travel

Scotland Adventures 2016

I’ve dreamt for years of traveling abroad and seeing the elegant cobbled U.K. streets, the ocean shores of another land, tasting the food of a different culture. For the first time ever, I got my passport and took to the sky to explore Scotland. I am extremely fortunate to have a boyfriend who’s a native of the country, who took me along with him. With my camera in hand, I did my best to take pictures that really captured the beauty of all I explored to go on remembering it and to share – but, the reality of it is, that a lens will never do it justice. Regardless, here’s a little view of some of my travels.

The first thing I did on the trip was visit the Royal Mile and Holyrood Palace, where the Queen, and the history of them, has stayed during their visits to Scotland. Scotland’s history is unlike anything you could ever experience in the U.S. The stone architecture is everywhere, and stands strong and steady for thousands of years, preserving the homes and histories of millions before us.

The Royal Mile

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Holyrood Palace

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The next day, we did a tour of Edinburgh Castle, which was just as interesting as I’d imagine. My favorite part was going through the prisons where those were kept during wars. The old wooden doors still remained and had carvings in them from prisoners. It was quite a site!

Edinburgh Castle

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Of course, St. Andrews had to be on the list of sites to see in Scotland. The famous course and University were unrealistically beautiful, as was the shore. It was incredibly windy, and even that, in some extremely strange way, was beautiful as well.

St. Andrews, Fife

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While there were so many more tourist sites we visited that I was unable to take pictures of, the adventures were endless! From Soccer games ( I mean Football 😛 ) to pitstops on the water to chippy’s, this trip was an absolutely amazing experience made even more remarkable by amazing people who I will cherish and remember forever.

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Dundee United Game

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Celtic Stadium

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Stewarts Melville School

Chic Ways To Travel: Airport Style…

If the stress of packing isn’t enough for you, then here’s the next thing to add to your to-do list: picking the most comfortable, yet head turning chic outfit to run around the airport in. Yes, I’m serious about this. As a fashionista myself, I strive for excellence at all times, but the airport in particular is one instance I like to leave an impression and feel good about myself, as should you. There’s nothing I envy more than a female with the, ‘I’m just so casually chic, I don’t even have to try’ look. You know, those girls with the crazy messy bun but it looks like a famous hair stylist created it? Ugh, the envy.

The reality is, they most likely put in as much effort on their hair and outfits as you do for a special occasion. And there isn’t many worse feelings than looking like a slob and seeing other people so beautifully put together, even in sweats, and trust me, I see them every time I’m at the airport… which is a lot. Be at your best whenever you can. Life is your runway, and the airport is the best way to showcase it because it’s the one place where you’re making an impression on hundreds of people from all over the world. Not only that, but it’s amazing to feel amazing and confident in yourself. I know, why should you care what other people think? And you shouldn’t, you should always be you, regardless of anything in life, but you should care what you think. And remember also, being in a place with hundreds of people from everywhere, many traveling alone, you never know who you could meet. Now, I’m not saying throw on your heels and strut your stuff into the Dunkin’ Donuts line to order yourself some munchkins. I’m saying be the Gigi Hadid of airport people (I guess that entails Starbucks instead?)…

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Gigi has awesome style all the time, even at the airport, hair tossed up with a pair of sweats and sneakers…

 

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(there it is! that bun!)

…and then get your munchkins (or venti iced vanilla latte with coconut milk). Take some inspiration and advice from celebrities like Kendall Jenner…

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It’s as simple as that! One of the easiest ways to look effortlessly chic while staying comfortable is layering, color coordination, a good black bag and a trendy pair of shoes.

The best advice to take from all of this is, you can be comfortable and stylish all while making an impression, even in sweats and leggings (and in the books of Kendall and Gigi, clearly don’t forget your sunglasses). Don’t forget to be your best self all the time, and I mean this not just in attire either. Smile at strangers, be confident in yourself (a good outfit can achieve this!), and always go out of your way for strangers even if they don’t for you, airport or no airport.

 

Sultry Sunday…

Summer is coming to an end here in the US, so I thought I would reminisce on some of my favourite most inspiring summer paradise pictures I’ve came across…. xo

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See more pics on my Tumblr Page www.stylestudiesx.tumblr.com

xo,

A

NYC Streetstyle…

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Hat – Forever 21

Sunglasses – Steve Madden

Blouse – Francesca’s Boutique

Jeans – Tommy Hilfiger

Shoes – Jeffrey Campbell

I had an absolute BLAST with my friend in NYC this weekend. We hit every great spot in the city (especially shopping spots – of course (; ), relaxed, took our time, and enjoyed every bit of it! It is by far my favourite place. My dreams are to hopefully live there someday! I’ll just keep adding to that savings account… haha. Usually I try to throw on something casual yet chic and comfy because walking around the city all day can get very tiring, but yet I still always feel not fashionable enough to compare to those New Yorkers! I was very pleased when I got quite the few compliments on my attire so I took it as a must to share. (Oh and I was enjoying some beautiful cappuccino gelato in these pics! haha) I hope you all had a weekend as great as mine!

xo,

A

PS. a few pics from my trip….

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Newport – Block Island, RI

The view from our bedroom window – Newport, RI

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Roof top view – Newport, RI

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Rooftop view – Newport, RI

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Rooftop view – Newport, RI

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Rooftop view – Newport, RI

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Me looking out from the rooftop – Newport, RI

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Laying on Newport 1st beach – Newport, RI

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Thew view from our restaurant table – Block Island, RI

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Block Island, RI

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Going along a path to a more hidden beach – Block Island, RI

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Block Island, RI

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Block Island, RI

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“God Bless, Go Fish” – Block Island, RI

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Block Island, RI

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Walking the beach – Block Island, RI

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Block Island, RI

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Block Island, RI

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Sunset from our room – Newport, RI

I went to visit home last week due to an unfortunate loss in the family, but luckily that week my mom had a timeshare in Newport, RI. I’ve been there many times, it only being about 35-45 minutes away from my house, but not enough to enjoy it. It was just so relaxing and inspiring to wake up there every day. Bristol, my home town, isn’t a much different environment, but there was much about Newport that I hadn’t explored. It hit me, very quickly and as hard as a brick, that a place so beautiful that has been 35 minutes down the road in my home state was one that I was unfamiliar with. As I walked around every day exploring shops and enjoying smoothies from the lines of shacks, I noticed all of the people around me. Many, many tourists and many young high schoolers around hanging about with their friends. This suddenly made me regret not exploring more when I was younger. Now I live in a completely different state and environment 8 hours away, which is most likely the reason I realized I took the beauty of my home for granted.
Block Island is another part of Rhode Island that is about a $20 ferry ride away and is amazing. I had only been there one other time besides this past week.
I’ve personally always been the type to let the environment around me inspire me and touch my soul, so I was truly disappointed in the lack of adventure and appreciation I had during my growing up years. I had been truly blessed to live in a place so beautiful, surrounded by the open sea and salt for so many years. I hope that this beauty can inspire you a bit too.

-XO·A