19 June 2013
18 June 2013
Around this time last year, I hopped over the North Sea to Sweden to visit mina kompis' and celebrate Midsommar. We hightailed it straight outta Stockholm upon arrival and jumped on a boat to the Archipelago island Vårholma Ö, where my friend Magnus' mamma taught me how to make my first Swedish Midsommar Crown.
This year I'll sadly be missing the Svenska fun, but plan to spend my Solstice frolicking somewhere in souf London anyway and have updated last year's Mamma Mangus DIY for the city slicker who lacks wild flowers.
Here's Your How To:
1. Grab a bouquet of flowers from your local flower fawn, a pair of scissors and some twine (or string, or ribbon)
2. Cut a piece of twine that ties around your head
3. Snip a few flowers (leaving about an inch of stem) and using the remaining ball of twine, wrap (or knot) around the stem and the twine you've cut for the headpiece
4. Repeat until you have the front of the headpiece covered
5. Wear it til it wilts
Thank you to mina svenska kompisimo's and Magnus' mamma! Jag saknar dig
17 June 2013
I first came across Royal Canoe while home for Christmas in Winnipeg at a Pyramid gig some Charleswood hipsters took me too.
Made up of six Winnipesians (yes, we're re-branding Winnipegger) using two guitars, four-six sets of vocal chords, six keyboards, two or maybe basses, two drummers with multiple drums, loads of microphones and a multitude of vocal effects, the conglomerate is astounding to watch live and an absolute treat to the ears.
After seeing three shows (including the Sofar gig above here in the UK), I noticed it takes new found fans approximately two to three songs to go from staring gobsmacked with their mouths open to bippity bopping to the catchy beats. I still don't know what genre they fall under, they're un-genrefiable (a word, right?), some happy medium between rock/hip-hop/electronic/folk/indie/pop?
Their new album, Today We're Believers was going to release on June 25 in North America (probs not including Mexico) but it is now delayed until September 3; However, you can purchase it on vinyl or pre order your CD/digital formats from their website on the origonal release date .
14 June 2013
1. Tipped Off: I never questioned the frothy milk at the end of the pint in The House of VeRoNa, just quietly wondered why it was. Then one fine Saturday, my flatmate Ella (owner of skinniebelle.com) altered my instant coffee life forever, in the form of a trick learnt from a model/poet named Scott Temple. Click on my first ever Vine vid to see my frightfully dodgy 'How To'.
Sevenly donates $7 of each product profit from e-commerce sales towards their chosen weekly cause, in hopes of raising social awareness and connecting donors to charities which speak to them.
3. Watch Me Nah: I've been eyeing up Pandeia (who wouldn't want the greek goddess of the full moon round her wrist?) collection of compass/sundial wrist watches since I came across them on an Instagram wander. One of these handcrafted made-to-order pieces created will be mine one day (me thinks Obsidian is my fav)
4. Anti-Love: There are many things in this world that make no logical sense, one of which is gay rights, specifically the lack thereof. My friend Donnell (amazing Moksha yoga teacher and IPWN yogi) brought my attention to this video which raises awareness of the discriminatory Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) which threatens to separate married gay and lesbian bi-national couples due to expiring visas or deportation.
5. Kickstart My Yoga Heart: This week's #FiverOnFriday investment is another kickstarter company, Kenai, who plans to upcycle 10 football fields of plastic trash into yoga pants, which are pill, tear, rip and fade resistant and come complete with a 10-year warranty. Watch out Lulu Lemon...
13 June 2013
I get really sucked in by Pinterest sometimes (everyday) and amongst my many obsessions comes this style of layered artwork, particularly photographs mixed with illustration, which literally make me drool.
One of my all-time favs of this ‘genre’ is Pony Gold. Her lovely illustrations, detailed with subtle intricacies and inspired by or placed strategically above and below scenes or pieces of nature, draw me in without fail.
Wander through her blog, shop in her shop, follow her onfb, pin'er on pinterest or tameble her on tumblr.
12 June 2013
11 June 2013
I went on a rather wonderful adventure to the 1920s this weekend for Winterwell’s wonderful Great Gatsby party set on Aynhoe Park's wonderful estate deep in the heart of the English countryside
We enjoyed Best of Borough’s picnic hampers, croquet tournaments, 5-a-side cricket competition, ferret racing, cucumber sandwich tossing, fireworks, poker, dancing, and of course too much champagne daaahhhling.
This is my third wonderful Winterwell experience, and highly recommend their events and festivities should you be in the right place (the UK) at the right time (summer)!
Inverve took some AMAZING photos which captured the day perfectly - you can find them here if you want to have a gander