Monday, October 20, 2014
I recently read someone describe themselves as both a nomad and a homebody-and the description really hit home for me.
So when I spent the morning with Alex taking in the new space that is Sister Sadie, I couldn't help but think of that description for this cafe. Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences with a mix of locally sourced seasonal produce, homemade granola (so good) and quite possibly the friendliest staff around.
The best of both worlds and easily, a new favourite little spot to unwind.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
When I was younger, I used to grab a stack of old albums from my parents room and sit and wonder about the untold stories behind the images. My mother, in particular, was a vision in them.
My mother, the proper woman always maintaining a kept single plait and a dated shoulder padded work suit was different from the carefree girl I saw in these images. I remember being surprised by them- many of her near or on horses, others with friends nearby, her hair wind swept and the most light filled face I've seen. They were and are still some of the most beautiful images I have in my memory.
Unbeknownst to me, Meghan captured this image of me taking my first ventures in (very) cold Irish waters a few months ago- and upon seeing it, I remember thinking of my mother. Even though my parents and I are estranged in ways, the girl in those photos still holds me curious.
''Pare down to the essence, but don't remove the poetry.'' Leonard Koren
Monday, October 13, 2014
Another city that I serendipitously fell in love with and while I was with camera in hand whilst there, I am now realising the majority of photos were food related for two little articles Ajda is working on. So while sharing them here is on hold for a little while, I am very excited to soon be reading about (and sharing) her favourite little haunts in the city. A few of mine: walks within the Jordaan district, apple pie at Papeneiland (Bill Clinton ate there!), drinks and boat rides on the canal, poffertjes in Albert Cuyp market, Surinamese broodje pom, the beauty that is within the Sukha store, nearly every store in the De Pijp area and for my next trip, more bike rides and Vondelpark.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
There are many places and experiences that find their way into memory banks quickly and this place is one of them. A one hour ferry ride away from Amsterdam to an island that holds a lighthouse, an abandoned military fort and a singular pop-up restaurant - simplicity at its absolute best.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Amsterdam: the city with 800,000 people, 1.2 million bikes , more canals than Venice and streets where the smell of coffee shops and waffle batter are only separated by a few meters. Outside of all the typical associations with it- the streets and alleyways are little treasures of gardens, vines and florals that make directionless wanderings so necessary. I not so jokingly called it my spirit city the last four days.
While the trip itself was booked in a moment of spontaneity, it seemed to encourage all further happenings in the same manner. The first night we were invited on a boat at sunset with the most endearing and generous Dutch family and toured all of Amsterdam via the canals. It was magic. We ate and discovered the best of the best while with the Eating with Amsterdam tour and later travelled to Vuutoreneilland, an island which held a pop-up restaurant that was just other worldly.
When I first set foot in the city I literally could not help but bouncing up and down in pure giddy delight. It was my first time there and Ajda said that regardless, she would imagine me doing the same on countless returns- she knows me too well that one, a true soul sister.
I cannot wait to share more with you this week friends.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
It's the middle of September and for a year that started off so incredibly slow, it surely has picked up speed in mysterious ways. Most of the last few months have been lived off this blog and for the most part- it has been a very good thing. In other ways, I miss that my days off are no longer with camera in hand on wayward walking trails or the conversations and meetings that have come as a result of a post that connected with you here.
I read somewhere recently what a privilege it is to have/take the time to learn and become the person you truly are meant to be- and for that privilege over the last two years, I am beyond grateful.
I've learnt that no matter how much I try to change it, I will always be slightly Disney in personality. I fidget relentlessly when I cannot sleep. To this day the only song lyrics I know fully are Nelly's "it's getting hot in here" (cringe, I know). I am much more picky about who I spend time with and my people-pleasing tendencies are becoming much less of a habit. If you are a friend, you are family. I love with all of me. My penchant for craving Fallon & Byrne's hummus lately is worrying. I am the most silently determined, wanderlust-filled woman and being kind and of good service to others is paramount to all that I hope for in the years to come.
Also, I have been awful at updating as of late and so this is me stopping in to say hello and bid you well. I really do adore having you here.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Nina + John Same Day Edit from Spinning Leaf Films on Vimeo.
Of all the many things that I can say about my brother's wedding this same day-edit video encapsulates all of it. The brief conversations with him and remembering how important it was to him to embrace the day, really truly be present throughout it and knowing how grateful he was; my heart explodes with every single mushy emotion watching this film. I am so unabashedly proud and happy for the beautiful, inspiring life that awaits him.