A chic guide for American women who have relocated to London, England. Find fun things like where to eat and shop, but also practical information, like author's personal recommendations for GP’s, how to navigate the Home Office, and who to call if you need an immigration lawyer. Also find a recently added “My Style” section.
Hi everyone! I’m so sorry for the lack of posting recently. I’m working on a really exciting project that I can’t wait to share with you, and it is taking up quite a bit of time. But until I can tell you all about that, I have another casting call for ALL you REAL AMERICAN ladies living in London.
A leading beauty brand is looking for a handful of women to star in a television commercial which will be filmed in mid-March. The casting is going on right now so if you, or any of your friends are interested now is the time.
The brand is looking for all-natural American ladies who are aged between 22 and 65, and any and all ethnicities. The money you make will be significant and you’ll have a great experience. Models and actresses need not apply.
If you’re interested please email your picture and a little bit about yourself to Anna at email@example.com. Mention that you read about the casting on American Girl in Chelsea.
A leading beauty brand is looking for American moms with babies between 1-10 months (or within that age range) who are living in or near London for a really lovely commercial.
The moms must be American (this will air in the States). The casting will be in London in early February 2018.
It is a very well paid opportunity for those selected for the filming and also lots of fun!!
If you, or anyone you meets these requirements and are interested please email Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org with a picture of you and your baby, along with your baby’s date of birth, and your contact number. Don’t forget to mention that you read about the opportunity on American Girl in Chelsea.
P.S The beauty brand is also looking for Brazilian moms who speak Portuguese, so if you know anyone pass this on!
When I tell friends that I took my children (plus 7 other children, and their moms of course) to Ibiza they tend to look at me funny. “You took your kids to Ibiza?” Yes, yes I did. And it ended up being a major highlight of everyone’s summer.
People automatically think that Ibiza is for late night clubbing and bad hangovers but you can definitely do the White Isle in a family friendly way. And I’m here to tell you how.
The first thing to do is find a family friendly villa. We ended up finding one on Airbnb that had a treehouse, swimming pool, trampoline and enough space for the kids to play and the grown-ups to chill out with glass of rosé . My tip here is to start looking early. If you’re going to Ibiza in July or August most places will be booked by the Spring. (If you’re interested in the specific villa we stayed in, shoot me an email and I’ll put you in touch with the owner.)
The majority of our days were spent lunching on the beach. There are several places to do this and I am happy to report that every restaurant that we went to was super kid friendly. I would recommend long lunches followed by beach time and then easy villa dinners for the evenings. Obviously you’ll want to take a break from the kiddos, so make sure you also get a sitter for a few nights. (Recommendations for adult only options below.)
Delicious seafood, an ice cream trolly and kids area all conveniently located directly on the water, this lunch spot was a huge hit. The restaurant is directly facing the ocean so if you have one of the tables or couches that are located near the front of the restaurant then you can watch your children as they swim in the ocean. Meaning- hours of relaxing, while the kids are having fun! There’s also a kids area in the back of the restaurant where there was a face painter and members of staff to color with the kids.
Yemanja is super casual and directly on the beach as well. This is great for large tables of friends and family in a relaxed environment. There’s less beach for the kids to play on, so it’s great to go for lunch with the kids but not necessarily to stay all day. The staff are super kid friendly and the fresh sea food is great for both the adults and children.
A must book for lunch. El Chiringuito is a family friendly beach restaurant with a spot for kids to have face painted and color. The actual restaurant does not have a direct view of the beach, and is enclosed which is nice if you need a break from the sunshine. There are sunbeds located on the beach in front of the restaurant that you can book separately. If you like oysters make sure to grab the guy walking around with fresh ones. There’s also great trees in the back of the restaurant that the kids loved climbing.
Juan Y Andrea
You absolutely can’t go to Ibiza without doing a boat day to Formenterra, and one of the best restaurants on the island is Juan y Andrea. The food is incredible (be prepared, it’s pricey), and it was the best service we had the entire trip. There are photographers at almost every single restaurant in Ibiza but the family photos that we took by the ladies at Juan y Andrea are some of my favorites of all time, so make sure you ask them to take some snaps of you and your children. After your lunch, order another bottle of rosé, the guys will put it on ice for you and you can spend a long lazy afternoon laying on the beach watching the kids swim in crystal blue water.
If you’re going just with adults, I would book a sunbed and hang out at Experimental Beach ALL DAY. If you have kids in tow, go at sunset. We ordered pizzas for the kids and watched as the sky turned golden pink. The moms of course had cocktails.
A note on the taxi situation in Ibiza. They are pretty impossible to flag, and they are perpetually late so plan accordingly. Order a taxi to pick you up at your villa and then specify a time for return. If you call one on the fly, be prepared to wait.
If, like me, you hate house music but still want to get to a night club, try Pascha’s Flower Power night. You’ll be transported back to the 60’s with the music and the decor. This is also a really fun one to dress up for, so pack your flower crowns!
We’re already booking the same trip for next July and I can’t wait to go back.
I’ve worked with Julia Boggio on all of our family photoshoots here in London. She always does the best job of capturing my children in a beautiful and natural way and her work covers the walls of my house.
I’m excited to announce that Julia has just announced a Fine Art shoot with internationally collected artist Amy Judd. It’s a truly unique experience that will only happen one day, and there’s only 10 sessions to book.
The experience includes pre-consultation with a stylist and Julia Boggio, hair, make-up and styling for 1-2 people (4+ years), photography session with Julia of at least 5 different looks, viewing consultation, and completed canvas. The image that Julia takes is printed on canvas and then Amy adds her original artwork and detailing to make this a once in a lifetime gift. The photoshoot will take place on Saturday, November 4th.
The session can be used for your children, or as a woman on your own (as a boudoir shoot), or even as a pregnancy photoshoot. Each booking can include up to 2 people, so it would be amazing for a mother-daughter, two-children, husband and wife, or two best friends. The artwork will be ready to gift in time for Christmas!
To see my “Home By Midnight” photoshoot with Julia click here.
To see a series of family photos with Julia Boggio, click here.
To book your place email Julia at email@example.com or phone +44 (0) 20 7042 9777
You can see more of Julia’s amazing work at www.boggiostudios.com.
Hello ladies. First off, let me say sorry for taking a long break on blogging. We had an incredible summer and I have several travel posts to write to catch you all up, but I wanted to start back with this long overdue post on our home.
Last September we bought our first house in London. It was really special for us because it coincided with the same year that our entire family became British. Although I’ve considered London home since 2008, now it really feels, well, REAL!
If you have bought a home in the UK you know what a long and complicated process this is, so one year on we are still celebrating! I really need to write a separate post on that, but first the fun bit.
I’ve known Caitlin Henderson since we first moved to London. She’s a UCLA grad and I went to USC so we immediately bonded over missing the sunny California weather. The second I saw her interior design work I knew she would be my first call when we bought a home. Caitlin works with global artisans as well as emerging and established artists to develop entirely unique spaces complete with handmade textiles, textured wall finishes and site specific art installations. She’s worked on incredible projects throughout Europe and is quickly becoming internationally recognized for her work.
Caitlin was one of the first people I showed the house to and we immediately started discussing my vision. I happen to be one of the most impatient people on the planet and I wanted everything done and decorated within seconds of being handed the keys, but Caitlin urged me to slow down a bit, live in the space, and we spent HOURS and HOURS at the Chelsea Design centre looking at fabrics, wallpaper, and furniture.
I am so glad I took the time and effort to pick each piece with her, otherwise I would have ended up with several expensive mistakes. In decorating a home for the first time I also had zero knowledge of where to look for things, and no idea how to combine old antique pieces that I loved with a the modern aesthetic I envisioned. Caitlin helped me with everything from sourcing art to showing me how to arrange the throw pillows on my bed. I literally could not have done this without her.
So with that all being said, here’s a look at our living room/dining room. As you’ll see in photos to come, our kitchen has a living area as well and so I was majorly stressed about where a formal dining table was going to go. After all, whats the point of having a pretty house if you can’t throw dinner parties, right? Caitlin carefully worked with the space so that everything fit comfortably.
Caitlin also totally embraced my love of the color pink, while making it tasteful and not going too overboard, since there are two gentlemen that also live here.
Shop some of the pieces from our home, directly here:
Calling all fashionable American (and Canadian) women living in London? I have an incredible opportunity for you! A leading beauty brand is looking for real ladies who love expressing themselves with their style, to give on-screen testimonials for a TV commercial.
No this is NOT too good to be true.
The beauty brand is looking for women of all ethnicities and backgrounds, but the majority of ladies that will be cast must have an American accent. They not looking for actresses or models, just girls that love style, are confident, charismatic and have outgoing, warm personalities.
It will be a fun day of casting in central London in August. The actual filming will take place in September.
This is a fully paid opportunity for those selected, so it’s definitely worth reaching out for an audition. (Um, hello London fashion week outfit fund!)
If you are interested, send a photo (a simple selfie will do) and your contact information to Louise Mason at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you mention that you read about the opportunity on “American Girl in Chelsea.” This would be a really fun thing to do with friends, so gather up all your fellow fashionistas and audition together!
Chelsea has a new breakfast hot-spot, and if you love a hearty healthy meal to start your day you better jump in the queue. Thank goodness Bill Granger, Australian restaurateur and food writer, has finally opened up his famous dining destination in the heart of Chelsea! That’s right ladies, Granger & Co. has hit Pavillion Road and gone are the days of venturing to Notting Hill to get your favorite acai bowl or avocado toast.
Last week I went to try the new restaurant, with what seemed like every stylish mum in the borough. The restaurant has a beautiful hidden courtyard, which is perfect for when London shows us a bit of sun. There’s also a private dining room and the dreamiest pink-retro loos.
But moving on to the important bit, the scrumptious food. My girlfriend ordered the almond-milk chia seed pot with berries, pomegranate and coconut yoghurt. It was light, refreshing and paired perfectly with her matcha latte. There’s a variety of smoothies to choose from and, finding it hard to choose, I asked the server which was the most popular.She brought me the watermelon and lime frappé, which on a hot summer day went down a total treat.
I ordered the acai bowl with banana, berries and vegan granola and it hit the spot, but I couldn’t stop there. I wanted to try even more options on the menu so we ordered the buckwheat bowl to share. Ladies, this is one of the most delicious breakfast plates I have ever eaten. The “Big Plate” comes with buckwheat, poached egg, goat’s yoghurt, rose harissa, avocado and sunflower sprouts. It was the perfect breakfast after a late night out and before a big workout!
A side and personal note about why I love Granger & Co. I feel like I can get my healthy fix, but my Husband would actually eat here as well. I think the soft shell crab, chorizo and kimchi fired rice with poached egg has his name all over it. I find this healthy/hearty/yummy compromise hard to find in London, and I am so happy that Granger ticks all the boxes.
Did someone say “Hair of the Dog?” From 10 AM Granger & Co. will serve bloody marys, white peach bellinis and their aperol sunrise with tequila, aperol passions fruit coconut water and lemon.
This is obviously all about my breakfast experience but Granger also serves lunch and dinner. I’ll keep you posted but the menus look pretty damn delicious.
A word to the wise- Granger & Co. does NOT take rezzies and this place is popular. So prepare to queue for a table. Trust me, it’s worth the wait.
One of the things I miss the most about L.A (along with the sunshine) is Mexican food. I’m not quite sure why, but no one seems to be able to get the flavors right. That is until I found Peyotito in Notting Hill where you can finally get Mexican food, with a gourmet twist, and the best margaritas in town!
Peyotito’s Mexican food is a step above your normal taco joint. It’s Mexican refined. The first time I went was for a girlfriend’s birthday lunch, who happens to be from Mexico. The fact that she chose Peyotito gave me hope that I was in store for some good food and I was not disappointed. The margaritas were flowing and we proceeded to order almost everything on the menu.
I went back for the second time for dinner last week and loved the evening ambiance. The restaurant is super sexy and has a live DJ!
We started with the tuna and yellowtail crudo along with the quinoa salad, and of course guacamole and chips. We then moved on to the main event, the tacos. Whether it’s beef, pork, sea bream or chicken – they are all delicious. The great thing is they come small enough so you can try one (or more) of each!
There are so many different margarita options that its hard to choose, and Peyotito also offers my favorite tequila, Casamigos. After several rounds of margaritas and what seemed like endless tacos, we finished with the churros con chocolate for dessert. The absolute perfect evening to a delicious evening.
I would highly recommend Peyotito whether for a girls lunch or dinner, date night, or simply to satisfy your Mexican cravings!
Love margaritas as much as I do? Casamigos (did I mention the best tequila on the planet) will be hosting a #TequilaTuesday Masterclass at Peyotito every Tuesday throughout July. You can find out more by clicking here. Tickets include the Casamigos Peyotito Margarita, a tasting of Mezcal, Mixto, three expressions of tequila and a Sangrita flight. Enjoy a modern Mexican tasting menu, which includes our tuna tostada, taco selection and homemade guacamole.
I adore a good Sunday brunch, however unlike in the States it seems this meal is a bit harder to find in London. Last week, after Wolfgang Puck spent the week at 45 Park Lane for his Spago pop-up I was invited to CUT to try a selection of his dishes for brunch with some fellow bloggers. CUT in the 45 Park Lane hotel is Wolfgang Puck’s first restaurant in Europe, and growing up in L.A with a handful of his restaurants, I have been a foodie-fan of his for a long while.
I hadn’t been to CUT for a long time, and only for dinner. It’s one of those special occasion restaurants for us, and pretty much our favorite steak place in London, however I never thought to go for brunch. The restaurant was super buzzy with a live music, a singer/guitarist (who happen to be named Elvis) crooning Michael Bublé and Justin Bieber. It’s a relaxed, while formal at the same time, family environment with lovely welcoming staff.
There was everything you could possibly want for brunch on the menu. Avo toast, you got it! Homemade pasta with truffle, it’s there too. We began with a delicious basket of fresh made croissants and pastries which (although summer is right around the corner) I couldn’t resist. I ordered the lobster cobb salad because honestly I think it’s impossible to find a good cobb salad in London, and I have now found my go-to one. It was absolutely delish! A girlfriend ordered the famous buttermilk pancakes which also looked scrumptious.
In need of a cocktail? CUT offers handcrafted champagne cocktails and bespoke bloody Marys which are made before your eyes from a trolley.
We ended with a selection of desserts including a delicious chocolate brownie creation and a large cheery made out of sorbet. Again, I showed zero restraint at digging in, and am so happy I did.
If you don’t have time for a full sit-down meal at CUT, then make sure to check out the library bar on the first floor. It’s one of my favorite secret spots. They have an amazing selection of light bites (the sliders are to die for) and the cocktails are fantastic.
I was invited to a black tie event last week and in a total and complete panic about what to wear. After scouring through my wardrobe and realizing the last time I wore a long gown was probably a bridesmaids dress, and at the same time not wanting to spend a fortune, I went to my new go-to label, Needle & Thread and found this pink floral number. I immediately fell in love.
The dress is made from pretty pink tulle and embroidered with dozens of bead and sequin flowers. It worked absolutely perfect for the event, garnered dozens of compliments, and is going to be worn for every formal event for the rest of the summer. It would also make an amazing bridesmaids dress for those of you girls wishing to give your maids a dress that they would actually wear again and again.
It’s an exclusive to Net-a-Porter so you’ll only be able to find it there. There are so many wonderful similar Needle & Thread skirts, tops and dresses out at the moment (some more of my favorites are below) that it’s difficult to choose which one to take home. I’m currently coveting this pussy-bow blouse which may just be my next purchase.