Pastel fronted buildings, grand Victorian houses, corner pubs and quiet streets, there are many sides to any city and if Notting Hill is anything to go by take it that London is as chic and full of character, warmth and energy as ever.
I’m just back from an amazing 3-day stay at The Laslett in Notting Hill. They didn’t pay me to say it, but I will tell you it’s a beautifully stylish hotel in a vibrant neighbourhood. The hotel is housed in a row of 5 Victorian residences just off the main street in Notting Hill. Decorated in eclectic style the bright and modern hotel fuses seamlessly with the classic elegance and heritage of the Victorian era. I think it’s also fair to say this place is seriously cool. My favourite spot was a blush corner of the library where the works of psychologists sit alongside photographers memoirs and musician’s biographies. The influence of culture and local history is evident in the hotel’s decor and art. Even the hotel itself is named after the local artist who initiated the original Notting Hill Festival, now the famous Carnival.
The main reason for my trip was tennis. It’s Wimbledon season of course and no arm twisting is required when there’s a chance to catch a glimpse of the tennis elite in action. While I was in the city I also caught up with a few of my favourite bloggers over a chilled glass or two of rosé. These chats never disappoint and reminded me how essential female encouragement and togetherness is.
For my day by the grassy courts I wore these sky blue culottes by Dori Tomcsanyi. The high waisted shorts, which come with a belt tie, ring buckle and chunky back pockets are the epitome of casual chic, don’t you think? I knew they would be perfect for Wimbledon so long as the skies delivered sunshine, which they did, so here they are. The wide leg silhouette is a key trend this year and I found the airy culottes were perfect for a hot day in the city. I love the contrast of nipped-in waist and generously flowing shorts. The sound of the superfluous swishing fabric is satisfying and girlie, you can’t help but smile. As the shorts are the statement piece here I kept things simple everywhere else, with a white top from Scotch & Soda and a nude coloured pyjama jacket from Topshop.
These culottes and more of Tomcsanyi’s pieces are available online and in store from Rumour.
Check out how I styled one of my absolute favourite jackets by the talented designer here.
Thanks for dropping by – J ♥
Culottes ♦ Dori Tomcsanyi
Top ♦ Scotch & Soda (similar here)
Jacket ♦ Topshop
Bag ♦ Chloe
Shot at The Laslett