Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Travel Tyro: Bath & Avebury

Often used as a setting in many British period pieces (i.e. the Duchess Vanity Fair, Persuasion), Bath is one of those English cities teeming with history. Originally occupied by the Romans around 43 AD, bathing complexes were built above the city's natural hot springs, which the Romans believed to be mythical creations from the gods. Now an official UNESCO world heritage site, Bath gained popularity during the 18th century as the fashionable countryside destination of choice for Londoners who sought out the curative properties of the city's mineral water. From Georgiana Cavendish to Jane Austen and Thomas Gainsborough, the city became a home and source of inspiration to many famous inhabitants. 

Today, the Roman Baths are open to the public as our the city's Assembly Rooms, a fashion museum, and even a Jane Austen Center I regrettably didn't have time to see. Since my university planned this day trip, we spent the second half of the day in nearby Avebury, a small village known for its Neolithic ceremonial stone circles similar to Stonehenge— but you can actually touch them. A walk along the rolling moors of Avebury provide beautiful views of the English countryside, some roaming sheep, thatched roof cottages, and Silbury Hill, Europe's largest man-made mound. 

The Circus

Bath Abbey

The Fashion Museum

Roman Baths


Silbury Hill

Where: Bath and Avebury
When: Spring-Fall
Tyro Tip: Dress up with your friends in the historic costumes at the Fashion Museum for a good laugh (or at least a good Snapchat)!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Fashion Tyro: Military Jackets

Although I didn't get to attend NYFW or LFW this season, I've definitely been keeping tabs on the shows. My favorite runway trend for next season is definitely the revival of women's military jackets. From Gigi Hadid to Burberry, I love the feminine modification of an archetypal masculine style that can be dressed up or down for any season of the year. Of course, pairing it with a silk scarf bow makes it even more of a must-have fall piece.

ootd: jacket: zara | shorts: madewell | bag: coach | scarf: vintage

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Travel Tyro: Brighton Beach Day

A true east coast girl, I'm always game for a good beach day whether it's the rocky coastline of New England or white sandy beaches of Florida. So when my friends and I were treated to an unseasonably warm weekend during our first week in London, naturally we hopped on the train to Brighton to enjoy a beautiful beach day on the English Channel. 

Once a sleepy fishing town, Brighton first became popular in the mid-eighteenth century for its perceived medicinal waters. With the addition of the Royal Pavilion (included at the end of this post), the Grand Hotel, and the Brighton Pier, Brighton quickly became the fashionable resort town of choice for Londoners looking for a quick getaway. Today, the seaside town is only an hour train ride south of London and (to Americans) is comparable to the Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach in California. The Brighton Pier has your typical carnival rides and games while the small town has some artsy shops and fun cafes dotted along the main roads. Perhaps the best sights of Brighton are the colorful small beach huts situated along the ocean and the Royal Pavilion, an Indian-style palace with oriental interior decor built by George IV that is both random and ostentatious, but exquisite just the same. 

When: Summer
Why: Views of the English Channel
Colorful beach huts along the beach walking towards Hove
The Royal Pavilion: a unique palace unlike any other in England
Brighton Pier for carnival games and cotton candy
Tyro Tip: Grab some fish and chips with friends and settle into a striped chair on the beach to soak in a truly quintessential English afternoon.