Monthly Archives: September 2015

LBD in London










Madewell Dress | Madewell Chambray | Trench Coat | Madewell Transport Tote | Vans Slip Ons | gorjana Necklace | gorjana Lariat | gorjana Bracelets [one, two, three, four] | gorjana Rings | Sydney Evan Ring | Ray Ban Aviators

The weather has been absolutely fantastic since I arrived in London three weeks ago. Honestly, I think we’ve only had one or two rainy days. Thank goodness for this Indian Summer. I’m able to tuck away the tights and rush around the city in bare legs (which makes for a smooth transition from California where you can run around in shorts 365 days of the year). If you follow me on Instagram then you saw that I practically cleaned out Madewell when packing for my move (I panicked because they don’t have a store in London, but recently found out that they do ship worldwide…which is a blessing and a curse). This LBD was one of my favorite purchases from my shopping spree for many reasons: 1. Its a shift dress 2. The leather trim on the collar 3. POCKETS. I cannot express to you enough how much I love a dress with pockets. I have no idea why I love it so much, I never put anything in the pockets besides my hands, but I love them. But anyways, I hope you all are having an amazing week! My parents are ending their tour of Europe with another pit stop in London this weekend, so I can’t wait to whirl around the city with them!

Portobello Road

Printed-ChinaHi everyone! Sorry for the delay in posts..I don’t have wifi at my flat yet, so its been challenging to find a place where I can get free wifi to get posts up when I’m not bogged down with my uni work. Last weekend, my parents popped in for a visit before jetting off on their Euro vacation. Since none of us have every visited Portobello Road Market, we decided to give it a go and take a stroll down the famous road.

Portobello-RoadEvery pub and street corner here seems to be bursting with the prettiest blooms.


DonutsPortobello Road Market has it all, from donuts to flower crowns and every knick knack in between. The colorfully lined street in Notting Hill is filled with stall after stall of all sorts of unique and peculiar items.


Colorful-Flats-Notting-HillI love these pastel color homes!


Tea-PotsWhile I am in London, I am on the hunt for the perfect tea set and could’ve bought any of these cuties. I love the prints on them!



Flower-StandThe streets were lined with these cute little flower booths. I could have easily taken a bouquet of two home with me.


LocketsIf you ever end up in London and have a chance to go wander Portobello Road Market, I highly recommend it. Did I mention that they have the best ice cream and crepes? If thats not the perfect reason to go, then I don’t know what is…

Notting-HillNow for those who are interested in what I wore, heres a little peak.

Madewell-TopTrench Coat | Madewell Top | Splended Leggings | Madewell Boots [similar] | Madewell Transport Tote | gorjana Necklace | gorjana Cuffs [one, two, three, four] | gorjana Rings [one, two, three]


gorjana-JewelryI’ve basically been living in this trench coat since I arrived. Its fantastic. Just the right weight and length. Also, there is room to layer underneath. Can’t get much better than that.




Big-BenHello from London!! I am seriously so excited and I can’t believe I live here now…it’s crazy! Anyways, upon arriving I knew I needed to get my bearings so I spent Saturday zooming around the city on a double decker bus with my two super sweet new flatmates. What better way to get more familiar with London then to be a total tourist and hit up all the major monuments? I took so many photos and couldn’t wait to share them all with you. So grab a cuppa and take a tour around London with me!

The-London-EyeWe honestly couldn’t have asked for a better day to zip around London. I loved strolling over the Thames and catching glimpses of the London Eye. Fun fact: it takes 30 minutes to go through one rotation on the eye.

St-PaulsThis is St. Paul’s Cathedral located the City of London (which is a separate city/county within London). Climbing the dome is on my list of to-do’s.


The-ShardI love the mix of modern and historical buildings all throughout London. This particular building is called The Shard and its the tallest building in Europe. Another to-do on my list is to make it to the top of the building to see all of London.

Along-The-ThamesWe hopped off the bus and took a spin around the Tower of London. The historic castle is home to the Crown Jewels and I hear it has some pretty menacing torture chambers and dungeons as well as a large arsenal of weapons. I know that my little brother will be itching to pop in for a tour when he comes to visit.



Buckingham-PalaceSo guys…how do you like my new flat?! It comes with the best utilities a girl could ask for: guards, corgis, and Prince Harry. The only problem is that I don’t think 775 rooms is enough space…



London-TaxisCan’t get enough of the taxis here.


Admiralty-ArchAfter blue skies all morning, the sky decided to get a little moody on us and rolled in some very nasty looking clouds. Luckily, the rain decided to hold off.

Flower-BasketI can’t get enough of the London flowers. The streets here are lined with baskets of the brightest, most colorful blooms. So many flats have beautiful flower boxes and I haven’t seen a single pub that was not covered in them. They add a perfect pop of color to the city.


Horse-Guards-MuseumThis is the Horse Guards building. Here you can see the horses in their 18th century working stables and learn the history of the regiment in the Household Cavalry Museum. If you’re lucky, the Horse Guards will make an appearance and you’ll get to see them in action.


We popped into The Red Lion for a quick lunch (we ended up walking ten miles the entire day and were absolutely starving) of traditional meat pies. The Red Lion pub is a stones throw away from No. 10 (where the Prime Minister’s office is located) and is Charles Dickens’ old stomping grounds.

Westminister-AbbeyAfter lunch, we took a turn around Westminster Abbey (where Will and Kate got hitched…Harry and I are next…) and then popped on over to Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster where the British Parliament likes to hang out.



Big-Ben-Clock-TowerI can’t get over how ornate Big Ben is. Its absolutely gorgeous.

Phone-BoothHere’s an obligatory London phone booth shot for you.


At the end of the day, we decided to give our feet a rest and jumped on a boat for a spin down the Thames to the Tower Bridge. I couldn’t have asked for a better more exciting first few days in London…Someone needs to pinch me because I can’t believe I’m lucky enough to live here.

Image Map
Copyright Frankly Speaking / Design by The Nectar Collective