The weather in London
has been fairly dreadful the last couple of weeks and yesterday was no different. Nevertheless, I put on my favorite pair of Gucci
riding boots, armed myself with an umbrella, and headed out in search of accessories. Despite the cold rain and ominous clouds, it was my birthday, so I couldn't let anything stop me. Lately I've been feeling like I just don't have enough accessories and so I've made it my mission to collect a few pieces for the summer. My first stop out was to Notting Hill
, one of my absolute favorite places in London. Not only is it home to the famous Portobello Road Market
, but is also full of all kinds of vintage stores full of designer clothes, shoes, and jewelry. You have to be patient and check back often, but if you're lucky, you will find some really special pieces. My favorite store is a place called HIRST ANTIQUES
, specializing in fine costume jewelry. The woman who owns the store is a proper magpie and if you like shiny things you'll feel like you've died and gone to heaven. Glass shelf after shelf is filled with colorful, sparkly bits and baubles that she will let you pick out and try on. I went in with the intention of finding a statement necklace I had once seen in a dream, but soon found myself lusting after a gold Fendi
bracelet. I tried it on, modeled in the mirror, and discussed price with her. As this was my first stop of the day, I decided to leave it and mull it over. I have to admit though, I woke up this morning thinking about it...