Monday, 28 September 2009

Sunday Sunday

Saturday saw my return to Blighty and the boyfriend and I spent the weekend basking in the East End sunshine, and sampling the delights of all my favourite things. We started off at the Whitechapel Gallery and then made our way up Brick Lane and to Old Spitalfields Market which was fantastic; it's good to be back.
To our surprise on our way in to the Whitechapel Gallery, we came across an art book fair which was great - don't you love it when you come across things by accident like that!? The books were beautiful and the outfits even better, I don't think I've seen so many beauties in tortoise-shell glasses before, now on my must-have list. I also spied the artist Peter Blake in all his splendour, bow-tie, braces and all, doing a book signing; however I suddenly got rather shy and felt too embarrassed to ask for a photograph with all the people swarming around him.
We then made our way up Brick Lane, which is my favourite place to be on a Sunday afternoon. I love the atmosphere, its gritty nature and the fact that you can come across anything and anyone. Beigel Bake, the Brick Lane foodie institution, was a must-stop place and I picked up a delicious cream cheese and smoked salmon beigel, yum!
We stopped by at Old Spitalfields Market which is fantastic for arts, crafts and also food. The food looked absolutely delicious, with oysters, olives, and chocolate brownies stealing the show. However I don't think I've ever seen Spitalfields Market so busy, and with a large hang-over in tow after a night on the dancefloor, a slow pace was needed for the both of us.
A trip to this area is not complete without scouring a few retro and vintage shops so we made our way to Cheshire Street and stopped in Beyond Retro. However rummaging for retro finds was not on the agenda for long as the hang-over couldn't take it and we needed to escape the dim-lit, retro utopia and head home.

Friday, 25 September 2009

Grey is the New Black!

This is my kast day in Florence and I am going to miss not being able to wear my summer clothes every day of the week, I don't think denim cut-offs and a vest will go down well in England unless I have a penchant for pneumonia... Yesterday, I found the most incredible shop selling beautiful bags and purses and I came away with this suede beauty below - I hope you can see it against the camoflaging paving stones!? I simply love the colour, design and most importantly size, and spent literally ages deciding on the colour and style as there was so many to choose from. Tomorrow I am due to fly back to London and am trying to work out how not to be charged the huge excess for my overweight suitcase, answers on a postcard...

Sunday, 20 September 2009

I'll Be the Late Night Lady You Won't Recognise...

Italian MTV seem to be completely devoted to London's favourite Paloma Faith, as they play her track 'Stone Cold Sober' ALL the time. This is great news for me as I am a big fan of the video and particularly of the wardrobe - I mean how amazing is that red dress, and where do I buy one!? I sit there, singing away, applauding the fire-engine red lipstick, siren hair and killer heels. I can't wait to see more of this girl in action!

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Carousels, Sugar and Russian Hats...

So, I've now been in Florence now for just over a week and am loving it! I have spent the days wandering aimlessly around the city discovering delicious gelaterias (proof of my pistacchio ice-cream above), stumbling across beautiful boutiques and of visiting some cultural sights - as well as studying of course... Here are a few things that caught my eye in the city namely clothes and sweet food! If anyone has any recommendations then please let me know.

Monday, 7 September 2009

Florence Bound!

Ciao tutti! I have escaped to Florence for three weeks worth of sun, shopping and studies which is very exciting. It is my first morning in Florence and already I am wanting to gorge on gelati - is it wrong to want this at 11am!? - and hit the shops in a big way! I shall keep you posted, quite literally, on all that's hot about Florence. X

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Off With Their Heads!

One of the most hotly anticipated films of 2010 is Tim Burton’s take on Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ featuring regular collaborators Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter, alongside a fantastic cast of Alan Rickman, Anne Hathaway, Matt Lucas and Mia Wasikowska as Alice. As this is my all-time favourite book, I am both extremely exciting and anxious about the results of this film, it’ll either be a Tim Burton sensation or a poor re-working of a magical story. The costumes alone look fantastic, especially the Mad Hatter, played by Johnny Depp who is made for this role, and I really hope that the film follows suit. Burton’s vivid imagination and wild creativity are well-suited for the story, and I can’t wait to see how he brings the delightfully eccentric characters to life.

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