A few more from Camden Passage
February 17, 2012, 10:54 am
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Most Islington residents (or wannabe Islington residents) will tell you they love Camden Passage. It’s cute, there’s a lot going on and there’s plenty to see, whether you want to eat, buy a necklace from a junk shop or ponder on some antique furniture.

August 23, 2010, 1:15 pm
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I have a new favourite thing. My mum came to visit last week and we went shopping in Camden. It’s odd, but I hadn’t really bothered to wander around until my mum came, despite living here for the last 3 months. I suppose it was because I spent half of my teenage years in Camden, so I knew what to expect. It was fun watching my mum’s facial expressions┬áif we walked past any mega goths, though. We found this cuter than cute T Rex necklace at a stall by the canal and it has been around my neck for most of the weekend. Small pleasures.

Chocolate cupcakes with white chocolate chips

My friend Tara came round again yesterday for more baking (+ air punching to Magic FM + watching Hercules on DVD). I like how these cupcakes turned out. Just your standard cupcake recipe with plenty of cocoa powder and some white chocolate chips thrown in.

I need to stop buying cupcake cases.

Note the Harry Potter lightning bolt, noughts and crosses and x_x cupcakes.

My x_x face brings all the boys to the yarrrd, and they’re like, baking is harrrd.

Also, a few shots from a confectionery shop in China Town! Seeing as we’re on the subject of sweet things.

My eyes widen whenever I walk into any of the Asian food shops in London. They’re always so cute and enticing. I’m easily tempted by cute packaging. Just the other day I was in a Japanese food shop on Brewer Street and came out with koala-shaped biscuits in a colourful, patterned box. Needless to say, I hadn’t even thought about them again until now. I don’t know if I even have the heart to eat biscuits shaped like koalas. If you want to sell something, put it in a cute box.

Excessive napping.

I think I reach this point every year. My motivation levels drop and all I want to do is sleep and be lazy. There are so many things that frustrate me and that I want to change, but the energy to keep on trying is difficult to find. I know it will pass; I just need to hang on and take everything with a pinch of salt. I’m a wholehearted advocate of not taking yourself too seriously, even at the worst of times.

My wardrobe has expanded vastly over the past two weeks. It’s pretty awful that I turn to shopping when I need some fulfillment in my life. I guess it’s been a crutch ever since I started earning my own money at 18… I may hate my job/studies/general life situation, but damn, my outfit looks good. It’s a habit I’d like to shake this year. While I love clothes and dressing up, going out and buying it isn’t the solution to life questions of impending doom. A creative outlet is what I’m really lacking, so I’d like to get back into making things and customising existing things.

I’m halfway through Hard Work: Life in Low-pay Britain by Polly Toynbee, which isn’t helping. Well, it is helping but it isn’t reducing my shopping guilt. I’m not sure how I feel about this book yet (ethically speaking), but it has put a spanner in the works of my spending habits. It’s like I’ve taken giant leaps away from where I was raised and the people alongside whom I grew up. My money is not to be thrown away; the work I do is difficult and of value and I need to show myself some respect.