Interning at The Mercantile London

I spend 3 days a week working at a gorgeous shop in the East End near Spitalfields Market.  The store is absolutely beautiful and the product is just as unique.

I love this quote from our website…” Each and every style on the shop floor has a reason and background, our staff love to find out more about the product whether its made in a fair trade factory that supports childrens educations in Bangladesh or whether its an artisan piece of jewelry crafted using age old techniques.”

I have a lot of tasks and do something new everyday.  I sometimes pop upstairs on the shop floor and chat with the super cool customers about fashion, art, and food. Lately, I’ve been assisting with the online shop.  We get new shipment in daily and try to get it photographed on the site right away. I have the fun task of describing the individual items (detail, fit, fabric, etc.) I’m putting my style terminology classes to good use! Since most of the brands we carry have special sustainability programs, I write a little about them under the product too. I’m quickly realizing that responsibly made fashion products are often the best sellers! The stories behind the garments make them extra special. I get the creative opportunity to do the windows and change visual displays on a weekly basis. The owners appreciate my eclectic style when it comes to dressing the mannequins and displaying product.  Every detail has a purpose. I’m teaching the staff new unique ways to hang items, tie scarves, fold denim, and layer jewelry. Next week I get to write my own blog for the online site! 

I’m so fortunate to have found this beautiful little place!

http://www.themercantilelondon.com

Home Sweet Home Flat Sweet Flat

Welcome tour a tour of my home away from home. Check out my living spaces (and lack thereof).  Living as 5 roommates is tough, especially all girls and 1 full bathroom!  We’ve adjusted and it finally feels comforting to come home each day.

Walk through the front door to our hallway…

-double bedroom on left

-triple bedroom on left (I took the bottom bunk!)

-bathrooms on right side

-living room and kitchen at the end (great city views)

Afternoon Tea at the Orangery, Kensington Palace Gardens

Had our first cup of English tea in style! Sat on the patio at the Orangery overlooking the gardens.  The scones with clotted cream were to die for! For tea, we opted for the Wild Berry and the Lemon with Ginger flavors.

Here was our menu…

English Orangery Afternoon Tea

An assortment of sandwiches to include smoked salmon and cream cheese, egg mayonnaise and cress,honey roasted ham with English mustard and cucumber and mint

Orange-scented and currant scones served with Cornish clotted cream and English strawberry jam

and an assortment of afternoon tea pastries

Served with a range of loose teas, herbal and fruit infusions or coffee

http://www.orangerykensingtonpalace.co.uk/afternoon-tea/

Posing like ridiculous tourists with our milk tea and boba pearls in Chinatown.  We were craving traditional pork and shrimp dumplings so we made the short trek over to Chinatown for lunch.  ”Popped in” (look how British my slang is becoming) to one of the many restaurants along the main walk advertising the best dumplings around.  The menu was confusing and we asked the waiter too many questions, but whatever ended up on the table was great tasting!

Posing like ridiculous tourists with our milk tea and boba pearls in Chinatown.  We were craving traditional pork and shrimp dumplings so we made the short trek over to Chinatown for lunch.  ”Popped in” (look how British my slang is becoming) to one of the many restaurants along the main walk advertising the best dumplings around.  The menu was confusing and we asked the waiter too many questions, but whatever ended up on the table was great tasting!