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    We’re headed to London soon and I just stumbled across this gem: Ice Bar. It’s a bar literally made up of all ICE! Ha, I’ve always wanted to do something like this and we will be right down the street from it after our afternoon tea so hopefully we can walk on over and get in without a reservation. I know a Londoner might roll their eyes at this ’cause it seems touristy and a total hype, but I have really always wanted to go to an ice bar, haha

    I’m so excited for London. I got our data SIM cards in the mail already and I bought our outlet converters last week. Great price for that convenient little thing that I can use in a bunch of countries! I’m hoping the data SIM cards really do work well for this short trip. If they do, I’ll be sure to pass on which company I used when I return!

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    I love historical fiction especially books on WWII and specifically the Holocaust. I know that sounds dark and it was such a horrible time in history but it’s something I’ve always wanted to enrich myself with. It’s so hard to fathom all the cruelty of what happened and how many lives were lost. If you love reading historical fiction you’ll love The Plum Tree. The Plum Tree is about a teenage girl named Christine and her beloved Isaac. Christine is Christian while Isaac is Jewish and well, this takes place during WWII and the rise of Hitler’s regime. Isaac and Christine have dreams to be together and wed but this anti-Jewish sentiment forces them apart. This whole book takes place in Germany and everything about this book is historically accurate with real scenarios. I love how the author took the horrors, inhumanity, and heartbreak into account in this book so nothing is sugar-coated or dismissed in this horrible time in human history. You get to experience the concentration and death camps, you see what war does to families, and you see how devastating this entire situation is, but there is a love story in there and you’ll see what Christine and Isaac go through for love and what prevails in the end. It has great character development and it was a book I could hardly put down!

    Okay so John Green wrote The Fault in Our Stars and it was an AMAZING book and the movie was outstanding as well (which I just picked it up on sale at Target for $15!). I have heard raves for his other books and Paper Towns recently named some people for the cast of another book-to-big-screen. I figured I might as well pick up Paper Towns because if it was anything like TFIOS, it’d get me pumped for the movie. Ugh, so wrong. I hated Paper Towns. It’s hard to even believe it’s by the same author who wrote TFIOS. I was very annoyed after finishing the book. It just barely made sense. A guy and a girl who barely know each other. Girl disappears, leaves clues all over town for the guy to find her. Whether or not he finds her is for you to find out but I don’t know. It was lacking something. Depth, I guess. It kept referring to Walt Whitman and one piece that he did and I don’t know, the metaphors were just blah. I know it’s like 4.5 stars on Amazon but it’s just not for me!

    Gone Girl comes out in theaters today – are you going to see it? Have you read the book? I really want to see it ’cause I hear they changed the ending so it’s completely different from the book. I hope it makes it better than how the book ended. Ugh, the most amazing yet frustrating book, ever. It’s so good but seriously hated the ending! There’s this new theater near where my parents live that is a beer & wine theater. Sounds like the best way to watch a movie :)

    As much as I don’t want to like this song, I can’t stop listening to it. It’s so catchy!!

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    I’m obsessed with clutches this season. I think they’re so wildly convenient and when I go grab drinks with friends, I can just throw my wallet, keys, and phone into a clutch and be out the door. I love all the styles there are out there and it seems to be way more affordable than buying a full-blown designer purse ;) although I would love to splurge sometime soon on one! Haha

    Just a note that there are affiliate links within this post! xo

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  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    So excited for your London trip. Can’t wait to hear all about it. I’ll totally be waiting on gone girl to be on dvd. I’m only interested in maybe seeing it because of Ben Affleck and the fact they changed it up a bit.

  • Jenny Flake says:

    London?!! Oh how fun Julie! I have that leopard print Claire Vivier clutch!! It’s my absolute favorite!!! Have a great weekend!

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health says:

    London – how exciting! Im mildly obsessed with movies/books related to WWII. Life is Beautiful is one of my all time favorite movie. I will have to check out the book you recommended.

  • Maria says:

    I want to see Gone Girl, but probably shouldn’t take the baby:)

  • Amanda says:

    Have a great trip to London! Perfect time of year to be there. I visited an ice bar in Stockholm last year and it is kind of amazing. You have to wear a rented parka because it is so cold in there. Have fun!

  • Heather Christo says:

    i cannot wait to see gone girl!!!!! Have the best time ever in London- I am so excited for you :)

  • Naomi says:

    London is awesome-so much to do. And I hated the ended of Gone Girl, so yeah, hope the movie one is better. The clutches – love that’s all I carry. I hate purses.

  • Karishma says:

    Have a great time in London! I have been to an ice bar around where I live in the US and it’s awesome! The glasses are made out of ice and everything!

    I am super excited to see gone girl, it was soo good!

  • Rachel @ Bakerita says:

    SO jealous you’re going to London! I lived there for six months for the first half of this year and it was the best time ever. I went to Ice Bar! It’s fun and a cool experience, but definitely a touristy thing :)

    Love that blue bag, too! Have such a good time!!!

  • Gaby says:

    You will have the best time in London! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

  • Jess says:

    I feel in love with London when I was there! You’ll have an amazing time! Make sure you get to Borough market!

  • marla says:

    So fun all of this! Loe the Ice Bar :)

  • Stephanie says:

    If you like WWII novels, you might enjoy The Bronze Horseman, Tatiana and Alexander, and The Summer Garden (a trilogy) by Paullina Simons. I have them as .pdf files if you’d like me to email them over to you.

    • Julie says:

      I’ll have to look those up!! Thanks girl!

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