Tuesday, 23 December 2014

to keep on walking when there's nowhere to go

Before I begin, I feel an apology is in order. I'm not entirely sure what happened with blogging, I think alongside not doing anything interesting, or forgetting to record interesting events, as well as the inevitable end of term mock exams, practise assessments etc, blogging didn't really get a look in. There's far too much to update you on, dating all the way back to half term in October. I went to Brighton in half term, and since then I've been to look at sixth forms and pondered over A-level choices; revised for mock exams; watched a meteor shower with my closest group of friends, wrapped in duvets with Christmas songs playing softly in the distance. It's such a cliche but I really did feel so at peace and satisfied with life just standing under the stars feeling insignificant yet so happy. It would have been a great scene in an 80s movie with Tears for Fears playing over the top.

Due to Christmas looming close, my mum and I felt it an appropriate excuse to take another London trip. We began at Whole Foods as it never gets old. Although Whole Foods has such a predictable crowd (think New Balance trainers, iPhones, etc) although it is essentially just a supermarket that sells prettily packaged products and labels screaming ' organic ', it still boasts a great atmosphere and endless photo opportunities.

After grabbing a cinnamon doughnut and watching over the Kensington street from the cafe above, we headed up to Islington as I wanted to show my mum Camden Passage after loving it when I went there with my dad. They had a market on on this day in particular so the usual quiet atmosphere had been transformed to a whirlwind of shoppers, from families doing their Christmas shopping to the odd vintage shopper nonchalantly browsing the dress racks propped up against railings. As I'm in Year 11, apart from the obvious exams, this year also involves the stress of prom. Although I don't condone those who choose to go down the typical prom dress route, I really do not feel the excessively vibrant colours and flammable materials are for me and really want to go down the vintage route. I'm not at all a fan of the whole pin-up, victory rolls look, although it can suit some people I want to go a tad subtler. As of yet I'm undecided, but definitely want to go for a 1920s lace dress, or a 1950s pastel prom dress. Then again, Topshop Unique and Asos also do really pretty prom dresses that are not the typical prom dress style. However, if I were to go down the vintage route, Camden Passage is definitely somewhere I'd love to shop. My absolute favourite vintage shop ever (besides the likes of Beyond Retro) is the shop Fat Faced Cat (click to visit their website), which houses a treasure trove of vintage dresses alongside penguin classics and battered Chelsea boots that line the bulging shelves.

After our jaunt to Islington and a trip through my favourite Cross Street and being nosey at people's Christmas trees, we headed to outer suburbia and went out to Highgate. Although I do enjoy Highgate, it really doesn't feel like London, watching the city spread out in front of you, although it cannot be argued the endless Victorian terraces and stooped houses are easy to envy.
By the time we reached Highgate the light was fading and twinkly Christmas lights strung in the bare trees on the green in Highgate were the only source of light. We stopped for red velvet cake and tea at this point before heading back to the train to rest our battered feet.

In other news, despite breaking up from school and simply wanting to relax and lounge about all day binge watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Netflix, I have been surprisingly productive. We battled the throng of Christmas shoppers in Sainsburys and wrapped presents and I also managed to meet up with friends yesterday. Myself, Anne Claire and Alex grabbed breakfast at Bill's (blueberry pancakes with strawberries and maple syrup accompanied with peach ice tea) and then went and got our nails done in wintry shades at a local nail salon. We then headed back to Anne Claire's where we baked far too many cookies, attempted to decorate them and eventually ended up on Tumblr, beaten by the wretched biscuits. Today I wrapped even more presents and I sense tomorrow will become a pyjamas all day on sofa whilst watching every Christmas movie in existence day. I wish you all a merry Christmas, I hope you all have a absolutely brilliant day and get some great presents. I hope to blog before the new year but if not happy new year too. I'm hoping to head to London in the new year and will definitely blog about it. I'm aiming to buy more vintage next year and want to blog more about music and clothes and get my act together. Speak to you soon!

currently: listening: world pleasures//peace, last christmas// peace cover, sycamore//swim deep, petulia//the kooks, come closer// miles kane, reading: the mayor of casterbridge// thomas hardy, wishing: taylor swift's album for christmas (no regrets taylor is my gal)