Around 5 PM we left alternative Shoreditch for multicultural Brixton. My cousine, her husband and their little daughter Amy live there... Unfortunately Amy was at her grandparents (because she was ill) and my cousine's husband had to play football so we only met up with Sofie. And she showed us a very lovely part of Brixton...
... Brixton Village! You probably never heard of it (neither did I) but apparently it's now mentioned in a lot of magazines (about London) as the new hotspot. It's located in some old indoor market halls and it's divided in tiny 'rooms'. One 'room' can be a restaurant, a shop (vintage clothing, African art, Asian spices - you name it), a bar, an art gallery... Because the rental costs are so low, the fear to fail isn't so big and that's why you can find a lot of restaurants of shops who try out 'a new concept'. We went for an Italian meal and it was delizioso!
When we left the tiny Italian restaurant, we noticed it was snowing! I know it's not a big deal, but snow in my favorite city + good red wine... it just made me a bit astonished and nostalgic. On the picture above you can see my mommy and our cousine Sofie.
After a good night of sleep and a savory English breakfast (at least for my mom, I'm not a big fan of sausages, beans and eggs in the morning) we took the tube to Covent Garden. Covent Garden is a well-known place for tourists, but Neal's Yard isn't. It's a little square, hidden between some buildings. Are there any veggies out there? Neal's Yard is your place! Biological, vegetarian, organic and colourfull are a few keywords for this nice yard of bricks. As you can see on the pictures: it's quite empty. That's because we went there early and Neal's Yard is just more popular during summer...
You all know I'm a big fan of the Isabel Marant Dicker Boots (I did a post about some lookalikes here), so I could barely believe my eyes when I saw these almost exact copies for £75! But no, I didn't bought them. My mom said I already have enough shoes and she's right with that. But then again: a girl can never have too many shoes! You can find them at a shop called Office. But hey, I just found out that they also have an online shop and apparantly they make a lot of lookalikes (such as the studded Chloé booties and the Acne Pistols)... you can find the IM-lookalikes in the 'ankle boots'-section here.
I already mentioned Rokit in the previous post about my new vintage boots (hm, 'new' and 'vintage' is a strange combination) but oh well, they deserve a second mention because I can't thank them enough for one of my best buys ever (and I don't even have them a week, haha). They have several shops in London, make sure you visit at least one! I bought my booties in one of the shops in Brick Lane, the shop in the picture is the one in Covent Garden.
|I'm wearing my new coat here! (and a vintage bag, H&M scarf, 7 For All Mankind pants and Sacha booties)|
We asked the salesboy in COS if he knew a nice place for a quick lunch and he advised us to go to SUDA, a Siamese rice bar. We were so glad we followed his advice. My mom and dad travelled trough Thailand a long time ago and Pad Thai was the best thing they ate in their life. So when my mom ordered Pad Thai, I did the same! And it was soooo tasty... especially compared with my fresh mixed pineapple and mango juice!
23 Slingsby Place, St Martin's Courtyard, London, WC2E 9AB
We didn't knew the brand Eileen Fisher, but now we definitely do! Eileen Fisher stole my mommy's heart with her simple and loose designs, soft fabrics, over-the-knee-(but-without-loosing-feminity-)dresses, the principle of some basic items that are great for layering and the crazy discount of -70%. She also stole a piece of my heart, because I fell in love too... with a super soft, burgundy circle scarf and a black, loose top. It's an American brand but there are three shops in London!
I leave you with a little teaser for the third (and last) part of 'Mother & daughter in London'... Where would I be going to (according to my 'chic' make-up look)... Any ideas?