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Take 5 Some Very Good Reasons to Spend Some Time Around London's Carnaby Street

Oh, hey! We’ve scored ourselves a spring semester correspondent: Our girl Mattie Kahn landed in London for a study-abroad program (or, in British, programme), and she’s going to grace this site with her neighborhood adventures and her exceptional taste. In a word: YAY!

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Sandwiched between tourist traps and tri-level eateries, a handful of storefronts near super-central Carnaby Street make it a favorite place to play hooky. And given that the adorable, shop-studded strip is just minutes from my university? Well, I often find myself doing just that. mattie kahn

Cowshed Carnaby
In case you’re itching for a Kardashian fix, this beauty spot serves up all the US Weekly and People you can handle—hard to come by in London!—alongside its top-notch pedicures and vitamin C facials.
(31 Foubert’s Pl.)

Liberty
This British department store is a real print master—it’s recently collaborated with the likes of J.Crew and Nike—and being in close proximity has made me fall for its iconic patterns. Can you O.D. on microflorals? Don’t answer that.
(Regent St.)

Speakeasy Espresso & Brew Bar
Here’s your chance to escape the West End’s inevitable crowds. The tucked-away café is hidden on a narrow side street—a fact that somehow makes sipping its superlative cappuccinos that much sweeter.   
(3 Lowndes Ct.)

Size?
The coolest British babes have no use for normcore—they head straight to Size? for experimental sneakers that stand out in a big way. They stock hard-to-find brands like Onitsuka Tiger and Surpa along with exclusives from Adidas, New Balance, Puma—NBD.
(33-34 Carnaby St.)

Flesh & Buns
After you’ve emptied your wallet, fill your belly at nearby Flesh and Buns. Dinner here ought to entail the life-changing broccoli with yuzu-kosho mayo and the way-better-than-it-should-be salmon teriyaki.
(41 Earlham St.)

Spend some more time living vicariously through Mattie.


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Meet the faux-modest cover-up, coming atcha from Surf Bazaar. —erica

Next Level Off-the-Shoulder Dresses

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This look: Very Princess Di…and Vivian Ward. Here, four ways to make it look all modern and hip. —erica

LEVEL I: Halston's take is as classic as they come (and a little Funny Face, no?).

LEVEL II: Is there such a thing as a let’s-run-away-and-get-married dress? If so, Kenzo made it.

LEVEL III: Rachel Comey does belted AND velvet in the best way ever.

LEVEL IV: Ok, this Christopher Kane version is pretty throw-back. And equally major.

You want more of this, don’t you? Come on.


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If I know anything, it’s this: Grunge Fisherman is an excellent name for a shoe. Good one, Opening Ceremony. —erica

So Fresh and So Clean How to Make Sure Your Silk, Wool, and Cashmere Last and Last

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You ready to cut down on those dry-cleaning bills? Yah, thought so. We surveyed a bunch of designers, and they were straight-up thrilled to share their tips for taking very good care of some of their favorite fabrics. —erica

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The answer to the summer-wedding dilemma, c/o Rachel Rose. GET IT.

CLEANING SILK

+ “I always wash my silk stuff myself with The Laundress Delicate Wash, and this Stain Solution helps remove any spots you get on your garment—I always get oil on myself when I wear silk!” —Alyson Fox

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A Kain silk tee that can do work OR weekend. GET IT.

TAKING CARE OF SILK

+ “I hand-wash as much stuff as I can to avoid the dry cleaner, but I cough up the cash when it comes to my silk things. I do have a tip to prolong the time between visits to the cleaners, though: If you get a greasy stain on silk, sprinkle some baby powder on the stain and let it sit for a half hour or so. Then shake off the powder. Hopefully it’s absorbed the grease, and the stain is gone.” —Allison Sires of Thomas Sires

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A sweater, from Dusen Dusen, that’d totally work with shorts. GET IT.

WASHING SWEATERS

+ “Many cashmere labels may read dry clean only, but I’ll fill you in on a little secret:  Hand-washing a cashmere sweater is the best. Turn it inside-out and immerse it in a solution of cold water and a gentle wool wash product like The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo. Don’t scrub—instead gently squeeze the suds throughout the fabric. Never wring or stretch the fabric in any way. Finally, rinse the garment several times in clean, lukewarm water until the water runs clear. As soon as you can, gently press out the excess water—to cut the time in half, use a large salad spinner to spin off excess water—and lay your sweater flat on a towel and reshape it as it dries.” —Pierre Kim of Ivory Row

+ “To hand-wash wool, it’s great to use a bit of shampoo instead of laundry detergent. My mum taught me that trick.” —Nina Egli of Toujours Toi Family Affairs

+ “Soak Wash! Genius! You literally soak your knit and let it dry.” —Lynne Hiriak of Cardigan

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Meet your summer sweater. Thanks, Degen! GET IT.

FRESHENING UP AND STORING SWEATERS

+ “Fold your sweaters and keep them in a drawer or on a shelf—hangers are sweaters’ worst enemies. Okay, I lied: Actually moths are sweaters’ worst enemies.  Keep a piece of cedar in the drawer with your sweaters to naturally repel the moths. Add a sachet of dry lavender to keep other bugs away.” —Tara St James of Study

+ “I tumble-dry musty sweaters with a few clean towels and a dryer sheet, and they look and smell like new. I like Mrs. Meyer’s Dryer Sheets the best because the scent isn’t too overpowering.” —Danielle Ribner of Loup

Did this make you want some new clothes? Thought so. Check out this awesomeness…


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How to do form-fitting in a chill way? Let this Caron Callahan skirt be the answer. —erica

In Character Randy Taylor

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Roster of nineties Tiger Beat heartthrobs: Joey Lawrence, Luke Perry, Devon Sawa, and little, chubby-cheeked Jonathan Taylor Thomas, who, on Home Improvement, played the middle son of a man who grunted to express emotion. Still got a soft spot for JTT? Well, then, you can hang this in your locker cubicle. —erica

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A sleeveless plaid shirt—from Thom Browne—worn like a jacket for reasons still unknown.

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Frame overalls that Brad probably made fun of.

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Diemme boots ready to hang on the set of Tool Time with Al.

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Hey, anybody who struggles with how to wear a silk scarf: Check out this knotting trick from A Peace Treaty. —erica

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