15 Oct 2010

Ieeja - Izeja

...were the first two words i learned in Latvia. Today we went walking around Riga, spent most of the money on 'souvenirs', stalked some newlyweds and found two amazing Topshop equivalents. I am surprised by the amount of beautiful people and shoes in this country! Not to mention the shoes! And the shoes! Good that i dont have the money, its not healthy to feed addictions...
Lessons learned: When in Latvia, find sweets, amber jewellery*, alcohol*, shoes, a spouse** and warm woolen socks.

* optional
** if applicable and available

Newlyweds put locks on bridges fences for luck. A lot are taken off later...
Trying to pull off an architects portrait face in front of The Latvian Union of Architects
no problem
 counting down days to christmas tree
a latvian 'DO'...could have been me
sporting the new fresh from red carpet no make-up trend in Riga
 sweet bread soup with whipped cream and sea buckthorn tea


No, not Louis Vuitton, you eager fashionistas.
After a high-quality night spent at Stansted's blue benches with some not fun sleeping people, a boobs magazine left behind, and some unnecessary airport shopping i finally arrived to Riga today. The pilot and the cabin crew were running around the plane in panic, with worried faces, as it took them 30 minutes to get the boeing ready for takeoff with a long delay, doors not closing properly, power going out and the aircraft being so old the seats didn't have those useful pockets at the back. I said my prayers and hoped my ears wont explode again, due to a severe cold and change of pressure. Despite the expensive special flight discomfort relieving earplugs, they did. Obviously, the plan has landed. In the "show me your passport and i will check your country exists" area there were four british boys behind me in the queue, speaking like they were in the N'Dubz.

I met my two gorgeous baltic friends right outside the ''run after your luggage or wait again" area. Hugs and kisses, we ended up having an amazing veg meal, a salad, two desserts and a coffee in a self service restaurant. 5.5lats. Next time I'm having just 4 desserts. The yumminess is beyond what words can express.
There was an exhibition of a Latvian artist making animal figures out of car parts. Us 3 and a lost pigeon were the only visitors at the time. Spectacular. 
Latvian ethnographic open air museum of 19. century village with an actual real time weather. Old houses, beds in the kitchen, curtains over beds, funny children equipment and fantastic lighting worth of MacGyver's envy. Wooden faces and a guard dog from the forest and a hot tea later, we are now in Jelgava, having more tea.
Lessons learned: If you see a thread hanging from your sweaters sleeve, dont pull it. You will end up with a lot of thread and no sleeve.

If you didnt get what i did with the colour of the text above, shame on you!

9 Oct 2010


Finally, on Monday (October11th), the new Belle&Sebastian album, their 8th, will be released. The title track's called Write about love, and there's another 10 for you to enjoy. Also, you got Carey Mulligan and Norah Jones featuring on the album and some lovely new B&S merchandise, including a 'Dog on wheels' brooch by Tatty Devine! Big fan of all this.

I love

...love, love, love freckles. If you have any, can i have 'em?

Claudia by Henrik Adamsen for Schön!

ella ella sarcasm

So yea, these are the unfortunate stylings that didn't get me thru to the next round of Elle magazine's stylists competition. When i saw K&Os lumberjack-themed adds, i realized i cannot cope with such high-fashion demands. If only i knew it then...
...I still would.