Posts tagged London
Extra, Extra! Where I Get My News

Despite just how baffling the news stories might be, I think it’s good to stay abreast of stories that might affect me or my community, what’s going on worldwide. Here’s my routine for checking the news and my go-to sources for stories.

And don’t worry, I’m also giving details on this outfit, it’s how I do casual—a little bit extra!

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Favorite Festive Spots in London

I may be biased, but I think no other city does Christmas quite like London. Everywhere you turn in the capitol is dressed up—from grand hotel facades to townhouse front doors. When you stumble upon some of these spots, you can’t help but smile and get excited for the coming season.

Yes, it can be stressful and hectic, but Christmas in London might also just be the most wonderful time of year.

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What to Look For in a Work Bag

You know it’s time for a new bag when the current one is fraying on every corner and has handles that look like they’ll give out at any moment. Not ideal when I’m out and about nearly every day, using said bag from dawn until dusk!

Most days I work from my desk at home, but other times, I might be working from a hotel room in a new city or a cafe in Notting Hill. Going from place to place with plenty of things in tow means that I need a bag that can keep up (and hold quite a lot!).

Through trial and error, I’ve learned that there are a few key features that make for a perfect work bag. Here’s what I look for!

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Changing Leaves, Changing Fabrics

Now that we’re a few days into November, we’re fully immersed in autumn. The mornings are crisp, the days are short and the leaves have gone from green to a gorgeous array of red, yellow and orange.

I use the changing leaves as a signal to switch out the fabrics in my wardrobe—embracing the new season by putting away the linens and lightweight cottons, in favor of cozier fabrics. And this dress, already a firm favorite, is front and center in my wardrobe.

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Reflections on Three Years in London

It’s been a little over three years since my husband and I made the life changing decision to move to London and quite frankly, it’s hard to imagine a life anywhere else. Yes, even on the rainiest days, I’m still in love with this city.

Without a doubt, moving here has the best decision of our lives and to mark the milestone, I thought I’d reflect back on the past few years with some questions to myself. A fun exercise that’s filled me with so much gratitude towards this place and the people and places that make it so special.

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Apple Picking Outside of London

I’ll admit, I’ve googled ‘apple picking near London’ more times than I can count over the last few years, so to finally get out and do it felt wonderful!

This farm ticked off so many autumnal boxes. Squash, pumpkins and plenty of locally-baked goods were on offer at their store, but of course, the star of the show was the apple orchard. Sitting upon a hillside with views of fields, cows, and plenty of trees with beautifully changing leaves, it was such a sight for city eyes.

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Q and A: How To Choose and Work With A Photographer

Earlier this year, we were lucky to have our friends, Kyndall Elliott and her husband Ronnie, visit us from Idaho. Kyndall is an incredible wedding photographer and I was so lucky that she volunteered to take a few photos of me around Notting Hill.

Because I learned so much while Kyndall was around, I asked if she might do a Q&A for the blog, answering a few questions about working with a photographer (plus a few photography and editing tips too!). Her answers are, like Kyndall herself, amazingly helpful:

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My Autumnal Color Palette

It’s so helpful to think of a few colors to stick to each season. Akin to my strategy in packing a suitcase, you want to minimize items you buy (or pack) and maximize the outfit options you have. Sticking to a few colors helps to ensure that any piece you pull out will probably go with at least a few other items.

My autumnal color palette can essentially be summed up by the colors in this dress—a few of my year-round favorites (I see you, blush pink!) plus a couple of new additions too!

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The Gal Meets Glam Kaye Dress

Ever since their launch in April, I’ve been wanting to add a couple of Gal Meets Glam Collection dresses to my wardrobe. Julia Engel is a blogger I’ve followed for years and it’s so exciting to see someone work so hard to see their goals realized.

As you’d expect, all the dresses are simply stunning. Like Julia’s style, they’re feminine, elegant and timeless. With so many of the designs being subtle nods to the past, I love that these are dresses that will never go out of style, including this one.

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