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Copenhagen scrapbook

December 27, 2016

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What better way to wind down for the year than a small trip away with friends. A place that’s been on my mind for sometime, Copenhagen was the destination of choice. It had everything I was looking for. Good food, coffee and independents on every corner and side street. Taking these trips are so important to me. It’s a chance to see Emily again now we no longer live in the same town and also spend time with friends who I shared my university years with.

European city breaks can be done in a long weekend, but with time on our side we stayed for four nights in our AirBnB. Sometimes you need a trip that isn’t lead by cramming as much into one day as you possibly can. We had three places earmarked for the day and took the longer route there to find things we hadn’t considered.

And to be honest, we didn’t have a ‘we must do this’ list. Most of our casual itinerary was made up of recommendations shared with me by the good folks on Twitter. Special mentions go to Liv, Lauren and Kara for their ace city guides. Normally I’m not one for touristy things, but Copenhagen does it well. The Nyhavn, Rundetaarn and Tivoli at night were all worthwhile.

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This post isn’t a polished editorial or a-z city guide. Both the latter and the former take time, time away from being relaxed. Constantly thinking if you have enough photographs for the café you ate at in the morning, or if you have two portraits that you think will sit nicely alongside one another. I enjoy creating that content, but when in the company of friends you haven’t seen in a while it’s important to enjoy that over what you create for others. Take your quick photo and then put the camera down once in a while.

In a city I thought I’d love, I found it hard to take my camera out my bag.

I also found myself lacking inspiration while out there. In a city I thought I’d love, I found it hard to take my camera out my bag. I shared this on social while I was in Copenhagen and others offered their two cents and reasoning. For me, it could have been the light. It was still dreary by 11am and dark by 3pm. But if I took my blog-photographer-head off you could still appreciate the city’s beauty.

So wrapped up in my best attempt to stay warm and layer tones the only way Scandi’s know, we walked, drank and ate. A lot. There was Atelier September for its avocado on rye bread, Mother for its amazing pizza and Grillenburger – so good we went twice. If we needed a coffee pitstop we weren’t short of options, but The Coffee Collective and Copenhagen Coffee Lab were our regulars.

Leaving Copenhagen I left definitely feeling half full/half empty. Happy due to the fact I was able to spend time with friends and Emily, but also the urge to go back to try and capture Copenhagen the way I envisaged it before arriving.

Jordan
Travel

Twenty-six hours in Munich

December 18, 2016

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Twenty-six? Yes, 26 hours. I’ve not made a mistake. Touchdown in Munich. It was my first trip to Munich and my first to Germany in fact. I arrived on the Thursday late afternoon, which meant the light had faded for the day by the time I travelled from the airport to the hotel and checked-in. So this is why I’ve called it twenty-six hours. From when I took my first step out of the lobby on Friday morning to when I headed back to the airport on Saturday midday.

So why was I in Munich? OtterBox were opening up a pop-up space in celebration of their new Strada Series case which I was sent before I arrived. With personal touches like monogramming, leather casing and drop protection, I was sold.

I’ve slowly become accustomed to travelling alone and with this I’ve enjoyed meeting new people. On this occasion I met Frank and Philipp who are based in Munich. A quick chat at the OtterBox Strada Lounge launch event and we were meeting up the next day so they could take me around some of their favourite spots in the city.

If you enjoy big cities, but not necessarily the hustle, then Munich is perfect

There’s such a mix in the city. From the grand architecture that turn into tourist spots, to the pastel buildings found down most side streets. I found myself spending most of my time looking up. As much as I love London, naturally, I appreciated something different, and Munich was definitely that. What I enjoyed, was the slow tempo of the city. It was so quiet that if you enjoy big cities, but not necessarily the hustle, then Munich is perfect. Plenty to do, but not plenty of people.

When I needed a coffee I visited two spots. Man Versus Machine, one I had found before flying out to Munich and then Aroma Kafeebar, Frank’s old workplace. Two different spots, both serving very good coffee. I wasn’t out there to shop, but I did stumble across a couple good ones in HRVST, Wort-Wahl and Es Ce.

This trip was about wandering aimlessly and getting a feel for the city in a short space of time. And yes, Germany does Christmas so much better. Thank you OtterBox for having me in Munich and giving me the chance to explore.

This post is in partnership with OtterBox, but my thoughts on their phone cases and my gratefulness for the ability to let me drop my phone countless times are my own. Thank you for taking the time to read posts that help support the blog.

Jordan
Fashion, Travel

Exploring Leeds with Whistles

December 7, 2016

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Photography by Nick Porter and Matthew Pike

I’m a big advocate of travel within England, but other than a family wedding, Leeds has escaped me. That’s until both Mat and myself said to Whistles, ‘Hey, fancy letting us show off your new collection? Oh and can we do a Christmas giveaway as well?’

07.52am Heading up North. Off to see Mat from Buckets&Spades again.

And just like that, I found myself on an early morning train to Leeds wrapped up in some Whistles Men gear. I like heading outside with three of four layers on, a coffee on the go and being on the move. It’s around now where we all contemplate the fact we should probably already own some good outerwear.

For a typically chilly day in Leeds I went for a navy overcoat. For me, I champion the overcoat and when wearing a chunky roll neck underneath and some wool trousers, I was ready. If I needed an extra layer, the colour block scarf came in handy. Our first stop was Village. You know I’m a sucker for a print read and this meant picking up the new issue of Lagom. It’s turning out to be one of my favourite reads yet.

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Both Matthew and myself are wearing Whistles Men (c/o)

Then we headed to the new Victoria Gate for a quick browse before having a mandatory coffee pit stop at Tall Boys. With it being my first time in the city, Mat was playing tour guide. Our next stop was the Corn Exchange to check out a couple of the independents, one of them being MKI. A quick circle round and we headed out of the city slightly and towards Northern Monk. Mat’s a big beer fan and with the Leeds whistle-stop tour done, we had a few beers while we watched the afternoon draw in.

So this brings us to the giveaway! With whistles currently in the festive swing of things with their advent calendar, we wanted to do a competition ourselves. We’ve got two prizes… a coat from Mat over on Buckets&Spades and a knitwear piece of your choice on mine. To enter my competition, head over to Instagram, like this photo and tag two friends in the comments section. You must be following Mat, @whistlesmen and myself. That’s it! I’ll be announcing my winner on the 18th December.

You can enter both giveaways, so go and read Mat’s write-up of our trip. Good luck guys!

Jordan