Monday, April 25, 2011

Westminster Abbey, London

Westminster Abbey is London's premiere church, part of the Church of England.
It was built by Edward the Confessor and opened in 1065.
In 1066, it saw its first coronation, that of William the Conqueror.
Since then, every British sovereign has been crowned in the abbey except Edward V and Edward VIII. Many are also buried there, and it is crowded with the tombs and memorials to other famous Britons.

Pictures were taken in June 26, 2009

North enterance of Westminster Abbey

The cloisters of Westminster Abbey

The west front of Westminster Abbey

Flirty Floral Dress

Dress: Vintage
Jacket: Mere Couture
Belt: from Korea
Shoes: from Korea

If you are petite, choose a small subtile print. You may get lost or swamped in a bold print.
Larger women can probably carry a bolder print and may want to pair it with a jacket to break it up.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Beach Formal

Dress: H&M
Cardigan: H&M

Things to keep in consideration...
1. Choose a breathable fabric.
Linen is an excellent choice as it can be very formal looking yet very lightweight.

2. Choose a light color so you will be cool and comfortable.
You can even wear white
(as long as your ensemble in no way threatens to compete with the bride's dress).

3. Keep the wind in mind.
while a large floppy hat may be a great way to protect you from the damaging rays of the sun,
you will need to secure it so that it does not blow away.
You'll also want to be careful about long and flowing dresses or skirts
as the wind may make wearing such designs an uncomfortable experience.
My parents and I
<3 them

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Admiralty Arch & Trafalgar Square, London

Admiralty Arch was designed by Sir Aston Webb,
constructed by John Mowlem & Coand completed in 1912.

The building was commissioned by King Edward VII in memory of his mother Queen Victoria, although he did not live to see its completion. A Latin inscription along the top means,
"In the tenth year of King Edward VII, to Queen Victoria, from most grateful citizens, 1910

Pictures were taken in June 26, 2009

Trafalgar Square is a public space and tourist attraction in central London, England.
At its centre is Nelson's Column, which is guarded by four lion statues at its base.
There are a number of statues and sculptures in the square,
with one plinth displaying changing pieces of contemporary art.
The square is also used for political demonstrations and community gatherings,
such as the celebration of New Year's Eve .

It was June 26, 2009, only a day after Micheal Jackson's sudden death.
Many people were gathered around in front of the National Gallery remembering the artist they truely love.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Buckingham Palace, Changing of the Guard

Pictures were taken on June 29, 2009
At Buckingham Palace, Guard Mounting takes place at 11.30 am. It is held daily from May to July,
and on alternate dates throughout the rest of the year.
My husband got there around 10:40 am. got ourselves a spot in front.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Buckingham Palace, Westminster

Buckingham Palace is the official London residence of the British monarch
 Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is a setting for state occasions and royal hospitality.
It has been a rallying point for the British people at times of national rejoicing and crisis.

Originally known as Buckingham House,
the building which forms the core of today's palace was a large townhouse built for the Duke of Buckingham in 1705 on a site which had been in private ownership for at least 150 years.

Pictures were taken on June 26, 2009

The Victoria Memorial was created by sculptor Sir Thomas Brock in 1911.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Windsor Castle, Berkshire

Windsor Castle is a medieval castle and an official residence of The Queen in the English county of Berkshire. A Royal home and fortress for over 900 years, the Castle remains a working palace today.
More than five hundred people live and work in Windsor, making it the largest inhabited castle in the world.

The Queen uses the Castle both as a private home, where she usually spends the weekend,
and as a Royal residence at which she undertakes certain formal duties.

Pictures were taken on July 1, 2009
The Henry VIII gateway in the Lower Ward

 The Round Tower

 The Quadrangle

St. George's Chapel

Monday, April 11, 2011

Hampton Court Palace, Richmond upon Thames

Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames,
Greater London. It was originally built for Cardinal Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII.
Wolsey remodeled the palace when it came into his possession, 
and many were jealous of his extravagant lifestyle and the influence he wielded over Henry for many years.
In effect, Wolsey was the real power behind the throne.
in 1529, as Wolsey fell from favour, the palace was passed to the King, who enlarged it.

The following century, William III's massive rebuilding and expansion project intended to rival Versailles was begun. Work halted in 1694, leaving the palace in two distinct contrasting architectural styles,
domestic Tudor and Baroque. While the palace's styles are an accident of fate,
a unity exists due to the use of pink bricks and a symmetrical, albeit vague,
balancing of successive low wings.

Today, the palace is open to the public, and is a major tourist attraction. 

Pictures were taken in July 2, 2009

The King's Staircase murals painted by Antonio Verrio.
One word- MAGNIFICENT!!!