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Alright, it’s honesty hour. We’re not sure if it’s the wacky seasonal weather or just the post-March slump, but we’re in desperate need of getting out of town for a few days. Only problem is, with all that spare cash flow saved up for summertime road-trips and festival-ready rompers, there’s no wiggle room to hop across the pond — no matter how badly we crave it.
All hail the bearer of day-brightening news, then, because have we got a doozy of a surprise for you. We’ve teamed up with
Travel + Leisure
and Vente-Privee to give one massively lucky reader a coast-crossing trip of a lifetime to London. We’re talking round-trip airfare for you and a pal, a four-night stay at the luxe-beyond-belief Metropolitan Hotel just outside Kensington Gardens, and best of all: $500 of cold, hard cash. Spend it on a mani of artistic proportions at Wah! Nails, grab a black cab and take a tour of London’s best market stalls, or even treat the whole pub to late-night kebabs — it’s your choice!
Don’t drag your feet on trekking overseas on our dime while planning your perfect suitcase, though. Enter straight away, and check out our problem-solving packing itinerary after the jump.
When you think of pleats, flashbacks of your grandma's closet or your school librarian probably flood your brain. The paneled look has never really been associated with the "cool" set. That is, until the runway bigwigs like Proenza Schouler and Suno re-imagined the pleated skirt for summer with flashy colors and read
Designer collabs are like celebrity couples — some seemingly perfect matches fall through (any other Notebook fans still smarting over Rachel and Ryan's breakup?), while other unlikely pairs ('sup, Beckhams) make lasting vows and headlines. But, we'd bet our Isabel Marant for H&M booties this next sartorial union will be read