London Calling!

If someone told me that they knew for sure, that in 2016, London will be calling my name I would have told them “Shut your mouth!” This was a trip I didn’t see coming my way anytime soon —although London was on my list of places to visit— I was more focused on some other goals on my list before I could think of traveling so early in the year. Lo and behold, I knocked two goals down at once! New job and new location for a week to start it all off! Hello, London!

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As you can tell from this blog, or knowing me personally, you’ll know I LOVE beauty! While I did pursue a career in fashion, I never hid my love for all things beauty, whether it be skincare, hairstyles, hair care and more. In 2015, I took a leap of faith at pursuing what I truly love and it worked out! Don’t get me wrong I still love all things fashion, but I don’t want to put all of my eggs in one basket and not go after the one thing that sparked my interest ever since I was a little girl. Plus beauty and fashion go hand-in-hand!

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February 2016, I landed a new job and traveled to a new city for training, it was everything I ever imagined and more. While I was mainly in London for work, I made it my duty to explore and take in everything the city had to offer (although it was brutally cold). I mean, who wouldn’t want to do that?

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Big Ben!

The london eye

The London Eye

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While some of London’s iconic attractions were on my list, the beauty scene was on the forefront. I heard so much about Boot’s in London from UK magazines so I had to check it out for myself. Let’s just call this place “Beauty Heaven”. For me, Boot’s is like Sephora on steroids! More than anything, I was happy to get my hands on some of the best beauty products from the UK like Bioderma, E45 and Avéne (we have this in the US as well).

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After going crazy in Boots, I took a trip down to Marks & Spencer’s which is like UK’s Macy’s but better (sorry Macy’s). The ground level has a grocery shop so I started there first to get my hands on some good ole’ tea and biscuits to bring home. I also shopped for clothes, and let’s just say I had to pray my suitcase wasn’t overweight on my way home!

When in London, try the fish and chips! I had fish and chips every single night and did not regret it at all! There was a cute pub 3 minutes away from my hotel and it was delicious!

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While there was so much more that happened during this amazing work trip, these are some of the highlights that I have been meaning to share with you and I can’t wait to go back to this amazing city! In the meantime, check out Allthingshair.com by Unilever, where I am the Associate Beauty Editor! Yay! There you’ll find your daily hair inspiration, latest hair trends, how-tos and more!

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