I’m back home from a fleeting visit to London and I’m ready to sleep for the next week. There's something about that city that tires me out every time, but this little two day trip was well worth the bags under my eyes.
On Wednesday morning my boyfriend and I arrived in London ready to make the most of the day ahead. Unfortunately, the weather had other plans. It rained non-stop all day, so we had to make sure what we were doing was inside, making time for quick dashes out of buildings and into Uber’s whenever the rain slowed. Any shooting I had planned was out of the window - not only because of the weather, but because we mistakenly left the camera at home. Clever.
As usual, our first priority was coffee, so we made our way to Kaffeine near Oxford street (stopping off at Mango, Bershka, Zara, Stories and Arket on the way, much to his delight). As we were nearby we took a trip down Heddon Street to see the famous Ziggy Stardust plaque and phone box, since I can’t go past anywhere Bowie-related without stopping, no matter how many times I’ve been before...
We grabbed a salad from Kaffeine and made our way around a few more more shops before heading across to Kensington to drop off our bags. We stayed in the flat for the rest of the afternoon because the weather had gotten even worse, then we went down the road to Zaika for the nicest vegan Indian meal you’ll eat in London. This is the second time we’ve been now and I honestly can’t rave about the food enough.
After dinner the rain had stopped so we wandered along Kensington high street to The Ivy for cocktails. The interior of this place is so beautiful, it felt like we were in Paris. I didn’t expect it to be as busy on a Wednesday evening, but the place was absolutely packed. Luckily we’d booked a table otherwise we’d have had no chance - I’d definitely suggest planning ahead if you’re wanting to go on an evening.
The next day I was up early for the most exciting morning ahead! It was the breakfast launch of Rachael Clifton and Claire Menary’s jewellery collection with my favourite jewellery brand, Matthew Calvin. The collection is called Oro Antiguo - meaning ‘old gold’ - and really comes through in the pieces. They’re so textured and have that sort of imperfect feel that makes them seem almost antique. Each piece is slightly different which makes them really special and incredibly beautiful.
I chose the De Pera ring and the Antigua necklace, both chunky gold pieces that you can’t help but want to run your fingers across constantly. My pieces were waiting for me when I arrived, along with the most beautiful breakfast set-up. I want to eat all my meals surrounded by flowers for the foreseeable future. I managed to catch up with the lovely Rachael, along with babes Paige Leanne and Francesca Saffari who I haven't seen since March but it felt like yesterday! I was also lucky enough to finally meet gorgeous ladies Sophia Rosemary and Jessica Skye who I’ve loved for so long and were just as down to Earth in person as they are on Instagram, what a dream.
The afternoon was spent strolling around the V&A with my love, with a very quick stop to shoot before getting the train home (iPhone camera quality, what a joy...) This bag I'm wearing actually arrived 5 minutes before we had to leave the house on Wednesday morning, so I quickly transferred all my stuff over before rushing out the door! I’ve wanted it for so long and now that it’s finally mine I won’t be taking it off in a hurry.
(Only brown and checked seem to be online, but I have this blazer in cream and black!)
Jeans: & Other Stories (gifted)
(SOLD OUT: Similar)
Loafers: & Other Stories (gifted)
Bag: Friday by JW PEI
I hope you’ve all had a great week! I’m looking forward to sharing some very exciting (and nerve-wracking) things that I’ve got coming up very soon. The Oro Antiguo collection is available online now at matthewcalvin.com.