Best Things to Do in Notting Hill

Last May, Garrett and I took a trip to London during the week of the Royal Wedding. We had been to London once before and knew that this time we wanted to stay in Notting Hill. This place has always been special to us because we went to see the movie “Notting Hill” on our first date wayyy back in 1999. It’s such a charming, quaint neighborhood full of cute cafes, colorful buildings, and flowers around every corner. We loved exploring this area of London, and I’ve been dying to share with you the best things to do in Notting Hill so that you can add some of these to your own London itinerary!

best things to do in notting hill

Since we decided to stay in an Airbnb, we were able to experience Notting Hill as a local and we truly got a feel for what it would be like to live there. The apartment was in Linden Gardens, just a short walk to the Notting Hill Gate tube stop. We were close enough to walk to most places in Notting Hill, as well as Hyde Park, Kensington Palace, and Kensington High Street.

best things to do in notting hill

Where to go in Notting Hill

Westbourne Grove

Westbourne Grove is probably the most bustling shopping area in Notting Hill. If you’re looking for trendy shops and restaurants, this is the place you want to be. There’s something for everyone!

The Notting Hill Bookshop

This is the bookshop that inspired the movie “Notting Hill”, although it’s not the actual bookshop where the movie was filmed. It’s still an adorable place that is worth the stop. If you want to see the actual filming location of the bookshop in the movie, head over to Travel Book Shop at 142 Portobello Road. They don’t really have books for sale, but you will find lots of little trinkets and souvenirs.

best things to do in notting hill

best things to do in notting hill          best things to do in notting hill

Ladbroke Grove

Ladbroke Grove is another main road that goes through Notting Hill, and it’s a great place to go on a photo walk. There are lots of beautiful buildings, churches, and quaint side streets (although I could say the same for the rest of Notting Hill as well). You really can’t go wrong anywhere in Notting Hill when it comes to photography, but Ladbroke Grove is a great place to start!

Portobello Road Market 

One of our favorite things to do in Notting Hill is visit the Portobello Road Market. The streets are lined with vendors selling all sorts of items from vintage tea cups to Banana Nutella Crepes. In other words… all of my favorite things! If you want to shop for antiques, you’ll want to go on a Friday or Saturday. It gets pretty crowded, so I suggest getting there as early as possible.

best things to do in notting hill

Where to Eat in Notting Hill

Granger & Co.

The first place we went after we checked into our Airbnb was Granger & Co. If you’re looking for a cute place to have brunch, this is a great option. They also serve lunch and dinner, and their menu has a fairly large variety.

Durbar Tandoori

Did you know that London is known for its great Indian food? I had no idea! We stumbled upon Durbar Tandoori one evening, where we had an amazing dinner and ate way too much Chicken Tikka Masala.

best things to do in notting hill

Osteria Basilico

In the mood for Italian? Osteria Basilico is another great place we found one day when we needed to grab a quick lunch. I had the Tortelloni with Spinach and Ricotta Cheese. So yummy!

Market Thai

We didn’t make it to Market Thai during this trip, but we have fond memories of it from a few years ago. It’s some of the best Thai food we’ve ever had, and the interior of the restaurant is so unique. Great place for a date night!

best things to do in notting hill

The Churchill Arms

I had seen photos of The Churchill Arms online, so I knew I wanted to stop by and see the pretty floral exterior. We grabbed a few drinks there and found out that they also serve Thai food. Totally didn’t expect that from a pub! We didn’t try it that night, but definitely will next time.

The Champion

We got lucky having this little gem so close to our apartment. They have amazing burgers and other pub food, but we especially loved that they have a pub quiz on Tuesday nights. You have to experience a traditional pub quiz while you’re in London, and you might as well do it where Queen used to hang out (the band, not Elizabeth)! It’s also a dog friendly pub, so you may even get to pet some cute pups while you’re there.

best things to do in notting hill          best things to do in notting hill

Paul Rhodes Bakery

Another place that was just around the corner from our apartment was this adorable little bakery and coffee shop! It was a great place to grab coffee and a quick bite on our way to the tube stop each morning. Their scones are to die for, and I’ve been dreaming about them ever since!

Unico Gelato

If you get a craving for ice cream while in Notting Hill, this is the place to go! We couldn’t find any actual ice cream shops in the area, but Unico Gelato was the closest thing to it. They have the yummiest gelato and other Italian desserts!

best things to do in notting hill          best things to do in notting hill

Biscuiteers

You’ve probably seen this little biscuit shop on Instagram or Pinterest, and it’s definitely worth stopping by! They make the most adorable hand-iced biscuits (cookies for us Americans), and they’re almost too pretty to eat. If nothing else, you at least have to stop by for a photo. It’s seriously the cutest!

Nando’s

We actually weren’t able to visit Nando’s this time around, but I really wish we had! Nando’s is a fast food chain that sells Portuguese-style Chicken. It’s super popular with the locals, so definitely add this to your list if you want to experience the area as a true Londoner.

best things to do in notting hill          best things to do in notting hill

If you guys have been to Notting Hill, I would love to hear what you enjoyed most about the area. Have you been to any of these places? Let me know in the comments, and feel free to message me if you have any questions about planning your own Notting Hill trip!

 

Polished Picks – August 2018

August is always a weird month for me when it comes to fashion. It’s still summer and BEYOND hot outside, yet I am already in the mood for fall outfits. My current favorites for this month are summery, but could easily transition into fall. Navy and blush pink are colors that will work for any season!

On a slightly off-topic note, if you’ve noticed less blog posts from me lately, there is a reason for that. I have really been evaluating where I want this blog to go and the type of content I want to share. This has always been primarily a fashion blog, and although I LOVE fashion, I have felt the pressure to keep buying clothing and other things that I don’t really need just to have new outfits to share with you all. I am a minimalist at heart, and lately I have just felt overwhelmed with all of this unnecessary “stuff” in my life. Because of this, you will probably start seeing a change in the type of content I share.

I still want to talk about fashion and beauty, but perhaps just in a different way. Living a minimalist lifestyle does not mean that I won’t be buying new things, or sharing my current favorites (like in this post). It simply means that I will be more intentional with what I buy and will only surround myself with the things that bring me joy. To take a phrase from one of my absolute favorite brands, Cuyana, I want to start buying fewer, better things. I am truly committed to living a more minimalist, intentional life, and I will definitely be sharing my journey with you guys in hopes that it may inspire you to do the same.

current favorites

 

SHOP MY CURRENT FAVORITES:

N° 1. Madewell Stripe Ruffle Side Tie Top | N° 2. Gucci Bloom Nettare di Fiori Perfume | N° 3. Eliza J Colorblock Texture Knit Fit & Flare Dress | N° 4. Ted Baker London Slide Sandal | N° 5. Tory Burch Double Wrap Logo Bracelet | N° 6. DL1961 Florence Instasculpt Skinny Jeans | N° 7. Tory Burch Small Fleming Convertible Leather Shoulder/Crossbody Bag | N° 8. Vitruvi Stone Diffuser | N° 9. Kate Spade Wild Roses Ruffled Wrap Dress | N° 10. Le Labo Rose 31 Perfume | N° 11. J.Crew Midi Party Dress | N° 12. Kate Spade Prairie Rose Silk Bandana | N° 13. Jouer Cosmetics Blush Bouquet Dual Blush Palette in ‘Adore’

The Best Jeans for Every Body Type

Shopping for jeans can be frustrating, but nothing compares to that glorious feeling you get when you find a pair that fits perfectly! I take my denim pretty seriously because a good high-quality pair of jeans should last for years and years. Talbots has an AMAZING denim selection, and their Ultimate Jeans Style Guide will help you find the perfect jeans for every body type.

Jeans for Every Body Type

Jeans for Every Body Type          Jeans for Every Body Type

The pair I’m wearing in these photos is the Talbots Denim Jegging in Leo Wash, which is one of their skinny styles. I am VERY picky about my jeans, and very rarely find a pair that fits me perfectly. I can honestly say these are my new favorites! They hug me in all the right places, and the pockets are perfectly placed (which is super important and can make or break a pair of jeans). Skinny is their most fitted silhouette, which sits closest to the body through the hips, thighs, knees, and leg opening.

Jeans for Every Body Type          Jeans for Every Body Type

The best part about these jeans is the fabric. It has just the right amount of stretch that doesn’t get loose throughout the day. You know what I’m talking about — don’t you just hate that? These are so comfortable, and I know they will look just as good at the end of the day as they did when I put them on in the morning.

Dark wash skinny jeans are my favorite in the fall because they look so great with boots. It’s pretty much all I wear during the cooler months! Plus, it’s such a classic style that I know I will be able to wear for many years.

Jeans for Every Body Type          Jeans for Every Body Type

Jeans for Every Body Type          Jeans for Every Body Type

Whether you prefer skinny, slim, straight, boot cut, or relaxed, Talbots is sure to have your perfect fit. I feel like some brands try to get by with one style of denim jeans that they expect everyone to fit into. Yes, they may have a range of sizes available, but it’s not just about size. It’s about the shape, style, and overall fit. We all have different bodies, so shouldn’t we have a wide selection of jeans for every body type out there? Talbots totally gets it, and I love that they truly care about and celebrate every woman’s shape and size.

Jeans for Every Body Type          Jeans for Every Body Type

Be sure to check out my Talbots’ coupon page for a promo code, then head over to their Ultimate Jeans Style Guide to find your perfect pair of jeans. Let me know which fit is your fave, and shop my outfit below!

This post is sponsored by Talbots and Stylinity. As always, all opinions are my own.

 

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Plunge Neck Dress + Nordstrom Giveaway

Sometimes you just gotta take the plunge and wear a dress that will push you a bit out of your comfort zone. This plunge neck dress is perfect in every way, and I was immediately drawn to its super feminine, vintage vibe.

I wasn’t sure how I would feel about wearing something so low-cut, but I actually love it! Everything else about this dress is pretty modest, so it balances out the plunge neck perfectly. I don’t feel like it’s too revealing at all (especially since I don’t have much going on up top any way).

Plunge Neck Dress + Nordstrom Giveaway featured by popular Austin fashion blogger, The Polished Posy

Plunge Neck Dress + Nordstrom Giveaway featured by popular Austin fashion blogger, The Polished Posy          Plunge Neck Dress + Nordstrom Giveaway featured by popular Austin fashion blogger, The Polished Posy

Plunge Neck Dress + Nordstrom Giveaway featured by popular Austin fashion blogger, The Polished Posy          Plunge Neck Dress + Nordstrom Giveaway featured by popular Austin fashion blogger, The Polished Posy

This plunge neck dress also comes in a pretty olive green, and I found a very similar Free People dress that comes in blue, black, and ivory. I honestly want them all!

What do you guys think about the plunge neck dress? Would you wear something this low-cut? Where would you wear it?

Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to enter my Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway that you could win in time for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale public access! Scroll to the bottom of this post to enter, and GOOD LUCK!

Plunge Neck Dress + Nordstrom Giveaway featured by popular Austin fashion blogger, The Polished Posy          Plunge Neck Dress + Nordstrom Giveaway featured by popular Austin fashion blogger, The Polished Posy

Plunge Neck Dress + Nordstrom Giveaway featured by popular Austin fashion blogger, The Polished Posy          Plunge Neck Dress + Nordstrom Giveaway featured by popular Austin fashion blogger, The Polished Posy

SHOP THE PLUNGE NECK DRESS LOOK:

Lira Elle Midi Dress | Prada Double Zip Leather ToteAdore Skinny Pavé Bangle c/o | Ace Picked Eclipsed Gold Vermeil Hooped Post Earrings c/o (use code ‘POLISHEDPOSY’ for 15% off) | Nude Block Heel Sandals | Photos by Afflatus Photography

$850 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway - Plunge Neck Dress + Nordstrom Giveaway featured by popular Austin fashion blogger, The Polished Posy

Just in time for this Summer’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale,
I’ve teamed up with a group of bloggers to give you a chance to win a $850 Nordstrom Gift Card!

To enter: complete the steps in the rafflecopter below.
The more steps you complete, the more entries you receive, and the better your chance at winning!
This giveaway runs until end-of-day 7/19 at 11:59PM EST.

Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!
*this giveaway is in no way sponsored by Nordstrom.

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Polished Picks – Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale early access is here for Nordstrom cardholders! Like many of you, I look forward to this sale all year. It’s the perfect time to stock up on fall items, as well as basics to wear throughout the year. Although we typically think of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale as being all about fall, there are actually quite a few of “wear now” items that caught my eye.

I have rounded up a few of my favorites from the sale for this month’s Polished Picks. If you want to see/shop my full list of sale favorites, go to my main Nordstrom Anniversary Sale page. I’ll be updating that page throughout the sale as items come in and out of stock. Every time I look at Nordstrom’s site I swear I see something that I didn’t see before. Does that happen to anyone else?

Remember, if you aren’t a Nordstrom cardholder, you won’t be able to shop the sale until public access starts on July 20th. Go ahead and make your wish list now so you’ll be ready!

Polished Picks - Nordstrom Anniversary Sale featured by popular Austin fashion blogger, The Polished Posy

 

If any of you have already shopped the sale, I would love to know what you picked up! If you’re like me, you’ll probably be making several purchases over this next week. What do you think about this year’s sale? I honestly think it’s better than last year, especially the denim selection. Leave me a comment below, or come find me on Instagram!

SHOP MY NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE PICKS:

WAYF Plunging Knot Front Top | 1.STATE Arnet Bootie | Kate Spade Oakwood Street Lora Pebbled Leather Hobo | Gucci 55mm Round Sunglasses | Maggy London Flocked Mini Dot Tie Neck Dress | Laura Mercier Essentials Eye & Cheek Palette | Shiraleah Ripley Scarf | Rebecca Minkoff Mini Heart Hoop Earrings | Diptyque Floral Candle and Eau de Toilette Set | Sperry Shearwater Water-Resistant Genuine Shearling Lined Boots | Mural Drape Trench

Floral Maxi Dress + Nordstrom Giveaway

After a relaxing trip out to west Texas, I am feeling refreshed and ready to take on the week! I recently took this gorgeous floral maxi dress out for a spin, and it felt like a summer dream. This beauty is from the Gal Meets Glam Collection (which I am obsessed with), and I just can’t get over all of these pretty ruffles!

Floral Maxi Dress + Nordstrom Giveaway featured by popular Austin fashion blogger The Polished Posy

Floral Maxi Dress + Nordstrom Giveaway featured by popular Austin fashion blogger The Polished Posy          Floral Maxi Dress + Nordstrom Giveaway featured by popular Austin fashion blogger The Polished Posy

If you’re in search of the perfect outfit for an upcoming summer event, you can’t go wrong with a floral maxi dress. This one would work for so many different occasions… weddings, showers, brunches, or an outdoor summer soiree with the girls. It’s one of those dresses you won’t want to take off! This floral maxi dress has the cutest cross back detail, and it will absolutely turn heads.

Floral Maxi Dress + Nordstrom Giveaway featured by popular Austin fashion blogger The Polished Posy          Floral Maxi Dress + Nordstrom Giveaway featured by popular Austin fashion blogger The Polished Posy

Floral Maxi Dress + Nordstrom Giveaway featured by popular Austin fashion blogger The Polished Posy

Floral Maxi Dress + Nordstrom Giveaway featured by popular Austin fashion blogger The Polished Posy          Floral Maxi Dress + Nordstrom Giveaway featured by popular Austin fashion blogger The Polished Posy

Is anyone else getting SO EXCITED for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? I look forward to this sale every year, and Early Access starts on July 12th (for Nordstrom cardholders)! Don’t have a Nordstrom Card? Apply here so you can shop Early Access.

I will be sharing all my favorites on the blog as soon as the sale is live. There will be a Nordstrom Sale tab on my home page with links to the best of the best sale items. Stay tuned for that, and keep scrolling to enter an $850 Nordstrom Gift Card giveaway that you could win just in time for the sale!

Floral Maxi Dress + Nordstrom Giveaway featured by popular Austin fashion blogger The Polished Posy          Floral Maxi Dress + Nordstrom Giveaway featured by popular Austin fashion blogger The Polished Posy

SHOP THE FLORAL MAXI DRESS LOOK:

Gal Meets Glam Collection Floral Maxi Dress (Isabella) | Adore Skinny Pavé Bangle c/o | Ace Picked Eclipsed Gold Vermeil Hooped Post Earrings c/o (use code ‘POLISHEDPOSY’ for 15% off) | Nude Block Heel Sandals | Photos by Afflatus Photography

 

$850 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway - Floral Maxi Dress + Nordstrom Giveaway featured by popular Austin fashion blogger The Polished Posy

Just in time for this Summer’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale,
I’ve teamed up with a group of bloggers to give you a chance to win a $850 Nordstrom Gift Card!

To enter: complete the steps in the rafflecopter below.
The more steps you complete, the more entries you receive, and the better your chance at winning!
This giveaway runs until end-of-day 7/19 at 11:59PM EST.

Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!
*this giveaway is in no way sponsored by Nordstrom.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Colorblock Lace Dress – Save or Splurge

It has been SO LONG since I’ve done a “save or splurge” post, and I forgot how much I love them! This adorable colorblock lace dress from Sugarlips is a recent addition to my closet, and I just realized how similar it looks to this lace dress that’s quadruple the price (even at 60% off). I am all about getting this look for less, and I know you guys are too!

Colorblock Lace Dress

Colorblock Lace Dress

It’s so crazy how similar these dresses are, even down to the green trim on the neck!

This colorblock lace dress won me over with its gorgeous greens and pinks, and it has a bit of a vintage look and feel to it. It’s a classic style, but the colorblocking adds a little trendy twist. There’s just something about the texture of lace that sucks me in every time. I love that it allows me to incorporate a pattern into my outfit without having to opt for a bold all-over print. I think this would be super cute with a denim jacket in early fall! How would you guys style this colorblock lace dress?

Colorblock Lace Dress          Colorblock Lace Dress

Colorblock Lace Dress

Colorblock Lace Dress          Colorblock Lace Dress

Colorblock Lace Dress          Colorblock Lace Dress

I have to mention these sweet little drop earrings from Akola (last seen here)! If you haven’t heard of Akola, they are a wonderful non-profit that supports and empowers women living in poverty in both Uganda and Dallas. Akola is helping these women transform their families and communities by providing them with employment. Each piece is handcrafted by these women who are working hard to get back on their feet. Why not buy some beautiful jewelry from Akola and make a difference at the same time?

Colorblock Lace Dress

Colorblock Lace Dress          Colorblock Lace Dress

 

SHOP THE LOOK:

SAVE – Sugarlips Marilyn Lace Dress c/o (use my discount code ‘tristan15’ for 15% off) | SPLURGE – Alexis Vedette Colorblock Lace Dress | Akola OneHope Paper Drop Earrings c/o | 7 Charming Sisters ‘Stay all Day’ Bracelet c/o (Use my discount code ‘ThePolishedPosy15’ for 15% off) | Nude Block Heel Sandals | Photos by Afflatus Photography

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