That In Between Time Of Year

That In Between Time Of Year
That In Between Time Of Year
That In Between Time Of Year

I have a feeling that today’s post might involve a bit of rambling, so I apologise for that in advance. It’s that in between time of year where the season is changing yet I’m still shopping around for my key pieces for autumn/winter and wondering what the rest of the year will bring. On top of the fashion uncertainty (biggest world problem, I know), I am currently going through some big personal life changes, which always tend to happen at this time of year too. For some reason, that “back to school” mindset in September never really leaves you – even five(!) years after graduating – and it always seems like a good time to start a fresh. Except this year it seems even harder – having relocated from Montreal two weeks ago, I am currently hunting for jobs in London whilst living at home in Bristol. However, it’s a bit difficult to know when to take the plunge to actually move there, especially when there are three of you to consider (nope, I’m not pregnant, I’m talking about our cat ha!). I’m sure everything will work itself out but I always find my productivity levels dip during uncertain times because I find it so much easier to work when I’m settled. So once again, I’m asking you to please bear with me.

That In Between Time Of Year

DRESS: VINTAGE (similar via BOOHOO) | TOP: VINTAGE | SHOES: DR MARTENS | BAG: c/o COACH | HAT: VINTAGE (similar via ASOS)


That In Between Time Of Year

Ok let’s talk about this outfit shall we?! It is quite reflective of that in between time of year I was talking about – I’m starting to think about AW17 trends yet the legs are still out, which was possible when we shot these back in Montreal at the beginning of September. Red continues to be a big colour for the coming season and if you follow me on Instagram you will see that I am a big fan. I picked up this adorable red sixties pinafore dress in an excessively massive spree I made when I left the vintage shop I worked in in Montreal. It is just the perfect length and shape, hugging in at my waist and skimming out over my hips. I paired it with this burnt orange turtleneck, which is such a beautiful colour and just what you need for nailing the seventies trend that’s come back around this season (yay!).

That In Between Time Of Year
That In Between Time Of Year

I finished off the look with some rather “school girl” accessories. After taking a little break from each other during summer, I am reunited with my Coach Saddle Bag and absolutely loving it. It goes really well with the burnt orange turtleneck yet clashes against the bright red pinafore and I think it works really well. I am also thrilled to be wearing my trusty Dr Martens shoes again, which are an absolute winter wardrobe staple that adds that toughness to any outfit. Finally, no look would be complete without a vintage fisherman cap. This one is from my recent vintage haul and yes it’s almost identical to my other one except it’s black! Oh I do love this time of year when leather shoes, turtlenecks and hats can come back out from the depths of our wardrobes!

That In Between Time Of Year
That In Between Time Of Year

Finally, can we just talk about this yellow school bus backdrop?! Yes, we had to sneak onto to some school property to take these photos but I just simply could not leave Montreal without shooting by such an iconic symbol of North American life. I absolutely love the injection of colour and how it clashes oh so well with the reds and oranges of the outfit. I hope you have enjoyed this little rambling post. I felt so stuck on what to write, which is the effect that in between time of year can have but it feels good to have just let my fingers type. Right I must get back to job hunting now – wish me luck! X

That In Between Time Of Year

Seattle City Guide

Seattle City Guide

Hello and welcome to my Seattle City Guide!

September really has been the month of travel content here on Fashion Et Moi and I’m certainly not complaining! Last week I shared My Montreal Travel Guide and the places I frequented the most whilst living for a year in that incredible city. Today, it’s Seattle’s turn, another amazing city that Lewis and I were lucky enough to visit for four days back at the end of August. As you can see for the above photo - which was taken at Kerry Park - Seattle is an absolutely stunning city, set on six main hills with views of snow topped mountains to both the East and West and surrounded by lakes. Get ready for some serious food porn, tips on where to vintage shop and things to do with my Seattle City Guide.

Seattle City Guide | Pike Place Market

WHERE TO EAT


Seattle City Guide | Beecher's Handmade Cheese

BEECHER'S HANDMADE CHEESE & PIKE PLACE MARKET


The first stop on our (rather accidental) culinary tour of Seattle was Beecher’s Homemade Cheese. Located at the famous Pike Place Market, we explored to see what some of the other hundreds of stalls and cafes had to offer before finally deciding on cheese, naturally. We shared a portion of mac ‘n’ cheese and a grilled cheese, which came to around $14. Rather expensive for lunch but it was so worth it – the mac ‘n’ cheese had a lovely smoky flavour thanks to added spices and the grilled cheese was no frills, just cheese and toast, just as we like it. As we ate, we watched the cheese being churned, separated and packaged in the glass walled room next door. For dessert, we shared a delicious cardamom and cinnamon bun from Pirousky Pirousky, a Russian bakery just a few shops down, which always has a queue. I came to realise afterwards that Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is rather famous in Seattle, with their flagship cheddar featuring on many menus we look at throughout our trip. If you’re a cheese lover - and more specifically a cheddar fan - I would definitely recommend that you try out Beecher’s Handmade Cheese on your visit to Seattle.

FIND IT: 1600 Pike Place, Seattle

Seattle City Guide | Beecher's Handmade Cheese
Seattle City Guide | Morsel biscuits
Seattle City Guide | Morsel biscuits

MORSEL


Our trip to Seattle will always be remembered as the time we discovered "biscuits". I'm not talking about those round, flat and hard things us British know of as biscuits but rather Southern American "biscuits", which are like English scones…but better. Morsel is a no frills and understated cafe specialising in these biscuits and just serving around 5 different meal options. I went for roasted garlic butter and melted Beecher's cheese accompanied by roasted tomato jam, so called the "Cheesy Biscuit". It was absolutely delicious and the perfect quick comfort food that was needed after a rainy Thursday morning. Later on during our stay, we went to Morsel’s sister café in Ballard called Biscuits and Bean. There was already a queue coming out of the door at 9am on Saturday morning but it was well worth the wait. We both went for a buttermilk biscuit dosed in leek and mushroom sauce and I added a fried egg on top. It was such a great alternative breakfast to the usual smashed avocado and poached eggs that we enjoy oh so much here in the UK. We finished things off with another buttermilk biscuit topped simply with some honey butter, which was just divine.

FIND IT: 4754 University Way NE, Seattle

Seattle City Guide | Morsel biscuits
Seattle City Guide | Molly Moon's Ice Cream
Seattle City Guide | Molly Moon's Ice Cream

MOLLY MOON'S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM


Oh how I miss Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream already! During our four-day trip to Seattle we visited this amazing ice creamery three times! Thanks to being to try as many flavours as you like before ordering, I soon knew that salted caramel and melted chocolate was the perfect combination. The salted caramel ice cream is without doubt the best I have ever had - Molly doesn't hold back on the salt and I applaud her! It might not be to everyone's taste as there are even small salt crystals in the ice cream but I absolutely loved it! Melted chocolate is a great contrast; being milder and creamier it goes perfectly with salted caramel all squeezed into a handmade waffle cone. Tip - just order a "single scoop" for $5, choose two flavours and you'll have plenty of ice cream, trust me!

FIND IT: 917 E Pine Street

Find other Molly Moon locations.

Seattle City Guide | Molly Moon's Ice Cream
Seattle City Guide | Ada's Technical Books & Cafe
Seattle City Guide | Ada's Technical Books & Cafe

ADA'S TECHNICAL BOOKS & CAFE


I am a big fan of concept stores. One of my favourite places to eat brunch in Boston is in a bookshop so when I read about Ada’s Technical Books & Café, I just had to check it out. It was the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat after having explored the shops of Capitol Hill. It felt so calming to be surrounded by books, people studying and others having a quiet chat over coffee. Ada’s Café offers an extensive menu of vegetarian food, which was another thing that drew me in. The biscuit obsession continued as we ordered one buttermilk biscuit smothered in mushroom gravy to share as well as a roasted vegetable hash, both topped with a fried egg. It was a delicious lunch, well priced and just the right amount of food to precede a trip to Molly Moon’s…told you I was obsessed.

FIND IT: 425 15th Ave E, Seattle

Seattle City Guide | Ada's Technical Books & Cafe

WHERE TO SHOP


Seattle City Guide | Red Light vintage
Seattle City Guide | Red Light vintage
Seattle City Guide | Red Light vintage

RED LIGHT VINTAGE


As soon as I walked into Red Light, I knew it was my kind of place. I loved the dark red walls and long rows of clothes, all organised by colour, of course. As I delved a little deeper, I noticed that the rails were arranged not only by colour but also by size and sometimes by era too! As a girl who has spent three of the past four years working in vintage shops, I know how much effort this type of organisation takes and it just shows how much Red Light has the customer's ease of shopping in mind. What is also fantastic is the little description written on each individual clothing tag, stating the decade and style of the piece, which is so useful if you are a vintage shopping novice. Details like this aside, Red Light is a really excellent vintage shop - the choice of both men's and women's clothing is great and the prices are reasonable too. Pick up a cute sixties dress for $20-30; find that must-have pair of denim shorts for $15-20 or dig around in the $1 t-shirt bin if you're really looking for a bargain. Red Light also buys your clothes too!

FIND IT: 4560 University Way NE, Seattle

Seattle City Guide | Lucky Vintage
Seattle City Guide | Lucky Vintage

LUCKY VINTAGE


Just a couple of blocks up University Way is Lucky Vintage, a smaller but equally excellent vintage clothes shop. Here, the decade is also written on the labels and each category of clothing is organised by size and then colour - what joy! This really makes vintage shopping a lot more accessible for all and it is super useful if you are looking for something in particular. The prices are more mid-range. For example, dresses go for $25-40 and top for $15-25 but I always say that it is so worth it if you find yourself the perfect piece. Alternatively, they do have a 10$ bargain rail if you're not bothered by the odd stain or are up for repairing an old item. A definite must visit!

FIND IT: 4742 University Way NE, Seattle

Seattle City Guide | Valley of Roses vintage

VALLEY OF ROSES


The final vintage shop I visited on University Way was Valley Of Roses, which has that great “organised mess” vibe I love so much. With shoes piled on more shoes and every rack jam packed with vintage goodies, it certainly is a fun place for a rummage. From dresses priced at $30+ and our favourite high-waisted jeans at $18-30 to cowboy boots and first nations accessories, this place really does have something for everyone.

FIND IT: 4748 University Way NE, Seattle

Seattle City Guide | Valley of Roses vintage
Seattle City Guide | Revival vintage

REVIVAL


Located on the bustling Broadway East in Capitol Hill, Revival is a beautiful boutique boasting both vintage and second hand contemporary clothing. Items are arranged by item and then by colour, as is common practice in many second hand stores. A brief description is written on each label, which is a great if you need help identifying if something is vintage or not (as both the vintage and second hand pieces sit side by side on the rails). As to be expected from a smaller boutique vintage shop, prices are higher to those on University Way. Find a perfect seventies dress for $25-50; a patterned sixties jacket for $35+ or a cute blouse for $15-30. Revival also offers new jewellery, sunglasses and these adorable cushions made by the owner’s mum! How cute!

FIND IT: 233 Broadway E, Seattle

Seattle City Guide | Revival vintage

WHAT TO DO


 

Seattle City Guide | Seattle Gum Wall
Seattle City Guide | Seattle Gum Wall

SEATTLE GUM WALL


You can’t go to Seattle without visiting the famous Gum Wall. Yep, a wall covered in gum is one of Seattle's biggest tourist attractions and it is exactly how it sounds. An alleyway just down the side of Pike Place Market is simply covered in red, pink, blue, green and white bubblegum and it really is quite something. Many probably think it’s totally disgusting but I saw some beauty in the colourful gum stuck to the brick walls, windows and hanging off pipes like stalactites. Of course, it is a great place to people watch, as tourists have their loved ones patiently take photos of them blowing a bubble in front of the Gum Wall or see others’ exclamations at this rather bizarre attraction.

FIND IT: 1428 Post Alley, Seattle 

Seattle City Guide | Ballard Locks
Seattle City Guide | Ballard Locks

BALLARD LOCKS


We were lucky enough to stay with my uncle, who has lived in Seattle for over ten years, near a rather cool area called Ballard. In fact, I would go as far to say that Ballard was my favourite area of Seattle due to its diversity, architecture and cool vibe. My uncle recommended that we visited Ballard Locks, which constantly have boat traffic coming in and out as well as millions of salmon passing through their fish ladder during the summer months. It sounds pretty geeky but it was really fascinating. Plus, the setting is just beautiful, with the rich neighbourhood of Magnolia to the south and views out to the Puget Sound beyond an industrial railway bridge. Afterwards, take to a stroll down the nearby Ballard Ave, where you will find lots of cool shops, restaurants and cafes that will definitely entice you back for an evening explore. 

FIND IT: 3015 NW 54th St, Seattle

Seattle City Guide | Ballard Locks
Seattle City Guide | Golden Gardens

GOLDEN GARDENS


Known for its amazing views of the nearby Olympic Mountains and its stunning sunsets, we headed to Golden Gardens on our last night in Seattle to watch the sun set. The Golden Gardens are actually a beach, not a park, which was an amazing surprise. On this Saturday night, there were people out in their droves - playing beach volleyball or having picnics, enjoying the last of the long summer evenings. We walked along the beach to a quieter spot and watched as the sun gradually disappeared behind the Olympic Mountains. As you can see from the photos, it was just such a magical moment. It was at Golden Gardens when I realised just how lucky Seattle residents are - to live in such a vibrant, cool city but also to have the nature right on their doorstep. I would totally live there! 

Seattle City Guide | Golden Gardens
Seattle City Guide | Golden Gardens
Seattle City Guide | Gasworks Park
Seattle City Guide | Gasworks Park

GASWORKS PARK


With panoramic views across Lake Union to downtown Seattle and the Space Needle as well as stunning neighbourhood hills, Gasworks Park is a must visit. Sit on the shore and watch boats go by and sea panes take off and land from the docks by downtown. If, like us, you watched some Seattle located films before your trip, you will definitely recognise the Gasworks Park as the setting for Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger paint balling scene in 10 Things I Hate About You and the view across Lake Union to the house boats in Sleepless In Seattle. However, if you haven't swotted up on Seattle films, don't worry - you will still enjoy Gasworks Park as much as the next person. 

Seattle City Guide

PUGET SOUND


Seattle is situated on various lakes and the beautiful Puget Sound to the north so I highly recommend getting out onto the water, one way or another. We were lucky enough to be staying with my uncle who owns this utterly charming old motorboat, on which we took a couple of early morning trips. There is simply nothing like seeing the sun rise and having fresh air running through your hair to wake you up properly and reassure you that that 6am start was totally worth it. We got to see a sea lion flopped on a buoy; a cute seal's head popped up over the gentle waves and a few herons nestled in the trees. Wow, I love nature. If you don't know anyone with a boat in the city, take the ferry over to Bainbridge Island where you might see some sea creatures if you’re lucky!

Seattle City Guide

Phew you made it to the end of the post! Apologies that this Seattle city guide was such a long post but as you can see, there is a lot to do in this amazing city! Whether you like to eat, shop or get back to nature, there is something for everyone and I am already thinking of ways I can get back there next summer! So watch this space, there may be part two of this Seattle city guide coming to Fashion Et Moi at some point! Next up is my guide to Vancouver, coming up next week! X

Seattle City Guide

What I Wore In Seattle | Last Summer Outfit Inspiration

What I Wore In Seattle
What I Wore In Seattle
What I Wore In Seattle

Hello to the most weather inappropriate outfit! I know that autumn is well and truly here in the UK but I still wanted to share what I wore in Seattle back at the end of August because I love just these photos. Plus I thought it might give those of you who are off on a late summer holiday (super jel!) some last summer outfit inspiration! From last week’s outfit post where I shared the reasons why I love vintage clothing to a look that actually doesn’t feature any vintage at all, which is quite a rarity here on Fashion Et Moi! However, sometimes when I travel, I don’t like to bring my best and rarest vintage pieces in case they are spoiled by sweat, food stains or sitting around on the grass.

What I Wore In Seattle

SKIRT: MOTEL ROCKS (old) | T-SHIRT: H&M MEN'S | SHOES: CONVERSE | SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN


What I Wore In Seattle
What I Wore In Seattle
What I Wore In Seattle

I have had this adorable red heart print wrap skirt by Motel Rocks for over a year now but due to its loose nature, I’ve often struggled with how to style it, until now. A little trend I noticed emerging over the summer was wearing oversized tees tied up around the waist, allowing both the top and bottom of an outfit to be loose without compromising on shape. The tying of the t-shirt emphasizes the waist – which I always benefit from – so it was the perfect way of finally being able to wear this skirt. My white t-shirt here is just a cheap and cheerful one from the H&M men’s section. I went for a size medium so it wasn’t too fitted and I love how it looks.

I finished off the look with my favourite Ray Ban round metal sunglasses and a brand new pair of Converse. Is it just me or does anyone else find immense joy in a new pair of Converse? Of course, I absolutely love the look of knackered Converse but having bright white soles and deep black canvas is such a novelty (and one that doesn’t last long at that) after two years of running my last pair into the ground.

What I Wore In Seattle
What I Wore In Seattle

This outfit was just perfect for city exploration in hot temperatures as it was super comfy and light. This is what I wore in Seattle on our first day when we headed to the famous Pike Place Market for a wander and some food. I just had to shoot in front of the iconic ‘Public Market’ sign as its red colour matched my skirt and lips perfectly. So that’s it – the last summer outfit of the year and I’m so excited to start sharing autumnal looks from next week. Stay tuned for my mammoth Seattle City Guide coming later this week – it’s going to be a good’un! X

What I Wore In Seattle

My Montreal Travel Guide

My Montreal Travel Guide

Hello and welcome to my Montreal travel guide!

Having lived in Montreal for a year and having completely fallen in love with the city, I thought it was only right that I share a round up of "my Montreal". These are the places I frequented on a weekly, monthly or just generally regular basis when I lived there. Of course, most of these tips are food related - Montreal does have a hell of a lot of restaurants - and to be honest, other than vintage shopping, that is where my passion lies. Before we get on with the post, I just want to say what an awesome city Montreal is. I utterly loved living there but it's a real grower so I would definitely recommend spending at least a week in this incredible city to get a real feel for the place. 

I hope you enjoy it - grab a cup of tea because it's a long one!

My Montreal Travel Guide | St Viateur Bagel
My Montreal Travel Guide | St Viateur Bagel
My Montreal Travel Guide | St Viateur Bagel

ST VIATEUR BAGELS VS FAIRMOUNT BAGELS


The best place for…bagels!

'St Viateur or Fairmount?' is the question on everyone's lips when the subject of bagels arises in Montreal. This of course refers to the two most famous bageleries in the city - St Viateur Bagel and Fairmount Bagel, named after the streets on which they are located. We lived smack bang in the middle of the two and I honestly can't pick a favourite of these Mile End establishments. I mean, it depends on what I fancy. Fairmount Bagel has a larger selection, with more sweet options like blueberry and chocolate chip and they also do an amazing multigrain bagel. However, St Viateur gets my vote when comparing the classic sesame bagel. Theirs are slightly bigger and pretty much always hot from the oven.

FIND IT: St Viateur Bagel - 263 Rue Saint Viateur Ouest | Fairmount Bagel - 74 Avenue Fairmount Ouest

My Montreal Travel Guide | St Viateur Bagel
My Montreal Travel Guide | Lola Rosa

LOLA ROSA


The best place for...vegetarian food.

I have already written a full review of Lola Rosa on Fashion Et Moi but I simply could not write a post all about ‘My Montreal’ without including my favourite vegetarian restaurant. It was the first place we ate out in Montreal, one Friday night in late September after a week of painting our new flat, and honestly we are obsessed with this place. Lola Rosa prides itself on being the favourite veggie restaurant for non-vegetarians and having taken almost every visitor there – whether meat eater or not – it is always a total hit. We know our way round the menu pretty well by know so here’s what I recommend. Start with a signature cocktail – I always go for the Gin Cucumber but they have some interesting ones like ‘T’es qui Lola?’, which, being a play on the word tequila, is their take on a margarita. Alongside, you have to order a starter of nachos because they are without doubt the best I have ever had. Then for main course, it is a tough choice. During our early visits to Lola Rosa, we often opted for the burrito, which is stuffed with spicy sweet potato puree, black beans and mozzarella and I would highly recommend this if you want to stick with the Mexican theme. Alternatively, I absolutely love the Cajun Burger, which is a sweet potato patty with a fried onion ring and sautéed vegetables served with fries and spicy mayo (although swap your normal fried for chickpea ones – they are so tasty!). There is so much good stuff on the menu that multiple visits are certainly required!

FIND IT: 4581 Avenue du Parc | 545 Rue Milton

My Montreal Travel Guide | Lola Rosa
My Montreal Travel Guide | Lola Rosa
My Montreal Travel Guide | Cafe Olimpico
My Montreal Travel Guide | Cafe Olimpico
My Montreal Travel Guide | Cafe Olimpico

CAFE OLIMPICO


The best place for...coffee and cake.

Café Olimpico is the place to be in the Mile End on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Located on the corner of St Viateur and Waverly, Olimpico’s suntrap terrace is the perfect place to have a coffee and catch up with friends. If you walk along St Viateur on the weekend, you’ll see the Olimpico crowds spilling out of the door onto benches or standing up if there is no space. This hipster Italian café serves great coffee, a variety of teas and a smashing hot chocolate, famously made of Nesquik! Make sure you grab some homemade cake or a biscotti too – the marble cake was always a firm choice but at just $2 a piece, why not try a few?

FIND IT: 124 Rue Saint Viateur Ouest, Montreal

My Montreal Travel Guide | Cafe Olimpico
My Montreal Travel Guide | Cafe Olimpico
My Montreal Travel Guide | Boutique Eva B

BOUTIQUE EVA B


The best place for...vintage shopping.

My Montreal Travel Guide | Boutique Eva B

Ah Eva B! This incredible Montreal institution will always have a place in my heart as this is where I worked during my time in Canada. Boutique Eva B is an enormous vintage and second hand clothing store and café combined, located near Place Des Arts on Boulevard Saint Laurent. The outside is not easily recognisable as a shop – it is covered in graffiti art and if you are standing across the street you’ll see a mannequin dressed as Michael Jackson holding a baby doll out of the window. Yes, it is one of the craziest places you’ll ever visit but that’s the charm of it. With hundreds of random objects hanging from the walls and ceilings and rails upon rails of second hand clothing, don’t think it is unusual to be overwhelmed. Make sure you allow yourself enough time to properly explore this café-come-boutique, which spans two floors and a terrace during the warmer months. On the ground floor you’ll find a wide selection of women’s and men’s vintage clothing, arranged by colour and categorised by item. Upstairs there is more vintage, a section dedicated to costumes and a big room at the back full of contemporary second hand clothing. The prices are pretty cheap too – pick up a vintage dress for $10-15, vintage Levi’s for 20$ or a second hand Zara top for around $5. The café also serves incredibly cheap food – most of it vegetarian and made in house – with main courses costing just $5. I recommend trying a wrap (the fillings change daily) or the veggie dumplings finished off with a $1 chocolate chip cookie, which became a bit of an obsession of mine while working there.

FIND IT: 2015 Boulevard St Laurent, Montreal

 

My Montreal Travel Guide | Boutique Eva B
My Montreal Travel Guide | Boutique Eva B
My Montreal Travel Guide | No 900 Pizzeria
My Montreal Travel Guide | No 900 Pizzeria

No 900


The best place for...pizza.

After crowning NAP pizzeria in Barcelona the home of the best pizza I have ever tried, I looked for something similar in Montreal and No 900 comes pretty damn close. As with all Neapolitan style pizzas, the dough is slightly crispy on the outside but beautifully soft on the inside and the ingredients they use are wonderfully fresh. As for toppings, No 900 has an interesting selection of both tomato-based and “bianco” pizzas. Lewis and I always chose a margherita with extra ricotta cheese, which cost a mere $9! That is incredibly cheap compared to other pizzerias in the city that charge a minimum of $14 for the same pizza. No 900 have a few locations around the city however it does not feel like a chain. We always went to the branch on Avenue Bernard in Outremont, which has a pretty small but cosy indoor area and a great terrace in the summer months. So, if you’re in Montreal and just fancy a pizza, head to No 900 and you won’t be disappointed.

FIND IT: 1248 Avenue Bernard, Montreal

Check the No 900 website for other locations.

My Montreal Travel Guide | Darling

DARLING


The best place for...working.

Darling is the most beautiful café I have ever been to. Big statement, I know! Decked out with plants from ceiling to floor, rich wooden and burgundy tones and the dreamiest lighting, it is just perfect. It is also has such a calm vibe during the day, which made it the ideal place to head to on my days off to get some blogging work done. I would always just order a mint tea and sit there for hours editing or typing away.

FIND IT: 4328 Boulevard St Laurent, Montreal

My Montreal Travel Guide | Darling
My Montreal Travel Guide | Darling
My Montreal Travel Guide | Darling
My Montreal Travel Guide | Cafe Joe

CAFE JOE


The best place for...cheap brunch.

Serving unpretentious, cheap and tasty breakfast dishes, Café Joe was an instant hit with me. Located in the alternative St-Henri neighbourhood, it was a bus and a metro ride away from our place in the Mile End but it was always worth the journey. They serve everything from simple egg breakfasts (tofu scramble available for vegans) to stacks of pancakes and even poutine so you are bound to find something that takes your fancy. Opt for your choice of two eggs on white, brown or pumpernickel toast and home fries with a side of French toast and maple syrup for dessert for just $9. If you fancy splurging a bit, try the veggie eggs benedict of two poached eggs on an English muffin with spinach, sundried tomatoes and home fries for $12 (still much cheaper than most brunch places in Le Plateau).

FIND IT: 3068 Rue Saint-Antoine Ouest, Montreal

My Montreal Travel Guide | Cafe Joe
My Montreal Travel Guide | Sumac

SUMAC


The best place for...falafel.

Unfortunately I discovered Sumac quite late on in my time in Montreal but I had to include it because it is one of the best places I have been in the city. They offer a wide selection of Middle Eastern cuisine but as I am a creature of habit, I always got the same thing. Famous for their falafel, I opted for the falafel plate complete with a mountain of hummus, warm pita bread and a choice of two salads. I chose the fresh berry quinoa salad and a tomato relish, both of which complimented the rest of the plate perfectly. You can also get the same thing packed into a large pita bread, although this is messier to eat…slightly. Head there for lunch during the week followed by a stroll along the nearby Canal Lachine or alternatively for dinner.

FIND IT: 3618 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal

My Montreal Travel Guide | Sumac
My Montreal Travel Guide | Sumac

Phew you made it to the end of the post! Give yourself a pat on the back if you're still reading and go book yourself a trip to Montreal while you're inspired! I hope you enjoyed my Montreal travel guide and reading about my favourite places in this incredible city. If you have any other Montreal tips, please leave them below because I am sure I will be back before long. Happy travelling X

Why I Love Vintage Clothing

Why I Love Vintage Clothing
Why I Love Vintage Clothing

We live in a world of fast fashion. There is almost too much choice out there, both online and on the high street but in the past year I have bought barely any brand new clothes, relying almost solely on vintage shops to update my wardrobe. Don’t get me wrong – I love browsing the ASOS new in page as much as the next girl and it will be much easier to shop my favourite European brands again now I’m back in the UK, which I’m pretty happy about. However, vintage will always be my true love so accompanied by these awesome photos of me wearing this insane seventies two piece, I want to share why I love vintage clothing.

Why I Love Vintage Clothing

TWO PIECE: VINTAGE | BOOTS: OFFICE | SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN


Why I Love Vintage Clothing

YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND SOMETHING UNIQUE


Now, this is something that has both pros and cons. I find nothing quite as thrilling as finding that perfect vintage gem, whether it is an item that I have been long searching for or something similar to current high street piece. I recently found a seventies blue vinyl coat for a mere $20, which actually made my heart race. I know the PVC/vinyl jacket trend isn’t going anywhere yet but mine will be utterly unique.
As a blogger, I am always striving to share interesting and different looks that have not just walked off the high street, to give you inspiration and a fresh approach towards styling. However, I know that some readers – and bloggers a like – distance themselves from vintage clothing because the exact look cannot be achieved in a simple click on a link. I think this is such a shame and it’s actually one of the main reasons that I am writing this post. I really do want to encourage you to not discount vintage just because you cannot instantly recreate it. Alternatively, take inspiration from a look – any look - whether that be the type of print, the cut or colour palette and use that to create your own unique outfit. That’s personal style and it’s so much more fun.

Why I Love Vintage Clothing
Why I Love Vintage Clothing
Why I Love Vintage Clothing

EVERY PIECE TELLS A STORY


Even though it may freak some people out, I absolutely love the fact that someone, sometimes decades ago, has already worn what I am wearing now. I imagine what they were doing when they wore it, how they styled it and who they were - there is something quite special about that! I envisage this red spotty two piece was worn with some incredible knee high white boots, a matching clutch and a big hair-do. We all know that trends come round and round again so why wear something that's made to look like it’s from the seventies when you could have the real deal?!

Why I Love Vintage Clothing
Why I Love Vintage Clothing

IT'S GREAT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT


I care about our world and if I can do my bit to help it last a little longer, then I’m going to do it. This is just one reason why I am opting for vintage clothing more and more – it’s great for the planet. One (wo)man’s trash is another (wo)man’s treasure right? So let’s not allow these gorgeous old pieces to end up in the actual trash and support our local vintage shops now. Although I like the idea of only buying second hand and vintage clothes, I never like to restrict myself when it comes to fashion, whether that be a particular style or shopping destination. However, I am being more conscious and it bloody well helps that I love vintage clothing anyway!

Why I Love Vintage Clothing
Why I Love Vintage Clothing

VINTAGE SHOPPING IS FUN & INSPIRATIONAL


I almost never vintage shop online because for me, the joy of vintage shopping is being in store. You can smell the old clothes (yes, I love that), feel the different fabrics and see all the colour and print clashes as items sit side by side on the rails. Even if you don’t buy anything, I think just being in a vintage shop can be inspirational. You might see a colour combination you gives you all the feels or find a style of clothing that you had never previously thought of, which in turn can help you approach your wardrobe differently. Also, the best vintage shop also have great décor, whether that be cosy corners with sofa on which to take a break from searching or random stuff hanging from the ceiling, you may even take inspiration from this – for your style or for your home! So give vintage shopping a try, you won’t regret it.

Finally let's chat about this outfit and what is the final summer look I'll be sharing on here this year, sob! This incredible vintage two piece ticks all the boxes - it's red, it's polka dot and it's oh-so seventies. It is also really flattering, being composed of a shirt that is just not long enough to wear on its own and a pair of hot pants, which you can just see thanks to the opening on the top. I finished off the look with those iconic silver Office boots from last year and my trusty Ray Ban round metals for all the retro vibes. I picked it up in the vintage shop I worked in in Montreal - I also bought two other sixties/seventies co-ords while working there, one of which you have already seen in my Alternative Wedding Guest Outfit post. I am a bit obsessed with sets right now - they are so easy and effortless to wear - and I guess the moral of this post is: if I had discounted vintage, I would be without this amazing two piece set in my life, which would be such a shame indeed. 

I hope you have enjoyed reading about some of the reasons why I love vintage clothing. I am sure there are many more too and I would love to hear your thoughts - are you a retro queen or do you shy away from vintage? Let's chat! X

Why I Love Vintage Clothing