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3 Portuguese tiles wallpapers for your iPhone

3 Portuguese tiles wallpapers for your phone - Kittenhood

The first time I visited Portugal in 2010, I was completely mesmerized by the things that were so different from Romania: the ocean, the vegetation, and most of all, the tiles (azulejos). The mostly blue pieces of ceramics feature intricate patterns and they cover the exterior walls of many buildings, as well as the interior of some. This year, inspired by Dani‘s cat wallpaper idea, I took a few tile pictures to turn into wallpapers for my phone. Perhaps you’d like them too? Download your favorite(s) below – and if you have another type of phone you’d like to use these on, let me know and I’ll gladly customize them for you.

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Azulejos iphone wallpaper - Kittenhood

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Portuguese tile wallpaper - Kittenhood

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Put some color on: tennis girl, 1947

Breezy, natural fashion pictures were Toni Frissell’s specialty, as her models posed against the Caribbean landscape or even underwater. She was oftentimes published in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, starting in 1931, when she was 24. She was also the first female photographer for Sports Illustrated – which might explain this great shot of fashion meets tennis:

Put some color on: tennis girl, 1947 - Kittenhood

Image source | Shirt – Mango | Skort – Forever New | Sneakers – Eytys | Socks – Monki

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Weekend marvels: 25/2014

Weekend marvels - Kittenhood

Watch: Dear Wendy, an unusual, beautiful story of misfits, coincidentally written by Lars von Trier.

Make: A minimalist wall clock by François et Moi, a great choice for people who don’t usually like wall clocks (like myself).

Wear: I found the perfect-for-everything outfit over at Tatiana Salia. Love the colors, gingham and circle skirt!

Eat: You can’t leave Portugal without filling yourself with pasteis de nata (egg custard pastries). Now who has the guts to try making these at home?

Read: Got a pixie cut you don’t want anymore? Read the comprehensive guide to growing out a pixie cut from Xo, Vain.

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Shop handmade: sunny side up eggs

Shop handmade: sunny side up eggs | Kittenhood

1. Card by Brown Parcel Press. A lovely card for when you just want to say “good morning”.

2. Polymer clay necklace by My Secret Cravings. A very realistic miniature egg, paired with a croissant. I say tasty!

3. Egg necklace by Purple and Lime. I love the styling of this picture and the polymer eggs are so much fun!

4. Bookmark by Craft’ed. A magnetic bookmark, which will probably make you take a break from the book and head for the fridge instead.

5. Cashmere top by Butter Babes. Hand painted with sunny side up eggs, this top is such a cool everyday wear!

6. Pillow by Teo Zirinis. When breakfast starts walking hand in hand on your pillow, you must be really hungry…

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Behind the scenes: bye bye, Portugal!

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While you’re reading this, I’m embarking on a plane back to Romania. It’s gonna be one hell of a nocturnal ride, followed by a very long train trip through the country. But you know what? At least I got to see Portugal and fall in love with it. I wish I could move there for like an year and learn the language and experience the whole thing. But then again, I say that about all the nice places I visit…

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Dress me in: Orla Kiely, SS14

Orla Kiely SS14 Lookbook | Kittenhood

Maybe Orla Kiely designs especially for me, or maybe I simply like whatever she does. This collection is a bit old, and you might have seen it around, but it’s nevertheless beautiful. This time, the models were sent to a retro safari, complete with wildlife wallpaper, camping stools and a fire. Their outfits, very Suzy Bishop, include felt berets, jackets with big, metallic buttons, knee-length crochet socks and the obligatory quirky prints (zebras, giraffes, baby rhinos – yes, you read that right, lions, flamingos etc.). And those bags? Oh, those bags…

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More Orla Kiely collections here, here and here.

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Guest post: DIY Shibori (Japanese fabric dyeing)

Shell is one of my internet friends, and we have lots of similar interests: cats, traveling, photography, quirky wears, and so on. She’s based in Sydney and she blogs at Kitty and Buck, where she shares beautiful finds and inspiring images. One of my favorite sections is her Instagram challenge, #kittyandbuckcolor, with photos in a different color every month. Shell agreed to put together a tutorial for you guys while I’m in Portugal, so pop over on her blog and say hi!

Shibori Dyeing by Kitty and Buck - Kittenhood

Shibori is a Japanese fabric dyeing technique that has been getting a lot of attention lately. When I was a teenager, I used to trawl thrift stores for anything I could dye, from lingerie to thermal underwear, t­shirts and linens. I’d almost forgotten about my passion for dye until my recent visits to Japan and seeing the beautiful fabric on offer.

Traditionally, shibori is mostly done using indigo dye, which I’d love to try. Today, I used a navy packet dye as it was readily available. You could use any dye you like with these techniques, just make sure that you match the type of fabric to the kind of dye. Most dyes behave best with 100% natural fibres, so I’ve chosen to dye some linen and a canvas bag.

Shibori technique by Kitty and Buck - Kittenhood

Step 1: Gather all materials required for dyeing ­ fabric, dye (and dye ingredients as per packet instructions), string, scissors, needle and thread and any wood or plastic/acrylic shapes to tie inside the fabric.

Shibori technique by Kitty and Buck - Kittenhood

Step 2: Fold, twist, scrunch, tie and stitch fabric into any shape you like. Depending on how you do this, all kinds of patterns will be revealed in the fabric during the dyeing process. You can be as uniform or random as you like. Experiment and see what kinds of patterns come through the dyeing process.

Step 3: Prepare the dye as directed on the dye packet.

Step 4: Dip the fabric into the dye bath and make sure it’s completely submerged. My packet instructions said to leave it for 40 minutes, but I probably only left it in for 15 minutes total. It’s up to you, the longer you leave it, the darker the colour will be.

Shibory DIY tutorial by Kitty and Buck - Kittenhood

Step 5: Rinse fabric and untie. Remove all pieces of string, thread, wood and/or plastic and rinse the fabric until the water runs clear. Check the dye instructions, mine required a 40°C wash to set the dye.

Step 6: Admire your handiwork! There are endless combinations and effects that can be achieved, so experiment and see what you come up with.

Shibory DIY tutorial by Kitty and Buck - Kittenhood

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Behind the scenes: more Portugal sights

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Good news: there are plenty of cats in Portugal! Not only that, but also good coffee, tasty pastries and tons of fish and seafood. And while you rarely get any affection from the aforementioned felines, you can easily buy everything else. This past week we’ve been based in the resort town Espinho, which is a charming seaside place with a 120 years old market and more than enough places to rest and treat yo’self. We’ve also seen part of Braga and new parts of Porto, so I guess you can say this has been one successful trip. For more pics, check out my Instagram @kittenhoods.

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My outfit: red strapless dress

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Dress – Berhka via Flipster | Sandals – Birkenstock | Bag – Aiko Threads | Sunglasses – Lunet

Seeing Porto again has been a blast, but it made us really melancholic about having to go back home. Is that a thing that happens to everyone while on vacation? These pictures were taken around the Bolhao market and that-red-building-I-don’t-know-the-name-of, on one of the sunniest days we had since arriving. And while I find this strapless dress too naked for everyday wear in Cluj, I thought it was just right for colorful Porto.

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