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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might remember my food blogging friend Rachel Phipps. When she was studying abroad in Los Angeles we met up and explored the Venice Canals and Newport Beach and we’ve managed to stay in touch since via long e-mails and old-fashioned notes in the post ever since. As I was planning on spending a couple weeks in London after my engagement-moon, I knew I had to make it out to Kent where she lives in her family’s beautiful farmhouse.

I arrived on a train from London on Saturday evening, and we had a delicious dinner at Salt in Canterbury. Over dinner we proceeded to do some much-needed catching up. And our Sunday? It was perfect. We went for a countryside ramble, had the best home-made brunch, scoured cookbooks for inspiration, watched the latest Shonda Rimes show (since we previously bonded over a mutual obsession with Scandal, this was an absolute necessity), and then baked a gluten-free chocolate tart before dining on Ottolenghi vegetable goodness for supper. Ok, Rachel baked and cooked, I took pictures.

If it’s mouth-watering photos of food you’re after, head straight to Rachel’s blog. Below are some photos from our morning walk, which already make me nostalgic for the English countryside.

 

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Back in November, I spent a couple of weeks in London post-engagementmoon, which gave me time to take a short trip to Glasgow to visit my friend Gaia and her boyfriend Sean. Gaia is a stunningly beautiful French actress/model (who you might recognize from The Vikings), so you’ll understand why I feel the need to post one thousand million photos of her below. She is one of my dearest friends, and even though an ocean is between us, whenever we see each other it’s like no time has passed. This is now the second time I have gone to visit her (including the previous February in Paris!) so…Gaia…it’s your turn to get on a plane!

I was only in Scotland for a few days, and honestly I was there to see Gaia more than Glasgow. Plus, did I mention it was November? The weather varied from mildly awful to horrendous (at least from a California girl’s perspective). But, besides a lot of catching up over a lot of tea, we did manage to squeeze in some touristy time, so here are my Glasgow travel recommendations:

Stay:

With a friend of course!

See:

Walk around Glasgow University to see all the lovely architecture (and pretend, for a moment, that you’re in college again, and the most stressful thing you have to worry about is a final paper)

Wander in Kelvingrove Park

Explore Glasgow Cathedral and the Necropolis

Marvel at The Mackintosh House at The Hunterian

Eat:

The Hyndland Fox: great coffee, cozy atmosphere

The Grosvenor: for all your brunch and cinema needs

Burger Meats Bun: ridiculously good burgers

Drink: 

Just duck into any pub and you’ll be well taken care of.

 

 

And I can’t help adding a few of my favorite iPhone pictures from the trip as well:

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During Art Week in Singapore, our neighbors asked me to photograph an event at their gallery, Art Plural. I originally thought I wouldn’t be able to, since I had an acting class that evening that started at 8 pm. But it worked out perfectly, because their gallery was literally across the street from the theater where I was taking my class, and they only needed me to cover the event from 6:30-8 pm! I had a wonderful time throughout Art Week, between attending the Art Stage Opening and a screening of the documentary Herb & Dorothy with Daniel, photographing this event and attending a lecture by Martin Liebscher at the Singapore Art Museum.

This was the Grand Opening for Armen Agop and Michel Platnic.  You can see more of the art gallery event snaps in Art Plural’s Facebook album .

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Huge thanks to my friend Scot Woodman for asking me to second shoot this gorgeous Sand Rock Farm wedding with him this past summer! This is how Scot described the wedding to me: beautiful couple inside and out, lush woodsy bed and breakfast venue, and tons of amazing DIY details and handmade ceramics from a seriously creative bride. I literally couldn’t resist driving up to Aptos from LA for this wedding after that description! It was kind of absurd. I slept in a hostel in San Luis Obispo on the way there, crashed at Scot’s the night of the wedding, and then drove back to LA. A very quick trip north! But, as the photos can attest, it was worth it. I wouldn’t have missed helping to document this beautiful day for anything. Lauren (who has a fabulous Etsy store filled with her unique ceramics) created so many beautiful touches throughout the day, from the invitations to the cake stands to the beautiful vases on the tables. And I have to say that she was carrying one of the loveliest bouquets I’ve ever laid my eyes on, created by Alyson of Flower and Forage. Congratulations Lauren and David!

Lastly, this wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty, so be sure to take a peek at those photos too!

 

Isn’t this the perfect setting for a first look?!

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