for my apartment but unfortunately it will not fit in my suitcase.  Buttttt a brand new Zara jacket will? Haha I’ve had my eye on this one yellow leather jacket from there and I just had to get it when I saw it in person!  My sorry overweight suitcase will definitely not feel the same about it as I do 😛

Right now we’re off to dinner, and then after that we’re thinking of trying out Madison’s rooftop bar, that one of you lovely readers suggested to me!  Talk soon xx

SCRUB-A-LOVE-LOVE

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bikini top from Blue Glue [HERE] and bottoms [HERE] // necklace from By Charlotte [HERE] // scrub from Scrub Love [HERE]

Hiiiii friends!

First of all I need to say an overwhelming thank you to all of you who commented on my last post with travel recommendations!  They are MUCH appreciated and I can’t wait to try out some of the places you suggested.  As some of you may know I’m leaving for my Euro trip tomorrow, and just like usual I got TONS to do before I go.  Luckily my flight is after 5 pm so I’ll have most of the day to get some crap done.  Most of my packing is done (thx GOD!) so it’s just some last minute errands I have to do.

Today I got down and dirty (and clean) with my Scrub Love coconut coffee scrub!  I wanted to exfoliate and moisturize my skin before our travels and thought this was a perfect way to do it.  This stuff made my skin softer than butter!  I’m obsessed with the scent of this one, called the ”coconut affair”.  It smells up the whole bathroom and it feels like you’re in a coconut coffee shop 🙂  You can shop it [HERE], and there are other fun scents too like original (coffee) and mint temptation.

PS….. do you notice anything different about me? 😉

MY UPCOMING TRAVELS

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FIRST STOP: LONDON

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2ND STOP: PARIS

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3RD STOP: DUBROVNIK, CROATIA

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LAST STOP: STOCKHOLM

Here you have my travel plans for my Euro trip!  My Uncle Christian and his fiancé Liv are getting married in Stockholm in the beginning of July, so Austin and I decided to take a multi-city vacation while we’re at it 🙂  It’s the perfect time to do it… Austin might be starting law school in the fall so we thought now would be the time to travel together!  I’m so excited because I’ve never spent time in ANY of these cities (except for Sweden obviously).  I’ve always dreamed of seeing these beautiful cities, and now it’s becoming a reality.

We leave for London on Thursday and we have roughly four nights in each of our first three stops and then a little more time in Sweden.  It will be so fun to show Austin around Stockholm… he can finally see what I’ve been bragging about for so long!  I’m always like ”Sweden this, Sweden that” ”the kanelbulle in Sweden tho” ”omg Swedish mjukglass with the crunchy sprinkles”  …yeah you get the point haha.

Have you guys been to any of these places?  If so, I would LOVE to hear some good places to eat, go out, go dance, what to see, what to do, beaches, etc.

PS. I’M SO EXCITEDDDDD.  Before I leave I’ll be doing a ”What’s In My Carry On?” post on my blog and Instagram.  Do you guys have any particular questions about traveling and carry-ons?  Let me know below!

photos taken from Tumblr