Chat, Laugh, Eat Repeat: A Girly Trip To London

Veulio blog award 2018 photobooth

You might have seen on my Instagram that I went to London last weekend. My oldest blogging friend Catherine, (and by oldest, I mean the blogging friend I’ve known the longest), was nominated for a Vuelio Blog Award. Her husband couldn’t make it, so I went as her plus one; her Instagram Husband. And jolly good fun it was too.

Lunch and Lights

Before the awards we went for lunch at Whyte and Brown, a quirky little restaurant in the heart of Carnaby.

Whyte and Brown restaurant Carnaby

Lizzy and Catherine selfie girly trip to London

Carnaby shopping restaurant area

We had a lot to catch up on, so it was dark by the time we finished. Carnaby Street Christmas lights are always that little bit different.

Carnaby Street Christmas lights

Carnaby Street Christmas lights

Carnaby Street Christmas lights

We wandered back to our hotel, stopping to smell the roses and admire the windows at Liberty and to enjoy the busy atmosphere on Oxford Street.

Liberty London flowers

Liberty London Christmas window 2018

Liberty London Christmas window 2018

Oxford street London Christmas lights

The Vuelio Blog Awards 2018

Of course we wanted to get some photos of our evening dresses, so we did a quick photoshoot in the reception area of our hotel. My dress is by Self Portrait, a designer I have long coveted. It was a birthday gift from Ian, (I know how incredibly lucky I am). It started life looking a little different though (see it at the foot of the post). The original straps were too short for me which meant the mesh at the top didn’t sit quite right. My friend Sue, a talented seamstress removed the mesh and put new straps on. I’m going to wear the dress again for an event in January so I’ll get some more photos then.

What Lizzy Loves navy guipure lace Self-portrait dress

Catherine’s dress is vintage 1970s from Etsy.

Catherine Summers wears orange print one-shoulder vintage dress

The Vuelio Blog awards were held at the Bloomsbury Big Top. The room looked incredible.

Vuelio blog awards 2018

Vuelio blog awards 2018

Vuelio blog awards 2018 girly trip to London

Bloggers Lizzy and Catherine at the Vuelio blog awards

And although Catherine didn’t win, we both loved every moment.

Vuelio blog awards 2018 girly trip to London

Vuelio blog awards 2018 girly trip to London

The Prettiest Brunch

The following morning we met another of our dear friends, Lisa, The Sequinist for a leisurely and very chatty brunch at Feya, a highly Instagrammable café in Marylebone.

What Lizzy Loves feya cafe, London

Girly trip to London feya cafe

Brunch feya cafe London

It was an utterly fabulous 30 hours or so, and it was an honour to be Catherine’s Instagram Husband for the night.

 

My London Look

Self-Portrait Dress
Self-Portrait Dress
Victoria Beckham Sequin Tux Trousers
Victoria Beckham Sequin Tux Trousers
Dept 19 Checked Overcoat
Dept 19 Checked Overcoat
Rixo Angie Blouse in Star and Navy Dot
Rixo Angie Blouse in Star and Navy Dot
Rouge Dior 999,
Rouge Dior 999,
Maybelline Go Colossal Mascara, Leather Black
Maybelline Go Colossal Mascara, Leather Black
Self-Portrait Dress
Self-Portrait Dress
Victoria Beckham Sequin Tux Trousers
Victoria Beckham Sequin Tux Trousers
Dept 19 Checked Overcoat
Dept 19 Checked Overcoat
Rixo Angie Blouse in Star and Navy Dot
Rixo Angie Blouse in Star and Navy Dot
Rouge Dior 999,
Rouge Dior 999,
Maybelline Go Colossal Mascara, Leather Black
Maybelline Go Colossal Mascara, Leather Black
Self-Portrait Dress
Self-Portrait Dress
Victoria Beckham Sequin Tux Trousers
Victoria Beckham Sequin Tux Trousers
Dept 19 Checked Overcoat
Dept 19 Checked Overcoat
Rixo Angie Blouse in Star and Navy Dot
Rixo Angie Blouse in Star and Navy Dot
Rouge Dior 999,
Rouge Dior 999,
Maybelline Go Colossal Mascara, Leather Black
Maybelline Go Colossal Mascara, Leather Black
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18 Comments

  1. December 5, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    Love those photographs of your trip to London! Your dress is so stunning I love it!! You both look as if you are having a fabulous time. I love Catherine’s dress as well and will definitely be checking more vintage clothing out – I’m inspired!
    Alison
    xx

    • elizabeth
      Author
      December 11, 2018 / 11:27 am

      Oh thank you so much Alison. We had a wonderful time- we always do when we manage to catch up. And yes, Catherine’s dress looked amazing. So unique and so very her! xxxx

  2. December 5, 2018 / 9:20 pm

    It was so great to hang out with you two and try on glasses and have a brunch that almost became dinner! I wish we could make this a monthly thing. You looked amazing in that dress and in your fabulous sequin stripe trousers! Love to you xxxx

    • elizabeth
      Author
      December 11, 2018 / 11:26 am

      Lisa, it is always such a pleasure to catch up with you. I wish I was in London more often though so that we could make it a monthly thing. And thank you for the lovely compliments xxxx

  3. Suzy Turner
    December 6, 2018 / 10:19 am

    It looks like you had a wonderful time together! And you both looked incredible. That dress is SO YOU, Lizzy!!!
    Hugs
    Suzy xxx

    • elizabeth
      Author
      December 11, 2018 / 11:25 am

      We had a ball Suzy and thank you so much. Yes, I fell in love with the dress at first sight but love it even more after the alterations!v xxx

  4. notdressedaslamb
    December 6, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    Liz I couldn’t have enjoyed our couple of days more… you were a wonderful Instagram Husband!! 😉

    Thank you again for coming, you looked absolutely incredible in that beautiful dress – it really didn’t matter about winning, we had a great time and that’s what mattered! As Lisa said above, I wish we could do this every month!!

    Catherine x

    • elizabeth
      Author
      December 11, 2018 / 11:24 am

      Oh it was fab wasn’t it. I wish we could all meet more often too. Always so much fun. And thank you once again for taking me xxxxx

  5. Kareema Hamdy
    December 7, 2018 / 5:15 pm

    My goodness you both look stunning (as always) and what a fun time you had. I love Carnaby Street and now have a hankering for a trip down to London!! Kareema xx

    • elizabeth
      Author
      December 11, 2018 / 11:23 am

      Oh thank you so much Kareema. We had such an amazing time and Carnaby Street looked spectacular xxx

    • elizabeth
      Author
      December 11, 2018 / 11:21 am

      Awwwww! Thank you so much! xxx

  6. Nancy M
    December 7, 2018 / 9:44 pm

    I love the alteration you made to your dress! I have to do that quite often because being tall seems to always change how things fit me.

    • elizabeth
      Author
      December 11, 2018 / 11:22 am

      Yes, I agree Nancy. I’m tall too and the dress was plenty long enough overall, but the straps were simply too short. I prefer the altered version and am so lucky to have a talented friend to do it! xxx

  7. December 10, 2018 / 12:34 am

    Christmas is such a great time in London. The decorations are always the best! I also love Marylebone. I has changed so much. I guess that ‘s London though. Always changing. Christine @ http://www.tnsck.blog

    • elizabeth
      Author
      December 11, 2018 / 11:19 am

      I absolutely love London at Christmas time. I try to get down every year to soak up the atmosphere and to see the lights. And yes, it’s lovely to see the constant changes and evolutions xxx

  8. December 11, 2018 / 8:25 am

    I love your looks, I love your style … and I love the photo at the end of the post with Catherine and Lisa, a wonderful trio of beautiful, elegant women with personality.

    • elizabeth
      Author
      December 11, 2018 / 11:16 am

      Oh that’s a lovely thing to say Josep-Maria. Catherine and Lisa are both wonderful women and such great friends xxx

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