A Postcard Alternative

Postcards are so 2000 and late, earrings are so 2028. Get ahead of the curve.

Recently I have been very into earrings. This started winter of 2021 when I realized I loved wearing ridiculously large and out there earrings from previously never wearing any sort of jewelry. Now I feel naked without them, and sad because it makes my day to look in a mirror and see the beautiful jewels and shapes hanging from my ears. Each of them have memories/stories to share or a meaning behind the jewel that bring a sense of comfort and luck when I wear them. On top of that, most countries I have visited have a special character or stone that is said to bring fortune and luck to its inhabitants. Then, they make these gems into cute earrings that you can find at a local market. And to drive the point even further, these earrings are anywhere between $3-$15 if you are buying from a street market jeweler, and therefore supporting local:) Two birds, one stone.

The first picture shows my first four pairs of earrings I picked up. The turtles were overpriced but they were my first pair and I had no way of knowing that. I picked them up in the French Riviera and the market lady told me that the stone on the back of the turtle was said to bring good luck to those who wear it. I figured going into an adventure like abroad I would need it, I was right. The other pairs were picked up on side trips throughout Ireland. Between the green stone and anchors, they really remind me of what amazing things the country has to offer. However, I wear the elephants the most out of any earrings on this list, just look at them.

The next picture shows the amazing glass jewelry South Europe has to offer. The blue earrings we picked up in Budapest when visiting the famous Central Market Hall. The market was so special and in a way made me feel more connected to the people and the culture there. The other items were picked up in Murano (a small island just outside of Venice) and remind me of the best day excursion I have ever taken. Murano was such a special place home to the best glass blowers in the world. Which, judging based off of the amazing figurines and jewelry at their markets, came as no surprise.

The final picture shows a pair of Eiffel Tower earrings that *shockingly* I picked up in Paris. I truly love these simple earrings, even though they are not the earrings from the Montmartre region I initially wanted. They still commemorate an amazing experience (for only $3). Finally, the last three earrings were acquired in Austria from the many, many Christmas markets I attended. If you ever get the chance to visit Austria, GO. Hands down the most friendly and cute people I have ever met, paired with the most beautiful scenery. Especially during Christmas time when the whole country becomes a winter wonderland.

So there you have it, earrings that tell a story and complete an outfit. What more could you want?

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A Four Weddings Style Rating of European Cities

TLC (The Learning Channel) has produced countless classics over the years. One that really stuck out to me during my childhood was Four Weddings. Four weddings consisted of four brides who attended each others weddings and rated the others using a tier system based on food, venue, dress, and overall experience. The network stayed true to its name because I have learned it is a genius way to rank events in real life as well. In this article I will be reviewing four very different cities I have visited while abroad, and giving them my honest review of their food, dress, venue, and overall experience on a 10 point scale.

Dingle, Ireland

While categories like food and dress fell short in Ireland, the venue and overall experience on these adorable western cliffs made up for it. A simple bike ride around this Island was an unforgettable experience and something I suggest to put on your bucket list. This quiet fishing village had a surprisingly lively nightlife at the local pubs. The only drawbacks? The weather prevents any outfit other than a windbreaker or raincoat to be worn, and unless you like fish the food here isn’t very gourmet.

  • Food- 5
  • Dress- 5
  • Venue- 10
  • Overall Experience- 7.

Munich, Germany

I have to give Germany the benefit of the doubt because it was the last weekend of Oktoberfest and everyone in the city looked like they need a 72 hour nap. Despite the red eyes and rough attitudes of the waitresses, the whole experience was so unique. Not to mention the drindl being my favorite souvenir yet. Munich had a glimpse of home in it and also bridged the gap between chaos and relaxation needed in a city. Safe to say I will be going back here to see the beautiful streets and shop around Marienplatz. However, I will not be looking at another stein of beer for a very long time.

  • Food- 8
  • Dress- 10
  • Venue- 10
  • Overall Experience- 9

Paris, France

To no one’s surprise Paris excelled in the dress department. Everyone there looks like they planned their outfit the night before, and it’s hard not to have good style when every other street has shopping. Along with great style the city also does great cuisine. The Only drawback to the city was the sheer amount of people. It was hard trying to get from point A to point B with a thousand others also making their way. However, the history and charm of Paris makes it easier to wait in long lines and just enjoy the beauty surrounding.

  • Food- 10 (Coq and Fils, specifically)
  • Dress- 10
  • Venue- 8
  • Overall Experience- 9.5

Amsterdam, Netherlands

I know some people who would have 10s all across the board for Amsterdam, but in my opinion everything was a 7. It was a great experience and all categories were lovely, but I wouldn’t put any of the categories at the top. The city was very chill and I am very not. Therefore I am rating Amsterdam a 7 because it was lacking the chaos and commotion that brings cities to life.

  • Food- 7
  • Dress- 7
  • Venue-7
  • Overall Experience-7

Each city brought something unique to the table. I would recommend visiting all four cities because I truly believe there’s something in them for everyone. Unlike the show, however, I won’t make you wait for a commercial break to hear the results. If we’re talking places to live, Munich falls at the very top of my list. But if we’re talking places to visit, there’s no denying Paris is the clear winner. It really deserves all the praise it gets because it lives up to the glamour and ambiance associated with it.