Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The writing on the wall…

banksy, deb shops kimono, deb shops ripped denim jeans, deb shops booties, chicnova fringe purse, polka dot umbrella

Ever feel like you need to get away?  I'm thanking my lucky stars that I live in a place where I can drive to the airport and a few short hours later, I can be in a new country with a new language and a new culture.  This time, I hopped over to London to visit my aunt, who was in town for a few days.  This is the third trip to London I've made in the last year (how freaking cool is that?) and, as it was super short, we used it as an opportunity to do the things that we keep saying we'll do and then run out of time for.  

First on the list: Find Banksy! 

I've always appreciated his art and wanted to see it, but by the time I remember that I want to see it, I'm on a train and headed back to the airport.  This time, I came prepared.  I did some intense googling and came up with 5 Banksy pieces that appeared to have not been sold or destroyed and one of them just so happened to be around the corner from where I stay when I'm in town.  Voila!  I was all set to call it a day and head to Masala Zone to stuff myself with Indian food, but I got a tip about another street artist (Ben Wilson… get more info HERE) who paints on discarded chewing gum… and also happened to have done some paintings a few streets over from my London home.  

Our next stop was Tottenham Court to check out this crazy gum art.  It was worth it.  This stuff is random, but uber cool!  Plus, TC is pretty cool to wander through.  I think the only thing that would have made it better is if there was a Buffalo Jeans shop.  For real… have you seen their new line?  I'm hooked on these Faith jeans

We rounded out the afternoon by visiting the Tower where an installation of ceramic poppies is in the works.  Each poppy (made by artist, Paul Cummins and installed by stage designer, Tom Piper) represents a soldier who fell in the Great War.  They will be installed up until 11-November, at which point they will be removed from the moat and sent out to peeps who had the foresight and 25 quid to buy one!  Grab one HERE! 

… and THEN we went to Masala Zone and stuffed ourselves with yummy Indian food! 

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  1. Great shoots, very unconventional! I like this post so much... I really miss London
    XOX, Gap.

  2. So cool that you can travel so easily! That mural is really amazing... Thanks for sharing!

  3. awesome!

  4. Sounds like you had an awesome trip! You're so lucky that you can travel so easily. Great photos, I'm also a huge fan of Banksy!

    xo, Becca

  5. Sounds like you had a great trip! You're so lucky that you can travel so easily. Great photos, I'm also a huge fan of Banksy!

    xo, Becca

  6. I love spontaneous travel like this! Great photos and a great post. =)

    I hope you are having a great week so far!


  7. Awesome look! Love the setting

  8. Amazing that you got to visit London thrice already this year! And I love that you had an art fix there! I would've loved to have seen the ceramic poppy in person-- the photos that I've seen look divine I bet it would have looked better to actually see it.

    Great outfit! I love that kimono top and the distressed jeans!

    x Francesca of

  9. these pictures are amazing! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  10. Sounds like fun! :) I'd love to see some Banksy IRL. One of my tattoos is based on one of his pieces. For my guy and I, the next time we have the opportunity for a UK adventure, the Dr. Who museum is high on our list. If you're a fan, you should check it out & blog about it, so I can live vicariously, since you're so much closer.

    Take care!

  11. How amazing it must be to be so close to so many other countries. Glad you had a fun little stay in London and got to check out these really cool pieces of street art. Thanks for sharing!
    Chic on the Cheap

  12. I love your kimono

  13. Lovely photos. I must say that I really love your shoes!


  14. Your pictures are always so full of color/life! Love it.

    xo Cassandre

  15. Glad you live near the airport, and more than beautiful place, and her look is also super chic.
    Of course whenever you have new post, can warn me whenever I come to see. and

  16. I loved the post, this great, kisses

  17. I smiled when I saw the photo of the diversion sign and the double yellow lines!! Shame it was raining for you when you came here to UK.

  18. wauw your so lucky to be able to travel and do what you love