Hurricane Infographics

8 December 2011

Today I stayed at home because of the red alert warnings from the Met Office. While the wind was shaking the  bridges in Scotland, people on twitter were busy inventing the name for the hurricane ( being a foreigner I had to check it in the Urban Dictionary). Some of the tweets made me laugh our loud - seriously, the Scottish have an amazing sense of humour. Above are some of my favourites displayed in a little infographics poster - enjoy!

Source of the tweets: Entertainment STV

PS. I hope you're all safe and that the hurricane didn't cause any damage in your area!

Happy St Andrew's Day

30 November 2011

It's a truly festive atmosphere in Edinburgh - the German market is up and running, feeding the tourists and the locals alike with waffles and hot chocolates, offering mulled wine and Ferris wheel rides. We didn't have any snow yet, but hopefully we'll get some before Christmas. For now, let's celebrate St Andrew's Day and everything that's Scottish!

read more about the celebration finale in Edinburgh

and here is a list of the things you do when you're Scottish .

Hope you had a good day!

A day in pictures

26 November 2011

That was such a long time ago. The Autumn is long gone, and the Christmas market has already opened in Edinburgh. It was a crisp and sunny day, a perfect day for a walk. And that's just what I did.

Look what has arrived in Edinburgh...

7 November 2011

Yep, it's a Christmas tree -  right in the west end of Princess Street. It looks rather sad just now, to be honest, but I'm sure not for much longer.

100th post

5 November 2011

It's hard to believe we've reached the 100th post since we started this blog. I have to say it became a bit of an addiction for both of us; it encouraged us to take lots of pictures and never leave home without a camera to document our life more regularly, which is exactly why we started blogging in the first place. Thank you for sticking with us for the past 4 months !  I'm not sure in which direction this blog will go, for how much longer we'll be living in Edinburgh or what surprises life will bring to us, but the past 100 posts were so much fun there is no way we're giving it up !

Here are the 10 posts you seemed to enjoy the most:

  1.  Our 6th anniversary 
  2. Travel diary: Fuerteventura
  3. In search of 44 Scotland Street
  4.  Seen through the artist's eyes
  5.  Mini home tour
  6. IKEA RAST hack
  7.  Tiny landscape in a coffee cup
  8.  The sunniest day ever
  9.  My commute
  10.  A few snapshots from my birthday

Happy 100th post to us!
Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

Daydreaming: skating

24 October 2011

We are planning 1 week of staycation this December and today I started daydreaming about skating, winter wonderland, mulled wine, gingerbread cookies and all the other fun things we'll hopefully get to do. I'm not very good at skating, but  I'd love to try it more often and this winter it's definitely on my to-do list.
Don't you think that there is something very lady-like about skating?

And here is what skating in Edinburgh used to look like in 1900s.
St Margaret's Loch, Edinburgh
Duddingstone Loch, Edinburgh
Do you like skating? Are you already daydreaming about winter, or rather dreading it?  

*picture sources 1 |2| 3| 4|5 all via Flickr

Sunday I'm in love...

23 October 2011

... with the film "The Help". We just got back from the preview screening of "The Help", which is based on one of the most talked about novels of this year, and a #1 NY Times best-seller written by Katrhyn Stockett.

 My first thought was that this book was about the civil rights and race separation in the US in 1960s, but now I think there is much more to it. The novel describes how a young aspiring journalist from Jackson, Mississippi embarks on a secret and risky writing project with two black maids - Minny and Aibileen at a time of civil rights movement in 1960s. A lot of the points and threads of this story are universal and timeless though. Kathryn Stockett beautifully describes the social pressures and behaviours, how easy it is for us to conform only to get an appreciation of the group we want to be part of. Both the film and the book are full of hope, courage, humour, determination for a change in social structures and the value of staying true to yourself. It made me both laugh and tear-up and is became my favourite film of this year.

The film has definitely lived up to my expectations. It's out in the cinemas this Wednesday 26/10 in the UK.
PS. Here are extensive reviews of the film and the book in the New York Times and an excerpt from the book.

and a trailer:

*picture source

Cosy minimalism V.4: Gothenburgh

20 October 2011

For this week's cosy minimalism series I'd like to share a beautiful studio apartment from Gothenburg. My first impression was that it was extremely minimalistic, however with a mixture of textures and some colourful accents it softens up a little bit and the space works beautifully. I think the main advantage of this studio is the light and white floors, which give an illusion of a bigger space. Although, knowing mine and J's love for books, vinyl records etc. I think it's unlikely we'd ever be able to keep our flat as minimalistic as this one. What do you think? Is it cosy enough? Or does it just seem too empty? Also, don't you love the Smeg fridge (further down) ? I do.

Who wouldn't like to live in a building which looks like Moomins' house?

What are your thoughts? Too minimalistic or cosy?


Some time ago #whyedinburghrocks was trending on Twitter. I looked up the pictures fellow twitterers have posted and I made it into a collage. I think there are plenty of reasons why Edinburgh rocks. below are some of the things that people have said:

Capital city masquerading as a village @queen_of_tarts
Its streets and tweets are filled with literature. Breathe in and you can taste the words. @wpbookfestival
A view round every corner! History under your feet. And Edinburgh Rock. x @BirlinnBooks
world leading breast cancer research unit at the Western General Hospital @breakthroughSco
A literary city crammed with writers and stories. "The stories are in the stone" - Ian Rankin @EdinCityofLit
 if someone asked me I'd say: because of its impressive architecture, rich history, excellent restaurants, you can walk everywhere, within 25 minutes you are in the Pentland Hills or by the sea and it's great for joggers.

if you're local, do you think Edinburgh rocks? if yes, why so? what do you like the most about your city/town/village?

*pictures credits:
most pictures by: @EdinSpotlight   (check out their website here)
and also retweeted or taken by: 

all the picutres found via this source

My picks from the Lodz Design Festiwal 2011

18 October 2011

Very often when we go to Poland we fly to Lodz, as it's the most convenient direct connection. It's not my favourite city in Poland but it certainly has its post-industrial charm. As it happens, Lodz is hosting an annual Design Festival, which is the biggest event of this kind in Poland. It features design in various forms: starting from industrial design, through arts and crafts to graphic design, architecture and fashion

I had a good browse through their pretty website ( don't you love the owl logo?), and below are my picks:

I LOVE the wooden crib! It reminds me of a classic Eames DSW chair in its design a little bit. The bench is pretty cute too, don't you think? If you happen to have a browse through the Lodz Design website, I'd love to hear which were your favourite designs. 

Have a good Tuesday! 

Sunday I'm in love...

16 October 2011

... with colours of this Autumn, which are sadly fading away. It's late Autumn actually, it seems like I blinked and it's already middle of October. How the time flies. We didn't get to go for any walks this past week except for going to work/university and below is what we captured. 

What is your city like this Autumn? Are the colours fading away already? I'm pretty sure I could feel the scent of winter in the air one of the mornings last week. I wish it didn't come too quickly. Autumn is just too pretty.

Hope you're having a leisurely Sunday!

*all of the pictures of the city and the one at the very bottom taken by J, the rest by myself.

ECA degree show 2011

15 October 2011

Sculptures by a Korean artist  Hyanghee Lee

 Anish Kapoor, Untitled (2010). Wax, oil based paint and steel
This sculpture was being made constantly, as the metal piece was moving and smoothing the wax. Curious.

Photography exhibition of Pu Yao titled: Blackfriars. You can see more here.

Sometime in August we visited the Edinburgh College of Art for a postgraduate degree show. I almost forgot that we took some pictures there and found them today on my computer. It was so interesting to see the various art pieces produced over the last year by young and talented students. We were truly amazed at some of the pieces we saw. J's favourite section was architecture and interior design and mine illustration. That's also where we came across the work of Turine, whom we then interviewed here. I'd highly recommend art schools' degree shows if you'd like to discover new talents and get some inspiration. We're definitely going next year.

Hope you're having a lazy and relaxed Saturday:)