The Ladybug follows her heart to…London!

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I am not new to pop-up trips, totally unplanned and decided in about 5 minutes so you shouldn’t be surprised if I tell you that this was exactly that type of trip! I am always ready for a London weekend: I have friends that I love to see when I am there and this city is always in my heart since my first trip there (when I was a kid!); it became a sort of second home since I spent my first year there.

Anyway, when I read on Internet about the first solo exhibit of the Senegalese photographer Omar Diop at the Autograph Gallery in Shoreditch (one of my favorite areas in London) I just opened my flights app and bought a flight to London immediately!

This is the second time that I do that this year, after my quick trip to Paris to see Malick Sidibé exhibit at the Fondation Cartier. This exhibit was definitely smaller in size but not less intense as it is a celebration of the African Diaspora and Black Resistance through portraits that are interpretations of events and black figures throughout history. And he is the first protagonist of this journey through African roots and culture around the world during many centuries of history: from Black Panthers to Senegalese “tirailleurs” to many other black portraits the two exhibits “Diaspora” and “Liberty” show the presence of Africa in European and American history. The power of this exhibit was immense and I was completely breathless at the end of the tour.

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After the exhibit we had a nice walk around Shoreditch in search of Banksy and other street artists work, then we headed to West Hampstead for a nice tour of charity shops and vintage shopping (one of the best areas of London for charity shopping!). As it was Halloween weekend we took advantage of the festive atmosphere to join the celebrations in Shoreditch where we met some friends for a lovely night out!

Our Sunday was completely dedicated to relax and to the best vintage experience that you can have in London: the Pop Up Vintage Fair! You know that this event is my favorite one in London because of the beautiful atmosphere, the best vintage dealers in town…and the best vintage women of the City: my wonderful friends Maxine (the event organizer and founder of Pop Up Vintage Fairs), the beautiful Salina, the adorable creative Daisy of Make Thrift London and, last but not least, I finally met for real my Italian twin Darling Le Glam…so incredibly sexy, sweet and beautiful lady!

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The tea, sweets, chatting and shopping session was hard…but I left super happy and with a very heavy bag of vintage coats (three amazing vintage pieces that I will show you soon!) and jewelry and lots of love from my adored friends! Thanks God I had a plane to catch or I would have bought so many more things! The Pop Up Vintage Fair is a vintage lover paradise! This time the event was in the beautiful Saint Stephen Church but if you want to visit it in one of its locations just check their site to see where they are and when!

One more tip: as you can see from some of my pictures I had the chance to stay in one of the most incredible hotels in town, the Courthouse Hotel in Shoreditch! I loved everything there: the spacious and elegant room and bathroom, the wonderful terrace with an awesome view of London skyline, the retro bowling room and the magnificent Jailhouse Bar for a superb cocktail before heading out for dinner! Modern, comfy, with the most caring and helpful staff, our stay in London couldn’t be better than that!

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