London shopping guide

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I have lived in London for 5 years, and I thought it would be a really good idea to a few London guides! London gets masses of tourists every year, and I completely understand why. The shopping is excellent, the food is outstanding and the parks and history is breathtaking. It is almost impossible to be bored in London and you can do a number of things on any budget. For the first guide I am focusing on where to shop in London.

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Now, I think I can safely say that most people who are going on a shopping trip to London would go to Oxford street. I would recommend to avoid Oxford street. It is cramped with people and you will find all the shops in the street several other places. If you want to be in the Oxford street area, try Regent street that lays parallel to it! I know that many want to visit Primark when they go to London, in my opinion you can easily skip it. The clothes will not last you long due to the quality and there are I would rather visit H&M, Next, or New Look if you are on a budget.

  • Where: Take the Piccadilly line to Piccadilly circus and work your way up, or the Victoria Line/Central line to Oxford circus and work your way down to Piccadilly circus.

Westfield shopping centre

Westfield is an American shopping centre chain that is situated in two locations in London; Stratford and Shepherd’s Bush. I would recommend the one at Shepherd’s Bush, purely because I like the layout and selection of shops at that one compared to the one at Stratford. It’s a big, clean shopping centre from shops like H&M to Louise Vuitton, something for everyone.

  • Where: You either take the central line and stop at Shepherd’s Bush, or take Hammersmith and central line/Circle line and stop at Wood Lane or Shepherd’s Market.

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Bond street/New Bond street
If you have some spending money I would recommend going to Bond street. It’s designer shop after designer shop, it’s relatively quiet and very beautiful. Victoria’s Secret can also be found here, but remember to go early as it often gets cramped throughout the day.

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  • Where: Take the Central line at stop at Bond street, you will end up in Oxford street but go around the corner and you will find Bond street.

 

Selfridges/Harrods/Harvey Nichols

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Selfridges is situated at the Marble Arch end of Oxford street. It is a massive beautiful building with fashion, make up, jewellery, food, furniture, everything that you can think if really. It is similar to Harrods and Harvey Nichols, they all have the same concept, it is not necessary to visit all of them in my opinion, just chose the one that is easiest for you to get to. If you have a high budget and want to splash on designer items either of these places are good to visit. I prefer Selfridges as I like the layout better, it is more organised and there are slightly less people there.

  • Where: Take the Central Line and stop at Marble Arch or Bond street for Selfridges. Take the Piccadilly Line to Knightsbridge for Harvey Nichols and Harrods, they are situated next to each other.

 

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To end this, I would recommend going as early in the day as possible as there are always a lot of people shopping no matter what time of the year. Most shops open at 10 am, so aim to go out then. I would also recommend to go for lots of food and drink breaks to rest your feet and refuel. A food guide is coming up!

Enjoy your London stay!

xx Rapunzel

Must reads for the career focused woman

I wanted to create a post telling you about great books I have read, especially geared towards career focused women. I find successful people, and especially women, fascinating and inspiring. Reading their stories or advice is something I have found very useful and I wanted to tips you about the books that I have really enjoyed and would recommend. I have not studied or worked in anything business, finance, entrepreneurial or economics related, but these are still books that I have devoured and really enjoyed reading, proving that you don’t have to have a background in any of these topics to understand or enjoy them.

 

 

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  • #Girlboss – by Sophia Amoruso

Sophia is the founder and executive chairman of Nasty Gal. Haven’t heard of it? You should!  It is a online shop selling clothes, shoes and accessories, all with an edgy and cool style. My absolute favourite skirt is from her shop, I have had that skirt for 4 years now and it’s still my go-to skirt for when I’m dressing up! Sophia was a girl who struggled to stay in the same job, craving changes and finding it difficult to stay in boring routine jobs. So eventually she started selling vintage clothes that she had bought and altered herself, on Ebay. She used her skills of photography, altering clothes, and social media to sell her clothes, and her popularity quickly grew. This book is in essence about her life, from the start of Nasty Gal, how her personalty and life choices led her to creating her own Ebay shop, and advice for other #girlbosses.

I loved this book and read it in a few days, not able to put it down. It is inspiring, and you are left with a sense of wanting to create something for yourself, even if there are things about you that does not say “entrepreneur”. I will leave it at that, go read #Girlboss.

 

 

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  • Love is not enough: A smart woman’s guide to money: A smart woman’s guide to making (and keeping) money – by Merryn Sommerset Webb

This is one of my absolute favourite books that I have ever read. Merryn has a financial background, but she is able to explain terms such as bonds and shares easily. She reassures her readers that terms used for investing, saving and making money are not as complicated as many say. This is again a book that is written towards women, and is especially target towards being financially independent, without a man to help, aid or completely control your finances. Having a job and making money is certainly not a foreign concept for women these days, but how many of pictures a future (if you’re a heterosexual woman) where a man is there to either help, add or completely being in charge of money and big purchases like a home? Merryn has tackled this issue, and this book will give you advice on how to handle your money wisely and independently.

You will get advise on how to save money at different stages of your life, different methods of investing your money, the best ways of saving for a pension, and life situations that can drastically change for financial future. She shares plenty of her own experiences (good and bad) which makes for a light hearted yet interesting read. If you get any of these books, definitely get this one!

 

 

 

  • Nice girls don’t get rich: 75 unavoidable mistakes women make with money – by Lois P. Frankel

This book focuses on behaviours that are typical of women that sabotages our moneymaking potential . It talks extensively of things that we have been told when we were girls, that we take with us in life as  adults and that often does not translate well in working life. An example is negotiating. On average men are more successful at negotiating at work, compared to women. When were were girls we were often told to be “nice”, “do as your told”, to not be “bossy” and that we would be taken care of (usually by your future husband). These are all things that hinder women in making the most of our potential in our career, and Lois takes about how we should steer away from these behaviours that we were thoughts as girls, and to act as women, not girls or men. An absolutely great book that opens your eyes to behaviours that you are probably doing yourself and gives you good advice on how to change it and why it is important. This is not a book that teaches you how to act more like a man, on the contrary, you are thought how to act more like a woman. A definite must for any working woman!

 

I hope you will read at least one of these books, and I wish you a great weekend!

xx Rapunzel

 

 

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Home office ideas

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Following my post about kitchen interior ideas, I wanted to write a post about another room I’m excited about decorating in my future home; my home office. Now, I have no idea what I will do career wise, but I do want a home office in the future. Preferably a room used as both an office and a closet. Why do I want an office when I might not even need one? I can only speculate, but I love the idea of having my own space that I can decorate completely to my own space and use. Something that is both beautiful and useful, sort of like a space where I can escape and be alone. My woman cave.

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So, how would it look? I am thinking white base with details in glass, pink and silver. I want it to be girly, organised, but also homey and a comfortable space to be in.

These colours are absolutely stunning together.

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They are also very in trend, however, I am more of a silver-girl, than gold.

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Wow! So organised, so elegant yet girly and fun. I love this.

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Want a more sophisticated look, then this might be for you. I love how put together this is, the red and gold details are planned perfectly and make this office space truly great.

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Ahh, but I cant stop being exciting over the more girly office style. Being a sophisticated grown up has to wait another few years! I’m definitely going to put some pictured up like in the photo above.

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Cute desk accessories and flowers are a must.

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A carpet can really make a room and adds to the cosy and homey feeling of a room. The carpets in the above pictures are absolutely gorgeous, and I can imagine very soft on your feet! The striped wall is also divine, especially for me who loves everything with stripes.

I hope you find some inspiration, especially if you’re also dreaming about your own home office.

Have an amazing day!

xx Rapunzel

 

All pictures found on Pinterest

Dream kitchen inspiration

 

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I am passionate about interior design and decorating, and I am in the process of finding my taste; what do I love and what fits my personality. I dream about building or buying my dream home on a weekly basis, and I love going on Pinterest to search for amazing spaces that inspire me.

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I am far away from being able to buy my own home, perhaps not that strange after spending the last 5 years as a student in London. But dreaming about my dream home and saving for it is still fun!

Today I wanted to share how I want my kitchen to look. Think white cupboards, white or grey tiles, dark wooden floors, farmhouse sink, chrome coloured appliances and lots of flowers and plants. I want a mixture of sleek and elegant, and a homey-cottage feel, without it being to cute.

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Have a wonderful day!

xx Rapunzel

All pictures were found on Pinterest

Relaxing hotel night

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Yesterday I spent the night at one of my favourite London hotels, the M by Montcalm in Old Street. It’s unlike many other London hotels in that it is very high-tech, and you control all appliances from lights to opening or closing your curtains from a touch pad.

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Perfect for when you being lazy in bed and not having to get up! And who would want to get up from this bed? It’s like sleeping on a soft, fluffy cloud; definitely recommended.

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I took a long hot shower to sooth my aching legs from lots of London walking. These shower products from Hermes do definitely not harm the experience!

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The robes are honestly the softest I have ever worn. If you’re ever staying in this hotel, definitely put one on, you will not regret it.

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The hotel also has a spa, which sadly I have not tried, but I can imagine that it would not disappoint. I was feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready for the weekend!

xxx Rapunzel