This past week, Reana (my sister), Ashley and I treated ourselves to a trip abroad. In addition to fashion; we are head over heels for traveling. Experiencing different cultures and seeing how these unfamiliar places intertwine fashion into their daily lives is fascinating. As mentioned in our previous post, we traveled to London, Spain, and Ibiza. The first leg of our trip was London. We took a nerve wrecking 8 hour flight to London, if we weren't all flying together I don't know if I could have taken this flight alone. It's pretty Ironic that we travel more than a dozen times a year, but I despise airports and flying! Oh the things we would do in the name of fashion, but we did so knowing London would not be a disappoint . As soon as we left the airport, we were taken aback by the ornate architecture, smell of international cuisines lingering in the air, the British vernacular, and the equally spectacular street fashion. Lucky for us, we were able to cut down some of the costs of the trip because we had a friend, Kim our gracious host, that lived in Hammersmith. It's about a 15 to 20 minute train ride into London City. Anywho, Kim's gorgeous London flat was centrally located in a very trendy, but homey neighborhood. Her flat oozed London life and style; from its openness to detail with century old accents and modernist twists. Columns trimmed the front entrance and was held steady with brick and mortar. The flat was reminiscent of the brownstones back home in Richmond. We felt overwhelmed with hospitality to have so many comforts of home while away on vacation. After we soaked this all in, we settled for a bit and then jump started our clocks 5 hours ahead. We filled up our oyster card (travel pass) for the week and we jumped into shopping gear.
|The Town of Hammersmith-Kim's neck of the neighborhood|
|Jeri in front of Kim's place|
|Ashley in front of Kim's place|
|Sri Lankan food from the Brick Lane Market|
|Where we stopped for Tea|
|Tea and Scones|
Thus far, we experienced so much of London, but there was so much more that we wanted to partake Im.We took a tour around the town to see a few of the local landmarks. We were able to take site of the center stone of British architecture known as Buckingham Palace, the clock tower (Big Ben),Westminster Abby, which was at one point the monarchs principle residence. So as expected, we were paparazzi for about 3 hours. Too bad we couldn't go inside. The food was note-worthy, and the shopping was epic! It felt amazing to be exposed to the industry of British fashion. From the higher-end designers to the high street stores, London left us wanting more. Not to exclude, being footsteps from Britain royalty, the culture, and neo-classical architecture. London was a country that couldn't be explored in one visit, but we departed with to our next adventure with a consensus that another visit is well needed.
This post was written by Ashley Reynolds and Jeri Muhammad, and photos taken by Ashley Reynolds