I am always on the lookout for summer looks and as I am trying to get out of my jeans and t-shirt routine outfit which although quick, comfortable and easy is not the only option. Here are a couple dresses with some beautiful yet comfortable shoes to pair them with.
Last week not only was it a beautiful Sunday but I was surrounded by great friends and my other half. We strolled around three of the most well known East End markets, had some food and drink and just had an overall wonderful day. I went home with a new summer jacket and some other lovely bits. As Brick Lane wasn’t as crowded as the Flower Market I was able to take a few more pictures of the things I got up to.
As soon as we got into the market we headed to Beyond Retro and it really was a haven for vintage wants and fancies. The staff were helpful and friendly and the stock was such a sight that I cannot wait to get back there. The colourful bag on the bottom right of the collection above is the newest addition to my collection of bags. I am currently using it for a laptop bag and it is just so colourful that every time I look at it I smile – a real day brightener.
In the men’s department I spotted Mickey Mouse popping out from a rack of denim. I walked past wanting this shirt but left it in place!
As you all know and if you don’t then it is in the title – I am a bit of a book geek! This little basement that was part of a bric-a-brac shop was heaven to me and being a true book-a-holic I couldn’t leave without a browse and came up trumps with two books that I have had on my TBR list for some time now! Result!
Everywhere you look there is street art and sadly some of it has been defaced. Those that are untouched really are true art and I just hope that more keep popping up. One day soon I will go on a street art search to see how much I can find.
Many market stalls were selling these hats sadly as my head is rather large (big brains!!!) I was unable to get one of these said to be ‘one size fits all’ hats. Most may see these everywhere on the blogosphere and besides blogger shoes these are quite commonly seen in pictures.
Passing many of the beautiful vintage windows the pink Blahnik beauties really caught my eye. As I stood there wishing for them to be mine we moved on to see many other things and that were most likely cheaper but not so precious. Ah man – if I go back I will have to go into this shop.
Well those are the photos from my time at the market.
Have you been to Brick Lane Market?
On Sunday one of the markets that we were lucky enough to visit was the illustrious Columbia Road Flower Market. Now as we are down the road in Walthamstow there was no reason not to take a little (long!) wander to the flower market whilst meeting friends. It really was a perfect Sunday! Check out some of the pictures I managed to take whilst there. Bare in mind that it was extremely packed and you could barely get to the flowers you really wanted as due to high publicity this market gets crazy.
As it was such a beautiful day I figured that it would be a great opportunity to give this dress an outing. As it was quite cool in the shade this dress was perfect as the fabric is thick and warm when needed. The one thing that did cause me a bit of trouble was when the wind blew and the beautiful full skirt went up and showed everything. This is one day that I was glad for a full pair of pants!
From the beginning of the strip it was apparent that it was going to be a difficult walk as we meshed between the wanting bodies of other market goers it was like a touring party as we tried to stick together in a line. At times we were separated and lucky enough to get a quick glance at the beautiful buds on show. With arms and bouquets flying around the place it was hard to get an unobstructed shot.
The market had everything on offer for the green fingered among us. From bedding plants to orchids. The colours were vibrant and the smell was out of this world.
In the thick of the crowd this stall was rammed with people searching for their Sunday bunches. We managed to squeeze in and make a grab for our selection and it was just at the right time.
At one point it was much easier to get behind the stalls for a breather to walk without getting barged. Whilst struggling through I came across this gorgeous plant.
As we finally reached the end of the strip I came across a stall that wasn’t overpowered and had some truly beautiful flowers left on display. The three bunches here are just so patriotic that I couldn’t not take a picture. A true reflection of our countries colours and so bold at that.
After seeing so many tulips on offer this mix of colours were my absolute favourite and just seemed so cheerful then bunched together. This was the end of our walk along Columbia Road Flower Market and it was truly delightful. I couldn’t go without a comical photo for the trip so once again in my favourite dress I tried to fly!
I am hoping to return to the Flower Market in the next couple of weeks when I am next off from work.
Have you been to Columbia Road?
Columbia Road Flower Market can be found on