Second Floor Flat

An American expat living in London and working in fashion. Expect travel, clothes, daily outfits, lifestyle stuff,  Good Reads, photography, nods to my southern-U.S. roots, Bowtie the bear, and other daily anxieties.

Good Reads: The Best Links this Week

For those of you who don't know, Easter calls for a four-day weekend in the UK, starting tomorrow. That's right, both Friday and Monday are holidays (!). To celebrate both the holiday and the fact that my sweet momma is visiting, we're headed to Amsterdam (again!) for a few days of pancakes, canal walks, and tulips.

I can't wait to get back to that lovely city by the water and (hopefully) see it in the sunshine. Follow along with me on Instagram, y'all – I'd love to share my photos with you! Have a great weekend!

This real life Rosie the Riveter stole a smooch from one of my favorite people. (Jezebel)

Quick, very important hamster interruption. 

Nerd alert: these 13 Chrome apps are total game changers. (Daily Muse)

Amazing South African street style. (The Guardian)

The minimalist's guide to spring cleaning makes my heart pitter patter. I long to be a minimalist. (Need Supply Co.)

Actually just want everything on this list of spring's best basics. (NY Mag)

Imean, this girl's wavy bob is perfect. (Anh Co Tran)

SCADpad is a student + faculty-run project that reimagines urban housing. Way to go, alma mater!

K, one more hamster thing. 

Totally Simple Spring

Feeling super inspired lately to embrace the basic: the white, the nude nails, minimalistic jewelry, simply mixed prints without ornamentation, tan and all things pretty lately.

In fact, I recently jumped on the German granny train (aka #normcore trend) and bought some white Birkenstock Arizonas. I'm obsessed with them in all of their simple white and tan glory.

And for one reason or another, these seemingly unrelated images have been getting my simple little heart going in these first days of spring.

 And you, little girl? What are you obsessing over at the moment?

Budapest Travel Diary

Remember when I went to Budapest?

I do, because it was me who went, and because it was earlier this month, and because it was amazing.

Luckily, Mr & Mrs Smith also remember and earlier this week posted my SUITCASE Magazine x Budapest travel diary on the Smith Travel Blog. 

Give it a read, and see more of my Budapest adventures here and here.

Good Reads: The Best Links This Week

Y'all, it sho be the weekend.

We're probably going to binge on House of Cards tonight (season two, you're amazing), then head to this place for brunch, then I'll probably bite the bullet and do my taxes. I'm already laying on the floor, kicking and screaming, just thinking about it. Being an expat is hard, you guys.

Whatever you're up to, have a great weekend!

It's a small world, after all! (ABC News)

Sweet Dillie the deer! One of my favorite animal stories, maybe ever. (National Georgraphic)

You've got to be kidding me with these Sophia Webster baby shoes

Really loving the work of LA printmaker Chris Turnham. (Miss Moss)

I've got my eye on these handmade booties from Jane Sews Winter 2014 collection (they're based in South Africa). 

This car will take you from Detroit to New York on one tank of gas! (Fast Company)

Thinking of trying the #100happydays project. Have any of you done this?

Just getting a little work done before the weekend starts. (Heavy)

Big questions: I'd really like some new sandals. Do I go classic and buy Birkenstocks, or opt for these ZARAs?

"Cat Adorably Begs For Food" pretty much says it all. (Paw Bonito)

Eat your veggies! (Science Daily)

My favorite food blog has just re-launched! Congrats on the very pretty new design, Sprout & Pea!

Beauty Box: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

While I'm a huge fan of beauty products and am fascinated by highlighters and illuminators, I'm sometimes at a loss for how to actually use them. I recently discovered the Living Luminizer by RMS and quickly became obsessed, prompting me to harass my beauty-guru pal Krista for her favorite illuminating product. 

Luckily, Krista knows whats up and recommended a moisturizer from Laura Mercier. Read on, folks, and learn how to get that glowy, fresh-faced look without resembling one of these


Product Name: Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer

Price: $43/tube

What's It For? Evens out the skin in a soft, bright, and natural-looking way. 

Level of Difficulty (ie how difficult is it for the average bear to use): Easy! I use my fingers or a foundation brush.

Will it change my life? Yes! It adds a radiant glow that looks completely natural and fresh-faced.

Additional comments: I actually mix this with her Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer for a perfect balance of matte/shine. I tend to use more of the illuminating product on my cheekbones. I have tried a lot of highlighters, and this product looks the most natural to me. 

Sold! to the lady who's writing this post and, well, maybe some of you lovely readers.

Chic + Really Cheap: Mixing Stripes And Thrift

Oh this outfit is a good one, methinks.

The last time I was home in Atlanta, I took (several) selfies in my outfit du jour, which still stands to be pretty popular in my rotation now. (These Topshop jeans have given the skirt a run for its money, but still). 

Something about the crazy, heavy wool, 1800's vibe of this thrifted £12 / $19 skirt paired with my perfectly fitted KULE Preston Sweater and my Forever21 Patent Leather Creepers (£27 / $32.80) just works.

Daily Outfit |

The key to balancing this look is showing a little skin. My scandalous bare ankles and wrists help to keep the skirt from getting too Little House on the Prairie, as it definitely has that potential. 

Daily Outfit |
Daily Outfit |

Also spotted: £2.40 / $4 Flintstones necklace.