On saturday it was rainy and quite chilly (for Barcelona standards at least) but we ventured out and spent all day walking around town and then collapsed into a sickly mess in the evening.
After buying some yarn and knitting supplies (I learnt basic knitting over the weekend with YouTube and I’m feeling super smug about it) we headed to Sant Antoni for brunch at Federal Cafe, it’s crazy how the area has become the new cool spot in town. I had latkes and apple juice and it was delicious. It’s crazy how quickly the area has become the new cool spot in town, with rent skyrocketing to ridiculous levels. We have been looking for a flat with a big balcony and considering moving into the neighbourhood thinking it would be cheaper than our current fancy one but that’s no longer the case.
Anyway after brunch we headed to the Born neighbourhood to meet up with friends for tea and ended up having a long walk around the tiny winding streets. This is a part of the city we rarely venture to and I sometimes forget how many cool stuff it has, including my favourite pastry in the city: the raspberry preserve croissant from Hofmann. Those are giant chocolate koalas in the window shop, leftovers from the easter celebrations of last week.
I wore my old favourite trousers from Comptoir des Cotonniers that used to be beige, until I spilled black ink on them one very unlucky day and had to dye them navy. The blouse is vintage, the jumper is from COS and the shoes are Fred Perry and make my feet bleed. The cute wooden cat broch is by Manolo.
After a few months planning our trip to Japan I must confess I’m still quite behind with real, useful planning. However I have compiled a looong list of places to eat, cafes, gift shops, made a travel guide to Kishi station in Wakayama and located a CoCo Ichibanya branch right next to our hotel in Kyoto (I’ve been dreaming about it ever since I went to their Bangkok branch).
In my unrealistic list there are neatly written down all the addresses of my favourite japanese brands that I’ve been coveting from afar and will finally be able to visit: Jane Marple, Marble Sud, Frapbois, Bulle de savon… In my excitement I’ve compiled an equally unrealistic (cost-wise) wishlist for spring 2013.
1. Bulle de savon denim dress
2. Dot and Stripes two-tone cardigan
3. Ahcahcum-muchaha tote (a Union Jack made of panda heads!)
4. Jane Marple green satchel
5. Frapbois sandals
6. Jane Marple cardigan
7. Frapbois tapir tunic
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Tagged japan, wishlist
Lately I’ve found myself falling a bit our of love with fashion blogging in general, instead I’ve been enjoying other types of personal and lifestyle blogs more. I’m also having a hard time getting outfit photos taken because I don’t really have the time anymore and even when I do I’m generally not be in the mood, it doesn’t help that I’m wearing the same handful of clothes over and over this winter (and loving it). That’s basically why I’ll be taking my blog in a different direction from now on, I want to share more about the things that interest me or the nice things I do or make or see around, and just make it more fun and inspiring. While I still love clothes and will be posting outfits, they won’t be the focus of each post as it used to, maybe most outfit post will be like my last post at the antiques fair. I believe making my blog more varied will make me more excited about blogging again.
To kick start things a little bit here’s a tiny mixtape of what I’ve been
obsessing over listening to these past couple of months.
#1 March comes in like a lion
Listen on Spotify
1. Benjamin Gibbard – Bigger Than Love
This song was inspired by the book Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda, a collection of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald’s love letters. It’s a duet with Aimee Mann and it’s so sad and wonderful, it makes me want to read Tender is the night again.
2. Jack White – I’m shakin’
Dave and I disagree over Jack White. I love Blunderbuss, he likes The White Stripes better. I think he’s genius and one of the very few people that make me genuinely excited about music nowadays.
3. The Spinto Band – What I love
From Cool Cocoon, the new Spinto record, along with a great video.
4. The Monkees – St. Matthew
Aside from the famous Monkees songs there’s a bunch of early country-rock b-sides and unreleased songs written by Michael Nesmith that are so great. This particular song it’s about Bob Dylan apparently.
5. The Journeymen – 500 Miles
When I first heard this song I wondered where it had been all my life. I could listen to it for hours on a loop.
Posted in music
This weekend we hopped on a train to go to the antiques fair being held at Cardedeu, a little town outside of Barcelona. I had never been there and quickly fell in love with the quiet city center, the church and the beautiful views of the snowy Montseny in the distance, it’s already become a contender to my future dream place to move to: quiet and surrounded by fields but still only a 40-minute train ride from Barcelona.
The offer of vintage design and furniture in Spain is not that great, I suppose it’s because during most of the 20th century the country was busier with a Civil War, miserable postwar years and then decades of terror under a fascist regime. Most people had little money and worst things to worry about than buying nice stuff, not to mention designers and most educated and creative types had to flee for more liberal shores. That’s why local antiques fairs and markets aren’t generally that exciting, however this time I was determined to try and find some small pieces of furniture that we’re still lacking at home, like a proper coffee table (instead of the stupid IKEA Lack table we have now), a wall clock or a desk lamp.
The market wasn’t that big, but the atmosphere was nice and it had a huge selection of collectibles and small trinkets, pottery and glass, tea sets, cameras and ancient unidentified rusty metal ware. I also almost brought home a banjolele and a mandolin, even though I can’t play any of them.
Cardigan & tights: COS | Skirt: vintage | Shoes: Shoe Embassy | Bag: Iriarte Iriarte
Sadly for me I couldn’t find any tables or clocks that I liked, but I found quite a few lamps that I wanted, in the end I settled on this burgundy and chrome desk lamp from the spanish company Fase.
The company designed and produced a number of wonderful lamps in Madrid over the 60s and 70s, some of which have appeared recently in series like Mad Men and have apparently become sought after in the US and Europe, while in Spain they don’t seem to be that recognised yet, some claim it’s because they remain a symbol of the regime offices that people want to forget. To be honest until recently I knew very little of the history of Fase lamps or that they were so appreciated, but after taking this sturdy beauty home I have become an absolute fan of the brand.