After a few days of horrible weather in London we finally got lucky with a sunny weekend, so we used the opportunity to have a city break to Bath.
It’s very rare that I end up falling in love with a city as quickly as I fell in love with Bath. It reminds me of my other favorite place in Britain, Edinburgh, with its Georgian architecture, cobbled streets and cute little cafes and shops along the pavement. There is no surprise the city is listed as a Unesco World Heritage site.
I will share my excitement in my next blog post where I will list all the things that I loved about this fantastic city but for now let’s focus on the things I wore.
As the weather forecast shows 20 or more for the next few weeks and I’m hoping for an Indian summer, I’m not ready to put away my summer clothes just yet. That’s how I ended up getting this pretty skirt from ‘& Other Stories‘. I have a habit of stopping at & Other Stories everytime I’m passing by because of their simplicity. Everything is so pretty but so simple which is very hard to find these days.
This skirt was something that I had spent a long time searching for, simple and elegant but effective. There is also a white option but it has a completely different effect. Red gives you that feeling of power and defiance, just like wearing red lipstick.
I was also thinking I could probably wear it with ankle boots and a leather jacket in autumn but it’s very thin and summery so I’m very much hoping for that Indian summer.
I paired it with my favorite ever summer things, wedge espadrilles, off shoulder top and straw bag.
I have been living in Twickenham for a few months now and I was aware that there is a boatyard and some houses on the other side of the river Thames, but I never expected to find such a mysterious, Narnia-like island just a bridge away.
Eel Pie Island is part of London but a world away from it.
This island is home to a colourful array of inventors, artists, craftsmen and boat builders, who decorate their houses, studios and little alleyways with a Alice in Wonderland charm.
But it wasn’t always this quiet.
Before I crossed the bridge I read some interesting facts online about it, like Henry VIII built a hotel there and the island was a popular holiday destination. In 1950s the hotel was renamed into the Eelpiland Dance Club and became the birthplace of a youth movement gathering young beatniks listening to jazz music and later even hosting concerts of David Bowie and the Stones. Eventually, when the party scene got out of control, a mysterious fire burned the hotel to the ground and then squatters took over…
Ok, I got carried away with the history lesson about the location but I thought it was worth sharing! Be aware that the island is private but it has two open days every year (in July and December) where you can have a peek inside the quirky gardens and even meet the artists.
Now let’s talk clothes!
This polka dot top is my absolute favourite this summer and I got it on sale from Zara. It’s surprising how good it can look with almost every colour of skirt or jeans. The only thing is that it looks better on high waisted items.
For this occassion I paired it with a very simple H&M skirt as the top is a statement on its own and tan New Look sandals which are a couple of seasons old now.
The bag is from the Bosnian brand Cocopat and unfortunately they do not deliver anywhere at the moment apart from Balkan countries (Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia etc.). Their bags are great quality and so so pretty. This is the first bag that I got from them but definitely not the last one.
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 the floral cabanas at Coppa Club was one of them. To start with, it was the most beautiful place where you could have breakfast, decorated with wisteria flowers( fake ones to avoid the bees). Situated right on the River Thames these custom made cabanas offered a stunning view of both Tower Bridge and The Shard.
It took us a while to decide what to choose what to have because everything on the menu looked so yummy but in the end I opted for my ultimate breakfast favourite – waffles with berries, cremé fresh , honey and bee pollen.
For this occasion, I once again chose gingham as a base. I would love to say that this is the last gingham item I bought this summer but it’s not. 😀
The skirt was a copy of a more famous red one from Zara. I didn’t manage to get the one from Zara on time but this one from Shein was just as equally good.
I know this tee is the biggest blogger cliche around at the moment, but when I actually saw it in Topshop I just had to have it.
WHAT I WORE: Jeans: ASOS| Top: Next| Sandals: NewLook(last season)| Bag: Zara(similar)
It’s been a week of summer here in the UK and that means that everyone has moved to the seaside for the weekend to escape London’s heat. Even though the weather forecast said it was only 25 in Brighton by noon it was over 30 so luckily I had a spare outfit and these jeans only lasted for a few hours! We used the quiet morning to walk from Brighton Pier to Hove, soak up the sun and take some pictures. But who would resist when there are the cutest bus stops and bandstands I’ve ever seen.
As the most appropriate for this cute place was this even cuter bow top from Next combined with all-time favorite beach bag.
Being such a small city, Edinburgh is a great place to see in a long weekend. Despite its size, there’s always so much going on here and never a dull moment. I made a list of my favorite places to visit whilst here.
The Pantry is located in Stockbridge, which is about a 20-minute walk from the main Waverley train station, it’s possibly the cutest little brunch place and one I strongly recommend you visit. The space is very light, stylish and comfy to sit in.
The brunch menu consists of my favorite things like Eggs Benedict and Waffles. I went for Virgina Cured Bacon Waffles with bacon, maple syrup and fresh blueberries.
1 North West Circus Place, Edinburgh EH3 6ST
The Cuckoo’s Bakery
By the time we arrived at Cuckoo’s Bakery at 4pm, most of the cupcakes were already sold out which was a sign that this place is a hit for sure. Even though it is cake heaven, it’s also a great place for brunch and lunch. I ended up opting for the banana sponge cupcake made with gluten-free flour, filled with caramel and topped with peanut butter frosting.
150 Dundas St, Edinburgh EH3 5DQ
If you want to experience one of the most breathtaking views of Edinburgh climb up Calton Hill. With its panoramic city view, view of the North Sea and many monuments including the Forth Bridge, it is an idyllic spot to have an afternoon rest.
I don’t really need to tell you why it’s so great to visit an actual medieval castle, but it’s worth your time. The Royal Mile (another place you need to visit) will lead you straight to the castle where you can get tickets from £17. Or you can simply enjoy the view of the castle from the Princes Street Gardens.
Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG
While you are at Stockbridge take a chance to explore this urban village. Here you’ll find the most picturesque street, Circus Lane, lots of charity shops and independent cafes but at the center of Stockbridge you will also find the food market which is there every Sunday.
Stop here for a look around the stalls, and get some incredible street food all from local artisan suppliers.
Just a short walk from Stockbridge you will find Dean Village. Dean Village feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and if you’re lucky St. Bernard’s Well might just be open too. Dean Village looks more like a part of France with its turret style buildings overlooking the river.
Golden Hare Books
This cute bookshop is in the Stockbridge area too, surrounded by cool vintage shops and pretty houses and it totally stands out with the beautiful navy and gold exterior. It’s the dreamiest independent shop- with walls filled with selections of beautiful editions of new and old books, everything from poetry, fiction to children’s classics.
68 Saint Stephen Street, Edinburgh EH3 5AQ
The Red Door Gallery
This little gallery and shop is filled with artwork, independent sellers (which include everything from jewelry to stationary) and plenty of prints in between. It sits in the middle of Victoria Street, which is absolutely worth visiting as well!
42 Victoria St,Edinburgh, EH12JW
Home and lifestyle shop, with the interior inspired by typical minimalist and clean Scandinavian design. It brings together a contemporary collection of clothing, shoes, jewelry, homeware, furniture, making the store a must shopping destination in the Scottish capital.
My university professor said that he hated gingham because even one look at the pattern made him itchy. Well, it looks like that isn’t the case with the rest of the world because this checked pattern is overflowing the streets and shops. You can hardly click on an Instagram fashion feed or open a magazine without being faced with the little check. I’m one of the many who embraced this trend and bought a few pieces in this pattern. It reminds me of summer, picnics, and Brigitte Bardot and if that wasn’t enough reason to wear it then I don’t know what is. Also, gingham is easy to wear and versatile because it goes with everything and can be dressed up at night or down for the day. This top is just one of the things I have in gingham but it’s probably one of my favourites because it has ruffled sleeves – another obsession of mine.
My jeans are again from ASOS as I have an addiction for their Farleigh Slim Mom Jeans collection so I’ll probably end up buying more of them.
Also, it looks like I won’t be taking off these espadrilles anytime soon because they are so comfy and make any outfit a little more summery which is good if your summer is on average 20 degrees.
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.
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.
During our time in Venice we made it a priority to visit the magical island of Burano- a small island a stone throw (or an hour and a half boat ride) away from the central island of Venice. Known for its rainbow parades of colourful houses and its ornate and traditional lace shops- it feels like worlds away from red bricked houses in London.
We arrived just after lunch on very warm and sunny Sunday so the island was very busy. Our goal was to see as many alleyways and Pantone colour hues as possible while stuffing our face with cannoli and gelato. With the whole island consisting of only roads and weaving canals- we set off with no direction to discover the beauty of this special Italian island.
First established by the Romans, Burano didn’t really establish much importance until the 16th Century when the women of the island began to hand stitch lace. Leonardo da Vinci visited and purchased a cloth from one such local woman. He used it to cover the altar of the Duomo di Milano, cementing Burano as the place to get your lace.
While the women who’d brought fame and fortune to the island practiced their craft, the men would go out into the lagoon to fish. Painting their houses bright colours to spot them from a distance and find them in even the darkest storm.
The tradition stuck and is now a carefully controlled trademark of the island. Popular with artists and the odd fisherman, if you want to paint your house you must apply to the government who will tell you which colour to use.
This care has preserved one of Venice’s greatest treasures.
The first thing you have to see in Verona is the famous “Arena Di Verona” the Roman amphitheater in Piazza Bra, built in the first century. It is still in use today and famous for the large-scale opera performances given there. Known as one of the best preserved ancient structures of its kind, in ancient times, the Arena could take nearly 30,000 people but nowadays, for security reasons, the maximum attendance is 15,000 people.
Getting off the Piazza Bra you will enter Via Giuseppe Mazzini, the shopping zone with all of the best-known designer and high street shops, so by the time you come to the end of the street you’ll want refreshments. The best place for this is cafe Venchi. They have amazing chocolates but the thing that attracted me the most are strawberries with Nutella and cream. So delicious!
Right next to the Venchi cafe is Casa di Guilietta also known as “Juliet’s House”. There are a few things that you can do here, for example grab Juliet’s boob for good luck, go inside the house and stand on the balcony for which you will pay €6 or buy a lock, write your names on it and then lock it on one of the bridges.
Just a short walk from Casa di Guilietta is the second biggest square in Verona, Piazza delle Erbe with all of its coffee shops and restaurants, souvenir stands, good looking facades and best of all Amorino, the prettiest looking ice cream.
For an afternoon rest, I suggest going to the quiet gardens, Giardino Giusti. I was expecting to see lots of tourists but these gardens were so peaceful and beautiful.
There is another thing you can’t miss when you are in Verona and that is the view. From Ponte Pietra (the Stone Bridge built in roman times) a beautiful staircase through old stylish houses and beside the roman theater (Teatro Romano), will lead you, in less than 10 mins, to the top of this hill from where you will enjoy an amazing view over the old town.
When it comes to food, you can find several restaurants that serve great food. Pasta here is amazing and the best pizza I ever had was in Verona. But for breakfast I would suggest the Duchi Cafe. Not just because it has a stunning interior but the croissant selection is to die for.
With having only one full day in this beautiful city, we had lots to cover. The mission looked impossible because Venice is so crowded and busy all the time. The fact that it was Easter weekend didn’t help. There are some empty alleys so try to avoid the main San Marco Square or Rialto Bridge which can get very crowded during afternoons.
But everything is worth it when you see how photogenic this city is. We’ve been walking all day even though you can get a boat from one place to another but it will take the same amount of time while on foot you can actually explore every hidden corner (and possibly get lost few times). After visiting the main attraction Ponte Rialto and Piazza di San Marco we headed to Libreria Acqua Alta, the self-proclaimed most beautiful bookshop in the world.
This unique bookshop is composed of a number of rooms stacked wall-to-wall with books, magazines, maps on different languages. Due to Venice’s constant flooding, these picturesque piles are all placed inside bathtubs, waterproof bins, and even in a full-size gondola. Climbing up the staircase made of books at the back you can have a view of one of the canals which makes this place even prettier.
If you’re a fan of modern art, the Guggenheim Collection in Venice is a must see. You’ll find amazing pieces by artists like Jackson Pollack, Michele Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dali to name a few. And for some wow moments definitely visit Ca’ d’Oro palace, the oldest palace in Venice and of course enter the beautiful Basilica di San Marco and climb to the balcony for the great view. Other places to take note of (and keep your eyes peeled for) include Santa Stefano, Palazzo Fortuny, Musica Palazzo and Basilica Della Saulte.
Don’t forget to eat lots of pasta, pizza, gelato and cannoli while you are drinking the most popular drink in Italy- Aperol Spritz, a cocktail which is the mix of Aperol , prosecco and sparkling water. The one restaurant I would highly recommend is Taverna Scallinetto with amazing interior and delicious original Venetian dishes. Luckily we booked in advance because the place was packed.
Other food spots: Da Ivo, Cà D’Oro alla Vedova (famous meatballs and wine), Bistrot de Venise, ai merchant, De Pisis, Harry’s Bar for drinks