Our first port of call in London is usually the Riding House Cafe. The berry pancakes haven't quite been bettered elsewhere. Me and @Hinisha_
are happy to try various places for breakfast, yet find ourselves returning to our old fave. Speaking of sweet treats. we've also tried gelato from
different gelatarie in the big city, yet no place has come close to Gelato Village. If you should so happen to find yourself in Leicester, it's worth your
while to make a little visit (The tiramisu and pistachio though). Hometown wins the point this round, although there's still many sugary morsel to
sample. I've heard good things about Milk Train, where you can find ice-cream with a halo of candyfloss. When I was younger, I just had to have a
candyfloss bag every time we visited the fair...until I was a little older to realize a sack of sugar probably isn't the healthiest snack. I'll totally make an
exception and give in here - it'd be a fun throwback to carefree days of the past .
Satisfied from a delicious breakfast, we set out onto the bustling street. A quick spot of browsing on Oxford Street and a busy tube ride later, we
found ourselves at Westminster. I remember when I was working in London a few years ago and met a friend here. As I climbed the steps, I literally
gasped as a silhouette of the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament came into view. It was essentially a view of postcard London, that dusky
evening, This sunny day, I'm reminded of how nice it is to see the city in shades-worthy weather. The wintry chill of February also springs to mind,
with the beautifully glistening Thames making up for frozen fingers.
We played tourist, weaving through the hustle and bustle, finding a moment to admire the architecture. I've mentioned how a statement necklace
adds detail to an outfit, where a trip to the floral ceiling garden in Bank complemented the accessories. A gold-tone leaf wreath has a dramatic and
eye-catching element to it. The simplicity of the choker here and necklace here are also striking, with a delicately elegant touch.
It was a busy day, where we also wanted to check out an art exhibition. The many galleries and shows that take place here are something I miss
about the city. I guess it's about making the most out of the opportunities that are on your doorstep. I recently heard about Chelsea In Bloom, where
retailers feature floral art adorning their store. A reason to make a visit next year.
In an ever-so-slight haste to get to our venue that day before closing, I asked the time. Sis dryly replied how I should divert my attention to the big
clock over there (in so many words). It's not often you can tell the time with a casual glance at arguably, the most famous clock in the world.
The afternoon sun cropped up ablaze, with everything glowing red. The season of cosy knits and autumnal wrapping is upon us. Like the multi-hued
palette I enjoy painting with, I'm a fan of colourful coats and tie-up trenches. I purchased a dusty pink one similar to the one here recently, which I'm
looking forward to wearing soon. How's a bit of cobalt colour-blocking for drama? I'm liking the tartan take here on the classic trench by Burberry.
This one makes me want to pull out the felt-tips and get a little scrawly. I'm reminded of Nerds carefully scattered across the surface with this jacket
(another candy treat enjoyed in my childhood) - I would happily wear this one. Sometimes I opt for tweed and combine it with a belt, alike our visit
to Richmond, this time last year. Scarves and hats in jewel tones would complement the rich browns and ochres of the season.
Wherever I am, I love art-spotting. Pockets of creativity can found pretty much everywhere, especially in London. Be it a play on a famous fashion
perfume or an uplifting quote...there's always something to make you smile. The intricate mosaics at Tottenham Court station also caught my eye,
where I had just long enough to enjoy the miniature details, before getting swept up in a throng of people. Gotta keep on moving...
A visit to the National Gallery was made, to see a beautifully vibrant tapestry designed by Chris Offili. The Caged Bird's song is a bold triptych which
is hand-woven at the loom, by skilled weavers of the Clothworkers Company. The collaborative effort translates Ofili's watercolour vision on a
stunning scale. What I found particularly fascinating was how the entwined threads blend so effortlessly to create nuances in shade. In the
accompanying video, near the 44 minute mark, the artist is also taken with how 'that's a pool of pigment, but it's been rendered in wool'. Amazing.
The aptly named 'Threadneedle street' came across our way as we continued exploring. That's the beauty of this place - you never know what you'll
discover. It also felt like a little reminder to get back in the atelier and create. Even with numerous ideas floating around in my mind, I feel as though I
haven't been spending enough time actually putting them on paper and stitching. There's no time like now to get going, without worrying about
what the outcome will be. Just starting and getting lost in the process is important...everything else, alike speeding carriages on the underground,
will keep on moving like clockwork (most of the time).