Whitstable’s best shops
Now that Spring is supposedly in full swing, it’s time to start planning those weekend day trips. I’d gotten the bug since weekending in the city of Manchester so next up, to mix things up a little, I took to the coast by way of Whitstable.
Not too far from its jazzy sister Margate, Whitstable stands for your classic retro seaside destination. I might not have thought to go if it hadn’t been for the dolls at Betty Magazine urging me to discover it (they were also mostly responsible for said trip to Margy and will be for foreseeable excursions in the future).
Whitstable is a calm harbour town founded on fishing and now making its name for its creative community, kitsch shops and community spirit. Pop into local pub The Duke in the afternoon and you might yourself having a jig with a local whilst a band jams on stage.
Here are a couple of places worthy of note that had my camera at hello…
Last weekend London struck luck with the weather and so Sarah and I popped down to Columbia Road for some flower-picking, our first iced lattes of the year and to score some snaps in the cute lanes. It was the first time wearing this jazzy Boden Vivienne suit from the second of their ICONS collections. Remember when the girls and I shot in the first Boden ICONS collection at Carrie’s super sixties home?
Since then the Boden ICONS collection has had a summery make-over. Set in the Edwardian times, the collection has flown through India before being cut into modern shapes by the in-house designers and pattern cutters. This is definitely my favourite collection yet. Just look at those prints!
How to dress like a 12 year old
Even as I approach my 26th anniversary of existence, I still find my juvenile side coming out now and again. Just as I thought my style was maturing (I work at Boden now ladies), mini me likes to come out to play once in a while.
I’m still sporting turtle necks these days (got this very one on as I type). The addition of a chambray pinafore dress and a pastel rain Mac takes it from sophisticated to sixth form and hey, I’m cool with that.
I’m highly into my second pair of Nike Juvenates at the moment. Whilst they’re not the best option for rainy days, that mesh upper is so darn supple and breathable and the sole so thin, you’re basically walking on air. NB. Be careful if you’re prone to your feet rolling in or out like me though. You don’t want to be paying a visit to the Podiatrist. (That’s a foot doctor FYI.)
Creative, quirky places in Manchester
One of my general life resolutions is to educate myself more about this island I live on. So when a long weekend between jobs came free, I hopped on a quick 2 hour train from LDN to Manchester to discover the city that everyone holds dear.
My boyf and I stayed in this lovely spacious Air bnb (as always) and it proved to be the perfect location for our ambles around the creative Northern Quarter. With lots of close streets, Manchester is the perfect city to get lost in and discover for yourselves. We fell into the Craft and Design Centre by accident (photo of the artists studios below) and came across more restaurants we loved the look of than we could ever have hot dinners. #GreedyPeopleIssues
On the evening we stayed in the city, we drank craft beers in a ‘tasting room’ basement and then popped to a jazz gig next door. Here are a couple of the favourite places we ate, shopped and drank in that are worth putting on your list. Then see where the night takes you!
A few weeks ago, I had the great pleasure of being paired up with one of my insta-Heroes (come on, we all have them), Xanthe B on a photoshoot in Notting Hill for Boden. With the task of capturing 4 outfits in stills and video, Xanthe called up on her friend Sophie at interiors shop and cafe Pedlars and it was there that we made ourselves a base.
With every outfit came the fun task of location hunting. From the street with Hugh Grants house from Love Actually (we didn’t even realise we were shooting outside the house next door) to secret colourfully painted walls, the cold and wind wouldn’t stop us finding those perfect spots!