Monday, 16 June 2014

London's calling..

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On Friday I did that silly thing where you dream you've slept through an alarm, wake up in a panic and then can't get back to sleep until your alarm actually does go off. This was at about 4.30am and I left the house to get my train at 6.15. Armed with a large coffee and my Kindle, I headed to London and read my way through a book on the way.

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Getting in about 9.30 meant I had a couple of hours before needing to meet my friends, so I headed to my own personal Mecca - Carnaby Street - and went to the Irregular Choice store for a leisurely browse and a chat with the lovely staff. They knew about and had been following my Instagram #Irregularchoicechallenge which felt a bit strange.

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After trying on numerous pairs, I made my decisions and purchased what I chose. I then nipped to Piccadilly to pick up the things I wanted from the Cath Kidston store, before speeding back on the tube to Marylebone to meet Sarah and Roisin. I'll share what I purchased in a later post, as too many photos!

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Roisin took us to Goldhawk Road, where she often goes to fabric shop and we spent a good long while checking out all of the fabric shops there. I managed to pick up some fabric I'd had my eye on for a while, as well as some wonderful shiny party dress fabric which I'm trying to decide what to do with. I'm always happy when I find some fabric bargains!

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Our next stop was Brick Lane to visit the Emily and Fin sample sale after a quick stop for some food. I think I'd been expecting something a lot smaller than the Truman Breweries pop-up shop which hosted the event and there were so many styles to choose from. Again, I made some purchases but those will have to wait for another day.

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From here it was back on the tube to Islington for a little soiree at Raystitch. A lot bigger, and cuter than I imagined from the website, Raystitch looks to be a fabulous little haberdashery which also runs workshops and tutorials. Everyone was lovely and very welcoming, even though I had to admit to them that I didn't know many names.

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The main reason for descending on them was for a chance to meet Christine Haynes, who came up with the Emery pattern and was over visiting from LA. She was ever so lovely and friendly and seemed very impressed that Sarah had made her 50th Emery dress for the occasion!

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Sadly all too soon it was time to go - in fact I was rather worried I would miss my train as we'd chatted for so long, but I managed to get to Euston with a minute to spare, only to find that it was delayed coming in by almost 20mins. Thankfully the station I needed to get a connection at were really helpful and managed to hold that one for me, so I didn't have to spend the night on a station platform.

Getting home about 1.30am I was ready for bed, as I had to be up the next day to take the Guides to Alton Towers. My day was lovely and totally worth it, though. 


  1. What a colourful bunch you are! Loved Brick Lane, dying to go back and have a curry! x

    1. We very nearly went for a lunchtime curry but it was too hot.

  2. i just love the name of your blog! so cute


  3. oh wow that looks like such a fab day x

  4. It sounds like you had a fabulous day! Looking forward to seeing some of your purchases from the day! <3

    1. It was a great day, but I was super tired by the time I got home.

  5. Brilliant day!! I'm so jealous you went to the IC shop, my Mum and sister have been, but I haven't been to London in years. Can't wait to see what you bought.

  6. What an amazing day, can;t wait to see what you bought!

    Maria xxx

  7. How lovely, Char! It seems like a great day and I love the fact the IC staff are following your challenge!!! Mea ha!! X

    1. I know, I felt kind of awkward but it was lovely to chat to them about it!

  8. It sounds like you had a fantastic, and very busy weekend! I'm dying to visit the Irregular Choice shop in Carnaby Street- it looks like heaven! I'm looking forward to seeing what you picked up in Cath K! xx

  9. Amazing pictures. This Is definitely one of the locations I would like to visit most one day.

  10. That looks like a totally fabulous day, I'm really jealous!
    I love fabric bargains, but up here in Newcastle there is never that much choice :(

    Gems x
    Fashion, Well Done

    1. There's only one haberdashery in my town and all dressmaking fabrics start at about £12/m so anything less than £10 to me is a total bargain.

  11. Wow you fairly managed to cover some distance in one day, I lived in London for 5 years and wouldn't have attempted even half of that in a day, haha!

    Sounds lovely, and I can't wait to hear everything you've bought :) xx

    1. Haha, we had our plan and stuck to it. My feet are paying for all of the walking now, though.