How did you end up making a home in London?
I had only been dating my husband for 4 months when he was asked to move to London to work for a great animation company. We both loved the idea of living in Europe and traveling around, so we moved to London and started living together! At the time, we had no idea we would stay so long, but we LOVE it. If it wasn't so far from our families (and if the weather wasn't so miserable), we would probably stay forever.
Favorite meal of the day/favorite food?
Breakfast, for sure! My husband doesn’t have to go to work until 9:30, so we all sit down and have a nice long meal together, the four of us. I also just LOVE breakfast foods: oatmeal or cereal, pancakes or crepes, scrambled eggs with smoked salmon. I love it all!
Favorite shopping spot?
There are so many great spots in London.
For kids, I like going to Notting Hill in west London. Here you can find all my favorite kid’s shops:
• Petit Aime
• Caramel Baby
• Petit Bateau
• Elias and Grace (not in Notting Hill, but in Primrose Hill)
For me, I like to head to either Notting Hill, Primrose Hill or Marylebone High Street. These are some of my favorite shops in London.
• TopShop (for cheap trendy clothes)
• Summerill and Bishop (for kitchen items)
• Fenwick and Liberty(Good department stores)
• Skandium (home décor)
• Melt (best chocolates in the world)!
• Aime (cute, French, clothing)
But I try to do most of my clothes shopping in the States (It’s much cheaper considering the weak dollar)! One of the things I miss most from the States is Barneys!
Favorite beauty product?
No matter what, I ALWAYS use an eyelash curler. I find that it just opens up my eyes and makes me look a bit less tired. ☺ My favorite is the Shu Eumura eye-lash curler. I also love Dermalogica gel facial cleanser, and Sjal cela Intuitif facial lotion.
• The (newly renovated) London Science Museum. They have an entire floor/section of hands-on exhibits and activities for younger kids.
• The London Transport Museum: Filled with trains, buses and other vehicles, this museum gives a detailed history of transportation in London. My boys love it because of all the trains!
• The London Zoo. They have a great butterfly tent, a bug exhibit and a newly-opened Gorilla Kingdom. (The zoo is close to my house, so I have a membership)!
• Also, the parks of London are famous. They are big, beautiful and are everywhere. London’s ‘green space’ is what truly makes London so live-able (especially with children).
Favorite time of year?
I love the spring time when all the trees start to bud and the flowers bloom. It’s such a hopeful, happy time (especially after such a dreary, dark winter here in London). But I’m such a warm-weather girl; I wish it would be summer all year long! (I’m living in the wrong part of the world)!
During our first year in London, we traveled everywhere (this was before kids). We fell in love with one place especially. Positano, on the Amalfi Coast (south of Naples). It is our favorite place to visit, and we promised that we would return there every year for the rest of our lives. So far we haven’t missed a year.
My husband also makes us crepes every Saturday morning for breakfast!
Favorite thing about living where you live?
London is great because it’s so international, hip, and culturally aware. We have friends here who come from all over the world, and they’re interesting, well-traveled, and make me feel smarter just knowing them! It’s a great way to raise children – surrounded by such diversity. And I also love how easy it is to travel across Europe.
One interesting fact about the country you live in.
Important politicians go on news stations and partake in live interviews: real questions/real answers. A box of American cheerios (not the sugary kind you can find in every grocery store here in London, but the original ones in the yellow box) costs 7.50 pounds (that’s $14)! Absurd! Gun crime is much, much lower here compared to the States, while theft is a big problem (I’ve had my wallet stolen three times in the five years that we’ve lived here)!
Thanks Courtney! Be sure to check her out at Babyccino!