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The Sayonara Season is upon us

The dreaded Sayonara Season is upon us and lovely friends pack up their lives in Japan to move elsewhere / back to their home countries. I’ve called a number of countries my (temporary) home for more than 20 years, but I’m still not used to the frequent good-byes…

Are you saying sayonara to some of your friends and would like to get them something to remind them of your time together?

Here are my suggestions:

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Video: How to create a stylish outdoor space for summer

Hi everyone & taaa daaa!

May I present the first installment of quick home styling videos with the fabulous Cherie Jones of Cherie Jones Design 🤩

Given that most of us will spend the summer in our homes this year, you may want to turn your outdoor space, no matter how tiny or large, into a stylish oasis for the season. Small changes can make a huge difference to the mood and feel of a place.

Please let me know what other areas in your home you’d like us to tackle in future videos.

Keep smiling,
Alex x

Shop the look (click on the pictures for further details)

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Headbands, fritters & a fake Russian choir 😃

It was fab to see some of my lovely customers last week at my first Showroom Open Day in ages! I was a bit worried about my rusty communication skills after not having seen people in the flesh for quite some time 😉

Lovely Victoria from Bikudesigns dropped off some new stock a few days ago – scroll down for a peek!

Also included in my update today are my favorite links from the last couple of weeks as well as a couple of recipes I enjoyed.

Keep smiling,
Alex x

Some of my favorite links

Can’t travel this summer? Here are some armchair travel ideas
Travel the world with 11 of far-flung TV shows

The Foo Fighters are my fav band ever and I’m loving this all-star version of “Times like these” 
Live Lounge Allstars – Times Like These

Fancy a bit of quick & easy DIY?
4 low-cost ideas to update your home this weekend

The impact of the global pandemic on interior design
How is COVID-19 shaping design trends?

This cracked me up! 😀
How Australia’s ‘fake genuine Russian choir’ Dustyesky went viral during the coronavirus pandemic

A bit of fun! I scored 68%
How perfect is your colour vision?

Bikudesigns restock

Vintage Kimono Headbands
¥3,500

Large Vintage Kimono Pendants
¥4,000

Small Vintage Kimono Pendants
¥3,000

Vintage Kimono Earrings
¥3,000

Vintage Kimono Cufflinks
¥4,000

Eat (and cook) your heart out

Corn fritters

I love fritters. In any shape and form. These ones feature quite frequently on our weekend brunch menu:

1 egg
1 tbsp water
125g flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt and pepper
1 can (410g) creamed corn
2-3 tbsp vegetable oil 

  • Lightly beat egg with the water.
  • Sift in flour and baking powder, add salt and pepper and stir to achieve a medium batter (add more water if needed). Make sure the mixture is not too thin.
  • Add the can of cream corn, season and stir.
  • Heat half the oil in a frying pan to a medium heat and add spoonfuls of the batter in the pan.
  • Flip the fritters when they start to bubble on the top (1-2 min), but test they are cooked through before removing them.
  • You may need to add a little more oil after each lot is taken out of the pan.

I like to serve the fritters with cherry tomatoes, avocados, sour cream & Thai sweet chilli sauce. 

**vegetarian**

Soft baked lemon cookies

So simple
So quick
So yum

Recipe 

**vegetarian**

Roasted carrots with coriander yoghurt & nuts

This one elevates the humble carrot to new heights!
I usually replace the peanuts with chopped and roasted hazelnuts or almonds.

Recipe 

**vegetarian**

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My first EVER dedicated summer collection

When I first started Turquoise Port, my mission was to bring beautiful handcrafted items from other parts of Asia to Tokyo. There are so many talented artists and artisans all over this mesmerizing continent creating modern Asian items which are usually not detected by tourists and travellers in those respective countries.

I never set out to create dedicated collections and now, less than two years into the journey, I have done just that! 

My first ever summer collection features a range textiles in soft colors such raw cotton blankets and macrame cushion covers as well as handwoven baskets, placemats and fun decorative objects. I am soooo excited to share them with you!