EAST LONDON CALLING

April 05, 2015

I am a woman of contradictory extremes — either a 'one-woman band' workaholic or a great supine protoplasmic invertebrate jelly

When I got back to London on Thursday I rolled up my sleeves and put my nose to the grind, jet lag be damned. My productivity would make my parents proud and disappoint detractors who’d love to think of me as privileged good-for-nothing —  I’ve forced myself back to London time, spring cleaned my Shoreditch apartments, put two of my London properties on the market, engaged in three blogger Twitter chats (one each evening!), braved the bowels of hell that is IKEA, and viewed a couple of potential shops for the brick & mortar incarnation of Regimental Vintage. Oh, and I did that all wearing red lipstick. Who run the world? Girls.

Of course I forgot that Friday was a public holiday (Good Friday? Wasn’t so good for Jesus…) so all the estate agents in Shoreditch were closed (bar Foxtons) but yesterday I managed to see two commercial properties, so fingers crossed one of them is Regimental Vintage the ‘offline edition’. I wanted to treat Henry and myself to some eggs for a late lunch - Easter weekend and all that - but my usual brunch places were closed till dinner so I got my egg fix at Wright Brothers (quail eggs, close enough). I stretched my much-neglected legs with a good walk around my neighbourhood, evading murderous hipsters on skateboards to reacquaint myself with the markets of Spitalfields. 


We dropped by 106 Commercial Street - an extension of the infamous Brick Lane Market - to visit 'dad' and his paintings. Adrian Boswell is a wonderful abstract artist whose surrealism is an extension of his colourful, controversial personality (who names his gallery 'Public Hanging'? A mad genius, that's who). His fantasy worlds come to life in his collages made from his photography and hundreds of found images.






Henry demonstrating just how expressive his hair is. He is a man who lives on the fringe.



I remember when I used to rave at Public Life, spilling my vodka and cranberry on my sequin and glue-gun ensembles in the former Victorian public toilet-turned-nightclub. Now this space outside Christ Church Spitalfields is a charming vintage market by the name of The Vintage Necessarium. Be sure to tell the lovely Emma and Craig that Henry sent you.






If you can brave the endless rows of overpriced tat at Spitalfields Market there are some real gems to be found there. On Thursdays there are genuinely beautiful antiques to be found, and although their prices reflect the location there are bargains to be had.







From Cornwall to Spitalfields, The Wright Brothers sees seafood lovers clamour (clam-our?) for daily happy hours (between 3-6pm) for £1 oysters from Cornwall, Ireland, Channel Islands, and France. Myself, I had a simple tuna tartare, chips, and octopus. 




Yellow-fin tuna tartare with aioli and quail’s egg. That's my Easter egg right there. The tuna was as fresh as could be and the egg delicately poached, but I found the fish to be a little too salty although the onions complimented the meat perfectly.


Galician octopus with delica pumpkin and rocket. Haters of rocket such of myself will be pleased to know that the sweetness of the pumpkin neutralises the bitterness of rocket. Delicious.


I was told that to make enough tabasco sauce holders for the whole restaurant, The Wright Brothers had to get through twenty five cans of salted anchovies on opening night.


My new 'daytime red' lipstick from Bobbi Brown is highly pigmented but creamier and lighter, so is easy to build up from a wearable shade to a dramatic, intense red.


I'm wearing; Irish Guards red tunic (find similar at Regimental Vintage), Stuart Weitzman 5050 knee highs, and the iconic Hermes Kelly. Battered shape thanks to years of loving abuse.




Living in a city as historical and architecturally diverse as London means that around every corner is a beautiful backdrop for outfit photography.


I've only just jumped back on the Pinterest bandwagon and made a board of photogenic places in London that would be great as photography and filming locations. If you're on Pinterest, follow me if you like weddings, London, classic glamourous interiors and transitional decor, and blogging and photography tips! 

Finally, what do you call three consecutive days of rain? Bank Holiday weekend. Here's hoping the sun shines till Tuesday, at least! x

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11 comments:

  1. Beauty FollowerApril 05, 2015

    Yummy food...

    great jacket dear!

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  2. You take such beautiful photos! I'm so happy to have stumbled across your blog :)

    With love, Hayley ♥

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  3. Fantastic photography, and you, lady are a great multi-tasker :)

    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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  4. Thank you Angie! I'm trying to get as much done as possible to avert the 'post-holiday blues'! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  5. That's so sweet of you Hayley, thank you! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  6. Well you've put me to shame, what a multi tasker you are! Love the photos too.

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  7. Thank you Annabel! I love your blog name! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  8. Beautiful post Jasiminne, the jacket really suits you and sounds like you've crammed lots in since you got back!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  9. So impressed that you jumped straight off the plane and kicked productivity's ass! And your lipstick is fabulous. Off to seek out your Pinterest right this moment. x

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  10. Frankieeeee I also have a weakness for overpriced tat! Cannot.resist.the.shinies. x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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