Thursday, 11 September 2014 by Irene Hoofs
It's that time of the year, and it's getting chilly fast! (For most of the world that is.. Singapore not so much though it starts raining non-stop). These scarves from Coisa are the perfect accessory for the cold weather. Knitted with exclusive yarns from Italy, all Coisa's scarves come in a very limited quantity. We have one of the scarves from Coisa's previous collection and oh, how soft it is! Cosy and chic, perfect for that time of the year when you're all bundled up you can barely see anything else you put on under that coat.
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 by Irene Hoofs
If you have heard from my instagram or on twitter, you may have found out that recently there was some very exciting news! Bloesem has become part of the Condé Nast Traveler family. I have become a contributor to this amazing travel website and I could not be more thrilled.
Have a look here for the first 3 posts that has gone up on the site, the first about travel books, the second a guide to Tokyo and thirdly, a post about the rich colours of Kuala Lumpur.
If you are a photographer or blogger and would like to collaborate with us on creating interesting travel posts, do drop us an email, we would love to hear from you.
Some of the upcoming posts you should look out for features beautiful destinations like Montigo, design hotels in Amsterdam and café hopping around Singapore. I promise a feast for your eyes and you may even find some places to add to your list for your next vacation spot!
Catch up on my first 3 posts as an official contributor of the Condé Nast Traveler:
1. 10 Beautiful Travel Books to Add to Your Collection
2. The Hipster’s Guide to Tokyo
.. and more of the beauty of Tokyo & Kuala Lumpur..
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Tuesday, 9 September 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Finally it's here: Volume 2 of the Bloesem Gazette! And this time we wanted to let our international readers enjoy it too, so of course we had to have a Bloesem e-Gazette. Don't think we have forgotten about our friends overseas for a second. You will be able to find a download link at the end of this post with the E-Gazette that is fully click-able with links to all the goodies we have loaded this issue with.
With a focus on sweetness, everything sweet in life, this issue of the gazette is packed with travel, food, gift ideas and much more! We hope you grab a copy on download it online and enjoy..
If you would like to grab a copy of the Bloesem Gazette, they are currently available at the following locations (and more to come.. we are still in the process of distribution):
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Monday, 8 September 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Image credits: apairandaspare
Class Alert: We're Making Tassels!
Class details: Monday 29 SEP 2014, 6.30pm to 9.30pm - OR - Tuesday 30 SEP 2014, 1pm to 4pm Bloesem Creative Space in Tiong Bahru, Singapore 77 Seng Poh Road #01-81 Singapore 161077
If you think that TASSELS are just ancient ornaments on hems of royal garments or a series of threads wound around a cord hanging beside your curtains… You might have just missed out on the latest trend around! These embellishments that date back to the ancient times are making a HUGE comeback in both the fashion and interior industry. From dresses to necklaces and even earrings, many of this year's coolest fashion pieces have some sort of tassel action happening, offering any outfit a splash of elegance, a tint of flirtation, or just a quick bit of colour. Home decor is also not far behind... Tassels are appearing on furniture of modern homes as chic and artful accents to lamps, pillows, table runners and much more!
Join in the trend and learn from Morrison Polkinghorne the art of tassel making. He will teach you the traditional techniques to make intricate tassels but with contemporary and bright coloured strings to make them a real pop on your body or in your home! Once you have mastered these techniques of tassel making, it will allow you to make a tassel fringe or a multi-key tassel in no time which you can use as accents in your future design projects.
Morrison Polkinghorne is Australia's most Internationally renowned textile expert. His business Passementeries, specializes in hand-crafted 8th century French-style fine tassels and trims, ornamental ropes and bullion fringe for discerning clients, national trust and heritage homes, and for heirloom restoration. Each item leaving his small workshop shows the same attention to detail, a precision, demonstrated only in hand-crafted work by skilled artisans. Morrison is also the director of Globetrotting Gourmet and co-author of "The Burma Cookbook". Together with his partner Robert Carmack, they organize and host culinary tours to Southeast Asia.
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This week we start with something very different! If you forgot to treat yourself to something sweet this weekend then here's a yummy dessert to jumpstart the week with. Doesn't it look scrumptious? It's definitely keeping us going while we tie up the last few loose ends to the online version of the Bloesem Gazette, so you can expect that tomorrow too! But for now we hope you guys are having a sweet Monday, Monday blues be gone..
Words and desserts by Andrea Goh | Photography by Franz Navarrete | Art Direction by Hosanna Swee & Melody Tan
I can never pick a favorite season. I love the sun-drenched laziness of Summer that tailgates the peaceful picture perfect freshness of Spring. Don’t forget the magnificent enchanting amber hues of Fall before the crisp bitter coldness of Winter that everyone ironically loves because it brings about the promise and warmth of Christmas?
For the majority of us living on this little red dot, we often catch a flight out to escape into a different world, to experience the beauty of seasons. For some, we teleport our minds into a different season by tricking our senses through the visual treats and sweet sensations of desserts.
Fluffy whipped vanilla cream and slices of sugar soaked strawberries sandwiched between layers of light matcha chiffon reminds me of springtime splendor where love bugs come out to play and daisies go crazy in full bloom. It’s my favorite treat accompanied with a cup of fragrant white tea.
When the heat beckons and the blue summer skies emerge with generous puffs of cotton candy clouds, it is a signal for me to take out the ice cream maker and churn out fresh tubs of sorbets and ice cream. Nothing beats a refreshing scoop (or two, or three) of fresh berries smashed into a glorious blended mix. My homemade Raspberry Honey and Earl Grey sorbet is currently a hot favorite amongst my friends.
Raspberry, Honey and Earl Grey Sorbet (serves 4-6)
3 cups frozen raspberries 1/2 cup honey
Earl Grey simple syrup: 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup honey
3/4 cup fine sugar
2 bags of Earl Grey tea
1. To prepare the simple syrup, add the water, honey and sugar to a saucepan. Stir well and bring to a boil. 2. Remove from heat and steep 2 bags of Earl Grey for 10 minutes.
3. Refrigerate the syrup until it is cold.
4. In a blender, combine frozen raspberries, honey and Earl Grey simple syrup and process until smooth. 5. Scoop blended raspberry mixture into an airtight container and freeze until firm.
6. Once sorbet is firm but easy to scoop, it is ready for serving.
If I had to absolutely pick just one season, it would be Fall. I call it the season of inspiration. It is the most colorful season of the year, the best-dressed and a period where many fall in love. Caramelized pears atop a warm moist vanilla cake is one of the best comfort dessert to enjoy during autumn.
I dream of hot chocolate, the marigold flames of a (non-existent) fireplace whenever December arrives. When the thunderstorms hit as it often does during year end, I close my eyes and imagine that it is snow flurries, not raindrops that descend onto the ground. I will hustle over to the stove and whip up this easy-to-bake, decadent hot baked chocolate that is guaranteed to win over any chocoholics. It is best advised to enjoy this in your PJs and in the arms of a loved one.
.. The Boke Effect
Friday, 5 September 2014 by Irene Hoofs
Calligraphy + coffee
For our love of ceramics..
Goldfish bubble wrap.. you can't not look at it.
Inspiring homes.. white never fails to keep things nice and bright.
Copper spray paint saves the day again.
Mirrors you'll want in your space
There's something about the Swedish birch tree motif..
How amazing is this fully polka dotted room? Even the ceiling... woah
Japanese studio Mute and their beautiful everyday items.
A simple and beautiful ink-dyed clutch. We're coming off the high of shibori dyeing I guess.
We're patiently (or not so patiently) waiting for the printer to deliver the second issue of the Bloesem Gazette! Of course more on that next week. Have a insanely fun weekend. Xo, The Bloesem Team
Image credits: Martha Stewart