Geneva Guide: Colourful Places to Visit

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A Colourful Guide to Geneva

I mentioned the ever-so-useful Geneva Girls’ Guide in my first outfit post in Geneva, explaining that if you’re taking a trip to the Swiss city, you had better make getting a Geneva Girls’ Guide your no.1 priority when you step off that plane. Even if you’re not a girl!

I’m sure you like to do a little bit of online research first (aren’t blogs the best places to hear about things to see and do in new places?!) so here’s a taster of what cute and colourful places you can expect to find in the Guide as I went and explored on my latest trip away!

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Geneva Vintage Shops

It goes without saying that you’ll be on the look out for some cute shops to browse for a no-one-else-has-this item so the GGGuide starts off with a handy shopping section. Geneva provides an eclectic mix of high end boutiques and tiny vintage shops that are perfect for popping in and out of and are neatly tucked away from the bustling center.

Take a walk out to the south of the Old Town along Rue Prevost-Martin in Plainpalais where there are a bunch of cute indie stores. If you’re a vintage maven, start at Flair 3 where the owner Marisa will help you find just what you want!

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Bongo Joe’s Record Store

Just around the corner from Flair 3 is the stand-out cabin-esque indie record store Bongo Joe’s. Whilst it’s not actually in the GGGuide, I couldn’t resist a nosey. The shop inside is worth looking in if only for the interior design.

Scratched yellow tables and chairs sit under a mezzanine floor and colourful vinyls, record players, plants and Apple Macs are laid out around the shop adding to it’s eclectic charm.

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les enfants terribles design shop geneva

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Les Enfants Terribles

There’s no missing the out-of-a-children’s-TV-show facade of Les Enfants Terribles. The colours, along with the name (my dad used to call my brother and I that when we were our most mischievous) had me at ‘ooOooh, heeellooooo!’ So inside we went.

LOOK AT IT! I almost cried rainbow tears wandering around. The crockery, the kids/kidults toys, the super ‘designy’ lamps, the cafe, the wine shop, the fact that the owners work inside a caravan inside the shop and own a workshop where they rework items of furniture, was all a bit too much for me to handle. Make this a must-visit, but bring tissues.

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Le Coup de Girafe

Phew, time for lunch! Hop on the tram and head east towards the hip Eaux-Vives area to Le Coup de Girafe, an adorable brunchy cafe with brightly coloured art on the walls and cosy nooks with mismatched midcentury furniture. If you like foodie places that feel a little like your stylish Nan’s house, complete with said Nan busily buttering toast in the open kitchen while you gossip with your friends, (thanks Nan) then this is the place to have lunch.

Most of us girls chose the various toasts and they didn’t disappoint. No scrimping on chunks of goats cheese always gets my approval!

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la sixieme heure cafe geneva quirky colourful

 

La Sixième Heure

After a stroll around following the guide towards the Old Town, you’ll be just dandy for a cuppa and a slice of cake. Pop opposite the cute children’s book shop into La Sixième Heure (most appropriate when visiting at 6 o’clock, naturellement) for fresh apple pie or choccie cake and a pleasingly long list of loose leaf teas in pretty green canisters.

The tearoom also doubles up as a bit of a chic flea market. You can walk out with the chair you sit on if you pay for it! I personally had my eyes on those printed trays…

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Other Things to do in Geneva

STAY: Hotel N’vy – There are plenty of posh hotels in Geneva but all you colour lovers will be at home here.

CHILL: Insens – We enjoyed a heavenly half hour massage here but the GGGuide has a whole spa section if you need to chill out.

WINE: Vins D’Urbain - A lively little joint where you can casually wine taste whilst nibbling the best cheeses and hams and having a right royal gossip.

DINE: L’Adresse – You have to splash out at least once on your trip so make it here where the adjoining boutique will keep you busy while you wait for your top class meal.

SIP: Le Verre à Monique - Go back to the Twenties in this low-lit crystal palace. Order a couple of pots of spiked tea from suited waiters and settle yourselves in to a cosy corner.

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See what I wore in Geneva ›

Pick up your own Geneva Girls’ Guide at the Tourist Office.

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Geneva

I can’t wait to show you what I got up to on my recent trip to the beautiful Swiss city of Geneva but before I let you in on all the best kept secrets, here’s what I wore on day two. Shot just around the corner from where I shot my last post, this stunning street in Geneva’s Old Town provided an incredible back drop to Carrie’s outfit (aren’t the flags beautiful?!) as well as an abundance of gigantic wooden doors and grand steps that made you feel you were in a castle.

I wrapped up my skirt and crop top combo in this cosy coat which will add a touch of back-to-school to any outfit. The super-soft fleecy lining might just be the main reason that I keep grabbing it in the morning. I could sleep in this baby.

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More on the city and the Geneva Girls Guide coming up very soon!

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See what else I wore in Geneva

Coat – Boden / Rucksack – Fjallkraven Kanken / Skirt – ASOS / Top – Weekday / Tights – Pamela Mann / Shoes – Daniel Footwear (Similar) / Necklace – Hannah Makes Things

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London Day Out: Food and Theatre

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It starts with Burgers…

What are you up to this weekend? What, no plans? Not to worry, I’ve got a London day out for you and I think you’re going to like it.

No.1 - It starts with burgers which is the only way I ever want to start a Saturday frankly. Bring me burgers in bed! (ok, not quite but by the time you’ve had a good lie-in, you’ll be just in time for lunch.) Make like me and get on yer bike (or a Boris will do) and cycle into the heart of London to The Old Crown pub where you can chomp a bespoke burger on a slab of cracked oak. The Ed Miliband burger anyone? Or how about the David Cameron?

After my mountainous meal, friends joined for catch ups and ginger ales, perfect. If you’re into a proper stacked burger with a brioche bun (erm, who isn’t?) then The Old Crown in Holborn is a place to add to your burger trail list!

Cwaffee

No.2 - Lunch is followed by a jolly jaunt to an award-winning indie coffee shop. “Eww coffee” I hear the uncaffinated minority grumble. My dears, do give it a go as I did with a good quality mocha to ease you in. I’m still learning to love it too! We popped around the corner from The Old Crown to Wild & Wood coffee, voted one of the best in London where you can place your behind on lovely rustic church pews whilst nibbling pasties that look better than your Nans.

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A Sing and Dance

No.3 - Fully fuelled on beans, amble into the west end to catch a matinee performance of a musical. A play I’d wanted to see for a while was Once which doesn’t bombard you with big cheesy ballads and crazed costumes. Don’t get my wrong, I love a big production but this is the perfect amount of sing-along-sass for a Saturday afternoon. I need to go and watch the film now to get another dimension on the plot but the musical certainly showed off a bunch of talented musicians and broadened my Irish vocabulary portfolio! Grab yourself some last minute tickets on Seatwave.

See the City

No.4 - Hey, guess what? It’s just light! (Just) Whilst still on a high-note high, pop into the old musical instrument shops around Cambridge Circus, even if just to gawp at the pretty, pretty guitars. SO pretty. Finish your afternoon with a cycle back through the back streets and see what you can spot.  I discovered Woburn Walk near Euston – cute!

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Thanks to Seatwave and The Old Crown for making my weekend awesome!

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Pink Fluffy Duster

Mon Dieu! What a beautiful city Geneva is. The lake, the swans, the views of the French alps, the dramatic flags draping above footpaths, not to mention the deliciously pure air  (I could go on) that all create a charmingly graceful city. And then of course the sun starts setting and I remember that Switzerland is most defs one of my favourite European countries. Everything looks even better through amber-tinted sunglasses right?! Remember when I visited Fribourg just half an hour north on the train? Take a look, you know you’re curious!

I’ll show you a sneak peek of the city with the Parc des Bastions, home to Europe’s longest bench don’t you know. Take that pub quiz. It’s a place to admire the old town far below you, take a drink in a cafe or kick about in the leaves next to the university.

I guess I must have been inspired by the nature of the trip (to discover the city with the help of a new Girls Guide to Geneva which you can pick up for free from the tourist board) so got dolled up in my most ladylike suitcase-friendly pieces. As I write this, I’m sat in this dramatic pink duster coat and fluffy snood and in Geneva I paired them with my latest love – a little flippy skirt. There’s lots more to come on Geneva so keep your notepad handy – you’ll be wanting to visit very soon!

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What I Wore

Duster coat – ASOS / Jumper – ASOS / Skirt – ASOS / Rucksack – Fjallraven Kanken / Trainers – Nike Free / Fur snood – ASOS / Socks – New Look

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Red or Dead?

Mention Red or Dead to me a year ago and I probably would have shrugged and mumbled something about a British 80s shoe brand for punks. I wasn’t too far off but after a visit to Red or Dead HQ, a crash course in their British heritage as well as scrolling through their newly launched website and I-want-everything new collection, I can see that they’re sooo much more than that.

I was very lucky to meet the team behind Red or Dead at their eclectic offices in North London, a place not too far away from where founders Wayne and Geraldine Hemmingway’s first stall in Camden Market in 1982. Creative Director Katie Greenyer is the most fascinating of all Creatives, chatting to me about her first job interning for Red or Dead where she meticulously hand cut motifs out of paper and photocopied them to make Red or Dead’s iconic prints like the Space Baby and Guru print. She went on to tell me that she cycles from South London to North every day, manages several other brands and even designed the HQ building from the swimming pool to the sofa furnishings!

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Flicking through rails of pieces from the archive, I was excited to discover an impressive selection of skirts and tops that I would easily lust over in a shop today. 90′s pink mini skirt with applique sports balls stitched all over it? Soo 2014 varsity trend! (Come on Red or Dead, resurrect it from the archive!) Today the team have computers (bet they’re thankful for that!) but still work true to the brands heritage whilst designing some pretty exciting new pieces.

I adore the letterman print co-ord sets and sophisticated culottes and jackets, don’t you? See how I styled up their neon R letterman top below inspired by their Back to School collection.

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sporty varsity outfit back to school red or dead

sporty varsity outfit back to school red or dead

sporty varsity outfit back to school red or dead

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 What I Wore

T-shirt – Red or Dead / Skirt – Weekday / Jacket – Next / Socks – Tomboii / Trainers – Nike Airmax / Rucksack – ASOS (similar) / Earrings – River Island / Scrunchie – ScrunchieMarket

See Red or Dead’s fun website or shop Red or Dead on Bank Fashion!

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