Sketch your heart out

Saturday, November 15, 2014

If there are two things you need to know about my best friend Amy it's that 1. She is fabulously British and 2.  She loves everything pink, gold, and glittery. When we found out that a pink, gold, velvet, AND chevron tea room was in London we did a mini dance and called to book a reservation IMMEDIATELY! Sketch was all we dreamed of and more. Afternoon tea, scones, and champagne in a room that oozes girly-ness ... Hello I am in love. Just saying "I had afternoon tea and scones" almost sends me into a British frenzy. I am obsessed, I know. We almost broke our cameras taking so many pictures! I am pretty sure .. no definitely sure, we were judged by onlookers on the sheer amount of pictures we took. Oops! Judge away. I HIGHLY recommend that anyone in London visits this amazing tea room - it made for a perfect British Saturday!

Toto, we're not in America anymore.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

It wasn't a tornado, but since I picked my home up and threw it over the pond it has been ONE big adventure!  I have spent most of my first weeks in London getting lost and laughing at myself. My arrival went very much like this:

1. Get lost.
2. Have a mini panic attack because you still don't have a place to live.
3. Walk around like a zombie till you find a cell phone store because your life simply CANNOT go on without data!
4. Buy the wrong tube card.
5. Mind the Gap.
6. Take first supermarket trip. Confusing. Leave with chocolates, rice cakes, and mozzarella (really?).
7.  Where can I buy school supplies? #middleschool
8. Look for apartments. Internet search obviously.
9. Decide that McDonalds is familiar and you can get some fries.
10. Get yelled at in McDonalds.
11. Use the wrong card. What's a chip and pin?
12. Answer questions. "Yes, American McDonalds is larger than the UK McDonalds. Yes, I am American. No I don't have a UK credit card."
13. Throw McDonalds away. It was just too stressful.
14. Get lost. Again.
15. Get on the wrong train. Get on a closed train. Get back on the wrong train.
16. Take first bus ride.
17. Find school. Take pictures of Big Ben and the London Eye.
18. Buy the RIGHT tube card.
19. Look for a flat (no longer called apartment).
20. Get off the wrong bus stop. Go buy more chocolates.

Did I mention this was the first 48 hours?

London has been whirlwind! But a great one. I have completed 4 weeks worth of Shillington College and I can't believe how much I have already learned. You really do live, breath, and eat design.

YES I did find a flat! I actually can't believe how lucky I got, it is a great place in the exact location I wanted. My advice to anyone moving to London is attack! attack! attack! The apartment search process is a grueling one, you have you be ready at a moments notice to go view a flat and while you are showering they are probably giving it away (yes that happened). My new flat is located in Clapham (Southwest London) and I really don't think I could describe the neighborhood better than AirBNB does.

I am looking forward to posting more of my adventures this week. I can't believe I have already been here 1 month. Time is flying by in London! 

Londontown USA

Thursday, September 11, 2014

London is calling!  In one week this American is headed across the pond to London for 3 months!  3 months of tea, crumpets, and most importantly scones scones scones.  I will be trading in my bikinis and Mai Tai's for rain boots and cider.  Leaving island life for the bustling streets of London will definitely be a change of pace but I could not be more excited about attending Shillington College for Graphic Design.  Follow my trip, adventures, and obsession with all things British here on That is Proper