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2017 July Favorites

Usually when I’m writing my favorites I only struggle with the last one or two picks, but this month I was sorely tempted to add another line of photos altogether! Reason being is that I traveled to London for two weeks and I had so many favorite moments that it was hard just to pick the top six. I think that constraints can really push you to dig deep though, so I narrowed them down by choosing a top favorite for six different categories: place, hangout, food, souvenir, journaling, and make up.

#1. Brighton – To be honest, I didn’t expect Brighton to be my favorite place while traveling to London because I’ve been to various beaches in my life before. Originally I was going to catch another bus from Brighton to the Seven Sisters cliff area that is pretty much where all the Korean bloggers go and recommend. Only, because of the clear skies and hot sun I didn’t feel like hiking up rocky hills to get to the Seven Sisters and prior to my trip there had been warnings that parts of the cliffs were collapsing. In any case, I had packed a bikini and wanted to have some summer fun so I scratched Seven Sisters off the schedule altogether with no regrets whatsoever. Winnie had told me about an abandoned pier that was perfect for photos and I’m SO glad she did, because there was a mossy pier nearby that people were using as a diving board. Of course I had to try some cannon balls for myself and I can say with confidence that it was the most fun I’ve ever had at the beach!

#2. Tate Modern with Winnie – A huge shoutout to Winnie over at Diamond Canopy for showing me around Tate Modern! I was so excited to get to meet up with her as I’ve been following her blog for years now! It was such an amazing experience getting to see Tate Modern with someone who also enjoys and appreciates art, architecture, and edgy cafes because they’re just as excited and interest in the whole experience. It was also nice to be able to take photos for each other for blogging and Instagram because it’s hard to really do that with friends who just aren’t into taking photos or social media. Taking photos of Winnie at the Tate Modern was just a little dream because she was wearing a red skirt that really accentuated the photos, and the architecture at the Tate Modern made for some really amazing backdrops.

#3. Garlic Bread – Mother of all garlic breads, holy **** this garlic bread was AMAZING! I am still dreaming about having this garlic bread again, and it breaks my heart that I may never have it again. Or maybe it’s worth it to go on a pilgrimage to Brighton for the sake of garlic bread (of all things, I know). Only this garlic bread is no ordinary garlic bread. It’s chewy and so full of flavor and tastes nothing like the dry, over-buttered sad excuse for garlic bread that is served everywhere else in the world. Just as Giovanni once advised Elizabeth Gilbert regarding pizza in Naples, if you go to Nu Posto while in Brighton: Please, gentle reader, order the garlic bread. If you do not eat this garlic bread when you’re in Brighton, please, lie to me later, and tell me that you did.

#4. Toy Soldier & Potion Bottle – This adorable toy soldier I picked up at Hamley’s and the potion bottle I bought from a local artist in Brighton. The toy soldier had been on my wishlist before I even set foot in London because I had seen a photo of it online with Big Ben as a backdrop a couple years back. So in a sense I’ve stolen someone’s idea, but I’ve personalized it by adding the potion bottle. Potion bottles are a recent addition to my ever-growing list of things I collect, and this one is one of my favorites because of the unique beads inside!

#5. VVV Exhibit Card – There’s currently a Louis Vuitton travel exhibit going on at the DDP center in Seoul, and the exhibit was a lot more interesting than I had expected because they had travel luggage for everything you could think of: clothes, books, shoes, walking canes, hats (top hats, hats with plumage & netting, that sort of thing), gloves, etc. The only thing that soured my experience were the simply outrageous price tags in the gift shop. Who charges $70 for a box of stickers for crying out loud? Don’t even get me started on the $90 price tag for the cloth patch that costs less than a dollar to manufacture. The only way they redeemed themselves was by handing out a free emoticon voucher featuring the Kakao characters holding Louis Vuitton luggage. Ironically it was the card itself rather than the voucher code on the back that I was happy about because the emoticons have an expiration date of 30 days (why they hand them out to begin with is beyond me). I was happy to see that the card itself had the same design as the cloth patch I had wanted. So in the end, I got the perfect ephemera to add to my traveler’s notebook without having to pay a dime.

#6. YSL Air Cushion – In the past I have tried air cushions by Iope and Hera and hadn’t bothered experimenting with different brands because I sort of got past my try-all-the-makeup-phase. This saved me quite a bit of money as you can imagine, but alas my fatal Achilles heel appears to be beautiful, chic packaging. I saw a girl using it at school, and it turned out that she had seen my friend using it at school, and it’s not hard to see why anyone who’s actually seen this beauty can’t help but lust over this gorgeous compact. It’s infamous for its price and for not including a complementary re-fill as most air cushions do, so I waited until I was in Duty Free at the airport so that I could get it at a discounted price. The foundation itself actually exceeded my expectations, and the color match was perfect. I’m not liking the price of the refills though, so I may go the DIY route and create my own refill with a more affordable foundation. Because let’s all just be honest, half the reason anyone buys YSL cosmetics is because of the packaging.

Your Turn ♥ Do you have any travel plans for the summer? What’s on your travel wishlist?

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  • http://www.lumiereandlens.com Alyse | Lumière & Lens

    Oh my! You got to meet Winnie – that’s so awesome! She writes about art so much on her blog; visiting installations with someone who appreciates art is one of the best experiences one can have. London is definitely on my travel wishlist. Glad you got to see and do so much!

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      It was so nice to go see the gallery with Winnie because she knew about the many artists that were displaying their artworks, and it was nice getting to hear her views on a piece! It got me thinking about a different aspect of a piece that I wouldn’t have thought of and added to the whole experience! I really had a lot of fun in London and would totally recommend spending several days there!

  • http://zu-hause-blog.blogspot.com Anna

    Cool that you had such a good month of favourites! I seriously adore garlic bread, so I’m totally envious that you had some that was so delicious! I’m going to Italy in a couple of months, and have a couple of day trips lined up before then! yay for seeing new places <3

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Oooh, where in Italy are you headed to? I’m sure you’ll find some AMAZING pizza places there! I swear they do something different with the dough because the bread of the pizza is just heavenly!

  • http://quietchild.net Rezina

    I just happened to chance upon your blog and I’m so glad I did! You have a very lovely blog :D That’s awesome that you had so many favorites this month. London sounds like it was a lot of fun! The little toy soldier & potion bottle are really cute. Thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Thanks Rezina :D I had a wonderful time while I was in London and thought the toy soldier would be a fun souvenir compared to say, magnets or a keychain!

  • http://www.diamondcanopy.com/ Winnie

    Oh Sunny! This post made me so happy when I first read it. I’m so glad you had a great time in London and exploring Bath/Brighton. You really visited at a great time because it’s been raining a on/off over the last few weeks here! I adored taking you around the Tate because it’s so rare to meet someone who loves visiting galleries as much as I do – I’m just sorry I made you climb so many steps when we reached the Switch House! Hope we get to catch up again at some point, would be awesome to see you if/when I eventually visit Korea! X

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      The weather was insanely good! I could hardly believe it! The blue skies made it perfect for taking photos so I was really happy about that :D Most of my friends don’t visit galleries very often, and the very few that do aren’t too big on modern art (unfortunately). I had a blast seeing all the works and architecture at the Tate and didn’t mind the stairs at all (I’m used to stairs in Korea)! Definitely let me know if you get to visit Korea, I think you’d enjoy the Leeum museum here;)

  • http://wengiful.blogspot.com.au/ WengC

    I love the variety in this favourites post! Places, beauty, art and food :D Good garlic bread is hard to come by… haha. I hope to visit London one day!
    ~Weng
    wengiful

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Thanks Weng :D I tried to include a little bit of everything this month, and I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed the variety! Yes!! I never realized how amazing garlic bread could be until I tried this one in Brighton. Now I’m sad at the state of garlic bread in Korea lol xD Sometimes they make it sweet here and it just feels all wrong!