Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Brooklyn Flea, Williamsburg

I was lucky enough to be in NYC this weekend and an absolute highlight was the Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg, which happens every Sunday down at the waterfront. With the dramatic Manhattan skyline as its backdrop you can expect to find everything from old maps, vintage bottles, mirrors & frames to clothing, jewellery & vinyl. There's a huge waiting list for stalls at the Flea and they're very particular about the sorts of vendors they like which really shows in the standard and variety of whats on offer here. Get chatting to the stall holders and you'll find every piece tells a story and they're more than happy to tell it. They really know they're stuff. You'll find your self aching to buy tons of bits and wondering just how much you can squeeze on the plane.

I purchased an original Vignelli 1972 New York subway guide ($90). Based on our very own tube map, this was in use only until 1979. An iconic piece of graphic design that has since earnt its coveted place at MoMA, but unfortunately not in the hearts of the everyday New Yorkers at the time, who found it confusing and so a more geographical style map was introduced. In London we'd gone the opposite way some years earlier with Henry Beck's iconic map in 1933. The debate continues over the best design for the New York subway guide, but there's no doubt this one wins over the current MTA map in the looks stakes . I love the bold and bright colours used for the lines.

Also onboard my JFK-LHR flight with me was a 1950s seltzer bottle ($25) which will look great in my kitchen. In those days (before soda was mass produced) people had carbonated water delivered to their doors in heavy duty glass bottles with pewter valve tops. Once finished you'd pop it on the doorstep much like we would with milk bottles. They just don't make 'em like this anymore!

Finally some original cinema board letters ($19), a different take on the wooden letters everyone has at the moment, these are printed acrylic slates...and yes they had sold out of the ampersands of course. Plus the letter 'E', leading me to shout out 'anyone got any E's?!" to some very strange looks! I was trying to spell 'Let's Dance' of course!

The theme here is 'everyday items'. I really enjoy real things, real people, like me, would have come across back in the day in their ordinary lives. Though saying that I did also come across a rather lovely gold vintage watch, which upon trying it found out it was a 14k gold 1950s Omega in perfect condition at $1300! Don't let that put you off though, there are plenty of bargains to be had & if Manhattan's eaten your money then just go along to  grab some nice cheap lunch from one of the specialist food stalls & people watch. I had some great parma ham, carved off and coupled wth some absolutely delicious creamy ricotta with rocket on a slice of artisan bread and drizzled with olive oil for just $3, it was heaven. So much so I had to go back for seconds.

Make sure you take a trip across to Billyburg when your next across the pond, this hip Brooklyn suburb is not too dissimilar to East London in its feel. The action happens around Bedford Avenue and surrounding streets, grab a drink a sit & watch the world go by.

For Brooklyn Flea Williamsburg exit the L train at Bedford Avenue and keep walking down 7th Avenue until you get to the East River. 10am-5pm every Sunday. GGx

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Sixtynineb Womenswear Boutique - Broadway Market

I do love the simple aesthetics of this little womenswear boutique tucked away in the midst of bustling Broadway Market. SixtyNineB 's fashion Director Merryn Leslie favours cool greys and naturals and simple silhouettes. I particularly liked this monochrome tee with its bold graphic print and these totally gorge leather bags by Sonya Kashmiri. There's a heavy emphasis on sustainable fashion throughout the store, these bags are made from vegetable dyed leather and lined with organic cotton. Hmm i may have to give myself an early birthday present.. July's not that far away is it?! GG x

Monday, 16 May 2011

Frankie Says Shop! Clothes Show Live

Eeek how exciting! Gypsy Gold have been asked to fill in as guest blogger for 'Frankie Says Shopwhile the super stylish lady is away. Check it out all this week for an exclusive sneak preview of the new collection. GGx

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Independent Bookshop- East London

Wowzer, what a find! Artwords Bookshop at 20-22 Broadway Market is jam packed full of the latest books, DVDs and mags on architecture, art, fashion,graphics and photography. I was blown away by the amazing selection of inspiring tomes, thank god the card machine was playing up and I only had enough cash for one (beautiful) book, else I would have walked out a whole lot poorer. The place was bustling with creative types searching for inspiration and the knowledgeable staff are only too happy to help. If you can't find the time to get down to the shop their website is updated daily with the latest stock. Here's what I nabbed for myself :) GGx

Saturday, 14 May 2011

A stroll around Broadway Market

There is no better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than with a slow stroll around bustling Broadway Market. A hotch potch of vintage clothing, homemade cakes like your nan used to make, artisian breads and retro furniture stores, it has been quoted as the coolest place to shop by no less than Italian Vogue!
Trendy young things rifle through rails of brightly coloured vintage frocks and yummy mummies are a plenty! There are numerous cafes, food stalls and pubs to rest those weary feet. The girls and I lunched at the local italian Bella Vita and it was deeeeeelicious!! I had the crayfish pasta, and I couldn't resist a quick snap, food envy anyone?!

I literally had to drag myself away from the vintage typewriter you see in the photos. Such a gorgeous object to own but my tiny east london flat is bursting at the seams and I managed to talk myself out of it. Maybe one day.

Anyway as you can see I had a most lovely afternoon, I think I may have the beginnings of an addiction to Broadway, it speaks to the soul.  Toodle pip!  GG x

Sunday, 8 May 2011

I heart Columbia Road

check out the floral colour blocking!
Ahh Columbia Road on a Sunday morning... so good for the soul! This East London gem is tucked away behind Hackney Road & hosts a colourful flower market every week which is a joy to behold. Such a lovely atmosphere with stall holders shouting their wares, bustling cafes and gorgeous little gift shops offering homewares & vintage clothing. Great spot to people watch, grab a pew on on the pavement & enjoy a drink  listening to the buskers. If you get there later, around 3.30/4pm you can grab some cut price bunches of blooms. Bargainous! GG x

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Best brekkie in the East End


I always like to make a trip to The Premises when I'm around that way, a cafe set in front of a recording studio at 209 Hackney Road where the likes of the Arctics, Rhianna & Plan B have recorded, but more importantly it serves THE best breakfasts in the East End! Great coffee, fresh juices & you can mix & match items which include such treats as bubble & squeak & onion rings in the mix!! Now there's a hangover cure if ever I saw one. Plus no matter how heavy your night & how late you get up, Ali & his team will sort you out as breakfast is served all day, Mmmm. GGx

The Premises 209 Hackney Road, London E2, 020 7684 2230