Two-tone Trews

MiH two tone jeans outfit

muswell hill houses roofs blue sky

jeans outfit sitting in the park on a bench

orange car

trench coat jeans outfit

orange and blue outfit

louche joy the store top with boden necklace and leather jacket

colour pop platform heels with denim panel jeans

 

Blue and Orange

When my housemate squeaked upon spying a pair of MiH jeans with 90% off in our size, I rushed over and pressed the ‘Buy Now’ button for her. Not only were the ‘Breathless’ rather breathlessly priced at £21 but they looked pretty rad with their two-tone paneling and they fit in 100% with next season’s big ‘clean denim’ come-back. Whilst they may technically belong to her (she did type in the PayPal password after all) I think they work just as well in my wardrobe and seeing as she nabs my flares whenever she wants, it’s only fair that I get to have a play with them, right?!

Worn with a workwear friendly colour-pop top and matching heels, you could easily pull them on for a jaunt around the water cooler just as much as a jolly around your local brick walls, as I did last weekend. Now if I could just borrow that orange car too then I’d be sorted!

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sleeveless trench coat with a quilted sleeve leather jacket and two tone jeans

colourful jewel statement necklace

jeans and red platform heels

asos bag

 

What I Wore

Top – Louche at Joy / Jeans – MiH / Heels – ASOS (similar) / Scarf – ASOS / Sleeveless trench – (similar) / Necklace – Boden / Bag – ASOS

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The Coat and Hat Co-ord

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fashion union coat and catarzi fedora

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Forest Green Fedora

“Don’t you just love it when your hat matches your coat?”

“Yeah, I’m sure it happens all the time *sarcastic face*…”

Now that we can’t escape the seventies trend and that fedoras are ‘in’, this may well be a phrase you’ll be saying to yourself more. Catarzi are perfect for occasional hat wearers like me who fancy a shade a little different from your standard black or brown. Try blue or burgundy and you never know what co-ords you could create. Exciting stuff!

Mine matches my forest green cocoon coat like they were meant to be and it helps make the burgundy skirt pop. If you haven’t heard already, button ups (button downs?!) are big news for the new season too so get your seventies feet down to the vintage shops, asos marketplace or have a look around the shops as the stock drops.

Soon i’ll be posting about my perfect Mothers Day trip away and bunch more London based reviews. In the meantime, come join me on Instagram as I prep for a trip to somewhere sunny next week – yay warmth!

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camden grey old car parked

next black ponyskin cross body bag

aura and aura pressed flower phone case

green fedora hat asos

colourful iphone case in burgundy skirt pocket

green coat and matching fedora with red wavy hair

gold glitter heels ankle boots

rich autumn colours outfit

What I Wore

Coat – Fashion Union / Fedora Hat – Catarzi at ASOS / Skirt – Urban Outfitters (similar here) / Shirt – Topshop / Necklace – (similar) / Boots – Tamaris / iPhone case – Aura & Aura / Bag – Next / Glasses – Kite

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A Chelsea Brunch

outside chelsea restaurant 11 pimlico road

chelsea black london railings

pink fur coat pink rucksack walking down the road

big planter terracotta pot ivy

bar 11 pimlico road bottles

grapefruit home made lemonade

white table red sofas chelsea restaurant

 

11. Pimlico Road

You know a restaurant is going to be good when you spot a good font on their website that highlights a photo of a perfectly instagram-friendly tiled floor. Yes that’s possibly the w**kiest thing I’ve ever typed but you know it’s true! The website told me that my camera would be pretty satisfied at 11 Pimlico Road and after a look down the ShinyThoughts-friendly menu (think burgers, flashy salads and sourdough bread) my tummy was going to be pretty chuffed too.

Spotting the ‘casual dining pub’ from across the road is like spotting your date from the other side of the room – the walk towards it feels twice as long and you can’t wait to just get there. The restaurant is just as swanky looking on the inside as out with it’s light-flooding windows, open plan room and that statement bar.

Enough perving on the marble tables and arty fashion book clad bookcases, let’s talk food. We went for the house dishes – the No.11 burger (obvs) and No.11 club sandwich with some cheeky sides. Don’t think of not ordering the truffled macaroni cheese by the way, it’s an absolute essential! The burger was just so flavoursome that I feel it may have knocked some of it’s sloppy rivals off of the top burger spots. It’s made me realise that as long as you have a brioche bun and fillings like those, who needs the that messy sauce? Yes, I went there.

We squeezed in desert of seasonal apple pie but didn’t realise this would be easily sharable. Oh well, we just had to scoff-i mean daintily nibble-the panna cotta too. Shame.

brioche bun burger london bacon knife

pot plants on a table restaurant

chicken avocado sandwich

tall flowers in blue vases

macaroni cheese, burger, avocado, chips lunch flatlay marble table

upstairs pub party sign

apple cranberry crumble with ice cream on wooden board

posh restaurants chelsea pimlico road

pimlico road, london

chelsea red brick terraced houses street

 

Getting There

They’ve won awards, are packed out on a Saturday and just LOOK at that website. So sophis’! Plus, a leisurely Chelsea brunch here is really quite affordable. Purse win! It’s just a short walk from Victoria station or an amble down from the legendary Kings Road, so the location isn’t half bad either. The short story? Take your mum, that friend that you play ‘grown ups’ with, or a date you want to impress and you’re guaranteed to feel pretty good about yourself.

Where Next?

In need of places to go in Chelsea after lunch? We headed down to the famous King’s Road, popping into The Saatchi Gallery (it’s free!) to ponder the works of pop art. We then ambled in and out of my favourite shops. Don’t miss Anthropologie, Bluebird, Kate Spade and if you’re hungry for dinner, there’s Big Easy too!

Thanks 11 Pimlico Road for the review opportunity!

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Flare Game!

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wearing flares seventies style dark clean denim

MiH Flares

In case you hadn’t heard, denim is back with a big blue vengeance for spring summer! Joining it hand-in-hand into the new season is the seventies with it’s boot-leg shapes and chunky shoes. Link the two and what do you get? The perfect piece that nods to the new and bridges the gap between sub-zero temperatures and spring. Yep, it has to a pair of dark blue flares.

Real? Are they actually back?! Remember when you got to wear your own clothes to school sometimes and there was always a cool girl with massive bell-bottom jeans? What a biche. Well lady, I’m coming back atcha with my MiH’s and I’m wearing them with a super-statement orange coat and leopard shoes. Boom!

At first I was a bit scared but then I’d catch my reflection in windows and hey, the trews do actually make my legs look pretty good, heck I even look slightly sophisticated! (It’s flare enough right?!) If you’re unsure about flares, I say go for it. Grab yourself a pair now and be the cool girl in class!

 

colourful outfit

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What I Wore:

Coat – Boden / Flares – MiH Jeans / Bag – ASOS / Jumper – Cos / Shoes – ASOS / Snood – ASOS (Similar here)

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 P.S!

I’ve written a fun blog post all about winter accessorising over on Shopstyle – come and have a look!

 

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Sunday in Shoreditch

sourdough toast smashed avocado

 

Weekend in Shoreditch, East London

If you’re looking for some weekend ideas in East London then I’ve got one heck of a day for you! Today I’m profiling Shoreditch and although I’m sure that a lot of you are already more than well versed with what it has to offer (remember my post on my 3 secret food spots) this round trip is the perfect way to see some of my fave spots. Enjoy!

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10:30 – Hoi Polloi

You can always trust a recommendation, so when I asked my colleague where in East London to start for breakfast, I took her Hoi Polloi suggestion. The Ace hotel is a pleasure to visit in itself but go on down to Hoi Polloi and you can get yourself a posh brekkie to start the day in style. We went for the cute take on a full English breakfast along with tasty nut smoothies and special tea.

I broke some records that morning trying both black pudding and Irish potato cake for the first time and I am now a happy convert. The meal was a little on the mushy and over salted side but paired with the delicious sourdough bread, I’ll let it off! We ear-wigged on young sophisticated people who work at the UN between bouts of live music that played classical versions of pop songs. So chic. Take the lift to the 7th floor after your meal to oogle the view over the city!

breakfast menu hoi polloi ace hotel

full english breakfast in shoreditch hoi polloi

ebor street east london graffiti

 

12:15 – Albion

Once you’ve pointed out the gherkin from the top of the Ace Hotel, head left to Redchurch Street and pop into Albion to peruse the prettily packaged preserves and watch the hipsters buy their Sunday loaves. Afterwards, check out Aussie fave T2 tea shop across the road for all the loose leaf tea varieties and all the equipment you could need.

Head up through the quiet streets of tenement buildings and make your way up to Columbia Road. (If in doubt, follow the crowds!)

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jars of preserves in Albion boundary street

tenement buildings east london shoreditchgrey and yellow VW camper van east london

columbia road flower market ranuculas mini peonies

suck and chew sweet shop windows

such and chew toy dogs retro sweet shop

bright coloured doors columbia road flower market

blue door with bright orange roses columbia road flower market

colouful flowers sunflowers columbia road flower market

13:00 – Columbia Road Flower Market

The last time I posted about Columbia Road exactly two years ago, my hair was radically different but I wore the same trusty jacket! Keeping cosy and warm is key when you’re spending ages umming and arring over which hyacinths to buy. I went for orange roses and blue thistles this time plus a cute little succulent to that have made friends with the cacti on my desk.

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printers and stationers columbia road london

lili vanilli bakery cafe cake loaf

14:00 – Lily Vanilli

As tradition states, if you’re visiting Columbia Road, you have to queue up in Lily Vanilli‘s bakery. We thawed out with mochas whilst discovering Lily’s latest sweet treats. Check out that loaf! If you love her stuff, see what I  made at her workshop!

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back streets east london columbia road

billy goat at hackney city farm

donkeys sign hackney city farm

cockerel hackney city farm

 15:00 – Hackney City Farm

Hackney City Farm has been on my visit list for ages but I never knew quite how easy it was to pop in! Come out of the top of Columbia Road and cross over to the colourfully painted letters spelling out the name of the farm. Whilst it’s certainly clear that the farm is tailored for children, I had waayy fun watching the donkeys and trying to distinguish which end of the sleeping pigs was which, plus the signs make for good ‘gram.

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bicycle with a wicker basket columbia road

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stories bar broadway market

sprig of leaves, flowers on a table cafe columbia road

 16:00 – Stories

Once you’ve dosed up on animal cuteness, head up through residential streets towards Broadway Market. If you’re visiting on a Saturday then the street is dominated by it’s famous market stalls and visitors but Sunday holds it’s own charm. I love taking a (colourful) seat in Stories on Broadway – an arty bar owned by the same peeps as The Book Club and Queen of Hoxton. Ah that’s why there’s cool emerging artists’ work on the walls and cool chairs! We sipped a glass of red wine and people watched until we were warm and happy and then off headed again towards London Fields.

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broadway market colourful street london midcentury furniture shutters

lardo italian food almonds salad

lardo italian pizza kitchen

lardo butternut squash pizza with cavolo nero and cheese

17:00 – Lardo

Recommendation no.2 of the weekend was Lardo, not your average Italian joint. Walk straight through London Fields and under the railway arch and there across the road is the full-length window clad restaurant. Sit facing inwards and you might just make out your pizza coming out of the open wood fired oven. We chose butternut squash base pizza with goats cheese and veg of the moment – cavolo nero alongside some totally scoffable blanched almonds and speck. So fine!

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Hawkhurst Vault cakes

Hawkhurst Vault fine loose leaf teas

Hawkhurst Vault pouring tea in china cups

19:00 – The Hawkhurst Vault

The last part of our day took us to our favourite tearoom,  The Hawkhurst Vault. We had passed on desert at Lardo and instead decided to head right back to where we started for a post-dinner tipple of tea and something brownie shaped. Head towards Brick Lane and turn up to the very top of it until you find Hawkhurst on the corner. It’s perfect for when you’re in East late in the day and you’re craving that hit of infused water (common issue, I know) for their opening times are ‘whenever the last customer wants to leave really. Around 9ish?’ Excellent!

My ultimate fave tea is the Dragon Well green. Pair it with a salted caramel brownie and beetroot chocolate cake.

20:00 – Time for bed!

Phew! Hopefully this little round trip has given you some weekend ideas – have a good one!

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