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

5 Things To Be For Halloween

Ah, Halloween....what's not to love?

From the costumes to the candy to the crunchy sound of your hair the morning after you've crimped, dyed, and teased it until it's basically falling out.

My Halloween costumes growing up included Lucille Ball, a cowgirl, and Fran Drescher (Do the laugh for us!).

When it comes to costumes now, the stakes are both higher and lower: no one cares really if you dress up, but if you do then it'd better be good. And to that point, the most well-received costume I've ever seen was done by my friend Krista two years ago when she went as Gap's failed new logo.

Last year, I was Rayanne from My So Called Life:

5 Things To Be For Halloween


The year before I was one of my cats:

5 Things To Be For Halloween


This year? I have no freakin' idea. Derrick's going as Walt from Breaking Bad, so it's been suggested that I go alongside him as blue meth. That could happen, but if it doesn't, here are some options:

1. Julian Assange—When in London, eigh?

2. Lena Dunham—dream girl

3. Reverse Commuter—Since this year I completed the Pilgrim reverse commute (full disclosure: I did not come up with this phrase)

4. My teddy bear, Bowtie—Currently winning the race

5 Things To Be For Halloween


5. Someone from Downton—SPOILER ALERT: dead Sybil? Too soon? Baby Sybil?

Other ideas:

6. Rob Brydon

7. Rebecca Brooks

8. A hashtag

HELP! 

Top 4 Things To Do This Weekend (No Matter Where You Live)

F-in right it's the weekend, and there's something about weekends during the in-between seasons like fall that makes everything seem kinda' perfect. The weather's not too hot but not too cold, you've got a lot of room for flexibility when it comes to outfits, and there's tons of seasonable activities to be photographed doing while you're wearing your new fall coat.

The bad thing about fall? It's generally pretty short (like, two months short) so you've got to take advantage of it while you can.

Here are some things you can do to enjoy short-lived fall no matter where you live:

1. Go Outside!

Top 4 Things To Do This Weekend (No Matter Where You Live)


No matter where you live fall's pretty freaking beautiful, so you should take the time to leave the house and enjoy the scenery.

Is it still warm where you are? Go camping.

Is it chilly? Go for a walk in the park/woods/on your street/in your yard, wherever, as long as your outside long enough to enjoy the middle of the road weather and the scenery that comes with it.

Is it already cold? Read the next weekend suggestion.

2. Watch a (Good) Documentary

Top 4 Things To Do This Weekend (No Matter Where You Live)


Watching a documentary just makes you feel good. Maybe it's because they make you think, or because afterwards you'll feel like a super intellectual type who just drops documentary references in everyday conversations. Either way, it's a nice break from your normal television + movie routine.

I'd recommend The Imposter (which I saw at the Full Frame Festival in Durham earlier this year and am still obsessed with) or Capturing The Friedmans which is both creepy and wonderful.

3. Drink Some Local Fall-Themed Beer, or Apple Cider

Top 4 Things To Do This Weekend (No Matter Where You Live)


Last Friday, we went to a Columbian restaurant in Brixton Village (which I am now obsessed with). Afterwards we bought some local beers and strolled around* Brixton in the chilly fall air. It was perfect.

If fall does one thing right, it's drinks. Whether you're after the alcoholic variety or prefer some warm apple cider, it's the perfect time of year visit an orchard, brewery, or a supermarket to get something yum yum yummy to drink.

*I'm still not used to the whole idea that it's legal to drink in public here, so I was super duper nervous carrying the beer. I keep waiting for a cop to get mad at me, or for a teacher or some other authority figure to look at me disapprovingly.

4. Eat Candy

Top 4 Things To Do This Weekend (No Matter Where You Live)


It's Halloween, for pete's sake.

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I Want To Wear This: Fall Fashion and The Mighty Pound

This year has been an expensive one to say the least.

Every dime/10p I've earned over the past 10 months has gone to visas and plane tickets, which is exciting in a big picture kinda' way, but actually just expensive in an everyday kinda' way.

Needless to say, there hasn't been a lot left over for my favorite pasttime of internet shopping + wearing PJ's + eating raisins out of a bowl.  So, as soon as I get my first British paycheck I'm going to do some good ol'British High Street shopping.

Here's a few things I might buy:

I Want To Wear This: Fall Fashion and The Mighty Pound


ZARA Short Military Coat

I Want To Wear This: Fall Fashion and The Mighty Pound


Topshop Cut Out Boots

I Want To Wear This: Fall Fashion and The Mighty Pound


Joe Fresh Shell Tank

I Want To Wear This: Fall Fashion and The Mighty Pound


ASOS Suede Pocket Shirt

I Want To Wear This: Fall Fashion and The Mighty Pound


Land's End Long Pleated Skirt

I Want To Wear This: Fall Fashion and The Mighty Pound


ASOS Dress With Trumpet Skirt

P.S.–if you don't already shop at Land's End, you totally should. They have good quality stuff at decent prices and some of it is really cute...totes not just for moms (not that there's anything wrong with moms).

Gooo fall!

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