Hi guys! It’s been a while since I’ve actually taken some time to sit down and write in this space (my last post about my Vanity Case was written months ago, I just had to finish taking photos). The last couple of months have been a blur, but I just wanted to take a moment to recap on all that’s happened, especially since this past month is still fresh on my mind.
The boyfriend and I took our first international trip together to London. We had a week there and had a good time despite the gloomy weather. Since I am a big planner and it was his first time there, I wanted to make sure we saw all the quintessential London landmarks and ate the quintessential British eats. We did a ton of sightseeing, like Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, House of Parliament. We also had lot of eats like afternoon tea, fish and chips and Sunday roast at a pub. In hindsight, I do feel like I might have overpacked our schedule just a little bit. But I’m still glad we got to do everything we did. Some of my highlights on this trip was Borough Market – for all the food, especially the pasta at Padella – and a day trip out to Windsor Castle – majestic even though it was literally freezing outside and a good change of scenery after being in London. I’ll put together a more comprehensive blog post on what exactly we did (hopefully soon).
After London, we flew to New York for a week. Since I did not have time at the end of October to finish planning our days for New York, it was definitely more relaxed to our days in London (which was a good thing, we were exhausted). We didn’t have a plan, so we picked a couple neighborhoods we wanted to see each day and just winged it. Most of the time we would just stumble across something that I had on my rough list of things for New York, all of which were happy accidents. Our days were filled with getting confused with the subway trains, consuming lots of pizza and enjoying the non-stop energy of New York. I mostly enjoyed the moments that weren’t so chaotic: walking through Central Park and people watching in Washington Square.
I’ll admit a bit begrudgingly that I was a bit homesick by the end of our trip; my adventure-loving spirit would be a little ashamed to admit it, but I was definitely missing the comforts of home. I missed my bed and wished I didn’t have to live out of a suitcase (although this did give me a new perspective on getting dressed). I wanted to eat a home cooked meal, and honestly didn’t want to look at pizza for a little bit (yes, this is how much pizza we had). Coming home was the best feeling. And we made it back just in time for the thankful season with our loved ones.
I spent the rest of the month spending time with family and friends. I actually made it out to a happy hour and dinner with coworkers (a rare occasion for me, you guys should have bought lottery tickets that day), caught up over meals with friends and spent Thanksgiving Day with my family in the morning and the boyfriend’s for dinner. We also had a relatively chill Black Friday weekend and instead of opting to go to the mall, went on a hike at Lands End, one of my favorite places in San Francisco.
On that note, even though Thanksgiving is over, I wanted to take a moment to share my Thanksgiving reflections here because you can never have enough gratitude and thankfulness. This year, I am thankful for the small, ordinary and unremarkable things. I am always looking ahead to the next goal, the next thing, my next step. I don’t take time to think about all the small things that help add joy to my life, like the “good mornings” from familiar faces and strangers alike, being able to walk outside and enjoy some fresh air or getting to take some time to myself before bed. All of these things may not be part of the little details in my plan, but they are things that God has added to my life and are part of his greater plan for me.
Also, on the note of gratitude, I don’t express it enough but I am so thankful that I am able to do what I do on here and Instagram. It brings me so much joy to be able to share a passion of mine with you and that you take the time to interact and engage with me! I am so honored every time I get a message or comment asking me my opinion on which Chanel beige is best or what my thoughts are on the newest collections. I am so blessed to be able to share this part of my life with you guys and I have never taken this for granted. Thank you, truly, for being here with me.
That’s my November in a nutshell. Definitely one of the more exciting months this year. Until the next “Life Lately”!