Though there’s nothing better than a chilly winter day, these past few weeks have really made me miss the warm sunshine! As everyone in Dallas is bundled up enjoying the surprise snow, I’m soaking in this warm Houston weather and absolutely loving it! I dressed up my column (black on black) with this lightweight pastel blazer, which is a great transition item between seasons – plus the baby blue is such a fun color. I kept my accessorizes minimal with a simple gold choker and spiked ear jackets. Shop the links below to shop my look:
You all probably know how obsessed I am with fashion, but you may not know that traveling has always been my favorite pastime. I was fortunate that I grew up in a family that loved to travel, and that passion rubbed off on me over the years. Maybe it’s the fact that we grew up in a small town (hey, Dothan!) and wanted to see more, or simply the excitement of exploring, but either way I just can’t get enough of it!
I just got back from London Fashion Week, and I cannot even begin to describe how amazing the experience was! Since I flew directly from NYFW, it was interesting to see the similarities and differences between each fashion week – especially the clothing! LFW street style definitely had more of a grunge vibe with chunky platforms and boots, oversized coats, and two specific color schemes: neutral darks or vibrant colors (nothing in between from what I saw). Also, beanies and topknots were absolutely everywhere. I definitely loved all of the styles.
Before I dive into all of the fashion shows, new trends, and fab British designers, I wanted to share my London (trendy) travel guide to give a little insight into my AMAZING week!
**Also, we decided to hop around from country to country during the week, so stay tuned for other travel guides and trip reviews**
Why stay in one hotel when you can mix it up and get a familiar vibe in different areas? Here are the two London spots we chose as our local home base:
There’s something about a modern, boutique hotel that just makes everything feel instantly chic, and The Exhibitionist was definitely my style! Set in a charming area in South Kensington (walking distance to all the museums + Harrods), this edgy and contemporary hotel was quite the unexpected surprise inside based on its classic exterior. The decor features bold artwork, wild colors, an elevator that feels just like Lisa Frank’s garden, and edgy wallpaper from pill capsules to outlandish quotes. This hotel is a unique experience that I totally recommend to everyone.
Pros: recently renovated, familiar staff, great location, fabulous interiors
Cons: zero privacy – The bathroom features a large window which opens to the entire room. If you plan to stay here, you better say goodbye to privacy!
For our second stint in London, we switched over to a more classic hotel called the Conrad St. James by Hilton. It’s safe to say this is a complete 180 to our first hotel, but I would recommend this one just as much as the first! As a more traditional large hotel, complete with classic yet modern interiors, this is the perfect hotel for anyone, not just the trendy traveler. Our room was absolutely perfect for relaxing, with a huge comfy bed, rain shower, deep soaking tub, all the amenities imaginable, plus buttons for literally everything we needed without having to get up. After a long week of traveling, this definitely hit the spot.
Pros: luxurious rooms, good location, classic
Cons: Feels more like a classic American hotel – though that’s not necessarily a bad thing!
It’s nearly impossible to squeeze in everything in a short period of time, so I recommend focusing on your top list items and planning the week around that. My first visit to London with Blair, we spent the week visiting all of the museums and sights – which was such an incredible experience. Since this trip was focused around London Fashion Week, I planned my week around fashion shows and local hotspots. Whether you are an avid traveler or heading to Europe for your first time, London has something for everyone and is absolutely an amazing (and easy) must-see city!
While visiting New York for fashion week a couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the Charlotte Olympia showroom for a sneak peek of their upcoming collection. For those of you who know anything about me, shoes are my ULTIMATE weakness (though I have a tendency to always re-wear my favorites, oops). I posted a designer spotlight about Charlotte Olympia quite some time ago – check it out here for a little background on the designer – but her shoes are absolutely amazing. From her signature Dolly to her insanely creative themed collections, this is one brand I obsess over.
For her newest collection, A World of Interiors, the designer created a line inspired by an ornate mid-century home filled with decadent heirlooms and precious family heirlooms. With cocktail table clutches and materials of wood and marble, we can definitely see the influence of “interiors” among this accessory line. For those of you who love the feline collection, you will be excited to see the introduction of her small accessory line featuring key chains, iPhone holders, credit card holders, and iPad cases – perfect gift ideas!
Apart from the funky handbags and sky-high heels, Charlotte Olympia also launched her new ABC collection featuring a colorful collection of classic loafers with a wide array of themed adhesives to customize your shoes. Whether you are a “C is for Champagne” kind of girl or a “V is for Va Va Voom”, this collection has a style for everyone – starting at 695.
Check out my photos from the showroom and let me know what you think – Are you as in love with it as I am? Click here to shop her current collections.