On Tuesday I was taking a morning walk at Tottenham Court Road in tweeded pumps, it seemed like an interesting street, I penetrated on every block looking for something but even I didn’t know what that thing was, until I saw Paperchase and I immediately knew that Chanel brought me here for a reason. Paperchase is one of my favorite stationary producers so to find a huge store just for its products was like finding paradise..
.. After I bought almost everything, I headed to lunch at one of my favorite Italian restaurants on James street “Sirena” I ordered the usual Sea food risotto with prawns
Selfridges was the nearest spot to shop so we had ourselves a treat of silk and lipstick..
Of course it is not possible to be at Fortnum and Mason without shopping for tea.
Never pass by a street without looking at the corner because corners locate the uniquest shops. I don’t know if it’s just me or I share my passion of drilling for bizarre places that carry the cutest items..
The first thing I’ve ever bought from a corner shop in Piccadilly was the “Keep Calm and Carry on Shopping” mug. I got it when I had the addiction phase of “Keep Calm and Carry on ” especially when I learned the reason behind it from a dear friend -Shaha- saying that this was a way to calm people down through war and this is how I fell in love with the idea. From this collection I got a couple of notebooks, an eraser and a “good advice for hard times” which is a tiny book containing quotes about failure, work, life, crises. it keeps you calm and it keeps you going.
My favorite quotes from the book:
1- “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”-Mark Twain
2- “How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not for more than 60 years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten” – Logan pearsall smith
3- “He who has a WHY to live can bear almost any HOW” – Friedrich Nietzsche
4-“Always laugh when you can. it is cheap medicine”- Lord Byron
Who here loves Fifi Lapin, or I’m sorry who here doesn’t love the quaint artist Fifi! You can’t not have respect for people who make themselves out of a drawing, out of a hobby. She has done amazing collaborations through the glob. wrote books, designed cases, clothes and jewellery. I still regret the day I’ve passed by Juicy couture at new bond street and saw the collection created by fifi lapin for juicy and didn’t get anything because I was “not in the mood” those mood swings they make you do things that are just not acceptable!
Through my last visit to London I saw these cards created by fifi as well and I didn’t want to redo my mistake so I got them immediately.
Walk into covent garden, take the stairs and head down immediately, where all the fun stuff are generated in a little shop called Sass & Belle. You’ll find cushions, toys, boxes, home accessories and everything that you could possibly think of. I got myself those super cute bandages, UK flag box, Paris stamps and tiny London box for my tiny jewellery. I’ve wanted to take everything with me!! ..And if you get tired from looking at the pretty stuff there’s a candy shop right next to it “Candy Cakes” where you can look at more pretty things, but luckily those ones you can actually eat. Another place you shouldn’t miss is Octopus where you can get all the girly girl products that you need in a cute-girly-girl appearance!
another place I’m sure all of you heard about is Liberty where you can get exquisite designer clothes, beautiful vintage collection of Chanel, Hermes and Dior, the finest fabric and your own customized perfume. And no that is not it, there’s more. To be honest I don’t like shopping at liberty so much for fashion but I do love it for fun. Starting from the chocolate corner to the stationery & diaries side.
I couldn’t resist getting tons of notebooks and diaries. My two favorites are “In my humble opinion” where you can state everything you hate about people and complain freely not for the purpose of hurting anyone but just for the sake of getting it out of your system! it’s definitely my favorite therapy. On every page there’s also a quote, which is the thing I love most about it. One of them is “I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain” -Lily Tomlin.
And the other journal is “Winners I’ve met and liked” even if those people are not winners in books, they are winners of life. Whoever name I inked on my journal has made something worth remembering and has won the battle of life.
And yes I know what you are thinking it’s pretty contradictional to have those two journals it can’t be all complain and it can’t be all love, but there can be a balance..
Last but no least these are more detailed images of my favorite things that I got from London corners through the years from different places. It’s all United Kingdom but can you blame me? UK is pretty photogenic and there can never be too much London! ..and to prevent confusion some of the linked pictures are not taken by me.
Enjoy sweethearts & if you got a place of your own that you love please do share xo