I’ve never done a rant post before. Usually, I relegate my posts to travel updates or vintage finds.
But I’m just too darn frustrated to write about anything else today.
So here’s a fun little story about my experience with U-Haul U-Box. I’ll let you come to your own conclusions about whether you should consider the company for your next move or not. 🙂
My U-Haul boxes were scheduled to arrive at my new house on Friday July 17th at 2pm. At 3:30pm, I called and was informed that my boxes hadn’t even been shipped. I then was redirected to over six different people. Each one told me the same thing: The mistake was U-Haul’s (a representative cancelled my shipment accidentally), but my boxes would not arrive until Monday July 27th. That is ten days after they were scheduled to arrive. That is ten days I don’t have to unpack. That’s ten days without a bed, a wardrobe, kitchen supplies, anything.
I’m asking that U-Haul get my boxes to me by Friday July 24th, so that I do not lose yet another weekend I could spend unpacking. And to waive the drop off fee. I paid a good amount of money to have these boxes stored and delivered, I’ve spoken with over six different people in the company, and my issues has still not been resolved. This is absolutely unacceptable and extremely frustrating. U-Haul, can you tell me: What are you going to do to make this right?
Parisians are effortlessly stylish. Londoners are on top of the trends. And Italians always have the chicest leather jackets. But Berliners have a style that is, in my opinion, truly the most unique. I loved how so much of the street fashion I saw was vintage or retro inspired. And a fashion “uniform” of any kinda (think, for example: skinny jeans, white tee, leather jacket) seems nonexistent.
Below, I’ve tried my best to distill the street fashion of Berlin into one photograph. But what you should really take away from it is not the exact outfit but the spirit of the German city’s style: individual, colorful, and retro. And most importantly, really freaking cool.
Shorts: Vintage, Shoes: Saucony, Crop Top: H&M, Scrunchie: Vintage, Magazine: Vogue Germany
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#OOTD in London
#OOTD in Dubrovnik, Croatia
#OOTD in Paris
#OOTD in Italy
I have come to conclude that nobody loves brunch like the Americans. It’s hard to explain to some non-Americans that brunch is not just a breakfast with booze involved. But some places in Europe are doing brunch right. I had one of the best brunch experienced in Paris: pastries, Nutella, honey, jam, bottomless coffee, greens, and of course lots of bread and cheese. Yum! It’s my ideal European-style brunch!
Combine Parisian brunch with British eggs on toast (or our modified, homemade eggs Benedict), Italian Bellini, and Dutch Gouda, and you have one perfect morning/afternoon.
It’s difficult for me to pinpoint Londoners’ style in one photograph. While I was visiting, I saw a huge variety of chic outfits (no surprise). But they did have some common threads: pretty darn stylish…and lots of crop tops.
So, in the photograph below, I have distilled what I’ve seen of London street fashion into a single outfit. What do you think? Does it capture the essence of the city’s style?
Pants: America Today; Crop Top: H&M; Sandals: Zara; Umbrella: Totes; Magazine: Vogue London
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#OOTD in Dubrovnik, Croatia
#OOTD in Paris
#OOTD in Italy
The Gibbson Girl European Photoshoot
I’m a big fan of Inspector Morse
…), so I might have had a minor freakout when I discovered an Inspector Morse tour
in Oxford, England. Our guide, a retired Oxford University professor, was not only unbelievably knowledgable about the TV series and books, but she also happened to be Colin Dexter’s neighbor….and hilarious (in a nutty British professor kind of way that you’d expect from a woman giving a tour on an eccentric Oxford detective).
The next day, I had a chance to geek out further over British TV with a trip to Selfridge’s. As a fan of the show, Mr Selfridge, the one hundred-year-old department store didn’t let me down! The place was a commercial playland full of candy rooms, cocktail bars, sundae stands, booming electronics, and a delightfully colorful cunchony of department store staples like perfume and cosmetics. Overall, it was just what I expected a 21st century Selfridge’s to look like, and while I didn’t quite have the funds to support a large purchase, a bag of bulk artisanal candy gave me the perfect little taste of the Selfridge’s experience. Just as Harry would have wanted– with just a pound or two you can leave the store absolutely delighted.
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Hello London + Oxford!
Hello, Norther England!
Hi There, Scotland!
Summer is officially here! I just left Amsterdam (where the temp just dropped to sixty degrees and the sun was reluctant to shine), so I needed a reminder of sunny days and warm breezes. Here are some of my vintage Etsy shop The Gibbson Girl’
s best summer styles.
Personally, I’m particularly fond of the sheer blouse. What is your favorite summer style from the shop?
I only have a few days left on my Europe trip (nooo!), so I was so happy to find out that’d I’d be leaving on a high note: specifically, the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in Utrecht. Honestly, I didn’t even know the Tour started in the Netherlands until a few weeks ago, and I was even more pleasantly surprised to learn that the race started in one of my favorite (and very close by) towns– Utrecht.
The best recipe for a Tour de France celebration? Combine a cool city…
With lots of selfies…
…And even more free stuff.
..And inspirational cyclists.
Needless to say, the day was a blast, and I’m looking forward to following the race as the cyclists continue through the Netheralands and beyond.
Disclaimer: While I throughly enjoy watching and following the Tour de France (and admire the inspirational athletes who compete), I find it very disappointing that women are excluded from the event. Excluding women from high profile events like the Tour de France equals fewer racing opportunities for women, which in turn mean less publicity and support and lower female athlete salaries and prize money opportunities. It’s a big deal, and it’s something we should remember after we’ve enjoyed the excitement and the thrill of events like the Tour de France. (Thankfully, there has been some progress.)
A plus tard and tot ziens!
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Swimming (Practice) in Croatia
AMC Loop 10k Amsterdam
Running (Free) Through the Bossche Broek