Category Archives: travel

Simple Pretty Boston: Charles Street Top 5

Boston is one of my favorite cities: it’s très walkable, full of interesting shops and restaurants, and even boasts a charming public garden right in the middle of town. In fact, it feels a lot like a mini version of London. Whenever I’m in town, Beacon Hill is one of my favorite places to wander. […]

Simple Pretty Chicago: 3 Arts Club Café

One of my favorite outings during last week’s mad-dash through the US was a leisurely afternoon spent at Restoration Hardware’s new Chicago flagship. The building, known as the 3 Arts Club, was built in 1914 to house women studying music, drama, and the visual arts. Empty since 2003, the site was gloriously renovated under the guidance of […]

Favorite Things: Travel Guides

I am addicted to travel guides. The ones with beautiful photography inspire you; those that are painstakingly researched give you the confidence to explore like a local. Whether you’re hoping to inspire or inform, they also make great last-minute gifts. If you’re looking for some great resources for travel in England or France, may I suggest […]

Holiday Gift Guide, Part Two: For Me

A confession (which will no doubt be validated by family and friends): I am hard to shop for. I tend to obsessively research items, at which point I either decide I definitely need it — and then go out and buy it for myself — or declare myself over it. Even something straightforward, like perusing my […]

My London: Fernandez & Wells

I have a confession: I’m not much of a fancy food person. Good food, served simply, goes a long way in my book. That’s probably why I’m so drawn to Fernandez & Wells. Launched in 2007 by Rick Wells and Jorge Fernandez, the mini-chain of London cafés has a guiding principle of serving food suitable […]