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The Minimalism Game

the minimalism game

I think I’m the last lifestyle blogger on earth who is yet to KonMari their life. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s just that I don’t want to, yet.

Just like I swore I’d turn to Vegetarianism when I finished Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals, but still haven’t finished those last few chapters three years on.

I’m sure at some point this year I’ll buy The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying and revolutionise my life, but until then I’ve found another bandwagon to jump on.

How to play the Minimalism Game

Hannah from Hannah in the House is one of my favourite bloggers. Her love of all things
Scandinavian and minimalist really appeals to me even if my own home looks more like an eclectic mad house. So when I read about The Minimalism Game on her blog I thought it was a concept worth exploring.

The Minimalism Game is great for people like me as a) gamification b) accountability (#MinsGame) and c) it’s a gradual process.

The idea is simple: get rid of one thing in your home on the first day, two things on the second, three on the third and so forth.

Although I’ll be playing the Minimalism Game to get rid of stuff at home I love Hannah’s idea of also using it to tidy up an inbox and unsubscribe from spam. But one thing at a time, yeah?

Tech Tuesday: Apple inspiration

We need to stop thinking about want and start thinking about need. 

There’s a course at Apple’s internal university called “What Makes Apple, Apple”. Last year the tutor showed a slide of the remote control for the Google TV. The remote has 78 buttons. Then the tutor displayed a photo of the Apple TV remote, a thin piece of metal with just three buttons.

How did Apple’s designers decide on three buttons? They started out with an idea, and debated until they had just what was needed — a button to play and pause a video, a button to select something to watch, and another to go to the main menu.

The Google TV remote serves as a counterexample; it had so many buttons because the individual engineers and designers who worked on the project all got what they wanted. But, Apple’s designers concluded, only three were needed.

Adapted from ‘Inside Apple’s Internal Training Programme‘, first published in The New York Times, August 2014.

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The New Yorker Magazine Beach Towels

I’m a big fan of anything related to The New Yorker, so much so that I wrote my dissertation on the short stories published in the magazine. I think I have a copy of nearly every book published about The New Yorker and it’s fair to say nobody does a front page cover like they do.

The New Yorker covers can be funny, witty and smart which is why I’ve added these New Yorker magazine beach towels to my wishlist this summer.

The New Yorker Magazine Beach Towels

new yorker magazine beach towels

new yorker magazine beach towels

Novelty beach towels – yay or nay?


Short Imagined Monologues – I’m Comic Sans

I’ve discovered Short Imagined Monologues, a website for short imagined monologues (funnily enough). They take submissions and I’m tempted to put pen to paper and give it my best shot.

My favourite so far – ‘I’m Comic Sans, Asshole’ by Mike Lacher

You don’t like that your coworker used me on that note about stealing her yogurt from the break room fridge? You don’t like that I’m all over your sister-in-law’s blog? You don’t like that I’m on the sign for that new Thai place? You think I’m pedestrian and tacky? Guess the fuck what, Picasso. We don’t all have seventy-three weights of stick-up-my-ass Helvetica sitting on our seventeen-inch MacBook Pros. Sorry the entire world can’t all be done in stark Eurotrash Swiss type. Sorry some people like to have fun. Sorry I’m standing in the way of your minimalist Bauhaus-esque fascist snoozefest. Maybe sometime you should take off your black turtleneck, stop compulsively adjusting your Tumblr theme, and lighten the fuck up for once.

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Lloyd’s of London Building

The Lloyd’s building at 1 Lime Street is one of my favourite buildings in London. One of the most controversial buildings in the City, and is currently home to Lloyd’s of London.

Designed by architect Richard Rogers, Lloyd’s shares similar design features with the Pompidou Centre in Paris. It took eight years to build and 33,510 cubic meters of concrete, 30,000 square metres of stainless steel cladding and 12,000 square metres of glass were used during the construction.

The building has many notable features, with all lifts, staircases and toilets to be found on the exterior of the building, conserving space within. There are 12 external glass lifts and apparently all offer a great view across the city.

3 way to visit the Lloyd’s of London building

  1. Lloyd’s generally participate in the Open House programme which takes place in September each year.
  2. A number of private tours are conducted each year – but you have to meet certain criteria to stand a chance.
  3. Start studying finance and land a job at the insurers.

Alternatively, take a virtual tour.

What do you think of the Lloyd’s of London building? Post-modern genius or sore sight on the skyline? 


What would you wear to an interview with Anna Wintour?

Think about it. Seriously. What would you wear to an interview with Anna Wintour?

It ‘s a terrifying question. I have no desire to work for Vogue but this dilemma has sent my mind into overdrive!

I can feel Meryl Streep Anna looking down on me already. My wardrobe consists of a few nice pieces from high end stores that I found in charity shops and cardigans from Primark that I’ve owned for six years. The outfit that gets the most comments at work is a dress from Tesco’s (it’s surprisingly nice. Shocker.)

So what would I wear? My Joseph skirt (charity shop, £4) is too short and too tight. My gorgeous long-sleeve ‘vintage’ (my mum’s) black dress is just a little too… Black. And I just can’t tie the bow on my grey Hobbs NW3 dress all that well.

Nightmare. Now check out what these 13 people wore and report back with your own wardrobe options!