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Tsundoku

October 21, 2015
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What is specifically tsundoku? this is a word that has recently been creeping up here and there and is described on Wikipedia as:

Tsundoku” (n.) is the constant act of buying books but never reading them. Specifically, it is letting books pile up in one’s room so much that the owner never gets a chance to read all of them. This is done by the owners of the books, not by the booksellers. The origin of “Tsundoku” is a Japanese slang 「積ん読」 “tsun-doku”. 「積ん読」 came from 「積んでおく」 “tsunde-oku” (to pile things up ready for later and leave) and 「読書」 “dokusho” (reading books). 「積んどく」 “tsundoku” is a euphonic change of 「積んでおく」. It is also used to refer to books ready for reading later when they are on a bookshelf.

It’s fascinating how other languages have specific words for certain things that are untranslatable into English, isn’t it?

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I am bringing this up as I have to admit that I am one of such people. I buy books at least once a month. I get my paycheck and I feel it burning in my pocket. I have to go and take a look at my Amazon wishlist and make a dent in it! Sometimes just paperback books, other times I go big and order the coffee table size books. The important thing is, I always have books coming in.

It’s not just books, though. There’s also magazines. Thick, glossy, colourful, beautiful magazines. I subscribe to several of them and there is no way I can bring myself to cancel those subscriptions. Even if sometimes they arrive and sit on my table for weeks before I actually have the time and the adequate quietness (mostly in my brain) to be able to disconnect and sit down to look and marvel at the pretty pictures.

The most recent addition to my subscription list has been Vogue. When I was given the choice of three magazines to have from magazines.co.uk, Vogue had to be on the top of the list. Of course! British Vogue is by far the best of them all – in my opinion, anyway – and for a variety of reasons, starting at the quality of the editorials and ending at the creativity and inventiveness that are so inspiring, that you can find on these pages.

So, bring on the beautiful books and the lovely magazines. I’m getting rid of a lot of clothes and shoes, but the books and the magazines are the one thing that I can really can’t live without, even if they’re sitting patiently on the shelf, waiting for their turn to be read. Because when I do get to open them, it’s always worth the wait.

This blog post has been possible thanks to magazines.co.uk, who have kindly offered me the subscription to Vogue. Read a little something I wrote a while ago about it on their website. Or, subscribe to Vogue yourself and get a discount!

London, Style

Accidental LFW

October 19, 2015
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I’m not really a fashion blogger, I do personal style posts every now and then, so although I like Fashion and seeing all the new creations designers put out each season, I don’t really go to Fashion Week. This year was an exception. I ended up being around London Fashion Week but by mere chance. I was in Soho and as I was walking down one of the streets, all of a sudden I started seeing a lot more people than normal and to top it off, super stylish people! I then realised that I had just walked into the LFW circus. Oh, and what a circus! Colourful and interesting looking, of course.

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Luckily I had my camera on me and decided that if there ever was an opportunity to experiment with street photography, this was it. After all, there’s loads of cool looking people, all willing (and some desperate) to get photographed. I lingered around and even ended up bumping into some familiar faces!

Everyone was super nice and I was happy I had this accidental opportunity. Enjoy the results!

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H! by Henry Holland x Will Broome

October 16, 2015
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One of the much-awaited collections (at least for me) was the product of a collaboration between H! by Henry Holland and the illustrator Will Broome. It was launched a few weeks back by Debenhams at an event that featured not only the cute wares that you can buy from the collection but also the opportunity to meet Will himself (and taste some delicious hors d’oeuvres).

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OOTD – Leoparding around

September 11, 2015
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Wore this recently on a day that wasn’t all that warm bt not all that cold yet either. Met up with friends, saw a film at the theatre and had an all around great day! I wanted to wear leopard print and do some pattern mixing but found a way of toning it down and still keep it somewhat tasteful. Emphasis on somewhat, as I am sure a lot of people will think the tights are super naff, but then what do they know? Ha!

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Uniqlo sent me to the London Craft Beer Festival and this is what happened

August 24, 2015
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Summer is the time for festivals, but sometimes it can be hard to leave the city to attend – they can get really expensive or if you’re like me, I can’t really be arsed with them. For that reason, I’d much rather go to festivals and gigs in the city, that way I can always go home and sleep in my bed and not drown in mud! I’d never been to the London Craft Beer Festival before and as I have over the years I’ve been living in England developed a taste for it. Saying no wasn’t an option. I enlisted my friend Jackie to come along and we had a great time, taking photos, tasting beer and checking out the boys.

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