A Little Life Update From London + A Coat to Add to Your “Classics” Collection

Greetings from London!! I made it across the pond safe and sound (all 6 suitcases in tote) and feel like I’ve been living an absolute dream! Since touching down, I’ve hit the ground running— already spending ample time in Hyde Park, Kensington Palace and some of my favorite spots. The evening I arrived I made sure to pay Buckingham Palace a visit, letting this whole crazy dream fully sink in. Since then it’s been lots of tube rides, market runs, neighborhood strolls, museum visits, dinners with my roommates, afternoons in the Parks, a trip to Sketch with my childhood best friend, a work day at Somerset House, a yummy brunch with my Chloe Digital fam, church at Hillsong London and plenty of errands to make our adorable little flat feel like home!

The jet lag is starting to sink in, but regardless of the slight time adjustment and missing Nahla ( my pup!), this whole experience still feels like a dream. I was beyond nervous to leave LA, but the second I set foot on the plane and especially ever since I arrived, I already feel like moving here has been one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made!

It goes without saying London is incredible! I’ve definitely been getting snap happy, taking photos of every beautiful sight I see, but I’ve been feeling extremely lucky for this opportunity and want to soak in every single minute. From the parks to museums to the restaurants and culture, there’s SO much to do, explore and see! I’ve given myself a little leeway to get reacquainted with the city, revisiting some of my favorite areas and discovering new ones, but now that this huge move is behind me and the future is bright ahead, I’m excited to dive back into Erie Nick, now with a change of scenery!

Today’s post is coming to you from the gardens of the Victoria and Albert Museum. After this morning’s jog, I got ready for the day (wearing my favorite striped sweater and loafers from this post!) and b-lined to the fashion exhibition at one of my favorite museums. Inspired by both the fashion and weather here, I found it fitting to circle back around to one of my favorite classic pieces: The Trench Coat. Now that I’m in London I have a feeling you’ll be seeing a lot of this timeless piece, but whether you live in a city with similar changing climates or are simply looking for an all-season jacket, the trench coat will forever remain a classic.

Burberry first introduced this iconic coat in 1912 with its signature tight weave and ventilating gabardine fabric. Since then not much has changed. With refined aesthetic and instant recognizability, this military inspired piece has become an indefinite style icon. Besides the obvious classic appeal, one of the best elements of the trench is its versatility. Whether you’re keeping things casual with jeans and a white t, or taking things up a notch with an evening appropriate LBD and strappy sandals, it’s always appropriate from office to daytime, to a classy night out.

While Burberry remains the original fashion house credited for this timeless piece’s creation, several mainstream retailers are taking note and producing trenches with quality. I’m partial to the London inspired designs, so whether you’re budget is $90 or a heftier investment price, I’m rounding up a few note-worthy favorites to have on your radar if you’re looking to add this classic staple to your closet.

For more inspo on how to style your own trench looks, check out my latest Trench Coat Pinterest board. And thank you so much for all of the love and support during this move from LA to London! I’ll be sharing more life updates every so often and lots of snaps from my day to day life over on Instagram/ Insta stories in between!

xx Erica

Points of Interest from this Post

City: London

See/Do: Buckingham Palace, Buckingham Palace State Room Tour (Open June-October Yearly), Hyde Park Round Pond, Phone Booths on Bayswater Rd, Fortnum & Mason Market, Victoria & Albert Museum Fashion Exhibition, The Ritz London, Somerset House, South Kensington Neighborhood Walk

Eat: Rail House Cafe (Brunch), The Archer (not pictured, drinks), Sketch (Upscale Dinner), Fernandez & Wells at Somerset House (Breakfast/ Coffee)

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