Helloo London: Parson's Green

In the spirit of summer and since finishing my degree, I wanted to start a new feature here on my blog based around London and all the great things the city offers. Now that I'm a 9-5 working gal, I tend to use my weekends exploring new area of the capital with friends, finding great spots for brunch and admiring the pretty houses (guilty!). In this series, I'll be concentrating on one area of the capital each few month, starting with one of my favourites: Parson's Green. I'll be chatting about all my favourite things to do along with the best secret spots to eat, drink and hang out.

The Area
Although I only discovered the beauty of Parson's Green fairly recently, it felt like a good place to start for having a good ol' chat about somewhere that I would consider one of London's hidden gems. Situated a stone's throwaway from Chelsea between Putney and Fulham, Parson's Green is a quiet spot without the tourist attention and over-instagrammed streets. 

Things To Do
Parson's Green is a lovely place to be in the summer. You'll find the green itself dotted with picnic-ers with the sweet sound of an ice-cream van passing every few minutes - srsly cute. Although Notting Hill is famed for its colourful streets nestled with pastel houses, Parson's Green seriously challenges Portobello Road with a pretty decent selection of dream doors to admire! A few of my top Parson's Green recommendations would be:

- Parson's Green Farmer's Market (every Sunday)

- Katie & Jo's Boutique 

- A cider in the White Horse Beer Garden

Where To Eat/Drink
Parson's Green is bustling with independent pubs, cafes and restaurants offer a wide selection of cuisines. Among the spots I've visited, Hally's on New Kings Road is a favourite for coffee and a great weekend brunch. I discovered Hally's through CitizenMag which is a favourite for discovering new spots to eat! Inspired by the laid-back Californian lifestyle, Hally's is a cute little spot with beautiful bright interiors, friendly staff and a healthy menu with indulgent options. Whether its a veggie breakfast or a slice of carrot and walnut cake (or both in my case) - Hally's certainly delivers! Plus, there is also a sister cafe called Little H across the road which I'll be making a stop at next time I'm passing through Parson's Green.

If there is any area of London you'd like to see me talk about next time or if you have any recommendations - feel free to leave me a comment below! 

Monica x

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The Stripe Type

Hello there! Long time, no blog! If you follow me on Insta/Twitter/Snapchat etc, you may have seen I took a 10 day break to Ibiza then Majorca to celebrate finishing university with my gal pals. This outfit post was taken a few weeks ago, but my love for this vertical striped dress has only grown stronger in that time. I'd say my style is quite dressed down lately and I'll all about adding a grungey denim jacket to create that effortless look. I'm actually wearing the dress backwards as I like the way it looks with the back detail worn more like a choker.

Monica x

Wearing: Denim Jacket: Vintage Levis (similar here) | Vertical Striped Dress: Oasis | Black Peeptoe Shoes: Oasis | Necklace: Primark (similar) | Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington | Mirrored Sunglasses: c/o New Look 

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Western Vibes

I don't know where it came from or how it started but I've always been a fan of experimenting with a bohemian style within my wardrobe, be it folky prints, maxi dresses or '70s vibing accessories. This year my style has taken a Western turn and I'm loving incorporating Western-inspired pieces into my look. This skirt was an absolute steal which I picked up lately from the Warehouse sale. Originally around £120, I managed to bag this skirt (with my staff discount when I worked at Oasis) for around £30 and couldn't be happier with it. Its a real statement piece but paired with my teal suede jacket and an embellished tee, it would be a perfect transitional piece carrying through from the spring/summer until the autumn. No doubt I'll be getting lots of wear out of this beauty!

Monica x

Wearing: Fringed Leather Skirt: Warehouse (similar here) | Embellished T-Shirt: Topshop (similar here) | Teal Suede Jacket: eBay (similar here) | Cut Out Boots: Fashion Union (similar here) | Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington | RayBan Sunglasses: c/o Shade Station 

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The Culotte Jumpsuit

This is without a doubt one of my favourite outfit combinations at the moment, I seriously can't get enough of this jumpsuit! Long-term beady-eyed readers may recognise this jumpsuit which I've had for a couple of years now and also wore to New York Fashion Week a few seasons ago. However, until a few months ago, this jumpsuit was wide leg and far too long for me 5"5 frame. So when the culotte trend came around, I thought I'd give it a cheeky DIY chop and I couldn't be happier with the results! Its now so much more wearable,  I love the print and style, plus chopped raw hems are cool right?! I'm heading to Found Festival next month, so this is definitely an outfit option paired with my super cool RayBans from Shade Station and a gold choker necklace. 

Monica x

Wearing: DIY Culotte Jumpsuit: TK Maxx (similar here) | Embellished T-Shirt: Topshop (similar here)Western Belt: Boohoo | Cut Out Boots: Fashion Union (similar here) | Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington | RayBan Sunglasses: c/o Shade Station |

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Off The Shoulder

When Boohoo recently got in touch about their latest occasionwear range, I couldn't wait to have a peek at what was on offer. Boohoo are a serious contender in the occassionwear game, whether you've got a prom, graduation or summer event coming up, I'd definitely recommend having a peek!
I was lucky enough to have a preview of the range at a press day a couple of months ago, I was really excited about how fashion-forward and good quality the dresses were at such an accessible price point. 
My favourite pick is this blue floral number. I'm a sucker for the off the shoulder trend at the moment and I wanted something a little different to the other dresses I own. I have a few events coming up over the summer so can't wait to crack it out and feel like a princess!

Monica x

Wearing: Off The Shoulder Dress: c/o Boohoo | Nude Lace-Up Heels: Public Desire | Sheffield Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington | Teal Bag: Oasis |

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