(Sunny) London Calling: Spitalfield Market… and a little OOTD
In light of the most exciting news I’ve heard since, well, last summer – that this weekend was going to be a mind-blowing 18degrees, I know – I thought I’d better get my gladrags on (read: shorter, lighter clothing and not 300 layers) and check out my home town at it’s finest. In other words, another ‘I whacked some half decent/non-loungewear/not totally trampy clothes on and checked out some new eats, coffee shops, and clothing/makeup/something superficial shops.
This weekend’s outing saw me visit a market (for a change… ) that I actually don’t know much about/haven’t been to a thousand times (Greenwich market I’m looking at you). Spitalfields is a mix of unusual clothing – think fur, weird and wonderfully patterned materials, leather and more fur – handbags, jewellery, food and so much more. So much more, that I’ll let the pictures do the talking. With my occasional worthlesspointless input too. Obviously…
Let’s start with food (and coffee) which, let’s face it, is pretty much what my life revolves around #SorryNotSorry
This stall – the name of which, for the life of me I cannot recall – was incredible. Everything apart from the wraps (which aren’t pictured anyway) were completely gluten-free. It’s incredibly healthy, unique and just do damn tasty. And look at all those pretty colours (yep, pretty coloured food, you heard it here first)
As is the running theme of this blog, the pictures of these cupcakes do nowhere near enough justice to just how pretty, big, and perfect they looked. They only had one gluten-free option – the mocha chocolate – which for once I turned down after being a little too coffee’d out. Which leads nicely onto…
The Daily Grind. Not the nicest coffee shop I’ve ever been to, but I’m the least likely coffee snob you’ll ever meet so to sit outside – I know, hot enough to sit outside in London, in March *Haaaaalelujah* – with a latte, people watching. Happy Elle!
I can’t even eat pies – screw you coeliac disease, screw you – so I can’t speak from experience, but I’ve heard a lot about Square pie so, if you’re in the are and…like pies? Check it out I guess. (Check out the pies, not something I ever imagined I’d say in a blog post)
Now this is more like it, girly stuff. The candles smell amazing, look really pretty…and cost around the £20 mark. A nice treat or present but personally… I’m off to Primark. #TightArse
Vintage books anyone?
I’m not particularly at all arty but I love the idea of buying random materials and making/customizing my own clothes or accessories with them. Or even just using them as they as scarves… for £1 you can’t go wrong.
Now for the best part – in my opinion – these clutch bags by a brand called Gia. The pictures, I promise you, do not do anywhere near enough justice. In real life they are so beautiful. Made from cow hide (which I understand might not be to everyones taste) they come in black, brown, leopard print and a kind of splattered, paint splash kinda’ print (terrible description, just check the pictures 😉 ) but honestly, they’re so unique and different, I’m just a little in love with them. The lady that owns runs the stall was also so passionate, explaining why she chose each colour, pattern etc. that I know I’ll be back to purchase one next time I return. (I would’ve purchased one there and then but genuinely coldn’t make up my mind over which one. Help a girl out, which one would you recommend?)
Market browsing over, it was time a wander outside. One of the things I love most about Spitalfields are the shops bordering the market. A particular favourite? …
…it was always going to be MAC wasn’t it. Just putting it out there, this is my favourite MAC store. There, I said it. Huge, nicely decorated – yeah, I’m a loser when it comes to interiors – and helpful staff. Winning Charlie Sheen style!
Now, let’s bring a bit of the fashion blogger back to this blog. I feel like I’ve neglected the old OOTD’s of late – it might have something to do with either working a lot and there for looking like absolute shite, or that when I’m not working I’m generally slobbing out (…and looking like absolute shite)
What I wore today wasn’t special, or unique… but it was comfortable, easy to shove on, and a nice balance stop gap between winter and spring.
Breton Top: New Look
Gilet: New Look
Boots that I love, and wear far too much: Zara
And that just about concludes today’s post. Apart from enjoying a lovely Spitalfields experience, it’s also been so beautiful and sunny in London today – we all know that means it’s -3 with a slight sunny spell 😉 – and it has put me in the best mood ever and I finally feel ready to kick Monday’s arse! (now that doesn’t happen too often)
So, have any of you checked out Spitalfields market? Any other markets that it would be a crime not to check out? I would love to hear from you! 🙂
Hope you enjoyed this post (and wasn’t bored to death, it was a lengthy one I know). As always, thank you so much for reading!