Thursday, 30 June 2011

The Local Deli-Victoria Park Village

I'm so happy that places like this are popping up all over the place, there is something intensely satisfying about shunning the supermarkets in favour of local businesses. You know you are going to get fantastic, handpicked, fresh produce of the highest quality. Victoria Park Village is becoming a hub of traditional type shops that know their stuff.

At The Deli Downstairs there is an abundance of brightly coloured jars and packets filling the shelves, plus a very tempting deli counter serving homemade pies stuffed full of chicken and ham, delicious cooked meats and specialist cheeses. In fact when I popped in I overheard them explaining how the brie was currently at 'its optimum'. The talk of a true affineur! Even my search for vanilla pods for a Pavlova recipe was met with a choice from Madagascar or Tahiti.

Fresh artesian breads, organic vegetables, olives and chutneys are also displayed enticingly around the shop. Just look how delicious those tomatoes look, Jamie would be very happy!
What a fab find. The Deli Downstairs is such a treat, an Aladdin's cave of edible goodies served with a smile, you don't get that very often in your average supermarket! Buy local and support your high streets. GG x 

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Live from the (muddy) fields of Glastonbury

We have word from our Glasto Gal and we're ignoring the envy to bring you the news from the front line. The sun is finally shining and the lucky girl has been VIPizzling in the orange tent next to Example. Next it's Jessie J. Well Jel!

As well as partying, Glasto Gal has been on the lookout for some super stylish fesival goers. We love this dungeree/peasant top combo, especially with this chic plait, a great way to overcome festival hair. And this mask is totally rocking. Well, a festival's not a festival without a bit of fancy dress.

Late into the night it's fantasy fun from the spectacle that is Block9, Glasto's infamous 'naughty corner'. Block9 is 'a late night wonderland of breathtaking creations and serious soundsystems'. When the bands have finished on the Pyramid & Other Stage this is the place to party from sunset to sunrise. Featuring Horse Meat Disco at The NYC Downlow (a life-size ruin of a New York tenement building). As well as Dalston's own VogueFabrics presenting a kinky backroom disco. Party time!

Thanks Glasto Gal, we're looking forward to the next installment...... GG x

Friday, 24 June 2011

First rule of Fight Club is, you do not talk about Fight Club. Oh well....

Last week our friend Ed sent an email out asking whether any of us fancied a night out with a difference. His boxing club were putting on a night of white collar boxing. Always keen to experience something new, off I trotted to The Real Fight Club in Shoreditch. It turned out to be a great way to spend a Friday evening and was a lot less barbaric than I expected. Good clean fighting (did I actually just say that?!), a buzzing atmosphere and great photo ops. I even sneaked my way to the front and got chatting to one of the fighter's mums. Random!

The clubs's mantra is Zero to Hero in 3 months. Big words, but boxers are renowned for their fitness levels and after seeing the sweat dripping from the fighters I have to say I believe them. It certainly beats the tedious treadmill.  Ding  Ding, Round 2. GG x

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Guilty Pleasures-Sunday Night Takeaway

After a very busy weekend I was feeling a little too tired to cook so out came the takeaway menus! We have some really good takeaways around us in East London and a lazy sunday evening is the perfect excuse to give one of our favourite Thai restaurants a call.

Within 40 mins The Thai Rooms  had presented me with this delicious little combo! I had a red duck curry, some coconut rice and a side of pork and prawn dumplings, along with some complimentary prawn crackers. Yum. Now for an early evening snooze. GG x 

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Vintage Designer Clothing at Strut

So, you love vintage, you love designer, and you love wearing something that little bit different?! Well, Strut is the place for you. A new designer vintage store in one of my fave places, Broadway Market, selling hand picked items from across Europe. I was pretty impressed with what was on offer and their slick visual merchandising. Well, you gotta love a polished concrete floor! The glass of champers on arrival went down pretty well too.

The store has a mix of vintage one offs (OMG original Ossie Clarke anyone?) and recent pieces such as an Alexander Mcqueen Runway Coat (swoon!). They also offer a bespoke service where the lovely Ariana will contact you when a piece from your preferred designer or decade comes in. And don't worry the prices are very reasonable.

Pencil July 2nd into your diaries for a visit to this little haven of fashion. Its 'super saturday'  where you'll get a free glass of bubbles while you peruse the new stock listening to some cool beats from the instore DJ. This is the place to go for that special piece that will make your chums green with envy!

 Happy shopping people. GG x