My Daily Commute in Pictures

Every time I walk from Old Street station back to my flat I think how lucky I am to be in London in this beautiful neighborhood. While this may not be everyone’s idea of beauty, especially those used to the more traditional London, beauty is all in one’s own perception. Here is my daily commute through Shoreditch in my eyes:

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Street Art of Alfama

Art truly is everywhere you look… It just depends what you are looking for. I see art in the the literal sense, through murals and paintings, but also in people and places. Lisbon, as a city, was a work of art in itself.

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Two friends enjoying lunch on a quiet Sunday afternoon. I quickly fell in love with the bicycle, flowers, and painting of the woman with the traditional Portuguese guitar.

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This alley was my favorite discovery I made while wandering the streets of Alfama. It was covered in plants and random colorful collages. There was also a back and white cat sitting on a chair, bathing in the sun. I think he appreciated the artwork just as much as I did!

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The contrast of old and new. Who is to say that one is more beautiful than the other? Although I do wish I knew what the graffiti says.

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A graffitied truck parked in front of an exquisitely built building- the perfect contrast.

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Pure poetry.

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Most people choose to just look at the view of the city, I choose to look at the graffiti surrounding it as well.

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Hand-painted tiles on the side of a building that highlight the Portuguese lifestyle in Alfama.

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My three favorite things- coffee, wine, and paintings!

I am always mentioning this, but, art is what you make of it. Start opening your eyes to view everything you see as its own work of art. You never know what you will learn to appreciate in the process.

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Brooklyn (Bridge) Baby

Yeah my boyfriend’s pretty cool, But he’s not as cool as me, Cause I’m a Brooklyn baby, I’m a Brooklyn baby…

If you don’t know those lyrics, you should get familiar with them. I’ve mentioned my love for Lana Del Rey before and I won’t fail to preach my love for her again. And hey, I was in Brooklyn, so the song fits.

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Friday afternoon I ventured over to Brooklyn with my father who has been dying to experience the magic that the Brooklyn Bridge is in person. The Brooklyn Bridge is often something that is overlooked by New Yorkers and people in the surrounding area because of all the tourists it attracts. But this bridge is no Times Square. It may be overly crowded (with over 7,000 people a day might I add) but it definitely deserves to be appreciated for its structural beauty.

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The Brooklyn Bridge began construction in 1869 by John Augustus Roebling but wasn’t opened until 1883. My dad religiously read a book all about the construction of the bridge, so naturally he was spitting out random facts to me along the journey. He explained to me that the reason why the construction took so long was due to the injuries and illnesses Roebling, as well as all of the workers, kept facing throughout the process. Roebling eventually became too sick to finish the bridge so his son took over the project. His son eventually became ill as well and was forced to view the construction of the bridge while bedridden in his little Brooklyn Heights apartment.

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While walking across I was amazed by the fact that these ropes were holding up an entire bridge. Just think of all of the math and engineering behind this structure. The Brooklyn Bridge wasn’t even renovated until just last year, showing how strong the support of the bridge is. It truly is a structural masterpiece.

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As the Brooklyn Bridge’s architecture continues to be viewed and appreciated from people all over the country, including New Yorkers themselves, it is also being used as a way for these people to make their own artistic statements. I love to admire the different quotes people write on the bridge as well as the designs of the stickers posted on the rails. Lovers even began locking locks onto the bridge to symbolize their infinite love for one another, just like they once did on the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris, France.  However, more recently, couples have been tying earphones to the bridge as a more affordable option to the locks.

I’m not really sure what this says about love… Love isn’t worth the expense? Or maybe love just never lasts? After all, if thousands of locks are being removed every year, yet they’re supposed to represent infinite love, what is this saying about the fate of relationships in today’s society?

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If you know anything about Brooklyn you know that it is known for its industrial structures, some of which just happen to be reinvented into something new. I stumbled upon this park, St. Ann’s Warehouse, locked away in an open-air warehouse, after reaching DUMBO (the neighborhood located under the bridge).

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This park was full of plants and trees as well as big brick walls with arched alcoves for you to sit on and relax.  As it turns out, the building itself holds artistic performances throughout the year, from plays to concerts to poetry readings. In 1980 it was the National Historic Landmark Church of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity, hint the current name of the warehouse. From the looks of this building, a church was the last thing I would have guessed this to be.

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Brooklyn is a borough that makes a statement. From the architectural structures to the fashion bloggers roaming the streets to the inspiration that covers every corner, Brooklyn never fails to inspire.

Embodying a Unique Style

When you walk into an antique shop or vintage store you are surrounded by one-of-a-kind pieces, each with their own stories to tell and hidden history. Shopping in these stores is an experience that brings you back in time, immersing you in a different time period.

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Cape May is home to antique stores filled with World War II memorabilia, old polaroids and advertisements from the 1960s. While of course I love going to the beach and soaking up the summer sun, exploring these antique shops is one of my favorite activities to do while at the Jersey Shore for the weekend.

When I visit these shops I am enlightened by all of the inspiration around me. Seeing something that speaks to me and is unique in its own way inspires me to recreate that essence in the outfits that I wear every day.

Each look that you put together tells its own story, not about the individual clothing items but about the person that is actually wearing them. It is the first thing people notice about you and the first thing they will use to make their judgements about you. Just as every antique item is one-of-a-kind your style should be as well.

Many people are afraid to stray away from what everyone else is wearing because they fear they will stand out too much. Ask yourself, is standing out really so bad if you are sharing your story with the world?

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I am encouraging you to visit your local Goodwill or your local antique shop. Seek inspiration and soak up the stories of the past that are there to tell. Then take this inspiration and infuse it into the clothing that you wear. Before putting on your clothes, ask yourself, what story am I willing to share with the world today?

Through My iPhone Lens: Lower East Side

With classes all day or a 9-5 job it can be hard to get out of your comfort zone and explore new things. I’ll be honest, after a long day at work all I want to do is go home, lay in bed, and watch the Bachelorette all night long. So yes, even I have to give myself a little extra push to go do something new or fun with my time after the work day is done.

After getting out of work an hour early last Thursday, I decided to just walk around New York City with no end destination in mind. This is always something I enjoy doing even if I am running on only 4 hours of sleep. You never know what little treasures you will find when you just explore and take in your surroundings. New York is full of wonderful surprises!

During my stroll around the Lower East Side, an area I love but never have the chance to visit much, I took all of these photos. The neighborhood inspired me and made for one of the most enjoyable afternoons I have had all summer.

Go out in your city. Walk into stores you’ve never noticed before. Let art inspire you. Try something new. You never know what small joys you may discover!