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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Barcelona Travel Guide

 

“Traveling. It leaves you speachless , then turns you into a storyteller.” Ibn Battuta

If there’s one place I’ve been that has made me want to stay forever, it’s Barcelona. Everything about it is just so… cool. The food is delicious, the beach amazing, the streets are full of character, the sun shines and the people are so friendly!

There are so many things to see and do in Barcelona but I tried to make it short and choose my absolute favourite.

Eat & Drink

Brunch & Cake is probably the most popular place for brunch in Barcelona. With few different branches to choose from we went to one closest to Barceloneta- Brunch &Cake by the Sea. Food is healthy and delicious and plates are decorated just perfectly for Instagram snaps.

The other option, Milk bar & bistro is legendary for it’s ‘recovery brunch’, widely viewed as one of the best in Barcelona.

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Brunch & Cake by the Sea
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Brunch & Cake by the Sea
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Brunch&Cake By The Sea
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Milk Bar and Bistro
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Milk Bar & Bistro

Hammock Juice Station is a place where you can go for relaxing afternoon because it’s hidden from the tourists. Besides this spot being vegan, its design is bohemian and incredibly charming with 8 hammocks hanging from the ceiling. Their organic juices are delicious and refreshing.

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Hammock Juice Station

Tapas 24 located near Passage de Gracia can be a problem if you don’t like queueing but usually, table for two you can get pretty quickly. It’s one of the unique tapas places in Barcelona and serves delicious tapas which is not overpriced.

Granja Dulcinea is a place where I keep coming back for churros and hot chocolate. They are probably the best churros you’ll ever have. Also, their traditional decor is making a lovely calming atmosphere.

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Granje Dulcinea
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Granje Dulcinea

Not enough of sweet? Head to the chocolate and doughnut heaven  Chök the chocolate kitchen.

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Cronuts at Chök
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And Donuts

See &Do

Hire a bike and explore the city.  Also, the alternative route is to ride along the beach. There is  a Green route for bikes that leads you to Badalona, north suburbs of Barcelona.

Badalona is very quiet, clean and so beautiful that sometimes it doesn’t seem real. Mainly locals are coming to this beach and it’s not really known to tourists.

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Pont del Petroli
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Pont del Petroli
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Statue Anis del Mono

Boqueria Market is one of the most famous food markets in the world, and with good reason. It’s a great place to wander around, try fresh and local foods.

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Tour Gaudi is a must. The Modernist architect Antoni Gaudí has left his mark all over Barcelona. My favourites are Parc Guell, Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo.

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Sagrada Familia

Explore Gothic Quarter! The best way to spend hot afternoon days. There so many things to see in those pretty streets.

Galeria Maxo is a place where you should go for a souvenir that is different than all those touristy things. I was completely amazed by  everything I saw in the gallery.

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Amazing gothic architecture

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Cathedral
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Cathedral’s garden
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Plaça del Pi
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Top: Topshop ; Shorts: H&M

Wander the different neighbourhoods of Barcelona, my favourite being Barceloneta ( beachy vibe), El Born (gothic quarter) and Gracia (artsy quarter).

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Lovely Gracia

Parc de la Cuitadell is located between Barcelona’s Arc de Triomphe, Estació de Francia and Olympic Village. I love this park because of its architecture and beauty but also numerous activities like boat rowing in the lake, the Natural Museum, conservatory, zoo and – a big statue of the mammoth. Also, the fountain in the middle of the park was built  with contribution of Antonio Gaudi.

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Skirt: Mango;  Top: Stradivarius

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Arc de Triomf

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Visit the gorgeous cactus gardens at Jardins Mossèn Costa i Llobera, and then have a drink at the top of the hill overlooking the city.

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Remember,  you are in the city that lives for football so being a fan or not, head to Camp Nou to see the home of one of the best teams in the world. Even better option is to try to get the ticket for their home game.

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Camp Nou

The best thing to do is to live like locals – wake up late, ride a bike, have paella by the beach and then spend the afternoon with sangria. Finish the day with late dinner!

Between The Lines

 

Bold, colourful,rebellious, elegant, with a dash of retro, and the most popular pattern of the moment -stripes 

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Almost every season we see stripes on the runway and the Spring Summer 16 collections are no different, but it w
asn’t always like this. Stripes have come a long way from being the most unpopular to the most loved pattern.

 

The first mention of stripes was in the 13th century. During the Middle Ages stripes were mostly horizontal, and mainly worn by prostitutes, jugglers, clowns, hangmen and prisoners. The pattern was seen as evil, especially ones in bright colours and they were often referred to as “devil’s cloth”. Striped clothing was really rare until the 18th century but then during the American revolution stripes were everywhere, but not just on clothes.
The real breakthrough happened during 19th Century, when Queen Victoria dressed her son in a sailor suit to go on a yacht and also in Franz Xaver Winterhalter’s painting which depicted a boy wearing a marine jacket. After that, in 1858, French sailors  embraced the white and blue knit shirt as their uniform with 21 stripes (each one symbolising Napoleon’s victories). Later that type of striped shirt would get the name Breton from the Breton Movement in Brittany, France.

Stripes got into high-fashion when Coco Chanel saw a Breton striped shirt during her trip to the French riviera and started selling them in her shop. After this point stripes became in vogue amongst different groups from artists, and movie stars to musicians.striped-pants

During the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s stripes became a rebellious and hipster pattern and were worn by the Beat Generation, musicians like The Beatles, Bob Marley, actors James Dean and Marilyn Monroe and everyone else who questioned authority.

Over the course of time stripes evolved and now it’s not just about Breton.Nowadays we can see several types of stripes on skirts, dresses, coats and trousers. Nautical stripes, as the most popular, are associated with Breton and seaside and we can see them on sailors or Venetian gondoliers, rugby stripes-wide and usually brightly coloured, originally used in sports, chevron – zigzag, military inspired stripes and candy stripes just to name a few.

Many designers featured this popular pattern in their SS 16 Collections including Dolce and Gabbana’s 40’s , Marc Jacobs’s American and Ralph Lauren’s sailors inspired pieces. Everyone agrees that stripes are big now.

One of the many designers to adopt stripes is Tommy Hilfiger. He was inspired by the beaches and crystal blue seas of the caribbean using a palette of colours inspired by reggae legend Bob Marley.  Coral red, emerald

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using crochet fabric. The most recognisable Marley pieces were stripy knitted bucket hats in rainbow colours accompanied by stripy net vests made to look like long beach coverups.Collection was a mix of boho, young and sporty with horizontal and vertical colourful stripes in dresses, bikinis, skirts and shorts.

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Another designer who featured stripes was Elie Saab. Still keeping his well known feminine silhouette, he gave a young vibe to his new collection by using bold stripes and 70’s inspired garments such as bow ties, balloon sleeves and disco jumpsuits.

He used horizontal wide stripes in bold and bright colours including purple, pink, red and deep green in dresses,shirts and a bomber jacket.  But he also used a more conventional vertical design with thin black and white stripes pairing them with floral patterns in long dresses, jumpsuits and capes.

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Missoni,known for knitwear design in brightly coloured and chevron-stripes this season also stayed faithful to the house’s trademark.Inspired by the  Maasai tribe of Africa, Angela Missoni presented a sporty and jet set, breezy look by using vibrant stripes on almost every piece, including Converse and making the runway into carousel of colour.

Chaos in the form of stripes in all directions and dimensions and flowy garments made the silhouette look long and slim.

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It is for sure that stripes are a pervasive pattern in fashion and part of every woman’s wardrobe.  Even though stripes can be hard to wear, in most cases they can be used for flattering the figure. Stripes can make you look skinnier, taller, give you waist or add curves to your body. Stripes are probably the only pattern accepted by both men and women, young and old because of their ability to comprehend with every style and print. This is the main reason why they have been popular in the fashion world for more than 100 years and will continue to be for many more.

Don’t Forget Your Jacket

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Earnings were always my favourite accessories.There is something in them that can pull out even the most plain outfit.This year there is a new trend called Ear jackets. Maybe you’ve heard of them, maybe you haven’t but basically they are accessory that is attached to the back of your earring and dangles below your earlobe.So from now on back of your earning does have one more purpose aside from holding your stud in place.

There are some trends that I don’t really care about it,even if  I can see them in every magazine and every girl but I’m obsessed with this one.They are adding cool edgy touch to every outfit.No matter what your personal style looks alike this eye-catching statement is perfect you.

They are coming in different shapes,from spikes to tusks and I have gathered up my favourites I shared with you bellow

    1. Jacquie Aiche   Love Ear Jacket

 

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2. Shay Accessories   Encrusted Ear Jacket 

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3. Jacquie Aiche  Heriker Crystal Stud Jacket                    

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4.  Elizabeth and James     Astral 

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5. Jacquie Aiche  Bar Stud and Starburst

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And new one in my collection

6. Asos  Mini Stars                                       7. ASOS  Moon Star

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