Monday, August 31st, 2015
Wow, August is over as well. I think autumn is slowly coming from now on. August was a mix of a lot of things for me. There were no holidays involved though. The August mood board says it all!
My superstar boyfriend Chris had a knee surgery and he slowly recovers at the moment. I felt terrible when I picked him up at the hospital and could literally feel his pain. Okay, maybe not literally because he looked like he was in crazy pain and – touch wood – I haven’t had any surgery in my life so far. I’m happy it’s getting better and better every day.
If you went to my bloggers picnic on Saturday you saw Chris walking around on crutches and taking little videos and photos. I can’t wait for the video of the event and photos will be posted in my next blog post. It was amazing!
I met wonderful people and I was so thankful having great friends at the event. Without them the event wouldn’t have been the same. I just love my friends because they’re creative and they’re kind. What else do you want? Oh yes wait, they’re funny, too. Lucky me, right?!
So I spent most of August in the city. I had the pleasure meeting new people this month and I hope some exciting projects will come out of it. I’m going to introduce you to a new project soon but I can already reveal it involves me co-organising events for bloggers, creatives, entrepreneurs and artists. Stay tuned!
Last but not least, I hope you checked out my #LumiaStreetArt blog post because it was a lot of fun and something like that is exactly what I wanna do more: discover new things which inspire me to be creative!
What have you done in August?
Thursday, August 27th, 2015
I just love all things white. I try to keep my Instagram photos light with a white background. I love minimalism and for me white is part of it.
White is pure and elegant. If a product is mainly white I always think it has a sophisticated touch. If white is a person I imagine a beautiful, shy woman, mysterious in her movements and looks, with a sophisticated aura and a cool but kind appearance.
White is also a challenge. Keeping things white is so difficult. When I’m writing this I mean interior design, fashion, and products. It’s an art itself keeping things white. I have an obsession with all things white but that doesn’t mean everything in my life is white. But I’m trying to reach this perfection. This is currently tricky in terms of interior design because my bedroom furniture is mainly vintage brown. It looks great but it is not white.
What do you think about having white everywhere in your life?
Previous obsessions include:
Monday, August 24th, 2015
I hope I don’t bore you with another blog post about my bloggers picnic but this is all I can think of at the moment. As a blogger you need to have many skills to keep your blog going and I just learned a few more things thanks to my blog. There will be some learnings after the picnic but I can already tell you that I’ll add the following skills to my ‘life resume’ (some are new and others are improvements): event management, sponsorship management, time management, graphic design, relationship management, and marketing.
For those of you who haven’t heard about the bloggers picnic head over to my other blog posts with more information (part 1 and part 2). The most important to know is that it takes place in Haggerston Park, East London, on Saturday, 29th August 2015 from 2 to 6 pm. There are lots of exciting things happening that day, hence my excitement!
Here’s a brief recap of who participates as a brand plus a wonderful singer.
I also want to introduce the awesome bloggers who have signed up already. I love that I discovered new blogs by organising this event and I can’t wait to meet all of them.
Tickets are available till Friday end of day! So even if you’re still thinking ‘Should I come?!’ you can be spontaneous and still sign up the day before. I can just promise you we’re going to have a great time. No matter if we have rain or shine we’re prepared. The weather so far looks good for Saturday though.
So what are you waiting for?! I want to meet you!
Friday, August 21st, 2015
I remember the project when I sent another blogger a surprise box, and when I also received a package back with lots of cute things in it. When you feel down receiving a box full of goodies that’s just perfect, isn’t it?
The feeling of happiness is quite individual but almost shows the same symptoms: you’re smiling, maybe even laughing, your body feels good, you want to share your happiness with others, you love yourself and others to the moon. Just writing this makes me feel a little happier.
Let me start by telling you what makes me happy.
I need to stop here but I realised I could go on and on. How amazing is that? I have a lot of things which make me happy. You should try it and write down all the things which make you happy. The last bullet point is quite important and something I just realised in the last years. I think the older I get the more I understand that giving is part of experiencing happiness.
Here are three aspects of happiness we should pay more attention to:
So whilst I was writing this blog post I tweeted about this post and BOOM all of a sudden so many people responded to my question what makes them happy. I can tell you it made me super happy to read all those tweets. We definitely had a moment there where we appreciated all the good things in our lives. Check out the responses below.
What makes you happy?
Last but not least, if you feel a little down today use #EmergencyHappiness and send a tweet to @ in order to win a happiness box yourself.
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
Last Tuesday, I joined the #LumiaStreetArt Photography Walk in Shoreditch organised by Talented Talkers and Microsoft. I thought this event is just perfect for my blog. I explore some street art and learn more about photography. It turns out I couldn’t have asked for more because this event included everything:
It was so interesting to listen to Karim’s stories and personalities behind the street art works. I wish I’ve taken more notes but I was too busy taking pictures and creating memories. Luckily, I got an email with a reminder of the artists’ name and artwork. Phew! Here are some of the street artists you can find in Shorditch:
Photography is one of my passions – I know I have a lot of passions, right?! – so it was a great opportunity to improve some of my skills in photography. I figured out street art is great to take photos of because their colours really pop out. I don’t know what you think but colourful images and pieces of art make me extremely happy.
If you want to go on a street art tour yourself really stop in front of each piece of art and inspect it. You’ll see all the details and the artist’s signature eventually. It’s so much fun to walk around and say ‘I know this artist’s work, he always sprays grumpy faces’. There’s something important I learned on the tour and didn’t know beforehand: if you see sprayed letters/words anywhere that’s graffiti; if it’s a picture it’s called street art. Did you know that?
I leave it up to you to judge the photos. Feel free to vote for the best.
Sunday, August 16th, 2015
Less than two weeks until the picnic of the year. You probably have seen my first blog post about the #BloggersPicnic. Today I want to update you on the progress. The vision I have for this picnic becomes a reality and I’m beyond excited.
Let me quickly summarise what the event is about. This picnic is all about meeting other bloggers and discovering some exciting brands as part of the experience. We’re going to have a couple of blankets where people can network with others. Every half an hour we’re going to rotate bloggers on the blankets in order for everyone to meet everyone. It’s a speed networking event for bloggers. It’s all about you! We’re going to exchange stories, ideas, and advice. This is our creative community in real life.
The Bloggers Picnic will be held in Haggerston Park. It’s a secret park and therefore not so crowded. There are bathrooms and there’s even shelter if we need it, just in case the London weather is not with us that day. Expect delicious food and drinks made by some passionate foodies.
Becky & Kylie
These two girls are a dream team. Becky is a very talented cake maker and she does all this in her spare time. Here’s one evidence of her extreme talent. Kylie is a health fan which you can see on her Instagram account. Both girls are about to start a healthy lifestyle blog which is coming soon. Their first audience for testing their delicious healthy food will be you. I can’t wait for their picnic ideas!
My dear friend Adeline loves cooking in her spare time, too. Let me tell you her food is absolutely delicious. I’m happy she joins us and is going to make some real delicacies.
I organised DIY paper flower workshops with Maxine and she introduced me to the Creative Retreat. She’s going to organise another one with ‘A Handful of Creativity’ in January if you want to check it out. For the #BloggersEvent, Maxine is going to create a beautiful flower photobooth. We’re going to create some amazing memories at the picnic. I can’t wait!
Last but not least, may I introduce you to the exciting brands which have already confirmed their support (it’s likely there will be some more which I’ll add over the next two weeks). They contribute to a more fun event atmosphere, provide prizes for the competition (yes, there’ll be a raffle for you) and/or add to the goodie bags which I mentioned in my last post.
I’m sure you already know this extraordinary brand. Possibly the best sparkling wine in the world? We’ll find that out at the event because Freixenet UK are absolute stars and provided some bubbles to celebrate the last days of summer.
The London Flower House
Charley, the founder of The London Flower House, not only loves flowers she also made it her profession. She is a wedding and event floral designer in London and a busy bee. Luckily, she loved the idea of the #BloggersPicnic and is going to provide us with some beautiful flowers at the event. What would a picnic without flowers be?!
This is a new brand which was recently launched by Ksenia, as far as I know. But don’t worry Ksenia will be at the Bloggers Picnic and you can ask her all about Wishwant – The future of gift giving. She kindly provided an exciting prize for the raffle.
Japan Candy Box
Have you heard about the Japan Candy Box? You can subscribe to their services in order to receive a box with lots of Japanese candies every month. The guys from Japan Candy Box provided a prize for the raffle and there’ll be also some candies in your goodie bags. Win win!
Bloom & Wild
Bloom & Wild is a very interesting concept and I have already tried it myself. Well, I posted about it a while ago (no.4) and my boyfriend actually read my blog post and fulfilled my wish (I know, he’s such a sweetheart). I loved the idea, the delivery was perfect and the flowers were simply beautiful. So one lucky blogger is going to win a flower delivery as part of the raffle. Just to let you know.
You should be very familiar with the brand Katie Leamon from my previous blog posts (part 1 & part 2). I had the pleasure to meet the founder and her team in London. Since then I’m the biggest fan. Her luxury stationery really stands out. Luckily, there will be some beautiful cards in your goodie bags.
I’m super happy to announce that we’re also going to have a lovely singer at the event. Ina Reni is a very talented lady. But I’m not going to say more. Check her out on Facebook. I really can’t wait to listen to her at the Bloggers Picnic!
So this is a little glimpse of what you can expect at the #BloggersPicnic. There are still a few spots left so grab your ticket and join us at an unforgettable event.
Looking forward to seeing you!
Friday, August 14th, 2015
You probably know that I have lived in Singapore two years ago. Although I have mixed feelings about the time I spent there, one thing was incredibly awesome: my South East Asia travels. When you live in Singapore you’re close to everything: Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia and so on. It’s like Europe with the difference that paradise is around the corner.
The snapshot above was taken in Batam, an Indonesian island an hour by boat from Singapore. I went there with my friend and we spent the weekend in a spa hotel. You can imagine how amazing it was. However, this short trip was well-deserved because life in Singapore was unbelievably stressful. I worked long hours, sometimes without a lunch break and when I came home I just fell into bed and repeated everything the next day. That made me realise that life is far more precious and not everything should be about work. I think I got quite a few grey hair from my time in Singapore.
Back to the moment above. It was truly a happy moment walking along the footbridge. Sometimes you really need to listen to yourself and think about what you really want to do in life. Back in Singapore I barely felt creative and that was a life I didn’t want to continue. Obviously, I don’t blame Singapore for me not being creative but because I was so busy at work and barely had time to be active in my free time, at one point I knew I wanted to change. I wanted to bring creativity back into my life. The rest is history, right?! Here I am. Trying to be creative…
Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
I’m hanging out on Instagram a lot these days because I really want to improve my profile and gain followers. My Instagram profile also turned into a creative hub where I can experiment with my newly achieved Graphic Design skills (if I can already call it skills). I really love experimenting with it although it’s a bit different from my blog design. My ultimate goal for my blog and my Instagram account though is both minimalism. I know I still have to learn a lot.
Nevertheless, I also come across other inspirational Instagram accounts every now and then – some of them without a huge following (yet) – and in this post I want to introduce you to a few inspiring Instagram accounts and explain why I love them.
Create Waves Daily: This account is fairly new and there are just a few collages so far but I can’t wait to see more. I always like to follow some cool graphic design artists.
Luis Patino: This young man found his art direction. He draws people but then add a little extra to his detailed pencil drawings. The splash of colour does it for me. He knows I’m already a fan.
Juliett: I knew at one point I had to introduce you to a ‘pastel’ Instagram account. But this one isn’t really cute it is sporty and minimalist. I think it’s quite an achievement transforming pastel colours into something else than a cute account.
Wedding Dress Designers: Okay, I’m not looking for a wedding dress at the moment and I normally don’t follow any wedding accounts but this one stuck with me. These dresses look like they’re made by elves. If I ever get married this would be my first inspiration.
Tess Guinery: In her description it says ‘Visual Communicator’ and that’s so true. She tells you a story with her photos. There is a lot of dynamic and life in her photos. I really love how she mastered visual storytelling.
Annie Livia: I love that she focuses on moons in her art works. Somehow, all the other pictures she posts looks like they have the moon flair. I have no idea how she does it but it looks amazing and quite unique.
What do you think? Feel free to share your favourites with me!
Sunday, August 9th, 2015
Meet illustrator Jessica Hische. The first time I heard about Jessica was on a podcast (unfortunately I forgot which one it was since I listen to so many). I just remember writing down her name and then later I looked her up. She really impressed me with her typography. The variety of letters and her writing style are extraordinary.
In her bio she mentioned a lot the made-up word ‘procrastiworker’. I quite like it, probably because I can relate to it a lot. She doesn’t explain the term but I interpret it as follows: working all the time but sometimes without a specific goal or meaning. For example, when I create an image and I’m working on it for hours but at the end the highest purpose is just to post it on Instagram.
Letterer and illustrator Jessica Hische knows how to play with words. Look at her domain name alone: jessicahische.is/awesome, such a genius, huh?! It’s about the details and in her case also about the quantity. Her portfolio is huge and no visual is like the other. You can literally see her creativity at every corner. I mean, imagery is one thing and you have a million techniques to express yourself, let alone the topics you can draw. Letters are a bit different and personally I struggle a lot varying my writing. I just don’t have any ideas. Therefore, I’m glad I discovered Jessica who’s an amazing inspiration for me.
As you know already, I started to learn Graphic Design and typography is a huge part of it. I haven’t explored it so far but it’s definitely on my list.
What do you think about her style? Do have any other inspirations?
Friday, August 7th, 2015
I thought I try something new and be more visual with my content. So I created this creative map of myself. It’s almost like a psychological exercise. Put yourself in the middle of a piece of paper and then think about who you are, what you like and dislike, what your dreams are, where you wanna go and what defines you. It sounds really difficult but once you actually sit down and think about yourself it’s a release. It helps you making progress.
Okay, there is also funny stuff on this map because who wants to be serious all the time?! I think me telling you I’m scared of spiders doesn’t lead to anything, does it?! But I really wanted to draw a little spider with big eyes. Maybe I’m even less scared now because spiders can look pretty cute. And the bear with the beard? Well, my boyfriend ask me if it’s him, so I guess I imagined my boyfriend when I drew it. Yes, why not?!
Maybe you want to draw your own creative map? I’d be curious to see who you are.