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This month I’m … June 2021

WATCHING
“Halston” on Netflix

Ewan McGregor is absolutely fabulous in the role of fashion designer Roy Halston who dictated American glamour in the late 1960s and 1970s. 

LISTENING TO
The “Superwoman Wellness” Podcast

If you only listen to one episode, make it EP 218 – Bras & Breast Health. It’s truly eye opening.

EATING
Lots of yummy summer fruits

Click here for the recipe of this refreshing Mango Lassi Bowl recipe – a summer breakfast favourite in our house

SPENDING
My mornings on our tiny little balcony

To watch the fun little 30 second balcony styling video I made a couple of weeks ago, click here.

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This month I’m … May 2021

GETTING
My strength back after surgery

A nodule had to be taken out of my lower left lung a couple of weeks ago; I talked about it here: Video

WATCHING
The Mosquito Coast

An idealist uproots his family and moves them to Latin America.
Apple TV+ is currently releasing one episode each week and we are hooked! 

SAYING
Sayonara to some dear friends & customers

The Sayonara season is upon us…

READING
The Midnight Library
by Matt Haig

I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction and autobiographies lately and can’t wait to get started with this story:

“Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?”

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This month I’m … March 2021

HOSTING
The Turquoise Port annual sale

Check your inbox on Friday, 12 March at 9am to get the early access link for email subscribers.

Not on the mailing list? Sign up here: https://turquoiseport.com/mailinglist/

 

EAGERLY AWAITING
The 2nd season of Interior Design Masters on Netflix

Hop on over to Netflix if you haven’t watched the first season yet

READING
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
by Christy Lefteri

I’m about 1/4 into this heartbreaking yet beautifully told story and can highly recommend it.

LOOKING FORWARD TO
The 2021 cherry blossom season

I’m already super excited just seeing those plum and early cherry trees bloom 🌸

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This month I’m … February 2021

WATCHING
Crash Landing on You

I had asked for TV show recommendations over on my Facebook page a couple of weeks ago – thank you so much if you were one of the ones commenting! We’ve got a great list to watch our way through now 🤩

DECLUTTERING
The Turquoise Port HQ


The Turquoise Port HQ (aka my office) is in dire need of a declutter – it has become a bit of the dumping ground for all sorts of things and it’s driving me mad!

READING
Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted
by Suleika Jaouad

“A searing, deeply moving memoir of illness and recovery that traces one young woman’s journey from diagnosis to remission and, ultimately, a road trip of healing and self-discovery.”

GETTING
Ready for my annual sale

which will happen in early March – my lovely email subscribers will, of course, get early access to the goodies! Not on the list? Sign up here!

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This month I’m … January 2021

WATCHING
Schitt’s Creek

I know, I know – we are a bit late to the party. Schitt’s Creek has been out there for a loooong time. Hilariously funny and great escapism from the real world.

COOKING
Comfort food


Is there anything better than yummy comfort food on a cold winter’s day? I’ll share some recipes later in the month.

READING
A Burning” by Megha Majumdar 

This book has been on my list for a while now – can’t wait to get into it!

GETTING
Cozy indoors

’cause lets face it: we are not going anywhere anytime soon…

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This month I’m … November 2020

WATCHING
The Queen’s Gambit

We are about half-way through this totally addictive series and LOVE it! 

GETTING COZY

with those beautiful cotton throws that arrived from Thailand a few days ago! 220 x 110 cm, ¥4,000
I’ll add them to the online store sometime next week – please get in touch to purchase before they go up online!

LOOKING FORWARD
to the Holiday Pop-In with Bikudesigns & My Moniko!

Save the date! 26th November @ the Showroom. Further details to follow!

READING
Pomegranate Soup

Beneath the holy mountain Croagh Patrick, in damp and lovely County Mayo, sits the small, sheltered village of Ballinacroagh. To the exotic Aminpour sisters, Ireland looks like a much-needed safe haven. It has been seven years since Marjan Aminpour fled Iran with her younger sisters, Bahar and Layla, and she hopes that in Ballinacroagh, a land of “crazed sheep and dizzying roads,” they might finally find a home.

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This month I’m … October 2020

Can you believe it’s already October?!
Christmas is officially on the way and I can’t wait for those the beautiful Japanese autumn colours to start coming out 🍂

Happy weekend!
Alex x

WATCHING
Long Way Up
I’m not a biker, but I’m a traveller and I loved the first two TV series with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman in 2004 and 2007 when they rode their bikes from London to NYC and from Scotland to South Africa respectively. This time they are travelling on prototype electric Harley Davidsons from the southern tip of South America all the way to LA. So good! 

GETTING ORGANISED
for Christmas 🎄 
Yes, it’s only early October, but I’ll be extra organised getting my gifts sorted his year – the international postal systems are all messed up and things just take so much longer to arrive. 
Bonus point: no more last minute rush to the shops a couple of days prior to Christmas!

READING
Florence Adler Swims Forever
by Rachel Beanland
Set in Atlantic City in the summer of 1934 three generations of the Adler family grapple with heartbreak, romance and the weight of family secrets. 

LOOKING FORWARD
to autumn!
Autumn is my most favourite season in Japan – those colours are just breathtaking! 🍁