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Travel | Too Much Love for London Town

London - Tower Bridge

London is stunning and is filled with an immense amount of history, gorgeous architecture, yummy food, and a unique, chic culture.  This was my second time to visit, but my first experience as an adult. I already cannot wait to go back in the next few years!

 

London - Portobello Market


London Town is…

  • wonderful for a long weekend, especially if you’re traveling from the northeast and/or you want to check out other cities or countries on your longer vacation {or holi
    day}.
  • outstanding in the Fall. The weather was temperate and it only slightly rained.
  • similar to NYC in that you should be prepared to walk, walk AND walk. It’s the best way to immerse yourself and check out multiple areas of town.
  • pristine and clean. Even, the Tube is clean. This means a lot to someone who isn’t a huge fan of the dirty, smelly NYC Subway system.
  • a city where afternoon tea is a priority. I’m a total fan.
  • a place where the athleisure trend has exploded. It is acceptable to rock comfy, cute shoes. I opted to wear classic adidas Superstar‘s and sleek black, gold Nike sneakers.
  • is filled with very pretty, diverse people, who have a-mazing style.
  • a town that loves open air markets, street fairs and street art/graffiti.
  • a great food scene. Back in the day, London wasn’t recognized for food, but that has DEFINITELY changed in recent years.

 

London - Graffiti - Shoreditch

 

While there are many places to stay, many things to do and many restaurants to check out, below is our itinerary from our 3-day London adventure. We stayed at the W Hotel in Leicester Square, which is located in basically London’s Time Square – not my favorite area I quickly learned. However, it was fun that it was adjacent to China Town and centrally located to most places we wanted to check out by foot.

 

London - Sketch

L&H’s London Itinerary:

FRIDAY | Day 1 
  • Princi for a quick Breakfast & Coffee in Soho {amazing pastries}
  • Walked around Mayfair {cute & chic area}
  • Sketch for Afternoon Tea {you can treat yourself to champagne too; pictured above & is a MUST; make a reservation as early as you can}
  • Green Park for a quick walk to see the beauty of Buckingham Palace {we did not go inside the palace}
  • Harrods Shopping & Food Market {a place I vividly remember experiencing with my late Grandmother Robin years ago and it was just as outstanding)
  • J. Sheekey for dinner in Covent Garden {high-end seafood restaurant; make a reservation ahead of time; fish was wonderful, but the service definitely has room for improvement}
  • Mr. Foggs Tavern for a nightcap {amazing cocktails; nearby J. Sheekey}

*we flew in on a red eye flight so we were a tad exhausted as expected.

 

London - Kensington Palace

London - Borough Market

London - Nopi

SATURDAY | Day 2:

 

London - Columbia Road Flower Market 1

London - Columbia Road Flower Market

London - Columbia Road Flower Market - 2
 SUNDAY | Day 3:
  • Columbia Road Flower Market to stroll through the gorgeous flower selection {Def a MUST; Only open Sundays from 8am-3pm)
  • Little Georgia for a spontaneous brunch {stumbled upon this little local gem on Yelp & it was great}
  • Ended up strolling around Shoreditch & Brick Lane to check out the graffiti & street fair {Def a MUST; lots of culture, amazing art and trendy Londoners}
  • Walked throughout Old Spitalfields Market to see the retailers and the awesome space
  • Tower of London experience {Even though we both had been before when we were younger, we loved walking around the gorgeous architecture & seeing the crown jewels}
  • View of the Tower Bridge {A great part about going into the Tower of London is you have the best view of this pretty bridge & the Thames River}
  • Fortnum & Mason to check out the tea selection & purchase a few gifts {Def a MUST; I now have an obsession with their tea thanks to a friend’s recommendation}
  • COYA Mayfair for dinner {Amazing Peruvian food with gorgeous decor; Def a MUST; Other locations in Miami & Dubai}

 

London - Tower of London

Other London Recommendations from some dear friends:

 

London - Notting Hill

Hope you make it to London Town soon! If you do, take me with you.

Cheers! Xx L&H

Travel | Dominican Republic Dream

 

Our 4 day escape from reality to the Dominican Republic over President’s Day weekend was a dream. Being that it was my birthday and Valentine’s Day, we actually planned the trip spontaneously after drinking a couple glasses of wine on a random Sunday back in August 2014. I mean life is too short, right?

We spent most of our time by the pool and under an umbrella on the beach at the The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club, we used our Starwood Preferred Guest Membership Points for free nights, had a few nice meals – a favorite being at La Yola and a wonderful couples massage and facial at the Six Sense Spa.

Another amazing perk was that we were away for the coldest weekend of this winter. Boom. That’s always a great feeling. While I’m not dying to go back to the Dominican Republic, I would love to explore another area along the Caribbean Sea. Hope you enjoy the quick snapshot of our little getaway.

 

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Style | Business Travel Basics

Packing for a business trip can be stressful, until you have some beautiful basics in your closet. My advice: Think minimally. Rock neutrals. Do not overpack. Bring a fancy pair of heels (or two),  a comfortable wedge heel/bootie and a pretty flat. And, always remember a nice blazer and light jacket.

Below are some of my favorite pieces that I personally own (minus #2).

 

Style | Work Travel

 

  1. Faux Leather Dress – ZARA
  2. Drape Front Blouse – TOPSHOP
  3. Jumpsuit – Iver Textured – REISS
  4. Flared Skirt – J.CREW FACTORY
  5. BB Pointed Toe Pump, Black – MANOLO BLAHNIK
  6. Rockstud Slingback Pumps – VALENTINO
  7. Pointed Toe D’Orsay Flats – VIA SPIGA

Cheers! Safe (and fashionable) travels.