Christmas in Belgravia

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Want to go out in London for a bit of festive spirit but without the interruption of tourists and Christmas shoppers? Then look no further than Belgravia!

Motcombe Street is a new discovery for me. This little chocolate box street looks like it fell out of a fairytale with all the cute shops and twinkling lights. At one point a proper carriage with horses went through the street!

The one thing you can’t miss when you are here is the cutest chocolate shop – Rococo Chocolates. Not only you can buy organic chocolates in the nicest packaging for Chrismas gifts but you can enjoy London’s best hot chocolate. Choose between classic, cinnamon spiced, sea-salt or one with a hint of chili that’ll warm you up on these winter days. There is no cream on top but something much nicer – a homemade marshmallow on a stick to dunk into your hot drink.

This place also has a Chocolate School that offers a variety of workshops, classes and tastings for adults and children from beginner to expert. Also as if that wasn’t already enough there is a huge teddy bear in the window.   If that doesn’t make you want go out of your house on a cold winter day, nothing will 🙂

What I Wore: Coat: Bershka| Trousers: H&M| Top: Zara|Bag: Shein| Boots: M&S| Hat: H&M(similar)

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Brunch in Winter Wonderland

 

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It’s December!

I’m officially allowed to go overboard with all things Christmas here and on my Instagram. In London, Christmas actually started at the beginning of November so I have been collecting the pretty pictures of Christmas decorations all around the city and now they will start coming out. To mark the beginning of Christmas time we decided to visit magical place in the Central London – Dalloway Terrace.

This little place has been transformed into the winter wonderland with fake snow, pine trees and an endless supply of snuggly blankets. It is absolute Instagram heaven. There is no surprise it is full of people who eat their food lukewarm after documenting everything on Instagram.

The atmosphere was so cozy and peaceful , we felt like we were in Narnia and the wait staff were brilliant from the very start. The menu was amazing and we wanted to order literally everything but at the end we opted for french toast, one with fresh berries, one with bacon and saved some space for delicious hot chocolate with biscuits at the end.

 

What I Wore: Jumper: H&M | Skirt: Topshop | Boots: M&S | Bag: Zara(old)

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Walking on Sunshine

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Yes, I have this hat just like the rest of the Instagram gang. I found this one on Depop after a long search.  It’s a good investment if you don’t live in England. But we have some nice days here as well like last weekend when we went for a walk along the River Thames in Twickenham. It’s a great place if you want to relax by sitting near the river to feed the ducks, or you could explore the nearby York House Gardens or have a longer walk along the river all the way to Richmond.

I’m obsessed with stripes but this is the only striped skirt I own. I think it’s good to choose vertical stripes when it comes to skirts because they make you look taller compared to horizontal stripes. I found this one in Zara on sale last autumn, but I didn’t have the opportunity to wear it before.

This top I found in the H&M Trend section. Out of all the H&M concepts, I like Trend the most. It might cost a little bit more but every single garment is just perfect and ‘on trend’. You can check out the range here.

 

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What I Wore: Skirt: Zara(similar)| Top: H&M| Shoes: Oasis|Hat: H&M(similar)

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Mysterious Island

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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.

 

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WHAT I WORE:

Top: Zara

Skirt: H&M

Sandals: New Look(similar)

Bag: Cocopat

Earrings: Accessorize

 

 

 

 

 

Columbia Road Flower Market

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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.

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Of course, I also took the opportunity to pose against these pretty doors.

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WHAT I WORE

Espadrilles: Oasis| Jeans: Zara| Top: H&M| Bag: Zara(old)

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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.

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In Wonderland

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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WHAT I WORE

Skirt: Zara| Top: Stradivarius(similar)| Shoes: ASOS|

Photographs: Jasmina Haskovic 

Borough Colours

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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

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If you think you don’t need flowers, you will change your mind when you see this cute place.

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Anyone for some delicious fruits?

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And lots of good looking stalls…

Who would resist and not have sneaky little treat…or two

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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?

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Skirt: River Island  Sandals: Debenhams(Sold Out) Top: New Look Bag: Zara

Photographs of me: Jasmina Haskovic , Photographs of Market: me

Friday Favourites

Favourite Sky Restaurant

Duck&Waffle

This place is so exclusive that you need to book in advance for almost 2 months and the reason is the view, of course 🙂 Duck & Waffle is on the 40th floor of Heron Tower and from there you can see almost whole London, up to the Wembley and you are just next to the Gherkin which looks so great with all the lights on! Anyway, the view is great so I was going there because of that, I didn’t expect much when it comes to food, mainly because there was 5 thing on the menu and I only eat chicken.

And we order the whole chicken! Yep, on the Sunday evening, 10pm,whole chicken and two of us! Not very healthy but it was so delicious! Probably the best chicken I ever had.

If you didn’t try Duck & Waffle you really have to. If you book now maybe you will there in January but it is worth of waiting.

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Favourite Trend

Blanket Scarf

There are so many things I love about the autumn:  leaves, hot cocoa, plaid, layers, boots, and of course, blanket scarves.  Not only are they the perfect accessory, but they are also a great way to keep nice and cozy this time of year.

This year scarfs are even better because they are actually  blankets and everyone who knows me knows that I’m a blanket addict if that thing even exist.

I purchased my one on Amazon, but they are everywhere so I’m thinking to get few more. You can’t have too many if you live in London

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Favourite Buy

I bought this dress month ago and as you can see I did some alternations 🙂 it’s shorter than original H&M dress but I just like it this way. It’s my favourite thing this autumn

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Favourite Beauty

Until now I never had concealer and then I picked up this Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer and I have to say that I’m amazed. I don’t use anything else for my face except this. It has amazing coverage, a lovely sponge applicator, it feels soft and hydrating.I just don’t know how I lived without one before.

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Favourite Book

My favourite thing during the Autumn/Winter season is reading under my, earlier mentioned, blanket. I’m reading all the time but once in a while I find a book that is so amazing I have to share my review with everyone.

This time, the book is The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson. It’s a psychological thriller about the man named Ted who meets mysterious woman Lilly on the flight from London to Boston.  Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage and his wife Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. But their game turns dark when Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what she’s done. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, “I’d like to help.”

This was a page turner, with so many twists and turns that I stopped counting. Book worth reading.

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Mademoiselle Prive Exhibition

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From the 13th October until 1st November you have a chance to visit Mademoiselle Prive exibition at Saatchi Gallery , exhibition that dives into the world of Chanel’s founder Coco but also explores Karl Lagerfeld, who has been creative director at the French fashion house since 1983.

It took a whole year to set up the show and this is the third for Chanel at the Saatchi Gallery, following ‘The Little Black Jacket’ in 2012, and an exhibition of Sam Taylor-Johnson’s photographs of Coco Chanel’s apartment in Paris last year.

The exhibition takes up the entire three floors of the Saatchi Gallery space, beginning with a specially made garden designed to represent key influences in Coco’s life.

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The exhibition begins with the mirrored staircase above Chanel’s salon. Key moments in Chanel’s life – the opening of her first store, a Deauville hat shop, the summers she spent in Scotland.

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Chanel No 5 room is a big futuristic space with wells containing each of the perfumes individual ingredients, such as jasmine and may rose.

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After the digital  ground floor, there is a more traditional display above: a selection of some of Lagerfeld’s most beautiful black and gold evening dresses and a fine jewellery collection of diamonds, designed by Coco in 1932 but displayed here for the first time.

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To have a virtual tour of Coco’s private apartments visitors are encouraged to download the Mademoiselle Privé app.

The free exhibition will run from 10am – 6pm 7 days a week until November 1. For more information visit www.saatchigallery.com

OOTD: Falling Over Phone Booths

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Shirt: Mango; Jeans: Zara; Shoes: New Look

Kingston is that part of London that isn’t really London but it’s is because it’s apparently Zone 6…Never mind,it’s still great.It has river walks with amazing views, Ancient Market which is there for last 800 years,lots of shops and restaurants and…this unique phone boots.