I’m currently sitting in one of my favourite London coffee shops, Clerkenwell Grind, putting this post together before having to rush off to the airport for a few days of work in Portugal. I had the most magical time road tripping through Portugal last year so I am excited to see what the country has in store for me this time around.
Ever heard of the Chaos Theory? Well it basically states that every single decade now influences our current sartorial choices. The 70’s are a trend but so are the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s.
My look in today’s post was definitely inspired by a little 70’s courtesy of my canary yellow flared trousers and aviator sunglasses, with a touch of 90’s thanks to my beaded sweetie bag and Nike Air Max 95’s. Chaos Theory.
Speaking of beaded bags, I’m so into my new one from Mango! It reminds me of my childhood days – mini plastic or beaded handbags filled with handfuls of sweets, my mom’s leftover lip ice and perhaps a Puppy in my Pocket or two. Now my beaded bag is home to my iPhone, a pack of gum and a Chanel powder palette. I guess that mean’s I’m a grown up now.
Checked blazer | Mango
Yellow linen trousers | Mango
Cream turtle neck knit | Mango
Trainers | Nike
Beaded bag | Mango
Sunglasses | Ray-Ban
Necklace | Mango
Shot by Justin Polkey
London is the kind of place that’s big enough to have a neighbourhood dedicated to all sorts of personalities, coming from Cape Town a characteristic such as this it’s quite refreshing.
When I first visited London I was 18 years old, penny-less and a full on bandaid. I threw myself into the Camden scene of £5 band t-shirts and bad tattoos and managed to find my way into about 35 backstage areas after concerts. Life was easy, care free and a manic adventure of music.
A year later, in 2011, I got sucked into the world of Gossip Girl. I spent a week in London hanging out with all sorts of mischievous socialites in my absurdly short cocktail dresses, going by the name Jane and drinking too much for my own good. Needless to say it wasn’t a year I am proud of.
In 2012, I returned to London in a stable condition and threw myself into my work. I spent 3/4 days every week flying somewhere for work in Europe. Life was tiring but great. My style and tastes became more refined and I enjoyed spending my weekends strolling around Chelsea or Notting Hill eating cakes and visiting the latest exhibitions. I spent a lot of time alone getting to know myself.
This time around visiting London has been about experiencing as much as I possible can in my short 3 week stay. So last weekend I missioned down to Shoreditch to explore the neighbourhood of hipsters and street artists.
First things first, the Colombia Flower Market is my absolute number one thing to do on a Sunday morning when I’m in London. 10% because of the liveliness, another 10% because of the people and 80% because of the peonies. One of my best feelings in the world is knowing that I can fill my apartment with peonies for £10.
Coffee vs food:
My ultimate coffee spot in Shoreditch has to be Ozone Coffee Roasters, it probably has a lot to do with the fact that it’s a Kiwi-owned cafe. With an ever changing food and coffee menu they continue to inspire and surprise.
The Dinerama market is open 4 days a week with 6 street diners, 5 street food shacks, 6 bars and countless street food trucks. If food is your game then you don’t want to miss this one. It’s basically a giant food arena, a.k.a my living dream!
Another foodie must try in Shoreditch is Dishoom, Bombay cafe-style food at reasonable prices. It was listed as one of the best breakfast spots by Time Out London and made the Michelin Guide and the Good Food Guide as one of the must try spots.
It may seem slightly ridiculous to pay £4 for a bowl of cereal when you could buy 2 boxes of cereal for the same prize but at the end of the day life is about experiences right. Well the Cereal Killer Cafe in Brick Lane is an experience you’ll never forget. With more then 100 cereals to choose from your inner child will be singing.
I highly recommend visiting the Boxpark in Spitalfields for a contemporary shopping experience consisting of boutique clothing lines.
Otherwise a stroll down Redchurch Street with have you swiping you credit card left right and centre.
Shoreditch is known for their wide array of street art. From the well know Banksy to Roa, Space Invader and Stik. Shoreditch Street Art Tours is a great way to learn about the art that inhibits this London neighbourhood and introduces you to brand new pieces you would never have noticed otherwise.
Last Sunday was our first Sunday in London and my absolute favourite thing to do on a Sunday in London is to pay the Colombia Road Flower Market a visit. Just like Sunday’s in NYC and brunch go together Sunday’s in London and flower shopping go together. Plus I get to fill my apartment with peonies for a mere £10!
My wardrobe isn’t the most exciting one when I travel. I have to take the ‘model uniform’ into consideration when I travel: black, simple, understated and unconsidered. I was once told my outfits look too “planed”. Basically if you look in the mirror before leaving the house for castings and think “This looks good” you got it all wrong. This philosophy does not mix well with my fashion blogger side.
Today’s look post is one of my black, simple, understated and unconsidered looks. (Except for my boyfriend jeans, one is not allowed to wear boyfriend jeans to castings!) It’s one of my cool/comfortable looks. At the end of the day it’s all about the attitude you choose to wear with your outfit.
P.S I’m a huge fan of graffiti artist ROA! (That’s the guy who created the giant hedgehog behind me.)
Photo’s by Justin Polkey