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london, uk :: strand + holborn

15 Oct

This time last year we were living in London (UK) and enjoying flat whites at Prufrock Coffee. Hope to be back soon!

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london, uk :: columbia road

18 Sep

I am up to my eyeballs wrapping up the last wedding for our season and sewing projects for the upcoming IDSwest. Hope to pop  in before the end of the week to show you what I am working on, but until then, here are some more pictures from London (UK)!

Home of the famous Columbia Road Flower Market, this small area of independent shops are normally only open on the weekends with Sunday being the busiest with the market. If you have the time, I always suggest taking a stroll on both a Saturday and Sunday. It’s like night and day. You won’t even realize that you are at the same place!

Some favourites include Elphick’s (Sharon has amazing taste and I admit to spending too much on my last trip!), Suck and Chew (love the name and the decor), Treacle (click here for my Poppytalk shop tour), Beyond Fabrics (my go to place for sewing notions), and Vintage Heaven / Cake Hole (the name says it all), and Jones Dairy (pretty sure that cat lives there).

 

london, uk :: exploring King’s Cross

10 Sep

After the redevelopment of St. Pancras Renaissance hotel, the new Eurostar termainal, and the 5 year renovation of King’s Cross Station, things are definitely changing in this area. I was on a mission to check out Caravan King’s Cross situated in the Granary Building / Old Grain Store that just opened up days before we were set to fly back to Vancouver. A large part of Eat Street is still under contruction, but the food carts were definitely buzzing around lunch time which was a nice change from when we first visited last Winter. Pack a picnic and watch the dancing fountains at Granary Square or take a walk along the Regent’s Canal.

london, uk :: here and there

7 Sep

No matter how many times I visit London, I always discover something new. Whether it be a new favourite shop, new treat to eat, or a new neighbourhood to discover. On this trip, we found Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell, a hub of activity dating back to the Middle Ages. See that shop called ‘The Family Business‘? Inside, you can browse the portfolios of the local, and many visiting international practitioners that see a term here as a rite of passage. Each artist will create a bespoke design just for you, but if you want a tattoo by owner Mo Coppoletta, you will have to add your name to the year long wait list.

Other favourites at Exmouth Market: GNF (mid-century furniture + vintage fabric), Caravan, Family Tree, Medcalf, Space, and Brill (to name a few).

Oh, and that mac + cheese at Pizza East? I’m still having cheesy dreams!

in the city :: instagram

30 Aug

Here is the last batch of instagrams from London, but I have plenty of camera shots that I plan to share. I can’t seem to turn off my internal holiday clock and after a busy weekend with 3 back to back events, Robert and I took a mini break up to Whistler to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary. Time sure flies!

  1. Long story short, I was wandering around Bloomsbury and found this solo art show by accident. The show didn’t open until 1pm, but the art around the building was absolutely amazing. Will be posting more soon!
  2. Fry up at Caravan Exmouth Market (those soy mushrooms were delish!)
  3. Brolly & Ice Cream Pop-Up exhibition celebrating the contrary British Summertime
  4. I spotted a lotto cage at the Spitalfields Antique Market and carried it all the way home on the bus.
  5. View of Kingston Pier from Hampton Court Palace (clockwise)
  6. Robbie Williams was filming a new music video at Spitalfields * swoon *
  7. I * had * to visit the brand new Caravan King’s Cross while I was in town
  8. Due to a bomb scare, we were evacuated out of M&S and stumbled upon this cute coffee shop on the way home

the past six weeks

23 Aug

Robert and I arrived home a few days ago after spending the past six weeks exploring and working in London, UK. Now that my work contract is over, I can finally let the cat out of the bag and post some photos of what we have been up to!

We had such a great time working at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics that one of our goals while living in London last year was to line up work with the London 2012 Olympics. London being one of our favourite cities, not to mention English speaking, it just seemed logical to try and see what work was out there. Four weeks later, with two sore feet, lots of sweat, some tears, and 18 Olympic events later; I am happy to say that we have both survived. Was it hard? Absolutely! This was hands down one of the most challenging, stressful, but rewarding moments of my entire event career. Will I do it again in two years? Never say never right?

I am looking forward to sharing some more pictures from my travels over the next week or two. In the meantime, here are some snapshots of the events that I had the opportunity to attend including the 100m final with Usain Bolt! Unfortunately, when you are running around like a crazy person with little sleep, taking pictures wasn’t on the top of my list. That’s ok though, because I was lucky enough to be there.

big shout outs to Marie, the best hostess one could ever ask for! x

in the city :: instagram

17 Aug

Counting down the remaining days of my work contract and savouring as much as this City as we can.  Plenty keeping us busy lately and spending too much money time grabbing warm croissants for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch to help us through the long days. This week’s theme is “get’er done”, but first, maybe an afternoon nap or a quick jaunt to Oxford Circus? I am the Queen of Procrastination.

  1. An overcast London Eye
  2. Rare roast beef and horseradish sandwiched inside a yorkshire pudding
  3. Imperial War Museum
  4. Brick Lane street art
  5. Detour through Baker Street tube station
  6. Outfit shot courtesy of Robert
  7. Early morning Regent Street
  8. Flat white and sandwich with pretzel bread from Prufrock
  9. Covent Garden
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