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


Woke up in London yesterday…

Slacking, already?  This post was meant to go up last night, but I fell asleep around 7 p.m. (or 19:00, as I am accustomed to now) and slept the whole night through.  Apparently, watching the Marylebone Christmas Light show wore me out.

However, there are a lot of outfit shots to make up for it!  This outfit was from earlier in the semester, as you will probably notice: for one thing the outfit is certainly not fit for the colder weather, and these pictures are from my tourist days. I got over my tourist phase quickly, so then I could really feel like I was living in London, instead of just visiting. Even though I should be posting winter looks, I had to post this one because it was one of my favorites.  Hope you like it. Let me know what you think:

Me and some friends outside of Buckingham Palace! Photo cred: Michael Raymond

One of the fountains in Trafalgar Square. Photo cred: Marie Batty

In front of Westminster Abbey. Photo cred: Kelsey Miller

Parliament and the river Thames. Photo cred: Kelsey Miller

In front of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square

In front of St. James Park. Photo cred: Marie Batty

You can tell how old this is by the days on the 2012 London Olympics countdown

Look back tomorrow for another outfit post. Cheers! XO

Trend setting:

Starting now, this blog has a purpose. Other than the occasional rambling that I’ve been known for in past posts.  For the next few weeks – at the very least – I am going to be featuring outfit posts mainly.  Of course, given that I have been traveling and exploring London, these posts may also contain some stories of my travels. Hopefully, you all enjoy them! So, here goes nothing.  This is one of my favorite outfits from my first week in London. Red pants are on trend right now, especially in London:

Good old, Baker Street tube station. Home, sweet, home.

Being tourist-y with the Sherlock Holmes statue the first week in London. We live right off of Baker Street, so this statue is something I hardly notice now.

We just had to take the classic phone booth picture, obviously.

I’d love some feedback. What do you think of my look?


Done with excuses…

Less than 140 characters was all it took for me to stop making excuses and just blog. I follow @FashionweekNYC  on Twitter, and yesterday the “Independent Entertainment Tweetologist” behind the Twitter handle tweeted: “Quote of the Day: If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way & If you don’t, You’ll find an excuse!”

BAM. Light bulb. Cue inspirational music. After weeks of deliberating how I could possibly start a post after a two-month hiatus, I finally realized that I’m done with making excuses – I just want to blog. I’m not sure if this post will satisfy 2 months worth of content, but I have to start somewhere…

Saying “it’s been a while” would be an understatement.  I feel like apologies are in order.  I’m sorry for being MIA!  For anyone reading this who used to follow my blog, thank you for coming back. If it’s your first visit, welcome to The Naked Mannequin.  I promise you, it’s going to be better than ever!

But first, I’m going to answer the questions I know you’re all thinking: Why have I not posted in so long? What have I been doing? As you may know, I am studying abroad this semester in London. Assumptions confirmed, I’m obsessed with this city! I’m also in denial that I’m leaving in a month. Over the past two months, I have traveled quite a bit (although, if I had endless funds and time, I would have traveled more).  I have been to Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany; Rome, Perugia, Florence, Milan and Como in Italy; Paris, France; Kusadasi, Turkey; Athens, Greece; and the Aegean Islands of Mykanos, Patmos, Crete and Santorini. So, that partially answers those questions.

To be perfectly honest, blogging as a working college student during the summer is one thing… blogging as a student studying abroad in London, England is a whole different playing field.  I had a plan to blog outfit posts at least once a week, probably share some traveling stories – but then I started exploring, meeting new people, making the most of my time here, and before long I somehow abandoned all my well-intentioned plans. However, that is about to change.

I’ve spent weeks considering what I could write for my “welcome back” blog post. I probably should have just written something, as it’s better than nothing.  During that time, I was learning about blogs in my interactive communications class, for which I created another blog. I’ve learned a lot, which I intend to apply to future blog posts. And those blog posts will not be few and far between. That’s my new goal.

Look back tomorrow, when I will start a series of outfit posts. Less words, more fashion! But for now, I leave you with a little sneak peek – my favorite outfit of the past week.

You know, just hanging out in Ancient Ephesus in Turkey!

Stop making excuses & just blog!  XO