Plaid Pants // Hello from London

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Loft plaid pants 00p (on sale!), Talbots belt xs (extra holes punched), Gucci soho bag

London is so magical right now, fully decked out for the holidays. Nick has a few days off before starting a new job, so we're taking full advantage of this time together. Unfortunately it's not long enough to visit Japan, so that'll have to remain on our wish list until (hopefully) next year!ann taylor turtleneck camel sweater petites
I've always loved the look of plaid pants but wasn't sure how versatile they'd be. This pair is on the darker side and almost looks solid dark navy at first glance, perfect if you want a subtle print (I lightened these photos just a bit to show the pattern). The colors are very easy to pair with black, navy, burgundy, or other neutrals like gray and camel. They are extra 50% off right now so a great price, plus are machine-washable!
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Fit-wise, pants are so hard for me to find off the rack and almost always require some adjustments. These are slim and fitted on me throughout the legs, but there's a waist gap of about 2 inches that I've tightened with a belt. I think my waist-to-hip ratio must not be standard, as there's numerous great reviews on the fit of these pants from other shoppers. The petites length is good on me and hits right below the ankle, but I'm also trying out a more cropped look shown here with the bottoms folded under an inch.
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My sweater (see it also worn here) is unfortunately nearly sold out, but here is a similar camel turtleneck option in stock with good reviews, at a steal for cashmere!
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Londoners or those who have visited - please let us know any can't-miss spots (scenic or good eats) in town around this time of year!

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  1. Really love the subtle coloring on the pants!
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  2. Love this chic look and your pants are fabulous.

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  3. If you want really good local food (similar to the types of places you have recommended in San Francisco and Hong Kong), take the Central Line out to Liverpool Street Station and start by walking over to Spitalfields Market where they have AMAZING food trucks for lunch. Walk through the market and past the Ten Bells Tavern where Jack the Ripper committed some of his murders, and then back to Brick Lane. Walk up Brick Lane and stop in at Crosstown Doughnuts, the Cereal Killer Cafe (if you want an amazing cereal selection) and then stop for a Salt Beef Bagel at Brick Lane Beigal Bake. Continue up Brick Lane, cross over A1209 and onto Redchurch streets. Browse the little shops all the way down Redchurch street until you come to the Albion and Dishoom. You absolutely must eat at Dishoom if you can get in - the food is AMAZING (and the drinks are also pretty awesome). The Albion has great cakes and tea if you want something sweet. After you eat at Dishoom, walk out to the A10, cross the street and walk up until you get to Rivington Street. Walk down Rivington Street to see some typical British shops and pubs, and peek into Tramshed - this is one of Mark Hix's restaurants (he's a famous British chef) and the art is all famous British modern artists who produced works specifically for the restaurant centered around a cow and a chicken (the restaurant's logo), including a huge piece of installation art by Damien Hirst. Once you are done walking around Rivington Street (you can also go back to Hoxton Square), come out onto Great Eastern Street, walk up to Old Street Station and take the tube back to your hotel. If you come to Spitalfields on a Sunday, I suggest coming really early and going to the flower market on Commercial Street - however, it gets REALLY packed, so definitely come early! Hope this helps!

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  4. Also, this has nothing to do with food, but if you want to do some unique London shopping I recommend ENIENAY (pronounced "Nina") at Spitalfields Market (she is on the side with Giraffe restaurant, usually across from Giraffe). She upcycles men's suits and turns them into women's dresses, jackets and skirts. If you want a nice leather jacket for a VERY reasonable price, go to Bashir & Sons on Brick Lane - he has every color you could imagine for men and women and is SUPER nice. He's one of the last leather-makers on Brick Lane, but it used to be the spot where all of London went for leather clothes. For shopping on the West side, skip Harrods (it's way to crowded this time of year) and go to Fortnum & Mason at Picadilly Circus. Pick up tea and "biscuits" (ie cookies) on the ground floor, and then go up to the top for the Christmas shop. If you want a nice gift for a female friend/mom/sister, I recommend Helen Moore's line of faux fur stoles and hats. They are made in the UK and are very nice quality. Also, if you want to do afternoon tea, do it at Fortnum & Mason - it's one of the best in the city.

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  5. I love this outfit!
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  6. Those pants are really pretty, the subtle plaid looks great and I love how you styled it

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  7. Try Browns (good eats). If you visit Tower of London, try The Kitchen (restaurant) which is very nearby. This restaurant was featured in The Fabulous Bakers Brothers tv programme and their specialty is their burger using local produce.

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  8. Awww man, I miss London. I can never ever EVER find pants too... all I wear are kid's leggings. Will be checking out the pair you wore!

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  9. Shoryu Ramen on Regent's Street is phenomenal - amazing tonkotsu broth!

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  10. If you can, attend an evensong service at Westminster Abbey. They are free to attend and happen almost every day, giving you a chance to see the gorgeous interior and hear incredible music. For dining, while not necessarily traditional English fare, I recommend breakfast at the trendy Breakfast Club, which has multiple locations.

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  11. Great shots! Love this look!

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  12. I love those pants! What a cute outfit.

    And I'm heading to London this weekend- so excited!

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  13. Barrafina! Best tapas in town. Also, you can't beat Patty and Bun for drool-worthy burgers. A last must for London has to be Cutter and Squidge for beautifully made (and delicious!) desserts.

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  14. La Bijoux Bella | by miaFriday, December 16, 2016

    Simply beautiful ... Such a great traveling look for a day's out in Londres. :)
    Merry Christmas.

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  15. Love the look! The pants are super cute!

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  16. Love those pants on you! Beautiful coat too!

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  17. Walking through Burlington or Piccadilly arcade is the epitome of Christmas to me but if you're shopping down Regents St or Oxford Street, seeing the lights down Regent Street and Oxford Street also says Christmas, but is extremely busy. If you are down that way then stop by the café in Burberry or at mac and wild on the rooftop of John Lewis in Oxford Street. For other eats, you've probably heard duck and waffle has good views over the city and it's open 24 hours or try the portrait restaurant in the portrait gallery also has views over the city. Nice to see you in my hometown and hope you enjoy your time.

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  18. Gorgeous styling! Very classy.

    xxx, Eva
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  19. Hi Jean, I love the look of these plaid pants and camel sweater! I also have the Talbots belt and love how you styled it with this outfit. Have fun in London! Sorry I can't provide any tips; still on my wishlist to visit someday :)

    ~Jessica

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  20. There is a great skating rink at Somerset House. It is beautiful to see and there is a cute "winter lodge" set up next to it, with great food and drink by Fortnum & Mason. Excellent rest stop while you are out and about, and want to rest for a few minutes and have a snack or drink! Also - Hyde Park Winter Wonderland!

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  21. I was in London last week and would highly recommend Nopi for Mediterranean food and Gail's Artisan Bakery for pastries. Have a good time and post more pictures!

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  22. Hi Jean, welcome to London, it is truly a magical place this time of the year!
    As London is multicultural, here are some different restaurants and cuisines:

    Ping Pong dim sum, their are various branches around London, but my favourite is in St Katherine Docks. Here there is a Xmas market and you can check out the Queens Barrage, Tower Bridge and have a lovely walk by the river. The Shard (slightly pricey) is not far off, here you can try different cuisines and also afternoon tea and enjoy great views across London

    Lobsters and Burgers, again many branches, but the one in Harvey Nichols is less crowded. Great lobster for £20

    Masala Zone, favourite branch in Covent Garden serve Delicious Grand Thali

    Bills many branches, also available in Covent Garden, for proper English food. The venison pie is delicious.

    Edgware Road for tasty Middle Eastern food

    Winter wonderland in Hyde park is great for wandering around and tasting different food. The grilled salmon and Spanish churros are a must!

    http://www.timeout.com/london offer great recommendations for places to eat in London

    Hope you enjoy it :)

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    1. To add to Hyde Park - Get into the holiday spirit by having some mulled wine and mince pies.Enjoy your time in London!

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  23. Go to Sketch. Such a fun Afternoon Tea spot!! Great ambiance and great food!

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  24. I have these pants and they are very flattering!

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  25. To add to the other great reccomendations here already, my favourite three restaurants in London:

    Japanese place in Brixton Village called OKAN, which serves Okonomiyaki and noodles.
    Le Mercury in Upper Street, Islington
    The Granger in Pancras Square.

    I tend to go to the first one for lunch, last two for dinner. They usually have a table without too much waiting time if it's only two.

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  26. Check out the London Eye for the view and Kynance Mews for the charming home exteriors and cobblestone-lined street.

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  27. Brilliant images! What camera was used?

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  28. Love your pants!

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  29. Hi Jean!
    Wondering if your coat is Wool Blend or Wool twill?

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  30. I'm loving the camel tones you paired with this!! So chic!

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  31. Stroll around the picturesque Kensington Gardens and have afternoon tea nearby, at The Orangery. It's absolutely romantic and magical! Hope you have an amazing time in London!

    Mei
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  32. Such a nice outfit, I love how subtle the plaid pattern is. Couldn't help myself and purchased the pants while they are still available in petite. :) I have spent Christmas in London once and it was so magical, and New Year fireworks were absolutely spectacular. Hope you'll enjoy every minute of your stay. If you need food recommendations here are two good resources - Silverspoon London (http://www.silverspoonlondon.co.uk/) and Angloyankophile (http://www.angloyankophile.com/) - my favorite London-based food, travel and lifestyle bloggers. Lastly, I'm Tokyo-based blogger and newspaper contributor, so if you need any help planning your Japan trip, I'd be more than happy to help and answer any questions. I have been following your fashion advice and recommendations on Extra Petite for years now and would be happy to return the favor. :) xoxo, nano | www.travelwithnanob.com

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  33. Love that pairing of your camel sweater with those plaid trousers! I'm so jealous you're in London right now! I miss that city dearly. I always loved Sunday brunch near or at Borough Market if you're looking for a relaxed place to eat. I used to also like having cocktails and dinner at Village East on Bermondsey Street, a little street with restaurants and bars, a short walk from the market and London Bridge Station. Hope you have a lovely stay!

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  34. Homeslice is fantastic for pizza, and for a day of art and ice skating try Somerset House - the Courtauld Gallery is a manageable size and full of masterpieces, and SKATE at Somerset House is perfect for the holidays!

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  35. Love this look Jean! Just wondering, did you get a haircut? I'm in desperate need of one and have been looking for a new place. Do you have any recommendations? Anyhow, have fun in London! :)

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    1. I've been going to Graziella at Salon Capri on newbury st for a while and always ask for a layered cut. I LOVE her!

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    2. Thank you so much! Will have to book an appt asap hehe

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  36. Ahh I can't believe you're in London!

    Best food recommendation is Ichiryu (very authentic udon)! And you must take the walk up to Primrose Hill - it gives an amazing view of the city! Best of luck with your travels :)

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  37. Those plaid pants are so cute!

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  38. Can I ask if you're going around town as a tourist, do you wear your heels the entire day? Or are they just for the photos and there are flats hidden somewhere? I know that blogs are inspirational, but I'm really curious about this! Also because if you really are spending the entire day in heels, maybe you have some tips for the rest of us to do this without needing to search for a foot massage late at night?

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    1. Oh no, I don't wear heels like this when sightseeing! I have my BP moveover and Ferragamo flats as walking alternatives for this outfit. I usually have flats in my bag, and typically wear heels only for meetings, dinners, going out to a show, etc. Sometimes I wear block-heeled booties when walking around, which are a stylish and more comfortable / stable alternative to thinner heeled shoes.

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  39. Love this classy look. So cool!
    xx

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  40. Such a great outfit! Love your pants!

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  41. I'm in love with your outfit!

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  42. Thank you so much to everyone above who left all the thoughtful London suggestions!! We made it to a few and can't wait to return again soon : )

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  43. BB Bakery! They do afternoon tea on a double decker bus or a boat :) They have really good scones -- they also have a cafe too!

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  44. Hey! love your outfit! The pants look classy :)

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  45. Ahhh the pants are out of stock, what a bummer, they were so cute!!

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  46. Hi Jean! I just splurged and bought the Daylesmoore after seeing it in so many of your posts. However, the color of mine seems so much darker than yours. Do you know if they change the color each year or does yours looks lighter due to the lighting of your photos? I got a great deal so I'm trying to decide if I should keep it or hold out for a softly lighter color

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