London Proposal + Romantic Restaurants

And all the single girls had a moment of silence for this beautiful proposal in central London. My BFF’s London proposal was a dream. It was the epitome of all our engagement pins on Pinterest and Instagram posts in our “saved photos.” My best friend Destiny’s boyfriend told me that he was going to propose […]

March 25, 2020

Living in London, Photos + Vlogs, Travel

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How to Take Photos of Yourself Without a Photographer

Are you an entrepreneur? Do you like to travel? Do you run a business online? Let’s be honest: Do you love your Instagram feed? The 5 tips below will teach you how to take photos of yourself without a photographer — whether you’re getting photos of yourself at home for your online presence/Instagram or for traveling the […]

October 25, 2019

How to Take Photos of Yourself without a Photographer

Lifestyle, Living in London, Photos + Vlogs, Travel

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Why Everyone Should Live Abroad for a While

Needing to grocery shop among locals… Going into work at a job where I’m expected to show up… Developing a lovely routine within the world of a different culture… It has always a dream of mine to live abroad. And I am living that dream now as I live and work in London! Now that […]

October 24, 2019

Why Everyone Should Live Abroad for a While

Lifestyle, Living in London, Travel

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London No. 02: How to Meet New People

Before we jump into it, I must point out that I am an “extroverted introvert.” Putting myself out there, using my voice, and learning how to meet new people — for me — is a choice. It is not something that comes naturally to me. I decide to take these steps to meet new people […]

October 10, 2019

How to Meet New People, London

Lifestyle, Living in London, Travel

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London No. 01: Moving to London!

Have you ever stepped back and realized, “I am living in a moment that, at one point, I dreamt about!” That’s what this first week of moving to London has felt like for me. In January of this year, I was in full internship-search mode. I was reaching out to friends at the World Bank, […]

September 29, 2019

Moving to London, Elisabeth Huijskens

Living in London, Photos + Vlogs, Travel

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London Restaurant Review: Sketch Afternoon Tea

While planning my last trip to London, I did what any millennial girl with a camera would do: consulted my saved Instagram folders. (Call me crazy, I have folder of saved Instagram photos for each city I love visiting or want to visit one day. It makes planning trips and travel photography a breeze.) I […]

June 10, 2019

sketch, london, england, travel, blogger, things to do in london, where to go in london, tea, afternoon tea, restaurants

Bucket List, Photos + Vlogs, Travel

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2018 Recap: Year of Checking Off Bucket List Items

Click to watch my 6 minute 2018 Recap Video: My 2018 was my favorite journey around the sun yet! That’s why I wanted to create this 2018 Recap: Year of Checking Off Bucket List Items! It includes trips to 7 countries (Scotland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Haiti, England, Uganda, and Kenya), plus 2 trips to New […]

December 28, 2018

My 2018 had trips to 7 countries (Scotland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Haiti, England, Uganda, and Kenya), plus 2 trips to New York City! I got to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in person on the Royal Wedding Day! I went to 4 celebrity events: Sam Smith, Childish Gambino, Florence + the Machine, and Michelle Obama's Becoming book tour (where Barack Obama made a surprise appearance)! I moved to a new apartment in Washington, D.C. and I love living in DC more than ever before. I got to be a public speaker at 2 conferences! And I checked ELEVEN items off of my bucket list! It was an amazing year!

Lifestyle, Photos + Vlogs, Travel

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At the Royal Wedding!

While I didn’t receive a direct invitation from HRH Prince Harry and newly-Duchess Meghan, I did have a whirlwind of fun joining 100,000 others outside of Windsor Castle to accompany the couple on their historical day. (And while I somehow wasn’t invited to their intimate reception, I did get photos of the beautiful newlyweds. In one, Harry […]

May 20, 2018

Photos + Vlogs, Travel

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6 International Travel Tips

Bring snacks. If you’re asleep on the plane while they’re passing out dinner or breakfast, they’ll just skip you! And you’ll be hungry (on top of jet lagged). I usually go for trail mixes (with chocolate!) and dried (probably sugary) fruit. Your suite case matters. It is a game changer on traveling days and throughout your trip! […]

December 9, 2017

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