Thursday, 31 July 2014

Hyper Japan 2014

I'm a big fan of Japanese food and culture so couldn't wait to check out Hyper Japan on Sunday with Michelle. Arriving at Earl's Court at 11am we definitely beat the crazy rush - I forgot how popular the event is and how packed it gets. I had some great food, picked up a few goodies and felt very tempted to jump on the next plane to Japan - I went on my gap yah and would love to go back one day. For now, though, Earl's Court is as far away as I'm going for a little bit of Japan:

Now if someone could just buy me the Rilakumma chair for my flat? The Kawaii section was my favourite at the exhibition - Hello Kitty has some competition these days. There's a lot more to Japanese food than sushi, I love takoyaki (octopus balls - they taste a lot nicer than they sound, I promise) so it was great to snack on them between shopping and tacoyaki is a must try too (a sort of toaster pastry with a range of sweet or savory fillings - maybe a bit more accessible for the less adventurous foodies). I picked up this plushie coffee cup, teddy bear tights, oragami star earrings and a pretzel ring. Once its tights weather again I'll be a bit less sad about it as I'll get to wear these! 

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

A(nother) Hot Weekend in the City

More sunshine and more London times.

Saturday morning. Already too hot at 8am but went out for a run anyway having signed up for a half marathon on Frirday. The City is so deserted at the weekend - I think most people are too busy rushing around to notice sights like these in the week. I ran through the square mile and along the southbank of the Thames. London looked so stunning in the sunshine.

Matching my post-run breakfast to my nails. The Starbucks app on my phone was such a lifesaver - and this is a yogurt frap so it technically is a breakfast food.

Braving the crowds at Borough Market for a falafal wrap. Worth it. Still obsessed with falafal!

Julius Caesar at The Globe. This was my third play of the season and it was great - I'm always amazed at how the actors can project their voices in such a huge space. The uncomfortable seats are well worth it if you haven't been before (standing is for the very hardcore only).

Floral crown and blue lashes for Hyper Japan (more in another post on the event itself).

More book benches collected at various times throughout the weekend. The last bench in Queen Square had this Book Crossing book beside it - I picked it up and had a flick through but left it for someone else to hopefully claim. I've come across these a couple of times before in London - its a great idea, whoever picks up this book needs to log it online to track its journey, read it and then pass it on. Even in an age of Kindles and iPads (other e-readers and tablets are available) books definitely still have their place.

How was your weekend?

Sunday, 27 July 2014

The Conservatory

The Barbican Conservatory is another London hidden gem - it's only open on Sundays between 12pm and 5pm but its a little oasis of tropical plants and fish ponds:

Top: Topshop, Trousers: Primark, Sandals: Birkenstock, Sunglasses: RayBan
I think this might be the first time I've worn trousers on this blog. Apart from when I'm running, trousers do not form part of my wardrobe vocabulary but when I saw this pair in Primark I couldn't resist (and they were cheap enough to not make me feel too guilty if I couldn't bring myself to ever wear them). I actually quite liked wearing them, super loose and cool for a hot day and no fear of flashing some hapless tourists at the slightest gust of wind. (Oh, skirts, I do still love you really).

Trousers or skirts?

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Hot Hot Summer

It's been a while since I've done an outfit post. This outfit isn't even new or "c/o". It's just what I wore to the Whitecross Street Party last weekend.

Dress: Forever 21, Sandals: Birkenstock, Belt: Primark, Sunglasses: Ray Ban, Loom Band Bracelet: made by me
Thanks to Sophie for taking the pictures. Until I become a proper grown-up, nail stickers and Loom Bands will be my accessories of choice. The bracelets are so addictive to make and I find them quite a good way to wind down at the end of the day (much cheaper and healthier than a bottle of wine, too).

Are you in on the Loom Bands craze?

Sunday, 20 July 2014

A (Hot) Weekend In The City

After weeks of berating the English summer weather, it's finally hot. Albeit with a few massive thunderstorms. I do love a bit of extreme weather, its nice to be reminded that nature is still in control (but that your iPhone forecast is actually quite accurate for timing the downpours). 

Celebrating the start of the weekend with my new addiction - frozen yogurt frappuccinos. Just when I thought I was over my Starbucks obsession. 

Walking from the City to Camden because this weather is not for taking the tube in. Thought these buildings looked like they were made of Lego in the evening sunshine.

Despite living in London for almost 7 years, I still spot new things and I hope that never stops - tired of London, tired of life. This 1920s style cat adorned building caught my eye.

Waiting for Conor Oberst to come on stage at Koko. Slight deja-vu to last Wednesday when I saw him in the same venue and a throwback to my younger days when many a night was spent dancing at Club NME here.

Conor during the encore. I've seen Conor Oberst / Bright Eyes a fair few times and the shows are always so great, he has the nicest fans and its always a pretty chilled out affair. I'm a bit too old for the mosh-pit these days.

Decorating my nails with some nail wraps from the Topshop sale. I used to paint my nails all the time but realised I hadn't even unpacked my box of nail polishes since I moved flat.

Whitecross Street market is well known for its weekday lunchtime offerings but once a year the party extends into the weekend too. Sunshine, friends, street food and a water squirting wheelie bin on the loose made for a fun Saturday. Again, many thanks to the person who invented G&T in a can.

The lake at the Barbican Centre is one of my favourite spots in London. It's in the heart of the City and yet so peaceful that its very easy to forget where you are. Spotted this mother duck taking a swim with her ducklings.

Almost wanting to jump in to the lake to cool off.

Sunday - seems like this isn't the weather for lie-ins. My flat felt about as hot as my tent at Glastonbury which reminded me that I hadn't been on a run since my run around the festival site. I sneakily stopped for a few more Books About Town pictures:

 The last one is Bridget Jones' Diary, in case you were wondering. 

My friend P and I spent the afternoon sitting by the Barbican Lake. I matched my cake to my nails. 

I finally made it to the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the Barbican - definitely one of the best fashion exhibitions I've been to for a while. The pieces on display were so varied, from Breton stripes to...slightly less wholesome outfits! 

How was your weekend?
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