The Cranley + London

Several weeks ago, I briefly stopped over in London before embarking on a week long sailing adventure in Greece. After turning to my trusty travel advisors at Mr & Mrs Smith, I opted to stay at The Cranley, a classically British and an incredibly charming boutique hotel in South Kensington. I must say, I was impressed with how much we were able to accomplish in just a couple of days – witnessing tennis superstars Serena and Venus Williams win their semifinal doubles match at Wimbledon, shopping at the wonderful and iconic Liberty of London, charging through the fabulous museums along Exhibition Road, and enjoying the most delightful high tea at The Savoy. And to top it all of, our digs at The Cranley was truly the icing on the cake . . . or rather, the clotted cream on the scone. You get my drift.

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Dapper Creatures

I love that artist Ryan Berkley is able to give each of his animal illustrations such fantastic personalities. He’s even created individual profiles for each of his well dressed animals. The lion, inspired by his own luscious locks, owns his own hair salon and hair care line called “The Mane Event.” The fox is an eccentric gardener and whistles “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” to his carrots and tap-dances to entertain the corn. How charming!

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DIY Embellished Denim Shirt

In case you weren’t able to join us last week at Madewell‘s anniversary event, we’re giving you the breakdown on just one of the many ways we embellished our favorite chambray shirts that evening. So grab a handful of sparkle and let’s get gilding!

You’ll need:

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