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pavlova stack | a subtle revelry

I’ve loved a good pav ever since I can remember. It is a bit of a classic in my family, there are photos of me making them with my granny when I still had to stand on a box to reach the counter. So I guess it’s only fitting that I have ended up living in Australia, where pavlova is practically a national dish.

Most pavlovas have one, maybe two layers, and are piled high with fruit and cream. I made an extra high stack for A Subtle Revelry, it’s a pretty simple cake that makes a big impression. Head over for the full instructions and see below for a rather satisfying gif, if I do say so myself.

posted by Claire.

 

pavlova stack | south by north

pavlova stack | south by north

oh my tokyo | south by north

I could not be more thrilled to have Nana from Oh My Tokyo sharing photos with us. Nana is originally from Oslo, and lives in Tokyo. Her blog is full of absolutely gorgeous pictures of Japan, (you won’t stop scrolling) and her instagram feed is much the same.

Here are some photos from Nana’s trip to Onomichi.

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It was an early Saturday morning in March when I arrived in Onomichi, a coastal town in Hiroshima prefecture. Three and a half hours earlier I had set out from Miyajima station, slowly making my way up the coastline by local train as the sun rose over the Seto Inland Sea. I had been travelling by train for a few days now, using the JR Seishun 18 ticket which, despite what the name might imply in Japanese, is not limited to 18 years olds, but instead offers any and all unlimited travel by local and express train for five days. The past two days I had crossed the country, going through Okayama, Hiroshima city and Miyajima (home of the floating red gates).

Stopping by the town had been a suggestion by from a regular customer at the cafe where I work in Tokyo. I had never heard of Onomichi before, but seeing as it was my first time traveling so far from Tokyo, I was open to any and all suggestions. The main point of my trip was, after all, to see the sides of Japan you wouldn’t experience in the capitol.

Arriving in Onomichi, the ocean greeted me the moment I stepped out of the station, and almost instantly I was overcome by a sense of I never want to leave this place

The sleepy town was late to wake up on weekends. I had arrived just before 9 AM, and as it seemed nothing would open until 11, I took to explore by rickety old bicycle I had rented. Onomichi is in fact a hub for bicycling enthusiast. The city is the starting point for a cycling path that round across four islands in the Seto Inland Sea, before ending on the northern shores of Shikoku. Still, that hardly seemed to have drawn a large crowd to the drowsy town that Saturday.

As I biked through the narrow streets, and wandered up the hillside neighbourhoods, it was easy to understand why Onomichi had often been used as a location in old movies. (I don’t know if you’re familiar with the film Tokyo Story by Yasujiro Ozu – it’s a fairly old movie, and even my Japanese friends are more familiar with it’s remake version – but part of it is set in Onomichi.) In fact, I realised this early on during my train trip through Western Japan – that most cities outside of Tokyo are anything but the hypermodern image you might have of skyscrapers and large apartment blocks. The small coastal towns I passed travelling on the JR Kure line were all worn down wooden structures and tiled roofs. 

Onomichi seemed to be the essence of all these little towns, every bit the romantic image I had conjured up during the hours spent staring out the train window. Standing on one of the hills in the afternoon sun, three early-blooming sakura trees shook gently in the breeze; overlooking the sea, the rooftops and the temples painting the picture of a quintessential Japanese town.

words and photos by Nana

oh my tokyo | south by north

oh my tokyo | south by north

oh my tokyo | south by north

oh my tokyo | south by north

oh my tokyo | south by north

oh my tokyo | south by north

oh my tokyo | south by north

oh my tokyo | south by north

oh my tokyo | south by north

london | south by north

london | south by north

london | south by north

london | south by north

london | south by north

london | south by north

london | south by north

london | south by north

london | south by north

This is what a three week trip back home to London looks like.

Summer evening in Granary Square / Lobster at the Boundary Rooftop / Grafitti on Rivington Street / Vintage dress from Beyond Retro / D&AD Young Blood exhibition / Bicycle on Warren Street / Roses in Victoria Park / Delicious meal at Honey and Co / Kings Cross

Taken on my iPhone, edited with VSCO Cam. See more on my grid.

posted by Claire

diy leather headband | south by north

Did you know that you can buy bags of scrap leather from fabric shops for a few dollars? Well, I recently discovered this and have been thinking of ways to use it. The pieces are pretty small so this simple head band project is perfect, and only takes about 30 minutes. Since cutting my hair short I don’t really do anything with it, so it’s nice to jazz it up a bit!

You will need:
– small pieces of leather
– thin plastic headband
– scissors
– superglue

Cut leaf shapes from the leather scraps, trying to keep them fairly uniform. You can draw on the back of the leather, so I just cut one shape and drew round it for the rest. You will probably need about seven or eight leaves.

Follow the instructions on your superglue to stick them to the headband, layering each on over the other as you go – you should only need a few dots of glue down the middle of each piece to make it hold. Make sure it is thoroughly dry before you wear it!

posted by Claire.

diy leather headband | south by north

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tana gandhi | south by northLike many of my favourite internet people, I first came across Tana’s wonderful talent via her instagram feed. Her photos are light, fresh and she has one of the most beautifully consistent and imaginative styles I’ve seen. She has recently quit her day job and taken the plunge into full-time photography – I’m positive she will go far! I’m extremely honoured that Tana has put together this guest post for South by North, here she is sharing some gorgeous florals. Be sure to check out her fantastic photography on her blog and instagram.

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Hello there! This is Tana and I’m so thrilled to guest post for Claire. Today I wanted to talk about florals. It’s no secret that I definitely have a thing for flowers. Whether it’s one single stem or a mixed arrangement, they brighten my space and provide a whole lot of cheer.

This you see here is a white dahlia paired with dainty phloxes. I had no idea what phloxes were before I picked these lovelies up. They were delicate little blooms that, when they gave out, they would fall down ever so gracefully.

I enjoyed this arrangement the most because, unlike peonies, they took their time to bloom and gave me plenty of days to enjoy them! This session took place right before the light disappeared. It’s that quiet time of the evening where everything stands still for just a moment and then the light is gone. It seemed like the perfect time to document this arrangement.

What about you? Do you enjoy larger arrangements over smaller arrangements? Single stems? Let’s spread the flora cheer!

Photos and words by Tana Gandhi. Tana Gandhi is a lifestyle photographer based in Southern California. She enjoys design, blogging, yoga, and experimenting with various creative mediums. Follow her on instagram.

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spiced yoghurt with maple roasted plums | south by north

This week Erika Rax and Gemma are hosting a virtual morning tea in support of Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea to raise money for cancer research. It is a great cause, and please head to Erika’s blog to find out how to take part and donate.

For my morning tea I have made spiced yoghurt with maple roasted plums. Recently I have been experimenting with making my own yoghurt and this is the first flavoured version – it turned out well! I love food laced with sweet spices as the weather starts to get cooler, and this was just what I was craving. All up this took about twenty minutes to put together, and most of that was waiting for the plums to cook.

To serve two you will need:
300ml plain unsweetened yoghurt
half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon
half a teaspoon of ground nutmeg
three just ripe plums
a few glugs of maple syrup

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees. Add the cinnamon and nutmeg to the yoghurt and stir well. Leave in the fridge until ready to serve. Cut the plums in half and place on a baking tray flesh side up, pour some maple syrup over each one. You want most of the syrup to stay on the plum rather that the tray – you will probably need about a tablespoon per plum half. Bake these in the oven for around fifteen minutes until they look soft and are starting to darken around the edges. Take them out to cool slightly, and then serve in a bowl with your spiced yoghurt. Swirl a teaspoon of maple syrup over the top before serving.

spiced yoghurt with maple roasted plums | south by north

 

 

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