Worst thing about Texas summers: 100 + degrees for four months
Best thing about Texas summers: THUNDERSTORMS
They don't happen very often, but when the hot and cold waves meet just perfectly in the air, the thunderstorms erupt over Dallas. I'm not talking about tornadoes, which are awesome but extremely dangerous and destructive, but the loud, bright, downpours of rain storms just electrify (figuratively) everything. Plus...the rain brings down the temp for a few days! I don't know why, but I've always loved them, however my dog Sampson feels differently...
Today was a big day full of shopping for the essentials and beauty "necessities"
1. Coat- Most people traveling to Europe will be going to warm, beachy, sunny places...and I will be traveling to these during breaks, but let's be real... Copenhagen isn't necessarily Barcelona. Scandinavia is known for brutal winters, however Denmark is located along the currents of the North Sea, so their winters are more temperate (think London or Boston). It will still be cold obviously, but not as snowy like Midwest winters in the U.S. where you can easily get 6 feet of snow in one storm. I have two coats, one warmer, black peacoat and today I bought a tan, rain resistant jacket that's functional and super cute.
2. Suitcase- The biggest hurdle I'm facing right now is packing...as in I haven't even started. BUT I did purchase an awesome, lightweight suitcase to try to fit as much as possible into. I'm trying not to overpack...but I'm starting to realize that, in fact, I am more of a stereotypical female packer than I thought. Hopefully when all is said and done, I will have one big suitcase, a smaller suitcase, and a backpack as luggage, with an empty duffel bag for when I return to pack all of my European trinkets in, and of course a purse and book bag for daily life in Copenhagen.
3. Jeans- Incredibly essential!!! I love comfortable jeans that I can wear with everything and would wear everyday if I could. I think it is important to have one pair of jeans that you can wear for many different outfits. I personally love dark wash jeans, and the ones I bought today are straight leg so I can tuck them in my boots! The dark wash easily transitions from day to night, and the cut is very slimming. I also have a pair of skinny jeans and "jeggings" that are easy to wear.
4. Make Up- As my grandma and I were walking through Sephora, browsing the racks of eyeshadows and bronzers, I realized how much of a girl I am. I have always thought of myself as more of a tomboy because I love sports, fishing, camping, and playing poker and it's very easy for me to be one of the guys. My favorite person to hang out with is my Grandpa...nuff said. I usually HATE shopping, but when I go with a purpose for what I want to buy (and when clothes fit) I don't really mind it. Shopping for make up is one of the exceptions that I love to do. I love all of the sparkles and colors, and trying things on makes me feel like I'm a kid again playing dress up. As much as I love hanging out with the guys, I would never want to be one. Being a girl is just too much fun. With that said, today I purchased the must-needed compact, a light and shimmery lipstick **I love lipsticks because my hair always gets stuck in the glosses, and sticks last longer**, a blush/bronzer duo, and a smokey eye eyeshadow set. I still need (aka want) more eyeshadows and lip sticks, so a trip to CVS is probably in the near future.
The time before departure is getting shorter and shorter...I just hope I don't forget anything important!
I will leave you with a super, creepy, stalker picture of what I think is my host family's house in Ballerup, Denmark! It's about 20-30 minutes outside of the city by car, but by train it'll be about an hour. I guess I'll get used to those early morning commutes!