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25Jul

Weekend Links July 25 Callooh Callay Blog


// Design //

[ bold brick in Melbourne ]
[ modern color in Paris ]

// DIY //

[ faux fur stool with hairpin legs ]
[ favorite craft supplies over at Whimseybox ]

// Fashion //

[ love the work of rill rill ]
[ cool beaded necklace ]

// Travel //

[ Hotel Dylan (designed by the Novogratz!) ]
[ Volkshotel, Amsterdam ]

// Wellness //

[ break out of negative thinking ]
[ poignant thoughts on depression/creativity ]

// Misc //

[ the worst thing you've ever made ]
[ forgotten pop songs ]
[ beautiful book posters ]


Have a wonderful weekend you guys!

Jennifer

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18Jul

Weekend Links - July 18th - Callooh Callay Blog


// Design //

[ dramatic home in Melbourne ]
[ concrete modernism in Sydney ]

// DIY //

[ make an awesome sticker mandala ]
[ concrete tumblers ]

// Fashion //

[ chevron earrings ]
[ amazing 90s fashion moments ]

// Travel //

[ Volkshotel, Amsterdam ]
[ a mini travel guide to iceland ]

// Wellness //

[ the key to more money in your wallet ]
[ how to get back on track ]

// Misc //

Crazy!

[ this made me all kinds of emotional ]
[ free the nipple: an essay ]
[ absolutely ]
[ notes from the real Alex ]


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!
Jennifer

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17Jul


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.

Kex Hostel Beds - Callooh Callay Blog

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.

Kex Hostel Courtyard - Callooh Callay Blog

Kex Hostel Ceiling - Callooh Callay Blog

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).

Kex Hostel Library - Callooh Callay Blog

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.

Kex Hostel Buffet - Callooh Callay Blog

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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11Jul

Weekend Links - July 11 - Callooh Callay


// Design //

[ such gooooorgeousness in Paris ]
[ masculine glamour in London ]

// DIY //

[ copper wall sconce ]
[ weaving basics ]

// Fashion //

[ silver resin earrings ]
[ teen into tank ]

// Travel //

[ Urban Cowboy B&B, Brooklyn ]
[ a guide to Lisbon ]

// Wellness //

[ is instagram ruining your love life? ]
[ really must try this one day ]

// Misc //

Beautiful Ikea ad.

[ a look at the person behind one of my favorite insta accounts ]
[ 50 great summer blockbusters ]
[ would love to see this here in Vancity! ]


Hi guys! It’s hot here finally – like for reals hot this time – and I for one can’t wait to spend most of this weekend
on a beach or on what we call Beer Island. Fingers crossed that this all actually happens! Have a great one. xx

Jennifer

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10Jul


Fazenda Lobby -  Callooh Callay Blog

Fazenda Room - Callooh Callay Blog

High end design in an idyllic setting is something of an urban legend. But I’ve found it here in the Fazenda Nova Country House. This renovated farmhouse sits on 10 hectares of pomegranate and olive orchards near Tavira, Algarve, Portugal.

Fazenda Bathroom - Callooh Callay Blog

Fazenda Room 4 - Callooh Callay Blog

Ex-Londoners Hallie and Tim Robinson vacationed here for years before taking the plunge into the hotel world. The ten suites ensure that things are small and friendly but the whole place is peppered with elements of high end design. Rooms are outfitted with an eclectic mix inlcuding Eames chairs, Balinese teak, South African feathered headdresses and painted Moroccan doors. That may sound like a lot all at once, but when combined with grey walls and orange brick floors, the overall is vibe is minimal not chaotic. Bathrooms offer Hansgrohe showerheads and products from Ren. Garden suites offer outdoor bean bags and hanging garden chairs while the Terrace suite offers a large terrace, secluded from the other guests.

Fazenda Room 4 - Callooh Callay Blog

Fazenda Room 2 - Callooh Callay Blog

As you would expect from the location, the hotel restaurant specializes in homegrown produce and even makes their own olive oil. The Cozinha serves a daily menu of modern Portugese dishes, with plenty of options like blue fin tuna and fig and goat cheese salad (with figs grown on the property). A 200-year-old bread oven has been restored and cranks out fresh loaves daily, under the watchful eye of some locals. The restaurant is closed Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays but there are other options nearby.

Fazenda Pool - Callooh Callay Blog

The hotels’ crowing touch is the large saltwater infinity pool that overlooks the olive orchards and gardens filled with aromatic herbs and wildflowers. And while you are relaxing there, relish in the fact that the hotel is also eco-friendly, using an impressive list of features from solar-heated water to reused building materials and filtered grey water.

Fazenda Restaurant  -  Callooh Callay Blog

Before you leave, be sure to take a look at the onsite library. It is loaded with the standard books and DVDs of course, but also with past issues of Smash Hits and The Face (owner Hallie’s dad was the founder).

Fazenda Exterior -  Callooh Callay Blog


Fazenda Nova Country House
Santo Estevao, Tavira 8800-504, Portugal
T. 00 351 281 961 913
I. info@fazendanova.eu
Rooms from €241.

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