As part of our UK road trip, my sister and I chose a small coastal town to spend the night. We were hoping for great seaside views, quality fish and chips, and maybe a glimpse of a wild sea lion. We were not disappointed. Well, not 100%; we didn’t see any sea lions but the sea views made up for that!
Here are some of my favorite photographs from the beaches of Berwick Upon Tweed.
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I’m always on the look out for great vintage finds for my vintage clothing and accessories shop, The Gibbson Girl, so “flea market” is usually one of the first things I Google when I’m planning a trip to a new city. In London, I discovered small but charming Camden Passage.
Despite a slow start to the day (most shops and stalls weren’t open until 11am and noon), my sister and I were able to discover some one-of-a-kind vintage finds, including a tiny Morris Mini Minor charm that I’m crazy about it! We also stopped in for some Kombucha tea at Appesat, and enjoyed the artistic and chic atmosphere. A few block aways, we found Fara Charity shop and Saint Espresso where a cup of filtered coffee provided a back drop for photographs of some of my day’s finds.
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It’s difficult for me to pinpoint Londoners’ style in one photograph. While I was visiting, I saw a huge variety of chic outfits (no surprise). But they did have some common threads: pretty darn stylish…and lots of crop tops.
So, in the photograph below, I have distilled what I’ve seen of London street fashion into a single outfit. What do you think? Does it capture the essence of the city’s style?
Pants: America Today; Crop Top: H&M; Sandals: Zara; Umbrella: Totes; Magazine: Vogue London
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I’m a big fan of Inspector Morse (and Endeavour and Lewis…), so I might have had a minor freakout when I discovered an Inspector Morse tour in Oxford, England. Our guide, a retired Oxford University professor, was not only unbelievably knowledgable about the TV series and books, but she also happened to be Colin Dexter’s neighbor….and hilarious (in a nutty British professor kind of way that you’d expect from a woman giving a tour on an eccentric Oxford detective).
The next day, I had a chance to geek out further over British TV with a trip to Selfridge’s. As a fan of the show, Mr Selfridge, the one hundred-year-old department store didn’t let me down! The place was a commercial playland full of candy rooms, cocktail bars, sundae stands, booming electronics, and a delightfully colorful cunchony of department store staples like perfume and cosmetics. Overall, it was just what I expected a 21st century Selfridge’s to look like, and while I didn’t quite have the funds to support a large purchase, a bag of bulk artisanal candy gave me the perfect little taste of the Selfridge’s experience. Just as Harry would have wanted– with just a pound or two you can leave the store absolutely delighted.
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Back to the UK! After a two day “break” in the Netherlands, my sister and I headed back to the UK for a quick weekend trip to London and Oxford. We have both been to London before, so this weekend was filled with pleasantly tourist-y free events. Well, minus an Inspector Morse tour in Oxford that is! We explored Oxford’s classically British pubs, enjoyed (our now regular meal of) fish ’n chips, admired the University’s stunning architecture, and popped into charming bookstores. In London, we visited Camden Passage for great cafes, charity shops, and vintage finds. We stopped by Selfridge’s to experience the 100+ year old department store ourselves (and we’re not disappointed). And of course we took a leisurely stroll through Hyde Park for some people and pigeon watching (“Where are their nests? I mean, have you ever seen a baby pigeon?”).
I can only hope I’ll be back to the UK soon enough!
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I am in love with the UK’s charity shops. Not only are they clean and well curated, they are also extremely common. In Glasgow, I spent a couple hours popping in and out of charity shops on the West End alone. Even in small northern England towns, I found them on nearly every block.
I was also delighted to find quite a few excellent vintage jewelry finds at the charity shops. The vintage bangles in particular caught my eye and I bought more than a few for my vintage Etsy shop, The Gibbson Girl.
My sister and I left Scotland behind to go on a mini road trip through southern Scotland and northern England. We drove from Glasgow down to County Durham to visit the Aston Workshop, an impressive classic Aston Martin restoration and sales company located in the charming hills of Northumberland. After a classic British meal, we then swung back up towards Scotland, following the coast until we reached Berwick Upon Tweed. We stayed an evening in the quiet coastal town, enjoying castles, chilly but stunning beaches, and of course fish and chips. It was then just a mile to the Scottish Borders where we drove back up to Edinburgh to finish our tour. But we’re not done with the UK yet! Next weekend we fly to London for a quick trip.
Until then, cheers!
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My sister Angie and I landed in Edinburgh late last evening, and after an excellent Airbnb stay (and an excellent Thai breakfast!), we headed out to Glasgow where we’ll be apartment hunting. Angie’s going to the University of Glasgow, so today we explored the area around the university including apartment showings, fish and chips, ice cream, and charity shopping. Tomorrow we’re looking forward to an early breakfast and more exploring. Cross your fingers that Angie finds a great apartment too!
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