Christina’s Favorites | February

We are already well into March, but my February faves will have to be better late than never.

February was a total whirlwind.  Between work and play, I traveled three out of four weeks, but it was a lot of fun.  The highlight was a trip across the pond to London with friends where I fell in love with the city all over again.  My favorites are all related to that trip.  I hope you enjoy!

Everlane Twill Snap Backpack

Everlane Twill Snap Backpack in Black with Black Leather – I looked for a laptop bag for quite a while and probably bought and returned half a dozen. I couldn’t seem to find the right shape or style.

About two years ago, I stumbled upon Everlane–an online retailer promoting “radical transparency” in how, where and for how much their products are produced. They carry modern basics including tees, sweaters, and bags like this one.  I ordered it and loved it so much, I bought it again in another color.  It has a generous sized pocket in front and a large padded pocket inside for your laptop. Whether I’m taking a flight or commuting to work, it’s the perfect travel companion. Personally, I will never go back to a shoulder bag for my computer. Having my hands free and the weight distributed is great, and I can fit so much inside.

If you’re looking for a backpack, definitely give this one a try. It’s a great price from a great company, you won’t be sorry! (Bonus: Everlane offers one hour delivery in NYC and SF)

Nike Free Flyknit Running Shoes

Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit Shoes in Black/Wolf Grey/Dark Grey/White – These Nike Frees Feel. Like. Heaven. I knew I’d be on my feet a lot in London, and I wanted some comfy shoes for sightseeing during the day. I picked these up the night before I left and crossed my fingers that they would be comfortable enough to get around.  And they were!  I felt like I could have walked forever.  I  packed my black skinny jeans (as seen in my November favorites), these shoes, and rotated tops and sweaters to streamline my suitcase.

Amazing shopping on Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill

Notting Hill Charm

To keep the London theme going, I have to give a shout out to Global Entry.  When you get Global Entry, you also get TSA Pre-Check so it’s pretty much the best $100 you’ll ever spend. Coming home, I was through Customs and on my way within three minutes flat. It’s the best! If you travel regularly, get it. Trust me.

As for London itself, we crammed in a ton of activities in four days.  Here are some of my favorites:

Borough Market, London

Cheese Stall at Borough Market, London (Valentine’s Day Festive!)

We did a self guided walking tour that started by taking a stroll across Tower Bridge, walking along the river, and crossing back over to Big Ben, Parliament and Westminster Abbey.  Somewhere in the middle, we stopped off at Borough Market. It is an amazing food market in southeast London, and if you’re a foodie or looking for a snack, it’s incredible. You could spend hours sampling the local fare going stall to stall. I’ll be back for the raclette.

Afternoon Tea at the Palm Court inside the Langham Hotel, London

Afternoon Tea at the Palm Court inside the Langham Hotel, London

A trip to London is incomplete until you have yourself a spot of tea. I loved our experience at the Palm Court at the Langham Hotel. It’s a spectacularly beautiful hotel, and the tea room is stunning. Rosé, tea, scones, little sandwiches and tons of sweets made for a delightful afternoon.

Berners Tavern inside The London Edition Hotel

Berners Tavern inside The London Edition Hotel

Berners Tavern at The Edition Hotel in Soho was a great place to eat our first night. We started out at the pub and made our way to this stunningly gorgeous and modern British restaurant. The ambiance, decor and experience were top notch. I would definitely go again, even if just for a cocktail.

Sketch from the Fashion Rules Exhibition at Kensington Palace

Sketch from the Fashion Rules Exhibition at Kensington Palace

On our last day, we paid a visit to Kensington Palace.  Unfortunately, we didn’t spot Kate & Wills, but we did catch the Fashion Rules Exhibition.  As someone who loves both fashion and the royals, it was perfection. The exhibition highlights royal fashion focusing on Queen Elizabeth, her sister Princess Margaret, and of course Princess Diana. If you love couture and you find yourself in London, you’ll love this one.

That wraps up my February faves.  I’d love to know yours! Drop me a note in the comment box below.

Enjoy the rest of March!

XOXO,

Christina

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2 Responses to Christina’s Favorites | February

  1. Alexa March 14, 2016 at 11:52 pm #

    Oooh, finding a backpack is tough! I had no idea Everlane made them! What kind of tea did you have in London?

    • Casually Glam March 15, 2016 at 9:35 am #

      They had a bunch of rare and exotic ones which I had a few sips of, but I love classic Assam :) So boring, but so good!!

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