3 Summer Prints

I’m definitely a print-loving gal and with summer festivals still coming up in my diary, I’m pretty excited to be rocking some bright, bold pieces with my fave patterns on. I’ve already told you about my love for palm prints, but here are 3 other jazzy prints and motifs that I’ve been getting inspired by (and that’s more than just wearing them). Don’t just rock them on your clothes, get DIYing, baking and sticking them in your home too! What prints are you loving at the moment?

fruit

Tutti Fruity

Kiwi dress - Carven / Fruit co-ord editorial – babylon-lab / Ice lollies – Sally’s Baking Addiction / Sunglasses – Pinterest / Fruit nails – Pshiiit / Fruit pattern – Pinterest

 

dinosaur

Dino-score

Dinosaur pattern – Precious liquid / Dinosaur trainers - Au Jour le Jour / Dinosaur jacket - Au Jour le Jour / Dinosaur terrarium - Yellow Brick Home / Dinosaur prints – Folksy / Dinosaur T-shirt look – Harpers Bazaar / Dinosaur necklace DIY – Tatty Devine

marble

Marble Marvel

Marble print top – Philip Lim / Backpack – Home-work / Marble art - Lene Norgaard / Palm image – Silver Blonde / Marble Kitchen – Emmas Design Blog / Marble outfit – Me / DIY trainers – Fall for DIY

Most of the images I used for these collages came from Pinterest – Come follow me!

Thanks Avenue32 for inspiring me to create this post.

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Pompoms and Palm Prints

Don’t you love a palm print? Ok maybe for some they’ve hit saturation point this summer but I still can’t get enough! Monochrome, tropical flowers, palm tree prints, gimme gimme. That extents to jewellery too, obvs! This sweet wooden and acrylic necklace by indie brand Sugar and Vice is just the right kitsch addition.

This dress from Missguided even features a cute little pom pom frill and a loose swing fit which in this heat is all I want to throw on in the morning. I’m not sure an outfit can get more ideal! I think it’s time to stock up on those printed cami dresses!

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missguided palm print swing cami dress summer blogger outfit

Dress – Missguided / Belt – Glamorous / Sandals – ASOS / Necklace – Sugar & Vice / Silver ring – Clarice Price Thomas / Sunglasses – ASOS / Lace bralet – New Look (similar here)

Palm Print Love

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Calling all Carnivores!

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The Urban Carnivore Tour

Roll up! Roll up! For the mega meaty Urban Carnivore Tour - a follow-my-leader feast for London’s meat munchers. (In short, JUST my kind of event.) The ‘leader’ of which I speak is the delightfully friendly Charli of Walk Eat Talk Eat, one of the first people to set up walking food tours of London after realising that we weren’t hooting the horn off our culinary specialities enough.

From dinning on succulent chicken under a real cow off Old Street, popping into the only corner shop I’d like to call my local, pulling up a chair in a beautiful pub with tiles peeling off the walls, chilli dogs and local beers, to winding through a street food market and finishing off with Indian pistachio treats, the tour makes up some of the best 4 hours I could have on a Saturday!

That’s not to mention the snippets of historical facts that Charli seasons your lunch with. Now I can walk around East London informing you of the conditions in which Londoners lived in once you crossed Boundary Street and the secret way of discovering the trades of craftsmen on Fournier street just by looking at their doors…

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well and bucket old pub bethnal green

well and bucket pub chilli dogs

well and bucket old pub bethnal green

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Ambala Bangledesh food Brick Lane

Ambala Bangledesh food Brick Lane

I won’t give the whole tour away – you’ll just have to discover it yourself by booking into one of the WETE walks (The Farringdon Gin Tour perhaps, or how about eating your way through the ages?) or DIYing by downloading the app. Nifty!

Book your own tour

Urban Carnivore Tour: Fri – Sun 2pm. From £55pp

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Surfs Up!

Wearing a tropical print cropped rashguard is probably about as close to surfing as I’ll get! I’m someone who couldn’t tell the fin from the deck and wouldn’t be seen out for a paddle in the sea, let alone adopting theat cool balancing pose a top a wave (as much as I really wish I could of course.) This doesn’t however, stop me from pinching a bit of surfer style and dropping it into my every day wardrobe.

Since seeing a model stalking a beach in bikini bottoms and a zip up crop top in some style magazine, I’ve been keeping a beady eye open for my own rashguard. I’m definitely one for adding a spot of sport into a look and this one from Beach Cafe does the job just nicely. It may have been the hottest day of the year so far when I shot this, but I coped fairly well even in long sleeves. Hey, if it gets too hot to handle this summer, there’s always a bikini-baring unzipping option!

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RashguardSeafolly at Beach Cafe / Bikini – Triangl / Plimsolls – Dune / Jacket – Next / Skirt – New Look / Sunglasses – ASOS / Watch – ASOS / Necklace – Topshop

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A Day in East London in 3 Eats

Spending a day in Shoreditch? Check out my 3 new fave places to eat in East London whether working, looking for the perfect tea room or a cool new secret place to dine come nightfall.

Forge & Co cheese burger

1 – The Working Lunch Venue:
Forge & Co.

Whether setting up a working lunch meeting or just needing to shoot a few emails, Forge & Co is your new go-to place for when you’re wandering around East London and get caught short for an office. Forget 2 year waiting lists and hefty membership costs at nearby Shoreditch House, just make a booking, meet your guest and make things happen. Just make sure you book over lunchtime so you can get your mits on that hefty burger.

Forge & Co. Canteen is open 8:30 – 23:30. Located here.

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2 – The Afternoon Tea Room:
Hawkhurst Vault

You know Hawkhurst Vault is going to be your fave new hangout the minute you walk in. Handsome dandies behind the bar, cheeky tea-themed typographic posters on the walls (they change up the artwork to showcase different artists) and chunky cakes on the counter by the charming Victoria Yum are pretty sure signs.

Then there’s the main event: The Tea. Pick from the exotic 17-option loose leaf tea menu and the boys will ceremoniously dish out your leaves, telling you the story behind each one. I chose a leaf picked in the year of my birth. Now tea don’t get much cooler than that!

Hawkhurst Vault is open every day 8:00 – 20:00. Located here.

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3 – The Dinner Date Venue
Back in 5 Minutes

If you’re after something a little different come dinner time then look no further than Back in 5 Minutes. It’s secretly tucked at the back of a cool clothes shop at the top of Brick Lane, barely a stones throw away from Hawkhurst Vault. You don’t even have to book, just stroll in with confidence and take a seat behind the velvet curtain…

Being a simple salad or burger kinda gal, this fine culinary experience was a very exciting adventure for my palette. Go for the tasting menu where you’ll be treated to the delicious dishes of the day. Whether seared scallops or succulent duck, it’s all seasonal and sublime. Naturally, I highly recommend you sample a different cocktail between each course (the Black Russian and truffles with your panna cotta to finish.) Make like I did; get cosy and gossip the evening away, speakeasy-style, for no one will ever know where you’ve been and what delights you’ve indulged in!

Back in 5 Minutes is part of Disappearing Dining Club. Open Wednesday – Saturday from 6:30. Located here.

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