It's just my luck. Just when I start to make few successful Summer additions to my wardrobe, the weather completely turns. Talk about jinxing myself. Oh well, I've managed to fine-tune my shopping strategy so that every hole in my wardrobe is filled. Little Black Dress? Check. Scandi-style draped coat? Check. I try to make sure I have the right balance of staple items and fun, one-off pieces that you just can't find anywhere else. Vintage shopping can be a bit hit and miss for me but I think the best approach is not to go vintage shopping per se, but to just stumble across pieces as and when. I wasn't expecting to buy anything at Hackney Wicked, I didn't even really know what it was but after deciding to pop in I found the most amazing community of artists, small-businesses and general creatives. I bought some tiles from Cheeky Tiki (they make perfect coasters), finally met Clarice who makes the most stunning jewellery and eventually stumbled across some pre-worn clothing that seemed made for me. Meet my new culottes.
Necklace - Tatty Devine
Aren't these the best thing ever? I quite like to make weird shapes in them just to prove that you can't see anything dodgy. I found them nestled at the back of a small studio and bought them off the girl who runs Happy Dais Vintage. I almost didn't pick them up after glancing at the rail not expecting to find anything but when Plum showed them to me, I knew I had to have them. I hot-footed it to the nearest cashpoint (no mean feat in Hackney Wick), paid the £1.80 fee to access my money with gritted teeth and ran back to make them mine. It seems that I was on a roll, I also found the first pair of denim dungarees that I actually like the fit of, which you'll see in a future post. Check. Do you ever find yourself stumbling across vintage items? Some of my best shopping trips tend to be the unplanned sort and nothing beats finding those perfect items in real life, without having to wait for them to be delivered.
I've been trying to get as much wear out of them as possible and let them make an appearance at one of the recent Camden Lock Night Markets. Yes, I can't get enough of street food at the moment and luckily it was still warm enough to want to eat outside. There seems to be lots of new vendors in comparison to last year and even though I plumped for my usual fried chicken, I also tried some of the amazing falafel, hummus and salads that were on display. Don't even get me started on the Mac n' Cheese, this is a great place to catch up with friends and get the Friday feeling started early. There's only two more weeks to go so make sure you head down!
Enjoy the long weekend!