If you’re like me and just not quite ready to say aurevoir to summer, autumn sun holidays are what you’re after. Southern Italy, Greece, Morocco…all still hanging on to summer and are the perfect escape to store up on vitamin D before hibernating for winter! But for those last minute sunshine vacations, you need a little pick me up in the beauty department so here are my essential beauty items for fall sun holidays :autumn-sun-holiday-beauty-essentialsAfter a reprieve from the sun, my pale skin needed a boost before baring it in skirts and swimmers. The sunless tanner from Rodan and Fields is oil free and easy to apply, leaving a smooth, natural looking tan!autumn-sun-holiday-beauty-essentialsAfter any amount of travel, and especially sun soaked holidays, your skin can be left dry and lifeless. The Clinique Moisture Surge brings back hydration and restores skin to a dewy, youthful state. autumn-sun-holiday-beauty-essentialsAn easy boost to get you holiday ready last minute, is a quick nail makeover! The Jamberry nail wraps are simple to apply, long-lasting and of course, come in super fun patterns that are perfect for jet-setters on holiday!autumn-sun-holiday-beauty-essentialsA new scent always makes me feel fresh and a floral one, ready for sunshine! I love the Stella McCartney Pop, not just because of the bright pink packaging, but it smells amazing and the smaller size fits perfectly in a carry on!autumn-sun-holiday-beauty-essentialsautumn-sun-holiday-beauty-essentialsautumn-sun-holiday-beauty-essentialsautumn-sun-holiday-beauty-essentials



The brisk autumn breezes have arrived in the city and it’s time for snuggly sweaters and warm drinks, especially if you’re venturing up to 30-something-th floors seeking cityscape views. You’ve read about the Sky Garden here before so you’ve probably guessed it, I’m somewhat of a regular for the top floor of the Walkie Talkie. I love introducing people to this gorgeous garden because of the amazing full panoramic views of London, the endless photogenic spots, and it’s the perfect place for a morning coffee or afternoon cocktail…also, did I mention it’s FREE?! Yep, just reserve your tickets in advance herebows-boutique-sky-garden bows-boutique-sky-gardenI found the best cozy cardigan for a day of exploring at Bows Boutiques–the pattern is perfect and matches well, everything. And it was just the right amount of warmth for this particularly breezy autumn day. bows-boutique-sky-garden

bows-boutique-sky-garden bows-boutique-sky-garden bows-boutique-sky-gardenI paired this perfect autumn cardigan with my favorite trend of the season…ruffles! I want to add them to everything…they’re girly, chic and in this particular case, very forgiving… someone may have had one too many lattes! Shop it here in white or blackbows-boutique-sky-garden




As London’s oldest hotel, Brown’s has a rich history with a lengthy list of distinguished guests making appearances over the last 170-something years…from the first UK telephone call by Alexander Graham Bell to President Roosevelt’s honeymoon to Rudyard Kipling writing The Jungle Book during a stay.

afternoon-tea-browns-hotelIn the heart of the city, Brown’s is truly an iconic London landmark. It is the perfect starting or stopping off point during a day of exploring this incredible city. We came in for a very classic Afternoon Tea before exploring the shopping around the corner on Regent Street. afternoon-tea-browns-hotel afternoon-tea-browns-hotel afternoon-tea-browns-hotel afternoon-tea-browns-hotelIt was one of those surprisingly hot autumn days where you wish London would mandate air conditioning every where…and we were pleasantly greeted with a deliciously refreshing cold hibiscus tea.afternoon-tea-browns-hotel afternoon-tea-browns-hotel afternoon-tea-browns-hotelBrown’s Traditional Afternoon Tea offers a tasting of sandwiches…the most amazing of the bunch, the whipped goat’s curd, chili jam, and basil on tomato focaccia. Order an extra for me! The tea selection started with a Lemongrass and Ginger herbal infusion that perfectly complimented the savory sandwiches. afternoon-tea-browns-hotel For the sweet selections, I moved on to a Cornish Grown Black Tea. It was a great pair with the scones and dessert plate–including lemon, lime and orange macaroons, chocolate and raspberry slice, lime and kumbawa cheesecake, strawberry and basil tart, and carrot and walnut cake…afternoon-tea-browns-hotel afternoon-tea-browns-hotel afternoon-tea-browns-hotel afternoon-tea-browns-hotelBrown’s is a great option for a very classically London Afternoon Tea experience–it embraces the extensive history of the city with the British tradition of afternoon tea, all within the perfect location for exploring all London has to offer.