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London Calling

It's been a few weeks since my London jaunt, and I've finally had a chance to sit down and reflect on my amazing trip.  My mom, Annabel and I kicked off Summer 2017 with a visit to one of my favorite cities for a dose of inspiration, fun and some exciting business meetings with Net-a-Porter and Swarovski.  There is nothing more beautiful than London in June and the weather was perfection. 

Doors of London.

 Beautiful doors of London.

London is a great walking city so we took in the sights by foot and showed Annabel this striking historical gem for the first time.  She was most excited to see the famed Toy Kingdom at Harrods so we bee-lined straight there right off the flight. Seeing the joy in her little face exploring this new city was something quite magical. 

Annabel admiring the beauty of London in little asha.
Outdoor Chelsea flower market.

We stayed at the The Dorchester and enjoyed an old world version of England - think tea and scones in bed in a sumptuous, rambling suite.  The Berkeley in Knightsbridge is also a favorite but we decided to go classic on this trip.  

In front of a gorgeous gilded door with Annabel.

As for dining, Andre Balazs' Chilton Firehouse was the place to be - great vibe, great people watching, great drinks, and great food - Andre happened to be there that night too! Definitely the place to be in London.  We also had a delicious dinner at Cecconi’s in Mayfair and rounded off the week at my ultimate favorite -  La Petite Maison.  It was also fun to sit outside at Scott’s for some people watching.

Mom & Annabel heading to an amazing dinner at Chiltern Firehouse.

Majestic London street scene.

A princess in her palace.  Annabel at the Lanesborough.

Inspiration was everywhere and I loved taking in the details from the streets, the doors of London, and especially the incredibly elaborate ceilings at the Lanesborough.  My sketch book was filled with new ideas for our fine jewelry collections.  

Ceiling inspo at the Lanesborough.

A quick stop at Liberty of London was also a visual treat - I loved looking through reams of their famous textiles.  In fact, the packaging for little asha was inspired by classic floral Liberty prints.  

Pattern play at Liberty of London.

It was a trip for the books - it was a treat spending time with my girls, showing Annabel London for the first time and mixing in some business and doing what I love.  Until next time! xx Ashley