22 March 2015

Garden Terrace Outfit Post 1
Garden Terrace Birmingham Library
Garden Terrace Outfit Kenzo leather tote bagGarden Terrace Birmingham Library exterior
Garden Terrace COS Jumper pink
Garden Terrace Nike Air Pegasus 83
Garden Terrace Outfit Post
Jumper - COS, Blouse - Zara, Skirt - Urban Outfitters, Necklace -  Love Hearts and Crosses, Rings - Monica Vinader, Shoes - Nike Air Pegasus 83, Bag - Kenzo
As a blogger, I'm always making mental notes of places with potential for blog posts and I've been meaning to take photos on the garden terraces at the new Library of Birmingham for a while. The terrace is always buzzing with visitors - some who are simply taking a lunch break to others who are new to the city and have heard it's the place to be. It seems funny to me that it's a tourist hot spot but then I remember visiting New York Library years ago and casually wandering through the reading rooms, envious of all those studying at the desks by those little lamps (but also totally singing the Ghostbusters theme tune in my head). Ok, so the two might not quite compare in scales of grandeur but the principles are the same, libraries are fascinating spaces and all kinds of people pass through them. I've spent a great deal of time in libraries as a kid and of course as a student (where I used to build a fort of books around me while I was working). It's interesting to think that in the digital age we live in, libraries are obviously still very important but with library closures and cuts in funding, I do wonder what kind of spaces libraries will be in the future.



19 March 2015

facutly sign 1
faculty blackboard 1
faculty brownie table
faculty flatwhite
faculty tea
Faculty cakes collage
faculty outside and board
There is an awesome independent coffee scene in Birmingham and all the coffee shops are a little network where they all support each other, so it's lovely little community. I visit them all for different reasons whether it's because they serve great brunch, do the best teas or make a killer flat white. I may not know much about the ins and outs of coffee beans but I can definitely recognise a good coffee and Faculty is one of my favourite spots for coffee and cake. Faculty is teeny tiny and you can see at a very quick glance whether there is a space for you and your friends to sit. Situated in Piccadilly Arcade it is a stones throw from New Street Station and not far from the Bullring shopping centre. Their coffees are served in mint cups and they make use of Science beakers for things like their V60 coffees which look pretty cool served in flasks. My friend adores their peppermint tea and raves on about their tangerine ginger tea too. Me? Well I rarely opt for anything else other than a flat white and they are perfect here. I should also mention their selection of cakes. We had a flapjack-brownie creation (genius) and of course it was a winning combination. Do you have a favourite place for coffee? I'm always making notes of great places to visit when on my travels so let me know!

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