modern vintage style
I wear jeans about once a year. It’s not that I have an issue with them (quite the contrary, I think they’re a classic component of any chic closet), I am simply too sleepy to put anything more than a dress together in the morning.

When I started to pack for a beautiful wedding in the Cotswolds, it seemed a great time to throw a pair on in an ode to smart packing (1 extra shirt and dress means nada to carry!) and kick it old school. As a cherry on top, I got a beautiful blow dry from Rush Kentish Town before hopping on the train and my stylish created two mini victory rolls as a vintage nod that would hold more bounce for the following day’s celebrations.

Max prep. Max chill. Max annual denim.

What I Wore:
Black crop top
Vintage tie-front off the shoulder top (similar here)
Turned up Levis 501s
Floral platform heels

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I spent most of June on an all-seafood diet and came home with the star-crossed seafood snobbery to show for it.

When you grow up in the Big Smoke, you learn to shy away from anything more spectacular than a midweek battered cod. Landlocked London has forever fought a losing battle against sustainable seafood that tastes anything better than mediocre.

Somehow, Bucket beat the odds.

The new restaurant (which, like a lot of my new favourite restaurants, decided to hop on the gentrification wagon in Westbourne Grove) is the great British high street’s own little slice of Croatia.

An ex-Gaucho team have flipped a failed American-style diner into a rustic luxury beach shack with a spring in its step and the menu to match.

As its name suggests, small and large seafood buckets are their calling card but a tummy tide pulled me elsewhere on my introductory visit.

Their innovative small plates drew me in; I ebbed into salmon crudo (with grapefruit,pink peppercorn & lime), grilled squid steak with lemon purée, and tuna tartare (with breakfast radish, avocado mayo & seaweed crisps) with reckless abandon, expectations far exceeded from my first bite.

Indulgently, I added three oysters (with a selection of vinaigrettes) to compliment a Zacapa Old Fashioned (Ron Zacapa, Pedro Ximenez, chocolate bitters, & orange). They weren’t the best I’ve ever had – keeping in mind I used to eat them straight from the water as a child – but they were the best I’ve had in London. Especially at the side of such an infallible cocktail.

Bucket-wise, my date and I opted to share a small bucket of coconut and chilli mussels alongside a sesame-sprinkled seaweed and cucumber salad. Both touted a sensational, balanced flavour profile and interesting Southeast Asian touches.

At the recommendation of our incredibly friendly and attentive waiter, I took a pre-dessert pause with a Seaweed Martini which – despite looking like actual filth – blended Hendrick’s, St-Germain, seaweed, sea algae, & cucumber to umami perfection.

While I was tempted to carb up on my booth neighbour’s lobster mac & cheese and dive into the rest of the cocktail menu, I decided to bookmark such plans for a future visit and wrap things up with pineapple carpaccio (with pink peppercorn, lemon thyme cream & coconut ice cream) and a bite of my date’s mascarpone-heavy tiramisu.

Whether you’re popping in for £1 oysters* or a Lela London-style feast, there is no doubt in my mind you would leave anything less than thrilled. But I have to put my wind behind the sails of the latter.

It is quite literally a Bucket list restaurant.

(* With any bottle, jug, cocktail or bucket of beers. 4-7pm on weekdays and 4-6pm on weekends.)

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unicorn dress
A small introduction to my two new favourite things caused such a stir on Instagram Stories that I truly couldn’t snap these shots or write these words fast enough!

This is your official introduction to a spectacular (and sustainable!) custom printed clothing brand and a gadget that turns your smartphone photos into retro-styled prints.

First off, Doc Cotton. The brand offers 100% cotton clothing made from scratch and digital printed to feature the patterns/colours you love, with no nasty dyes. They support local and up-and-coming talent by allowing users to feature their prints, or upload their own, on a selection of shirts, skirts, and dresses.

Naturally, I opted for my own bespoke illustrated of unicorns, rainbows & stars with gold buttons and white threading. The online upload (and print sizing) were incredibly easy to figure out and one week later, my favourite (and only completely unique) item of clothing arrived!

On the same time as the KiiPix, actually.

Essentially, KiiPix is a pocket-sized printer which unfolds into a mini vintage photo booth. You place your phone above the lens with your desired photo placed on the frame, hit the shutter, and wind a small dial to pop-out a Polaroid (or FujiFilm Instax mini, in my case).

It’s completely wireless, lightweight, and offers a great option for creating physical mementos after the memories happen.

What I Wore:
The Doc Cotton dress, detailed above, tied with a vintage rope belt
Julian Hakes Mojito heels


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baby blues
Last week I was beyond fortunate to take a bit of tim off work so I could show one of my beloved American babes around my hometown for the first time. I was such a breath of fresh air – I haven’t really taken the time to look at London through bright eyes since I was, well, a baby with bright eyes.

We spent days eating everything we wanted, walking everywhere our heels could handle, and dressing up purely for thrills. Hence this jazzy little number in a heatwave.

No regrets.

What I Wore:
Brocade off the shoulder skater dress from ASOS
Two band mules from Next
Mint blue leather cross body handbag from Smith & Canova

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freelance journalist london
Well ‘ello, loved ones. It’s been quite some time since I’ve just sat down in front of this battered old MacBook to chat you through general life happenings and your ‘where TF are you’ e-mails certainly suggest one is overdue!

As some of you know, I have been Lois Lane-ing my way through London’s biggest and best newsrooms behind the scenes of Blogland and the freelance grind has been busier than ever over the past couple of months.

We’re talking features on the misconceptions of Type 1 diabetes (followed by a highly requested ‘day in the life’), the damning effects of bisexual erasure, the hidden horrors of birth control, and much more.

Want me to cover something in your favourite paper, magazine, or website? I’m always a DM away (@lelalondon across all social media)!