Hello from London: a Vlog with Aspiring Kennedy

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On a crisp, sunny, beautiful London day last December, I wandered around Kensington Palace and gardens with Lauren Bryan Knight, otherwise known as Aspiring Kennedy. We had lunch at The Orangery at Kensington Palace and ended with tea and scones at Candella. Pretty much the perfect day. And my sister, who now lives in London, joined us at the end! 

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I first met Lauren in London a few years ago, and she's one of those people that you instantly connect with. She also happens to be really funny, a mom to three adorable kids, and wife to her great husband Tyler. Lauren also really gets travel, and she takes her kids all over Europe. She's also what I consider to be a real influencer (#overusedannoyingword), because people trust her. I work in travel and media, and know hundreds of travel journalists and agents - and while many of them are awesome, I'd take Lauren's recommendations first. (If you're going to London, use her guide! I always do. And here's my England/London guide, just in case.) 

We went on a lovely walk and talked travel tips, with and without kids. Here is the full 14-minute chat! 

Coming Up: The Hundred in Dallas

Many of you may know Lauren Knight, otherwise known as Aspiring Kennedy. She's an amazing lifestyle blogger living in London, but she's also amazing in REAL LIFE too! (Have you met "online peeps" that are not as...personable as their online personas might indicate? I have met a few!)

Funny story.

I was in London and my good friend Adrienne said, "Hey you should really check out Aspiring Kennedy. She has some great London tips."

I trust Adrienne so I started clicking away and got lost in the world of Lauren's London, her trips across Europe and her baby Viola. I decided to look this chick up on Facebook.

We had a friend in common that I happened to know very well. My husband, Andy.

Maybe he could hook us up! Then I remembered that I had already met Lauren for a HOT SECOND at an event in Dallas years ago, introduced by Andy.

I reached out. We met up in Notting Hill at Electric Diner. Insta-buds! 

This is Lauren, not at Electric Diner, but at some other lovely London spot that I can't remember...there was coffee and almond croissants, so naturally we loved it.

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Lauren and three awesome other bloggers are hosting an event in Dallas (where I used to live) in August called The Hundred. If you love Good People and community like I do, and learning about entrepreneurship, blogging, content creation and more, you will fit right in. Even if you hate all those things, but like LIFE, I'm pretty sure you'll fit right in too.

I will be speaking about travel, media, my work - and finding your passion in general! Plus, there will be hang time and time for Q&A.

See you soon - I hope!

Can I go back to school at Oxford?

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Oxford makes me want to go back to school. It's just so...academic. It's what I always dreamed college would look like when I was about 7 years old. And then Harry Potter made it even dreamier. You can go to The Great Hall and see what inspired Hogwarts Hall (but double check when it opens and closes because "real" students eat lunch there every day!).

I also love that it's such an easy day trip from London - by bus or train, it's about an hour and a half, depending on which one you catch.

You know I love a great view & climbing hundreds of steps for the reward - don't miss Carfax Tower in Oxford. This climb is less than 100 steps, just like my first walk-up apartment in NYC!

For lunch, I loved St. Giles' Cafe, right near Oxford's most famous pub, The Eagle & Child, where literary giants C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien used to hang out.

For more great tips - check out Lauren Knight's Oxford tips on her blog, Aspiring Kennedy - she lived there for a year while her husband was at grad school. She is always spot-on and you'll be craving a milkshake after you read her tips.

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