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Last weekend could very well have been one of the best weekends of my life. I went to Lisbon and fell head over heels in love. I planned the trip with very little expectations, all I really knew was that food would be cheap and that the city would be picturesque and honestly that was enough to convince me to book the trip. We arrived to Lisbon exhausted from not getting enough sleep the night before and we took on the challenge of foregoing taking a cab to our air bnb and instead took the metro and a bus. I was pleasantly surprised to see that their metro system was dirttt cheaaapp. And when I say cheap I mean you can get an unlimited 24 hour day pass for just 6 euros. yep. Once we got on the bus and saw the city, I could not keep from smiling. My cheeks were hurting by the end of the day I kid you not. It was just so different. Such an aesthetic delight to see these colorful buildings that were centuries old in a state of beautiful decay. Don't even get me started on the azulejos-- the blue and white ceramic tilework found on so many of Lisbon's buildings. 

What I loved most was that you can feel it's history while you're there but it has an undeniably youthful spirit to it. Here's a little summary of my experience:

The People
It was so unbelievably refreshing to be greeted by Portugal's warm people. It honestly made the experience. Everyone was just so unpretentious, humble, and kind, but so much fun. People will actually talk to you as you walk down the street and approach you at a bar and make conversation. Everyone's just so open. Portuguese people are also very colorful and diverse, which makes things all the more interesting.

Food
Seafood, seafood, seafood! Some tapas and more seafood. I'm not a huge seafood person, but let me tell you, I savored basically every bite I had in Lisbon. I felt like everything was made with so much love and care. And of course it doesn't hurt that everything is so cheap. See the restaurants I listed below for recommendations...

Nightlife 
The Thursday we arrived we were pretty tired and just wanted to keep things low-key after dinner. We did our research, picked a bar and arrived to the bar around 10:30, only to find that it was closed and wouldn't open til midnight. We settled for walking around the area and went home around midnight and that's when we heard people out in the streets. It's safe to say that nightlife in Lisbon starts late and lasts alllllll night. I recommend walking around Bairro Alto and popping into bars. Grab drinks outside cause that's definitely a thing there. And go to Cais do Sodre and visit the "pink" street (which is no longer really pink). There are a bunch of great bars there and the street pretty much stays crowded and is vibrant and filled with life all night. Also, it wouldn't hurt to go out of your comfort zone and just try a really, crappy hole in the wall place with cheap drinks, at least to start off the night, chances are it'll be packed and people will strike up conversations with you instantly.

Tourist attractions 
Honestly the best part of this trip is that it's completely hassle-free. You can go to Lisbon without knowing a thing about it or where to go and easily find yourself wandering the city and running into everything. The best way to enjoy Lisbon is to walk, A LOT. The hills are steep, so it's not always easy but it's so worth it. Plus you need to burn off all that food somehow, don't ya?

- You must take the tram 28, a streetcar that will take you all over lisbon.
- I would also recommend going to Cascais, a charming beach town just 40 min from Lisbon for a day if you have the time.
- Sintra is also a good idea, but avoid making the mistake I did and get there EARLY. Especially during the winter when things close at 5pm. Also, make sure to either pack lunch or eat in advance because the restaurants are all pretty bad, cramped with tourists and overpriced. Sintra is a mountainous town and is a UNESCO world heritage site. Make sure you see the Castle of the Moors and the da Pena National Palace.



Shop:
A Outra Face da Lua- Vintage stope/ Tea Room/ Bistro
Rua da Assuncao, 22, Baixa, Lisboa
www.aoutrafacedalua.com

Eat:
Taberna Portugesa 
Calcado do Combro, 115
Bairro Alto, Lisboa

Cafe Tati
Rua da Ribeira Nova, 36
Lisboa (next to mercado ribeira)
www.cafetati.blogspot.com

The Decadente 
Rua da Sao Pedro de alcantara, 81
Lisboa Portugal
www.thedecadente.pt

*Also do yourself a favor and try any one of the ginginha stands around the city (pictured above). It's a delicious cherry liquor that will give you the perfect shot of energy throughout the day (and yes day drinking is apparently ok here.)*

Cascais
The loveliest seaside town with cute little beaches and shops

House of Wonders- boutique, cafe, restaurant with a rooftop terrace!
Largo da Misericordia, 53
(center of Cascais)
www.facebook.com/bbhouseofwonder

Belem 
Pasteis de Belem- Quintessential Lisbon bakery, you can't leave Belem without going... it's quite known among tourists but for very good reason. Have their signature Pasteis de nata!

Pair that with a visit to the tourist attractions: Mosteiro de Geronimos & Tour of Belem

Nightlife:
Cais do Sodre, pink street
Bairro Alto

comme un garçon + london diaries

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Button up: thrifted // Culottes: Lavish Alice // Shoes: ASOS // Blazer: Thrifted // Ph: Kelsey Sullivan
I keep telling myself I'm in Paris and I need to take advantage of it and make a billion blog posts, but then I get distracted by the city, exploring it and living it and then next thing I know it's been a month since my last post. My apologies.. but I'm back! Here's a look I pulled together about a week ago. My favorite piece here is the tux jacket I thrifted, pretty sure it's actually intended for a 9 year old boy, but ohhhh well. The outfit is also pretty obviously inspired by Paris: monotone, well-tailored, and classic.

Lesson learnt: never be afraid to look in the little boys section, gals.

Also, last weekend I went to London for the first time which was pretty damn awesome. Here are some pictures from the trip! LONDON 1 3 7 14 10 11

someday...

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Hat: HM // Turtleneck: Thrifted // Pants: BCBG // Shoes: New Look // Coat: Thrifted // Bag: Thrifted
Photos by: Kelsey Sullivan

I remember listening to this Friendly fires song in 10th grade and repeating the chorus in my head, daydreaming, "someday were gonna live in paris, I promise." Well I'm here. It's wild and crazy and absolutely unreal but I'm actually here. This dream I've had for so long has finally come true. My walk to school involves passing the Eiffel Tower, I live right around the corner from the Louvre and Musee D'Orsay, and I have already made incredible memories after only being here for two and a half weeks... I'm not sure it gets any better than this... but it just might. We've got 4 months to find out.

This means there will be some changes to the blog (aside from just backgrounds)... all positive, I promise. There's no way I could be in Paris and not post pictures of the beautiful city itself, so Creative Thirst will no longer just involve personal style photos, but also photos of Paris and wherever else my budding wanderlust tendencies lead me to.

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Button up: Thrifted // Jeans: Thrifted // Coat: Thrifted // Shoes: New Look // Bag: Jump From Paper

The most magical month of the year is finally here!! My birthday's coming up, Christmas is right around the corner and temperatures have dropped just enough to bring our coats out from hiding. A few weeks ago, this over-sized electric blue coat stole my heart. I tried resisting the temptation to buy it, considering how I already have over 10 coats in my collection and a dwindling sum in my bank account...but I failed. And honestly, I'm ok with that. I've found my new favorite coat and I'm not letting go. Aside from being gorgeous, it's also super warm... finally i get to benefit from fashion and function. For this look I wanted to let the coat do most of the talking and opted to pair it with a crisp, white button up, loose boyfriend jeans and my new flatform oxfords.

in full swing


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Ph: Julia Kan//  Top: HM // Jacket: Thrifted // Midi Skirt: Thrifted // Shoes: Thrifted // Sunnies: Warby Parker

Fall is in full swing and I couldn't be happier. It's my third year here in Boston, but I still can't get over how magical it is to be in Boston in the fall. Every street is suddenly Instagram-worthy and the temperatures drop just enough for it to be chilly but not overwhelmingly so. Not to mention how much fun it is to start layering again. To celebrate, I decided to throw on this plaid gem with my trusty leather jacket and these gorgeous Banks frames from Warby Parker.

Lately I've been obsessed with brands that have beautiful user interfaces and that focus greatly on elements of design in their websites. Warby Parker is on the top of that list. It's website is clean, easy to navigate and dominated by gorgeous images. Most people are skeptical of shopping for sunglasses online (with good reason), but WP makes the whole process seamless. You've got so many helpful services on the website, you can view the frames in all different angles, you're given details of sizing and materials you can try them on virtually and if that isn't enough to convince you that you've found the right pair, you can use the home try on program where you pick 5 frames and get them sent to you, free of charge. Plus, you've got the added perks of free shipping and free returns.

They've recently come out with their Winter Collection, so if you're looking for some shades to brave the icy cold temperatures with you, I'd definitely recommend checking it out. It features 6 new rich tones and 8 new shapes, stainless steel paired with acetate and fresh takes on their existing silhouettes.

P.S. Their shades look mighty fine in insta pics. See below for inspo.

www.instagram.com/creativethirst


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