Classic Plaid


Top: Old Navy, Trousers: Old Navy, Shoes: BAIT Footwear, Belted: Thrifted

I'm not sure what your spring is feeling like but here it is hot, hot, hot. Tomorrow is supposed to be nearly 90 degrees in Philadelphia. This look is usually more of what my spring wardrobe consists of, something colorful and something I don't need to bring a jacket for but it's been nothing but skirts and shorts the last few days. 

What does your spring uniform consist of? Are the higher temps this year creating a shift in your wardrobe? 

Inside Style: The Age of Adaline


Earlier this week Derek took me to the theater for a date night to see The Age of Adaline. The film and storyline was wonderful but the outfits. Stuck at the age of 29 for around 80 years, Adaline's wardrobe was made up of very classic and timeless pieces. There were plenty of midi-length skirts, cardigans, cozy turtlenecks and rounded-toe heels. She would would add little quirks to her outfits depending on the decade but the overall look was very timeless. Usually I'm one to be obsessed with 1950's - 1960's inspired outfits (as you can tell in my previous post) but I actually loved all of the scenes shot during the 1970's. The headbands and layering were absolutely on point. 

If you haven't seen the film yet, I definitely recommend. If you have seen, let me know what you thought below!

American Honey


Sweater: Old Navy, Skirt: Express, Shoes: Chelsea Crew (via Modcloth), Watch: Michael Kors, Sunglasses: Steve Madden

Currently Listening: American Honey- Lady Antebellum 

My favorite color combination might forever be red, white and navy. There's something about it that just screams americana. Throw in some anchor prints and a full skirt and the look becomes instantly classic. Perhaps I've just been re-watching too many episodes of Mad Men lately. I'm a sucker for anything that has a 1950's - 1960's edge to it so I'll always reach for the full, midi-length skirts. 

I wore this outfit on one of mine and Derek's first dates since I got back to America and it was perfect for a spring evening. The sweater kept me from getting too chilly and the skirt felt picnic-worthy. To pull together the look I just went with my classic gold watch, pearl earrings and rounded sunglasses. When I'm going out on dates with Derek I tend to stick with classics instead of going with trendier looks - which I never realized I did until recently. 

Do you have a go-to style for dates? What are your favorite classic pieces?

Travel Log: London Part 1


Honestly - I don't know where to start. I spent the last four months living in London as some of you may know. Those last four months have been the most hectic, insane, beautiful, wonderful, stressful, and breath-taking months I've ever lived. Those few months seem like a beautiful dream that's out of reach now or like one quick, blissful blur. I'm sorry I abandoned blogging during that time, I was just so busy taking in every moment. There would be times when I didn't pull my laptop out for up to three or four days at a time. I got the opportunity to live in South Kensington, directly across the street from Kensington Gardens in Hyde Park. We were nearly across the street from Kensington Palace but unfortunately there were no Royal sightings! Sigh.

While I was studying abroad in London I got the opportunity to travel to so many different countries including Belgium, Hungary, Germany, The Netherlands, France (twice!), Scotland, Ireland, Spain and Portugal. I'm so excited to share my stories and suggestions with you. First, I wanted to share a few things about London (trust me, there will be much more on London to share!)

Visit:  Holland Park - it's so vibrant thanks to the paintings and is beautifully landscaped. Also, you will see plenty of gorgeous peacocks casually walking around. If it's a sunny and dry day in London, packing a picnic isn't a bad idea. 

Spend an afternoon at: Portobello Road, Notting Hill. I did a good amount of shopping on Portobello Road. There's so many wonderful antique places, I can't even pick a favourite. Each has it's own atmosphere and charm so I advise spending a good amount of time here! The neighborhood that Portobello Road is on - Notting Hill - is also quite charming and picturesque thanks to the colored houses. Try Gail's if you're looking to grab a tea, coffee or pastry!

Take part in tradition: Go to an appropriate afternoon tea while you're in London! This was honestly one of my favorite memories. It was so much fun to get dressed up, sip tea and eat adorable cakes and sandwiches. Try to go to the Orangery at Kensington Palace so you'll really feel like royalty. 

Try to: Do something Sherlock Holmes-related! Because, how could you not? I don't even watch the show and I've never read the books or seen the movies (I definitely will now though!) but going to the Sherlock Holmes exhibit at the Museum of London was so much fun. And the costume part of the exhibit was super cool.

Eat at: Homeslice! I know, suggesting to go eat pizza in the UK may sound odd but this was the best pizza I've ever had in my entire life (and I'm dating a pizza fanatic so I've had a lot of pizza). Located in Convent Garden, Homeslice makes huge 20 inch pizzas and I suggest getting half and half to try different flavors (We got half mushroom/goat cheese and half margarita). Between four of us the pizza above was gone within 10 minutes. It was that good.

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