celebrations in the city

On Sunday, Rob took me to London for my birthday. With coffee in hand, we whittled away the hours around Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane, unearthing the weird and wonderful (vegetable pens!) this place has to offer. Time flew, we were having so much fun. We foraged for hidden treasures in the abundance of vintage shops and paused to marvel at the cultural dishes being cooked up; flooding the streets with a spiced aroma. We went for celebratory crepes to refuel; I opted for apple and cinnamon with butterscotch sauce, Rob went for the manly option of Nutella, plain and simple. Now feeling invigorated with sugar in my system, I revisited some of my favourite stalls and picked out some gorgeous pieces of jewellery, namely rings, a lovely vintage scarf and a bold fuchsia pink pleated skirt. 

In the afternoon we moseyed over to the West End and spent some time on Oxford Street. I popped into Topshop, a place that usually fills me with such elation and expectancy, but I just wasn’t getting the buzz. I think having spent the morning surrounded by such uniqueness and creativity, I just wasn’t feeling inspired by the racks of sameness. We left and headed back to Spitalfields for drinks and dinner. There was still much commotion even at 6 o’clock and we took our pew above the market and enjoyed our drinks overlooking the hustle and bustle down below. Mine was the white wine spritzer in case you were wondering!

Dinner time and we decided to dine at Giraffe for some yummy cocktails and tasty food. The night was topped off sweetly with a birthday brownie, afloat in a pool of chocolate sauce and crowned by a dollop of vanilla ice cream. I wish I had got a photo but it was consumed rather too swiftly!

It really was a perfect birthday and one I shall remember for a long time.

My outfit:
skirt – H&M
boots – River Island
(p)leather jacket – H&M
tie-dye snood – River Island
belt – River Island
bag – Louis Vuitton speedy 35

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  1. 29th March 2011 / 8:28 pm

    Glad you had a great birthday πŸ™‚ I haven't been to Spitalfields for years! I also used to go to Greenwich Indoor Market, which was lovely too. Fabulous outfit – I need a Speedy bag!! πŸ™‚ x

    Catherine x

  2. 29th March 2011 / 8:30 pm

    What a perfect birthday adventure! I'm loving your outfit. So glad you had a good time.


  3. 29th March 2011 / 8:33 pm

    Oxford Street Topshop never gives me the same buzz either, it's just too big and overwhelming, I don't know where to start!

  4. 29th March 2011 / 8:34 pm

    Hope you had a lovely birthday and had a nice weekend πŸ™‚ You look lovely and your red hair makes me want to dye mine again! πŸ™‚ x

  5. 29th March 2011 / 8:35 pm

    Mmm all those pastries in the top picture make my mouth water! Glad you had a lovely time πŸ™‚ xoxo

  6. 29th March 2011 / 8:35 pm

    Lovely collection of photos, I really got a feel for what it must have been like!

  7. 29th March 2011 / 8:36 pm

    amazing collection of photos!
    looks like you had a fav time!
    Krissy xoxo

  8. 29th March 2011 / 8:41 pm

    Glad you had a great birthday!!
    Some wonderful photos. I recognize that watch stall πŸ™‚

    Rainbows and Buttons


  9. 29th March 2011 / 8:41 pm

    you look lovely – brick lane : )
    love the hair – glad u had a fab day xxx

  10. 29th March 2011 / 8:45 pm

    Ahhh I love Brick Lane & Spitalfields! Haven't been in so so long with me being so far up North though πŸ™

    Looks like you had a fabulous day & I hope you had an amazing Birthday sweets! xx

  11. 29th March 2011 / 8:54 pm

    These photos are just gorgeous hunny πŸ™‚ looks like you had such an amazing time. you look gorgeous- very London indeed x

  12. 29th March 2011 / 9:06 pm

    Ilove posts like these.. are those veggie pens? Too cute! Love your hair color too.

  13. 29th March 2011 / 9:23 pm

    looks like a lovely day out! Brilliant photos too, these are my favourite type of posts I think xx

  14. 29th March 2011 / 9:37 pm

    Your outfit is fantastic! You pull off the maxi skirt so well πŸ™‚

    Love all the photos in this post- so glad you had a good birthday!xx

  15. 29th March 2011 / 9:44 pm

    Glad you enjoyed Spitalfields – it was great on Sunday. XX

  16. 30th March 2011 / 12:05 am

    Sounds like you had a great time! And you looked lovely. Love that H&M skirt!
    I miss Spitalfields Market, can't wait to go again next month.

  17. 30th March 2011 / 12:15 am

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  18. 30th March 2011 / 8:59 am

    looks like you had a lovely day! the markets are my favourite part of london. please say you grabbed a veggie pen ha! xx

  19. 30th March 2011 / 1:41 pm

    Wow, it looks fab!!!! I havnt been to london since i was about 6 or something!!! Would like to go again xx

  20. 30th March 2011 / 2:15 pm

    Amazing photos, love your outfit πŸ™‚ Glad you had a lovely day x x

  21. 30th March 2011 / 4:40 pm

    Love the post and hope you had a great time! Happy (belated) Birthday! πŸ™‚

  22. 30th March 2011 / 4:51 pm

    Oooooh i need to go! Your pictures are fab! Really glad you had an awesome birthday πŸ™‚ xx

  23. 1st April 2011 / 3:58 pm

    I moved to the UK from Canada at the beginning of September and Spitalfields is the first place my boyfriend took me.
    It may be my favourite place in London!


  24. 1st April 2011 / 8:56 pm

    The vegetable pens are definitely weird but wonderful. Not sure what looks most appealing, the delicious food you seemed to come across or the block print cards (I wouldn't be able to resist either).


  25. 3rd April 2011 / 9:09 am

    Loved looking at these photographs, so colourful!