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Eastpak #madeforyourcity

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I moved houses a lot when I was little and London is where I’ve lived the longest (since 12 years old) so I feel at home here, rather than where I was born, in Kent.

To be specific, I love Southwark area such as Elephant & Castle (where I currently live), Walworth, Camberwell, Peckham. There are lots of nice places to visit, I have to mention that Camberwell is such a great place to eat out.

Those places are not in zone 1 but close and accessible to the central London. Brilliant buses around. The best thing about them is that in some places we can actually see the central London and its iconic building, in this case – The Shard! When I lived in Peckham, I could see The Shard too, and Canary Wharf and London Eye.

The area in the photo is not far from where I live so basically I see The Shard every day without having to travel to London Bridge for it.

Do you own a Eastpak? Would you like a chance to win a trip for 2 to Berlin? With £300 to spend? All you need to do is upload a photo of yourself with your Eastpak in your favourite place of your hometown or city. You can also enter the competition by sharing the photo on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, including the #madeforyourcity hashtag and small description on why you love the area. Both Eastpak and size? will choose the best photograph from the competition. The competition will run til 24th October 2014.

What is your favourite place of your hometown? Will you join me and enter the competition?

Artist In The Limelight: Joanna Leoman

I am glad to have found Joanna, she is ever so bubbly and lovely to follow especially on Instagram! I really like all the colours and patterns she made in her handmade accessories. Her blog is pretty awesome too!


Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi my name’s Joanna and I’m the face behind Adventures and Tea Parties, a blog and online shop selling handmade accessories. I recently returned, after spending 8 years in London, to my university city of Leicester, looking for a calmer, less expensive and hectic life and to focus more time on my creative pursuits. I haven’t looked back since and have just gone part-time on the day job as a Librarian, so that I can dedicate more time to my shop.

How did you become an artist?

I’ve always been making, designing, creating and crafting but never truly focused or found my passion until my late twenties. As a kid I would make entire board games and work my way through embroidery kits obsessively. As a teenager I was forever up-cycling my school bag and redesigning my bedroom. I remember getting really annoyed with friends, who would see my latest bedroom make-over and promptly copy it. I would rush home and instantly re-design it. That makes me laugh now; I should have been pleased! In my twenties I kind of left my creative side behind as I became focused on my new life in London, going to gigs, exploring the big smoke and training to be a Librarian. After about 4 years in London my dormant creative side suddenly woke up when my London flat mate brought home a sewing machine one day. After she showed me how it worked, I couldn’t keep away from it or the local fabric shop. As much as a cliché at this might sound, it was then that I realised something had been missing from my life for too long – the need to design, create and make. Since then it is now a part of my daily life, it is who I am and I couldn’t imagine my life without it. Profile

How would you describe your art?

I would describe my creations as colourful, alternative and fun. Tartan necklaces

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My Neighbourhood

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I took this set of photos when I suddenly wanted to take photographs and decided to walk around my neighbourhood with my camera. There were quite lots of flowers so with my penchant for taking photos of anything nature, they were all I took!

Do you have flowers in your neighbourhood?

Sandwich Illustrations for Tesco Food

Tesco Online Commission

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Last July, I was lucky enough to be commissioned by Tesco Food! They wanted four of their sandwiches to be painted for their Twitter and Instagram campaigns.

I found painting these sandwiches challenging due to complex detail of fillings but I would say – I nailed it! I’ve really enjoyed painting something so different and completely outside my comfort zone. I was very nervous when I handed over the finished piece and to my much relief, they loved it.

I am also pleased with my hand letterings, which I’ve been practising for the last few months.

What do you reckon? Have you spotted it on Twitter or Instagram?

Eastpak Tranverz Carry On Bag

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Before going to France for my photography job, I was kindly given this handsome Eastpak Tranverz Carry On Bag by size? to take it out for a test drive. Initally I was a little concerned whether I could fit everything in as the hosts told me that I’d need to bring sleeping bag, blanket, and towel as they won’t be able to provide them. They also warned me that it would be freezing at nights (where we were staying is in the middle of the countryside) so I would need to bring a warm jumper too.

But on the day of packing, I was both surprised and delighted! The bag was a lot roomier than it looked. Four day outfits, toiletries (they weren’t travel sized as I was catching Eurostar train), Birkenstock sandals, cameras, jumper, towel AND blanket (honestly, that blanket was thick and massive) all fit in no problem. I was jumping with joy.

I love it even more because it is the prettiest travel bag I’ve ever own. It is not just pretty, it is also very practical. It has lots of compartments, spacious front pocket and adjustable clasp fastenings so they can be adjusted to keep everything together safely. I really like beige leather badges, handles and zip pulls, which I thought gave the bag a nice touch.

It is obviously sturdy (it survived London, train stations, crowded metro and French countryside!) and well designed. Like the website says, there is 30 year warranty! Very reassuring, right? I would truly recommend you to get one for yourself for a weekend break or even two week holiday.

It is available in black too.

Palma De Mallorca

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Finally – this is a final post of my travels in Majorca!

After visiting Sóller and staying overnight, we headed back to Palma and explored the city before catching our flight later the afternoon.

We saw a lovely church called Santa Eulalia and then continued walking south to La Seu, a massive cathedral by the beach. Unfortunately there was a long queue, with our heavy backpacks and tight schedule, we decided not to go in. We agreed that we would visit Palma again as a city break and explored more thoroughly.

There were lovely gardens by the cathedral where we strolled as well as being entertained by street performers and sat down for a bit. We eventually found a nice place to fill ourselves up and had a quick visit to the gallery of local artists’ work before catching taxi to the airport.

Overall, Majorca is such a lovely place to visit, definitely good place for photographers and artists (me!) - plenty of beautiful surroundings to take pictures and plenty of art to see.

Have you visited Palma De Mallorca before?

See more photos – Camp De Mar Part 1 | Camp De Mar Part 2 | Camp De Part 3 | Andratx | Port D’Andratx | Sóller | Port De Sóller

Back From France

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I was meant to blog once I got home on Sunday night but I fell very ill, thankfully after the wedding and travelling back London. I was over tired, with sore throat and stiff neck. I am now feeling a little better, at least well enough to blog!

France, Etrabonne to be exact, was amazing. Despite the gloomy weather, it was cloudy and rainy. But the sun miraculously came out on the wedding day!

Arriving late on Thursday night, Ashton (the main photographer) and I spent Friday scouting locations and meeting families and first few guests.

On Saturday, we were very excited to start photographing a wedding and love between the couple, Ellen and Seb. Ashton and I went on splitting responsibilities and photographing the beautiful day. There were so many people and I tried my best to cover everybody else, which meant venturing out of my comfort zone to engage with and photograph hearing people too. The bride and groom were deaf themselves so half of the guests were deaf. I am proud (and surprised) with myself how well I engaged with hearing people, I would usually hesitate. I think maybe in work mode, I got professional and understood how important it was to include everybody in the photos. Yay me!

At the evening reception, it was full of life! Everybody were dancing and laughing. I was amazed, it was so different to the weddings I’ve been to. Most of us stayed up til 4am, chatting front of a bonfire just outside the castle where the evening reception took place.

On Sunday, we continued taking pictures of the gathering before heading back to London where we almost missed Eurostar train back due to terrible traffic from Etrabonne to Paris!

That long fun weekend has ignited my passion for wedding photography, along with the positive feedback and encouragement I’ve got from Ashton and I am now looking for more opportunities. Hopefully I will be photographing few more weddings before I know it!

Stay tuned for the photos!