Tuesday, December 31, 2013

13 days until I leave for London (New Year's Eve)!!

Get ready, folks, 2014 is going to be an amazing year for Hope Perri! I can just feel it :)

Remembering this list will help me work towards becoming an even better
 version of myself in the new year and in London!! 

The city of glamour.

Monday, December 30, 2013

2 weeks!!!

I got my packet with all my information in it! I can't wait to share it all with you!! Don't forget to check back tomorrow!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

We have reached 19,000 views!!!

Wow, wow, wow!! About a year ago I wrote this post that talked about me getting to 1,000 views!! Can you believe it? In a less than a year this blog has gotten 18,000 views...that is absolutely amazing.

Thank you so much!

It means a lot to me to share my extraordinary, ordinary life at home and abroad with you all!

15 days until I leave for London!!

I can't believe that soon I am going to find out where I will live and work in London! Since I don't have that info yet, I have just been looking at these two maps almost everyday and trying to memorize all that I can!

This first one isn't too bad.  I have been comparing this one to the map on my pinterest board! I think I now have a clearer idea of where each area is!

The underground map is where I have trouble...haha there are just so many stops and lines! Once I get my housing and internship assignments, it will be much easier! I will then focus on the lines that I assume I will use most!

Liam AKA the pro photobomber

My little cousin Liam's new favourite thing to do is photobomb. And honestly, I have to say he is quite good at it! Not only that but the smile that spreads across his face when he's done a successful photobomb is amazing :) 

Saturday, December 28, 2013

16 days until I leave for London!!

I want to live my life doing what I would do even if money was no object! I understand that I have to live in the real world and make money to survive, but like this video points out a life lived only for money is a waste. I want to chase my dreams and never let anything distract me from that! I want to break the cycle for my children and create a new way to live for them! I know this is a very challenging way to live but I want to strive for it anyways!

As I have said before, living in London has been a dream of mine since I was in middle school! I can't believe I am about to achieve it! I've had to do a lot of hard work to get me to this point but it is all worth it because it has all led me to this amazing opportunity! 

Forever 21 Wish List!

Friday, December 27, 2013

High Five for Friday!!

1. I love being so close to my nephew! I have been stopping by my sister and brother-in-law's house a couple of times a week to just hangout and hold him! 
2. I really need new eye shadow! I was going to buy one of the naked palettes but then saw this Sephora brand set and think it is the way to go. It has more colors and is a few dollars less :) 
3. For Christmas my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew got me a ticket to see David Tennant in London!! I cried I was so shocked and happy! 
4. I think I am going to try and do mirror pictures like this throughout the year! Finding unique mirrors and angles will be a cool project for me to do in London. 
5. I am going to miss Molly so much while I am away. I am snuggling with her every chance I get (aka when she lets me)! 

Jack's First Christmas!!

Christmas Eve:
Every year we go to my cousin's house for dinner and dessert!

Our annual cousin photo!

Christmas Morning:
We started a new tradition this year and spent the morning at my sister and brother-in-law's house to open presents! Both sets of grandparents and aunts were there!

Christmas Dinner:
As usual, we went to Nona and Papap's for dinner! The lamb was extra delicious this year!

17 days until I leave for London!

Some how it took me 13 days to realize that I hadn't posted about the Harry Potter studio tour in my countdown! It is one of the main things I want to do during my four months in London. If you look at the website, you can check out an interactive map of all the movie sets that you can explore during the tour! It looks wicked (as Ron would say)! The Great Hall, the Burrow, Privet Drive, and more are there ,so you really get the full Harry Potter experience from all of the movies!

As I was looking at the ticket prices (30 pounds) and calendar, I tried to think about when I should go! There is the "Hogwarts in the Snow" event that I was going to try and do but I thought it might be really cool to go on my birthday instead! It is on a Tuesday this year and what better way to turn 21 than to do it in Hogwarts?? Most would probably say go to a club/pub with my friends but my 9-year-old self would be so angry with me if I passed up this opportunity! Plus, I can start the day off with butterbeer and end it with a Strongbow :)
Photo Credit: Nytime.com

Thursday, December 26, 2013

18 days until I leave for London!!

For a while now, I have been pinning places I want to go to in London! It is great to have one long interactive list on Pinerest to look at rather than bookmarking each site!

 I got a few recommendations  from my sister and some from the reality show Made in Chelsea. I have been looking at different  from top ten lists online and others I just stumble upon while looking at London blogs! I am so happy that I have found a variety of restaurants, bars, clubs, etc. They range in cost, location, feel, and food choices!

Pinterest recently added a new feature that allows you to enter in the location of your pin! For some boards like fashion or baking this isn't that helpful, but for my "Places to go in London" board it was perfect!! Now, I don't just have a list but a map showing me where they all are in relation to the other!

Puff daddy.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Holidays!

I just wanted to wish everyone, my family, friends, and followers, a very Merry Christmas! 

Below is a photo from my family's Christmas Eve celebration (more photos to come!). It is my nephew's first Christmas and it is so exciting! I can't wait to go over my sister and brother-in-law's house in the morning!