5 Reasons I am Not an Early Adopter

Friday, September 19, 2014 | Stamp in My Passport|| 1 Comment

Friday, September 19, 2014

Walk past any gleaming Apple store, all glass panes and silver today and you will most likely see crowds standing in line waiting not so patiently to get their hands on the latest communication gadget that is smaller than an iPad Mini, but larger than a toaster pastry. 

Me? I am comfortably in bed, checking email on my (now apparently) obsolete iPhone 4S. With the way some people talk you would think I was playing Snake on an old brick of a Nokia. 

It's safe to say that I'm not an early adopter when it comes to technology. I enjoy to follow all of the Apple press conferences and find out about the latest updates and inventions, and yes, I am quite an Apple snob when it comes to my tech, but you'll often find me a step (or two, or three) behind the techies.  

1. $300 on a phone that typically only has a two-year lifespan (conveniently the length of a typical cellphone contract) is an absurd amount of money. 

2. There are always bound to be bugs and glitches with the very first round of products released. See point #1 about not wanting to drop a large amount of money on something that could be messed up. 

3. I like messing around on friends' phones to see if an upgrade is really worth it. Simply put, I want to test drive the phone before committing to it. 

4. Fun phone cases haven't quite come out yet. Although, having an older phone, it is also hard to find phone cases. Take note: Stock up on all of your favorites while you can find it, because in a year, they will be scare. 

5. The one reason I am excited for today is because the 5S is now only $99. Sadly my current phone has been retired and before too long won't even handle iOS updates. I remember when I still had my 3G, long after most people had moved onto thinner and better phones, and it didn't support the update that contained iMessage and I was thoroughly confused by what it was for the longest time. Yeah, I was that person. 

And there you have it. I am not an early adopter when it comes to phones, or sushi, emojis or jeggings for that matter either. 

To Prove Why Everyone Loves Doxies

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | Stamp in My Passport| | 2 Comments

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Perhaps everyone simply loves dachshunds (or doxies, as I love to refer to them) or maybe doxie owners are simply the most vocal dog owners about the superiority of their pups. Whether it's national wiener races or doxie Pinterest boards, the preciousness of doxies could only possibly be surpassed by the cuteness of the shark cat on a roomba chasing a baby in a shark costume. 

Which brings me to the most popular doxie of the week: Sergio the Shoe Hunter. Sergio is a working dog and his job is to capture a dog's eye view of London Fashion Week thanks to a camera strapped to his collar. 

How could you say no to his little bow tie? I'm here to tell you that this pup is getting closer to a Fashion Week than I ever will and I'm only a little jealous that he will be rubbing ankles with the most well dressed crowd. 

Needless to say I have enjoyed following #SergioShoeHunter on Twitter and Instagram because I simply can't get enough of his cuteness.

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Favorite Starbucks seasonal drink? 

Ummm ... not sure if its at Starbucks (since I don't drink coffee), but Peppermint White Hot Chocolate is my favorite seasonal drink!

Were you one of the kids who looked forward to summer ending and school starting? Or did you wish the long days would continue forever?

Kinda. When I was younger (before my brother came along), I looked forward to going back to school to be with my friends all the time. By the time I hit college & grad school, I kicked myself for taking classes nearly every summer!

Currently reading any good books? Are there any on your "must read" list?

Just finished Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks. So didn't expect that ending even though we all know he throws us for a loop! Definitely buying tickets to an upcoming lecture he's giving at my alma mater's distinguished lecture series!

Coffee Talk

Saturday, September 13, 2014 | Stamp in My Passport| | 4 Comments

Saturday, September 13, 2014

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Looking to cook for yourself in your college apartment or are still intimidated by full-blown recipes? These 10 easy meals will give you enough to get started so you aren't eating PB&J for breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Not that I've done that before or anything...)

This Buzzfeed article about things white girls do in the fall is hilarious. And I do all of them. All of them. It's spot on. And most of the time, multiple fall stereotypes are occurring simultaneously. Wearing flannel while #thankful

It was hard to know just how large the iPhone 6 Plus would be. Thankfully someone determined that it is smaller than an iPad Mini, but larger than a Pop Tart. Finally measurements I can relate to. I think I will pass on toaster pastry sized phone. Thoughts?

If I could eat grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup forever, I would be ok with that. Especially this caramelized onion and mushroom grilled cheese. So fancy!

I will never understand or come to know these 8 lessons learned after giving up television. It's not going to happen.

Am I alone in utter confusion about picking a shade of lipstick (or if we're being honest, tinted lip balm is pushing my comfort zone.) Love these shades, especially after seeing them on someone who shares my fair complexion.

I look forward to Lauren's yearly trip to Iceland probably as much as she does. And being able to see Viola frolicking in the fields and by the waterfalls is precious.

What you missed this week:
Books worth re-reading
My newfound TV love, Outlander, and a look back at my trip to the Highlands
A Q&A with Sara of Bristol in My Pocket
An outfit inspired by my new favorite Warby Parker frames (if only I had a need for a spare pair of glasses right now!)

Friday Favorites: Books Worth Re-Reading

Friday, September 12, 2014 | Stamp in My Passport| , | 2 Comments

Friday, September 12, 2014

I divide the world into two groups of people: Those who love to re-read their favorite books, and those who cannot stand the practice. Obviously I fall into the first category. To start, there are the classic books on my shelf whose spines are constantly creased, which include Harry Potter and all of Jane Austen's works.

Other than those, here are a few of the books that get better with age, even the third or fourth time they are read. Perhaps it's another life lesson learned, or another connection made in a complex plot, but there is something I enjoy about knowing the general ending that let's me work backwards and connect the dots.

These books tend to fall on the polar ends of the seriousness spectrum. Either they are mindless and easy distractions, or they make you constantly think and ponder. Quite rarely do they fall in the middle.

1. The Seamstress | This novel is set in Brazil, perfect for the World Cup not too long ago and the Olympics around the corner. The characters are deep and complex, a far cry from "good" versus "evil." It tells the story of two sisters who go down quite different paths in life and neither one turns out quite as they had expected. Is that summary cryptic enough for you? Just trust me, it is worth reading again and again.

2. The Twisted Thread | Similar to The Secret History by Donna Tart, The Twisted Thread is set in the ivory covered halls of a New England prep school and, as happens at all prep schools, there is a secret society and murder. It is a who-done-it the likes of Gossip Girl has never seen.

3. The Historian | I read The Historian at the height of the Twilight/Vampire Diaries phase when nocturnal mythical creatures were taking over popular culture. But The Historian is so much more than your average vampire novel. It follows a father and daughter as they are led on a journey in search for Vlad the Impaler, the historical person whom Dracula was based off of...except in The Historian, Bram Stoker's Dracula is not based on fiction, but on fact. 

4. The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets | 1950s London was a glamorous time for the young British upper class, filled with parties that got out of hand more than those of their parents. I love the line from the description on the back cover: "Rice writes about the young British upper class with sharp wit as well as compassion, and her characters, beneath their glittering charm, are appealingly vulnerable and utterly memorable - in short, brilliant company." I couldn't say it better myself. 

What are your favorite books to read over and over again?

Outlander and the Scottish Highlands

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | Stamp in My Passport| , | 11 Comments

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Saturday afternoon was spent in one of the longest TV marathons I've had in a while catching up on all five episodes of Outlander. I was hooked after the first episode. The show has everything you could ask for: time travel, history, British/Scottish accents, romance, war and political manipulation. It's brilliant.

The main character, Claire, is transported back in time from the end of WWII to 1743 in the Scottish highlands. She is taken in (semi-against her will) by the Mackenzie clan, who fear that she is a British spy. Claire's nurse's training from the war makes her useful as a healer to the clan, even though she is constantly having to work within the sparse medical advances of the day. 

Claire also has 20/20 hindsight about the fate and history of the clan system in the upcoming Jacobite rising. She's faced with the difficult decision of warning the Mackenzie's that they are preparing for a loosing battle and letting history run its course.

To be continued in the episodes in the weeks to come. It's not too late to catch up as well! Have you fallen in love with this show as much as I have?

The show made me reminisce the few days I spent in Scotland on free travel. If only I could go back soon... 

Sponsor Spotlight: Sara of Bristol in My Pocket

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | Stamp in My Passport| | Be the first to comment!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I'm so excited to introduce you to Sara in case you haven't read her blog yet. I would love nothing more than to follow in her footsteps and move to the UK, but for now I'll settle with living through her posts and photos. Stop by and say hello! 

1. Tell me a little bit about yourself and your blog.
Hello, I'm Sara! I'm a 23 year old Texan living in England. About a year ago I moved across the world to a city I had never been to and a country where I knew absolutely no one. Crazy, right? I started my blog to document my life abroad, and pretty much write about anything else that interest me (travel, food, photography, food, books, food). You get the picture.

2. What has been the hardest transition to living in Bristol instead of Texas? 
At first, I think the hardest transition was being alone. I literally knew no one in England when I moved here, and living alone meant spending a lot of time missing people back home. However, as time went on I made friends and met a ton of new people, so life here in the UK is pretty darn good!

3. What has been the best change?
The best change for me is the lifestyle. Life is just so laid back, easy going, and simple. 

4. Any places on your travel bucket list? 
I'm planning a trip to Amsterdam within the next month or two. I'm really exited! One day, I'd love to travel to Vietnam or Thailand. 

5. How do you take your coffee/latte?
I'm all about lattes. Occasionally I'll have a flat white or a white Americano, but it's almost always a latte. 

6. If you could have lunch with one person, who would it be and why? 
Elizabeth of York. The first born child of Edward IV, Elizabeth spent the majority of her childhood in court or in sanctuary. After her brothers mysteriously disappeared, she was the heir to Edward's crown. Yet she was arranged to marry Henry VII, who later became King of England. Although she herself had a claim to the throne, she used her power quietly and tactfully. She lived a fascinating life and I would love to pick her brain on being a powerful woman in medieval England!

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And On Wednesdays We Wear Glasses

Monday, September 8, 2014 | Stamp in My Passport| | 2 Comments

Monday, September 8, 2014

After reading this post on Little Lessons in a Big City, I knew I had to do something similar. I absolutely love my Warby Parker glasses (currently wearing Wilkie in Sugar Maple) and at $95 for frames and lenses, it's easy for me to justify buying multiple pairs. And to complete the look based on my new favorite frames, a cable knit sweater and the most perfect metallic oxfords. I like to call this my studious look.

Besides the price and home try-on program, Warby Parker also has a "buy one, give one" program. For every pair purchased, they donate a pair to someone who doesn't have access to corrective eyewear. As someone who has worn glasses since third grade, I know the feeling of seeing the world through new eyes for the first time after putting glasses on. As your eyesight gradually gets worse you get used to seeing the world with blurry lines. After putting glasses on and seeing every single leaf on a tree, or being able to actually read what the teacher is writing on the board is amazing. 

Do you have Warby Parker frames? Which ones are you favorite?