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Pictures & Notes – Postcards From Bruges, Belgium pt.1

Hope you all had a lovely week. I spent mine catching up with loads of work hence my absence from no42. I was also working on this two part blog post I’m sharing with you today.

I will be honest with you. This is one of those bad confessions to make online but I’ve only ever heard of Bruges before because of the movie In Bruges. Now I wasn’t a huge fan of the movie to begin with, mostly because of a large amount of very dry British humor which at that point of my life I just didn’t get or bothered to understand. Few years down the line and I love it! If you haven’t seen the movie yet I urge you to do so. Anyway we hit Bruges in April earlier this year and these are my postcards from our two day trip.

We started our trip with some homemade coco J. mum brought with us in a flask…The drive to the ferry is more than two hours away and coco was well appreciated along the way. What a sweet gesture.

We boarded in Dover. It was a boring ride.  Ferry didn’t offer much except for a very overpriced and overcooked full English breakfast. I also missed taking pictures of the white cliffs of Dover as it was too windy and we weren’t allowed outside. Rubbish, I say but they do look stunning even if seen from the inside of ferry boat.

After another hour of driving from Dunkirk (yes, we did so much driving) we finally arrived to Bruges. What a stunning place! I was sold, like strait away. I can now say it was the beauty that got to me. The charm of being lost in the endless maize of cobbled streets whilst trying to find our hotel was amazing. Which by the way was literary tucked away minutes’ walk from the town center  We booked a room in a small and very reasonable priced hotel Europ.

The architecture of Bruges is stunning and I admit: I was one of those tourists who walk with their heads in the clouds, annoying all the locals by stopping every two minutes and having sayings like: OMG check this building! OMG look at that! Yep, that me. That annoying tourist.

One thing I did enjoy very very much are all the chocolates…in shop windows and in my belly.

The town is riddled with canals and small streets making it really hard to navigate with the car so most people use bikes as their mean of transport.

The center square is quite touristy with loads of thing to do. You can get a tour with one of the local tour guides or a horse & carriage for about the same amount of money. (£30) We didn’t do either. Being there only for a day, my eyes & legs were focused on exploring as much as I could and being stuck in a tour is not really me. There was a great Picasso exhibition on in one of the galleries but the queues were massive and overpopulated with bunch of Japanese tourists. Same thing happened with the clock tower. So we did the only logical thing and went for people watching while sipping a pint of fine local beer.

Bruges is not just famous for its architectural beauty but also for beer, chocolates and chips. I had a few chips from a few different local chip shops and each one of them claimed they were the ones who invented the beauty of chips frying. I do have to say they do taste better in Belgium than anywhere else. Want to know the secret? Fry them in animal fat not vegetable oil.

Bruges offers a lot of souvenir shopping. There is a lot of cheap stuff from China on offer but those types of souvenirs are easy to recognize and in my opinion best to avoid. All you have to do is keep looking: into a small sideways streets. You will be surprised.  Walk out of the town center and you will find some top of the range modern boutiques mixed with quirky handmade stuff. You just have to look. One of my favorite recent buys is from Bruges and it comes from this lovely shop.

As we really didn’t plan this trip we didn’t realized we came in the peak time of Queens day/week celebrations. Bank holidays in Bruges are best to be avoided as most of the streets are full of not just tourists but locals too. Being a foodie as I am, it annoyed me not being able to sit and eat in that nice square,in that nice restaurant. Settling down for a cheap takeaway pizza really isn’t my way of fun but hey I was in Bruges and there was plenty of chocolates around.

X Ines,

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My week on instagram

We were working in Nottingham last week and also went to see new Bond, James Bond. It’s definitely one of my favorite Bond movies. The sky was so pink before we went out. You can tell that the winter is coming. You could fell it up north. Fell it in your bones.

I love water. I was born and raised by the sea. Oh how I miss looking at the waves breaking endlessly on the rocky Croatian coast. This was my view from the lovely restaurant where we celebrated J. granddad’s 90th birthday. Yeah, you heard me right, 90!

I had a lovely glass of red wine with my steak & chips. I dressed up a bit, as we did celebrated last 90 years of Jeff’s life. I wore my new cross earnings I bought on Asos.

This is one of my favorite places in England. The Olde Bell inn in Hurley, Berkshire. We have been working with them ever since we started S-I seven years ago. We are one of their preferred suppliers. I love spending time in The Bell especially as their interiors are designed by very talented Ilse Crawford. Looking for a wedding venue? Check them out. And then book us. :-)

These babies were bough for £18. I kid you not! I got them a few years ago in a small shop in Covent Garden. They only come out for walks once in a while. Hence the pristine condition.

Today I’ve watched rain drops falling on the buildings around me. It’s been cold and wet this past week and I fell for all the people who had their homes flooded…We are very lucky to have our home safe and intact of rain. For now anyway.

Happy Instagraming, x Ines


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Coasters, a never ending love story

I am not OTT, I’m really not. However it does pis**s me off when people don’t use coasters. I mean what is the point of having them displayed on your table if you don’t use them?! Fair play if you don’t have them. You probably don’t own that nice coffee table like I do or stress over what damage a can of beer can produce. OTT again? Nope!

I bought my set of coasters from Portobello market almost a year ago now. Portobello is great for retro-vintage finds and this is one of mine. My favorite coaster is a Wonder woman. Guess why? :-)

You can tell we use them by how dirty they look on these pictures. OTT in your face! I know, I should have clean them before this shoot.

Now about that never ending love story…Boy goes for a drink in a bar….

There he meets a lovely lady and they chat, drink wine and beer & dance…

He asks her out for a romantic dinner and they fell in love over the candle lights…

They marry after a while  and live the never ending story….

These coasters were present from Santa Fe, USA. My parents in-law went there this spring. They did a route 66! How cool is that? They know about my obsession with Mexican art & skulls and this was one of many lovely presents they bought us. Thanks guys.

Yours truly romantic, Ines


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Day Of The Dead Sneak Peek

Hubby came home from Mexico today. :-) He was over there covering the Day Of The Dead celebrations. He shoot soooooooooo much. We spent most of our afternoon looking at the images and here is a little sneak peek of what to except to see soon on the blog and in our The Studio shop.

Photo by : Jordan Banks

He also bought loads of stuff for our new project but more on that subject some other time. Things are about to be reveled very soon. For now let me just share a one cute little present he got me.


xo Ines

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