Recently I did a weeks work placement at the London design department for a highstreet brand. Even though this work was in Oxford Circus, I surprised myself by resisting spending a small fortune in shops such as Urban Outfitters and Topshop. However, a weekend venture up Portobello Road proved more tempting with vintage shops laced with acid wash denim, and second hand stalls treasuring vinyl and polaroid cameras. Admittedly I vastly prefer Portobello to Brick Lane. I highly recommend visiting here and at £2 a metre of fabric there, who could resist?
This gorgeous blue embellished belt was the result of a long time exploring an Afghanistani shop located on the highstreet. The son of the owner explained to me how they were handmade over there, then chosen by their family and brought over. I paired this belt with a white lace tailored dress for work.
This turquoise and sterling silver ring has been worn every single day since purchasing! Its the sad replacement for loosing my favourite turquoise ring from Camden Market. The stall owner was remarkably interesting and told stories behind every piece he was selling, which he had hand picked across the world. The stone from this ring was known as ‘sleeping beauty turquoise’ by the tribe that it is associated with because the mountains it is mined from looks like a woman lying down. Cuffs and earrings Andea Jewelry (£2 each Portobello Road)
What do you think of my purchases?
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