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.