I want desire.

Luella blouse: ebay. Vintage suede skirt: £8, charity shop. Laura Ashley trench coat. Adidas Spezial: £29, Freeport Braintree. Rotary watch. Rimmel Kate Moss 08 lipstick.

It's always a bit weird to revisit things. I'm not talking an ex-boyfriend here (bye means bye, okay?), I'm talking places. I grew up in Woodford, which is best explained as 'on the east bit of the Central line', and, despite heading back to Loughton every six months to go to the dentist, I hadn't really been back since we upped sticks and headed way out 'so far past zone nine you can't even use an oyster card' in 2003. For the first time in over a decade, my mum and I popped back down the M11 to have a little wander along memory lane. It's a bit like heading back to a club you frequented in freshers week - things are a bit hazy, but you know where the toilet is and vaguely recognise that booth.

In case you're not aware (you probably aren't, half the people I live with now haven't heard of Redbridge, let alone know it's in the same county), if you look at London on Google maps and see the reservoirs just north of Central, I'm talking a little bit east of there. We started off the day in Highams Park, by far my favourite of all the places in that little bit of the London-Essex border. There aren't many places I can see myself settling down (this is what moving all over the place does to a girl...), but there is something about this area which gives me complete chilled out vibes, and I would definitely move in without a second thought were it not so bloody expensive to live there. London housing woes aside, we walked past my mum's first flat, through the Park, past my childhood home, and round Woodford Green back to the car. We then popped over to Loughton for dinner before heading up into Epping Forest a little to take these photos. Oh, wisteria, how I miss you already.

Are there any little pockets of London you love to re-visit? I'm always on the lookout for more places to fall in love with!


  1. Ah Woodford, I've got off the train many a time here on the way home to Epping!

  2. Love this outfit, that trench and blouse are to die for!

    Maria xxx

  3. This is such a lovely post, it sounds like a wonderful day and you look lovely, I love the little details on your blouse! x


  4. Aw it sounds lovely there. There are a few places in London a like visiting sometimes because they bring back childhood memories. I really love your outfit!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

  5. Confession: I know literally nothing about Essex except what the accent sounds like. BUT from these photos it looks so, so pretty! I may even visit ;)

    Becky :: accooohtrements.wordpress.com

  6. I adore the Laura Ashley trench coat, particularly the back of it! My geography is terrible, but I can imagine how it felt to be re-visiting the area :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice


  7. such a beauty!


  8. so nice :)


  9. Love your photos and this outfit looks lovely on you x

    Beauty with charm | Zoeva Giveaway

  10. Beautiful photos, you look lovely! I love the location it must have been so nice to grow up here :) xx

  11. love love love the outfit, especially that skirt! and wow the photos are stunning too, greta blog you have here :)

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