London is one of the places that I didn’t get, until recently that is. Everyone talks about how is such a great town but my experiences there has been limited and uninformed. I was able to go for work this past spring and feel in love (mainly because I had a great guide), and couldn’t have been more excited to go back again this month. To top it off, I ended this recent trip with a couple days in Paris. Below are all the spots I visited this trip. They are not to be missed if you find yourself in London or Paris.
Stay: Dean Street Townhouse or The London Edition
Eat: Grab tea at sketch, get green juice and smoothies at The Juice Well, munch on a super fresh salads and raw chocolate at Raw Press, eat dinner at 76 Dean Street, The Colony Grill Room, or The Arts Club.
Shop: I don’t shop a ton in London because things are quite expensive, but I do love the selection at Fenwicks in Mayfair and Joseph in Notting Hill. And it’s a must to to pick up a notebook at Smythson, of course.
Stay: I found Hôtel Tamise, a new hotel near the Tulleries, which I think is absolute perfection. Tiny rooms, but sweetly decorated and brand new.
Eat: Steal a moment in Hôtel Costes‘ courtyard for coffee or breakfast, get a modern and utterly delicious falafel sandwich at Miznon, have a Parisian dinner at Chez Julien, get ice cream at Berthillon on Ile Saint-Louis.
Shop: My favorite places to shop in Paris change every time I go. This time I loved walking on Rue Saint Honoré and admiring the fancy things, ducking into Isabel Marant on the left bank (and then getting a Ladurée macaroon after), and discovering Merci, a big 3 level townhouse filled with treasures.
I just got back from a roadtrip to California and Oregon. We drove up the coast from San Francisco to Portland and wow did I fall in love. There are few words to describe those beaches, unbelievable, incredible, and epic are a few but I don’t know if they do justice. Every corner I wanted to pull over and take pictures. Every overlook was more awe-invoking than the last. Here are a couple pictures to show you what I mean.
The first day: Started in San Rafael, CA where my family is, and drove to Klamath, CA. We stopped at the Avenue of the Giants to see the amazing redwoods, had lunch in Garberville and stopped in Eureka and Arcata for some epic tie-dye t-shirt sitings.
The next day: we headed to Coos Bay, Oregon to see where my grandmother grew up. We picked up some fish at Chuck’s Seafood and had lunch at Sunset Beach. We spent the night in Florence. I can’t do the beach and dunes there justice. The sand seems to go forever.
On the third day we headed east to Newberg, Oregon in the heart of Pinot Noir county. We stayed at the Allison Inn, which was heaven. The rooms, restaurant and spa there were really amazing.
The next day was Shawn’s birthday. We went wine tasting, got massages and had a beautiful dinner at The Painted Lady. We didn’t want the day to end.
For the last day of our road trip we hopped over to Portland. It was my first time there and I feel in love. We did the usual touristy stuff, visiting Powell’s bookstore and exploring Pearl District. I picked up a Pendleton blanket and had a cup at Courier Coffee. We had a dinner and drinks with friends in NE on the very cool Alberta street.
Let’s just say it wasn’t easy to leave the next morning. Luckily we had a very fun wedding in LA the next day to look forward to.