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The Lighter Things Of The World Pt. 3

There is something in the air. In almost all of the social media content we are consuming right now, it seems that everyone has caught the ‘down bug.’

New reports on a second wave of lockdown and the seemingly insurmountable virus, the jitters from sitting on the couch for far too long, the unexpected weight gain, and just the general uncertainty around the future/our whole entire lives is proving to be a little challenging.

While it’s okay to acknowledge these anxious feelings, it is even more important to remember the light and brightness of the world.

Without further ado, here are some for your consideration.

The Celebrity 2020 Mood Challenge

2020 has brought #alltheemotions. We started the year feeling hopeful, we rode the wave of the unexpected, we embraced the change, and now we are not so sure where May, June, July and August have gone and moreover, when everything will be okay again.

The Celebrity 2020 mood challenge has swept instagram and it has us feeling more and more reassured that whatever is going on, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling are in this with us. And that is important information.

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Yup. #2020challenge

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Pretty much. Inspired by @reesewitherspoon

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Food Paintings

Is this a thing that people are already obsessing over, or is it just us?

We recently discovered a range of food paintings on our instagram feed, and quite frankly we cannot look away (or stop print screening).

Some of our favourites are by Noah Verrier and Kate Jarvik Birch.

Take a look.

(We could keep going … but it’s probably best we stopped)

Kendall Jenner’s Cozy L.A. Hideaway

Architectural Digest has just uploaded a YouTube video with Kendall Jenner, showing off her LA Lockdown Hideaway – and we cannot stop thinking about it.

The strange fluro pink circle at the entrance, the painting room, the bathroom sink made from a rock and the gold bath are some highlights.

It is super homely and lovely and if you’re a sticky-beak, a great watch.

You can watch it here.

By Papaya Earrings

By Papaya is a small family Etsy business run by three sisters from Leicester, England. They make jewellery, stationary and artwork and their designs are as cute as a button.

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Yay! Received our first order today🍓

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All of their jewellery has been handmade since June this year and is inspired by bright colours, juicy fruits and quirky shapes.

Even if you’re just wearing a track suit everyday, these earrings would still be the perfect accessory.

Find out more here.

This Quote

This post by @np.illustrates is so important to remember.

Please take care of your 3 homes.

What is helping you to keep things light and bright lately?

Modern Life

Upcycling Ikea And McDonald’s Packaging Into Classic Bags

Parting ways with pretty packaging that accompanies perfume bottles is always a difficult thing to do. As is throwing away quirky tissue paper (we all have a collection that we hope to frame one day, right?).

Upcycling old candle jars is as close to the Creative Gods that we have ever been.

Luckily we now have Matteo Bastiani and Chiara Rivituso from Milan, Italy who have shown us how to do it right.

Their instagram page @camera60studio with over 24K followers preaches the beauty of up-cycling (and has given us some serious lockdown inspiration).

Bastiani and Rivituso have re-created many classic bag designs, including the Chanel 2.55 double flap bag (with Classica chain) using Ikea paper and plastic shopping bags.

Looking just as classy as the original design, the classic Ikea blue shade adds a layer of quirky chic (meaning we need to add it to our collection ASAP).

The Fendi Baguette bag was remade using “McDonald’s everything” and the GG Marmont bag by @gucci was remade using @lavazzai coffee packaging.

If you wanted to test your bag-making skills, they have a template on their website for their Oreo Mini Saddle bag. While we may not have the patience or skill required, we definitely have the Oreo packaging ready…

Considering we are all probably using a lot of plastic while working (and simply living) at home, we can’t help but wish to transform our endless take-away pizza boxes, ASOS packages, biscuit wrappings and coffee packets into bags we can debut when the world re-opens.

Watch this space.

Not really.

Just watch the professionals at @camera60studio instagram.

How creative have you been these past few months?


Get Inspo From Gigi Hadid’s Quirky New Home

Pasta-facade cabinets, mis-matched sofas, a New Yorker bathroom wall, and a glamour room of dreams.

Gigi Hadid has shared her stunning new home with her instagram followers, deeming it her ‘passion project’ – and we can see why.

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If you too have been binge-watching Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills all quarantine long, you will be able to see the evolution of Hadid’s style from her first New York apartment to her current nest.

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Designing and curating all the quirkiest inches of her house, Hadid says she is grateful to all the creatives, like Gordon Kahn, who embraced her ideas and didn’t call her crazy.

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That is of course excluding her mother, Yolanda Hadid, who Gigi says, “is the greatest homemaking-sounding-board I could ask for (she called me crazy when required).”

A personal favourite snap she shared was her perfume and product wall in her bathroom. (I think we both have the same hand cream)

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Hadid says the design all came together just before she needed to move out of the city in order to quarantine.

She is now looking forward to spending time enjoying all of the special corners of her home.

Gigi is due to have her first baby with partner Zayn Malik in September 2020.

We will just have to patiently wait for the quirky nursery photos to follow in the future.

What’s your favourite spot in her home?

All images used in blog sourced from Gigi Hadid’s instagram @gigihadid