little thing 戀物誌 magazine

oh, to stumble upon a magazine that is so pretty you could just melt into the pages. well i found it! it’s called little thing 戀物誌 and it’s made in Hong Kong. each month they have a specific theme such as letters, the kitchen, twins etc, and the entire issue is focused on this. not only does the magazine have a double pop-up page!!!, it’s also filled with the most creative, pretty fashion shoots and a particularly interesting section where they follow one creative mind for a week and document their day-to-day life. even though it’s all in Chinese, it’s definitely worth purchasing, if only for the dreamy inspiring images. it’s a double bonus if you’re studying Chinese and can pretend it’s ‘reading’ practice.

they have a ‘little thing’ store in my old city of Shenzhen. it’s filled with the most beautiful little things, obviously. i’d move back to Shenzhen just for that place.

prepare to be mesmerised…

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LolaAndCash- i left my heart in South Africa

i have a bit of a problem. you see, back in 2007, i left a country and forgot to take my heart with me. let’s be honest, it was inevitable. have you been to South Africa? if you still have your heart inside your chest then probably not. don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it sounds. infact, it’s pretty fun. it means i have to go back often to ensure that my heart’s doing OK. actually, it’s doing great thanks. however, there’s another small issue. i like living in different places. right now my heart is chilling in 4 different countries (or 3 depending on your political outlook) and i’m wondering how i can make it 1 heart again? where do i choose? is it OK to leave little parts of yourself dotted around the globe? my 4 countries are so fun and each offers a different, but amazing lifestyle. i’m hanging out with my South African heart section right now and i stumbled upon this gem…

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it seems pretty fitting really. i found it here on LolaAndCash’s etsy store. the jewelry is designed and made by Vikki, a Cape Town based creator. her designs are all handmade quirks and capture my favourite parts of this country. i really want the necklace above as well as some of the following…

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you can also request a custom-made item. great for gifts or as a little treat for yourself. LolaAndCash you are awesome!

i also stumbled upon these gems for my other country loves from this etsy-store. truche is a Chicago-based designer and from the look of her store, she can customise any country with a little cut-out heart. so, i guess it doesn’t really matter if i happen to leave my heart all over the world. if i wear one of these necklaces i can always carry it with me. yup. i’m going to look so cool wearing 4 necklaces…

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my home- Scotland, and then my little sweet potato- Taiwan. funnily enough i haven’t yet found a China one…interesting.

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Dear Dragon year,

You were pretty freaking awesome. Now, however, you can chill out for 11 years and allow that sassy snake to take over. I wonder what delights she will put forward this year? Here’s hoping it’s as magical as what you conjured up.

And so another year comes to an end, and I can pretend that I follow the lunar calendar and once again re-start my resolutions, because, well, let’s be honest…who’s actually kept their’s? I’m starting again on Sunday.

Enjoy these last few dragonlicious days and to all the Chinese out there- Happy New Year, and have a safe trip home! 新年快樂,一路平安!

For those of you who haven’t experienced the mad rush home at Chinese New Year, rest assured it’s something you can pass on. It’s crazy! And it can be really sad, especially in China, to watch all those people embarking on the long journey home, which they only make once a year, and sometimes they have to stand for 30+hours straight, if they’re even lucky enough to get a ticket.

But, it’s also heart-warming. It only happens once a year, and everyone makes an effort to rush home to be with their loved ones. They don’t complain (well not much) that they have to endure a ridiculously-long journey, because they know at the end of it all, they’ll spend a few days with their loves, enough to fill their hearts, souls and tummies, so that they can head on back to the cities to start all over again for the next year.

‘Ah home, let me come home, home is whenever I’m with you.’

Paperman- a flight of love

Paperman is the new black and white animated short from Walt Disney Animation Studios. It’s lovely! Please take 6 minutes out of your day to watch this cute little film. Boys, prepare your best paper aeroplanes because Valentines is just around the corner. Why not write a little love letter, rock your best origami, and send a flight of love flying her way?