28.8.14

England - Part 3: London Day 1-2

London was definitely one of the highlights of my whole trip. It's been a dream of mine to visit London and especially shop in Camden Town. We spent two nights and three days just Jonathan and I. Day one consisted of a train ride into the city, relaxing in our hotel room, and visiting the Camden Lock market (not sure if that's what it's called). The view from our terrace was beautiful. You could see the canal, all the little food market stations, and Camden high street. At night, we'd hear live music coming from the 'night market'. 

I absolutely loved the entire area of Camden. It was lively, eclectic, and grungy in a really good way. I felt as though I could go there everyday and still see something new each time. The next day was dedicated to shopping and exploring. We started with the markets, went back to our hotel to drop off all our purchases, then headed back out to Camden high street for more shopping. We visited the famous Camden Market and then the shops along the street. I had to visit the Dr. Martens store. I've been wanting new boots for over a year now and was hoping to find a really unique pair that suited me. I ended up finding the PERFECT pair. They're called "vintage daisy" (VINTAGE + DAISY = ME!). I love the psychedelic flowers. I had never seen this pattern before and the salesperson said they were new. 

Our last day in London was spent at Vivienne Westwood and going on the Eye, visiting Big Ben and going over Tower Bridge, stay tuned for pics in my next post. Hope you're all enjoying the end of summer! 

Heading out to the train!
Arrived at our hotel in Camden!
View from our terrace.
Dinner!
Bath time!
We had beautiful weather.
A vintage store in Camden.

Stores and markets.
In Camden Lock, there were tonnes of food stations. Sipping some fresh watermelon juice! 
A glimpse into the markets. I loved it here! 
Indian fooood!


THE. MARKET. 
One of the jewellery stands.
My new docs.
Camden Lock at night. HOW PRETTY!

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23.8.14

England - Part 2: Advanced Style

I've been following the Advanced Style blog for some time now. It mixes my admiration for seniors and fashion. It has helped me feel more confident about aging and I've whole heartedly taken the pledge to remain stylish and creative well into my 90s. What started as a hobby for Ari Seth Cohen, Advanced Style went from being a blog to becoming a movement. The fashion industry has now taken note of one of their most important and long ignored demographic- seniors. Designer labels such as Lanvin and Chanel have even photographed some of the Advanced Style ladies for their advertising campaigns. 

The blog has gotten so large that Ari embarked on creating a documentary on these amazing ladies. The documentary took a few years to make and required donations so I was constantly on my toes about when it would finally come out. I'd watch teasers of what was made of the film and just couldn't wait for the day I get to see it. Well that day came! It premiered in Toronto May 3 but I wasn't able to make the 5 hour drive down to see it. Knowing my trip to England was soon, I was on the Advanced Style website looking at show times. To my surprise, it was coincidentally playing at the Little Theatre in Bath on August 19 (5 min walk from where I am staying). I bought tickets the second they went on sale and after a recent thrifting trip, I knew exactly what my outfit would be. 

I've wanted a bright coloured suit for ages. Orange would be ideal however I was willing to settle for any bright colour. I found this beauty at Value Village a few weeks ago and had to buy it. It's linen so it does wrinkle easily but on the plus side, it's super light and very comfortable. 

The film was everything I'd hoped it would be. I got to learn even more about the ladies I had been following on his blog all this time. It's such a positive message and I know it will help many women to feel hopeful and excited even about aging. 

"I don't want to look young, I just want to look great!" - Joyce



Suit: Value Village, $13. Purse: Sally Beauty Supply, free. Shoes: JuJu, Little Burgundy, $40. Socks: Primark, $3. 




Photos by Jonathan Lindsay. 

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20.8.14

England - Part 1: Arriving in Bath/Fashion Museum

Ouff it feels like I haven't posted in forever! I was out of town last-last weekend and then was scrambling to get everything ready for my trip over the pond. Here's an update (and lots of pictures, sorry) on my adventures so far:

My travel dreams have come true and I'm finally in England! I'm staying here with Jonathan's family for two weeks in his mum's hometown of Bath. It's breathtakingly beautiful. Every building is gorgeous and I just love how there are flowers everywhere. We arrived last Saturday around 10:30 am UK time. Bath is about 2 hours from London so his family kindly picked us up at the airport. I fell asleep in the car and woke up to seeing the country side of Bath at the top of the hill, looking into the city. As we went downhill into the city, I was so amazed by how adorable and beautiful it was. It was like a fairytale for me! 

So far, I've done a bit of shopping, had a taste of the food, drank many teas, visited the fashion museum and Victoria park as well as done a lot of exploring the city! Another one of the highlights has been seeing the Advanced Style documentary which was coincidentally playing at the Little Theatre. My next post will go deep into that plus include pictures of what I wore.

I've only been to one vintage store so far but plan on visiting the rest when we get back from London. We just arrived today to our hotel in Camden Town. We're literally overlooking Camden Lock and it's amazing. We took a quick gander into the markets and I'm completely blown away. It's better than I could've ever imagined and we haven't even really dug in yet. Everything is just so me here - does that make sense? It's filled with everything I love. The people dress eclectically and inspired, the markets have such cool things, and the street food looks delish. I think I've found my happy place. Stay tuned for more on our mini London trip! 

Beautiful Bath!
Had to.


Jonathan and Me.

Victoria Park.




Yummy chocolate tart.


At the Fashion Museum!

I adored this ceiling!

There's an area where you can try on clothes, obvi I did!



Raf Simons for Dior. Stunning!




My first traditional Pasty. SO GOOD.

Morning tea ritual.

Off to the train for London - today!




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