Pin Stripes & Palm Trees

Photography by  Roz Alcazar

Photography by Roz Alcazar

Three months in being an east londoner and I must admit, I LOVE IT.

There's a paramount of places to discover, both food-wise and culturally, which I am really enjoying. If there is one thing I enjoy having is good coffee and a nice atmosphere. Thankfully Dalston/Hackney is full of places like this.

So, if you are out and about in my hood you should check out the following hot coffee spots:

  • Palm Vaults for an LA-esque cafe in the heart of Hackney Central. This newbie has all the colourful lattes every instagrammer would wish for: matcha (green), beetroot (pink), turmeric (gold)...you choose. Of course you can get a regular tasty coffee, but why not try something colourful while you are at it? They've also got a small but yet delish selection of home-made cakes and toasties, make sure you grab one!

  • Cafe Oto and Subtitles Cafe for coffee, film and records - Total winners.

  • Mouse & De Lotz for a cozy cafe where to read a book and have delicious pancakes.

  • Coffee is my cup of tea for the perfect working spot. Bring your laptop and enjoy a quiet day while sipping great coffee.

I think with these you'll have cafeine for days, so let me tell you about my day at Palm Vaults the last Friday. Before my travels to Seville I had a few meetings around the area, which is why I was pulling this power yet sexy woman outfit you see here, preety kewl? I should say, it was fun. 

TCB xx

WHAT I WORE:
WAH London x ASOS Blazer Dress
Chanel Necklace
Maria Pascual Jewellery
Maria Pascual x Collage Vintage Rings
Elvio Zanon Shoes

Shop Til' You Drop

Forget Century21 and all those outlets an hour away of the city. If you come to New York is not to shop cheap, my friend, it's to shop RIGHT!

If your idea of shopping is to go to all places commoners go, then stop reading right away. If you like unique pieces that stand out wherever you go, then continue. Don’t get me wrong, I love Zara and all the high-street stores, but I can get that at home and probably cheaper than in the states, so why bother?

If you are in the same mindset as moi and you’ve got some dollah to spend, you’ve landed at the right site. Happy shopping gurrrrL

 

LOWER MANHATTAN & EAST VILLAGE

  • Maiyet - Their flagship store on Crosby St is most beautiful and minimal store I've seen in a long time. Not to mention their handcrafted bags are SO DREAMY. Also, you've got the Nomo Hotel for a quick drink and the Egg Shop for the perfect brunch stopover.
  • American Two Shot - Also around the corner from Maiyet, a Super Cool Store for Super Cool People. Not only clothing but also home stuff and creative little items that are probably useless but SO cool. I mean, really.
  • V Files – You faaancy! Hood by Air and the likes, properly set up in the nicest and coolest way.
  • Reformation – Need to explain myself on this one? You have IG and claim you are into fashion, right? Then all has been said.
  • Frankie shop (aka Pixie Market) – Same thing as reformation. But if you need a bit of info…all those catwalk pieces you wanted? Here, for you, and at affordable prices.
  • 3NY – This shop I discovered on my last trip to the city. And I love it! Remember my Valentino lookalike? I got it here. Really funky and unique finds, with a variety of prices. Much better to go in-store than online. 
  • Warby Parker and Moscot for great eye-glasses and sunglasses. Warby Parker has more of a young vibe, with lots of different styles and frames and good for every budget. Moscot is a NY staple. It’s a family business that’s been running for centuries and their frames have been worn by many famous people.
  • Aritzia and J. Crew– OK,OK, OK these are sort of chains. But we don’t have them in Europe! Minimalist concept store with great evergreen pieces. Great steal of the season: suede pants for less than $100!
  • The Market NYC (on Broadway w/ Broome St) – Probably quite touristy but I found true gems in these warehouse: great if you are looking for good (gold-plated) jewelry and leather goods

 

GREENWICH VILLAGE (BLEECKER ST)

The list of shops across this street is LONG. It is mainly luxury firms, but also independent designers (up and coming, of course), so if you come from the UK, it is probably worth checking them out, since your pounds are worth more overseas.

If you are coming from anywhere else, I still think it is worth for you to have a stroll around the area. It is my favourite neighborhood for a reason, not only the shopping.

TCB x

The Sky is your Garden

Have I mentioned how deserted The City is on weekends? Perfect hotspot for a shoot.

Once again the Spanish Mafia went for a stroll and this time ended up having breakfast at the Sky Garden. It was long overdue!

Probably my favourite skyscraper to date in terms of what you can get out of it: best views and no entrance fee for it. The only drawback I'd highlight is that the food is not at its best unless you pay for an upgrade and go to the restaurant or the brasserie on top floors.

In any case, any excuse is a good excuse to dress up so I braved the weather (sunny but SO cold) and here is the result.

TCB xx

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WHAT I WORE:  

ASOS White Monochrome Dress

Ouigal Heeled Glitter Sandals

 

Shoreditch Hype

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Well, well, well...I moved to London literally two months ago and I feel so settled already! London bursts of energy, creativity, innovation...and of course, a lot of fashion. I've been living here only for few months but every day is an adventure. And I wanted you to be part of them sharing my experiences here.

Last weekend I spent my time discovering (once again) Shoreditch, the neighborhood of hipsters and fashion craziness. There's nothing you can think of that you wouldn't see here. It is truly amazing.

My Sunday ritual in Shoreditch consists on having a nice breakfast at the Beigel Bake (salmon bagel, what a classic!) up at the end of Brick Lane and then just let myself into the litlle stalls where you can find real gems (fashion-wise, don't get me wrong).

One of my favourite spots is that Vintage Market under ground of Brick Lane. Live Music, Vintage Clothing and lots of food stalls to try different types of cuisines. What else would you need to spend your sunday?

But before getting into Brick Lane there is one stop I ALWAYS have to make, and that is the street market next to Old Spitafields Market. It is just bedazzling. Don't ask where those clothing pieces come from but they seriously have good stuff. They only work on the Sundays so make sure you are around to treat yourself to a nice piece! P.S: I've got that stunning metallic jacket I'm wearing in the pictures last Sunday :)

For outfit details, just see below the pictures. Have a nice week, fashionistas!

TCB x

WHAT I WORE:

Metallic Glitter Biker (bought at Spitafield's Sunday Market)
& Other Stories Dress (sold out)
Miista Brogues