I moved into my sweet little flat in about 2 days. Yes. You heard right.
Two days of full on off loading and unpacking boxes, miles of bubble wrap and of course Chinese take always, because I
couldn’t even find my stove amidst the mess really love monks.
Two nights later, I had a Halloween/flat warming for a few of my close friends. Partly because I wanted to show them where I’m staying, and mostly because I wanted to dress up and use my newly acquired Halloween paraphernalia purchased while I was in Ireland.
I cut out tons of bats from some left over black paper, and used my chalk board to write a little happy Halloween message.
I’d planned the food and drinks before hand, but was still organizing last minute things once people started arriving.
Cheese boards are easy and absolutely delicious… Add some crackers, and you’re basically looking at my average week-night dinner (not joking). I made sautéed mushrooms on toothpicks, and chopped up some carrots and cucumber to dip in the hummus. I also made mini caprese salad skewers – deeeeelicious. On the sweet side, my friend Leigh made me delicious red velvet cupcakes – hers are honestly just the best – and I had to a of sneaky sweet treats in bowls. I bought a gorgeous big drinks dispenser from Mr Price home a few weeks ago, and put that up on the table with a punch of Pimms, lemonade and ginger ale, along with tons of fruit.
So I know I’m a day late, but I’ve been moving and setting up house, and drinking copious amounts of green tea. So I spent Halloween last night in bed watching Sex and the City, just to find a bit of clarity in my life.
However I’m busy prepping for a Halloween party tonight!! How exciting…
Oh and I know I suck at continuing blog series – Tasteful Tuesday, Worth a Watch etc. but now that my life is a bit more normal I’ll get back to it, I promise. I even shot a tasteful Tuesday this week and just haven’t had time to upload yet! Promise!
Although I can’t share the design with you just yet, I thought I’d share a little update about what I’ve been working on for the Seventeen Homework Diary that I’m designing. The first step when doing anything publication (layouts and magazines) related is to decide on colors and fonts – this is what keeps your design together, and gives it a great flow. There’s nothing worse than something than just doesn’t look ‘right’. Loads of different font families and crazy colour choices overlapping each other usually leads to this, and it occurs when you don’t have a POA – Plan Of Action.
So here’s mine! I’m a dedicated Gotham user – I might name my first born after this incredible font. All the different weights make it so incredibly versatile and easy to design with. I like to create a POA like this to refer back to myself – to remind myself how everything should look. I’ve tried to make the colours as bright as possible, but when you’re working with CMYK it doesn’t always allow this… (CMYK are print colours – cyan, magenta, yellow and black – while RGB are screen colours – red, green and blue – and RGB allows for super bright colours, where CMYK doesn’t so much. UNless you’re using Pantones, which is a whole ‘nother ball game).
Obviously I can’t share the actual diary design on my blog just yet, as that needs to remain a secret. But I’d like to keep sharing the design process that I go through, because it might be interesting for people who don’t know what goes into designing a homework diary that prints 40 000 copies! That figured made me nervous at first, but the second time around I’m completely chilled about it!
I’d like to start off this blog post by acknowledging all the unbelievably incredible cities of Europe. Paris is romantic, Rome is historic, Munich is social, London is fashionable. They all have their place. But I have decided, before even having visited half the countries I’m here to see, that Istanbul is by far the best of them all.