Top 10 Reasons to Visit London in Summer:

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London is undeniably a great destination always. An amazing city that will please even those hard-to-please travelers. But if given a choice, mine will be to visit during summer. In the northern hemisphere some cities become too hot for pleasurable walk, but not London. Plus the fact that it’s longer days allow the visitor more time to enjoy it.

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  1. Wimbledon: Even if you are not a tennis fan, the energy of the city during the tournament is special. Londoners become friendlier with visitors the city feels more welcoming. Restaurants, hotels and bars, find their decor inspiration in the tournament . Pubs are crowded with people that share a beer while watching the daily matches. Around town streets and parks display gigantic screens. Strangers riding the tube share their opinions about the latest developments.IMG_7008IMG_7026_2
  2. Roof Top Bars: I have a particular affection for them, don’t know why. Whenever I visit a new city try to explore a few. In London the fact that at 11pm at night in summer the sun still shines, makes it even more appealing. The views of the city from up there are beautiful and allow you to see it from a different perspective. A calmer one. My favorite roof top bars in London are: “Radio Bar” at the ME Hotel, “Aqua Spirits”, “The Roof Gardens”, “Boundary” y  “The Lost Format Society”.
  3. The Hampton Court Flower Festival: The biggest floral exposition of the world: 50 gardens exhibit here including the marvelous water gardens. One of my favorite ones is the tent dedicated to roses, as well as visiting the innovators in conceptual gardening.
  4. Picnics : English love their picnics indeed. As soon as the weather is nice they run for their lifes to one of the many parks, with baskets full of goodies in hand. Places like “Harrods” and “Fortnum and Mason” have a wide variety of them ready for purchase and delivery. Some hotels also offer the picnic basket as part of their services. In my opinion the best parks for a picnic are: Primrose Hill Park, Greenwich Park and Richmond Park.IMG_0372Processed with VSCO with s3 preset
  5. Sales: June and july are the best time for bargains in Europe. It’s true that some stores can be too crowded at times but I think the wait is worth it, reductions can go as far as 70% off. Even the designer brands that traditionaly don’t offer discounts, do it in summer.IMG_0492
  6. Open Air Theater: What about watching Shakespeare under the light of the moon? In summer you can, many places offer open air theater, Regent Park is probably the most famous, but there are other venues like St Pauls Church in Covent Garden and The Globe Playhouse .
  7. Dinner with a View: Foggy London can’t always offer this. But summer is your best bet. The restaurants that I would recommend are: “Fenchurch at Sky Garden”, “Duck And Waffles” and “Serpentine Bar and Kitchen”
  8. Street Markets: If you have read me before you know I “have a thing” for markets. In London there are many and the weather in summer is perfect for visiting them. One of the most alluring ones for me is the Portobello Road Market, walking it is a pleasure and make sure you keep your eyes opened for The Humming Bird Bakery http://www.thehummingbirdbakery.com that offers the best chocolate cake in London.IMG_0503
  9. Music Festivals: Can’t expect less from the birth land of The Beatles, Adele, Amy Whinehouse and Coldplay. The amount and variety of them is huge, from the famous Festival at Sommerset House to the Eastern Electrics Festival,  ideal for the electronic music fanatics.
  10.  Sundance Film Festival: Since 2012 this wonderful festival that takes place on January in USA comes to London in June, which allows the cinema fans from the other side of the ocean to enjoy it.IMG_0359

Vintage Shopping Address Book

London:

 

Alfies Antique Market: 13-25 Church St, London NW8 8DT, GB

www.alfiesantiques.com

Camden Market: Camden High St, London NW1 8NH, GB

www.camdenmarket.com

 

Paris:

 St Ouen Market: 143 Rue Rosiers

Open only: Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

http://www.marcheauxpuces-saintouen.com

Didier Ludot: 24 Galerie Montpensier – Jardin du Palais Royal

75001 Paris

www.didierludot.fr

Madrid:

 Pepita is dead: Calle del Dr. Fourquet, 10. Madrid

 www.pepitaisdead.es

Corachan y Delgado: Calle Vicente Martin Arias 26. Madrid

Milan:

 Mania Vintage: Via Fratelli Bronzetti, 11, Milan

Humana Vintage: Via Capellari, 3, Milan

Berlin, Barcelona and Vienna:

 Humana Vintage (look for locations on internet)

 New York:

 Ina Soho: 101 Thompson Street

What Goes Around: 13-17 Laight St.

Cadillac’s Castle: 333 E 9th street

Los Angeles:

 Decades Inc: 8214 Melrose Place Ave

Shareen Vintage: 1721 N Spring Street

Tokyo:

Rag Tag: 6-14-2 Jingumae, Shibuya

www.ragtag.jp/english

 

Amore Tokyo: 5-39-2 Jingumae, Shibuya

www.amoretokyo.com

Hong Kong:

Once Style: 1/F 80n Wo Lane, Sheung Wan Hong, Kong

www.oncestyle.com

Miami and West Palm Beach:

 Palm Beach Vintage: 3623 So Dixie Hwy West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Back on the Rack: 219 S Olive Ave West Palm Beach, FL 33401

pbbackontherack.com

Consign of the Times: 1935 West Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33139

consignofthetimes.com

Buenos Aires:

 Juan Perez Vintage: M. T. de Alvear 1441, Recoleta.

Portobello Vintage: Paraguay 1554, Recoleta.

Sao Paulo:

Popchic: Galeria Ouro Fino, Rua Agusta, 2694

ONLINE SHOPPING

www.therealreal.com

www.designer-vault.com

www.yogiscloset.com

www.fashionphile.com

CHANEL:

Before 1986 – No Serial Numbers

1986-1988 –  7 digit serial number sticker starting with a 0

1989-1991  – 7 digit serial number sticker starting with 1

1991-1994 –  7 digit serial number starting with 2

1994-1996 –  7 digit serial number starting with 3

1996-1997 –  7  digit serial number starting with 4

1997-1999 –  7 digit serial number starting with 5

2000-2002 – 7 digit serial number starting with 6

2002-2003 –  7 digit serial number starting with 7

2003-2004 –  7 digit serial number starting with 8

2004-2005 – 7 digit serial number starting with 9

2005-2006 – 8 digit serial number starting with 10

LOUIS VUITTON:

Louis Vuitton made in the early 1980’s had three or four digits only and

Louis Vuitton made in the late 1980’s had three or four digits followed by two letters. Some vintage handbags have one letter followed by 5 digits

Date codes were only widely used after the 1990’s.

Date codes since the 1990’s consist of two letters followed by four numbers. The first two letters tell you the country where it is made and the numbers tell you the month and year it was manufactured.

For definItion of letters*:

France: A1, A2, AA, AO, AC, AN, AR, AS, BA, BJ, CT, DU, ET, FL, FR, MB, MI, NO, ND, RA, RI, SD, SL, SN, SP, SR, TH, VI, VR

USA: FC, FH, FF, LA, OS, SD

Spain: CA, LO, LB, LM, LW

Italy: CE, MA, SA

Germany: LP

Since January 2007, Louis Vuitton has yet adopted another serial number reading system. Instead of first and third digit being the month, it now means the week of the year the bag was made. For example, VI 2007 translates “Made in France 20th week of 2007 meaning around the third week of May.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My First Recommendation Is…. Or, Can You Hear the Drums?

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(No spoilers here, so keep reading)

 

Sort of a disclaimer: Nothing I recommend here, is done as a literary expert of any kind, just as a book lover and an avid reader. I do it, not only because it seems is going to be therapeutic for me (yes it will) but because I want to share with you my love for them, and perhaps get you to read them to.

It was hard to choose a first book to recommend. It felt a bit, like playing favorites, but finally went with: “ The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time” by Mark Haddon, because it’s not only a book but an experience. Currently been shown in New York and London as a play, with enormous success and great reviews. My suggestion is to read the book first and then –if possible– go see the play, which will also leave you speechless.

What I loved particularly about this book –other than the obvious merit of Mark Haddon to get inside the mind and write it as an autistic teenager would– was it’s simplicity and elegance. It was refreshing. I really enjoyed the fact that the writer did not need violence, sex or tragedies, to keep me interested and entertained until the end.

It is a great book for teenagers too.