Top – Miss Selfridge
Bottoms – BDG Urban Outfitters
Shoes – Office
Choker – Ebay
Ring – Portobello Vendor
Cake – Cafe Lisboa
So last week was my first visit to Portobello Road and I’ve got to say, I’m in love with the vibe and eclectic feel of the area. It feels authentic enough in my experience without crossing into the commercial (sorry Camden market, thinking of you when I say this) and I honestly can’t wait to visit again!
The vintage stores + the food got me feeling all types of ways – as you can see from the picture I have with the cake from Cafe Lisboa (why has no one ever taken me there before?!) I may have to pause for a minute here just to write an ode to that cafe. It made me reminisce about cafe’s in Portugal, well it is part of the Sical franchise so I guess that it makes sense to but I wasn’t expecting the cake to actually taste like Portuguese cake!
For those of you that don’t know, Portuguese pastries are honestly some of the most delicious kind around, there’s just something about the cream and custard they use that is unlike any other and the cake I had tasted 100% like it was made in Lisbon’s Pasteleira de Belem. It was honestly a magical moment for me.
But focusing on what I wore for my visit (I actually had two outfits for the day). I had on my comfortable pair of BDG mom jeans, that actually didn’t fit me up till the start of this year and a beautiful soft denim bardot top from Miss Selfridge. I felt happy and lighthearted in that outfit and being that comfortable made me feel super carefree and really did make my overall experience of the market even better. I guess my outfit and Portobello Road had real synergy haha
I actually got my ring from the market at this cute little stall near where all the main food stalls were and although I didn’t want to spend any money on the day (I’m pretty broke) I had to get it once I had tried it on. The woman who makes them also told me the stone was a moonstone and I was sold after that. Asides from being one of my favourite stones, I just have a really impulsive personality trait wherein if something feels right to me, I’ve got to have it. Not always a good thing but I don’t regret getting my ring! The choker I got off Ebay and it was sooo cheap, I honestly wasn’t expecting it to be so pretty or well made (thought it would be pretty flimsy and cheap looking truth be told)
There will be another outfit post and even a little look video that my friends and I had a lot of fun playing around with. The first I’ve ever made so I’m a little nervous about posting it up but let me know what y’all think andddd what your experiences of the market have been like too!
Or if you haven’t experienced it yet, please go and do!
It’s honestly incredible (and you never know what you’ll find until you look) xx
Floral Print Playsuit – Miso – Alternatives found at ASOS & Missguided
Oversized White Shirt – Miss Selfridge
Black Bowler Derby Hat – Ebay (A steal at £3.39!)
Clare Lace up Boots – Sold Out on the BANK site! But alternatives at Newlook!
Animal Print Rimmed Glasses – Ebay
Gold Choker – Parfois
Faux Fur Coat – M&S (Sold Out)
I don’t really know how I put this look together (I’m in a bit of a sleep deprived haze at the moment – 27 hours and counting) but I think it started off with me finding the floral playsuit. I’ve had it for years and never really worn it but felt that I should and then I started questioning why playsuits/jumpsuits disappeared around the winter time. The answer is obvious enough but I sought out a solution and thus coupled it with the shirt. which I thought worked quite well. Then I added the accessories (not even going to mention the leggings because in this weather, they’re basically a necessity – unless you’re one of the brave ones). I won the geek glasses off an Ebay bidding war (told you guys I was starting to get addicted to them!) and I do adore them. Although my mother did tell me straight off that I looked like Ugly Betty as soon as she saw them on me. Harsh eh?
I just threw on the hat as an afterthought but thought it worked well too and then added my faux fur lover to the mix for some vintage glam. The boots were added to the ensemble because well, they’re gorgeous and super comfortable and I honestly cannot bare to part with them!
I’m not a fan of these pictures (you can see how much my eyes are crying out for sweet rest) but wanted to share the OOTD with you all 🙂
Hope everyone hasn’t had as terrible a case of Monday Blues as I have xo
KARAH – Faux Fur Hat – Ted Baker
White Oversized Shirt – Miss Selfridge
Long Line Leather Look Biker Jacket – BANK – Ribbon
Harems – Eu Nao Sei (literally have no idea!)
Clare Lace Up Boots – BANK – Blonde & Blonde
Aztec Embossed Weave Satchel – ASOS
So a few days ago I received a much awaited parcel from BANK in the mail and and due to my impulsive nature and lack of patience I all but ripped it open to reveal the faux leather jacket and the amazing heeled boots I’m wearing in the pictures above.
The faux leather biker jacket is from one of BANK’s in-house brands; Ribbon and I honestly do wish I had gotten it a lot sooner! It’s length is longer than the norm for most leather jackets so it ends just above mid-thigh for me, a factor that had increased my adoration for it. The outer material of the jacket is smooth to touch and quite soft whereas the inner material is more so sleek and even softer! The jacket doesn’t showcase a skin tight silhouette when zipped up but that’s because it allows one to wear layers with it if they so wished to without making the person look like they’re bursting at the seams. It’s been quite a chilly week and this jacket has definitely helped to protect me from the cold front so overall I think it would be a great investment to ones autumn/winter wardrobe! Also have I mentioned it looks great? (My mother wants one too now!)
Now for the boots, eurgh I love, love, love these shoes so much already. I’ve never been one to wear boots and if I were to purchase some they’d always be wedge boots or a sort with a really high heel. This was not the case for these ones. Originally I had wanted a really high pair of wedged sneaker like shoes from BANK but they weren’t in stock and I settled for the ones I now have. I am honestly so glad the others weren’t in stock! These boots are not only incredibly comfortable but they also look amazing with everything I own! Seriously speaking I could pair these with a maxi dress and add some dark coloured accessories/makeup and it would work (I have tried this, you have my word.)
I got the Clare Lace Up Boots – complements of another of BANK’s in-house brands; Blonde&Blonde, in a size up (so a size 6) because I aimed to wear really furry socks with them (and also because I saw that size 5 was out of stock on the website – I’m sneaky I know!) They legit fit like a charm, ever so slightly bigger than usual because of the increased sizing but when I wear them with socks I can hardly even tell. The block heel on the boots has won over my heart from all other past heels and I’ve worn these boots every day since I’ve gotten them! THAT should be saying a lot about their quality, comfort and endurance!
They keep your feet warm all whilst looking stylishly ultra retro grunge… Why haven’t you got your own pair yet?
Hope everyone has an amazing weekend!
Bjs Nailah **
Sequinned Bow-tie – Ebay
Oversized White Shirt – Miss Selfridge
Faux Leather Leggings – Ebay
Black Suede Heels – NewLook
I’ve always had a thing for bow ties. At first my attention pivoted towards the men that wore them, in year 12 I had the biggest crush on this guy for no reason other than the fact that he wore one and he wore it well. Now, however my interest in them has spiked even more so because I realised two things; 1) They are not a male only accessory and 2) Because I feel confident enough to wear them.
The oversized white shirt is a basic need and I urge all women to get one (this one in particular if you can before it runs out of stock!) I had a very different concept in mind when I bought the leather leggings; they were mainly to be paired with baggy sweatshirts and heeled boots but I couldn’t help and try to pair it with the white shirt because as simple as the two items are on their own, together they look, well… really nice. The heels I’m wearing are from New Look and God almighty must have created them because they are literally the most comfortable pair I have ever owned! I’ve worn these for ten hour shifts at a time and still no blisters and no complaints at all!
The overall look is quite simple and yet it’s classy enough to be worn out, a bit of a gender bender with the outfit being very male oriented -albeit not the leggings so much and the latter do help to bring a more feminine touch to the ensemble.
The bow tie is as you may have guessed by now, my favourite part of the outfit and was the statement accessory that tied the entire ensemble together.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Bjs Nailah **