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“They live in Athens?” I questioned, momentarily wondering whether my sporadic decision to spend a long weekend in a city I couldn’t point to on a map was all that bright.

“Let’s do it!”

Recalling my whirlwind adventure in Athens Athens less than a year ago, I could hardly refuse getting to know its denominative twin (albeit, as a consolidated city–county in Georgia, an inevitable contrary to twindom in every other way).

True to ‘all good decisions find their way to the blogiverse’ form, you can rest assured Athens USA – differences abounding – had plenty to offer of its own…

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Coming back to London after four months – FOUR MONTHS! – has thrust me into a state of constant celebration. All I want to do is hug long-lost friends ’til they pop, over-caffeinate at all the coffee shops I’ve abused as roaming work spaces, and dress like I’m ready for an impromptu East End rooftop party at the drop of a flat.

It’s good to be back (and wearing skirts that children try to stroke on the Underground), London.

What I Wore:
Weaver Skirt in Disc Sequin White from Motel
Leopard print top from Ganni
Nude ballet flats with a bow (similar here)
Ol’ faithful biker jacket (similar here)

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Though Stop Two of Lela Takes The Crescent technically registered as Atlanta, I spent a total of approximately 24 hours in the city before shooting off to Athens for the majority of my Georgia-dwelling days.

Nonetheless, I didn’t want a waste a moment in the state’s capital – especially as it was my first time exploring more than its airport – so set off to experience Athens in a guide-worthy manner…

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After spending four months out of a suitcase, I had a fresh sartorial itch that needed scratching. The trouble? No matter how much money I was going to spend on new threads, I would have to fork out a decent amount in excess baggage fees to bring them home.

I ended up buying my entire Summer wardrobe for under £100. And the way I managed to do so is so obvious it might actually hurt…

I bought gift cards. While most of us shop what they can afford, we often forget to shop where we have gift cards – Brits alone waste over £1 billion every year on unused or lost gift vouchers – or can’t find what we want in the stores we have them for. Zeek allows users to both buy and sell unwanted gift cards – sometimes up to 70% off their store value.

By simply buying some savvy people’s unwanted gift cards, my 10-piece shopping spree – combined with the sites’ own Summer sales – cost me under £100 in Zeek vouchers.

It’s a no-brainer.

What I Wore:
Satin pleat and lace mix minidress with cut out sleeves from ASOS (through Zeek)
Nude ballet flats with a bow (similar here)

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