I celebrated my "late" twenties this year with an officially-all-grown-up gift: the classic Hermès Heure H Watch. I have coveted the timepiece for a few years now, always keeping my eye out while shopping at vintage boutiques. My last name starts with an 'H' so I thought it could be special, more like a monogramed accessory rather than a branded one. Unfortunately, I was never lucky enough to come across a vintage Hermès watch in near perfect condition... Knowing about my endless hunt, my parents decided to surprise me and splurge on a brand new Hermès Heure H for my special day. I could not have been more thrilled!
Here are a few photos from my recent trip to London. I made sure to pack two of my favorite brooches, which happen to be crowns. I found the pearl crown years ago, while I was still in high school, at a Dallas antiques mall... and the golden Kenneth Jay Lane crown is a recent eBay find! Luckily, for our UK trip, the sun was out and everything was in full bloom! We started in London and took the train up to Edinburgh and drove back down through the Lake District where we got to explore charming little towns sprinkled in between fields of yellow flowers. My favorite day was spent visiting Beatrix Potter's country home in Hill Top. See a list of my favorite highlights below.
Sketch // 9 Conduit Street, Mayfair
That infamous pink room! Be sure to make your high tea reservation ahead of time.
Farm Girl // 59A Portobello Road
My favorite brunch spot by far, a must try is their rose lattes and berry pancakes.
Harrods // 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge
A historical shopping mall, be sure to get high tea on the top floor!
Selfridges // 400 Oxford Street, Marylebone
Another famous shopping mall, fun for window shopping.
V&A Museum // Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge
A gorgeously curated museum that always features a beautiful fashion exhibit.
Cahoots // 13 Kingly Court, Carnaby
A hidden speak easy style cocktail bar that used to be a train station.
In honor of Spring traditions, I decided to visit the New York Botanical Garden for their annual Orchid show. Last year's visit to the NYBG Orchid Show was so magical, I could not wait to return! It gave me the perfect excuse to wear my vintage insect brooches that I recently picked up from the Brooklyn Flea.