Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Monthly Favourites- March 2016

What a month this has been! I have been rather busy, and it has been one of my favourite months here so far; it was my birthday, I’ve been out a lot, and I got to be a part of true English culture. It seems like time is just flying by, and it’s hard to believe my time here is almost done. I’m so lucky to have spent my birthday in Leeds, and I’m even luckier to have gotten so close with someone who can show me English culture. I don’t think I would have the full experience without the true English elements.

1.       Birthday
 
Shirt- Reitmans
Jeans- H&M
Boots- Old Navy

My birthday was last week, and I had a great time! I’ve never had a good track record when it comes to birthdays, but this one was extra special. I made myself a cookie cake so I had a chance to blow out candles on my birthday, I went out to a burger place that made burgers to die for, and I met up with friends for a few drinks at a pub. I also absolutely loved my birthday outfit – I was so excited to have the opportunity to finally wear this shirt here! This is the best birthday I’ve had in a while.

2.       Blue John Earrings
 


These gorgeous earrings were a gift from my boyfriend. Now see, I absolutely hate surprises, and he has been torturing me about it ever since we got back from Leeds after Christmas! He gave me enough hints to let me know I should be expecting jewelry of some sort, but earrings ended up being one of my first guesses! Over Christmas, we went for a drive through the Peaks District with his mom, and we stopped at a little town called Castleton. Around this area is where they mine Blue John, and it is the only place in the world where this gem is found. This gift is extra special because of the stone itself plus they will always remind me of Christmas and Castleton and that drive.

3.       Kung Fu Panda 3


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Matt got me into the Kung Fu Panda series because it is one of his favourites. If you haven’t seen the films, they are cute and feel-good – even for adults! We saw the third in theatres, and I loved it. The series always has good messages throughout the storyline, and this one was no different. Kung Fu Panda 3 isn’t as good as the second, but I strongly suggest checking it out. It’s a good rainy day movie.

4.       Polka- Dot Keds
The weather is getting warmer now! Here, we’ve had one warm day followed by a few days of chilly temperatures or rain. Whenever it has been warm(er) and sunny, I am quick to take these shoes out. I got them on a major sale last summer at The Bay, and I have loved them ever since. I wore them to the airport on my way here, and I wore them this past weekend because it was warm. I love that they’re a step above the plain white shoes that are in style now. Plus, they are so cute!

5.       Sheffield United Game
 

Now this is English culture at its finest. I got into football (soccer) since I’ve been here. I can pinpoint the best players from the teams in the Premiership, and I can name a majority of the 20 teams in it. The thing is, I’ve never been a sports person, but I’ve really been enjoying football. Last Friday, I went to see the team Matt supports. Sheffield United are not the best team, and they’re certainly not in the Premiership, but they played well and won their game! One of the best parts of English football is their cheers for the specific teams. We spent 15 minutes the night before so I could learn the “Greasy Chip Butty” song, and it was such a cool feeling to sing it with all the fans! Also, sorry for the awful quality of this picture.

Tomorrow, I will be off to York for a couple days. I am really looking forward to this upcoming April because I have quite a few trips planned! I realized that I’ve been to a few places, but I’ve posted nothing about it. Starting Saturday, I will be including some travel posts. I hope to share a few of my pictures with you guys and continue whenever I go on trips – big or small! Get ready for some exciting things coming up!

What are your favourites this month?

-Daniella