I don’t think I’ve ever been awake early enough to get into Central London by 10am on a Sunday morning and there are not many things that can make me do that. But breakfast at… More
Last Sunday we took a little trip to East London (which is actually a long trip when you live in South West London). I had been longing to visit the Columbia Road Flower market since I moved to London but lazy as I am, it was very hard to wake up early on Sunday morning. The market only runs for half a day, from 8am to 2pm so it’s better to arrive as early as possible.
Upon arrival, it didn’t take long to figure out that Columbia Road is pretty special. The road was absolutely packed with people. Flower and plant vendors neatly lined each side of the road and behind them were dozens of independent shops specialising in antiques, home goods or stationery.
The good news is that the flowers and plants here are much cheaper than what you would find at any florist in Central London.
After visiting every shop, stand and having a coffee break at Lily Vanilli, I decided to get myself a bunch of peonies which can be found from £7.50 to £10.
Of course, I also took the opportunity to pose against these pretty doors.
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Even though it is the prettiest market in London it can become quite hectic so we decided to take a short bus ride to Cafe Miami for a spot of lunch.
Tucked away in Clapton Cafe Miami is a pastel paradise; with everything from brunch, lunch and delicious coffee to some pretty pastel tables perfect for tackling work, creating a flat-lays or Sunday catch ups. The interior is inspired by an art-deco America, so you’ll feel like you are in a movie rather than 5 minutes walk from Hackney Central.
They seve brunch classics like waffles, pancakes, granola and avocado but they also have sweetcorn waffles, tacos, banana bread and traditional bacon sandwich and bagels.
I survived January! And since last weekend temperatures in London are finally more pleasant with rare spells of sunshine. Certainly, it’s not the time yet to start hoping for spring but the girl can dream a little bit. I used the opportunity to take my new ripped jeans out of the closet. I’ve been searching for the perfect high waisted light washed jeans for AGES now! But then I found heaven on ASOS. So these jeans are coming in few different colours, with busted knee or without, tall or petite and they are probably the most amazing jeans that I ever had. I wore the jeans with my favourite jumper this winter which can be seen on me at least once a week.
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For a while now, pleated skirts are every girl’s must have item. Have to say, I was a little bit skeptic about it because literally I never wore a skirt that covers my knees. I though it will make me look like my grandma, considering I mostly wear flat shoes.
So, the skirt was regularly avoided in every shop until recently when I was browsing through ASOS, as usual trying to spend money on things that I don’t need. This skirt looked so pretty that I didn’t care about price, especially not length. I’m wearing it now with ankle boots but it will look great on sandals or heels or even ballet flats.
I just can’t be more happy about it.
Another obsession at the moment is velvet. I managed to avoid the trap of buying expensive velvet dresses, trousers or coats which will be out of fashion probably by the end of this year and opted for safer option – accessories and boots.
These boots are from Dorothy Perking and I love the fact that they are actually navy blue but depending on the light they are changing color and sometimes look black.
Velvet bag has a long story. It’s been sold out in burgundy and black for a long time now. I managed to hunt down last one at Topshop sale last week after looking for it literally everywhere! Great cure for January depression!
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After discovering Syon House and Garden earlier this year I just keep coming back. Not many know about this place, probably because it’s a secluded, all the way in the zone 5, London Borough of Hounslow, and it’s used mainly as a wedding venue.
I’ve never been a model but I love the process of taking the pictures and rushing home to edit them. That’s why it wasn’t a problem for me to wake up early on Sunday morning and go to this magical place with my friend before other people start coming. We were lucky because it was a beautiful sunny and warm September day.
Walking around and enjoying only birds and squirrels, I couldn’t stop thinking about all the people who use to lived there, and some still do ( house is owned by Duke of Northumberland).I was feeling like I’m in a fairytale, most possibly because of tulle with gold embroidery I finally found!
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Photographs: Jasmina Haskovic
Many people visited Borough Market but you can’t say you actually been there until you visit it on Saturday early morning, without tourists, crowd and noise.
It’s so peacefull and you can actually see all of its beauty rather than bumping into people.
If you’re a foodie, Borough Market is heaven.They have everything you could possibly wish for.From grocery stalls, piled high with fresh produce to artisanal bakeries,deli shops to most important, street food stalls.
I got up last Saturday way too early for me and went for a stroll with my friend
If you think you don’t need flowers, you will change your mind when you see this cute place.
Anyone for some delicious fruits?
And lots of good looking stalls…
Who would resist and not have sneaky little treat…or two
I’m so glad that, even though summer is almost finished, new collections on the high street are still colourful.
As soon as I saw this skirt I knew that this is the item that will keep me cheerful during cold autumn days.
And of course, everyone needs cute little bee bag, right?
Photographs of me: Jasmina Haskovic , Photographs of Market: me
I’ve always been a bit of a bookworm, and usually read at least one book a month. But during the summer I step it up a gear and get through stacks of book. By books I mean thriller books. During the year I spend lots of time reading fashion and history books for my University work so during summer it’s all about my favourite genre.
With the Girl on the Train selling 6.5 million copies worldwide, the thriller’s never been bigger.
Here are the 5 more reason to sleep with your light on
Behind Closed Door by B.A. Paris
The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do.
You’d like to get to know Grace better.
But it’s difficult because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.
Chilling and disturbingly brilliant, a story that will grip you right from the first chapter. This psychological thriller is a debut of B. A. Paris.
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
In this incredibly composed, thought-provoking debut you will follow Anne and Marco Conti, who went to the dinner party next door and left their 6 months old daughter Cora alone in the house.
They’ve been checking on her every half an hour, but once they came home for good, they found her crib empty.
Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they’ve kept for years.
Method 15/33 by Shannon Kirk
Pregnant teen Lisa is kidnapped by sickos who want to sell her baby then bump her off. Poor girl, right? Well, kind of – she turns out to be a hyper-intelligent semi-sociopath who bides her time plotting audacious revenge.
Method 15/33 happens when the victim is just as cold as the captors.
As sleek and sharp as a razor, this is a must read for every thriller fan, particularly those who think they’ve seen it all.
Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant
Lecherous failed novelist Paul tags along on holiday to an idyllic Greek village with his new girlfriend Alice and her gang of friends. It turns out not to be the most relaxing break when he ends up accused of rape and murder.
From the author of Under Your Skin and Remember Me This Way, Sabine Durrant. The dazzling new must-read for all fans of The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl, and The Widow
Kill me Again by Rachel Abbot
The fifth book from Rachel Abbot, equally gripping and intense.
When Maggie Taylor accepts a new job in Manchester, she is sure it is the right move for her family. The children have settled well although her husband, Duncan, doesn’t appear to be so convinced.
But nothing prepares her for the shock of coming home from work one night to find that Duncan has disappeared, leaving their children alone. His phone is dead, and she has no idea where he has gone.
When a woman who looks just like Maggie is brutally murdered and DCI Tom Douglas is brought in to investigate, Maggie realises how little she knows about Duncan’s past.
Known as Zara addict, I spend most of my shopping time browsing Zara’s shelves which resulted in 95% Zara closet at home. It’s very hard for me to say what I don’t like about Zara, maybe crowded shops and endless queues or the fact UK’s Zara is more expensive than any other Zara in Europe? But clothes-like, there is nothing I wouldn’t buy.
With every new collection I realise there are many things I’m missing in my closet but the first thing I’m attracted to is dresses.
According to new collection, off shoulders dresses with frills, retro dresses and floral ones will still be popular. Polka dots are back which will probably be great news for those who love 50’s fashion.
Here are my favourites!
Photographs: Jasmina Haskovic
Sometimes it’s just worth it to travel around London just to get that perfect dress and that was the case with this one. In four days it basically disappeared from all Topshop stores including online. Luckily,one was waiting just me.
As you may notice this dress looks similar to Revolve red dress with small stars, seen on many bloggers this summer, which is probably why this cheaper model from Topshop gained so much popularity . I simply fell in love with this dress! Maybe the reason is that is so easy to wear, no need for much accessories or maybe because wrap gave me so much desired waist.
I’ve used the opportunity of few days of summer in London to make most of it.
On this Sunday I met my friend for brunch. We chose Refinery Southwark, a retro-chic cafe and cocktail bar just the short walk from Tate Moder. Once inside you will see the funky decor with industrial lighting, the bar on the one side and restaurant like area on the other side. From the big list of cocktails and food, I chose classics mojito, chicken and kale caesar and for dessert Raspberry Panna Cotta which all was delicious and worth coming back
You’ve probably been to Dishoom for dinner, but have you been for breakfast?
As a big fan of naan(and everything Indian), just a thought that it’s on their brunch menu in combination with bacon and egg made me want to go. But they are also sausage naan, Bombay omelette and lots of chai.
Dishoom is the place that I highly recommend for everything,not just breakfast, because their menu is just fantastic.
Dishoom is located in Shoreditch, Kings Cross, Covent Garden and
Various Locations, London
Known as the cutest brunch place in Balham thanks to its charming interior , handcrafted British furniture, free trendy magazines and wifi, and a buzzing atmosphere, located right on Hildreth Street Market.
MILK (formerly known as M1lk) has got breakfast and brunch covered, serving up an ever-changing menu of delicious combinations like marshmallow buckwheat pancakes with plums or edible flower petals that they sprinkled on top. Milk is best known for great eggs menu and the best vegetarian brunch.
18-20 Bedford Hill, London, SW12 9RG
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings
If nothing you have to visit this place only because of beautiful decor. Airy location in Clerkenwell with flower upholstery would make Pinterest worth interior. More important thing is they can do amazing food. Eggs benedict , the hollandaise potato hash or just English breakfast, you can’t choose wrong
42 Northampton Rd, London EC1R 0HU
Hidden in a white brick courtyard at the end of Portabello road, Farm Girl cafe is easier to miss than find. Make sure you don’t get lost in a sea of tourists photographing colourful houses and come in to discover this green-tiled heaven.
Rose, Farm girl herself, Stacey, the front of the house and barista Stuart are all from Australia so the service is relaxed and charming in a warm and welcoming environment.
Food is holistic and healthy with fresh, nutritionally nurturing ingredients from porridge and pancakes to chicken sandwich and steak and chips which is served after 11.
Of course, you will need some drink and latte is always a good choice. For the brave ones, here you can try some unusual types of latte like Rose or Lavander.
59A Portobello Rd, London W11 3DB
Peruvian breakfast? You probably never thought that that kind of thing exist but it’s her, hidden in Marylebone. Place is open for almost 2 years and the dishes on the seasonally-changing menu are designed to share, featuring sea food, vegaetables and grilled meat. But probably the best part of the menu are gluten free, sweet potatoe waffles with sweet and savoury toppings. The are the best looking waffles you’ll ever see. They are changing toppings but it’s always delicious, no matter what is on.
18 Thayer St, London W1U 3JY
American fashion market is expanding every day with new brands and one of them is Majorelle, newly launched brand of Revolve creative director Rachel Zeilic. Until recently Revolve was only selling other brands clothes but they decided to have a go in making their own collections. Majorelle is their 9th collection and it can be found on revolve.com.
Judging by the first photographs clothes will be popular amongst trendsetters on Instagram and it’s already been seen on many bloggers such as Dani Song, Gala Gonzales, Chiara Ferragni, Tuula Vintage, Patricia Manfield which are as well Rachel’s close friends.
With fluttery co-ords, party tops and printed romantic dresses, this collection is every LA girl dream. The whole range is available here