London Vlog – Harrods, Camden Nights and Hangover Brunch

Happy Wednesday, friends! Welcome back to my almost weekly love letter to London via vlog. This past weekend was packed with attempted Christmas shopping in Knightsbridge, glorious sunsets, hipster nights in East London and #omgfoodporn hangover brunches. Follow me around town and enjoy my still very awkward public vlogging behavior. Thanks for watching and let me know if there are certain areas of London you’d like to see!

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2016 Black Friday and Cyber Weekend Sales

Christmas at Cartier in London

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! While they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in England, I thought I’d at least take advantage of all of the sales happening online. You better believe if I can’t partake in massive amounts of gravy, pumpkin pie, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles – retail therapy will be occurring on a massive scale. When stuff is marked down so much though, who can blame me? I’m sharing all of the deals at some of my favorite stores below and even some picks on my wishlist. So settle into a food coma, listen to the dulcet sounds of John Candy and Steve Martin, and let the Christmas tree’s glow lead you into an online shopping trance.

Madewell: 25% off your entire purchase with code THATSALE; they have the in best effortless, cool-girl style; NEED that nightshirt

J. Crew – 40% off everything in-stores and online with code HOLIDAY

BaubleBar – 30% EVERYTHING with code THANKS30 – so many pretty pieces for the holidays

ILY Couture – 25% off your entire purchase with code GIFT25; I love her festive holiday themed tees and sweats for Christmas!

Urban Outfitters – Up to 50% off selected lines

Anthropologie – 20% off EVERYTHING with code GIFT

Banana Republic – 50% five regular priced items with code BRFIVE; lots of beautifully made, high quality staples including coats and cashmere blend sweaters

Shopbop – use code GOBIG16 for 15% off of $200+, 20% off $500+, and 25% of $800+; Shopbop has some big-ticket items, so if you’ve been eyeing a luxury purchase, definitely snap it up with the promo code.

Revolve – up to 65% off select items; Revolve can be quite expensive, so I like to stock up during sales! Lots of cute jeans, bohemian blouses and booties.

Nasty Gal30% off their best loved black items; perfect for when, like me, you prefer dressing like a witch

Nordstrom – up to 60% on over 266 pages of items; and that’s just the Women’s section! Snag some Ugg slippers or Tory Burch riding boots, while they’re seriously marked down.

Gap – 50% off everything with code TGIF50

Missguided – 50% off everything with code YESYESYES – SO affordable and great trendy pieces including super sassy NYE dresses

Athleta – 20% off everything with code BOOST

Asos – 20% off EVERYTHING with code GOGOGO; SO much to love here with super affordable pieces to the more high end; I also love that you can stock up on literally everything from sunglasses to shoes to makeup

Uniqlo – Massive discounts on their warm winter styles including their Heattech line. I love how these pieces keep you warm and hold in heat while wicking away any sweat. Perfect for cold-weather layering.

Happy Thanksgiving! Have an extra helping of mashed potatoes for me!

The Most SHOCKING Things About London

Moving halfway across the world or even just visiting there can often be terrifying. You’re exposed to a new culture, new social rules and an entirely new place, so you can sometimes feel totally out of sorts. I’ve lived in London a few months now, so I thought I’d share a few of the most shocking things I’ve encountered as an American. These also I think are generally helpful tips and observations if you are not from the UK and want to visit, study abroad or live here and want to temper your culture shock. I love London, so I don’t mean to insult anyone. Just want to be sure no one gets hit by a car, offends Londoners or lights their hotel room on fire! Thanks for watching and be sure to subscribe, as I regularly share videos about my move to London and life abroad.

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What to know so you can visit or move to London with limited culture shock

Gift Guide: I Can’t Adult Today

Perfect for your bff or friend who literally CANNOT

We all have that friend (or maybe it’s you!) who LITERALLY CANNOT adult today. Even though I’m a few years out of college, sometimes all it takes is a gloomy winter day with no direct sunlight (WTF London) to make me want to hibernate my life away. Well, these gifts are here to help you or your BFF boss up, get your shit together and adult like a champion! Or at least pretend to. So fake it til you make it and snag a few of these sassy, but oh so useful presents.

1. I Need a Day Between Saturday & Sunday Sweatshirt – because don’t we all?
2. Liquid Therapy Wineglasses – because what 9 to 5 doesn’t warrant a bottle of wine (or two)?
3. Smartphone Projector – for when you can afford an iPhone and leech off your parents’ Netflix subscription but don’t own a TV
4. I Can’t Adult Today Pouch – I SEE NO LIES
5. I Am Very Busy Portable Phone Battery – for that friend whose snapchat selfie addiction always kills their battery or they don’t charge their phone like a capable adult
6. Binge Watching Survival Kit – includes marathon essentials including coasters, a sofa yoga guide, and emergency socks
7. I’m Outta Here Passport Case – sometimes real life needs to be avoided and last-minute getaways need to happen
8. Facial in a Box – Less than $20 because who can afford the real thing?
9. More Mimosas Please Phone Case – chasing away the Sunday Scaries by spiking my orange juice since 2012
10. Sriracha 2 Go – if you can’t cook, you can make literally anything taste good with Sriracha
11. French Press – I can’t afford my Starbucks habit, but goddamnit I deserve fancy coffee
12. YOU are a Badass Book – for when you’re ready to stop avoiding responsibility, get shit done and start adulting
13. Cactus Neon Light – One plant even you wont’ be able to kill, no matter how hard you try

London Brunch: The Henry Root, Chelsea

After a successful first outing of the London Brunch Queens, we decided to extend our reign another weekend and sample further brunch delights throughout our kingdom. Our brunch-loving clique gained another esteemed member, my friend Eleanor, and we decided to make our way south of last week’s Notting Hill adventure to the equally chic and too-expensive-for-me-to-live-in, Chelsea. Of course, I filed away street names for when I can afford my beautiful west London flat.

Beautiful Home in Chelsea, London

We chose our destination, The Henry Root, as you choose most great restaurants, after seeing someone post a very cute photo on instagram.  As we all had a group project meeting for school later in the day,  we definitely wanted to begin the day with a decadent meal in an insta-approved setting.

Brunch in Chelsea at The Henry Root in London

The Tiffany-blue painted entrance remained steadfastly cute in the grey London rain, and the interior was equally lovely and crowned in the same bright blue. I love how more and more restaurants seem to be considering “instagram readiness” in their design, and it honestly does affect my likelihood in trying somewhere new to eat.

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Basic betches, including myself, will love the vintage Breakfast at Tiffany’s artwork.

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We arrived to an entirely empty restaurant, and while it did fill up more as our meal went on, I wouldn’t recommend this spot if you’re looking for a bustling, buzzy brunch vibe. It is perfect for a long, leisurely meal filled with conversation, as you won’t feel rushed or like you have to scream over your neighbors.

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We started with Americanos to power us through the lazy Sunday haze and quickly studied the menu. I LOVE that they serve both brunch and roast, as it’s rare to find a London restaurant that serves both at the same time. Brunch hours can also be a little strange here, as breakfast is usually stopped around noon. The Henry Root, however, appeared to have both brunch and roast all day, so they earned extra Brunch Queen points. While choosing between brunch and roast is my Sophie’s Choice, Riley quickly shamed me out of ordering meat, potatoes and gravy before 11AM, so I settled on trying my first ever shakshuka.

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The shakshuka was yummy and served piping hot (the English sometimes seem to like things lukewarm), but I did long for a bit of roast beef and a Yorkshire pudding. Maybe next time. Eleanor also had shakshuka, and Riley had fluffy scrambled eggs with toast, as he is a toast addict. We all treated ourselves and ordered extra toast with preserves because apparently we’re hobbits who eat multiple breakfasts.

After polishing our plates and ordering roughly seven Americanos a piece, we decided we’d avoided the group project work as long as possible and made our way out of The Henry Root. If you’re in Chelsea and want something more quiet, I highly recommend it for a relaxing brunch or Sunday roast. It was quite far, so I don’t know if I’ll be back super soon, unless I can be tempted with roast and massive amounts of gravy. We wandered around Chelsea for a bit, taking in the posh Christmas decorations and stopping for yet another snack, pastries and more coffee. If you want to see the rest of our Sunday adventures around London, be sure to check out my weekend vlog.

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If you want to check out The Henry Root, you can book here.