UK Bucket List (Plus Tradlands Discount!)

You know, the moment you decide to move the questions come out. Aside from the standard what/when/where variety, the most common question I've been asked on the eve of every big move is this:

Is there anything on your [CITY] bucket list?

I'd been saying no to this question for months in relation to London and the UK, mainly because once I've decided I want to move or do something I'm really ready to do it. Maybe it's a Scorpio thing, or maybe it's because I analyze every decision so greatly that once I've made it, I tend to stick to it. 

Not so in this case. 

For months I told everyone that there were no items left on my UK bucket list because I'd pretty much squashed it within the first few months of arriving in 2012 – just in time for the Olympics. There were weekend trips to Cambridge, picnics in Greenwich, London Eye, Borough Market, obvious tourist things, neighborhoods to explore, etc. etc. etc.

Then I came across a photo of cliffs lining the English Channel, courtesy of a friendly reminder on Instagram. I remembered I hadn't seen England's famous chalk cliffs – either those of Sussex or of Dover. And so, a weekend visit to Seven Sisters (filming location of Atonement, thanks) was planned.

Seven Sisters Cliffs | Second Floor Flat

The Seven Sisters chalk cliffs sit along the southern coast of England, just about an hour and a half outside of London. Despite their relative closeness, the difference is shocking – it's quiet, spacious, and stunningly beautiful.

We spent a few hours exploring around the cliffs before heading off for a pub lunch (as you do) in the nearby village of Lewes.

Despite its slightly more southern location and the sunshine that showed its face during our visit, overall it was pretty cold. And as beautiful as the English Channel may be, the wind that comes off of it is no joke – layers were absolutely necessary.

Park Lane Button-up from Tradlands, straw bag from Fy, striped tee from Chance

Sadie at Tradlands sent me a Park Lane polka dot button-up a few weeks back and I took the opportunity to try it out on our trip to Seven Sisters.

You guys know I love me a good button up, and that I love Tradlands, but I now own three of their long sleeve button-ups and am continuously impressed by the quality. Before I came across brands like Tradlands and California Tailor, I wasn't completely sold on the idea of a high quality button-up. My shirts from Gap, Uniqlo, and the rest had always worked fine and I couldn't quite get the need to spend more money on a product that I assumed was equivalent in quality.

I stand corrected 100 times over. The fabric is noticeably different (the Park Lane is crisp, mid-weight Japanese Cotton) and the attention to detail is remarkable. You feel it in the thick, pearlized buttons, and the tailoring in the cuffs and collar. Not to mention the fit which assures no boob gap – something that's always, always appreciated.

Because Sadie and Jeremy, the husband and wife team behind Tradlands, are so lovely, they're offering $25 off all orders over $100 with the code summerready PLUS a free Ferry Plaza Tote (which I have and use every weekend) with every order placed – no code necessary. Offer expires at 11:59 PM PST on Tuesday, June 30.

Act fast, y'all. As you know, I only share products from designers and brands that I genuinely support and believe in, so I wouldn't even consider working with Tradlands if I didn't love their product, their mission, and didn't know for a fact that Sadie and Jeremy are some of the nicest, hardworking people out there.

Shop Tradlands here (their summer collection releases next week!), and follow them here, here, here, and here

 

Photos by D Watterson III; poor editing job by me

I received product from Tradlands though this is a business I love and support – which you know because I just said that. Thank you for supporting the businesses that support Second Floor Flat. Have questions? Let me know!


Boutique Bucket List: Part I

If you're like me, you're obsessed with independent boutiques. Ordering a gift for someone is an absolute treat because it means I get to searching, usually online, for something from one of my favorite stores.

The thing is, a lot of these online boutiques exist live and in person, I've just never had the chance to visit. I have a dream of going on a boutique road trip one day where I'll casually (somehow) drive across the globe; energetically popping into all of my dream stores, befriending the owners, stocking up on fancy L:a Bruket candles, and Instagramming as I go.

In the meantime, I'll be dreaming behind a laptop if you need me. Here's my boutique bucket list for that one-day trip: 

GIRL & GRAAF - A super sweet Sydney-based  store that epitomizes all-things Aussie (in my mind, at least). Girl & Graaf is clean, bright, airy, warm and friendly, and stocks brands like Sugar Paper and Uashmama. P.S. - A few months ago, I profiled Girl & Graaf for KEEP.com!

Favorite Girl & Graaf finds: Lemon Tree & Mandarin Bench Spray (Bondi Wash, $20AUS) + a classic Panama Hat ($299 AUS). 

 

 

THE APARTMENTThe Apartment appears to be a fully stocked New York City apartment, complete with clothing, accessories, furniture, dishware, and more. The catch? It's really more or less a showroom for the online version of the retailer called The Line. The Apartment allows you to see the items in person and imagine them in your (less fabulous) home, and also to meet the designers and learn about their inspiration. Color me SO jealous.

Favorite The Line finds:  Fritz Hansen Nesting Tables ($2,197) + Pallas Mercure Jacket ($2,350)

 

 

POKETOThis is my online go-to shop for all things fun, gifty, and colorful. The shop opened it's brick and mortar outpost in Downtown LA's Arts District and was born out of the idea of "art for your everyday" - taking it off the gallery walls and into your everyday life. It's also run by an adorable husband and wife team who I'd like to hang out with.

Favorite finds: Linen Coated Trays ($18) + Pattern Pens ($4.50)

 

 

THE BROKEN ARMOf course a concept shop in Paris came up with the coolest store name of all time. Of course it also doubles as a cafe, is located in the Marais, and features designers like Kenzo and Carven. I HAVE to get to this store one day, even if I will be sweaty, awkward, and afraid of looking lame the entire time I'm there.

 

Coming up soon, part II of my boutique bucket list. Stay tuned, gang!