Friday, 4 April 2014

New Balance Barbershop

A few weeks back I attended the launch of the New Balance Barbershop sneaker pack, which took place in Woodhouse, a great menswear store in Notting Hill where a good friend also happens to be the manager!

Although I didn't manage to take any snaps of the event, there are a few floating around the tinterwebs. 







Image via Corner Mag
  




 Images via http://lordashbury.com/new-balance/ 

I was wearing: Coat - Urban Outfitters, Furry bag - Zara,, Dress - Pretty Little Thing, Cardigan - Pretty Little Thing




Saturday, 29 March 2014

Porcelain Print

Sunny weekends are starting to become a regular thing, which usually means a delightful stroll down to the nearest pub.  This time it was The Grapes, a pub owned by Sir Ian Mckellen (Gandalf) in East London.  A brief stroll down Limehouse Cut and we ready to take a seat in the sunshine overlooking the Thames.








I picked up this dress last weekend when ASOS had a 30% off code, I nearly bought it full price at £28, so was pretty pleased to get it for £19. The rest of the look is my usual style, a leather jacket and black ankle boots to tone down the girlyness.  Milkmaid braids are new for me too, not sure if I'm used to them yet!

Dress: ASOS, Jacket- Zara. Boots - Boohoo, Bag- Urban Outfitters



Tuesday, 25 March 2014

The Flat of a Twenty Something

This post may or may not have been inspired by my old place in Bethnal Green...



There we all are, making our way home from our long days at our internships, or if we are lucky entry level grad jobs, ready to kick back in our luxurious 3 bed penthouse with impeccably high ceilings, a skyline view and walk-in wardrobe. Sorry what? OH you’re right, this isn’t an episode of GIRLS, this is real life, and I’m actually returning back to my shoebox sized room where we steal internet from next door and the ceiling leaks when it rains. 

One of the reasons Girls has been so successful is its incredibly accurate depiction of life as a struggling twenty-something trying to make a mark in the world. Now surely I can’t be the only one that has noticed how well furnished Hannah’s flat is? Crate and Barrel Ming chairs – really?! Most of us are lucky to even have a dining room, let alone one with chairs fit for a Homes and Gardens mag.
When speaking to our parents we spin the old lines “I’m living the dream mum!” with our Zone 2, East-London flats, but in reality we can’t wait to leave our squalid little hell-holes.  Earlier I mentioned the flats of those oh-so likeable characters in Girls, but they aren’t anywhere close to the main offenders of unrealistic TV flats that frequently grace our screens. 

Let’s talk about New Girl.  This four bedroom warehouse style ‘loft’ has a huge living room with exposed brick work and a urinal in the changing room style bathroom. Schmidt is the only one with a stable job and the rest of them are supposed to be struggling. On the realistic scale it scores pretty low, but on the envy scale its right at the top, I’d kill for Jess’s room.
 

 I’m not an avid watcher of 2 Broke Girls so don’t know the story, but these girls are clearly not bloody broke if they can afford to live in a flat like that. OK it’s in Brooklyn and one of them sleeps on the sofa but they have an outdoor area, and no amount of shabby chic d├ęcor can pretend that’s affordable.

 The worst offender in this series is Sex and the City.  Until Carrie landed her $4 per word Vogue deal and various other book deals, she wrote a weekly column for the New York Star which would in absolutely no way fund her upper-east side apartment, designer shoe hoarding and cosmopolitan sipping lifestyle.  And that my friends, is why Carrie Bradshaw was full of shit.

With all of these unbelievable abodes being shoved in our faces on a daily basis it’s no wonder we all have such unobtainable flat fantasies. The harsh reality is that whilst we are getting to grips with life, our careers and money, we have a decade of shitty flats to look forward to, so we better start finding cute and innovative ways to cover up those mould patches.
 

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Mint

The best Sundays are the lazy ones... spent with your favourite people in the pub.  I've recently moved to Hackney Wick, and have become a huge fan of Crate.  A brewery and pizzeria on the waterfront where you can sip on locally brewed beverages and sit in boats on the River Lea.











Thursday, 20 February 2014

Camel Coat


The ghastly weather in recent weeks has left me reaching for my duvet  camel coat more and more.  An amazing find from the Soho Beyond Retro, it's hardly left my shoulders this winter.  A boozy stroll around East London lead us to the derelict Queen Elizabeth's Children's Hospital on the Hackney Road.  Pretty eery but made for a cool back drop against my outfits muted tones.




Coat: Beyond Retro
Shirt: H&M 
Leggings: Zara
Shoes: Zara
Bag: Urban Outfitters

And here's one of the birthday boy...



Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Winter Warmers

 Pleated leather skirt: H&M, Sparkly jumper: H&M, Necklace: Topshop, Bag: Some boutique in the Lake District

With the days getting colder and darker, I live in a jumper and shirt combo.  With a statement necklace and a pair of heeled boots, it's my go to look in the winter months. 





Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Final days of Summer




Dress- Zara, Jacket - Zara, Hat - H&M, Rucksack - Pull & Bear, Socks - Tokyo, Shoes- ASOS


This weekend the glorious English sunshine came back, possibly for the last time of the year, so I fully took advantage and got my legs out. I'm not ready to have my toes poking through the holes in my thick wooly tights!