1-2 Simple Cooking

when we were in NYC we found it pretty easy to eat out all the time because there was so much variety, and you could eat quite cheaply on the go if you needed to (which was amazing for lazy people like us). but it made me think about when we were going to go back home, and how we’d have to get back into the routine of cooking for ourselves, and doing it without wasting – plus on a budget. cooking for 2 can produce a lot of waste if you’re not clever about it, and you have to be good about using your leftovers or re-using ingredients. i always find myself in the supermarket after work just staring at the food aisles thinking, what on earth can i cook tonight?

so when i found 1-2 Simple cooking by friends Joy and Tiffany i subscribed right away. not only do their recipes truly look simple, healthy and delicious, but they have also categorised them into handy sections like “fast food”, gluten-free (for all of us trying to avoid the carbs…), vegetarian, vegan etc etc. keep your eye on these two.

1-2 Simple Cooking wants to revolutionize the way singles and couples cook and eat at home. We understand the challenges that come along with cooking for one or one other person – food waste, meal monotony, the dreaded clean up! It’s difficult as it is to learn how to cook, and even harder to maintain on a daily basis. That’s why we’re here – to teach you basic tips, simple recipes, and techniques to simplify your life and empower you to become the home chef you’ve always wanted to be. Cooking should never be fussy and food should always be fun and approachable.





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Egretta Garzetta

i must confess that underwear is pretty much at the bottom of my list of priorities when it comes to clothes shopping. big purchases are reserved for shoes, leather goods… maybe the occasional fancy dress. but undies, those come in packs of 5 and usually cost me less than a take-away dinner. but i still like the idea of fancy underwear. there’s also something incredibly cool about knowing your underwear is handmade (as if you’re a French aristocrat lazing about at Versailles all day). that’s where Egretta Garzetta comes in. affordable handmade lingerie, bras and panties made in Riga, Latvia.

Egretta Garzetta offers you the comfort and quality of handmade underwear. Every item in my shop is created from carefully selected materials and designed to gently fit the sensitive parts of your body. This lingerie is created by female hands for female needs – with a wish to make you feel beautiful and as comfortable as you can. Here you will find light and soft pieces, reminding the fluff of a dandelion, pieces as expressive and colorful as a tropical butterfly, pieces to match an active lifestyle… and a lot more!










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No. Six Depot

i will not hesitate to say that i judge my choice of coffee places pretty harshly by their cover – in other words, if i don’t know anything about them or their coffee (or tea, or food, or whatever) then i will make my decision to go there, or not, based solely on their design aesthetic. to me a beautiful representation of your space, product and just general vibe totally mirrors the quality of what you’re providing.

that said, i would pay a visit to No. Six Depot in a nano-second-heartbeat if i ever found myself in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts. their beautiful corporate identity design was done by Nashville based Perky Bros, whose clever wrapping paper slash backgammon board design put a huge smile on my face.

No. Six Depot is a family owned, small-batch coffee roaster and café nested in the beautiful Berkshires. Located in a historic train station on 6 Depot St, they serve teas, salts and coffee from small farms and roast on location. Their identity juxtaposes a mix of unique rural and modern elements — drawing inspiration from their own backyard railroad and unique approach to keeping it simple and making it true.

Photography: Jennifer May












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&Attorney

&Attorney is an Australian shoe brand that, upon browsing through their website, made me say out loud – “i want that one, and that one, and that one, and that one…” from their classic loafers, to their sweet clogs and unique stacked sandals (love the mint!) i can honestly say i love every single pair of shoes they make.

at &Attorney we employ a “let’s ride this horse backwards” approach when designing in an effort to create truly charming men’s and women’s shoes. This allows us to look back with fond appreciation at the classic styling that has come before, while fulfilling a personal desire to perpetually move things forward.








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Blackie

Blackie was the cat of photographer Gjon Mili, who was best known for his work for Life magazine. you can see a beautiful series he did with Picasso that i previously blogged about here. i was digging more into his work when i noticed that Blackie appears in a lot of his shoots – it seems that his feline friend accompanied him to the studio (and really enjoyed it).

all photos by Gjon Mili











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Heinui

Heinui is a label by French designer Claire Pignot. you may have spotted her first collection around the internet a few months ago, featuring beautiful blue and denim pieces. her new summer range, Paper Moon, expands on her love for denim and also features some light cotton & silk pieces that are beautifully dyed and printed.

Heinui produces charmingly quirky, highly feminine clothes that are effortless, easy-to-wear and quietly sophisticated, subtly mixing high-end materials carefully sourced from all around the world with timeless, casual silhouettes.












Photos: Sergi Fuster

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Kicks

in the past few months i have been kind of obsessed with sneakers. it started when i was looking for a pair to actually, you know, run in (the running itself hasn’t started yet). and like i am wont to do, i started over researching. mostly based on colours and what i thought looked RAD. of course in the end i actually went to a sports shop and got a knowledgable dude to help me pick out a pair that would actually work for running, but my sneaker obsession didn’t end there.

on our recent trip to New York it became even worse, as i was determined to get myself the coolest New Balance trainers imaginable. i ended up not even getting a pair because the choice was so overwhelming. J.Crew have just released some AWESOME limited edition New Balance sneaks – i am particularly fond of the dusty beechwood. they are included in this list of some of my favourite sneakers at the moment. too bad these limited edition gold Nikes are sold out! click on the images to be taken to the relevant online shop.













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Myrtle Illustrated

i always look forward to hearing from Whitney of LA-based Myrtle because the seasonal lookbooks for her fantastic shop are a thing of beauty. this time was no different, except it WAS different – because instead of using talented photographers, Whitney commissioned six artists to illustrate the FW13 lookbook.

I’ve been privileged to work with some wonderful photographers in the past, but this time I was inspired by all the wonderful young artists I interact with. The lookbook has been drawn by six artists: Mayumi Nose, Alice Rutherford, and Ellen Surrey from Los Angeles; Tuesday Bassen and Kimberly Ellen Hall from New York; and Gracie Chai from Singapore. Each has brought their own style to their favorite designers and pieces from the shop.

Artists: Tuesday Bassen (@tuesdaybassen) / Gracie Chai (@graciechai) / Kimberly Ellen Hall (@nottene_kim) / Mayumi Nose (@mayonose) /Alice Rutherford (@therealalicke) / Ellen Surrey (@yesurrey). Clothing: Myrtle (see the lookbook for details on all the items the “models” are wearing).

above: Ellen Surrey

above: Tuesday Bassen

above: Ellen Surrey

above: Mayumi Nose

above: Ellen Surrey

above: Gracie Chai

above: Alice Rutherford

above: Ellen Surrey

above: Kimberly Ellen Hall

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Cities in Dust

Cities in Dust is a jewellery label by designer Meghan Lorenz, whose story begins where many designers do – she couldn’t find the kind of jewellery she wanted to wear, so she began making her own. you can see her work at her website, and shop her range on etsy. this is the lookbook for the new Cities in Dust FW 13 range, photographed by Julia Stotz.











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