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Gingham in Notting Hill

Prettylittlething top (similar), Black Orchid jeans, Dolce Vita shoes, Fendi bag, D'Blanc sunglasses, Smashbox lipstick in "Red Rage"

London was the first stop on my three week long September Euro-trip.

Despite visiting many European countries the past few years (Italy, France, Portugal, Ukraine, Spain…)  I hadn’t been back to London in my adult life. I have fond memories there, but there were always cities higher on my list to hit. As an American, with England obviously being an English-speaking, semi-familiar place, I’d skipped over it looking for places that would feel more drastically “different.” I realize now how silly that is; there are SO many cool and distinct layers to London culture and ways that make it unique.

After spending the first day of my trip jet lagged and asleep till noon (unavoidable after a redeye) I shot some photos in Notting Hill. It’s just as picturesque as I remembered. Who wouldn’t love coming home to one of these black and white stoops?

Bright red gingham felt right against the monochrome street. Gingham is definitely having a moment but it still feels like a classic print to me. I found so many cute gingham tops and dresses at a great price point – check out this off the shoulder top with billowing sleeves (basically my top in navy), this ruffled one shoulder top, and this wrap dress on sale. I paired mine with frayed edge black jeans that I ended up wearing so many times on this trip – they’re so stretchy, comfortable and the ankle cut is flattering with sandals or heels. Find a version with ripped knees here.

I am still obsessed with these satin mules – they’re so fun! Find a bright orange shade here and some sizes in pink left here.

It was a short but sweet three days in London, before heading to the countryside to visit Soho Farmhouse. I can’t recommend it enough; if you’re looking for a relaxing weekend in a stunning off the grid backdrop, you’ll love it.

Photography by Rebecca Spencer
Prettylittlething top (similar), Black Orchid jeans, Dolce Vita shoes, Fendi bag, D’Blanc sunglasses, Smashbox lipstick in “Red Rage”

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