Budapest is closer to where I live than my own country’s capital. And even though it’s just hours away, I’ve never been until this week. It was a rather unexpected girl-city-break, and I couldn’t be happier about agreeing to it! Budapest was instant love, and I wish we could’ve stayed more than just two days. The weather was perfect (meaning that you could casually sit outside even in the evening), the sights were beautiful and our feet were sore. I am definitely going back as soon as I get the chance. How about you, any must-sees in Budapest?
1. Clemence dress by Alice Nightingale. Beautiful fit-and-flare dress in the sunniest lemon print. So what if it’s not seasonal?
2. Crochet lemons by Little Sweet Candy Shop. These would look nice in a fruit basket, and would surely fool some inattentive eyes.
3. Grapefruit tote bag by Amy Newhouse. This illustration can take many forms on Society6, including a cool tote bag. I say yay.
4. Felt succulent planter by The Yarn Kitchen. This is not technically a fruit, but it totally looks like an orange.
5. Citrus towel by The High Fiber. This towel would be great as a pop of color in gloomy winter kitchens.
6. Citrus phone case by Oana Befort. This impressive illustration looks good enough to eat.
Dress – Kling via Emerging Thoughts | Shirt – thrifted | Belt, tights – random | Shoes – BBup
Just last week I was telling you about the fun of buying grab bags, and now I’m gonna preach once again. Emerging Thoughts has the best grab bags, because they only sell cool indie designers, and a limited number of items. So you can expect to get something great every time. Watch out for it, you never know when it may reappear, and it usually sells out in an instant! I ordered mine a while ago and I was happy to receive it at the beginning of the week. It was this beautiful little black dress by Kling, which is pretty much perfection. It comes with a hidden layer of tulle underneath, making the skirt very full. It is love.
Nice Things Paloma S. always has a beautiful manner of showcasing the latest collections. This series is called Alice & Gabriella, after the models featured in the pictures, who happen to be sisters. They’re dressed in blue and green predominantly, which sets a serene mood for the whole photo shoot. Somehow, when clothes are doubled like this, they’re emphasized even more, don’t you think? I love the tile-like prints and cozy sweaters.
October has been nice and warm, with lots of hiking (that is, compared to the usual amount of hiking happening around here), road trips, cultural events around the city and, of course, chestnuts. They’ve become a staple in our house, if you can say that about something you have every single night for dinner. The secret to perfectly baked chestnuts, in case you were wondering, is soaking them in water beforehand, then cutting them across the “belly” so that they peel easily. Easy enough to make them over and over until they’re no longer available to buy.
More such snapshots on Instagram.
Benedetta Maxia designs and makes these brilliant dolls in Portugal, under the name Fulana Beltrana Sicrana. She explains: “The name of my brand is the feminine version of the Portuguese expression Fulano, Beltrano e Sicrano and its equivalent would be Jane, Jill and Mary. The dolls – not necessarily destined for kids – are made from upcycled materials, and they each hold a unique “personality”, given by the fact that they’re hand crafted. My favorites are the hipster backpackers (check out those beards and detailed rucksacks!) but I also appreciate the Steve Zissou doll, obvy. Wouldn’t these make great boyfriend gifts?
Dress – PepaLoves via Modcloth Stylish Surprise | Blouse – Sheinside | Tights – Primark | Shoes – random
One of my favorite shops, Modcloth, sells a cool grab bag once in a while. They call it a “Stylish Surprise” and you pay something like $10 to get a random item in your size from their old stock. It always sells out fast, so you have to be really quick to ordering. And then, if you’re in Europe, you have to wait for about three weeks to actually receive it. I got a few wins and a few fails over the years, but this duck-print dress goes at the top of the first category. It’s from Pepa Loves, a Spanish brand I’ve admired for a while, and it mimics a two piece (knotted button down and full skirt). It was instant love as soon as I opened the box.