Days off in a city like London are the best days. Being from as small a ‘wee place’ as Northern Ireland undoubtedly just adds to the awe, with the rush of people, market-stalls and vast array of pastel houses never becoming tiresome. Last Saturday was a day spent venturing around the ever Instagrammable Notting Hill, taking pictures, people watching and eating food. Ideal. When firm favourite Farm Girl was queued out we decided to hit Portobello’s The Electric Diner for brunch. Think sour dough, avocado, perfectly poached eggs and a sprinkling of chilli flakes. Early morning weekend food at its finest.
But knowing what to wear in London at the weekend is forever a pain. Finding the balance between practical and stylish when you don’t yet own your own Canada Goose (yet being the key word here) is a tricky one. When in doubt I go for black. Black parka. Black skinnies. Black scarf. A hoodie would always have been a no-no for me but Jack Wills new season’s womenswear is changing my opinion. And when it too comes in black, we’re onto a sure winner. I teamed this little number with some fine Missoma jewellery and was delighted to find how well it worked. Soft material lends for a premium fit, plus the subtle glint of that classic Jack Wills logo lets us all know it’s a quality piece. It also kept me utterly toasty when snow and rain began to threaten.
Aside from an unrivalled street market, bazaar style shops and a collection of delicious bakeries offering the sweetest of treats, Notting Hill also boasts the best charity shops. Being a rather affluent area, quite clearly the local charity shops are where ridiculously wealthy local ladies choose dump last seasons Mulberry and Dior (as one does). Following that, thrifty young women (me) are delighted to rifle through and see if there’s any treasures to be had. And there usually is.
Sunday day was spent at south-east London’s Maltby Street Market, a total hipster haven but boasting some of the best food stalls the city has to offer. Whilst here I enjoyed a chicken and maple syrup waffle, was bullied into pretending I enjoyed an absolutely potent Americano, and felt incredibly privileged to be sampling the best brownie in the U.K (2013). If anyone knows the whereabouts of 2017’s offering I’d be extremely grateful.
Come Sunday evening I was aware of the fact I’d soon be rushing straight back to Heathrow to head home, so once again enter the age old dilemma of what to wear. Thankfully, Jack Wills was on hand as usual. The trusty Saltwell hoodie returned but with the addition of a Breton stripe. Of course. Sometimes a badly fitted Breton made of all too heavy cotton has the ability to make me feel ‘eugh.’ The Alburgh stripe however, hits the nail on the head with its slim and flattering fit. Teamed with a hardy pair of jeans and comfortable trainers, the below made for an ideal travel outfit.
To purchase either of the key pieces, the hoodie or the Breton, just click on the links below. And Jack Wills offer 10% off for students all year round.
So there we have it. Jack Wills providing a quick and easy wardrobe for a busy weekend of eating and shopping in beautiful London. It’s a hard life…
*With special thanks to Jack Wills for the beautiful pieces*