Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Sartorial Lisbon

 Skinny jeans, baggy jumpers and Converse; the main thing you notice about the fashion in Lisbon is how laid back and natural everyone looks. The easy way the outfits were put together created a relaxed, grungy look. Everyone looked great, with what appeared to be minimal effort. So we couldn't help but notice when we saw this girl in her beautiful outfit on a night out. Look at the way the skirt falls. So pretty.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Polka Dots

Loved these bright umbrellas shading a balcony from the midday sun in Chiado, Lisbon

Friday, 18 May 2012

EOTW Song. Wild Flag - Romance

This looks like a lot of fun

The Knitted Garden at Emmaus

On Tuesday I took a trip on the number 1 bus to one of my favourite places in Hove. 

Emmaus is so much more than a charity for the homeless. The grounds contain all you need for a perfect day out; a Second-hand superstore filled with all manner of beautiful linens, furniture, books, records and homewares, glorious gardens and a cafe serving a first class fry up for breakfast. 

It's a community as well. The people there are friendly and chatty and interesting and always have a little story or two to share, and the Goodwill Coop is a group of crafters making blankets, brooches, jumpers and other knitted and sewn goodies to support the project. 

For the past couple of years the Goodwill Coop have taken part in the Brighton Festival Fringe; last year they knitted a living room and this year they decided to create a knitted garden. Being a combination of my two favourite pastimes, I was very excited to see it and I was allowed to take a couple of snaps. 

Look at all the work that's gone into it! So much detail...there's masses to look at... flowers, grass, garden furniture, fruit and vegetables and some animal and gnome friends enjoying the outdoors! All knitted from donated wool! 

These pictures show some of my favourite bits but you must go along and see it yourself. Looking back over these pictures, I spotted dozens of things that I hadn't seen on my visit and I'm sure I'll notice other things the more I look at them. The attention to detail is just spectacular. 

You can buy knitted flowers from the Goodwill Coop for around £2 each and the patterns for just £3.50 per booklet if you're inclined to try some of the knitted things yourself. There's even a special offer on at the moment to buy 5 of the pattern books for just £10. I couldn't resist

Let me know what you think of it. 

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

The Great Escape 2012

Had an amazing time at The Great Escape this year.

Top discoveries included Niki and the Dove, Friends, Dillon and Haim and Yukon Blonde. There was a lovely set by Majorca's Oso leone and I adored Me and the Bees from Barcelona. Look them all up!

Beth Jeans Houghton and the Hooves of Destiny performed one of the best sets I've ever seen them play, reminiscent of the first time we saw them at The Old Market back in 2009; fun, lively and upbeat. Beth looked relaxed and comfortable and her hairstyle was just fab. I can't wait to see them again at No Direction Home next month.

But far and away the highlight of the festival was the first band we saw on Thursday afternoon. Francois and the Atlas Mountains play a mix of romantic pop and what I think is called Afrobeat. Arriving at The Prince Albert, they were just about the frenchest looking people I had ever seen. Genial. Their set was wonderful; loud and energetic, with dreamy vocals, amazing beats and subtle dance routines. The percussionist was incredible, making beautiful noises by hitting all manner of drums and other assorted objects. They were having such a good time on stage. The tunes were the superlative of catchy and we spent the entire weekend humming the melody to Les Plus Beaux, and that included Christian who didn't even turn up until Friday. I'd be willing to bet he's humming it in the office as we speak.

Go and check out the band here, buy their album here and watch this video to get the tune stuck in your head too.

Two Ladies

Wonderful graffiti on a Funicular in Lisbon

Monday, 7 May 2012

Instagram - Late nights in Lisbon

Night-time in the Bairro Alto above, and below, clockwise from top left;

amazing Band in Portas Largas; pak choi lampshades in Mahjong; a relaxing drink in A Vizinha, Bica; and super friendly service in Espaco Bar.  

All pictures courtesy of Jonathas

Sunday, 6 May 2012


Sometimes the simplest compositions are the best. Of all the photos I took in Portugal, this is my favourite.
Rich pink blooms against the aqua coloured tiles in Alfama.

Friday, 4 May 2012

Dry The River

Lovely, gentle folk song by Dry The River, easy Mumford style folk. Don't let it put you off that only one of them has a beard. 

Their album came out in march, and they're playing The Great Escape in a couple of weeks. You can catch them at The Corn Exchange on the Friday.