Beaux Style Diary: Columbia Flower Market

there are really only two things i enjoy waking up for before 7 am: antique markets, and flowers. (hopefully that will be a three-item list come this summer when we are hoping to get a puppy...)

anyway, so guys, its peony season. aka they are my fave flowers so i had no problem waking up this sunday when i had my alarm set at 630am. I hit columbia flower market with wet hair at 745am to avoid the hustle and bustle bc guys if im honest i dont love crowds and most of the time im not sure i even like people. but i do like @byvanessaleigh so we both met up early sunday morning to avoid everyone and have pick of the peony litter. (by the way, my londoner 2 cents is to arrive after 130pm if youre looking to buy house plants bc at the end of the day you can make deals w the vendors but if youre looking for peonies in may, get there early bc they always sell out and expect no deals) 

Vanessa opted for about 7 hydrangea stems that were bigger than her whole body and i opted for 3 bushels of huge fluffly soft pink non stripey peonies (hard to find!!). we were both school girls again , giggling and saying omg theyre so pretty to no one really in particular. we were both on cloud 9 as we skipped over to violets which is my fave dalston spot for breakfast (bc lets be honest it was like only 9 am by this point)- and i cant recommend it enough.

Obviously I am never without a Beaux Basket so Praia came along with for the journey bc she can fit the most flowers. 👍   I am really into pink at the mo (plus my trusty levis and go-to dramatic trench bc its not quite cold but its certainly not warm yet...) so I have curated some of my fave picks for spring.

so my one word of advice is GO buy pink peonies in pink shoes and then GO eat amazing fresh sourdough & eggs at Violet one sunday and then GO and snap some pretty pictures. Its good for the soul :)

happy may y'all

xo Ashley aka me

all photos of me are by @byvanessaleigh

The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London
The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London
The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London

GUYS NO ONE IS AWAKE IN LONDON AT 7AM ON A SUNDAY MORNING AND ITS THE MAGICAL!!! This is literally picadeilly circus and shaftesbury ave I MEAN THE DREAM

The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London
The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London
The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London

do you see the asphalt on columbia road- Ive never EVER seen that before and i loved it so much, I could walk up and down the corridor 5 times and not run into anyone or be stuck in a people jam. thats a pretty big deal.

The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London
The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London
The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London
The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London
The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London

Pink Sandals are my everything rn. they make every outfit happy and fresh which is welcomed after a long and grey and brown winter... #ugh

The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London
The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London
The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London
The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London
The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London
The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London
The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London
The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London
The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London

the most delicious and fluffy and beautiful peonies 

The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London
The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London
The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London

'oversized' is my most used search term in any shopping sitch. and oversized coats (or trenchcoats specifically) are just the bees knees. 

The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London
The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London
The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London

all of the most beautiful colours ive ever seen

The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London
The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London
The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London

here she is aka major heart eyes and im in love...VIOLET in dalston

The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London
The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London
The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London

me and v having a good time

The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London
The Beaux Journals @ Columbia Flower Market in London

Basket | The Beaux Store, "Praia"

Jeans | Selfridges

Sweater | Boden

Shoes | Boden

Trench | Old Zara, but the Simone Rocha and trenches below are the closest I could find :)