Saturday At The Farmers' Market

There's a little farmers' market around the corner from our flat that runs every Saturday. We try to get there as much as we can to pick up veggies (for green smoothies), but mostly we focus on important things like coffee, pastries, and potato bread.

There's also a little stand that serves a full English, also known as a full English Breakast – that's generally eggs, tomatoes, bacon, black pudding, beans, and toast. People gather there on Saturday mornings to eat their breakfasts, drink coffee, and read the paper – it's just lovely.

Here I am, casually drinking coffee and wearing an outfit that I just really love. Should you be so inclined, it consists of:

Bracelet | Shoes (They're Marais Gladiators which are now gone, but this style is similar) 

This dress is an old Liz Claiborne number that I picked up at a clothing swap, and the bag is leftover from my high school days. Neither are available in stores anymore, as far as I know, but here are a few similar dress options from Steven Alan, Madewell, or ASOS, and bag options from fashionABLE, Zady, or Toino Abel.

London sky | Second Floor Flat

All photos by D Watterson III


Weekend Getaway: London Markets

There are some definite perks to living in a big, fat, international city: endless restaurants + entertainment, tons of shopping option places, multiple airports, musicians always come to your town, etc. 

There are also plenty of downsides: the rent is too damn high, etc. 

But one of the upsides is that anytime someone visits, there's never a question of what to do because there's actually just so much shit to do that you never normally do because you're too busy, I don't know, working and not leaving your neighborhood. 

So when my South African in-laws came to town recently, we took advantage and explored some London markets.

(Traveller's tip: these are actually the best things to do in London. It's also a great way to experience the culture and it costs basically nothing.)  

 

First stop: my favorite place in London, Borough Market, which is arguably London's best food market and a total haven for foodies, or for fatties like me who just like to eat:

Borough Market, London - Second Floor Flat
Borough Market, London - Second Floor Flat
Borough Market, London - Second Floor Flat
Borough Market, London - Second Floor Flat

My obsession with green juice is owed to the amazing smoothies at Total Organics. Go to Borough Market, get one, maybe now-ish, and you might end up making a face like me.

Borough Market, London - Second Floor Flat
Borough Market, London - Second Floor Flat

Second Stop: Columbia Road Flower Market

If you like food, flowers, shops, walking around, and sweet stall owners living up to British clichés, then Columbia Road Flower Market is for you! Listen to this sound bite, scroll through these pictures, and tell me this isn't the way to spend a Sunday: 

 

Columbia Road Flower Market, London - Second Floor Flat
Columbia Road Flower Market, London - Second Floor Flat
Columbia Road Flower Market, London - Second Floor Flat
Columbia Road Flower Market, London - Second Floor Flat
Columbia Road Flower Market, London - Second Floor Flat
Columbia Road Flower Market, London - Second Floor Flat
Columbia Road Flower Market, London - Second Floor Flat
Columbia Road Flower Market, London - Second Floor Flat

I have my complaints about London, sure, but there are so many lovely places in this dang town that it's easy to make a regular weekend feel like a getaway just by spending some time strolling through a gorgeous market, sipping on some Masala Chai and munching on a baguette with truffle honey.

So, who's visiting next?