Maison Bertaux is a French pastry shop (aka, patisserie) in Soho, London. It’s my favorite place for tea and scones in all of London (and I’ve had many scones!). Now that I’m back in London, revisiting Maison Bertaux was at the top of my list. I thought I’d write about it here on the blog as an opportunity to feature a local gem and to discuss my passion for afternoon tea.
Okay, let me begin by saying that these are the sneakers I’ve been waiting for my whole life. *This is not a drill.*
I promise I’ll back that up! And, no, this post is not sponsored by Allbirds (but hey, I would not be opposed to future collaboration *cough* *Allbirds* *cough*), I just really love the shoes.
I’ll be in London for 6 months (Feb – early Aug), and I really need comfortable footwear. Also, I’m packing for both spring and summer, so it’s important that I have appropriate shoes for the weather.
I’ve kept an eye on the Allbirds brand for several months now (I follow their social accounts, I shop their site every now and then), and I’m excited that I’ve finally bought a pair of wool runners.
For the last several weeks, I’ve been preparing for my international flight to London, where I’ll be working for 6 months. I know how difficult (and stressful!) packing can be, especially if you’ll be traveling for a significant length of time or traveling internationally.
For my trip to London, I packed two large suitcases (which I checked), a carry-on, and a backpack. When I’m packing, I like to have a system because this makes it easier to keep track of my things. Also, there are many factors at play, including weight limits (a max of 50 pounds for each checked bag) and carry-on restrictions (liquids less than 3.4 ounces in a quart-size bag).
I love the concept of the minimalist “capsule wardrobe.” You may have heard of it, but if not, the idea is to collect basic, essential pieces (these are pieces that you can easily mix/match) so that you buy less but wear more of what you have in your closet. You choose a select number of pieces and you commit to wearing only these pieces throughout the season.
I have a LOT of clothes, and yet, when I open my closet, I often feel like I have nothing to wear. Slowly but surely, I’m trying to fix this. I want to be better at purchasing items I know I’ll wear, pieces that will pair well with the clothes I already own. I’m purging my closet of all the clothing I don’t touch, and I’m attempting to either sell it or donate it.
My good friend Ashley and I recently planned a weekend trip to Disney World. (In last week’s post, I wrote about booking last-minute hotel accommodations with Hotwire.com!) Today, I’m writing about our day in Magic Kingdom! I’ve grown up with Disney, so I’m very familiar with all four parks and have visited with family many times. Ashley hasn’t been to Disney World since she was 2, so this trip would feel like her first time.
I knew we’d have a lot of fun, and I looked forward to seeing the park through Ashley’s eyes and to share her awe and excitement. We had a really great day, so I’ve decided to put together my tips/tricks for navigating Magic Kingdom as a first-timer: