All posts tagged: London

Weekly Fashion Forecast- Muggy London

London in the summer is absolutely the best place on Earth. Everyone is happier, the city is bustling and absolutely everything moves outside….Restaurants find ways to pop-up on roofs, or to food markets and every bar overpills out on to the streets. But I really love London in the summer because it becomes the most stylish place ever in the summer. Gone are frumpy winter cosy clothes, and in come hot pants, vintage floaty dresses and cotton-candy coloured hair. Heaven. This week however, it will not be sunny, but it will be hot. Which means that it will be muggy and humid and that is just not a good look on anyone. My top tip is to not be fooled by the ominous clouds gathering outside your window, because it WILL stay sweaty. Soz. By the end of the week the sun will be out again and everyone will be happy… Which is why I have chosen the humble white t-shirt as my jump-off point this week. It’s flexible, so you can wear it on grey …

Columbia Road Flower Market

Colombia Road Flower Market is one of the best things about Hackney. It’s beautiful, you can get wonderful flowers, the shops around there are great and there is loads of nice food around there too. Everyone knows it’s one of the nicest ways to spend a Sunday morning in Hackney- especially if you then get a chicken-centric brunch at Clutch or a delicious coffee from any of the little windows along the side of the market. It is definitely worth a trip, but it can get really busy so make sure you go early in the morning- or later in the day to snag some bargains on some beautiful flowers. And becausethe weather is finally nice and it looks lovely outside, why not pick up an assortment of nice flowers to bring spring into your house: To get to Columbia Road Flower Market, grab an overground to Hoxton or Shoreditch High Street- but if they are down for ‘Planned Engineering Works’ (or ‘Planned General Inconvenience’ as I call it, jump on the Central Line to Bethnal Green- …

#MFW FOMO (More Fashion Week Street Style)

Ok- Milan looks great, you guys. Prada and Fendi have been my faves so far- absolutely unwearable in real life, but DAMN, so good. I feel a little bitter because everyone is in Milan and I’m still in London! So here are a few of my last street style snaps, to allay the pain of extreme FOMO a little. Sometimes in London, less is more. It is definitely the most street of all Fashion Weeks. Everyone is a photographer AND a model these days. Dress down in LFW at your own peril!  Yours truly rocking some vintage faux-fur. It was so damn cold, you guys!These were my favourite shoes of the day, check out opsandops.com, they are designed and made in London and very funky. More here.

Slow cooker Korean-style beef

I love Korean food- loooooove it. Trouble is I haven’t found a really, really good Korean place around where I live (suggestions are more than welcome), so for a little while now I have been experimenting with my own recipes. The only rules are: there are no rule. And it has to be simple. A lot of the Korean beef recipes out there are both complicated and require a lot of ingredients that are not easily found in supermarkets or local shops. So I have put together this delicious Korean-style beef recipe for the slow-cooker. I will not pretend like it’s authentic, but I will say it is delicious, quick and practical, with all the warm, spicy flavours a good K-pop beef should have. All you will need for two people (plus leftovers for lunch the next day): 1/2 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup rice vinegar (Tesco now do an excellent range of world food condiments, easy to find and cheap) 3 spring onions (or scallions) finely chopped 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar 1 2-inch piece …

Dinner at St John, London

St John is a London institution. Founded 20 years ago, these guys pioneered the whole Nose-to-Tail cooking, a philosophy I thoroughly agree with (though don’t practice as often as I’d like). Here you can get heart, tongue, steak- whatever- all cooked in incredibly simple and delicious ways. It is all about worshipping the animal at St John- and as it was the Pal’s birthday this week, it somehow seemed fitting. I had never been to St John before, and I will admit the menu can be a little intimidating. It changes daily, so I really had no idea what to expect. Would it be nothing but pig brains? Turns out there was nothing to worry about. Not a brain in site on the menu- though there were tongues, hearts, and cheeks. And it was all rather good. The pal and I shared some marrow on toast with a parsley salad- the only regret there being that there is very little of the delicious fatty goodness inside those big bones. For mains I had a delicious …

Weekend Fashion Forecast

It’s still as cold as you can expect from early February in London, no news there. But it is DRY, that is reason enough to celebrate. It won’t really be sunny, per se, but you take what you can get. So I have put together a couple of looks for the weekend. Mix and match the pieces as you wish, but let’s just agree right now that shearling coats are the best and we should never take them off. COAT Toast Shearling Jacket, £745     BAG Proenza Schouler Leather fringed satchel, £975     CROP Whistles Ella Sparkle Turtleneck, £75     JEANS Alexa Chung for AG, £240    BOOTS Maison Martin Margiela Thigh high boots, £572 (ON SALE)    DRESS Mango V Neck Boho, £44.99    HAT H&M wool hat, £14.99     NECKLACE Revolve Ettica Statement, £94.02  EARRING Accessorize Statement Crystal Cuff, £10