#BoothGoesMacDaniel2015: Highlights From My Sister’s Bridal Shower

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After a little technical difficulty, the post is back! So… As many of you lovelies already know, my sister is getting married in just two short weeks (just follow me on Instagram and you will quickly see all the photos and pre-wedding fun!) and I am lucky enough to be her maid of honor! As such a role requires, one of my duties was throwing her a bridal shower.  Well… Let me tell ya ladies, it was not an easy task!  I thought it would be a piece of cake, just a little champagne for mimosas, sweets, and some snacks and decorations, right?! Wrong.

So, here is how I went about planning (and implementing) her shower…

Being the crazy/anal person that I am, I made a private board on Pinterest where I gathered all of my ideas.  Then when I after narrowed down my selections, I printed all of the things I was actually going to do and put them all in a binder where I organized them accordingly.  One section of the binder had all of my Pinterest ideas/crafts with directions on how to make each one and what I would need; one section had the menu with full recipes for each item my mom and I were going to make; one section had a to-do list (that never seemed to stop growing…); one section had info for the gift I was going to make my sister; and the final section had all of the information for her bachelorette party (which was the following weekend!).   It may sound a little crazy/obsessive/over the top, but let me tell you, it was the greatest thing I have ever made! It was so useful and had everything in one place, so any time I needed to find something or refer back to a recipe or instructions for a craft, I knew exactly where to find it!

When I was finally finished putting the binder together (which was quite the task in and of itself!) and had picked everything I just “had” to do, I quickly realized (with the help of my mom) that there was no possible way I was going to be able to get all of this done by myself… Which is when I turned to the rest of the bridal party for a little help.  These ladies did an amazing job and I could not have done it without them (thank you again, beauties)!

As I learned in college, I am not the greatest at delegating work. I like things to be a certain way and I like to do them myself so that I know they will be exactly the way I want them (some may call this psycho…).  So, to get over this and effectively dish out some of the tasks, I made each girl a detailed PDF/to-do list (see photo below) that I emailed to her individually.  This PDF had a list of the tasks I wanted her to complete and then it broke down each task and gave explicit details on what would be needed and how to do it. Whether or not they used my instructions is beyond me, but either way they did an awesome job with everything!

Example of the to-do lists that I sent to the bridal party! Each girl had her own that was sent to her a few months before the shower!

Example of the to-do lists that I sent to the bridal party! Each girl had her own that was complete with instruction and links to the sites I found each item at and was sent out a few months before the shower!

One thing that my mom and I had both really wanted to do was have everyone bring a recipe for my sister to start a collection.  In order to make this happen, I made a recipe card (below, with a photo of the invitation), that was sent out with the invitation.  I asked everyone to bring it to the shower with them, and when they did, I compiled them all into a “recipe book” (aka a photo album that I converted into a recipe book) and gave it to her at the end of the day! The best part about making the recipe cards myself is that she can always add to her book using the same cards without having to buy more! It was super easy to make and saved a lot of money because we printed them at home using cardstock!

The recipe card that I made and sent out with the invitations!

The recipe card that I made and sent out with the invitations!

Golden Bride Foil-Pressed Bridal Shower Invitations

Not her actual invitation (obviously…) but this is the one I chose (from Minted)!

So, enough of my rambling…  Here are some photos from the big day!

My beautiful big sister wearing the headband that I found on Pinterest… Decided to get savvy and figure out how to make the headband that is $30 on Etsy on my own!

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Table with favors as you walked out the door!

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And one more time, just in case you didn’t get the point that the favors were hairties!

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Table with envelopes for all of the guests to address to themselves.. This made it so much easier for her to send the thank you notes!

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I strongly advise this for anyone throwing a shower.

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How could we not love the world’s largest champagne bottles?

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Mimosa bar… Round 2! The wine and champagne glasses had chalkboard paint on them for guests to write their names… Plus, they got to take them when they left!

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My beautiful mother with the bride-to-be!

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My gorgeous grandma and sister!

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The beautiful bride-to-be waiting to open her gifts!

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A lovely candid shot of us while she is opening her presents…

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If you can’t tell, we’re quite candid… I have never understood how some girls look so adorable in candid shots! But, I thought this was super funny anyway!

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Reading the tags on the “Basket of Firsts” that I made her! (Details on that, coming soon!)

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Never thought we would see the day when she was this excited over a pot (but a fancy pot, nonetheless)!

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Krysta (one of the lovely bridesmaids) with the bouquet of bows!

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White chocolate dipped Oreos! I made these with the help of Dan, who tried so unbelievably hard… I couldn’t have appreciated it more!

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The cake!

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And again…

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Water bottles… Difficult as they may appear, the labels were super easy to make!

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If you can’t tell, I really loved making the signs!

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Yet another sign…

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Danielle and Peter at the end of the shower

Through planning this shower I realized how much I really love party planning! I know I had a vested interest in this because it was my sister’s bridal shower so I wanted her to have an awesome time and everything to be perfect.  But, I enjoyed getting all of the prep work done! I loved painting all the signs you saw photographed (above), making the cake, and getting everything set in place so it was just right.  I had an absolute blast doing it, and if I ever had the chance to help someone else with theirs (either as their maid of honor or simply to help out!), I would jump at the opportunity in a heartbeat!So, if you or anyone you know needs a little help, please, please, PLEASE let me know! It was so much fun and I would absolutely love to help make someone else’s day as special as my sister’s was!

But, that’s all I have for ya today! I sincerely hope you have enjoyed reliving my sister’s bridal shower as much as I have!  As always, I love getting your input so let me know what you think!  I hope you have an amazing day, gorgeous!

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Good News Ladies, The Search For Waterproof Makeup Ends With tarte cosmetics!

Good morning and happy Monday beauties!  Hope y’all had an amazing weekend and your week is off to a great start!  This weekend was my sister’s bridal shower! It was a lot of fun and,   after days (or maybe weeks…) of stressing, everything really came together and turned out exactly as I was hoping! (More to come from her shower later… I am going to share all the details and lots of photos in a post all about it soon! Promise!)

But, getting back on track… I sincerely hope, with summertime in full swing and the temperatures on the continuous climb reaching ungodly temperatures, you’re somehow staying somewhat cool and still enjoying the warm and sunny weather!

Pictured (left to right): Dan, me, Danielle, Peter

All of us (Left to Right: Dan, Me, Danielle, & Peter) at the end of the game!

I’m not sure if you guys know this about me or not, but baseball is hands down my favorite sport and, in my opinion, one of the best parts about the summer!  A few weeks ago, my sister, her fiancé, Peter, my boyfriend, Dan, and I went to the Nationals game vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates (the Nats historic first no-hitter, if any of you were wondering!), and let me tell you…  It was so hot outside!  Naturally, my sister and I were dying (that’s not dramatic at all…), and as we were sweating our “faces” off we began talking about how we wish there were better waterproof makeup options available.  After a short conversation about it, we started talking about something else and seemingly forgot all about it.  But, on Sunday night when she and Peter were over at my house the topic came up again and we decided to do some digging to find out if there was something that we were missing.  After just a few short minutes of browsing our results on Google, we came across tarte cosmetics who, according to the abundance of customer reviews, seemed to have an amazing waterproof line!

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tarte has the best waterproof makeup I’ve ever found!

After we found tarte’s waterproof makeup line, we decided we just had to try it for ourselves.  We saw that tarte is sold at Ulta stores, so we headed to the Ulta near my house and, although we both splurged a little more than we probably should have, it was well worth it because this stuff is amazing!

For those of you in the DC area, you know that we have had some unbearably hot weather this summer which, although I have complained about, has given me the perfect opportunity to really put my tarte products to the test and what do you know, every time I wear any of their products my face looks just as great when I get home at 7:30pm after the heat, humidity, and a terrible thunderstorm, as it does when I leave at 7:30am.  While I do not use only tarte products, because unfortunately I cannot afford to simply replace my entire inventory of makeup, I did get quite a few of the things that I have come to consider “essentials” in my daily routine, including:

  • tarte waterproof mascara (lights, camera, splashes waterproof mascara),
  • tarte waterproof eye primer (clean slate 360º creaseless 12-hr smoothing eye primer),
  • tarte waterproof eyeliner (skinny smolderEYES Amazonian clay waterproof liner), and
  • tarte waterproof concealer (Amazonian clay waterproof 12-hour concealer).

Let me tell you ladies that was the best waterproof mascara and the best waterproof concealer I have ever used!  I have never used waterproof primer or eyeliner, so I can’t really speak to that, but they were both amazing as well!  If you are looking for a new line of waterproof makeup to try out, tarte cosmetics is definitely my recommendation!

tarte cosmetics lights, camera, splashes waterproof mascara, $21

tarte cosmetics lights, camera, splashes waterproof mascara, $21

Plus, with (what I’m sure is) an equally amazing line of non-waterproof makeup, as well as a full skincare line, tarte really has everything you could possibly need when it comes to your face!  Add in the fact that it is all natural and free of all the parabens and toxins regularly found in many makeup products and you really can’t go wrong; personally, I cannot wait to try out more products from the company, especially the tarteguard 30  sunscreen lotion that reviewers have been raving about all over the Internet!

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tarteguard 30 sunscreen lotion; Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $32

If you’re looking for a new brand to try out for any of your skincare needs, take a few minutes and check out tarte, I promise you will not be sorry you did and they will not let you down!

So ladies, what do you think?  Are you super excited to head to Ulta or Sephora and pick some up?  Have you already discovered and tried tarte?  Do you have a line of waterproof products that you absolutely love? Let me know your thoughts, as I always love getting your feedback and hearing your secret tips and tricks!  I hope you have an amazing day, gorgeous!

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Outfit Of The Day

Hello and happy Monday, gorgeous! I hope you are surviving this muggy and humid heat wave and you had an amazing weekend! Even though the weekend just ended and, if you’re feeling the same way I am, you’re not quite ready to be back at work just yet, I thought I would still share a super chic outfit that is perfect for a summertime night on the town! So, although it is only Monday, hopefully this will give you a little something to get ready for, and excited about, next weekend!

Outfit Of The Day - Not Your Daughter's Jeans, OOTD

Top: Rebecca Taylor, $195; Jeans: NYDJ, $200; Shoes: Saint Laurent, $790; Clutch: Valentino, $1,190; Watch: Movado, $995; Bracelet: BERRICLE, $85; Earrings: kate spade new york, $38.

Is that outfit awesome, or what?! I don’t know about you ladies, but personally I’m a huge fan of white jeans. Since we can only wear them a few months out of the year, I try to get the most out of them during that little time period as possible! This pair of super skinny jeans (and not to mention slimming), from NYDJ, is super comfortable and look amazing on everyone I’ve seen rock them!

Personally, I am usually more of a jegging (jean legging) type of girl myself, but these have that same feel without making me feel like I am cheating the system (…I tend to live in leggings in the winter, so I always consider it a win when I actually put on “real” pants!). So basically, what I am trying to say is that I have recently discovered NYDJ, and they have absolutely amazing jeans for women. Plus, they’re super affordable, so that’s another bonus!

One of the many ways I like to wear white jeans is with a bright colored, fun top (like the one above), and simple/classic accessories. It really draws attention to the top and makes for a super classy, yet stylish and chic, look. I am typically a fan of different shades of blue, green, and teal/turquoise, because I feel like it makes my blue eyes stand out (although I’m not sure it actually does, I think that may just be my imagination, but it makes me feel good so I do it anyway!). However, I consider any color that shies away from my typical black to be “bright”; whatever your favorite color is to wear, I’m sure it will look awesome with your super skinny [white] jeans and some of your more classic and simple accessories. So, trust me beauties, if you haven’t before, try it out! I can promise you won’t be disappointed.

Hopefully y’all love this outfit (and white jeans, obviously!) as much as I do; I can’t wait to hear your thoughts, lovelies! I hope your week starts off on the right foot, have a great day, beauties!

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Fix Me Up Friday: A Twist On Your Everyday Pony

I don’t know about you guys, but personally (when I have enough hair…) I tend to live with my hair pulled back in some way during the summertime.  In an attempt to add some sort of style to this unfortunate and boring ‘do, I am always searching for new, fun, and chic ways to add a little life to my dull old ponytail. Well, today I have an amazing one for you all that I cannot wait to try out in the coming months! It looks like it could potentially be a little tricky, but I think with a little practice and lots of patients (something I need to work on anyway!), it is definitely doable and maybe even easy!

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Is that not adorable or what?! I know I am personally so excited to get to try this one out and I definitely plan on practicing before I actually attempt to wear it out (I have a feeling my first few tries might not be very pretty…), but I will certainly keep y’all posted about how it goes and if it looks presentable maybe I’ll even share my results!

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How To Look Hot All Day And All Night

Beat The Heat In These Stylish And Refreshing Outfits That Look Good From Day To Night

As August is quickly approaching, we all know the scorching hot days we are already experiencing are only going to get worse.  While there are many styles that are extremely cute and flattering on almost everyone, such as the maxi dress and skirt, they are not always the best for keeping us cool… And let’s be honest, I know I cannot stand to be wearing clothes that make me hotter than necessary on the already excruciatingly hot days.  Not only is it super difficult to find outfits that keep you cooled off while maintaining your usual trendy look, but having to change into an outfit to go out in after spending a long day out in the heat, can sometimes be worse! How can this be solved you might ask? Well, here are just a few suggestions that can be worn all day long, day to night, and still have the normal, appropriate look for whatever time of day it is and whatever you are doing!

High Waisted Shorts – Necessary Clothing $24.99

High Waisted Shorts - Necessary Clothing

 

Daytime:  Pair these awesome shorts with a blouse or nice top and a pair of flats or dressy sandals and you have the perfect outfit for a relaxing and comfortable day at the office!

After The Sun Sets:  Swap out that blouse for either a more casual tank or a crop top and change out of your flats and into a pair of nude or cream colored wedges and you will have a sexy outfit for your nighttime extravaganzas!

Crochet Bathing Suit – 6 Shore Road $138

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Daytime:  Wear this super sexy suit for a day on the beach with friends or when you’re just laying out, catching some rays at the pool.  Where ever you are, you are sure to turn the heads of everyone around with this chic little number on.

After The Sun Sets:  Be sure to pack a maxi skirt, a pair of jeans, or some high wasted shorts in your beach bag to throw on over your suit for your evening activities.  Not only is this piece an extremely flattering bathing suit, but it is also a stunning top.  Add a pair of heels or wedges and you will surely be turning everyone’s head!

White Jeans –Tory Burch (Nordstrom) $185

White Jeans - Tory Burch At Nordstrom

Daytime:  Pair these super cute white jeans with a bright colored tank top (pastels look awesome, too!)  and a pair of flats or sandals for the perfect daytime outfit.  Cuff the bottom of the already cropped pants to make them a little shorter – it adds to the overall look and keeps you feeling a little cooler!

After The Sun Sets:  For your nighttime adventures, uncuff the pants and add a pair of wedges or heels with a darker color (navy or black are always a good option) tank top or crop top.  Add a bright colored chunky statement necklace for a night pop of color and you are sure to be ready for whatever comes your way that evening!

Crop Top – American Apparel $38

Crop Top - American Apparel

Daytime:  Pair this crop top with a pair of white shorts and a pair of comfy sandals or flip flops along with a long necklace, a watch and a cute pair of earrings and you will be set for the sunshine!

After The Sun Sets: In the evening, switch out of your shorts and put on white jeans or regular blue denim jeans with a pair of cute wedges and some bigger accent pieces of jewelry and you’ll be the focal point of the night.

Trousers (aka “Pajama Style Bottoms”) – Zara $59.90

Trousers/Pajama Style Bottoms - Zara  Daytime: Add a nice blouse or tank top along with a blazer and a pair of flats to these super cute trousers and you have an appropriate, comfortable, and super hot outfit for a summer day at work.

After The Sun Sets: Ditch the blazer, keep the tank top, and switch out the flats for either a pair of sexy heels or super cute wedges and you’re all ready for a round of drinks at happy hour after a long day in the office.

As you can see, the options for day to night summer outfits really are endless.  This is not even close to an all inclusive list, rather more of a starting point to get you headed in the right direction! I hope this is helpful to you in planning your outfits for the rest of the summer, and if you need and help or have any questions or comments please just let me know! :)

XOXO Kristen

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Home Sweet Home: Back To America!

Jet Lagged, Sleepy, and Happy To Be Home!

Last week I got back from my six week long adventure in Belgium and other parts of Europe.  It was the greatest six weeks of my life, but it was so good to be back!  I missed my family and friends more than you can imagine! There were many things that I missed about being home… Starbucks (or just regular coffee in general!), bagels, cheeseburgers, normal ketchup, chocolate chip cookies, and most of all, being able to call and talk to my mom, dad, and sister whenever I want!

New York City - View Of The City And The Brooklyn Bridge However, now that I am home it is time to get to work! This past Saturday, exactly one week after I got back to the US, I moved into my apartment in New York City! It has been a big adjustment, but I am finally getting used to it.  My apartment is in Williamsburg in Brooklyn, and I have an amazing, super nice roommate!  I start working at Company Agenda tomorrow morning, and I have the first day jitters already!  I am really nervous about my big day, but I am also more excited than you can possibly imagine!  I cannot wait to start my life and career in fashion! I know I still have one more year left of school, but I am so excited and I cannot believe all of this is happening… it is literally a dream come true!

When I was 8 years old my family took a road trip vacation, and all four of us got to pick anywhere on the East Coast that we wanted to go.  I picked New York City.  Ever since my very first visit to the city as a young 8 year old girl, I have known I wanted to live here one day.  I remember looking up at my dad and saying “Daddy, when I grow up I am going to live here,” and now my lifelong dream is finally coming true!

Stay tuned to find out about my first day!

XOXO Kristen

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Day Trip To Ghent and Brugge, Belgium

Last week we took a day trip to Gent and Brugge, two cities in Belgium.

Gent, Belgium:

Cathedral in Gent, Belgium Our first stop of the day was in Gent, which is about an hour and a half away from Antwerp. When we got there we went on a one hour walking tour of the city where we saw and learned some really cool things! There was a lot of cathedrals and castles, and most of the buildings were in the medieval style.  There was a canal (or river?) that ran through the city, and there was a lot of little restaurants and cafes on the water.  It was really pretty and it almost reminded me of Venice in certain areas!  There was also one alley in the city that was full of graffiti.  It was really cool to see all the different “artwork” and the coolest part to me Graffiti Alley In Gent, Belgium was that it was not only allowed, but actually encouraged by the city!

After our walking tour we had about an hour and a half or two hours of free time to get lunch and explore a little.  Some friends and I walked around a little, seeing some cool things that we missed during the tour and then we went to a little cafe on the water where we had lunch.  I had a turkey sandwich with lettuce and tomato and a little side salad, it was really yummy! After lunch our free time was just about up, so we went to the meeting place and hopped on the bus to Brugge!

Brugge, Belgium:

House In Brugge, Belgium After our time in Gent we then took another bus ride to Brugge, it took about an hour and a half to two hours to get there from Gent because there was a lot of traffic!But when we finally arrived, we started right on our one hour walking tour of the city.  Brugge was a really cool city, it reminded me a lot of Colonial Williamsburg! There were people on horses and buggies and some people were dressed up in clothes that resembled the clothes people wore in the olden days!

After our walking tour, we had one hour of free time to do whatever we wanted.  My friends and I got some ice cream My Friends and I In Brugge, Belgium and walked around, doing some shopping along the way.  I did not personally buy anything, but some of my friends got some really cool things and we all had a lot of fun!

After our free time, it was time to head back to the Monty.  We all had a lot of fun during the day but I think we were all ready to head back. It was a really long day and everyone was really sleepy! When we got back we all had dinner and rested up for the big day that lay ahead… Croatia!!

XOXO Kristen

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dobrodošli u Splitu

Free Weekend #2:  Split, Croatia

All Of Us At The Overlook Of The City - Split, Croatia Last weekend, five of my friends and I went to Croatia for the second free weekend out of the three that we get.  Personally, I had never heard of Croatia before coming on this trip, but going on this trip was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  It was absolutely gorgeous, one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen! We were in Split, which is the second largest city in all of Croatia, where we stayed at the Tchaikovsky Hostel Split.   I had never stayed in a hostel before and I was actually really nervous about the whole experience (after hearing all the crazy stories from some of my friends on the trip who went to Amsterdam about strange men watching them sleep…), but it was a great experience!  The hostel was so nice and clean, and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful with anything and everything we asked them about.   Strawberries And Other Fruit At The Market - Split, Croatia

Split is on the coast, so naturally we went to the beach everyday we were there.  It was really nice to have a little bit of downtime since we have not really stopped going since we got to Belgium 4 and a half weeks ago!  We also did a little shopping at the local market where there were a lot of little “shops” (really just stands or little tents) .  The market had anything and everything you could ever imagine! From fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, meat, and pastries to clothes, scarves, shoes, and handbags to name just a few, they really did have it all!  I don’t think I realized how grateful I was to have good fruit and vegetables that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg! In Belgium (well at least where we grocery shop in Antwerp…) the fresh fruits and veggies (fruit especially) are either not very good, or they are super expensive.  I think one of the things I am most excited about having when I get home is fresh food!

Two nights that we were there, we went to a restaurant called Fife.  It was a small restaurant on the water and it was really yummy and also pretty cheap.  The portions were huge and the food was delicious, so after the first time we went, we decided to go back a second time a few nights later! I had calamari and grilled vegetables and it was so good!

"Water Park" In Supetar, Croatia The last full day we were in Croatia, we decided to switch it up a little and we took a ferry to an island off the coast of Split, Supetar.  It was a small island that we were told is a popular tourist attraction.  It was so nice! It was little and cute, but there was also a lot to do. When we went to the beach, we saw a portion of the water that was roped off and had a bunch of moon bounce type of objects floating around.  When we went over to see what it was, we found out that it is a “water park” type of place with a lot of stuff similar to the things they use and do on the TV show Wipeout.  I don’t know if you have ever seen it, but I always thought it was a little silly, who can’t do that stuff I always though… Well boy was I wrong! It was so hard! There was a trampoline, a bunch of slides, a “blob”, a rock wall type of thing, and a bunch of other stuff, but it was so hard to get on and when you did, it was hard to stay on! My friends and I were the only girls and the only people over the age of about 12 playing on all the stuff, but we had a blast (and boy was it a workout)! While we were waiting for the ferry back to Split, we stopped at a little restaurant/bar to get some gelato.  None of us had any idea what we were getting into, but it was hands down the best gelato I have ever had! It was a huge sundae type thing, but it was really cheap and definitely worth every penny spent!

The next day, it was time to go.  Although we were all so sad to leave paradise, we were all ready to get back to the Monty and finish up the last few things we have to do for our classes before our finals and presentations next week!

View Of Split, Croatia From The Ferry

This was our view leaving Split on the ferry when we were headed to Supetar!

Gelato Sundae In Supetar, Croatia

This is my amazing gelato sundae that I had when we were in Supetar! It was easily the best gelato I have ever had (even better than Italy!).

My Roommate And I On The Last Night In Split, Croatia

This is my roommate, Katie, and I on our last night in Split.  This was right before dinner, where we ended up matching! We didn’t plan it at all, but we both came out of the bathroom and it just so happened we were wearing the same skirt in different colors!

XOXO Kristen

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Antwerp, Belgium: Diamond Capital Of The World

Antwerp Diamond Center Last week we took a class field trip to the diamond district in Antwerp.  Who knew that Antwerp, Belgium was the diamond capital of the world?! I certainly didn’t until I got here! However, 80% of the world’s uncut and unpolished diamonds go through Antwerp, and at least 50% of the worlds finished diamonds go through Antwerp.  So, when you buy a diamond, there is an extremely high chance that it has been in Antwerp at some point!

We went in one of the 4 polishing and cutting facilities, where we met the man who is in charge of all the operations of the facility.  All of the polishers have to report to him and get approval from him before they can be done with their diamond.  This company cuts and polishes all of the diamonds that are sold by Tiffany & Co!! I thought that was one of the coolest things ever!

Then we went to the open room where a lot of the diamond trading and buying/selling takes place.  The diamond industry is dominated by the Jewish community in Antwerp, and when you enter the room, it was Diamond Cutting and Polishing full of their heritage and culture! It was actually really interesting and neat to be able to see. We were not able to take any pictures inside the trading room because it is top secret and extremely private.  (Apparently, it was a huge deal for them to let us go in there!)

I learned a lot about diamonds and had no idea how much really went into the trading, buying, designing, cutting, and polishing of the diamonds! I also had no idea that 80% of the natural diamonds found in the world are used for industrial purposes, rather than jewelry that makes up only 20%!  Diamond powder is used for a ton of things that you would never guess it could be used for since it is such a hard stone.

All in all, I think this was one of my favorite field trips we have been on as a class! It was really interesting and I think I learned the most and took the more from this one than any of the others!

XOXO Kristen

 

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Passing Through Athens, Greece

αφήνει να πάει στην Αθήνα, Ελλάδα – Let’s Go To Athens, Greece

On our way back to Belgium from Santorini, we had a five hour layover in Athens where we stopped for a two hour bus/walking tour and a quick lunch!

We weren’t in Athens for a very long time, but I still noticed a lot of differences between Santorini and Athens! Athens is a city and is not located on the coast, so it is naturally more fast paced and is not a colorful and scenic.  The buildings were all taller and were also much darker than the white buildings in Santorini.  It was also extremely historic, being the one of the oldest cities in the world, it was expected to have a lot of that! A few of the things we saw were:

Zeus’s Palace.

Zeus's Palace Athens, Greece

The stadium from the first ever Olympic Games.

The Acropolis.

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The Parliament Building.

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The University.

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And then other historic and government buildings.

 

 

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XOXO Kristen

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