A Love Note to Myself

A Love Note to Myself

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A little late post for Valentines Day but it’s never too late to write a little love note to yourself. I don’t like the idea of Valentines Day too much but I’ve felt more self love lately. As trying to improve my Instagram and get more involved with the fashion community I’ve chosen to incorporate myself into more of my photos.

Ironically I HATE photos of myself and have a huge lack of ability to pose (thanks mom) but it would be great eventually to work with brands I’m a fan of. Luckily, I have friends who are actual models and coach me on how to pose. It only takes one photo out of a hundred to get a decent shot. The spike in followers after London Fashion Week and following posting more portraits of myself has given me a confidence boost.

Where as I’ve been told that posting photos of yourself can be seen as egotistical, it feels freeing for someone who would absolutely cringe at any photo shown of themselves, let a lone be on the other side of the camera. Always was the photographer, never the subject. I can’t take myself seriously anyways, so I’m usually laughing at myself in them.

Thankfully, it doesn’t take much to get a good shot. London has a ton of gorgeous floral facades outside every store to lure in customers and Instagram savvy photographers. With a few tricks given from my model friends we quickly can shoot in front of these lovely locations each other with out too much embarrassment.

Visit Peggy Porschen’s seasonally decked out cafe in Kensington, London.

www.peggyporschen.com

Follow them on Instagram: @peggyporschenofficial

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Anyways, in the love letter written to myself I start with cheers. Here’s to me, excepting to love myself a bit more. To enjoy my silliness, my love of all things visually pleasing and passion for seeing the beautiful corners of the world, photographing and sharing them with like minded others.

My sister reminded me that when I left for London 6 months ago I wanted to achieve all the things I’ve currently have. She told me “Victoria, it happened so fast. You got everything you wanted.” And she’s right.

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve gotten to live in my favorite city, go to London Fashion Week, slowly grow my Instagram, make new friends and blossom as a woman. Self Love, here we are. Crazy how I’ve been able to achieve those things seemingly overnight in the London pressure cooker. I look forward to what the future brings. A key lesson in life is to start the love with yourself and then it will naturally flow into other aspects in your life.

Happy belated Valentines Day to myself  xx

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Palm Vaults: the place of pink dreams

Palm Vaults: the place of pink dreams

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Is Hackney cafe Palm Vaults worth all of the Instagram hype? Quick answer: not really. The other day I ventured to over photographed spot Palm Vaults to see if it was everything I dreamed of and more. While I walked along the the cobblestone road of pretty tacky shops, I finally landed at the cafe. It was unexpected to find it along the “rubbish” so to say. I wasn’t too hungry so I ordered their notorious banana bread and pink latte. Surprisingly the pink latte did taste really good, it did have a hint of beetroot though. The banana bread was tasty but I didn’t have much of an appetite. The place had a great aesthetic, and I loved all of the pink colors it had. From the plates, flowers, drinks, napkins, sauce, carafe, and cups.

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You can get the Instagram-worthy shot you crave but besides that the long trip to Hackney Central was not worth the small little spot. The town seemed quaint but I have just recently explored and currently am in  Hampstead Heath and enjoy this town a lot more. It has cozy british vibes written all over it.

You can get the banana bread with either peanut butter or yogurt.

To visit Palm Vaults take the tube or bus to Hackney Central.

Website: http://palmvaults.com/

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Let me know what you think of Palm Vaults. Or recommend another place to visit in London.

To see more of my adventures you can follow me on Instagram: peoniesandplaces

I will run some polls on my  instastory on what I should post next. I truly enjoy your input. Have a great weekend. xxadk_0168

Sultry Miami

Sultry Miami

It’s a snowy day here and all I can think about is that hot sultry Miami air.

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Visit the restaurant Quality Meats:  http://www.qualitymeatsmiami.com/home.cfm

 

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Avaca-doh

Avaca-doh

Duh

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Do I need to say any words? Xx

Restaurant Voltaire

Restaurant Voltaire

During my walks on the Seine, as I had just passed Musee d’Orsay I came across this wonderful cafe & restaurant called Restaurant Voltaire.  Voltaire was a french enlightenment writer who was famous for his wit and attacks on the church.  He is most well known for his strong belief in freedom of speech.

“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” – Voltaire

I stuck to this motto too much abroad, and said goodbye to my bank account.

 

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They have a basic french menu, I ordered a sandwich.. just a simple meat and bread sandwich (had to ask for butter since they don’t do mayo that often), coffee and glass of wine.

Yelp Page:  https://www.yelp.com/biz/le-voltaire-paris-2

Goop Feature:  https://goop.com/restaurants/france/paris/7th-arrondissement/le-voltaire/

Just so you get an idea how easy it is to find walking along the Seine River…  I didn’t come here based off any recommendations just my stumbling upon it after going to the Museum.
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Address:
Restaurant Le Voltaire
27, quai Voltaire
Paris
(75007)
TEL: +33 1 42 61 17 49
SUBWAY: Rue du Bac, Musée d’Orsay
Hope you stumble upon this place. xoxo