FARM GIRL CAFE - BRUNCH SPOTS OF INSTAGRAM




JUMPER (SIMILAR HERE)
JEANS (SIMILAR HERE)





Brunching at the weekend has fast become one of my fave past-times and I'll tell you the reason I love it so much - because if you're forever skint (like me) you can go to the fanciest of restaurants on a total budg'. Realistically, avo on toast + a coffee is never gonna cost you more than £20 ...it feels like you're having a total treat-yo'self-moment, whilst never actually breaking the bank. 

I ticked another must-visit off my 'Brunch Spots of Instagram' list a little while ago, which I'd highly recommend everyone checks out - FARM GIRL CAFE in Notting Hill. 

Situated right in the heart of Notting Hill on Portobello Road, this super 'Instagramable' spot has become really popular, due to it's perfect-for-flay-lays pink tables and photogenic food. 

I love an aesthetically pleasing brunch just as much as the next Instagramer, but a photogenic avo on toast isn't the only thing I look for when scouring Insta + Pinterest for the latest hot-spot. I want food that looks AND tastes good. Well, Farm Girl doesn't disappoint - the avocado on toast, with pomegranate (who'd have thought it ey), smoked salmon and poached egg comes highly, highly recommended by yours truly. One of the best I've ever had.

If you're in West London and fancy a coffee with an edge (Liquid Gold Latte's and all sorts), an Acai Bowl or Coconut BLT, get yourself down there. I for one, am super keen to take another trip there real soon. 


Expect more food reviews like this v.soon... I've been munching & brunching my way round London recently.


GORGEOUS GINGHAM






Jacket - c/o Boden (Old Season, Similar Here)
Top - Zara
Jeans - c/o Dr Denim
Trainers - Comme Des Garcons x Converse
Hat - Brixton (Old Season, Similar Here)
Glasses -  Bromley frames in Honey c/o London Retro


Photography by my talented little mate Amber-Rose



One of the greatest things to come out of this blogging malarky, for me, has to be all those amazing friendships I've made along the way - real friends too, actual IRL ones ...can you believe it?! People like my little mate Amber, who I just love spending time with. We hung out a few weekends ago - went for brunch at Bronte (which was DELISH - post coming soon), shot this look, did a bitta shopping and just generally had a right ole laugh enjoying each others company. It was a bloody great day! 

Now onto my outfit... 

Gingham is having a real moment right now, which I, for one, am SO happy about! It's something I've always had a penchant for. It takes me back to those summer school days (when we actually used to have a proper sunny, warm, summer) and I'd get to wear my green & white gingham dress - those really were the days! Well, it's time to dig out your primary school uniform, as it's fast becoming the fabric of the summer. I first noticed it had started hitting the high-street last summer when I picked myself up a couple of bits (see here & here) and now it is literally EVERYWHERE, in the form of dresses, skirts, trousers, jumpsuits - there's something for everyone, whatever your style. I've linked a few of my current fave gingham pieces below, if you fancy giving this wonderful trend a go.

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SISTER JANE SHIRT, PINK ACCESSORIES & PASTEL WALLS


BAG (ON SALE)
SHOES - NEXT







HNY errrbody! I know we're well into the month now but since this is my first blog post of 2017 it wouldn't feel right not to wish you all a Happy New Year :) How's your 2K17? So far, so good?!

I shot this look towards to end of last year but Christmas kinda got in the way and I was too busy enjoying some well deserved time off work, festivities with the fam and a lot of lie ins. I'm a big fan of doing absolutely nothing ...and I do it bloody well too! 

So, yeah, this outfit was shot before long before sub-zero temperatures set in here in the UK. You'd have to be absolutely mental to step outside sans coat and socks at the min', so rest assured I'd wear a big fluffy faux-fur jacket and a more weather appropriate choice of footwear if I left the house in this now.

I love me a little Sister Jane number, so had to bag this Western Embellished Shirt as soon as I spotted it on ASOS. They do vintage-meets-modern really bloody well and their blouses & shirts are some of my favourite things to wear as of late. I've popped a few, similar to the one I've styled up in this post, below for you lovely lot to check out. Desp' to get my hands on this leppy print blouse but it's Jan and I'm trying to be frugal :( 

Hot Pink is a key colour for SS17 - spotted all over the Paris catwalks (ValentinoBalenciaga, Celine) and it's a trend I can totally get on board with! The girly-girl in me has always been drawn to it, so I'm all over adding a pop-of-pink to my outfits this season. You don't have to go head-to-toe fuchsia, you can always incorporate it into your outfit through accesories for a more subtle take on the trend. This Radley Millbank Bag is the perfect way to do just that and it's also on sale RN, so you CAN be trendy and thrifty too!

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NAVY KNIT AND BAKER BOY CAP


JUMPER (20% OFF)
BAG 







This is an absolute fave everyday outfit of mine - a comfy knit, Levi jeans & DM's. I'm as lazy as they come so I like to make v. minimal effort where possible. Plus, comfort really is key and of huge importance to me when it comes to my morning outfit selection - especially since the godawful drop in temperature we've had recently. The last thing you wanna be when it's -5 degrees outside is uncomfortable in your OOTD ennit!

I talked a bit about a couple of my fave colour combinations in my last post and here I am wearing yet another love of mine - navy & black. It's always been regarded as a real fashion no-no, something my Mam used to drill into me years ago. I have to whole heartedly disagree with wor Phyllis on this one though ...soz Ma' but I'm ALL about this colour combo. An all black outfit with a navy coat, or in this case, an all navy outfit with black boots - both absolute winners in my eyes. 

...now onto the footwear... I'd just like to start by saying - you cannot beat a good pair of Dr Martens IMHO! Once broken in (that does take some doing - ouch!) they're the comfiest pair of boots you'll ever wear. The more battered they are the better, so if you're thinking about getting yourself a pair definitely persevere with them, it's definitely worth it (blisters an' all). This pair in particular hold a v. special place in my heart, as they've been to a couple of Glastonbury festivals with me and still have a little bit of Worthy Farm cemented in the soles. They'll most definitely be coming to Glasto '17  with me! 


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KHAKI TRENCH AND RED SUEDE BOOTS



BLOUSE (ZARA) SIMILAR HERE








Red and green is one of my fave colour combinations EVER. Along with red and pink, or anything and red really, I just bladdy LOVE the colour red. No more so than during the winter months; a pop of colour is an outfit essential when the temperature drops - anything to try and brighten up my otherwise black and grey winter wardrobe. There's also something super festive about red and green - they're the ultimate colours of Christmas aren't they?!

I'd been lusting after these Topshop Maggie Flared Heel Boots for the longest time, like wayyy back in August when I first laid eyes on them, and finally thought (after 3 months of deliberating) it was about time I treated myself ...because #YOLO ennit. They so remind me of the Saint Laurent Babies 70 but at a way more affordable and justifiable price, for me anyway. I actually think I might like them a little bit more than the Saint Laurent ones ya know, purely because of the super-chic flared heel. 

Of course this ensemble had to be accessorised with my oh-so-gorge Radley London Millbank and the epitome of blogger Christmas cliches - the Starbucks red cup. It's exactly the same shade of red as my boots, it just had to be done didn't it... 

I've popped a few different red boot options below, if you're on the hunt for a pair yourself. There's something for everyone... Saint Laurent if you're ballin', Missguided if you're on a budg' and everything in-between. 


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PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARIA BAZHANOVA

RED PUFFER - THE JACKET OF THE MOMENT


BERSHKA PUFFER JACKET SIMILAR HERE










As I mentioned in my last post, the puffer / padded jacket is having a real moment RN - spotted all over the AW16 catwalks, namely Vetements and Balenciaga, who also showed us that you should wear it off-the-shoulder or not at all... that's fashurn dahling! *insert information desk emoji here* 

Well now it's hit the high-street, in a BIG way... ASOS, Boohoo, Topshop, UO ...you name it, they're all doing their own, way more affordable version, of the must-have jacket of this season.

I'm all about staying warm in the winter months - number one priority these days for this acclimatised Northerner ...and if I can also have the added of bonus of being 'on-trend', on top of being toasty AF, then it's a definite yes from me and something I can totally get on board with ...and by that I mean, where everyday until summer rolls around!

I absolutely LOVE this Bershka number - it's hands down one of the warmest, comfiest things I've ever left the house wearing, and at £39.99 it's also an absolute steal! It comes in a couple of diff' colourways too, including black, which I plan on getting my hands on v. soon...

What do you guys think of the puffer jacket trend? Footy manager or fashionista?

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARIA BAZHANOVA

No 197 Chiswick Fire Station


WAREHOUSE FLORAL DRESS SIMILAR HERE











I'm sure you all recognise those dreamy pink suede sofas and that super 'Instagrammable' cacti corner from, well, Instagram... 

I'm definitely not the first to post about this place and certainly won't be the last BUT I'm totally cool with being late to the party on this one, I just had to share it with you all. 

What once was a fire station (hence the name), refurbished into what can only be described as Pinterest IRL - Chiswick's coolest independent neighbourhood bar and restaurant 'No 197 Chiswick Fire Station' is an absolute must-visit if you're in and around the West London area!

I had to venture pretty far out West to find this little zone 3 gem (my travelcard is strictly zones 1-2) but it was more than worth the extra few quid top-up on my Oyster. I only had time to have a quick coffee this time round, which was v. v. tasty might I add! So I definitely plan on making the long ole trip from Brixton to Chiswick (it's actually not that far, just saying that for dramatic effect) to sample their mouth watering brunch menu soon - the eggs bene' come highly recommended & I think it's pretty reasonably priced as far as London brunch spots go. If you're a little bit more local than I am it might be worth checking it out in the evening too, as I imagine it turns into a pretty vibein' bar later in the day. 

The sudden drop in temperature has meant I haven't had this velvet puffer jacket from Next off my back since I got it. You're probably all well aware of this but worth noting the puffer jacker is back in a big way this season - which I for one am absolutely loving! It totally takes me back to the Naf Naf days of the 90's. I'm really into this, this and this one if you're on the hunt for one yourself. 

The super talented Maria (the girl behind the lens of these shots) and I plan on visiting all of the pretty coffee & brunch spots London has to offer, so expect more posts of this sort v. soon! 

Carmen x

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Photography by Maria Bazhanova