Sunday, 26 July 2015

Columbia Road

Last weekend my great pal Maire and I wandered down to the famous Columbia Road market. It's held on a Sunday, so I typically miss it because of being hungover or just wanting to have a lie in, but this time both of our slightly hungover selves made an effort to get down there. I guess the most appropriate adjective I can think of for the market is 'lovely' - you're surrounded by fashionable East London mums pushing prams, overpriced vintage clothes, Mumford and Sons type bands playing their ukuleles and bass viols in flat caps, and of course, hundreds and hundreds of colourful flowers. If you can just repress the well worn cynicism regarding the gentrification of East London for an hour or so, you can actually have a pretty great time down there. Not that I can talk, having moved here as a wholly naive teenager from the countryside 4 years ago, embarrassingly excited about the prospect of 'moving down to an East London flat' and 'taking pictures on London Fields'. You can actually catch my last post about Columbia Road when I was at university here! photo columbia 4_zpsbgy4ikdu.jpg
Top - Daisy Street
Skirt - The Whitepepper (from last season so sold out as far as I can tell)
Glasses - Melrose Trading Post in LA
Shoes - Shoe Zone

I've been trying to do something a bit different with my hair lately, wearing it in a half up half down beehive. Basically it involves a hair clip and a lot of baby powder in my hair to give it the right texture. It looks pretty messy but I like it!
I'm wearing my Whitepepper Egg print skirt because it seemed like an appropriate garment to wear to Columbia Road, seeing as they are an East London label. I like how the print seems to both compliment and clash with my outfit post prop, the sunflowers!
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I seem to be wielding the sunflowers like a weapon in all of these photos! I never ever buy flowers unless they're gifts so this was quite an indulgence, although one that gave me quite bad hayfever and confronted me with the depressing fact that I have no idea how to look after flowers, because I have truly lived a sheltered existence.
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Maire looked amazing for our little trip down to the market! Her top is from Zara and I absolutely love it, so much so that she was roped in to have outfit photos too. Seeing as I am something of an expert at posing awkwardly in an array of outfits, I tried to be the best director I could. Maire is one of the only people I know who seems to have never taken a selfie, but evidently she is still a natural in front of the camera!
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Monday, 6 July 2015

You and I buy star maps and drive my car around Los Angeles

This is the second instalment of outfits from a recent trip to America! We took these pictures whilst waiting to go and have pancakes and the best coffee in the world at a place called Jacks and Joe, which I would really recommend. Generally I have to say that the Americans really know how to do breakfast, we were spoilt for choice with classics like Cracker Barrel and Dennys (in Dennys, the server heard our accents and started singing 'London Bridge is falling down' to us, which was a curious highlight of the trip).   photo target ootd 2_zpsl8acsea5.jpg
Dress and sunglasses - Target
Bag - Out of Print via Foyles

I have to say, I really fell in love with Target. That place has everything, from beauty bits to the kitchen sink. I could have wandered round the one in Beverly Hills for hours (I think we probably did actually), it's sort of like Wilkinsons in the UK I guess, and I've always been one for budget shopping. I picked up this dress which is from an British label called Fashion Union, so I probably could have bought it cheaper in the UK, but it was the perfect dress for wandering around Los Angeles. I love the colour because it showed off the slightly meagre tan I had developed over my two weeks in America. The length was also a plus point for me - I'm tall so I'm fortunate to be able to get away with maxi dresses pretty easily. The coral of the dress and the pale turquoise sunglasses works pretty well I think, although I guess the green Kafka bag is a pretty odd addition, but I was limited with accessories whilst I was out there.
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