Coming soon! Victoria’s Secret opens first European flagship store in London

The angels are about to land! Victoria’s Secret is finally coming to London. The first European flagship store will open its doors in New Bond Street this summer. Today I went to Westfield / Stratford, where another shop will be set up soon as well (see picture). Continue reading

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Portobello Market in Notting Hill

London’s Portobello Market is one of the most famous street markets in the world. Located on the Portobello Street itself, it is the vibrant hub of Notting Hill.

Portobello market has a long history and began as a fresh-food market in the 19th century. The shops are lining along the whole street and it’s the charm of the colorful Victorian townhouses that turns the Portobello Road into a special vintage shopping experience.

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Brick Lane Market & Boxpark in Shoreditch

Today we visited the Brick Lane Market in Shoreditch. It’s a typical Sunday flea-market with a range of vintage clothes, furniture, music and other goods. The market takes place from 8am to 2pm every Sunday and the nearest tube station is Aldgate East.

The market spreads along the Brick Lane and spills out onto the side streets. Actually, we were very disappointed today. We rather found a lot of junk and anything for sale than unique vintage pieces for our closet. The streets are also quite dirty and I really missed the typical London market atmosphere. If you’re looking for special vintage bargains I’d rather recommend you to visit the Camden Market or the Portobello Road in Notting Hill.

We decided to leave the market and to visit Boxpark, the first pop-up mall in the heart of East London. The concept is easy and unique: Shipping containers are refitted to low-cost ‘box-shops’, including international fashion and lifestyle brands, cafes and galleries. The Popup Mall will only stay in Shoreditch for five years. Afterwards it will literally ‘pop up’ anywhere else in the world. A great idea and definitely worth visiting, if you want to explore one of London’s upcoming areas. Boxpark is located directly next to Shoreditch High Street Overground Station.

Here are a few impressions of our day in Shoreditch. Continue reading

H&M Exclusive Conscious Collection on London’s High Street

H&M launched its latest Conscious Collection yesterday in the shops worldwide. With the new pieces H&M shows that it does not only care about sustainability but also about great design. The evening wear is much more extravagant than the “Conscious Collection”-items from the past. Sustainable tops and trousers are available from 19,95€ while the exclusive dresses can cost up to 299€. My favorite is the yellow organza dress with pearl and rhinestone highlights. And yours?

Picture source: H&M (www.about.hm.com),

photos by Kacper Kasprzyk for H&M

Kate Who? Celebrity Shirts from Camden Town

At the market in Camden Town you find all sorts of printed celebrity shirts: Heidi Klum, Audrey Hepburn, Adriana Lima or Johnny Depp. My sister and I were looking for a shirt with a sexy Kate Moss print. Entering one of the stores we asked for it and got following incredible answer:

“Kate WHO?”

“Kate Moss, the international fashion model.”

“Ahh, Kate Moss, the German model, right?”

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The London Hipster Style or how to look ugly!

Recently, my sister visited me in London for some shopping and sightseeing. With a full portemonnaie and high expectations we started our High Street shopping tour. Both of us like to dress lady-like in tight jeans, elegant tops or classy dresses.

Looking for the latest fashion trends we quickly realised that there’s nothing for us to find at the moment. All we could see were shops filled with patterned leggings and tummy shirts. WHAT’S HAPPENING? I just don’t get what makes beautiful girls dress like this:

What I would rather do than spending £84,000 on a “back-up” wedding dress

An identical match of Princess Diana’s wedding gown and shoes have sold at an auction for 84,000£. The dress was designed in case anything went wrong with the original items at the wedding day back in 1981.

The ivory taffeta dress was bought from Madame Tussauds by a private American collector several years ago. This week he sold it to a fashion museum in Chile for 84,000£.

£84,000 for an old-fashioned “back-up” dress of a princess? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Continue reading