Thursday, 21 February 2013

London calling

A little trip to London to celebrate Popeye's birthday had me in the usual dilemma of choosing an outfit which kept me toastie whilst avoiding total overheating on an over-stuffed tube. I settled on my "Oscar The Grouch Jacket" which is neat and lightweight, but keeps me warm enough when I'm schlepping about town in a hurry.

This jacket has no buttons, so when I need to keep the wind out, I fasten it with a brooch. I've had this one for years, since I picked it up for pennies in a charity shop, but was reminded of the Canandian Maple Leaf brooch Kate Middleton wore for the Queen's Jubilee.

We settled into an early weekend by taking the Friday off and doing a little shopping - Popeye had his eye on an umbrella, and if you're in the market for a brolly, then James Smith & Son is the place to go. I was amazed by the variation, and oh my, the prices.

{James Smith & Son}

First stop for any birthday cake is Konditor & Cook - a real Willy Wonka style shop. I love their Magic Cakes, but went with the Tiramisu cupcake this time. And the nearby Real Food Market at the Southbank Centre was on, which is always a treat to wander around. Drinks and dinner followed, plus a concert at the Royal Festival Hall.

{Konditor & Cook}

{Real Food Market at Southbank Centre - every Friday to Sunday}

The rest of the weekend was filled with a little vintage shopping and a mammoth present wrapping session. I'm a lazy wrapper, so enjoyed using my Knot & Bow stickers instead of Sellotape. I love a nice  sticker.

{stickers from Knot & Bow, tissue paper from Sainsburys}

{new vintage cream leather bag}

{bright pink chain strap shoulder bag}

A little sort-out of my wardrobe unearthed this pink card-style jacket, which a friend found in Kuala Lumpur and brought back for me - with the weather warming up I might just be able to don it soon, with a pair of jeans and some slipper shoes.

And a Sunday afternoon walk nicely prefaced the descent from a three-day weekend back into the working week.

{Sunday seafront stroll}

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