Christmas at Kew

Christmas at Kew met—no, exceeded—my expectations.

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I have heard for several years that Christmas at Kew Gardens is a must-do Christmastime outing in London, but this was our first time. You have to book tickets really early—we booked in JULY. And we were really lucky we happened to have a dry evening on the date we booked.img_4911We’ve been to Kew Gardens before, but this was a completely different experience. (And Kew Gardens is very much worth a visit during the day, with or without kids.) Continue reading

Naughty or Nice?

In London at Christmastime, you can be both, all in one packed week. I’m clearly setting out to confuse Father Christmas right down to the deadline.

Remember the long weekend this summer when I did All the Things? This was the week in which I did All the Christmas Things.

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Trafalgar Square looking glam

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4 London Summertime Traditions, 1 (Long) Weekend

July was a particularly busy month this year. Between loads of end-of-school-year activities for both kids and people trying to get their summertime soirees in before everyone headed out of the city for the month of August, our family calendar was booked.

And there was one week in mid-July that must have broken some record in how many things I managed to squeeze into four days. Apparently I was trying to do as many British summertime activities as I could before spending a month doing American summertime things. Here’s a recap of the weekend we did All the Things: Continue reading

Secret Cinema: Casino Royale

I got to check off something on my London bucket list this week, when M and I attended Secret Cinema.

Secret Cinema Presents Casino Royale

Secret Cinema is an immersive, interactive cinematic experience in a secret location. You become part of the movie, dressed as part of the cast, with a role to play. I’m going to attempt to write about this without giving too much away, because I don’t want any agents coming after me for knowing too much and selling their secrets. Continue reading

Late Summer/Early Autumn ’19 Trend Report

This is, very obviously, in no way a fashion blog, and I am in no way an “influencer” (I’m more of a trend-follower than -setter; even then, a friend recently told me, “I think we could push you more sartorially,” which was maybe the funniest thing anyone’s ever said to me), but I’ve been thinking a lot about trends lately. The last time I wrote a post about what was trending in my part of London was nearly three years ago, so don’t expect this to turn into THAT sort of blog.

After spending half the summer in London and half in the States, I found myself mentally comparing/contrasting what was trending here vs. there. Continue reading