Arcachon, Biarritz, Bilbao, and More | The Basque Country

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[The beach in Biarritz looming with surfers and enormous waves]
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[Neon goodness inside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao]
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[Surfers looking out at the waves in Guéthary] 
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[Dancing tile sculptures along the water at the Guggenheim Museum] 
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[Wild horses and plenty of wind at the top of La Rhune] 
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[Walking along the beautiful boardwalk in Arcachon] 
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    [Doña Casilda Iturrizar park in Bilabo]
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[Hanging by the water in St Jean de Luz]
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             [JP, aka the best teacher, walking around with us]
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[The boardwalk in Arcachon with a clear view of the ferris wheel and beach]
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[Looking out at the ocean in Guéthary] 
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              [A quick stop in a random town near La Rhune that is famous for espelettes] 
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[Dogs, surfers, and waves galore at the beach near our hotel in Guéthary] 
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[Camilla, Ellie, and Natalie walking along the coast of Biarritz] 
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[Exploring an extravagant French writer's house]
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[Carolyn clutching onto her hat in the wind outside of the Guggenheim] 
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[Exploring the suburban "Winter town" of Arcachon]

Hello everyone! It seems like it has been forever since I last sat down and wrote a blog post- maybe because it has....I normally don't fall off the face of social media for more than a week, but these past two weeks of constant travel were simply insane. Now that it is Wednesday and I've had a few days to get my life together (aka going to school, sending things home, and editing photos), I've finally gotten around to putting together one of many photo diaries. I actually have hundreds upon hundreds of photos, and the photo sets from the Balearic Islands will probably be in multiple parts, and then there also some outfits on the way! Hope you enjoy. xoxo

The first part of our #wildspringbreak adventures included a week spent in the Basque Country with school. Before this trip, I honestly had never heard of this "country" that is basically on the frontier between France and Spain. Throughout the whole week, we hopped from country to country to easily that I didn't noticed where we were until I heard the language. Our trip began with an afternoon stop to Arcachon, a beach town that I actually went to a few years ago with Putney. We walked around the boardwalk and the Winter town before continuing onto our base of Guéthary, which was a random town but it had some gorgeous landscapes. The next day we took a bit of an excursion to Biarritz, which was such a beautiful place along the water. In addition to the vast beaches, there were mini rock formations with water crashing upon them and many unique boutiques to discover. Despite having had a half day there, we all wished we could stay longer and walk along the coast. On the following day, we went for a different type of visit to Bilbao and the Guggenheim museum there. After poking around the extensive museum, we had some free time, so my friend Carolyn and I walked around a nearby park and grabbed lunch, but the general verdict was that we didn't love the city. 

Towards the end of our trip, there was a day that was split into a group of hikers and the other a group of foodies. Despite trying to do the hiking group, there was apparently a list that I didn't sign up on, so I decided to join the "cake" group. The day actually turned out better than I thought, including a visit to a writer's house, a trip up La Rhune, a Basque cake tasting, and market hopping. Within the last three days,  I tried 3 different types of Basque cake and the one we had this day was by far the best. While we spent a full week with school in what at first felt like the middle of nowhere, this portion of break went so quickly, and before I knew it, I was going to Barcelona with my friends. Having this last big trip before our small Normandy trip at the end of May was a bittersweet end of year last shebang. We did so many more things than what I mentioned above, but I don't want to bore you all, haha. Barcelona, Ibiza, and Mallorca recaps coming soon! xoxo 

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17th Birthday Bloopers

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Long time no talk everyone! Sorry I sorta fell off the face of the Earth- as you can see from my beach filled Instagram posts, I've been traveling quite a bit these past two weeks. We went around the Basque Country for about a week with school, I then went to Barcelona with my friends, Ibiza with Marisa, and now Mallorca! I don't think I've ever been on so many planes within the same week! Obviously, I have tons of posts coming from these trips, including videos, photo diaries, and outfits. But today I wanted to do my classic bloopers 17th birthday post because, well, what is better than outtakes? I was talking to my mom last night about just how quickly my birthday came, and she pointed out that this birthday is one I will certainly never forget- celebrating in Mallorca is more than I could ever ask for! I hope you guys are all doing well and that school is starting to wind down for you. :) Talk soon! 

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#MYRENNES | Rennes Video Spring 2015

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      Hey guys! When I posted my winter break video, I received overall good feedback on my footage of Strasbourg & Germany, and I was asked on Tumblr  if I could do something similar for Rennes! It was hard to think of specific places that I have frequented here over the past 7 months, being that I've tried so many random places. In the end, I tried to compile places that I think of when I think of my time here, and general places I want to remember- so this is what I came up with! Hope you enjoy and leave any post/vid requests below! Don't forget to watch in HD :) 

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Bloom // Collab with iEmmaFashion

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Wearing:// Top: Nordstrom (Lush Woven Shirt), Blazer: Aritzia (Aritzia 'Grayson' Jacket + ASTR Drape Blazer), Necklace: Zara (Kate Spade Eyelet Necklace), Bracelets: Alex + Ani 

       For anyone who is interested in fashion, The Devil Wears Prada is practically the fashion world packed into a movie. Everytime I watch that movie, I somehow fall more in more in love with the hustle + bustle of New York, the idea of being a magazine editor, and of course, Meryl Streep's superb acting. Alongside Bridesmaids, this movie is easily quotable, and one of my favorites has to be, "Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking." I always manage to see this post on Tumblr around this time of the year, and it always reminds me of how funny this film is. (click here to see the gif!!) 

When it comes to spring fashion trends, florals always seem to make their way onto the list, showing their timelessness and consistency. However, there's always room for improvement in the form of fashion. That being said, Emma of iEmma Fashion , a Hungarian blogger/friend of mine, and I decided to do a collab post showing our readers unique ways to incorporate flower prints into their wardrobes. For my look, I chose my Aritzia black and white floral printed blazer, a v-neck lilac blouse, and a dainty bib necklace from Zara. As I've mentioned just about a bajillion times, my friend Marisa and I are always finding the most gorgeous locations in the Parc Du Thabor, and this rose bush was nothing short of beautiful. Wearing a simple black and white floral pattern allowed the flowers to have more prominence and helped to create a sophisticated yet current look. 

As I mentioned above, Emma is a seriously amazing blogger who is my age and creates new content, from unique outfits to helpful videos. If you don't already follow her, you should definitely consider checking out what she has to offer. I'm hoping to do more collabs in the future, because I actually really love communicating on a creative level with my blogging friends. The internet is such a great place, haha. I hope you guys take inspiration from both of our posts and that you have a good Wednesday! Talk soon. xx 

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Spring Break Essentials 2015

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Hey everyone! I hope you guys are having a good Passover and Easter weekend. As hard as it is to believe, our spring break is already almost here, starting this coming weekend as we set out for the Basque Country (Bilbao) and then I head to the Barcelona and the Balearic Islands with Marisa. That being said, I'll have to get the few summer clothes I brought to France together in preparation of transitioning from the cold Rennes weather to the warm Spanish sun. This post is a small compilation of a few beach-bag things that I will be taking on my trip, especially for our beach portion of the trip. I hope you find this helpful and I'll be back soon with a new post! xoxo 

1. Fujifilm Polaroid Camera: While I often forget to use it, my polaroid camera has been a fun means of documentation throughout this whole year. Despite being probably the only person in the world who has difficulty taking good pictures on it, the majority of my photos turn out well. It's nice to use this camera because there isn't much to the mechanics and it's something that you can keep forever if well preserved. Plus, my mom got me this star film for Christmas, which adds to the fun of these photos. 

2. Maaji Swimwear: At this point, I have just about a million bathing suits, but among those my Maaji Swimwear bikinis are 100% my favorites. When I was in Santorini last summer, we stumbled upon the cutest boutique (think Intermix) and they had these suits that my sister and I had never seen before. Apparently, they sell them at surf shops where I live but nonetheless they are still adorable. The best part is that in addition to being well made and not super skimpy, there are reversible prints! So you basically have a well-made 2-in-1 bathing suit- woo! 

3. MAC 'Well Dressed" Blush: I'm not really a fan of full-on makeup at the beach, but I've found that this blush is an easy way to brighten up your face after a long beach day. I usually use it with an angled blush brush, and I apply about one or two swipes to my cheekbones, and then I'm good to go. This blush has a little sparkle to it but nothing like the Nars blushes do, so you can be rest assured that you won't be having a Twilight vampire moment.

4. Jack Roger Sandals: Anyone who goes to prep school will recognize these babies within an instant! Growing up, my sister, mom, and I always got Jack Rodger sandals for the summer, whether they were gold, silver, or somewhere in between. If you're looking for a sandal to be dressier than your Rainbows but not anything too excessive, these are a great in between. At first, they take a bit of time to break in, but afterward they are super comfortable yet sturdy. 

5. #GIRLBOSS and a Journal (UO Leather Journal and Metallic Journal): Beach vacations in general are usually when I get the most non-academic reading done. For the most part, we're always stuck reading something for english class, and so I never get to read for simple pleasure. If you're even slightly interested in starting your own business or doing something with fashion, #GIRLBOSS by the creator of NastyGal is a good, encouraging read. In addition to general literature, I've found it necessary to journal about your trips. Throughout this year, I've been writing in my journal during and after trips, which I am mostly doing to look back on in the year that come. I can't even seem to remember what I ate for breakfast yesterday, let alone today, so journaling the "little things" is a nice means of documentation. 

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