Sunday, 27 April 2014

Vortex Jazz Club, East London

Calling all hipsters!

Reasonable prices for drinks, free entry and great ear candy - Vortex Jazz Club has all you need, plus it serves food until late! I would recommend to go early to get a good seat though. Live Jazz jamming every Sunday evening ;)

Love, xx

Friday, 18 April 2014

Happy Easter

1. The first picture is taken this morning. Love those flowers, even though they are named after Narcissus, hahah.

2. The second picture is from Tel Aviv. I have never seen an egg that big! It had no sign or anything to explain it's purpose, but thought it was well worth a picture still.

3. Our little Easter decoration in the corner. I already opened one Kinder egg and got a Koala, wonder if that was trying to tell me something, perhaps being less lazy and more of an active student as I should be.

Hoping you are having a nice long weekend! x

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Cats in the City

Since I am crazy about cats, I might as well spread the joy here - these pictures are taken around Tel Aviv, and aren't they adorable (hearts on my eyes) ?

Sunday, 13 April 2014

La Pollera Colora, London

This weekend was simply super nice. On Friday, we went to The Corner Shop in Shoreditch, and just enjoyed the amazing food and music (plus free entry and chill atmosphere) there. Then Saturday I tried to study a bit of the political system of Iran, because I have like six exams coming up and revising is always encouraged beforehand. However, due to national marking boycott, well, let's just say that I don't feel really motivated.
 Anyways, in the evening I got a text from a friend asking to join to go and dance Salsa by London Bridge. I had just taken a shower and was ready to bed, but then thought, what the heck, might as well go and discover something new in the town. And the place was amazing! Similar to the Cuban in Camden, but with two floors, and soooo many people dancing with pretty dresses, heels and amazing rhythm in their blood! Made me almost wish I was South American and not Middle-Eastern, haha. That didn't stop me though, I was dancing (or trying to) Salsa, Cha Cha Cha and Rumba like it was nothing, haha.
The place was called La Pollera Colora, entry is 8 pounds for ladies after 11, and you can access there easily by getting off by London Bridge. Don't get confused though, by the door it says Peruvian Restaurant, but the nightclub is right next to it. Viva La Vida Loca!

''I think people spend too much time staring into screens and not enough time drinking wine, tongue kissing, and dancing under the moon." -Rachel Wolchin 

Friday, 4 April 2014

After Work, London

You might wonder why I am not wearing much UK brands - it's simply because everything (apart from Primark) is simply so expensive! Even some international brands - such as Zara and H&M - sell their clothes for more here. So a lot of the stuff I am wearing is from 1-3 ago from Finland. Often I mostly wear old season stuff.

But being fashionable doesn't have to mean that you buy a new closet for every season - you can easily just combine your old stuff in a different way than before. I also fix my clothes a lot to keep them longer - that's why I've bought a small sewing kit from Sainsbury's. Moreover, what also helps is if you keep cleaning your closet often - this way you are truly aware more of all the pieces you've got, and might get inspired. Taking care of your (even old) clothes and keeping them in nice order is the key for saving money. Obviously it would be nice to be able to wear luxury brands and buy new stuff every week, but as we know for many student's (especially in UK) this is just not the reality.

When you go mid-season sale shopping, remember this: The real price of the item is not the one in the tag. You will get the real value of the item by dividing the price by how many times you wore the item. In this sense, if you buy something 'expensive', but wear it on daily bases, it was eventually 'cheaper' than some bargain you ended up wearing once and paid 10 pounds for. I also try to keep this in mind, because it's often tempting to buy things just because they are cheap.

Hoping these small tips helped...Have a good Friday! :)

Love, xx

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Random from my camera, Israel

I know these pictures don't have much to do with each other, but just thought they are so pretty I can't leave them out of this blog. A few of them are from the Bat Yam beach, that was 3 minutes from our apartment. Then there are the pictures with an orange tree and some colorful flowers & buildings; they are from Neve Tzedek, the first Jewish neighbourhood to be built after Jaffa. It was one of the very few pretty areas we saw, because most of Tel Aviv is very, very poor; you might not see it in Google pictures, but it is mostly almost like a slum, and only a few random tall skyscrapers here and there. It was quite surprising actually, I had expected something like Istanbul or even Dubai; but Tel Aviv seems to remain mainly poor. Don't get me wrong though; even the old houses with wires and satellites outside were pretty in their own way.

The few last pictures are from Jerusalem; I think everyone should visit that city at least once in a lifetime. So much history, so many stories to tell. We went on a free walking tour with an Israeli guide, and he took us around all four (Muslim, Christian, Jewish & Armenian) quarters of the old city. For anyone who has the basic knowledge of these religions and what happened to Armenians, it almost felt like history became alive right there and then. We saw Armenian families, we saw Muslims and Christians living closely to each other, and conservative Jews keeping up their traditions.

Hopefully this was inspiring for those seeking to travel this spring :)

Love, xx