Paperless Post

I love getting post.

Paperless Post

Not bills, obviously, but there’s something so exciting about a handwritten letter or postcard that feels so thoughtful. All the actions that go into the ritual of sending a birthday card are so deliberate that it just gives it so much more emotion than a text message or a post on your Facebook wall. A friend of mine sends me a handmade birthday card every year, and I look forward to it each time.

I wish I could be as organised and have it put together as much as she does – which is why I love Paperless Post. It’s the best of both worlds – beautifully designed and elegant, they have a wide range of online cards for every occasion. I usually end up sending thank you emails this way – it’s a little bit more special than a regular email, and they also partner with some of my favourite stationery designers like Kate Spade and the Rifle Paper Co.

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Paperless Post

One of my favourite things about them is that for many of the designs you can also get printed versions to accompany the digital ones, making it perfect for party invitations in particular.

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Town, Kaimuki

One of my favourite meals I had when I was last in Hawaii was at Town, in Kaimuki.

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“Local first, organic where possible, and with aloha always” – their menu focuses on local ingredients and flavours with Italian influences.

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Six of us split everything family-style, and I’d definitely recommend going that route, cause you’ll want to try a bit of everything.

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The pate was one of my favourites, and like everything I tried at Town was simple, but crafted perfectly. You really can’t go wrong with fresh ingredients, and there is clearly a lot of thought behind each ingredient and dish.

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The chicken leg with aioli, freekeh, fennel and tatsoi was another favourite – I loved the combination of flavours and cuisines, which is quite Hawaiian in itself.

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I don’t usually have a sweet tooth, but I couldn’t resist the apple banana cream pie. I absolutely love apple bananas, and this was so creamy, but not too overpowering as I can find banoffee pie to be sometimes – it had a cleaner flavour, and was seriously incredible.

The neighbourhood is also further out from the bustling tourist area of Waikiki, so there weren’t as many tourists there which made for a really nice meal out.

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Town, Kaimuki, 3435 Waialae Ave # 104, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA.

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America After the Fall at the Royal Academy

I admit that the initial appeal of America After the Fall, the Royal Academy’s exhibition on American Paintings from the 1930s came from American Gothic.

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It’s the first time its left the States, and one that I’ve always wanted to see in person, so it didn’t disappoint.

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But America After the Fall is so much more than American Gothic – with pieces by Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keefe, and Jackson Pollock, it’s a fascinating look at an era in which America was so in flux. The most haunting for me was a painting called American Justice by Joe Jones – a powerful commentary about race and racism in America, and all the more heartbreaking given the current political climate.

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Heartbreaking, moving, and very current and relevant, despite the decades between then and now – I also found it somewhat inspirational, because we can at least hope that despite everything going on politically, we might be able to get some great art out of it.

America After the Fall is on until the 4th of June.

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Proud East #PopUpJapan

Last Thursday I went along to the launch of Proud East‘s latest takeover – #PopUpJapan.

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Until the 18th of June, Proud East in Haggerston will be home to Japanese cinema, cooking classes, games, cocktails and will be serving up food from the folks behind Tonkotsu.

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I highly recommend the umeshu (Japanese plum wine) gin cocktails, and the Kitachino Nest ale, too.

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Be sure to check the pop up out while it’s on – more details can be found on their website here.

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Hens with Pens

A few weeks ago the lovely ladies behind Hens with Pens, Penny and Mona, invited me down to one of their life drawing events.

Hens with Pens

I absolutely love the concept behind Hens with Pens, who offer life drawing classes for hen parties throughout the UK. I dragged along my friend, who was acting as hen for the evening. Life drawing is something that I’ve always been intrigued about, but never managed to get myself to, so I really enjoyed my night – and being guided by a tutor was so much fun, too.

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My friend was a total trooper, and we had a great time – although I won’t be pursuing a career in art anytime soon, as my skills were abysmal!

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For £300, ten hens get the model and the tutor for 1.5 hours, along with drawing materials, berets, and moustaches. While we were there we also had some delicious vegan canapes as well, and I haven’t had that much fun in ages – I thoroughly recommend it! The team are incredibly passionate about what they do, and it was infectious – they were absolutely lovely as well.

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