London Part 2 - Bicester Village, Camden Market, The Closet Lover

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Read Part 1 of London here, where I covered places like Borough Market, Flat Iron Steak, Covent Garden and more.

Over the weekend, we headed to Bicester Village, the ultimate outlet shopping area in London. Prior to going, I read up on it and everyone said that it was super worth going and is the best place to shop if you're looking for designer brands that are slightly past seasons. 

So we booked a return train ticket that departed from London Marylebone train station. The train journey was really comfortable and quick, in less than 50 mins, we were at Bicester Village!
The downside is definitely the price. It was $50 GBP (ouch) per pax for return tickets, so yes only go if you're there to HUNT for gifts/items because you don't wanna blow SGD$100 to go there to window shop :X
Every spot is picturesque hehe.
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We went there on a sunday, so its no surprise that it was SUPER crowded. In fact, there were so many people there that we even bumped into some other groups of friends there LOL. Shops had long queues to get in, and the good items were all gone early during the day. 
After speaking to the staffs, they told us that most shops get their stocks on Wednesdays, so the best time to head to Bicester would be on thursdays, early morning. 
I went back empty handed, because my sole purpose was to head to Bicester to try my luck at a past-season Celine Luggage tote. But guys, don't even bother with Bicester if you're there for Celine because their bags are so popular that they don't even make it to the outlet stores. In there I only saw 2 odd-colored trapezes, the Celine Edge bag and neon colored wallets and shades. 

But! Some other brands had really really good selections include: Ted Baker, Salvatore Ferragamo, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, Coach, Timberland, and Michael Kors. At least to me, these are the shops worth checking out if you're thinking of getting something for these brands!
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I went home empty handed, disappointed and jaded. Sigh! If only I did my homework on Celine, but if you ask me, Bicester is indeed worth going if you're looking for the above mentioned brands, or if you don't mind going for odd colors, you'll be able to enjoy lots and lots of savings, some even up to 60-70% off the retail prices!

Bicester Village
50 Pingle Dr, BIcester
OX26 6WD

Being in London for the 5th time means covering the rest of the places others have recommended before, and we decided to head to Camden Market on a weekday to check out what all that hype was about. I must say, it was quite a disappointing trip because the market itself wasn't interesting and the clothes selection sold by the vendors were all pretty pricey and outdated.
If I had to describe the market, I would say it's the closest to Bugis Street I found in london.

Stopped by for some coffee at Cafe Lorna, and it was bland and diluted like the usual english coffee I've been getting. So it was pretty meh :(
Sights were really gorgeous as usual, I explored the market in this gorgeous baby pink number from The Closet Lover that has really intricate and sturdy lace details all over. 
I love how TCL clothes always fit me like a glove, if you need a size gauge, I'm in size XS for all of their pieces, including this Ashlynn Lace Dress in Nude Peach that has just been launched on their site recently.
My bestfriend said I look alot more girly and can even be mistaken as a korean girl on the streets in this, and that made me so happy LOL!

The next day, I met up with Jon with my girlfriends and he brought us around London to all of his favourite photo spots. We had a blast! It's really amazing to meet fellow singaporeans overseas, there's just this unspoken rule about asians sticking together and standing up for each other. 
Even when I'm on a crowded tube, I'll feel safer when I stand next to them hahaha.  

We headed up to the National Theatre for some grey architecture and I love how the photos turned out, especially with this simple, blue and white ensemble.

Bag: Charles and Keith

I picture this outfit to be the most suitable for a sweet date or an afternoon of english tea session with the ladies, it's so girly and the sash on Shantel Stripes Midi Skirt actually allows for a bit of adjustments to the waistline of the skirt, for a much better fit.
I'm not gonna lie, I had to loosen the sash a little after dinner, and the subtle stripes print actually hid the bulge and elongated my legs!

For all the outfits I wore from Theclosetlover on this trip, you can head over to my Instagram with the hashtag #monginlondon #tclootd or check out their page for more.

I'll be back soonest for more London updates! Meanwhile, stay safe, happy and lovely as always you guys xx


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