Thanks for your patience, everyone - I am back home in the States now (yay), and would have never made it without the help of my Ole Faithful! She's gotten her butt kicked from being trapsed around the world a time or two but still manages to carry on without fail.
I know a lot of you had questions about what I had been doing this past week and it was no vacation (I don't mean it was bad - but I had like no free time!) I manage events and shows for a living, and went to London to oversee an exhibit stand at a trade show.
I stayed in the Docklands area of London - specifically Canary Wharf, which I've never been to before. It is a newer part of town and nowhere close to central London (where all the action is) but it had a nice vibe. I did manage a couple of hours of down time and had drinks at the Bleeding Heart, went with a co-worker to buy fabric at Liberty and did a speedster tour of all the must-see sights of central London.
What didn't I like? Holy moly is it pricy there. It cost £90 ($120+) to take a taxi from Heathrow to my hotel - and the exchange rate now is better than it used to be for the dollar! That and I was on the cusp of getting run over almost all the time because I never remembered to look the other way (I know, I know, stupid American ...). And I the show was business attire so I had to dress appropriately ...
Top: J. Crew Victoria (worn here before)
Jacket: J. Crew herringbone (similar online here and here)
Pants: J. Crew wool crepe (similar online here and here)
Shoes: White Mountain wedges (I know - boring, but sensible if you do as much walking as I do!)
What did I like? London has always been one of my fave cities so it was cool to see a different part of it. And as usual with me, I had too much food and way too much beer. I know England does not have a reputation for being a great culinary territory but I've had nothing bad to eat there. My dinners were all delish and consisted of fantastic Argentinean steak and wine at Gaucho, crunchy yummy fish and chips at Curve, traditional British pub food at Brown's and super-fancy (but sooooo good) Indian at Dockmaster's.
But there's nothing like coming home and enjoying this now beautiful weather in the SE. I've got a ton of catching up to do on all your blogs - hopefully I'll have some time to do this weekend!