Tuesday 28 June 2016

Oberammergau and a cable car experience

Oberammergau is a small traditional town known for its Passion Play, but to be honest, we felt it had a lot more to it and it's such a nice place to discover! We loved all the painted buildings and the mountains in the background everywhere you look.

And, even though it was the beginning of June, we entered in a shop FULL of Christmas cheer. Abba was even playing in the background! We were astonished at some of the decorations as a lot of them were done by hand, but we felt kinda weird about it all. But I'd say it's worth having a look at it any time of the year!

We carried on our little stroll, going from landmarks to landmarks, taking it all in (in between the rain). One of the last building we visited called Pilatushaus hosts workshops and is famous for its fresco painted in an illusionist style. You can watch the painters and crafters creating their art and it also contains a small gallery. By that time we were ready for cake! Plus, it was shucking it down.

We unfortunately don't remember the name of this place but OH MY GOD! We literally spent ages trying to figure out which piece of cake we wanted because everything looked amazeballs. If we had this type of café down the road I would gain 10lbs in one week! Anyway, it's on the main road and it saved us! I tried to take more photos of the cakes but the reflection made them look pretty rubbish. Sorry!

Before leaving for the day, we couldn't resist taking more photos of the stunning landscapes and still couldn't believe where we were. Snowdonian mountains are high, but wow, they can't compare to these ones!

Being so close to the Alps, we ought to explore the highest mountains in Füssen on our last day. It didn't disappoint. We weren't too sure at the beginning because of the thick layer of fog, but we would have been crazy not to go because of it as it turned out to be pretty clear in so many areas and the views were great! We took the Tegelbergbahn and it was (yes I'm going to use this word) EPIC.

Again, couldn't resist showing you more photos of the amazing views we got to see. We were absolutely knackered by the end of the day though, going up and down the mountains to reach the places without too much fog. Worth it! Also, how impressive was it once you start seeing the trees through the fog in the cable car?! I wasn't feeling so well though when I clearly saw how high we were when the fog disappeared completely!

Then the sun came out and we felt that if we wanted to deserve the massive meal we were about to eat (more sausages and sauerkraut ha!), we should walk the 30 mins walk to get to a different bus rather than going for the easy option. We did well because we got to see the Neuschwanstein castle from a complete different angle and we also took all the vitamine D we could!

One thing that we found quite cute around the area is that most of the cows have a bell around their neck and everywhere you go, you can just hear their soft music in the background.

That's all folks! Hope you enjoyed seeing what were up to in Bavaria :)

Sunday 26 June 2016

New cards available + a discount!

Right guys, I feel that we need to cheer up a little bit, so here's some good news: Four new cards, designed by yours truly, are now available in my Etsy Shop, AND there's a 10% off discount on all the cards until the 3rd of July. So what are you waiting for?! Check them out RIGHT HERE.

Use the code SUMMER10 to get your discount and you can happily wait a couple of days to receive your cute cards in your letterbox!

Thank you so much for your support and have a great Sunday :)

Thursday 23 June 2016

On being different

I wasn't too sure if I should share these thoughts with you as you must have noticed that I don't often talk about personal topics on the blog. But then I thought, what the heck, if it can help anybody else or even just give you a nice excuse for a 5 minute break at work then why not!

First of all, sorry if the crazy gif annoys you, but I just love these kind of things lately and I wanted to do my own! If you like it, well then you're my favourite reader ;)

Lately I've had to work on various things that allowed me to think more about who I am and where I stand. And I guess going freelance recently made me realise that I had to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and my goals and got me thinking even more about myself.

I didn't have a tough childhood I think. it wasn't the best, but god I've seen way worse happening to kids all the time so I guess I can't complain too much. Everything was fine in my family, but I struggled more outside of it. I was far away from being the popular one in school, and I was rejected all the time by everybody. I realised afterwards that it was because I was quite different and wasn't really following what all the kids in school, high school, college and even university were doing/thinking. Don't get me wrong, I always had one or two really good friends that I felt understood me. But I don't think that was the issue, I didn't really want to be the popular one anyway, but growing up, it really hit my confidence.

I was in eternal conflict with myself, thinking that I should try and be like all the other ones to be accepted, and the minute after, I would contradict myself and decide to stand for myself and it's not my fault if I'm seen as weird. The problem was that I started to hate attention, blushing all the time, never giving my opinion out loud and doubting all the time about everything. It didn't help that I fell in love with a guy and obsessed over him for 3 years before finally being able to call him my boyfriend. I started a profound depression at that time, hating myself, and losing myself. I became anorexic for almost a year and didn't even realise how ill I looked. Obviously this relationship didn't last, and I was very very low. The lowest I've ever been. I was studying very hard at university but compared my work all the time to the others and didn't believe at all in my skills.

One day I sat down with my parents and realised that if I wanted things to change, it was up to me to do something, nobody else. So I said that I needed therapy. It might sound over-dramatic, but trust me, at that time therapy saved me and I slowly went back to my normal self. Back then I was in my very early twenties, and it clicked. I didn't care if I was different, I didn't care if people didn't like my opinions, the way I looked, the way I decided things and the way I lived. I'm me, and if people can't accept me the way I am, then too bad for them! I wanted to feel proud of myself. It cost me a few good friends, but I guess it was for the best. However, still living at my parents, in the same area I grew up, and my ex-boyfriend still haunting me from time to time, I thought 'that's it, I'm going far away'.

And I came here, to North Wales, somewhere where nobody knew me, and I could start from scratch and accept myself once and for all. I'm not saying that it solved everything, I still have my moments of doubt quite often (who doesn't?), but wow it did me good.

So now I'm almost 27 (next month! Aaaah!), with a man that I truly love and loves me exactly for who I am, with all my imperfections and craziness. And if I have a bad time, doubting myself, or if I go all shy, blushing whilst trying to say something, I don't give up, I let the red fade out from my cheeks and I carry on.

Because there's one thing I figured out with time, is that being 'different' makes you unique and I should try and embrace it rather than wanting to fit in.

Sunday 19 June 2016

Portfolio Update - Big Feastival

Hey guys! Today I'm sharing one of the last projects I worked on at View Creative before leaving, and one of the biggest to be honest! I mean, look at that line-up. Even Jamie Oliver is there!

IMG, the organisers of The Big Feastival held in The Cotswolds, approached View in order to create a whole new brand that would be seen more as an update to the previous year's style. Thanks to the illustrations and the colour palette, I achieved exactly what they were looking for (after multiple versions, I tell you!) and we rolled it out on everything they needed. I even worked on the website's design and the web team at View did the whole building part of it.

This is one of those projects that you can't believe you've had the chance to work on, so I had to share it! You can see more on my website RIGHT HERE :)

Enjoy your Sunday!

Thursday 16 June 2016

München in a day

After a couple of hours on the train, we arrived in beautiful Munich, determined to do as much as we could even though a big thunderstorm was on its way!

The first thing we did was to go up the 306 steps to the top of the St Peterskirche tower. Funnily enough, it wasn't as hard as we thought but I was definitely freaking out looking down as I could see everything in between the steps! The sun came out just on time and we managed to snap a few cool shots! My legs were starting to feel like jelly so we didn't stay too long up there.

Back to Marienplatz, we went around the magnificent Neues Rathaus and we were in owe of all the details. You can see Jason's face concentrating really hard (by the way, told you about the umbrella)!

Just before lunch, we took the time to go around the Bier & Oktoberfestmuseum and let's say that Jason was quite excited and took a million photos! Even though most of it was in German, I personally enjoyed the little anecdotes and displays here and there of vintage material. We also learnt quite a lot about the story of Bavarian beer! It's only €4 per person so would definitely recommend it.

Also, how mad is this photo of us? We couldn't stop laughing!

Awww, a rare photo of the both of us! To be honest, we did struggle to take this one and I was quite tempted to do a gif showing all the rubbish tentatives haha.

After a stroll around the Viktualienmarket and some scrumptious food (sausages and sauerkraut!), we headed to the Residenz and its Hofgarten. It actually made us think of Paris' structural gardens and we didn't feel like we were in the middle of a busy city.

We decided to carry on and went around the Englischer Garten, however, we couldn't do it all as it stretches for miles! We stopped at the Chinesischer Turm (surprising building to find don't you think?) and went back to the old centre to enjoy a 1L glass of beer at the famous Hofbräuhaus. Well, Jason had it, I had a shandy (ha!). Still enjoyed it though and the atmosphere was absolutely great! I'm not surprised that all the guides about Munich tell you to experience it at least once.

Another post about our last couple of days is coming soon!