Sunday Random Ramblings, Vol.186

by Gio

Hello from London!

I have some exciting stuff to tell you this week, so let’s get started:

London Baby!

Italy is a beautiful country. It has warm weather, delicious food, and cheerful people, and is steeped in history. But ever since I can remember, I never felt at home there.

I don’t want to get into the reasons why here (although, if you are interested, I could write another post about it), but I have been thinking about leaving for years. One thing or another, though, always held me back.

What was never in doubt was my destination: London. I absolutely love the city. Yes, it’s big and chaotic, and can feel a little lonely at times, but it never bores you. There is so much to see and do and lots of opportunities for those who know how to grasp them (me, I’m learning ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). A big change from sleepy old Senigallia when nothing ever happens!

Three weeks ago I finally took the plunge. I moved to a nice house in Tower Hamlets, and since then I have been busy exploring the city and looking for a job, which is why I am less active on social media, take longer to reply to your emails and comments, and am not commenting on other blogs so often.

But I am finally settling into some sort of routine, so I trust things will get back to normal soon. I definitely plan to become a lot more active on social media and share all London has to offer with you. I have taken plenty of photos, but haven’t had the time to upload them yet. Sorry about that!

I’m really excited about the move. It’s something that I wanted for so long and I can hardly believe I’m finally living in London. I signed the tenancy agreement till early September, but if everything goes to plan, I’ll never leave. Wish me luck! But regardless of how long I’ll stay you can be sure I’ll make the most of my time here and share my new adventure with you. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have so many excited things to tell you, but I’ll reserve them for the future. I don’t want get this post to get too long. I just wanted to let you know what was going on with me, and, if you are in London this summer, let me know so we can meet. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you ever moved abroad? Or just been to London?

What I’m Reading Now

are you on the list
Are You On The List? A guide on how to become a modern Socialite by Kitty Brucknell, Lewis-Duncan Weedon, Olivia Cox
Socialite: a high-profiled person in society, whom often engages in social activities such as parties and other exclusive gatherings. Someone who everyone wants to be.
Are you on the list? If no, not worries. Kitty Brucknell, Lewis-Duncan Weedon, and Olivia Cox will help you get there. Their book is full of tips on how to look good, feel great, and be successful. They share their beauty and fashion secrets, how to get invited to front row, how to host great parties, and, the section that I found most useful, how to network.
Each author brigs something different to the table. Kitty Brucknell is cheerful and extrovert. Reading her chapters feels like gossiping with a friend. Lewis-Duncan Weedon is straightforward and goes straight to the point. His advice is very insightful. Olivia Cox is shier and an introvert so her chapters resonate well with those of us who’d like to be more sociable but don’t know how.
Witty and informative, Are You On The List? is a great read for older teens and young adults who are brunching out in the world by themselves. It’s available at Amazon.

The Links

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How to Walk in High Heels (Without Pain, and Without Falling Over) – Forever Amber

How to clean your hairdryer – Hair Romance

Should I buy 3-free, 5-free, 6-free or 7-free nail polish? – Lab Muffin

5 Things To Do When You’re Lacking Body Confidence – From Roses

Disclosure: I received the book from Netgalley. In addition, the post contains affiliate links. For more information, please see my disclaimer.

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Laurie June 7, 2015 - 3:35 pm

Oh Gio, I am so happy for you! Yes, I have been to London — in fact, I’ve lived there myself. I understand completely what how it is to feel like your true “home” is elsewhere. I was born in raised in Texas and but I feel like two places are my true home: Los Angeles . . . and London! Enjoy and good luck.

Gio June 7, 2015 - 4:42 pm

Laurie, thank you so much! It’s weird how you can be born and raised in a place and not be able to feel at home there, and then you go somewhere far away and you feel like your place was there all along isn’t it? But that’s how I feel and I am so happy to have this opportunity now.

How wonderful you lived in London too. Have you got any tips for me? Anything I should do or see?

Laurie June 7, 2015 - 8:05 pm

Oh, there is so much I don’t even know where to begin. I definitely recommend Shakespeare’s Globe and the Tate Modern right next door. Both have stunning views, amazing architecture, and course wonderful artistic experiences. And the Renoir Cinema in Bloomsbury is one of my favorite escapes. Also, Camden Town market is so much fun for shopping! There’s much, much more of course. Feel free to email me!

Gio June 8, 2015 - 1:27 pm

I’ve been to the Tate Modern. Some of the artists were too abstract and radical for me, but overall, I had a great time. There’s some wonderful art there. Thanks for the other suggestions. I haven’t seen those places yet but I will soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

There’s just so much to do in London it’s difficult to choose, isn’t it? What a wonderful city! I will email you soon so we can better talk about it, thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ana June 7, 2015 - 3:58 pm

I’m so happy for you!

I wish you the best of luck with the road you end up taking and can’t wait to hear more about your adventures there!

Gio June 7, 2015 - 4:43 pm

Ana, thanks a lot! I have so much to tell you. Soon!

Tine @ Beautyholics Anonymous June 7, 2015 - 9:50 pm

Oh Gio, how exciting! You moved to London! I cannot wait to read more stories from you on your explorations of the beautiful city. Good luck! Hopefully when I do get to visit London again because I’d definitely look you up! ๐Ÿ™‚

Gio June 8, 2015 - 1:29 pm

Tine, thank you! It’s a very exciting time. I will share more about it soon, it’s just so hard to choose where to start lol.

That’d be great! I’d love to finally meet you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Annette June 7, 2015 - 10:52 pm

Woop Woop and I get to meet you on Saturday – Can’t Wait! ๐Ÿ˜€

Gio June 8, 2015 - 1:30 pm

Annette, I can’t either! We’re going to have a great time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Christina @ Hair Romance June 8, 2015 - 1:49 am

congrats on the move! I love London, hope you settle in well ๐Ÿ™‚

Gio June 8, 2015 - 1:32 pm

Christina, thank you! It’s an amazing city, isn’t it?

Paris B June 8, 2015 - 2:19 am

Hey Gio, I think that’s amazing and so brave of you to uproot and leave for a city/country that you feel an affinity for! London is a lovely place to be in and I hope you find a job and settle in soon and share your stories with us – how very exciting! ๐Ÿ˜€

Gio June 8, 2015 - 1:35 pm

Paris, thank you so much! It’s a daunting but exciting time and I plan to make the most of it. And share it with you all. ๐Ÿ™‚

Katie June 8, 2015 - 7:12 pm

oh wow London, how exciting! Is Tower Hamlets nice? I’ve never been there, though I have visited London a few times. The Natural History Museum is a longstanding favourite of mine, and I used to love the Science Museum as a child though it’s gone downhill somewhat in recent years. I really should visit again, I’m sure I can make my student budget stretch somehow (as long as I bring my own food haha)

Gio June 9, 2015 - 4:15 pm

Katie, it is very nice. If you read some forums online, you’d think it were a very dangerous area, but it’s lovely really. There are lots of shops, a lively market, a beautiful park, and it’s safe and quite quiet. And it is very well connected. I like it a lot here.

The Natural History Museum sounds worth a visit. Shame the science one isn’t doing too well lately though.

You should totally come. Let me know if you do so we can meet up. ๐Ÿ™‚

Marina (Makeup4all) June 10, 2015 - 3:17 pm

Wishing you all he best , very happy for you x

Gio June 11, 2015 - 8:21 am

Marina, thank you!

K / Cosmeddicted June 13, 2015 - 9:23 am

OMG wow! I will definitely let you know if I go to London again – I would love to meet you!!!!

Gio June 13, 2015 - 9:30 pm

K, I hope you can make it. I’d love to meet you too! ๐Ÿ™‚


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