5 Things To See In London: Abney Park Cemetery

London is made for autumn. 

There are almost 11,000 acres of green space in the city, so you can imagine what that looks like as the leaves start to change color. Add in some historic, registered buildings and suddenly everything is postcard-perfect.

Luckily, we live around the corner from Abney Park Cemetery and make a point to take weekend walks through this gorgeous graveyard whenever we can. 

Here's a look (and listen!) at our walk from this past Sunday, accompanied by late afternoon sunlight and take-away coffees: 

5 Things To See In London / Abney Park // Second Floor Flat
5 Things To See In London / Abney Park // Second Floor Flat
5 Things To See In London / Abney Park // Second Floor Flat
5 Things To See In London / Abney Park // Second Floor Flat
5 Things To See In London / Abney Park // Second Floor Flat

Stores You Should Know About—London: Labour and Wait

So it's a new year, and we're all getting back into the groove of things. A healthy way to ease that pain (and nearly any pain, for that matter) is via retail therapy.

Over the past seven months since I made my move from New York to London, I've come across a wealth/shit ton of new stores—some in London, some in New York, and some who strictly operate online.

To help you satisfy that resolution of shopping more, I'll be sharing some of these new shops over the next few weeks. All of these stores are totally unrelated aside from the fact that they're all independent and they're all awesome, so there will be a nice variety to help keep you from away from the ledge during the Worst Months of the Year.

Without further ado, I give you our first awesome Store You Should Know About, and that's London's own Labour and Wait.

Stores You Should Know About—London: Labour and Wait


Labour and Wait is the kind of store that makes you feel clean, but that kind of clean that you'll never really be and can only aspire to. (Similar to the feeling you get when you shop at Whole Foods.)

Whether I'm in their East London store or just browsing their online shop, I'm always overcome with the urge to throw out everything I own and focus only on classic, salt-of-the-earth design.

Stores You Should Know About—London: Labour and Wait


Labour and Wait originally opened in East London in 2000. The store was created with timeless, functional design in mind, which was a response to the cheapened, mass-produced products that were beginning to saturate the market. It only took the rest of us about 15 years to catch up to this idea but boy, I'm sure glad we did—I got one of those snazzy little mugs from my husband for Christmas and man, it's good:

Stores You Should Know About—London: Labour and Wait


Stores You Should Know About—London: Labour and Wait


Stores You Should Know About—London: Labour and Wait


Labour and Wait has two brick and mortar locations in London—one in Shoreditch as well as one in Dover Street Market. And should you find yourself in Japan, check out BShop—you'll be able to find Labour and Wait at 13 of their locations.

Thanks to Poppy Talk for taking a great picture of the swoon-worthy brush collection, and Dwell for their ballin' shelf photo.

Happy Holidays!

Because I like to make things as stressful as possible, we've decided to move to a new neighborhood in East London two days before I head home to Atlanta for Christmas.

Despite the fact that 1,000 things need to happen before Monday, I've somehow found plenty of time to look at blogs and movie trailers and pictures of Obama on my laptop. In fact, right now I'm doing the moving equivalent of Sloan Crosley's attempt to clean out her room in I Was Told There Would Be Cake.*

Needless to say, as soon as I have the energy to get up, I'll be offline for a few days. If you need me, I'll be wearing a similar outfit and falling asleep sleeping standing up from a food hangover like this Erin Fetherston girl.

Happy Holidays!


 Happy holidays!

*Note: if you haven't read Sloane Crosley's I Was Told There Would Be Cake, you should do it right now. Here's an excerpt that made me laugh out loud the first time I read it:

The day I get shot…will in all likelihood be the day before  laundry Sunday and the day after I decided to clean out my closet, got  bored halfway through, and opted to watch sitcoms in my prom dress  instead.