I’m back from our week in London + Edinburgh and can’t wait to share it with you! If you followed along on Instagram, you probably saw that we did a lot and ate really well, so stay tuned for lots of photos and a couple recaps later this week and next. I had a cold-like viral infection for much of our trip so took this weekend really easy by essentially spending most of it on the couch with Millie. (As an aside, this was the longest we’d been away from her and I don’t know how parents of actual children do it. We literally looked at pictures of her every single day and talked about how much we missed her!)
Anyway, excuse the frizzy hair + rain (#londonweather)…this is the only outfit I shot–we were on our way to breakfast–but you can see what I packed in this post. The two Dudley Stephens tops did take up a decent amount of space given that we didn’t check bags and I didn’t wear one on the plane, but I honestly could have brought a third and would have been content wearing them exclusively since it’s so easy to just swap out a base layer under the turtlenecks + boatnecks. This is the cowl style so it’s harder to layer something underneath, but I wore it all day Sunday (it was perfect because I wanted something comfortable for walking around all day but also nice enough for our afternoon tea at Sketch) and then with black leggings + flats again for dinner one night in Edinburgh.
I initially wasn’t totally sure about the cowl neck style because it felt a little too statement-like vs. versatile for a pricey piece, but Dudley has never let me down so I gave it a shot when they first came out last month. Boy am I glad I did! It’s basically like wearing a dressy sweatshirt. It’s also long enough to wear with leggings and fit-wise, is a little slimmer than the Cobble Hill (which I think works well with the more dressed up style!). You can easily make this off-the-shoulder like they do on the model and it comes in a few color options.
I also want to add that I know that these fleeces are an investment. I started with the Cobble Hill in September and ordered the Park Slope in November after being so impressed with how well it washed + wore, and given how much I reached for it during those couple of months. They released the Calyer Cowl about a month ago and I quickly followed it up with the Brighton Boatneck after seeing the Bad On Paper (which you know I love!) discount code–20% off your order with code BOP20. I also love that Dudley Stephens is a US-based, female-owned company that uses sustainable materials and manufacturing processes. It’s always a goal of mine to support small businesses and buy more ethically when possible, so you truly get what you pay for. A note on sizing: I have mediums in all four styles; if you’re in between sizes or are larger up top, I’d advise going up. Let me know if you have any questions about fit, sizing, styling, etc…I haven’t been this excited about an emerging brand in awhile and can’t wait to see where the future takes them!
Also, can we talk about this backdrop for a second? We stayed at an Airbnb in Notting Hill and while I knew it would be gorgeous, it still seriously exceeded expectations. Every street is this picturesque and I was unsurprisingly in heaven :)
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