Loosen them Shoulders Up, Pour it Up, Let’s Work!

This off the shoulder look is great for Spring 2017!

This off the shoulder look is great for Spring 2017!

Shirt (similar)//Pants//Shoes//Sunglasses//Earrings//Necklace (similar)

Girl, you gotta relax!

I love how much I’ve been seeing these off the shoulder tops around as we’re quickly moving into Spring. 

Most of the tops I’ve have been either 100% cotton or silk, which means they’ll be nice and cool when the weather starts heating up 🙂 

This off the shoulder look is great for Spring 2017!

I styled these with another amazing shoe find. This is my first go at ankle straps, and I’m a little in love. This blush color is right on trend and the strappy ankle wraps plus the low block heel means they were comfortable all day long. 

But I’m going to need someone to teach me how to tie the bows in the back… I couldn’t figure out how to do it by myself! 

Can you believe March is almost gone already?! But that’s ok because there’s lots of fun content being lined up for this Spring and Summer! 

This off the shoulder look is great for Spring 2017!

Speaking of Summer, how fun are these sunglasses? They are SO mirrored I had a hard time getting a shot of them without it being 100% a reflection of my camera (and sweet photographer/husband). I picked them up at Nordstrom Rack last week and I know I’ll be wearing them quite a bit this summer in addition to my normal rotation of RayBans. 

Keep Calm and Bagpipe On

Keep Calm and Bagpipe On

Keep Calm and Bagpipe On

2017 in Photos Day 84

This Bagpiper was on Westminster bridge every day while we were in London, and I could help but think of him when the news began spreading about the terror attack at the Palace of Westminster last week. 

Was he safe? Did he witness the incident? Was he one of the Londoners who helped pull others to safety as the madman was plowing through the crowds of tourists and workgoers? 

I do know one thing, Britons are not easily budged. Keep Calm and Carry On is more than a slogan, it is a reality that was hammered into their fibre over centuries of defending the islands we now call the United Kingdom. 

Immediately after the attacks I began seeing people I know in the UK say the only way to respond was to keep going about their business. One person even commented the Underground was just as busy on the way home that day as it ever was. 

What a message to the people who would do harm! It’s hard to terrorize a group who refused to submit to terror. 

I learned this afternoon that the dear bagpiper is still out there on Westminster Bridge today. 

Keep Calm and Bagpipe on, my friend. 

Please Mind the Gap – 2017 in Photos Day 69

Mind the Gap while in London!

Mind the Gap while in London!

It’s our last night here in London (SAD FACE :().

I snapped this picture on my phone while boarding an underground on our way to a pub near the Tower Bridge where we’re meeting up with a new friend. It’s really fun to me just how real of a concern the whole “Mind the Gap” thing really is. It isn’t consistent across all tube stations, but in some places there is a good 8 inch gap between the coach and the station platform!

I’ll be writing up a first timer’s guide to public transit in London here soon, but in the meantime, please do mind the gap!

Elizabeth Thames on the Thames – 2017 in Photos Day 67

Exposure: 1/200th of a second
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 200
Lens:Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4
Treatment: SOOC

One of my goals for this trip was to dip a figurative toe in the Thames.

Thames is my middle name. And my mom’s middle name… and my great aunt’s middle name. Shortly before that it was a last name going back for centuries in my family. 

One of the funniest things about being here is that everyone actually knows how to pronounce my middle name! It makes me strangely happy. 

The Shard – 2017 in Photos Day 66

Exposure: 1/500th of a second
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Lens:Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4
Treatment: Clarity, contrast, and curves in Photoshop

One of the things I’m finding I love the most about London is how there are 500 year old buildings right next to some of the most stunning and innovative modern architecture in the world. The Shard is the tallest building in western Europe, and is really striking part of the London skyline!

I snapped this picture while we were on a boat cruise Monday down the Thames that has been one of the highlights of the trip. I can’t wait to share more about it. 

 

Elizabeth Tower – 2017 in Photos Day 64

Exposure: 1/200th of a second
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 200
Lens:Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4
Treatment: Contrast, clarity, saturation, curves, and cropping in Photoshop

Did you know that the large clock tower in London isn’t really called Big Ben? It was named the Elizabeth Tower by Parliament in hono(u)r of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebration. Before that it was simply officially known as the Clock Tower. 

Big Ben is actually the name of the large bell that chimes the hour! Here’s a video of that happening at 9 o’clock 🙂