Monday, July 31, 2017

Quotes of the Week

Welcome back y'all! It has been a week since I last posted on HT and I am feeling refreshed. Blogging is something I love doing, it's why I continue to create content for Haute Table but sometimes it is really hard. The summer is a little more difficult because I don't have super exciting stuff to post about {unlike last summer's London abroad adventure} and I don't have a consistent photographer to do shots with; it ends up putting more pressure on me to be creative. And I don't think pressure is always the best way to create creativity, so I decided to take last week off - also I had a Spanish midterm and was actually on vacation the rest of the week {you saw this on social}. But I'm back and...hopefully...better than ever! I have been planning a lot of new content, College Week is coming up real fast, and I have a new travel vlog for you this week {hello Colorado}. I hope you are having a wonderful week and let me know what you're up to-xoxo darling, Hayden.
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Monday, July 24, 2017

Taking the Week Off

Last week I mentioned I was going on vacation to Colorado this week and since I am I have decided to take the week off from blogging. This is the first time in a very long time that I haven't blogged for an extended period of time but I think it is for the best. I am so excited to bring y'all new/more content soon! I have a whole week of College posts coming soon and you'll get to see my Colorado trip as well. Plus, I will be shooting a ton of outfit posts too! I hope you have a wonderful week and let me know what you're up to. You can follow along my week/trip on Instagram {@hautetable}-xoxo darling, Hayden.
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Friday, July 21, 2017

Road Trippin' Playlist

It's so strange, this week I have really been inspired by things I used to do on Haute Table, check out yesterday's kind of throwback here. Today I made a new's only been...just a year and four months since my last one...
But I've decided to do this a little differently. I'm going to be making playlists when I get in the mood on Spotify so that y'all can actually listen to them right on the site! So I have been working to make my Spotify more public and I've been trying to come up with some creative ideas for this new endeavor. Check out the first edition of the new Haute Table playlist below-xoxo darling, Hayden.

This playlist was inspired by my trips home this summer. I live about an hour and a half away from my house so every few weekends I drive on the interstate {honestly, my worst nightmare} home and back. So in order to get me through that, I made a playlist so I could, literally, scream out the lyrics as I hurtled down the highway. I love the way it turned out, but here it is for your listening pleasure:
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Recent Loves

Today's post is a little like my old "Currently" posts. Recently I have just bee loving some products so I thought I would share them with you and find out what y'all are currently into as well. 

#1: Sabrina the Teenage Witch - Okay, a girl I follow on Instagram posted a snap of her watching this show and I thought...that used to be one of my favorites, how is she watching it? Fast forward, I found all of the seasons on AmazonPrime! About a month into my internship I finally pulled the trigger and started the first season. I was so worried that the magic {literally and figuratively} would be lost and I would hate the show. Well, I didn't!!! The writers on that show were amazing because it is still just as hilarious, to me, as it was when I was younger. Plus, it has the best examples of 90s clothing, music and pop culture references...not to mention the amount of AMAZING guest stars? The Backstreet Boys were on it in the last episode I watched. 

#2: Jeni's Ice Cream - A few years ago I heard through social media about the Midwestern Jeni's, and surprisingly we didn't have it anywhere in Florida {where I live in Florida is very Midwestern} so I kind of forgot about it. Then I was in Fresh Market the other day looking for some Talenti {it's my favorite} and there was Jeni's sitting on the top row. It's a tad expensive but I knew that this opportunity wouldn't come again so I grabbed some up. Oh. my. goodness. That stuff is some of the best ice cream I have ever had, not the best, but it's up there. I tried the Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks and I am still dreaming about it because when I went back they were all I tried the Ndali Estate Vanilla, which is very good for plain vanilla but that peanut butter one is much better. Seriously, if you can find your way to a pint of Jeni's do so quickly. 

#3: Pei Wei - I'm realizing very quickly this is just becoming my favorite foods right now...but I have a Pei Wei really close to my office and you can order online so it's ready to go when you get there which is such a nice feature. My go to dish is the Kung Pao with vegetables, no meat, something that is very unlike me. But I just love the sauce that they put the on the whole thing, it makes eating the vegetables more enjoyable? I don't know, I don't question it. The meal is a little over $5, and it fills me up until a late dinner, so I would recommend. 

This concludes my recent loves, I hope you enjoyed! And please let me know what y'all are loving down below because I am always looking for something to become obsessed me. Also, is anyone else re-watching Sabrina? 
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Week Re-Cap

Whew, it's been a while since I've done one of these, huh? If I am being honest I have been avoiding them because I haven't taken any photos as of late but I have been collecting every couple of few from the past three weeks. Interning and an online Spanish class have been taking up a lot of my time recently but I am headed home this weekend to get ready for my trip next week! This time next week I will be in Colorado and I am so excited! Working full time this summer has given me a glimpse of my future...and man can I say I am worn out? Anyway, I am glad to be back to recapping my weeks, and it is crazy that I only have two weeks left in Sarasota but I am glad to be headed home for the rest of August before I begin my...oh it's too hard to say...senior year. Hope y'all are enjoying Haute Table recently, I've been working really hard on the posts. Let me know if there is more you want to hear about-xoxo darling, Hayden
First, I celebrated 7-Eleven Day the only way I know 
how...with a Coca-Cola Slurpee.

An adorable breakfast spot in Sarasota.

I've been obsessed with Yoder's Amish Village for so long, 
the food is to-die-for.
Big Top Brewing with the family.
 One of the best museums in Florida, it features a beautiful art-deco 
mansion, the Ringling Circus Museum and a world-renowned art museum.
 My favorite part of the whole museum is the miniature circus. 
 A new art instillation. 
Still in love with neon, and especially this gold mirror.
 Parts of the circus museum.
 The art collection is housed in this gorgeous pink building.
A pair of roses from the impressive rose garden. 
 The new Center for Asian Art is absolutely gorgeous. 
 One of the few windows in the building.
I saw Relatively Speaking on Saturday and if you are anywhere near Sarasota in 
the next month you should see it! So funny, so good!  
Celebrated National Ice Cream Day at a cute little shop in Sarasota.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Colorado Recommendations

I am headed off to Colorado next week, we are staying at the Broadmoor, and I am looking for any recommendations y'all might have. I will be there for four days, and y'all know I love to eat/drink/shop/visit so please let me know-xoxo darling, Hayden
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Articles I'm Reading

Oh my goodness, I just want to preface today's Articles with a thank you for all of your support during Travel Week. Writing those long posts was so hard but so much fun and I hope you look forward to next year's Travel Week. Please send me what you want me to write about for it, I'm already starting to think! Plus, this went so well that I will be doing a College Week in August so stay tuned for that. Also, if you are just now getting a chance to read HT this week, here are the links to every post from Travel Week, instead of a "In Case You Missed It":

Use this to plan for your next vacation to anywhere on Earth...
This guide to Paris is massive and one of my proudest moments...
These are the things I absolutely cannot leave the house without before a trip...
Traveling to London soon? Or just love London? Instagram? See my Instagram Guide to London...
Find out what I think the best souvenirs from trips are...

Stay tuned next week for an interview with a fellow blogger & me asking y'all for travel recommendations-xoxo darling, Hayden

Now onto your regularly scheduled Articles I'm Reading:
  1. This is helping out with my last few weeks in Sarasota // Where to eat, drink in Sarasota // Sports Illustrated 
  2. She is such an icon // 13 Questions With Ina Garten // Food & Wine
  3. Love this // Check Out the World's Trippiest Hotel Atriums // Fast Company 
  4. I want to try all of them // Nine Refreshing Fruit Flavored Beers You Need to Try this Summer // Sports Illustrated
  5. This blog is absolutely beautiful as always // Provence House // Gal Meets Glam
  6. THEY ARE TOO CUTE // Watch Grandmas Try Fireball Whisky For the First Time // Obsev

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Friday, July 14, 2017

The Best Souvenirs

Most people shop for souvenirs when they travel, and that is great! It is amazing to bring a little piece back from your trip so you can always remember the great times you had. But I don't like stuff that collects dust, so no figurines here. I am all about the more authentic souvenirs; so if there is something that makes sense to you to get on your trip, get it. But if you are struggling to figure out what to get for yourself or others, these are my go-tos-xoxo darling, Hayden.
Postcards - But not the super cheesy ones, I went to a local shop in London and found these adorable cards for all of my friends. I love the detail work and they aren't just of Big Ben. Go purchase a ton at once, get stamps and send them all so they have the official postage of wherever you are. I honestly think this might be the best gift because it means you were thinking about the person while traveling. You didn't stop at the airport on your way home, you sent them a postcard mid-trip. 
Magnets - This is what I get every single place I go, seriously. My fridge, my parents fridge, every fridge we own is covered in magnets. I just love them so much, they are the perfect souvenir because a) they don't collect dust b) they are easy to pack c) they speak volumes about where you went without being in your face about it. 
Maps - These are, usually, free and if you mount them on core board, they are such a cute little souvenir. I, personally, am obsessed with public transportation {the Tube is probably my favorite thing about London} so I love 'em. Make sure to save your maps, you never know where you'll want to use them! 
Scarves - Buying clothes in country is great, you'll have it for a long amount of time, you'll wear it, it won't just sit on a shelf, that makes it A+. But clothes go in and out of style and you can fluctuate in weight, plus, clothes get tired after a certain amount of wearing. That is why my go-to is a scarf. They don't get used up and they can be the perfect accessory to any outfit. 
Wrapping Paper - If you are in a local bookstore, anywhere in the world, they might have wrapping paper that reflects where you are, buy it! You can make it into posters or wrap your friend's presents in it.
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Instagram Guide to London

As you scroll through Instagram, there are millions of photos of Big Ben and Tower Bridge. But why post photos of those when you can find something more off-the beaten path?

Instagram has quickly taken over the social media scene with over 300 million users. There are over 75 million photos posted a day on the app and yours can easily get lost in the shuffle. To make your followers even more insta-jealous of your study abroad travels, try these locations. The places are not only photo worthy but also hold historic and cultural meaning that even Londoners can attest to. So grab your iPhone and Oyster Card and get out there.

Victoria & Albert Cafe – Silverware clatters against plates, the murmur of hundreds of conversations float around you, and the overhead chandeliers cast a soft glow. The Victorian-era walls of the
Morris, Gamble and Poynter rooms, originally decorated around 1857, create the world’s oldest museum restaurant. The columns in the middle of the rooms are ornate and the ceiling features hand-painted tiles with glorious woodwork. The food is an added bonus, with hot and cold options as well as various pastry and tea delights. You purchase your food before finding a table and for your best photo options, sit at a booth on the side of the main room. 
Victoria and Albert Café is located in the back of the museum. (, 0300 061 2380). Entry is free. Open daily from 10am- 5:15pm, Fridays from 10am-9:30pm.

Greenwich Park – The quiet of Greenwich Park in the morning is engulfing, amazing you that you’re only a 45-minute train ride from London’s center. It is relatively empty, aside from the odd dog walker or couple practicing their waltz at the bandstand. The park is 180 acres and by walking through its entirety you get a sense of tranquility, putting you at piece with the world around you. It is the most historic of the Royal Parks as it dates back to 1427, when Henry V’s brother inherited it. The park was the birthplace of Henry VIII and in 1661 the Royal Observatory was commissioned on the site. The Royal Observatory lies at the top of Greenwich Hill, with hoards of school children and tourists pushing past to get their photo with the Prime Meridian. But avoid them and head for the lookout point to take your idyllic photo of the greenery ending in the National Maritime Museum, its classical architecture a bright, white offset to its surroundings.
Greenwich Park (, 0300 061 2380 ). Entry is free. Open every day from 6am-9:30pm. Best Instagram Filter: Gingham

Leadenhall Market – Past the flood of men in suits at Bank is Leadenhall Market. Being there is like being transported back to the set of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Glass ceilings provide vibrant sunlight while burgundy painted wooden columns hold gargoyles. The market began in 1411, was rebuilt after the Great Fire in 1666, and in 1881 it received its current architectural fame. Today the market host’s stores and restaurants that fill-up quickly during the lunch hour. As you stand in the middle of the market looking up at the ceiling multiple tour groups walk in to quickly snap photos. But your best photo comes from standing at the end of the market and shooting back into the center. Leadenhall Market ( Entry is free. Open all day every day. Best Instagram Filter: Amaro.

Daunt Books – Just off Marleybone High Street Daunt is daunting indeed; but in a good way. Books are stacked almost to the ceiling and the travel section is something you could only dream about. The Edwardian bookshop opened over 25 years ago with its long oak galleries, intimate surroundings, and the smell of books. Green lights hang from a sunroof and green walls are studded with etched glass windows. Plan at least an hour for the perfect perusal time and be warned you will probably end up purchasing one of their Daunt book bags. The Instagram lies in the reading room, standing at the top of the stairs, shooting into the room. 
Daunt Books (, 02072242295). Entry is free. Open Monday-Saturday from 9am-7:30pm, and Sundays/Bank Holidays from 11am-6pm. Best Instagram Filter: Valencia

Queen Mary’s Gardens – After you leave Daunt Books, head outside to Regent’s Park, which features Queen Mary’s Gardens. Perfect during the first two weeks of June and after a recent rain, the roses glisten with water droplets and the vivid colors will fill your camera roll with hundreds of options. The petals that have fallen off cover the floor of the gardens and the smell of fresh roses emanates from every corner. The area was opened in 1932 and holds London’s largest collection of roses with about 12,000 varieties planted. The hardest thing will be controlling yourself from taking photos of each kind. 
Queen Mary’s Gardens (, 0300 061 2300). Entry is free. Open everyday from 5am-9:30pm. Best Instagram Filter: Reyes.

Bywater Street – There is always someone posing with the colorful homes on Bywater Street, be that a fashion blogger or an old couple with a Nikon zoom lens.The street is on a cul-de-sac and is eerily quiet despite its closeness to Sloane Square’s shopping district. Bywater, located in Chelsea, is often confused with Notting Hill on social media platforms. It features a row of adorable, brightly colorful houses that make one of the most aesthetically pleasing Instagram photos you will ever take. As an added bonus, if you are a mystery novel buff, you will recognize No. 9 Bywater as George Smiley’s (John le Carre’s MI6 intelligence officer) house. 
Bywater Street is located at Chelsea, London SW3 4XD. Entry is free. Open all day every day. Best Instagram Filter: Clarendon.

Green Park – Birds chirp, the wind whistles through the trees, and you can faintly pick up the sound of children laughing in the distance. Green Park located next to Buckingham Palace is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of tourist-centric London. Sit on a bench, pack a picnic and let the calm serenity soothe your mind. The park was first listed in historical records in 1554, as a meadowland used for hunting. But today’s park landscape looks much more like when the park was opened for the public in 1826. There are no buildings, just wide-open green spaces. Your instagramable place lies behind the Canada Gate, a line of hulking trees that create the perfect green canopy, make sure to go in the late afternoon when the lighting is best. 
Green Park (, 0300 061 2350). Entry is free. Open all day every day. Best Instagram Filter: Slumber.

I realize there are tons of other places to Instagram in London, but this was just a little round-up. If you want even more of my favorites, please email me, I lived in London for 2 1/2 months! Also, be on the lookout for the most massive travel guide HT has ever seen in the next few months, I am going to be taking my extensive knowledge of London and creating an ultimate guide-xoxo darling, Hayden.

P.S. Stay tuned tomorrow for advice on the best souvenirs to buy on your next vacation!