How to Stroll

February 20, 2014

Things I’ve learned while in London: chips (french fries) can be eaten at every meal, people feed the birds, bars are pubs and many claim to be the oldest, and there is an art form to walking. As we were walking to The Grenadier (the cutest tucked away pub in the world) last night, Mary said to me, “I’m going to teach you the art of strolling.” That’s probably the nicest way anyone has ever commented on my fast-paced walk before and because she said it in such a nice way I immediately slowed down. Mary went on to explain…

Things I’ve learned while in London: chips (french fries) can be eaten at every meal, people feed the birds, bars are pubs and many claim to be the oldest, and there is an art form to walking. As we were walking to The Grenadier (the cutest tucked away pub in the world) last night, Mary said to me, “I’m going to teach you the art of strolling.” That’s probably the nicest way anyone has ever commented on my fast-paced walk before and because she said it in such a nice way I immediately slowed down. Mary went on to explain that slower strides let you take in the surroundings, how even if you’re going down a familiar street there is always something new to see, and that sometimes it’s worth it to take our time. Just one of many reasons why I am loving traveling with this girl…she’s got me strolling.

Yesterday was packed from beginning to end. We lunched around Hyde Park, picked up colorful macarons which we taste tested with hot chocolate while sitting and people watching in Hyde Park, then hit up Buckingham Palace (saw the “Changing of the Guards” – such unplanned luck!), Westminster Abbey, House of Parliament, Big Ben, and the London Eye. So surreal to see all these places in person…each one is more gorgeous than the next. After the long day, our night started at Grenadier pub where we had a delicious London-esque dinner of bangers and mash (so good). A tube ride to SoHo for dessert from Princi and drinks at the adorable Jackson + Rye and we were ready to call it a night.

Images taken by MBM and Mary Summers for A Piece of Toast

(Marciano Cocoon Coat (old, similarsimilar) // Madewell Silk Cargo Shirt (on sale!) // Madewell The Slim Boyfriend Jean in Railstripe c/o // 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli // Converse Sneakers // Ray-Ban Aviators // Dana Rebecca Lauren Joy Necklace // Helen Ficalora 24″ Necklace // Castor & Pollux Bangle // Jennifer Fisher Cuff)

  1. Such a nice reminder to stop and smell the roses. Especially while on a trip. So magical being abroad and taking it all in, I’m living vicariously through you today!

  2. def just ordered the similar coat from nordstrom… <3 you guys and your posts!!! enjoy my hometown! try to swing by St Johns Wood and Abbey Road, thats where I grew up.. so awesome <3

  3. Firstly I loooooove these pictures secondly I think its a european thing my bf is from Europe to and he is always telling me I need to learn to slow down my walking pace. Telling me to take it all in and so forth.

    Hope you have an awesome time there. Really cant get over how gorgeous these pictures are!

    Meghan Silva’s Blog

  4. Best city in the world! You should stroll down Marylebone Hight Street or to Primrose Hill if you have a chance– gorgeous.

  5. Love the title of this post…and Mary’s advice. Even if I have nowhere to be at a specific time I’m speed walking! Great reminder to slow down and take everything in. Love this casual look…especially the jeans. Your trip looks amazing 🙂

    Kristin
    http://www.dressedandfed.com

  6. Love this post! I’m also a (very) fast-paced walker and slowing down to a stroll every so often is probably a good idea. Also loving your look here! xx

  7. Sounds like an ideal trip. London is such a great city for strolling. There are so many nooks and crannies around every corner. I love your belted coat. Any coat that you can dress up or dress down and still look chic is a win win in my book. Happy travels!

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