I'm signing off for the week as tomorrow I'm off bright and early to meet up with my family in New York. Yippee - I'm so looking forward to it! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I'll be back early next week.
Image by me.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Hello - how was your weekend? I hope you had fun. Thanks for visiting these past few weeks, and for all your sweet comments. I've finally sorted all my photos + various bits and pieces, etc from our Spanish trip. I've popped some pics up here, and here, plus posted some of our adventures on Turtle & Mu. And I thought I'd share a few of my Barcelona discoveries with you. Well, actually, there's more than a few - it was kinda hard choosing from all the incredible things.....I hope you enjoy them.
El Born - sandwiched between via Laietana & Barceloneta this district is filled with chic boutiques, galleries, cafes, and museums. Lots of 'old-town' architecture, wonderful streets for exploring, and fab new designers - what's not to like...
B Huno Barbara Oliveras - so small it doesn't have a website! This lovely boutique stocks modern clothing & accessories, including Beck Sonder Gaard's beautiful wallets and bags. Just in case you feel like a visit, their address is Elisabets 18 Barcelona 08001...
Francisco Godia Foundation - set up to honour the collector Francisco Godia, this private museum is housed in ornate historic building in the Eixample neighbourhood, and has over 1000 pieces on display. An extraordinary collection including paintings, sculpture, glasswork and pottery from the middle ages through to present day, plus it is nicely off the beaten-track, and well worth a visit...
LA Central - one of the best bookshops ever! They have several locations around Barcelona, and as far as art and design books go LA Central is hard to beat. Head along to their La Central del Raval location on carrer
- an interesting gallery featuring installation art, video, and photography from artists around the world. Hop on to their website to see the huge number of artists they've shown, and to get a peek of what's coming up. (Image from Joan Fontcuberta's Hemogramas series)...
Suspect no concept store - tucked at the end of a quiet little avenue off the bustling carrer de Ferran is this great space dedicated to art, clothing, homewares, decorative objects, and jewellery. We came out laden with goodies, including some nifty Frederik Garcia tees...
Bubo - scrumdiddlyumptious pastries and wonderful tapas...yum! Plus their El Born location, right across from the 14th century Santa Maria del Mar, has perfect outdoor seating to watch the world go by...
Alea Galerie - a uber-modern space devoted to contemporary jewellery and artists. Well worth a visit to view the intricate works on display (and for sale)...
Beatriz Furest - hidden away on carrer del Camp, is Bea Furest's tiny store full of her utterly lovely leather goods. Pretty much everything in there is covetable...
Hotel Regina - located smack in the middle of everything, Hotel Regina elegantly melds old with new, and makes a great base for exploring. If you're travelling with kids book one of their 'family' rooms - they're super spacious and reasonably priced. Oh and their bar/library/lounge area is fab + they do delicious tapas...
Folclore - a lovely boutique selling unique pieces from Portugese designers, including Krv Kurva's La Ga bag made from Tyvek - very clever...
Restaurant En Ville - located near the Museu d'art Contemporani this is a perfect little bistro - great food and great ambience. I can't recommend it enough...
Helena Rohner - I have long (and I mean long) had an obsession with Spanish designer Helena Rohner's beautiful pieces. Her boutique in El Born is uber-lovely, and full of fluid pieces made from silver, porcelain, and wood...
All in all we had the most wonderful time, with the ideal amount of time in each place. I fell in love with Barcelona - such a city of contrasts - and I would dearly love to go back someday...
I hope your week is off to a good start, I'll be back tomorrow with some of this'n that.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Hello Friday - my it's been a long week! How has your week been? I hope it's treated you well and that you have something lovely planned for the weekend. I'm off bright and early tomorrow, with a dear friend, to a Flea Market. And the boys are tagging in hope of there being cake?! R gets home Sunday evening, so we will once again be four. It has felt like a very long two weeks being three. And then late next week I'm off to New York for the weekend, and to meet my family - yippee! I am so excited!! Do you have weekend plans? I hope the sun shines and you have fun. Here's a jumbly what:nots -
I think this just may be one of my all-time favourite images. Ever.
A plant holder, a pen holder, or... from abc home.
Loving the citrusy yellow of Morelle's pochette.
Sheer, simple, and versatile boat neck sweater. Great over a swimsuit, with shorts, or jeans....
All the Luck in the World's quirky candle holders. Love.
Cydwoq's hand-crafted sandals.
Liv Bargman's genius Introduction to the Carbon Atom.
How incredible are these alphabet pencil sculptures! Found via Exquisite Banana (such a great name).
Images from Pretty Stuff, abc home, Morelle, Calypso St Barth, All the Luck in the World, Cydwoq, Liv Bargman, Cox & Cox, and Telegraph.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Tucked away in my inbox was a sweet email from Romina telling me about her lovely new photographic collection of natural things. Simple, subtle, and, beautiful.
Images by Romina Bacci.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Lauren DiCioccio's series Sewnnews is breath-taking! To convey the sense that news is moving from paper form to more modern media, Lauren encases entire issues of The New York Times in muslin, selects an image from the paper (usually one suggestive of power, leadership, or communication), and embroiders the image ono the fabric layering line and thread. Quite extraordinary! Hop on over here to see some more of Lauren's work, and make sure you have a peek at her embroidered shopping bags.
Image from Lauren DiCioccio, found via Hither & Thither.
Image from Lauren DiCioccio, found via Hither & Thither.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Hello there. How was your week? I hope it treated you well and you've a great weekend planned. R is away, so the boys and I have a few fun things up our sleeves, including visiting friends.who.have.a.swimming.pool! Yippee - perfect for this hot, hot weather. I also aim to (finally) sort out the rest of my things from our European jaunt. To illustrate just how disorganised everything is I thought about posting an image of my desk....but then thought better of it! Best we just get on with what:nots...
Love this image from Sessun.
Camper's cute Leia sandals. They also come in a great coral/peachy colour.
I tagged Hugh's moleskine sketch back in May. Since then he's had it framed, and sold it for (drum roll) $700. Yikes!
A time-less shirt-dress by Trovata.
(I can't remember where I got the image...matta perhaps?)
Terrain's delicate Russian Tulips necklace.
Papier 115G shopping bags by Saskia Diez.
And my new favourite thing - CameraBag Desktop. Easy, economical, and a fun way to play about with images.
Have a lovely weekend!
Images from Sessun, Camper, Gaping Void, Gilt, jessica jensen, terrain, heimat, and me.