A few weeks ago I visited one of my best friends, Gracie, in London (she is also the photographer extraordinaire for these posts) before heading to Barcelona to meet my family. London is known to rain a lot and be gray, and while we had the first few weeks of spring weather, the evenings became very chilly. A trench coat is the quintessential clothing item I would recommend for London, and a closet staple. I had this one designed about 5 (gasp) years ago when I was in Vietnam. I was about to start my consulting career and wanted a sleek and sophisticated coat. I loved the silk black piping I had them sew on as a nice detail. Gracie and I went to Buckingham Palace for her first time on this day, and also out for a fancy high tea, so I wore a dressier lace up blouse (trend alert)! I paired the look with sleek ankle-zipper black leggings. There was a lot of walking, so I wore my comfy burgundy ballet flats. They are “Circus” by Sam Edelman and are so comfortable and hardy. I have owned them for years, and I love the unexpected and edgy punch from the spike details stemming from the bows.
It was 82 degrees in NYC today, and it officially feels like summer! I spent the whole day outside, and it was the perfect occasion to wear my new boxy ruffle striped blouse. I love stripes (and polka dots!), and the ruffle adds a feminine touch. Last week in Spain I got these awesome denim leggings (jeggings). They are so comfortable because they have an elastic waist! I completed this classic look with glamorous shades, my trusty Panama hat, and old Tory Burch flats. This pair is probably 8 years old! I love the gold touches throughout tying this look together- from the gold rim on the sunglass frames, to the gold bar bracelet, to the gold plates on the ballerina flats.
Hope everyone is enjoying this gorgeous day!
I took a red eye from JFK to London last night and arrived this morning! After meeting one of my best friends, Gracie, at Liverpool Street Station, we headed back to her place to freshen up and then we headed out and about! Gracie lives in Spitlfield, a fun neighborhood in East London. We spent the day walking everywhere. Our itinerary included exploring the Shoreditch neighborhood– which has some amazing shopping and edgy, quaint vibes. Shoreditch feels like Brooklyn a little bit, lots of cool graffiti and interesting shops. We then walked through Borough Market, which was gorgeous and aromatic, and then we checked out the Tate. The Tate rooftop has incredible views of London. It’s been about 19 years since I have been in London, so the Shard and the Gerkin are new for me! We walked back to her place passing through the garden of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and topped off our night with a proper Indian meal at Brasserie on Brick Lane. The weather in London is cool but sunny, so I wore my new favorite black knit cape which has elegant studding, gray skinny jeans, and my absolute favorite comfy Chloe booties which are perfect for walking all day! I love how dark and edgy this look is. The entire look felt fitting for London, especially the cape! I topped off my look with gold aviators. Instant, elegant chic 🙂
It finally felt like spring this weekend, which of course meant that I could whip out some of my favorite spring pieces! I love this navy mini dress from Zara. It has beautiful studding details which highlight the fluted hem. I consider navy a neutral, so I paired it with camel booties that also have a surprising coral heel. The interior lining of these booties is matching coral as well, which I think is a clever detail. I got these booties in college, and I still love them. I paired this simple downtown look with my brand new gold Ray Ban sunglasses. A pair of aviators are a classic closet staple. I am bringing them with me to London tonight!
Happy Spring! Enjoy the graffiti wall pics- I couldn’t resist. Thanks to Daniel for the photos!