peep and chicken

musings and wares from e8 and nw3

Category: travel

Leipzig

just spent a week in the freezing temperatures of saxony. beautiful and snowy. knödel aplenty.

20130129-081517.jpg

whitby

a beautiful walk in by the north sea before heading back to london town.

20130103-120812.jpg

amsterdam

amsterdam

amsterdam was feeling very Christmassy when i was there last week. only had time to pick up a few chocolatey treats before flying back home.

Paris joli

20121206-214517.jpg

20121206-214629.jpg

just spent a gorgeous 24 hours in Paris, just enough time to fit in steak frites at l’Entrecote in St Germain and millefeuille and foie gras macarons at Pierre Hermé.

nw3 to n6

20121127-190652.jpg

i’ve made the move from gospel oak to archway road, swapped hampstead heath for highgate wood.

two great things about my new area:

SOUVENIR – a little boutique shop that sells these wonderful velvet cushions in the shape of foxes and greyhounds. all hand sewn and all made from vintage materials – i am desperate for one for Christmas.

QUARTERS CAFE – perfect coffee and 2 mins walk away.

20121127-191110.jpg

20121127-191131.jpg

20121127-191215.jpg

images courtesy of http://www.souvenirgallery.co.uk

i also heart CA

more photos from my USA travels. this time Costa Mesa in Orange County. blazing sun, mahi mahi fish tacos, margaritas, and the ANTI MALL… pretty painful looking at these and then back at the cold drizzle outside my window here in London.

i heart ny

a few photos from my recent whirlwind trip to New York, one of my most treasured places on earth.  the weather was gloriously sunny, and many wonderful things were packed into my short time there. highlights definitely including octopus at SUPPER, steak at RAOUL’S, ice skating in central park and concerts at Carnegie Hall. YES. can’t wait to go back SOON.

thankful

happy belated thanksgiving! Spotted this in a little bakery in orange county the day before thanksgiving – a turkey made from profiteroles. I would have bought it had it not been for my impending 9 hour flight home that evening. Even though I was back in London for thanksgiving we still celebrated with turkey meatballs and yams roasted with marshmallows in Hackney. So good. More pics and news from my American travels to follow.

20121123-162718.jpg

carry on

all the essentials for the 9 hour flight tomorrow…

vogue, cashmere socks from Tabio, travel wallet, passport sleeve and scarf from Liberty, silk eye mask picked up on my last trip to ny, moleskin city notebook packed with reminders of all my favourite ny haunts, The Sartorialist’s 2nd book – Closer, Chanel eye cream, hydrating moisture mist by REN and ipad clothed in ArtiZanna.

ny

am getting pretty excited about my upcoming trip to ny. i’ll only be there for 4 days so have been dreaming of my ideal capsule wardrobe (below). flat boots for walking, leather for rain, cozy knit for warmth.

and i will certainly be fitting in a few trips to my favourite ny shopping spots. our picks include…

1. Ginette NY for jewels

2. Loehmanns/Filenes Basement for bargain bags and coats

3. East 9th St for vintage

4. Barneys for dreamy browsing

5. Marc Jacobs Bleecker St store always worth a look

6. Ludivine on West 4th St for investment pieces

7. J. Crew for stripes and sequins.

striped top Maison Martin Margiela, jumper Isabel Marant, leather trousers Marc by Marc Jacobs, veste Sandro, boots Acne, nail lacquer Essie, Dress Sandro