Skye Swimwear bikini, Pima Doll knit slip, Soludos slippers
Had to find my way back to Jamaica with Soludos after having such a wonderful time last year, so I'm checking in from The Jamaica Inn in beautiful Ocho Rios! I don't know how it was possible but I'm now even more smitten with this place. Sorry to cut it so short but there will be more photos to follow next week - come along on Instagram and Snapchat for current updates xo
Photos by Michael of On Abbot Kinney
Skye Swimwear bikini, Pima Doll knit slip, Soludos slippers
Céline sunglasses (similar from Bobby Roache and Super Sunglasses), Three of Something top, 360 Cashmere pants, Birkenstock sandals, Botkier bag
I love finding designer gems at Nordstrom Rack - these Céline sunglasses are one of the few things I've purchased recently. As I've gotten older I've become a lot more conscientious with the things I choose to buy. They must meet three things: quality, a reasonable price, and the ability to be worn more than ten times. Shopping the designer section at Nordstrom Rack consolidates it all - you get the styles that are classic and curated nicely, with the designer quality, and without the inflated costs.
I'd been looking for the perfect pair of pinkish sunglasses for spring/summer and I'm so so happy to have scored these square framed Célines. They add the right amount of color to my usual neutral palette and I could see them worn against a tropical backdrop with a bikini, or casually on the streets with a get-up like the one above, soft and slouchy, with a tinge of sportiness.
When it comes to accessories I always go neutral. I find it easier to pair with the rest of my wardrobe (made of nearly all black and whites) and if at any time I am wearing pops of color, it still is just as reliable. Versatile and high cost-per-wear: check.
Shop similar items:
This post was done in partnership with Nordstrom Rack
Polo Ralph Lauren crop, Levi's 501 jeans, RAEN sunglasses, Rimmel London "Stay Glossy lipgloss" in 'Lily on Park Lane'
When I first visited London last year, I stayed in Piccadilly Circus. I got the chance to hang in Shoreditch for a few hours then - Piccadilly was nice, but East London was definitely more my scene and tempo, and I knew that it was where I needed to be when in London. So when the opportunity came for me to visit the city with Rimmel London, the Ace Hotel Shoreditch was home base for a few days. Marianna, our friend Justin, and I posted up on High Street and spent a good portion of our exploring there. I was the first to arrive, and was majorly jet lagged - so weird because I usually do really well with adjusting to different time zones but I think I stayed perpetually loopy throughout the trip. Anyway, with or without jet lag...
...you know coffee is first on my list. I walked a little less than a mile out to Workshop Coffee Co. and had a light dish, a cappuccino, and continued reading the book I started on the plane. It was a gorgeous space with all the elements I loved: aged wood, white and brick walls, and peeks of metal and concrete, with a unique music selection to boot.
Marianna flew in a few hours later and we grabbed a quick bite nearby at Poppies, a longstanding establishment for some proper fish and chips. The last time I'd seen Mar was on the cruise I went on last year - we caught up and walked around for a bit, until we ended back at the hotel to wait for Justin. By the time he got in, Mar was too jet lagged to stay up so Justin and I walked around some more to find some late night eats. We settled on an Indian restaurant - I forgot the name, but Indian food seems to be the best and safest choice when going on a whim in London. We found it so interesting that there weren't that many places opened for late bites, considering some bars and lounges stay running until 5-6 am.
Gorgeous views of London: (L) spring blooms head-on, and (R) over head from the rooftop at the Ace Hotel. To me, few things are better than the combination of spring appearances and an overcast sky.
First full day in London: we grabbed (again) some much needed coffee at The Old Shoreditch Station (L), which would probably be my go-to spot if I'd lived in Shoreditch. It was serene and understatedly cool, and it houses a whiskey bar next door. Anyway, we got our caffeine fix and headed over to SoHo to meet the girls from Dune London. Had a decadent spread for brunch and then took a quick walk over to visit one of their stores. (R) me, checking off that box for getting a touristy photo on the way to Dune London.
After picking up a few slides for the beautiful weather we were having, we got back to the Ace to take a quick breather before jumping into a session with Rimmel London. Mar and I were fortunate enough to meet with Rimmel London's head makeup artist, Kirsten Piggott, to learn about their newest products - I'm hooked on their "Wonder'Lash mascara" (made with argan oil!) and Stay Glossy in 'Lily on Park Lane'. I played around with some product before heading out to dinner and didn't realize how much I liked a (nude) glossy lip for a nighttime look. The gleam, when paired with a lip color close to your own, dresses up your look just enough, but doesn't come off too aggressive, which is my sort of mojo. Not to mention, it's incredibly moisturizing and not sticky like I feel most glosses are. As for the mascara, it's great if you like thickening your lashes without making them look too spidery or fake. The applicator is bendy and glides on really easily so it coats the lashes just enough for a more natural feel.
That evening we tried Vietnamese food across the street for dinner and quickly headed over to Birthdays in Dalston for the Daedelus show. I love how many venues are basements in London - it takes on that 'underground' feel to the next level, ha. His set ended as the night was still young so Justin and I ventured out to find other viable spots to hang. We grabbed pizza at Voodoo Ray's along the way and it was AMAZING btw - we agreed it was the best slice of pie we'd ever had. Naturally we ended up back in Shoreditch and ended the night at Concrete, another underground venue. Apparently we found a gem in London as they were spinning 90s r&b and hip hop throwbacks all night. My favorite!
Top: we started a bit late the next morning, but Jus and I recuperated by grabbing brunch/lunch/whatever and coffee at Franzè & Evans and taking it easy. That slice of pomegranate/pistachio cake was the perfect pick me upper. Bottom: had to stay comfy in 360 Cashmere pants and these leather Dune London sandals I picked up the day prior.
We stuck around Shoreditch and meandered until we found the famed cereal bar @cerealkillercafe, the best vintage and repurposed goods at Blitz, and a great curation of savvy reads at Artwords Bookshop.
Toasted to our third night in London with delicious cocktails at Novikov. I'm almost always wary of restaurants that use the umbrella term "Asian food", but I have to admit that Novikov was surprisingly on point. Their tom yum soup, kimchi dumplings, truffle wagyu, toro, etc. do not slack on authenticity. We ended the night roaming Chinatown with locals, going from a speakeasy to my favorite spot, Bodega Negra, to Toy Room, a club with people costumed as teddy bears(!).
Took a field trip to the Victoria and Albert museum on our last full day in London - we had to end things right by paying an homage to the late Alexander McQueen. I never got to see the "Savage Beauty" exhibit when it premiered in New York, neither did I get the chance when it showed in my home town in LA, so it was mesmerizing (and maybe a bit more haunting) to have seen it in McQueen's hometown. It was all sorts of inspiring - please (!!) visit while the exhibit still stands (until August I believe). Thank you Rimmel London for showing us a different side of London and uncovering the smaller, unnoticed bits that inspire the creatives of this great city. Until next time x