Weekend Links - July 18th - Callooh Callay Blog

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This weekend it’s going to rain and it’s been so hot here lately that that actually sounds good. Here’s to some hibernation! Have a lovely weekend you guys!

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The markets are heavy with fruit right now so no better time than to take advantage of these awesome crisps and crumbles. Raw fruit is of course perfect all on it’s own but sometimes you want something a little bit fancier. Mix one of these with a nice ice cream and voila – the perfect dessert for a summer dinner party.

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[ peach and nectarine vegan crisp // gluten free strawberry rhubarb // caramelized peaches & cream with toasted crumble //
mixed berry crumble // rhubarb and ginger crumble // vegan summer crumble ]

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Kex Hostel Reception - Callooh Callay Blog

Hostels were once a no-go territory for me but lately they have seemed a whole lot friendly. Luxury is always great but sometimes saving some money is cool too just as long as it’s worth it. The Kex Hostel in Reykjavik definitely makes it look worth it. A casual decidedly-hipster style creates a wonderful oasis for the flashpackers.

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Kex Hostel Room - Callooh Callay Blog

A former biscuit factory was given a rehaul in 2012 and opened to rave reviews. The place is seriously stylish. Witness details that are echoed among many boutique hotels: a library, boxing gym and even a gastropub! Outfitted entirely in secondhand furniture, the place has a familiar trendy retro vibe. Quirky details abound including vintage lockers, framed quotes from the Big Lebowski and headphones that play elevator music hung next to a defunct elevator. Rooms are spartan but adequate. If you don’t feel like sharing, don’t worry. 16 of the 32 rooms are private and two offer their own bathrooms.

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While it goes without saying that there is no room service, the hostel serves up an impressive breakfast buffet. Or try the communal kitchen if you feel like giving it a go yourself. There is also a bar that serves drinks and small snacks in the evening. Local bands play most nights so be prepared for a lively atmosphere. For something slightly more upscale try the gastropub Sæmundur í Sparifötunum, which serves options like roasted bone marrow (not a choice for me, but perhaps for you).

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Kex Hostel Restaurant - Callooh Callay Blog

As is typical with hostels, the staff here are very well versed in local attractions and can also serve as travel agents.

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Kex Hostel Boxing - Callooh Callay Blog

Kex Hostel
Skulagata 28
101 Reykjavik, Iceland
T. +354 561 6060
Shared rooms from $25.

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I was a little behind on spotting this trend but I’m on it now. But here we have it: the triumphant return of the Adidas Adilette slide. I guess this is an offshoot of that whole normcore thing but these I approve of. They are black and white, super simple in form and comfortable. Hello holy grail footwear. Get them now to enjoy for the rest of the summer. xx





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Things I Love

If you are looking to truly stand out, there are few more fail-proof ways than by choosing an unusual light fixture. These linear brass numbers are a great example. Though a thoroughly modern shape, the brass finish adds some formality and makes them a perfect match for even a traditional space. I would loooove to hang one in my dining room but they are a wee bit out of my budget for the time being. But a girl can dream right? xx

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[ Bec Brittain ]

Statement Lighting Fort Standard

[ Counterweight pendant from Fort Standard ]

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[ asterix brass pendant ]

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