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Tasha M. By Tasha M.


"I would say the best thing about Bath is the architecture. The centre of Bath consists of lovely Georgian buildings and it's  known for it's Royal Crescent and The Circus. There are also lots of quaint and individual little shops. Bath is surrounded by hills and the lovely architecture can be viewed from the top of these." 



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Shop

Crafters will love Bijoux Beads,  Husquarvarna StudioShiney Rocks on Saville Row for beads and Sew n' Sew in Guildhall Market which is my personal favorite as the value for money is excellent and the staff are always friendly. Wool is great for knitters, as is Great British Yarns as they both have a great selection of wools.


Be Inspired


The Circus and The Royal Crescent are lovely. Good museums include Holbourne, Fashion museum and the Roman Baths. Personally I get inspired by some of Baths quirky independent shops like Eureka (gorgeous jewellery), antiques and independent shops on Walcot Street, as well as the shops on Margaret's Buildings near the crescent.


The Roman Baths are the most visited attraction in Bath as well as the Abbey next door. 
My personal favorite is however Alexandra Park, on top of Bear flat which has some amazing views. The river and the canal are also great for walking and cycling.

You have to take photos of the alive statues in the centre of town, the Abbey and Pulteney Bridge.


Eat & Drink

Java Cafe does, in my opinion, the best coffee in Bath, they also do some very tasty cakes.  The also have very good salads and sandwiches. As opposed to a lot of cafes, they are all fresh and homemade. 

If you're willing to splash out a bit, Hudsons steak and grill is very popular. Real Italian Pizza Company and Real Italian Ice Cream Company are also good.

Da Vinci on Bear Flat have the most amazing olives (I once ate £10 worth in one sitting, whoops!), they do really good paninis and sell a range of authentic Italian food. 


 Craft

Parks that are great to craft in include a small square in town called Queen Square and Royal Victoria Park, the biggest park in Bath, complete with aviary, fish ponds and skate park. I love having a wonder around the Botanical Gardens. There's also a massive play area so I'd definetly recommend it as a place to take kids. Linear Park is more of a path than a park but still great to have a wonder down, it links Bath to Midford and had the longest cycling tunnel in Britain. Finally, Alexandra Park which is not right in the city centre but it has great views over Bath.

As for great cafes and bars to craft in Java Cafe has amazing food and coffee, Graze Bar has great beer, Royal Oak has good beer and often has live music, and The Boathouse has a great setting by the river. There is a knitting group at Wool and The Makery runs workshops. You can make craft friends anywhere really, Bath is a nice friendly town and there are plenty of pubs and cafes.

The Bath Artisan Market is the most obvious place for crafters to sell their work, it situated in Green Park Station every second Sunday of the month. The Bath Christmas Market is a very big event in Bath with people travelling from miles and miles away to visit, it has a  german market theme with stalls in wooden cabins. Runs from end November to Mid-december. Beware: It gets very busy!  There is also the Bath Contemporary Art & Craft Fairs.


See Something Special


Pick Up A Souvenir

Bath Rugby T-shirt, plenty of postcards.

(thanks to Will Lee for letting us use his photo)


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Alexandra M. By Alexandra M.


Outfit details:

  • Dress - Storied Vintage
  • Shoes - Becca & Louise
  • Gloves - Einav Fadida
  • Belt - Netaly Shany
  • Crinoline - Swank Underpinnings
  • False Lashes - Luxie Lash
  • Pearls - gift
  • Headband - DIY (see below)

DIY 1950's Style Headband

Recreate the look with Alexandra's 1950's style headband tutorial:



What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

So hard to say! I suppose at the moment I am really in love with an orange, floral, 1950's, new look style dress that I found at an Etsy shop called Mable Rose. I wear it every time I get the opportunity!


Who are your style icons?

Definitely Audrey Hepburn and other old movie actresses- I just adore watching movies from the 40's and 50's- it's amazing to see how the clothes move and flow.


Do you have any favourite designers?

I love Dior and Oscar de la Renta- their designs are so romantic and gorgeous!

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

Etsy, without question! Where I live, it's so hard to find good vintage pieces. Etsy makes my dreams of a vintage wardrobe come true- it's so practical and easy to use- I can spend hours on there.

Do you make or customise your outfits?

I have made some of my clothes before- I mainly try and wing it- sometimes it turns out, sometimes not- I am a lazy seamstress and neglect to use patterns- haha! Though, sewing does come in handy because I often have to take in my clothes.

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?   

I suppose the best advice I have is not to be afraid to wear what you love! We live in a time that allows you to get away with pretty much anything style-wise... any trend, any era- it's fantastic!

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

I recently stumbled across Esme and the Laneway- LOVE it! Her style is so beautifully vintage- it's so inspiring! 


Check out Alexandra's blog at Into The Woods »




Andraste By Andraste


"The best thing about living in Las Vegas is that there's always something going on somewhere, any time, any day! Plus, it's usually super-cheap to fly out here, so all my friends and family get to enjoy my city!" 



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Shop

Unfortunately, small businesses don't seem to do very well here, but there are a few. Quiltique is a quilting store with fabrics and notions, and they do workshops. Bead Jungle has a great assortment of beads and an incredibly helpful staff. But most people tend to shop at Jo-Ann's, mostly because of the large assortment and numerous locations. We also have Michael's and Hobby Lobby.


 Be Inspired

Since I like to do clothing refashions, I like to walk through the high-end shops on the Strip for inspiration. There's plenty of items that make me say, “I can make that for way cheaper!” 

Photographers have no shortage of things to shoot, both people in the city, and beautiful Red Rock Canyon. Red Rock Canyon is beautiful with good hiking trails, and it's nice to get out of the city sometimes. I really enjoy the Conservatory at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. It's a large area in the center of the casino with plants and statues that changes several times a year to match the seasons and holidays.

I love going to the Double Down Saloon to drink and see awesome local bands! If you have kids, The Fun Dungeon inside the Excalibur is a fun arcade. Also, The New York, New York has a cute Coney Island replica!


Eat & Drink

If you enjoy sushi, I definitely recommend Osaka Japanese Bistro. You HAVE to try the Lisa-Lisa roll, it's my FAVE! Anime Ramen is another great place to eat, and it's adorable!


 Craft

I prefer to craft at home, but I have friends who meet up for group crafting at someone's home. Both Jo-Ann's and Quiltique have classes also.

The Very Awesome Girls Into Nerdy Activities do a lot of crafts that they sell for charities.  Handmade in Vegas is another very active crafting group, whose members are usually at First Friday and the Cashman Center craft shows. Also, the Cashman Center has several craft fairs throughout the year where local crafters can sell their creations.


First Friday is a huge gathering of local artists, music and food downtown in our art district, on the first Friday of every month. People can rent booth space, and there's LOTS of other artists to see! Definitely a fun time!


See Something Special

Definitely an 18+ place, but The Erotic Heritage Museum is a neat place to look at the evolution of sexuality, and it's role in society. Plus you can get an awesome Kama Sutra mug! Unfortunately, I've heard that it may be closing soon, so if you're interested, you should plan a trip out soon! Fremont Street, which was the original Strip when Vegas was first started, has an incredible lighted canopy that plays videos and music. Plus, there are lots of costumed characters walking around, artists, and musicians all over the place! It's like a small Mardi Gras every day!


Pick Up A Souvenir

Well, we DO boast the World's Largest Souvenir Shop, where you can get your name on most everything, like dice, poker chips, shot glasses, and keychains. But if a specific Casino's theme catches your fancy, it will have a plethora of memorabilia to take home. My favorite is the Excalibur, where you can get dragons and viking helmets!


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Craft Room Tour

Posted December 19th, 2013 10:00


We head to Maryland to explore the beautiful sewing room of textile designer Betz White.


"My 2 favorite things about the space are 1) the closets for storage and 2) the windows to the park behind our house."





Tell us about your space?
My studio space occupies a spare bedroom in my home. We live in central Maryland outside of Washington, DC. My studio is on the second floor and measures about 12' x 15'. The space doubles as a guest room and I have a pull-out couch for when we have company. Most times the couch is full of pillows and books. I don't share the space but it is very open and inviting for my kids to come in, flop on the couch and hang out with me. It's also my work space where I sew and design patterns for my sewing pattern line.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
The couch/pillows/coffee table makes a cozy place to sketch and day dream. Or nap! One wall is covered with my inspiration board for pinning up magazine swipes, swatches, print outs, etc. It hangs over my antique drawing table that was originally my husband's grandfather's drafting table.
How do you keep organized?
My closets are full of shelves with see-through fabric bins. I also have an antique armoire that I stash books and other stuff in.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
I'm not the most organized person. I try to clean up after each big project and put things away so I can start fresh. About once a year I have a big purge and dig out the closet to get rid of things that are just taking up space.

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
I have shelving over my computer area that displays things my kids made, some of my childhood toys and small felted objects that I've made. I have also started to collect vintage needlework so that will be filling my walls as well.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
For current projects, I pin ideas up onto my inspiration board. I also sketch in a spiral bound sketchbook when I am brainstorming a new project.

Where do you look for inspiration?
The internet, the bookstore, the thrift store and just going on long walks to let the mind wander!

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
I'd love to have a wood floor, a large cutting table for fabric and more windows!


Make sure to check out the Betz White website to see her gorgeous textiles »




Lena G. By Lena G.


"If a person who lives in New-York, will come to Kyiv (or Kiev) first thing they'll notice - a small number of skyscrapers. And that's true. Kyiv has only a few of them. Whereas there are dozens of houses built in 1950-th or even in 1920-th! If you take a stroll along Kiev streets, you'll definitely find them, especially if you deviate from the centre of the city. Kiev has lots of parks. Some of them are enormous!!! For example, Golosiivkiy Park is 140 hectares! So be sure that you'll always find a place to jog, chill out with a book, and have a picnic with your friends or sit & craft (you'll soon read some of the best). That's why I love my city. You'll always find a cozy place to do stuff or to hang around." 



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Shop

If you're keen on making jewellery, you can buy everything in Monpasie (in multiple locations) where there is a wide range of different beads, pendants, things like locks and other useful stuff . 

Mostly, Kiev has many mixed shops where you can buy supplies for decoupage, scrapbooking & painting together at one time. One of these is Lavka Chudozhnika (The shop of a painter) that is located in Olimpiyskiy Mall near to metro station Olimpiyska. The shop is on the 2nd floor and is what I call a "mix shop" but what makes it stand out from the crowd is that is has an excellent variety of paint colours. 

Another cool craft shop is Veshichka (humdinger). (Location: 2nd floor of "Dream town mall") It's also a mixed shop in that you can both  buy different types of craft supplies at once.  On 30B, Krasnoarmiyska street (near to Lva Tolstoho metro station) you'll find a cool shop called Alizarin which even has it's own online shop so you can see the whole range of goods.  When buying fabric, there are lots of shops around Kiev. You'll recognise them by the lettering and there you’ll also find different stuff for sewing.


 Be Inspired

Places that should be on your photo list are The House with ChimerasThe Nation Friendship Arch (especially at night - locating in Evropeyskaya square), The Mother of Motherland and Peyzazhnaya alleya.

You can get inspiration in the National Museum of the History of Ukraine which is located on 2, Volodimirska str. Here, you'll see the national Ukrainian clothing and you'll notice a familiar embroidery like in the summer collections of famous designers. Perhaps, they got inspiration from Ukrainian national shirts & skirts.

Another super-cool museum to get inspiration is the Museum of One Street (2B, Andreyevskiy spusk). I deliberately took no photos of the inside to keep it a surprise because this museum is really awesome! It's all about the street where it's located and the famous people who lived here in different houses - everyone has a unique history. Unfortunately, the descriptions are in Russian, but you can buy an English guide in museum.

Another awesome place to get inspiration is Geydar Aliev's Square. Although it's small, it's fabulous! (Location: 22/24, Glibochitska str.)

When you arrive in Kyiv for the first time, you should visit Chreshatyk, the main Kiev street. Especially at the weekend when there are no cars and you can easily take a stroll. The coolest place to learn about and see Ukrainian culture is the Pyrogovo museum ( Kiev, the village Pyrogovo) You can get there by bus (which Ukrainians call “Marshrutka”)  172 & 156 or from the metro station “Lyibitska” which runs from 10a.m. to 5p.m. If you are keen on military (or if you want to see the Ukrainian statue of Liberty) you can visit the museum of the Second World War (24, Lavska str.). What's interesting is that you will see a massive statue of a woman who is raising her hands and holding a sword and shield as if she's protecting the country from enemies. I cannot explain how cool she is, so you should really see it. That's why she is called The Mother of Motherland

I also want to recommend that you visit Ukrainiand churches and temples like Andriivska church (on Andriivskiy uzviz), Michaylovskiy (6, Trechsvyatitelskaya str.) and Sofiyivskiy cathedrals (24, Vladimirska str.) and the most beautiful one, The Kievo-Pecherska lavra (15, Lavrska str.).


Eat & Drink

When you are hungry, you'll always find places to eat in Kyiv but most of them are not the best, especially ones in the centre. If I were you, I'd deviate from the centre and not only because prices are more expensive. You see, there is an interesting fact about Kiev restaurants. For example, there is a cool restaurant chain called Celentano Pizza. It's a cool pizzeria, but one of these restaurants on Andreyevskiy spusk, near to the Museun of One Street, "cooks" not so good as another Celentanio pizza on 26/41, Pavlivska str. (And on 11-A, Moskovskiy prospect(avenue), Altatzentr mall. there is also good "Celentano" pizza.) And that may happen to most of the restaurants in the centre of Kyiv. That's why I'd deviate from the centre if talking about restaurants. 

But not everything in the centre is the worst in Kiev. There is one secret place called Kiyivska perepichka where you can buy delicious sausage buns. I just love love love them! You can also buy hot tea & water (Location: 3,Bogdana Chmelnitskoho str.). Near to Perepichka is a book shop where you can buy books about the Ukraine in English and postcards.


 Craft


The best places to sit, relax & craft are parks. The biggest one is Golosiivskiy Park (Golosiivskiy avenue, opposite to Golosiivskya metro station) where you can not only craft, but jog, ride a bike or take photos. It's also a nice place for inspiration for a photographer. It's really enormous and quiet. I heard that you can see a couple of black swans there, in the park, but I haven't seen them. I also like a KPI park from KPI university in Kyiv (Pobedi avenue, next to KPI metro station) which isn't as big but still very beautiful. Another cute park is Mariinskiy ( 5,Michaiila Grushevskoho str) where you'll find cute benches in the shade. If you want even more parks, here's a cool page to read. 


If you are fed up with parks, the best alternative (or another place to visit) is Peyzazhnaya alleya (or
avenue). It's also a cool place to walk if you have a child. There is a big playground with faddish statues and slides.  Overall, Kiev has lots of parks in every district. When talking about cafes, well, it's ok to craft there, but the stuff may stare at you trying to find out what you're doing and I find it quite irritating. You can sit & craft in shopping malls if there are places to sit, why not=)?

Places where you can go to meet new friends and crafters are shops like Veshichka & Lavka Chudozhnika where there have tiny studios to show master-classes. You can buy a class and if you are fortunate, you'll meet some other people but unfortunately, you have to buy one. Another way to meet new crafters are at exhibitions. They are annual and usually take place in KievExpoPlaza, you can go their website and find the calendar.

If you want to sell your craft work, this is the worst part of Ukrainian crafty life because there are very few places. Jewelry, notebooks, knitted things & postcards can be sold at Veshichka. Another place to sell work is at the art-boutique Azur ( 23, Nizhniy Val str., 2nd floor.) It's a small room filled with different handmade crafts that you can watch for hours. The only thing is that if you want to sell your work here, the shop doesn't go for pictures, statues and stuff like this for sale because they take only things that are "useful" like candies, plates, combs and so on. Other cool shops to sell your works are 4 shops that were united into "Sweet club". It includes shops on: 3, Gorkogo str. 9, Mezhigorskaya str. 12, Krasnoarmeyskaya str. and 12A, Pushkinskaya str. The owners of these shops like to take for sale jewelries & clothes. What's more, it's more reasonable for them to take clothes that match together, like in collection. Well, unfortunately, these are only a couple of places where you can sell your work.


See Something Special


One of the odd sites to see (and only to see, unfortunately) is the House with Chimeras (10, Bankova str.). It was built as a house for architect Gorodetskiy and he was the first one in Kiyv to build a house on the heeling ground. The house is closed nowadays from tourists but you can see it's exterior and it's just awesome! Take a look at a photo and be ready to take yours =).


Pick Up A Souvenir

When you come to Ukraine, you should certainly buy Ukrainian rush nick, vishivanka and the Kiev cake - the tastiest Ukrainian cake ever!


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Amy C. By Amy C.


Outfit details:

  • Trench Coat - DIY (see below)
  • Jumper - DIY
  • Trousers - Zara
  • Shoes - Just Cavalli
  • Bag - vintage

DIY Sequin Embellished Trench Coat

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How would you describe your style?

Fashion is always evolving and I'm interested in new trends, but there are some garments I'm always drawn to like faux furs and aran jumpers for winter, animal prints, vintage jewelry and studded accessories.

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

My leather jacket. I think it adds something to any outfit. It looks good on a jeans and tee look and it's also terrific on a  girly cocktail dress. 

Who are your style icons?

 My granma, she had a great taste and a great influence in my life, her elegance and grace are unforgettable.  When I look at her pictures she is always perfectly dressed. She often crafted her clothes and she was a fine embroiderer. 

Do you have any favourite designers?

I have a big admiration for Alexander McQueen, his work was inspiring on so many levels, both for the quality of craftsmanship and for the creative vision that went beyond clothes.  His runway shows were artistic performances.  Giorgio Armani is the master of elegance. Armani Privè collections embody the dream of couture and luxury. Miuccia Prada is avant garde, her shows are often object of debates, but her vision slowly becomes predominant until everyone wants to buy her clothes. 

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

I buy a lot of fabrics. Everywhere I go I look for fabrics shops and buy a few meters of fabric, so I buy a lot of “clothes to be”.

I like to shop for shoes more than clothes and I love quality italian shoes above all.

I like to shop at Ovs, Asos, Topshop, Zara, H&M, Denny Rose, Coin among others. 

Do you make or customise your outfits?

I like to customize what I wear and add a personal touch to an outfit with accessories I make. I'll knit a few jumpers for winter and I'm planning to sew a couple of party dresses for the holiday season. 

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?   

Even the most classical outfit becomes special with one statement accessory, a necklace or a belt. You can buy an inexpensive dress and spend on shoes that catches attention and you can match a print with a bright color for look that pop.

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

Check out Alessia's blog at Matter Of Style »


Kathie By Kathie


"Berlin is full of strange and colorful people, artists, musicians... it never gets boring. I love about Berlin that you can do/eat/get anything you could possibly think of at any time of the day. Eat in a fancy restaurant at 4:00 in the morning. Go scuba diving. Visit a flea market today. And another tomorrow. And another the day after. It’s totally different from the village, where I grew up - and I love it." 



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Shop

I like buying craft supplies in big craft shops where you can get literally everything a creative girl could wish for. My favorites are the idee. shop and Werken-Spielen-Schenken
Frau Tulpe has the most beautiful fabrics and sewing supplies. 


Modulor is the place where I go for special or advanced craft supplies like really thick card board or large sized papers. A lot of professional artists and architects are customers there. The store has a ridiculously large amount of paper, cardboard, acrylic and wood and metal sheets, notebooks, pens, washi tape and some stuff I don’t even know what it could be used for. The place also holds various workshops, a book store and a café.

The embroidery floss that I need for my little Dawanda shop always comes from a small craft shop in the Kunstgewerbehaus (house of arts and crafts) just around the corner from where I live. They have the whole range of colors and if I’m missing a certain color to finish my work, they’re always just a few minutes away. 


 Be Inspired

I love book stores. It’s a big source of inspiration just to walk through the shelves of a nice book store, look at the colorful covers, flip through a book here and there or even sit down and read a bit. The Hugendubel at Schlossstraße is one of those big bookstores that I love to visit. They have about a million books on two floors, quiet reading nooks with comfy chairs and even a café where you can bring the books you like and read while sipping on a cup of coffee. It’s heaven!

If you’re more interested in museums than book stores, there’s a whole island full of museums here in Berlin, called Museumsinsel. It’s one of the most important museum complexes in the world. You’ll find there the National Gallery with a collection of 19th century art as well as historical museums with exhibits from the stone age and Troja. Visit the Egyptian Museum for a look at the famous Nefertiti bust! 

For pictures of the most famous sight of Berlin, Berlin-Mitte is the place to be. You’ll find the Brandenburg Gate there, the Reichstag building and the government quarter.  The Potsdamer Platz with its tall and modern buildings and the stunning Sony center is worth a picture or two as well! 

Not too far away is the huge Berlin Television Tower – You can snap a picture from far away or directly underneath it, but if you go up the tower, the view will be amazing! I highly recommend going up there at night! Oh and don’t forget to take some pictures of some street art and with at least one of the colorful bear statues which are standing everywhere in the city! 


Eat & Drink

Berlin offers so many unique places to eat, it is really hard to decide! You could spend your whole life trying out new cafés and restaurants! But there’s this Italian restaurant Trattoria Fellini that I like. Apart from a cozy atmosphere and a very nice staff it has the best pizza and the best tiramisu I’ve ever had.

Fräulein Burger makes the best burgers (and fried vegetable sticks!). Everything is handmade with regional products, healthy, organic and made with love. The place has a cute 60s flair and there are always flowers on every table. It’s my favorite burger place of all time. 

The Z-Art Gartenhaus Café is an oasis in the middle of a chaotic city. Just around the corner from the S-Bahn, a noisy street and a shopping promenade is the sweetest little garden which reminds me so much of our garden in the place where I grew up. In the summer you can sit outside and enjoy cake and coffee surrounded by trees and bushes and flowers. 


 Craft


For craft lovers the city offers all kinds of meetings, craft clubs and workshops to get and craft together. Many craft shops offer classes or workshops! I think it really won’t be different to join a group of people who knit or sew or paint together or do whatever craft you like. Dawanda hosts a lot of different interesting workshops and craft parties on a regular basis in their snuggery. Get together, talk, laugh, craft – it’s the perfect way to make new crafty friends. Werken-Spielen-Schenken, which I already mentioned above also hosts many different crafty workshops, although I’ve never been to one so far. 

In summer I would recommend the parks of the area to sit in the sun or under a tree and craft. The botanical gardens are especially beautiful. You have to pay to get in there, but it’s really not expensive and the place is worth the money! The botanical gardens are packed with flowers, trees, grass, cacti from all over the world. You can sit on one of the large lawn areas and craft along or take an inspiring walk through the huge glass houses or through the park. My favorite corner of the botanical gardens is the Japanese garden. I love the Japanese flora. Another one of my favorite places to sit and craft is the Paul-Ernst-Park at the lake Schlachtensee. It’s often crowded during the summer months, but if you’re lucky you can find a nook between trees right at the water’s edge where you have an amazing view over the lake. 

There are many opportunities for crafters to sell their work. I’ve only been to a few of those craft markets  though, but I liked the handmade supermarket, which is small and cozy and takes place in an abandoned supermarket building.


See Something Special


For a real Berlin experience, you should take the S-Bahn or U-Bahn (subway) and enjoy the quirky and odd people you’ll inevitably meet there. After that you could visit the Currywurst Museum, the Barbie Bar or – if that’s not odd enough – go to Das Klo (the loo), a bar where instead of napkins there is toilet paper and instead of glasses and plates, there are chamber pots. 


Pick Up A Souvenir

If you want to get your friends something special from Berlin, I’d recommend getting a glass of Spreewaldgurken. Those are gherkins and really typical for this area. You can find them in every supermarket. If you’re looking for something more cheesy try to get anything with a little traffic-light man on it, the Ampelmännchen. That is the symbol shown on pedestrian signals in the former German Democratic Republic. It’s quite famous in Berlin and, well, really cute.

Anything with the Berlin bear is a good idea, too. It’s not as cute as the traffic-light man, but a very popular souvenir. Or bring an original piece of the Berlin wall with you but make sure it’s certified!


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AllyEbdon By AllyEbdon


Outfit details:

  • Top - Lazy Oaf
  • Skirt - Lazy Oaf
  • Dinosaur Bag - DIY (see below)

DIY Dinosaur Handbag

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How would you describe your style?

Very cartoony! I love anything bright and colourful and really bold patterns. I once worked in a primary school and the kids found it really easy to paint and draw my outfits- I took that as a good sign. 

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

Oh gosh I have sooo many. I'm such a dress hoarder; I will never be able to have enough pretty dresses. My favourites would have to be my skunk dress and my toucan dress

Who are your style icons?

Hmm that's a really hard one! I'm not really sure. I think I'd have to go more for genres than people! I love theatrical clothing and I think a lot of my outfits are really costumy. I've always been really inspired by stage costumes and anything where the way someone dresses clearly has to represent who that person is and what they're about. 

Do you have any favourite designers?

I love Christian Lacroix for his mental designs and Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada because she's not afraid of colour one little bit.

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

We have an amazing vintage shop called Armstrongs down our road which is fabulous; if you visit Edinburgh it is a must. Apart from that I am a big fan of Lazy Oaf. 

Do you make or customise your outfits?

Yeeeeah! I Make most of my dresses myself. I just love starting off with a piece of fabric and then a couple of hours later being able to wear a dress. I love printing my own fabrics too; I think it makes my designs really personal. 

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?   

I think just do what makes you feel most like you. I love wearing bright opaque tights and garish prints but only because that's what works for me. 

Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?

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Polonium D. By Polonium D.


"I love Saint Petersburg and not only because it's my native city. It's very beautiful and has a very rich history despite being built in 1703. There are also many interesting and unordinary places, different art projects and modern art galleries. Local people always call the city just Piter. So, don't be surprised if you see that name." 



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Shop

There is an interesting shop that you can visiy only in Saint Petersburg called Bookvoed. In Russian this word means somebody or something that eats letters and this funny name speaks for itself. In Bookvoed you'll find not only books, but other interesting things such as souvenirs, funny sweets, bubble gum, different games and great presents. This shop is the most popular bookshop in Saint Petersburg and that's why some writers, journalists and other famous people visit to present their new books or just to talk to people. The main shop is located on Nevsky prospekt (the main street in Piter).


Be Inspired

Places to visit for inspiration are the Modern Art Museum Erarta which I went to a few years ago and I'd like to say that it's amazing! Also the art center Puskinskaya str, 10, named in honor of Alexander Pushkin. I've never been there, but it seems interesting to visit. Near Pushkinskaya, 10 is John Lennon's street which is my favorite place in the city.

The Book House is the biggest book shop in Piter.  One interesting fact - do you know about the Russian social network vk.com (ex vkontakte.ru)? If so, it's office take up the highest floor of Book House.

The Museum Of Water which we also call Vodokanal has an interesting interactive guided tour for children and adults. You can visit the website and they have information in English.

As you may know, Saint Petersburg is also called The North Venice because there are lots of drawbridges. They are being basculed at nights and you can always see the schedule of the draw on this site. It is very beautiful so you should see it!


In Saint Petersburg we have a celebration for the end of term at school called The Scarlet Sail and it's not only graduates who come to see it. It is very beautiful event, which is celebrated in center of the city and the main idea is that the Scarlet Sail sails on Neva (the main river in Piter). There is also a concert with pop singers and the mayor's speech, though that requires a ticket and they are given to graduates  but not all of them always go to that concert and they sell them. Many artistic people live in Piter and that's why you can see street musicians and street painters in the center of Saint Petersburg.


Eat & Drink

I like The Two Sticks restaurant because the serve Japanese food and there's a great interior. What I like most is that the waiters wear funny t-shirts. I also like Coffee House because the food is not expensive but very tasty. They have amazing Belgian waffles!


 Craft

There is network of craft shops in Sait Petersburg and they have virtual tours of their shops on their site.


See Something Special


There is a interesting crossroad called 5 Corners which is formed by crossing 4 streets: Zagorodny prospekt, Raziezjaya street, street of Rubenstein and street of Lomonosov. This crossroad has existed since 1760. The Olympic Games will be held in Sochi in 2014 so you can see the interesting Olympics timer here.



Pick Up A Souvenir

There are lots of great souvenir kiosks which you can only find in the city center.



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