Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Eleni Kaloekoti

It's been a while since something really jumped out at me, but the latest offering from Tiny Showcase has really taken my fancy. It's a zine by Eleni Kaloekoti. 12 pages, A6, and yours for a mere USD $5.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Chanel & Karl

A bit of fashion film to kick off your Tuesday. Karl Largerfeld has directed a short film to celebrate 100 years of Chanel; the French luxury brand where he's current creative director. Featuring Keira Knightly as young Coco, it's a nice glimpse at her humble beginnings at her seaside shop in Deauville.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Before & After Stairs

Today I'm sharing my brand spanking new stairs! Yes! Hubby and I (ok, mostly Hubby) have been adding a bit of flair to our home. All the walls are white, which we like, but all-white stairs are a little dull and a little unsafe at night. Solution – fluorescent 'flaming red' paint make over!
The project seemed simple, but then, like most DIY home projects never quite is. First job went to Edu; sanding back the stairs ready for new paint. Second job, taping the edges went to yours truly (as pictured by husband-spy-cam), and then lastly Edu was back in to finish the job; the actual painting. Which took about six or seven coasts. We lost track. 
The result! Feature stairs that literally glow! A little more intense than we anticipated...maybe...but lots of fun and certainly brightened up a dull spot. Thanks to Edu for all the man-power – love you! x 

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Birds by Anouk

So if you live in Europe you'll probably know that last Saturday was the Eurovision song contest. For the first time in 9 years, The Netherlands made the finals. actually came 9th, which is pretty decent. Now, I'm really not a fan of Anouk, but I have to say I was very impressed with her performance, and the song in general. You can see the making of Birds here. Not the usual Euro-trashy power-ballad that usually wins. Like, um, this year...with Denmark's Euro-trashy power-ballard. The most spectacular performance prize has to go Romania. Just watch it; no amount of words can explain...  Until next year, Eurovision!

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Star Accessories

Today I've fallen in love with Charlotte Olympia's Cosmic collection. Not hard to see why. She's made a stunning range of zodiac motifs that embellish suede loafers and clutches. I'm an Aries, the ram, but I also really love Cancer, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, and Virgo...
Below is the clutch purse, and you can see the Birthday shoes online. Very cool.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Holland – The Original Cool

This video is doing the rounds on Facbook – had to post it. Last week actually marked my 12th year in Amsterdam! Amazing. This city is just amazing. Lel x

Friday, 17 May 2013

Flea Market x Three

Yes! Not one, but three flea markets on the weekend! Saturday: up reasonably early and grabbed us a great breakfast at Lafil tapas bar. There's a nice weekend tradition of all-day breakfast buffet's in Berlin, Edu and I noticed. Love it. So after filling up on chicken, cheese, salad, veggies and churros, it was off to the first market.
Number 1. This is the Berliner Troedelmarkt, was on the other side of town for us at Str des 17 Juni and Bachstr. Open Saturday and Sunday. It's lovely if you're looking for some proper antiques: silverware, embroidered linens, crockery, nic-nacks, etc. Not much really my cup of tea, and I came away empty handed (who'd have thought it possible...). Edu, on the contrary, did find treasure on the form of some records for his collection.
Number 2, starting below. This market is at Mauerpark, (Sunday's only)which I'd visited a few years back. Though I got the street name wrong. The market was good, but as I'm finding in Amsterdam these days, the flea markets are taken over by second hand clothe stalls and junk mostly. Grandma's goodies are hard to spy. I managed a nice vase, and was happy with that. Again, Mr Vinyl found some gold in the many extensive record stalls. Lucky him! I wish they'd been vase stalls.  
Short walk to Number 3: Troedelmarkt Arkonaplatz, Sunday only. Also a familiar market, this was the smallest of the markets, but the most selective. Pretty much every stall offered up some proper vintage items. The sun was beaming and here I scored another lovely vase and a mid-century geometric patterned pillowcase for a mere €1. 
This was the most incredible piece of furniture. It's called a 'kidney' table, as I learned from Miss Annette, for obvious reasons, and if I'd been able to fit it in my suitcase it would have made it home with me. What a piece! And what a great little market to end the trip on.

Thursday, 16 May 2013


Friday. And after all yesterday's art and culture it was time to balance it out with a it of shopping. With Miss Annette's hit-list of streets in hand, Edu and I headed off to find the "9 Streets of Berlin".
The collection of streets are: Hackescher Markt, Alte Schönhauser Str, Sophienstr., and Gipstr. And there were a great many little boutiques there. A few that stood out: atelier Hinrich Kröger: kitsch ceramics. A little out of my price range, but fun to see.
Beautiful tiles from Golem Kollektion in a little shopping complex, also a fantastic Art Deco jewellery store Glanzstücke. Both made me think of the divine Ms Davina.
Another highlight was a Marimekko flagship store. Resisted the fabric this time...except one little top. There are a bunch of top retail shops, vintage shops and more on this main street too.
And finally, weary legged and with lightened wallets, time for a coffee break at a little artist sanctuary alley way. It's just off Alte Schönhauser Str.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Walking Up a Thirst

After a healthy dose of art it was time for a bit of sun and to stretch the legs. Walking through the city then homeward bound to a friend's local beer garden. Beer gardens are great! I wish Holland had more of them.
This beer garden's pretty big, and tourists, locals, young, and old, all enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere.
The food served is pure comfort food. I had a whopping baked potato drowned in about 500ml of sour cream. No exaggeration. And that was just day one!