While I study journalism in London, my sister is a business student in Berlin. But what makes one of these cities unique when compared to the other? We unveil our favorite city hotspots and compare which capital offers the best in lifestyle, shopping and culture.
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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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
Walking through the streets of London, we recently discovered Marylebone High Street with its lovely bars and shops. The street is connected to Thayer Street and London’s James Street, which is famous for its variety of restaurants and pubs.
Marylebone High Street has the character of some of London’s typical suburb streets. It’s a perfect alternative if you want to escape London’s crowded Oxford Street for a cup of tea or do some shopping apart from the big fashion chains. The closest tube station for a lovely walk is Bond Street. Here are a few impressions.
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?
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: