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Random Raves: London Edition

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Is it just us, or is London really in the spotlight these days?  We couldn’t let this week go by without getting in on the action so we asked the adorable London-based blogger, Meghan, from Wishful Thinking to share some of her favorite things.

“Since I’m South African, I wondered whether I should share some authentic African random raves with you, but given the Queen’s Jubilee this year and the upcoming Olympics, London is definitely the place to be!  There is so much to rave about that I had a hard time whittling it down to just 5!  So without further ado, and in no particular order, here is what I am raving about right now:

Boris Bikes

With spring nearly upon us and the rising cost of tube/train fares, everyone is talking about the mighty Boris Bike!  There are thousands of these (rather retro-looking) bikes scattered around the city, which you can hire for next to nothing!  It still amuses me to see city workers in full suit and tie or 9″ heels and pencil skirts biking to meetings or lunch dates!

Jamie Oliver Cooking Classes

A friend and I recently went to two Jamie Oliver Cooking Classes in Clapham – we did Thai Chicken Curry (delish) and Pasta Making (semi-soul destroying but fun.)  The class is really well organised and it’s a great night out with a friend.  If that doesn’t tempt you, there’s free wine, too!

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

OK, so this is nothing new to Londoners but it is rare to find a restaurant that gets it right every time!  I recently visited the city GBK and enjoyed an out-of-this-world avo and bacon burger with a massive milkshake, all under the shadow of St. Paul’s Cathedral (and all under £13!)

Free London Walks

I have lived here for 7 years and have only just discovered that you can download maps and  maps and guides for walking tours around London!  My fiancé and I recently did the Legal Walk which was fascinating and fun…  next up is the Jack the Ripper tour!

The Faberge Big Egg Hunt

This Easter, there are over 200 giant Easter eggs (each created by leading artists, designers, architects and jewellers) scattered all around London.  I have only managed to find about 20 so far but the quest continues (yes, this has brought out the big child in me!)

So if you’re in the city or planning to come to London, try these out!  Thanks so much for having me, Carolyn – it’s been fun sharing my little slice of London!”

Don’t you just love Meghan’s picks and that she went out and took all the pictures to create these great collages (making our ability to post soooo much easier?!)  Those giant eggs are amazing and we wonder if Jamie Oliver would consider cooking painting one…  Thank you, Meghan, for your terrific post and I can’t wait to come to London and enjoy a burger with you!

P.S.  Meghan should have included her own blog in her list of raves since it’s one of our favorites!  Click here to read more…

Photos via Wishful Thinking

Guest Post, The Latest Buzz

Shall We Dance?

Tangerine Blossoms

When Pantone announced their 2012 Color of The Year last December, we weren’t quite ready to embrace Tangerine Tango.  After all, we were in the midst of decorating our homes for the holidays!

Graceful Gracie Wallpaper

But with the new year upon us, we’re finding this color pretty “a-peeling” (you know we had to go there!) and when New England Home asked us to write a second post for their blog this week, we decided to poll our friends to see what they would do…

Nifty Newport Bowl

Does this color make you dance?  If so, please click here to read more!

Photos via Diane James Home, Gracie and Jill Rosenwald

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Thursday Thank You

Pretty Pink Tulips Blog

… to the lovely Elizabeth from Pretty Pink Tulips for including us in her Four Fall Faves series.  For those of you who are lucky enough to know this stylish lifestyle blogger in person, you’ll agree that she adds a glamourous touch to everything she does – whether it’s decorating her home, throwing a party (“Champagne anyone?”) or finding the most perfect hostess gifts.  And she does it all with such effortless grace and beauty!

Walk in the Woods

Football Fun

Photos via Pretty Pink Tulips, Elle Decor and Pinterest

Guest Post, The Latest Buzz

I’d Rather Wear…

a Unique Story – that’s Boticca‘s tag line… and every piece they sell is as unique as it’s story.  We’ve been a fan of this online site for quite a while (read our post here) so when we were contacted last week by Eliza, Boticca’s PR & Communications Director, to be a guest curator, we were beyond thrilled… and a little nervous.  After all, some of the past curators include uber-chic fashion bloggers and stylists (yikes!)

Boticca is Buzz-worthy!

Boticca is Buzz-worthy!

Since it’s been raining all week long (yes, the weather does affect us emotionally around here!), we were inspired by “Summer in the Hamptons” for our curated collection.  Choosing 6 or so pieces was easier said than done – the selection of jewelry, bags and accessories is amazing!  We hope you enjoy our attempt at being Rachel Zoe for a day and feeling incredibly glamorous.  Many thanks to Bottica for allowing us to look forward to summer in style!

P.S.  If you’d like to read the article, please click here!

Photo via Boticca

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Tuesday Treat – Part Deux

American Gal with UK Style

American Gal with UK Style

The lovely Lauren, an Oxford-residing American currently visiting Paris, asked us to write a little guest post for her while she’s away…  so take a flight across the pond and join us here for an extra Tuesday Treat!

P.S.  Please bear with us as we’re experiencing a bit of jet lag!

Photo via Aspiring Kennedy