Another autumn, the second with Duchess. She loves crunching on leaves… Always so inquisitive. Time for me to make my yearly pilgrimage to Uniqlo and buy all of the warm things! Thom and I are going to Iceland in just over a week, so I need something along the lines of a sleeping-bag with feet.
Last Saturday I was a tourist in my own city. Which is quite easy to do in London. While I am beginning to know the East End well, the West is a whole ‘nother story. So I decided to get myself lost! I caught the tube to Kensington, then spent a few hours at the Victoria & Albert Museum, gazing at all the art. After a few inspiring hours, I walked through Hyde Park, around the Serpentine, making friends with a few birds.
Yep, I has wonderful time wandering in London; just people watching, stretching my legs, and admiring nature. Best of all, it was FREE. I spent about a quid on my whole adventure. (I really like saying the word quid in private, but not actually to anyone.) Which to brings to mind a saying I like (source unknown) that rather inspired my move here: “If you’re going to be poor, you may as well be poor in one of the greatest cities on Earth”.
The changing leaves.
Finding the perfect snood.
Drinking wine with Hemi and Thom.
Carving my mini pumpkin.
Exploring my neighbourhood. (Discovering Vietnamese food!)
Cask ales and candlelight.
Bike rides on crisp mornings.
I have always wondered why some people are utterly in love with Autumn but it all makes sense in a colder climate.
On Saturday Liss, Thom & I headed to Stoke Newington to check out the weekly car-boot sale at the Princess May. It was my first time in Dalston and I loved it! We picked up some breakfast at the street market – hot naan bread wrapped in newspaper, priced at 2 for a pound, then coffee at a Turkish cafe. Then it was off to the school yard to do some serious fossicking.
We came home with some good booty – a 35mm camera of Russian origin for £10 , a Patricia Highsmith book for £1, that bold red bird-printed dress for £5, and a set of mint-condition fondue forks for £5. The forks were a most fortuitous find because next week I’m holding a little fondue get-together to celebrate my birthday.
Making do with scraps and scrims to decorate my new hole in the world. I came over here with 30kg of luggage, but seriously, when I look at my worldly possessions (I put nothing in storage except books) – I think, what on earth did I bring? Where is my good stuff? I think most of my luggage allowance went towards bringing my hairdryer and shearling jacket. Two items which are not in short supply in England.
The second picture is of our kitchen and the wonderful collage my flatmate Ryan made from old Christie’s catalogues. The green bird was a goodbye gift from my cousin; a little reminder of home…
Some autumn fashion with a pallete of mustard, burnt orange and black, which – coincidentally – reflects the colour of the leaves falling.
Clockwise from top right:
- Gathered skirt from H&M. Simple and smart, for office and play.
- Mustard skinny jeans from Forever 21. Forget red jeans, go mustard.
- Patterned blouse from H&M. I love the pussy bow on this blouse, and have seen this element pop up again and again recently.
- Tuck neck tea dress from Topshop. This arrived on my doorstep last weekend, and the colour is as good as the pictures.
- Trench coat from Zara. I think a navy trench is essential autumn wear. Not too heavy, not too light, and showerproof!
- ALBA zipped ankle wedges from Topshop. Believe the hype, wedges are c-o-m-f-y. Perfect for strolling around town.
- Mustard satchel from Urban Outfitters. Resplendent in suede with double buckles, it also comes in an orange too.
- Printed shirt dress, also from UO. Again, the tie-up bow is sweet.
- Ksubi Sigma eyeglasses. A dream come true! My favourite sunnies in spectacle form!
I am really looking forward to my first autumnal September. I remember visiting New York in October, and suddenly Halloween made sense; the end of harvest and darkening of days, not strawberries and 8pm sunsets. I’ve spent a long time in topsy-turvy land… It’s now time for scarves, crisp mornings and falling leaves.