Albion Square

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Summer Dressing

We’ve been treated to some cracking weekends weather-wise here in London! I’ve been making the most of the ‘current bun’* by thrusting my legs out of our lounge window to catch the rays, or heading out early to a market to maximise the morning. Did you see my last post with tips on what to do pre-pm? Hopefully it’s spurred a few of you to set that alarm a little earlier! (*sun)

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I wore this get-up to The Stylists Rail one weekend, afterwards stumbling upon this adorable secret garden just behind Haggerston station. Isn’t it pretty? It was one of those days that made itself up as it went along. Next thing I knew I was drinking prosecco and doing cork-and-spoon races with my Norweigan friends to celebrate Norway Day. Hey, at least it looked like I was dressed for sports!

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Esprit jaquard summer shorts

haggerston albion square

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nike air max turquoise trainers

Esprit jaquard summer shorts jumping

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

What I wore:

Shorts – ASOS / Vest – New Look / Trainers – Nike / Rucksack – ASOS / Necklace – ASOS / Sunglasses – ASOS / Socks – River Island / Bangle – Kate Spade / Watch – Limit

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5 Ways to Maximise your Mornings in London!

haberdashery crouch end fresh juice

So I’ve moved into my new house in North London. My room is almost as I want it, I’m seeing more friends, cooking healthy meals, heck – I even joined the gym! (That’s really something folks) and now I’m doing my best to make the most of these glorious days by maximising my mornings. After all, when the sun stabs you in the eyes through the blinds at 7 am but leaves it dark and dingy at 12:01, it makes a lot of sense to go to bed earlier so you can rise and shine!

To help motivate you and I, I’ve compiled a little list of ways to make the most of your mornings!:

 

1 – Wake up Shiny!

SET THAT ALARM: If you know you won’t miraculously rise at the crack of dawn, set it. Sleep cycle apps are said to be brilliant for waking you up when you are most naturally inclined to within a time span. I need to try this out myself!

healthy breakfast tray morning

BREAKFAST: I bloomin’ love the weekends because that’s when I go all-out on breakfast and splash it over Instagram! Out come all the yoghurts, fruits, toppings and teas on a big tray and then it’s tuck-in time. Lately I’ve been trying out yummy MOMA! pots; low-fat Somerset yogurt full of jumbo oats soaked in apple juice mixed with and real fruit. I’ve taken to spooning them over natural yoghurt and topping with fresh fruits for a healthy start to the day!

moma bircher yoghurt breakfast pots and blueberries

pouring milk into tea for breakfast

CALENDAR DATE: If you’ve planned something fun to do in the morning then you’re more likely to wake up positive. Try meeting a friend for breakfast or brunch, or pen-in that class at the gym so that you HAVE to be there. Read on for places and things worth getting up for!

 

2 – Fitness First!

JOIN THE GYM: Now I assure you that I am NOT one of those people who can get up at 6am, hurl themselves at a treadmill and then saunter into work as perky as kids TV presenter. However, I have (for the first time ever) joined the gym and given a gentle Pilates class a go in the morning. It actually left me feeling energised and ready for action. Who knew?!

gym outfit

FREEBIE PLEASE!: Word has it that if you don’t want to tie yourself into a gym membership, you can get free classes at Nike and Sweaty Betty – natch!

3 – Go for a Stroll in London

alexandra palace

pillars and arches alexandra palace

ALLY PALLY: One thing I’m excited to do is explore the green spaces in my new local area. A mid morning stroll up to Alexandra Palace is the perfect exercise that rewards you with stunning views over the whole of London. Go on a Sunday morning and catch the renowned food market or exhibitions inside the palace.

view over london

REGENTS PARK: Start the morning here and you’ve got loads of options for the day ahead. Explore Camden, take a boat along Regents canal or visit London Zoo. The best bit is that the park’s so big, you can get lost by the lake or explore hidden gardens as if London was a day away. Take a look at my last post for ideas!

camden regents park map

camden barges

 

4 – Two for a Pund!

NETIL MARKET: Think morning, think market! After a quick google of markets open on Saturday’s I found Netil, right round the corner from the well known Broadway market. I’d never heard of it before and after hearing that there’d be a mix of furniture, food and flowers, I was sold!

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COLUMBIA ROAD FLOWER MARKET: If it’s a Sunday and your home needs a lift – get down early to this East London institution for the best and prettiest flower market in town.

 

5 – Brunch Time!

haberdashery crouch end all day breakfast

haberdashery crouch end all day breakfast

best london cafe haberdashery

CROUCH END HABERDASHERY: It may be super Hipster but I don’t care, brunch is awesome! (And is basically a way of having a lie-in before breakfast!) I’d heard that I HAD to try Haberdashery and I’m glad I did, it’s so cute plus they do fun things like dinner clubs and ‘bar boots’ too! Though you’ll need time to wait for your home cooked fry-up, it’s worth it. Go for a soda jar or juice – I had carrot, orange and ginger and something classic to eat. Brunch is served all day but there are special deals before 10am!

best london cafe haberdashery

best london cafe haberdashery

THE BERMONDSEY: If you find yourself south then this is the street and cafe to go to. Check out my review here!

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So, will you be getting up earlier this weekend? I’ll be off to the market! Keep an eye on my London Fun page for more ideas for things to do in London.

Thanks MOMA! for inspiring me to create this post!

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London Guide: Primrose Hill & Regents Park

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 Bring on the long weekend!

Who doesn’t love a long weekend?! Knowing that there’ll be no panic of failed weekend productivity on Sunday evening means you can lay back and really enjoy the sunshine that little bit more. No Monday-istis for me! Yesterday I took the opportunity to wander around north Camden and pretty Primrose Hill in London because, shamefully, I hadn’t ever really done it. (Well, apart from this outfit post shot round the corner.)

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You know the deal, you work or live somewhere but you never make time to actually see its beauty, leaving all the fun to the tourists instead. Well, I’m making a little pact with myself to actively go and see more of my beautiful new home. Primrose Hill is ticked off (with lunch at the blissful Cow Shed spa) and I’ve now seen about 1/8th of Regents canal – I’m making progress everyone!

Next time I’d love to take a boat down the canal and experience London from the water. In the diary is the reopening of Camden Lock Live nights and next up on the blog will be a bumper post with my tips on how to maximise your mornings with a couple of London tips. See you there!

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Primrose Hill fresh fruit

Primrose Hill

pastel de nata Primrose Hill

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Leopard Print Jacket

I didn’t realise this pink graffiti door in East London’s Shoreditch was quite such a big deal until I got shunned to the side by a pack of tourists on a guided tour. Covered in propaganda posters and drawings, it makes quite the colourful background amongst the beautiful Victorian looking houses down Wilkes Street. It seems the world’s Bloggers and their dogs have shot here but you can see why!

Always one for a print clash, (this Free People leopard print jacket almost camouflages me against the doors) I mixed a marble print Zara skirt with the two-tone jacket and flashes of shiny silver. Free People always remind me of balmy road trips or chilled out festivals so I’ll be donning this thin, throw on cotton bomber if I’m lucky enough to go to one this summer! I should probably get ticket hunting!

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See how the other Take10 girls styled their Free People jackets below. Welcome Remi to the Blogging styling gang!

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What I Wore

Jacket – Free People / Skirt – Zara / Crop top – ASOS / Trainers – Nike / Rucksack – John Lewis / Parka – ASOS

What the Take10 Girls Wore

Take10 x Free People

Pretty Much Penniless / Girl in the Lens / The Magpie Girl / What Olivia Did

Hifashion / Hands of Style (NEWBIE!) / Love Cloth / Marmalade / Dearest Deer

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P.s Please take a sec to look at my little What-to-wear-on-Holiday guide over on Myzine. If you click the ‘like’ button at the end, I may win a prize! Thank you so much!

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Vintage Saturday

Did you have a jolly good weekend? I certainly did! Full of friends, sun, food and clothes, could it have gotten much better?! On Saturday I popped down to east London’s Kingland Road to check out pop-up vintage and new boutiques fair The Stylist’s Rail, a cool new shopping experience set up by the squeezingly lovely Plum (who runs those fun Pinned it Made it events I told you about before!)

Held in the slightly illusive ‘Fairground‘ (no Google Maps to find this one!), it’s a hidden gem you’ll want to know about. Enormous Bloom Gin cocktail goblets wash down nicely as you flick through rails from friendly vintage boutiques and new brand stands. No stuffiness (in both senses of the word) just chilled out vibes, that are helped achieved by the guest DJ and just the right amount of products so that you can have a quick shop, find a one-off sample you love then join friends for pulled pork upstairs at Smokestack. The decor alone is worth the visit!

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The Stylist’s Rail is on for the next 3 Saturday’s at Fairground on Kingsland Road. Check out the Facebook page for details!

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