26 December 2013

When I say freezing, I mean literally






The weather is ridiculous here, it has been for a few weeks now. The first snow is gone, yet the frost stays. I don't remember a December that was colder than this one around here; the usual day temperature is around -5°C and we really mean it when it is night time and Dean Martin is singing "the weather outside is frightful". Would I enjoy the snow more than the solid layers of ice around? I think so.

12 December 2013

After dark

Night time
Night time
Night time

I like London streets when they are empty and quiet, but there is also something slightly gloomy or melancholic about London nights. Still, the city looks equally lovely when the street lamps are lit with that yellow light and old buildings look like scenes from a nice book.

20 November 2013

London streets

London Streets
London Streets
London Streets
London Streets
London Streets
London Streets
London Streets

Have a little slice of London for yourself. Empty streets of London early in the morning make me happy. Early morning is my favourite time of the day pretty much anywhere in the world, but when people are not around, London is actually even lovelier.

10 November 2013

Tavistock Square

Tavistock Sq
Tavistock Sq
Tavistock Sq
Tavistock Sq
Tavistock Sq
Tavistock Sq

Tavistock Square is strangely dear to my heart, along with Russell Square and Bedford Square. I just love Bloomsbury area very much; it's less demanding, it's less crowded, it holds my favourite Highlands store and London Review Bookshop and you can refuse to believe you're in 21st century in a quiet street as long as a noisy car doesn't pass by. I wish I could paint so I would have a legitimate excuse to stop by L. Cornelissen & Son except to stare at the shop and buy countless notebooks just to pile them up.

20 August 2013

A few days in Istanbul

Istanbul
Istanbul
Istanbul
Istanbul
Istanbul
Istanbul
Istanbul
Istanbul

A couple weeks ago, I was in Istanbul for a few days. Boy, I love this city. In my humble opinion, and despite my neverending love for London, Istanbul is something of her own; a brilliant and unique city in many ways. We went to the Princes Islands by ferry on the first day and enjoyed the historical houses, quiet streets, old and huge trees, having no cars around, the iodine smelling breeze and the stunning sunset and the seagulss taking an evening walk on the streets. 

It's so nice to have a such a calm corner just half an hour away from one of the loudest cities on earth. Plus, the calamari and shrimps in butter were simply delicious.

11 August 2013

Best find ever

Best find ever.
Best find ever.
Best find ever.
Best find ever.
Best find ever.
 Best find ever.

... a.k.a the tapestry purse I found at By Retro when I was in Istanbul. I'm gonna go wild and say it's maybe 1940s but I am not sure, and the lady there didn't know either. It's condition is so amazing, it makes me want to hug the purse. The floral rose pattern is beautiful and I loved the peach lining. What's not to love if you get the matching coin purse and the hand mirror with the same fabric? Absolutely nothing at all. I am torn between hiding it under my pillow to keep it away from the wild world out there and using it every day so I can make myself proud. This is my new favourite bag and I may just start to dress up every day so I can have an excuse to use this lady. I don't know who you are, Talette Margarete Rostock but your purse is in good hands, I shall love it and keep it.

We are at an end of a week long holiday here and I would be lying if I said I was excited to go back to work on Monday. Maybe I can hide under my bed with my new purse and books until the next holiday arrives. Poke me when it's time to do nothing at all again.

30 July 2013

Summer Food High

Food lately...
Food lately...
Food lately...
Food lately...

My days haven't been the most exciting ones of this year but I have been on a pretty good roll of quality eating, dare I say. For some incomprehensible reason, my occasional fast food meals started to make me sick to the point of making me bow down to the porcelain god (I am being delicate here), so I stopped eating junk food all together. Can't say I miss it. 

I usually have a pretty reasonable approach towards eating and food in general -except my 'once' weakness for McDonald's- and Rachel Phipps' post on how she manages not to be a size of a house after all the glorious dining she performs on a daily basis has become a favourite of mine. I do love her blog and she is a doll, so check it out if you want a really good explanation of what is simply common sense. 

Long story short, I have embraced clean and humane eating instead of pigging out. It is doing me good. Emotional eating is becoming a thing of past, slowly but surely. (Boredom is a dangerous fellow.) I am still capable of eating my weight in goat cheese and peaches but at least good french fries are not a necessity but an occasional treat. (Although I still shouldn't be trusted around Sea Salt & Vinegar Kettle Chips.) And homemade bread is delicious.


17 July 2013

Garden Greens

Greens
Greens
Greens
Greens

It has been raining for the past few days and it is so nice to see the gray skies and feel the breeze instead of melting under that hot ball while frying my face. The garden seems okay with the weather as well. Not sure about the cat.


15 July 2013

Weekend

 Weekend
Weekend
Weekend
Weekend

It was a pretty slow weekend with emroidery practicing, documentary watching and book shopping followed by a simple gathering of friends. I did some shopping for the apartment and bought a nice candle holder (I have yet to find my ultimate candle, every smell gives me a headache), cushions for my balcony, new napkins and a few vases. Afternoon tea was delicious (too bad we couldn't fit all the food on my tiny table) and as our Sunday afternoon turned into a quiet and cool summer evening, we all enjoyed the breeze along with the sounds of crickets with subtle candle lights.

11 July 2013

Images of Quiet - The Old Mosque

Edirne

This place is overwhelmingly gorgeous. It is smaller than Selimiye Mosque but somehow it felt grander, and more spiritual. It must be the massive Arabic writings on the walls. Dating back to 15th century, I would say it is one of the most charming religious spots I have seen. The artwork on the ceiling was exquisite.

08 July 2013

Images of Quiet - Selimiye Mosque

Edirne

Many snapshots of Selimiye Mosque in Edirne. If it weren't swarming with tourists, I think it would even be more peaceful.

03 July 2013

River Times

Meric River was pretty magical, especially under the full moon.

Edirne

11 May 2013

What's in my makeup bag?

Hello everyone. We made it, it's finally Saturday.

As a 'sequel' for my last post, I'm sending the 'in my bag' part two. This is what I carry around with me all day, just in case I need a little pick-me-up. I always envied people who were able to keep themselves nicely put together at all times. Properly dressed, makeup well done, hair all in place... And a while ago, I noticed that I feel definitely better about myself and my day when I look my best. I'm not talking about a full on make up and a fancy hair do with even fancier clothes. But small changes create big difference and being able to conceal my dark circles or silly spots make me feel better.

Today, I've came across with this on Tumblr. Well put Megan, well put.

In My Bag - 1