Brrrrrrr! I must admit that I've been guilty of a few weather moans this week, wishing Winter away and yearning for the non-existent summers that London has. A friend kindly pointed out that a few months before I'd been complaining about the heat and how I missed wearing the jumpers and tights that were part of my style. Typical. Still, I've been making the most of the busy atmosphere before Christmas and revisiting a few places that I haven't seen in a while. Complete with Olivia, Carrie and Lucy, we covered a lot of ground in the capital yesterday whilst stumbling across a few Santas along the way. Maybe I'll join in next year?
Borough Market was packed as expected but luckily had even more food places to choose from compared to my last visit, which prompted a minor dilemma in my head. Whether to choose fresh pasta or a Parma ham ciabatta, Bratwurst or a falafel wrap (I went with the latter, which soon ended up making a mess on my clothes), it's a great place to satisfy every appetite at a reasonable lunchtime price. After looking back at these pictures, I now wish that I hadn't so sensibly avoided any sweet treats.
Coat - H&M
This is the first online outing of my Topshop lace dress, mentioned in my epic shopping post from a little while ago and quickly becoming a firm favourite in the 'chuck-on-dress' category Of course the Victorian-style buttons are a tad fiddly and depending on my mood I can either look decent or slightly dishevelled from the back if I'm not too careful. Paula from Pinkbow also owns this in two colours, something I couldn't quite bring myself to do although if a slightly more scooped neck version came out in white, I'm sure I'd be tempted. My smart shoes are another one of those considered purchases, first seen at the Dr Martens press day a little while ago. I already know how comfortable these shoes can eventually be and the heel is a nice bonus, perfect for long days wandering across anything from cobbles to grass.
A short bus ride away from the Southbank brought us to another part of town I hadn't seen in a while, Camden Passage. It's a slightly scaled down version of the typical quirky areas you'll find in London, with just the right amount of crowds to not put you off visiting again. I'm now regretting not picking up a vintage paisley brooch I spied at one of the stalls and hope to deck out my future home with any of the various collectibles you can buy in the many lifestyle stores. A more dedicated visit here is definitely on the cards.
How are you spending the exciting time before Christmas? As per usual I haven't started any shopping yet, relying on the Internet and a few after-work shopping trips. Hopefully this last week will pan out nice and quickly!
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