Gift Guide: Classic Cool

Is Audrey Hepburn your style icon? Do you own 5+ LBD’s? Is feminine the first word that comes to mind when asked to describe your fashion sense? Then classically cool is definitely your style personality. When dressing for the holidays, go for a new take on the LBD with the Dot Mesh Dress. Pair it with streamlined, feminine accessories like bow pumps, a metallic clutch and a shiny statement necklace – all of which add up to a complete look for under $250.

So you’re not a classic cool girl, but maybe you know one. Here’s what to get her for the holidays:

1. Chic Studs, $48.00
2. A Modern Frame, $12.99
3. Vogue Editor, Grace Coddington’s Memoir, $18.81
4. Playful Sweets, 5 for $40
5. Bright Tableware,  $35.00
6. A Monogrammed Notebook, $17
7. Bold and Bright Votives, $28
8. Simple Gloves, $16
9. Pretty Pouts,  $25


5 Savvy (And Fun!) Things to do with the Family When the Power is Out

We just read that the power should be returning to New York City residents by this weekend (hallelujah!). And while the London Times office is starting to get back to normal, many of us are still without electricity back at home. So we decided to get savvy (as always) and come up with a few creative ways to keep our families occupied during these last few days in the dark (because the stir-craziness has definitely set in for many). We hope you are all staying safe! We cannot wait for the LT team to be here and fully back in action by next week. Here’s what to do until then:

1. Get Literary. Playing Words With Friends on your iPhone may not be the best idea when it comes to conserving battery power. You can, however, flex those creative muscles with a pen and paper by making up your own Mad Libs. Take turns switching and filling in each other’s stories, then read them out loud to the entire family. You’re bound to finally break out a few giggles.

2. Pamper Yourself. Now is the time to play around with all of those DIY Beauty ideas you’ve been meaning to try. Nail art is an obvious option, but there are also plenty of facial masks to experiment with. If it’s during the day, try coming up with a cool new hair or makeup look that you would never have time to perfect on a regular schedule (or try it out on one of your budding fashionistas). And if those don’t work, you could always go for a relaxing bubble bath, right?

3. Become a Mad Scientist. Remember all of those classic kitchen experiments you used to do as a kid? (Come on, you cannot forget the egg in a bottle one!) Break them out again with your children – you’d be amazed what one can do with a little food coloring and H2O.

4. And While You’re in the Kitchen… Why not bake a bunch of cupcakes or cookies and bring them over to all of your neighbors? Or pretend you’re on a camping trip and roast marshmallows over the stove. For added authenticity, build a tent in your living room and eat them in there while telling each other ghost stories.

5. Break Out the Scissors and Glue And cut up all of those magazines lying around your house (after reading them, of course). We used to love making creative collages when we were younger. Also, we know you still have those cootie catcher making skills from the 7th grade. Make one and try telling each other’s fortunes, or guessing each other’s secret crushes…

Staying safe from Sandy but still want to help out New York City? Here’s are some great ways to make a difference towards getting our city going again!

Behind the Scenes at Our Holiday Shoot

Thankfully, the LT office is up and running again today. Everyone here has stayed safe from Sandy and now we’re just hoping to (slowly) ease back into a little normalcy again. So we thought it would be a fun idea to share with you some of our behind the scenes photos of last week’s Holiday shoot…

We kicked off the morning bright and early down in Tribeca with all of the dresses lined up and ready to go.

These are our bright and bold inspiration boards along with the run of dresses for the day.

Working it with our modern props – can’t wait to see the final images on these.

Catching our photographer hard at work!

This dress takes a classic shape and wraps in all of the trends: lace, color blocking, black and white (we could go on…)

It wouldn’t be a holiday shoot without some presents, right?

Wrapping up in front of “the wall” – which, by the way, we made ourselves. Good thing we’ve been working on our DIY skills lately!

Keep an eye out on the site for the debut of our holiday collection. We can’t wait for you to see it!

An Easy Fall Mani You Can Do In Minutes

We’ve already put our DIY skills to the test for the month of October with pumpkin painting and fall recipes. This week, we wanted to push ourselves even further and figure out how to do a mani with one of our favorite prints on London Times right now – the Fair Isle. To be honest, it took a little testing and research to figure out how to get this one just right, but in the end, our savvy team found a simple solution. See how we did it below!

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Trick or Chic with LT: The Stylish Sleuth

If you’re a Halloween procrastinator, right about now you’re probably considering rummaging through your closet to put together a last-minute costume for that party you have to go to on Friday night. Lucky for you, that’s exactly what we’re doing too, and we’ve happened to come up with a pretty good idea if we don’t say so ourselves:

We can’t believe we hadn’t thought of this sooner, but one of fall’s most popular prints (houndstooth!) also doubles as a fabulously chic detective costume when it’s done in a dress. Pair it with a trench, a wide-brimmed hat and some wedge booties to pull together the look. Find yourself a magnifying glass and if you really feel like going all out, a quirky tie-necklace. And it looks like you’re set, Nancy Drew!

Rich Fall Recipes

Inspired by the vibrant jewel tones of the LT dresses in our fall collection, we decided to test this colorful concept in the kitchen. Read below for our steps to mixing the perfect oxblood-colored frosting (and others!) as well as our very own cinnamon apple cider recipe.

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Trick or Chic with LT: Silver Screen Starlet

We’ve already decided that store bought costumes are out of the question this year for Halloween. So here at the London Times office, we’ve been flexing our creative muscles to come up with costumes whose pieces can be worn on the 31st and beyond. This week we’re channeling the glitz and glamour of stars like Bette Davis, Greta Garbo and Jean Harlow by putting together an ensemble straight from the Old Hollywood silver screen itself:

All it takes is a classic dress (like the LT Satin and Jersey) and a few key 1920’s-inspired accessories. Grab a fur stole, a vintage hat, some beaded baubles and an Art Deco embellished heel (all of which are going to be widely on trend thanks to the much anticipated release of The Great Gatsby, by the way). If you really feel like going all-out with DIY aspect of this costume, take a look at this makeup tutorial which will have you literally looking like you’re in a black and white film all night.