13 May 2013

Paddington Lisa

Hey, ladies! I'm back from my biz trip and was lucky enough to visit one of my fave cities on earth - London. I've got two more trips coming up this month, so here's a taste of my trip while I catch up on my blogging:

London - May13
 Trench: Banana Republic factory (retail version) / Top: Lands' End lightweight jersey / Necklace: Anthropologie ampay (sim bigger) / Bag: J.Crew
 
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 London is a great contrast of the modern and traditional - case in point, London Shard and Tower Bridge.
 
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 Champagne cocktail at a farmer's market along the Thames River / I had a croissant every single morning I was in London. Granted it's not particularly English, but any sort of baked good in Europe seems to be far and beyond better than what we carry in the States, boo.
 
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 The main gate at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre -  though I was disappointed to learn it was a reconstruction / the London Eye, spectacular just to look at.
 
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 Some of the characters along the South Bank - yes, they are totally grooving to Gangnam Style.
 
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 Walked the length of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. Great retreat from the busy London streets - though we started out by my hotel in Kensington after a morning of work and my feet killed by the end of the day. Taxi, yes.
 
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 Had my first taste of tiny British strawberries - what a nomtastic revelation / neon yellow painted townhome (wish the camera could have captured how truly bright and bold it was).
 
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 Food in London keeps getting better and better. And I have a soft spot for traditional savory pies.

What I failed to capture was a fantastic dinner at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurant. Think tapas-style using local English ingredients, all for a good cause. The asparagus and cockles were de-diddly-icious.
 
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 Memorial Walk through Kensington Gardens / English pubbing it - my new fave drink is a Pimm's and lemonade.
 
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 It isn't a visit to London without an obligatory visit to Harrod's, decked out in The Great Gatsby-themed splendor. Of course, my favorite section are the food halls and their elaborate ceilings.
 
London - May13
Sweater: J.Crew factory charley / Jeans: J.Crew bootcut / Shoes: Artisan by Clarks herring (sim)

50 comments:

  1. London is also one of my favourite cities in the world, planning a trip there later this year! I always say that if I win the lottery, I would move there in a heartbeat. Your photos are awesome, especially that last pic.

    I used to think that Harrod's was obligatory, but I went the last time I was in London (in 2010) and I couldn't get out of there fast enough. Too touristy, too...something. I loved Liberty of London though. I plan to spend more time there if I'm there in the fall.

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    1. The only thing I ever bought there was a phone cover, but I love staring at the stuff in the food halls. The rest of it ... on par with Saks or Bergdorf or Macy's Herald Square, imo.

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  2. Oh my gosh what gorgeous photos! I want to go to London so badly!

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  3. Aw Lisa so cool that you were over here, I know how pushed for time you are when you are over on business but next time if you have a moment I'm 45 mins from Waterloo on the train and I'd love to meet up with you for a croissant ;-)

    I chuckled about the Pimms, a wedding in England isn't a wedding without serving Pimms and lemonade it seems. We did, all our friends did. It's just what we do. We drink it at summer BBQs and at Wimbledon too!

    Lou x

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    1. I took the train from Waterloo almost every day I was there to go to Farnborough - love the trains in the UK, so convenient! I didn't realize you were so close!

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  4. I have a huge soft spot for London and I am hoping to return next year! Your photos are awesome and make me miss it even more

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  5. I've never been to London, but I'd love to make it there one day. Love these photos!

    Fizz and Frosting

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  6. Great photos! I love London and am excited to go back in a few months, also for a work trip!

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  7. I've never been to London but I am dying to go!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
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  8. These photos are amazing. They make me want to visit London immediately!
    Meredith
    createthatoutfit.com

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  9. I am so jealoussss. I've been dying to see London! Can't wait for more pictures of your trips!!

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  10. I. have. no. words.

    Just...jealous!

    Blargh! :D

    Wonder if a trip to England would be tax deductible for an English teacher like me?

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  11. I want to go to London so badly!!! My maiden name is THAMES...it's the motherland!!! :)

    I'm glad you had a great time, and how lucky that work takes you to fun places!

    Taylor

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  12. So jealous - I adore London! I was lucky enough to go there a few times in high school as part of a dance company I was in and I have been dying to go back. Looks like a great trip. :)

    xo
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  13. Beautiful photos, Lisa! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Oh London looks so amazing, I want to go! And I just bought that J. Crew Factory sweater yesterday AND similar flats for work from Clarks by Artisan (love that Clarks are both cute and comfy)...I think we must have similar taste (at least I hope so because I love your style).

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  15. Great you enjoyed London. Been there (again) three years ago. Lovely city and I will be back there as it is so close to The Netherlands.
    I am off to Paris next Thursday. Not bad either. No business trip but a fun trip with my best friend.

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  16. So glad you loved London and thanks for the lovely pictures! I'm a Londoner, but now live overseas, so it's always great to see pics and hear that someone enjoys it!

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  17. I've been itching to hop on a plane lately ... not because I enjoy the actual experience of being crammed into a tiny seat for hours and hours, but because I haven't gone anywhere for 3 years. Thanks for sharing your London pics! A croissant for breakfast everyday - you know how to live, girl. ;)

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  18. Awesome pictures! It looks like your trip was beautiful, even though it was for business :) The croissants and pastries look especially enticing.

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  19. Haven't been to London for a while ever since my sister moved to Brighton. I used to love walking down the street and admiring the town houses on Knightsbridge and just dream... hope you had a god trip :)

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    1. The homes around Kensington Gardens - hello, posh!

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  20. Looks like an awesome trip! I've never been to London but I've always wanted to go!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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  21. Looks like so much fun. And great food too! I was there in '99 right after they finished the London Eye & I swear our tour guide told us it was temporary. I'm so glad it's not - & who knows if I even remember that correctly. I just remember thinking why would they build something so big only to tear it down soon after? Haha...love seeing your traveling pics!

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  22. What great pictures, and how timely - I'm organizing a Londown visit in a few weeks!

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  23. ha ha what an adorable photo that last one is between the 2 paddington bears : )

    Looks like the weather was okay while you were over there. Lovely photos.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. I got a day and a half of good weather - then it rained through my meetings, so I guess it worked out for me!

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  24. What a way to get me even more hyped up for my trip! I'll be visiting next week and it'll be my second trip. :) Did you get a chance to check out any stores? I didn't enjoy Harrods as much but definitely enjoyed Oxford St and the charity/consignment stores in Notting Hill. Curious to know where you'll be off to next!

    fauxionista.com

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    1. Yay for you going to London! Have a great trip! I didn't do much shopping this go-around but like the Notting Hill area for sure. If you have time, I recommend going to Camden Town - very eclectic!

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  25. What an awesome business trip! Love all the fun photos :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  26. ahh i LOVE london! looks like you had a great time. :)

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  27. what great pictures, Lisa! london looks so fun! i'm glad you had a great trip.

    xo P


    phiphi's blog

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  28. So jealous! I haven't been to London in too long and it looks like you had an amazing time!

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  29. Your biz trip was definitely more fun and interesting than the one I just had. I flew into a city with only a single terminal, lol. Glad you had fun and got to eat a lot of yummies. Thanks for sharing the pics, I felt like I was there ... well, sorta. ;)

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  30. Awww I love travel photos!! You looked like you had a great time :) I wish I could travel for work sometimes :)

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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  31. Ahhhh London, one of my favorite cities. I'm glad you had a good trip. I was scrolling through your pics and I was like, ohh did she get to Harrods? Their food halls are great. Have you tried their carrot cake?

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  32. i'm so bummed i didn't get to london on my last europe trip a few years ago. hopefully i'll get there in the next decade or so ;) i agree about the pastries always being better there! i literally gained 10 pounds from them when i was there. granted, there were some days when i would have 6 of them for breakfast alone...

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  33. Dude! You went to my town! I'm glad you enjoyed yourself! And yeah, the original Globe burned down in Shakespeare's Lifetime, when the thatch caught on fire during a performance. Nobody died, but one guy's trousers caught fire - true story. ;)

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  34. I've never been to London but it is on my bucket list definitely! So lucky that you get to travel there for work! The photos are great - especially the bears - super adorable!!

    Xo, Kenya

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    Kenya L Fashion Blog

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  35. I hope to go one day. Looks lovely!

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  36. Aww i love that last picture! glad you had time to check London out. I was quite impressed with the food as for some reason in my find it would be blah and it was reallly really good - also the English were nicer and friendlier and welcoming.. more than i evr imagined.

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