|Sweatshirt: £110, Etre Cecile. Sunglasses: from £20, Toyshades. Shirt dress: £55, Asos. Sandals: £45, Asos.|
I've always wanted to go and with the current buzz around the city (even more so with the newly opened Soho House), I was thrilled to join Luisa De Paula, Fashion & Brand Director of Boticca (previously of My Wardrobe) on a buying trip, scoping out new creative labels in the city. The idea of the trip was to give a group of journalists insight into the site, which helps hundreds of small, independent brands have a platform to sell online internationally. Like when you find the most amazing gem of a shop amidst a small town abroad and then wish you you could still buy when you get home. Now you can.
Luisa assured me that Istanbul is now a real creative hub, and the city is their 'one to watch' in terms of design, with loads of emerging talent - and I got to see it first hand.
|Denim jacket: J Crew (buy similar here). Bag: £170, M Hulot. Dress: £55, Asos. Sandals: £45, Asos|
|Trying on Burcu Okut jewellery, all handmade in the designer's shop in Istanbul|
|Luisa De Paula and Hannah, from InStyle (and flat shoe blog enbrogue.com) doing the Tourist thing|
|Wearing my ToyShades (you might get sick of these sunnies soon - but I feel liberated - I can at last see in the sunshine!). Earrings: £35, Upper Metal case at Boticca|
|Amazing silk scarves from Rumisu - these are illustrations of aliens dancing at a wedding!|
|Turkish hospitality - cakes made by the Rumisu ladies (and an inspiring Art wall in the background)|
|Turkey's tile porn goes without saying...|
|Soho House Hotel - great for lounging and a spot of brunch|
I was going to write a Frugal City Guide whilst I was out there but unfortunately, we were there for May Day strikes so we couldn't really venture out on my last day. On the plus side, it meant I had to have a long lunch and stay by the pool but it also meant I didn't go to any mosques or find any hidden, secret gems for lunch. I did, however, manage to get to the markets briefly...I loved the Spice Market - the sights, smells and happenings - and of course I bought some bowls!
|Even the tiles in the spice market were beautiful....|
|Wearing: Jacket, DAY Birger et Mikkelsen. Vest top: £29.99, Mango. Culottes: £20 in the sale, Atterley Road. Sandals: £65, Birkenstock. Suitcase: Marks & Spencer|