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I don’t care for shoes nor jewelery – I’m a t-shirt girl. I’ve always loved collecting them. They are usually cheap, they last for years and they (almost always) fit. What’s not to like?

I sleep in oversized rock bands and music t-shirts: Metallica, U2, the Red Hot Chili Peppers… I have my collection of Hard Rock Café t-shirts I started in Beijing, in 1999. I also buy designers t-shirts online at Threadless, such this nice one and this funny one. I have blue, red, pink, yellow, black and green t-shirts, neatly folded in piles in my closet. You can never have too many t-shirts, can’t you?

In France, I bought a bunch of beauty products. In London, I found a t-shirt mecca at Camden Market. Originally a craft market, the Camden Lock Market is now a thriving shopping area and hundreds of retailers sell clothes and souvenirs. You can find pretty much anything, from your basic “I love London” t-shirt to trendier vintage clothes. I fell in love with the Funky Chameleon brand and bought a few embroidered tank tops.

It’s also in Camden Market that I fell in love again with my teenage years shoes: the famous Doc Martens shoes. The British boots have long been popular with punks and other subcultures and they were very trendy when I was in high-school. I actually went through a couple of pairs of the iconic Dr. Martens 8-eye boot in purple, and I even brought back to Canada the first pair I got when I was 12 years old. In London, I fell in love with the same pair of shoes, in cherry red this time — for £40.00, it was quite a deal.

You can follow our trip to the U.K here on Flickr: United Kingdom.

The Girl on a Swing T-shirt

Funky Chameleon

The Girl with Big Eyes T-shirt

Wounded Bear T-shirt

The Girl with Red hair T-shirt

My Red Doc Martens Shoes


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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.


  1. My youngest son is about your age (31) and likely was in high school at the same time as you. I remember when he had to have a pair of Doc Martens or he would DIE! Yes, I sprung for them. I can’t criticize anyone’s fashion sense. My idea of formal wear is a pair of black Crocs.

  2. Camden Market is one of favourites.
    Though it has become quite touristy over the years.

    I know there’s another place in Angel.
    It’s tucked behind the main street.
    Got lots of “retro” stuff!

  3. Hi Zhu,

    Oh yeah: Doc Martens rock!!! I love those boots (as you know)! And I love Camden Garden too.

    Ah London, London: the city of life.

    Thanks for sharing this with us: I like your t-shirts as well lol ;).


  4. @Lizz – Thank you!

    @Tulsa Gentleman – Ah, so Doc Martens were popular on this side of the Atlantic Ocean as well? Interesting! I had always thought it was a European trend.

    @micki – One of my favorite too 😉

    @Rose – And they are super comfortable!

    @Seraphine – You made me laugh out loud. Yes, poor him indeed! He thought he had a French woman, lingerie and sexy, and I’m sleeping in XXXL tshirts…! 😆

    @London Caller – There are so many markets in London! I agree, Camden is very touristy and very busy, especially around the tube entrance. But it’s fun!

    @Max Coutinho – I though of you when writing this post, I knew you were another Doc Martens addict 😉

    @Linguist-in-Waiting – 😆 Didn’t see it like that but yeah, may look weird on you!

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