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April 16, 2019 London, UK

I'm so excited to share this blog post about my recent trip to London! I can't wait for the Blossoms collection to finally launch in the states and for you to get your hands on my (dare I say) favorite collection thus far. A couple weeks ago I packed my bags and flew to London to celebrate Jo Malone London's newest launch. I checked into the hotel and found my room filled with few of my favorite scents from Jo Malone London, the classic Lime Basil & Mandarin, Grapefruit, and Orange Blossom. To this day, whenever the aroma of Lime Basil & Mandarin candle fills my house, it brings me back to my first trip to London.Jo Malone London doesn't hold back when throwing one of their brunch parties, and this celebration was no different than the previous ones. As soon as I arrived I was immersed with the different sensory experiences. I walked down the stairs into a dark hallway with the sound of nature and drops of water. A relaxing moment to appreciate before heading into the bright space, which reminded me of an underground greenhouse. The table setting was dreamy and it's always an inspiration for me, with the centerpiece filled with ombre colored blooms. There were different colored rooms highlighting the four colognes in the Blossoms collection: Star Magnolia, Silk Blossom, Orange Blossom, and the brand new Frangipani Flower. Each room was scentsational and brought out the charming floral notes from each scent. Jo Malone London brought back some previously limited-edition favorites like Star Magnolia and Silk Blossom, and introduced a new scent, Frangipani Flower which smells heavenly. Each bottle has a matte bottle cap color which goes perfectly with its scent. My pick would be to first spritz Silk Blossom and layer Orange Blossom after, a mixture of delicate floral scents together. Afterwards, I headed into the workshop and was stunned at the space. A beautifully decorated space with huge windows to let the sunshine in, and even a tree hanging from the top! It was a whimsical moment, like something I have only seen in magazines. There were fun activities in line with the blossom theme! I made a flower crown and learned how to do some marbling on my own Jo Malone London box. Truly an unforgettable time and always a treat seeing friends and the Jo Malone London team! Photography by Rebekah Cheng and I

Love, Sharon


April 10, 2019 Vienna, Austria

Even though it's only been a month since I came back from Vienna, I still remember being in awe of the beautiful city and debating if I should prolong my stay so I could visit nearby cities. Salzburg and Hallstatt were on my list but I didn't have enough time to visit. I only had four full days in Vienna since I made a two day trip to Prague which you can read about here. I tried to make most of the time during my stay in Vienna and put together a list. It was a bit chilly since I was there during the first two weeks of March, but nonetheless I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved Vienna. Below are a list of places I recommend visiting while you're in Vienna! I would recommend purchasing the Vienna Pass during your stay since it's a cheaper option than paying for each landmark as it can get quite expensive. You can checkout more on my Instagram highlights video here.

Eats & Cafes:
Cafe le Marche // really good coffee! they serve food from 9am-12pm so come here early to grab a seat as seating is limited. 
Cafe Telegraph // a hipster cafe with a great selection of food, drinks, and pastries. book in advance because this place is busy all the time!
Figar 1070 // came here for brunch, an amazing selection of food and really good coffee! 
Paremi // an adorable French cafe that has yummy pastries, coffee, and sandwiches. sit outside if you can grab a seat!
Das Hanil // a korean restaurant that serves delicious sushi and authentic korean entrees!
Veganista // the best ice cream shop! all vegan and they have an amazing selection of ice cream to choose from! can't tell that it's vegan, soooooo good!

Justizpalast // such a dreamy space, who would've thought this is Vienna's Supreme Court. entry is free, you can see what I mean here.
Schonbrunn Palace // stunning palace, sadly it was a bit too cold so there were no blooms surrounding the palace and garden but still worth a visit!
Gloriette // a cafe with a stunning view of Schonbrunn, go uphill from Schonbrunn and you'll be able to see the cafe
Saint Stephen's Cathedral // you can go to the top and see stunning views of Vienna, definitely worth a visit! probably my favorite thing about Vienna
Peterskirche // the oldest church building, a small beautiful church in the center of Vienna
Mozarthaus // a look into Mozart's apartment while he was living in Vienna
MuseumsQuartier // a gem in Vienna, perfect area to relax from walking around and sightseeing. plenty of places to eat 
Natural History Museum // one of the largest museums in Austria with an incredible collection that has a lot to offer for every age
Belvedere Palace and Museum // one of the more well known museums due to its large collection of Gustav Klimt, including the Kiss painting which is one of my favorites!
Hundertwasser House // probably one of the highlight's of my trip! a colorful, unique building by Hundertwasser that you can't miss! His museum is couple of blocks away, free with the Vienna pass, where you can see his artworks

Other suggestions: Austrian National Library, Naschmarket (only open on Saturday, an outdoor market stall that offers fresh food, antiques, etc), Vienna State Opera, City Hall

Love, Sharon


March 21, 2019 Prague, Czechia

Ah, Prague! I was so glad I had time to squeeze in Prague during my Vienna trip, because I wasn't able to go two years ago. Just as everyone said it would be, it truly is a whimsical place that looks like you just stepped into a storybook. I was a bit unsure if I would be able to enjoy the city since the forecast was rainy for the days I was there, but luckily even though it was gloomy I was able to explore the city. Prague is such a magical city and even though I was only there for a short stay, I would definitely go back in a heartbeat. One thing I did underestimate though was how windy and chilly it was. Below are some of my recommendations on what to do! Prague has a special place in my heart, such a beautiful place with colorful buildings and rich culture.

Places to visit
Old Town Square // The heart of Prague that has beautiful, Gothic buildings and the main attraction. A fairy tale square that takes you back in time.
Astronomical Clock // The clock is one of the main attractions in Prague and people flock to see the twelve apostle figurines peeping out when the clock strikes every hour. It is the oldest astronomical clock that's still operating.
Old Town Hall Tower // Come here for a view of Old Town Square! You can capture beautiful, panoramic shots of the square and enjoy a stunning view of the magical city.
Charles Bridge // Historic bridge that crosses the Vltava River in Prague, a short walk that leads from Old Town to the newer areas which is less touristy.  Cross it to get to the John Lennon Wall. The Charles Bridge is a huge tourist spot, but definitely worth a visit. I came here during the day and also at night. There's also a tower you can climb up at the beginning of the bridge for a view of the city.
John Lennon Wall // Famous wall that was once dedicated to Lennon, but the wall is constantly changing with messages of hope, peace, and love. You can also write your own message, just remember to bring a sharpie.
Prague Castle // I underestimated this landmark and almost overlooked coming here, but it's a stunning building with a rich history. Definitely stop by here if you have time as there's a lot of ground to cover.
Palladium // A huge department store that has a grocery store on the bottom floor called Albert

Other suggestions: Dancing House, Jubilee Synagogue

Sisters // A cute open sandwich shop that costs about $1.50 each. Variety of delicious sandwiches and about a five minute walk from Old Town Square.
La Bottega Linka // A popular spot that's trendy and has delicious dishes to choose from.
My Raw Cafe // I was very excited to find this vegan cafe so close by to Old Town Square! It's also a couple of steps away from Sisters. I would recommend coming here if you're looking for yummy vegan dishes, their coffee cheesecake is amazing.
Onesip Coffee // A small, three seater coffee shop that's right by Old Town Square. Perfect spot to sit down and grab a cup of coffee.

Other food suggestions: Cafe Savoy, John Lennon Pub, Nostress, Home Kitchen, Misto, Mr. HotDog, Cafe Jen, and Zmrzlinar for ice cream
Bakery & Coffee suggestions: Cukrarna Mysak, Ema Espresso Bar, and Muj Salek Kavy

You can also check my instagram highlight to see videos and photos of my Prague trip!

Love, Sharon


March 5, 2019

March is already here and I'm reflecting on how the past couple of months breezed by. To me, January felt like an extension of December. February was tough because I've been sick for the most part, but it's been nice to stay home and let my body rest. This month will be a bit crazy because I'll be traveling for most of March, but I'm excited to visit new places and see old friends.

I'm currently packing last minute things into my luggage and checking things off my to-do list. I'll be boarding the plane in a couple of hours and I can't wait to share photos when I come back!

Love, Sharon
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