Tuesday, June 26, 2018

ENGLISH HOLIDAY PHOTO DIARY



Late last year, Eric and I embarked on a large road trip across the UK. We started in London, drove through the Cotswolds, to Liverpool, through the Lakes District, and up to Scotland before making our way back down. You can read more about that journey here and here. It was an amazing (and at times quite rainy) trip, and we fell completely in love with the English countryside when we passed through and knew we had to come back to experience it in a different season. So to celebrate our 2 year wedding anniversary and my birthday, we packed our bags and headed off.





We landed on a Saturday morning after a pretty lengthy travel day, but one in which we mercifully were able to get an hour or two of sleep on the plane due to an empty seat next to us (woo!). We've never flown anything other than Economy on international flights, and we're used to a decent amount of discomfort, so any little bonus is a complete win in our books. We flew into Heathrow airport, collected our bags, and headed to the Hertz counter to pick up our rental car.

I've written in the past about renting a car and driving in a foreign country, but it really is the best way to explore off the beaten path. Sure, if you're planning on staying in a major city with public transportation, you might not need one, but if you're wanting to see as much as possible, a car rental is the way to go! We always choose Hertz for our car rental in the US, and they are just as reliable and helpful in the UK. We were set up with a comfortable car, and despite how many times I tried to get in on the wrong side (oops), it really made our trip. There's no way we could have gotten where we needed to go without renting a car, and Hertz even provided a mobile hotspot so we could use our phones wherever we went without needing a cell signal. And if you're concerned about driving on 'the other side of the road' - don't be. Eric has only done it once before, and it came back to him so naturally. 10/10 - rent a car if you'd like to see the best corners of England.

zara dress (sold out) / musier paris heels

Our first stop on our journey was Barnsley House out in Cirencester. We made the drive out from the airport and soon left behind the highway for small country roads, before pulling up to what I can only describe as the most gorgeous house I've ever seen. Stone walls covered in creeping vines, flower bushes, immaculate gardens, and all dotted amongst it were little tables and benches to sit and take it all in. We were almost overwhelmed by how charming everything was, especially after being stuck on the plane for so long. I loved our last trip to the Cotswolds,  but seeing everything so green and in bloom was wonderful - especially with the sun peeking out behind the clouds to illuminate everything.

We settled into our room (with our own private garden) and then wandered the grounds. Barnsley House has this incredible spa on the property, just tucked away behind a winding road and some large trees. Eric and I couldn't stop smiling and exclaiming at every little corner, and even though the jet lag was making us tired, we decided to have dinner at the restaurant in the hotel, The Potager. I'm so glad we did, because it went down as one of our absolute favorite meals of the last few years - mainly because there was one dish that Eric and I agreed is the best thing we have ever eaten in our lives. That dish was their Vincigrassi - a wild mushroom and prosciutto lasagna. It absolutely blew our minds with just how deceptively simple it looked and how incredible it tasted, made with ingredients from the very gardens we had just walked through. I would come back just for that dish, let alone the amazing stay.


Because we were planning on seeing as much of the countryside and as many cities as possible, we planned to only spend one to two nights each location. And as much as we wanted to stay and stuff ourselves with another helping of Vincigrassi, we had to head out the next day for a day trip we had planned to Wells and to Bath. Both are locations that you guys have suggested to us in the past, and while we weren't able to make the time to stop on our last trip, this time we made the drive.

I didn't take as many photos in Bath as I had wanted, but as we have a Vlog planned that will show more of not only that city, but the whole journey in general, I'll just say that it was a great stop, and I know why it came so highly recommended. We saw the ancient Roman baths, walked through the city and along the river, and I somehow convinced Eric to go into Whistles so I could try and track down a swimsuit I wanted to order in the US.

After Bath, we headed to Wells to see the historic sites that I had saved on my map. We saw the large cathedral, and located this one street that I've seen multiple times in photos, but never was sure I'd see in person - Vicar's Close. It's the oldest residential street in Europe (built in the 1400s), and the absence of cars and mailboxes really transports you back in time. I was in awe of this street, and we admittedly lurked there for a long time, just gaping at the little houses.



Our next stop on the journey was The Rectory Hotel in Crudwell. It was originally the rectory to All Saints’ Church and in order to house the rector's 14 children (!!!), it was built with several levels and lots of bedrooms. We checked into our room on the top floor, and despite how many years the building has stood, it felt distinctly charming with modern touches - like a radio with soft music playing, and a gorgeous clawfoot tub that I took 2 baths in in less that 18 hours. I'm dedicated to that bath lifestyle, clearly.

We spent our night much like the night before, albeit with more sleep under our belts. We wandered the grounds, complete with a pool and little pond, and even passed through the gate at the back of the property to see the churchyard and cemetery on the same property. I can't say it enough, but there is nothing like this where we live. LA is far too new of a city to have anything quite so old, and so everything about the property was just captivating to us. I love how much history there is in a house like this, but the updates and the modern touches make it so fun.

We sipped cocktails, had a gorgeous dinner with the sun slowly setting, and just generally relaxed. So many of our trips involve taking tons of photos and trying to see as much of one city as possible, so this trip was set up to be the polar opposite. Yes, we took plenty of photos, but in many ways, this felt like the first genuine vacation for us, where relaxation placed higher on the list than checking off a large to-do list. We ended up staying up and talking for a long time, as the sky grew darker outside.


rouje skirt / secondhand silk tank / musier heels
The next day we woke late on the morning of our anniversary, and while I could blame jet lag, I could also blame a full belly, soft sheets in a cozy bed, and the relaxing bath I took right before I climbed into said bed. Either way, we had a slow start to the day, and eventually headed right across the street to have a pub lunch at The Potting Shed. I think I'd been talking about how badly I wanted fish & chips since for weeks before we even got on the plane, so when I saw a big plate at the neighboring table, my mind was set, and we had to order it. And yep - they were everything I wanted and more, just so perfectly crisp and delicious. Obviously we had to have a pint with it, because why not.

After that we made the drive to our next location, a hotel in which I spoke ad nauseam about last year, because it just really made our trip special. The Artist Residence hotel in Oxfordshire. We spent two nights here last year, and made a point to come back and do the same on this trip. After two nights at different hotels, being able to settle in somewhere for two nights felt right, and meant we could really relax on our Anniversary. Honestly, when we stayed last year on the first two nights of our trip, we both talked about it for the rest of the week we traveled around, and both agreed it was one of our favorite hotels we've ever stayed at. 

I think it's because it really feels like home when you stay. But like, a really really cool home. There's incredible art all over the common spaces, and when we checked in, we found that we were in one of their newest rooms, the Stable Suite. There's more of that coming in the Vlog, but oh my heavens, was it a lovely room, with our own large bathtub, a fireplaces, and even a little back porch to sit with a glass of rosé. When we planned our trip, we expected some rain, and maybe a little sun, but somehow, miraculously, England was showing off, and we didn't have rain once during the 9 days we spent exploring. 



For our anniversary, we decided to have a drink in the gardens just outside the pub on the bottom floor, The Mason Arms. We sat out there for a long time, and there were dogs running around and other people just enjoying the sunshine and drinks. I can honestly say we couldn't have picked a prettier place to spend our wedding anniversary. In the gardens we noticed a new shed that was not there the last time we visited, and when we asked we were allowed to go inside and snap a few photos of their newest room, the Shepherd's Hut! It was so cute inside, and looked like a perfect and cozy spot to stay for a few nights, with a great view of the surrounding garden and grounds.


Because we had two days at AR, we were able to have dinner and breakfast at the restaurant, and yet again we had incredible food. They even surprised us with a dessert for our Anniversary! It was a romantic and delicious night, followed by breakfast with lots of tea the next morning in the garden. At this point in the trip, I was obviously considering cancelling our return flight and just living a life in the countryside, because LA has nothing on this place.


We took a little day trip to Daylesford Farm in Gloucestershire to do a little shopping and ended up spending a few hours there, walking through the grocery and home goods shops, before having lunch in the garden. If I had had extra room in my suitcase I would have bought everything they sold, but as they have an online shop, I'll still be handing my wallet over to them. No joke, as I was writing this post, I ended up delayed by a few hours of browsing the housewares and have no less than 8 things in a shopping basket on their site.*

*update : went to check out, and realized they do not in fact ship to the US. I am CRUSHED.


I wish I could tell you more about our stay at AR, but in all hoensty, we spent much of the time relaxing and talking. We celebrated our Anniversary in a dream location, and I cannot wait for our next opportunity to stay either there or at another AR location, as they have quite a few. But at the end of our stay we checked out and headed west to stay at our last hotel in the countryside, The Fish Hotel.





The Fish was unlike any of the other hotels we had stayed in - mainly because we had stayed in more rustic and older properties, with plenty of history. The Fish definitely has a lot of the same charm as the other places, but with a decidedly more modern feel. Especially since we stayed in one of their newest rooms on the properties - the Treehouse. That's right, we slept in a treehouse. But like, a really lux and fancy treehouse, complete with it's own drawbridge to get across and large soaking tubs on our private deck. It honestly was SO much fun staying there, and we loved the property. We saw little lambs in the surrounding fields, and had a great seafood themed dinner at Hook, their new restaurant.


The next morning, I woke up for my birthday. In all honesty, I'm never been a fan of my own birthday, which is why I especially like to leave for the occasion. I tend to feel a bit down on the day, but waking up somewhere new really helps. It's become my new tradition, and has helped me really start to enjoy birthdays more!

We packed up, said farewell to The Fish, and started the drive to London, but not without making one more pub stop along the way, just for a last chance to sit in a garden before heading into the busy city. We stopped in at The Ebbrington Arms for some cheesy chips (because I am the picture of healthy eating, obvi), and then got back on the road to drive into London.


Once in London, we headed to our first hotel, located in Chelsea. We packed a little heavier for this trip than necessary, as we both brought rainboots that we never once needed, but otherwise we found that our luggage was perfect for the two of us. We brought this large Calpak suitcase, a carry-on Calpak, and this vanity case from Steamline for the trip. * Since I tend to repeat outfits a bit, we had more than enough room to bring back treasures we picked up along the way.

*not pictured; another small carryon suitcase taken up with rain boots and rain gear, and our laptop bag.




It should come as no surprise to you guys when I say that I LOVE London. I haven't spent a ton of time there, and as it's so large, there are plenty of neighborhoods that are new to me - like Chelsea. We decided for this trip we would stay somewhere on the west side and somewhere on the east side to be able to see as much as possible, so we found both hotels on Chic Retreats. They specialize in offering boutique and luxury hotels all over the world, each with a completely unique experience. Eric and I have never been fans of mega-hotels that feel impersonal, so finding Chic Retreats was really helpful in a city as large as London.

Our first hotel was 11 Cadogan Gardens, and after all of the time spent in the countryside, it felt like the ideal luxury hideaway in the city. The decor was gorgeous, the bed was massive, and they had even left a little birthday treat for us to have upon arrival! I was smitten with the place, and there are so many amazing places within walking distance. I honestly wouldn't have minded a few additional days there, but two days felt perfectly lux too.



After settling in and unpacking a bit, we headed to the most magical of places in London - sketch. Now if you're wondering just what sketch is, chances are you've probably already seen a photo of it somewhere. Sketch is an all pink, super fun, not too serious destination for the nicest tea you'll ever experience. I'm talking full service, caviar course, with finger sandwiches, champagne, scones, and desserts. It's not somewhere I would go every day, but for a birthday? Hell yes. If you get a chance to go, DO IT. You'll have the best time.







réalisation par violette dress / chanel heels (sold out)



Woke up and took it slow, did some exploring, mention dishoom and portrait gallery
The next morning we woke up at 11 Cadogan and had breakfast in bed. At home, I usually leap out of bed early to take Mops on a walk and to start the day. Eric makes us coffee while I check emails and catch up on various projects. But on trips, we get the chance to skip all of that, and in this case, room service felt SO nice. A lovely tray (with plenty of carbs) and tea and coffee to get us started.

Having never gone, we decided to explore the National Portrait Gallery. In short - the place is MASSIVE. Countless works of art to see from hundreds of different artists. I wanted to take more photos, because the space itself is so lovely, but instead enjoyed the quiet and the artwork. Afterwards we headed to Dishoom for a top notch Indian lunch and walked around pop into Eric's favorite restaurant, Chicken Shop (just for a picture, we were stuffed) and to Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on Fleet St to re-visit the very old pub where Charles Dickens once sat.





The next morning we said farewell to the west side, and headed east into Shoreditch - our favorite London neighborhood. There's just so much to see walking around, and so many great shops and restaurants. We went to Labour and Wait and Henri London to do a bit of shopping, before popping into our favorite pub in the whole city - Commercial Tavern. The decor is so fun, the drinks are great, and it's just a wonderful spot to pull up a chair and sit for a while after lots of walking.




After our day in Shoreditch, we checked into the final (bittersweet!) hotel of the trip - Batty Langley's. This hotel was SO much fun and had some great unexpected details, like a darling courtyard, beautiful portraits on the walls, and really lux rooms. My favorite part of the hotel was obviously the bath tub - we stayed in a lot of hotels with baths on this trip, but this one was my favorite, hands down. I've always always wanted a clawfoot tub, and this one had the most amazing gold taps. HEART EYES.

The bathroom in our room also had, no joke, a THRONE TOILET. You have to stay here to believe it - every corner of the hotel had something new to see, and it really lived up to the unexpectedness and luxury that Chic Retreats offers. We loved it!

Eric and I both agreed, Batty Langley's bed was the most regal of the whole trip!

Another reason why we fell in love with Batty Langley's, aside from how comfortable the room was, is that it was in such close proximity to the best spots in Shoreditch. It's down this small street that feels very private and removed and cozy, but then you turn the corner and there are so many restaurants and shops to visit. We ended up spending a lot of the day running around, and then to have a lovely little haven to come back to at the end of the day was great. If you're looking to stay in Shoreditch, definitely pick Batty Langley's!



On our last day in London, we visited the famous Columbia Road flower market, watched a bit of the World Cup, and took it pretty easy. After 9 days, there wasn't much we felt like we needed to do, with the exception of seeing some friends in town. We met up with the lovely Carrie of WishWishWish and her husband Miguel for dinner and a walk around Hampstead Heath. There aren't a lot of bloggers that I know IRL, but Carrie is an absolute gem with an excellent sense of humor, and great taste in Podcasts. My only regret is that we didn't have more time together! Carrie, please come to LA soon, or else I'll promise to be back in London soon to hang out. 

After that we went to sleep, woke up early, and headed home to our pup and our real life. All in all, I think this trip will go down as one of my favorites. I had so much quality time with Eric, and I loved how much we were able to talk, laugh, and explore together.


This post was written in partnership with Hertz and Chic Retreats. All opinions and words are my own.



175 comments:

  1. I've always wanted to go! Fun to see travels through you and your Instagram. @brittanyfravel

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  2. Would love to win the giveaway, I’ve been following for a long while and you really are a true inspiration!! @lexie_marieee_

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  3. I always had this dream future where I'd spend my time visiting and getting to know every little town in the UK. Maybe that day is far from now, but seeing all those pictures made me feel closer to that dream. Thank you!

    P.S. Dreamy giveaway as well!
    @arantxaalvarez on IG.

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  4. Excited to plan a trip now! 💕 @lilyplease

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  5. So glad you loved the UK! Such gorgeous pictures - Columbia Road flower market is definitely my happy place 🌸

    @maisieormrod

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  6. I'm going to England later this summer and have no idea what to pack, but I'll figure it out one way or the other. Loving every single picture in this post!
    @catffes

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  7. Beautiful style, Beautiful colors, Beautiful pictures!!, @pazsanudo

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  8. True inspiration in every way. Pictures, moments captured brings comfort and positivity! @imiknaite

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  9. i need someone to take me on that trip!! �� seriously, these pictures tho ✨

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  10. Honestly this entire blog post is giving me life. Left and right, the photos make me want to visit England and give it a second chance. (It rained a lot when I went... I was also 8 and totally not interested lol)
    @theamilia

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  11. Gorgeous photos! Love the colors ✨ @ruthzehntner

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  12. That place looks so lovely! @justine.cerise

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  13. so much inspiration! def want to check these places out @brainsinthedirt

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  14. oh boy, major food envy over here!! and everything looks sooo stunning, im so happy you two spent such a wonderful anniversary :) definitely doing a simmilar trip in the future xx @nikafae

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  15. Love anyone who knows the difference between England and the rest of the UK. Well done really loved reading this as it’s all on home turf (kind of aka UK but not England) - @backtopanic
    P.s. that dog photo is possibly one of my favourite photos ever!

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  16. you’re so cuuute! I need to travel more 🧡 @honey.andthebee

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  17. This is so magical. I can’t wait to go next year! ✨ -@zazuale

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  18. They have such beautiful bathtubs. that’s reason alone why I need to go. The countryside is so beautiful. That’s definitely next on my list!!!
    @knlinton98

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  19. I LOVE that clawfoot tub! I also adore the tiny flowers in your hair, such a delicate and unexpected touch.
    @ohkreestin

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  20. England is one of my favorite places in the world! Your trip looked lovely, and I adore your vanity case ✨ @thepinkchai

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  21. Love that you did a bathtub tour of England 🤣I’ve been to London and was honestly so surprised by how much I loved the city! Next time I’d love to rent a car and see more of the countryside. @becksperry

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  22. my husband and I are currently halfway through our road trip through England so this was wonderful to read! (we’re in the Lake District today and driving to Scotland for 4 days tomorrow) -@irrevokable

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  23. I want to go to England so bad!! Love all your photos and the food looks amazing! @feesha_monster

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  24. Having lived all over Southern England I feel like you took a little tour of my life, but far more magical! @CoolStoryKlo

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  25. Your hair and style look so good in England. I’m not saying I don’t enjoy what you wear in California, but I do think you look stunning in Europe.
    @ieattoomuchchocolate

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  26. What a trip! I’m from the UK and this has inspired me to travel more of it... I love these little hidden gem properties you’ve found. Definitely ones for the bucket list! The Cotswolds is a fave of mines. Loved the post! IG @lilybrads

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  27. All of your dresses are so FAB. This post makes me so excited to visit England for the first time in January!!��

    -@sarahedeneault

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  28. Give me all those breakfasts in bed please!
    @stacirosie

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  29. those photos of you on the drawbridge are like something straight out of a wes anderson movie and i'm SO here for it!
    @iamink

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  30. Glad you got to experience the beauty of the Cotswolds! As a Brit living in the US it was a lovely post to read and enjoy ✨
    @hollyroams hollyroams.com

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  31. Such a gorgeous post! I’m dying to go to Sketch! Also the picture with the pup is the sweetest! ❤️
    - @cynthia_mccomas

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  32. Everything is so lush and gorg 💙@jadeshuree

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  33. Obsessed with the aesthetic. As someone who thrives in rainy weather (weird, right?! Haha) this is a dream trip. Eyed that white Zara dress but never got it! Regretting it now!!! @hayleywrrn

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  34. I swear you are always finding the best bathtubs!!!!! So jealous haha @lizzywarriorprincesd

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  35. Beautiful. ❤️
    @caroline.p.reese

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  36. I love the UK but that’s because I have family living there as well. I always do mini road trips with my family and I just love seeing new places there. I love Bath and their beautiful structures💕
    your post and pictures are amazing and this would really help me the next time I’m in the UK.. ☺️

    @itsadiyaaa

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  37. I love your style. Thanks for sharing all this!
    @emilia_cunha

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  38. Hi! Your birthday/anniversary trip looked simply stunning! My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to the UK next year, and we’re going to be stopping to relax on those amazing copper velvet couches at the Mason Arms. Big fan of your style...so classic! @sarahlynnbee

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  39. I really love your style. @hellolxaxo

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  40. Bucket. List.

    IG: misskellyclare

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  41. This is so detailled and and lovely to read,sounds like a really calming and magical time. Also I'm so in love with The fish hotel, I could live there forever. IG: kat_saraa

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  42. Would love to go explore in the UK. @maggiemakes_

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  43. How did you know what style you looked good in? How do you decide what you wanted in your wardrobe?

    In love ��

    For the giveaway @hayleyfionna

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  44. I absolutely love your photos/edits. They are all so beautiful and dreamy! @_kelly_

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  45. Love the all details and the picture! @saydoan
    About traveling and more Come and visit my website saydogan.com

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  46. I’m traveling to London this year in August, so your post is just in time for me to start planning my trip! 🇬🇧👌🏻@pati_kakuba

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  47. In love with your spirit. My IG-Handle: @petresska

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  48. I really really adore your style. ✨ And I also love the way you see all the beauty around you and how you photograph things. Your travel blogposts are my fave, especially when it’s UK related. Hope you had a lovely anniversary. Thanks for being such an inspiration. Greetings from a fellow (dyed) redhead ;-) @dominiquehoman_

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  49. Gorgeous! Love England; love your travel style. @darcyboynton

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  50. Wow, the most beautiful pictures! Love following you on your adventures. @mrsroseandhearts

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  51. Absolutely swooning over the daisies in the hair, so romantic! @sea.queue

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  52. all of this is so dreamy✨
    IG: @thesuechoi

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  53. You’re such an inspiration to us aspiring bloggers ❣️ @emmamosser

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  54. My sister and I love your account! <3 @kateedmonds

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  55. Lovely writing and your pics are amazing. I also love fish and chips!! Saving this blog post for when I travel to Europe again ��
    @imamysanders

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  56. Love this post, my dream is have a trip next year to london!! @waldatg

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  57. I love this travel guide... but especially the love letter to pasta. These are the priorities I share in travel.
    @asustainablesort

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  58. Every bit of this is so magical ✨ @m.griggles

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  59. I can’t wait to use this post next time I hop over to England! I absolutely love the food pics, let me know if you and your hubby ever make it to Nashville and I’ll set up a pop up, would love to have you as my guests! @chelseastable

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  60. What a special trip! Thanks for sharing.

    IG: @jaimeexplores

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  61. That trench coat! 😍 @theycallmelibbs

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  62. Your whole trip looks so idyllic! I can't wait to explore more of England, I usually just stick around London. Saving this post for future visits! ❤️@laurasbookland

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  63. Love love love the gingham suit, and as always, the denim and a chunky sweater aesthetic ❤️
    @boylindsey

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  64. These pics look like a Vogue or Elle spread! (I said spread). IG @sweatybuttcheeks

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  65. The shot in the bath is just lovely!! Love your simple tattoo—do you have other tattoos? @emilyinemerald

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  66. Totally obsessed with every picture!! @annalisaparsons

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  67. This whole post makes me want to go back! It’s been too long! 💕 @laurensphelps

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  68. Landscapes, hotels, food, what you wear, in special that white dress! Everything are amazing! One of my goal in life is visiting England and France too. Your photos are perfect. Love it! @carlottaloth

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  69. I can't get any good pics during fun trips all of these are aesthetic af �� @_liz_a

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  70. these photos!!! just wanna pop into them & start a new life. deff gonna revisit your blog once i visit england.
    @latte.pls

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  71. Loving your account of the travel and the amazing photos!
    IG: sippingsoda

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  72. So dreamy. Love the white dress. @ellieyphillips

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  73. Definitely have some new spots on my trip for my next trip to the UK!! @maegermeister

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  74. Going through major UK withdrawals thanks to this blog post. I’ve been to London 3 times and Edinburgh twice but there’s still so much I want to explore. I definitely want to check out some of these spots now! ♥️ @ilariavecchiphotography

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  75. These photos are absolutely gorgeous! So dreamy! ✨ @kaylafreeze

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  76. Must get to England �� so much home inspo—is it fine if i have an antler chandelier in my house... @ashleyanielson

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  77. Wow, so glad you went to Dishoom! I’m sure a bunch of people recommended it, it’s amazing. I lived in London last summer and got to travel around England a bit, this is making me super nostalgic!

    ✨ @murphy__molly

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  78. didn’t know these places exist until now! 😍 such a dreamy vacay! and can I just say, hands down to your photography and editing skills. 🧡 belated happy birthday to you, and anniversary to you guys!

    instagram handle: @jessienuqui

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  79. Wow beautiful pictures! - @danielavargas_

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  80. Love these photos ♥️
    @k8linrinehart

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  81. I love England so much! Thank you for sharing these pictures with us and your tips too! @andrearaeallen

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  82. I’m about to leave for London tomorrow! Staying in the Shoreditch area for the first time! I’ll have to add some of those places to my list!

    @alexanoele

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  84. UK has been on the list for too long and your beautiful photos might just make me take the plunge!

    @kaitlynsolotes

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  85. Ahh need to do this trip someday. So beautiful ✨ @jamiebudai

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  86. Ahhh. I’ve been waiting for this post! I love visiting England!

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  87. so incredibly jealous, i love england so much and can't wait to go back one day. your beautiful photos bring back some great memories . @ladyfancy13

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  88. Sketch is on my bucket list!! Also I’m obsessed with that checkered one piece. I just bought a checkered bathing suit top and I love it!

    @deershuffle

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  89. I watched your stories of the trip, but seeing all in one post is amazing. It has sparked some crazy wanderlust for England. Your whole aesthetic is the bees knees.
    @7onenein

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  90. I discovered your account thanks to noelle and rach.. I'm so happy I followed you, I love your photos and your way of thinking ♡ really enjoy everything I see of you~ @choiseorii

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  91. I've always wanted to go to England!!! Your photos are beautiful ♡ @choiseorii

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  92. Heading back to the U.K. this Friday and am so excited to return. I’ve been yearning for this trip since your posts started popping up in my news feed! We’ve been so busy, we haven’t done much planning other than going to my boyfriend’s parents house in Somerset and a 5 day trip to Torridon, Scotland which is located in the highlands. I’m totally going to use your blog post as a reference guide in what we should check out (even though Mark is a Brit) he sometimes lacks that fun soft side that I like to see. Beautiful post, thanks for the amazing tips and love all the British outfit inspo you gave! xo @danyellie

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  93. Grew up going to England to visit my family but never seen it the way you travel! So beautiful!

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  94. I love your posts!

    Ig: @merejoness

    xx

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  95. Wow! I am awestruck by the wanderlust this post envokes. I lived in Scotland for 6 months and I’ve never made a better decision. The outfits and locations you chose are just absolutely perfect.

    IG: @cora_ja

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  96. Love your look. You make me want to finally visit the UK

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  97. omg this all looks so amazing 😍♥️
    @ashbadge

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  98. really love your storytelling! @wynterwhispers

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  99. Your style and your life are beautiful!
    @sushasings

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  100. How could every photo be so perfect???? I need to book a trip ASAP!

    @karisodd

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  101. Love love love this post! I so can't wait to go back to the UK,especially the CotswolCo and Scotland. You're just the sweetest and I can't wait for this giveaway! Xoxo @ssmorrison14

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  102. Okay I’m officially living vicariously through you looking at even more of these lovely photos!! @nataliebrekka is my ig handle for the giveaway!

    -Natalie ❤️

    www.natalielately.com

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  103. Your photos inspire with style, travel, etc. but I also get a sense of calm while looking at your photos for some reason. Love ❤️ @lisarenecooper

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  105. Whatwhatwhat! The colors. patterns. pallets. light.

    It’s all so magically intertwined with one another. Also, these destinations. Whew, take me there!

    Thanks for sharing. Always makes my heart happy. ✌😊

    @laina.bowen

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  106. Love love love everything about this!! The breathtaking location, the outfits (especially that caramel sezane knit with those brown mules, and that flowy white dress too), it's all so lovely and dreamy!! ������

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  107. England cottage countryside is totally your aesthetic. Yay giveaways!! @le_quaintrelle

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  108. Dying over all of the outfits!! Need a vintage vanity luggage case like that. I was so so in love when I was watching all of your insta stories on this trip. It’s my dream to go to Sketch too! Happy anniversary!! IG: @taylorjpyka

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  109. What was your favourite place you have visited so far? IG: laura_braia

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  110. So beautiful! I love all the color schemes ��

    @hannahslicton-williams

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  111. Just shows how much of England I am yet to see. Staycation needed �� @katie_lewin

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  112. I love the vibes in this post! xx
    @michaelateape

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  113. That Prada bag and zara white dress are dreams.. love it! @cloudedforyou

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  114. Beautiful. England seems like perfect contry for you ����. @daca_paca

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  115. gosh your photography is amazing. come back to england soon ❤️ @bethemma

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  116. I live in the UK and some of these places are now on my list of things to visit! I do love a roadtrip ����
    @baldybaldwin

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  117. I can entirely relate to your feelings of not enjoying your birthday so much, battling those feelings that pull you down on what’s supposed to be your special day is truly a tough fight to win. I love your hope to create new traditions and going on new adventures to combat that! Surrounding ourselves with love and things that bring us joy are what’s truly important in life. Thank you for always inspiring us to do so! Can’t wait to see what’s next for you! :)

    @andrea.ej

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  118. It's funny how we always think about doing a road trip in the US or in Europe, but never in a single (mostly) country. You really make me want to go to England and do the same thing ahah!

    xx

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  119. Love your style! The clothes, the photos, I love it all! I was wondering if this is your natural hair color It looks gorgeous. My handle is @lisakaldi

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  120. Absolutely gorgeous styling and pictures! @selcouthshell

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  121. I love your content, especially your Instagram stories, which I always look forward to watch.
    ❤️
    My handle is: @thelondonesque

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  122. Such an inspiration which is why i am back blogging ❤️ @peacel_ovemia

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  123. Wow just beautiful pictures !!! And iam sure you had just as great a time!!! I've had the pleasure of doing a 4 week road trip from the south of Italy to north Germany and it was life changing! I did it with my 3 year old and my hubby in tow and car rental is def the way to go !!! I believe we used Hertz .... without renting a car and just going on train we would of only gone to tourist spots on the way and all the crazy random gas station stops were always an adventure because we were always in a different country! Iam now saving up to buy a home and my next trip (England is def on that list) to Europe! You just made me visualize the possibility ! Love your posts like always you're the best!!!
    Xoxo
    Amazing giveaway too!!! My Instagram is: makeupwithgrace11_

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  124. Alright so 1) I spent about 30 mins contemplating whether or not I should buy that first white dress. 2) I’m using this as a guide for my next trip and 3) your photos make for perfect screensavers so thx sis.

    - @drayy.oxleyy

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  125. I haven't been to England since I was three, and haven't really thought about putting it on my (very long) 'places to go' list, but it looks like it might be time to reconsider! Thanks for the beautiful photos and inspiration x

    @mari_folscher

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  126. Amazing trip. I went there when I was 15, I hope to come back soon! Thanks for sharing this with us and for all the outfit inspirations @kateangiegree

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  127. I've always wanted to go to England. And your style is on point. Minimalism with touch of autumn. Amazing!
    @inhilarysheart

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  128. I absolutely love your blog and posts! I watched you as a little kid play in the love comes softly series as Lillian but never expected to get older and find your blog! You are so amazing and beautiful and just keep doing what your doing!

    @wild_wacky_wanderer

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  129. I love everything about this. The outfits, the beautiful places, your writing, and everything picture is a whole experience. Thank you for putting this much work into your posts, you’re one of the few bloggers that still do and sometimes I feel like we don’t deserve it <3

    IG: @venecixa

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  130. I love reading about your travel adventures!

    IG: goji_ro

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  131. Love all the gorgeous English interior design. Beautiful!!

    IG: @mclarebear

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  132. So inspiring! I love this post and the places you stayed at look gorgeous <3
    @ana_algui

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  133. Beautiful and inspiring pictures! Love your style!!!
    IG: @emilyhrtel

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  134. I am completely OBSESSED with all of these photos. Every single one is so perfect in it's own way and they are so so romantic-esque.

    Does your husband take most of your photos? If so, can you please provide any tips or tricks that I can pass along to my bf when I force him to take pictures of me?

    @Ronnalouise

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  135. This is all so beautiful! 😍 @goldenagedgirl

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  136. These photos are so beautiful! @misha_aleka

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  137. Love this post! These photos are so dreamy 😍 Thank you for all of the recommendations and tips, they are actually incredibly helpful!
    ML,
    @thesunbow

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  138. Such gorgeous photos! 😍 @allisonpflug

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  139. Your photos are always so divine! I 1. need to visit England and 2. need to learn to travel blog like you do 😍
    @croissantsandkisses

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  140. I enjoyed reading about every moment and what you guys did/your experience, now I want to visit all these places specially Sketch! It looks super cute
    The photos are breathtakingly beautiful, love the style!

    ps. Kinda want to see that throne toilet haha xx
    @samanthacornejo

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  141. You have one of the most amazing blogs that I have ever seen! Wow
    @sluggarrd

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  142. Thank you for all the tips and advice! My mom and I are planning a UK trip soon and can use any and all information!
    IG: @andreaswenoha

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  144. I hope to go on a trip like this at some point in my life! It looks like a dream! Thanks for sharing! @christinelindberg91

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  145. Love your blog💛💛💛, you’re truly inspirational to me! I love watching your adventures, I wish I was as photogenic as you! Xoxo -Jess🧡🧡🧡

    @misswesternbelle

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  146. in another life, i lived in the uk with my cat & i drank tea in café’s everyday while people watching. but for now— i’ll live my life through your pictures. much love 💛✨ always enjoy seeing a new blog post from you. ig: ranche.l

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  147. What a beautiful way to live ����
    @madicostaa

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  148. I just got back from London two days ago, it looks like you had a great time! I will definitely keep Sketch in mind for next time, it looks amazing, and I'll also consider driving-- the tube was so confusing but I was scared of the wrong side driving, it's good to hear it's not so intimidating! �� ig @springavalon

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  149. You’re blog posts & photos on Instagram are such an inspiration to me! Hope to go on a trip as magical as this one in the future! ✨✨✨

    IG: _cassandralamba_

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  150. How so very classic and magical! ✨👌🏻
    I love that swim suit on you! 😍

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  151. Your post and style always give me such inspiration
    Would love to visit London one day
    Thanks for the photos @emily__julieth

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  153. Love your blog and all your posts. Your aesthetic is so on point. I live in Nashville but visit family in the UK (Brighton) as often as possible. It’s my favorite place to be. Thanks for allowing us to live vicariously through these beautiful snaps! IG handle: @kristinacardona
    :)

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  154. You are quite literally my style icon!! Love love love your account and your blog. @roseducanis

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  155. What a beautiful trip! All of your photos are amazing. Definitely making note of the treehouse at Fish and Sketch if I happen to go to London in the future! Those are my two favorites from your trip— both are so interesting!!!
    @notbripalmer 💕

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  156. I loved your post! Incredible photos and you found such beautiful places to stay 😍 I live in the countryside in Berkshire, ~45 minutes outside of London - it’s great to read all of the things you like about the English countryside!
    @rebeccalize

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  157. I'm moving to the Uk next month so your post was just what I need. Love your style. @hiilalakdag

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  158. Love seeing photos of Eric and hearing about your amazing trip! Love the photos!

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  159. This is an incredibly beautiful space to have a wedding reception. The space is a long hall with a few side rooms (perfect for dancing and hor d'oeuvres). The windows at the end of the wedding venues Los Angeles hall led to magnificently gorgeous panoramic views of the city.

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  160. Awesome blog, i always enjoy & read the post you are sharing.Thank for your very good article...!

    ดูหนังออนไลน์

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