Weekend Buys

The weather may have only been so-so, but that didn't stop us from doing a little shoppin' and walkin' around over the weekend. Saturday took us down to ol' Shoreditch for the London Coffee Festival, and Sunday was a hang out day, filled with chocolate croissants and strolling on Church Street. Here are some of the goodies we picked up...

Treats from the London Coffee Festival:

I've been wearing orange nail polish the past few days, so to balance out the color I picked up a little gold and white nail polish from ol' Barry M...

Borough Wines, our local wine shop, offers refillable wine out of a barrel. So you buy a glass bottle once, then refill it with your choice of red, white, or rose whenever you want for £5. How amazing is that?

P.S. - they have a similar offer with olive oil. Freakin' great.

I also picked up a free local beers at Borough, plus my ASOS leather biker jacket arrived (hurray!), which was a bargain at £65, down from £130. Looks pretty hardcore and cool, eigh?

You kids get up to anything fun?

Stores You Should Know About—London: Labour and Wait

So it's a new year, and we're all getting back into the groove of things. A healthy way to ease that pain (and nearly any pain, for that matter) is via retail therapy.

Over the past seven months since I made my move from New York to London, I've come across a wealth/shit ton of new stores—some in London, some in New York, and some who strictly operate online.

To help you satisfy that resolution of shopping more, I'll be sharing some of these new shops over the next few weeks. All of these stores are totally unrelated aside from the fact that they're all independent and they're all awesome, so there will be a nice variety to help keep you from away from the ledge during the Worst Months of the Year.

Without further ado, I give you our first awesome Store You Should Know About, and that's London's own Labour and Wait.

Stores You Should Know About—London: Labour and Wait

Labour and Wait is the kind of store that makes you feel clean, but that kind of clean that you'll never really be and can only aspire to. (Similar to the feeling you get when you shop at Whole Foods.)

Whether I'm in their East London store or just browsing their online shop, I'm always overcome with the urge to throw out everything I own and focus only on classic, salt-of-the-earth design.

Stores You Should Know About—London: Labour and Wait

Labour and Wait originally opened in East London in 2000. The store was created with timeless, functional design in mind, which was a response to the cheapened, mass-produced products that were beginning to saturate the market. It only took the rest of us about 15 years to catch up to this idea but boy, I'm sure glad we did—I got one of those snazzy little mugs from my husband for Christmas and man, it's good:

Stores You Should Know About—London: Labour and Wait

Stores You Should Know About—London: Labour and Wait

Stores You Should Know About—London: Labour and Wait

Labour and Wait has two brick and mortar locations in London—one in Shoreditch as well as one in Dover Street Market. And should you find yourself in Japan, check out BShop—you'll be able to find Labour and Wait at 13 of their locations.

Thanks to Poppy Talk for taking a great picture of the swoon-worthy brush collection, and Dwell for their ballin' shelf photo.

London + Art

 I just read about this new show from artist Malika Favre at the Kemistry Gallery in Shoreditch.

The  show features different patterned prints, and revolves around a female character who moves between each print. Pretty great concept, right?

The only show I’ve been to since I’ve moved to London was the very obvious Damien Hirst at the Tate, but there are tons of  galleries and museums I’m looking to explore (I’m looking at you, White Cube, Serpentine, and Barbican).

Not to mention that the V&A has just announced a giant David Bowie retrospective that’s set to open next March. This exhibit is expected to put my past experiences with Bowie tributes to shame, specifically those that took place in Atlanta between the years of 2004 and 2008 (above-bed Bowie tribute, photography, freshman dorm room, 2004; Best of Bowie video display, apartment 2416 living room, 2007-2008).

Unfortunately it doesn’t open until March, but a Google Calendar reminder has already been created for this so we won’t be missing it.

A bonus about the museums here: general admission is free. I’m used to $20 entry fees at MOMA soo that’s cool.