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Sunday, January 25, 2015

London Walls 42

A few weeks ago, I snapped these graffitis in my neighbourhood, right off Upper Street. Sharks and flowers seemed like a good fit and it was an original way to decorate an empty lot!
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When I did some research, I discovered that they had been done by Bambi, aka the female Banksy. What I also found out was that these pieces were valued at £20,000 and have been stolen according to several articles in the news last October!
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It is so strange to read about street art stolen. I am used to see graffiti I snap disappear and new art popping up but it was never from being stolen, rather because they were painted over! Now the wall is back to black and I am happy I got to take photos before it all happened!
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Back to (second hand) basics

Today, I am showing how I dress most days. I could hide behind the fact that it is my mom uniform, but really, I've always been a very casual gal. In particular, I am all for a good pair of jeans and sneakers.
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I am wearing a silk and cashmere top from Massimo Dutti that I found at Oxfam charity shop in Islington. I am very fond of 3/4 sleeves, I feel it ups the outfit discreetly! The jeans are also from Oxfam, this time the shop in Marylebone. They are from Citizens of Humanity, one of my fave, and it was love at first sight. 
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I found the sneakers in a second hand sale I went to last fall with a lot of cool stylists clothes. I really like that I am wearing head to toe second hand clothes and don't feel for a minute that I am compromising on my style. Oxfam trips are making me very happy these days!
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Nino's first haircut

Hairdressers are no joke in London, and when it is for our little ones, it gets quite impressive! Nino turned 21 months last week and we celebrated by taking him to get his first haircut!
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I was curious to see how they would manage to keep Nino still long enough to do anything. But at Mata Mata on Essex Road, they are quite prepared! Nino has three obsessions: balls, cars and Peppa Pig. Sure enough, the police car was a good start!
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Then they played an unlimited number of Peppa Pig episodes AND gave Nino some raisins to eat so that his hands would be nowhere near the scissors. I was quite impressed! It was fun to see him and I also know that there was no way for me to do that by myself...
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This place had all the toys, books and movies you can dream of. I just imagine how cool it would be if I could go to my hairdresser and read ALL the latest magazines, sip champagne and watch the newest movies. I guess you can do that somewhere, but I haven't found it yet...
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Monday, January 5, 2015

Finishing in style

I like to start the year with an article that begins with the word "Finishing". I have just begun using this finishing powder from Hourglass and I really like it. As I barely ever take time to buy make-up, I figured I would share with you.
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Though I like to have good make-up, I know very little about it and am very VERY uncomfortable buying it. If I could get someone to get it for me, I would. But then again, I have to try it on me so I can't escape the visit to the shop.
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I came in prepared, with a couple of names I wanted to try (Bobbi Brown among others). But I got smitten with Hourglass when I tried it. I actually didn't buy it immediately ( mostly because of the £38 price tag), but kept it on all day. I felt it stayed on beautifully and so returned the next day to purchased it. I have the one called Dim Light and am quite impressed with the mat finish. The powder does capture the light quite well.
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There's a lot of powder in that little box so I am hoping to be set for quite a while. If you're looking into finishing powder, do give it a try. Like me, you might be surprised! By the way, it is an American brand that will be a LOT cheaper to buy in the U.S.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy new Year

I just wanted to wish you a very happy new year 2015. It's been a bit crazy the past few weeks and I haven't been writing much on Britishette. I am working on a project that has been swallowing my free time and I am curious to see where it takes me. 2015 is gonna be an interesting year!

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

London Walls 41

Another walk around Shoreditch and again, new walls to be found. This neighbourhood never gets boring! Especially as the walls are constantly evolving... Enjoy!
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 I hope I will never grow up and stop being amazed by E.T. 
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Coolest garage in town...

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Hello George...

Monday, December 8, 2014

Mixing stars and flowers

Still working on mixing patterns, I am taking it one step at a time... This time I found a fun cardigan with stars that didn't frighten me as much as other stars print I've seen!
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It is from Massimo Dutti and I found it in my local Sue Ryder charity shop. I love it as the print is very discreet. I paired it with a Jack Wills skirt I found yet in another charity shop. It's a preppy look, but you may know by now that I am a sucker for preppy...
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The bag is my first ever Ebay purchase! A second hand Marc Jacobs green crossover that provide a welcome pop of color to this ensemble.
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Finally, I found the sandals at Cancer Research UK near Angel Station. They are from Aldo and I wore them all summer. So yeah sure it is totally a summer outfit, but I had not presented it yet and it reminds me that warmer days will come eventually :-)
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Saturday, November 29, 2014

One week in Sri Lanka: Walls

I couldn't help taking some photos of the street art we encounter throughout our trip. It is a small insight into the feelings of the community and always fun to compare street art in the world. Here they are.
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

London Fall second hand outfit

The cold finally settled over London, and as I return from Sri Lanka, it is hitting me hard... At least I am looking forward to wearing all the warmer clothes I have found in the charity shops all summer long!
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In particular, I love this Mariagrazia Panizzi long sleeves top as it has a surprising cut. Also, I had never heard of this brand before and I am always excited to discover anything related to Italian fashion.
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The skirt is from Zara and was in a charity shop near Oxford Street. This is part of my foray into prints. These flowers called my name and the shape was also new territory for me. I absolutely love it. I wore it with my Maje bootie from yet another charity shop. The outfit is a bit romantic and the booties give it a little edge. 
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And there you go, ready for Fall in head-to-toe charity shop clothes. This outfit cost me less than £50, including the shoes. You can't beat that!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

One week in Sri Lanka: the local life

I loved the beach and the nature in Sri Lanka. But my absolute favorite thing in that entire week was to sit on the bus and go places.
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We travelled a lot by bus. it is a super cheap and reliable way to travel. You have a lot more destinations than with the train as the buses criss cross the whole country. The only thing is that it takes a little  time. But I am happy anywhere with a book (I am into vampires these days, go figure...)
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I loved just sitting by the window and watch Sri Lankans doing their thing, the kids going to school, the cows obstructing the streets, all that...
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Traffic in Deniyaya

We met some fun characters on the bus, always with a good heart. People would help us get on the right bus, and anyway it is pretty easy and straightforward.
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We also got to enjoy karaoke and loud local music. While crossing the south of the island and sometimes during heavy rains, it was a really fun experience...
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We also travelled a few times by tuktuk as buses didn't always go exactly where we needed them to go or even from bus stations to hotels. It's just something you have to do - and if you are lucky enough to have a cool driver, it's an even more enjoyable ride. 
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I must admit that at times it was a little crazy on the road. The bus drivers are slightly out of control. But it seemed I was the only one to mind and the locals thought my worried face was pretty funny. If you have a chance, do hop on a bus. I regret that I didn't have time to take the train, but I had to leave something for my next trip to Sri Lanka. Right?
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