Sunday, June 30, 2013

Weekend Insta Collage

Coffee and salted caramel ice-cream at Gelateria Confetti, seeing a few of Sofia Design Week exhibitions and Jamiroquai and Jessie J concerts in Sofia

Some highlights from my weekend:
  • Brunch, cappuccino and my favorite salted caramel ice-cream while the weather was still nice
  • I went to see a couple of exhibitions with a dear friend, including one about Greek Graphic Design, all part of Sofia Design Week. I always look forward to SDeW and I will be so sad when it's over.
  • Discovered a couple of shops - one that sells gorgeous antiques at a very reasonable price (I've been looking for one for years!) and another one with handmade and Indian things.
  • Saw both Jamiroquai and Jessie J live. Jamiroquai were amazing - one of the best concerts I've been to! Jessie J was great as well and she managed to make me cry - such a fantastic girl!
  • Lots of sweets, magazines and discovering the Ticket to Ride game for iPhone (I kick ass!).
  • Went to see Monsters University in a cinema full of kids. It was so not worth it - even the kids didn't laugh! The first part was SO much better! Looking forward to seeing Despicable Me 2, though, because minions!!
  • And finally, I also managed to finish a project I've been dragging for weeks. Whew!

Tonight we'll probably just stay at home and relax, watch an old movie perhaps. If you have any recommendations, please share, because we love watching old black-and-white movies and we're always on the lookout for new ones.

More sweets from Starbucks and Dodoni and playing Ticket to Ride for iPhone

If you're not following me on Instagram already - my name is @iva_y

So how was your weekend?

Friday, June 28, 2013

Rainy Afternoons

The weather has been crazy here. Last week it was almost 40°C and for the past couple of days - around 10°C. And it has been raining on top of that. But I don't mind it - I love rainy weather!

Books, tea and homemade brownies on a rainy afternoon

So yesterday I took an hour break from work and sat on my balcony. My necessities for a rainy afternoon: hot green tea with lemon, fuzzy socks and blanket, homemade brownies (healthy gluten and dairy-free ones, I promise!) and a book.

How do you like to spend rainy afternoons? xo

(Photos: Iva Yaneva for Iva Y)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Design Bazaar

Many people came to the Design Bazaar, which was part of Sofia Design Week

To those of you living in Sofia, especially if you are a designer, you probably already know that Sofia Design Week is happening right now. But what you might not know is that on Sunday there was a Design Bazaar in the yard of the National Art Academy, showcasing some of the best Bulgarian designers out there.

I have to say that after attending the lectures during the weekend, I couldn't help but face the fact that Bulgarian design isn't very well known, even in Bulgaria. I know this is common for most Balkan countries but I really do feel these talented people deserve a place among other, more famous designers. And I realize that they do not have the means to compete with large international brands, but I couldn't stress enough how important it is to support local creative entrepreneurs nontheless. So, naturally, I took out my camera, snapped a few pictures and decided to share some of my favorite finds with you.

Beautiful and practical tote bags from PlatForma at Design Bazaar

Beautiful and practical tote bags from PlatForma (Plat or Плат in Bulgarian means fabric)

Ceramics by Ekaterina Lachova at Design Bazaar

Gorgeous ceramics by Ekaterina Lachova.

Very cool T-shirts from Dushman at Design Bazaar
The graphic T-shirts from Dushman have been a favorite of mine for a long, long time. And they are made from organic cotton!

Jewelry by Jenya Adamova at Design Bazaar
Beautiful jewelry, made using traditional techniques by Jenya Adamova.

There were also a lot of handmade dolls and toys for kids. And I am not ashamed to say that these were probably my favorite shops!

Cute dolls from YoYo Fabric at Design BazaarCute dolls and fabric badges from YoYo Fabric, painted with environmentally friendly dyes.

Beautiful things by ToeMoe at Design Bazaar
Just look at all this cuteness! I have nothing to add, except that these are all made by ToeMoe.

Adorable mugs by Minushka at Design Bazaar Do these mugs by Minushka look familiar? Haha, yes - I couldn't resist! I was eying their printed cushions too.

Работилничка за чудеса at Design Bazaar Rabotilnichka za Chudesa (Работилничка за чудеса, or in translation "tiny miracles workshop")

Photos: Iva Yaneva for Iva Y

Monday, June 24, 2013

A Story About a Mug

Tea on my balcony in Bulgarian designer Victoria Knysh for Minushka cup

When I was little, I was one of those skinny kids, whose parents always had to trick them into eating their food. Except for french fries - that I could eat every day!

But I had this porcelain set with pretty drawings all over it, including on the inside of the mug and bowl. And every time I ate just half of my soup and refused to eat the rest, my mom would say "Come on, there's just a little bit left until you see the pretty picture at the bottom!" And I had seen this picture many times when the bowl was sitting empty in the cupboard. But for some reason, this little trick worked every single time and I would always eat the rest of my soup.

The minute I saw this mug on Minushka's stand, while I was at Design Bazar yesterday (another post, dedicated to it is to come) all those memories came back and I knew I just had to have it. That's what good design does to you, right? It brings a bunch of feelings and memories back.

And now, I am sitting on my balcony, sipping tea, with a goofy smile on my face, looking at the tiny fishes at the bottom of my mug.

Tea on my balcony in Bulgarian designer Victoria Knysh for Minushka cup

Minushka's website/ Velikan Mug (It means "a giant")/ The designer, Victoria Knysh's website
Photos: Iva Yaneva for Iva Y

Friday, June 21, 2013

Redesigning My Blog

Long time no see, huh? Well, I've been thinking a lot about what I should do with this blog, since I am not really writing in it any more. Researching and writing every day has been a bit of a hustle, especially if I have a deadline coming up. I've wanted to write about books for a while, about places to go in my city and of course my photography. There are so many things that I wanted to share, but none really fit into my "theme". That's why, I decided instead of not writing at all, I should just change the theme of my blog. So, from now on, you can read about pretty much anything that I find interesting here, my photography, a new creative business I'm starting with my cousin (I can't wait to tell you more about this!), books, movies, food, design and so much more.

And to celebrate that new beginning, I have changed the design of Iva Y. I've gotten quite sick of that dark old theme and I really wanted something simple, bright and with big photos. I hope you like it :)

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