Can you believe I am once again going back to London this month? I have a super exciting shoot coming up that I can’t wait to tell you about. But besides that, I’m already thinking of a classic English afternoon tea…so ideal on a gloomy, rainy day in England. This time around, I want to explore spots I rarely have time to visit when I’m actually off duty. Notting Hill. Primrose Hill. Chelsea. Can you say posh? But with any trip to London, I go to Shoreditch, and not just for the absolutely brilliant Indian food, but to walk it’s adorable little streets, shop it’s eclectic selections of stores, and to simply people watch. Little did I know, I was matching the beautiful hunter green tiled walls outside the cafe…in nothing but Salvatore Ferragamo of course.
There’s so much about London to love, and I always travel by way of British Airways. I’m so excited to partner with the airline in flying World Traveler Plus. With work, I like to take the red-eye from NYC to England especially if I’ve got a gig back to back. 9pm flights. 9 am calltimes. Travel while you sleep is the way I go…and all that time will allow sometimes! I’m good at finishing up a long day, putting on my eye covers, and waking up to the sound of the rain lightly tapping the windows. It’s a comforting feeling. A lot of my travel experience has to do with the flight. When I have a great flight and extra space, and great food, I feel a lot better the moment I land. It’s all about the spirit of the journey. British Airways is all about #BLeisure. Meaning traveling for both business and leisure. I think I’m a master at traveling with a carry-on, working, fitting in as many appointments as possible, and still making it to the pub at the end of the day with friends. The world suddenly begins to feel smaller and smaller with every flight I hop on. I can’t wait to hop on British Airways back for a muddy Glastonbury night or a sunny afternoon at The Ace in Shoreditch.
I’ve always had this sweet spot in my heart for London. When I think of London, I think of running down Brick Lane on a rainy day in my Dr. Martens for the first time. In awe of the record shops, little Indian shops one after another. The style. It doesn’t matter the season, it’ll be raining yet beautiful and moody. I think of curling up into a pub at any moment at Covent Garden. Finding music, everywhere. I think of punks. I think of an underground system that puts the NYC subway to shame. And I love the British sense of humor. They’re witty. It’s a city that understands my humor and I can’t wait to go back.
// Breelayne neck scarf, APC coat, Cardigan New York sweater, Luisaviaroma skirt by Kolor, Anyi Lu oxfords //
// Morgane Le Fay sheer top, Milly trousers, Vans sneakers, Jerome Bocchio handbag //
Now I know why my Brit friends recommended to “pack a brolly” (yes, the term means umbrella) when they heard about my London escapade with British Airways (more on that in my next post). But it’s true that London really never stops raining. Usually you’ll find me on a flight to London in late February or September for a shoot or a few days of non-stop days at London Fashion Week, bouncing from show to show. It was a really nice having this slower pace. Focusing on the city, restaurant hopping, and watching endless amounts of movies on the plane. It was Easter the morning we arrived and I have never seen London so incredibly sleepy. I was beyond jet-lagged and though I could hit snooze a few more times in my hotel bed, I did manage to stroll out in the rain in search of the nearest pub. We ended up at The George just off of Somerset House, and had a full Sunday roast complete with mashed peas, potatoes, perfectly roasted chicken along with a side of fish and chips. Never had comfort food tasted so good. There’s something about the English pub culture that I love. You’ll always find that one guy that most likely slept overnight in the pub (this is a real thing) talking to himself over a glass of wine. Or you may be inches away from a bar fight. Luckily, everyone seemed drained from a weekend of Easter raving that our pub experience was extra chill…leaving us to fill our bellies in peace.
As for my wardrobe, I’ve been traveling so much lately for work that I can pack with my eyes closed. Turtlenecks in Europe are always a good idea. As is denim, sneakers, and a good wool coat. Minimal. I’m off to Paris this evening, and I definitely decided to glam up what’s in my suitcase for it seems we may have a really star-studded weekend. Stay tuned!
// APC coat, Diesel leather jacket, Jerome Bocchio handbag, 7FAM jeans, Vans sneakers //