// Aloha!

25 01 2011

I love the fact that the state abbreviation for Hawaii is “HI” and it’s true to its word. Every where you turn, there are people greeting you. Smiling, saying hello, being generally friendly. Considering I live in anonymous London, and given the fact I find it bizarre that people who live in the countryside talk to strangers, I have to say I actually loved it!

I loved the fact that everyone is nice and that it’s such a calm, laid back place. I loved the sunshine and palm trees; turquoise water and golden beaches; live music and mango margarita’s. I miss Maui A LOT.

    I intend to get back to the land of blogging soon – I do miss it (and I actually have some things to post), but I’m currently trying to readjust to being back in England; the grey days, cold dreary weather, and eight hour days in the office.

I’m TIRED, and in contrast to Hawaii, I really don’t like England very much.

Anyway…I’ll be back soon! Miss you all xo


// Nike Plus

1 02 2010

At the weekend, my fiancé and I made what I would class as an ‘investment’. We bought a new pair of Nike running shoes (you can see mine here), and a Nike+ sportband each. Naturally I got the white & pink one (pictured), and he went all manly and got the grey and yellow one. Technically they are grey & pink / black & yellow, and whilst mine might be very light grey instead of white, there’s no way on earth the grey is black!

For those of you who aren’t in the know, the wristband comes with a sensor which you slot into the sole of your left shoe (underneath the insole) and you sync the two pieces of kit together. The sensor in the shoe transmits details of your distance, pace and calories burnt to your wristband, which you can plug into your computer (via USB!) and upload to the Nike website to track your progress!

Sounds pretty fantastic, doesn’t it? I’ve only used it twice so far, but I’m already impressed, and plan to use it regularly for the foreseeable future!

From a design point of view, the wristband is sleek and attractive, and the incorporation of a removable USB device to share your runs is ingenious. The sensor is a design marvel in itself, from the way it slots into the sole of the shoe, to the fact it’s cleanly branded with Nike & Apple making it not only a nifty tool, but visually pleasing too (considering it’s not on show!).

Furthermore, I’m loving the infographics on the website; it shows your runs according to the date, and each individual run in graph format based on speed and distance, with icons to map how you were feeling, the terrain upon which you ran, and also a route for the run. I’m looking forward to getting some more information logged over the next few days so I can start seeing my progress!

// Action Book

17 11 2009

Does anyone have a Behance Action Book? I have a bit of a soft spot for nice stationery, and I’ve had my beady eye on this since I saw an orange version on my Creative Director’s desk and felt severe pangs of jealousy.

Having been frustrated previously that notebooks never combine a range of paper for different purposes, I was blown away by the fantastic format of the Action Book; the pages are multi-function with space for notes, lists and sketches in one place.

Oh, did I mention that another Director ordered one for me (and some others for my colleagues) today? I’m getting the turquoise one (PMS 629) and am far more excited about this than I should be! Can’t wait for it to arrive ♥


// Challenge Glass Week

4 09 2009

Following on from my post the other day about Creative Glass Packaging, I’m taking part in the Challenge Glass Week, an incentive aimed at promoting the world’s only 100% recyclable material.

I was away in London until Wednesday, so I’m currently playing catchup with the weeks challenges which are:

Monday – Use a glass bottle in a manner not initially intended by its manufacturers….
Tuesday – Share a perfect 5 track glass themed playlist on social networking or audio sharing sites
Wednesday – Create a glass inspired haiku
Thursday – Find or make a glass based video to share
Friday – Create a piece of glass-art, using only materials found in one’s bathroom
Saturday – Enjoy a ‘glass themed’ night in, or out – with pictures documenting it… Don’t forget to #tweetrecycle though!
Sunday – Take a picture of an inspiring view through a glass object (e.g. a glass bottle)

For now, you can have a picture promoting #tweetrecycle, but expect to see this post updated as I’ll be linking to each days challenge once I’ve got it on the internet. Bear with me, I’ve got a lot going on right now (I’m moving to London in two weeks and I’m nowhere near ready)!

// Royal Mint

23 08 2009

Whilst reading back through my old entries, I was surprised to note that whilst I’d previously mentioned them in passing, I actually never blogged about Britain’s New Coinage.

The coins, created by Matthew Dent, were the winning entry from a national competition launched in August 2005. The Royal Arms is divided into four parts: England being represented by the three lions passant guardant in the first and fourth quarters, the Scottish lion rampant in the second and the harp of Ireland in the third. The new coins feature all four quarters spread over the six coins from the 1p to the 50p. Completing the new range of coins is the £1 coin featuring the shield of the Royal Arms in its entirety, uniting the six fragmented elements into one design.

This innovative set of coins was launched in April 2008, though current coin designs will remain in circulation and serve as legal tender for the foreseeable future. You can read about the thought process behind the coins here, and you can see the beauties in all their glory, below.