local treasure

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So I’m here in London, darting all over the place and guess what? I FORGOT to bring a jacket. I’m staying in East London and found an Abbey Lee-esq hippy inspired coat for £10 (about $17?) at my local thrift shop. Needless to say, I wore it straight out the door.
Yesterday was Portobello Road market. Found some bargains:

1. Floor length 70’s crochet/wool skirt.
2. Morrocan style turquoise stone and silver cuff.
3. A past season zara leather jacket

Today was Spitalsfield market:

1. All Saints jumpsuit
2. Huge knit black cardigan with oversized hood.

Ended each day at a local pub.

High street shops here don’t interest me half as much as street markets do. Now I want to just relax and hang out the rest of the week.
Pics to follow v. soon!


  1. Gon says:

    I wanna she those finds! Speacially the Abbey Lee-ish jacket!

    Have fun!
    Dimogonda blog

  2. Beloved1 says:

    Oh dear please do post some fabulous pics for us whilst your in Londo. What was the first thing you ate when you got there?

  3. Sarah Dee says:

    Im always so jealous of how much stuff you score! I feel like I never find anything thrifting… Love your blog!


  4. SheWearSheShares says:

    yes show us yuur thrift finds. We need pics!

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  6. Dree says:

    love the laid bck hippy vibe of the girls above! have a great time in london!

    Dree (fellow girl in the UK)

  7. Li says:

    Your trip sounds so fantastic! Can’t wait to see all your purchases!

  8. anna says:

    ohhhh i’m soooo jealous!!!! XDDDD have a great time!!!

  9. pkjb says:

    london town is the BEST! sound like great finds – can’t wait to see them ck 🙂 x

  10. behindblueeyes says:

    they look amazing!
    what a hippie style ;D
    have a nice day <3

  11. cocktail of fashion says:

    Hi Karen

    Thank you soo much for taking a picture with me on Saturday @ Portobello Market. I hope you managed to get to All Saints store ok. When i left you guys, i ended up going to Carnaby St for more shopping 🙂
    Hope you are enjoying your stay in London & it was lovely meeting you.

  12. Dolly otherwise known as Jasmine. says:

    Yay your back in good old LDN, I am kind of upset that it is Bank Holiday today as there was limit on which places I could go to but I ended up going Camden in which I found an amazing charity shop I have never come across before called Traid in which they have their own collection’s just like regular labels but instead of buying rich fabrics they alter clothes people have handed in to them which I find totally amazing, I sawthis gorggeous purple boiler suit and was tempted to buy except sadly my purse would not stretch to the amount of money needed. I hope you have a lovely time in LDN anyway- I get a bit hyperactive when I go shopping here!

    From Dolly

  13. The Style Strutter says:

    Thats a great pic:)!! Cant wait to see ur puchases!!


  14. Karena says:

    Looks like you are having so much fun!! I love London!!

    Art by Karena

  15. Foluke says:

    Hi I live in London….where’s Spitasfield market???….Portobello Rd is amazing….x

  16. Kajsa says:

    Hi! I live in Sweden and I’ve been a fan off your blog for a long time. You have a really nice style!

    Keep it up 😉


  17. Anika says:

    Was recently (well in Feb) in London and can you believe I didn’t go to any street markets??!!! So annoyed at myself. Although we were there for 2 and a half days…and caught up with friends and went to a show and went to the Tate….so can’t complain.

    Enjoy back home 🙂

  18. The Beso Team says:

    I love the Portobello road street market. Great pieces you found. You simply have a knack for weeding through vintage items and finding amazing things. Thanks for the photos and sharing your experience.
    The Beso Team

  19. Silvia says:

    Karen!!!! I just came back from London yesterday, can’t believe you’ve been there too! You know you are one of my favorite bloggers, i’m sooo sorry that I didn’t see you to take a pic together! I lived at a friends appartment in bricklane, saturday I’ve been at portobello too and spitalfield kind of every day…so funny! checked out all the markets and shops (beyond retro,rellik, absolute vintage etc.) and wow!!I wish to have it in rome! big kiss sissi


  20. tiffany. says:

    okay i LOVE this photo!!


  21. prettyyoungthing says:

    That pic with of your feet with the umbrella in the background is brilliant. Makes me happy. Great blog you’ve got going.

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