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A blog by Claire, David and their cameras. Sydney, Australia.

baker beach | south by north

Here are a few things I have been enjoying on the internet this week.

This beautiful ice cream photography and styling. Seriously lovely.

Marzipan and challah are two of my favourite things, combining them is pure genius.

Wondering if I can recreate this with hair chalk?

This friendly washi tape.

And to finish, possibly the best instagram I’ve ever seen.

(Photo by me, taken at Baker Beach, SF.)
posted by Claire.

 

san francisco | south by north

I am lucky enough to be spending a few months in San Francisco and have been here since the beginning of August. David isn’t with me (he’ll be visiting soon!) but I’m trying to make the most of my time and explore the city. There are so many interesting neighbourhoods to discover, it actually reminds me a lot of Sydney. Obviously the food is amazing, there are waaaaay too many delicious bakeries and cafes – I’m spending a lot of time trying to resist various baked/glazed/cheese-stuffed goods….

This is what the first month looked like.

Bay Bridge at sunset / Palm trees in the Mission / The Embarcadero / Sail boat on the bay / Ferry trip with pals / Views from Sausalito / People watching in Sausalito / Farmers market swag

Taken on my iPhone, edited with VSCO Cam. To see more, hop over to my instagram and grid.

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laguna beach | south by northI have been meaning to start this series for the longest time, I’m not quite sure why I haven’t gotten around to it. Does anyone else have a long list of blog stuff that just seems to take forever to do?!

In an effort to spread the love, I will be sharing some of my favourite links from around the magical land of the interwebs every week. Friday seems to be ‘link day’ for most people, but I figured that we can all do with a bit of a distraction at the start of the week (Friday is fun enough as it is) so I’ll be posting on Mondays.
Here is what I have been enjoying this week.

Some wonderful ladies spent a weekend crafting and eating delicious food on the NSW coast, and I can’t believe I missed it! See more here and here.

Looking forward to seeing this colourful and creative book when it is finished.

Fascinated by these beautiful shoes.

Excuse me while I go and emboss every piece of paper I can find.

This looks like the perfect summer.

And to finish, some cute.

(Photo by me, taken at Laguna Beach, California.)
posted by Claire.

 

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This is what summer in the English countryside looks like – a few photos from my recent trip back home.

Giant magnolia flower / A growing orchard / Driving down country lanes / Evening sheep / Friendly chickens / Apple tree / The friendliest cat / Pale blue house / Work-life balance.

Taken on my iPhone, edited with VSCO Cam. To see more, hop over to my instagram and grid.

posted by Claire.

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

diy leather headband | south by northdiy leather headband | south by northdiy leather headband | south by north

 

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