Weekend!

Have a nice weekend, folks. In addition to maxin' and relaxin' I'll be headed to Ikea to get some things for our new flat, watching some movies, and hopefully going to see this exhibit.

Meanwhile, look at this photo of me!

Second Floor Flat - London fashion

Just kidding—that's not me, but I wll be wearing a version of that outfit.

Enjoy, gang!

 

 

From here!

 

Stores You Should Know About—London: Labour and Wait

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You Would Love: Homeland

After much peer pressure, I decided to give in and start watching Showtime's Homeland. This show has been on my list since it first began racking up Emmys and Golden Globes earlier this year, but between Breaking Bad and Louie and Treme, it's hard to keep up.

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Skinny Heels and You

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HBO's Girls, Lena Dunham, and Feeling Weird

Lately, there's been a lot of talk in these parts about HBO's Girls, the (obviously amazing) series that's written, directed, produced, and stars Lena Dunham.The show does a great job of showing exactly how I feel, which is perfect and happy and hopeful and odd and nostalgic and sad and confused. Anyone has the possibility of feeling that same set of feelings at anytime in their lives, but there's something about being in your 20s and 30s in New York that takes those feelings to new levels.

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Lately in London

I'm now approaching my 6-month mark of living as an American expat in London, and the whole thing feels like a flurry of emotions. Some have been good, and some have been bad, but on the whole I'm so glad to be in this city and doing what I'm doing. And what has this expat been doing in London?

Travelling!

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My former co-workers and forever pals, Regina and Jorge, came from New York to hang out...

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and we all went to the New Forest...

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...and saw some ponies...

Second Floor Flat—London

Second Floor Flat—London

After rollin' with the ponies, we had some beers at a very English B&B

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We found a lovely new flat (still Second Floor, natch) around the corner from an old cemetary...

Second Floor Flat—London

Second Floor Flat—London

 

..and did some really good eating, English-style...

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...and American-style

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And last but not least, I discovered the The Observer has a weekly New York Times pull-out. This makes me happier than you know.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Ah, Thanksgiving.

One year you're eating orange cinnamon rolls on your mom's floor in Georgia, watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. The next year you're standing by a radiator in London trying to determine which American restaurant would have the best pre-fix vegetarian options for dinner. Guess that's life, eigh?

It's been a wonderful and tough year for me, but wherever you are, I hope you have someone you love and can cling to nearby—whether it's family, old and new, or friends who treat you like family.

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New Flat, New Necessities

Totally stocking up on some of this for our new flat.

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(Oh yeah, that's right. We found a place in NE London and are definitely moving next month. Lots of light, a balcony, and a dishwasher. There are no words for my excitement.)

And while I'm here, I might stock up on some of these cards for New Years wishes from my beloved Rifle Paper Co...

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...this pitcher for ya know, water and stuff...

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...and this little pallerino...

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Just kidding on that last one—Bowtie would be so jeals.

 

All of this is from super cute store Amelia, which I just discovered and can't wait to spend more time browsing. Seriously, so freaking cute.