Blazer - Old (belonged to my Dad)
Jumper - Charity shop (belongs to my pal Gaby)
Jeans - Asos (old)
Shoes - Gucci (old, via Depop)
Sunglasses - Rayban
Earrings - Rock n' Rose
I have always been a bit of a bargain hunter, and for me no shopping experience can be as fun as thrifting. I was really loving my outfit on this day, and it suddenly hit me whilst taking these photos that nearly every item was either an old piece, thrifted, borrowed or bargained for. For starters, the massive green blazer, which used to belong to my dad; a great androgynous piece which is probably very unflattering on my frame, I know, but I don't care. I see blazers like this in charity shops all the time, especially in places like Fara where the mens section is really well curated. Next up, the patterned knitwear - this jumper belongs to my friend Gaby who is an absolute queen at charity shopping (seriously, I wrote an entire blog post on her which you can read here). She credits this jumper as being one of the first great finds she discovered in a charity shop, and I love love love it so just had to borrow it! Thirdly, these old Asos kick flares, which are so fun and a great nod to the seventies. I remember first seeing these on What Olivia Did back in 2016 and knowing that I had to have them. Places like Beyond Retro always have a great stock of seventies jeans, so you're sure to find a pair similar to these in one of their branches or online here. Lastly, and for me probably most importantly, these beautiful Gucci slides. I'd been saving up for a pair of Gucci loafers, but I was struggling to decide whether to go for plain black or a brighter colour. I then managed to find this beautiful older style on a whim on Depop for a fraction of the original cost, and I'm so surprised at how easy they are to wear and style with my wardrobe.
All I can really say is that I strongly urge you all to dig deeper when thrift shopping, to have a closer look at what you already own, and to give older pieces a new lease of life. Don't knock it til' you try it! x
After many years of drooling at the sight of this place, I finally ventured to Granger & Co in Notting Hill for brunch with a couple of pals. It was everything I had hoped for, and more. Although the prices are a little steep, it is definitely worth trying out and experiencing as a once-in-a-while treat spot.
One of my friends and I split the (constantly talked about) ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter, and the feta and spinach bourekas with pomegranate jam and yoghurt. Both were absolutely delicious and also really unique in their own respects. The hotcakes were incredibly fluffy, yet somehow managed to taste effortlessly light (seriously, they weren't stodgy at all and I was pleasantly surprised to say the least), and the bourekas were really good, especially when paired with the pomegranate jam (this dish was really reminiscent of traditional pastries from my home country so bonus points for it there!). I would definitely recommend both, and at such varying price points (the bourekas were £7 whilst the hotcakes were priced at a heftier £13), there's definitely something for everyone. I also had a turmeric, pineapple, apple and coconut juice which was amazing (though certainly overpriced at £6.20, however, no regrets).
In general, what really drew me to Granger & Co was the variety within the menu. Middle-eastern touches, sunny Australian classics, there is truly something for everyone. The place itself is really stunning within as well with beautiful, relaxed interiors including the parquet cealing which was divine. This place exudes a truly warm atmosphere, so Granger & Co is somewhere I shall definitely be returning to in the (hopefully, near) future.
Granger & Co
175 Westbourne Grove,