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Friday, 8 May 2015


After work last Saturday I decided to make the most of the longer summery evenings we have now, and took a little wander along Portobello Road. Considering I work at the top of it, this was only my third time visiting the market, and although it was mostly closing up I remembered why I loved it so much the first time. Usually packed full of tourists, it has this incredibly vibrant atmosphere, with antiques and jewellery stalls lining the streets, crepes and hot dogs cooking on stands and some form of music playing (today it was a dancing man with bells, and two men on bongo drums further down). There are a host of amazing vintage shops, and an amazing array of people shopping which serves as perfect inspiration while you browse. Also, the surrounding houses are amazing - huge, painted in different colours and with flowers winding up and over the fronts. It really is such a beautiful area...I'm looking forward to trying to get to know it more.






I wore my checkered trousers from Beyond Retro, with a shirt from Clothes Show, jacket from the East End Thrift Store, bag from Rokit and shoes from Asos. I bought the jacket about two years ago, but recently rediscovered it and worn it with absolutely everything (literally I wore it over every outfit last week...I am obsessed). Considering it cost less than £1 on it's own (£10 bag from East End Thrift Store and I got more than 10 things so it works out to less than £1 each!) it is so comfortable and good material, and just goes to show you don't always have to pay hundreds for clothes you really like. I tend to like bargains even more as I'm less precious about them - as I write this, I'm sitting on said jacket, and I'm not in the slightest worry about it creasing or going out of shape, whereas with more expensive pieces I am crazily particular about how they're worn and stored as I'm terrified of ruining them.
The stone necklace is from The Astrology Shop in Covent Garden, the brooches were my Mum's when she was my age, and the little bead necklace was from a teeny shop in Padstow.







Portobello is a classic example of a place that reminds you to look around and take in your environment in more detail. Looking up, you notice the coloured houses that line the streets and the beautifully designed shop signs, while paying close attention to even closed shops can result in the discovery of something beautiful or interesting.





The market makes Portobello incredibly popular and busy on a Saturday, and despite most of the stalls packing away by the time I got there it was still surprisingly busy, and with more than enough shops and last-minute stalls still open for us to see. It is much easier to see the actual street itself in the quiet of a Saturday evening, whereas I've found I missed so much when I only visited at the busiest times of the day.







I bought a few teeny little pieces in Lyndon's (an amazing shop - overflowing with all the ribbons/trimmings/buttons you could ever dream of) and then found Goldsmith Vintage, the shop I had been to the last time I was at Portobello, and where I bought the long tartan skirt that I still wear non-stop. I also bought a pair of cat-eyes that I used to wear all the time until I broke them whilst playing volleyball on holiday...so you can imagine my excitement when I walked in to see they had the exact same ones for sale again! I am now the very happy owner of a (second) pair of cat eyes.







Notting Hill is one of those places that is just so vibrant - everywhere is colourful, everyone is interesting and just the whole atmosphere is lively and exciting. Taking a camera was dangerous as I spent way too long taking photos as there was just so much I wanted to record. It also all has more significance to me now as after working at Hirst for about six months I have finally seen the film Notting Hill (thanks to my friend who finally got me to sit down and watch it). It's always nice to walk down a street and recognise places from film or TV - it's weirdly satisfying, and quite nice to remember that places like the ones shown in movies do exist really (even if Hugh Grant isn't also wandering along there too).






I had forgotten just how 'vintage' Portobello is - as a leading area for antiques, vintage and retro stores have been able to thrive due to the huge market of visitors who want 'the real deal' when it comes to antique and vintage pieces. The shops are not generally cheap, with the lower-end pricing up similarly to Rokit, while the upper-end sells little for under £60. That's not to say it's not worth a look - hunting and rummaging through the many shops can result in a handful of decent bargains, and even if not you can't afford to miss witnessing the amazing collection of items on display (for example loads of vintage Vogue magazines, old advertisement signs etc).







I'm sure I will post more from around the Notting Hill area, as everything is just so beautiful and photogenic and I am there every week and so might as well grab the opportunity!
Writing this now, a week after visiting, is filling me with nostalgia for the freedom of being away from schoolwork and exam revision, something I haven't been able to escape today, even though this is my last day before exam leave (my English teachers did bring us brioche and chocolate though, so I did get at least a little celebration in before having to return home and continue revising). Also, the results of the general election this morning has put a serious dampener on my entire college's feelings, matching the grey and foreboding rainclouds that have skulked overhead all day. I am disappointed in England for not standing up for ourselves, and I for one will really miss the NHS. It's shocking to see that in my school's mini election, over 50% voted labour, about 30% voted green, and something like 4% voted conservative, which is unusual as you would expect our views to match the result as we would reflect the general public somewhat. I can only hope that the views of younger people, like those in my college, won't change in the next five years - the result shown in our election would, in my opinion at least, make for a very appealing government, and a move away from closing down hospitals and shutting down services like we have experienced over the last five years. I also can't help but notice how relevant David Bowie's 'Five Years' is to this whole scenario (hence the post title). Anyway, I hope you have a good weekend - and I'd be interested to hear other views on the election as I know mine are just opinion and I am the least knowledgeable about politics.

46 comments:

  1. Love the trousers Ellie. Portobello is magical, with all the hanging pocket watches and coloured houses. Really need to visit again soon after reading this! x

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  2. You look so lovely- as always and I really wish I could visit places like this!

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  3. Portobello looks amazing and so does your outfit as always.I also wish you luck with your exams and hope they go well! xx
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  4. I always love your posts. You have such a unique positive view of the world and your photographs show the beauty of even the most boring things xxx

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  5. as always you take the best photos when shopping- and I love your little trinkets that go with your outfit, super cute Ellie! <3

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  6. such an amazing style! xo

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  7. Shout out to the East End Thrift Store, I love that place! I must visit Portobello now - it looks like the type of place I'd become mesmerized by everything that pops around the corner. I am so disappointed with the election. I really thought that Labour were in for a chance and tbh, if they lowered the vote to perhaps 16 and over, they could have won. We are the future, so why don't we get a say? It terrifies me in a weird, bottled up way that we're going to have to sit back for the next 5 years and have a lot of freedoms taken away from us. RIP the NSH? I can't believe it's happening, it was only a couple of months ago when I kept on repeating to myself about how lucky we all are to have free health service. Who in their right mind would want to take that away? I really don't get it. Wow I babble on, good luck with your exams Ellie btw!

    Zoe xx

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    1. thank you!! and exactly, its really us that will be affected over the next 5 years, so such a shame we have to have our future decided for us by other people. It's horrible really. Thank you for the comment ah :) xx

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  8. such a stunning post! I really want to go to Portobello Road now!xx

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  9. Your fashion sense is lovely, and portobello looks so cool! I would love to go in the shop with all the ribbons and beads, I love stuff like that!

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  10. Your style never fails to impress me, I love the mixture of patterns and colours!

    Infinity Of Fashion// Lucy Jane

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  11. I love the pattern combination (as always tbh, you never get it wrong!) and ah man it's been too long since I've had a Portobello visit. As for the election, I share your disappointment 100% - living in Brighton I was naively filled with a false sense of left-y security (we've just re-elected Caroline Lucas of the Greens & my entire college is filled with Ed Miliband supporters) and am so upset/ashamed of the results - as someone nearly applying to Uni with no financial support available from my parents, I'm dreading the next couple of years!! Yay for expensive healthcare, high tuition fees and never being able to buy my own house?? Anyways, good luck for exams Ellie, I hope they go well!! xxx

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    1. thank you so much!! <3 and omg you guys seriously have the right idea in Brighton - at least somewhere in the world has some sense haha!! and I know it will be impossible for us when it comes to uni/houses etc...such a shame we didn't get a say in our own futures! thank you for the comment too, it's so nice hearing other opinions (and knowing I'm not alone in mine!) xxx

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  12. You look fab- seriously cool trousers. I'm like you with clothes- expensive ones have their own little area in my wardrobe to not mix with the "riff raff " and treated like they're made of gold

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  13. I love your style! Would love for you to be my shopping buddy!

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  14. This outfit is so ME tbh! I've only been to Notting Hill during carnival so I've never really looked around the place, but this post is def making me want to!

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    1. thank you! and hehe yes it's definitely worth a look!

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  15. Your outfit is so cute and pictures are as well!

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  16. I love everything on this post! Have a nice week sweetie!

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  17. I agree with your views about the election, the unfortunate thing is a large amount (I would even say most) young people didn't vote which is such a shame. My college is mostly left wing too, but I wonder how many people actually voted :(

    loving the outfit! I've been to Brick lane area before for vintage shopping but I need to check out portobello :)

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    1. yeah it is such a shame isn't it!!!
      and thank you so much! xx

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  18. I love your outfit and the way your take pictures! Portabello Rd looks great! Sometimes I get embarrassed that I've lived in London all my life but barely leave the Ends haha
    Great post as always; you're a legit style icon Ellie!

    Aida

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    1. thank you ! and same there is so much I still haven't explored!!! <3

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  19. I'm in love with your shirt! ♥
    First time on your blog and I already really like it!

    Have a nice day!
    Sybille.

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  20. Portobello Rd <3 That Antique Map Shop must be fantastic!! Also, I really want one of those dog portraits - how adorable :) x

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  21. Oh I love Notting Hill. When I was first in London I lived just up the road in Ladbroke Grove, I used to love wandering around the market on a Friday.

    The election results were such a shock to me! I voted green and was very hopeful for a Labour majority or a coalition (but sadly I don't think ed would have let it happen). It was truly horrifying to find out that the had tories won- I hid in my bed for most of the day! I'm so scared for what the next 5 years will bring, I think lots of people I know are considering fleeing the country. Anyway I think it's positive that at least some of next generation of voters are clued up! XXX

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