Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Something New For The New Year - First Aid Kit

Klara & Johanna Soderberg are from Sweden aged 17 and 19 respectively. They are also known as First Aid Kit ! We were out driving the other day and the dj on the radio kept going on about this new band she thought were amazing. At that point I usually blank out because the bands don't live up to the build up, but as soon as you hear First Aid Kit their voices just mesmerize and make you want to hear more ! 2012 is going to be a big year for them, here is a song from their very first album The Big Black and The Blue called Hard Believer :

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Patina - Better Late Than Never !

The last time I went to Patina in Minneapolis back in August, I took so many photo's. I managed to post quite a few here, and had every intention to put the rest up at a later date. Finally the later date is here, and the photo's are as relevant now as they were then :

Who knew owls could look so cute ! 

A couple of great baby T shirts :

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Foster The People

Foster The People have been around for some time now, and a few friends have said we should really get a listen to them ! So having just listened to their album Torches it's easy to see why they are so popular. This track 'Call It What You Want' has been playing on the radio for a while but I never realised who the band was until today :

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Xmas Windows in New York

The Lord & Taylor store at 424 Fifth Avenue has some great Xmas windows at the moment. There was quite a crowd outside the store taking photo's of a modern theme, that manages to capture the tradition of Xmas.

Here are some photo's :

It's Christmas ... well almost !

It's been way too long since we updated the blog so here we go again !
It's just pure coincidence that The Black Keys have their new album out this week called El Camino.
It's a much rockier affair this time, but it still has their own Ohio brand of deep down 'n dirty southern swamp music feel to it. This has been a good year for them with several tracks cropping up on tv and in the movies.

Here is a track from El Camino called Lonely Boy :

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sebastian Joe's, 1007 Franklin Avenue South, Minneapolis

While visiting the Patina shop on Franklin Street in Minneapolis on Saturday, it was impossible not to notice the Ice Cream Cafe called Sebastian Joe's a couple of doors down. There were a lot of people sitting outside eating their ice cream and enjoying the afternoon sun, so I joined the small queue and went inside. Sebastian Joe's make the their own ice cream, all from natural ingredients and judging by the number of people there with smiles on their faces, they are doing something right ! I tried the Salty Caramel and it was one of the most delicious ice creams I have tasted, it was one of those flavours that made you wish the ice cream was never going to end. They also source their own organically grown coffee and roast it in the Franklin Street store, but I had a sweet tooth that afternoon so I had their hot chocolate instead. So if you are ever in Minneapolis you should definitley put Sebastian Joe's on your list of places to visit. 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Patina, 1009, Franklin Avenue South, Minnepolis

Being in Minneapolis at the weekend it was time to visit Patina again. It's one of those eclectic stores that is packed from floor to ceiling with beautiful inspirational goodies, all mixed together in a melting pot of colour and great design. Your eyes get drawn from one exciting display to the next and it's a place you can easily spend a couple of hours exploring. 

Here are some of the photo's :



A definite Bollywood theme going on !

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Barnes & Noble

Barnes and Noble have some great new notebooks, journals and planners on their shelves at the moment. They have used several exciting prints and really fresh colours, that add a lot of creativity to their new products. Birds are everywhere this year and are constantly being re-invented. Several of their large erasers in particular, portray some cute new owls :