Sleep is overrated:

At least, that is my motto for the next two weeks.  The past three months in London have gone by all too quickly, and now I have less than two weeks left… I know it sounds so cliché, but I feel like I just got here. There is still so much left to explore: museums to visit, buildings to tour, souvenirs to buy, markets to browse, and pictures to take.

But there’s looming project deadlines, papers due, and finals standing in my way.  As I’m a perfectionist, I’ve decided to sacrifice sleep. It’s the only option if I want to maintain my grades and still get the most out of my last two weeks living in London.

Even though it still doesn’t feel real, I’ve finally admitted it. I am leaving. Although, I truly hope I this is not the last time I will get the chance to live in London… because three months is just not enough.

Here are some photos from this past week in London:

Making my grandma's cranberry sauce! Photo cred: Lindsey Derstine

The impressive Thanksgiving dinner we all cooked! Photo cred: Lindsey Derstine

Enjoying our Thanksgiving in London. Photo cred: Lindsey Derstine

I apologize for the short post, but I have a deadline tomorrow and I’m going to see Pippin tonight for my musical theatre class (I know, rough).  Actually, my analysis on The Naked Mannequin is what is due tomorrow. I’m not sure if I mentioned it, but for the past couple weeks I have been focusing on generating more engagement as part of a case study for my interactive communications course. I really appreciate all those that have been reading in the past couple weeks! I look forward to continuing to develop The Naked Mannequin and my communication with my followers in the coming weeks.

Cheers! XO



What is so great about living in a city?  There are so many different people with unique styles!  Especially in London.  You can wear whatever you want and odds are people won’t bat an eye (unless you got dressed in the dark, or your goal is to get as many strange looks as possible).  Of course, that is never my intent, but to each his own.

The street style here is amazing! It’s really inspiring. Over the past few months, I have adopted aspects of certain styles that I have noticed around the city.  While this has made it difficult to clearly define my style, it has also allowed me to have some fun playing with my wardrobe (since I am really trying hard not to spend money on new clothes).  I love mixing and matching the clothes that I already own to see what works and what doesn’t.

Layering is essential in London – the weather is so on-and-off, plus it’s hot and stuffy on the Tube, but as soon as you get outside you’re freezing. I’m still mastering the art of layering, but I have gotten quite good at dressing for location. If I’m going to Camden, I’ll throw together an eclectic outfit. If I’m around South Kensington, I’ll dress more posh and sophisticated.

Nonetheless, I’m definitely more daring in London than I am in small town Pennsylvania because half of the things I wear here would probably get me strange looks back at my home university.  Hopefully, I won’t second guess my outfit choices when I go back. But, for now, I am loving the creative freedom I have when I get dressed in the morning.  Here’s an outfit that I think reflects my creative style pretty well.  Ironically, I wasn’t in London when I wore it, I was in Rome. Let me know what you think:

I’d love to hear some feedback. Do you live in a city that influences your style?

Cheers until tomorrow! XO