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Friday, November 29, 2013

I left my heart in Shoreditch

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Wearing Visual Mass Elles Cremes spectacles, Primark wool hat, blazer from Korea, vintage lace blouse from Paris, Al et Clar tailored pants, Zara boots and Charles & Keith bag

Sorry for the hiatus on my blog. I have so much material which I have gathered over the past 2 months of my stay in London to share with everyone, but school and travels have caught up with me.

Let me give you a quick teaser to Shoreditch. Its located in East London, but just minutes walk away from the City's financial district at Liverpool Street, which makes it really funny when you see people from one side of the town in black tie and suits, and the other side with hippie, boho or crazy outfits.

I LOVE Shoreditch. There is no other neighborhood that precedes it in terms of the amazing street art around, the number of vintage markets and shops, quality independent art galleries, as well as retailers selling well curated goods. Other than that, Shoreditch is also traditionally home to creative types, such as models, photographers, artists, actors, theatre producers, magazine editors...which also makes me feel very at home. Oh, and not to mention that it has some of the best, cheapest food around, especially on certain weekdays at the street food stalls from Whitecross Road, and also Brick Lane on weekends is amazing for street food as well as curry!

Upon my arrival in London, I spent my first night in my friend Giorgio's beautiful loft in Shoreditch High Street and peered from a window at the revelry going on in the streets - people drinking and dancing out on the sidewalks - at just 10pm, which eventually got even hotter towards midnight. I then woke up the next morning with beautiful sunrays streaming into the bedroom and I saw the local florist arranging pots of flowers and plants out. And then I knew that I had fallen in love with this neighborhood straightaway - there was no need to compare it with anywhere else.

These were shot by Giorgio at Columbia Road Flower Market on a beautiful Sunday in early October, when the weather was still good enough for just a suit. Columbia Road on a Sunday is just so amazing, because Londoners would flock there to buy flowers and there will also be several really good live bands performing, set against the backdrop of indie cafes, vintage shops and small art galleries. At around 3-4pm, the farmers will be going "Fiver! Fiver!", offering really steep price slashes on all of their plants and that's how I bagged this beautiful white orchid, for just 4 pounds.

Al et Clar

I really love this pair of Al et Clar pants for its comfort and tailored fit. It has just the right bit of stretch in it, making it suitable for both the office and for a day out. Al et Clar primarily stocks beautiful pieces individually handpicked by Alicia and her partner from Korea, and I really like how their pieces are suitable for the working woman, but yet not horribly stuffy. In fact, I would wear the outfits which I've picked out above not just for the office, but to any event which I may have!

Here are my picks from Al et Clar - better grab them fast before they go out of stock!
  1. Semisheer blouse top - Black
  2. Pure Simplicity Bracelet
  3. Montauk Tweed Mini Skirt
  4. LongHouse Reserve Peplum Blouse
  5. Jewel Printed Skirt
  6. Sucre Gemstone Ear Studs


  1. I love the navy suit you're wearing! You look so chic

  2. Wow! You look so good! I fell in love with your bag!

  3. Love this look! I have a similar fedora, such an easy way to play up an outfit.



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