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Kate Foley Takes Us On A Tour Of Her London

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    With her offbeat yet ladylike aesthetic, British-bred Kate Foley has become a fixture in the New York fashion scene. Formerly a stylist at Vogue Turkey in London, she first ventured to this side of the Atlantic for a buying position at Opening Ceremony more than six years ago. Today, she's a freelance stylist and consultant with a roster of fashion brands and publications as clients around the world. She's a well-traveled pro at this point, but when it comes down to it, she's still a Brit through and through — a cup of Earl Grey every morning (with milk, of course), a penchant for peonies, and an undying love for Marks & Spencer.

    So, when Foley recently traveled back to Notting Hill for a quick trip before visiting her family in Slindon, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to see the area through this local's gaze. From a rundown of the best places to eat and shop around the 'hood to the essentials she'd never leave home without — think her signature midi-skirts and her favorite Jimmy Choo shoes — this fashionable Brit shows us a thing or two about exploring London in style. Click ahead, and start mapping out your next trip across the pond.



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  2. Photographed by Georgina Martin at The Portobello Hotel.

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    The Portobello Hotel
    22 Stanley Gardens, London, W11 2NG, United Kingdom

    When you come back to London, do you typically stay with your friends or at hotels?
    "Normally hotels. And, I take so many taxis, I feel more like a tourist! I usually stay in the Mayfair area, but this time, I stayed in Notting Hill at The Portobello Hotel. All of my friends live here, and it’s just such a beautiful area."

    You do styling work and creative consulting for different brands and publications around the world. How often are you traveling to meet with them?
    “I’ve probably been traveling for most of the year. It actually got to the point where it was kind of like, 'Okay, I really want to be home for a bit.' I was in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Paris, Miami, and L.A. — I can’t even remember half of the places. Oh, and England time and time again."

  3. Photographed by Georgina Martin at Portobello Road.

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    As someone who visits so often, do you have a morning routine when you're here?
    "My favorite breakfast spot is Tom's Kitchen in Chelsea. And, definitely tea in the morning! Either Earl Grey or Lapsang Souchong, which is a really smoky black tea — you either love it or you hate it. And, I always have my tea with milk. When I'm traveling, I'll even carry tea bags in my handbag, like, bags of ginger tea. I normally have it in my handbag for my day-to-day as well.”

  4. Photographed by Georgina Martin in Notting Hill.

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    Please tell us you've cracked the code to beating jet lag...
    "You know, sometimes, being jet-lagged is not an option. I went through lots of red-eye flights, and then not showering and going straight into meetings. Just throw yourself into [the scene] so you don’t have time to get jet-lagged.”

    Right, but what about looking jet-lagged? You look, for the record, impossibly awake.
    “A good mix of illuminator and moisturizer, and makeup. I always bring Embryolisse's Lait-Crème Concentré — on the plane, in my bag, everywhere I go. It’s really basic, but it's the best. If I’m feeling really drab, I'll wear red lipstick to attract the attention away from my face."

    Marques'Almeida top, Issey Miyake skirt.

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    Your look is so unique — how would you describe your aesthetic?
    “In one word: eclectic. It's a lot of basic shapes and styles. I always find myself wearing midi or long skirts and dresses in different prints — simple and crazy ones. I love to wear beautiful, bright colors, and that says a lot about my accessories. I’ll happily wear a bright blue dress with a yellow bag and add a pink keychain to it."

    What about when you're traveling? What's your hitting-the-road staple?
    "Black midi-skirts. I just wear one on the plane and then the next day with heels or something different. It’s like my version of jeans. And, I normally steal my boyfriend’s cashmere V-neck jumpers.”

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    202 London
    202 Westbourne Grove, London, W11 2SB, United Kingdom

    You were only in Notting Hill for 24 hours before heading to Slindon. How do you make the most of a whirlwind trip like that?
    "I usually know exactly who I really want to see and where I really want to go. Like, I wanted to visit 202 in Notting Hill this time. It's a cute concept boutique. It has clothing, books, a little café — it’s a nice, laid-back spot.”

    And, a great place to do some people watching.
    “Yeah, I take a ton of photos — like everyone else in the world, with their iPhones snapping away like crazy. And, if I see something that truly excites me, it gets logged into my brain."

    Vince top, Suno skirt.