Tuesday, 22 March 2011

i wonder where de boidies is

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So, today is (was) the first day of spring. It's been sunny for a while, off and on, but today was the first day it also smelt like spring, and was warm in the evening. It was also the day I handed in an essay and made two presentations, and now am as free as a boidie, as they say. It was a mad, frantic couple of weeks, and I apologize to anyone (everyone!) who I've been neglecting throughout. I plan to be back mad, bad and dangerous to know, but we'll see... I have an action packed Easter break ahead.

Between my two presentations today, Albert and I made a little jaunt over to Notting Hill, a region I haven't visited since arriving in London, although I was here a few years ago. I can be a bit of a reverse snob sometimes: I prefer areas with a bit of character, a bit of diversity, slightly rough around the edges. But I have to say, Notting Hill is much prettier than East London, and the people seemed really laid back, whereas I find my area can be a bit judgmental sometimes. I frequently feel that I'm not trendy enough to exist within a five mile radius of Brick Lane. ; )

I was really wanting a dress like this one (they used to have the same dress in a different/better print) and simultaneously craving this dress. So I was mighty pleased when the charity shop threw up a happy combination: the shape (and more realistic length) of the first, and the great star print of the second. Looking forward to summer for this one!

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photos by Albert
blouse, dress and sweater, Charity shop
shoes: Camper

37 comments:

Tinfoils Tiaras said...

Ooh I love the star print combined with the red top! I've never been to Notting Hill on my visits to London- I'll be sure to put it on my must visit list! xo Emily

Raquel said...

I completely LOVE your outfit, red, blue/black and white is the best colour combination ever and I've been wanting a star dress for a while so I'm so jealous haha! I've seen one at Matalan website or some other store but with my current "shopping ban" I can't one unless it's from a charity shop or really really cheap :|

Glad you visited Notting Hill! It is such a pretty place, and very diverse I think, at least on Portobello Road's Saturday Market.

PS: I too, felt not trendy enough for Brick Lane, but who cares...
PPS: Maybe we can find some cute (and cheap) spring jackets next Thursday? ;)

Imogen said...

There is nothing i love more than a red cardigan. It is something about it being so bold and warm. I also love your skirt. Right now I am obssessed with the red and black trend, so classy and I want to try and make some black and red outfits from my wardrobe.

HannahGrace said...

love that outfit! Red is one of my favourite colours, and that sweater is so sweet and simple. <3
Blessings,
~Hannah Grace

Jenni Wells said...

You look darling! I love the vibrant red.

Things have been super busy for me too. I think a break is becoming necessary!

jenniwells.blogspot.com

NRIGirl said...

Love the hair in the third picture. Next time I am going to print this picture to copy-cat you :) Happy Spring by the way!

Closet Fashionista said...

Ooooh love that dress! Yay for finding a happy medium!
And woooohoooo on being finishhed with all that work
http://www.closet-fashionista.com

Emma said...

gorgeous outfit, that red jumper is cute and it works perfectly with the shirt and dress xo

deppa said...

Eh! tu pollera (falda) me recuerda a la mia con lunares! ya siento ganas de usarla :)
QUe linda te ves, feliz inicio de la primeravera.

Nos vemos!

sojourned in style said...

can't go wrong with red, black and white. the skirt is very pretty, and is perfect with the sweater and lovely shoes. isn't it so great to be freed from the grip of work!

Nicole, Coco Maria said...

Oh, that dress is wonderful! I love the star print! :)

SMASH said...

The star print is just too good! I thought they were polka dots at first (still awesome) but the star print is really a game changer.

Also, we're staying in SoHo for a few days in May! Is that area legit? I know I can google this information, but it makes more sense to ask a local like you ;)


xo, Ashley MILK TEETHS

Monique said...

I know what you mean about certain neighborhoods, I feel the same way about certain parts of NYC. I'm glad you had a enjoyable day in Notting Hill. This outfit is just brilliant. I love the stars! Way to merge your two dress cravings.

dimi said...

Hey, you look really good in red! And I love the little stars!! I'm glad your essay is done and you're back - i kinda missed ya! Kisses

Sophie said...

Never been that side of London much, too far away. Brick Lane only takes 25 mins so I tend to go there! Would like to visit Portabello Road though, see if it lives up to the hype!
Love the red jummper with the star print!
I know exactly what you mean about not being "trendy" enough. I get the feeling people look at me and want to say get of my turf haha!
Sophie
x

Penny said...

i remember i really liked this area and portobello road :) and i cant forget a small small restaurant on this street that has a window with a car with pizzas on it..delivious food!
ps)have you also checked camden area?

Xavi said...

It's spring yes. Y prefer Autmn and Winter. :(
Here in Barcelona is Better. Summer and sometimes spring is stifling heat. On the other hand I think than winter clotes are more pretty than summer clothes.
Sorry for my kk english.

Shybiker said...

Very cute. Happy Spring!

Anthea said...

Hi Emily, I hope you enjoy Spring. Of course it's the first day of Autumn here and the weather is acting accordingly, ie. rain and grey skies. Love the pretty star dress :) And I am swooning over your Camper Shoes.

Anastasia and Jovanna said...

I love Camper shoes..I used to be the Sales manager at one of their stores...
And I am pretty sure I have the same red blouse!!!!!
hahahahah :-)))

A said...

You said it right. You have been ignoring a lot of people :)))) Take care and finish work first...

....Petty Witter said...

Hi Emily, I saw you on NRIGIRLS friendship tree and wanted to stop by to say hello. I've enjoyed my visit, its been especialy nice to meet a fellow British blogger - I live in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the north east of England. Best wishes, PW (I'm the hedgehog on the tree).

Laura said...

i love that red color on you! absolutely lovely!

-laura
http://thesemanyyears.blogspot.com

ana said...

You look sooo pretty! I love this look because red is one of my favorite colors! Good Luck with your work!

Amber Blue Bird said...

love the white, red and black color combo with this outfit.

Velvet said...

You're so cute in this outfit! Lucky girl, the dress is perfect.

Terri said...

Oh, it's good to have a new lease on life. I know exactly what you mean about the smell of spring. All day here, it has smelled like it does before a rain. I wish someone would bottle that scent and sell it as perfume. Lovely look.

Rosy (of Raindrops on Rosy) said...

Thank you for commenting on my blog:) I like yours as well. I love this type of outfit. Simple, yet very chic! I love that top:)

ML said...

I sooo wanna go to Notting Hill and hopefully run into Hugh Grant! ha ha!

Kidding!

Or not.

=)

Annebeth said...

you look simply adorable, and I love how this outfit is obviously fashionable to the fashion insider's eye, but still quite "normal" and classic to the outsider's eye. I love outfits like that because they look so effortless and organic.

baili said...

hi you look amazing and pretty dear.
found you on nri's friendship tree.
liked your about me as you seem great lover of traveling.
glad that you heard first knock of spring and smell its fragrant ,have a wonderful life take care

tasty moog said...

I hear ya... I live in a trendy 'hood and people can be silly about appearances. But, that sort all look alike with their huge granny glasses and slouchy boots and pleated acid wash shorts and crappy taste in music, I just have to roll my eyes (maybe that makes me the actual jerky hipster, lol).

Stef / Diversions said...

Brilliant stars -
I catch myself being a bit of a reverse snob too ;) poor hoity-toity Cambridge students..

Have an excellent time in the US :D

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Eeep! A star print dress! It will definitely be a fun summer dress, though I do love how you've layered your blouse & sweater with it.

Neon Noose said...

Happy spring ♥.

MARIE said...

Pretty look ! Kiss xxx
http://Marieblogueuse.blogspot.com

Ashley said...

I'm in love with Notting Hill. I think it was my favorite place in London when I visited :)