20th October 2016
Put a bow on it. Chances are you’ve wanted to do that to your clothes once or twice. And luckily it couldn’t be easier with this easy outfit update of a men’s shirt. This top can be worn both front and back depending on which part of you you’d like to show (or hide from) the world. Enjoy!
- A men’s shirt
- Tailor’s chalk
- Sewing machine and thread
- Unpick and remove the front pocket (if any).
2. Cut off the collar 1cm away from the edge so that the neckline becomes wider.
3. Cut off the front button plackets. We are going to wear the shirt back to front so that the front of the shirt will now become the open back.
4. Cut the shirt to the desired length. I went for a cropped look so made my top about 40cm long. Keep the excess fabric as we will be using this for the straps later on.
5. Cut the original back neck line to match the front neck line.
6. Fold and pin the raw edge of the neck line 0.5cm and sew to secure.
7. Fold and pin back 1cm of the raw open back edge and sew to secure. Repeat for the hem.
8. Cut out 6 strips of fabric from the excess fabric in Step 4.
9. Fold the strips in half, pin, sew and then turn inside out to create the straps.
10. Once you’ve given the straps a good iron, place them onto the edge of the open back spacing them equally apart and then sewing into place.
You can also wear it with the bows at the back!
Photos by Bryant Lee
18th October 2016
Last time I visited Mykonos it was only for three days, and you’ll remember from this post that I fell head over heels in love with the place. Fast forward a year and I was itching to go back, this time with Ben in tow so I could show him around and generally get props for recommending such a great holiday destination (‘see how good it is? I told you didn’t I? right?’). This trip we stayed for more than a week, and got to know so much more of the island. This guide expands a lot on my first trip there, with a few don’ts thrown in for good measure because let’s be honest, travel is never perfect.
The simple sandal in tan was my trusty companion as per usual! Dress by Paddo to Palmy. This is the view from the old town.
We stayed at the San Giorgio hotel and yep, it’s gorgeous (although rooms more basic than you would expect). I need to mention though that it’s located on a headland overlooking Paradise Beach which is one of the main party beaches on the island, and during summer the music of four competing clubs starts up at around 3pm and continues until 3am… If you’re planning on going in Summer and want quiet, it’s probably not for you. I’m guessing at other times of the year it would be fine! On that note, if you have a choice, consider Mykonos in May or September rather than the high season… costs, people and music are all more bearable at that time.
Hire a car (it’s really hard to get around otherwise) and drive around the island, visiting the inland towns like Ano Mera.
Visit the beaches – my favourite after pretty much circumnavigating the island were Agia Ana, Agios Sostis and Agrari.
Visit Vioma, a winery and cafe that serves organic food and keeps a sweet old donkey, a bunch of cats and dogs and lots of other farm animals.
Visit the old town’s Chora (twisting alleyways) at first light… when all the streets are deserted and the tourist stalls haven’t opened up yet. And also end one of your days with sunset drinks in Little Venice.
Book into Alemagou and Scorpios – two tres chic beachside restaurants. Both of these have nailed the boho/modern design completely and reflect that cool factor that Mykonos is more and more becoming known for. Both of these you can hang out all day in, rent day beds etc.
Have salads and grilled meats at the heavenly (but crazy popular) Kiki’s… We arrived at 12.30 by chance to find it opened at 1pm, when they opened the wait was 1 – 2 hours for anyone who had come later than us. So be strategic people!
Have a lazy afternoon at cliffside restaurant Spilia.
Have a more laid back/local lunch at Fish Tavern Markos.
Visit the town of Ano Mera and have dinner in one of the plaza’s fish restaurants..
Hang under the trees all day at Agrari Beach Restaurant.
Drive out to the isolated (but delicious) Fokos Tavern.
Have drinks in a hidden garden/outdoor cinema in Mykonos Town at Cine Manto.
Good to know
Avoid hiring an ATV and invest in getting a car instead. Turns out they can barely get up hills and we saw lots of people struggling.
Know that during some times of the year the wind is really strong on the island – in May it wasn’t too bad on my first visit, but it was noticeably worse in July.
The Greeks drink these amazing coffee frappes, make sure to have 974297420 of them.
Agios Sostis beach… yes this is real life.
The jetty at our hotel.
A visit to inland town of Ano Mera (sans make up and always with a coffee frappe at my side!).
Agia Anna Beach
Early morning in alleyways of Mykonos Town.
Colours of Mykonos (I embraced the red wardrobe for this trip!). Wearing nude sandals that go with everything and this Paddo to Palmy dress.
Lunch at Scorpios.
Patiently waiting for lunch at Kiki’s (and helping ourselves to the warm rose). Top by Paddo to Palmy
Setting up here for the day…
Getting lost in the old town. Wearing the nude sandals and another Paddo to Palmy dress.
First light at the windmills.
Catching a few rays… wearing the tan sandal.
All the blues at Agia Anna beach.
White and nude, always an easy combination. Snap up the nude sandal here.
Lunch at Spilia Restaurant. That clam shell bowl!
Cutting some shapes.
The incredible fringed ceiling at Alemagou.
Pinch me I’m dreaming!
Our table at Kiki’s. This was the best moment of the year…. Feel the romance people 🙂
A simple cafe in Ano Mera.
Windmills and rock walls. Stepping it out in The Simple Sandal.
Ben got the holiday dresscode memo ha.
Our hotel’s breakfast area.
Exploring the interiors.
Making friends at Vioma winery.
Beachclub/home goals at Scorpios.
The gang’s all here.
Amazing day bed set up at Scorpios.
These sandals need their own passport…
Fresh fish and white wine anyone? Yaaas!
The gorgeous outdoor space at Cine Manto.
Shopping in the old town.
The gorgeous ancient Church of Panagia Paraportiani. Coming back asap. Are you with me?
Make sure to read my first guide to Mykonos here for other thoughts.
17th October 2016
Now, let’s be honest. I’ve never been one for organisation. Most of my efforts are one directional – energy in bounds for the creativity/messing things up bit, not that much left for the whole putting away process. But as the years have passed, I’ve come to understand that if you want to be productive and actually get sh*t done, you need to make life as simple as possible. Which is where I’ve started, slowly, to embrace little organisational hacks in my life – design features that make me want to put stuff away after I’ve used them. Which is what this pantry update is. Not exactly reinventing the wheel guys I know, but it has felt like it for me. Even the act of sitting on the couch and popping out those little labels in my grade four-esque label maker has a therapeutic effect… Perhaps this is the dawn of a new era for me? One with labels and ‘things that have their place’?. One can only hope.
On the subject of growing up and getting serious (or boring – depending on your outlook), I recently made the mistake of downloading the iHerb app onto my phone. If you’re not familiar it’s basically a huge online health store, based out of the US but they ship most places and their products are pretty damn cheap, at least way cheaper than this side of the pond. Thanks to being able to buy from iHerb at the same time as watching Netflix I’ve been consistently stocking my pantry with a range of different healthy essentials. In all seriousness it has made eating healthier at home way easier. Mainly thanks to those little black labels?!
These are the things I’ve bought that I use all the time.
- Nuts: almonds, cashews, macadamia, pecans, pine nuts. For nibbling, putting in smoothies, making healthy balls out of, toasting and putting on salads.
- Coconut flour. Mainly for making pancakes and banana muffins.
- Desiccated coconut. For making healthy balls out of and adding to smoothies and cakes.
- Flaked coconut. For putting in smoothies and adding by the handful to steel cut oat porridge.
- Buckwheat Flour. For making pancakes out of (recurring theme).
- Almond flour. For making banana bread out of.
- Steelcut oats. For making porridge out of (a big batch made on sunday is a quick fix for the week). Wayyyy better than quick cook oats.
- Psyllium husks. For adding to smoothies.
- Lentils – puy, red and green. For having with fish at dinner. Or for making dhal out of.
- Hemp seeds. For putting in smoothies.
- Pumpkin seeds. For toasting lightly and having with blueberries and greek yogurt.
- Quinoa. For making into a side salad dish or a coconut pudding.
- Brown rice. For making spiced pilaff with.
- Raw cacao powder. For making raw chocolate balls out of.
- Chia. A quick pudding easily made with coconut milk and banana (although always find myself starving after I eat this!)
- Mung beans. For soaking and then putting in a mason jar upside down so they sprout and then sprinkling on breakfast etc. This sounds so hippy, and indeed I did pick it up off my mum, but its really good.
Things I bought that I’ve never / don’t know how to use: Maca powder, Bee pollen, Flax seeds, Buckwheat groats. Can anyone help me with these? 🙂
This was just a bunch of jars from ikea and an old school label maker. It’s pretty simple really, just make sure you use some hot water/alcohol where you apply your jars so there’s no oil which makes the labels peel off.
14th October 2016
Something you quickly learn about decorating is that there’s no such thing as ‘finished’. You’re pretty much always working on perfecting your space. Which is a guess part of the fun – you’re always looking for new ways to inject some life into everything around you. After three years in our office/studio I thought it might be nice to refresh the meeting space and nook with some new decor. I’ve been wanting to move towards more neutral furnishings in the studio and the meeting area seemed the perfect place to start.
You’ll probably remember the original before and after (see that here) and this builds on that… Although to be honest we didn’t really have to do much – proof that you can easily refresh your space in a few hours and for just a few hundred dollars! The theme of this refresh? You can never have too many plants. 🙂
I enlisted Ben to help me with some of the heavy lifting – you can see he doesn’t stick around for long :).
We decided that instead of using the nook as a seating area, we would fill it with plants! This is just the beginning and I see plenty more flower market runs in my future.
Love these new cacti!
I managed to get my hands on two big Monstera (surprisingly hard to find in these parts) and snapped them straight up – although they do need some TLC.
What we used:
Rug – ‘Lohals’ from Ikea
Leather shelf – DIY (see the tutorial here)
Mirror – ‘Hovett’ from Ikea
Flowers, plants and pots from the flower market.
Table and chairs – designed by ben