Tired of London, Tired of Life?

Tired of London, Tired of Life? Life in London is many things, but boring isn’t one of them. I’ve been living in Central London for about six years now – always in Zone 1, but in five different flats. My journey started off in Kings Cross, took a few detours via Goodge Street, Mornington Crescent and Lambeth North, and eventually ended in good old dodgy Vauxhall, where I’ve been spending a good chunk of my time in London so far.

Tired of London, Tired of Life? Who knows what the future will bring! I certainly don’t. But what I do know is that I thoroughly enjoy London. Sunbathing in St. James Park, the view from Waterloo Bridge at night, the food stalls at Borough Market, the street performers in Covent Garden, and, of course, the hustle and bustle of Regent Street and Oxford Street, where poor husbands are dragged along by their wives just to be going home with two hands full of clothes for the missus and an empty bank account.

Tired of London, Tired of Life?London is full of fun things to do and see, no matter what your definition of fun is, and whoever is tired of London must surely be tired of life? Yes and no. If somebody has gotten tired of exploring the city’s offerings, they sure won’t find happiness anywhere else. But actually living in London is a whole different story. Every time somebody asks me how life in London is, my answer is the same: loud, dirty, expensive, crowded and dangerous, but it is full of the most beautiful corners and there is always something to do.

Tired of London, Tired of Life? Life in London can indeed be tiresome. Don’t ask me when the last time was that I slept longer than 5am on a Saturday or Sunday…it never happens. There’s always some noise that will wake me up and prevent me from falling asleep again. And don’t even get me started on the exorbitant rent I’m paying for all this noise. Oxford Street is the most polluted street in the whole wide world, and if you want to cross the road, queuing is imperative…yes, it is that crowded. And let’s just say that I’ve witnessed more than one violent crime right in front of my bedroom window.

Tired of London, Tired of Life? So all in all, I understand how people could get tired of living in the city. Unless you can afford to be choosy it is not always a walk in the park. I guess some people are made for it and others aren’t, but no matter how many negative things I have to say about the city, the positive things will always prevail.

Tired of London, Tired of Life? The Look

BLOUSE – H&M (similar here)



SHOES – Converse

BAG – Zara

(Pictures: Christina)

  • http://www.fashion24hours.com/ lilychen

    gorgeous as always!


    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Awe..how sweet of you! Thank you :-* xx

  • http://www.fashionoverreason.com/ Fashion Over Reason

    These photos are insanely gorgeous! And I loved reading your London musings… you might as well have been talking about New York. It’s one of the toughest places on earth but somehow, city dwellers just accept it knowing full well they could never live anywhere else in the world. I’ve only been to London once and while I remember it being extremely expensive, I really loved it and really want to go back some day!

    xx Hélène

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you so much hun! I’d love to visit New York some time. It sounds just like my kind of city 😉 London is indeed extremely expensive, but definitely worth a long long visit 🙂 xx

  • http://metallicpaws.com Izzy

    your photos are stunning! loving the clutch bag too <3


    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you sweetheart 🙂 xx

  • http://www.lamourdejuliette.com/ L’amour de Juliette

    Wie wahr, wie wahr! Ich vermisse es, überall mit dem Auto hinfahren zu können! Und meinen Dackel, Paul. Überlege momentan wieder nach Deutschland zu ziehen. Mal sehen. Jetzt ziehen wir erst einmal nach Bath.

    Sehr schönes Outfit! Und super Bilder – wie immer 🙂

    Hab einen schönen Tag!


    L’amour De Juliette | Leather

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Ja kann ich gut verstehen! Mir geht es da nicht anders. Na dann wünsch ich dir viel Glück in Bath. Soll ne sehr schöne Stadt sein 🙂 xx

  • http://www.rebecca-jacobs.com/wanderdust Rebecca Jacobs

    What a great analysis of life in London (I assume as I haven’t visited there yet). You look so happy and glowing in these photos! Love your outfit as well xx


    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Haha…I guess everyone perceives London life a little differently. The more money you have the better it gets 😀 And thanks. I was actually in a really bad mood when we took those pictures, but I kept laughing about myself for some random reason, so the pictures turned out quite nice…haha..xx

      • http://www.rebecca-jacobs.com/wanderdust Rebecca Jacobs

        Laughter is the best medicine? Or some other cliche about how faking being happy makes you happy.. xx

        • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

          Haha..I actually saw a few TED talks on the topic, and the theory sounded rather convincing 😉 xx

  • http://www.reveriesanctuary.com/ shanaz@ReverieSanctuary

    Thank you for sharing a peek into your life in London. I was there once as a child but that was too long time ago. When I think of London, I think of a great melting pot of every culture in the world and also the dazzling English accents, hehe. As always, your outfit is effortless and your smile, a heart-stopper. 🙂 xx

    missreverie | Fashionista NOW

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Haha…yeah, the dazzling English accent. I love it when guys have a proper posh English accents. It’s super cute and sexy 😉 You’re absolutely right about the variety of cultures in London. I totally forgot to talk about how much I love meeting people from so many different countries. Oh well.. xx

  • http://www.itscarmen.com ≈ CARMEN ≈

    I like your warm & cozy look. I haven’t gotten to explore London as much as I’d like. I went once several years ago for just a day. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼ ☯

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you sweetie! Even I haven’t gotten to explore London as much as I’d like. It such a vibrant and ever-changing city. It can be rather difficult to keep up…haha.. xx

  • http://jointyicroissanty.blogspot.com/ jointyicroissanty

    I hope I will visit London in future. Your pictures are gorgeous and I adore this outfit! So cool and chic!


    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      You should! London is an incredible city. You should definitely stay for a few days though. I’ve lived here for 6 years and still discover new beautiful places every day 🙂 xx

  • http://www.herheadintheclouds.com Rachel

    What a lovely post, and I totally agree London is simply amazing. I only lived there for four weeks, but loved it! 🙂

    Love, Rachel

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you Rachel. Glad you like it! It must have been so difficult to leave after those four weeks..haha.. xx

  • borka gamero

    Love your sense of style and London <3
    Vibes from Miami,

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thanks Borka 🙂 xx

  • Chrissabella

    These pics turned out amazing and I have to agree with you on most of the points you mentioned about London but I just couldn’t imagine to live anywhere else (at the moment at leas) 🙂 xx


    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Haha..yes..despite my bad mood 😉 I must say, the quality of live in London definitely depends a lot on where you live. If I lived in South Kensignton, I wouldn’t wanna live anywhere else either 😉 xx

  • http://www.sugarpopfashion.com/ Stella

    Seit 6 Jahren? Wow, ich bin neidisch ^_^ Das ist ja wundervoll! Ich möchte auch mal dort leben!!
    Und du siehst toll aus! Die High-Waist Jeans ist genial!


    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Haha…ja in England wohn ich sogar schon seit mehr als 8 Jahren…wie schnell die Zeit doch vergeht. London ist wirklich ne wunderbare Stadt und ich bin unglaublich dankbar, dass ich damals die Möglichkeit bekommen habe, hierher zu ziehen. xx

  • http://www.bibigoeschic.com Bibi

    You look gorgeous! Love how this is shot on Oxford Street hahaha, don’t know how you managed that! I’m guessing you didn’t shoot with your tripod right?
    And I do have to agree with you for all those points you mentioned about London being noisy, expensive, etc.. But I would never consider living in a smaller town, I’m a true city girl and I love the hustle of the everyday London life 🙂 Xx


    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you sweetie. My friend Christina took these pictures (I credited her at the bottom of the article) on upper Regent Street. Lucky for us, the rest of Regent Street was closed off for traffic due to an NFL event, so there wasn’t much going on up there – perfect for a photo shoot 🙂 xx

  • http://simplicityrelished.com/ Daisy @ Simplicity Relished

    Wow I had no idea that London was such a bustling city– I mean, that you can’t sleep past 5AM?! But it’s really beautiful; I’d love to hear about what your favorite places are! It would be wonderful to visit London again; last time I was there was only for a few days! And you look gorgeous!

    Simplicity Relished

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Well…it really depends on where you live. There are a few clubs nearby my house, and club goers are usually pretty loud in the early hours 😉 Oh well..London is my favourite city in the whole wide world anyway. You should definitely come and visit again. There’s so much to see and do 🙂 xx

  • #byLily

    This shoot is pretty amazing. Did you do it yourself again? Love the backdrop so much! Kinda wanne shoot there too now!! 😀

    Besides that, you look absolutely gorgeous again. Can’t get enough of that pretty smile!! The look is so simple but yet sooo interesting! Like like like!!!!!!

    X Lily

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Haha..I wish. Christina took the pictures (I credited her at the bottom btw). It’s a pretty awesome location isn’t it? Luckily, half of Regent Street was closed off for traffic, so it wasn’t even that busy 🙂 xx

  • Camilla

    Great outfit and lovely background! 🙂


    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you Camilla 🙂 xx

  • Pardon My Obsession

    Yes yes yes to your post title !! I love London so much 🙂

    And the background of these pics is literally perfect !


    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Haha…glad you like it! London is a fab city indeed 🙂 xx

  • http://www.littlemisskaty.co.uk Little Miss Katy

    I love London and I know I will NEVER get tired of visiting it. However I’ve lived here for nearly 2 years and between the commuting and the expenses and the pollution, I just know that I won’t be able to live her forever! xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      I feel you! I’ve lived in London for more than 6 years now. It’s all fun and games as long as you’re young, but the older you get the more you start thinking about the future, right? I could never imagine having children in London, for example…I’d be way too scared for their safety. xx

  • Ivana Džidić

    I love your conclusion…I think that for most people, life always has its challenges…no matter where you live. It was really lovely to read your accunt of living in London…like all big cities, it must have both its down and up sites…but many of us would love to try it- at least for a little while. http://modaodaradosti.blogspot.com/

    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Absolutely! I love the big city life, and can’t imagine moving back to the tiny village that I came from, but as you said, it also has its down sites, so whenever I’m visiting my family I try to “inhale” as much nature and fresh air as I can. It’s all about a good balance 🙂 xx

  • http://cvetybaby.com/ Cvetina Cekova

    This is really interesting review of London 😀 I’ve been in many European capitals, but I have not yet come to London. Honestly can not imagine to live there. Beautiful look by the way, perfect on this background! I love your style Jasmin!




    • http://whatdefinesus.com/ Jasmin

      Thank you so much! London is my favourite city and you should definitely come and visit some time. It’s totally worth it 🙂 xx