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Sunday, 13 April 2014


I like Sundays. I'm not particularly sure why, although I'm sure it stems from the tradition of Sunday being a restful sort of day. Sunday has always been the day family pop over for lunch, or you go for a morning walk, or get to just catch up with the world and read the Sunday newspapers. It's always a long day, mainly spent trying to make it last longer to avoid the inevitable truth of school or work the next day. Today however, had all of the blissful peace of most Sundays, without that nagging feeling that the freedom of the weekend is nearly over, as I am off school for the Easter and so have another whole week before I even have to start thinking about going back again.
I hate to be unproductive, and as quite a few days this past week have been spent holed up in my house desperately trying to understand physics, I decided I would use the day to pay a visit to Columbia Road Market, which I have been meaning to go to for ages. It's a flower market, however the surrounding shops were supposed to be quite quirky and cute, so I got up at my usual ungodly hour to go and check it out. 




For some reason this morning I found myself completely unable to decide on an outfit (one of those typical 'I have a wardrobe full of clothes and yet nothing to wear' scenarios) but stumbled upon my red and white checked skirt I bought from Beyond Retro last summer, and decided to wear it with my t-shirt from Camden Market, white tights and socks from Topshop, and boots from Brighton. I thought the red theme was a perfect excuse to wear my Planet Hollywood jacket, which was another summer 2013 buy that although is highly valued, rarely makes an appearance outside my bedroom. It is a resolution of mine to wear it more, and so I thought there was no better day than today to start.
























We arrived at the market at about 10 o'clock, which was a little later than intended considering it opened at 8 o'clock. It was incredibly easy to find; all you need do is look to see where the trail of people carrying various bouquets and potted plants are coming from. Luckily, we didn't seem to have missed anything...the relatively small street was crammed with stall upon stall, packed to bursting with hundreds and hundreds of flowers. The throng of people got so intense at times you ended up at a standstill, boxed in by tulips, cacti and a hoard of excitable human traffic. Despite being someone who hates busy streets, I didn't mind - the atmosphere was alive with the stallholder's "30 stems for a fiver! The police will be here any minute, price's so cheap you're basically stealing them from me!" Tourists hurry about with cameras, children's eyes wide with the surprise at so much colour and vibrancy all in one place. And it is completely that - one small street, nestled in the heart of an area not known for being exactly picturesque, and yet it is totally vibrant. The pleasure is infectious - every single person seems happy.

























As well as an amazing array of flowers (that were really reasonably priced!), there are some amazing independent shops that line the busy road. With rents so high, independent shops are really hard to come by these days, and so to find a whole street without meeting a 'Joy', 'Oliver Bonas', 'Boots' or the usual 'Tesco express' is a real achievement. My favourites included 'Vintage Heaven / Cake Hole', a dusty pink shop that sold numerous vintage china and kitchenware at really reasonable prices, and doubled up as a café, and 'Beyond Fabrics', a cute fabric and haberdashery haven that sold mainly vintage and retro prints. There are also some gorgeous arty shops selling handmade goods, such as 'Jessie and Buddug.'





























There was even a vintage sweet shop (the key to my heart is through my stomach) so really the street has pretty much everything. They even serve coffee from tiny little stands made out of shop hallways that have had the front door removed. Considering it isn't far from where I live, I can't believe I hadn't ever been before. I'm sure it will now become a regular haunt of mine though.






I even managed to find a little antique and vintage section just off the main street. Browsing the eclectic mix of books, homewares, clothing and artwork was made even more enjoyable by the presence of one out of the market's three buskers, who was kind of like a one man band (he had a tambourine strapped to one foot and everything). It was lovely to see someone so talented attract a crowd that really appreciated his music, and to see young children dance in front of him while he played. You honestly could forget you were in London, it felt much more like a country market in a far away village.
I hope you are all having a good Sunday, and recommend you check out Columbia Road Flower Market if you're nearby on a Sunday morning and fancy something to cheer you up before a new week starts. Also, thank you so much again for the nominations for Company's Style Blogger Awards...they are still going on, and so if you do have a moment (sorry to ask again, I know it's getting really annoying) to vote for me here it would be really appreciated.
Hugs

Ellie xo

35 comments:

  1. awesome outfit!
    love all the pics!

    www.bstylevoyage.blogspot.com
    xx

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  2. This is such a lovely place, I'm always on the lookout for new places to go in London. As sometimes the usual spots can get boring, I'm already tired of Soho, and adore markets so this looks like such a cute little place to pop into. I'm a sucker for cute vintage signs outside shop fronts, they are so instagram-able and make your heart melt. Also love your outfit, its the perfect mix of retro complete with the jacket.
    Imogen
    www.eloquenceandflair.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. thankyou so much! same, I love the thought that there's still so much that I haven't explored!

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  3. Ah your jacket is amazing omg <3 I love markets and this looks so sweet! You are so right about finding independent shops in London so will try and pay this a visit xo

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  4. I love this outfit! the whole like, 50s, american teen type look is beyond perfect (also pls can i have your jacket) and this market looks amazing! you always do such interesting stuff haha! xx

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  5. love!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  6. I love this outfit so much! It's giving me an american diner sort of feel. These pictures are so nice! I love coming across independent shops and cafe's, they always seem more homely and friendlier. x

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  7. THAT JACKET IS MORE THAN PERFECTION. I adore everything you wear, and this outfit is just simply amazing. I wish that I had places like this to go to around me, but I live in such a small little town, I could really only visit some farms or something.

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  8. Your photos of London are always so gorgeous. <3 I love your white tights paired with white boots! Great look. :) xoxo

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  9. The market looks wonderful! I'm also in love with your outfit, especially that beautiful skirt!
    xo
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  10. colour coordination of outfit is phenomenal <3 long live denim jackets!

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  11. Those surrounding shops look really interesting, I'd love to have a little look in them myself. Also that car in the background of your first few photos is gorgeoussss, my aim for adulthood is to get one of them!xx

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    1. I know I saw it after I took it and was like omg dream car alert
      also thankyou! <3

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  12. "quirky and cute" should be your middle name :)
    I love your outfit, once again. Denim jacket + red gingham = so cool!
    You should've taken a picture inside that vintage blue car ;) x

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    1. thankyou so much! yeah I know I wished I had...I was worried the owner would come out and be like er that's my car..:') xx

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  13. GINGHAM! love your skirt and your denim jacket is the bees knees. the white tights are perfection too

    Aida
    x

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  14. AHH Im freaking out because we have the same Planet Hollywood jacket ahhh! Does your's say washington d.c. across the bottom? Love your outfit and this post!
    xx
    styleriottt.blogspot.com

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    1. ah that is so cool! I think it does actually :) x

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  15. What an incredible day! I think events like these are a really good way to get relaxed :) And your outfit is very cute and totally suited for the day <3

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  16. Obsessed with the jacket and skirt! xx

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  17. I love love your red and white checkered skirt and how you've styled it! :)

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