My most recent attempt at London appreciation saw me going back to one of the first markets I ever visited, the ever bustling Portobello. I find that apart from being confined to South London, I’m either Central (trying to avoid the temptation of Topshop) or East (eating Vietnamese food), so it was nice to rediscover a place I used to visit as a 17-year-old trying to figure out her own style. I find that I don’t buy as much from markets now as I used to, due to my brain being filled with potential internet buys and idealised vintage, but that doesn’t stop me from being fascinated every time.
I realise it’s becoming a bit of a trademark going to places and taking pictures of random stuff but I seriously can’t help it! Each assortment of items seems more delightfully random than the last and I’m determined to capture every scene until my laptop is full again. Despite the slow-moving crowds, I enjoyed my visit and would recommend the market as the perfect place to find accessories. I couldn’t take a picture but there were some lovely handcrafted leather bags made in India that I had my eye on and plenty of quirky jewellery. This area of the capital is London at its finest, with envy-inducing houses everywhere in the pastel hues of SS12; I need to win the lottery!
Coat – H&M
Jumper – Urban Outfitters
Skirt – Beacon’s Closet
Tights – Topshop
I might be one of a few bloggers that gets really excited about yarns and due to a gradual shift in the way my mind works, I wanted to try out something with a colourful flecked effect for myself. There are so many space-dye effect yarns that make a simple jumper really eye-catching and even though I accidentally bought this jumper whilst waiting for a friend, it’s one of my favourite accidents so far. I’m not usually a pink person but the painterly overall look won me over and it’s the perfect length to tuck into skirts or wear with jeans. When I bought my mint tights I wasn’t quite sure how I would wear them but they complement the jumper perfectly and remind me of something Lucy might wear. I’m also starting to rediscover my love for my brogue Dr Martens in preparation for ankle socks and warmer weather; I really am ready for Spring and can’t wait to stop wearing this coat! The foodie pictures are the result of a long wait for brunch at Tom’s Deli, a tiny yet eclectically furnished café and shop on Westbourne Grove. It was too crowded to take pictures of all the interior, but reminded me of an old sweet shop and is definitely worth a visit if you can get a table.
Have you been to Portobello market recently? I might just be going back to oogle the bags some more…