Walk Eat, Talk Eat

30 July 2014

Graffiti in Shoreditch

London history has always fascinated me.  The fact that some areas were famous for certain things, all of the secret stations underground, there's so much out there to discover.  Don't even get me started on old maps and trying to work out what my local hood may have looked like.  One thing that combines learning about certain areas with one of my favourite pastimes is The Urban Carnivore Walk Eat Talk Eat tour.  Lucy and I got to try it out a few weeks ago and although I missed the first stop (too much fun going down in Brighton) I still felt pleasantly full from the other places we stopped off at.  Starting off at Albion we were taken on a whistlestop tour of all things East with the perfect meaty treats to match.

Arnold Circus Shoreditch
places to eat in Shoreditch Albion
Albion Shoreditch
Albion Shoreditch
Albion Shoreditch
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Street food tours in Shoreditch
Labour & Wait shoreditch
chilli cheese hot dogs with pulled pork
Well & Bucket Shoreditch


Pastries & Chilli Cheese Dogs


Tour guide Charli took us to the kinds of places that I always see looking bustling on my lonesome but never think to visit with a mate.  Hopefully that'll change now!  We got to try a sweet potato and mince pastry before learning why Arnold Circus is arranged in that particular fashion (it was actually the first community housing project).  I've shot outfit posts here a few times but just over 100 years ago this used to be the slums and the area actually changed the face of housing in the UK.  As we meandered through the graffiti-strewn streets, I built up a picture of why Shoreditch is the way it is and felt really happy to be living in such a diverse and vibrant city.  The chilli cheese hot dogs were a bonus, why have I never tried them before?!
 
Old truman brewery Shoreditch
Caboose pulled pork Brick Lane
Caboose pulled pork Brick Lane
Caboose pulled pork Brick Lane
old weaving district in Spitalfields
Ambala India deli Brick Lane
Where to buy Indian snacks Brick Lane
old weaving district in Spitalfields

Pulled Pork & Chocolate Treats


Spitalfields is another one of those areas rich in history.  One of my favourite streets is actually quite a recent discovery (I somehow stumbled across it trying to get to Liverpool Street) and actually used to be home to the some of the silk weavers that Queen Victoria used to use.  Now Wilkes Street boasts a pretty preserved row of Victorian houses and you'll often see a film crew shooting for that authentic period look.  We passed through here after some much needed pulled pork by the Truman Brewery, an area that is often overlooked because of the numerous street-food setups going on.  Our final stop was somewhere a little sweeter, an Indian deli on Brick Lane where we got to try an assortment of traditional Barfi.  I couldn't resist buying some more savoury stuff though, it's always tricky to know where's best on this famous street so I'll definitely be back if I'm ever craving a samosa.

old weaving district in Spitalfields

You can find out about the tours here (they're all over London and even the world), they're definitely a great way to discover a new city or an ideal present for a foodie friend.  We popped to the Commercial Tavern afterwards for a well deserved cider!

Salut Sarlat!

27 July 2014

how to wear a crop top and full skirt

When it comes to France, my knowledge is pretty limited outside Paris.  I'm not quite sure how this happened, apart from a Year 7 jaunt to Normandy where I discovered I did not like runny eggs on a pizza, the capital has pretty much been my destination of choice and I'd left it at that.  Silly me.  Last week I had the chance to explore the Dordogne Valley as a guest of the tourist board along with Laura, Andrea, Christian and Jiri, and my what an eye-opening experience it was.  My knowledge of small French villages was pretty limited and I've only started to become open to 'activity-based' holidays fairly recently, after trekking and doing all sorts last year.  Yes, travel doesn't have to be based solely around shopping (though a French pharmacy and Sephora haul can be prepped if you so wish) but by just absorbing the surroundings in the most unexpected ways.    

places to eat in sarlat france
how to wear the MTWTFSS Weekday Ray midi pinstripe skirt
pretty balcony in the south of France
how to wear the MTWTFSS Weekday Ray midi pinstripe skirt
postcards in Sarlat
how to wear the MTWTFSS Weekday Ray midi pinstripe skirt
Boden isabella gold block heel sandal with perspex box bag
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smoked salmon starter at La Presidial
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Bracelet - Zara
Bag - c/o Boohoo (similar)

After having this crop top sitting in my drawer for the best part of a year, it finally made its début in Sarlat.  Thanks to the thirty degree heat, it finally seemed like a viable option and I decided to pair it with officially The Best Skirt In The World.  It's been a long time since I've walked into a shop and become obsessed with an item but occasionally it still happens and my purse lives to tell the tale.  I always make a Weekday trip whenever I go to Berlin and as per usual I was drawn to this midi number in the non-sale section.  It's so plentiful, has pockets (the dealbreaker) and is ripe for styling in a 50s starlet or pared down Margaret Howell kind of way.  The gold heels are a comfy addition thanks to Boden and the perspex box bag kept all of my essentials for the evening (who am I kidding, I had another bag in hiding at my table).  We dined at Le Presidial and I slowly started to get used to the French way of eating, why are cheese courses not a thing here?

canoeing on the Dordogne river in Meyronne
canoeing on the Dordogne river in Meyronne
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canoeing on the Dordogne river in Meyronne
canoeing on the Dordogne river in Meyronne
Château de la Treyne grand ceiling
Château de la Treyne
big gold bath tub
Hermès beauty products in a hotel

Our first full day consisted of a canoe ride down the Dordogne river, discovering a luxury château before an evening in Sarlat, eating and taking in all of the entertainment.  I was pretty much in awe the whole time, even though I'm not a swimmer (I know I should sort this out) I felt perfectly calm and at ease on the canoe, apart from when I'd randomly break into song.  I guess that's what being at one with nature does to me!  My devices were locked away for most of the time (I managed a few quick shots of course), so I could just row and collect my thoughts in the best possible place.  If that wasn't enough of a highlight, a refreshing drink at Château de la Treyne and a wander round the rooms filled with unusual features made me want to choose it as a potential wedding venue there and then.  Never mind that I'm not engaged, nor coupled, I need to use this bath one day!

The team at We Like Travel have put together this nifty video of the trip already, I make a lot of faces! 

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My Berlin Fashion Week Experience

24 July 2014

Berlin Fashion Week Street Style

After my last experience with all things Fashion Week, I needed a bit of a breather.  The applications, waiting and subsequent rejection really takes it out of you and it was nice to experience fashion in 'real-time'.  When I arrived in Berlin a few weeks ago, I wasn't really in 'catwalk' mode and didn't want to stress myself out by purely documenting the shows per se.  Instead I just simply decided to take in the atmosphere, as guests of Tamaris we had a pass that would allow us into the main enclosure where there were Essie manicures, unlimited ice-cream and elderflower fizz.  Take that London!  No special passes were needed and everything felt a lot less stressful and more democratic.  The street style is also something to take note of, it's very rare I want to get involved and channel my inner Scott Schuman, however after seeing a girl successfully mix two polka dot patterns, I was hooked and wanted to revamp my entire approach to style.

Visiting Mercedes Benz Berlin Fashion Week
Berlin Fashion Week Street Style
Berlin archictecture
Berlin Fashion Week Street Style
Tamaris sponsor Berlin Fashion Week
Tamaris sponsor Berlin Fashion Week
Berlin Fashion Week Street Style
Backstage at Marc Cain Berlin Fashion Week
Marc Cain show Berlin fashion week
Marc Cain show Berlin fashion week
Marc Cain show Berlin fashion week
Marc Cain show Berlin fashion week

The two shows I managed to see were Roshi Porkar and Marc Cain.  The former had a surprising amount of faux fur in her collection but with things probably dropping in January when it's freezing, it doesn't seem so far-fetched.  Marc Cain also had plenty of coats and knits to covet for any transitional wardrobe, plus the most gorgeous full skirt with an oversized floral print.  The circus acts that opened the show definitely set things apart from what I've seen before and provided a nice contrast to the cool, sophisticated clothes.  Fashion doesn't need to take itself too seriously after all.

A massive thanks to Tamaris and Task PR for the trip and also Blacklane Limousines for sorting out my airport travel for my early outbound flight.  I practically experienced the entire Picadilly Line on the way back and it is not pretty!
 
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