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Getting Ready For My Next Vacation

Friday, July 3, 2015




Today is the BIG DAY! A month ago, my friend and I decided to book a trip to London and Scotland and the day has official come for our fun adventure!

I was in need for a new suitcase so picked up this super cute one from DVF Studio :) It was love at first sight because I was hoping to get something that was different and cute! This suitcase is definitely both and I couldn't be happier with my new purchase!

I hope to take a bunch of photos to share with you all on this trip so stay tuned for more blog posts to come!

Follow me on instagram and snapchat (whimsicalfawn is my username on both accounts) because I will be posting a bunch of photos and videos for sure!







What's In My Carry-On Bag?

Thursday, July 2, 2015


Hello!

With my trip to London & Scotland right around the corner! I wanted to share with you guys what is in my carry-on bag :)

My bag is from Forever 21 and it was a total steal because I got in on sale for $14! Amazing right?  I love how big this bag is to fit all my essentials and the zipper on side can go up and down depending on how much stuff you have in there to give it a bit more room.


This is sort of my in flight pamper bag. I bring a face mask with me cause the flights dry out my skin! I look like weirdo with a face sheet mask on my face but it's better than having my skin freak out on me later. My favorite item in this bag is my eye mask! I found it randomly at Marshall's one day and fell in love with how cute it was!


I decided to use this green travel wallet on this upcoming trip. My friend bought it for me recently and I think it's the perfect size! This passport holder is a recent purchase and I am totally in love with it! What makes me love it is the detailing on the inside!!



On this trip I am planning to bring #GirlBoss to read on the plane! The blue notebook is my journal and I can't forget to bring my maps and travel guide books :)


I'm also bringing my new Warby Parker glasses and my favorite Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses.


These are all my electronics I am planning to bring on this trip. I got my new camera which I am excited to use on this trip. My instax mini polaroid camera is something I tend to bring on my trips because I love collecting the polaroids to put them on my cork board at home.


Last but not least, here is my super cute bear travel pillow that turns into a neck pillow. I bought it last summer and I really like how it looks super cute in my carry on bag and I can use it as a pillow or turn it inside out to wrap it around my neck!

I hope you enjoyed reading what is in my bag! I love reading other people's "what's in my carry-on bag?" blog post so if you have one send me a link in the comments!







Afternoon Tea at T-Neer

Wednesday, July 1, 2015










I recently tried this place called T-Neer for afternoon tea after purchasing a Groupon deal online. This is a two part review because my friend had actually bought a deal too and so I went once with her and one more time with my mom. The Groupon deal we purchased allowed us to try their tea for two menu that came with 12 tea sandwiches, two scones and two cakes to share. We also got to pick out own pot of tea and a cup of soup as well. I really wanted to like this place but it was disappointing both times I went! The first time the tea was not hot at all so we had to have them reheat it. The second time the clotted cream looked weird and tasted weird. I told the lady the cream looked like it was defrosted or something but she reassured me it was made from scratch and that is how clotted cream is suppose to look. I've tried clotted cream at other afternoon tea places and it never looked like how it did below.


The sandwiches looked pretty shabby with the ends not properly cut off. It might be silly for me to even critique them on this but I think they should at least cut the ends off for better food presentation don't you think?


Both times it took forever to get the check! I think I waited about 20 minutes for them to grab my credit card so I can pay. My friend and I paid $17 for a $32 deal (excluding tax & tip). So for $17 I say it's a decent deal, you get what you pay for. However, I don't think I would ever go back again to pay $32 for this meal. When I say I wanted to like this place I do mean it! But surprisingly both times my experience was mediocre so I don't think I will ever come back.







Recent Favorites #001

Tuesday, June 30, 2015



One of my favorite blog topics to read are monthly favorites and I have tried numerous times to do one myself but for some reason I always end up not getting around to posting it. Before I know it, I am mid way through the new month and I end up deleting my half written blog post. So instead of rounding up my monthly favorites at the end of each month, I thought I would just do a recent favorites post instead that I can post anytime I want.

So here it goes! These are a few things I have been loving recently (broken down into categories)! 

Social Media

Snapchat

Who would have thought I would end up liking this app or evening using it on a daily basis? Definitely not me! I already have a bunch of social media apps and I didn't feel the need to add a another one. However, a close friend of mine pushed me to make an account and I am glad I did because it let me connect with some old friend who live abroad and it has been a great way to check out what they've been up to! I know I'm years behind on joining this scene but it's never too late right? If any of you have Snapchat and want to add me my username is whimsicalfawn :)


Book

Think Like a Freak by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt 

This book was recommended by a friend of mine who said it was awesome so I decided to give it a read. I don't know why this book took me six months to read cause it isn't a difficult book to read at all (I'm such a slow read & I ended up binge watch six TV shows the past 4 months). It's actually quite fascinating and makes you think outside the box. It's written by two economists who explore the idea of what it takes to think like a freak. Some of the stuff they discuss and the stories they tell you is seriously mind blowing! My favorite chapter was the last chapter where they talk about the upside of quitting and learning to let go. Two things I know I constantly battle with and their perspective about quitting and letting go was really inspirational. I am definitely going to read their first two book now because I really enjoy these types of book that make you think and self reflect. 

Television

Reign

I am OBSESSED with this show!! If you want a show that is intriguing, sexy and dramatic this is your show! The costumes are amazing and the location/ set design is gorgeous. Not to mention the story line will just get you hooked if you have any interest in this time period. I will say that if you are true history fanatic then it might bother you that this show is not historically accurate. However, if you are looking for a new show that reminds you of Gossip Girl then this might fill in that gap in your heart. All I can say is that I cannot wait for season 3!

Makeup

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (in black waterproof)

This mascara is amazing! I don't think I ever felt that way over a mascara ever... This mascara really separates my lashes and also adds some lengths! I am so amazed by how great my lashes look :) Recently, I have tried about 6 different mascaras in the time span of 4 months. Everything from drug store to high end and this is the winner!


Thanks for reading through my what I've been loving recently! Let me know if you have a similar post on your blog or if you have any recent favorites you want to share with me :)







Traditional Afternoon Tea at The Living Room

Wednesday, May 27, 2015











This past weekend I took my two favorite ladies (my mom & my mom's friend) out for a traditional afternoon tea at the Living Room located inside the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel. I've had afternoon tea here once before when I took my friend out for her birthday. However, my mom and her friend have never been here so I thought it would be a good place to take them to celebrate a belated Mother's Day.

I've been to a lot of afternoon tea places because I truly enjoy it. There is nothing more relaxing & enjoyable then a good cup of tea and some delicious food to go with it.  In comparison to the other places I've been to the menu here is pretty great. It is a lot more expensive than most places so be ready to splurge a bit. I get pretty picky when I go to these tea places because I start comparing them to all the places I've previously tried. So here's the scoop on this place! The Living Room is located inside the Peninsula hotel in Beverly Hills just past the main entrance. It is a small open space with lounge type seating and the occasional small table setup. It really does own up to it's name "The Living Room." The ambiance here is elegant and refined with the live harp music and beautiful china. The food portions are adequate and the flavor of everything served is on point. Did I mention how beautiful the presentation of the food is? My favorite sandwich other than my usual favorite with is the smoked salmon, I did enjoy the Camembert strawberry pesto sandwich. My favorite dessert was the tropical fruit tart with banana cream and the blueberry macaroon. The tea was absolutely delicious! I went with their house blend called the Belvedere which went perfectly well with milk and sugar.

Here some things that did not impress me and overall made me feel a bit disappointed. When we sat down I noticed there were some residue left on the container with the milk. It didn't gross me out completely but attention to detail at a place like this should be expected....meaning they should really double check to see if everything is clean before putting it out on the table. My tea was served cold a few times to the point I had to request to have them fill  it up with hot water and take back my tea cup. Writing this, I realize maybe I was a bit high maintenance but you sort of expect good service from a higher end tea place and it's just annoying when they continue to serve you tea that has been left out for 45 minutes. They did have those tea cozy's covering the tea but obviously that didn't do the trick. I was also disappointed they didn't do anything special for my mom and her friend (I was celebrating a belated Mother's Day) even though when I called to make my reservation they told me they would bring out a complimentary cake. I even called the day before to remind them and they assured me they would make a note but nothing came on the day of! I even asked the waitress when my mom and her friend stepped away to use the ladies room and she said she would go back and check but the waitress never came back!

So with all that said, I would say if you are into a posh atmosphere's and you have the money to splurge this may be your place. Also, some of you may not be bothered with all the things I was so if that's the case this place might be great for you. Despite the few disappointments I had, my mom and her friend had a fantastic time and they were both impressed and had a fantastic time!

I'm always looking for new tea places to try in the Southern California area so if you have any must try places, please let me know in the comments!







 
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