A while back I posted my friend Nikki... who is one of my most fashionable friends! Sometime she steels her moms Stella McCartney dress or wears her own Rag & Bone one...and will always add some rugged edgy pieces for a less pretentious feel. One thing I learned from her... don't be afraid to change up your hair... dramatically.
Also have to add in how incredible her halloween costume was last year... Edie Sedgwick. Nuff said.
Today I went to Brixton Village with Jess. What an incredible place. We went to Brick Box and ate delicious crepes. When I looked out the window, I thought about places where I had been looking in windows and seen people eating a socialising and curious about what it was like inside...and there I was...on the inside, looking out.
The atmosphere was cluttered and exciting with dried flower arrangements and little glass pots with raw sugar. Chefs making crepes just behind and busy waiters bring around dishes with asparagus, goats cheese, rocket, tomato and caramelized onions.
Brixton village market is full of Caribbean ingredients and cake shops, as well as a few interesting bars and a wig shop. Best if you experience it for yourself.
This morning I had brunch with the lovely ladies I'm friends with in London. Sarah, Rhi, Lorna, Jess and I all went to Le Chandelier in East Dulwich. Inside are mix matched chairs, cake plates with many delicious treats, an assortment of vintage tea cups and of course, loads of chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. One of the major discussions I've been having this new year, is making time for yourself and making sure you're living YOUR life, whether you are in a relationship, dating or single. Simple things like meeting for a cup of tea or taking the dogs for a walk (which Jess and I did after brunch) are the chicken soup for the soul type things you simply have to make time for. When I got dressed for the occasion.. I wore my red leopard print pencil skirt, a black turtle neck knit sweater and my fur. If you can't wear your fur to Sunday brunch with the girls...where can you wear it?
It's been a very very long time since my last post. I am excited to say, this is my first post as a resident of London England and there are sooo many exciting things I see every day that I want to blog about. In the beginning... The blog was my way of showing that Vancouver has fashionable people and that I happen to know some very stylish girls and guys and I wanted to prove we're not all TNA pants and Ugg boots... dear god. Anyways, recently Vancouver was voted in the top ten least fashionable cities in the world by GQ Magazine. I tried.
Now I'm in London, and with no doubt there is fashion and style being created in every corner of the city. My first day at my job at the hair salon and I found myself three stores down for Stephen Jones' Millinery Shop...I was stunned to say the least. Beautiful creations only to be seen by appointment accept for a few displayed in the window.
So, if you haven't heard of WI (Women's Institute,) it's a British, community-based organisation for women originally formed in 1915 for women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. It is now the largest women’s voluntary organisation in the UK and includes learning about all kinds of things like martini making, hoola hooping and scrap-booking which is what we learned about in my first meeting. Getting to the good part... the girls involved are amazing! They have so much personal style and are adorable London girls with head scarves and hands loaded with rings and lace dresses and long skirts and boots that have been perfectly worn in and red lips and vintage bags. They're magnificent. The meetings take place at a little cafe in East London. They do a wonderful job of having delicious (seriously delicious) cake and tea. Each tea cup is different and mis-matched to saucers and real silver tea spoons make the whole evening feel special. As the cafe is not too far from Christopher Kane's studio, and one of the girl's who leads the group is friends with him (of course) he may be guest speaking at one of the meetings! I'll be sure to have pictures of that, however in the mean time.. please enjoy.
Today my brother gave me this. Leah Gregg, a local Vancouver photographer, was showing a few weeks ago, and he picked up this cloth bag for me with some of her images on them. These ones are shot in Vancouver's China town and apparently some or even all of her photos are taken on her iphone! I do love photography, I think, if you love fashion, you must love photography. It is particularly pleasing to see my own city portrayed so artistically. Check out her flickr page here .