Last week I was in London covering the Jeremy Scott collaboration for Cybex. But I would never visiting London without doing a quick trend report. The big mission? Shopping for kids. When you think of London, the Liberty prints come to mind. We found plenty of florals at Cath Kidsston and for more classic British looks--marching soldiers at Trotters.
There are plenty of unexpected finds in London too. With my friend Rebecca Gruber from PopSugarMoms, we headed to the Sloane Street area to check out a few new spots.
The biggest stand-out was the collection of nursery furniture at Dragons (23 Walton Street www.dragonsofwaltonstreet.com). The hand-painted collection of cribs, beds, chairs and more was simply delightful. From marching soldiers to fairies, the sweet characters are sure to be a focal point of your childs room.
We tried our best to convince the team there that the Upper East Side of Manhattan would be the perfect place for a US store. Fingers crossed that this happens.
Blossoms is reportedly where Kate Middleton has been shopping for some stylish maternity gear. My favorite pieces were from See by Chloe and M for Missoni. This is a chic spot to indulge in your love of fashion when you belly is growing. And they carry my favorite lotions and skincare from Mama Mio (its not just for expecting momsI use it all the time too).
Of course I did some seriously touristy things too. I joined my friends Jamie (TheBabyGuyNYC), Rebecca (PopSugarMoms) and Elisabeth (runs PR at Regal + Lager) for a ride on the Eyethe big Ferris Wheel that gives amazing views of the city.
We capped off the evening with a fantastic dinner at Automat 33 Dover Street Mayfair
www.automat-london.com the burgers looked amazing and it was a locals-only crowd.
Of course I had to grab lunch at Pret a Manger (they use more mayo thereyum) and stopped into Boots (will be testing the No.7 eye cream) the most delightful chain of drug stores. I think Duane Reade is aspiring to go the direction of Boots. I hope that works out.
Back in our Shoreditch neighborhood, I grabbed a late-night dinner at Pizza East in the Tea Bldg 56 Shoreditch high Street. Rustic pizza at its bestthin crust with delicious hunks of fresh mozzarella.
Finally, I stopped in the AlexandAlexa.com HQ in Bermondsey. This online shop carries the finest kids brands with a big eye for trend spotting. Bermondsey is also home to Southwark Park a new discovery in London with ponds, flowers and great wide-open spaces.
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