When out and about for a day of sightseeing in London when the clock strikes anytime (at least in the UK) it is time to take a break and whet your whistle. If you happen to be near St Pauls, Millennium Bridge or the Tate Modern, find your way to Fleet Street and one of the oldest remaining pubs in London, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese. The pub has been in existence since 1538 however it was rebuilt in 1666 after the “Great Fire” which ravaged most of the surrounding area. Do not be fooled upon entering about the size of the pub. Take a trip down the stairs and work your way deeper underground through the labyrinth of rooms. Find a quiet corner and raise your glass to those who have done so here before, Mark Twain, Alfred Tennyson, Charles Dickens, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle amongst others. As it is a Samuel Smith operated pub I highly recommend the Oatmeal Stout. Cheers!
Address: 145 Fleet Street, London EC4A 2BU
Telephone: 020 7353 6170
Hours: Monday through Friday 11:00am to 11:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm to 11:00pm, and 12:00pm to 4:00pm on Sunday. Food served from 12:00pm to 9.30pm Monday through Friday, 12:00pm to 8:30pm on Saturday, and 12:00pm to 3:00pm on Sunday.
One of my resolutions this year was to travel (more). Living in London the world is at your doorstep and I am really trying to take advantage of that. I have already been putting outfits together in my mind for plane worthy ensembles and the one today is a casual yet put together look that keeps you safely away from wearing sweatpants, pajama bottoms or uggs……
Since the temperature on the plane can vary throughout the duration of your flight the key to being comfortable when traveling is to wear easily removable layers. Starting out with a breathable cotton t-shirt, layer on a sweater vest and a cargo jacket. I love all the pockets on a cargo jacket to keep my ticket and passport handy. Also it can be easily thrown in the wash rather than having to dry clean every time. Comfortable denim and easily removable shoes are for taking off when going through security, not when on the flight. A great scarf can serve as a temporary pillow, sunglasses to keep you from being blinded by the sun, and a hat to hide the hair after a long flight. A big bag can stow your book and any traveling comforts you may need to get you through your trip! Bon voyage!
denim: Gap, white tee & scarf: Anthropologie, belt: J.Crew, jacket & hat: H&M, sweater: Zara, boots: Anthropologie, sunglasses: ASOS, pins: vintage, bag: Louis Vuitton
Rounding out the week is our third look featuring the chevron blouse styled for a classier occasion…. date night, drinks with the ladies, a night at the theatre….. Sometimes we can fall into a fashion rut and always have our “go to” outfit for dressy occasions or we think, “what could I get away with that is dressy enough but does not require a lot of effort? I could wear jeans right? ….and dress them up?” The easiest way to pull yourself out of one of these is to put the pair of denim back in the dresser drawer and reach for something that will make you feel feminine and chic.
I am in love with pleated skirts. They offer such a delicate and feminine balance to an ensemble. Using the silk wrap blouse as the top adds a nice contrast with a bit of edge. If you wanted to add a bit more sex appeal to the outfit the sheer blouse could also be worn alone with a black bra. Subtly suggestive for a date while still remaining covertly classy. To balance the outfit I paired it with black tights and boots creating a mirror balance of color on the top and bottom. Of course a great pair of vintage earrings and deco style cuff are the finishing touches. If you wanted to mix things up a bit a great statement pair of earrings or bracelets in a bold color such as turquoise would look amazing as well. Until next week! Enjoy your weekend! Cheers!
skirt: American Apparel, black tank: Anthropologie, silk wrap blouse: Dolan, tights: Hue, boots: DV Dolce Vita, purse: Zara, bracelet: J.Crew, earrings: vintage Be Dazzle, watch: Michael Kors
Another great little Italian restaurant, Polpo, is located in Soho just off the bustling Regent Street. It is a Venetian inspired “bacaro” which is typically a bar where you can stand and have a glass of wine or a few snacks. They have expanded upon this concept with a small seating area serving lunch and dinner. The menu consists of small plates meant to be shared, and the food is simple, classic and flavourful combinations. It is the ideal spot for a date for if the conversation is lagging at least you have the shared food dishes to talk about! Also the perfect spot when out shopping to pop in for something more substantial than a coffee.
Smoked salmon, horseradish & dill crostino (£2 each)
Cured pork shoulder & peperonata panino (£ 5.50) Absolutely amazing combination with the sweet peppers, capers and cheese. Definitely beats grabbing a sandwich at Pret for around the same price!
Chilli & garlic prawns with spinach (£7)
Duck, olive & tomato ragu orecchiette (£8)
Buttered brussel tops (£5)
Chocolate Salami (£3) One of my favourite combinations is chorizo and dark chocolate sauce. I was intrigued by this item on the menu but sadly it was a dense chocolate batter shaped into the form of salami with nuts. Interesting but hard to make the mental leap past the salami…. and it not being salami.
41 Beak Street
London W1F 9SB
Telephone: 020 7734 4479
Hours: Monday to Saturday, lunch 12:00pm to 3:00pm and dinner 5:30pm to 11:00pm. Sunday (lunch only) from 12:00pm to 4:00pm (reservations are taken for lunch only, dinner is on first come first serve basis.)
Hello lovelies! Forgive my absence last week as I went into hibernation after a non-stop two weeks with visitors and the holidays! I hope your new year is off to a grand start! This week I am featuring one of my absolute favourite things to do! Taking one item of clothing and styling it three different ways for different occasions. Many times when shopping with people I hear, “oh I love this but how would I wear it?” In my mind all I can think of is , “how would you not wear it!” Also with a particular item of clothing just because you tend to wear it more casually does not mean that is has to be mentally relegated to that genre. There is always a way to re-invent an item and give you the opportunity when complimented to say, “Oh this old thing?”
The recurring item this week is an amazing silk and velvet chevron wrap top. Oftentimes when the weekend approaches all I can think of is wanting to be comfortable while running errands, meeting up with friends, or grabbing a casual dinner. Being comfortable does not mean that you need to abandon all hope at being fashionable. It is so sad the number of women I see walking around in leggings, ugg boots and a top that is too short to even cover their behind. This is not an attractive look. It basically sends the message that you do not even care enough about yourself to look good so why should anyone else care about you either? Sheer laziness! I digress though…. The key for a versatile weekend ensemble is to dress in layers so you are looking put together and confident while running around town.
Comfortable and well fitting denim should be a part of every woman and man’s wardrobe. Pairing the denim with a white t-shirt is a classic look that is great for running errands. Layering a great statement piece such as the silk wrap blouse instantly adds an element of chicness and will transform your look when meeting up with friends for brunch or an early evening cocktail. Adding a cargo jacket lends a casual air to the ensemble and accessorising with a great pin and cuff bracelets personalises the look. Of course having a great bag to stow away your goodies and prevent you from having full hands is the final touch! Cheers!!
denim: Gap, white top & boots: Anthropologie, chevron wrap blouse: Dolan, jacket: H&M, bag: Louis Vuitton, shades: ASOS, bracelet cuffs: Primark, pin: vintage Hirst Antiques