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Friday, 29 January 2016

summer '15: when in leeds

train selfie - mandatory.
Back in the summer, I took the train up to Leeds to visit one of my best friends, Amy, at the University of Leeds. Verdict: pretty great city as whole, super cheap, and if you're 'edgy', you'll fit right in. 
still thinking about this.
The connecting train to Leeds was from King's Cross Station, in London, where I grabbed lunch at a place called Leon, which is basically a healthy fast food place. Honestly, one of my favourite lunches in recent memory. I ordered the meatball hot box with brown rice, which was SO good. 

campus tour
After catching up, Amy took me on a tour around the university. Considering how different Kenyon and Leeds are from each other, it's very hard to compare the two. However, my personal highlight of the tour was the 'black bacon' structure in one of the quads. 

when hipsters own a restaurant: exhibit a
After a quick tour of the uni, we stopped off at Get Baked, which is a church-turned-cafe/restaurant , right by the university - very 'edgy' (everyone kept using this word.) I ordered a hot dog, with onion rings, which was delicious, and we split a basket of fries between us. This is definitely somewhere I would recommend if you were looking for somewhere to eat that's a bit more on the quirky side.

he's a looker!
Of course, no student outing is complete without a free museum. Sadly, they were closing when we got there, but we still managed to quick look around...

navigating the night bus system
We went out on two occasions during my visit. First, we went went to Hi-Fi, during one of their student nights, where the music was amazing. It was a mixture of new to old, playing everything from Michael Jackson to Kanye West. 

The second time we went out, was to to a place called Bierkeller, which is based off the layout of German beer tavern. Entry was free, on the night we went, and a stein of cocktail was only £6! The best part was defnitely dancing on the tables - I'm not kidding, every one was doing it. 

Here's to Leeds! I'll definitely go back again if I can.


Thursday, 21 January 2016

declared my major? + first week back thoughts

First week back and I feel like I've already been more productive than I was for the entire of last semester. Apart from trying to adjust to a new schedule, figuring out when's a good time to work out etc., I've been running around trying to get all my forms signed for my study abroad application to Granada, Spain (watch this space!). 

Part of the process involves officially declaring my Economics major. Even in the UK, it has always been the plan, I just needed to make it... legit. Yes, I might just be another classic case of an international student declaring an Econ major, but no, I don't want to go into banking. I would actually love to go into events planning/marketing; Econ is the closest discipline Kenyon offers to a management degree. Plus, personally, it's a lot more interesting than getting a degree in business. 

So yeah, here's to officially declaring my major! Also, it wouldn't be an Ohio winter if there wasn;t snow on the ground... 

- Frances

Saturday, 9 January 2016

new year, new shoes + resolutions

Ballet Flats: Kimchi Blue, Urban Outfitters 

I'm pretty minimal when it comes to shoes. Generally, I like to own one pair of black flats, non-black flats, sandals, ankle boots etc. My moccasins had clearly given up, so it was time to invest in something else. I personally find the ballet strap trend really elegant, so when I saw these in the Urban Outfitters sale, they were perfect. A new pair of shoes - just in time for the new year. 

Yes, New Year Resolutionsare kind of dumb and I probably won't keep them perfectly, but atleast it's a step in the right direction. I don't really have many resolutions, except develop more good habits. This includes all of your normal physical resolutions, like work out more and eat better, etc. However,  I recognise that I definitely need to be more organised, more pro-active and stop leaving things to the last minute. I recently deleted 30,000+ emails from my inbox - let's just say I never want to go through that again. 

I read somewhere we choose our emotions. Right now, I choose to be happy and stress-free and pretty much plan to keep it that way for the rest of the year. 

- Frances

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

summer 15': back in london

*I have a ton of material from last year that I need to post - so bear with me!

you can take the girl outta kenyon, but you can't take the flannel outta the girl

A photo posted by Frances Odera Matthews 🇬🇧🇬🇭🇳🇬 (@heyits_frances) on

Honestly, if I could live anywhere, it would be London. So far, I've seen LA, NYC & DC, but nothing really compares: 
  • LA is gorgeous and rich with culture, but unless you're hopping in an Uber, there's virtually no public transport.
  • NYC has great public transport and is rich with culture, but there are virtually no open spaces and quite frankly, all of the skyscrapers make me feel really claustrophobic.  
  • DC is beautiful, it's own right, has great public transport but there's not much of a culture.
London, on the other hand, has beautiful views, great public transport and an incredible arts scene. If it wasn't for how expensive it is, I would definitely consider moving there after graduation. My first time back in the city was for a group assessment day (which I passed!), for a summer internship at i2i Events Group, based in Paddington.

After my interview, I grabbed some amazing gelato at Bonne Bouche, a small cafe on the high street. 

Afterwards, I grabbed some (legal!) happy hour drinks with my cousin, at a bar called Grand Union, in Little Venice, behind my work. 
Little Venice: Dress: New Look/ Flannel: Urban Outfitters/
Bag: River Island/ Boots: New Look/ Jewellery: Primark 
My final stop on the way home was through the beautiful Udderbelly beer garden, hidden away on Southbank.

Despite the tons of amazing food trucks, I couldn't actually eat anything, because everything was cash only. Lesson learned for the rest of my London adventures - carry cash. 

Thursday, 8 October 2015

ootd: fall florals

*note: last friday

Fall is here. Okay, I'm not actually sure if I'm completely comfortable with calling autumn 'fall' yet, but for the purpose of alliteration, I'm using it for this article. That means we can ditch the Daisy Dukes, in change for comfy scarves and jackets. Finally! 

Personally, this is my favourite time of year for fashion. While in Summer you're worrying about wearing the least amount of clothes as possible; in Winter you just throw a big jacket on top of everything, so it doesn't even matter what you're wearing underneath. 

Jacket - SheInside, T-shirt - Primark,
Skirt - Abercrombie & Fitch, Backpack - MiPac
I recently ordered this skirt  from the Abercrombie & Fitch sale.  Whatever's left of the tomboy in me usually makes me stray away from florals (or any kind of pattern or colour in general) but this skirt is an exception. It's a dark floral which makes it less 'shouty', and the zip detailing in the front still gives it an edge. It's also incredibly versatile - throw it on with a basic t-shirt or jumper and you're good to go! Also, bonus - no big A&F logos in sight! 

Yes, I know, A&F is so 5 years ago, when you weren't cool unless you were wearing a massive moose across your chest. However, personally, I'm still an A&F fan. Since they ditched the huge logos on everything, on the whole, the collection is basic, but still edgy enough to be fashion forward. Perfect for college. As well as the skirt, I also ordered a pair of skinny sweatpants and a  beautiful ballet-style crop top, which I am sure will be featuring in a post soon.

But yes, yay for fall.


Friday, 2 October 2015

summer '15: lincoln memorial, dc

This is the first post in my summer series! Before I went back home to the UK, I stayed with my aunt in Maryland, which is right by DC. I've been to DC before, on breaks, but I had never gotten round to seeing the Lincoln Memorial. I would always either run out of time, or not be in that part of town. Therefore I made it my mission to finally see what all the fuss was about. 
Apart from ticking off my DC tourist bucket list, one of my other wins of the day was getting a free cookie at Corner Bakery Cafe in Chinatown (yay for free food).

Verdict: pretty great. Luckily the weather was beautiful when I went, which might slightly bias my opinion, however, you can't deny that it's an amazing piece of architecture. It also happened to Georgetown's graduation day, so there were a bunch of students getting pictures taken in their gowns. How they didn't melt in the heat under those gowns is still a mystery to me...

I also took a walk down the mall, which was actually a lot longer than expected. Apart from being covered in sweat by this point, it was cool imagining that this was where 1000s of people congregated to see Obama, as well as president's before him, make their inaugural speech. 
At the end of the mall is the National WWII Memorial, which is, quite frankly, one of the most beautiful memorials that I've seen. It's covered in fountains, surrounded by stones with all of the states carved into them. 

I can't wait to explore more of DC as time goes on; especially when I turn 21, I'll be able to explore the nightlife as well. 


Monday, 28 September 2015

ootd: stripes + lunar eclipse (kind of)

Hi... haha. I guess you could say I haven't blogged in a while! It's Sophomore year now (terrifying) and I realised that last year I barely took any photos, or  even blogged about any of my experiences during my first year at college. One of my main objectives this year (apart from surviving Economic Microtheory) is to change that.

I thought I'd kick things off  in true blogger style with an OOTD (unintentionally all from Primark). This is probably one of my 'go-to' outfits of the semester so far. I love the ease and convenience of the pinafore (literally goes with everything) and the stripes... well, you can't really go wrong with stripes can you? I definitely plan on pairing this outfit with tights and a cosy scarf when the weather starts getting chilly. A+ Primark, A+.

Batwing Striped Shirt, Corduroy Pinafore Dress, Necklace & Bracelets - Primark
Also, as you probably already know, last night was the Supermoon Lunar Eclipse. I hiked up to my school's observatory, with some friends, to try and get a glimpse of the moon. Unfortunately, the largest troll of the night was God, with a forecast of constant cloud cover - typical! Below captures the less-than-a-minute long moon-sighting from Ohio.  Better forecast in 2033?

I have a ton of images that I'm excited to share - so keep your eyes peeled for future posts about all the exciting things I got up to this summer!


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