the london beat

Cheers loves– hope you all had a great weekend. i’m back in action after a quick trip across the pond last week for work. it was my first time in the UK and I absolutely loved it. i’m sure this statement will offend any brits reading, but to me, London is kind of like New York and Paris had a baby: a hybrid city with the fast-paced energy of New York + the history and beauty of continental Europe. i stayed at the adorable stafford hotel, right on St James Park, and during my free time got to hit a few of the high points– including big ben, buckingham palace and the churchill war rooms, plus dinner at the ever exclusive 5 hertford eating club (thanks boss!). here’s a few highlights but see more pictures from my trip here.

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spring blooms in green park
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making friends with big ben

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a well deserved aperol spritz after miles of walking

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sir james outram statue at whitehall gardens

as always, i was on the hunt for the latest and greatest sartorial inspiration (does it make me a freak that trend spotting is literally my favorite travel past time?), and london ladies did not disappoint. while most of my time was spent in the west end (the UES equivalent) among a sea of trench coats, cardigans and dignifiedly dressed professionals, i got some extra London flavor walking around Notting Hill and vintage shopping on Portobello road. my favorite finds included some chunky turquoise indian jewelry, a very rocker esque leather jacket, a colorful embroidered clutch, and scooping up a b.a.n.a.n.a.s stop-the-printing-presses worthy 70s cocktail dress for a friends upcoming nuptials. i squeezed a lot in for just 48 hours! the highlights of my fashion field work are below.

what’s hot now in london town: 

  • red loafers. while i was amazed (and adored) the wide variety of flats, loafers and lace up oxfords i saw trekking around, all a true testament to brits no-nonsense attitude, my favorites were a pair of bright red gucci loafers i saw with slim black work pants. they were punchy plus practical and made an otherwise boring work outfit look effortlessly cool.

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  • embroidered denim. while le catch always seems to beat me to the punch, i saw quite a few city go-ers donning the latest embellished pairs, which i think will be big this spring and even more popular come fall. there’s something slightly 90s about these (did anyone else have some from Lucky brand in middle school?), but are a welcome change to my constant rotation of distressed skinny jeans. while i doubt this will be a long lasting trend, try an inexpensive pair from topshop or gap (currently 40% off).

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  • neck scarves. while entirely useless from a warmth perspective, i saw a handful of bold chic peas rocking square scarves tied cheekily around their necks, bags and wrists (reminds me of the bandanas featured in the spring ’16 Coach collection). worn with everything from sweatshirts to dresses and silk blouses, they made a strong statement and had me wanting to tie one on, literally.

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scarf options– 1 dvf  2 jcrew 3 gucci

  • mini bags. crossbodies have been the bags du jour for the last 2-3 years, but in london, it seems the trend towards shrinking continues and the smaller the bag the better. the most popular styles i saw were the ruched miu miu, the celine phantom made teeny, the fendi minis, and a few boxy styles like this zac posen.

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  • blue blazers. as any fashionista knows, a good outfit is all about balance. UK girls haven’t given up on staple items like a navy blazer or a cardigan to balance out trendy items. i love the look of this classic prep school item mixed with jeans or a midi skirt, especially when it has a slightly nautical feel to the cut.

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a+ options include a two-button brooks brothers or more alternative rag & bone

Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 3.06.57 PMi have lots more to cover from my trip, but won’t overload you all in one day. hope you have a great start to the week and will be back with more soon. Xx

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pardon the silence– january was a wild ride! life in 2016 has been amazing thus far but i have barely had time to take a breath, let alone make a blog post. today’s theme (or lack there of) is all about some current covets and serious fashion dopplegangers ive discovered across my internet perusals. lets get started– shall we?

#1 with spring weather right around the corner, im in the mood for some funky cropped jeans. luckily the geniuses at rag & bone came out with a striped pair that evoke the isabel marant ones which were a celeb cult classic

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#2 this lace up bikini is a dead ringer for this pricier mara hoffman style. check out the new VS swim collection this year (including this and this one)– they have a bunch of new styles that are copy cats for more exclusive brands like triangl and same swim.

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#3 speaking of laces, there are now a bunch of great options (a, b and c) that mimic the expensive aquazurra flats myself and every other fashion blogger lusted after

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#4 last weekend i was in nola for mardi gras (and the baby’s 21st birthday! <3 you sek) and finally took the plunge on a pair of krewe du optic sunglasses. this brand has been getting a lot of celeb spotlight lately, so grab a pair before they get mainstream. i bit the bullet on this oyster colored pair i’ve had my eye on. on a hilarious note, all 3 of my sisters and i ended up picking the same frame shape, in different colors, despite all their other great options (like this style!) i guess a predisposition to the st louis frame was a family affair?

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#5 off the shoulder is going to be an even bigger trend for Spring this year– i ordered this striped version after seeing it on my favorite le catch— after eyeing a more pricey style at intermix first.

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stay tuned….more to come!