Posted on May 29, 2012
Istanbul International Arts & Culture festival.
Such a wonderful weekend full of inspiration!
DAY 2: Andrew Dominik-Alphan Eseli, Zoe Cassavetes-Jefferson Hack, Nate Lowman-Pınar Yolaçan, Robin Rhode, Mario Sorrenti-Cecilia Dean, Carine Roitfeld ( location : Vakko Fashion Center )
To watch the video please click HERE
CARINE ROITFELD ”IRREVERENT” book signing at the VİTALI HAKKO Creative Industries Library
The event continued with The Festival Gala After party at The boom boom room (Esma Sultan Yalısı)
DAY 3: Mark Romanek-Ilker Canikligil, Ferzan Özpetek-Pelin Batu, Aaron Young&Chiara Clemente,Ayşe Kulin-Barbaros Altuğ (location : Tophane-i Amire)
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Posted on May 14, 2012
Wish we were there right now!
Posted on May 8, 2012
‘The city of the gardens with chimney” Joan de Déu Prats
A typical weekend. The weather is amazing, the public beach is full of locals, people are drinking, eating and laughing and in between the sandy towels, a group of hippies are walking as if it’s the 60s again. Like Barcelona itself, they are determined and fearless, sexy and mysterious, a constant work in progress. But nobody pays any attention to them. Everyone minds their own business. This city definitely has taste for the the surreal. No matter who you are you fit in, the city welcomes you.
Here are a few places to definitely see in Barcelona. Not the only or the best places but a little selection that you might not find in the city guides.
Originally known for their iconic white pumps, the label now has comprehensive fashion led apparel collections for men, women and children that has a distinctive British style with a nod to nautical details. The store itself reflects the style of the brand very well. Menswear pieces are great and they also have a store in Carnaby Street London. (no42)
A floral-scented shop filled with chocolates, cookies and caramels, all packaged in pastel colored boxes and bags. The first thing that hits you are the warm colours and then the smell. The place is like a trip to your childhood.
The Herboristeria del Rei next to the Plaça Reial is the first herbalist’s of Barcelona. In 1860 it became the royal supplier to Queen Isabel II and was lavishly remodeled by a theatre designer. When you walk into this magical little shop you are met with the same aromas that customers would have experienced 185 years ago. The thick wooden drawers that line the walls are filled with over 200 different herbs and spices some of which can’t be found anywhere else. There are also hand made soaps, perfumes, herb mills and organic food products to choose from.
A small but good quality flea market open all year every Saturday and Sunday close to the port area. So many random things to buy, look at, get inspired by. You can even buy a Miss Piggy toy! Apparently no cameras allowed.. weird
16-seat fine dining restaurant serving a 41 course tasting menu. After the tasting menu diners clear out, 41 Degrees turns back into a regular bar. Since more than half of the dishes are borrowed from El Bulli the menu is very interesting and exciting full of mind-bending Ferran Adrià creations. Liquid olives, parmesan ice cream sandwiches, etc. Customized serving dishes such as coconut shells, rocks, and ginger root. Everything is very well thought even the shoes of the servers are embroidered with the 41˚ logo. The whole meal is basically an unique experience. Ferran Adrià is apparently also planing to open a cocktail and snack bar in London within the next year.
Posted on April 25, 2012
Dazed and Confused recently published an East London article, mapping the changes the area has gone through in the last 15 years. Here is our own East London story. For us, the most obvious speciality of the area is that how it effects artists’, photographers’, designers’, musicians’ work. But it goes deeper than that. East London is such a unique place that, once it’s under your skin, it probably affects anything you do. You’re constantly surrounded with creative, young, talented people and amazing Banksy graffitis! People are more free in terms of what they wear, say, do and even smoke. There are so many different restaurants, bars, pubs for every taste. The rents are getting higher and higher though, and this means all the people who made the area so interesting and buzzy might have to move further. This is quite worrying for the future of the area. Another reason to love East London is it’s cocktail bars. Here is a list that was given to us by the talented bartender of 41 Degrees (Albert Adrià’s legendary cocktail and snack bar in Barcelona): Nightjar, 69 Colebrook Row, Casita, Barrio North , Lounge Bohemia. All of these cocktail bars are around Angel/ Old Street. Click on the names to get more info.
Posted on March 12, 2012
Fashion weeks are over but the party continues! Last weekend, iconic Paris concept store Colette celebrated its 15th birthday with an epic carnaval, open to everyone at the Tuileries Gardens (It’s the first time a brand has been granted access to the gardens for a public event). Music, food, fun events, movies, installations, great brands… We should have been there!! What better way to celebrate a birthday than to throw a huge carnival?
Posted on February 16, 2012
Places that you shouldn’t miss…
If you feel awkward eating alone in restaurants then Mavra is the perfect place, especially for breakfasts when it’s a bit more quiet (actually it’s very quiet, at some point we found ourselves murmuring). During lunch hours though, it gets pretty busy, people usually come here to work on their laptops, to talk about projects etc. Very cool place with a beautiful atmosphere and delicious food! Şahkulu Mah. Serdar-ı Ekrem Cad. No: 31 Daire:A, Beyoğlu Istanbul Province, Istanbul
You enter this place and you immediately fall in love with the atmosphere. There is an old turkish song playing on a record player in the background. There is a sweet lady working there. She owns the place and when she sees us taking photos she says ‘A new camera never creates the same beauty of an old one’. She shows us a photo her husband took years ago, then another one with her and her family. ‘I’m the blonde one on the front’ she says proudly and then, she poses with the picture in her hand. You could stay there the whole day and listen to her, to her story. She talks about her records, Pink Floyd for instance.
This place is the perfect place to shop for your house; it’s a second hand store where you can find all kinds of vintage furnitures. They have it all; from clocks to desks,tables,sofas,chairs, make-up boxes, vases etc (the cats are not for sale though!). It wasn’t a day of ‘shopping’ but we already have several things in mind to buy for the next time we stop by.
This is a very small shop and that’s a positive thing. You enter it and you find all kinds of small funny things : notepads, books , bookmarks, postcards, games, stickers for your cigarette pack etc. Actually you don’t need any of these but when you’re in the store you realize that you always wanted them and you just didn’t know it! Kağıthane (houseofpaper) : Şahkulu Mahallesi Yörük Çıkmazı no:5 Galata Beyoğlu
Ready to travel back in time? If you are, then you should definitely visit Giyçek ( Serdar-ı Ekrem Street Doğan Apartment No 30.C Galata Beyogğlu) they have amazing old time costumes and accessories, you just need to tell them the style you’re looking for and you’re then ready to go to the photo studio to have your picture taken! Next time…we’re definitely doing this!
Posted on December 26, 2011
‘C’est la miniature que Tanaka Tomo a fait’
There are so many miniaturists in the world (we have no idea how they do it!) but we liked ‘Nunu’ the best. Her work is so innocent and adorable. The little candy suitcases, tiny cupcakes and other objects that you wouldn’t even think they’re small because they are just perfectly done with every single detail, pretending to be the actual thing. It just brings a smile to our faces!