My trip to the UK was unexpectedly extended a few extra weeks as I had a terrible sinus and double ear infection and was unable to fly home, doctors orders. Thanks to Virgin Atlantic’s super accommodating team, rebooking was easy not once but twice.
As I have worked in London many times before, settling into a great work routine was pretty easy.
Last week I worked with a few girlfriends at the National Art Library in Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington. Funnily enough I wrote my dissertation in this same library exactly a year ago. Can’t say I miss the essay grind.
This being London, I had to be prepared for rain or shine, warm or cold and layers, layers, layers. I trekked to the V&A daily in my new Zara Trench Coat (a steal at 50 pounds, part of Zara Basic Collection, not sold online but at stores) and a big ole fat hat to keep the hair dry! Laptop and work forms were tucked in a Navy Monogrammed Tote from our new line of super practical monogram canvas bags. The tote arrived the day before I left for London and boy did this bag earn her keep! She was my fashionable flight carryon, a ski tote in France, a picnic hamper while visiting Blenheim Palace, and my briefcase while in London. A worthy companion indeed!
The Collection that I just can’t resist popping in an out of (located a few steps from the library) is the Jewelry Hall of Gems. The exceptional collection of gems pictured here was bequeathed to the V&A in 1869 by the noted collector Reverend Chauncy Hare Townshend. Each gem is mounted and set in gold rings. Many were acquired from the Hope collection, home of the famous Hope Diamond now in the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC. Here, the stones are grouped according to individual species. Stones in their natural crystal can be seen in the Natural History Museum just a few doors down. (V&A)