Our internet temporarily shut off last week, hence my temporary hiatus from blogging. It's amazing how much more productive I was without it however, which worried me slightly! It was nice to take a break and feel completely unconnected for awhile as sometimes I can easily waste away a perfectly wonderful day by starting in the morning writing emails, and boom, before I know it it's dark and the day is done, leaving me feeling really guilty. This weekend I was reminded that life is made to be lived outdoors, particularly when the weather is as nice as it is now! It's already October, and yet yesterday felt like summer, albeit with the presence of a welcome Autumn breeze. I had a quick breakfast and in the process somehow managed to convince the guys in the flat to come on a charity-shop tour of Notting Hill with the conviction that the wealthier the area, the more treasures to be found! This proved to be somewhat true, with the boys scoring some fancy shirts and my find of a sadly too-small pair of Acne jeans. I must say London is absolutely brilliant for vintage and second hand stores, I've decided to almost exclusively trawl them frequently from now on, as I'm far too poor to pay full price and love the thrill of the hunt. Just last week I found a giant black hat, which the boys think looks ridiculous on me, but I love anyway.
Notting hill is such a fun place to spend a Sunday, if you're ever in town. I like to wander down portobello road and find all the little quirky side streets and market stalls in the hopes of unearthing hidden treasures. Without fail you will find at least ten different people dressed cooler than you could ever imagine, pretty good street performers and a brilliant atmosphere. I love that if you want to buy almost anything, no matter how whimsical the desire, you'll probably find it at portobello market. It's probably a good thing I'm a struggling recent graduate, otherwise I might buy everything and become one of those hoarders you see on tv. Westbourne Grove is another lovely part, a little pocket full of fancy boutiques and full to the brim with cool places to have brunch.
After wandering around Aldwych market where they have a tasty selection of international street food stalls, we decided to head to the local bakery and grab some gorgeous looking rainbow cake. It's definitely delicious, but explosively sweet. In hindsight, when it comes to cake, appearances matter but it's the filling that really counts. James bought a mirror from a charming antique store and then we headed home through Holland Park, one of (in my opinion) the best parks in London. Hyde Park is brilliant but it's mostly homogenous in its landscaping whereas in Holland park one minute you're in a football field, the next in a Japanese inspired garden, the next in a forest or a maze of roses. It almost reminds me of Alice and Wonderland! We played frisbee for a little bit and then headed home to whip up a curry which wasn't much to look at but tasted delicious! All in all, a great Sunday outdoors. Hopefully I'll remember not to let the Internet distract me too much in future..
As we tired of charity shop madness we came across a beautiful cadillac adorned with flowers on its front fender .. perhaps waiting patiently to escort a bridal party?
Check out this psychadellic door! If only I could live there...
The one, the only... Portobello Market!
Found myself a rainbow painted chair. So tempted...
A giant teapot hanging from a shopfront certainly gets your attention!
Some vintage books perhaps? Some fantastic stories just waiting to be heard..
Broaches, rings, earrings galore, from the completely tacky to retro, ethnic, and if you're lucky, classic pieces.
It's true that you can actually find anything. I fell in love with a full set of flowery china!
Colorful flags and windmills dotted the outdoor seating area, making for a cheerful spectacle.
There was lots of great street food, but I couldn't take my eyes off the sinfully delicious dutch pancakes!
I've always adored Volkswagen camper vans and this orange beauty was being cleverly used as a drinks van!
Rainbow cake you beauty! This might sound strange, but blue was easily the best part.
Look at this stunning light through the trees! I seriously need to organize a forest camping trip soon.
James played model for me amongst the flowersSpeaking of flowers, check out this orange globe-like creation? Amazing.
We happened upon a ferocious game of giant chess between two brothers
And finally as we passed through the end of the park, these rose bushes positively glowed in the evening light..