West End Girls | The London Vlog

June 24, 2014


Boy, oh boy, has a lot of stuff been going down around here! Need I remind you that all my vlogs are a week behind, meaning I'm blogging and posting about stuff that happened about a little over week ago. In Part 3, it was our first week of classes. I'm currently taking one course, Greek Mythology. The program I am involved with is only for three weeks, so I like that I get to take mythology for just three weeks in London versus a whole semester at my university in the States. I'm going to simply spare you the incredibly boring details of this class and fast forward straight to the fun stuff. 



So the first night after class, we all had tickets to go see Wicked on the West End. Oh my God, this show was phenomenal. Wicked is hands down my favorite musical of all time. I love all the songs, the storyline, the characters, everything about this show is absolutely phenomenal. This cast was completely breathtaking. The woman who played Elphaba, Willemijn Verkaik, I would say was right up there with Idina Menzel. Homegirl was that freaking good. I started crying when she sang that last few notes in Defying Gravity because it was just that breathtaking. Of course I also cried at For Good, but when have I not. I could listen to the iTunes version and still probably cry. But this cast was amazing, you could really feel their natural chemistry coming to life. They brought so much to the characters and it was just UH-MAY-ZING! 

I also had the great pleasure of meeting Jeremy Taylor, who played the role of Fiyero, after the show and had a nice chat with him. He was great in the show as well, the minute he started to sing, my mouth dropped and I instantly fell in love. He was even nice enough after the show to take a picture with me and my two friends from the study abroad group.


Later on in the week, a group of us found this magical place called Choccywoccydoodah. I know what you're thinking, what the crap is that? It is Heaven. Simply. It is a chocolate shop, I believe that there is only two perhaps, one in Central London and the other in Brighton. They sell an array of chocolates downstairs, and upstairs is a cafe that serves cakes, milkshakes, coffee, hot chocolate, cookies, dipping pots, sundaes, etc. Like I said, basically Heaven. The shop itself is to die for. It looks like something straight out of Alice in Wonderland with the painted red brick walls, black stripes, and whimsical lamps everywhere. It was so freakin precious and tastes even better! Definitely a London favorite for me.

We've been taking lots of tours to various places. In the part 3 vlog, I showed you guys our trip to Oxford. Fun little fact that I mention in the vlog, the dining hall at Christ Church was used as inspiration for the great dining hall in the Harry Potter films. Same with the staircase right outside of it. Not only was it used to film some scenes on, like McGongall presenting Hogwarts to Harry, Hermonie, and Ron, and where Harry looks into a memory of Tom Riddle. Those stairs were also used as inspiration for the moving staircases throughout Hogwarts. Other than that, most of our sightseeing places can be quiet boring. Granted they are beautiful places full of various facts in history, that I'm pretty sure you guys couldn't give two cares about. 

Later on that same night, we decided to go to a local pub and watch the World Cup. England was playing that night so I was expecting a big turnout and a lot of crazy football fans. (Yes, I'm calling it football because that is the proper name here in the UK, not this soccer nonsense). I did not realize how crazy people could get here over it though. It's basically like how Americans get for the Super Bowl or how I normally get for March Madness basketball. I actually like football, I can understand it a lot more than America's football. Needless to say, I had a lot of fun though. Just hanging out with some friends and chilling is all I really need. The clubs here are great and I love being able to go out and dance and get my twerk on (yes, I just said that), but I honestly don't mind just hanging out at a pub with my friends and talking.

That basically sums up what was in the Part 3 vlog. I've been having so much fun here. I do miss my family, my dog, and my friends, but I know that I am going to miss London so much more after I leave. No offense mom, but I can always call my parents or call my friends, but I can't call London. I wish I could just have my close family and friends just move here and get a place here. I honestly kind of hate my dorm room. I always have had a hatred for dorm rooms, especially after getting my own apartment back in the States, but for three weeks I'm managing. I wish we were intertwined with the British kids, but alas we are not. Oh well! 

I hope you guys have enjoyed this, I know I sure am! I love being able to take guys on all my adventures. I don't vlog everyday because somedays it's just boring day full of class and chilling back at the dorm with guys playing cards. I don't think you guys particularly would care about any of that, so I'm just going to show you guys the fun and exciting stuff. Heck yeah! 

xo,
embur.

Mini disclaimer: according to UK laws, everyone in my video is old enough to drink. Maybe not in America, but over here in England, we are all over the age of 18 and it is legal here. I hate that I have to put this, but I feel that it is as best to just go ahead and do so before someone makes a comment about it. 

IT'S LONDON, BABY! | The London Vlog

June 19, 2014


Hello from the UK! I am officially in London and I'll be living here until the end of the month... which is like next week. It has honestly been absolutely amazing. I want to say that it has all hit me already now that I'm actually here and have been here for about a week and a half now, but something hasn't yet. I figured it might hit me when I'm on the flight home because I know that I'll be deeply depressed and miss here so much. I've only been here for a week and a half and I have already said that I honestly would love to end up living here at some point in my life. I'd have to live in the city of London though, I just love the hustle and bustle of the city. Someplace like Chelsea or Kensington.

The reason I'm in London is because I'm a part of a study abroad program through my university in the States. Everyone in it is from different parts of America. Like I have friends now that are from New York, Texas, Missouri, Boston, and South Carolina. It's kind of crazy to think about, but also really sad because this might be the only chance I get with them. Who knows if we will ever see each other again. Let's not think about that though and focus on the fun stuff and what I've been up to. 

I cover a lot of what I have been in my vlogs (let me just note, I hate daily vlogging sometimes because I never know what to film, so this may be a struggle). The first two days that I was here in London was with my parents. They had wanted to see London as well, so we figured well why not just come over a few days before I have to be at school and discover the city. It really was such a smart idea because I felt much more comfortable with traveling around the city. One of the first things I did when I got to London was go to Nando's for dinner. I see so many freaking British YouTubers talk about Nando's and I just knew that I was going to have to try it. Guys, I've been here for almost about two weeks now, I've had Nando's 7 freakin times. I have a problem. I see why everyone loves it. It's amazingly delicious in every single way. I found out that they sell their sauces at Asda yesterday and I'm going to have to buy some to take home because it's just that awesome. 

So far, school hasn't been that bad. Granted my class can be a bit boring, but what do expect when it comes to Greek Mythology. Like I said before, I've made a ton of friends from all over. One day we went shopping on Oxford Street (which is literally Heaven on Earth). We went to a pastry shop called Choccywoccydoodah and I have never had a chocolate milkshake that has ever tasted as good as the one there. The shop looked like something out of Harry Potter, it was adorable!

We've been taking field trips with the group of study abroad students. We went and saw Wicked one night and it was spectacular (see, I used a different word than just amazing). After the show, one of the girls noticed the actor, Jeremy Taylor, who played Fiyero standing outside the backstage door and we were able to go over and have a short conversation with him and got our picture taken with him. We have gone on a lot of trips. I've visited Canterberry and Dover, Buckingham Palace to see the queen open parliament, the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, and as I'm currently writing this, we are on our way to tour Oxford. 




There's been a lot going on that I've had a hard time trying to find time to really blog about it. I'm going to get better about it though. I'm gonna hopefully blog a lot more so that when you're reading that not everything is thrown at you at once and I'm able to go into more detail. 

I hope you guys like this and I know it's different from what I usually blog about, but this isn't just for me to remember everything, it's also because I want to take you guys with you. If you're from the UK, please feel free to leave comments about certain places that I should go and I'll try my best to make it! I'm all about visiting local places that aren't very touristy, but some of the stuff we do has to be touristy and I don't mind it too much. It's really hard to vlog during the week because half of the day is spent in class and I know you guys don't want to see that, I don't blame you. I'm gonna work a lot harder and step it up a little bit. I hope you're evicted because I know I am! 

If you've made it this far, feel free to check out my vlog that goes into more detail about what's all been going down the first few days I was here! 

xo,
embur. 

May Favorites

June 6, 2014


So I know that I'm kind of posting this a bit late, but I have been in London and I have not actually had that much time to really sit down at a computer and type all of this up for you. 

Anyways, back to why you are here, May is finally over, so I thought it was time I discussed what I was really loving this month. There was so much I was loving this month, it was ridiculous. One thing that I did notice is that every month, I literally have a new favorite concealer. I think that I should make it a trend. One of the big things that I was loving this month was the Lorac PRO Palette, as you can tell. It is truly amazing and so handy. I have it with me right now in London and I have been using it everyday. It is just so gorgeous, I can't get over it. 



There were a couple things that I wanted to mention in this video, but I had literally just gotten them a few days before I filmed this so I figured that I would just wait and add them to my June favorites, so stay on the look for that!

I hope you guys enjoy this, please feel free to give it a massive thumbs up and go ahead and click that subscribe button for future videos. I love you guys so much, and I'll catch up with you later in London!

PS. If you want to follow me on my London adventures, head on over to my twitter and my instagram for updates on what I am doing. I am vlogging whilst I am here and I will be uploading those vlogs sporadicly. I cannot guarantee that they will always go up on Monday's like normal due to my hectic schedule. 

xo,
embur.