Month: April 2014

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Perfect frame

Before going to Capri last summer, I imagined the perfect picture I would like to take. It was a beach full of people scattered here and there with a handful of people swimming in the sea. All seen from a cliff high above, beach-goes the size of ants, with colourful umbrellas dotting the white sand. Very vogue, you get the idea. Of course photography rarely works that way, and my case was lost from the very beginning as there are no sandy beaches in Capri. I was determined to look for opportunities to take a perfect frame, capture the moment I’d like to put up on a wall and remember what it was like being on this gorgeous island. My perfect frame is not what I thought it would be. We went for drinks to one of the bars near Gradola beach (read rock shelf with a ladder). The sun was setting in the background and we enjoyed a few drinks and munching on pistachios. We laughed a lot because I got tipsy quite quickly …

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Weekend in pictures

^^J’s breakfast ^^my breakfast How was your weekend? Mine was very quiet… I guess that’s what I needed. I’m on a psychiatry placement now (more on that later), which has been very interesting so far but by Friday I’m usually drained and ready for two days of not doing very much. On Saturday I read my new issue of the Cereal magazine and tested a new bread recipe. Today we went to church and to Brew Lab for some good coffee and spent the afternoon watching “The first position” – a fascinating documentary following young ballet dancers preparing for the Youth America Grand Prix in New York City (it’s available on Netflix now if you fancy watching it). Anyway, I hope you had a relaxing weekend and here are some posts from around the web I enjoyed reading this week: A tumblr that will always make you laugh. The most honest blog about motherhood I’ve ever read. A beautiful and candid post on loss and hope.  Have you been to Marsille? Me neither, but we …

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Marta Maruszczyk aka PULPA // Designer Spotlight

Welcome to a new series on my blog, in which I will be featuring up and coming designers. Both me and J love good design. Recently I decided to follow the trends (add a prefix slow to anything and you’re bang on trend these days) and to choose the items I buy more carefully. I want to be mindful of the choices I make in my day to day life and their impact on the planet/people’s lives. I hope the days when I shopped in Primark are gone and that I will be able to support small producers and designers. Of course this is usually more expensive, but can also just mean a change of mindset and shopping only when necessary. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Marta Maruszczyk– a young Polish designer behind a female fashion brand PULPA. She describes her brand as “Feminine Streetstyle” and uses neutral colours and beautiful fabrics in her work (all of the clothes by PULPA are handmade by Marta in her small flat/studio). Jakub discovered PULPA via …

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What do you think when I say….

… Poland? Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of associations. The Internet is full of trends, people tend to navigate towards certain aesthetics. The best example of that is Pinterest, which is bursting with images with highly saturated colours, white space and natural light. What interests me most though, are associations we make related to certain countries and cultures. Obviously they will be rooted in our experience of people, products, literature, art and cuisine. However I think our perception of certain countries is deeply influenced by marketing, news and media i.e. PR. ^^ Slowinski National Park, Sand Dunes I tried to remember what was my perception of Great Britain before I moved here. I remember reading Wuthering Heights, The Importance of Being Earnest, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and of course Jane Austen in high school. Oh, how I loved the descriptions of misty fields covered in heather, cold country houses with high ceilings and dogs lying by the fireplace. Harry Potter books sparked by imagination as I thought they described the …

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Haar

Definition //In meteorology, haar is a coastal fog. Haar is typically formed over the sea and is brought to land by wind advection. This commonly occurs when warmer moist air moves over the relatively cooler North Sea causing the moisture in the air to condense, forming haar*. Edinburgh is a foggy city. Sometimes you can hardly see the next person walking in front of you on the pavement, so this wasn’t the most extreme case of haar I’ve seen. It adds to the atmosphere and makes me wonder what was it like to live here during medieval times. It’s also one of those things that people of Edinburgh unite over (at least in my mind they do), that makes you feel like a part of this city because you know that it happens and when it does you know where it comes from. “Aah, It must be because of those two warm days we had last week..” * source

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The Wild West in Morningside // Edinburgh Walks

  On Sunday we explored a little-known part of Edinburgh.. We lived in Edinburgh for almost 7 years and I’d like to think I know the city pretty well. The Wild West is an example of how easy it is to miss things that are on your doorstep. I only learnt about it from Zoe’s blog and decided it was too good to not see with my own eyes… You see, we used to live at 11 Springvalley Gardens for more than 9 months. It was one of our favourite flats, on the top floor with a view of Morningside rooftops. Little did we know that 20m from our front door, there was a little (and most likely the one and only) corner of Wild West, right here in Scotland. So this weekend we decided to go exploring. The weather was rather dire – foggy and cold, which only added to the eerie atmosphere of this abandoned corner. The story behind it is rather interesting too: it was built by a joiner and furniture maker …