London doesn’t often grant us with sunny and warm days, but I suppose this weekend was an exception. The sun was shining and the clouds flew away to leave the weekend free of any worry. Hakuna Matata in short.
It started amazingly Saturday morning at the Covent Garden Grind, where I met up with my Thought Catalog friend, Shalini, for brunch. Located on Maiden Lane, the interior of the coffee shop is characterised by a wooden floor, white-painted brick walls, marble tables, and of course, the unavoidable neon sign reading the very famous David Bowie lyrics, ‘we can be heroes. just for one day’. What else could there possibly be to get the weekend started?
Once sat at our table near the front window, we ordered our food; I asked for a pot of English breakfast tea and a granola smoothie bowl with raspberries and seeds, while Shalini went for a cup of coffee and smashed avocado, a poached egg and chili on toast.
After brunch, we were off to this Saturday’s event in London, i.e. the fourth edition of the Bloggers’ Market, hosted by some major London fashion and lifestyle bloggers, namely Carrie, Lucy, Olivia and Kristabel also joined by Reem of FiveFiveFabulous, Zoe London & Kim of Love Cloth.
This year, the market was held at Camden Collective on Hampstead Road, a big bright room decorated in harmony with the pastel theme of this edition and featuring the best pre-loved and new clothing from these fashionistas’ wardrobes at super-mega affordable prices. To only give one example, I managed to lay my hands on one of Olivia’s super cute floral summer Miss Selfridge dresses for only £6.
But the event wasn’t just about shopping; some free events were also organised throughout the day, notably including a pastel marbling workshop with Pup Tart, a Bullet Journal workshop with Ohh Deer & Ghenet Actually, a brush lettering pop-up shop from The Lovely Drawer, and mini treatments from Boudoir Beauty Parlour. And to top all of these marvelous things, a huge variety of SugarSin sweets and pretty Honeywell Bakes biscuit came along.
After about half an hour to 45 minutes spent browsing the few bits and pieces from the most popular dressing rooms in the British capital, each of us left with a huge Bloggers’ Market shopping bag in our hands and a big smile on our face and headed to Soho for some random wanders, which took us to the very cute Neil’s Yard, a square full of colourful brick houses hidden behind an arcade on Monmouth Street near Seven Dials.