Bits n Bobs from Brick Lane

Hello,
I know it’s been a while and I’m so frustrated at myself as my whole posting every week thing was going so well but then I missed one week and it all went down the drain. Sigh.

Anyway, I’m back and posting some curiosities I stumbled across today after attending an interview around the Shoreditch area. I ate a magnificently cheesy pizza then wandered around various shops in Brick Lane, including a sex shop where they offer you tea and coffee while you browse, and another place with a spectacular selection of chocolates that smelt so good I almost passed out from a cocoa high.

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One of my favourite shops in Brick Lane has to be this one little place that basically looks like it has a load of junk dumped in it. I’ve never actually taken the time to notice what it’s called as I’m always just mesmerized by all the bric a brac everywhere. There are dolls, record players, tea pot clocks, rugs, ornaments galore and creepy looking tribal figures, to name but a few of the things scattered about.

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Above is an obese cat holding a little “Merry Christmas” paper bag with a fish inside. A common sight amongst the hoard, really.¬†Exploring the downstairs section can be a little scary as the stairway is so cluttered in mirrors and bottles, and as much as I love this place I’m always slightly holding my breath walking around it, certain that if I don’t I’ll smash at least twenty things in my pathway.

On my travels through the shop I did happen to see a very stoned looking Harry Potter doll and this lady below, who we gave a nearby prop to. I feel like it gives her more Uma Thurman in Kill Bill vibes.

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I did end up splurging on two items. One was this fuzzy little seal, which my sister lovingly commented on as looking like a dog penis. I don’t care, it’s cute, I love seals, and I was walking around the shop with it, stroking it like a creepy seal lady so basically had to buy it.

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The other purchase was one I ummed and aahhhed about for ages. I’ve wanted some butterflies/moths in a frame for ages, and had seen them in here before but refrained from buying them as they can be quite pricey. I happened to notice this one in the window though and worked my haggling magic (a fiver off, ha), which was basically just a way to feel better about buying it when I shouldn’t have really. It’s absolutely lovely with it’s blue iridescent wings though and I can’t stop staring at it hanging majestically on my wall.

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Other places we visited included a jewellery shop that sold a crazy array of necklaces, including these Barbie leg ones.

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Lastly we went into a shop selling art prints, and perhaps most importantly, they had four cats inside! All napping in sync. Here’s my very rubbish picture of it from outside.

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So, that’s my very brief post and I should probably go to sleep now as I’m absolutely knackered, ill, and meant to be trying out a yoga class tomorrow after work! Pretty nervous as to how it’s gonna go but 2014 is a year for trying new things! So hopefully it’ll be fun (and achey, no doubt!)

Na night. Have weird dreams.

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