“There are two ways of looking at the sky; you can wonder why it’s blue or wonder what you can do with a blue sky!” – Reginald Gatsi
This is one of my favourite quotes, especially when I have a bad day or when I am feeling blue. It reminds me to always look for the positive approach no matter what the circumstances… especially, when faced with a difficult situation or when things go wrong… It is much more productive to focus on finding a solution to a problem, than dwelling in the past and questioning why something is the way it is, because sometimes, these hardships are there to test us, and help us grow into a stronger person. So, on a bad day such as today, it is always helpful to take a little time off to go for a walk and surround myself with things that I love, just to cheer myself up.
Many of you who have been following my blog for a while would already know how much I love wrap cardigans and blanket ponchos, especially DKNY cozies… Today is definitely a DKNY cozy day in cobalt blue, my favourite colour. It reminds me of the ocean… like the blue water at Grotto Azzurra in the Isle of Capri or the sky at dusk in Pisa… Don’t know what it is about blue, but it always have a calming effect on me. Combined with white and grey, my two other favourite colours, and nothing can go wrong. I am ready to go off to explore the world!
My second obsession of course is mews houses and little alleyways around London in general. Somehow, I always end up hiding in one of these places. (remember Goodwin’s Court and Kynance Mews?) London mews in particular are my favourites; they add a sort of cosy village feel to the urban sprawl that is London city centre. I love how these little mews are everywhere, always hidden just behind elegant streets filled with regal townhouses because they used to be the horse stables and then garages for these houses. Every time I enter one of these little alleyways, it is like entering into a calming little pocket of London where I can breathe some fresh air without the noisy hassle bustle of busy London streets, and have room to collect my thoughts. Since I am already working and living in one of the London mews, today I decide to take a walk to another one of the mews that I think is very English, called Hyde Park Gardens Mews. Along this mews, the feel of Victorian London is even more authentic than my current site because of the hourly passing of horses and their riders, since there is a horse riding school and stable nearby. Every day, one can hear the trotting noise from horseshoes on the cobbled street, and the smell of horses lingers in the air. I do not like horse riding but I certainly love horses. They are one of the most beautiful, majestic creatures on the planet, so it is quite calming to sit on a bench along Hyde Park Gardens Mews, watching these creatures pass by, interspersed with black cabs zooming across the street! It is a little surreal to imagine oneself time travelling between Victorian London and 21st Century London just from sitting on a bench in this little street.
I have always felt that London is a city best discovered by walking… Here is what I have found during a little half hour walk earlier today…
Photographer: Yulia Jevzikova
Make Up Artist: Veronica Enna
OUTFIT OF THE DAY
Top: Lemaire for Uniqlo
Trousers: Lemaire for Uniqlo
Wrap Cardigan: DKNY [Similar]
Ankle Boots: Topshop