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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London Tube Cuffs by desinghypeinc.com

Thanks to Susan from Sue loves NYC I came across these extraordinary tube cuffs by Design Hype. The metal London bracelet with matte finish is the perfect gift for cosmopolitans. Stops, numbers and streets are embossed across the surface of the metal cuff. Just like checking a watch, the cuff makes you navigate the tube system easily and inconspicuously. I really haven’t seen such a cool souvenir before. Tube cuffs by designhypeing.com are also available for New York, Paris and Milan.

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Stylistpick & Co.: Why do we need Cyber Stylists to tell us what to wear?

It seems like every day a new online shop is popping up on the internet to drain my money. Stylistpick.com is one of these new e-commerce stores. The concept is easy. As soon as you get started, you have to complete a questionnaire that figures out your personal style profile. Which celebrity style do you admire the most? Do you prefer sneakers rather than high heels? Do you like to wear accessories?

As soon as your profile is completed, a team of stylists selects the perfect pieces that reflect your own style. Stylistpick.com has the latest fashion trends -perfectly tailored for you at an affordable price. Filling out the style questionnaire is also much fun and I usually like most of the pieces (especially the shoes) they select for my “individual” showroom.

By clicking through these countless convenient concepts, I ask myself an essential question: When did our time run out in a way that we are not even able to enjoy a nice shopping experience? What happened that we need cyber stylists who choose for us what to wear?

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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:

Primark for Selfridges: High Street meets High End

It seems to be the most contradictory cooperation between two fashion retailers: This week the trade magazine Retail Week revealed that Primark plans to open 1,000 squaremetre menswear consessions in two Selfridges stores in the UK.

The two stores will feature an edited collection of Primark’s menswear designs, including clothing, footwear and accessories. Prices will be the same as in Primark stores, with T-Shirts and Accessories available for even less than 5 Pounds.

The concessions will be set up in Birmingham’s Bullring Centre next week followed by another in-Selfridges-store in Manchester’s Trafford Centre in the middle of November.

I simply can’t imagine leaving Selfridges with a shopping bag full of Primark clothes. That just does not fit.

Anyway, the recent H&M shop-in-shop in London’s Selfridges store seems to be an indication that customers totally love High Street shopping in a high class atmosphere.

 

London fashion trends: Topshop Autumn/Winter Collection 2011

In the light of the beautiful weather in London during the last weeks probably most of the fashionistas don’t want to think about cozy autumn/winter fashion yet. Having a look at the latest Topshop collection might change your mind. The collection is divided in four seasonal topics which unite the main UK trends: Prim & Polished, Bavaria, New Mod and Glam Underground.

The Prim & Polished clothing line mixes girly colours with a touch of vintage. Knee-length dresses are combined with high-necked blouses to get the perfect dressing-up effect. Faux-fur collars and princess coats create a retro style with a serious dose of ladylike appeal.

  

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