The Making of Harry Potter

>> Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I have to admit I'm not the most prolific Potterhead in the world. In fact, I only read the first book because my brother was reading it (it was a borrowed copy even) because who knew whether it was going to be bad or good? I certainly was not a fan of wizardry. Back then, my only gateway to wizardry was The Craft and it wasn't very pretty nor amusing, too.

One of the things I absolutely recommend doing when in London is visiting the Warner Brothers' Studios in Leavesden, north of London. This is where most of the eight movies were shot. Most of the sets, the props, costumes were preserved well. Also, you can have butterbeer, my absolute favorite part of the trip.

My photos don't do justice to the whole experience at all but until now, I feel shivers and lots of kilig when I think about the day I spent inside the Harry Potter studios. Enjoy!































Remember the scenes above? If you ever find yourself in London, book (way ahead) tickets via the Warner Brothers' website, take the orange line of London Underground to Watford Junction where there's a WB shuttle. Each ticket is £31 {roughly PHP 2,248}. I wasn't the biggest Potterhead in the group and anywhere at all but I enjoyed this trip immensely. I plan to watch all the movies again when I get back home :)

Bisous from Paris!
xx

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Paris

>> Monday, October 20, 2014

I can't remember the first time I ever decided I wanted to go to Paris but I am glad, nonetheless to be in the city that inspired many a French romcom, a slightly disorienting art film and legions upon legions of books.

I've always thought that next to Spain, Paris would be my foremost entry to the European continent but alas, life had other plans, but they were lovely plans nonetheless.


Paris, to me, is both overwhelming and underwhelming. It's just as gritty as it has been in the movies, the women just as beautiful and enigmatic, the men just as artsy. The streets sometimes smell of wiwi and other European cities I've seen ae cleaner, but the city is just as striking.


I haven't had much time to explore the city but so far, I can assure everyone who's dying to ask that the French are not rude at all and all of them doesn't get fat. I'm off to Versailles today and I'm beside myself in seeing the palace that is the centerpiece of one of my favorite movies, Marie Antoinette by Sofia Coppola. In the background, Radio Dept. is already playing.


Bisous!

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London Calling

>> Sunday, October 19, 2014

I'm actually in Paris now but thoughts of a London are lingering in my head. To date, one of the cities that captured my attention span is only the world's most expensive city: London.



My friends and I are currently in this part of the globe --- a decision I initially had nothing to do with. Someone suggested it and since I've never been before, I just went. And now here I am.


At first, I had no "feels" for the city and in fact did not do much research at all. When we arrived, it had been raining and it was gray everywhere. My memories of London are from movies like About Time, vignettes of street musicians playing at the Underground, while the lovers traipsed around. I remember seeing its streets in Notting Hill, in Bridget Jones' Diary, in Closer. It's not quite crazy like New York, or gritty romantic like Paris but it's just as interesting, just as unique.


London is that city that's proper. It's a man --- it's a man with it's well-tailored suits, its penchant for the opera, the musicals and fine clothing. In the metro, you can find him reading The Evening Standard. Sometimes, it's also the life of Martin Luther King. During weekends, he may be at the tube with this Great Dane. He carries a hooded jacket because it rains every hour or so in London. His shoes are of fine leather though, so the rain is not a problem. It's a man who falls in love, and sometimes this man falls in love with a Parisienne.


Happy Sunday!
xx

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Tara's Travel Adventure #1

>> Monday, October 13, 2014

Hello, hello! I'm currently assimilating with the London weather and perpetual rains as I type this. It's been 12 hours since I got in and it's been wonderful.

Just one thing: I left all my makeup back home.

I initially panicked {what girl wouldn't?} but I got over it and I'm calm now. The good thing about traveling with friends is that I get to borrow some of their stuff until I get to shop for legit reasons at Sephora. Ha!

Check out my FOTD for the day:

 

As for now, we're off to tour the city and get acquainted with central London!

Bye for now!

xx

 

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#ChooseDay Tuesday: Highlights and Collagen

>> Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Happy, happy Tuesday, folks!

I'm grateful for the long weekend that had gone by, it was a chance to recharge, regroup and catch up with my girls from the South. That's the beauty secret, methinks, surrounding yourself always, with the people you love, loves you, and all the laughter that you can have together.

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Steaks and seashells with my Southern folks �� #vsco #vscocam #vscophile

So that's the thing: Always choose who you surround yourself with. Don't be with nega people :)

When all else fails, keep a highlighter handy and a collagen drink, which I'm currently trying :D


What are you choosing today?
xx

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