By the time this post goes up, Jason and I will be in London! I’ll be taking a break from posting while I’m away but will be back with some fun London videos and my usual content when I return. Until then, I posted a few more videos than usual leading up to my departure and you can see everything I packed here.
Jason and I are heading to London and I am so excited!! By the time this post goes up, we should already be eating and exploring our way through London and filming some to share on YouTube when we get back. When we travel, we don’t like to have completely packed schedules, but instead prefer to gather some of the top things we’d like to eat, see and do and then plan our days around those once we’ve landed. This gives us the flexibility to sleep in if we want and take time to explore side streets as we happen upon them. For us, this method works really well and it’s resulted in some of my favorite memories while traveling. Below though, I’ve outlined some of the top things we have on our radar (many from your amazing recommendations!).
EAT & DRINK
Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason | 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER | Afternoon tea is one of the top things I want do in London and Fortnum & Mason is so perfect.
Padella | 6 Southwark St, London SE1 1TQ, UK
Borough Market | 8 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TL
Boxpark Shoreditch | 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GY
Boxpark Shoreditch opened in 2011 as the world's first pop-up mall. The concept utilised the modern street food market and placed local and global brands side by side, to create a unique shopping and dining destination. Entirely constructed out of refitted shipping containers, Boxpark showcases a unique position in being able to offer affordable and flexible leases for lifestyle brands, cafes, restaurants and galleries to trade and succeed. In October 2016 the second Boxpark site was launched, south of the river, in Croydon. Version 2 has focussed entirely on the drinks and dining aspect that has made Boxpark so hospitable, as well as delivering some of the biggest events the city has ever seen; including a show-stopping launch event with Eskimo Dance and exclusive performance from Stormzy. Boxpark continues to be innovative in its approach to dining and retail and remains dedicated to working with aspiring and established talent from across the country to deliver unforgettable events. Boxpark is a retail revolution that has spawned many imitators but no equals.
SEE & DO
Postcard Teas | 9 Dering St, London W1S 1AG
Columbia Road Flower Market | Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG
The Portobello Road indoor/outdoor antique markets
The Fan Museum - apparently you can even get high tea in their Orangery
Ace & Tate
As a lover of capsule wardrobes it should come as no surprise that I never check a bag when traveling. Instead, I prefer to only bring a carry-on. Even when traveling abroad, I find that a little planning and some strategy goes a long way in ensuring I have plenty of outfits to wear and don’t need to sacrifice style. Plus, I’m always amazed by how much I can actually fit into my carry-on - typically way more than I actually need. Today, I’m demonstrating my top tips and the steps I follow every time I pack. I’ve outlined these steps as they apply to real life and take you along with me as I pack for a week in London. I’ve outlined my top line steps below but also go into a lot more detail in the corresponding video that you can watch at the bottom. I’ve also put together a printable PDF of these steps so that you can try it on your own and like always thanks so much for stopping by!
Step 1: Check the weather, Your Activities & the local customs and dress codes
The first thing I always check when traveling is the weather. I do this on my weather app, weather.com and by googling average precipitation levels and temps. This helps me eliminate anything inappropriate from my overall wardrobe (i.e. sundresses for an autumn city vacation) and start with less overall.
Next I like to do some research about the local dress codes and general attire. Especially when traveling abroad, it’s so important to do your research about a place and try to get a feel for what the locals wear so that you’ll blend in more seamlessly and have a more immersive trip.
Step 2: Pick Your Color Palette
Just like a cohesive color palette helps your entire wardrobe go together, a strategic palette for travel does the same. I like to pick at least 2 base colors and 1 accent color for easy mixing and matching but you can do as many or as few as you like. Also, unless I’m heading on a beach vacation I like to air on the side of darker colors because in my experience they’re more travel friendly - they stain less easily and especially if you’re traveling to a city, they look fresher for longer
Step 3: Plan Your Outfits
Now for my favorite part! I like to try my clothes on and put together some outfits. This helps me narrow in on what I want to bring and also visualize how many outfits I can create using the same pair of pants for example.
When I love an outfit I’ve tried I’ll snap a photo with a phone and save in a folder specifically for that trip. This helps me keep track of what I want to pack but also have some outfit inspiration for when I’m feeling a little jet lagged upon arrival.
Also, when in doubt, pack more bottoms than tops. You can easily rewear jeans and pants a few times but tops are harder to do that with (plus, bottoms take up more space) so I recommend going light on the bottoms and heavier on the tops. I personally like to have at least 1 top for every day that I’m away and love to pack t-shirts because they’re so light, take up very little space in your suitcase and can layered up and down effortlessly.
Also, I love to bring at least one great jacket or blazer (preferably something that can be dressed up or down) and I like to wear that on the plane so it doesn’t take up valuable space in my suitcase
Last but not least, shoes take up a ton of space so I like to stick to only 2 pairs at most and I always wear my bulkier pair on the plane to save space
Step 4: Consider the extras like jewelry, accessories
Jewelry takes up so little space and especially when it comes to statement jewelry, it can be thrown on with the same little black dress but make the whole outfit look totally different. Likewise with lightweight scarves
Step 5: Pack Your Toiletries and Personal Bag
I love to have a capsule makeup collection and routine for this that makes it so easy to look and feel pulled together without having to bring your entire makeup collection. Typically when traveling I like to bring a base product that can be sheered out for light daytime coverage or built up for a fuller look at night. Also, a good concealer that can easily cover any pimples for dark circles that arise from traveling. A natural blush that goes with any lip and eye look. A daytime lip color, bolder lip color for night (this is also a great way to change up your look without having to bring more clothes).
For toiletries I like to depot and decant my products into smaller containers that take up less space and then I store all of my liquids in a reusable quart sized plastic bag. I go into a lot more detail on my toiletries and how I pack them all in the video below and also include a general outline of what you may want to bring in the PDF here.
Today I'm restyling some of my old fall favorites. One of my favorite things about cultivating a closet full of pieces I love, is that I look forward to rewearing some of my favorites every year. Today I want to share some of my go-to looks and a few of the ways I'm updating them this season. Thanks so much for watching
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One of my favorite things about fall is being able to wear my liquid and cream makeup products without experiencing makeup meltdown. After a summer of either no makeup days or my lightweight powder routine, I am excited to embrace dewy skin, subtle highlight and softly defined eyes again. This season in particular I’m excited to revisit a few of my old faves and some new bits as well. Like always, I’ll share my entire routine on YouTube soon but in the meantime I’ve rounded up my inspiration here.