The Travel Breakdown: Study Abroad in Paris; Disneyland Paris, Last Night in France

Saturday, April 5, 2014

On Day 30 of my study abroad adventure, I finally convinced Michael to take me to Disneyland, Paris! I'm a huge Disney fan, and I wanted to go at least one time in my life! The park is much smaller than the one in Anaheim (you could spend half the day there with enough time to walk around the entire park). The lines were much shorter, but the rides were totally different from the Disneyland park in Anaheim! There were a lot more roller coasters, and the rides were a little bit more intense (maybe French people like more thrill rides? haha). For example, Space Mountain had a LOOP in it and Indian Jones was a roller coaster too!! It was a nice day to go since it was overcast and the weather wasn't too hot. I, of course, had to stop by the souvenir shop and pick up a couple things to take home :) I wouldn't say this is a must-visit if you're ever in Paris, but if you're a Disney fan... how could you resist? I'm not going to lie, I do prefer the Anaheim park much more, but it's something I definitely don't regret because now I can say I've been there!
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The front entrance to the park

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Can you tell I'm super happy to be at Disneyland, Paris?

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Almost in the Park!! 

The castle in the center of the park (which btw, is actually smaller than the one in Anaheim)

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Yes, I took a picture of the screen. 

Day 31 of my study abroad experience in Paris was the last day of class. We took our finals and went to Le Marais to get falafel for the last time. We went to a final dinner with some of our friends at a restaurant in the St. Michel area. It was really bitter, sweet but it was nice to enjoy the company of our friends in Paris for the last time. We went back to the Cité Universitaire and packed our luggage. Most of our flights were early in the morning, so we said our goodbyes and went to bed early. BUT... if you liked this series be sure to check back... Michael and I actually traveled to LONDON and BARCELONA as well so be sure to subscribe to this blog if you'd like to hear more about our trip there :)

Be sure to come back very soon! Michael and I spent 10 days after our trip visiting London and Barcelona, so I'll blog about that as well if you'd like. Also, be sure to visit my YOUTUBE channel, where I can also put vlogs up from Paris (yes, I DID TAKE FOOTAGE) but only if you'd like :) So be sure to let me know! Thanks guys :)

Edit: It's finally here! Here's the next post continuing my journey studying abroad in London, England!
xoxo, Morgan

P.S. Again, don't forget to visit my Youtube Channel, The Beauty Breakdown by clicking HERE

The Travel Breakdown: Study Abroad in Paris; Sacré Coeur, Montmartre, Lock Bridge

On Day 27 of my study abroad experience, I slept in and then met up with Michael to visit Sacré Coeur in the Montmartre area. I'd visited Sacré Coeur before (I'd visited Paris two years prior to studying abroad in France), but Michael had never been there. It's definitely an area you should see once in your lifetime and a must-stop place if you visit Paris. We took the metro there, and walked up to the Basilica at the very top. It is seriously such a beautiful church. We sat inside for a little, just to soak up the experience more and then decided to walk around the shops around the church. There are a ton of tiny boutiques on the streets surrounding the basilica and lots to look at. Since this place is known for the painters in the area (there's actually a courtyard by the basilica that has TONS of artists painting and selling their art) we picked up two small paintings while we were here. We got a painting of the Notre Dame (one of my FAVORITE places in Paris) and the Eiffel Tower (of course!).

Day 28 was a Sunday and we went to the area around the Notre Dame for breakfast (if you're looking for places to just wander around and randomly find something to eat, this place is great for that because there are lots of little restaurants and cafes). Since it was one of our final days in Paris, we decided to climb the Eiffel Tower. We took the stairs, which was a work out, but definitely worth it for the views. It's actually pretty cheap to do as well (I believe it's about 4-6 euros per person to climb the first half of the Eiffel Tower, then less than 10 euros to go all the way to the top)
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About half way up the Eiffel Tower...look at that VIEW!
On Day 29 of my study abroad experience in Paris, Michael and I had a "date night" type of thing to celebrate our whole experience in Paris. We stopped by the lock bridge by the Notre Dame, and put our own lock on it (we couldn't resist). After putting our lock on the bridge and throwing the key in the Seine (I wonder how many keys are at the bottom of that river! haha), we went to dinner. We found a restaurant by the Notre Dame and got a three course "set" meal. A "set" meal is where they offer an appetizer, main course, and dessert from a menu that offers 3-6 options for each course. You then pay a set price inside of paying each course individually... you just pay per person if that makes sense (just as an FYI, there are a lot of restaurants around the Notre Dame that offer this type of dining experience). I got french onion soup, steak and spaghetti, and a caramel custard. SO GOOD! After dinner, we had a final boat tour along the Seine River with the rest of our program. It was so bitter, sweet but nice to float along the river and admire the city at night. After that, a group of us decided to go to the Pantheon to reenact the scene from Midnight in Paris. (haha)

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Our lock is the one with the huge red heart on it... I can't wait to go back in a couple years and see if it's still on there!

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I forced Michael to pose with me so I could capture the moment...I'm such a girl. haha

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Look how beautiful the Eiffel Tower is at night.. totally surreal to ride by it on the boat and see it sparkle!
I'll be adding pictures of Sacré Coeur soon, so be sure to check back! :) 

Also read on to my next post on DISNEYLAND PARIS!!!   
  xoxo, Morgan 

The Travel Breakdown: Study Abroad in Paris; Académie De La Bière, Mummified Animals, Yummy Mussels

With only a week left, I really felt like a true Parisian. On day 24, my friends and I got breakfast and attended class and then walked around the area of Bastille (the metro stop!). I love this area because they have tons of tiny boutiques that offer unique items and they have a couple open air markets here. Of course, I can't go to the open air market without picking up cherries and peaches... for some reason, they're so much better than the ones from home! For dinner that night, a group of us went to
Académie De La Bière (In English, this means the Beer Academy) and got the moules et frites (mussels and french fries!). Evidently, this place is known for this dish and I can see why! It was excellent and they gave super large servings! They're also known for their beers, but I'm not a big beer drinker so I obviously didn't get any. A great place to eat and they're open late ;) If you take the RER B, get off on Port-Royal.. it's very close to the RER exit.

On day 25 of my study abroad experience in Paris, Michael and I visited the Louvre Museum after class. With our program, we got in for free to all the museums in Paris, and since this museum is HUGE, we decided it was a good idea to go back and explore the museum one more time before we left. We spent more time in the Egyptian wing of the museum, and looked at all the mummified cats, dogs, fish, and crocodiles! So crazy! This is one museum I could spend days in and still not lose interest...and that's saying a lot ;) After, we got coffee and dinner at a cafe near the Cité Universitaire and met up with some friends to enjoy their company along the Seine River.  
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Some of the displatys in the Louvre

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On Day 26 of studying abroad in Paris, it was a typical day except we got a bunch of friends, crepes (yum!), apple cider (an alcoholic version of sparkling apple juice that's super popular in France), and a blanket and hung out in front of the Eiffel Tower for the night. We stayed there all night watching the sparkling lights of the Eiffel Tower and the people, who were all enjoying the beautiful warm, evening weather. It was amazing being there with good company, and just relaxing, which is sometimes hard to do in such a busy city :) We caught the last metro back (the metro closes at 2 am I believe) and went to bed!
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Even though it was the middle of the night, you can see how busy and lively this area is all the time! :)
 Almost done with my Paris trip! So sad :( Let me know what you guys think or if you've ever visited any of the places I've mentioned!

Read my next post on Sacre Coeur and Montmartre! Seriously so beautiful!

xoxo, Morgan 

How to Sick Day Makeup - Natural Makeup Tutorial

Monday, March 31, 2014

We all know the're sick but still have to go to work, school, etc. But let's face it, you don't want to look like a total wreck! In this tutorial, I show you a quick makeup tutorial that looks nice and natural but still hides the fact you're lacking sleep and not feeling well.  

What's your routine when you're feeling under the weather?? Let me know what you think :)

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And when you're feeling better, try out this makeup look! An awesome Smokey Purple Duochrome Smokey Eye that will definitely perk you right up! :) 
xoxo, Morgan 

My Crazy Cat Fights with me Over Making the Bed

I just thought this was funny/cute so I wanted to share! 

My cat, Lucky, loves sleeping and napping in my bed when all the blankets are messed up...So whenever I try and make the bed, she does everything she can think of to stop me from making it! She's so funny!

Does your cat do this too? Or anything else that's weird? 

xoxo, Morgan 

Fast and Easy Bombshell Hot Rollers Hair Tutorial - Low Heat

Sunday, March 30, 2014

In this video, I BREAKDOWN how to achieve a voluminous, sexy, bombshell look using hot rollers. Hot rollers are super easy to use once you get the hang of it, and I love them because they don't damage my hair as much as a curling iron would.

I would love to hear your feedback on what you think of this easy hairstyle :) I'll be adding more videos very soon so be sure to subscribe to my channel or this blog (add your email into the email subscription section on the right ;) ) so you'll be updated when I add my next video or post!
P.S. Wanna see a tutorial on 3 Cute Hairstyles to Wear to the GYM?

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xoxo, Morgan 

3 Cute, Easy, and Fun Hairstyles for the GYM

Alright girls and boys, here's my first video upload for my channel THE BEAUTY BREAKDOWN !
Check it out :) 

In this video, I show 3 hairstyles that I like to wear to the gym! They're all super fast, simple, and quick and stay in place while I'm working out! 

Be sure to let me know what you think and if you like videos like this! Also, check out my channel by clicking HERE

Like I've been promising! I'll have a ton of videos coming out within the next week or so :) Like this one on how to use Hot Rollers to get Bombshell Curls! Quick, cute and easy with low heat!

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xoxo, Morgan