Living in a city as vibrant, exciting and diverse as London, my style has evolved, developed and been hugely inspired by the city that I’m fortunate enough to have grown up in. I’ve gone from wearing yellow skinny jeans and checked scarves in my early teens (Hadouken on my headphones, obvs), head-to-toe black (forever accessorised with a full fringe and backcombed layers), more flares and suede than you’d spot at a Fleetwood Mac gig and it continues to evolve to this day too. Now, I suppose you wonder why I’m taking you on a sartorial memory-lane tour? Well, to tie in with H&M’s #MyCityMyStyle campaign (to celebrate their gorgeous new Spring collection, bursting with pale denim, delicate embroidery, sheer details and Mexican inspiration too) they’ve asked me to talk a little about the places in my city that inspire my style- not hard in the big smoke and with a dress that makes me feel like that emoji…
One of my more recent loves in the last few years has to be the East End, and particularly Columbia Road. Known for it’s bustling Sunday flower market, to me it’s so much more than just peonies, roses and tulips at this time of year. With huddles of people lining the streets, it’s not hard to gather inspiration from the season changes and visitors here. Whether that’s a girl in front of you in the Lily Vanilli queue, or a fellow blogger snapping amongst the pastel doors, there’s style inspiration around every corner- and beautiful blooms to match.
Is there really anywhere better to people watch than al-fresco with a cuppa perched off of Redchurch Street? It’s unlikely, let me tell you. Snapping these images Joe and I spotted the lead singer of one of my favourite bands- which I think speaks volumes about the passer-by stakes- and this little corner is one of my favourite spots to perch as the weather starts to warm, taking inspiration from plenty of other London dwellers- not bad right?
Finally, I had to include my favourite record shop, Rough Trade, in the mix too. Growing up in London- one thing that shaped my style and inspired me more than anything was going to instore gigs, dosing up on the newest releases and aiming to meet as many of my favourite people as possible- both style wise, and even shaping this little blog. Funnily enough, it’s the place Joe and I spent our first ever ‘date’, and the amount of times I’ve been back in the last seven or eight years continues to inspire me, and keep me coming back again and again.