My husband is from England, and we fly there once a year to visit family. I lived in London for 8 years, so it’s always a treat to go back and revisit my favourite places – and share them with my children.
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We usually split our trip between two hotels – one in Central London and one closer to family, so we always try to pack light. I find the best way to avoid over-packing is to plan EVERY single outfit I’m going to wear – from clothes to shoes and accessories.
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This year, I stuck to a blue/black/white colour scheme, and paired each outfit with either black shoes and a black bag or tan shoes and a tan bag.
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As for my airplane/travel days – I continued with my “clothes that feel like pajamas” plan – disguising my leggings under longer tops for a comfortable-but-not-too-casual look.
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I was gifted these Go Step Skechers earlier this year – and they were a welcome addition to my trip. Firstly – they weigh nothing and are super easy to pack. Secondly, they’re made of a special anti-microbial material so you don’t need to wear socks with them. And thirdly, they’re very sleek yet padded with arch support and shock-absorbing soles, so they were life-savers on the days we had to do a lot of walking!
With all that extra space in my luggage, you would think that I would have shopped a lot – I mean, look at these pretty Gucci bags at duty-free – the popular black disco bag was around US$200 cheaper than in stores here!
But the only thing I ended up buying was this Emma Bridgewater Hearts mug (and the black bodysuit from this post). Between jet lag, a high exchange rate, and the fact that Toronto has a lot of similar stores – I wasn’t too tempted by anything. Also…I MAY have been saving up for a different dream bag – can’t wait to share it in a future post!
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What would you buy in London, that you couldn’t buy in the US/Can? Let me know and I’ll take notes for next year!