17th November 2016
With the holidays just around the corner, you’ve probably started thinking about what gifts to buy. One thing I’m always completely stumped about is what to get all my travel obsessed friends when Christmas rolls around. In a perfect world, I’d be able to send them on their next big adventure, but alas that is more complicated (and costly) than I can pull together, often last minute haha. So what do you give to the person who has everything, other than their next trip? You give them a taste of their bucket list, that’s what. In the form of delicious teas and teawares from the Grand Most Exotic T2 Tea Bazaar, inspired by the places they (or you) want to visit most. Read on for a few ideas!
You’ll know by now that Morocco is at the absolute top of my bucket list, and I think that’s the case for a lot of my friends who love markets, spices and textiles as much as I do. Which makes a tea gift inspired by Morocco the perfect fuel for their travel desires – a Moroccan tray, tea pot and tea cup, or collection of tea glasses is a great way to start. Top that off with some delicious teas – pomegranate, mint or Marrakech and perhaps the newest lonely planet you’ve got a gift that just keeps on giving. I’ll see you in Marrakech, and then perhaps the blue city of Chefchaouen?
In the photo above (clockwise from top left): Bizzare Bazaar Blue Aztec Teacup, Majestic Disorder Camel Gold Tumbler, Bridge for Africa Black & White Grass Trivet, Bedazzle Small Moroccan Tray, Kitty Emoji Teaspoon, Bizarre Bazaar Blue Aztec Generous Cup, Assam Teabag from Cotton Collective Gift Pack, Marrakech and Pumping Pomegranate Gift Cube from When in Morrocco Gift Pack, Majestic Disorder Elephant Gold Tumbler, Bizarre Bazaar Large Blue Aztec Teapot, Bizarre Bazaar Blue Aztec Canister Cylinder, Bizarre Bazaar Blue Aztec Tumbler, Bedazzle Large Moroccan Tray, Bedazzle Bissate Black Teaglass, Bedazzle Pyramide Gold Teaglass, Tea for One set from When in Morrocco Gift Pack. Wedding blanket via Paddo to Palmy.
The colours and flavours of India couldn’t be more magnetic and joyful, which makes it the perfect destination on which to base a travel inspired tea gift. Chai is a staple in India (in fact, it translates simply as ‘tea’), a spicy take on black tea that will have you (and your giftee) dreaming of visiting the Taj Mahal. Put together a glass teapot (complete with elephant motifs) a set of tea glasses and one or two chai blends, and you’ve got a gift that’s sure to inspire a beautiful bucket list trip. Next stop? The colourful streets of Jaipur!
In the photo above (clockwise from top left): White Rose Teabag from Cotton Collective Gift Pack, Majestic Disorder Elephant Gold Tea for One, Bedazzle Piramide Matte Black/Gold Teaglass, Majestic Disorder Camel Gold Mug, Bedazzle Chantenier Matte Black/Gold Teaglass, Bedazzle Bissate Black Teaglass, Majestic Disorder Elephant Gold Tea for One, Kitty Emoji Teaspoon, Bedazzle Piramide Chantenier Matte Black/Silver Teaglass, Majestic Disorder Elephant Gold Mug, Darjeeling Gift Cube from When in India Gift Pack, Teaspoon with Teapot, Majestic Disorder Elephant Gold Teapot.
Tea is a ritual in Japan, so it’s only right for you to pay homage to a trip there – whether real or imaginary – in the form of a collection of Japanese teas and teawares. The perfect gift to inspire that next trip. Matcha is where it’s at and so a collection of Matcha teas, a matcha flask and ceramic cup is a great start – add a box of matcha chocolate flakes to the mix and you’ve got a seriously delicious taste of Japan.
In the photo above (clockwise from top left): Tribal Home Star Turquoise Trivet, Luminarie Gloss Turquoise Teacup, Mint Mix Teabag from Cotton Collective Gift Pack, Cinnamon Matcha, Matcha Flask in Jade, T2 Tile Infuser, Gorgeous Geisha Teabag from Cotton Collective Gift Pack, Matcha Flakes, T2 Ceremonical Matcha Whisk, Matcha Bamboo Scoop & Matcha Bowl from Matcha Kit, T2 Mint Matcha, Majestic Disorder Camel Gold Mug, Tribal Home Scallop Turquoise Trivet, T2 Choc Matcha, Teacup and Saucer from A Moment with Green Rose Gift Pack.
16th November 2016
Is it the 90’s or what? But I’m not complaining. The lace up has made a come back and I couldn’t be happier. There’s nothing I like better than a detail that takes something simple to a whole new level, and it’s crazy DIYable! Read on to see how to do it yourself.
- Grommet Tool
- Fabric Scissors
- Fabric Marker
- 2m x Leather cord
- Position the grommet pieces onto the skirt as desired. I went for seven rows of two on either side of the skirt, but you can do more or less depending on what look you’d like to achieve.
2. Mark the position of each grommet with the fabric marker.
3. Cut a small hole at each mark to fit the grommet pieces through. It helps to make the holes a little on the smaller side so the grommet grips the fabric well.
4. Place the rounded grommet piece on the outside and the flat grommet piece on the inside of the garment.
5. Using the grommet tool, hammer the grommets in place so they are secure. Repeat this for all other grommet holes.
6. Cutting the leather string in half to make two 1m long pieces, tie a knot at one end.
7. Threading from from the inside out, thread the string through the grommets as you would your shoe laces. Once laced up, put a knot on the other side of the string to secure.
Photos by Nicola Lemmon
14th November 2016
Wardrobe essentials are foundational items in your closet that transcend seasons and are the starting point of all your outfits. Having a closet rich in important wardrobe essentials is the number one way to dress better, which is rather obvious. How do you know if an item of clothing is an essential? Quite simply, they make your life easier. Whether it’s dressing to go to an interview, work or travel, they are the items in your closet that you wear regularly and can make special by building on each season with different colours, trends or accessories. Creating a closet that has all the right essentials is absolutely key to flexible and adaptable dressing that makes you feel great. If you struggle to put outfits together, it might be because you don’t have the right essentials.
In this third post in our Wardrobe Rehab Series, we’re once again partnering with our friends from the fashion marketplace app Shedd to help you create the perfect wardrobe. Make sure you download the app if you haven’t already – it’s a great way to build your closet without breaking the bank.
The main reason for developing an essentials list for your closet is to understand where the gaps lie, as a means of informing your future shopping choices with the end goal being a perfect closet. The key thing is understanding what you have and what you need. To develop this list, we suggest you ask yourself the following questions:
UNDERSTANDING WHAT YOU HAVE AND WHAT YOU NEED
What could you never live without?
If someone told you could only have 30 items in your closet, what would they be? Much like the selectiveness we have to utilise when we pack for travel, understanding those key, can’t live without items is a great process for developing your essentials list. Be brutal!
Which pieces in your closet get worn the most currently?
This is more about understanding what you have now, and those pieces that you get the most wear out of are the starting point of your essentials list, whether it’s a maxi skirt or a Breton striped top.
What base colours do you wear?
Your essentials list is about shapes and styles, and it’s also about colours. Naturally you want the essentials you buy to be versatile and create as many outfits as possible, and therefore it’s useful to develop a palette for your essentials. In the next step we’ll talk about this more but for now, go with colours that compliment each other and can also be worn with a large range of other highlight colours – black, white, beige, khaki, tan and navy are great options.
What occasions do you find hard to dress for?
If there are particular times you struggle to decide what to wear, chances are it’s because you’re missing key pieces that could cater to those occasions. Struggle to dress for a night out with the girls? Maybe a LBD or something similar would be useful to add? Never feel pulled together when it’s cold out? Maybe a chic overcoat or leather jacket is something you desperately need. List out the times you struggle most and try to understand what key pieces would fix that.
What pieces do you wish you had but feel you can’t afford?
Don’t avoid including key pieces in your essentials list just because you think you can’t afford them – a leather jacket is a great example of an expensive piece that is worth budgeting for. And shopping on a fashion market place app like Shedd is a great way to snag great essentials at a fraction of the retail cost. Above I have shared with you my essentials. This list I have refined over the last few years, and they are now the most worn pieces that I own.
FILLING THE GAPS IN YOUR ESSENTIALS LIST
Once you’ve developed your list of essentials, we suggest you start the process of researching/shopping for the items that are currently ‘gaps’ – pieces that would make your wardrobe significantly more wearable. We’ll talk about shopping in more detail later on in this series, but a few tips to consider for now are listed below.
When it comes to essentials, it’s a good idea to spend as much as you can afford (within reason obviously). That’s because you want your essentials to be investments that last a long time and are great quality. A little tip from me, I’ve been using Shedd a lot to research and invest in essentials that I really need. Buying second hand often allows you to get much better value, and thus better quality, which is a complete win win.
We will talk a lot about colours in the next step, but in the meantime we would suggest that when buying your essentials, you select colours that are foundational in your wardrobe. This will ensure they are wearable for a significant period of time and also versatile for pairing with other colours.
Pair it up
When you’re shopping, it’s important to make sure that you’re buying items that build multiple outfits. Which is why you should make sure that you are mentally pairing outfits in your head when you are investing in essentials. 4 outfits with any new essential is a great start.
11th November 2016
For as long as I can remember I’ve had a love for Moorish architecture – tiles, arches, domes and lavish doorways. Andddd courtyards. My kingdom for a courtyard! A far cry from the Scandinavian minimalism that is currently de rigueur. Morocco is at the top of my list, but this love of colour and vibrancy also fuels my interest in other areas of the world where the Moors had influence – like Spain, Portugal and Turkey. You can imagine therefore that I was pretty excited to visit Granada a few months ago, a city people likened in parts to Marrakech for its Moorish allure. The jewel in the crown for this city is of course the Alhambra – a gorgeous palace which overlooks the whole city. Yes I absolutely loved visiting the palace itself but as usual what I appreciated most about the city wasn’t the major tourist sites, but the tiny cobbled streets, quiet corners and people going about their everyday lives in such a historic and beautiful place. Put it on (or in?) your bucket list guys!
Wearing: Paddo to Palmy top, vintage denim Levis, The Simple Sandal in Nude, local spanish bag.
If you want to really soak in the charm of the town I suggest you stay in the El Albaicin district, which makes it easy to get to most of the sights and eateries you’ll want to check out. We stayed at Hotel Casa 1800, which was really really nice.
Obviously you’ll be visiting the Alhambra and the Generalife gardens, they are a must! Remember to buy your tickets in advance.
Wander the old Moorish neighbourhood of El Albaicin – starting at Carrera del Darro simply keep walking uphill.
Shop on the (somewhat touristy) street of Caladeria Nueva.
Walk alongside the stream on Carrera Del Darro.
Visit Sacramote, the gypsy area complete with case houses! You can watch some flamenco dance inside the caves. Once again a little touristy but totally worth it.
Watch sunset from Mirador San Miguel.
Have coffee and stroll around
Visit the mountains of the Sierra Navada, I’ll be sharing a full guide to that region here soon.
Soak in a Hammam.
Visit Patios De Los Perfumes for local scents, candles and the most gorgeous courtyard you’ve ever seen (they serve juice and tea too).
We had a lovely dinner at Carmela’s.
Have coffee and a simple breakfast at La Finca.
Watch the sun set over the Alhambra from the hills of Albaicin – a good (although busy at sunset) place to go is Restaurante Aben Humeya or any of the bars along that street.
Have tea and sweets at Teteria del Banuelo.
Have dinner overlooking the Alhambra at Carmen Verde Luna. Another Carmen restaurant that
Settle in for a Spanish lunch at the atmospheric Bodega Castaneda.
Good to know
You’re sure to eat your fill of the complimentary tapas that come with every drink you order! Although note that if you’re looking for slightly more fancy tapas you’ll have to order off the menu and pay for it. Just saying!
Book in to the Alhambra as early as possible – tour groups start arriving around 11 and it’s hard to enjoy yourself when 90848935 people are taking photos on their iPads in front of you. 🙂
View of the Albaicin district from the Alhambra. Love all those courtyard houses!
The tile times.
Discovering the hills of the Albaicin district.
Beautiful vine covered houses on the hilly streets of the Albaicin.
Quiet moments in the Alhambra.
Shopping on Carreria Nuevo street.
Courtyards of this city were to die for.Wearing Zara dress (I cut it off!), The Simple Sandal in nude and market bag.
Imagining this being my home.
Ben: don’t you have enough photos in doorways? Geneva: never enough!
Didn’t want to miss even on tiny detail of this place.
Pitstops at La Teteria del Banuelo overlooking the Alhambra. Apparently this place has a gorgeous view at night time!
Don’t forget to look up!
Afternoons at the hammam.
The Generalife Gardens.
Early evening light in this gorgeous town.
Local plateware and The Simple Sandals in nude.
Let me know if I missed any great spots! Because I’ll definitely be going back one day. 🙂