GOSH, I haven’t blogged in so long. Mainly because I’ve just started back at uni and the workload is going to be huggggeeee this year – it’s quite exciting though as I get to be a proper journalist and I even have a ‘patch’ of Portsmouth that is ALL MINE. So cool.
Anyway, since being back in Portsmouth it has really made me appreciate home and all the cool things that are around in Bristol and Bath.
Without really realising, one of my favourite places in Bristol is Park Street. The home of College Green, cool shops and a lot of the scenes from Skins (oh, and a bit of art from Banksy, whoever that is).
In my opinion, Park Street kind of represents everything about Bristol – there’s a lot of random yet COOL shops all thrown in together, as well as some bars, restaurants and a University. It’s so random that it definitely works.
One of the shops that really stood out for me the last time I made a visit was Uncle Sam’s Vintage Clothing. I had never been in there before as I thought it was a bit of an American fancy dress shop (sorry uncle Sam!) but Ben was down and wanted to go in. IT WAS AMAZING. Much like the Yellow Shop, it seemed to have a piece of clothing from every era, in every style and following MOST trends (a lack of gothic or chav clothing – good job too). The shop is decorated in the way of an authentic American thrift store – shabby chic, but it definitely works. I could list the endless pieces of fabulous clothing, but I want to talk about SHOES. The shoe collection in there seemed to be endless; located right at the back behind all the rails, you could almost miss them (you couldn’t really, there were LOADS). Me and two other girls spent a good half an hour fighting over the little leather beauties that were some chelsea boots (I lost unfortunately, the girl was bigger than me). I could talk for hours about the amazing knits as well, but I’ll leave you to find out for yourselves. Oh also, the record collection was SICK. WE LOVE YOU UNCLE SAM.
My second favourite shop was definitely Swinky Sweets. You’ll find Swinky at the bottom of Park Street, selling the best cupcakes, ice creams and sweets in town. It again, takes on the decoration of an American diner (God Bless America) and sells packets of sweets that you wouldn’t have eaten for YEARS (Nerds were my personal purchase). It’s basically amazing. Here is Ben with his Nerds (and Banksy):
Also here is some amazing artwork on Nelson Street – Bristol is apparently the ‘home of graffiti’ so the See No Evil project pays homage to that. YEAH BOYYYYY.
Basically I love Bristol. It’s nice when people who don’t live there come to visit, it gave me a chance to properly appreciate where I live.