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Penny for your thoughts: How do you unwind?

Hello,

After a long silence from my part I thought the most appropriate way to re-enter this space would be to talk about relaxing. After starting a career in teaching this has been on the forefront of my thoughts. It seems to be a challenge to find a balance between working and relaxing – especially with a job where you’re never done and could always do more. So, I’m curious, how do you manage it? What makes you relax after a long day in the office / school / university / workplace?

In the last year or so I’ve realised that these small things make me unwind:

candle

Lighting a candle while having a bath or a shower and leaving the lights off. Amazing what a bit of ambience can do to calm your busy head.

slippers

Comfy slippers (or woolly socks) that keep your feet toasty.

reading

Reading a good book (thank you Sarah for this one – making my way through it!)

outdoors

Going out for a walk. I can’t wait for the afternoons/evenings to get brighter to be able to do this more!

Like I said these are very small things but help me to keep find some kind of balance between home and work. Although it’s definitely a constant area for improvement.

Have a relaxing week :)

– Hanna 

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5 of the best… ALBUMS that we’ve worn out in 2014

80s-record-player

As we review the last 12 months, we thought we’d share our greatest finds of 2014, from music, to movies, nights in and days out…

The Albums that have been the soundtrack to our 2014:

Hanna’s top 5

1. My Morning Jacket – At dawn

2. Ryan Adams – Gold

3. Rosie Thomas – If songs could be held (for sentimental reasons… our wedding song’s in it)

4. Phosphorescent – here’s to taking it easy

5. Lauryn hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (erm, because of my teenage years)

Sarah’s top 5:

1. Ben Howard – I forget where we were

2. Beck – Morning Phase

3. Asleep versions – Jon Hopkins – ethereal, this will transport you to a some beautiful place between awake and asleep

4. Bombay Bicycle Club – So long, see you tomorrow (not least because of Rae Morris’s sublime voice)

5. James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical

And a sneaky honourable mention to “We are all young together” by Walter Martin – a kids album featuring Matt Berninger and Karen 0, that grown ups will love as much as kids – our baby boy goes crazy for this album!

Celeste’s top 5: 

1. Chet Faker – Gold

2. St. Vincent

3. Bob Dylan – blonde on blonde

4. Bright Eyes – I’m wide awake it’s morning

5.  & it’s a tie b/w Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow & M Ward – a wasteland companio

 

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Fieldtrips: Cardiff, Wales

Cardiff City Hall

I don’t know about you but my experience of day trips to new cities has not always been the best.  Starting from wondering around aimlessly from shop to shop (the same ones you’ll find in any other city in the country), ending up getting hungry and cranky and therefore finding the first place to get some food (which more often than not has been McDonalds). And the day goes on following this pattern (clearly I can’t count on my luck for finding perfect spots).

BUT, I have learnt from my experiences and for this reason PLANNED a rough list of things to do on our day trip to Cardiff, Wales. Our day looked like this…

Peter-Blake-Dylan-Thomas'-Under-Milk-WoodImage by Peter Blake

Our main reason for going was to visit the National Museum of Wales. It was great to see some classics by the big shots like Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet and Cezanne. But the highlight was a temporary exhibition of Peter Blake’s (Britain’s answer to Pop Art back in the day) illustrations to Dylan Thomas’ play Under Milk Wood. I was sold. He’s been working on this collection for 25 years; lots of collage, watercolour, woodcarvings and pencil drawings different scenes of the play. Well worth a visit if you happen to be around the area.

NYdeli(HighStArcade)For once we lucked out and found a great lunch spot.

From here, my plan took us to explore some of Cardiff’s shopping Arcades. There’s loads of them but according to my research (ahem) the best one’s to go to are: Castle, High St, Morgan and Royal Arcade. They didn’t disappoint. And for once we managed to stumble upon a great lunch place too: New York Deli. Two NY hoagies later we could barely breath but were in carb heaven.

Records and vintage

Cardiff’s subcultures seem to be still blooming with lots of vintage, skate, record and Second Hand bookshops. This made our afternoon. Also, the weather was on our side with blue skies but the joy of the roofed arcades is that you can enjoy them no matter what the weather.

Cardiff Arcades

This was just a little snapshot of Cardiff and we’ll definitely be back to explore more – the bay area will be next on the list. Cardiff was such a pleasant surprise of a city and our day definitely benefitted from a bit of advance planning (mental note)!

– Hanna  x

 

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Dress-up: Re-inventing my wardrobe

This is the kind of post that only comes about after having spent a fair few days at home just pottering about. It’s involved some fairly awkward posing and a realisation that I think I may have to start ironing my clothes (one outfit was disqualified from this post simply because it was so crinkly).

PinterestHannaElina

If you’ve been reading this blog, you know that we’re avid fans of Pinterest. I’ve been collecting inspiring outfit ideas for ages now, and one day opened this page full of ideas as well as my wardrobe and started to think how I could recreate what I see on screen in real life with things I ALREADY HAVE. No purchasing needed but a frugal exercise in money saving.

We all (I assume) have moments when we stand in front of a bulging wardrobe and think: I have nothing to wear. However it’s amazing what you can rustle up when you have something to be inspired by. Here’s a couple examples (enter cringey face for posing:/)

Loosetop

I bought these trousers couple years ago and just haven’t been able to make them work. However, I love them paired with this loose top (50p from a charity shop – love a bargain) and CONVERSE. I would have never thought about pairing them with trainers (they’re silky flimsy material). Anyway, a winner combo in my books and beyond comfortable.

trench

I found this trench from my parents house and love it, but would only wear it with workwear or for smarter occasions. Having seen it dressed down I needed to give it ago. This is where it’s useful to be married to an ex-hipster (stuck in the early 2000’s). One of his old band t-shirts paired with black skinny jeans (ps. the most useful thing to own) and the trench is ready for casual outing.

So if you find yourself at home with nothing to do I highly recommend raiding through your wardrobe and discovering what you already own. And when there’s a need for new – this quote is a good one to remember.

Vivienne Westwood quote

– Hanna x

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Make, Do, Mend: Sweet little presents for the wee ones…

We have some pretty special little people in our lives. And there is nothing more fun than finding little presents to give them. Once again Pinterest is our best friend (surprise)!

Here’s few fun little pressie ideas that I crafted to our sweet little friends. Also because they are not wallet busting it doesn’t matter if these little people decide to enjoy them for 5 minutes before they move on to the next thing! :)

Mouse in a tin (I’ve lost the link to the original if someone knows it please let me know and I’ll link up!)

mousetin

Lolly Dollies (+in the name of fairness I had to add a few boy dollies too)

lollydolly

These are both such easy ideas and require very little materials. Top tip for finding nice coloured masking tapes is Ikea – their papery goods department is off the charts :)

Hope you’ve had a good long weekend! (The biggest mistake I made was to start watching the Keeping up with the Kardashians marathon – so hooked now!!)

– Hanna xx

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Make, Do, Mend: DIY Moving Cards

MovingHouseCard

We moved house nearly a month ago now and because of my mammoth summer holiday I actually had time to rustle up a card to let our friends know our new address.

All it took was a little staging of old suitcases, camera on timer and us (or our legs) in the frame and there we have it. I added “we’ve moved” text on the front and arranged the back in a postcard style in Photoshop. If Photoshop isn’t your cup of tea then it could easily be done in Word or have you checked out A Beautiful Mess app where you can add text over photos? Easy peasy.

MovingHouseCardBackToF

It feels almost old school to send a change of address cards rather than an email but it’s always fun to receive things in the post, right?! Bring back good old snail mail.

Hope your week’s off to a good start!

– Hanna x

 

 

 

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Make, Do, Mend: Loose Tea Jars

loose tea

We love a good cuppa over here. Boxes of loose tea are filling our cupboard shelves and trailing tea leaves are all over the place. In my post-move huff I decided to put a stop to it.

spray painted lids

We had some jam jars left from all sorts of preserving so I washed and scrubbed off any sticky labels, dried and spray painted the lids black (I had chalkboard spray handy so that did the trick).

dymo

Now I had an excuse to get my beloved Dymo out and start making labels.

tea jars

tea jar

It’s so much easier to get the tea out of the jam jars rather than messing around with the boxes and bags. And maybe it’ll make me reach out for the green tea more often! ;)

-Hanna 

Ps. This project was inspired by a brief stop in a shop called Granit in Stockholm where glass jars were labelled with dymo tags. Check them out!

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