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This has never happened to me before- I tried to take an in-motion picture of myself, and it actually turned out ok!

(Ok, one of them did. In the rest I look like an¬†enthusiastic llama in a dress….)

This was genuinely such a big cause of celebration for me, I can’t even tell you ūüėÄ

These pictures are actually from when I was in Cyprus on holiday last summer. I never got around to posting the photos from that trip but now that it’s almost summer again (although, here in London, that means thunderstorms all week apparently!), I thought I’d revisit them.

The dress is from ASOS.

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I’m going to New York on holiday in a couple of weeks and I’m thinking of taking this dress with me, so any suggestions on how to make it more ‘city’ and less¬†’38 degree¬†beach holiday’ would be welcome!

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I bought the pineapple clutch at an overpriced boutique in Athens. The label says that it’s by House of Pasiphae.

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We went to a restaurant called Karatello, which we liked so much we went again the next day.

The saganaki en flamb√© may have had something to do with it….

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And maybe the complimentary loukoumades for dessert as well….

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Summer is nearly here, I can feel it! ūüėÄ

Have a great weekend!

Love,

The Styletterie

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Oh wait, I’m already there ūüôā

I’m currently in Athens, visiting my family. We’re in the middle of a heatwave, all the locals are devastated – I am thrilled! ūüôā Who knows? I might even tan.

I bought this bag from Accessorize (my sister has the blue version that says “Hit the beach”). It’s meant to be a “bikini bag”, which I assume means it’s to put your wet bikini in when you change out of it but I think it’s way too cute for that and have been using it as a clutch.

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I had a little snakeskin pouch that came with a beach bag I bought a few years ago so I put my money and tissues etc. in that, and then put in my pineapple scarf from Suite Blanco in Lisbon, Victoria Secret lip gloss and my phone (the moving glitter phone case is from Skinnydip London, I am obsessed with their stuff).

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If you’re on holiday, I hope you’re having a brilliant time and if you’re not, I hope you’re not too upset about it!

Happy hump day!

Love,

The Styletterie

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On our last full day in Istanbul, we headed to Topkapi Palace after breakfast.

I wore: Rachel Roy for Macy’s Tigers t-shirt, that I bought in New York last time I went. I love the fit of this top, and the fact that I don’t have to pick a necklace to go with it. ūüôā Of course I forgot to take any pictures of it so here are a couple of me wearing it in New York, and one in Istanbul, with my pink M&S trench that I wore the whole time. (It’s actually excellent for sightseeing as I was always easy to find in a crowd!)

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We walked through Gulhane Park, which was gorgeous, and had this cool water feature welcoming visitors.

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The daffodils look like cartoon flowers! They were so perfect and bright:

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We had to queue for about half an hour for tickets, and as it was very crowded, we moved slowly through the whole thing, which was annoying but can’t be helped when you’re a tourist in a popular city I guess!

It was so beautiful, everything was so ornate and fancy!

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There were lots of different buildings outside the main palace area, including a weapons room and a clocks room.

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The most incredible part was the tiles though. All the walls were tiled in so many different vibrant colours and patterns. It was the epitome of what you’d imagine an Ottoman Palace to be. One can only imagine how much time and effort went into it.

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I adored this patchwork effect, which my eloquent boyfriend described as “a bit Cath Kidston-y”

*sigh*

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The Sultan’s breakfast canopy:

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I will now never be happy until I have a breakfast canopy of my own, and can call it that with a straight face.

They had a running water system in the harem, which was pretty impressive considering it was built in the 1400s. It was actually pretty luxurious:

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The Sultan’s bedroom in the harem.

*sighs wistfully*

Now this was a room! This was where he stayed when he wanted to be with his various women.

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Apparently it wasn’t quite as fun as it sounds however- the balcony along the wall was where his mother sat and watched, and told him which girls she would like him to procreate with.

:-/

Still an amazing room though.

Another interesting one:

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My boyfriend and I were reading this sign together and both got to the end of the line “The walls are covered with the rare specimens of” and recoiled in horror, before realising that it was only Ottoman tiles!

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I want my room to look like this…

Whilst walking back from Topkapi, I could see a rooftop restaurant that looked really nice. On our way to try and find it though, we lost sight of it. At which point, a ma√ģtre d’ came up to us on the street and asked if we were interested in eating at his hotel’s rooftop restaurant. Which turned out to be the very same one (Seven Hills). I love it when a plan comes together!

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The view was breathtaking!

We were seated in the middle but pounced the instant a table freed up along the edge. I had Hagia Sophia in front of me, the Blue Mosque behind me, all of Istanbul to my left and the Bosphorus on my right. And the sun was shining. It was one of those rare perfect moments, when you feel that exact holiday blend of awe and serenity.

Amazingly it got better, because at some point during our lunch, the call to prayer started ringing out. I’ve mentioned before how lovely it is to hear but sitting on a rooftop hearing it booming out from the Blue Mosque and then being repeated¬†back from Hagia Sophia (which, whilst not a Mosque, has speakers on it for this purpose), almost as an echo, ¬†was just¬†awe-inspiring.The whole restaurant went silent, just to listen. Truly stunning.

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Check me out being all arty with my photos! :-p Leaves and errthang…

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I could not get enough of this view! They had to drag me out of there.

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Back to the hotel, via some shops….

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(I wanted the earrings in the above picture so much but they were really expensive!)

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Railings with little Christmas tree-like decorations seem to be very popular here, we saw a lot of them. This one even has snow!

We went back to the hotel to pack our suitcases for the next day and change (weirdly I can’t remember what I was wearing, and I have no photographic evidence of it either- this is very unlike me!) and then went out to dinner at a¬†nearby¬†restaurant called Neyzade, that was probably the fanciest place we had been to on our trip. It was empty, except for one English family who reminded me why I’m embarrassed to be English when I’m abroad. Amongst their myriad complaints, we actually heard them demand an English speaking waiter. Seriously. I have no patience for people who travel abroad and then moan about the lack of English speakers. Either stay home or learn fluent Turkish before your trip, if you can’t handle not being understood perfectly. Or you could, you know, GET A GRIP!

Food was good though. ūüôā

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I got quite used to the glowing Sultan’s daughter while I slept… I felt a bit bereft when I got home and had to make do with a bog-standard lamp.

And that concluded our final full day, only half a day to go…

Thanks for reading!

Happy Hump Day!

Love,

The Styletterie

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The next day of our trip and the lovely weather deserted us in favour of thunderstorms and hair-destroying humidity. Seemed as good a day as any to go shopping!

The Grand Bazaar is a covered market, with over 5000 stalls. Last year, it was actually the most visited tourist attraction in the world. So, obviously a bit of a tourist trap but I was still excited as shopping abroad is basically my favourite thing. I love being able to say “oh this, yeah, just a little something I picked up in Istanbul…(BECAUSE I AM WELL CULCHURED THANK YOU FOR NOTICING!)” ūüėČ

I wore my sister’s big bow hairclip from the 80s that I recently found. I love that from certain angles from the front I look like I’m wearing little cat ears. My cat ear sunglasses from River Island were therefore also necessary, despite the lack of sun.

The peacock earrings were a gift, the mini-pearl necklace (that I also have the big Zara version of) is from Next, and the chilli pepper pendant was a freebie from a shop in Siena.

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I also wore: H&M cardi, and my M&S pink trench.

I had to pose in front of the below shop as I have recently started watching the Dawson’s Creek box-set, having completely missed it when I was actually the target audience for it, and am obsessed. It makes me so happy, it’s ridiculous!

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Diverse sizes of mannequins = good

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Terrifying child mannequins with goatees = not quite as good

The Grand Bazaar was constructed over 500 years ago. It was leaking in several places, and looking a little worse for wear all over. All of which only added to its charm.

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Sooo, I promised my boyfriend that if I saw something I liked I would either buy it or forget about it, and I absolutely would not make him wander around for hours trying to navigate back to the first stall we saw to get something I had already decided against. And then I decided, after a million further twists and turns through the seemingly senseless labyrinth that is the Grand Bazaar, that I wanted the front lamp in the above picture at one of the first stalls we had passed and we spent about an hour trying to retrace our steps (the millions of photos I had taken actually really helped with this!) so that I could um and ahh for a further half hour about whether or not it would fit into my suitcase.

I bought it, and it did, just FYI ūüôā

I have to say though, that for all the sheer overwhelming size and quantity of the place and the things there, I was actually pretty underwhelmed by what was available. Usually, if you set me loose in a market like this, I spend all my money and leave with my body weight in tat. However, there was just so much choice, and so many stalls selling similar things that it became impossible for me to actually choose anything.

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I love the high-security closing up system…

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I was obsessed with all the lamps. I would have bought so many if I hadn’t had to get them back home somehow! (Although, a couple of the vendors told me that they can courier abroad.)

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There is an antiques section in the middle which was gorgeous, and I wanted everything. However, being antiques, they were unfortunately not your standard market prices. I enquired after a bracelet that turned out to cost US$6,000. *sigh* I would have taken more pictures but they kept shooing me away and telling me off!

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There was one passageway near here that we turned to go down only to find that it was completely blocked by dozens of men praying, in response to the call to prayer. (Which rang out several times a day and was so stunning every time.) It was really interesting to see, as I had been wondering about how the system worked Рif people tended to congregate to pray or just stop where they are etc. Never having lived in or visited a predominantly Muslim country, I had only ever seen people praying individually before.

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In the end I left with only my lovely lamp, which cost about 380 Turkish Lira (approx. ¬£90), and these 3 bracelets, which came to about ¬£22 altogether. But, while I didn’t buy much, it was fascinating and definitely a place worth visiting!

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(N.B. Everyone tells you you’re supposed to haggle so, even though I hate haggling with a passion, I did. They did lower the prices a bit but not so much that it made a real difference… Maybe that’s just because I’m so rubbish at it though!)

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Lunch. 40% of what I ate in Istanbul was bread and cheese, 50% was lamb and rice, and the last 10% was ice cream.¬†As far as I’m concerned, it¬†doesn’t get any better than that! ūüėÄ

Unfortunately the above meal was too large for the plate it was on, causing the waiter to drop a piece of the cheesy bread right in my crotch. He was so flustered, I felt really bad for him!

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I’m not sure the shop names below would go down as well in England…

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After we had exhausted the Grand Bazaar (and my boyfriend), we wandered through the Spice Market, which is right next door. However, again we were a bit underwhelmed, and didn’t buy anything. It was obvious that it was heavily geared towards tourists, not locals, and my bf (who has clearly not understood the point of travelling!) said that there was nothing you couldn’t buy at the Turkish Food Centre in Stoke Newington anyway.

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Not entirely convinced that “Hakuna Matata” is an authentic Turkish spice…

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Designer dummies!

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Um…..but…it’s a bunny?

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My bf bought¬†some horizontal kebabs (cag) from Sehzade Cag on the way back to the hotel. He tried to buy 4 skewers but ended up with 4 entire dishes, complete with bread and salad. In the unlikely event that he starts a rap career, he shall be known as “4 Kebabs”.

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While he was amassing enough food (which was delicious by the way) to feed a small army, I was buying enough scarves to keep them warm while they digest.

I bought several of each of the colours below (they were only about £4 each!) to give out to my friends and family (and myself) as souvenirs.

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We went for a swim at the hotel, purely because I had brought FOUR bathing suits with me (packing light? What’s packing light?) and had to wear¬†at least one to prove that it was worth me bringing them…

Then we got changed and headed out for some more authentic Turkish cuisine – SHAKE SHACK!

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I wore my leopard print jacket (last worn on my bday), black Dorothy Perkins top, my new bracelets and earrings that I bought last summer in Monastiraki.

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We took the tram (very efficient, pretty clean) from Gulhane to Tophane and then walked up the steepest, longest hill ever to get to the main shopping street in Beyoglu. I would have liked to have had a couple more days in Istanbul to explore the more modern areas like this as well.

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The street was decorated with Christmas lights, even though it was the end of March! Not sure if this is a year round look or what…

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Shake Shack was fabulous as ever (although not as good as the one in London, which in turn is not as good as the one in New York).

I loved these random feathers, not sure if there were a sign for something or just art, but they certainly livened up the never-ending hill of doom as we retraced our steps back down!

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Thanks for reading!

Love,

The Styletterie

Hagia Sofia

After visiting the spectacular Blue Mosque, it was time to walk across the square to the other main attraction of Istanbul, Hagia Sophia. Originally the biggest Orthodox cathedral of the Byzantine era, it fell to the Ottoman empire in 1453, and was turned into a mosque. It was secularized in 1931 and made into a museum.

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I was especially excited to visit this building, as I have been raised as a Greek Orthodox and so have been in several Greek Orthodox churches, including the stunning St Sophia cathedral in London, which took a lot of inspiration from its namesake in Istanbul (or Constantinople, as it was when Hagia Sophia was a church). I was keen to experience the amalgamation of church and mosque, and my Dad, who had been to Istanbul years ago, declared this to be the most important sight there.

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I kept thinking all the signs said “Girls’ Entrance”…

In fact, it was even more of an obvious division than I expected. You can still see many of the mosaics depicting Christian figures and angels, with large wooden boards bearing writings from The Quran hung over them. (The mosaics were whitewashed over when it was converted into a mosque, and restored when it became a museum.)

I thought these lights were so beautiful:

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We walked upstairs through a long, windy and dark corridor. I had to laugh because my bf filmed all the way up this very boring walkway, expecting to emerge at a breathtaking view of the Cathedral and instead was greeted by-

-a giant wall of scaffolding!

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They didn’t make¬†many big structural changes when it was converted into a mosque, they merely added minarets and moved the altar off centre, as it obviously had to face Mecca.

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It looks a bit weird actually, this majestically designed building with an off-centre focal point.

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View of the Blue Mosque from the Hagia Sophia window:

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It really was fascianting to see the mix of styles. Some of it was so Greek, and felt like I was just in a regular Greek church, and then you’d turn round and the Turkish, Muslim influence would completely change that. I love that they made it into a museum actually, so you can really enjoy the opposing cultures and heritage of this historic building.

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Note to self: Try and stand in front of the No Entry sign that totally kills the effect of the picture next time.

(Pink trench: M&S, black dress: Asos, sunglasses: River Island)

I loved these cards in the gift shop:

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Nothing makes me laugh more than the utter cheekiness of tourist shops selling air in a tin. Surely no one buys this?!!

Back outside, the Obelisk of Theodosius:

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We went for lunch at The Han, my first meal sitting cross-legged on the floor. I now understand why this isn’t popular all over the world. It¬†is really not that comfy!

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Suite Blanco turquoise jewellery and H&M silver bangle.

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Ok, so I know this isn’t exactly depicting the majesty of Turkey, but still – I want my pyjamas waiting for me like this every day, dammit!

We went for a stroll along the Bosphorus in the evening. None of my pictures do justice to how pretty it was, or how the bridges have lights on them that sparkle as they sway in the wind. (The lights, not the bridges!)

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We went for dinner at a random streetside restaurant we passed, where a violinist came and played his violin (badly) on the table right next to us for half an hour, while I jumped out of my skin every time a stray cat brushed past me (which was often). Definitely not a highlight.

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We passed a massive tower of traditional sweets in a shop on the way home but, being me, I ended the evening back in my hotel room with a Cornetto.

In my defence, it was a flavour that we don’t have in England.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Cornetto… ūüėÄ

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And our first full day was done! Sob.

Thanks for reading!

Love,

The Styletterie

photo 4 (2) I went on a mini-break to Istanbul in late March and it was gorgeous! Here are some of my favourite pictures:

Day 1: Our hotel room. We stayed at the Hotel Sultania, and were very happy and comfortable there. I thought that the decor might be kind of cheesy but actually I loved it and the staff were all¬†fantastic. ūüôā photo 1 (5) We arrived at dusk¬†so we just went for a wander and then dinner. I wore: Stripey top with a weird¬†back and underlayer effect from Express in New York that I had forgotten I had; M&S treggings; Sublime necklace; pink M&S trench that was a gift from my Mum and sister and has quickly become my favourite thing. The panda slippers were a gift a while ago so I don’t know where they’re from! (I refrained from wearing them out on my walk and just wore black Office booties. ūüė¶ ) OOTD day1 Our hotel was in the Sultanahmet district so just a 5 minute walk to the¬†Sultanahmet Mosque, better known as the Blue Mosque, and Haghia Sophia, amongst other things. photo 5 (2) Multi-coloured fountain in front of the Blue Mosque:

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We went to Gulhane Kebab House for dinner as it had lots of good reviews on Tripadvisor. It was really tasty (I now need Turkish style buttered rice with all my meals) but we had to laugh as, while we were paying, 2 waiters came up to us separately to let us know that they were on Tripadvisor and would we like to review them? We smiled and said we would and the second guy hovered over us, waiting. “Would you like to do it now?” he offered. Umm. “WE HAVE WIFI!”

So, while it was really nice, I think we might have the reason for its online popularity!

photo 1 (6) The following day we made the Blue Mosque our first port of call. We arrived at prayer time so had to wait in the courtyard until it was over, at which point visitors are admitted. I wore: my black Asos 90s button down dress, with black leggings, boots, my pink coat and turquoise Suite Blanco jewellery. I added a strap top underneath for modesty, and kept my coat on inside the Mosque anyway. ootdday1 With regards to clothing modesty (something I don’t usually give too much thought to, being of an un-shy nature)- while Turkey is a secular country and I could wear whatever I liked, I was aware that I would be visiting religious buildings¬†and that a large proportion of the population is Muslim. Consequently, I did make an effort to be more demure than usual, just as a sign of respect.

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photo 3 (5) Seriously, this building was so pretty, all I did was take photos of it. Every time I walked past I was struck by how picturesque it was РI now have about 400 of the same photo! photo 2 (8) photo 1 (12) They do hand out scarves for the women but I had one in my bag anyway so used that. You also had to take off your shoes (but you could keep your socks on.) photo 2 (12) 10419036_10152949821523952_5306533924525370691_n

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photo 3 (9) The reason it’s called the Blue Mosque is because the tiles on the ceiling are predominantly blue. photo 5 (7) Inside Blue Mosque I didn’t take too many pictures inside, as there were still some people praying and I felt weird about photographing them mid-prayer. I also refrained from any selfies in the actual Mosque but I was the only one! Pouting v-sign selfies abounded. I know this makes me sound so old (and possibly a bit judgemental :-/) but it just seems like an odd thing to do in a place of worship, regardless of whether or not you’re there for religious reasons. As someone who was taken to Church a lot as a kid, I was always taught to be on my best, most decorous behaviour and I know my parents would kill me if I didn’t show the same respect in any and all places of worship!photo 1 (13) photo 3 (10) photo 1 (24) I liked these little trees on the railings nearby- they look like Christmas trees!

A quick ice cream (Turkey is famous for its dondurma,¬†which tastes just like normal, delicious ice cream but goopier and stickier. I think it’s made with mastic. It’s also famous for the sellers tricking you by pretending to drop it, spinning it around so you can’t grab it etc. And even though I had watched a whole video about this beforehand, I still fell for it and panicked that I’d dropped the ice cream as they were handing it to me!) and then on to phase 2 of the day, Hagia Sophia, which will have to wait for another blog post as I took way too many pictures of that too!

(Seriously, editing’s a b*tch! But considering that my own parents were unable to stay awake during my photo presentation, I figured I should cut down before unleashing them on the unsuspecting blogosphere!)

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Have a great Bank Holiday weekend! ūüėÄ

Love,

The Styletterie

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(…and¬†new shoes!)

Something about this outfit is making me feel really grown up. I feel like it’s the sort of thing I’d wear to go to my kids’ Parents’ Evening¬†after work or something. If I had kids. Which I don’t. So, I’m just wearing it to work and trying to use longer words than usual instead.

After all, I am indubitably a big fan of circumlocution.

Top: Oasis

Dark navy treggings: Marks & Spencer

New booties: Zara (Today is their first outing, they are surprisingly comfy thus far!)

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The pattern is making me feel really spring-y! (Even though I only just noticed the bugs right this moment, looking at this photo. I thought it only had flowers on it until now!)

I actually just looked on the Oasis website and they have loads of really pretty tops that would be useful for work/post-work drinking in the sun (please let this happen soon! I am so ready!)

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In keeping with my grown up vibe, I kept my jewellery simple (and matching! This never happens, I’ll try not to break my arm patting myself on the back) and wore this necklace and earring set that my Mum gave me. I think they were a freebie in a supermarket in Athens (a “spend this much on feta and pick a gift” sort of jobbie) and she gave them to me because she’s¬†the best ūüôā (and also only really wears gold and doesn’t have pierced ears!).

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In other news, I am getting up at the crack o’ dawn tomorrow for a 5 day holiday in Istanbul! I am super¬†excited and already looking forward to blogging about it when I get back! ūüėÄ

Have a great week!

Love,

The Styletterie

NYC doughnut plant

On day 5, we decided that all New Yorkers clearly eat doughnuts for breakfast and therefore we must do the same. We headed to Doughnut Plant and had some of the biggest doughnuts I’d ever seen.

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I wore: my¬†bought-the-day-before Rachel Roy “Tigers” T-shirt, which I love! It fits so nicely and has a built-in necklace! Over it, I wore my garish black and gold Forever 21 jumper. I felt that all that gold needed some silver to counterbalance it so I wore my Forever 21 spiky bracelet, and vintage silver rings. The pink and green earrings are from Asos but have since broken.. ūüė¶

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3 things I definitely need in my house one day:

1.) A doughnut pillow feature wall

2.) A disco toilet

3.) Doughnuts

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We did some shopping, notably at the superbly cheap Earrings Plaza where I bought green (Christmassy!) earrings and the most hilarious bracelet ever:

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It’s really hard trying to get this frog to pose so that a.) you can tell it’s a frog and b.) it doesn’t look weirdly¬†phallic…

It was around this time that I decided to do a spectacular comedy fall down the street and land on everything I’d bought, whilst simultaneously embarrassing¬†myself in front of half of New York. (Ok, I may be exaggerating. It may have only been four tenths.) On the plus side I can now say: Don’t believe what you’ve heard about New Yorkers! They are nice! No one stepped over me! Even though I was with someone, at least 4 people came and offered assistance and asked me if I was alright! Don’t believe the hype!

I of course, being British, just blushed and apologised to everyone, including the pavement, about a million times.

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Breakfast: check. Shopping: check. Humiliations galore: check. It must be time for lunch! We went to meet a cousin of mine who’s studying there at the moment, and had BBQ at Mighty Quinn’s in the East Village. It was really fun, especially since he got propositioned by an “older woman” (her words) outside the restaurant, and now we can tease him about how he basically said yes for the rest of his life. ūüôā

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Some more shopping, around Bond Street (being endlessly excited that Bond Street is a major shopping street in London too… We are such tourists!)

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I love this hat. If only I had more money than sense (or was Kanye West), that beauty would be by my bed right now, ready to crack me up whenever I feel blue. *sigh*

In the evening, we decided to go and watch the lighting of the big Christmas tree in Rockefeller Centre (sorry, “Center”). Thankfully, it wasn’t too cold. It was, however, insanely crowded, meaning that we couldn’t actually see Rockefeller Center where the big pre-lighting concert was happening. We could see the tree from side on, and we basically stood there for 3 and a half hours watching a TV screen of something that was happening around the corner, and the side of an unlit tree. The actual lighting was a tad anticlimactic but the tree was beautiful and the atmosphere was Christmassy so¬†I was really glad we went. (And I’m totally counting this as having¬†seen Mariah,¬†Mary J., Toni Braxton and the Rockettes (amongst others) live!)

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Oooooooh…..

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Five Guys for dinner then a nice stroll back to the hotel¬†through Times Square…

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DAY 6

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Our final day (*sob*) was really only a morning. We headed to Columbus Circle Christmas market (I loooove Christmas markets!) It was super early and I was knackered though so my enthusiasm wasn’t immediately noticeable:

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The market was pricey but had loads of cool stalls and good food. I was obsessed with the above Christmas tree decorations (especially the Chrysler building ones), but they were really expensive so I had to pass. The below stall (Pamela Barsky) was a different matter. It sold all these really cool pencil/make-up cases with funny slogans on them, that I couldn’t resist…

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I bought a few for friends and family (even though they were a bit pricey too) and this one for myself, which I’ve actually been using as a clutch as it’s too fun just to be seen by the inside of my medicine cabinet!:

Lipstick clutch

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I really liked all the gold leafy hairbands here but again, a bit expensive.

A quick stroll through Central Park…

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NYC Central park

Then on to JFK for a delicious “last supper” at Shake Shack and a long trip home…

NYC Shack

New York, as ever, you were great! Sorry it took me a year to finish blogging about you, it wasn’t for lack of inspiration!

Happy Friday!

Love,

The Styletterie

NYC High Line

So, because I am something of a procrastinator and also very easily distracted, I never actually finished

Oh look a butterfly!! Brb, just having lunch.

Sorry, what was I saying? Right, I never actually finished blogging about my trip to New York this time last year. So, as it’s winter again and I fancied reliving it and being miserable that I’m not there now, I figured I’d try and finish off. (One of my new year’s resolutions – in 2013 -was to finish things I start. Better late than never, right?!)

Day 4 dawned bright and crisp, and we headed to the High Line which is basically a park above¬†Manhattan’s West Side. It used to be an elevated freight rail line and is now a gorgeous public park about 3 storeys above New York. I really enjoyed walking along it, the greenery is so pretty¬†and it has art installations and sculptures all along, including the nose in a wheelbarrow, pictured above, and this lady below, who I can only assume is modelled on¬†Tilda Swinton’s less successful sister.

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Stumbled onto some sort of film shoot.

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Just chillin’… It is such a nice idea to have a peaceful little park in the sky where you can escape for a bit.

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I wore: my Urban Outfitters baby doll style dress (as seen¬†in my first ever blog post!), with leggings, Office booties and about 55 cardigans, along with my weird stag skull¬†necklace that I think I got from River Island. I covered up with my grey French Connection coat (bought on sale in Bicester, back when they still had a FCUK *sob*) and my Zara scarf (that clashed so badly with my dress!) and I carried my mini pink leopard print backpack that I’ve had since 1999. I also wore my Dorothy Perkins spiky hairband because it makes me feel like the Statue of Liberty. Unfortunately, it also hurts like hell so I have to remove it every half hour or so to regain the feeling on the sides of my head. I am nothing if not determined though so I refuse to give up on it. Feeling like Lady Liberty is too important not to at least try. (Life lessons from The Styletterie!)

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Our High Line stroll took us right to Chelsea Market where we ate at Artichoke Basille (supposed to be amazing, but I was underwhelmed), had milkshakes and shopped for a bit. The above was in Anthropologie, where I could have bought everything, if only it wasn’t so darn overpriced!

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¬†World’s ugliest (and giant-est!) shoe…

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¬†Chelsea Market…

Back to the hotel to nap and drop off our bags, then off to Macy’s, which is my favourite place! It’s not as highbrow as some of the other big New York department stores (and not as pretentious as some of the markets/”indie” places) which means I can¬†actually buy stuff! Yay! (Plus, when we went, it was during Black Friday week, which I had never heard of before, although this year seems to have become a ‘thing’ here in the UK too.) (Plus plus, foreigners get a tax free card in Macy’s so everything is, like, 11% off!)

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Looove Rachel Roy… Some of my all time favourite USA purchases are Rachel Roy for Macy’s…

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 I really wanted this apron!

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¬†Spot the tourist…¬†

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After yet another nap (holidays really take it out of you), we went for a drink at The Breslin which was a cool bar with great cocktails that my photos don’t do justice to, then on to Kyo Chon in Koreatown for dinner, where I became obsessed with Shazaming all the K-pop songs being shown on the TV, before getting home and realising that without the mesmerising videos and accompanying Korean food, they really weren’t my thing!

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 The Breslin.

After all those naps we were exhausted, and so another day was done.

Hope everyone is having a good week! ūüėÄ

Love,

The Styletterie

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 Sunglasses: Peacocks

Last set of Athens photos, I promise!

 

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 The temple of Apollo at a beach in Vouliagmeni.

 

 T-shirt: Forever 21; Skirt: Tally Weijl (bought in Lisbon); Sunglasses: Amy Cavill for Anthropologie; Bag: Flea market in Florence.

 

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 The Golden Hall shopping centre.

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¬†Trying on stuff in Zara (I know, I know, I shouldn’t go abroad to go to shops we have at home but still..). I didn’t buy the dress on the left, but I did buy the one on the right ūüôā

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¬†Cool compact mirror, and Cinderella print that I kind of wanted…

 

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 Creepy mannequin

 

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 A walk and an ice lolly.

 

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 Earrings: Suite Blanco (also from Lisbon). Sunshine streaming through window: not available in stores.

*sigh*

 

Prints

 Camo cap: From an army stall in Monastiraki; Kaftan/beach dress: H&M; Bag: Accessorize.

 

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My niece requested that I learn to make loom bands. I didn’t realise you actually needed a loom (yes, I’m special like that), so I was only able to make the simplest version, which was this. It made me look tanned so I made myself one and wore it too! The bracelets are vintage (stolen from my parents, they have their names on them).

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‘Til next time Athens…

Love,

The Styletterie