Last Saturday I spent the day discovering the historic (but new to me) neighborhood of Notting Hill. This area of London is one (of very many, I’m sure) that I had not seen on prior trips to the city, so I was eager to explore Notting Hill solo to get the full experience. I just had the taxi drop me off on a random corner, and then all I did was just wander around for a few hours – sometimes that’s the best way to learn the lay of the land and discover the prettiest spots. Notting Hill is as charming as it appears in the namesake movie featuring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant – you’ll find many colorful flats, overgrown blooms and picturesque streets. Not only that, but the neighborhood boasts some amazing shopping destinations. I stopped in Maison Scotch, Anya Hindmarch, Jigsaw, Sandro, Claudie Pierlot and a few more during my visit.
In addition to the great shopping, beautiful homes and landscapes, Notting Hill is also home to the Portobello Market – stay tuned for a look at my quick adventure through the market and my favorite brunch spot in London (that also happens to be in Notting Hill)! Hope you enjoyed all the photos!
There are few things I love more than a chic, all-black look. Last week I showcased a few favorite black basics under $100, so I felt it was only appropriate to feature a monochrome black ensemble! If you’re not on a strict budget this fall and don’t need to stick to the under $100 rule, there are a few key black pieces that you need to see/lust after/buy (in addition to this look of course).
#1 – a luxe pair of leather or suede leggings. My favorite pair of leggings from last fall are back and better than ever! What’s wonderful about this style is that it looks amazing with heels and flats, but they’re thin enough to wear tucked into your favorite boots too. This pair more elevated than jeans or jersey leggings, aren’t bulky, and are timeless. If leather is more your speed, try this pair(own ‘em and love ‘em!) or this faux leather option.
#3 – a skirt with flare. Like the one in this post, I’m always looking for edgy pieces in staple shades. Even though the style is somewhat fashion forward, because it’s in basic black, it will stand the test of time. Whether it features fringe, an avant garde bow or a ruffled, waterfall hem, just pair your skirt with a soft sweater and heels for an effortless, chic fall/winter look.