Winter In The Park

Had a bit of time to myself this afternoon, so I decided on a stroll in my favourite park in London, the lovely Kensington Garden… It was not an aimless wandering, mind you…  My destination was one of the places that I had been wanting to visit but had not had the chance yet…  The Magazine Restaurant and the newly refurbished Serpentine Sackler Gallery by Zaha Hadid Architects, which was situated in the park itself… and of course, Julio Le Parc’s Exhibition inside the Serpentine Sackler Gallery itself. (but more on the art exhibition in my next post)  I passed by several times already but just did not have time to visit the establishment properly.  By this time of the year it was not new anymore!!  It had been open for a year now!  New to me, that’s all…


The Magazine Restaurant at Serpentine Sackler Gallery

The white sinuous roof above the curved glass walls gave an impression of a floating cloth hovering above the treeline.  I read several negative reviews about this controversial extension, but I had to admit that I quite liked how these sinuous forms created such a strong contrast to the revered Grade II listed Georgian architectural masterpiece…  It did not upstage its host at all, but instead created a rather witty visual dialogue between the two buildings, I thought.

The Magazine Restaurant at Serpentine Sackler Gallery

The freezing wind also reminded me that Winter was finally upon us here in London, blankets, and wraps (my staple outerwear of choice so far) could no longer protect me from the crisp, chilly air anymore.  It was time for the oldie but goodie… My one and only winter coat…  Here I paired it with a white tube scarf from H&M; for a cosy monochrome effect…


Cosy Monochrome Day in the Park at The Magazine

And what’s so special about this coat, that made me loved it so much?  Apart from the fact that it was a versatile charcoal colour coat that just looked good with anything, and could be worn to almost any occasions?  Well, it had been keeping me perfectly warm since my A-Level years, i.e. 17 years now and still in perfect condition!  I never had to repair this coat at all, ever… even though I wore it almost everyday for many many winters because it was the only wool coat I owned.  This was my first proper coat that I ever bought for myself…  and also the most expensive clothing item I ever had during my student life.  I was 17 at the time and found this coat by chance during my window shopping visit to Miu Miu store in New Bond Street.  It was £345… Couldn’t remember now if it was on sale or full price at the time, but it was pretty much all of my saving too, so I really thought hard before buying the lovely thing because it was completely out of my budget.  17 years later, I just couldn’t believe what a great investment this coat had been!  No doubt it would continue to keep me warm for many years to come…

My wardrobe strategy from then on, was to always invest in 3 things… Good quality coats, good quality shoes, and last but not least, good quality bags.  They did not have to be brand new, of course, second hand and vintage were great too, as long as they were in excellent condition!  The logic was simple… when one lived on a limited budget and in a small space, do not clutter the already very tiny rooms with too much “stuff”, so “quality over quantity”.  Selecting something classic and timeless was a great way to keep the clutter at bay…  Live light and keep it simple!  With time, that expensive item is, in fact, a bargain in disguise!

Coat: Miu Miu
Scarf: H&M;
Tights: Mark & Spencer
Shoes: Marc Jacobs
Bag: Lanvin


The Magazine Restaurant
Serpentine Sackler Gallery
Kensington Park
W2 2UH
London, UK


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